Dori,  It’s been about 6 wks now that I have been in my house and I just wanted to let you know I absolutely love it!     Thanks for your patience and understanding of exactly what I was looking for and letting me know about it!    You understood my desire to be in a certain area and kept monitoring that area until the right one came up!   It’s perfect!   You gave me great advise when it was time to negotiate and the people you recommended to work with were best of the best, as far as I was concerned!

    Also, wanted to let you know that whenever I hear about someone thinking about buying, I recommend you to them without thinking twice!   You were a real pleasure to work with and loved your positive attitude!

    Thank you for all your help in finding me that “right” place!  You’re the best!


    It was a great pleasure working with Dori.  Being out of state and looking for a property, was not easy, but you went above our expectation with your service.  Your honesty and up front approach, help us fine the perfect home we were looking for.

    Your choice of attorney and inspection people was greatly appreciated. All worked in such a professional manner, and were willing to work with us while we were in another state.

    Your professionalism and great personality made our looking for a new home less stressful.  I would recommend you to all who are looking for a place here in SC.

    Jack and Janet Mikesell

    When we began looking for a place on Hilton Head Island, we knew the area we wanted and the price we were willing to pay.  How to achieve that, we were unsure.  Being not familiar with real estate in general, and the particular dynamics of the Island market in particular, we knew we would need someone knowledgeable to guide and represent us.  We had spoken to a couple of other agents before we spoke with Dori, but it seemed that they were either distant and non-approachable or had a potential conflict of interest such that our interests would not be their interests.

    In preparation for an upcoming visit to the island, we sent an email enquiring about a property we wished to view during our stay.  Dori responded to that email and a time was established for viewing.  After meeting with Dori during that visit, we were convinced that she was the best agent to represent us:  Her easy approachability, combined with her knowledge of the market, won us over.

    We never regretted choosing Dori as our agent.  One incident in particular stands out.  After investing a considerable amount of time in showing several properties to what probably appeared to her not serious buyers, she agreed without hesitation to meet with us once again, late on a Friday afternoon, to show for a second time one of the properties on our list (the property we ended up purchasing).  More than that, when the entry key was absent from its lockbox, she contacted the listing agent and proceeded to his office to obtain a second key so that we could view the property.

    Dori’s dedication to her clients, making their interest her interest, is her greatest strength.  No phone call was left unanswered; no email was left untouched:  she carried us through closing without fault, providing the right attorney here, the right inspector there, even insisting upon a last minute walkthrough to ensure that the villa would be received as promised, with every item in place and all problems repaired.  Thank you for providing such a dedicated agent.

    Neal and Debbie Tostenson

    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.

    Dori should have her own show! She is wonderful! She was such a great asset to the success of my search. I ended up buying in Baynard Park and everyone that worked for Centex from the attorney at McNair to the sales staff at the site all congratulated me on having such a savvy realtor. I had another realtor in New Jersey who made the process up there into a nightmare as she was very unprepared and sloppy. Dori was able to help guide this other realtor in a way that allowed me to close the sale in NJ. Dori was my rock as I tried to sell in a bad market and her encouragement and kindness made it possible for me to complete the sale of one home and purchase of the new home. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone! Dori should have her own show! She is wonderful!

    Beth Foley Hackettstown, New Jersey

    To have the opportunity to return to the island to live had been my goal for over 17 years. My ability to reach that goal was assisted in large part by your dedication and hard work to find just the perfect home for me. Over the 8 months that we spent viewing the many and varied properties and fine tuning our seach I always felt optimistic. Your ability to provide me with information not just on the properties but other areas that could potentially impact my happiness with the decision at hand was priceless. For example, ease of getting to the airport due to work travel obligations or restrictions in certain gated communities, your knowledge and professionalism shined through. From start to finish on this dream journey you understood the aspects that would cause anxiety ahead of time and were prepared to offer guidance to keep the anxiety at a minimum. You have shown a level of integrity in this profession that sets you apart and was greatly appreciated. I would always recommend anyone with any interest in property in the area to contact you for assistance.

    Sheryl and Sandy Kaufman ~ Rockaway, NJ

    We happened to mention to a friend that we were interested in buying a house on Hilton Head and they said they had a friend who was a realtor on the Island. That referral led us to Dori and ultimately to our new home. Dori took the time to get to know us and our likes, dislikes and tastes. She was always available to answer questions and would get back to us with answers immediately. The homes that we visited were so well chosen that it took only three to find exactly what we were looking for. Additionally, she went beyond what would normally be expected of a realtor and found us someone to install new tile floors immediately after we closed. We always felt that we were her only client, which is the highest praise I can think to give someone involved in servicing clients. We would recommend Dori to anyone without reservation.

    Sheryl and Sandy Kaufman ~ Rockaway, NJ