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 appetizers, drinks and 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.

CTAR and MLS offices have moved!

We have relocated to a new building behind Tanger Outlets, not far from our old location.

Our new address is: 5006 Wetland Crossing Drive North Charleston, SC*

* Please note GPS and other mapping features like Google maps do not yet map our location. We share a parking lot with Strayer University, so you can input Strayer as your destination and you’ll find us. 

Map directions to our new location, here.

Read articles about our move from the Charleston Regional Business Journal and the Post and Courier.

License Renewal Resource Center

License Renewal Information

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 online. Online renewal will be available after the LLR mails your renewal notice, sometime in May.

Download the License Renewal Worksheet, here. It’ll help you track all your courses across LLR, CTAR and NAR’s requirements.

We know you’re busy, so CTAR is here to help! Everything you need to know about the upcoming license renewal is below, but if you still need help, call us! 843.760.9400.

Not sure if your license is expiring?
Check online, here.

License Renewal Information

If you are on a two-year renewal cycle and your salesman, broker or broker-in-charge license expires either on June 30, 2014 or June 30, 2015, you must complete the following:

.  Eight hours of continuing education (CE) is required for all licensees by the Real Estate Commission/LLR, including the four hour core course and four hours of elective course(s) (possible exemptions below),

.  Six additional elective hours of CE if you are a REALTOR® member (possible exemptions below)

.  Prior to your expiration date, you must renew your license online with the LLR

NOTE: If you currently hold a provisional license, your requirements may differ. Please call CTAR with questions. 843.760.9400.

Completion of the National Association of REALTORS® quadrennial ethics requirement is required every four-year cycle (current cycle 1/1/13-12/31/16). The 2.5 hour course can be taken online at no cost (with no CE credit). Find the online course, here.

Questions? Please email Kelly Bramble or Lora Able in our education department, or call 843.760.9400.

Need to register for classes to complete your hours?
Check out all upcoming CE courses, here.

Have you completed your classes but need to renew online?
Online renewal is now available at LLR’s website

Exemptions for License Renewal

LLR and CTAR allow an exemption from CE if a post-licensing or a broker licensing course has been completed during the renewal period.

If you are a broker or salesman age sixty-five or older, with a minimum of twenty-five years of licensure, and you have submitted and been approved for an age exemption,  you are exempt ONLY from the LLR (state licensing board) portion of continuing education requirements.

You are still required to meet additional hourly requirements for REALTOR membership as well as completion of the National Association of REALTORS quadrennial ethics training (2.5 hours of an NAR-approved ethics course) every four years.

Questions? Please email Kelly Bramble or Lora Able in our education department.


Realtor Day at Costco – Aug 14

CTAR Members are invited to shop at Costco without a Costco membership for one day only. Costco is open from 10am-8:30pm. Shop all day, or come from 4:30-6:30pm and enjoy light refreshments.

Please go to the Membership Desk when you arrive and tell them you are a member of CTAR to receive your shopping pass.

This offer is open to your family and friends, as long as they come with you!

Please note: Costo only accepts cash, debit, and American Express.

Thinking about joining Costco?
Join on August 14 and you’ll receive cash card incentives!

Charleston Realtors complete Leadership Development Program

The Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR) is pleased to announce the thirteen graduates of the inaugural class of the CTAR Leadership Development Program. The program is designed to provide those with interest in taking a leadership role in the Association and their community the education and training to enhance and develop their leadership skills.

front row (l-r): Wendy Deitsch, Katesha Breland, Cynthia Haskins Hill, Joni Byars, Trina Woods, Jana Bantz back row (l-r): Kaz Ansari, Ben Schulyer (program chair), Meghan Byrnes Weinreich (staff liaison), Michael Fenwrick, Jim Hamilton, Steve Williams, Joseph Cullom, Owen Tyler (CTAR President) not pictured: Lisa Burbage, Lynn Carmody

The three-month program includes four sessions, each focusing on a different aspect of leadership development: teambuilding, communication, community activism and effective leadership. Speakers for the various sessions include local community leaders like etiquette and communication expert Cindy Grosso, representatives from the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA), George Stevens of the Coastal Community Foundation, Jennet Alterman of the Center for Women, as well as other local businesses and industries.

“We designed this program to help our members develop their leadership and communication skills, which will help them not only if they choose to pursue a leadership role with the Association or in the community, but also in their day-to-day business. We provide the opportunity for our members to learn from those who have achieved success in real estate as well as other industries” said Wil Riley, CEO of CTAR.

Graduates of the 2013 Inaugural CTAR Leadership Development Program
Kaz Ansari, J. Meyer Homes /Carolina Elite
Jana Bantz, Prudential Southern Coast Realty
Katesha Breland, Sweetgrass Realty Group
Lisa Burbage, Elaine Brabham and Associates
Joni Byars, Good Faith Mortgage
Lynn Carmody, Carolina One Real Estate
Joseph Cullom, Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service
Wendy Deitsch, LifeTree Real Estate, LLC
Michael Fenwrick, Keller Williams Realty, West Ashley
Jim Hamilton, RE/MAX Pro Realty
Cynthia Haskins Hill, Pathway Real Estate Group, LLC
Steve Williams, Coldwell Banker United, Mount Pleasant
Trina Woods, Century 21 Properties Plus

Those interested in participating in the CTAR Leadership Development Program must be a REALTOR® member in good standing and apply for the program. There is a fee to participate, but financial aid is available. The dates for the next session are to be determined, but interested parties should contact Meghan Weinreich at CTAR.

CTAR Names New CEO

Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® Names New CEO

Following a nationwide search, the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR) and Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service (MLS) has named their new Chief Executive Officer. Wil Riley, a Summerville native and an experienced REALTOR®, Broker and Association management executive will succeed Terry Hyde Ketchem as CEO on April 1, 2013.

2013 CTAR President Owen Tyler has been leading the Association through this transition period and worked closely with the CEO search committee, comprised of REALTOR® members and past leadership. Former Association President Chris Fraser led the CEO search committee through the selection and interview process, which included consideration of well-known industry leaders as well as successful executives from other areas of business. At decision time, the committee concluded that Riley’s expertise coupled with his vision of how to move the Association forward cemented him as the best candidate for the position.

“I am thrilled that someone with such strong ties to our area and more importantly, the REALTOR® Association will be picking up where I leave off” said Terry Hyde Ketchem, the 26-year veteran CEO of CTAR. “Wil’s 15 year history as an agent and broker, as well as his 4 years of Association management experience, first at the Coastal Carolina Association and the last two years here at CTAR will be invaluable as he leads the Association into the future” said Ketchem.

Riley’s vision is one that melds past, present and future: “Our Association thrives under a CEO that understands the importance of our historical roots while aggressively seeking innovative opportunities for growth and development, one that will seek out products and services that will provide our members with the maximum return on investment for their membership. I am excited about being that CEO and look forward to working with our current staff, leadership and Association leaders across the state to keep Charleston, and South Carolina at the forefront of our industry” said Riley.

Riley will succeed Terry Hyde Ketchem as CEO following her retirement on March 31, 2013.

About Wil
Wil Riley has spent much of his life right here in the Lowcountry—born and raised in Summerville, Riley has positioned himself as a fixture of the north-area business and philanthropic communities. Following his graduation from Summerville High School, Riley left the Lowcountry only briefly, to earn his BS in Accounting from Clemson University. Upon his return, he co-founded Riley Lumber, where he and his father enjoyed a successful business and Wil took his first steps into management—overseeing the accounting and personnel needs for the company which would eventually expand to 16 employees.

In 1997, Riley took the opportunity to transition the business and management principles he had honed during his time with the family business to forge his own path into the real estate industry. Riley spent several years as a broker-associate with Prudential Carolina Real Estate, helping Lowcountry families with their real estate needs. In 2001, he took a position that allowed him to focus on his leadership, management and business development skills and became the Broker-In-Charge of Century 21 Properties Plus in Summerville.

During his time as a practicing REALTOR®, Riley began building his relationship with the local, state and national REALTOR® Associations and local MLS. He has served as a national (2007-08) and state director (2004-09) as well as the local board (2003-09), of which he was named President in 2008. His service on the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Education Foundation (2006-07) and Economic Outlook Board (2003-04) allowed him to gain experience and expand his network in the local business community.

After more than a decade on the sales side of the business, Riley turned his sights to the REALTOR® Assocaition he was already so familiar with, and took a position with the Coastal Carolina Association of REALTORS® in Myrtle Beach. As their Vice President of Finance and Administration, Riley developed a sound understanding of the inner workings of the REALTOR® Association and MLS and futhered his knowledge when he moved back to his native Lowcountry in 2011 to take the position of Vice President of Operations at CTAR.

“The absence of a significant learning curve will be a great benefit to our membership as I transition out of my role and Wil steps into his. He is so familiar with the inner workings of our Association, the MLS and works so well with our staff and leadership, it should be a seamless transition” said Ketchem.

Riley is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. “As an Association, we cannot ever rest on our laurels. We must push forward—growing and changing—to remain a leaders in providing our members with premier business resources, support and access to cutting-edge industry technologies” he said.

In addition to his expanding duties at the Association, Wil is active as a parishoner and leader at St. Paul’s Church in Summerville and enjoys spending time with his family. He lives in Summerville with his wife Ann, an elementary school teacher and their children, daughter Logan (currently attending Clemson University) and son Walker, an accomplished soccer player.

The Details: Real Estate and the Fiscal Cliff Deal

As part of your Realtor Membership benefits, we keep track of legislative issues that will affect your business and share them in a way that’s quick and easy to read.

On December 31, 2012, the White House and the Senate finalized the details of their deal to avert the fiscal cliff.

The fiscal cliff deal and how it affects real estate

Here is the breakdown of provisions affecting real estate in the fiscal cliff bill:

Mortgage Debt Cancellation Act
Extended through 2013
For more to understand the Mortgage Debt Cancellation Act, click here.

Mortgage Interest Deduction
The Mortgage Interest Deduction has not been changed. For more information about the Mortgage Deduction Act, click here.

Mortgage Insurance Premium Deduction
Extended through 2013 for those with incomes under $110,000.

State & Local Property Tax Deduction
This provision has been extended.

Energy Efficiency Tax Credit
The 10% tax credit (up to $500) for homeowners for energy efficiency improvements to existing homes has been extended through 2013.

Leasehold Improvements
The 15 year straight-line cost recovery for qualified leasehold improvements on commercial properties has been extended through 2013 and made retroactive to cover

Capital Gains Tax
Remains at 15% for most taxpayers.
23.8%* rate for those making $400,000 (individual)/$450,000 (couple); retains primary residence exemption up to $500,000 (couple)/$250,000 individual.
*includes 3.8% Medicare capital gains tax included in health care reform.

Estate Tax
Rises to 40% and includes a $5 million exemption. Of all small businesses and family farms in the country, only 40 were higher than the $5 million exemption last year.

For more information and additional details about the fiscal cliff deal, click here.