February 2021

The Voice of Experience: After a quarter of a century, Gina Faucette-Farbman has seen it all when it comes to Hilton Head Island real estate.

Author: Barry Kaufman

Gina Faucette-Farbman and Grace Barna

It might be one of the most well-worn tenants of the real estate industry, but there truly is no substitute for experience. Especially when it comes to buying and selling on Hilton Head Island, the best aspect a realtor can bring to the table is knowledge: what communities offer which amenities, where buyers can find the best value, how much sellers can expect their property to be worth … it all needs to be on command at a moment’s notice.
It’s truly what your Realtor knows that sets them apart. And to paraphrase a famous advertising catchphrase, Gina Faucette-Farbman knows a thing or two because she’s seen a thing or two.

“I know the villa market like the back of my hand,” she said. “And when I’m representing someone who is buying a villa, I ask the right questions to find out of if the POA has a healthy reserve and if there are any assessments coming down the pike.”

Her particular talent in the villa market comes from her unique background prior to entering the real estate industry. Working with Shaw Manufacturing for many years, Faucette-Farbman sold railing and structural steel in a territory that ranged from Savannah to Charleston. “I probably sold 90 percent of the gates on the island,” she said. “It’s not that I specialize in villas; I just know all the property managers.”

And while the always-red hot villa market might be her strong suit, it’s by no means her specialty. Her depth of experience is matched only by the breadth of her experience. “I have my license here and in Beaufort, so nowhere in the Lowcountry scares me,” she said. “I sell everywhere.”

Aiding her in this growing real estate territory is her associate Grace Barna, who recently relocated to the area from Virginia where she’d been working with RE/MAX. “It’s definitely been a change from Virginia; there are a lot more residential and vacation homes. It’s definitely a fast-paced environment,” Barna said.

Barna has proven she can more than keep up with the pace of island real estate, aiding in everything from transactions to marketing with practiced skill. “She is my saving grace,” Faucette-Farbman said.

Her territory might take her across both sides of the bridge, but it’s her island home for the past 25 years which holds a special place in Faucette-Farbman’s heart. “Everyone says I should run for office, but I don’t know about that,” she said with a laugh. Instead, she focuses her energies on organizations around here from the Boys & Girls Club to Zonta International.

But above all, she is dedicated to her clients. “I work 24/7,” she said. “And it doesn’t matter if it’s a $100,000 home or a million-dollar home. I treat every client the same.” 

To find out more, visit HiltonHeadOceanfront.Love or call (843) 422-2144.

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