Swede’s Real Estate was initially established in 1955 by the original owner—G.I. “Swede” Smith. Swede was a colorful character, known to nearly everyone and famous for his no-shoes, no-shirt working style. He initially opened the real estate office in the back office of his grocery store and later moved operations to the downstairs of his beach home. For many years, Swede’s was the only real estate company on the Bolivar Peninsula. Other companies have modeled their operation after Swede’s success. Now on its 4th owner, Swede’s Real Estate manages over 200 vacation properties and is well-known up and down the coast for its friendly service and great selection of homes. Many customers tell us their first trip to the beach was with their grandparents who rented from Swede’s. While these days, the company insists our employees work in shirts and shoes, our tradition of friendly customer service continues as we serve a new generation of Bolivar beach lovers.

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