Broker Council Breakfast


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Are you a Broker or Property Manager-in-Charge? Stay up to date with Broker Council and join us for the Broker Council Breakfast, Tuesday, January 27, 8:30-10am.

Take advantage of the opportunity to network and enjoy coffee and a light breakfast with other BICs and PMICs and have your legal questions answered by attorney Mark Weeks.

Register here. 

*Broker Council events are open only to BICs and PMICs.

2014 Year-in-Review Residential Market Update Post Event Materials

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Thank you to the more than 400 Realtors® who joined us Wednesday, January 14 for the 2014 Year in Review Residential Market Update!

Expert economists Stephen Slifer and Dr. Joey Von Nessen–shared recaps of how our economy and real estate markets performed in 2014, how that affects your business and what they see ahead in 2015.

Tell us what you thought of the event here.

2014 Annual Market Report

CTAR produces this report annually for you, as part of your membership benefits. This report reviews all the sales, listings and market activity for the MLS in 2014. Area performance breakdowns are included. Download a copy, here.


Read a recap of the event:
“Charleston area home sales climbed 8.8% in 2014″ by Warren Wise, Post and Courier

Find video clips from the presentations here. 

SliferSAbout Stephen Slifer
Mr. Slifer is currently the owner of Charleston-based NumberNomics, an economic forecasting firm. From 1980 to 2003 Mr. Slifer was the Chief U.S. Economist for Lehman Brothers in New York, where he directed the firm’s economics group and was responsible for the firm’s forecasts and analysis of the U.S. economy. Prior to that he spent a decade as a senior economist at the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C.

JoeyVAbout Dr. Von Nessen
Dr. Joseph C. Von Nessen is a Research Economist in the Division of Research at the Moore School of Business where he conducts economic impact analyses, forecasts, survey research, and other applied work involving regional economic modeling. Dr. Von Nessen also specializes in housing economics and residential real estate and provides economic and marketing research to clients in both the private and public sector. He regularly speaks to business and government leaders throughout South Carolina.

CTAR Student Membership

Launch into your real estate career by joining the premier organization for real estate professionals in the Charleston region! For the first time ever, you can network with a professional member base of more than 4,000 local Realtors®. Connect with the people who are going to give you your next job and help you close your first deal.

Membership with CTAR and CID will provide you with unparalleled professional networking opportunities and the chance to get a head start on your competition in the local real estate market!

Apply by September 12, 2014 to be entered to win one of ten scholarship memberships! Winners will enjoy full Student Membership benefits plus paid admission fees to all events.

*Deadline to apply for the scholarship is September 12, 2014. Membership valid September 2014-June 2015.

Annual Student Membership Includes:

– Dual membership in both the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR) and the Commercial Investment Division (CID).
– Access to all CTAR and CID events including the monthly Commercial Division luncheons.
– Discounted member rates for events, programs and classes
– $75 discount on the Pre-Licensing course at CTAR
– Weekly industry updates
– Access to monthly market statistics reports

*Student memberships are for students who are seeking a graduate or undergraduate degree in real estate, have completed at least two years of college and one college level real estate course and are not yet associated with an established real estate office. 

Submit your application online, here

For questions regarding Student Memberships, contact Claire Hayden at 843.793.5211.

Announcing the 2015 CTAR Board of Directors

Congratulations to the following REALTORS® who will serve as the 2015 CTAR Leadership team!

Matthew DeAntonio | 2015 President
Broker Associate, Carroll Realty
Matt DeAntonio will serve as the 2015 President. He is a native of Charleston and began his real estate career in 2003.  He is a Realtor of Distinction and is working toward a CCIM designation.  Matt has been involved with CTAR and SCR throughout his career on various committees such as Professional Standards, Finance and the Realtors Housing Opportunities Fund (RHOF).  He earned his degree from the University of South Carolina and resides on the Isle of Palms with his wife Cindy.




Michael Sally | President-Elect
Broker-in-Charge, Pathway Real Estate Group
Michael Sally will serve as the President-Elect. Michael is a Hanahan native where he has served as Chairman for the City of Hanahan Planning Commission for 3 years, was elected to Hanahan City Council in 2010 and served as Mayor Pro Tem. Michael is also the NAR Federal Political Coordinator for Senator Tim Scott and served as Legislative Group Chairman at CTAR. Michael married his high school sweetheart and they live in Hanahan with their 3 children where they enjoy spending family time outdoors backpacking, boating, camping, hunting and fishing.



Dave Sansom | Vice President of Administration
CFO, Carolina One
Dave Sansom will serve as the Vice President of Administration. Dave Sansom grew up in Western Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. He and his wife Nancy moved to Charleston in 2000 and he has been in residential real estate since late 2000. Dave sold real estate for eight years before being named Broker-in-Charge of Carolina One Real Estate’s Coleman Boulevard office in Mount Pleasant in mid 2008 and was recently promoted to CFO/COO. Dave also served several years on the MLS Board of Directors, most recently as MLS President. Dave and Nancy have three children and live in Mount Pleasant.




Kimberly Lease | Vice President of Finance
Broker Associate, Century 21 Properties Plus
Kimberly has been in real estate for 15 years and has served CTAR in Grievance, Leadership Development and Professional Standards and is a recipient of the REALTOR® of Distinction award.  She is a graduate of Clemson University, an experienced Corporate Relocation Agent and is NAR certified in Mediation. She currently lives on James Island with her husband and enjoys cooking, paddle boarding, boating and traveling.




Bobette Fisher | 2015 Director
Agent, Carolina One
Bobette Fisher is originally from Elkhart, Indiana, although she became a southerner 29 years ago. During her 12 years in Real Estate, Bobette has served on several national committees with The Council of Residential Specialist and most recently served as President of the South Carolina CRS Chapter. She and her family relocated to Charleston in 2000. Bobette is married to Steven Fisher and they have two children, Andrew and Stephani.





Cary Collins | 2015 Director
Agent, Prudential Southern Coast 
Cary is a Summerville native where he has served on the Dorchester County SPCA Board of Directors,  currently serves as the Treasurer for the Summerville Masonic Lodge and enjoys officiating high school football and basketball.  Raised in a real estate family, Cary was ready to join the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® immediately following his graduation from the University of South Carolina to start his career.  He firmly believes in the power of home ownership and has enjoyed 11 years in the industry so far. Cary still resides in Summerville with his wife and two sons.



Louise Voelker | 2015 Director
Broker-in-Charge, Carolina One Goose Creek
Louise is originally from Boston, Massachusetts but has called Charleston home since 1993.  She has been in real estate for 19 years and is currently the Broker in Charge for Carolina One in Goose Creek. Louise lives on Daniel Island with her husband, Ed, where they enjoy hiking, boating and scuba diving.






CTAR Global Business Council Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn: CTAR Global Business Council
October 30 | 11am-1pm

Join us for an informative session focused on taking your business marketing to the next level! Catherine Dority, Marketing Director for the Charleston Visitors Bureau (CVB), will share her top online resources and in-house publications for marketing the Charleston area.

Lunch will be provided thanks to our sponsor, Bell & Carrington.

No charge for CTAR members | $10 guests and non-members.

Register here.

NAR’s SRES Designation in Charleston

Seniors Real Estate Specialist® Designation Course
August 20 & 21 | 8:30am-5pm

Realtor® Rate: $199 | Register here.
Gold Card Rate: $159 | Register here.

Join us for NAR’s Seniors Real Estate Specialist Course (SRES) with national instructor Tony Macaluso. Gain knowledge and understanding of a special niche of real estate clients and customers. By earning the SRES® designation you will receive special training, regular updates, plus business building skills and resources needed for specialization in the 50+ real estate market.

This course is required to obtain the SRES® designation and also counts as an elective course to be applied towards the ABR® designation and RSPS® certification, and earns you 8 elective CE hours! (CEE2469).

View SRES® designation requirements and additional information here.

*Registration fee includes an emailed .pdf course manual. Printed manuals available for $15.

CTAR Grand Opening

Join us for the CTAR and CTMLS Grand Opening!

Grand Opening
Tuesday, August 12 | 4-7pm
5006 Wetland Crossing, North Charleston 

Don’t miss this great opportunity to see your new building! There will be light refreshments and a few giveaways! Drop-in anytime between 4-7pm, or plan to attend when we gather for remarks at 5:30pm.

The new building is located at 5006 Wetland Crossing, North Charleston, right behind Tanger Outlets. GPS does not yet map our location, but enter Strayer University as your destination and you will find us, or, view a map here.

RSVP for the Grand Opening here.

Cocktails for a Cause at Sol










Join us at our Summer Cocktails for a Cause at Mt. Pleasant’s hottest new restaurant-SOL Mt. Pleasant!

Cocktails for a Cause
Wednesday, July 23 | 5-7pm
at SOL Mt Pleasant

Complimentary appetizers and happy hour drink specials will be available thanks to our sponsor Manaker Cipolla, & Associates, LLC. Tablets and other great prizes will be raffled off plus SOL will donate 10% of all purchases you make to the Realtors® Housing Opportunities Fund.

Free for Realtor® Members | $10 guests/non-members | Register here

Thank you to our sponsor!

2014 Charleston Housing Blueprint

CTAR, in conjunction with the SC Community Loan Fund, recently released a housing blueprint for the Charleston region. The blueprint compares our region to economic competitors on key housing and quality of life metrics and makes recommendations for our region to increase housing affordability.

Since 2010, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance has published an annual Regional Economic Scorecard of our region’s economic progress compared to six similar metro areas and two leading economies. Overall, the Charleston region is performing well economically, while also undergoing a structural transformation into a more diversified, knowledge-based economy. However, our region consistently ranks last in housing affordability.

We have achieved the economic growth that we want as a region and now the challenge is sustaining that growth. It is our hope that this document serves as a blueprint of actionable items to increase the number of housing units affordable to the region’s growing workforce because Housing Matters.

2014 Charleston Tri-County Region Housing Blueprint





Can’t see the image above?
View the Housing Blueprint here.
Download a PDF version here.


2014 Voter Guides are here!

You’ve been busy taking listings, showing property and closing transactions. You may not have had time to vet the candidates running for office on June 10, so we thought we could offer a little help and provide you with information to help you make your decision.

Each election season, a volunteer group of REALTORS® takes the time to interview the candidates running for office, review questionnaires filled out by the candidates and then rate the candidates based upon their positions and records as it relates to REALTOR® principles.


2014 REALTOR® Friendly Voter Guide

About the Candidate Ratings:
Recommended means the candidate received the highest marks compatible with REALTOR® policy.
Qualified ranking is one who has all the qualities that make them an acceptable candidate, or one in a race where no one candidate stands above another.
No Position means a candidate was interviewed and was not given a Recommended or a Qualified ranking.
Declined Interview means the candidate was unable or chose not to appear or respond to a request for an interview.
Not Interviewed means the candidate was not offered an interview.

Charleston County

County Council, District 8
Republican Primary
Thomas Legare
Kenny Todd

Dorchester County

County Council, District 2
Republican Primary
David Chinnis – RECOMMENDED
Scott Inabinet – Not Interviewed

County Council, District 7
Republican Primary
Lester Dempsey – Not Interviewed

Berkeley County
Republican Primary
Dan Davis – Qualified
Bill Peagler | Questionnaire – Qualified
Jerry Beckley | Questionnaire – No Position

County Council, District 4
Republican Primary
Aldo Napoli | Questionnaire — Qualified
Tommy Newell | Questionnaire – Qualified
Jim Royce | Questionnaire – No Position

County Council, District 5
Republican Primary
Bud Thames – Not Interviewed

County Council, District 6
Republican Primary
James Law | Questionnaire – Qualified
Jack Schurlknight | Questionnaire – Qualified
Barron Thomas – Declined Interview

State-Wide Elections

Lt. Governor
Republican Primary
REALTOR® Patrick McKinney | Questionnaire
Mike Campbell | Questionnaire
Henry McMaster
Ray Moore

Republican Primary
Brian Adams
Curtis Loftis

Superintendent of Education
Republican Primary
Sally Atwater
Gary Burgess
Meka Childs
Amy Cofield | Questionnaire
Sheri Few | Questionnaire
Don Jordan
Elizabeth Moffly
Molly Spearman

Democrat Primary
Montrio Belton
Sheila Gallagher
Jerry Govan
Tom Thompson | Questionnaire

Adjutant General
Republican Primary
James Breazeale
Bob Livingston

Commissioner of Agriculture
Republican Primary
Joe Farmer
Hugh Weathers

U.S. Senate
Republican Primary
Lindsey Graham – RECOMMENDED
Lee Bright
Richard Cash
Bill Connor | Questionnaire
Nancy Mace
Det Bowers
Benjamin Dunn

Democrat Primary
Jay Stamper
Brad Hutto

U.S. Senate (Unexpired term)
Republican Primary
Randall Young

Democrat Primary
Joyce Dickerson
Sidney Moore
Harry Pavilack

State House of Representatives, District 94
Republican Primary
Evan Guthrie – Not Interviewed
Franklin Smith – Not Interviewed

State House of Representatives, District 98
Republican Primary
Chris Murphy – RECOMMENDED
Larry Hargett – Not Interviewed

State House of Representatives, District 110
Republican Primary
REALTOR® Russell Guerard – Qualified


Elections matter – and the business of being a REALTOR® is affected as a result. Real estate is the most heavily regulated industry and at the city level, it’s highly regulated. Whether it’s a sign ordinance, property taxes and fees, or protecting private property rights – the issues that matter to your business and the community.

The Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR) and the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) voting guide serves as a roadmap to voting in support of REALTOR® issues. The guide is not meant to mandate REALTORS® to vote for specific candidates, but as a vehicle for the Association and PAC to present our members and affiliates with a list of recommended candidates, based on input from fellow REALTORS® and the CTAR Board of Directors as to the candidates who best represent the values of REALTORS® and the real estate community.

If you would like to serve on a future candidate screening committee, please click here.