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Her career in real estate spans more than 50 years…

Categories: Awards & Achievements, Home Builder, Our Communities | Posted: December 12, 2016

Posted Sat, 12/10/2016 – 12:25 pm | Article by: Katie Nussbaum (katie.nussbaum@savannahnow.com)

Friends, colleagues laud Konter’s work over decades

Realtor Harriet Konter sits in her midtown Savannah office last week. The native Savannahian has been in the real estate business since 1961. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Real estate agent Harriet Konter has been honored with a lot of ‘firsts’ in her life.

The 92-year-old Savannah native was the first female president of the Georgia Association of Realtors, the first woman to be inducted into the Georgia Association of Realtors Hall of Fame and the first woman to be named “Realtor of the Year” by the Savannah Area Realtors, but those who have worked alongside Konter, said she’s always put their needs ahead of her own.

“She leads through example and by that I mean that she’s always lives by the golden rule, she treats people the way she wants to be treated and she’s always lead through honestly, trust and integrity and through that she’s definitely the epitome of what it means to be a Realtor,” said local agent Steven Fischer.

Konter and her late husband, Larry Konter, founded Konter Realty Co. in 1961 in a small two-room office in downtown Savannah. Six individual companies now operate under the Konter Co. umbrella, including Konter Quality Homes, which was founded by the Konter’s son, Jerry Konter, in 1977. Together the companies have built and sold thousands of homes across the Low Country and created 17 communities, including Savannah Highlands and Woodland Trail in Richmond Hill.

After Larry Konter died in 1995, Fischer said, with all that the couple had already accomplished it would have been easy for Harriet Konter to retire, but he knew she’d continue building on what she and Larry had worked so hard for.

“It was always Larry and Harriet… She had already been No. 1, she had the biggest company, but there was never a doubt in my mind that she was going to continue the company and she did, which was very impressive,” Fischer said.

“They were wonderful together, they were a team and she stayed.”

“And I’m still here,” Konter interjected, smiling from behind her desk in her midtown office, where a group of friends and family gathered last week to share stories and laughs about her time in the industry, which spans more than 50 years.

“I have wonderful friends and we’ve been out there a long time,” Konter said.

Another one of those friends is Gale Hirsh. About 16 years ago Hirsh was using Konter’s office phones for a fundraising effort when Konter persuaded her to obtain her real estate license.

“(Harriet) said, ‘hang up the phone’ and she closed the door,” Hirsh laughed.

“… She’s been the most wonderful teacher, leader and friend… She changed my life.”

Hirsh is now the residential sales manager for Konter Realty, but her connection with the Konters began at a gas station while she was still living in New York, years before she met the couple.

“My husband’s company was being relocated (to Savannah) and I was leaving everything and I was just down … I went to a gas station to fill up and the guy pumping gas, I don’t even know who he was, asked me what was wrong,” Hirsh said recalling a conversation she had with a gas station attendant.

After explaining that she was moving to Savannah and didn’t know anyone here, the attendant offered some advice.

“You know what he said to me?” Hirsh asked the group.

“Call the Konters, they’ll help you. And I still don’t know who that guy (at the gas station) was.”

Lisa Neville’s journey with Konter started in high school, and this year she celebrated her 41st year working as support staff with the company.

“I came after school, then went through college, went through a marriage, went through a baby and I’m still here,” Neville said.

“They’re special people.”

One memory retired Realtor Bob Bennett will never forget is when his daughter, Robin Lance, was to be installed as the president of the Georgia Association of Realtors in 2013. Konter gave Bennett and his wife, Roberta, who was also a Realtor, the honor of installing Lance.

“She wanted Roberta and I to install our daughter and it was great and we’ll always remember that,” Bennett said.

“That was quite an honor for us.”

Lance had previously asked Konter and three other past female presidents, whom she had formed a close relationship with, to install her, but Konter had other plans.

“Harriet accepted my invitation, but, without my knowing it, went to my parents and said she felt it would mean so much to me if they actually installed me,” Lance explained.

“Harriet and the other three ladies were called on the stage to install me, however immediately turned the program over to my parents to do the honors. It was very touching and again brought to light that Harriet is a selfless contributor. It meant more to her to see my parents recognized as installing me than it did for herself.”

Recently, Konter was honored by the Savannah Area Realtors for her service and dedication to the Savannah industry. With that honor came another first: Konter is the first woman to have her portrait displayed at the SAR boardroom on Hodgson Memorial Drive.

“I was overwhelmed,” Konter said of the reception and presentation.

“My children didn’t even tell me what was going on. … People just kept coming up to me from all over.”

And Fischer said the large gathering was a testament to the impact Konter has made on so many and the respect that they have for her.

“Wherever she went she made an impact, sometimes because she didn’t whisper, but she still made an impact,” he laughed.

Friends and colleagues gather around Harriet Konter at a recent reception given by the Savannah Area Realtors to recognize Konter’s contributions to the local real estate industry. (Bunny Ware/Spotted.Savannahnow.com)

“She’s made an impact on every level and any every place and she’s very well respected and that’s what was shown the other night. … It really showed the respect she has across a broad base, real estate-related and not real estate-related.”

Today, Konter still serves as president of Konter Homes, where staff said she keeps an eye on the office and keeps things “hopping.”

Over the years Konter has served as president of the Armstrong State University Alumni Association, director of the Savannah Jewish Community Center, director of the National Association of Realtors and the list goes on. She’s still involved in many organizations including the Women’s Council of Realtors and the local, state and national Association of Realtors, but at the heart of it all for Konter is her friends, colleagues and family.

“I love everything about it,” Konter said of her career.

“The people and what we did. Everybody liked to help each other.”

Harriet Konter gives real estate agent Steven Fischer a kiss on the cheek at a recent reception given by the Savannah Area Realtors to recognize Konter’s contributions to the local real estate industry. ( BunnyWare / Spotted.Savannahnow.com )

Flooring Options

Categories: Flooring, Home Builder | Posted: June 27, 2016

Wood Flooring:
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Hardwood floors are traditional and remain one of the most elegant culls due to their shine, natural texture and variety of stains / culminates. They are durable. If installed and maintained properly will last the lifetime of the home. Wood floors are more sumptuous to purchase and harder to install then other flooring options. This is often the most prevalent deciding factor in determining whether it’s the right cull for a home. For homes built in Coastal Georgia, an engineered wood would be the better option as it holds up better in humidity.

Laminate Flooring:
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Laminate has become very popular as a substitute for wood flooring. If you dote the look of wood but want something more affordable and more facile to install, laminate is a great option. Laminate is more durable, easy to clean and withstands scratches and dents much better than hardwood. It is however harder to rehabilitate. Planks may have to be abstracted and superseded whereas in hardwood a defect could be sanded out and refinished.

Ceramic Tile:

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Ceramic tile can be visually perceived from bathrooms to living rooms. It is facile to clean and maintain while integrating a sleek finish for more contemporary homes. Ceramic may not be a good option for areas where children play and are prone to falling because of its hardness. Homeowners in warmer climate areas like Georgia incline to choose ceramic flooring as it feels cooler to the physical contact. Ceramic tile can also be slippery. Picking a tile with some texture may be best for homes where slips and falls are a concern.

Vinyl / Linoleum:

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Vinyl and Linoleum are terms that incline to be interchangeable but are in fact two variants of material. Where Linoleum is a product made from natural materials and oils, vinyl is made with synthetic products. These type of flooring options come in astronomically immense sheets or squares with a wide variety of patterns. They are fairly facile to clean and hold up well in heftily ponderous traffic areas. The kitchen is a mundane place to optically discern this type of flooring but it is congruous for other areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms. One of the most immensely colossal perks to vinyl and linoleum is the affordability.

Carpet:

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While wall to wall carpet is not as popular as it once was in homes, it is still a great option for homes wanting comfort. Carpet is very easy to install and decently priced. It may not require to be cleaned as often as a hard surface, but it is remotely harder to maintain in terms of stain abstraction and annual steam cleaning. Homeowners who cull carpet often choose it because of the comfortable setting it engenders while reducing the noise of walking that harder surfaces would create. Allergy and Asthma sufferers should note that airborne particles incline to stick into carpet fibers. Customary vacuuming can help minimize the issue but it will not eliminate it entirely.

Stone:

Marble, travertine, granite, limestone and slate are all examples of stones that can be utilized in flooring. They give a luxurious feel to a home with a beautiful texture and culminate. Like ceramic tile, stone has a cool property that makes it another great cull for Georgia homes. They are perdurable and are considered a lifetime flooring.

New Phase has begun… in Savannah Highlands

Categories: Home Builder, Our Communities, Savannah Highlands | Posted: May 11, 2016

Realtors & Clients we are now taking reservations for our next phase!

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For more information visit our website or contact the Builder at 912-341-4865

Happy Birthday Jerry Konter!

Categories: Home Builder | Posted: March 23, 2016

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We would like to wish our very own

Jerry Konter a Happy Birthday today!!!

From all of us at Konter Quality Homes, have a wonderful day!!

Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah

Categories: Home Builder | Posted: January 20, 2016

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History of Home Builders Association

of Greater Savannah

In June, 1955 Judge David Atkinson of the Superior Court of Chatham County signed the order which created the Home Builders Association of Savannah. The Association started with 27 Charter members and today stands strong with over 400 members. Since its inception, the Association has had 59 Presidents including our current President, Mr. Kevin Kirsch.

The Association has grown tremendously over the past 60 years. We now have 3 Chapters and over 15 different committees and councils. We have a Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee in addition to an Engineers and Developers Council who works directly with City and Council Officials to help shape the way developing will take place in the future.

In recent years the HBA has had many exciting developments. 1998 we developed our Effingham Chapter and a few years later, we developed our Bryan County Chapter. It was at this point that we legally changed the name of the Association to the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah. In July of 2000 we moved into our brand new 4000 SF Office Building which houses our staff of 2. The debt free building was built and paid for by the dedicated Members of our Association.

Past Presidents of the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah

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Jerry Konter; past inductee of the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah Hall of Fame is presenting the award to the newest inductee

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2016 President – Candler Wilson

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2016 Officers

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President: Candler Wilson | Vice President: Mark Bouy | Treasurer: Jeff Schofield | Secretary: Fred Bricketto | Associate Vice President: Tracey Burdette | Sales and Marketing Council Chairman: David Hagan | Executive Officer: Patty Rietkovich | Immediate Past President: Kevin Kirsch

2016 Board of Directors

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*Virtual tour of our beautiful “Camden” plan*

Categories: Home Builder, Virtual Tour | Posted: January 6, 2016

The Camden is a beautiful large family home. The 1st floor features a wonderful open design with large chef’s kitchen featuring an island that will seat the whole family! A dining room and living room anchor the front portion of the home and a large family room opens to the kitchen, allowing you multiple entertaining options. The ground floor Owner’s suite includes a large walk in closet and luxury bath with shower and separate garden tub. The 2nd floor features a large loft/bonus room and four bedrooms. with two additional enlarged bathrooms. The Camden includes spray foam insulation and is Earth Cents rated helping you to save money on your utility bills immediately!! Check out our Camden Floor Plans – click here!!
Check out our Move-in Ready homes – click here!!

*Virtual tour of our beautiful “Walton” plan*

Categories: Home Builder, Virtual Tour | Posted: January 6, 2016

The Walton is beautiful two story home that features four bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms and a large bonus room. The Walton features Icynene spray foam insulation, and is Energy Star certified. 9′ ceilings and an open kitchen and great room give the Walton a spacious open feeling. The Owner’s bathroom includes dual vanities an enclosed toilet space and a large walk in closet. The second floor features 3 additional bedrooms each with a walk-in closet as well as a large bonus room. Check out our Walton Floor Plans – click here!!
Check out our Move-in Ready homes – click here!!

*Virtual tour of our beautiful 4,000 sq. ft. “Oglethorpe” plan*

Categories: Home Builder | Posted: November 4, 2015

The Oglethorpe by Konter Quality Homes is the perfect home for your growing family. At over 4000 square feet this grand estate features large open living spaces, quality craftsmanship and keen attention to detail.

A delightful foyer offers a warm and inviting entrance into this home with views of the adjacent elegant dining room and formal living room. While extensive crown molding, dramatic custom trim details and wood flooring add character to the Oglethorpe’s fabulous living spaces. Granite counter tops enhance the chef inspired kitchen that boast modern appliances and tons of cabinet space.

Retreat upstairs to reveal a massive bonus room that’s perfect for a play area, media room or both.This home wouldn’t be complete without an abundance of spacious bedrooms exemplified by the large owners suite. Featuring a cozy sitting area and tray ceiling the owners suite radiants tranquility. While the luxurious owner’s bath whose spa inspired features promote an aura of relaxation.

Spacious open concept living and exceptional craftsmanship give this grand estate every feature the modern and growing family needs. And at Konter Quality Homes quality isn’t just in our name.. it’s in every home we build. Check out our Oglethorpe floor plans…click here!

When building your new home, don’t forget these things!

Categories: Home Builder | Posted: September 16, 2015





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When building your new home, don’t forget these things!

Closet & Organization

 

Bath

 
  • Put outlets in several closets.

  • Make sure your closets have enough space for both double hung rods, and singles to accommodate long clothes.

  • Include a full size broom cupboard in pantry or laundry room to hide all the cleaning items away from sight.

  • Add more closet/linen space than you think you’ll need.

  • Include cubbies in mudroom with an outlet in each one.

  • Add a motion sensor to pantry and closet lights.

 
  • Add outlet in master toilet closet for night light.

  • Outlets inside vanity cabinets (upper and lower) in bathroom for dryer etc.

  • Include heated towels racks.

  • Don’t caulk the bottom of your toilet to the tile which could hide leaks.

  • Make use of the pony wall in a bathroom by turning it into storage.

 

Outdoor

 

Kitchen

 
  • Run conduit under the driveway for future wiring or plumbing needs.

  • Prewire speakers both indoor and outdoor.

  • Ensure you have hose outlets and power on all 4 sides of your house, and on top of any raised areas.

  • Hot/cold outdoor water is good for washing pets.

  • Motion sensor pre-wire for selected exterior lights.

  • Keypad entry on garage door (Keypad entry on front door is great as well).

  • Gas line to grill.

     

 
 
  • Outlets in kitchen pantry for charging, or for items that may end up living there.

  • With wide islands, put cabinets on the both sides. While they are not easy to get to, they are good for storing seldomly used items.

  • Include a built-in paper towel holder.

  • Custom storage organization in kitchen drawers.

  • Warming drawer in dining room.

  • Pantry entrance near both kitchen and garage.

  • Custom shelves and a place to plug in appliances in pantry.

  • Outlets above cabinets for Christmas lighting.

  • Set up for both gas and electric appliances.

  • Pantry door on swivel.

  • Pantry light on motion sensor.

  • Copper tubing for your ice maker from the freezer and until it’s out of the kitchen wall.

  • Drawer or below counter microwave.

  • Knife drawer.

  • Pull-out garbage/recycling/laundry (for dirty dish towels/napkins/bibs!).

  • Paper towel holder in drawer slot.

  • Drawers for all lower cabinets (more efficient use of space).

  • Two soap pumps at sink (one for hand soap, one for dish soap).

  • Easy-access place to store frequently used appliances.

  • Place to hang hand towels & aprons.

Pets

 
  • Central Vac with vac pans.

  • Plan where furnace vents will go instead of letting the builder decide.

  • HEPA filtration for allergy sufferers.

  • Receptacles for fire extinguishers.

  • Where possible, pocket doors.

  • Add soundproofing where needed.

  • A phone by the door leading into the garage for calls when you are getting in or out of the car.

  • An inside button to open and close your garage door.

  • Additional support during framing on the top side of windows for curtains.

  • Ensure builders don’t “box” off spaces, where storage or shelving could go.

  • Plan an elevator shaft in case you want to install one later, in the meantime it will serve as storage closets. (Aging in Place)

 

Electrical & Plumbing

 

Lighting

 
  • Prewire security system & cameras.

  • Run wire and prepare roof for future solar.

  • Separate 20z circuit with outlets at waist height in garage to
    plug in tools.

  • Separate 20z circuit for TV and A/V equipment.

  • Pre-wiring for music and speakers, inside and outside.

  • iPad controllers in the walls to control whole house music systems.

  • Pre-wire for generator to essential areas.

  • Carbon monoxide unit on the wall near bedrooms.

  • Include a 220V to garage (tools, future electric car, etc.)

  • Measure the location of anything under the slab, and various utilities out in the yard.

  • Include a drain in the garage to get rid of excess water from vehicles after rain and snow.

 
  • Light switch to the attic in the hallway (and remember lights in attic in general).

  • Solar tubes in areas that don’t get natural sunlight.

  • In cabinet lights and outside lights on timers.

  • Check all remotes for ceiling fans prior to construction completion.

  • 3 way switches are helpful.

  • Master switch from master bedroom that controls all exterior lights.

 

Master Bedroom

 

Holiday Preparedness

 
  • 4 plug outlets near the bed in the master.

  • A light switch at the head of your bed so you can turn out the light once you are in bed.

 
  • Outlets under eaves for holiday lights, with a switch inside to turn on and off.

  • Enough storage for holiday decorations.

  • Seasonal closet with hangers for wreaths, and space for storage boxes.

  • Outlets for holiday lights: over cabinets, in stairway, in porch ceiling, and under eaves.

 

Heating, Cooling, and Vacuums

 

Overall

 
  • Central Vac with vac pans.

  • Plan where furnace vents will go instead of letting the builder decide.

  • HEPA filtration for allergy sufferers.

 
  • Receptacles for fire extinguishers.

  • Where possible, pocket doors.

  • Add soundproofing where needed.

  • A phone by the door leading into the garage for calls when you are getting in or out of the car.

  • An inside button to open and close your garage door.

  • Additional support during framing on the top side of windows for curtains.

  • Ensure builders don’t “box” off spaces, where storage or shelving could go.

  • Plan an elevator shaft in case you want to install one later, in the meantime it will serve as storage closets. (Aging in Place)

 
 


7 Kitchen Cabinet Trends to Watch In 2016 – By Jacob Hurwith

Categories: Home Builder, Kitchen | Posted: August 13, 2015

7 Kitchen Cabinet Trends to Watch In 2016

All home remodeling trends come and go, but when you’re talking about the most trafficked room of the house, some say the heart of the home, it’s vital to know what others are doing in case you ever decide to sell.

Kitchen cabinet trends have not changed as much as other areas around the kitchen, such as kitchen countertops, but a few dominant trends have taken shape in 2015. Fortunately enough, many experts agree that most of the kitchen cabinet trends discussed below are not going away in 2016.

Personalized Cabinets

1. Personalized Cabinets

First and foremost, despite any of these trends, many homeowners are adding cabinet styles, colors and functions that fit their needs and desires. As time has evolved, cabinet companies have come up with numerous styles that match any home design or style. As a result, even homeowners who can afford them are passing over custom cabinets for more affordable, yet design-friendly, semi-custom cabinets.

Overall, in today’s world, there is no cookie-cutter kitchen cabinet design. Ask any kitchen expert for hot designs and they will almost certainly say that personalization and tailored designs are sticking around through 2015, into 2016.

2. Clean Lines & Subtle Design

Two other dominant trends for kitchen cabinets are clean lines and subtle designs. To ensure design flexibility in the long term, cabinet door styles have become simpler, using clean lines. As the modern style continues to gain steam, clean lines and subtle designs make ideal sense for anyone looking to upgrade their kitchen cabinets.

Matching another kitchen remodeling trend, clean lines go perfectly with black and white kitchens. As I noted in Kitchen Remodeling Trends For 2015-16, black and white kitchens tend to offset each other and give the kitchen a clean, sleek and visually appealing design. Clean lines, along with black and white kitchens, can also offset the tension between rustic, modern and transitional kitchens.

Shaker Cabinets

3. Shaker Style

Along with the classic black and white, shaker style cabinets have remained in vogue for years. At first glance, some associate shaker as a plain, square design that doesn’t leave much room for imagination. However, many more attractive versions of the shaker have come to life since the 1800’s.

One way to install terrific shaker cabinets is by using premium quality wood. With its simple design, shaker cabinets let the wood or material do the talking. Just like a knife does the work when you’re cutting an onion, the wood tends to speak the loudest when it comes to shaker cabinets.

Just how prevalent are shaker cabinets?

“Ninety-nine percent of the time, it’s a white painted-wood shaker door with a square picture and simple recessed center,” Anthony Maucieri, president of East Hill Cabinetry said.

White Cabinets

4. White, Gray & Neutral Colors

Along with the clean line theme, white kitchen cabinets are still quite popular, as you saw above, but gray, along with other neutral colors have began to set up shop.

Many homeowners are opting for refined neutral colors and earthy tones that work well with a variety of design elements. These colors not only provide a sense of warmth, but give you more design freedom to add bold colors elsewhere, providing a seamless blend throughout the house.

If you don’t want to replace your kitchen cabinets, but want to add a different pop of color, try painting. We even outlined the Best Way To Paint Kitchen Cabinets.

Functional Design

5. Functional Design

Every aspect of the home needs to casually blend function and design. One should never have to sacrifice one for the other, especially with today’s design improvements across the home. Luckily, kitchen cabinet designers have taken this to heart and created kitchen cabinets that not only look beautiful, but accommodate your needs for better storage, organization and access.

As we noted in 9 Secret Places That Can Add Storage To Your Small Kitchen, smart homeowners are utilizing every inch of space when it comes to their kitchen cabinets. Don’t neglect the space above your cabinets, below your cabinets, between your cabinets or in those tight corners. A few ways to employ some of these spaces are:

  • Install a toe-kick drawer under your lower cabinets.
  • Add containers or extra drawers above your upper cabinets.
  • Install pullout shelving.
  • Install a Lazy Susan in your corner cabinet (helps with your back).

We could all use more kitchen storage and these four ideas ensure that not matter what size your kitchen may be, no item will be left behind.

Horizontal Cabinets

6. Horizontal Orientation Cabinetry

Squares and vertical rectangles are still the preferred designs for kitchen cabinets, but according to Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc., there is a rise in horizontal cabinetry. As cabinets get wider, there is less of a need to stack cabinets (if you have enough storage). This not only makes access much easier, but gives your kitchen a cleaner, more refined look.

If you’re looking for more organization, you can also add drawer inserts to declutter all those pots, pans and numerous other kitchen utensils you have.

High-Tech Cabinet Options

7. High-Tech Cabinet Options

We live in a new world where we are always connected and kitchen designers have taken that to heart. As a result, many homeowners are adding a tech perspective to their kitchen cabinets such as built-in charging stations, hands-free functionality and tablet holders. These additions, along with other innovative kitchen additions, have made living in the 21st century that much easier.

Conclusion

Trends are trends because more and more people agree it is the right way to go. However, as I pointed out before, personalized cabinets and kitchens will never go away. One must feel comfortable in your own kitchen and as such, install kitchen cabinets that feel right to you and only you.

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