5 Lucky Winners

Fri, Apr 29th 2011 2:44 pm by agent owner

Watch the video to see who the lucky agent-owners are -- 5 have just won $50 each.

The names of all of the agent-owners who completed a buyer survey and returned it to bookkeeping are put in a hat (or bag in this case).  Then once a quarter, there is a drawing for the $250.

Today, Mama Liz drew out 5 names.



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Stefan Swanepoel --Surviving Your Serengeti

Wed, Apr 27th 2011 11:01 am by Inspirational

Stefan Swanepoel photoStefan Swanepoel has just give me permission to invite all of our agent-owners to his "Safari of Self Discovery - One Day Only Online Event" -- May 2, 2011.  Thank you, Stefan.

A little about Stefan:  

Stefan Swanepoel was born in the Serengeti and
spent the first 35 years of his life in Kenya, Hong Kong and South Africa. He is a successful businessman, a best-selling author and widely traveled public speaker, having presented more than 750 talks to audiences of over 500,000 people. Swanepoel’s academic accomplishments include a bachelor’s degree in science, a master’s degree in business economics and diplomas in arbitration, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, computer science and mark...

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Welcome to Walker Jackson Mortgage

Tue, Apr 26th 2011 2:53 pm by This and That

AgentOwned Realty is pleased to announce its association with Walker Jackson Mortgage Corporation.

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As far as our agent-owners are concerned, our current loan officers will remain in place.  Walker Jackson offers a wider range of mortgage services than we were able to offer previously plus additional loan officers.

So, welcome to Dan Strecker and his current team of loan officers (Rex Strecker, Charles Conley, Jennifer Morris, Richard Peck, Jennifer Williams) to the AgentOwned family.


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South Carolina Safe Homes

Thu, Apr 14th 2011 3:48 pm by Educational

Have you heard of the SC Safe Home Act?  Well, I feel like I have been hiding in a closet somewhere, because I had not heard of it until last week.

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If your home meets certain criteria, you are eligible for up to 25% reduction on your homeowners insurance. I should mention here that not all insurance companies give discounts for this.  Allstate Wally Burbage & Assoc. does .

Also, in some cases, if your home does not meet the criteria, the state of SC will give, yes that is give, you a grant to bring the home up to the standard criteria for a SC Safe Home.

Jeff Conklin is a certified SC Safe Home Inspector in the Charleston SC area.

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New Features of Centralized Showing

Tue, Apr 12th 2011 4:53 pm by Educational

Especially interesting for anyone who utilizes Centralized Showing Service (CSS).

This Thursday, April 14, 2011, Rob Reppy, Regional Account Excuctive of Centralized Showing Service, will present a webinar entitled:  --

The topic is the same as previously scheduled, but the presenter has changed.

Rob will address the new features of CSS --- 

To reserve your seat for the webinar:  ttps://

Enjoy the webinar


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Baby Great Horned Own Falls From Nest

Mon, Apr 11th 2011 5:22 pm by Family

Sunday was quite an exciting day at the Loadholt/Valero home -- 

Early Sunday morning, Wilson Antley & Art Valero  started investigating what was driving the dogs crazy.  They found a baby Great Horned Owl on the ground under a tree -- 

Luckily, the dogs could get to him because of a hot wire that keeps them in our yard.  

Wilson & Art scooped the owl up, put him in a box and took him to The Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, SC.

In the afternoon, Isaac Green, a volunteer with the Birds of Prey center called Art to let him know that the owl was OK and that yes, it was a Great Horned Owl who had not learned to fly.  Isaac said that he was bringing the Owl back to our property to rele...

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Mt Pleasant SC - Deep Water Home

Mon, Apr 11th 2011 11:34 am by Deep Water

dock photoTrue Deep Water  - 12 Feet at Low Tide 


1209943- Residential420 Brown Pelican dock photo

Wando, SC

True deep water with PRIVATE DOCK and boat lift, water views, grand oaks, fabulous porch space & more! Don't just buy a home, buy the lifestyle. THIS is why you're in Charleston, SC. Boat, fish & swim right from your backyard.




Elevated home takes advantage of the water views from the kitchen, breakfast area, family room and master suite. The formal living room and dining room have beautiful views of the lush green front yard and established landscaping. 420 Brown Pelican home photoThis home has a great flow for entertaining. Set up in the open kitchen and wet-bar complete with ice maker and spill out to the la...

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Watch the Weight Fall

Fri, Apr 8th 2011 2:09 pm by Family


Do I like to watch the weight fall?  It is so much fun to watch the scales pointer to go down each week.  Well, not every week,Scales with a woman's feet on itbut most weeks.  

This adventure started around the 2nd week of January 2011 -- when I was having difficulty fastening my size 14 clothes . I made the decision to join Weight Watchers.

Since I am only 5’3”, I decided that I needed to take a serious look at where I was -- not just for looks, but for my health also.

Yes, I am big boned --- (smile) -- don’t we all feel like we are big boned when we gain a lot of weight?

If I write about this adventure, I am less likely to quit -- I need to stay on track with this.

Actually, I am very proud that during my length of tim...

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Charleston SC -- Educational Webinar Schedule for April 7 - May 12

Sun, Apr 3rd 2011 3:44 pm by Educational






Address to register

Using Google as A Data Base Thursday, April 7, 2011
1:00 pm
Stokes Gramling
(For Charleston MLS)
Thursday, April 14, 2011
1:00 pm
Mike Wayman
A Listing Presentation Thursday, April 21, 2011
1:00 pm
Ken Roe
Marketing for Expired Listings Thursday, April 28, 2011
1:00 pm
Coach Katerina Gasset of Wellington Florida
Explaining Agency Discloure Thursday, May 5,2011
1:00 pm
Liz Loadholt

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Tell Me It Isn't So

Fri, Apr 1st 2011 3:55 pm by Family


There has been a lot of "things" running through my head lately. My first reaction to all of it is “tell me it isn’t so”.
Liza photo
First of all, we had the set back with Liza and her being in the hospital for 4 days -- that was a couple of weeks ago, now. They discovered that she had an auto immune disease -- Pyroderma Gangrenosum  --result of the cancer -- she is doing really well this week -- she feels good and looks good.

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10 Tips to Making More Sales -- Not a Secret

Wed, Mar 30th 2011 4:51 pm by Real Estate Tips


I talk to a lot of agents and salespeople in general who are a little more than depressed about the current market. It's understandableanimated business man as frankly, times are hard for a lot of folks. But there are some tried & true methods that will bring you success in virtually any market and most of them are common sense.

10 - Make the call - I know how hard it can be sometimes to pick up that 20 pound phone and make the call. The last thing you want to hear is another no, but you have to reach out to people if you want new clients. So when you get a lead, use it, and make the call.

9 - Follow up - When you make the initial contact with someone, try to assess their needs and see how you can help. ...

Distressed Properties: Discounts and Difficulties

Wed, Mar 30th 2011 1:36 pm by Market conditions

Reposted with permission. 

by THE KCM CREW on MARCH 25, 2011 ·  


Most buyers want to make sure they get a ‘good deal’ when they purchase something. Purchasers of real estate are no different. That is why many decide to buy a distressed property (a foreclosure or a short sale). The National Association of Realtors (NAR) last week reported foreclosures, on average, sell at a 22% discount and short sales at a 17% discount. It sounds like a pretty good decision to buy a property at those levels of discount.

However, the purchaser must realize that there are added obstacles in these type of transactions. Many foreclosures are left in less than pristin...

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Liza Loadholt Valero Feels Good

Fri, Mar 25th 2011 1:45 pm by Family

Finally, Liza is feeling good again -- she says it feels so good to feel good.

A couple of weeks ago, she ended up in the hospital for 4 days --- she had sores on her legs and arms -- turns out that she had a staff infection  and Pyroderma Gangrenosum which is an auto-immune disease -- an offshoot of the cancer and her treatments.

However, the great news is that the Doctors, after they figured out what was wrong, knew how to treat it. 

A special thanks to
Dr. Marta T. Hampton, MD - Dermatopathology & Dermatology .

Dr. Archibald A Hampton, MD - Infectious Disease Medicine ... 

Dr James Schnell MD - Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine ...

Dr Elizabeth Christian MD - Hematology / Oncol...

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Tips for Selecting Homeowners' Insurance

Fri, Mar 11th 2011 3:30 pm by Insurance

 5 Tips  

1. Get past the advertising fluff. When selling your home and buying a new one, your mailbox becomes a sieve of solicitations—and one of the front-line offenders are homeowners’ insurance companies. They’re often printed on pricey paper stock and feature florid writing poetically telling you how they can help you protect your home and all the prized possessions it contains, better than any other company can.  Just because a company has the advertising budget for big mailings, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best. It’s quite possible that the homeowner might do just fine with a company that sends them a mailing—but they might do even better with another company that never ...

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Update on Liza Valero

Fri, Mar 4th 2011 2:57 pm by Family

Update on Liza Valero.

From this  Liza Loadholt Valero     to this in a few months                             Liza Valero

It's called "cancer"  --

This has definitely been a trip to remember for Liza and our family and it isn't over yet.

However, she had her last chemo treatment yesterday  --- Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She will start her radiation treatments in 3-4 weeks.

As soon as we can get her through this next week of pain, we are definitely going to celebrate ---

Please learn from Liza and others -- take care of yourself -- you women, please have regular mammograms -- --and if you should end up with cancer, please seriously consider a double mastectomy -- it could save your life.

For some, it is hard to imag...

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