Real Estate News — Luxury Charleston area real estate firms rack up sales totals; Long-time local agents jump to boutique-style company

Lee Lindler (Provided).

High-end agencies Carriage Properties, Daniel Island Real Estate, William Means and dunes properties are among the 10 largest firms in home sales by prices.

That’s according to Carriage Properties, relying on the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service “market penetration report.”

Carriage Properties places fifth highest at 2.44 percent of the market in home sales by dollar volume, Daniel Island Real Estate ranks sixth at 2.16 percent, William Means Real Estate is ninth at 1.66 percent and dunes properties places 10th at 1.54 percent.

The four companies don’t rank in the top 10 in home sales transactions. Luxury firms, which typically focus on downtown Charleston and area beach properties, say that dollar volume is a more accurate figure for their business.

An information box in the Jan. 31 Stats and Facts pullout in the Real Estate section listed the top 10 based on transactions, thus omitting the four luxury agencies.

In a top 10 list based on dollar volume, Carolina One Real Estate places first at 24.43 percent; followed by AgentOwned, 6.08 percent; Keller Williams Realty, 4.31 percent; Coldwell Banker United, Realtors, 2.96 percent; Carriage Properties, 2.44; Daniel Island Real Estate, 2.16; The Cassina Group, 2.05 percent; Century 21 Properties Plus, 1.85 percent; William Means, 1.66; and dunes properties, 1.54.

Two Realtors with loads of experience in the Charleston market recently joined a newer local agency with ties to one of golf’s legends.

Golden Bear Realty announced it has brought on Lori Claussen and Lee Lindler.

Lindler arrives with 20 years real estate background, obtaining his license in 1994 as Realtor in South Carolina and Virginia.

He moved to Charleston full time in 1992, and “has purchased, sold, managed, marketed and flipped many properties,” according to Golden Bear Realty.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of South Carolina.

A 10th generation South Carolinian, Lindler has “an immense understanding and appreciation of the state, especially the Lowcountry,” Golden Bear Realty notes.

He also has an affinity for Colorado’s high country, where he resided for many years, the agency says.

“(Lindler’s) expertise is complimented by his desire to help others obtain their goals and dreams,” whether working as a listing agent or buying agent for investment properties or dream homes, Golden Bear Realty says.

Claussen, meanwhile, has distinguished herself as a top-notch agent over the past decade or more.

According to Golden Bear Realty, she’s a reliable and thorough real estate agent and retired certified appraiser known for her “patience, loyalty and honesty.”

Over the years, Claussen has built an extensive professional network, the agency notes. She belongs to a number of industry organizations, among them the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors.

Her awards and recognitions are many, including the Keller Williams Career Launch Award and being named Rookie of the Year in 2005.

Claussen also has been designated as one of the East Cooper Top Producers every year since 2006. And the Charleston Realtors association has named her a Realtor of Distinction.

Launched in Florida, Golden Bear Realty describes itself as “a boutique-style real estate agency.” Mike Nicklaus, the youngest son of golfing great Jack Nicklaus — nicknamed the Golden Bear — manages the company. The Realty branched into South Carolina last year, opening an office in Mount Pleasant in the fall.

Carolina One Real Estate Services has attracted a pair of associates who spent time documenting medical records and mentoring youth before choosing real estate.

Rita C. Fayall and Gail L. Boyer signed on with the agency’s Metro North office in Goose Creek.

“We are excited to welcome Gail and Rita to the Metro North team,” says Louise Voelker, office manager and broker-in-charge.

“Their enthusiasm and desire to learn and succeed are admirable traits,” she says.

Boyer, born in Charleston, graduated from the College of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, N.C. She worked as a medical coder for Riverside Medical Center in Newport News, Va., before choosing a career in real estate. She lives in the Goose Creek area and is married to an active duty Coast Guard officer. Boyer’s hobbies include running, fishing and water sports.

Holding a real estate license since 1995, Fayall was a community organizer and co-founder of a school-based mentoring program in Baltimore before moving to the Charleston area and joining Carolina One.

She graduated from the University of Baltimore, earning her master’s degree in legal and ethical studies.

Fayall, a Hanahan resident, has two grown daughters and two grandsons. According to Carolina One, her hobbies include travelling, renovating properties and Craigslisting.

Carolina One Real Estate Services describes itself as metro Charleston’s real estate market leader. It runs a full service mortgage division, 11 sales offices and departments focusing on insurance, new homes, relocation, commercial real estate, property management, vacation rentals and title services.

Visit the company’s website at

The homebuilder that launched Summer Wood in Dorchester County will celebrate the community’s success this weekend.

Sabal Homes is holding a grand opening celebration today and Sunday at the emerging village off U.S. Highway 78 “in the heart of Summerville.”

According to the local company, Summer Wood displays townhomes and carriage-style, single-family homes priced from the $150,000s. They come with “the signature Sabal Homes personalized building experience,” the firm says.

Sabal Homes, an award-winning Charleston area homebuilder, says the neighborhood offers “easy access to (Interstate) 26” and is “minutes from downtown Summerville.”

For the celebration, Mount Pleasant-based Sabal Homes is hosting a Valentine’s Day-themed gala.

From noon to 6 p.m. today and Sunday, visitors can tour the Summer Wood model home at 1200 Poplar Grove Place.

Visitors can call 1-844-MYSABAL to sign up for a tour and be entered to win prizes.

“We are so excited to introduce this wonderful new community, which has a welcoming, laid-back neighborhood feel,” new homes specialist Caroline Turner says.

Summer Wood rolls out six floor plans ranging from 1,429 to more than 1,800 square feet. The plans boast three bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half baths and one-car garages.

All homes feature the following perks:

- Nine-foot ceilings

- Architectural shingles

- Oversized five-foot master shower

- GE stainless steel appliances

- 42-inch maple cabinets

- Monthly landscaping maintenance with irrigation

- One year termite prevention

- Energy-saving features such as radiant barrier roof sheathing, tankless water heater, insulated dual pane vinyl windows, water-saver toilets and optional two-story front porches.

In the coming months, a floor plan featuring a master bedroom downstairs will be available, Sabal Homes says.

Homeowners today can choose from several new move-in ready homes priced from $159,293 to $192,842. Houses come with a one-year limited builder warranty and an extended 10-year warranty.

Founded in 2005, Sabal Homes is the brainchild of Carolina natives Matt Jones, Jason Simpson and Todd Ussery. From custom homes to move-in ready houses, Sabal Homes offers numerous floor plans in nine developments across the Charleston area.

The Sabal Homes team has an extensive background in land acquisition, product development, construction and customer service, it says. For more information, visit

A half dozen agents from across the Charleston area have chosen to join a growing brokerage that’s affiliated with one of billionaire Warren Buffet’s companies.

The associates signed on with Summerville-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Southern Coast Real Estate. The new associates are Donna Durscher, Yajaira Gaines, Kyle Boczkowski, Jody Glance, Glenn Caddell and Ashley Dunn.

Durscher, a Summerville resident for the past 20 years, came onboard with Berkshire Hathaway Southern Coast as well as the team of Jana Bantz and Associates. She graduated from Elon University with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing and has been an Accredited Buyers Representative and Realtor for 12 years.

“I am excited Donna is now associated with Jana Bantz and Associates as a buyer’s agent,” says Linda Collins, broker-in-charge and owner. “Donna’s years of experience will be a perfect fit for Jana’s team,” she says.

Reach Durscher at 843-693-7297 or

Gaines, originally from the Dominican Republic, is bilingual. She speaks both English and Spanish fluently, according to Berkshire Hathaway Southern Coast.

She is married and has two daughters.

Before moving to Summerville, Gaines lived in Tampa and before that, in New York City. She spent years in the hospitality industry, notably as an assistant hotel manager for a “four star” lodging establishment in Tampa Bay and in the vacation ownership division of Hyatt as a member service specialist.

“Yajaira’s understanding of family moves has given her a lot of direction in building clients,” Collins says.

Contact Gaines at 843-542-6212 or

Boczkowski, meanwhile, got involved in real estate after 15 years as director of operations for a large private camp in the Northeast.

Born outside of Philadelphia, he attended the University of Nebraska and is a “diehard Cornhuskers fan.”

Boczkowski lives in Wescott Plantation with his wife and 6-year-old daughter. They are members of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in downtown Charleston.

The Realtor is an avid golfer and officiates high school football and basketball games.

“With his excellent strength of organizational skills, Kyle will provide strong service for his clients,” Collins says. “He will excel in his real estate career.”

Reach Boczkowski at 843-469-5917 or

Describing his real estate career, Jody Glance says, “The part of real estate that excited me so much is that you’re helping people realize their dreams.”

Glance, born and raised in the western North Carolina mountains, relocated to the Charleston area more than 15 years ago. He graduated from the College of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Wesleyan University.

According to Berkshire Hathaway Southern Coast, his past professional experience involved customer service and management, and he has an intimate knowledge of business and sales.

“Jody will always bring felicity to his clients,” Collins notes. “His love of real estate makes his success fun.”

Reach Glance at 843-817-6817 or

Tri-county and Orangeburg area native Glenn Caddell spent 23 years in the Coast Guard, then continued his government service with the Army as a civilian employee.

After retiring from the Coast Guard, he obtained his real estate sales license in North Carolina in 1999 and his broker license in 2000.

The company says he enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and golfing, which allows him to gain knowledge of local lakes, links and wildlife.

“Glenn’s storied careers serving our country will enhance government employees’ special needs,” Collins says in welcoming Caddell to the agency.

Contact Caddell at 910-617-9163 or

While she attends design school, Ashley Dunn has signed on with the Hill and Associates team at Berkshire Hathaway Southern Coast.

She relocated to the Charleston area from Greenville in 2011 and “has since fallen in love with the Southern charm, history and beauty of the Lowcountry,” the agency says.

She’s studying interior design through the New York Institute of Art and Design and “brings a modern touch of creativity” to the Hill and Associates team, the agency points out.

With knowledge of Charleston and surrounding areas, she can find a home that fits her client’s needs.

“Ashley has chosen to become a part of Hill and Associates. With her understanding of the needs of first-time buyers, Ashley will understand the competence of flexible ideas,” Collins says.

Reach Dunn at 843-830-0304 or

Debbie Cromer has hit the mark to be named a centurion.

The Century 21 Properties Plus agent earned that top honor recently, taking home the Century 21 Centurion Producer Award based on her sales success in 2014.

Tim Rash, broker-in-charge of Century 21 Properties Plus, made the announcement.

“Debbie is a leader and innovator in delivering powerful home buying and selling choices to her clients because she knows the community she serves,” Rash says. “Debbie is a valued and trusted real estate resource for the Charleston community and a major contributor to the overall success of Century 21 Properties Plus.”

The Centurion Producer award honors sales affiliates of the Century 21 System that earn $218,000 in sales production or log 67 closed transaction sides within a calendar year, according to the company.

Cromer has tallied close to 10 years’ experience in the real estate industry and has been an independent sales affiliate of the Century 21 System for six years.

“Achieving Centurion Producer status is a great milestone and with a continued effort and focus on my clients, I hope to continue on this path of success,” she says.