Casey Kellermann and Noell Smith form new DI-based real estate firm
A few years ago, a relocated northerner helped a native southerner find his dream home on Daniel Island. Despite (or perhaps in part because of) their regional disparities, Casey Kellermann and Noell Smith became fast friends. Over time, the more trivial exchanges like the virtues of biscuits over bagels and the proper pronunciation of ‘pecan’ gave way to conversations about Lowcountry life, Charleston architecture, and the scores of other interests and aptitudes they had in common. The prospect of a business partnership between this “new local” real estate agent and his whip-smart consultant client may have had the markings of a foregone conclusion, but the duo would approach the notion thoughtfully, methodically, and patiently.
Kellermann, a native Ohioan, moved to Daniel Island from Breckenridge, Colorado in January 2010. He and his wife, Alison, and their three kids had vacationed on the Isle of Palms that previous fall, and just three months later they packed up their home in the mountains and traded it in for the coastal life. Having worked as a licensed real estate agent in Colorado for over a decade, Kellermann was up for the challenge of translating his success in the Rockies to the Lowcountry. He joined Prestige Real Estate Group. The veteran realtor made it his mission to learn everything about real estate in the Charleston area – from neighborhoods and schools to regulations and insurance – and in short order hardly seemed like a “transplant” from the north. And yet, his status of relocation served him well with homebuyers in similar circumstances; his story of being charmed by the Lowcountry rang true.
Earning a reputation as a “Southern gentleman” not in Charleston, but in Charlotte, North Carolina, Smith nonetheless could not leave the Lowcountry following his graduation from the College of Charleston. The son and grandson of architects, he was informally schooled in the design and production side of real estate, but set his sights on a career in Charleston’s booming local food service industry. Smith worked for 21 years with US Foods/PYA/Monarch. Inc., a national wholesale food service distribution outfit, consulting with local restaurants to help them purchase with purpose and optimize profits. And though it was a rewarding vocation, his wife, Susan, and their two children knew he had a continuing passion for real estate. It would also prove a smart thing for Smith to mention to his Midwest-born real estate agent friend.
Combining their diverse business acumen and regional backgrounds to form Kellermann Smith in October 2015 was well-timed, too. Charleston was recently named second on the list of “Hot Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2016” by the chief economist of online real estate platform Trulia. Being ranked among the top metro areas in the nation for job growth played a big part in this recognition, but the slight offset is that Charleston-area home prices are creeping up and vacancy remains relatively low. This is where Kellermann Smith plans to find its sweet spot: finding buyers an affordable home in a market where supply may appear lean, and maximizing sales price for sellers looking to strike while that iron is hot.
Personally and professionally, forming Kellermann Smith landed these two Daniel Island residents in their happy place... and now they are helping homebuyers find theirs.
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