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Lake Norman's two oldest real estate firms merge


The Lake Norman area’s oldest real estate firms are merging in a partnership that brings two families full circle.

Abigail Jennings and Jane Getsinger, owners of Lake Norman Realty, and Linda Hecht and Nicole Hecht Howard, owners of Hecht Realty, announced Thursday that the two companies are combining under the Lake Norman Realty name. The merger took effect Thursday.

“The visionary leaders of each entity began their real estate roots in the early 1970s under the mentorship of John Hecht in Denver,” the owners noted in their announcement of the merger. “James Jennings went on to found Lake Norman Realty in 1978, while Bob Hecht took the reins at Hecht Realty.”

 In 1998, Jennings’ daughter Abigail stepped in to lead Lake Norman Realty while Hecht’s daughter Nicole did the same for her company following Bob’s death in 2019. 

“Both men built remarkable firms throughout their careers,” said Abigail Jennings, president of Lake Norman Realty. “Today, we honor their pioneering and entrepreneurial spirits. Long before others, they each knew the potential in the future of a Lake Norman real estate market.”

Providing residential, commercial, and global relocation services with the largest property management division in the Lake Norman region, the newly merged rental portfolio represents more than 1,500 properties including long-term management, short-term rentals, vacation rentals and HOA services, according to the announcement. The company also serves buyers and sellers of residential and commercial properties.

“We are incredibly pleased to announce that through this merger, we are doubling our commitment to the west side of Lake Norman in order to best serve the growing Denver and surrounding markets,” Jennings added.

The Hecht Realty offices at 885 N.C. 16 N. are near the existing Lake Norman Realty sales offices at 1818 N.C.16 N. in Denver. The 4,800-square-foot Hecht office space will be used as a dedicated property management and rentals office for west side property owners, tenants and HOA services. 

The merger was a natural next step for both companies, said Nicole Hecht.

“After nearly 50 years serving the Lake Norman region, it was especially important for our family business’s next chapter to be with a quality local and trusted firm,” she explained. “To have found this with our friends and neighbors at Lake Norman Realty is exciting for us all. We would also like to give special thanks to all the clients of Hecht Services who have trusted us over the years for their real estate needs. We are grateful to you, and we look forward to serving you through Lake Norman Realty in the future.”

In 2021, Lake Norman Realty marks its 43rd year. Now with more than 150 employees and seven office locations, the firm provides full-service real estate, in-house mortgage lending, insurance, property leasing and management, commercial brokerage and international relocation services.

Lake Norman Realty has offices in Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Mooresville and Statesville.


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