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Realtor Spotlight: Meet Carl Knudsen of Realty Executives Coastal Empire Realty


Where did you grow up? Northwest Suburbs of Chicago        

What do you enjoy most about living in the Savannah area?Growing up in the cookie cutter suburban landscape outside of Chicago, I enjoy Savannah’s beauty.  Many films are being shot here because it’s almost like living on a movie set.  From all of the incredible streetscapes in the Historic District, to the islands, rivers, marshes and beach— I appreciate Savannah’s beauty.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?  I am an artist with a degree in Art Education.  I taught for about a minute before realizing it was not for me.  I believe my artistic sentiment comes in handy in Real Estate whether it’s in marketing properties or seeing the possibilities in a distressed or downtrodden property.  I still paint and draw—many are Savannah scenes.


How long have you worked in Real Estate? Eight years.

What would you consider your specialty? I list properties, but I especially like working with buyers.  The challenge of finding the right property for the client is my specialty.  I work well with investors and individuals who are looking for a home to renovate or restore.  I have building and renovation experience that is helpful in guiding people either to a project, or away if it is too big of a project  for what they want.

Do you have any accreditations or certifications? Executive Agent/Realtor®

What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do? Every time I help first time home buyers, I think to myself, this is why I like real estate. What is the most unique property you’ve ever listed or sold?  The most unique property I sold was one that I built myself in the Historic District.  It was built to assimilate into the Victorian style of the surrounding structures.  The process of Historic review approval and building on a tight lot in a city was a great experience.  They are so well integrated into the neighborhood that some of the contractors that worked on them in the later stages thought that they were historic homes that were being renovated. The homes really came out well and I am very proud of them. 

Describe your most memorable real estate transaction… It would have to be a personal story.  The first home I purchased in Savannah was in the historic district 16 years ago.  It was on an affordable block with lots of properties in need of repair—a typical Savannah renovation story. The house had good bones, as they say, but after many years of the SCAD rugby or soccer team living there, there were holes in the walls, the refrigerator was on the back porch and the wall in the courtyard had been spray painted from one end to the other.  It was rough, but it was a fun project. I think everyone who puts a lot of themselves into a home has a special bond to that place, and great memories.

What is the one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today? If it’s a good deal and you love it go ahead and jump on it.  The market is starting to really heat up, and the good deals go fast. 

What is the one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today?  The inventory of homes on the market is still pretty high.  The homes that are selling quickly are the best of the best.  Price it right from the start, and make it look like a model home.

What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices? As we have heard in the media this year over last year there has been a slight increase in pricing.  In Savannah, we have fared better than many areas.  I think as the Baby Boomers continue to leave the arctic Northeast and Midwest we will see gradual and then steady increase because Savannah is an excellent place to retire.

Why should someone use you as a real estate agent? I have a background that gives me good tools to be an effective Realtor.  From building and renovation management to an artistic marketing sense, and years of negotiating experience I think I offer experience people count on.    


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