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Golden Isles Association of REALTORS Awards


Two outstanding REALTORS with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate earned awards from the Golden Isles Association of REALTORS


Erin Vaughn, Associate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, earns REALTOR of the year award for 2017.

Rachel Fitzpatrick, Associate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, earns PRESIDENT’S award for 2017.

  1. SIMONS ISLAND, GA (March 12, 2018) – Two outstanding REALTORS with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate were recently honored with awards at the Golden Isles Association of REALTORS 80TH Annual Awards Gala.

Erin Vaughn, Associate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, earned REALTOR of the Year award. Each year, GIAR accepts nomination ballots for

Golden Isles Association of REALTORS Awards

REALTOR of the Year. Eligibility criteria include a combination of factors including business accomplishments, high standard of ethics, civic activity and participation in the local, state and national associations.

Erin has been a top producing agent for a number of years and has grown her business considerably; she recently earned an award as 2017’s Top Producing Agent of the Year with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate with over $15 million in total sales volume. “We are so proud and thrilled to have Erin as part of your company. She is professional and ethical in everything she does, and is an inspiration to everyone that has the privilege to work with her, “shares Pat Cooper, Owner and Broker.

In addition to her outstanding sales accomplishments, Erin is currently serving as Director of the MLS Board of Directors and has held various leadership roles with the Golden Isles Association of Realtors over the last few years. She is an active member of the community and regularly volunteers with local elementary schools as well as the Glynn County Recreation Department.


Rachel Fitzpatrick, Associate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, garnered the President’s Award for 2017.  Robert Driggers, Immediate Past President, presented the award to Rachel in appreciation for outstanding contributions and involvement during his term as President of the Golden Isles Association of Realtors.

Rachel currently serves as the Vice President of Member & Public Services for the Association and is quick to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it. Throughout the year, Rachel works

Golden Isles Association of REALTORS Awards

with various organizations and is always on the lookout for an opportunity to assist the less fortunate. By the giving of her time and talents, Rachel not only makes a difference in the community but in her profession as well.

“Rachel is so giving. She selflessly serves her community, her friends, her profession, and more. Her positive energy is infectious and her helpfulness is a direct attribute to her accomplishments. I cannot think of a person who is more deserving of recognition for her commitment to being involved,” said Pat Cooper.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate is so incredibly proud of both Erin and Rachel for these outstanding achievements.


About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate

Hodnett Cooper Real Estate is a family-owned and operated company with four offices throughout the Golden Isles offering a full range of real estate services including real estate sales, residential rentals, property management and commercial sales. The brokerage is the premier real estate company in southeast coastal Georgia with a professional and diverse team of agents. Visit


About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a brand-new real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. 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.


About HSF Affiliates LLC

Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.



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Roy Hodnett – Greatest Success

Courtesy of The Brunswick News 7/9/2017, written by Lindsey Adkison

Roy Hodnett

Roy Hodnett’s greatest success — his love story

Stepping in to Roy Hodnett’s St. Simons Island office, one can’t help but be impressed. The walls are covered with plaques, certificates and awards. He’s won the coveted Alfred W. Jones award from the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, as well as countless accolades for laying the foundation of one of the most successful businesses in Glynn County — Hodnett Cooper Real Estate.

It’s not just civic and business honors Hodnett has achieved, either. He has a display case filled with medals from his service during World War II.

“I served five years in the Army … 14 months in the hospital when they were trying to save my leg when I got shot. I was in the Battle of the Bulge … in the snow,” the 94-year-old said.

He received the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and the Bronze Star, combat badge, as well as numerous other medals — though he recalls they were a bit late arriving. Hodnett didn’t receive the honors while in the service. His granddaughter made it her mission to get him the recognition he deserved, delivering his medals decades after his time in the Army had ended.

“They had a fire in the warehouse and all of my records that the government had of my being in the service burned up … but I had my discharge papers. Kelly, my granddaughter, who worked for Jack Kingston for seven years, said ‘Papa, I can get those medals for you.’ I never got them because I was wounded and sent right back,” he said. “So she got my medals for me.”

While Hodnett is proud of and humbled by the recognition he’s received — be it from local civic groups or from the United States government — his greatest treasures aren’t mounted on plaques or found in a display case. The tokens he most treasures are contained in the many picture frames that dot his desk — his family. Of all of those images, the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that Hodnett adores, there is one that stands out as his greatest prize: his wife of 71 years, Anne.

“You gotta admit, that’s a good looking woman,” he beamed, as a boyish grin spread across his face. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my wife. We have fun, and we love each other to death. Getting her to marry me — it’s the best deal I’ve ever done.”

Anne Hodnett is one topic that the doting husband never tires of discussing and the soldier-turned-business man literally lights up talking about the leading lady in his extraordinary life.

“She’s fantastic. She is a remarkable lady,” the local real estate giant said. “There’s no way I can say enough about her.”

While it’s been more than seven decades, Hodnett can still vividly remember the first time he laid eyes on her. The two have slightly different versions of exactly how that happened, though.

They do agree on this: her brother had been dating Roy Hodnett’s sister. However, the two of them had never met until one life-changing day.

“Now this is the truth. My brother came into the office where I was working as a secretary and he brings two guys with him — Roy and another guy. My brother wanted me to go on a date with the other guy because they needed a date for him. I don’t remember his name because I wasn’t going to do it. He just didn’t appeal to me. I told him I couldn’t because I had a girlfriend coming over, which was an excuse,” Anne Hodnett remembered.

“Then when I got home that night, they were sitting with my mother in the living room. They said that Roy’s date had fallen through and wanted me to go out with him and that my friend could go out with the other guy. I said to my brother, ‘Isn’t that weird that I’m going to go on a date with your girlfriend’s brother?’ And he said, ‘No.’”

Roy Hodnett didn’t share her concern — at all.

“I remember seeing her for the first time. My heart stopped. I fell in love with her right then,” he said. “Before I ever spoke to her I told myself, ‘I’m going to marry that girl.’ In fact, I tried to talk her into marrying me that night.”

Anne Hodnett, however, doesn’t necessarily buy his story.

“I tell him he’s ridiculous. I’ve heard of love at first sight, but I don’t know if I necessarily believe that,” she said. “But he did ask me to marry him that night. I told him, ‘You’re cute but kind of crazy.’ It is nice to be appreciated by your husband, though.”

For Roy Hodnett, the feeling of awe that hit him those many years ago still continues every day that he wakes up next to his bride. He’s always more than willing to brag on his wife — her giving nature, her vibrant personality, her unyielding beauty.

He is particularly proud of his wife’s work with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He says organizing training films at the center in Brunswick is one of the many things his energetic better half spends her days doing.

“She makes training films over at the base. She finds all the actors and gets all the locations lined up,” he said. “She started role playing over there when she was the president of the Island Players here. I guess that’s been 30 years ago.”

Anne Hodnett works with the group filming for three or four days a month. She is currently focusing on a film about human trafficking.

“They are doing a little bit at the time. She’s really excited about it. It’s such an important thing,” he said.

She thoroughly enjoys the work, too, and her many years working at the center.

“It’s a lot of fun. I’ve been

there since ‘76 and I’m not going to quit,” she said. “I have a lot

of energy and once I dedicate myself to something … I kinda overdo it.”

She brought the same commitment to her marriage. And the couple has built a life structured on love, mutual respect and, equally important, having fun together. That’s not to say, however, that they haven’t had ups and downs.

“If he tells you we’ve never had a fuss — that’s not true,” she said. “We have. I was young when we got married and I used to fly off the handle about all sorts of things. He’d do one of two things — he’d take his paper and go somewhere else for an hour or two. Or he’d look me in the eyes and say, ‘Your brown eyes are so pretty when you are all excited like that.’ How can you stay mad at someone when they say that?”

Spats aside, their life together has been one big happy adventure, one that eventually led to the Golden Isles. After Roy Hodnett was discharged from the Army, the two settled down to raise their three children in Virginia. On a vacation to Jekyll Island in the late 1960s, the two happened upon St. Simons Island. They decided then and there that this “little slice of heaven” was the place for them. They returned to Virginia to pack up and officially became Golden Isles residents in 1968. At the time, Roy Hodnett was working for a cookie brokerage company and decided to retire.

But after a few days at home, Anne Hodnett made the decision that he wasn’t ready to give up working. Telling him that she married him “for better or worse but not for lunch,” she sent him right back out to find a second career — at 62. He found a partner and decided to give real estate a try.

Suffice it to say, it worked out.

Even now as he approaches his 95th birthday, Roy Hodnett wakes up in the morning, dresses, eats the breakfast his wife cooks for him and heads into the office. After leaving the company for a brief spell for another attempted retirement, he feels he’s back for good.

“My daughter, Pat, came to me and said, ‘Daddy, you’ve got to come back.’ So I did. I’ve been back for nine years. I think I’ve only missed five days this year,” he said. “I enjoy it. I enjoy life and I enjoy people. I like to do for people.”

He attributes his success in business and life to a very simple philosophy.

“You really have to treat others the way you want to be treated. That’s really it,” he said. “It is simple.”

As for their secret to longevity and health, the couple has a few musings on that. For Anne, it’s staying active and involved in the things that matter.

“I’m really blessed to have my health. And I stay busy. I love to babysit my grandchildren or really anybody’s children if they are willing to let me. I love to cook. I probably cook too much,” she said. “I also volunteer at Manna House and MAP (International). I love packing up the medicine.”

Roy Hodnett also has his secrets.

“I’ve never had a drink or smoked a cigarette. I’ve always exercised a little bit, but not too much,” he said.

But the real reason Roy Hodnett is still going strong is fairly clear.

“It’s my wife,” he said with a grin.

HGTV Dream Home 2017 on St. Simons Island

Have you heard? HGTV 2017 Dream Home is on St. Simons Island! HGTV is no stranger to St. Simons featuring our small but beautiful island on many of their shows throughout the years. St Simons was featured on Island Life, where a couple and their children from California move across country for a slow paced, more relaxed coastal lifestyle. One of Hodnett Cooper’s very own, Lisa Wilson was the Real Estate agent featured on the show to help the lovely couple find their perfect island home. In addition, St. Marys, just a few miles away was also the 2004 HGTV Dream Home. This year, in the heart of the island at Sea Palms subdivision sits the 3,600 square foot Dream Home. The home was originally built in the 1980’s but was completely remolded and turned into a modern day fairy tale. In addition to the lucky winner receiving the beautiful home they also win a Honda Pilot and $250,000 in cash, not bad right?! In previous years they have opened the Dream Homes for public tours and we are keeping our fingers crossed they will do the same this year! The contest starts December 28th and ends February 17th. You can vote twice a day every day, in years past there has never been a winner who did not vote twice a day every day… so make sure you enter daily!!! The winner of the contest will be announced in late February or early March.


HGTV 2017 Dream Home