Paige & George Boykin with Boykin Property Group
Written by Heather Pluard
Photos by Kelly Klemmensen Photography
You never know what you might find at a Piggly Wiggly. For Paige and George Boykin, it was true love! Back when they were teenagers growing up in Lexington, South Carolina, these two top-producing REALTORS® worked at the same grocery store. She was a cashier. He was a bag boy. After about 23 years of marriage and a few career changes along the way, they’re working together again. Only this time, the couple is running their own business, supporting their community, and selling millions in real estate.
“We have always volunteered together and supported each other through our endeavors, but I honestly never thought we would work together again,” Paige says. “It’s such a gift for us to own a full-service concierge real estate team, Boykin Property Group at eXp Realty. We enjoy working towards a common goal, giving back, and pouring into others. And we are so thankful that God has provided us with the opportunity to serve our community together.”
“Paige is my best friend,” smiles George. “We’ve loved one another since Piggly Wiggly. We went to prom together and dated all through college. After graduating, I proposed on the steps of The Customs House in Charleston while a band was playing Eric Clapton’s “You Look Wonderful Tonight” in the background. Then, on April 23, 1994, we had a huge wedding. We were the first in our friend group to get married, and over 500 people attended. It was the most amazing night. My friends put so much vaseline and birdseed on my car that we had to go through the car wash so I could see to drive!”
Early in their marriage, Paige worked part time as an accountant for a large real estate appraisal firm. As a “numbers girl” who also loves people, Paige was drawn to real estate sales but decided to put her dream on hold while becoming a stay-at-home mom to the couple’s young daughters. After moving to the Fort Mill area in the summer of 2014, Paige decided it was time and got her real estate license at the end of that year. She started Boykin Property Group in 2015 and won Rookie of the Year. Since then, Paige has won The Eagle Award, George was the Cultural Ambassador for the Carolinas Region, and they have won the Culture Keeper Award – which are all character-based awards and mean so much to them. Additionally, their team has achieved Chairman’s Circle, along with many other sales-based awards.
George spent his entire career in healthcare administration until 2017, when the couple had a decision to make. “Paige had substantially grown our company, and we couldn’t both continue to work crazy hours going in different directions,” he says. “So we decided it was best for me to retire early from the healthcare industry and join her. It was scary and exciting, but we knew it was the right thing for our family.”
Service is the cornerstone of their company. All four agents, including Paige and George, are licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina and stay hyper-focused on the client experience. They also have a Director of Operations and a Director of Marketing. Since 2015, the team has had a career volume of $196 million, $56 million of which came from 2021.
“Our team truly is a ‘family,’ and we feel so blessed that each member has been with us since they joined the industry. We couldn’t do what we do without them,” Paige says. “They live our mission statement; Boykin Property Group combines expertise and excellence to provide a five-star experience every time. We walk alongside our clients through every step of their journey, providing constant communication, immense value, consummate care, and proven results. We believe ‘Walking You Home’ is an honor and a privilege!”
When George and Paige aren’t working together, they love family time with their daughters. Mary Ashley (24) is a Registered Nurse in Columbia, and Georgia (16) is a sophomore in high school. Some of their favorite activities as a family are BBQs in the backyard with their neighbors, swimming in the pool, hanging by the fire pit, and just talking about life. They also like going to the beach, traveling to the Caribbean, and cheering on the Gamecocks. The couple loves to serve and volunteer together, and they enjoy time spent at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. Their two adorable Boykin Spaniels, Brock (11) and Brantley (10), complete the family.
Paige has great advice for couples working together in the industry: “For us, God is at the center, and we know without a shadow of a doubt that we can count on each other,” she says. “That’s it. It’s pretty simple. Also, communicate expectations with one another, many times a day if needed, and take a moment to dig deep if you’re unsure. Clear communication is key and not always easy. Working in any business as a couple is such a gift, never having to second guess the true motives of your partner and having someone to depend on.”
George is happy to share his top tips: “Always make sure you are valuing your relationship above your business,” he says. “Leave a legacy of caring and service while adding value to those you come in contact with. And, when in doubt, she’s right.”
“That’s the sense of humor I was attracted to at Piggly Wiggly when I saw George interact with customers,” Paige smiles. “He was funny, kind, and had a great personality. I just instantly wanted to spend time with him, and I still do! Today, I can’t imagine my world without working alongside George and our amazing team. I honestly pinch myself every day that we get to do what we do and do it together.”