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Family: Gordon “Bug” Strother (husband), Champney and Cathleen, our two Jack Russells, Sprat the cat, and Trusty the horse. We are also blessed to have a lot of family who lives locally, including both set of parents, Beth and Cannon Gould and Frankie and Gordon Strother. Years in the Golden Isles: 33 years! I’m a seventh generation native to St. Simons Island. My husband and I both were born and raised here and I don’t ever see us leaving the area. Who or what inspired you to become a Realtor: My broker LeAnn Duckworth encouraged me for several years to get licensed and come to work for her. Her hard work and dedication to her business inspired me to take the leap into real estate. For my first two years, I worked alongside her and tried to absorb as much of her 20 years of knowledge as possible. She has been a great teacher and cheerleader, while I have been working to build my business the past five years. Real estate is a demanding but also rewarding career that I truly love. Describe a hobby you enjoy away from work: I’ve been riding horses since I was about four years old, and really feel at home in the saddle so I love to ride any chance I get. I also love to hunt just about anything, deer, hogs, pheasant, turkey, the list goes on. Deer hunting is probably my favorite; I love the peace and quite in a stand in the woods listening to all of the sounds and watching the animals. A local you admire and why: My grandmother, Mary Frances Gould. She grew up visiting Sea Island with her family in the 1930s and later moved here to marry the love of her life James Gould II in 1948. She has played just about every role you can imagine. She was a model in the 1940s, a mother, a member of many organizations, a local tour guide with tremendous local knowledge, and even stepped in to assist my grandfather when he ran for state representative in 1986. She is the ultimate hostess, savvy business woman and true southern belle. Favorite local causes you support and why: I’m an ambassador for the St. Simons Land Trust. Their mission is to preserve the island’s natural and scenic character. They have successfully preserved some of the must beautiful areas that I enjoyed as a child and now they will remain protected for future generations. I love the “old St. Simons feel,” and even though I’m just in my 30s, I have seen big changes on St. Simons and value preserving as much of the island as possible. What makes the Golden Isles a unique place to live: The Golden Isles has played a big role in history throughout the years. From early settlers and war time roles to arts and heritage. I’ve lived here my whole life and continue to learn new things about our local history everyday. Describe the local market right now: Our market is healthy and is still considered a seller’s market. With low inventory, prices have been steadily increasing but with that being said a realistic list price is the key. There is a growing new construction presence for existing homes to compete with. I get a lot of questions about if winter months are are good for real estate and my answer is yes. There is normally less competition which means a better deal for you!