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Pursuit Real Estate Group Opens Its Doors, Led by John H. Sumner

11/09/2009 - The Pursuit Real Estate Group, LLC, recently announced its official launch, spearheaded by local real estate broker, John H. Sumner, a native of Savannah.  The group specializes in brokerage services for both residential and commercial properties, as well as property management in Georgia and South Carolina, and has opened an office at 7370 Hodgson Memorial Drive.

With listings in place throughout Chatham, Bryan, Effingham and Jasper counties, the company has a regional presence; further expansion is the goal despite the current economy.

“Our agents have perspective, vision and a drive of their own,” to pursue that goal, said Sumner.  However, he is quick to note that Pursuit Real Estate Group “is in partnership with the regional community and the company’s focus is on its core philosophy, which is putting customers first.”

Sumner is a licensed broker in Georgia and South Carolina and a licensed residential contractor in his home state.  With an inherent understanding of both coastal regions, Sumner and the company’s roster of experienced real estate agents will “work hard to provide knowledgeable, thoughtful and updated market insight to our clients on an ongoing basis,” he said.

Despite being in the midst of a struggling economy, Sumner is not fearful of a real estate start-up.  In fact, to the contrary:  “Many people feel this is a time of diminishing opportunity, but I believe strongly this is a time of increasing possibilities,” said Sumner, who foresees an inevitable period of growth in the nearing months.

Historically, most recessions post-World War II last an average of 10 months, according to Entrepreneur Magazine.  Following is a growth cycle that averages 50 months.  “A struggling marketplace forces you to be more creative than ever,” said Sumner, “but the final results can be well worth those initial strides.”

Sumner’s career has carried him from Heron Ltd., a mid-size leasing and management firm in New York City, to Lincoln Harris, a national real estate group based in Charlotte, N.C.  There he acted as a property manager in the corporate services division for such clients as Bank of America.

Returning to Savannah, Sumner signed on with Gilbert Realty Company to focus on various brokerage projects.

He then ventured into his own development and construction business, primarily dedicated to the raising of single- and multi-family homes in the Victorian and Thomas Square districts. He also served as a project consultant for Trustees’ Garden owner Charles H. Morris, in Savannah.

With a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Georgia, Sumner received the Real Property Administrator designation from the Building Owners and Management Association (BOMA) in 2003.  He is a member of Historic Savannah Foundation, The Society of Cincinnati, The 200 Club of Savannah, Telfair Museum, Home Builders Association of Savannah, the Savannah Board of Realtors, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Georgia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

With Sumner are Keely Smith and Pamela Ellis-Disher, with experience in new construction and re-sales; and Beth Ann Jackson who “has a thorough background in the sustainable living and green building structures market,’ according to Sumner. She is currently on the board of directors of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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