Real Estate News


James Garman of WillowTree Low Country Homesrecently earned the CertifiedGraduate Builder (CGB) designation,identifying him asone of the building industry'stop professionals. Nationwide,1,100 professional builders havethis designation. Administeredby the National Association ofHome Builders, the CGB programis sponsored locally bythe Hilton Head Area HomeBuilders Association.

The CGB curriculum incorporatestraining by leadingbuilding industry practitionersand academics on topicsincluding business management,emerging technologiesand market trends. After earningCGB credentials, programgraduates maintain their designationthrough completionof 12 hours of training everythree years.

Garman is also a CertifiedGreen Professional throughthe National Association ofHome Builders and a CertifiedMaster Builder through theHome Builders Association ofSouth Carolina.

Bob Raehn, broker-agent atGateway Realty, has developeda website report providinginformation about lenderand government programs tohelp homeowners avoid foreclosure.The report includesinformation about the federalgovernment's Home AffordableForeclosure Alternative Program,and explains the possiblebenefits of short sales (selling aproperty for less than the currentmortgage amount owed).

The free resource is availableat

In December 2010, the U.S.Treasury Department updatedand improved eligibility standardsfor the Home AffordableForeclosure Alternative Program.Officials also enhancedefficiency guidelines for lenders,streamlining the processfor homeowners to avoid foreclosure.

Raehn has earned the NationalAssociation of Realtor'sdesignation of CertifiedDistressed Property Expert.CDPE-designated agents aretrained to provide solutions forhomeowners facing financialhardship in today's market.Details: 843-757-7710

Exit Realty will offer a freewebinar at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.Tuesday about buying and sellinga home.

The 30-minute live webinartitled "10 Must-Have Resourcesfor Buying or Selling a Homein 2011,"will be hosted by TamiBonnell, president of the U.S.division of EXIT Realty Corp.International

To register, go to: www2.go tome e t i n g . com /re g i ster/855248395 for the 4 p.m.session or for the7 p.m. session.

The Low Country PropertyManagement Associationwill meet at noon Tuesdayat the Country Club of HiltonHead in Hilton Head Plantation.The speaker will be ParrishNeville, marketing manager forPalmetto Electric. He will discussthe importance of surgeprotection, energy saving tipsand other beneficial programsavailable through PalmettoElectric. For reservations call843-785-4778 by noon Monday.The cost is $16 for members,$18 for non-members.

Registration is going on nowfor the Clemson ExtensionMaster Gardener's coursewhich will be held from March9-June 15 at the Public ServiceDistrict office on HiltonHead Island. Register online atwww/ cost is $300, whichincludes the Master GardenerTraining Manual and courseinstruction. Details: Laura LeeRose,;843-255-6060, ext. 117;