About: HL Raymond Properties
Proud to call Hancock County, MS home, Holly wanted to help others
see what she sees in HER Mississippi Gulf Coast. With her vision to create a “boutique” style Real Estate Brokerage, Holly made her move.
She sold her beloved Cypress Café and began putting together her business plan to make her dreams of real estate come true. Leveraging her vast experience and expertise in marketing, budgeting, and most importantly her commitment to providing exceptional service with a personal touch, Holly assembled a team of business savvy, service centered professionals and opened her own brokerage.
Known for her exceptionally high standards, Holly hand-picked a team based on their commitment to meeting the aforementioned expectations, ability to build and nurture relationships, and out of the box – creative thinking to provide an exceptional realty experience for all of HL Raymond Properties’ clients.
Each member of this dynamic team have proven themselves to be honest, hard-working, ethical, and driven to provide a hassle-free experience to all they serve. HL Raymond Properties uses various networking opportunities and high-tech, innovative marketing techniques to move their listings. The team at HL Raymond Properties operates with the highest of ethical standards and will do what is right in negotiating in the best interest of their clients.
Holly and her team consider it a privilege to serve you with your real estate needs. Learn more about each Realtor on this dynamic team in their bios below. We look forward to working with you!
529 Ulman Ave
Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520
Holly Lemoine-Raymond – Broker/Owner/Designer/Producer
Holly Lemoine-Raymond is the Broker, Owner, and Designer of HL Raymond Properties, LLC in Bay St. Louis, MS. Originally from New Orleans, LA Holly has resided in Hancock County most of her life. It is there she attended High School, worked in the gaming industry, and built lasting relationships for more than 25 years. No matter how busy she is, Holly stays actively involved in the community with various voluntary efforts that range from revitalizing the Duck Pond in the beautiful Historic Depot District, donating time and money or hosting events which support the Hancock County Animal Shelter, is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and sits on various boards across the county. Holly is proud to call Hancock County her home! After leaving the gaming industry Holly took the opportunity to bring new life to the Historic City Hall building in Old Town Bay St. Louis where she built a thriving business with the Cypress Café. Locals gathered there to enjoy lunch by the giant Shoofly and sip sweet tea out of mason jars while children played in City Park. Prior to opening her café, Holly worked for the Hollywood Casino (formerly Casino Magic) where she excelled in areas such as Marketing, Public Relations, VIP & Casino Host Services. Leveraging her vast experience and knowledge of marketing infused with her commitment to customer service, Holly put her talents to work for her in the Real Estate Industry. Holly understands the importance of operating honestly, ethically and in the best interest of her clients. She has exceptionally high standards in her business. She works hard, is dedicated to her clients, and is attentive to every little detail. Holly uses various networking techniques, innovative marketing strategies, and puts her own personal touch to every buying or selling experience she is involved in. Her clients love working with her because of her energy and out of the box style. Holly’s talents go beyond taking care of people. She is also passionate about interior design and repurposing things others may toss aside as unusable. You can see some of Holly’s DIY projects on the BSL Shoofly, an online magazine where she has a blog every other month called “Beautiful Things”. After being in Real Estate for under two (2) years, Holly got her Broker’s license and ventured out on her own and created HL Raymond Properties, LLC. She turned an old shoe store in a strip mall in to an Industrial, Chic Real Estate office. While she was busy designing her new office, she also renovated a condo and an old, abandoned gas station which was later featured on Season 4, Episode 7 of HGTV’s “You Live in What”. She has also been seen on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt Season 13, Episode 4 and can be seen on several magazines ranging from Gulf Coast Woman, South Mississippi Living, & Realtor Success(ion). Holly is currently working with Habitat For Humanity of Bay Waveland on building a “She Shed” to be raffled at a fundraiser for Habitat. Growing in leaps and bounds, Holly purchased a building and incorporated her unique style to convert a former orthodontist’s office in to the new home of HL Raymond Properties, LLC. Holly now has 13 agents, (three (3) Associate Brokers), a marketing manager, a community relations manager, and an executive assistant/realtor working for her.
Holly is currently working on producing her own television series to air in January, 2019 called “Inside Out with HL Raymond Properties. She is excited about this project and having the opportunity to showcase the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast and her team. Stay tuned for more information coming soon. In the meantime, go to our FaceBook page, Inside Out with HL Raymond Properties and “like” us to stay informed.
When she is not busy working a contract, repurposing abandoned buildings or showing houses, Holly likes to spend time with her husband Leo and son Landry checking items off of their bucket lists like swimming with sharks, or just hanging out on their rescue farm where they care for animals such as peacocks, horses, chickens, cats, dogs, goats, and even a cow.
Holly knows that hard work and taking care of people are major ingredients in the recipe for success. She would not be where she is today without the love and support of her family, friends, and most of all, her clients.
2013 How I Built My Business
2013 National Federation of Independent Business
2014 World Wide Who’s Who VIP
2015 Women in Business Award Nominee
2015 Top 10 Restaurant in Bay St. Louis – Cypress Café
2015 Residential Platinum Top Producer
2016 Residential Platinum Top Producer
2017 Residential Titanium Top Producer
2018 Winners of WXXV’s People’s Choice Business of the Year
Mitch Tinsley – Realtor/Associate Broker
Mitch Tinsley was born, raised and has been a lifelong resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is a graduate of Gulfport High School, Tulane University and the University of Southern Mississippi. He has received a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Tulane and a M.S. from USM in Geography with emphasis in Geographic Information Systems.
Mitch has held a Mississippi Real Estate Brokers license since 2004 and has successfully operated his own real estate brokerage for 10 years. He has previously worked for the Geospatial Applications Laboratory of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center of Higher Learning at NASA’s Stennis Space Center combining GIS, remote sensing and spatial modeling approaches for technical development, research and operational support for federal, state, and local agencies. In this capacity he has also provided support to local communities, lawmakers and business professionals in the response to Hurricane Katrina’s destruction and the recovery and redevelopment of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Mitch brings to HL Raymond Properties a sound and diverse knowledge of the real estate industry as well as over 20 years of GIS experience in the public, private and academic research sectors. Additionally, he is actively versed, works with and offers support with environmental consulting firms when needing to balance between your project or property location and critical aspects such as wetlands, permitting, and site assessments.
His professional and educational background offers a unique combination for real estate buyers, sellers, developers and investors in both the residential and commercial markets. He currently resides in Diamondhead with his wife Mary, raising and supporting their three children with their many activities and sports. Mitch enjoys football season and anything outside especially fishing along the barrier islands of Mississippi and Louisiana. Just like fishing, real estate is all about Location, location, location, let Mitch find that perfect location for you!
Katy Aime – Realtor/Associate Broker
Raised on the West Bank of New Orleans, Lousiana, Katy Aime moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2001 and has worked hard selling the coast ever since. According to Katy, “There’s no better kept secret than South Mississippi! Once you come here for a visit, you’ll fall in love with the character of the homes and the people.”A Bay St. Louis resident since 2004, Katy believes in working hard and playing hard. She is an enthusiastic member of her community and heavily involved with the Dixie Girls Softball recreation program. When she is not in the office or on the field, Katy enjoys good music, great food, and showing her clients the best of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
As an NAIA collegiate athlete Katy has always believed in working hard for what you want. A graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Katy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She has worked in outside sales for 20+ years, the casino and insurance industries. She has also been a special events coordinator in the tourism industry. With her diverse background and experience in these areas, Katy knows what it takes to get deals done! In her spare time, Katy enjoys kicking back with her husband and their daughter and two (2) stepsons, as well as their Black Lab, Roxy. Whether taking Roxy for a car ride through the beloved beachfront town of Bay St. Louis or chilling in the peaceful Gulf breezes on the front porch, Katy loves life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and wants to help find the perfect home for you. Call her today!
2017 Top Producer Club Residential Bronze Award
MSP – Master Selling Professional
Scott Favre – Realtor/Associate Broker
Born in Gulfport and having grown up in the Kiln, Scott is a lifelong resident of Hancock County. His family’s roots date back to the early 1700’s when Jean Claude Favre was sent by the British Government to settle a crisis on the East Pearl River. A graduate of Hancock High School, and the son of the Football coach, Scott was active in sports such as football and baseball. He attended Pearl River Community College, Delta State, and Mississippi State University, however, he obtained his degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1991.
In addition to his love of sports, Scott is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hunting, and playing golf. When he is not listing, selling, building houses or dealing in commercial real estate, Scott enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with his son Max.Scott has been involved in Real Estate since 1993. He ran his brother’s company, Brett Favre Enterprises, as well as managed a property management business in Gulfport, MS.
Scott has been a homebuilder since 2003. Scott’s vast knowledge of real estate, building, and South Mississippi in general, makes him a dynamic asset to the HL Raymond Properties’ team.
Julie Lawler – Executive Assistant/Realtor
Originally born in New Jersey, Julie Lawler grew up on the West bank of New Orleans. Having attended school at Delgado Community College and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, Julie eventually migrated to Diamondhead, MS where she now resides with her 3 boys, Evan, Nicolas, and Alexander.
Julie has worked in the banking industry, educational software and healthy school meals industries, telecommunications, Bijoubel (a local boutique), and started her own Not for Profit for Single Parents. With her diverse work history, Julie has found one commonality, each opportunity allowed her to help others. Julie’s enthusiasm and positivity are infectious! She loves to learn about others, and encourages them to pursue their dreams.
Julie became a Realtor in June of 2017 and has joined the team at HL Raymond Properties where she proudly serves the Real Estate needs of MS Gulf Coast!
Michele Smothers – Realtor/Community Relations Manager
A resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast since 1999, Michele Smothers found her forever home in Bay Saint Louis, MS in 2014. Michele didn’t waste any time getting involved with community organizations both personally and professionally. Her involvement ranges from the Hancock County Chamber, the Lighthouse Business and Professional Women, Tree House Yoga, and a host of network marketing organizations.
A Hospice Care Marketing Consultant for over 10 years, Michele has a strong moral code of ethics and a skill set to approach her clients with care and compassion. Michele’s background also includes her role as a District Sales Manager with Avon Products, Inc.
Her sales and marketing skills as well as her time with hospice has transferred well in in to the Real Estate business enabling her to drive results. It’s these skills and more that make Michele a great asset to HL Raymond Properties, LLC.
Michele always has her clients’ best interests at heart. When she is not working, Michele enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, relaxing on the beach, practicing yoga and watching SEC football.
Maria J. Salter – Realtor
Originally from Southern California, Maria is a Veteran of the United States Air Force. She met and married her husband Brian while they were both stationed in San Vito de Normani, Italy. Married for over 30 years, the couple has two (2) sons, Zachary & Logan whom they love very much.
After their duty ended with the Air Force, Maria and Brian relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast from the West Bank of New Orleans for Brian’s career in 2001. They can’t imagine living their life together anywhere else!
In 2009 Maria achieved a goal she never imagined she could and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Coaching and Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. A proud Eagle, Maria kept going and completed a Master’s Degree in Workforce Training & Development also through The University of Southern Mississippi’s college of Human Capital Development in 2011.
Her career in Human Resources and experience in dealing with people from all different cultures and backgrounds makes Maria a great addition to the HL Raymond Team. Having worked in the Hospitality and Gaming Industries since 1995, in various roles from the front line in to management through Human Resources, Maria has joined the dynamic team of Real Estate Professionals at HL Raymond Properties, LLC where her standards of service ensure her clients are well cared for.
Eager to show prospective buyers the beautiful MS Gulf Coast, Maria specializes in working with first time homebuyers, and military relocations. Patient and nurturing, Maria’s clients will not be disappointed in their experience of home buying.
When she is not working her full time job as a Training Manager at one of the Gulf Coast’s premiere casinos, or helping her real estate clients find the home of their dreams, Maria is an active volunteer in her community. She has been on the Board of Directors with the Dixie Girls Softball as a T-Ball coach in Bay St. Louis, is a graduate of the Leadership Hancock County Class of 2015/2016, serves on the Leadership Hancock County Steering Committee, is a CASA Volunteer, and has recently been appointed a seat on the Board of Directors for the Hancock County Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
No matter how busy she is she always finds time to hang out with her three (3) amazing guys and their fur babies! Give Maria a call today and put her to work for you!
Carla Thornhill – Realtor
Carla Thornhill is no stranger to Real Estate. She and her husband have run a successful construction business on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for years. Her background gives this wife, mom of four, and Realtor a great ability to take care of her clients.
Carla grew up on the Coast. After being away for awhile she came back to it because she loves the MS Gulf Coast and all it has to offer. “There is nothing like digging your toes in the sand and watching the sunset in the evening.” Carla has passion for helping people find the perfect place, whether it’s a new home or a piece of land to build the home of their dreams on. She wants everyone to feel the same joy she has when they are at home on the Coast.
Rebecca Diaz – Realtor
Born in Kentucky and raised in New Orleans, Rebecca and her husband relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2002 where they are raising their two children. She attended LSU where she was accepted into the College of Design.
Although she has an extensive background in retail and management starting at Brooks Brothers in New Orleans, Rebecca felt drawn to real estate. Licensed since 2005, she has enjoyed helping many meet their real estate needs.Never one to sit still, Rebecca fulfilled a life-long dream when she opened her own gourmet kitchen store in Bay Saint Louis. After six years, Rebecca decided to hang up her apron and return to her true passion of Real Estate.When not helping to make her clients dreams come true, Rebecca enjoys the outdoors, college football, and entertaining friends and family. Rebecca’s commitment to the community is what drives her to give her clients the best possible real estate experience with a personal touch.
Harold Netto – Realtor
Harold is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and has spent most of his life in Bay Saint Louis. His 25 plus years working with the State of Mississippi has enabled him to work with people from diverse socio and economic backgrounds. His experience has helped him learn to connect with people in a unique way. With a degree in Business Administration and an emphasis in Real Estate and Insurance, Harold’s passion to serve others has drawn him in to the Real Estate business.
Harold is ready to serve others by helping them achieve their dreams of home ownership. His commitment to the community and working with leaders throughout the Gulf Coast has helped him build a network of professionals which have shaped him into a strong community leader.
Harold enjoys outdoor sports, especially those activities he gets to share with his son who is actively involved in sports at school. Eager to assist people, Harold says, “If you are looking for your dream home or a place to build it, there is no place better than the Gulf Coast!”
Jason Belton – Realtor/Marketing Manager
Born in Gulfport and raised in Perkinston, MS, Jason is well acquainted with South Mississippi living. After pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Mississippi State University, Jason moved to Biloxi where he decided to show others how great the MS Gulf Coast is.
Growing up surrounded by leaders and public role models, Jason has held leadership roles in various organizations and clubs throughout college. Jason uses his advanced technology and innovative marketing skills to ensure high quality efforts are deployed in representing his real estate client’s properties.
Jason is vibrant, ambitious, trustworthy, and attentive to detail. This gives him a keen ability to engage with his clients to ensure their satisfaction whether he is listing their property or working diligently to make their dreams come true.
In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with friends and family, attending concerts and coastal festivals, and of course, relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast! Always an adventurous soul, Jason loves to travel and is endlessly striving to check items off of his bucket list. Jason’s enthusiasm for providing exceptional service to his clients makes him a great asset to our HL Raymond Properties team.
Jeffrey Sabree – Realtor
“Third time is the charm” said Sabree when asked about his return to the Gulf Coast. In the past 25 years Jeffrey has worked in the Casino Industry as Senior Director of Marketing, Vice President of Marketing and Regional Director of Marketing for companies like Grand Casino, Penn National and Tropicana. As such, Sabree has extensive experience in all facets of Marketing to include Hospitality, Direct Marketing, Advertising, T.V., Radio, Print, Entertainment, Public/Area Relations and Guest Services. This professional experience has taught Jeffrey the value of empowerment. “I believe in making my clients dreams come true” stated Sabree “and I am empowered to do so”.
Integrity and hard work has been his key to success in the highly competitive field of Gaming and these same proven successful qualities are what he brings to HL Raymond Properties.
In his spare time, Jeffrey is a musician and loves the performing arts. He has two children, a boy and a girl and his father lives with him as well.
For leisure Sabree loves to spend time with his family and performing live music in the Southern region.
Savannah Corbitt – Realtor
Savannah grew up in Bay Saint Louis and graduated from Bay High School. Having moved away to Louisiana to pursue a career in real estate, Savannah could not forget her long history with the Mississippi Gulf Coast so she moved back to Bay Saint Louis where she now raises her two children.
Buying and selling real estate became a passion for Savannah which drove her to start a business of vacation rentals. Savannah currently has several long term rentals in Mississippi and Louisiana. No stranger to hard work, she is dedicated to finding the right property for the right purpose.
Give Savannah a call and let her find the right property for you!
John Hester – Everything Guy
John L Hester was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA. Raised with the musical influence of Jazz, John joined the US Navy, attended the Navy School of Music and Naval Bandmaster School to hone his musical talent. Having served for 20 years in the Navy as a BandMaster, John retired his horn and moved to Las Vegas, NV where he worked for Steve Wynn at the Mirage Casino as a Casino Floor Supervisor.
After 20 years in the gaming industry, John moved to New Orleans, LA to pursue his first love, Jazz Music! John has played with legendary musicians such as Percy Sledge, Pete Fountain, The Coasters, The Marvellettes, Al Hirt, and many other local musicians from New Orleans, Atlanta, GA, and all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast where he moved to be with his two daughters, Holly & Heidi.
John is very well known as Holly’s Dad and has named his Jazz Band, “Holly’s Dad’s Jazz Band”. You can hear him playing at the Silver Slipper Casino with the South Coast Stompers. To the HL Raymond Properties team, John is much more than Holly’s Dad. He’s “Poppa” and lends a helping hand where ever he is needed. From changing lightbulbs around the office to hammering signs for our office’s listings, John is the “Everything Guy” and HL Raymond Properties loves having him around!