Catch up with Charter One Realty agent, Sandie Major, as she talks to us about how she got her start in real estate, the benefits of being a part of a team, and how the Lowcountry has changed over the years.
Charter One Realty: When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in real estate?
Sandie Major: I had vacationed here for many years and one winter driving home from work in the snow and darkness after being on my feet for 11 hours as a surgical assistant. I just decided I had enough of that, so I sold my house and moved down here. My sister already lived here and suggested real estate.
Charter One Realty: Tell us about your start in the business. How did the first year go?
Sandie Major: My first year was 2005, so it was amazing.
Charter One Realty: What has kept you in the business after your initial success?
Sandie Major: I just love it. Everything from the joy of finding first time home buyers their homes, to helping people find their final homes, it's a very rewarding career.
Charter One Realty: How has your team partnership given you an edge in the market?
Sandie Major: I love being part of "Lowcountry" Specialists. There are four of us, so if one of us needs a house opened for say an inspector or something of that nature you always have help. We don't work in the same price ranges so we're not really competing and it's nice to always have other people to bounce ideas off of or get advice.
Charter One Realty: How would you describe the vibe in the Lowcountry?
Sandie Major: The "Lowcountry" can best be described as eclectic and very cool. It's beautiful and laid back. I think Bluffton must have the most festivals of any small town in the country. We have festivals for everything from Beer & Brats to Boiled Peanuts and they're lots of fun. There is an awful lot of community pride
Charter One Realty: How have you seen the Lowcountry change — from both a personal and professional perspective — over the years?
Sandie Major: The area is growing by leaps and bounds, but the great thing about it is they are quite strict on what can be built and the look of the structure must be in keeping with the rest of the area. Also, everything is built far enough back from the roads so it's unlike many other areas where you drive along and just see strip mall after strip mall. All of the housing developments are also hidden from the roads. It makes for a very nice atmosphere.
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