The Cassina Group ends 2019 as the No. 1 boutique firm for home sales over $1 million

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Fabulous article on The Cassina Group from LowCountryBizSC

The Cassina Group, Charleston’s innovation-driven real estate firm, had a successful 2019, closing the year as the No. 1 boutique firm for home sales more than $1 million*. The firm also is ranked as the No. 1 boutique firm for home sales more than $500,000. The Cassina Group participated in 439.5 transactions in 2019 for a total sales volume of more than $284 million, placing the company in the top 1% of all companies in the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors MLS.

“We are extremely pleased with our production over the past year,” said Owen Tyler, partner and managing broker of The Cassina Group. “Our knowledgeable, professional and committed Realtors are among the best in Charleston, and we are so thankful for our loyal clients who continue to use Cassina for all of their real estate needs.”

The company participated in several note-worthy sales. Laura Rembert represented the buyers on the purchase of 2619 Bayonne St. on Sullivan’s Island, a record-breaking sale for the island selling for $7,350,000. The company also participated in the sale of five additional properties over $3 million, including 358 Ralston Creek St. on Daniel Island (Robertson Allen represented the sellers), 2319 Atlantic Ave. on Sullivan’s Island (Garrett Rust represented the buyers), 4915 Retriever Road on Wadmalaw Island (Jimmy Dye represented the buyers), 202 McCants Drive in Mount Pleasant’s Old Village (Charles McIntosh represented the buyers) and 517 King St. #14 in downtown Charleston (Stephanie Wilson-Hartzog represented the buyers).

Other notable sales for the year include:

  • 9 Johnson Road, The Crescent (Robertson Allen represented the sellers)
  • 5 Broughton Road, The Crescent (Laura Rembert represented the sellers)
  • 110 Ashley Ave., Downtown Charleston (Charles McIntosh represented the buyers)
  • 11 King St., Downtown Charleston (Robertson Allen represented the sellers)
  • 313 Station 30th St., Sullivan’s Island (Greg Boger represented the buyers)
  • 2302 Atlantic Ave., Sullivan’s Island (Garrett Rust represented the buyers)
  • 735 Olde Central Way, I’On (Meghan Webster represented the sellers)
  • 621 Pitt St., Old Village (Robertson Allen represented the sellers)
  • 112 Freeman St., Old Village (Jimmy Dye represented both the buyers and sellers)
  • 4020 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island (Garrett Rust represented the buyers)
  • 422 Tanner Trail, James Island (Chip Eiserhardt & Heath Verner represented the sellers)
  • 720 Jim Isle Drive, James Island (Robertson Allen represented the sellers)

The company, founded in 2006 by Jimmy Dye and Robertson Allen, has offices in downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant and consistently ranks as one of the highest-producing companies in the MLS. The Cassina Group is known as Charleston’s innovation-driven real estate firm with a proven reputation for delivering stronger results through leading-edge technology and building lasting relationships.

For more information on the company, visit www.TheCassinaGroup.com.

*Statistics pulled from CATR MLS on 2.1.2020

 

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202 Pitt Street- Available For Purchase for the First Time in over 50 Years!

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HOME IS AVAILABLE FOR $2,150,000

Circa 1892, this home has withstood the test of time and is now available for purchase for the first time in over 50 years!  Known as the Hale-Seabrook house, 202 Pitt Street in one of the Old Village’s most recognizable homes.  The dignified 4400 square foot estate is a blend of old and new, and is located just steps from the Pitt Street Shopping district.  No historical feature has been removed.

Built by lumberman Harry Hale in 1892 the home was later sold to John G. Seabrook, who recognized its superior quality and vast potential.  Mr. Seabrook hired a master carpenter and contractor to renovate the home, which was lifted and repositioned to face Pitt Street.  Creating the home’s grand style, he also added the beautiful brick-lined walkway and portico, flanked by four dramatic two-story columns (which were reclaimed from a mill in Marion, SC) topped with a stunning entryway door with curved transom and sidelights.  The home has been lovingly maintained and was renovated in 2005 (kitchen/ den, etc) to reflect a modern feel while maintaining the architectural history.

The traditional floor plan features a formal living room, formal dining room, updated kitchen, adjoining den, and guest bedroom on the first floor.  The remaining 3 bedrooms are located upstairs, including the master suite and deck overlooking Pitt Street.  There is also a finished basement with a second kitchen, built in bar plus garage doors leading to an outdoor kitchen- perfect for entertaining.  You will love the traditional antique heart pine flooring, original clear cypress walls, classic crown molding, 10 foot ceilings and more!

202 PItt Street is listed for $2,150,000 by Jackie Kelly, REALTOR® with The Cassina Group.  For more details, contact Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com or visit www.SearchOldVillage.com.

 

 

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Pitt St Pharmacy Grilled Cheese Eating Contest! It’s on!

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Join me at the Pitt Street Pharmacy, Thursday, Oct 3rd at 6:30 pm for The Grilled Cheese Sandwich Food Challenge!   Randy Santel, professional food eater, will be pursuing his goal of winning 1000 food challenges in all 50 states and 50 countries.

The current Pitt Street Pharmacy Grilled Cheese Eating Contest Record Holder is David Hester, who ate 27 grilled cheese sandwiches on May 30, 2013.  Think about it… that’s 54 pieces of bread and cheese, not to mention, a good bit of Duke’s mayonnaise!

And Santel plans to crush this number?  We will see if he can!

Santel is founder and owner of foodchallenges.com. He has won over 779 food challenges and has over 860,000 YouTube and Facebook followers.  And although he will be eating big, he is an advocate for nutrition, fitness and personal wellness and won the  2010 Men’s Health/Spartacus Body Transformation Challenge.

The Pitt Street Pharmacy is such a staple of our community, and how fun for us to come together to watch this exciting and, well, yes.. cheesy event!  See you there!

 

 

Upgrades Worth Considering When it’s TIME TO SELL!

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I am often asked what upgrades are worthy investments to prep a home for sale.  We all know the easy answers….

  • Interior paint
  • Minor kitchen and bathroom updates

But experience (and tons of research) has taught me a few tricks that I am happy to share.  Remember, the goal is to make the home visually appealing to a wide range of buyers!  So for what it’s worth, here are my top picks of upgrades that should be considered when it comes time to sell….

  • Front yard landscaping, new pine straw/ mulch, potted plants for color, and landscape lighting (be sure to get an evening shot for your marketing).  Remember that curb appeal is key!
  • Consider a new high-quality  front door, something special!  Especially in a neighborhood where homes look similar.  Be sure to make your home pop!
  • New garage door!  If needed, this can be a large focal point and by adding a new garage door, you can change the whole look of your home!
  • New roof, if needed.  Insurance companies are asking and could base the buyer’s  insurance rates according to the roof’s age.  If your roof is in need of repair, investing in a new roof will go along way to help secure a buyer and prevent any headaches with your buyer securing insurance.
  • Back yard WOW spots!  This could be a new brick lined patio, fire pit, garden or paved courtyard with water feature and up-lighting  Just remember that folks in Charleston actually use their outdoor living space year round, so use this space to create something usable and enchanting!
  • Large living room rug!  It’s all about scale, and by placing a large, comfy rug in the main living area, you will send a big, welcoming message to your buyers!  And since  the living room is likely the first room the buyers will see, here is your chance to make a bold statement!
  • Green Features!  Buyers love homes with tankless hot water heaters, high efficiency windows, etc.  If it’s time to update any of your mechanical componants, be sure to consider going the extra mile with newer products that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
  • Golf Cart!  If you live in a walkable community where golf carts are allowed, a buyer LOVES to see a golf cart included in the sale.  Remember, you are selling more than a home, you are selling a lifestyle and your buyer will love it!

If you are considering buying or selling, I specialize in this market and I am happy to provide you with a personalized plan for success!   Feel free to contact me at Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com and to see homes for sale in the Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant, visit my website at SearchOldVillage.com.

 

 

 

 

3 Reasons to Hire an Experienced Realtor

Before you hire a friend of the family to help you buy or sell your home, you should give this some thought….

*A savvy REALTOR® can properly advise on market value.  As a seller, over pricing will cause you to sit on the market longer than anticipated, and miss potential buyers who will move on to another home.

*Negotiation Skills are key!  Many times getting a deal done is a result of knowing what to say, when to say and how to say it.  Your REALTOR® should be well versed and skilled when acting as the buffer between you and your buyer, in addition to providing you with a fiduciary relationship and confidentiality.

*Avoid the pitfalls!  And there are many…every deal provides a new set of challenges and learning experiences. Closing more deals results in an educated agent who can help you maneuver through to settlement.

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Need a Personal Trainer? Meet Dawn Blackstone with Blackstone Fit!

I love my Personal Trainer, she is THE BEST!  She comes to my home and challenges me to take my fitness program to the next level.  Oh, and I must mention, she makes it fun!  Each time we do something totally different and unexpected, and I really appreciate her breaking up the monotony of the dreaded work out!

Dawn Blackstone, owner/trainer with Blackstone Fit, resides in the Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant neighborhood and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Advanced Sports Nutrition Specialist. She has been running Blackstone Fit for 12+years, and offers one-on-one personal training, small group training, and nutrition guidance.  She can meet you at your place of choice (your home, a local park or pool, and even the beach!) To learn more about Blackstone Fit go to blackstonefit.com  or check them out on Yelp!  Tell her Jackie sent you!!!

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Experience Sells!

I have been specializing in the OV/Old Mt. P. for years, including bringing you the Village Connection Newsletter since 2006!  I am a Top Producing Agent, voted Best REALTOR® by Moultrie News, and recipient of the REALTOR® of Distinction Award.  I am a full-time Professional REALTOR®, I am your neighbor, and I know this market.  Let’s face it…experience sells and I have the track record to prove it!  If I can help, contact me today! 

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