Real Estate News — Builder frames pink houses for breast cancer awareness; Charleston lease rates steady

Pink houses are popping up in three John Wieland Homes neighborhoods locally. The special trim is for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Photo provided).

• John Wieland specially coats homes during breast cancer month •

Observers will see pink on some new homes being built in two Mount Pleasant neighborhoods and on Daniel Island throughout October.

The identifying exterior coloring from John Wieland Homes is in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Through Wednesday, the Atlanta-based builder will be painting a pink primer coat on the trim of all its new homes under construction in metro Charleston.

The trim will stay pink until the primer coat is covered by a final coating color before completion of each house.

Dwellings are going pink in 2012 for the fifth straight October.

“We’re proud to show our support for this great cause,” says Kevin Popson, president of Wieland’s Charleston division.

“It’s a disease that has touched almost everyone in some way, whether personally or through a family member or friend,” he says. “We decided on the pink trim paint as a unique way for us as a homebuilder to show our support.”

Wieland is building new homes on Daniel Island as well as Dunes West and Hamlin Plantation, both in Mount Pleasant.

John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, formed in 1970, frames houses in 60 neighborhoods in and around Charleston; Montgomery, Ala.; Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta; Charlotte; and Raleigh, N.C.

According to Wieland, the company is the Southeast’s leading builder of semi-custom homes. It offers a portfolio of homes and townhomes priced from the $200,000s to more than $1 million.

For more information, visit www.jwhomes.com.

• Charleston area rental rates stay level •

A steep drop-off in rental volume locally last month from August is considered a seasonal anomaly, as the leasing market should recover later this year.

That’s according to Rental News Now, a periodic leasing market snapshot from Carolina One Real Estate.

The downturn follows strong activity this summer, says Eric Wetherington, director and broker of Carolina One Real Estate’s rental management business.

Active rental listings in the Charleston area Multiple Listing Service rose to 859 properties entering the last quarter of the year, Wetherington says. Many of the MLS listings are home, condo and townhome rentals.

At the same time, rented units fell 74 percent in September from the month before.

“As a result, active rental inventory is up as we head into October,” Wetherington says in the report, formulated last month.

Just 72 single-family homes were rented last month, off 32 percent from August. Condo and townhouse rentals likewise sank in September, but not as dramatically as home leases, he says.

Wetherington says the post-back-to-school season was a main factor in the rental decline last month.

“After a very busy summer, all indications are for a more normal fourth quarter for the area rental market,” he says.

Separately, the median rent in the Charleston area remained at $1,250 a month. “We expect this to hold true for the next six months,” Wetherington says.

• Ohio native Langhoff joins Keller Williams Realty •

Gary Langhoff just started visiting the Charleston area four years ago, but the agent, who later moved here, has already developed a slogan.

It’s “Mr. Realtor SC — Hardest Working Yankee in the Lowcountry.” Langhoff is a new agent with Keller Williams Realty in greater Charleston.

Originally from Mentor, Ohio, Langhoff and his family started visiting the area in 2008.

“Between the beautiful beaches and Southern hospitality, it was an easy choice to make Charleston our new home,” he says.

Langhoff says he knew at a young age what type of career he wanted to pursue. “I enjoy connecting with (people), not only on a professional level, but on a personal one,” he says.

His combined Realtor experience is more than 25 years in property management, contract negotiations, mortgage finance and customer service.

“I strive to offer the best service in the industry with regular intervals of continuing education and training seminars,” he says.

Langhoff considers himself proactive, answering phone calls, returning messages the same day and educating and updating clients about the inner workings and progress of a transaction.

The Realtor says he enjoys spending time at the beach with his family and friends, church activities and volunteer work for families with sick children. His hobbies are cars, exercising, paddle boarding and boating.

• North Charleston mid-rise rental sale fetches $21.5 million •

An upscale apartment community assembled two years ago not far from the Ashley River is in new hands.

Silvana Oaks, described as a Class A multifamily village in North Charleston, sold for $21.5 million early this fall.

Donald Evans, principal; and Rivers Evans, associate, of Evans, Rivers and Co. represented the seller, Palmetto Park Apartment Associates LLC.

Dexter Rumsey, senior broker with NAI Avant, represented the purchaser, Silvana Oaks LLC.

The rental neighborhood, completed in 2010, is located adjacent to the Publix Palmetto Pavilion Shopping Center on Dorchester at Ashley Phosphate roads.

According to NAI Avant, the property is convenient to employment centers, medical facilities and retail establishments. It is proximate to Boeing’s new North Charleston manufacturing and assembly plant.

The purchaser is a joint venture of BRT Realty Trust, The Kalikow Group and Canongate Real Estate.

Along with a change in management, an amenity upgrade program will begin at Silvana Oaks “immediately to reposition the property within the market,” NAI Avant says.

Aaron Siegel of The Kalikow Group, Walker Brock of Canongate and Lonnie Halpern of BRT Realty Trust teamed up to negotiate the purchase. Brock is actively seeking additional opportunities in the Charleston market and across the Southeast, according to NAI Avant.

Founded 46 years ago, NAI Avant is headquartered in Columbia with an office in Charleston. David Grubbs, managing principal of the Charleston office can be reached at 843-814-6111 or dgrubbs@naiavant.com.

For more about NAI Avant, visit www.naiavant.com.

• Carolina One brings on two agents •

Real estate professionals with diverse backgrounds have become associates with a big local agency headquartered in North Charleston.

Teresa Henesy Falandysz and Courtney Schafer have joined Carolina One Real Estate Services. They are working from the Mount Pleasant Coleman Boulevard office.

Schafer, born in Pittsburgh, graduated from Wando High School. She attended Auburn University, then went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in Business from the University of South Carolina.

While at Auburn, Schafer competed on the 2008 equestrian team and enjoys horseback riding as well as college football and pro hockey. She was a beat writer for the New York Yankees (baseball) Farm Team magazine.

Falandysz grew up in St Petersburg, Fla., and graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Education. She taught elementary school and headed the General Educational Development (GED) department in Pinellas County.

She also possesses a real estate broker’s license in North Carolina.

Falandysz is married and has four children and one granddaughter. Her hobbies include hiking and running, and she has a passion for animal rescue.

Dave Sansom, office manager, says Falandysz is a good fit “because she has the heart of a teacher instead of the heart of a salesman.”

Schafer, meanwhile, is a longtime resident of the Charleston area “with an extensive network of contacts and experience in both property management and customer service,” he says.

Carolina One Real Estate handled more than 32 percent of residential sales transactions in greater Charleston as of Sept. 30.

For more information, visit www.carolinaone.com.

• Metro Charleston remains in top 100 for rental investments •

Figures from a national firm indicate many leasing markets are strong, with risk-return rates up to 6.5 percentage points higher than the U.S average.

HomeVestors, a property buyer, conducted its “Local Market Monitor” for the third quarter. The company ranked the top 100 cities in risk and return on rental investments, listing their premiums over the national 4.4 percent average while tracking ups and downs from the previous three months.

Greater Charleston is ranked No. 85, up 1.7 percent from the April through June period. It’s risk-return premium relative to the national average is 1.3 percentage points.

Las Vegas leads the list, with a 6.5 point risk-return lead over the national average and 0.9 percent increase from the second quarter.

Greenville was among 37 markets that are new to the list, placing No. 69 with a 1.5 percentage point premium.

The highest ranked newcomers were Modesto, Calif., at No. 2 and Stockton, Calif., at No. 3.

Topping the South Carolina cities on the list is Columbia, ranked No. 52 with a 1.7 point premium and 1 percent increase from the second quarter.

Los Angeles reported the largest surge from the previous quarter, up 3.1 percent.

Just seven top 100 cities — Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale in Florida; Phoenix; Rochester, N.Y.; and Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin in Texas — showed percentage declines from the second quarter. Daytona Beach had the steepest drop at 1.2 percent.

• Cook logs decade as Realtor on Daniel Island •

A half-dozen years after the first homes rose on Daniel Island, veteran agent Brenda J. Cook joined the community’s chief real estate firm.

She marks a milestone this year: a decade as Realtor for Daniel Island Real Estate.

“Daniel Island has a true sense of community — front porches, sidewalks, family, friends, and wonderful neighborhoods,” Cook says.

“I don’t think you can find any other place quite like it. In today’s world, it’s such a fabulous place to come home to,” she says.

Cook, celebrating her 10-year anniversary with Daniel Island Real Estate, has closed more than 500 home sales to date with the company.

She started in the real estate industry more than 35 years ago and has won top sales agent five of her 10 years at Daniel Island Real Estate. At the same time, she has continued her real estate education and received certifications as Resort and Second Home Specialist, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Certified Residential Specialist, Graduate of the Real Estate Institute, Certified Negotiation Expert and Accredited Buyer’s Representative. She also has a broker’s license.

Since 2002, Cook has seen family-friendly Daniel Island experience burgeoning growth, says Ryan Nelson of Nelwater Consulting.

Rick Vale, broker in charge of Daniel Island Real Estate, says Cook persevered in getting a chance to join the agency. He says he couldn’t be any prouder having her on the team.

Due to her tenacity, Brenda’s nickname is “Rudy” — after the too-small Notre Dame football player who never gave up and made the team. She also gave her dog that monicker.

Daniel Island Real Estate, an affiliate of the Daniel Island Co., has been market leader for residential real estate sales on the island from the time the first homes were built in 1996. It continues to represent the largest inventory of new and resale homes, homesites, townhomes and condominiums in the community, Nelson says.

For more information, visit www.DanielIsland.com.