Real Estate Professional
*FEATURED AS REALTOR ON HGTV’S BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT – Tybee Island Episode*
Meet Jenny Rutherford of the Keller Williams Realty – Downtown Office
Where did you grow up?
I grew up on a farm at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. I’ve lived in several states, including Virginia, Maine, Kentucky and Georgia. I majored in Advertising Design from Savannah College of Art and Design.
FAMILY: Currently in a Relationship Pets – Lilo, a Yorkshire Terrier
What do you enjoy most about living in the Savannah area?
There is so much to do here and being close to the beach is a major benefit! With a city full of natural beauty and plenty of excitement, there are lots of opportunities to get out there and meet your neighbors. I enjoy going to the movies in Forsyth Park, music festivals, Oyster Roasts, networking events, etc.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
My favorite pastime is going out on the boat and being on the water. I also like working out, visiting Tybee, and getting to be a tour guide when my friends and family visit. I love to travel and always try to schedule a trip to somewhere new every other month.
How long have you worked in Real Estate?
Essentially, I’ve been around it my whole life! I’ve been a licensed agent and Realtor for almost 10 years in VA and GA. My family businesses involve Construction and Development, Real Estate and Property Management. I am currently the 2015 President Elect for our local Savannah’s Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR).
What would you consider your specialty?
I am a master marketer! I absolutely love marketing whether it is a luxury home, historic property, condo or a waterfront listing, each property is a fun new project for me! When listing throughout the Coastal Empire, I enjoy thinking outside of the box when it comes to my listings. Sometimes the smallest tweaks on a listing can make all the difference in whether they sell or not. I love advising clients on how to position their property to get top dollar for their home and the sales market is very hot right now!
What type of Buyers do you work with?
EVERYONE! I love Buyers – whether they’re first time home buyers or experienced savvy investors looking for a 2nd home, investment property or commercial space. As a SCAD graduate, I also represent many members of the SCAD community who buy and sell. I specialize in representing buyers with both downtown Historic Properties and the Condo market, two niche markets that require a lot of knowledge and experience for many reasons that may not be so obvious! Due to our proximity to military bases, I am also a Military Relocation Specialist and assist those PSCing to Hunter Army Airfield & Ft. Stewart. The majority of my military clients are First-Time Home Buyers looking in New Construction communities- both segments which I enjoy working with and am very experienced with.
Do you have any accreditations or certifications?
I am a Real Estate Broker and a member of the Savannah Area Realtors, Georgia Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, the Greater Augusta Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors! I am a 5 times BOLD Graduate through Keller Williams. I also am a Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR) and constantly working towards more designations because education is so important to me!
What Is The Most Challenging/Gratifying Aspect Of What You Do?
The market today can be a challenge for sellers, so being able to help owners sell at a great price in the quickest amount of time possible is really gratifying.
What is the most unique property you’ve ever listed or sold?
The cutest small Historic 500sqft studio carriage house off of Forsyth Park! For such a small space, it generated a lot of attention, as it is really a one of a kind find for downtown on it’s own lot. In the end, we actually had buyers willing to pay over the appraised value due because it was their dream property!
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today?
Before looking at homes, speak with a lender to become “pre-qualified”. This will help identify your max purchase price range so you don’t look at homes you can’t afford. I always recommend using a local lender as they are familiar with the market and offer
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today?
Do not overprice your home- be realistic. Listen to your REALTOR’s advice and stay in-line with the market. You can’t change your location so if you want top price, you’ve got to have your home in the best condition!
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?
With the historically low interest rates available, I believe that we will begin to see fewer foreclosures on the market over the next few years. The Savannah real estate market, especially downtown, has been fortunate to have SCAD, the military and local industries relocating new residents to the city yearly thus driving the consistent sales.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
I am experienced and passionate about helping my clients! I pride myself in being an effective negotiator, purposeful communicator and staying knowledgeable on the local market. Whether you’re local or out of town, I have the ability to write contracts online and use e-signatures that save you time, money and present your offer instantly.
|address||1202 B US Highway 80|
Tybee island, Georgia 31328
- Jenny Rutherford Real Estate
- 1202 B US Highway 80
Tybee Island GA 31328
Designations & Awards
I am an active member of the Savannah Board of Realtors, Georgia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Currently, I serve as the VP of Membership for the Savannah’s Women’s Council of Realtors. I take my education seriously so I have chosen to complete many designations including GRI Graduate Realtor Institute, ABR Accredited Buyer Representative, SRS Seller Resource Specialist, and BPOR Broker Price Opinion Resource. Earning my membership into the Distinguished Sales Society was one of my favorite accomplishments, based off of my production and volunteering within our community and I am one of the youngest in the local Realtor community to do so!
Our experience with Jenny could not have been better. She makes herself so available to her clients and goes above and beyond to meet their needs. She has excellent negotiation skills and knows her market very well. She showed me listings that I had not… (more)
Jenny sold our property in Savannah. Hers was the 3 rd agency. It was a hard to sell property because of the location. She was great, very attentive. Helped s transfrer the bills, utilities. Everything. We live in Louisville, so we needed her help. Thanks,… (more)
My wife and I had visited Tybee Island several times over the past years and had been looking at the property listings on the internet for a possible property to purchase. After we selected several possible properties, we requested to be contacted by an… (more)