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.

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

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, federal laws update, 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, 2014 and are not renewed before January 1, 2015 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…”

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.

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 on 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.