License Renewal Resource Center

As a real estate professional, it is your responsibility to know when your license expires, how many hours you need to complete in each renewal period, and to pay any associated fees to renew your license with the LLR.

The 2014 license renewal deadline has passed.

Call the LLR/Real Estate Commission immediately at 803.896.4400 if you did not complete your required CE and/or renew your license online by the June 30 deadline.

In order to renew as active, Salesperson and Broker licensees who are not exempt from completing South Carolina Continuing Education (CE) must have completed eight (8) hours of CE. Four (4) of these hours must include the core course and the additional four hours may be comprised of electives.

After the expiration date, an additional $25 late fee will be assessed for each month it is late through December. As a South Carolina Real Estate Licensee, it is your responsibility to keep up with your expiration date and to renew. Licensees are required to renew whether or not they receive notice.

Remember that licenses which expire on June 30, 2016 and are not renewed before January 1, 2017 will be canceled by statute.

According to Section 40-57-220 B. of South Carolina Real Estate License Law, “A real estate broker, salesman, or property manager who fails to renew his license and continues to engage in such business is guilty of a misdemeanor and, if convicted, can be fined up to five hundred dollars, or be imprisoned up to six months -or both…

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Certified Negotiation Specialist Designation Course
April 4 & 6 | 9am-4pm with Marie Spodek, DREI

Special CTAR Member Rate: $269
Gold Card Rate: $239
Non-Member Rate: $349

Don’t miss this two-day certification course, tailored to real estate practitioners. You’ll learn professional negotiation techniques, approaches and skills to obtain the best possible outcomes for your clients, given current market conditions and your client’s personal circumstances.

Register here. This course has SOLD OUT.
Email Sarah-Beth to add your name to the waiting list.

What You Will Learn
Competitive Hard Bargaining vs. Collaborative Negotiating How to Persuade and Influence Others The Psychology of Buying How to Plan for Negotiation Success!

What You Will Takeaway
12 Elective CE Hours (CEE2102)
CNE Designation
200+ pages of negotiation and CNE marketing materials

What Other People are Saying about CNE
“Normally I try to pick up just one good idea in a training class. In the CNE class I learned 10 new ideas on just the first day! I don’t like to sit in classes all day but this class sailed right along. I am sure the CNE class will help me become an even better REALTOR® and all of the material will certainly enhance my skills” — Richard Meitz, RE/MAX Hall of Fame

About Marie Spodek
Marie Spodek brings more than 25 years of real estate education and practical experience to Charleston agents in this exciting new negotiation and business-building seminar. The class is upbeat, informational, and specific enough to set you apart from your competition with no on-going fees.

ZipLogix Software Now Available to Members

NAR has expanded its partnership with zipLogix to now include zipTMS™, their transaction management component, at no cost to Realtor members. Members will enjoy the benefits of zipTMS™, including providing access to a comprehensive platform to manage transactions from beginning to end. This partnership will keep REALTORS® at the center of the transaction, helping state and local REALTOR® associations increase membership providing access to zipForm Plus and zipTMS™

Announced at the end of 2015, the software is now officially available, intended to provide members with access to top technology in the industry. You can find more information on NAR’s website here.

There are currently over 600,000 members that use zipLogix with the goal of increasing that number after the partnership. This easy-to-use real estate forms and transaction management software platform is designed to help increase productivity, integrity and provides intellectual property protections for state and local form. It also authenticates users through NAR’s NRDS database.

ZipLogix is a 100-percent REALTOR® association-owned company, and with the help of NAR, are committed to making sure REALTORS® have the resources they need to succeed in today’s real estate environment.

2015 Year-in-Review Residential Market Update

Thank you to the more than 650 Realtors and community members joining us this morning for the 2015 Year-in-Review Residential Market Update.

We hope you enjoyed the presentations and positive news! Tell us what you thought in a short survey.

Speaker Presentations
Steven’s Presentation | Joey’s Presentation


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.

SCCMLS Coming Soon

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The South Carolina Commercial Multiple Listing Service (SCCMLS) is coming soon! The new service, powered by the Catylist platform, will launch October 1.

Visit the Charleston Regional Business Journal for more details, or learn more from our SCCMLS Executive Director, Joseph Cullom, below.

Explore the new SCCMLS resource website here. You’ll find membership and dues information, features and highlights of the Catylist platform and training opportunities. 



I am pleased to announce the formation of the South Carolina Commercial Multiple Listing Service (SCCMLS), powered by the Catylist platform.

Establishing a statewide commercial MLS service will allow commercial brokerages across South Carolina to share data, listings and collaborate more efficiently. This is something we’ve been researching and planning for several years, and it’s exciting to be able to bring this solution to the commercial brokers and agents of South Carolina.

The Catylist platform is built exclusively for commercial practitioners and is a more tailored product designed to meet your unique business needs. Users will benefit from the system’s suite of products including custom reports, listing presentations, market stats, mobile access and advanced search and mapping tools.

“Our Catylist team is excited at the opportunity to serve the South Carolina Commercial MLS and its members on our local-national Catylist Network. As the leading commercial listing service for REALTOR® associations nationwide Catylist puts the Associaton and its members in firm control of their valuable data via first-class technology offering local-national data-sharing efficiencies unavailable anywhere else” said Richard Maxson with Catylist.

We plan to launch the new system in the Charleston region October 1, and expand to other markets within the next 12 to 18 months. Live and online training will be available prior to the system launch.

The SCCMLS has been established as a separate company, owned by the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors®, with it’s own Board of Directors to guide the direction and growth of the company.

Mike Ferrer, of Lincoln Harris, has been named SCCMLS President. “Our goal is to provide a commercially-focused MLS to all commercial brokers in South Carolina” said Ferrer. “Consolidating the commercial MLS service across the state will allow us to provide a superior product at an economical cost, while increasing the tools and data available” he continued. “Many brokers are plagued by expensive options in terms of marketing their listings through national companies or services with no local focus. The SCCMLS will give commercial practitioners a cutting-edge platform to manage their own listing content and utilize tools to help them grow their business” said Ferrer.

More details on launch date, system features and training opportunities will be shared in the coming weeks.

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. We look forward to providing this exciting new product and helping to enhance your CMLS experience and your business.



Joseph Cullom
SCCMLS Executive Director

SentriSmart App and Bluetooth Lockbox


Take advantage of Sentrilock’s new SentriSmart™ app and Bluetooth Lockbox to make showings and listing maintenance a breeze!

The SentriSmart™ app will allow you to access lockboxes without a SentriCard while in the field. With the new, bluetooth lockboxes, the app opens the key compartment for you, and non-bluetooth boxes are accessed with a mobile access code – still no card necessary for access to the key compartment! The app is provided by Sentrilock at no cost to you.

Watch the video below to learn more and download the app in your mobile device or tablet app store.

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Click the image below to learn more or download a PDF here.



Download the app in your mobile device or tablet app store.

Realtors Housing Opportunities Fund

About the REALTORS Housing Opportunities Fund

For more than 10 years, the Realtors® Housing Opportunities Fund (RHOF) has dedicated itself to assisting in the development, maintenance, or repair of housing for those in need, through its endowed fund and grant distributions to Lowcountry organizations committed to the development and rehabilitation of affordable housing. RHOF was founded in 2003 to address the growing need for affordable and safe housing for Lowcountry residents in need. The Fund is administered by the Coastal Community Foundation and since its inception, RHOF has provided nearly $750,000 in funding to Lowcountry nonprofits.

Make a Donation to RHOF

Fill out my online form.

RHOF Makes a Difference in the Lives of Lowcountry Residents
RHOF volunteers’ hands-on projects have included participation in build and/or repair days for the various Habitats for Humanities, Rural Mission, and Operation home; and recently, the construction of a wheelchair ramp for an immobile amputee who was effectively trapped in his home until a RHOF grant gave him the freedom of mobility. A $1,200 grant from RHOF covered the entire cost of construction.

Last year, RHOF granted out more than $40,000 to local affordable housing organizations including: Dorchester, East Cooper, Berkeley, Sea Island, and Charleston Habitats for Humanity, Operation Home, United Methodist Relief Center, Human Needs Network, Humanities Foundation, Charleston Area CDC, Home Works of America and the Rural Mission. The funds distributed by RHOF can ease the cost of repair or reconstruction for those living in substandard housing.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please email

Sentricard Renewal Software Alert

As of March 25, Sentrilock will alert you if you are running an old version of the Card Utility software while renewing your Sentricard.

On September 1, support for software versions older than 4.0 will end and older card readers will not work.

Update your Sentricard Utility software by August  31, here.

This update is required by August 31, as major internet providers will no longer support the drivers used by the older Card Utility versions after that date.

If you renew your Sentricard Utility software now, you will not see any further alerts leading up to the renewal deadline, August 31.

If you receive the alert below, renew your Sentricard Utility software by following the instructions here.


If are still using the card reader below, you will need to upgrade prior to August 31. Newer versions are available at the CTAR & MLS Offices for $40.


Realtors Giving Back


Recently, members of the 2015 SCR Housing Opportunity and Diversity Committee presented a $5,000 check from the American Dream Housing Fund to Sea Island Habitat for Humanity for their Laurel Oak Grove Community on James Island.

The American Dream Housing Fund raises money through sales of the “Homeownership: The American Dream” license plate, which supports construction of new affordable housing in South Carolina.

Join your fellow Realtors® in support of this cause and learn more about the American Dream license plate here.

Pictured:  David Kent-SCR President Elect, Owen Tyler-SCR Region 1 VP, Matt DeAntonio-CTAR President, Wil Riley-CTAR CEO, Valarie Frasier-Vice Chair SCR Housing Opps Committee, John Cowan-Member SCR Housing Opps Committee, John Rhoden-SIHH Executive Director

CTAR Legislative Updates

Legislative Update for the week of April 5

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Mt. Pleasant Planning Committee Stakeholders Meeting 4.7.2015

The town of Mt. Pleasant is considering drastic measures to restrict development. The Mayor, along with the majority of council, plan to raise impact fees, raise property taxes to purchase open space, and eliminate all density bonuses.

TAKE ACTION to contact town officials today opposing these drastic measures to restrict development and explore sensible, market driven solutions to responsibly handle growth. Read more about the issue here.

This Week at a Glance
• While Dorchester County residents face the highest tax rate in tri-county area, a recent survey found the building cost of permits and fees averages $13,204 per house in Mount Pleasant, $7,269 in Charleston, $6,306 in Summerville and $3,850 North Charleston.
• Following a hostile review at planning commission, The Central Mount Pleasant project pulled their rezoning request before town council.
• After the surprise release of the Mt. Pleasant Growth Management Plan, Councilman Mark Smith held an Economic Development Committee Stakeholders Meeting last Tuesday to receive business leaders input on the proposed changes.

Mt. Pleasant Growth
With growth concerns at a fever pitch, Mt. Pleasant town council voted 8-1 Tuesday night to approve ill-advised measures found in the proposed Growth Management Plan to restrict development. We commend Councilman Mark Smith for being the sole voice asking for independent expert analysis on handing growth. Also, Smith was the only council member willing to address Mt. Pleasant’s growing housing affordability problem.

The plan includes raising impact fees, property taxes, and eliminating all density bonuses. These measures are in stark contrast to the provisions laid out in our public policy guide.

“While we understand the Town’s growth concerns, we are asking them to take a step back and conduct additional analysis. To fully consider some of the unintended consequences of stifling growth and development–such as potentially artificially inflating both residential and commercial real estate prices and making the Town unaffordable for current and future residents” said Wil Riley, CEO of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors®.

Council will likely give second reading to these changes at a Special Planning Commission meeting, where they would then be finalized. The meeting will be held on April 28, 5pm at Mt. Pleasant Town Hall Chambers (100 Ann Edwards Lane). We encourage all Realtors® to attend.

How Are These Restrictions Problematic?
If the town restricts the availability of affordable housing options it will put additional strain on supply and potentially artificially inflate prices. Some residents will be unable to afford to remain living in Mount Pleasant and be forced elsewhere. Senior citizens and empty nesters hoping to downsize will be unable to afford to do so.

If the town raises impact fees, it will only raise taxes on the end user – the property buyer – through the built-in cost of construction. Impact fees are a temporary substitute for the town not being willing to pay for adequate infrastructure demanded by current residents. In the end, it only serves to encourage a more costly problem: sprawl.

TAKE ACTION to contact town officials today opposing these drastic measures!



Legislative Update for the week of March 22

2015 Realtor Rally 3.24.15

This Week at a Glance

  • While many communities oppose it, Carolina’s congressmen have varied views on Atlantic drilling
  • Mayor Joe Riley says changes to Charleston’s BAR are on the way, including creating two review boards to handle new architecture and preservation work separately
  • A Mount Pleasant Council growth deal unveiled last Tuesday was struck behind closed doors and without local associations input
  • Coastal S.C. remains a hot spot for population growth, with Myrtle Beach in second, Hilton Head thirteenth, and Charleston seventeenth nationally
  • As hard times recede, numerous political bodies are taking up raises

In the Field
This week, SCR hosted the Annual Realtor Rally in Columbia, where hundreds came from across the state to advocate for real estate license law reform, business license tax reductions, patent reform, environmental litigation reform, and property tax reform. Attendees had a BBQ lunch with their legislators and heard from Governor Haley, the event’s keynote speaker. If you couldn’t make it, be sure to next year!

The rest of the week was dedicated to monitoring Mt. Pleasant’s new initiative to control growth. The Mayor, along with the majority of council, are proposing curbs to the allowed number of residential units, increasing the cost of infrastructure onto developments, and raising taxes to purchase open space and build recreational facilities. Council will debate the proposed changes at their next meeting, April 14th, and we encourage all Realtors® to attend.

We were disappointed with the Town of Mount Pleasant leadership’s unexpected announcement and feel that they came to a very rash and divisive decision without considering the full impact on the town’s property owners. However, we look forward to working with Town leadership and council, the Chamber and the Homebuilders Association to arrive at a solution that protects the best interests of Mt. Pleasant home, property and business owners.



Legislative Update for the week of March 8

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Mt. Pleasant Town Council 3.10.15

This Week at a Glance

  • Former School Board member Elizabeth Moffly is pressing officials to break up the Charleston County School District
  • The Beach Co. withdrew its Sgt. Jasper site rezoning request from the Charleston Planning Commission following weeks of public opposition and losing the support of Councilman Mike Seekings
  • Hanahan officials say a land deal is off for its proposed new elementary school
    Mt. Pleasant Town Council members voted 6-3 in support of a proposed pay increase that will almost double their current compensation
  • A $500 million borrowing in the State House was killed this week, paving way for a new budget consensus

The Future of Charleston’s Architecture
City Consultant Andres Duany gave his final talk on Charleston’s architecture Friday morning, recommending a smaller jurisdiction of the Board of Architectural Review, a sliding scale of requirements for new buildings, and amending the appeals process. Public reception will largely determine if the recommendations are ever implemented as the city addresses mounting growth concerns.

Charleston County Subdivision Regulations
At the urging of land surveying groups and builders, the Charleston County Planning Commission amended subdivision requirements for subdivision plats by requiring a preliminary wetlands determinations letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which will reduce the cost associated with inheriting land.

Realtor Rally
Join us on March 24 at 10 am at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and the South Carolina Statehouse, to show your support for the American Dream of Homeownership and Quality of Life for all South Carolinians! The day’s events will include a full issue briefing by your SCR lobbyist, grassroots events inside the Statehouse, and a BBQ lunch with your legislators. Governor Haley plans to address the group from the Capitol stairs. Join your fellow Realtors®, legislators and the media as we let our voices be heard. The issues we’re tackling this year are:

  • Real Estate License Law Update & Modernization
  • Business License Tax Reduction
  • Patent Reform
  • Environmental litigation Reform
  • Property Tax Reform

Register here.
If there is enough participation, CTAR will provide transportation to the event.



Legislative Update for the week of March 1

Mt. Pleasant Town Council Committee Meeting 3.2.2015
Mt. Pleasant Town Council Committee Meeting 3.2.2015

News at a Glance

  • Mt. Pleasant council members move to raise their pay from $8,918 to $15,000 and the mayors from $24,000 to $42,000 per year
  • Gov. Haley and Speaker Lucas are working to resurrect ethics reform after stalling in the State Senate
  • Mayor Linda Page met with County representatives and the SCDOT who agreed to study widening S.C. Highway 41
  • the City of Charleston may not have a GOP mayoral candidate this year
  • State House lawmakers approved a bill to streamline local governments’ funds
  • Rep. Horne proposed the South Carolina Jobs, Education and Tax Act – a plan to pump $1.3 billion into roads and schools by making property tax rates uniform across the state
  • Daimler announced a $500 million expansion plan in the Lowcountry, and our regional port competitor, the Savannah Harbor, was awarded a $134.5M contract for expansion.

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new net neutrality rules, which gives the Commission strong legal authority to regulate broadband providers more heavily than in the past and restrict their power to control download speeds on the web. The new rules ban Internet providers from blocking or slowing any traffic and from striking deals with content companies, known as paid prioritization, for smoother delivery of traffic to consumers. The new rules are a victory for consumers, and for REALTORS® who embrace technology and online resources to meet the needs of their clients.

FAA Proposes Commercial Drone Rule
The FAA has begun the rulemaking process to address the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as drones. The proposed rule would allow commercial use of drones in a variety of situations, including real estate photography. The rule governs machines weighing 55 lbs. or less, and some of the restrictions placed on operators include: daylight flights only, line of sight operations only, flights limited to an altitude of 500 feet, and operator certification by the FAA.

FEMA Holds Standard Hearings
The White House recently issued an Executive Order 13690: “Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input.” This Executive Order (EO) requires that any new construction or development in, and affecting floodplains funded by the federal government, will be required to meet the level of resilience established in the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS).
To obtain public input on the FFRMS, FEMA has announced several listening sessions on implementation of the standards. These sessions provide the opportunity to listen, ask questions, and provide feedback on how federal agencies implement the Standard.



Legislative Update for the week of February 15

In the News
The Ethics Commission will investigate complaints that Folly Beach mayor Goodwin pushed for approval of a referendum in an official letter, Dick Elliot dropped out of Charleston mayor’s race, the Charleston County School Board is moving cautiously in superintendent search, the Tides IV condo project plans to break ground next month in Mount Pleasant, IOP & Sullivan’s are still working toward beach parking pass, Vice President Biden visited Mount Pleasant’s port to promote a new transportation plan, Charleston County School Board is not sold on a proposed alternative high school, a crowd angry over density put the Charleston Planning Commission meeting about Sergeant Jasper site on hold, Charleston upper peninsula is planning for a new major apartment complex, ten candidates are in the race for four Sullivan’s Town Council seats, a proposed property tax plan in the legislature would raise $2 billion for schools and roads, and Charleston’s growing pains were the main topics of Monday’s mayoral forum.

Mt. Pleasant Growth
Town Council met last week, where they reassured more than 200 residents present of their plans to control growth through strict codes enforcement and requiring greater commission input on major projects. Council also backed out of a deal to lease parking spaces from the proposed garage on Shem Creek. CTAR’s Legislative Committee has now formed a Mt. Pleasant Growth Issues Task Force.

Charleston City Entertainment District
Last Wednesday we met with Charleston’s Late Night Activity Review Committee, where members proposed the city taking control of liquor licenses from the state, soft closing for bars, and limiting parking variances for late-night establishments to control growth.

2015 NAR Legislative and Regulatory Priorities

  • Homeownership and Real Estate Investment Tax Policies
    The growing federal debt, weak economic recovery, and continued growth of tax complexity have kept tax reform near the top of the national agenda and places a variety of tax laws, including those affecting commercial and residential real estate, under increased scrutiny.
  • Credit and Lending Policies
    Overly stringent lending standards have continued to limit the availability of affordable mortgage financing for credit worthy consumers and federal policymakers are weighing a number of proposals aimed at creating healthier housing and mortgage markets.
  • Business Operations
    There are a number of issues before Congress and the Federal Regulatory Agencies that could have a significant impact on the business operations of real estate firms, including a 3% cap on fees and points, RESPA/TILA harmonization, copyright protections, net neutrality, patent reform, and appraiser independence regulations.
  • Commercial
    More than $1.2 trillion in commercial real estate loans will come due over the next few years, and many of these deals will have trouble getting financing. NAR supports consideration of legislation and regulations to protect and enhance the flow of capital to commercial real estate.

For more information about CTAR’s Legislative initiatives please contact Patrick Arnold.