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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group is excited to announce the hiring of veteran Realtor, Lisa Evans. In this role, she will continue her passion for helping others buy and sell real estate in the Beaufort area. Evans has been a licensed real estate agent in South Carolina since 2004. The Habersham community has always been her place of focus, but the entire Lowcountry is special to her. Prior to working in real estate, she worked as an independent sales representative for various companies in both North and South Carolina. Originally from Columbia, she graduated from Columbia College. She now lives in downtown Beaufort on the intracoastal waterway. In her free time, she loves walking downtown, enjoying great restaurants, shopping, gardening and spending time with family, friends and her pets. Bay Street Realty Group is excited for Lisa Evans to join their sales team in South Carolina, and to continue sharing her love for this region.


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."




Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group Cora Bett Thomas Realty recently gave monetary and food donations to the Skidaway Island First Responders. As a company and with personal agent contributions, the brokerage gathered and donated $1,950 and food for the volunteers. 

"The firefighters at both stations on Skidaway appreciated the monetary donations and delicious snacks provided," says Kelly H. Gordon, President of the Skidaway Island First Responders. "Our main focus is protecting and serving this wonderful community. We couldn't do what we do without generous donations like these." 

"We are so thankful for their service and commitment to our community," says Broker in Charge Will Thurman. "This is just a small way to show them how much we care and appreciate their volunteer services. They make us feel safe knowing that they're there to protect us when the unexpected happens." 

The department plans to allocate the donations made to provide uniforms and gear to their new class of graduates.


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.


CyCy Cornaglia recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Cora Bett Thomas Realty as the new Office Assistant for the Savannah, Georgia office. In this role, Cornaglia will greet guests, tend the front desk, keep inventory, assist with Caravans, Just Listed Postcards, Legal Descriptions, and various other duties.

From Sao Paulo, Brazil, she speaks fluent Portuguese, basic Spanish and comprehends some Italian. Cornaglia most recently owned and operated Everyday Errands, LLC where she acted as a Concierge and personal assistant to local and non-local clients.

Be sure to stop in and say "Hi!" to CyCy!



SAVANNAH, GA - Bay Street Realty Group, a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchisee based in Beaufort, SC, announced today they have formally acquired one of Coastal Georgia's leading real estate firms, Cora Bett Thomas Realty. Cora Bett Thomas Realty has been a market leader in the Savannah/SC Lowcountry region for more than 26 years. 

Thomas, who came to Savannah in 1969, immediately became active in historic home restoration and jumped into the real estate arena in 1976. Nationally featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times for her luxurious listings, Cora Bett decided to start her own agency on her dining room table in 1994. 

Immediately Cora Bett Thomas Realty grew to become the market leader in the Savannah/SC Lowcountry region, with currently over 50 agents handling both commercial and residential real estate in Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Savannah, Pooler, and St. Simons Island. 

In 2019, Bay Street Realty Group grew into the Georgia market by acquiring Bob and Reba Laramy's successful Savannah, GA Skidaway Island-based real estate company, acquiring 35 new agents. Later this summer, the company will open its Georgia headquarters located at Savannah's historic Chippewa Square, making room for their new, expanded team. 

This acquisition, now working together as a team that produced $291 million in sales in 2019, will make Bay Street Realty Group the largest agency covering both the SC Lowcountry and Coastal Georgia. 

"I am not able to truly express my high honor and excitement to be able to welcome Cora Bett Thomas to our group's leadership," said Georgia managing broker Will Thurman. "We are now the region's real estate powerhouse; composed of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable experts in our area." 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is one of America's fastest-growing real estate brokerage franchise networks with nearly 50,000 agents and 1,500 offices since its September 2013 launch. 

"Being part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices growing global network will only enhance the way Cora Bett Thomas Realty takes care of our growing clientele," says Thomas. "Our amazing team is not going anywhere and I plan to keep working and feeling blessed to be lucky enough to sell real estate in the most beautiful region in the world. Together with Bay Street Realty, we are going to build an extraordinary partnership. 

We intend to continue to embrace change, new technologies, and our new everyday normal. I truly believe the best is yet to come for our amazing coastal region." 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group's history began in 1990 when partners David Hornsby and Ken Willis literally put Fripp Island, South Carolina on the map as they successfully developed this beautiful island. In 2017 Bay Street Realty Group acquired Island Realty, where partner Todd McDaniel was managing member and one of the founding owners. In 2018 Bay Street Realty Group entered into its franchise relationship with global real estate brokerage franchise powerhouse Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. 

Bay Street Realty Group has over 150 years of combined lifestyle-based community home sales and development experience including Fripp Island, Harbor Island, Pleasant Point, Old Tabby Park at Cat Island, Sweetwater, Grand Harbor Golf and Yacht Club, Stoney Point Golf Club and over seven projects in St. Simons Island, Georgia. For more information, visit


The Cora Bett Thomas Realty & associates team announces Lisa Snipes advancement to sales associate. Previously, Snipes worked for the company in an administrative role, organizing client and agent interactions. In this new role, Snipes will guide buyers through the lengthy process, and provide homeowners a well-planned process when selling their home.

Snipes has been involved in personal corporate relocations, dealt with the buying and selling of more than a dozen of her own homes. With a huge sense of community and love for people, Snipes is excited about this new opportunity. 

Snipes believes that empathy plays a major role in her day-to-day career with Cora Bett Thomas Realty. She enjoys figuring out what buyers are searching for and understands the stressful process, so she works to relieve the majority of stress for buyers or sellers.


Kelly Foley

Cora Bett Thomas Realty has hired real estate agent, Kelly Foley. As Sales Associate, she will guide buyers or sellers through the negotiations, contractual aspects, and lengthy real estate processes.

Foley has an extensive background in customer service, equipping her with strong negotiation skills for home buying. She spent five years in the U.S. Air Force. Following that, she spent over 20 years in the aerospace industry, traveling the world with airline executives and partnered with the Department of Defense, as Director of Operations.

Foley is happy to be back to her roots in the Southeast, where she spent most of her early life. She now lives with her family in Rincon, where she enjoys spending time with husband, Vincent, and son, Liam. Foley also volunteers her time with PACK, a local organization collecting food donations for underprivileged children, helping ensure have meals over the weekend.

Foley's leadership skills, business acumen, and project management experience provide her with skills to assist buyers and sellers through their real estate transactions.


Cora Bett Thomas Realty Recently Hired Dylan Mckie  as Sales Associate

Cora Bett Thomas Realty Hires Dylan Mckie as Sales Associate.

Cora Bett Thomas Realty recently announced the addition of Dylan Mckie as Sales Associate. In this new role, he will facilitate clients with renting, buying, and selling of residential properties.

In August of 2018 Mckie became a licensed Realtor®. He takes time to study property listings, interview prospective clients, and draw out real estate contracts. He also assists real estate powerhouse, Bradford Moody, with research and the completion of transactions. His background is in construction and home renovation.

New to Savannah, Mckie recently moved from Highland Village, Texas. He now lives near Daffin Park and loves meeting new people there. In his free time, he volunteers with Habitat for Humanity in downtown Savannah.

Although new to the real estate field, he says what he lacks in experience, he gains in enthusiasm and willingness to learn.


Real Estate Power Couples

It takes two to tango. An idiom often used in a negative connotation, takes on a whole new light for real estate power couple Liz and Bobby Davenport.

The two rely on each other in all aspects of life, from doing the laundry to finalizing a closing. They've been married for 31 years, raised 3 wonderful children together, and now reside in the historic district of downtown Savannah where they both serve as agents for Cora Bett Thomas Realty. From work to play, they consider each other a team. In the 21 years they've worked together, the pair has bought and sold property in 4 different states: Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

So what's the secret to their success? Liz says, "Bobby has always been my best advisor and closest friend. He's my financial consultant but will wash the dishes in a pinch. It's just natural for us." Bobby describes Liz as "the organized one, she remembers the little things that I always forget and puts the finishing touches on everything."

So it seems two is better than one, and it's a huge advantage for their clients too. Their working relationship means more bang for your buck. As investors together, they each focus on different aspects of the business: the big picture guy who thrives in business growth and investing in land; and the welcoming, knowledgeable partner in crime who's all about the flowers and fluff.

Another aspect that makes them such a power couple is the land they cover. From Telfair Plantation in South Carolina, to Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island, and the historic district in downtown Savannah, they really know everything there is to know about the 100 mile coast. The pair is actually able to be in two places at once and serve their clients better.

It was never a question as to if they'd work together, it really just happened naturally. "Our luck and timing have been good to us. It's fun thinking back to all of our clients and how we helped them each take the next step in their lives," Liz says.

While working with your partner in real estate isn't the norm, Cora Bett Thomas Realty has several success stories, and sees this as a growing trend. Take Jan and Tim Corley as another example. Jan, a veteran real estate agent, convinced her newly retired husband to get his license and start working with her. The husband and wife team, now has year one successfully under their belt with several closings and a number of listings.

"He's more disciplined and I'm more relaxed, so we are really able to divide and conquer our duties. Now I couldn't see myself doing it without him," Jan says. She also likes that they can sell all types of real estate and they aren't cornered into one market. Their listing portfolio now ranges from island waterfront to Ardsley Park. They haven't skipped a beat since, and now see real estate as a way of life for them.

As production increases, it's impossible to do everything and do it well. Folks like the Davenports and the Corleys may soon become trendsetters, turning couples into successful business partners.

Contact Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates today.

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