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Labor Day is a special time in the Golden Isles—some visit St. Simons Island and Brunswick during this long weekend every year, and some will fall in love with the area for the first time. This Labor Day and every Labor Day, we take a moment to pay tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country. At Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, we want your hard work to be realized in the American Dream of home ownership. From first-time buyers to those relocating, we are here to help anyone who wants to pursue the American Dream.

Hodnett Cooper wishes all our residents and visitors a happy Labor Day!

There is more good news to report in the local real estate market: the Glynn County real estate market is more dynamic and the inventory of available homes is decreasing compared to the same time last year. Both are clear signs of a strengthening market.

On St. Simons specifically, compared to July 1st last year there is a 19% reduction* in the number of homes for sale on St. Simons Island.  Also, the average number of days an active listing has been on the market decreased by 39% compared to the active listings this time last year.

Whether selling, buying or both, it is important to note that our local real estate market is changing. Make certain you are aware of the latest local market data to make the best decisions.

*According to the Golden Isles Multiple Listing Service as of July 1, 2013

ST SIMONS ONLY Historical Active 7/1/12 Historical Active 7/1/13 % change
Total Count 383 310 -19.06%
Average Days on Market 497 294 -40.85%
Average List Price $681,158 $773,422 13.55%

Including Areas: S1: South SSI, S2: Mid-South SSI, S3: Mid-North SSI, S4: North SSI

 

BRUNSWICK ONLY Historical Active 7/1/12 Historical Active 7/1/13 % change
Total Count 538 511 -5.02%
Average Days on Market 442 273 -38.24%
Average List Price $195,118 $198,303 1.63%

Including Areas: G1: Central Glynn County, G2: North Glynn County, G3: West Glynn County, B1: Brunswick

 

ALL AREAS Historical Active 7/1/12 Historical Active 7/1/13 % change
Total Count 921 821 -10.86%
Average Days on Market 465 281 -39.57%
Average List Price $397,239 $415,461 4.59%

Including Areas: G1: Central Glynn County, G2: North Glynn County, G3: West Glynn County, B1: Brunswick, S1: South SSI, S2: Mid-South SSI, S3: Mid-North SSI, S4: North SSI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the close of the second quarter, Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc. is pleased to report the overall health of the housing market in Glynn County, Georgia continues to improve. Houses are selling and the average sales price is heading upward.

According to Golden Isles Multiple Listing Service data, total sales volume for Brunswick and St. Simons Island* for the first six months of 2013 is up 8% compared to the same period last year. And the average sales price has increased over 9%. We are encouraged by this year over year improvement.

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Total Sales Volume January-June, 2012: $139,794,482
Total Sales Volume January-June, 2013: $151,171,045

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Average Sales Price January-June, 2012: $222,249
Average Sales Price January-June, 2013: $243,040

*Data includes single family homes and condo/townhouses for Glynn County, excluding Sea Island.

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Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc. is pleased to announce that Randy Morris has joined the Hodnett Cooper team as Associate Broker working from the Brunswick, Georgia office.

Randy Morris has been a resident of the Golden Isles for forty years and is familiar with the unique market area—from the mainland to St. Simons Island. Randy began his real estate career 20 years ago and spent 17 years in residential lot sales and new home construction. His immense experience in that area is an asset to the Hodnett Cooper Real Estate team. He enjoys the satisfaction of seeing a house plan go from drawing board to reality.

Randy is also dedicated to community involvement through youth sports. He has spent many years coaching in Glynn County and takes pride in seeing generations of players grow and purchase homes. Randy’s success is evident in his many accolades—he is an Oglethorpe and Life Member of the Golden Isles Association of REALTORS’ Circle of Excellence.

“We are pleased to welcome Randy Morris to the Hodnett Cooper team,” said Pat Cooper, President and Broker. “His distinguished career and sterling reputation in the market makes him an asset to the team.”

With three grown children and five grandchildren who all live locally, Randy’s favorite pastime is spending time with his grandchildren.

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Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc. currently encompasses a team of more than 40 real estate professionals and services listing contracts throughout the Golden Isles. The Residential Rentals division manages over 400 long-term rentals. With offices on St. Simons Island, Brunswick and Oak Grove Island, Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc serves a three-county Coastal Georgia area. For more information, call toll free 888-638-4750.

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Hodnett Cooper Real Estate is pleased to award Marcia Kronn “Agent of the Month” recognition for July, 2013. Agent of the Month is awarded to the Hodnett Cooper REALTOR with the most total transactions in a single month.

Marcia studied Interior Design and brings an aesthetic sensibility to real estate. With her interior design background, Marcia helps buyers see the potential in a property and helps sellers make their homes more appealing. She considers herself an objective third party that sees things from a fresh perspective. Upon beginning her real estate career in 2005, she was named Golden Isles Assocation of Realtors “Rookie of the Year” and has twice been named to the “Circle of Excellence.”

Marcia guides her clients through the current market conditions with knowledge and confidence, always realizing that a home transaction is one of the most personal decisions a person makes.

Marcia resided in the Oak Grove Island development for 18 years and specializes in Oak Grove Island sales. Marcia manages Hodnett Cooper’s Oak Grove Island on-site sales office.

Marcia Kronn, Associate Broker
Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc.
141 Oak Grove Island Drive
Brunswick, GA 31523

Office Phone: 912-291-3453
Cell Phone: 912-269-9645
Office Fax: 912-280-9744

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According to industry research, the number of real estate searches on Google have grown 253% over the last four years. Searches on mobile devices are predicted to surpass desktop searches next year. With these rapidly changing trends, it is important you have a real estate company that understands and addresses evolving technology. We invite you to visit the newly-designed and mobile-friendly hodnettcooper.com website to view available real estate, rentals, vacation rentals and Golden Isles area information.

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The Sea Gate Inn, managed by Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, announced today that it has been named to the Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list for 2013, an annual ranking of the best-reviewed hotels as determined by Expedia, the world’s leading full-service online travel agency. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels available in the Expedia global marketplace, as judged by more than 1 million annual guest reviews. As the largest full-service online travel agency in the world, Expedia, Inc. has unmatched traveler insight and local market destination expertise.

The exclusive 2013 list designates only 650 hotels as Insiders’ Select hotels, from among more than 150,000 properties available on Expedia-branded sites worldwide. Insiders’ Select helps travelers make confident decisions by identifying the hotels in their destination that have been recognized by other travelers as delivering an excellent overall experience.

“We at The Sea Gate Inn are consistently focused on delivering superior customer service and ensuring our guests have an enjoyable travel experience,” said Kris Maichle, General Manager at Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals. “We appreciate the value that a positive experience has on online travel reviews and the impact this has to our business. We are delighted to earn placement on the Expedia Insiders’ Select list.”

“Expedia strives to provide value to our travelers,” said John Morrey, vice president and general manager, Expedia.com. “Value reflects an everyday commitment to excellence on the part of the hotel. For these hotels, customer satisfaction is paramount. And when we publish the list, we reward those hotels by lifting them up and increasing their visibility through every stage of the booking process. We are focused on empowering travelers with the information and tools they need to make confident travel decisions and to book the trips that are right for them.”

 

About Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals

Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, Inc is the largest vacation rental management company on St. Simons Island, Georgia with over 400 homes, condominiums and hotel suites in inventory. Properties include The Beach Club at St. Simons, St. Simons Grand, North Breakers, Shipwatch, The Sea Gate Inn, as well as private homes. Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, Inc employs a team of professional vacation planners who find guests the perfect accommodations and is a member of the Vacation Rentals Management Association (VRMA). For more information, please visit http://www.hodnettcooper.com or call toll free 888-638-4750.

 

About The Sea Gate Inn

Located on St. Simons Island, Georgia, The Sea Gate Inn features 24 luxurious suites. Each suite features one bedroom, spacious bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining area and private balcony. The Sea Gate Inn overlooks a green space and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Built in 2008 and managed by Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, the Sea Gate Inn is a favorite St. Simons Island destination. For more information, please visit http://www.hodnettcooper.com/bre/complexes/sea-gate-inn/ or call toll-free 888-638-4750.

 

About Expedia.com

Expedia.com is the world’s leading online travel site, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. Expedia.com (http://www.expedia.com/, 1-800-EXPEDIA) aims to provide the latest technology and the widest selection of vacationscheap flightshotelscar rentalcruises and in-destination activities, attractions, and services. With the Expedia Best Price Guarantee, Expedia.com customers can get the best rates available online for all types of travel.

Neu_Missy_NewWebHodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc. is pleased to announce that Missy Lane Neu has joined the leadership team as Vice President of Business Development and Associate Broker.

With over twenty years in the real estate industry in the Golden Isles, Neu is a Life Member of the Golden Isles Association of Realtors Circle of Excellence and was the “Realtor of the Year” in both 2001 and 2006. Neu served as the President of the Golden Isles Association of REALTORS in 2001 and 2005 and has served in a multitude of leadership roles at local, state and national REALTOR Associations.

As a lifelong resident of the Golden Isles, Missy actively dedicates her time and resources to organizations that make a measurable difference in strengthening the local business environment, increasing the availability of educational opportunities and improving the quality of life in Coastal Georgia. Prior to joining Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc, Neu served as President and CEO of the United Way of Coastal Georgia. Under Neu’s leadership, the United Way exceeded its fundraising goals in each of her four years, raising over $6.5 million during her tenure. In addition, under her leadership, United Way of Coastal Georgia was awarded a 4-Star rating, the top award, from Charity Navigator in 2012 in recognition of strong governance and financial responsibility.

“Missy’s leadership, experience and community involvement make her an asset to the Hodnett Cooper Real Estate team,” said Pat Cooper, President and Broker. “Missy has a vision and perspective of Coastal Georgia that few others share. We are fortunate to have her on our team in both business development and listing and selling real estate.”

Missy Lane Neu holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University, is a graduate of the 2008 Leadership Georgia class and is committed to the community through her involvement with the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, The United Way of Coastal Georgia and The College of Coastal Georgia.

“I am excited to rejoin the real estate industry as part of the Hodnett Cooper Real Estate team, a company that is equally ingrained the fabric of our community and a market leader,” said Neu.

Missy and her husband Marc consider themselves blessed to be natives of the beautiful Golden Isles. They share their home with two spoiled dogs and a fearless cat.

Roy Hodnett was recently awarded the Alfred W. Jones, Sr. Award for dedicated leadership and outstanding service to Brunswick and the Golden Isles by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce. Those of us who work with him every day can go on and on about what a wonderful leader and person he is. The award introduction speech nicely sums up his lifetime of dedication:

Let’s start back over 80 years ago when a young boy at the age of 11 started working to help support his family. He delivered papers and then groceries all over town on his bike and continued helping his family through high school. Following his high school graduation, he worked in virtually every aspect of the food retail business, which he loved. In 1940, he went to work for a large company called Dupont, but before he was there even a full year, the war broke out. He enlisted in the army at the young age of 20 and spent the next five years of his life serving his country because he loved and believed in what his country stood for: freedom.

Before he left to fight in France, he met and married the love of his life. He will tell you that she helped make him the man he is today. After being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and coming dangerously close to losing his leg, he came home a hero with numerous honors, including the Purple Heart and the Silver Star.

He came home to heal, see his newborn son, and begin building a life and future with his family. Starting his own cookie distributing company from scratch, he proved quickly that hard work, determination and a good woman beside him was all he needed. He and his family soon moved out of their $900 government house and built a beautiful home where they raised their three children, Mike, Pat and Kelly. It was a good life.

Flash forward to 1968 when he and his wife were vacationing on a little Island in Georgia called Jekyll. They decided to drive over to the next island for dinner and when they crossed the causeway leading to St. Simons, he said, “Honey, I think we have just discovered a little slice of heaven.” They both fell in love with the Island and purchased a home that weekend, making the decision that they would continue building their life in our beautiful community. He sold his distributing company and went into the cookie brokerage business. They packed up their family, moved to Georgia and never looked back.

Always believing that the more a person gives, the more he gets back, he began to make his mark. Embracing their new life in Georgia, he and his family joined the St. Simons United Methodist Church, many clubs and organizations and strived to become part of their new community. Growing tired of traveling with his brokerage company, he retired from selling cookies at the age of 62, deciding to enjoy his days playing golf, enjoying his family and perhaps, sell a little real estate. A few days after retiring, his wife—realizing he would quickly grow bored in retirement—told him, “I married you for better or worse, but not for lunch. Now, go find a job!”  

Again, with a lot of determination, hard work, and quite a few risks, he and his partner, built one of the most successful small businesses in Glynn County.

Over the years, he has guided, led, listened, mentored, advised, supported and encouraged so many people, young and old alike. He has a soft spot for anything that has to do with children or young people because he knows they are our future. Each year The Gathering Place stops by his office with a group of students to say “thank you” and he always enjoys this annual visit. He takes the time to share his story and hear about their hopes and plans for the future, all the while encouraging them.  As one man told me recently, “He just has that way of making you feel special and that you can do anything if you believe you can.”  Always with a smile and a warm handshake or hug, he continues preaching the value of work ethic, kindness and respect for all. He has never strayed from these principles and continues to touch the heart and soul of everyone he meets. He will tell you his family, his country, his community, and his God are the most important things in his life

If you ask him what his secret is to having such a successful and happy life, he will tell you it is having a wife of 68 years who stood beside him and often behind him pushing and believing in him. He will also tell you it is having the right ATTITUDE. There is a quote on the wall in his office that says “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than failures, than successes, than appearances, than skills, than what other people think or say or do. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. What’s remarkable is that we have a choice every day we wake up regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you.“

At 91, his work ethic still has him going to his office every day with his door always open for the next person to walk in for him to encourage, mentor, and push along. And of course, talk about attitude.

How lucky Glynn County was that day over 44 years ago that Roy and Anne Hodnett decided to pack up their children and their lives and move from that small Virginia town to their little slice of heaven.

Roy, we would like to honor and thank you for everything you have done, and continue to do, for our community as this year’s recipient of the Alfred W. Jones Award.

Congratulations Roy, from all of us at Hodnett Cooper!

by Dick Yarbrough, Macon Telegraph
Original story published on December 1, 2009.
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This is the story of three wise men. They do not come bearing gifts of gold and myrrh and frankincense. Their gifts are service, intelligence and integrity. They don’t have exotic names such as Bithisarea, Melichior, and Gathaspa. Theirs are ordinary names: John, Raymond and Roy. But there is nothing ordinary about them.

All three are World War II veterans, a part of the Greatest Generation. One lives in northeast Georgia, one in deep south Georgia and the third resides on the coast. Two are business entrepreneurs; the other a retired college president. One is 90. The other two soon will be. All three are strong family men, devout in their faith and still have a zest for life. They also have something else in common. All three have had a profound influence on my life.

John Jacobs is from Gainesville and is a successful media executive. He turned a small radio station in Gainesville into a broadcasting and Internet conglomerate now operated by his children. At an age when he could be enjoying the financial fruits of his labor, John remains a “go to” guy in the Gainesville area. More institutions in Hall County than I have space to list owe their successes to this man’s willingness to share his time, talent and tithes, not for personal glory but because he believes in giving back.

Dr. Raymond Cook of Valdosta turned my life around. When I was a freshman in college and ready to drop out of school, I found myself in Dr. Cook’s literature class. To say the man can teach is to say Michael Jordan can dribble a basketball. I was totally mesmerized by him. Thus, when asked to analyze the poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer, I decided to wing it and impress him. Bad idea. This normally kind-natured man peeled my hide in front of the class.

I cannot tell you specifically what is wrong with “Trees” today, but take my word that it lacks something. I still have the scars to prove it.

When Dr. Cook finished with me and got me to admit that I didn’t have the foggiest idea what I was talking about, he looked at me sternly and said, “Mr. Yarbrough, from now on, think before you speak.” It may have been the best advice I ever received and saved my career more than once.

Four decades later, after reading “Tuesdays with Morrie,” I looked up this good man to tell him what he meant to me. I am pleased to say that we have become fast friends and e-mail correspondents. He still dispenses wise counsel. We just don’t discuss “Trees.”

Roy Hodnett, like John Jacobs, is a highly-successful and self-made entrepreneur. He operates Hodnett-Cooper, a real estate firm headquartered on St. Simons Island. Admittedly, it has been a rough time in the real estate business, but Roy Hodnett has managed to steer his firm through the tough times where others have failed. Some of that is due to a shrewd business sense he developed while pulling himself up by his poor bootstraps. Much is due to how he treats people. Whether you are a U.S. senator or a cranky customer, it doesn’t matter. He treats everyone with kindness and respect. His handshake is as good as any real estate contract you will ever sign.

I have more sunsets behind me than sunrises ahead, but I hope I am never too old to learn. From John Jacobs, I have learned that to whom much is given, much is expected. Dr. Cook taught me that talking is best done only after a good deal of thinking. Roy Hodnett has shown me that one can succeed in business and be a kind, gentle person at the same time.

Ironically, I don’t think John Jacobs, Raymond Cook and Roy Hodnett have ever met. That’s a shame. They would enjoy each other’s company immensely. What is important, however, is that they have made this a better world by their being here and they have made me a better person by sharing with me their talent, their wisdom and their goodness.

Thank you, wise men.