|Happy New Year!!! I can't believe we are now in 2022! I feel like the 1980's were only about 20 or so years ago, not 40 years ago. I'm not sure if that's a sign that I'm getting old or time is just flying by. I was reminded yesterday that I will be turning the big 50 this year! Thanks dad! LOL!|
As I think about the things I am thankful for, my family is on the top of that list. Both of my parents are still living on their own and somewhat still very active which is pretty amazing as they are 83 and 79 years young. They have weathered the cold Michigan weather most of their lives and wouldn't want it any other way. Personally, I think they are crazy as I moved down South 28 years ago and never looked back. I love all of our daily / every other day / every 3rd day phone calls as it feels like they are always right next door. My kids, Mackenzie and Drew, have blown me away with their constant 4.0's in school, their drive for their own passions in life and their overall kindness to everyone they meet. Mackenzie is now a Junior at Valdosta State University and is at the top of her interior design class and Drew is a Junior in high school and could graduate at the end of the year, but will continue to take College level classes full-time (while a Senior in high school) so he can walk across the stage with all of his friends.
Most of you know, I remarried almost 6 years ago and it has been a whirlwind ever since! Life is GREAT! Danny is still a loadmaster in the USAFR, but also a realtor. He definitely completes me in every way possible, both in business and in life! Yes, we are total opposites as I can talk anyone's ear off and he will maybe say a couple words. We finally completed our home the previous year after a 15 month build process. Uugh! It was well worth the headache, stress, etc as this was our dream home and we will never have to move again. We are on 3 acres in the country and there's always, always, always something to do. We love where we live and hope that we can continue to help each and every one of you find your dream homes, if we haven't already.
This brings me to real estate as it's the other half of my life. I have been in the business 13 years and 2021 was the craziest I have ever seen. Just like the news said, there were almost always bidding wars, multiple offers, insane offers up to $100k over list price, appraisals waived, home inspections waived, and everything else imaginable. We continuously worked 7 days a week from 8am to midnight for 365 days. This is what we do as we are proud of the business we have built as we have been solely surviving on client referrals for the past 10 years. We want to be the best in Charleston and currently there are over 8,500 realtors (2,500 when I started) so it's important to always be available, be smarter than the competition and continue to find off market properties when needed. Our goal is to always EXCEED all expectations! I am happy to say that in 2021, we sold 30 homes and have another 4 under contract to close in the next few weeks.
Thank you for all of your continued support and I hope all of you have a very happy, healthy and prosperous NEW YEAR!
Kelly (and Danny)