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Michael Coulter

He visited the Charleston area after growing up in a hamlet a few states over, chose to stay and now is switching to a job he’s long sought — selling real estate.

Michael Coulter recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolina Sun Real Estate. The Kentucky native “envisions a world of opportunity with old fashioned ambiance, salty breezes, gorgeous weather and picturesque landscapes,” according to Carolina Sun.

He moved to the Lowcountry at age 20, lured by the beach. Planning to stay a couple of months, Coulter was smitten with the area “and never looked back.”

Coulter says he intends to offer support to clients, “ushering people toward their next home.” He would handle the home searching process in “the simplest manner, ensuring a seamless transaction.” Carolina Sun Real Estate says the agent’s “driven by a strong passion to meet new people, tour the Lowcountry, stay ahead of the game and walk clients step-by-step through the stress-free process.”

The company calls the associate a “team player who is always looking for the best in other people.”

When not “showing houses, meeting clients or closing deals,” Coulter favors being near the water, reading a book, enjoying Charleston’s beauty, according to Carolina Sun.

“His next goal is trying to convince his family to also become Lowcountry residents,” the agency says.

Laura Caulder intends to balance the responsibilities of raising a child with overseeing the final stages of individual home sales for a sprawling local real estate group.

She brings a background in real estate, new construction and homeowners association management to her new position as closing coordinator for The Jim Mills Group at Agent Owned Realty, 1711 N. Main St. in Summerville.

Caulder will be assisting buyers and sellers through the transaction-closing process, according to The Jim Mills Group.

The Charleston native “shares the same core values and belief systems” as the Jim Mills team and group. That allows the office to work well together “to provide exemplary service” to clients.

Earning a real estate license nine years ago, Caulder originally sold new construction homes and handled commercial sales and leases. While keeping her license active, she worked for a local home builder as the go-to person in closings, warranty claims and agent relations.

Her experience as a portfolio HOA manager landed her added experience working with lenders, closing attorneys and insurance companies.

Caulder and her husband, Jay Caulder, have a daughter Sophia Helen, born in March. “Preferring to be home with Sophia and continue her career,” Laura Caulder joined The Jim Mills Group in the closing coordinator post. That way, she can “ensure the transition from ratified contract to the closing table goes smooth.”

Formed in 1978, AgentOwned Realty describes itself as the second largest residential real estate firm in greater Charleston.

Two agents with close local and familial ties have signed on with an established residential sales company.

Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty notes that real estate veteran Vida F. Robertson, as well as W. Lebby Robertson, are new agents with the Charleston-based real estate firm.

Vida Robertson, a “life long Charlestonian,” counts 30 years in the real estate business, according to Daniel Ravenel SIR.

Meanwhile, Lebby Robertson holds a degree in historic preservation architecture from the College of Charleston.

Lowcountry home sales skyrocketed through early summer, prices crept up and the volume of houses on the market continued to dwindle, according to the economic forecaster for a local real estate agency.

“We are halfway through 2015 and market indicators show no signs of real estate demand slowing down in Charleston,” Bart Jackson, of Charleston Preferred Properties, noted in a recent report.

“In fact, available inventory in the Charleston area continues to shrink but demand is growing,” he says.

Jackson notes that home contractors have had to hasten the pace.

“In many areas of Charleston, builders are completing houses as fast as they can to keep up with the number of buyers that are actively looking,” he says.

The prognosticator bases his comments on local housing figures for sales and prices.

“The number of closed transactions has increased at an extremely strong rate with 6,684 single-family home sales in the first half of the year, compared (with) 5,461 during the same time period in 2014. That constitutes a 22 percent increase in just one year,” Jackson says.

Moreover, once-steady home values have started to escalate.

“We saw stable to increasing median sales prices in 2014, but now 2015 is starting to show a noticeable increase in overall home sale prices,” Jackson points out. “The median sales price is currently $239,000 in the Charleston area, up 4.3 percent from last year. This tells us that the longer buyers wait to purchase in Charleston, the more money it could cost them in this increasingly competitive real estate market.”

Jackson, who filed his findings after the half-year figures emerged, says the Charleston area housing market has flipped from what was a buyer’s market for a number of years after the recession in the late 2000s.

“Now that we are half way through 2015, it is apparent that many areas of Charleston have become a seller’s market. Days on market below 30 days and multiple offers are becoming the trends in many popular areas,” he says.

“Buyers and sellers need to be paying close attention to the market so they don’t end up wishing they had acted sooner or priced their property differently,” Jackson says.

A top player in the Charleston area real estate market recently brought on Susan Kozub, Heather Harwell and Thomas Burch as associates in separate offices.

The three Realtors joined 51-year-old Carolina One Real Estate Services, which touts 11 offices in the Lowcountry.

Kozub, the company says, has been a successful Realtor for more than 25 years. The Philadelphia native works out of Carolina One’s Edisto Island office. A consistent multimillion dollar producer, Kozub focused on new home construction sales in Pennsylvania for Century 21, Coldwell Banker and Christie’s Great Estates before relocating to the Charleston area. She volunteers at Jane Edwards Elementary School on Edisto Island and participates in the Edisto Loggerhead Turtle Project. In her spare time, Kozub plays tennis, reads and travels.

Harwell, a Realtor since 2005, is now associated with Carolina One’s Mount Pleasant U.S. Highway 17 North office. The Accredited Buyers Representative grew up locally and graduated from the College of Charleston. Before moving back into real estate, Harwell was involved in property management on Kiawah Island and as a surgical assistant for Charleston Periodontics.

The Charleston resident is married with one son. Her outside pursuits include gardening, boating and yoga.

Burch, meanwhile, joined the Goose Creek Crowfield Boulevard office of Carolina One Real Estate.

The former contractor also spent time with SPAWAR and Boeing Corp.

A Valejo, Calif., native, Burch moved to the Charleston area 11 years ago. He resides in North Charleston with his wife and two sons.

Carolina One Real Estate Services, metro Charleston’s “real estate market leader,” hosts a full service mortgage division and departments specializing in new homes, insurance, relocation, commercial real estate, property management, vacation rentals and title services.

Visit the company’s website at www.carolinaone.com.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.