Real Estate Power Couples
The two rely on each other in all aspects of life, from doing the laundry to finalizing a closing. They’ve been married for 31 years, raised 3 wonderful children together, and now reside in the historic district of downtown Savannah where they both serve as agents for Cora Bett Thomas Realty. From work to play, they consider each other a team. In the 21 years they’ve worked together, the pair has bought and sold property in 4 different states: Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
So what’s the secret to their success? Liz says, “Bobby has always been my best advisor and closest friend. He’s my financial consultant but will wash the dishes in a pinch. It’s just natural for us.” Bobby describes Liz as “the organized one, she remembers the little things that I always forget and puts the finishing touches on everything.”
So it seems two is better than one, and it’s a huge advantage for their clients too. Their working relationship means more bang for your buck. As investors together, they each focus on different aspects of the business: the big picture guy who thrives in business growth and investing in land; and the welcoming, knowledgeable partner in crime who’s all about the flowers and fluff.
Another aspect that makes them such a power couple is the land they cover. From Telfair Plantation in South Carolina, to Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island, and the historic district in downtown Savannah, they really know everything there is to know about the 100 mile coast. The pair is actually able to be in two places at once and serve their clients better.
It was never a question as to if they’d work together, it really just happened naturally. “Our luck and timing have been good to us. It’s fun thinking back to all of our clients and how we helped them each take the next step in their lives,” Liz says.
While working with your partner in real estate isn’t the norm, Cora Bett Thomas Realty has several success stories, and sees this as a growing trend. Take Jan and Tim Corley as another example. Jan, a veteran real estate agent, convinced her newly retired husband to get his license and start working with her. The husband and wife team, now has year one successfully under their belt with several closings and a number of listings.
“He’s more disciplined and I’m more relaxed, so we are really able to divide and conquer our duties. Now I couldn’t see myself doing it without him,” Jan says. She also likes that they can sell all types of real estate and they aren’t cornered into one market. Their listing portfolio now ranges from island waterfront to Ardsley Park. They haven’t skipped a beat since, and now see real estate as a way of life for them.
As production increases, it’s impossible to do everything and do it well. Folks like the Davenports and the Corleys may soon become trendsetters, turning couples into successful business partners.