Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July from Lori Baden of eXp Realty. 843.505.3132 for all of your lowcountry real estate needs.

Wishing everyone a blessed, safe and healthy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day from Lori Baden

Reasons to celebrate…

It’s been a while and this will be short, but expect to see more posts from me soon, but I have lots of reasons to celebrate during these trying times.  I always try to focus on the positive and hope you are too.

I’m celebrating my daughter Hannah who graduated with honors amongst the chaos of Covid 19, from Belmont University and just moved to Nashville permanently to pursue a career in music business.

I’m celebrating the health of my son Jacob who is Charlotte and praying that he finds another job soon. He’s super smart and great at health and nutrition which a lot people need right now, so I’m hoping he’ll focus on that vs Food and Beverage.

I’m celebrating that my husband Joe has kept his job at Gulfstream so far, although he was switched to weekends. But that may not be an entirely bad thing…

Because… I’m celebrating that I’m now back in real estate sales full time vs being in a Broker or Management position. That means I’ll have my weekends free to work with you or someone you know.

I’m celebrating eXp Realty because even though they had to make some recent cutbacks, this model was built for this economic crises. We still have over 60 hrs of live training and networking per week!

I’m also celebrating that we now have over 28,000 agents that I can refer you to in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia.

Let me know if I can ever be of assistance to you in the Hilton Head/ Bluffton/ Beaufort markets or if you need a great referral agent. 853.505.3132

And last but not least, I’m celebrating Mother’s Day weekend. It’s the hardest and best job I’ve ever had. I’m sure all of you will join me in that celebration!

I look forward to more celebrations with you.

My early Mother’s Day Roses

 

So I Did This Thing…

Find out why I’m no longer Lori Bee.

So in case you didn’t notice,  my name has changed.   Yes, that’s a good thing.  Actually, a great thing.   I got married on Black Friday, ending 47 years of Bachelorhood for my Joe.  LOL.

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Signing the license and ending 47 years of Bachelorhood !

 

Actually, I’m the one that’s blessed… he waited 47 years to find “the one.”

We got married at home here in our barn. It was a gloriously beautiful fall day.  Just perfect.  I hope all of you will rejoice with us.  We are truly best friends, in love.

And as a side note, I’ve been crazily busy with work too.  Yes, I’m still in real estate. Still with eXp Realty.  It’ll be 4 years soon.  Since then we’ve grown from just over 1000 agents to 25,000+ nationally, and from 40 to well over 700 here in SC.  Production volume has grown from $90 million a year in 2017 to over $581 million here in SC, in 2019.  To say I’m proud, is an understatement! As Designated Managing Broker, I oversee operations in South Carolina for this wonderful company.

We have over 30 agents here locally to assist you, and I do referrals all the time.  Locally, statewide and nationally.  Let me know if I can assist you in finding your piece of paradise, like I’ve found mine.  It would be my pleasure.

Update from Senator Davis on the Jasper Ports

Hear it here first… an update from Senator Tom Davis, on the future of the Jasper Ports. This project would mean so much to Jasper and Beaufort Counties in South Carolina, and to Savannah, Georgia too.

Call me, Lori Bee- eXp Realty, to assist you with your future in Jasper County.   I live here and I care.  843-505-3132

Introducing Kasia Pawelek

Introducing Kasia Pawelek, now with eXp Realty, serving Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Hardeeville and beyond.

Super stoked to make this announcement and introduce Kasia Pawelek to everyone!


A savvy business woman and a breakthrough scientist with an artistic soul. Kasia specializes in residential and commercial real estate in Bluffton, Hilton Head, Hardeeville, and Beaufort. Over the years she has represented clients in sales and purchases of houses, condos, new construction, and land. She has earned FIVE STAR reviews from her clients and countless testimonials show 100% satisfaction with her service and knowledge of the area. She is an experienced professional that utilizes cutting edge technology. Kasia is there for her clients though the full process and beyond including recommending contractors, inspectors, lenders, attorneys, and many other professionals as well as helping with moving and local advice.
Upon moving to South Carolina from Michigan, Kasia was smitten with the Lowcountry and its housing opportunities. As an artist, she appreciates the beauty, symmetry, and picturesque views from homes and as a mathematician she focuses on market data, practicality, and investment potential of homes. That’s an ideal mix of both the artistic soul and realistic approach that would make your house both functional and beautiful, all at the right price. She loves working with buyers and sellers. She is committed to taking customer service to the next level. The only thing that gives her job satisfaction is seeing the fulfilled smile on her client’s face. As a co-owner of a small, local, real estate rental business she has developed an innovative and cutting-edge approach to marketing, market data analysis, and newest technology.
She is a world traveler and has wide international experience and collaborations. She can help arrange a professional to facilitate translations in Spanish, Polish, German, Italian, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, and Chinese. She gives her 100% in all her career endeavors.

Welcome Kasia ! Proud to be in business with you!
KasiaPawelek announcement

Gratitude Moment

A moment of gratitude from Lori Bee, South Carolina State Broker, eXp Realty. #eXpRealtyProud

Really blessed to work with such a fantastic Leadership Team within eXp Realty. I try not to talk about work TOO much here on Social Media, but having had the various experiences that I have in real estate management ranging from horrible to great in the past, I feel so fortunate to be in FANTASTIC status at this point in my career. The best ever. I can’t help but share and be grateful.

I give all the credit to God for answering so many prayers in bringing Steve SaundersPatricia Kay SandersJennifer Combs-MinyardMatt Szalecki,Stacey OnnenGlenn Sanford and my predecessor/mentor, Jim Girard into my life. Along with hundreds of wonderful agents (friends!) who get, that our goal is to make not just their careers better, but their lives too.

What a life changing company this has truly been for me so far. I so look forward to where this journey will lead to.

Thank you God. And thank you one and all, mentioned above, and so many more. Have a wonderful weekend.

#eXpRealtyProud

 

Second Chances

Lori Bee shares some second chances she’s had recently at life, love, career and home ownership.

So I have been more than a bit absent here lately on this blog.   SO much has happened, and I haven’t had time to post. I’ll abbreviate it all quite a bit.

So I was promoted back in April to become the Assistant State Administrative Broker for eXp Realty.   Very honored to serve in that position, when suddenly in early May, my beloved boss and State Broker, Jim Girard, announced his retirement.   And then in June I was hired to be his replacement as the State Administrative Broker for eXp.  What a whirlwind!

As if the transition paperwork of 15 local REALTOR boards and 16 MLS’s across South Carolina wasn’t enough,  on June 15th, Joe and I managed to finally close on the home of our dreams and change our address.  We now live in a Morton Residential Barn Home in rural Jasper County closer to Savannah, and are loving it. But this move, in this heat with all the work, has not been fun.  I just keep reminding myself, just how truly blessed I am to have all these Second Chances, with love and life.   Hence why we refer to our mini-farm as Second Chance Farm.

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I’m reminded of that quote from Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”   I keep asking Joe to pinch me to prove it’s all happening.  So many dreams coming true…

I am currently only doing real estate sales and listings on a very limited basis, BUT I now manage  400+ excellent agents who can assist you all across the Palmetto state.  I am happy to place your referral in the best hands, so please give me a call at 843-505-3132 so I can assist you.  I love making dreams come true!

P.S.  Some people to thank for a lot of these life changes:

  • First of all, my beloved Joe who I plan to rock that rocking chair for life with
  • My children Jacob & Hannah – who inspire their Momma to never give up
  • Joanie Horton – former owner, who knew this place was meant to be ours
  • Thomas Kersey – wonderful Listing Agent who was so helpful
  • Bannon Law Group – for a smooth closing
  • Homeside Financial – esp Christa Jensen & Stacy Kimrey who made this dream come true when everyone else said it was impossible
  • Jim Girard – my career mentor and always will be
  • Glenn Sanford – dear friend & founder of eXp, the model revolutionizing real estate
  • Our SC eXp Agents – love y’all and enjoying this ride with you
  • Bill Martini and Veteran Movers – you should check them out if you are local
  • Joseph Terry – for all of your physical help during this horrendous heat
  • Patti McEwin – for being my neighbor, confidant and screen repair buddy
  • Darlene Dudley – for providing us our temporary home the last 2 yrs
  • All of our family & friends – for your support and congrats

 

 

 

God said, “Stop! Look!”

The Church of the Holy Trinity in Grahamville, SC has to be one of the prettiest churches in SC, if not the entire south.
Photo by Lori Bee

Even on the busiest of real estate days, God has a way of sayin’ : “Stop! Look what I did here, to take your breath away!”

The Church of the Holy Trinity is in Grahamville, SC near Ridgeland, and was on my way home last night from a listing appointment just up Bees Creek Rd.  This has to be one of the prettiest churches in South Carolina, if not the entire South.  Especially this time of year with the azaleas in bloom.

I thought some of you might enjoy God’s handiwork too.

Church of the Holy Trinity by Lori Bee

Colleton River Homes for Sale

Lori Bee shares a sunrise view and a list of homes for sale, in beautiful Colleton River, located in Bluffton, SC.

Have you ever seen the Will Smith/Matt Damon/Charlize Theron movie, “The Legend of Bagger Vance?”  Well, even if you are not a golfer, I do highly recommend it. Did you know much of it was filmed right here in Bluffton?  Actually, quite a bit of it was filmed in the gated golf community of Colleton River.   The clubhouse is adorned with pictures of the filming and memorabilia.

A lot of people are surprised when I tell them it was filmed here.  It really does showcase just how gorgeous this area truly is.  It’s also a fabulous place to live.   Here is a list of homes currently for sale in Colleton River.  If I can help you make your dreams come true, just let me know. It would be my pleasure.  My phone is 843-505-3132.

And just to give you a bit of a preview, yesterday I ventured out to the HE Trask Boat Landing in Bluffton and captured this sunrise view of the Clubhouse.   Thought you might enjoy it.  It’s even more spectacular in person.  Wouldn’t it be just fabulous to wake up to every day.   Let’s make that happen….

Colorful Colleton River Sunrise by Lori Bee

Coastal Setback Lines , setback

SC Coastal property owners have chance to request review of new coastal setback lines. But the deadline is coming up quick!

Heard great news from Nick Kremydas, CEO of the South Carolina Association of Realtors, today regarding the setback lines for rebuilding on the coast.  Nick was the keynote speaker at the Beaufort County Association of Realtors luncheon and gave us several updates on new legislation, on the national and state levels.

I asked a question about the recent developments on the coastal rebuilding setback lines.   He gave us all and update and sent me the following press release. I’m sure many of you will appreciate this update to this important issue affecting many homes here in Coastal South Carolina.

Please note the important DECEMBER 4th date for property owners to contact the DHEC to receive information on requesting a board review.  But at least now you have a little time to be proactive and request a review.   


 

Please see DHEC’s recent news release, below. 

DHEC Extends Public Comment Period on Proposed Beachfront Jurisdictional Lines Until April 6, 2018

[COLUMBIA, SC] Coastal property owners will have until April 6, 2018 to comment on revised beachfront jurisdictional lines proposed by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

Because of this extension, the department will begin to adopt final revised beachfront jurisdictional lines in May 2018 with all lines published by December 31, 2018. A tentative adoption schedule for each beach will be available on DHEC’s website on November 13, 2017.

Existing jurisdictional lines will remain in place until final revised lines are adopted. A 2016 amendment of the Beachfront Management Act prohibits the baseline from moving seaward from its position on December 31, 2017.

Based on feedback received during the original 30-day comment period, DHEC feels it is appropriate to give property owners and other interested parties more time to meet with department staff, understand the methodology used to set the jurisdictional lines and bring the department any additional information for consideration.

The decision to adopt revised lines after December 31, 2017 affects landowners who own property where the baseline was proposed to move seaward of the existing baseline under the department’s current proposal.

DHEC is asking these property owners to contact the department prior to December 4, 2017 by email at ocrm-comments@dhec.sc.gov or phone at 843-953-0200 to receive information on requesting a board review. DHEC will also attempt to proactively reach out to these property owners.

The department is required to establish and review beachfront jurisdictional lines every seven to ten years to implement laws and regulations that support the state’s beachfront management goals and to guide development away from vulnerable shorelines. The lines were last reviewed in 2008-10.

DHEC establishes two lines of beachfront jurisdiction – the baseline and the setback line. The baseline is the more seaward of the two jurisdictional lines, while the setback line is the landward line. To locate and establish the lines, DHEC utilizes the best available scientific and historical data, including state-of-the art LIDAR, GPS and aerial photography.

The lines do not create a “no-build” area. Repairs, reconstruction and new construction are allowed under certain conditions and with authorization by the department.

DHEC staff is available to assist citizens in understanding the lines and the process. Three public hearings were held in October, and additional meetings and opportunities to gather and present information will continue to be held.

The department has developed an online tool that shows the proposed new lines in detail at https://gis.dhec.sc.gov/shoreline/. Additional information about the proposed beachfront jurisdictional lines, including a video on how the lines are developed, are available at http://www.scdhec.gov/beachfrontlines.

Public comments may be submitted to DHEC through a link provided in the viewing application or in writing to DHEC-OCRM, Attn: Barbara Neale, 1362 McMillan Avenue, Suite 400, Charleston, SC 29405. Comments can also be submitted to ocrm-comments@dhec.sc.gov.

Katie Phillips
Legislative Affairs
S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control
Office: (803) 898-9119
Mobile: (803) 530-5679