Carolina One office in Berkeley County lands funds for Bike-A-Thon

Local Realtors and staff teamed up recently at a luncheon to raise hundreds of dollars, then donated the proceeds to Goose Creek police for a yearly cause.

Carolina One Real Estate associates in Berkeley County took part in a monthly "office care" gathering as part of the Carolina One Cares charitable drive.

At the midday meal, the Goose Creek office took in $1,781. It contributed the funds to the Goose Creek Police Department to support its annual Bike-A-Thon for St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

According to the medical center's website, the mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment, Carolina One says.

"Consistent with the vision of the founder, Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay," the local agency says.

For more information, visit www.CarolinaOneRealEstate.com.

Two brokers promoted, manager hired at Lee & Associates

The local stomping grounds for a national commercial real estate firm continues its growing ways, as evidenced by three personnel moves in the past month.

Lee & Associates Charleston elevated Carla Fix to director of property management and boosted Anne Lively to senior property manager. At the same time, Lee & Associates hired Lizzie Wilson as operations manager.

According to the brokerage, Fix demonstrates her team leadership "through an absolute commitment to client satisfaction and by viewing every property as if it were her own investment."

Lively, meanwhile, tailors her knowledge and organizational skills to "contribute largely to the success and growth" of the property management department, Lee & Associates notes. She recently marked 10 years with the company.

As the new operations manager, Wilson brings a "strong set" of skills - organizational, communication and leadership - to harness the many aspects of the company's commercial real estate business, Lee & Associates says.

Launched 34 years ago, Lee & Associates describes itself as the largest broker-owned firm in the nation. Its 49 locations in 17 states nationwide house more than 750 brokers.

For information, visit www.lee-associates.com.

Builder, marketing team kick off efforts for Cottages at Copahee

This neighborhood received a "catalyst" to get construction underway and then welcomed a real estate firm - a "Carolina one" in fact - to oversee new home sales.

Specifically, greater Charleston-based companies Catalyst Builders and Carolina One New Homes partnered this spring to raise and praise Cottages at Copahee in greater Mount Pleasant.

The rural community a little bit north of the Isle of Palms Connector "will take you back to a time when country living was quiet and simple," Carolina One's new homes group says. It will be comprised of 26 Charleston "single style homes," according to the sales team.

Prospective buyers can look over the "charming" 1,675- to more-than-2,500-square-foot homes priced in the mid $200,000s. "Magnificent oaks, pristine wetlands, undisturbed wildlife and views of Copahee Sound" surround the elevated homes, Carolina One New Homes notes.

According to the real estate marketers, Cottages at Copahee possesses a host of perks including proximity to Mount Pleasant schools, Towne Centre shopping plaza, top-notch restaurants and high-end recreational amenities.

Cottages at Copahee offers "quality construction at affordable pricing," the sales team points out. As of last month, the neighborhood counted two homes under construction.

The community is off U.S. Highway 17 North. Turn right on Lieben Road and then make lefts on Periwinkle and Tip Lane.

Charleston-based Carolina One New Homes, formed 20 years ago, represents more than 30 new homes communities. For more, visit www.catalystbuilders.net, call Maria Woodul at 843-297-1836 or email her at mwoodul@carolinaone.com.

Charleston-North Charleston home prices escalate in March

While national numbers lagged their expected totals, home price figures for Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties showed steady gains in early spring.

Residential values including distressed sales rose 6.3 percent in March from a year earlier, according to the most recent findings from real estate analytic company CoreLogic. Prices ticked up 2.3 percent from February to March - the month in which winter changes to spring.

CoreLogic officers were a little disappointed with the March figures for the U.S. as a whole.

"March data on new and existing home sales was weaker than expected and is a cause for concern as we enter the spring buying season," says Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic.

"Interest rate-disenfranchised potential sellers are adding to the existing shadow inventory, while buyers who can't find what they want to buy are on the sidelines creating a new kind of 'shadow demand,'" he says. "This supply and demand imbalance continues to drive home prices higher, even though transaction volumes are lower than expected," Fleming notes.

According to company president and chief executive Anand Nallathambi, "Home prices continue to rise across the nation, but affordability, tight credit and supply concerns are becoming an increasing drag on purchase market activity.

"In many markets - especially major metro areas like Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York - home prices are being driven up at double-digit rates fueled by a lack of inventory and record levels of cash purchases," he says.

On the state level including Washington, D.C., South Carolina reported a single family price jump of 9 percent, which ranked 19th highest. Excluding distressed properties, prices rose 7 percent, which works out to be the 23rd strongest gain. California led the nation in home price appreciation, up 17.2 percent.

Home prices nationwide increased 11.1 percent in March from a year before. Month-over-month, prices eased up 1.4 percent. With distressed sales excluded, prices climbed 9.5 percent in the past year through March and 0.9 percent from February.

CoreLogic also hazards an estimate on future home prices in its HPI Forecast. It figures that values were to increase by 6.7 percent in the next year from March and 0.8 percent by April. Excluding distressed sales, home prices should move up 5.7 percent in the next year and 0.6 percent in the next month.

Local real estate agency directs monetary awards to area charities

In a quarterly effort to give back to the community, Carolina One Real Estate handed out checks of $1,650 apiece to four worthwhile nonprofits.

The real estate company's Charitable Contributions Committee, chaired by Tom Tillery, made the selections this spring.

Carolina One held its first awards distribution ceremony of 2014 last month.

Recognized groups consist of the Association for the Blind, Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, The Ark and Operation Sight.

According to Carolina One, the agency established the charitable contributions committee eight years ago to distribute grants to nonprofits in Dorchester, Berkeley and Charleston counties.

The Charitable Contributions committee is comprised of one Carolina One agent for each of its 11 area offices.The program's goal is "to improve the quality of life by supporting the various organizations that serve these communities," according to Carolina One. To date, the committee has donated more than $170,000.

Applications are accepted from nonprofit organizations that serve people who live in Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester counties, Carolina One says. The application deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 30.

For more information, contact Tillery at 843-442-4072.

Sea Pines, Hilton Head rental venture team up on property management

A posh Hilton Head Island resort has aligned with a major island rental company to oversee management of oceanfront vacation rentals.

The so-called premier visitor attractions are the "Oceanfront Home Collection."

Sea Pines Resort says it will partner with Resort Rentals of Hilton Head Island for property management of its premier vacation rentals - the "Oceanfront Home Collection."

According to Sea Pines and Resort Rentals, the partnership will "manage, market and rent" the collection of seaside properties within Sea Pines.

The partnership "takes full advantage of our worldwide reputation, extensive marketing efforts and our leadership and experience in the hospitality industry," says John Munro, vice president of Hospitality, Sales and Marketing. "Our homeowners will enjoy benefits and rental success that are unrivaled."

Benefits to participants include:

-Guest and owner access to the resort attractions such as the new Sea Pines Beach Club.

-Benefiting from "an experienced rental management staff."

-Building revenues via golf packages, corporate groups and weddings.

NAI Avant discloses top first quarter producers

Five veteran brokers topped the list of sales producers at NAI Avant's Columbia office in the first quarter.

"We continued to build off of our strong results in 2013 with an outstanding start to 2014," says Bruce Harper, president of NAI Avant.

He says the brokerage group's volume from transactions jumped 217 percent from the same period of 2013.

Topping the list was Dail Longaker, senior investment broker for the firm. Longaker delivers "unmatched investment expertise to clients of the firm," Harper says. Following Longaker, top producers in order were Nick Stomski, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors; Ben Kelly, Certified Commercial Investment Member; Paul Hartley, SIOR and Roger Winn.

NAI Avant is one of the larger commercial real estate companies in the Southeast, boasting 65 professionals involved in real estate, brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with more than 400 offices and 5,000 professionals in 55 countries worldwide.

Founded in 1966, NAI Avant is headquartered in Columbia with an office in Charleston. For more information, visit www.naiavant.com.

Former New Jersey agent signs on with local Prudential affiliate

A veteran of home sales and property management who moved to metro Charleston in recent years has joined Prudential Southern Coast Real Estate.

Ellen Werksman sports a college degree in business and has spent most of her time working in sales, according to the real estate agency.

She and her husband moved from New Jersey to the Lowcountry "looking for better weather and all the great opportunities that the Charleston area has to offer," according to Prudential Southern Coast.

"They were looking for a small town close to Charleston. Summerville was a great fit with its historic roots and close proximity to the beaches," the agency notes.

Werksman was involved in home sales in New Jersey and also worked with a property management company.

"Her new career is not a job to her, for she loves working with people and helping them find just the right home," the agency points out.

According to Prudential Southern Coast, the agent's specialty is "pointing out how to take a diamond in the rough and transforming it into a great property. Nothing makes her happier than to build a strong relationship with people," it says.

In welcoming the agent, Prudential Southern Coast owner Linda Collins says, "Ellen's background will provide experienced service to her buying and selling clients."

For more information, contact Werksman at 843-718-7371 or ewerksman.pscre@gmail.com.