Nominate a Realtor® for the Distinguished Service Award

Do you know a Realtor® who has gone above and beyond in the industry for at least 25 years? Submit their name to CTAR for nomination to receive the NAR Distinguished Service Award.

This NAR award recognizes dedicated Realtors® who have set themselves apart as a leader for at least 25 years by remaining actively involved in the local, national and state Associations, staying politically involved in their local community and demonstrating exceptional service.

Candidates must:

  • have attained the age of 60 or have at least 25 years service with NAR, including leadership positions in the Member Board, State Association, National Association, and the Institutes, Societies and Councils.
  • continue to be active participants at all levels of the Association — local, state and national.
  • have a valid real estate license as a broker or salesperson and are currently active in the real estate industry.
  • have been recognized as a local leader whose performance of service and involvement in political and/or community activities is extraordinary.
  • have not served as President of NAR.

The deadline to submit a candidate to CTAR is Tuesday, March 31.

Nominate a Realtor® for the Distinguished Service Award here. 

Realtors® of Distinction Awards Luncheon


Join us as we congratulate our 2014 Realtors® of Distinction Award Recipients and reveal the 2014 Realtor® of the Year.

Realtors® of Distinction Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, March 10 | 11:30am-1:30pm

Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Avenue, Building 920

$25 Realtors® of Distinction Recipients, guests $35
Register here.

This award recognizes the top 10% of sales producing Charleston Realtors® who applied for the award, completed additional education requirements in the award year, and adhered to the Realtor® Code of Ethics in 2014.

Guests will be presented with their awards, enjoy a plated lunch, and enjoy a keynote address by North Carolina Realtor® Leigh Brown.

Register here.


leigh_brown_headshotAbout Leigh Brown
Leigh Brown’s enthusiasm about the real estate industry shows on her face, in her work ethic and within her strong team. Leigh has strengthened her knowledge of the industry by participating in higher education courses and she has stayed on top of her game by regularly upgrading her technology toolbelt. Her commitment is contagious and has propelled her team to be recognized as one of the nation’s Top 200 real estate teams by the Wall Street Journal’s “Real Trends”. Leigh’s team is also ranked in the RE/MAX Top 100 Teams Worldwide.



New Home Construction and Buyer Representation

New Home Construction and Buyer RepNew Home Construction and Buyer Representation
October 15 | 9am-6pm

Course Cost: $125
Realtor® Gold Card Cost: $99
Register here.

Take a comprehensive look at the special complexities of working with buyers who are searching for a newly built or yet-to-be built home. Learn where and how to find new home sales business, understand how the development and new-home sales processes work and the type of services the buyer needs.

This one-day course provides buyer’s representatives with the product and transaction knowledge needed in order to guide buyer-clients through the steps and processes for purchase, construction, and customization of a new home. Students will learn how to interact with new home builders and sales representatives to protect clients’ interests while developing productive business relationships.

This course will earn you 8 elective hours (CEE2505) and is also approved as an elective towards the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) Designation.

Become a resort & second home expert

resort-and-second-home-property-specialistResort & Second-Home Markets Course
May 28 | 9am-6pm

Course Cost: $199
Realtor® Gold Card Cost $179
Register here. 


Why earn the RSPS Certification?
RSPS is recognized as an official NAR Certification, and allows buyers and sellers to have confidence in the ability of a Realtor® who specializes in buying, selling or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination, to assist them with their search.

The RSPS certification course is also approved as elective credit towards the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation.

What you’ll take away:
6 elective CE hours (CEE2253)
RSPS Certification

Questions about earning your RSPS? Click here. 

Earn your SRES Designation at CTAR

SRES_Logo_w_tagSeniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) Designation Course
September 9 | 9am-5:30pm

Course Cost: $199
Realtor® Gold Card Rate: $179
Register here. 


This course seeks to instill knowledge and understanding of and empathy for 55+ real estate clients and customers and to develop the business building skills and resources needed for specialization in the 55+ real estate market.

This course earns you 8 elective hours (CEE2469) and is required to attain the SRES® Designation. It also counts as one elective course towards the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®) designation and the Resort and Second-Home Markets Certification (RSPS).


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.