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January
26

BEAUFORT, SC -- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group is excited to announce the hiring of Greg Davis as Realtor. He will be working to achieve new business development and sales retention through client care and relationship selling, with a concentration in Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head and all of the gems in between. Working alongside leading agent, Annette Bryant, Davis will gain great expertise and real estate knowledge. 

In addition to real estate, he currently serves as a National Sales Manager for a printing and distribution company based in New York and a partner for a Editorial and Production Services company based in Maryland. Davis will be transitioning to full time Real Estate in the future but has a great passion for Graphic Arts. With over forty years of experience in the industry, he has held positions ranging from Estimating Manager, Purchasing Manager, Customer Service Manager, Fine Paper Sales and Print Sales. Born and raised in Baltimore, Davis attended Loyola College. He and his wife lived on a sailboat for 12 years before moving to the Lowcountry 16 years ago. He enjoys all things outdoors from birding and canoeing to golf and sporting clays; and in his free time plays the ukulele and hand crafts silver jewelry. Davis gives back to the community through LowCountry Food Bank, St. Francis Center on St. Helena Island and the Nature Conservancy. 

Bay Street Realty Group is excited for him to join their sales team so he can share his love for the region with many other potential buyers and sellers.

For more information, visit www.baystreetrealtygroup.com.

January
20

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January
13

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group Recently Added Justin Keown to their Team as Realtor BEAUFORT, SC

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group is excited to announce the hiring of Justin Keown as Realtor. In this role, he will use his expertise to advise clients, stay on top of Beaufort market trends and guide buyers and sellers through the real estate process. A South Carolina native, Keown is excited to be back in the Lowcountry after receiving his Bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University, his Master's degree from Troy University and completing a successful 10-year collegiate football coaching career. He is an experienced Realtor, and joins the Bay Street Realty Group after a successful real estate career in Montgomery, Alabama where he received the 2021 Top Producer of the Year Award. A mentor and coach at heart, Justin Keown combines his passion and love for helping others with his knowledge of the real estate business, and today's technology, to provide buyers and sellers with top-notch service. Keown is married with two kids. He's a proud supporter of Breast Cancer awareness through The American Cancer Society's Real Men Wear Pink campaign and is involved with Amvets Post No. 70 in Port Royal. Bay Street Realty Group is excited to have Keown on their team and looks forward to all of his success in the years to come.

November
15

BEAUFORT, SC -- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group is excited to announce the hiring of Realtor Angela Thomas-Jackson. In this role, she will assist her clients in purchasing and selling properties. She will advise them on market conditions, conduct walkthroughs, and guide them through the real estate process. 

Angela is no stranger to real estate, she joins Bay Street Realty Group with more than six years of experience as a Realtor in Tennessee. In addition, she is organized and committed to bettering other businesses each and everyday, as she serves as the owner of ATJ Business Services. Her business is responsible for full charge bookkeeping and providing small business consulting services. Prior to that, Angela worked as the Director of Finance and Operations for Polaris Tech Charter School in Ridgeland, South Carolina. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Angela attended Nashville State Community College, where she studied Accounting. She has also served as the Accounting and Operations Manager for the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and prior to that she was the business owner of Jackson Insurance Group, in Ashland City, Tennessee. 

In her free time, you can find her cheering her children on at their sporting events and school activities. Bay Street Realty Group is honored to have her organizational expertise and business experience, and they're excited to have her share her love for this region with prospective buyers and sellers. 

For more information, visit www.baystreetrealtygroup.com. To contact Angela Thomas - Jackson directly, call 615-969-2272 or email angela@baystreetrealtygroup.com

November
12

BEAUFORT, SC -- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group is excited to announce the hiring of Gabrielle Horry as Realtor. She is beginning her career in real estate as an assistant to Denise Horry, with a focus on homesales for Forino Homes. She will guide home buyers and sellers through the process, advise clients and stay on top of market trends.

Gabrielle has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from College of Charleston. Prior to real estate, she served as a role model and 4th grade educator in Charleston, South Carolina.  Her years in education brought out her thoughtfulness, innovative spirit and dedication to her work, which we are thrilled to have her bring to the Bay Street Realty Group team. 

Gabrielle now resides in Ridgeland, South Carolina, where she grew up. Bay Street Realty Group is excited for her to share her love of the area with so many potential buyers and sellers.

For more information, visit www.baystreetrealtygroup.com.

September
17


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group and Forino Co.'s Coosaw Point Development Donate $30,000 to Support Beaufort Academy's 2021 School Year Programs 

BEAUFORT, SC - Bay Street Realty Group, a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brokerage based in Beaufort, SC, and Forino Co.'s Coosaw Point Development announced jointly today they are donating $30,000 to support Beaufort Academy's development and athletic programs for the 2021-2022 school year.

Beaufort Academy is an independent, co-educational school founded in 1965 and enrolls 338 students in preschool 2 through grade 12. Beaufort Academy's leadership curriculum is interwoven with concepts such as self-awareness, critical thinking, collaboration, and visioning.  Along with other self-management concepts, these principles are integrated into the curriculum of core classes starting in kindergarten and progressing through 12th grade.  Combined with an exploration of human development, information processing, and collaborative functioning, the goal is to help students develop both an understanding and working knowledge of human interaction. 

This partnership, the first of its kind for Beaufort Academy, gives the school funding for all the school's major events, including the popular The Great Helicopter Egg Drop, Holiday Market, The Blue & White Classic Golf Tournament, Shamrock Shakedown Auction, and the Chilly Bean 5K/10K at Coosaw Point. 

"Being able to have this level of support will allow Beaufort Academy to now focus on what is most important - the quality of education for each of our students. We are most grateful for this partnership opportunity and welcome Bay Street Realty Group/Coosaw Point to the Beaufort Academy family," says Jonolyn Ferreri, Beaufort Academy Director of Development.

According to Ken Willis, Managing Broker at Bay Street Realty Group, "This sponsorship was a perfect way for our company to work in partnership with Forino Co., the developers of Coosaw Point, so together we could support local educational efforts. We look forward to having a long-standing relationship with Beaufort Academy and their great staff, faculty, parents, and students."

April
12

Don't Sell on Your Own Just Because It's a Sellers' Market

Don't Sell on Your Own Just Because It's a Sellers' Market | MyKCM

In a sellers' market, some homeowners might be tempted to try to sell their house on their own (known as For Sale By Owner, or FSBO) instead of working with a trusted real estate professional. When the inventory of homes for sale is as low as it is today, buyers are eager to snatch up virtually any house that comes to market. This makes it even more tempting to FSBO. As a result, some sellers think selling their house will be a breeze and see today's market as an opportunity to FSBO. Let's unpack why that's a big mistake and may actually cost you more in the long run.

According to the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 41% of homeowners who tried to sell their house as a FSBO did so to avoid paying a commission or fee. In reality, even in a sellers' market, selling on your own likely means you'll net a lower profit than when you sell with the help of an agent.

The NAR report explains:

"FSBOs typically sell for less than the selling price of other homes; FSBO homes sold at a median of $217,900 in 2020 (up from $200,000 in 2019), and still far lower than the median selling price of all homes at $242,300. Agent-assisted homes sold for a median of $295,000...Sellers who began as a FSBO, then ended up working with an agent, received 98 percent of the asking price, but had to reduce their price the most before arriving at a final listing price."

When the seller knew the buyer, that amount was even lower, coming in at $176,700 (See graph below):

Don't Sell on Your Own Just Because It's a Sellers' Market | MyKCM

That's a lot of money to risk losing when you FSBO – far more than what you'd save on commission or other fees. Despite the advantages sellers have in today's market, it's still crucial to have the support of an expert to guide you through the process. Real estate professionals are trained negotiators with a ton of housing market insights that average homeowners may never have. An agent's expertise can alleviate much of the stress of selling your house and help you close the best possible deal when you do.

Bottom Line

If you're ready to sell your house this year and you're considering doing so on your own, be sure to think through that decision carefully. Odds are, you stand to gain the most by working with a knowledgeable and experienced real estate agent. Let's connect to discuss how a trusted advisor can help you, especially in today's market.

February
3

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February
2

Click Here to read our January Newsletter for an overview of the Market on Fripp Island

February
1

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Cora Bett Thomas Realty Add Marjory Mitchell to the Team as Realtor®

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BEAUFORT, SC – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group recently welcomed Realtor® Marjory McMillan Mitchell as a new agent. In this role, Mitchell will provide guidance and assist sellers and buyers in the process of marketing and/or purchasing property for the right price under the best terms.

Although new to real estate, Mitchell is no stranger to the Low Country. Having lived on Fripp Island for most of her life, she's an expert and loves every aspect of life on the coast. 

A salesperson at heart, she has over 31 years experience working as a Military Sales Representative with The Jim Terry Group, selling military souvenir items to Army and Air Force Exchanges in the Southeast; as well as selling to the Navy Exchanges worldwide. 

She also enjoys volunteering her services to the Bft area with her 31 yrs with The Beaufort Charities organization. We are lucky to have her join our team of real estate experts.

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