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February 2008

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty Coastal Empire Real Estate Market

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Coastal Empire real estate market providing opportunities ‘Housing is a good buy’ as the local economy performs better than state and national average.
 
Housing is a good buy right now, said Michael Toma, Ph.D, the Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
 
“I would argue that right now is probably a very, very good time to buy a home in our area,” Toma said. “Housing is a good buy, particularly for a first-time buyer with adequate credit and cash for a down payment.  Now is the time to pull the trigger. If you have been sitting on the sidelines watching as the speculators take their lumps, now your time has come to purchase a home.
 
“In six months to a year as the market begins to stabilize, prices are not going to have the same downward pressure,” Toma predicts. “Waiting isn’t going to help much, if any at all for the typical homebuyer. I’m certainly not suggesting that those who buy now will see double digit rates of appreciation as in the recent past, but that for most of us who buy a home in which to live, the next six to nine months will present a real buying opportunity.”
 
The Savannah area economy is faring better than many other places, and that’s expected to continue in the near future, Toma said.
 
“The economy in the Savannah metropolitan area will outperform the state and nation,” Toma said. “Although growth is a little below normal for our region, the risk of recession is tiny as compared to that for the state and U.S.  I anticipate that during the next six to nine months the pattern of below normal rates of growth will continue, all the while as the region economically outperforms Georgia and the U.S.
 
“The strength of our economy is its insulation from factors affecting the rest of the state,” Toma explained.  The economic strength rests mostly on a strong military and health care presence that is largely recession-proof, a manufacturing sector substantially outperforming other areas, thanks in large part to Gulfstream, and the continued booming activity at the Georgia Ports Authority, with the resultant growth in the transportation, distribution, and warehousing sectors.
 
Susan Ason, an Associate Broker with Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty, said she’s seen Savannah stay stronger than other areas, but adds that real estate professionals have to be able to shift with the market.
“I was fortunate to have a better year in 2007 than I did in 2006,” Ason said. “While the market has shifted from a sellers’ to a buyers’ market, I believe my continuing success was due to a more stringent system of staying in touch with previous customers and clients. When clients are selling, it is imperative to help sellers price their properties realistically based upon the current market conditions in their area and to provide candid feedback from showings.”

From what she has seen, Ason said, in the last year properties in the $350,000 to $450,000 range have moved the most quickly in this market.

“We are so fortunate in Savannah, not only do we have a diverse economy; we have a housing market that can meet the needs of any buyers,” Ason said. “We have wonderful islands and beach communities, golf communities in West Chatham, the fabulous Landmark Historic District, the Victorian District and Ardsley Park to name a few. It’s exciting to work with clients who are relocating to our area since I truly believe we have something for everyone. It’s just a matter of identifying the clients’ needs.”
“It’s a great time to buy a home,” Ason said. “Interest rates are extremely low and there are many homes from which to choose.”  It’s important for buyers to meet with their mortgage lenders early in the purchase process so they know how much house they can afford and to ensure they can qualify for the best possible interest rate, Ason said.  Today’s sellers want buyers to be pre-approved prior to entering into contract negotiations – it makes the offer much stronger.
Charleston, S.C. is doing well also. Daniel Ravenel, owner of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston, said his city has very low unemployment and business activity is doing well.
 
“Charleston is a very healthy real estate market still,” Ravenel said. “We saw a bit of a drop off with total properties sold from 2005 to 2006. But as many people are in a ‘not forced to sell’ situation, prices are holding. It’s certainly a lot better than what I understand is going on in Florida and other places where fire sales and auctions are the norm.”
 
“One major difference from two years ago is the reduction in renovating and ‘flipping’ houses,” he said. “Two years ago (and before) we had many young people buying small houses in marginal areas, remodeling and reselling for a profit.” Ravenel said. “Today you don’t see any where near the same number of people buying and restoring homes.”
 
Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.

For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Country Day School The third season of “Creative Minds” Lecture Reza Aslan

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The third season of “Creative Minds” Lecture Series brings leaders, experts and pioneers in a wide range of fields to share their wisdom in open, community-wide forums in Savannah. This annual speaker series is designed to stimulate dialogue and spark debate about important issues that affect us all. The March lecture, “The Future of Islam: Toward the Islamic Reformation” features Reza Aslan on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 6:30p.m. In his discussion, Aslan will explore the future of Islam in an ever-changing world.

Reza Aslan, an internationally-acclaimed writer and scholar of world religions, serves as a regular commentator for NPR’s Marketplace and as a Middle East analyst for CBS News. His first book, No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, has been translated into half a dozen languages, was short-listed for The Guardian (UK) First Book Award, and nominated for a PEN USA Award for Research Non-Fiction.

All events held in Jelks Auditorium at Savannah Country Day School, 824 Stillwood Drive.

Individual tickets $8 advance purchase, $10 at the door, ($5 for students, seniors and military).

Due to the possibility of sell out events, seats not occupied by 6:25 p.m. will be released to a waiting list.

Sponsors:
Media Sponsor: Savannah Morning News, Barbour Point/Salt Creek LLC, Mimi Harben Daniel Cay, Convention Consultants, Mr. W. Barron Crawford III, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty, Jane and Ed Feiler, Levy Jewelers, J.C. Lewis Foundation, Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation, John A. and Ruth E. Long Foundation, Charles and Rosalie Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Howard J. Morrison, Jr./Mary Lane Morrison Foundation, One-Stop Remodeling, River Street Sweets Ray and Nellie Schmidt Lecture Fund.

For information, call (912) 961-8828, or visit www.savcds.org.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Magnolia Manor on the Coast the Renaissance Lecture Series “Lindy Hop Swing”

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10 years ago, Dave and Eileen Ewing were spectators.  They attended concerts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and watched as the other couples danced the night away.  They wanted to join in, but there were two things standing in their way.  First, they didn’t know how.  And second, Eileen was exhausted.  She eventually found out she had chronic fatigue syndrome.  It was so bad, she couldn’t even walk up the steps in her home.
 
“My doctor told me I would eventually be bed ridden if I didn’t make some drastic changes,” Eileen says.
 
“Exercise, he said, has to be a priority.”
 
Eileen hated gyms and had no interest in sports. But then, she remembered those dancing couples… gliding across the floor as if they were in the happiest place on earth.  That, she thought, was the answer.
 
Eileen and Dave signed up for lessons.  Lindy Hop Swing was fast-paced and up-beat, so Eileen knew she would get a good workout.  After the first lesson, not only was she feeling energized, but she was also hooked.  And so was her husband.   They eventually started a group called the Central Pennsylvania Swing Dance Club and danced 3 times a week with dozens of other couples.
 
When they moved to Washington, DC a few years later, they joined a group there.  That’s where they learned how big Lindy Hop really is… one venue in particular filled to capacity at 860 people.  Eileen even danced with 93-year-old Frankie Manning, one of the first Lindy Hop Swing dancers.  Lindy Hop Swing was no longer just something to do… it was a passion.
 
Fast forward 10 years.  The Ewings made their way to Savannah in December.  They could hardly wait to find out what the historic city offered in the Lindy Hop Dance realm… after all, Lindy Hop Swing has been around since the late 1920’s. 
 
Their anticipation was quickly thwarted.  There was no Lindy Hop group.  There was no Lindy Hop dance venue.  They didn’t know anyone, so starting a group from scratch seemed impossible.
 
Then, one night, they went out to dinner and afterwards, decided to go for a walk.  They came up on a jazz club that was playing some great music… music that would pair great with Lindy Hop.  Just like the couples they sat and watched 10 years prior… they were now the ones dancing the night away.  They were no longer the spectators.
 
After going out a few different nights, Dave and Eileen began to meet other couples who were also familiar with Lindy Hop Swing.  In just one month, they formed their own group, called the Savannah Swing Cats.  They how have 20-25 people in the group and they meet every Thursday night at Kokopellis Jazz Club on West Broughton Street in Savannah.   The Swing Cats even have an official website in the works.
 
“I do Lindy Hop not just because I love it, but also because of my health.  I couldn’t even walk up my steps before I started dancing.  Now, I can walk steps forever,” Eileen says.
 
Dave and Eileen Ewing will be the guest speakers for the Renaissance Lecture Series held by Magnolia Manor on the Coast.  The event, titled “Lindy Hop Swing:  Then and Now” is slated for March 13th.
 
Each month, Magnolia Manor hosts the Renaissance Lecture Series at its Richmond Hill campus.   The event begins at 5:30 and includes a light supper.  After the guest concludes his/her speech, a question and answer session follows.  The event is free and open to the public, but guests are asked to RSVP by calling Julie Gartside at (912) 756-4300.
                                                                                     
Magnolia Manor on the Coast, located in Richmond Hill, is a non-profit, active, rental retirement community for seniors age 62 and older.   It offers 120 one and two-bedroom apartment homes with full kitchens and patios.   Located on 40 wooded acres, Magnolia Manor offers stimulating social and cultural activities and has amenities such as a wellness center with indoor exercise pool, barber and beauty salon, library and media center, game and activity rooms, three full-service dining rooms, as well as a formal parlor and chapel. 
                                                                                
For more information or to request a brochure, please call (912) 756-4300 or log on to www.magnoliamanor.com.
 

(SAVANNAH) Warren Lokey Joins Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

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Warren Lokey has joined Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty as a sales associate.
 
He has been an investor in the local real estate market for several years and has extensive knowledge of the area.
 
Lokey has 35 years of business experience in Savannah, including 34 years with his store Simon’s Formal Wear, which he still operates with his daughter, Megan. The company eventually expanded to seven stores in four cities.
 
After living at the Landings on Skidaway Island for 20 years, he and his wife, Susan, recently moved full-time to Tybee Island. He attends the Masters golf tournament every year as well as University of Georgia home and away football games.
 
Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are locate d at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.
 
For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

(Savannah) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty Nancy Krembs January 2008

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Nancy Krembs has been named the January 2008 Top Producer for Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty.

Krembs has also been recognized for being a continuing member of the Distinguished Sales Society of the Savannah Area Board of Realtors. She was a Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty Top Producer for 2006 and holds the ABR and GRI designations from the National Association of Realtors.

“I take a personal interest in the client’s financial well being and treat every transaction, whether buying or selling, as if it were my own,” Krembs said.

A native of upstate New York and a graduate of SUNY Geneseo, Krembs has made Georgia her home for over 20 years and is a real estate investor and an Historic District resident with her husband, local attorney James Krembs. As a former assistant vice president with Wachovia Securities, she has combined her knowledge of investing with her interest in real estate.

Krembs is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Georgia Association of Realtors, the Savannah Area Board of Realtors, serving on the Cultural Diversity Committee, the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council, the Historic Savannah Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Georgia Real Estate Investors Association, and the Downtown Business Association. She also holds the Series 7 and Series 63 security licenses.

Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.

For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

(SAVANNAH) Tommy Linstroth of Melaver, Inc., will present “An Introduction to LEED with a Case Study

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(SAVANNAH) – Tommy Linstroth of Melaver, Inc., will present “An Introduction to LEED with a Case Study of Abercorn Common,” the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the nation, at the Engineers Week Technical Training Conference to be held Feb. 21 at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler.

The conference is intended to provide technical training for Civil, Structural, Geotechnical, Water Resources, Environmental, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineers. Professional Development Hour (PDH) Certificates will be issued to conference attendees. Planned speakers include keynote speaker Tracy Rose Rider, NC State University, and lunch speaker Thomas J. Cunningham, Federal Reserve Bank Atlanta.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council is the internationally-recognized standard for high performance, low water and energy use buildings awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Linstroth is the Head of Sustainable Initiatives for Melaver, Inc., a vertically integrated, sustainable real estate firm based in Savannah. He is the founder and president of the Savannah Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Live Oak Public Libraries and the Georgia Conservation Voters.  He is a regular speaker on sustainable development throughout the country and for Farmers Almanac TV. He is the co-author of “Local Action: A New Paradigm in Climate Change Policy.”

Technical Training Conference:
Going, Going. . . GREEN! Lessons on Sustainability
Thursday, Feb. 21
Please RSVP no later than Feb. 15;

registration information is available at www.savannaheweek.org.
Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Pooler

About the Conference
The Feb. 21 conference will run from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (to be immediately followed by a Lowcountry Boil dinner) at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA. Refreshments, breakfast pastries and lunch are included in the registration fee of $110/person ($25/student). Attendees will also receive complimentary admission to the museum.
The Lowcountry Boil dinner is optional for an additional fee of $20/person. Spouses/guests are welcome to attend the Lowcountry Boil at the same rate. A cash bar will be available.

(SAVANNAH) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty Area Economy

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(SAVANNAH) – Housing is a good buy right now, said Michael Toma, Ph.D, the Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
 
“I would argue that right now is probably a very, very good time to buy a home in our area,” Toma said. “Housing is a good buy, particularly for a first-time buyer with adequate credit and cash for a down payment.  Now is the time to pull the trigger. If you have been sitting on the sidelines watching as the speculators take their lumps, now your time has come to purchase a home.
 
“In six months to a year as the market begins to stabilize, prices are not going to have the same downward pressure,” Toma predicts. “Waiting isn’t going to help much, if any at all for the typical homebuyer. I’m certainly not suggesting that those who buy now will see double digit rates of appreciation as in the recent past, but that for most of us who buy a home in which to live, the next six to nine months will present a real buying opportunity.”
 
The Savannah area economy is faring better than many other places, and that’s expected to continue in the near future, Toma said.
 
“The economy in the Savannah metropolitan area will outperform the state and nation,” Toma said. “Although growth is a little below normal for our region, the risk of recession is tiny as compared to that for the state and U.S.  I anticipate that during the next six to nine months the pattern of below normal rates of growth will continue, all the while as the region economically outperforms Georgia and the U.S.
 
“The strength of our economy is its insulation from factors affecting the rest of the state,” Toma explained.  The economic strength rests mostly on a strong military and health care presence that is largely recession-proof, a manufacturing sector substantially outperforming other areas, thanks in large part to Gulfstream, and the continued booming activity at the Georgia Ports Authority, with the resultant growth in the transportation, distribution, and warehousing sectors.
 
Susan Ason, an Associate Broker with Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty, said she’s seen Savannah stay stronger than other areas, but adds that real estate professionals have to be able to shift with the market.
“I was fortunate to have a better year in 2007 than I did in 2006,” Ason said. “While the market has shifted from a sellers’ to a buyers’ market, I believe my continuing success was due to a more stringent system of staying in touch with previous customers and clients. When clients are selling, it is imperative to help sellers price their properties realistically based upon the current market conditions in their area and to provide candid feedback from showings.”
From what she has seen, Ason said, in the last year properties in the $350,000 to $450,000 range have moved the most quickly in this market.

“We are so fortunate in Savannah, not only do we have a diverse economy; we have a housing market that can meet the needs of any buyers,” Ason said. “We have wonderful islands and beach communities, golf communities in West Chatham, the fabulous Landmark Historic District, the Victorian District and Ardsley Park to name a few. It’s exciting to work with clients who are relocating to our area since I truly believe we have something for everyone. It’s just a matter of identifying the clients’ needs.”

“It’s a great time to buy a home,” Ason said. “Interest rates are extremely low and there are many homes from which to choose.”  It’s important for buyers to meet with their mortgage lenders early in the purchase process so they know how much house they can afford and to ensure they can qualify for the best possible interest rate, Ason said.  Today’s sellers want buyers to be pre-approved prior to entering into contract negotiations – it makes the offer much stronger.
Charleston, S.C. is doing well also. Daniel Ravenel, owner of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston, said his city has very low unemployment and business activity is doing well.
 
“Charleston is a very healthy real estate market still,” Ravenel said. “We saw a bit of a drop off with total properties sold from 2005 to 2006. But as many people are in a ‘not forced to sell’ situation, prices are holding. It’s certainly a lot better than what I understand is going on in Florida and other places where fire sales and auctions are the norm.”
 
“One major difference from two years ago is the reduction in renovating and ‘flipping’ houses,” he said. “Two years ago (and before) we had many young people buying small houses in marginal areas, remodeling and reselling for a profit.” Ravenel said. “Today you don’t see any where near the same number of people buying and restoring homes.”
  
Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.
 
For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.
 

(Savannah) John Wills has been named the new CCCS President.

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The new Executive Committee of Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Savannah has been elected.  John Wills has been named the new CCCS President.  He is replacing the 11-year CCCS President Sonny Colley, who will retire on January 31st.
 
Wills, an expert on credit cards and consumer spending, has worked in the financial industry since 1995.  He earned an MBA from Wake Forest University and has experience in directing credit offices in Memphis, Greensboro and now, Savannah.
 
Tackling an average of $9,000 in debt per person in America, Wills is committed to helping Savannah residents overcome the credit card battle.  He plans to continue the legacy Colley is leaving behind, by helping families to create household budgets, sort through their debts and pay off creditors.
 
The rest of the new executive committee includes incoming Chairperson Sandra Best, who is the Vice President of Human Resources at Savannah State University.  Judd Hendry is the new 1st Vice President and also serves as an Operations Manager with Hospice.  The 2nd Vice President, Chris Miltiades, is the President of Workman’s Circle Credit Corporation.  The new CCCS Executive Committee Treasurer, Tom Cole, is a local attorney who specializes in bankruptcy.  Marsha Scott, who is the incoming secretary, works for the Board of Education Credit Union.
 
CCCS of Savannah was established in 1965.  It is a non-profit community based organization that helps people manage debt by setting up a budget and payment plan.  To date, the local CCCS offices have returned more than $70 million to creditors; money that would have otherwise gone unpaid or been lost to bankruptcy.
                                                      
CCCS of Savannah is open from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.  Evening appointments are available at 4:30 and 6:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The office is located at 7505 Waters Avenue, Suite C-11.   For more information, log on to www.cccssavannah.org or call 912-691-2227.  
 
In addition to the main office there are several CCCS satellite offices.  They are in Statesboro (912) 489-2227, Brunswick (912) 261-0060, Hinesville (912) 370-2227, Beaufort (843) 379-2227.
 

(SAVANNAH) John Dodge Meyer Joins Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

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John Dodge Meyer has moved to Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty as a sales associate.
 
Meyer has extensive experience renovating historic properties and selling them. He has bought, remodeled and sold 12 houses in the last 17 years, first in Nashville, Tennessee, and now in Savannah. Meyer also began a restoration business shortly after moving here in 1997.
 
“I have been very passionate about real estate, both as a homeowner, renovator, and now as a real estate agent,” Meyer said. “What I bring to my work with buyers and sellers is a deep understanding of both their needs, as well as all the skills I’ve gained during a rich and varied career path: people skills, communication skills, listening skills, a high set of professional standards, attention to detail, and foremost, a thorough knowledge of historic homes and the Historic Savannah real estate market.”
 
Meyer’s early career interest was in Architecture, through a family connection to Spring Green, Wisconsin and the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright. He left Architecture to pursue an entertainment career in Los Angeles, eventually earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in broadcast television, film-making, and related media. For the next 20 years he produced and directed programs for public television and theatrical presentation, mainly in the fields of science, nature, history and music.
 
Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.
 
For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

(Savannah) Meryl Truett Joins Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

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Meryl Truett has moved to Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty as a sales associate.

Truett has extensive experience renovating historic properties and selling them. She has bought, remodeled and sold 12 houses in the last 17 years. Her area of interest is historic and established neighborhoods including Savannah’s Landmark Historic District, Ardsley Park, Gordonston, Hilton Head and Beaufort County, S.C.

“I would be pleased to apply my more than 17 years experience as a restorer and renovator of historic properties and real estate investor to assist you in finding your downtown Italianate Pied a Terre, Georgian Four- Square or original Tybee cottage,” Truett said.

Truett is a fine art and editorial photographer whose work is collected and exhibited nationwide. She has received numerous awards including an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Her clients include Polygram Records, Sony Music, and the Ingram Group. Her works are represented in the private collections of Roseanne Cash, Chet Atkins, Ashley Judd, Vanderbilt University and BellSouth Corporation. She has also been a university instructor and was the Executive Director of Film/Video Festival at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

She is a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the Savannah College of Art and Design Alumni Association. She has an MFA from SCAD, as well as a Master of Media Arts in Photography and Film, a Master of Education and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina.

Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.

For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323  or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.