Monthly Archives: January 2022

Realtors’ New Year’s Resolutions

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Luke Pigge describes Shares his New Year’s resolution with Mary Starr:

Luke Pigge

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate

This year, I plan to really focus and be intentional … in all aspects of my life. Professionally, I’m very driven – I always work to do the best I can for each of my clients. But this year I’ve set a few career goals that I am working towards. Personally, I’m getting more involved with our local community through volunteer work this year, and I have some big travel plans that I’m putting together with a few friends. I know what I want this year … I know what I need to do to achieve it … and I plan to enjoy the journey along the way.

A little more about Luke

Luke was born and raised in beautiful Saint Simons Island, GA. As an agent representing one of the most dynamic real estate brands, he is the 3rd generation of his family to work in the Sales Department and works to fulfill all of your Real Estate needs. Luke was recognized for his sales performance in 2019 and achieved membership to the GIAR’s Circle of Excellence, as well as Berkshire Hathaway’s HomeServices Leading Edge Society.

Contact Luke now: luke@bhhshodnettcooper Office:(912) 638-5450 / Direct:(912) 242-2776

The Real Mortgage Rate – Or Is It?

Advertised rates look tempting, but don’t be fooled into thinking that’s the rate you’ll pay. You have to qualify to receive the best rates with excellent credit and work histories. According to, interest rates are the annual cost of a loan to the borrower expressed as a percentage. The annual percentage rate or APR, is the annual percentage plus other fees, including mortgage insurance, many closing costs, discount points and loan origination fees.  The Federal Truth in Lending Act requires lenders to disclose the APR in advertising and in loan agreements. When you apply for a mortgage loan, the APR will be listed in the loan estimate your lender is required to give you. recommends that you get estimates from other lenders for the same loan, so you can compare fees. Compare the loan estimates by looking at page one under loan terms. You’ll find the APR on page 3 under “Comparisons.” APR comparisons are easiest to understand if you’re applying for a fixed-rate mortgage. For adjustable rate loans or ARMs, APR estimates are based on the initial fixed rate period of the loan. While ARMs have rate-hike ceilings, the APR is much higher when interest rates rise during adjustment periods. Lenders can charge consumers high or low interest rates, and they have flexibility in which fees they include or exclude in the APR, so compare interest rates and APRs carefully. If you don’t understand the purpose of any fee, ask your lender to explain.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate announces 2021 Annual Award Winners


Golden Isles brokerage leader announces winners of their 2021 annual company awards

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA (January 24, 2022) – Each year, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate recognizes agents that have demonstrated outstanding listing and sales performance, a positive attitude, devoted work ethic and a positive impact on the community.  The following agents were recently awarded for their accomplishments in 2021:   

George Skarpalezos – Top Producing Agent of the Year
George Skarpalezos was honored with the “Top Producing Agent of the Year” Award. This award recognizes the exceptional level of accomplishment for the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper agent with the highest sales volume for the year.

George finished 2021 with over $34 million in total sales volume and over 67 transaction sides.
Pat Cooper, President and Broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate stated, “Two years in a row! George Skarpalezos is a consummate salesperson that never stops for his clients, and I am not surprised that he is our Top Producer again this year. We are so proud…and so honored to be able to present this award to him.”

Jill Wright – Open Heart & Hands Award
Jill Wright was the recipient of the “Open Heart & Hands Award” for 2021. She was nominated by her peers for her numerous charitable efforts and positive community impact.

Jill is a “hands-on volunteer” and is very active in the Golden Isles Association of Realtors (GIAR), volunteering for events and serving on various committees. She is also passionate about animal rescue efforts and truly gives back with her time and efforts in so many ways.

“Jill takes a lot of pride in her outreach work and always finds time to support several local organizations….and gets her peers involved! It’s so wonderful to know that a member of our real estate family gives back and makes a difference in our community.”

Connor Burke and Cindy Baird – Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award recognizes an agent that has joined the real estate industry within the last 24 months who has demonstrated dedication, a positive attitude and has had a exceptionally outstanding listing and sales performance. Two REALTORS share the title of Rising Star Award Winner for 2021: Connor Burke and Cindy Baird.

Cindy sold over $6.65 million this year with 9 transaction sides; her clients sing her praises before, during, and after the transaction is done. Connor Burke, newly licensed in April of 2021, garnered 15 transaction sides and $4.2 million in sales…all while joining over numerous GIAR committees, volunteering in the community, and continuing his real estate education.

“We are incredibly proud of these agents for their outstanding achievements this year. I can’t wait to see what 2022 holds for them.” says Pat Cooper. 

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate is a family-owned and operated company with five offices servicing Coastal Georgia. They offer a full range of real estate services including sales, residential rentals, property management and commercial sales and leasing. The brokerage is the premier real estate company in southeast coastal Georgia with a professional and diverse team of 100+ agents. Visit

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is a global residential real estate brokerage franchise network with more than 50,000 real estate professionals and nearly 1,500 offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and India. In 2020, the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices global network represented more than $138 billion in real estate sales volume. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability, and longevity.


Catherine Maybank
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