Hilton Head Real Estate News: October 2018


Alice Risley moved to Hilton Head Island last year from West Islip, New York. In addition to assisting buyers and sellers with home purchases, she will help sellers stage their homes using her experience in interior design. She also organizes and helps sellers clear out after a sale. Risley has a bachelor’s degree in education.

Joe Laferrera has lived in Bluffton for 18 years, having moved from Staten Island, New York. He is a graduate of the New York City Police Academy, the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and the South Carolina Fire Academy. He served 26 years in public service and currently serves as a firefighter for the U.S. Department of Defense at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort.

David Edl grew up in Akron, Ohio and has lived in Bluffton’s Heritage Lakes neighborhood for over 10 years. Edl has nearly 25 years of buying and selling experience in northeast Ohio as well as on Hilton Head Island.

Jim Szarka is originally from the New York area. Szarka found the Lowcountry in 2004 and has lived in Rose Hill Plantation, Sun City and Baynard Park. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from Queens College. In 2006, he began his real estate career with Keller Williams Realty and Town Square Realty in Bluffton.

Missy Yost grew up in Mason, Ohio. She attended the University of Cincinnati, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a certificate in paralegal studies. She started her career as a real estate paralegal. In 2014, she moved to the Lowcountry and became a licensed Realtor.


Matt Walley has joined the team at the Joan Kelly Group at Keller Williams Realty as director of sales. He also will be working with buyers and sellers. Walley grew up in Pittsburgh and has lived in New York City, Berlin and Zimbabwe, Italy, Spain and Israel. He recently returned to Hilton Head Island. His family has been involved in real estate since 1898, when his great-grandfather opened the Walley Agency in the Pittsburgh area. Walley worked in the business with his father from 1989 to 1995. Walley moved to Hilton Head in 2004 and joined Keller Williams Realty as a team leader, working in offices in the Southeast and in South Africa.


Commercial broker Michael Mark has joined Charter One Realty's commercial division. He has been servicing commercial and residential clients in the Beaufort area for more than a decade. After becoming a certified commercial investment member, Mark's primary focus has been commercial real estate, including development land, historic renovation projects and income-producing investment properties. The commercial division of Charter One Realty specializes in investment, leasing and valuation services.