December 4, 2023 • 

Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty Reflects On Two Years Since Merger

Brokerage Doubles Down on Knowledge and Service

Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty recently celebrated a significant milestone: the second anniversary of its merger with Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty. The merger brought together two leading real estate companies in Savannah and Charleston to create a more powerful and dynamic organization with a shared vision for the future of the Lowcountry. 

The brokerages’ owners celebrating the merger.

With offices in Savannah, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Charleston, the brokerage offers exponential value for buyers attracted to the Lowcountry in general, but who need assistance navigating the large variety of lifestyles and real estate offerings along the coast. 

The company’s merger occurred at the height of 2021’s frenzied sellers’ market, less than six months before the first Federal interest rate hike in March 2022. As Daniel Ravenel, Jr., Chief Operating Officer of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty reflects on the past two years, he proclaims the current economic climate is where the company’s roster of professional real estate agents truly shines. 

“Anyone with a license can throw a property on the MLS, but at our brokerage we’ve cultivated a team of expert advisors and a level of service rarely seen in the residential real estate industry. We strive to be the gold standard and elevate the public’s perception of our industry and our value, if that means hand-picking leaves out of a swimming pool before a showing, helping a Seller prioritize maintenance and upgrades to prepare property for the market, or advocating for our clients in a tough negotiation, our agents are best-in-class. This commitment to service started with our founders Celia Dunn and Dan Ravenel, and it guides our organization every day.”

The agents from each office gathered together to explore Beaufort, SC.

At a time where the market dynamics are challenging, it is more important than ever for real estate professionals to rise to the occasion and achieve results for their clients and customers. 

“There is a palpable attraction to the real estate industry for sales people when the market is great. We’ve seen that the last few years when the amount of licensed agents in Charleston sky-rocketed,” states Chief Financial Officer Ruthie Ravenel. “It takes much more experience, knowledge, and integrity to operate in the current real estate environment.  Fortunately for us, those qualities have been the backbone of our company since my father started it over 40 years ago.” 

She continues, “At the forefront of all our discussions is the question how do we bring more value to our agents, and through that bring more value to our clients.” Several members of the company’s leadership team recently attended workshops with the broader Sotheby’s International Realty network, a key differentiator in a saturated market. 

“As we celebrate this milestone, we’re investing in our people, who in turn will take care of our agents and clients,” said Daniel Ravenel. “We are proud of what we have achieved in the past two years and look forward to a future filled with growth, innovation, and delivering exceptional value to all our partners, and the buying and selling public.”

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