A Caribbean native who specialized in finance in the U.S. armed forces recently built up his real estate skills to partner with a sizable agency in the Charleston area.

Kenold Claude joined Keller Williams Realty in Mount Pleasant, where he will zero in on residential property sales in the Lowcountry, according to Keller Williams Charleston.

Born and raised in Haiti, he eventually moved to the United States, serving in the Army for nearly four years. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business technical management at DeVry University and a master’s in business administration at American Public University.

After an honorable discharge from the military, Claude relocated to Summerville and entered the real estate field, according to Keller Williams. The company says he combines defense work experience as a finance technician with “extensive training” through Keller Williams.

“That way, he is able to help clients with all of their real estate needs,” the company says.

Volunteers from a national builder that crafts homes locally helped host a field day at Lambs Elementary School.

The group from David Weekley Homes teamed up with the North Charleston school’s staff “to organize activities and games for students during the campus-wide event,” the Houston-based company says.

According to David Weekley, “students spent the day hula hooping, jumping rope, playing Frisbee and horse shoes (and) shooting basketballs.”

Earlier, the Charleston team partnered with Lambs Elementary to organize the campus store, build three “buddy benches” for students and work in the school’s vegetable garden, David Weekley says.

Lambs Elementary is a Communities in Schools affiliate. The organization runs a “nationally-acclaimed” dropout prevention program that empowers students to stay in school and achieve in life, according to David Weekley.

Volunteer efforts at Lambs Elementary fit with the company’s “purpose of building dreams, enhancing lives,” it says. David Weekley seeks to build community character, striving to make a positive impact.

David Weekley Homes, founded in 1976, operates in 20 cities nationwide. The builder has closed more than 75,000 homes since its inception.

For more information about David Weekley Homes in Charleston, visit www.davidweekleyhomes.com.

The popularity of an educational course for landlords has led to a second offering.

Charleston Apartment Association will hold another fair housing class from 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday at Belfor, 7629 Southrail Road in North Charleston, after the initial morning workshop sold out.

Will Brownlee, owner of Brownlee Law Firm, PLLC, will be conducting the classes.

The cost is $40 for apartment association members and $45 for nonmembers.

Attending the entire four-hour seminar will result in four continuing education credits, the association says.

Brownlee’s law firm has offices in Raleigh, Charlotte and Charleston. Born and raised in the Charleston area, he is a graduate of The Citadel and the N.C. Central School of Law. He has practiced law in North Carolina for the past 14 years and in South Carolina since 2011.

Brownlee primarily focuses on landlord-tenant law. His firm represents landlord clients in thousands of eviction cases per year, the association notes. He assists landlord and property manager clients in the Carolinas by way of training seminars, advice, fair housing disputes, regulatory compliance, lease drafting and corporate and business litigation.

For more, go to info@charlestonapartmentassociation.com.

The launch of a new Upstate community has driven developers to roll out new amenities at the resort-like village.

According to The Cliffs communities, the youngest of three neighborhoods on Lake Keowee is being ramped up. Called The Cliffs at Keowee Springs, the village “is on an accelerated development schedule,” The Cliffs says. It credits “leadership focus and support in bringing on new waterfront properties to sell, a healthy economy, and strong buyer interest.”

In early May, the development held a successful release of properties for Dockside at Keowee Springs, the community’s new waterfront neighborhood. The next step for The Cliffs will be “to introduce a series of new master planned amenities at Keowee Springs,” the company says.

“Our unveiling weekend for Dockside allowed us to roll out the updated amenity plans for Keowee Springs, while giving families from across the country a taste of what life is really like here,” says Kent Smith, The Cliffs senior vice president of sales.

“We entertained a variety of families from states as far away as Texas,” Smith says. The company, which showed properties and wrote sales contracts, experienced a “ripple effect” from the Keowee Springs community.

The Cliffs at Keowee Springs plan calls for clustered amenities to create “a more intimate village-style setting.”

“This is an exciting time for The Cliffs,” says Tom Fazio, designer of Keowee Springs’ 18-hole championship golf course. “They are right on target with what today’s buyer is looking for.”

The new amenities are geared toward bolstering social interaction among members and guests while offering the best chance for future expansion. A first phase will focus on dining and golf-related facilities. Meanwhile, a clubhouse with dining areas, meeting space, locker rooms with showers and cart storage will overlook the practice area and 18th green of the award-winning Fazio golf course. Also, there will be a Cliffs Storehouse, “The Cliffs’ evolution of the golf/pro shop into a lifestyle store,” it says.

Future phases would include a wellness center complete with an indoor pool, spa and tennis courts and an outdoor gathering place, pavilion and gardens at Keowee Springs Overlook site, the highest point on the property.

The overlook spot will offer panoramic views of Lake Keowee, and a shelter with picnic space and restrooms will be at the community’s marina site, the company says.

According to the developers, The Cliffs at Keowee Springs spans 1,500 acres on the shore of Lake Keowee. It’s a 15 minute drive from Clemson University and 45 minutes from Greenville. Located in Six Mile, the residential community’s present amenities include the Beach Club with two pools, slides, kayaks and paddleboards; The Porch showcasing a fitness studio, member lounge and golf shop; and Lee’s Carolina Smokehouse and Market.

For more about Dockside at The Cliffs at Keowee Springs, visit www.cliffsdockside.com or call the Lake Keowee sales office at 866-411-5769.

Information on The Cliffs is available at www.CliffsLiving.com or 866-411-5771.

The Certified Residential Specialist designation is one of the more exclusive emblems in real estate.

Just three of every 100 Realtors lay claim to the credential.

Among the most recent is Katrina Johnson of Carolina One Real Estate. Johnson was awarded the “prestigious” CRS designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, she says.

According to Johnson, 3 percent of Realtors nationwide have earned the designation. To attain the goal, the agent “must have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in real estate,” the Council of Residential Specialists says.