Since the end of the recession in 2009, business has been booming in Charleston, South Carolina. The economy throughout the city is prospering and the area around King Street in particular has become a bustling center of dining and shopping activity. As a result, Charleston is now being recognized nationally as a premiere tourist destination. And as the founder of Domicile Real Estate Brokerage, an innovative firm responsible for investing in under-utilized properties on King Street and placing a healthy portion of the street’s retail businesses in recent years, Jennifer Davis is at the forefront of this commercial and cultural renaissance. In addition to their work in the commercial sector, Davis and Domicile have a successful history of brokering grand historic houses — many of which also happen to be national monuments — in downtown Charleston.
In 2005, real estate agent Lori Judge, a native of Princeton, Illinois and a graduate of the University of Iowa, opened Judge Realty, Savannah’s only full-service boutique brokerage company. Located in the heart of downtown Savannah, Judge Realty prides themselves on bringing an uncommon level of personal attention to the often-difficult process of buying and selling real estate.
Judge moved to Savannah in 1999 and currently resides in the Historic District with her husband and son. She is a member of numerous local and civic groups and organizations, including the Telfair Museum, the SCAD Museum, the Davenport House, Savannah Tree Foundation, Georgia Conservatory, the Historic Savannah Foundation, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and more. With a commitment to environmental integrity and sustainability, Lori earned her EcoBroker certification, a designation reserved for brokers trained to educate clients on reducing their carbon footprints through energy efficiency and environmentally-sensitive design.
As a child, real estate professional Anthony Lolli lived with his parents in a one-bedroom shack in Brooklyn. When he was six years of age, he begged his mother to buy him an $18 watch from Saks, and was shocked when she told him that they couldn’t afford it. It was then that he decided that he would make his family rich one day. As soon as he was old enough, Lolli began working towards that dream, first as a bike messenger, then by selling glasses, installing alarms and, when he saw his father’s friend join the real estate industry and immediately begin making money, as a real estate agent for the biggest firm in Brooklyn. He quickly became one of the company’s top performers.
In 1998, at the age of 21, Lolli opened his own company, Rapid Realty, and recruited three of his closest friends to work as Rapid’s first agents. By 2003, the company had 15 agents and Lolli’s success enabled his parents to retire. In honor of his father’s many years as a teacher, Lolli turned the second floor of his office into Express Real Estate School, which has produced tens of thousands of graduates.
Matthew Ayers hails from the small town of Sevierville, Tennessee. The son of real estate professionals, he became familiar at an early age with auctions, property leasing and the deal-making process. Encouraged by his parents to branch out, Ayers became fascinated with computers, and some of his early entrepreneurial efforts included building computers from scratch and selling bootleg copies of movies.
After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2009, Ayers has resided in Knoxville, where he has started, grew and sold both a Crossfit gym and a frozen yogurt store. He currently manages a commercial real estate portfolio and is in the process of building an alpine roller coaster in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In addition, in January of 2014, Ayers launched hiretiger.com, a website that matches job seekers with local hourly positions.