Iris & Howard Real Estate

Our Story

Iris & Howard Real Estate was founded with one goal in mind - to provide our clients with a different kind of buying and selling experience, one where honesty, integrity, and service to our clients is elevated to a whole new level because to us business is personal.

“My philosophy has always been to go above and beyond expectations in the best interest of my clients. It's that extra effort in the pursuit of our clients' desired outcome that sets Iris & Howard apart.”

As the Broker-in-Charge and Partner in Iris & Howard, Akemi ‘sweats’ the details so you don’t have to. She began her career as a paralegal in North Carolina before obtaining her real estate brokers' license. In 2006, Akemi moved to the Grand Strand where she worked in new home sales. Akemi is experienced in working directly with builders, contractors, and engineers as well as city and county governments in the Carolinas. Moreover, she has extensive experience working with homeowners’ associations and has acted as a closing coordinator for foreign and domestic real estate transactions. Akemi is an experienced listing and buyers' agent where her meticulous, results-driven approach to real estate means there is no detail too small when it comes to serving her clients' interests. Contact Akemi at 843-241-6127 or

“Being a good realtor, like being a good marketer, takes equal parts communication, planning and hard work.”

As a co-founder and partner in T2H Advertising, Kristin brings more than 25 years of marketing communications experience to Iris & Howard. She works closely with both buyers and sellers to deliver the same kind of results she's delivered to corporate clients both large and small for decades. This kind of results-driven commitment pays off in the field of advertising and in real estate.  Contact Kristin at 843-450-7200 or

“Real Estate marketing today is evolving at an ever-increasing rate, so it is important to keep on top of new trends and technologies while still retaining the core values that make you and your work effective.”

Jeff Thompson is the co-founder and creative director of T2H Advertising. He also happens to be a master web developer and programmer using his talents to market real estate developments from Georgia to North Carolina for more than 20 years. Jeff brings all that experience and expertise to help the clients of Iris & Howard make their real estate goals a reality. Contact Jeff at 843-997-5326 or