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Meet Our Team

C. DARLENE ELMER, REALTOR®

darlene@welcomehomeupstate.com
864.952.9570

Darlene Elmer, REALTOR®, combines her love for the industry with her passion for serving the community. Darlene likes to say this is her second chance at living her dream career in real estate. Previously Darlene was a REALTOR® in Anderson, Clemson, and in Seneca working on Lake Keowee but as the economy took a major crash; life got in the way and Darlene took a position as the Marketing and Event Director for the SC Botanical Garden at Clemson University. After 10 years of working within the botanical garden life happened again but this time in the BEST way ever! Not only did Darlene meet and marry the love of her life BUT she was presented with another opportunity to have her real estate dream career.

Darlene is an active agent with Keller Williams Greenville Central, leading her team and representing buyers and sellers on a daily basis and considers working in and giving back to the community an important role as a REALTOR®. Darlene is extremely active in her community as the newsletter editor and as the event coordinator. Because of her background in fundraising Darlene hosts a benefit concert every fall and encourages the community to come out and support many worthy causes. This past year she supported the local Arrows for Heroes program and helped to provide funds for sporting equipment for disabled veterans.

A lover of all things South Carolina, Darlene is a graduate of Clemson University (GO TIGERS) and lives in Greer, South Carolina, with her forever husband Brian, and their Pomeranian baby Lady GaGa. To relax Darlene and her husband enjoy smoking quality cigars, touring wineries, and spending all the time they can being silly together. Oh, and Darlene might consider high heel shoe purchasing a hobby…just saying (if you’ve ever seen her closet).

Seriously though, Darlene has learned that having fun should be a top priority in every person’s life because it keeps us positive and focused of what life is really all about…happiness, friends and family. Darlene doesn’t just sell you a house and move on; she earns your business and ends up keeping you as a friend. HELLO new friends she can’t wait to meet you!

Sonya Abeja, REALTOR®

sabeja@kw.com
864-631-4137

I love everything upstate South Carolina has to offer, and I think everyone should live here! I love it so much that I live in Greenville with my husband and our four beautiful children. I look forward to watching my children grow up and thrive with all the wonderful opportunities available to them. Living in the upstate helps me practice work life balance and allows me to spend time with my family. I also enjoy cooking, photography, and date nights with my husband.

I am passionate about real estate because every day I have the opportunity to help people fulfill their dream to own a home. Having a home is important to everyone whether you grew up in a traditional or non-traditional home. A home provides a place of loving, laughing, and learning, as well as, stability and security. I grew up in a non-traditional home and am grateful for my non-traditional childhood, which was spent largely in a group home named Thornwell Home and School for Children. I had a great childhood – I played volleyball, ran track and field, and even did cheerleading. Thornwell taught me the importance of patience, gratefulness, and the security of having a place to call home.

I know in my heart this is WHY I became a REALTOR. I want to make sure every family has a home to call their own and since Thornwell made such a positive impact on my life I am giving back to them by donating a portion of my commission for every home I sell. Thank you for helping me give back so that all children will know the security of having a home to call their own.

I would love to have the opportunity to help your family find a home.

Grace Lothridge, MARKETING DIRECTOR

grace@welcomehomeupstate.com

Grace Lothridge combines her passion for marketing with her passion for the real estate industry. She studied social media marketing in school and is passionate about the benefits a social media presence can heave for businesses. After graduating in May from North Greenville University she took her dream position as the Marketing Manager of the Welcome Home Upstate & Associates team which, allowed her to combine her love of real estate, people and helping.

Grace was born and raised in the Greenville area and while she did not attend Clemson, she is a die-hard Clemson football fan. You will be able to find her at the games every Saturday wearing her trademark tiger onesie.

Grace is a huge dog lover and is passionate about rescuing her four-legged friends. Her dog Albert is like her son and when you meet her; she will most certainly want to show you pictures of him.

Licensed REALTOR in South Carolina.
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