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Ann is a consummate professional..she is also trustworthy.   We have been through at least 5 realtors since moving from Indiana in 2014..Most initially came across a s trustworthy and caring, but were full of hot air, greed, narcissistic and disingenuous. Ann is by far the exception – she is gracious, altruistic & customer centric!

She literally came out of the blue an was a blessing from the work go.  She did not push us, she provided gentle guidance and worked with us at our own pace; she always had our best interests in mind.  Ann cares about what she is doing She is approachable, friendly and is the epitome of what a realty should be!  Simply put, she is a fantastic person.

A. Louderback

Ann we’d like to thank you again for your terrific service when we purchased our home in Bluffton. Please see thoughts and recap below:

We decided to move from NJ to Bluffton and were lucky to have Ann as our realtor. She is very familiar with the area and spent many hours taking us to numerous lots and homes, providing much needed guidance.  Once we found our dream home, Ann led the way from the initial bidding until closing. She negotiated on our behalf with the sellers’ agents, made sure we received all the repair invoices and provided extra hand-holding since we had not purchased a home in 30+ years (and returned to NJ after signing the contract).  When we needed an inspector,  Ann recommended Ed Hopkins who did an outstanding job.  Ann is honest, responsible, and she aims to please. If you select Ann as your realtor,  she will go out of her way to help you find the right home.

Kathy Cohen

“Ann is an outstanding Realtor.  Ann is very focused on giving great customer service.  She listened attentively to what we were looking for in a house and provided guidance as we went through our service for a home.  Once we found the home we wanted, Ann never let up in helping us.  She secured us money from a builder to purchase a Home Warranty for the first year.  She also did a pre-inspection of the house looking for things we could use to negotiate with the seller.  She really fought for us every step of the way.  One of Ann’s strengths is her honesty which can not be overstated.  When moving to a new area and making such a large purchase, it’s important to find someone you trust.  Ann is definitely someone you can trust.  She tells it like it is.  I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy property in the area. ”  Len and Sue Stregles



Len and Sue Stregles

Ann & Dan

Faith and I just wanted to take a minute and just catch our breath, and say thank you once again. What a great buying experience it has been. It’s always great when you get more than you bargain for. That’s exactly what happen to us. With your expertise, not only did we find the right property for our needs and pleasure, but through your qualified skills dealing in the marketplace we also were able to negotiate the right price to purchase our new home. Enough about you Ann, (smile)  Dan thanks! Just kidding Dan. You two are quite a team! We will be looking you up at some point once settled in. Again Thank you for the quality, sincerity, commitment and concern shown us. Sincere & Warm Wishes Always


  John & Faith Briggs

Ann Ekus was a excellent realtor for us when we bought our current home in Sun City. She sent us profiles of homes that we might like before we even came to the area. Then when we got here, she had a number of homes set up for us to view and was very accommodating with our requests. We would highly recommend her.

Vern & Lenna Hundt

Ann – Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate doing business with you.  From the beginning of my home search you were attentive to my desires in a home in SC that suited my needs/budget.  You initially gathered information about my wish list in a home and spent a lot of time showing me many homes with my desires in mind.  I appreciated the fact that you didn’t push me to consider a home if I expressed any dislike.  You were honest and did not sugar coat anything.  Once I found a home in Suncity you worked very hard to ensure I got a fair price for my purchase and stood your ground on the negotiations with the builder which was all in my favor.  You continued to assist in the home purchase process including providing contacts for home inspector, and were attentive during the home inspection.  Subsequent to the home inspection you worked diligently again and aided in several items getting repaired that may not have been otherwise if not for your assistance.  Since I was traveling for work and not available for the walk through of the home before closing you and your husband conducted the walk through with my brother in law on my behalf and did so as if it were you own home.  Subsequent to my purchase you began assisting my parents in the search of a home for them which continues to date.  Again you have been nothing but attentive, responsive and very helpful.  You have shared information without hesitation and have contributed to making the sale of there home in NJ and making a move to SC a little easier for them.  They are looking forward to meeting with you during the week of July 10th to find their home in SC as well.  Thanks so much for all your hard work, your pleasant personality, responsiveness to requests, and honesty.  You are a great person and excellent realtor!

Patti Elich

Let me take this opportunity to say what a great pleasure it has been working with you on the purchase of our home here in Sun City.  It was a long road.  Over several of our visits to town you were always ready to show us whatever we wanted to see, and flexible enough to accommodate our schedules.  We saw many houses, your advice was invaluable, and when we finally hit the right one, you continued to stay right on top of every detail, even being there on our behalf when we need work to be evaluated in the house.  We can’t thank you enough for everything we will recommend you at any opportunity, and hope to be seeing you around town.  You and Dan are welcome any time at our place.

Chris & Pat Sannino

We used Ann Ekus as our realtor when buying a home in Sun City.  For a few weeks, she sent me listings of homes for sale in our price range.  When we were actually ready to drive to Sun City to look at houses, she had eight scheduled for us to look at–eight that I had narrowed down from approximately twenty.  While we were inside the houses, she pointed out some positives in the houses and also some negatives.  We really appreciated her expertise.  We ended up buying the first house we looked at.  Within a couple of hours, we made an offer and just as quickly, our offer was accepted!  It was a very enjoyable experience working with her.

Barbara & Doug Patterson

Karen is the ideal realtor. She is knowledgeable, experienced, easy going, patient, and professional. We began our house hunting in Sea Pines, and like many others before us kept moving up the island until we found our “forever home” in Port Royal Plantation, Hilton Head. But before we found it, we traveled six hours from North Carolina on three separate occasions to examine potential homes identified by Karen. She quickly understood our expectations and identified only prospective homes that fit us and spared us wasting time on ill-suited houses. When we finally decided to make an offer on a house, Karen guided us through the offer and inspection. And on finding a substantial defect during the inspection, advised us to walk away, despite losing her commission. In a few short weeks, she found our “forever home.” Karen was with us every step during the final transactions, often reminding us to submit some paper, pointing out potential problems in draft contracts, and recommending solutions. We were very pleased with Karen, her professionalism, and our new home.

Cynthia R.

After 30 years coming to Hilton Head, Lin and I decided it was time to buy. But we live in Jersey, how do we find our dream property. Added to that we wanted an investment property to help offset the expenses. In stepped Karen DePace from Southern Lifestyle Properties. Not only did Karen help us find the perfect spot, she turned us on to a property management company to help with the rentals. When we wanted to do some upgrades, Karen recommended a contractor. Karen’s customer service is awesome. She is only a cell, text or phone call away. Straight forward, knowledge of the island real estate and she treats you like a friend, not just a customer. One example of her work ethic was the day our patio furniture was delivered several days before we were coming to Hilton Head. A quick phone to Karen and she stopped by the property and lugged 5 boxes of furniture off the front porch and into the house. For an out of town buyer, Karen is your answer. Thanks, Karen, for making this journey a success.

Lew & Lin C.

Karen DePace helped us fulfill a life dream. I contacted Karen because I was impressed with her profile after reviewing the local Real Estate agents. Karen was wonderful to work with! When I told her what we were looking for, she went above and beyond our expectations! Karen not only helped us find the Perfect Ocean Front Condo, she also became a Great Friend!

Carolyn F.

My fiance and I were first-time home buyers and the idea of the process wasn’t just exciting, it was very scary. Karen helped us out every step of the way! She was there for us whenever we didn’t understand something or any questions (which we had a million of) we had to ask. Making finding the perfect home stress free. We couldn’t have done it without her. Thank you for all of your guidance Karen!

Cindee D.

We started working with Karen when we decided to purchase a second home in the HHI area. We had a one week window to find what we wanted in the price range we needed. Karen went over and above our expectations, spending a lot of time and doing copious amounts of research on all of the properties we looked into. She was in tune to all of our needs and made our experience much less stressful than I would have imagined. Since our decision on a property was actually made after we got home, she made the process of purchase and transfer a lot easier by being my advocate through the whole ordeal….Thank you, Karen… couldn’t have done it without you

Deb I.

My husband and I are investors and working with Karen to purchase a unit at The Breakers Villas in Hilton Head; it is our first Hilton Head investment and working with Karen has been awesome. She has helped to connect us quickly to financing, contractors, management companies and other needed resources within the HH community. We are scheduled to close the end of January and working remotely will be a new experience for us. Karen has been helpful throughout the process.

Jennifer D.

Karen helped us get our first Hilton Head property. It was a pleasure working with her as she was very professional and very informative. As we live in New York, Karen was very helpful throughout the buying and closing process. If anyone is looking for a Hilton Head property, we would definitely recommend working with Karen.

Jay & Libby P.