Lelania "Laina" Kafiti

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Laina’s adventurous spirit lead her to live in several cities across the Midwest and Northeastern US. A lover of travel and cultural arts of all mediums, she delights in finding the very best in local restaurants, galleries, music and fashion. Her passion for architecture and home design, in particular, fueled her interest in pursuing real estate as a career. She combines that passion with a concierge-like attention to detail to provide top notch [...]

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Laina’s adventurous spirit lead her to live in several cities across the Midwest and Northeastern US. A lover of travel and cultural arts of all mediums, she delights in finding the very best in local restaurants, galleries, music and fashion. Her passion for architecture and home design, in particular, fueled her interest in pursuing real estate as a career. She combines that passion with a concierge-like attention to detail to provide top notch service to her clients.

Laina’s experience launching a wellness retail store in the world renowned Cleveland Clinic hospital, as well as her training in yoga and meditation make her an ideal companion on the sometimes stressful path to home buying and selling. She has the poise, local knowledge, and outstanding relationship skills to lead every transaction to success.

After 10 years living in Charlotte, Laina feels like a native. She understands the many concerns of moving to a new city and state after relocating for her husband’s job in 2011. Laina has been married to her husband Sal for over 20 years and has two teenage daughters ~ one in college and one at Myers Park High School. She enjoys contributing her time and energy as a board member at Gracious Hands Transitional Housing.

Gracious Hands provides room and board for homeless mothers and their children for up to 18 months. Program participants receive help with seeking and maintaining employment, childcare, psychological counseling, permanent housing assistance, financial counseling and credit repair. Please reach out to Laina if you would like to learn more or get involved with this impactful organization.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

  • I am a fierce advocate for my clients throughout each transaction. Staying one (or several) steps ahead of everyone ensures a smooth process and successful closing. Beyond the closing, my knowledge and local resources continue to be available to my clients as I strive to build life-long relationships.

ACHIEVEMENTS & DESIGNATIONS

  • National Association of Realtors®
  • North Carolina Association of Realtors®
  • Canopy Realtor® Association
  • 2017 Charlotte Observer Real Estate Rising Star
  • Superior School of Real Estate
  • SNS – Strategic Negotiating Specialist
  • South Carolina Realtors Association
  • 2021 Top Producer

PERSONAL INFO

  • Cleveland State University, BA Psychology
  • Miami University, BS Business
  • Cleveland Clinic Wellness Store – Operations & Merchandise Manager
  • Yoga & Meditation Teacher RYT-200, Reiki Practitioner
  • Gracious Hands Transitional Housing, board member
  • Elizabeth Community Association, social chair 2017-18
  • Elizabeth Community Association Home & Garden Tour, event chair 2018
  • Homeowners Impact Fund, Belief Partner

Fun Facts

  • Being part of this wise and well connected firm is one of the top values I provide my clients. Cottingham Chalk is the most experienced, kind and integrity-driven group of people.
  • I love that Charlotte has a mix of people from across the globe, the exploding restaurant scene and the world-class arts.
  • For a quick getaway, you can’t beat Charleston for the coast or Asheville if the mountains are calling you. We are spoiled being so close to both!
  • Exploring the world (near and far) with my husband and two daughters is what I love to do with my free time. We love to connect with new cultures and people.
  • My full name is Lelania ~ based on the 1968 song Lalena, by Scottish singer songwriter Donovan. My parents were and still are music buffs!

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