Monthly Archives: January 2015

Pam Peterson’s Q&A with McNab and Kristen Reeves

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P: Buying your first home is a memorable, exciting, and sometimes overwhelming experience. My goal is to minimize the stress for my clients and guide them through the process. When I met Mcnab and Kristen Reeves they were newly married, and looking to purchase their first home. I was excited for the opportunity to work with them. We originally planned to start house hunting within a 1 year timeframe. However, the process was accelerated when they found 127 E 52nd Street after only a few trips out looking at properties. Mcnab and Kristen were wonderful to work with. They will undoubtedly be long-term clients of mine. I’m excited to see the personal touches they will add to this beautiful home!


What made you choose Judge Realty?

R: We had help from a good family friend and great realtor in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area, Lisa Sulka, who suggested we reach out to several realty groups in the area. When reaching out to Judge Realty, I called a friend, Tyler Mouchet (Judge Commercial Agent), who got me in touch with Pam Peterson. We first met with Pam and we decided after the first meeting to stick with Judge Realty because we felt very comfortable with Pam. 

Three words to describe Pam Peterson as a realtor…

R: Reliable, thorough, and honest. 

From start to finish, how did we do?

R: Pam did a great job from the very beginning, and now, even after we have closed, is still helping us have all the small details taken care of. 

Advice for others looking to buy a home?

R: Find a realtor who you trust and is accessible. The process would have been frustrating if we did not have a realtor who was always available to me and/or go over things… even just to answer simple questions put us at ease. 

What was your overall experience working with Judge Realty?

R:Great experience – would definitely work with them again! 

Office Property for Sale – 570 East York Street

Office Property for Sale at 570 East York Street with Judge Commercial in Savannah, Georgia. Office Property for Sale at 570 East York Street with Judge Commercial in Savannah, Georgia. Office Property for Sale at 570 East York Street with Judge Commercial in Savannah, Georgia. Office Property for Sale at 570 East York Street with Judge Commercial in Savannah, Georgia. Office Property for Sale at 570 East York Street with Judge Commercial in Savannah, Georgia. Office Property for Sale at 570 East York Street with Judge Commercial in Savannah, Georgia. Photography by Carson Sanders

This two story office building has a large amount of space, with 6,948SF and an additional 5,900SF in the adjacent lot. Located in the historic district, the interior space offers 18 offices, 14 cubicles, a break room, restrooms, copy room, conference room and shared work space capability. This property is located on the corner of President Street and East Broad Street. Desirable location, space for growth, and on-site parking make this the ideal property for your expanding business.

Kim Iocovozzi Named Judge Realty’s Top Producer in 2014

Kim Iocovozzi at Judge Realty in Savannah, Georgia. Photography by Juwan Platt

Kim Iocovozzi has earned the 2014 Top Producer for Judge Realty in sales of residential and commercial real estate. Kim completed over $11 million in sales for the year. This is his 4th year in a row earning the Top Producer award for Judge Realty.

“I am grateful to work with such an amazing and dynamic team. By following the structure and leadership of Lori Judge, I was able to execute the road map to closing over $11 million in residential and commercial transactions. It also helps to have my lovely wife on my team. Without her research skills and market knowledge our team would not be where we are today.“

Iocovozzi is a native of Savannah, Georgia and has been working in Savannah for over 30 years. Starting out in real estate in 1985 and later combining his passion of art dealing with his business Iocovozzi Fine Art Services, Kim has become a leading expert and trend setter in low­country living. He has been with Judge Realty since 2010 and is joined in the business by his wife Helen who is an 8th generation Savannahian.

“Working with Kim is like working with family. Over the past 10 years he has helped create the reputation, the connection to the community and standard of how we work. He is an imperative part of the team” stated Lori Judge, founder and principal broker of Judge Realty.

Judge Realty is Savannah’s only full service, locally owned and operated brokerage company. Celebrating 10 years in business, Judge Realty specializes in residential and commercial real estate, as well as in property managements and rentals.

For more information about Judge Realty or Kim Iocovozzi, contact 912.236.1000.

The Ripple Effect – A Rapid Expansion of Savannah’s Historic Downtown

Drayton Towers on Liberty Street in Savannah, Georgia. Drayton Towers on Liberty Street in Savannah, Georgia. Granite Bar & Restaurant on Liberty Street in Savannah, Georgia. Coastal Empire on Liberty Street in Savannah, Georgia. Photography by Carson Sanders

In a recent article in the Savannah Morning News, Liberty Street was highlighted as a renewed area of commerce and development due to the recent and well documented changes on Broughton Street. 

Using our very own Lori Judge and Casey Howard as the expertise for what’s happening in and around the changes on Broughton, they were able to articulate why this revitalization is happening and what this means for businesses downtown. Here’s their full take on what has been dubbed The Ripple Effect – A Rapid Expansion of Savannah’s Historic Downtown

It isn’t  breaking news that there have been many changes to the face of Savannah’s Broughton Street district within the past year due to the influx of incoming national retailers taking up space in the corridor with several more planned in the next year. Because of these changes, naturally, many of the local businesses once housed on Broughton have relocated to surrounding Downtown areas.

“As a result of lease rate increases that have come to pass since the re-development of Broughton, businesses are spreading their downtown spectrum to find affordable property,” says Lori Judge of Judge Realty.  Judge brokered over $35 million of acquisitions with the new development of Broughton street, allowing Acadia Realty and Ben Carter Enterprises to start marketing and leasing to national brands.

The effect of this development has spurred redevelopment “pockets” all over Historic Downtown Savannah making a very progressive impact on our city. Downtown is seeing restaurants, offices, and retail shops relocate to many of the surrounding streets and the revitalization of secondary retail corridors that are increasing in foot traffic causing the expansion of the Downtown area.  Districts that are seeing this restorative advancement include: MLK Boulevard, Savannah Riverfront and even  as far as One Victory Drive. One of these mini-districts that has seen the most growth in the past year is Liberty Street.

Prior to the economic downturn, Liberty street was being positioned to become the apex of tourism and local life. Drayton Towers, for example, was built on the premise that it would act as a beacon for the modern retail and residential life.  In 2013, after having been repossessed by Darby Bank a few years prior, 99 of the original 188 apartments of Drayton Towers,  were purchased by the development firm, Flank. They began working to restore infrastructure and once again offer apartments for rent. With the combination of stability and expansion, the ripple effect continues to breed new developments like this.

“When you compare the pricing of many Broughton street ground level retail spaces at $40-$75 per square foot with pricing for Liberty street at $18-$29 per square foot, it’s difficult for many business owners that don’t absolutely require frontage on Broughton to justify the cost differential – the Liberty street corridor is becoming a very attractive alternative to these businesses”, said Casey Howard, VP of Asset Management/Leasing for Judge Commercial, a commercial real estate firm specializing in both commercial lease and sale transactions.

Over the last year and a half, new businesses have been setting up shop throughout this mini- district including Pan Am Dental, Savannah Coffee Roaster’s, Satchel, Roots Up Gallery, BT Byrd’s Cookie Company, The Beer Growler, and more. The most recent moves have been made by Lynch Architects moving into the old Soda Pop Shop leased by Lori Judge of Judge realty and the new Granite restaurant leased by Jason Nielubowicz, also with Judge Realty. The highly anticipated Smith Brothers, a full-service grocery store and long- time Savannah favorite since 1924, is set to open in early 2015 at the east end of Liberty.

Jim Hitch, the owner of Pan Am Dental at 541 E. Liberty street, has been one of the outspoken leaders investing capital dollars to improve/update these buildings along Liberty to propel this renewal.

“Over the course of just over a month we’ve been at our new location, Liberty has developed a lot. I personally invested in the building at 541 and completely renovated the building and adjacent parking lot, but we’ve also seen development across the street with new town homes. Add in the Smith Brothers Grocery store under construction right next door, we already see the rapid advancement of this side of Liberty.”

Local developer, Beacon Builders, is currently building seven, three-story luxury townhomes with carriage houses at 544 E. Liberty Street, the east end of Liberty.  This project recently cleared a major hurdle with Savannah’s Historic District Board of Review.

The downtown community will continue to observe where other  development “pockets” take place as a part of the recent ripple effect and relish the growth with optimistic anticipation.