Real Estate News — Real estate firm brings on Peresich and Barrett as associates; local Realtor travels to international symposium

Cheyenne Peresich

This fall, a local real estate agency brought on a rep who spends ample time volunteering and another who champions fitness and bike riding.

Cheyenne Peresich and Mari Barrett signed on with Gatehouse Realty as sales associates, the company says.

Peresich has spent more than 20 years as a physical therapist assistant, including eight years in management, Gatehouse Realty says. “Her experience allows her to provide exceptional customer service and handle all the moving parts of a real estate transaction,” the agency notes.

At the same time, Peresich is an “animal lover,” does volunteer charity work and, with her husband of 23 years, stays active in her church.

Barrett, meanwhile, built up a passion for the Lowcountry “and all that it has to offer, especially the people,” according to Gatehouse Realty. She’s lived in Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island and most recently, downtown Charleston.

A former educator, Barrett enjoys working with people to reach their goals, Gatehouse Realty explains. She’s also committed to sharing her enthusiasm with buyers and sellers.

According to Gatehouse Realty, the associate enjoys cycling and fitness, gardening with the Charleston Parks Conservancy and cheering on the Carolina Panthers.

Theresa Evans, agent for Carolina One Real Estate Services, took part in a prestigious real estate symposium in October.

Evans attended the 2015 International Symposium hosted by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International in Berlin. The event drew professionals from 17 countries and speakers versed in fields such as The Gold Mine Effect. Discussions centered on luxury real estate markets and “understanding the global affluent.

“The trip was truly amazing, so many agents of prestigious international real estate companies expressed interest in the Charleston market,” she says. “For middle to high end Charleston properties, the international buyer is out there, and is aware of the appeal of Charleston.”

Evans, licensed in South Carolina and North Carolina, works out of Carolina One’s downtown office. She’s designated as a Certified International Property Specialist, Certified Residential Specialist, Certified Relocation Professional and e-pro for amassing online real estate skills.

The posh gathering in Germany featured an educational program zeroing in on worldwide real estate trends and ways to provide top-notch services. Only Leading Real Estate Companies of the World members could attend the exclusive meeting. Carolina One qualifies as the Charleston representative of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, touted as “an invitation-only real estate network comprised of more than 500 market-leading real estate firms in more than 50 countries.” Luxury Portfolio International oversees the network’s high-end property marketing program.

According to Carolina One, the event boasted scores of distinguished speakers including Rasmus Ankersen, performance specialist and author of “The Gold Mine Effect”; philosopher Matthew Ferrara; Simon Henry, co-chief executive officer for; Eric Mendez, director of investment research for Vernal Point; John E. Featherston, president and CEO of RISMedia Inc.; and Paul Morelli, founder and managing partner for Vernal Point.

Participating members also addressed the group, pointing out real estate practices in markets around the world.

Sessions offered in-depth discussions on the preferences of today’s real estate consumers, Carolina One notes. Technology trends were examined, notably focusing on digital and mobile breakthroughs for real estate consumers.

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World amass more than 1 million home sale transactions a year valued at more than $320 billion, while Luxury Portfolio markets more than 35,000 upper crust homes to at least 3 million high-net-worth visitors.

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Formerly a “live news reporter” in the Southeast covering politics, Mary Quinn O’Connor has called on her media background to publicize retail, office, industrial and related deals as NAI Avant’s new marketing and public relations director.

The former television correspondent in Florida “uses her years of experience with the media to draw attention to client assignments throughout the region,” NAI Avant says. The commercial real estate venture, headquartered in Columbia with an office in Charleston, counts more than 65 professionals on its staff.

O’Connor handles the marketing, public relations and communications plan for the company. She’s also responsible for website management, social media, event planning and maintaining brand standards for the NAI Avant offices.

She works directly with the company’s chief executive, president and broker specialists “to create compelling marketing tools that align with our strategic branding and accomplish our client’s goals,” according to NAI Avant.

She and a team of marketing experts ensure “all efforts are explored, implemented and effective,” the firm notes.

For more information, contact O’Connor at or 803-744-9828 or visit

The managing broker of a major Charleston real estate agency’s division for overseeing leased-out homes will serve for two years on a top trade organization’s policy-making body.

Eric D. Wetherington was elected to the National Association of Residential Property Managers board at the group’s convention this October in Atlanta.

He is managing broker of Carolina One Property Management, a division of Carolina One Real Estate Services. A Realtor since 2005, he’s earned industry designations as a master property manager and residential management professional.

Wetherington launched the Carolina One Property Management division in 2009. It represents more than 1,000 residential properties in greater Charleston, the agency says.

Also, the broker manages South Carolina Property Services, a residential maintenance company that provides service on behalf of Carolina One Property Management.

Wetherington will serve a two-year term as Southeast Regional Vice-President on the residential property managers’ board. The tenure begins in January 2016.

Formed 28 years ago, the Chesapeake, Va.,-based association describes itself as the “professional, educational and ethical leader for the residential property management industry.”

Wetherington, a Clearwater, Fla., native, lives in Moncks Corner. He’s resided in the Charleston area for the past eight years. Wetherington and his wife, Leigh, have two children, Rachel and Joshua.

He graduated from Grand Rapids Baptist College in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a degree in music. His hobbies include public speaking and hunting, and he is choir director at Ferndale Baptist Church.

A half-century old, Carolina One Real Estate heads up a full service property management division; departments specializing in mortgage, insurance, relocation, new homes, commercial real estate, vacation rentals and title services; and an 11-office sales wing.

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A “personal touch” highlights the real estate talents of Brittaney Newman, a new agent with one of the more established firms in the Charleston area.

Newman will work from Century 21 Properties Plus’ office in Summerville. She will specialize in residential property sales locally.

“I am so excited to be partnered with a company that has the same drive and enthusiasm to meet our community’s real estate needs as I do,” she says.

A University of Florida graduate, Newman studied business administration and received a bachelor’s degree in marketing. After college, she worked for Geico for three years and then with the law offices of Jones, Otjen and Davis.

Newman and her husband, James, live in Summerville. She is actively involved in local organizations including the Junior Service League of Summerville.

In her spare time, she’s started an Etsy business, selling specialty gifts including handmade wooden items, according to Century 21 Properties Plus.

Marketing, sales and a personal touch are a few of the skills that Newman brings to her real estate position, the agency notes. Newman says having joined Century 21, she is “ready to go to work for you.”

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