Our Broker In Charge (BIC) is Samantha Stuart Chrestensen and here is her bio in her own words.
I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the age of 5, my family relocated to Greenwood, SC. I grew up on the lake there with my wonderful father, Pat, mother, Brenda, and older brother, Chuck. I lived in the SC Upstate area most of my life. I lived in Greenwood, Newberry, Greenville, and Spartanburg.
I was fortunate enough to move to the Mt. Pleasant/Charleston area in 2002 and enjoyed every single moment of living in that area for 14 years. My brother Chuck relocated with his wife Stacie to that area 1st and I followed behind them. Chuck is the Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending at First Reliance Bank in Mt. Pleasant.
I am vey happily married to the love of my life and my great blessing, Brian Chrestensen. Brian is the owner of Comprehensive Health and Nutrition, LLC.. He is a health coach and personal trainer. Brian is very passionate about helping others to get healthy and live their best lives. His philosophy is a mind, body, and spirit connection. He believes that health = wealth and wants his clients to live their best lives and be their best selves and is dedicated through his health coaching practice and his personal training practices to get them there. This is his true calling and passion and he is so great at it. If you want to get healthy, then he is your man. www.comphn.com
My husband, Brian, and I relocated our family to the Upstate SC area back in 2017 to be closer to family. We moved to the Easley, SC area and are very much enjoying being close to family and all that the Upstate, SC area has to offer.
My most important role and blessing in life is being a Mom. We have 6 wonderfully amazing children : 4 wonderful sons named Patrick, Brian, Zachariah, and Bradley and 2 amazing daughters named Kenley and Sulli. It is truly my pleasure and honor to get to be their Mom and I couldn't be prouder of each of them. They are all phenomenal unique individuals and are going big places.
I grew up with my father being a General Contractor and Home Builder and also a Home Inspector. My parents also believed in investing in real estate and rental properties for their retirement. Between my parents and my brother being in the Mortgage industry for 20 years, my love for the field of Real Estate just grew and grew.
I am a licensed Broker who does Property Management and Real Estate Sales full time. I originally started in the Real Estate Industry as an Office Manager and after being in that position for a while decided that I was passionate about the industry and people and wanted to further my career. I then went to school and was trained as a Property Manager. I grew my Property Management business to the point of being able to leave the position of Office Manager and become a full time Property Manager. I then went to school and was trained as a Realtor as I decided I wanted to learn more about the industry and wanted to be able to help people with not only their Property Management needs, but their Sales needs as well. After years of being a Property Manager and Realtor, I then went back to school and was trained as a Broker, thus achieving the highest leveling of Real Estate licensing that SC offers. After working for another company for almost 9 years, I decided to fulfill my life long dream of opening up my own residential real estate company and thus Shoreside Real Estate, Inc. was born.
I have taken classes in property management, pre-licensing Real Estate Sales, Post-licensing Real Estate Sales, Broker training, busines planning and marketing, home inspections, green building, federal law updates, ethics, measurements and valuations, real estate finance and many more. I have over 300 hours of classroom education in Real Estate and years of hands on experience. I am a member of The SC Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, The Western Upstate Association of Realtors, The Western Upstate Multiple Listing Service, and The Greater Greenville Multiple Listing Service. In the past for 10 years I was a member of The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, and The Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service. I am also a member of the National Association of Professional Women and the National Association of Residential Property Managers. As a member of these organizations, I am held to higher ethical and educational standards.
I am a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and am passionate about helping Seniors find housing that is suitable for their needs and their stage in life. I am also a Military Relocation Professional (MRP), a Short Sale Foreclosure Resource Certified (SFR), Loss Mitigation Certified (LMC), and one of the proud few Realtors in the country to have earned my Certified Negotiation Expert Certification (CNE) as well. My training and education have allowed me to learn the Real Estate Industry from the ground up and have made me a well rounded agent with great success.