Our Real Estate Professionals
Mary Liptak is the President of Real Escapes Properties, Inc. and is a true Southerner. Born in North Carolina, she has spent most of her life here on St. Simons Island. Mary is a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a strong background in business management. She has had a long and varied exposure to property management and real estate sales. Although she spent her college years in the Atlanta area, she is happy to be back on her favorite Island. Whether it's real estate sales or vacation rentals, Mary looks forward to proving the motto: "You already have a friend on the Island" with the wonderful staff at Real Escapes Properties.
Richard Knight is our Broker. He and his wife, Jane, founded and operated a large real estate and vacation rental business in upstate New York for over twenty years. Moving away from those very long northern winters to St Simons Island in 2002, he became the Qualifying Broker for a local firm and then happily settled in at Real Escapes Properties. Richard, Jane & their "child", Ginger live here on the island.
Tully moved to the Golden Isles in 1986 from Atlanta. He spent the next 25 years in the IT field and founded the first dial-up internet provider in Glynn County, The Best Net. After selling The Best Net to a Florida based Telephone Company, he was hired by that same company to head up its IT operations. After his stint in Florida, Tully came back to the Golden Isles and began building single family homes. That led to a natural progression to the real estate profession. Joining Real Escapes Properties 3 years ago as a sales agent, Tully has found success as a listing agent as well as a buyer's agent. Having spent the last 33 years on St Simons Island and the last 10 years involved in real estate, whether you are buying or selling, you can count on receiving professional real estate services from Tully and Real Escapes Properties.
Joyce Knapton, a graduate of The University of St. Joseph, has degrees in Education, Psychology and Sociology. This background provides sensitivity to her Real Estate clients' needs. Coupled with over forty five years of selling and listing experience, you will find that this Realtor listens to your priorities and matches them with great "finds."
As a Sales Manager at real estate company, T.C. Roberts & Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, Joyce held 6:00 AM "brain storming" meetings and created incentive plans. Respecting "individual differences” and, "working hard with integrity" have always been her goals.
Now, she is extremely proud to be a Realtor with the Knapton Realty Group at Real Escapes Properties, Inc. Located at the Exclusive Pier/Village, Joyce joins the perfect company and sales team to meet her clients' needs. Whether you are a residential or commercial purchaser, contact her and she will greet you with a smile and a desire to accomplish your goals.
Rory Knapton, a local Golden Isles resident, proudly represents Real Escapes Properties, Inc. as a Realtor. His "Feet-on-the-Ground" experience in buying and selling property gives him a unique advantage to serve his clients.
After graduating from St. Simons Elementary School, Glynn Academy and Brunswick College [The Coastal College of Georgia], Rory began his Real Estate career in North Georgia as a developer of property. He personally developed one of the most successful, premier subdivisions. He purchased and developed the hundreds of acres - then thoughtfully built the roads, lakes and lot designs - operating his own heavy equipment. All lots sold immediately and often sold before the construction was completed. He furthered his development by building exclusive, custom homes... all with underground utilities, community water with two deep wells, two lakes and shared access to the Chestatee River. Rory gained more experience buying and selling hundreds of his personal properties in Georgia and around the world.
Rory's historical book, The Days of Clover, is now rated five gold stars on Amazon and Kindle. It is based on true history and a real adventure one summer while Rory attended the 5th grade at St. Simons Elementary School.
Also a Technician with Communication Engineer Licenses State and Federal / LVT License combined with his Real Estate License contribute to this Realtor's extensive "Feet-on-the-Ground" Real Estate Sales experience! Whether his clients are experienced in Buying or Selling property or a first time home owner, Rory provides extraordinary, professional service and creativity to achieve the needed goal.
Contact: Cell on St. Simons Island 678-581-8533 or the Office 866-320-0358 for SALES and Listings.