Lennar enlists representative for new home communities

A real estate specialist based east of the Cooper has joined a major home builder in the Charleston area.

Suzanne Nedovich is a new home consultant with Lennar’s Charleston team, “bringing her knowledge of the real estate environment in the Lowcountry to potential homebuyers,” the company says.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and has served as an acquisitions and leasing associate in Mount Pleasant since 2003. She has lived in South Carolina for close to a decade.

Nedovich will be available at the “welcome home centers” in the Abbey at Spring Grove Plantation and Fairmont South, both new neighborhoods from Lennar in Moncks Corner. She can provide information about home plans, pricing, schools, community amenities and local attractions.

“I’m excited and fortunate to be part of a team as forward thinking, environmentally responsible and customer conscious as Lennar,” Nedovich says.

The builder offers a variety of home plans and amenities in its communities across the Charleston area. For more information, visit Lennar at www.Lennar.com or contact Nedovich at 843-343-9784.

Builder promotes floor plans, sales in Foxbank neighborhood

Qualified buyers within Topsaw at Foxbank Plantation can take advantage of an HHHunt Homes promotion, which it calls $99 Move-In.

The incentive, launched last week, is for a limited time and is not available for all loan programs.

The Blacksburg, Va.-based home builder features nine architectural styles at its Topsaw neighborhood. They are framed in the Heritage, Bungalow and Coastal design themes.

Homes are priced from the low $140,000s and range in size from 1,555 to 3,115 square feet.

“Topsaw at Foxbank Plantation is a smart blend of contemporary style and tradition,” says Lane Gregory, sales executive for Carolina One New Homes. “Each residence has personality.”

Foxbank Plantation is a planned community off U.S. Highway 52 in Moncks Corner that comes with a swimming pool, lake, open-air pavilion and parks.

For more information, visit www.HHHuntHomes.com or call Gregory at 843-761-3480.

Local brokers certified to assist real estate investors

Just as a home is a place to reside, it can also be a major investment.

That’s why three local agents took courses to become experts in how real estate can be a money-maker.

The professionals — Marshall Walker, Cheryl Vincent and Carolyn Dubrofsky of The MarshallWalker.com Group — each earned the Certified Investor Agent Specialist (CIAS) designation. In doing so, they completed extensive training to understand different real estate investor types, investment opportunities, financing options and calculations needed to provide solutions.

According to the MarshallWalker.com group, there are five real estate investor types: first-time, move-up, portfolio, performance and rehab and resell.

“For decades, investing in real estate has proven to be a consistent and stable way for individuals to build wealth,” Walker says. “Real estate investment supports a number of industries, including construction, retail and professional services, and is a strong way to energize and increase investment in our local economy.”

In the past years, investment and second-home properties comprised more than $300 billion in sales, representing 27 percent of all residential real estate transactions, according to the Charleston real estate agency. In addition, 48 percent of investors made all-cash purchases.

“As markets face the challenges of distressed properties and a difficult economy, real estate investors have the opportunity to find productive deals while helping communities stabilize,” Walker says.

With the training, The MarshallWalker.com Group can help Charleston-area residents build wealth through real estate investment, and homeowners facing foreclosure can find possible property buyers.

For more information, contact The MarshallWalker.com Group at 843-225-7007.

Carolina One names new associate

A top real estate seller and negotiator with leading corporations has signed on with the Charleston area’s largest brokerage.

Lauren Rubin has joined the Raina Rubin Realty Group at Carolina One Real Estate.

She has more than 14 years of consultative sales and marketing experience and has consistently been ranked in the top five in sales throughout her career.

Rubin is experienced in working with Fortune 100 companies and negotiating with corporate executives. She is also skilled at sales training, leadership development and motivational speaking.

She received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Maryland and is also a graduate of the Integrity Selling Program.

Charleston makes Journal’s cover for rise in college-educated

The front page of the influential Wall Street Journal on Sept. 22 cited greater Charleston as national leader among “brain gainers.”

The region topped a list in a graphic on “metro areas with the biggest 10-year growth in their college-educated populations.” Metro Charleston rose 6.9 percentage points to 31.9 percent. Placing second was Madison, Wis., where the share of college grads grew by 6.4 percentage points.

The graphic included the top 10 gainers in college-educated people. Listed as sources were the Brookings Institution, a national think tank; and the Census Bureau.

An accompanying article has been posted on the Charleston Regional Development Alliance website as of this week.

The story by Conor Dougherty and Rob Barry noted that “many of the nation’s most educated people continue to cluster in a handful of dominant metropolitan areas such as Boston, New York and California’s Silicon Valley, according to census data.”

For instance, Boston’s college-educated population grew by 6.1 percentage points to rank third and bring its total share to 43 percent. New York was ninth, up 5.6 percentage points to 36 percent.

“The upshot is that regions with the most skilled and highly paid workers continue to widen their advantages over less well-endowed locales,” the article noted.

“In a knowledge economy, success breeds success,” says Alan Berube, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Nationwide, 28.2 percent of people aged 25 and older have a college degree, and the median household income is $50,046.

The data were released as part of the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, the government's most comprehensive snapshot of economic, social and demographic trends, the story notes.