Tony Cates

Sales & Development Associate tcates@svrealty.com 803-237-2672 803-359-7025

When you get to know Tony Cates as your Southern Visions sales associate, you’ll find an interesting study in contrasts. Tony is a born outdoorsman and sports fan—but he admits to being “a sucker for a good chick flick with my wife” when the weekend rolls around. His professional pursuits likewise have taken interesting turns. He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in architecture, then shifted his focus and earned a master’s degree in real estate development. That brought him ultimately to Southern Visions Realty, while exploring the design/real estate arena in the South Carolina midlands.

And the midlands, he decided, is the place to work. The locale is a natural magnet to people in search of a high-quality place to live, he believes. “Lexington and Richland counties—the ‘Midlands Counties’—are halfway between the mountains and beach, with great outdoor activities, especially around Lake Murray and the Saluda and Broad rivers.”

A personal bonus for Tony is that it’s the place he calls home. “All of our family are here,” says the Irmo native.

He brings a broad background to his profession. Apart from Southern Visions, Tony has worked with JR LEX, LLC; the Arkansas Restaurant Group; and Net Lease Development.

At home, Tony enjoys “evenings in with my wife and close friends and a good steak.” Country music in the background completes the ambience. His next big project: “raising my newborn son . . . and building a house.” Favorite reading material: the Bible.

As for his choice getaway, “I love a beach that is laid back, without a lot of hustle and bustle, with a cold drink in my hand and my wife by my side.”

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