Meet the Team

Chui Ping “Karen” Yip – Broker Owner/ Realtor®

Karen is a native to the Columbia, SC area. Her parents immigrated to the United States 35+ years ago to pursue the American Dream. Karen was born and raised in the Columbia area, and entered real estate in 2003, soon after graduating from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Public Relations and Business Administration. Since that time, Karen has worked with several large corporate real estate companies and realized that she would have more freedom to work with clients to meet their needs by owning and operating her own brokerage. In 2013, she founded Yip Premier Real Estate, LLC.



Robbie Hinrichs – Realtor®/ S.C. Licensed Home Builder

Robbie has had 15+ years within the real estate industry as a successful builder, and decided to bring his previous experience to Yip Premier Real Estate, LLC to enhance the buying and selling process for our clients. His knowledge of building codes and costs as well as contacts to reliable contractors is pivotal in effectively navigating through inspections and negotiating repairs for both buyer and seller clients alike. Having the benefit of this knowledge on hand and available to our clients differentiates us from many agents in the market when it comes to negotiating the best deal possible for our clients.



Liz Dempsey – Office Manager

Liz was born in South Carolina, but hopped around the states until her family settled in Indiana. After high school, she fled the snow and returned to the Palmetto State for college. In 2008, she graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina. Soon after, she discovered her knack for organization and decided to try her hand at wedding planning.

After working with weddings for several years, she decided to try working with real estate. Currently, she is working as Office Manager, using her creativity and amazing organizational skills to keep the office running smoothly.



Katie Corley – Office Receptionist

Katie is a South Carolina native who joined our team in March 2016 to assist with the demands of our growing business!

Katie is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. She previously worked as Wedding Coordinator at a local bakery and after some time, decided she wanted to utilize her customer service and organizational skills within the world of real estate.

Drop by our office or call today and Katie will refer you to an agent who can help you with all of your real estate needs!



Grace Balanquit

Grace is native to the Philippines, but has lived throughout the United States. In 2006, she moved from Louisiana to Columbia, South Carolina. Shortly thereafter, she found her niche in real estate. Having relocated several times herself, she prides herself on helping clients to find the right place to call home.Columbia has become the permanent home for her, “I now call Columbia my home; it is my favorite city out of all the other places I have lived.”

She is an active member of the Filipino American Association of Greater Columbia where she serves as an officer and is involved in a cultural dance troupe within the organization. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and the outdoors.



Kim Shumpert – Realtor®

Kimberly is a native to South Carolina with 18+ years of experience as both a successful mortgage broker & certified real estate appraiser. She has vast knowledge working with lenders, analyzing property values, and current marketing trends.








Ian MacDermut – Realtor®

From high rise condominium sales in the urban jungle of New York City to single family homes in the quiet suburbs of Chapin, South Carolina, Ian MacDermut brings a variety of sales experience to the Yip Premier family. For over a decade, he has succeeded with his open, honest approach to people and the practice of real estate.

Ian grew up in Columbia, SC and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Experimental Psychology. After graduating, he lived in New York City as a humble musician and took up real estate as a day job to make ends meet. After a few years he was promoted as a salesperson for The Williamsburg Edge, a new development in Brooklyn, which became the top selling condo in New York City for two years in a row. Ian returned to Columbia to be closer to family, worked for the nation’s largest home builder for a couple of years, won a REGAL Award, and has now joined forces with his friends at Yip Premier Real Estate!

Beyond real estate, Ian stays busy as a proud father and tries to make time to play music or venture into the great outdoors.



Jim Herndon – Realtor®

Jim is a South Carolina native originally from the Low country but relocated
to Lexington for work 16 years ago and has called Lexington his home ever since.

Jim graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Business Management. He worked at Bank of America as a Financial Center Manager for 15 years before going out on his own and starting a Landscaping company with his brother-in-law.

Jim looks forward to bringing his extensive knowledge of sales and customer service to the Yip Premier Real Estate team.




Renard Perry – Realtor®

Renard Perry is originally from South Carolina, having grown up in Camden. He is a proud dad and he and his family currently reside in Blythewood.

Renard has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. His interest in real estate started over a decade ago, when he became a real estate investor buying, selling, and leasing homes. Since that time, he has gained valuable experience on how to successfully identify and invest in properties.

Renard has a background in project management, which is especially helpful to clients managing home renovations. This knowledge, along with his 10+ years of customer service experience will provide clients the expertise needed to guide them through the buying and selling process.