Real Estate Spotlight: Meet Brandon L. Boyce of Islands Real Estate & Appraisal Company
Where did you grow up? Midway, Georgia
Spouse- Kimberly Boyce, Vice President, The Heritage Bank
Years married- 10
Children- Tyler Boyce, 3
Pets- Sinatra (a golden retriever) and Bailey (a pound mutt)
What do you enjoy most about living in the Savannah area? I’ve always loved the culture and diversity of the Low Country coupled with our ease of access to the water and beaches as well as other major cities (Atlanta, Jacksonville)
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? My son is all boy and I get to spend plenty of time doing the things that dads love to do…riding bikes, playing with Hot Wheels, drawing lots of stick figures and monster trucks. Once he hits the bed though I break out the guitar and play the blues or some good classic rock. When I’m feeling lazy I tend to queue up the action movies on Netflix.
How long have you worked in Real Estate? 11 years. We have a family business and my father convinced me in 2001 to leave my sales job in Savannah at the time to train as a real estate appraiser. Definitely the best decision I’ve ever made.
What would you consider your specialty? I am a broker as well as a commercial appraiser so I tend to diversify quite a bit but if I had to pick a specialty I would say that it would be waterfront property in rural areas. I’m particularly fond of the properties that are tucked away from the public eye along some of the saltwater inlets in Midway and Townsend.
Do you have any accreditations or certifications? I am a state general certified appraiser and hold an e-Pro certification on the sales side.
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do? Being in a military county I run into a lot of service members who are PCSing in on tight timelines and need to purchase quickly. Usually their accommodations once they get into town are short term or not ideal for one reason or another so on many occasions I do a lot of pre-visit showing via Skype or email with photos. It’s always incredibly gratifying to be able to work outside of the box like this and see the look on their faces when they finally walk into the right home for the first time.
What is the most unique property you’ve ever listed or sold? Being in a rural community nearly every property is unique so it’s hard to say. I sell properties at Sunbury from time to time, the historical significance and stories of the area are always interesting to dig into and relay to clients.
Describe your most memorable real estate transaction… I listed and sold a fairly large estate out at Sunbury many years ago... nice little property with a house and equestrian facilities. I had a call one day from a couple of fellows who were heading up the interstate from Florida and wanted to see it on their way through. I went out to meet them and they came rolling down the driveway in a dually truck with a huge ventilated trailer on the back. Turns out they were in the business of training wild animals for use in movies and were interested in the property as a training facility. They had a couple of young lions in the trailer who weren’t yet acclimated to people and I had to give them a few minutes to go in and feed them. Listening to the sounds coming from the other side of the trailer door was nerve wrecking to say the least. They didn’t buy the property but it was definitely the most interesting showing I’ve ever had.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today? Figure out your financing situation before you ever step foot inside a house. The number of foreclosures out there are incredibly appealing, but many (or in some markets most) won’t qualify for conventional financing. If you can arrange for short term financing that will allow you to purchase a distressed property your potential for a great deal will open up significantly.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today? You are working against a huge inventory of distressed properties at prices that you can not compete with. Buyers who are not in the market for foreclosures are looking for a move-in ready home and expect it to be in excellent condition at a reasonable price. As a result, sellers in todays market need to focus more than ever on offering a clean, organized and highly functional home to buyers in order to grab their attention.
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices? I believe that we are at the bottom of the hill and will begin to start moving back up as soon as the huge inventory of foreclosure properties is absorbed by the market. Until that time property values will remain fairly stable.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent? I’ve spent my time in the trenches and as a result have a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of real estate acquisition and valuation. My experience and no-nonsense, straight-forward nature makes me very easy to work with and ensures that clients will be getting the the most for their money no matter what they are seeking to do.