A little over two years ago we had the courage to step outside the shadows of a corporate franchise and bravely try something different. We wanted the freedom to do things our way. We had been practicing real estate to the beat of our own drum for nearly six years, but we were missing a few key ingredients that we couldn’t find until we made this leap. What a leap it was. Throughout the last two years, our mission and our vision have served as a guide on this endeavor we call The ART of Real Estate. So as we celebrate our two-year anniversary, we’d like to reflect on how our mission and vision are taking shape…
Our Mission –
To be a community resource that makes the buying and selling of real estate a full-service experience that exceeds our customers’ expectations and positively impacts the Midlands of South Carolina.
We pride ourselves on being a full-service, boutique real estate team with a client-centered approach. We have several coordinators and agents that serve in very distinct roles. By compartmentalizing the buying/selling process our clients can trust someone is watching every part of the transaction. As a team, we are able to bring value to our clients unmatched by a single agent in terms of both time and finances. That is why, in the past two years, we have been able to close approximately 601 transactions for a little more than $141 million in sales. As proud as we are of the amount of deals we have done, our greatest accomplishment is the fact that 85% of our business comes from our past clients and sphere of influence. We are very grateful for the opportunity and responsibility we have each day to serve our clients and improve our communities.
Our Vision –
To be viewed as the subject matter experts on all things Columbia. People will call us for anything because we have our fingers on the pulse of the community and will be true advocates for the community.
We knew as soon as we wrote our vision it was going to be a tough goal to fulfill, and for a bunch of high achievers, we knew this wouldn’t come over night. Over the past two years we have donated 10% of our company earnings back to community events and charities. We see the impact we are making in the faces of the children who get to go to MDA camp, the smiles of the families moving into their new Habitat home, the tail wags of the dogs and cats who are at a no kill shelter, and the relieved faces of the parents who’s children can now afford to stay in the Children’s Hospital.
The past month has really shown us what it looks like to live by our guiding pillars. The floods that recently hit Columbia impacted us personally: literally our homes, our client’s homes, our friend’s homes, our neighbors and our community. Public relations aside, we knew we could help in our own special way and we did. From coordinating house clearing on social media, to delivering supplies in the hardest hit areas. We also donated over $13,000 to several flood relief funds. When The Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation needed only one presenting sponsor for their “See The Sky Again” flood relief concert and golf tournament, they called us. While we jumped at the opportunity, we still thought why us? They thought we would be a great fit noticed because they noticed how much we had been doing. Nothing was more affirming that we on the right track.
Looking back at these past two years we have gone through multiple structural changes, both internally and externally. Along the way, we have stayed true to our vision and mission because at the end of the day we sell bricks and sticks, but it’s the people, our clients/friends/neighbors, that mean the most. So on this our second anniversary, we raise a toast to you. Without your support and encouragement we wouldn’t be on the path we are on, and we look forward to the journey ahead!