Charlene F. Neste, Realtor®, Broker-in-Charge:
A founding partner in New York's Performance Network, one of the largest marketing firms for professional sports, Charlene Neste developed expertise in the competitive advertising arena, working for companies such as Hoffman-LaRoche, Seagrams, USA Today Weekend, and Madison Square Garden. Charlene demonstrates the importance of exceptional customer service, keen negotiating skills and superior industry knowledge.
Charlene's real estate career got its start in a family of savvy real estate entrepreneurs. She learned early that wise property investments reap greater financial rewards than most day jobs. She has managed dozens of investment properties over the years. "Being an investment property owner and landlord for over 25 years yields invaluable experience you just cannot gain in any classroom. This is what I do and know. Research, knowledge, foresight, patience and timing are key elements in this business. Every transaction is different and I learn more every day."
She has now established a stellar reputation for herself in the real estate business as a licensed broker and the leader of a multi-million dollar sales team, with a strong referral business and many satisfied repeat clients. She is authorized by the developer as the exclusive listing agent for Hilton Head Island's newest ocean-oriented residential project, Sandcastles by the Sea.
Richard N. Neste, Broker, Realtor®, Partner
Richard has been a Hilton Head Island resident for more than 16 years. He has been a top producing real estate broker and his colleagues and business associates respect his hard work, dedication and superior knowledge of the internet. His analytical approach of providing relevant information to his clients is a constant reminder of his client-first mentality. He has worked with clients from all around the world and has sold real estate in almost every community on Hilton Head Island.
His knowledge of local real estate stems from his experience in the short term vacation rental industry. He was a partner in a multi-million dollar vacation rental company that represented estates in Sea Pines, Palmetto Dunes, Forest Beach, Folly Field, Shipyard and Singleton Beach. Having seen first hand which properties generated the highest return on investment, Mr. Neste's ability to relay this information has enabled dozens of clients to buy and sell properties in some of Hilton Head Island's most affluent communities.
Mr. Neste is an alumnus of Florida College, where he graduated as an honor student, 1st team All-American & National Champion as a scholarship athlete in baseball. He holds numerous pitching records for the Falcons and he has since coached local baseball players in the Dixie Youth Baseball Program and the Hilton Head Preparatory varsity baseball team. He lives on Hilton Head Island with his wife, Jill, and their two children, Richard and Abigail. Richard is an active member in the community and a valued asset to the success of Foundation Realty.
Chris Walker, Realtor®, SFR - Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified ABR:
Real estate sales come naturally to Chris Walker, in that he has spent many years satisfying clients in many facets of the hospitality industry. "It's a combination of natural instinct and a well-trained eye that makes a professional successful in the service industry. Real estate is no different. My clients demand a high level of service, professionalism and loyalty from me as I am entrusted with their greatest asset: their home."
Chris's association with Foundation Realty is a special one. "I started at age 13 running the local pool concession stand and went on to achieve my pinnacle goal of serving the President of the United States by the time I was 28. My point is that I strived to be successful in the hospitality industry and I was. In real estate, my goals are equally ambitious, as I plan to be a well-known and respected practitioner in the resort real estate market. My association with Foundation Realty places me in the ideal position to do just that."
Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Chris first came to Hilton Head after graduating from Johnson and Wales University with a Culinary Arts degree. After a year at the Harbour Town Grille, his ambitions took him on to "see the world." In 1999, he had the opportunity to return as the Food and Beverage Director of the Daufuskie Island Club and Resort. "Since my return, I have never looked back, as this is the greatest place I can ever think of to live, work and raise my family." In 2004 he married his wife, Sandy, and they now have a son named Connor and a daughter named Christina.
When not helping his clients, Chris enjoys many of the wonderful aspects of living the Hilton Head lifestyle with such activities as golfing, fishing, enjoying the beautiful beaches with his family or taking nature walks along the salt marshes. Chris and Sandy also enjoy buying real estate properties that they can put their talents to work in remodeling. Now with five properties, Chris thinks that it is important that he "Put his money where his mouth is" and be a part of the real estate market along with his clients. "You can't truly represent the market if you don't have a personal stake in it." Chris also has a creative imagination where he wants to patent several ideas and take them to market as well.
Sam Mancuso, Realtor® SFR - Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified
Like so many of his clients, Sam visited Hilton Head Island many times before moving here from Rochester, N.Y. in 1994. "I had been vacationing on the Island since 1984, coming down with the guys to play golf every year during St. Paddy's Day week and I ultimately decided to make Hilton Head my permanent home." Sam achieved the distinction of being named "Real Estate Rookie of the Year" in 1997, Most Improved Agent in 1999 and is now a Life Time Member of Hilton Head Island's Distinguished Sales Award recipients.
Sam has become one of the most respected Realtors® on the Island since 1997, following a profession as a Mortgage Broker. "One advantage (especially now) about having a background in the mortgage business is that obtaining a loan has changed so drastically lately. Banks used to give loans to virtually everyone a few years ago, but now the rules have changed. Because of my background, if needed, I can help my clients locate the best and easiest way of getting that loan. I think that's just one aspect that separates me from all the other agents out there.
"I chose a career in real estate because I enjoyed the challenge of finding the right property for the right person...kind of like a "Dating Service" for people and property! The best part of working with people is listening, finding out their individual needs and then doing everything I can to help them achieve their goals."
And why Foundation Realty?
"The Real Estate industry has changed drastically over the years, especially since 2005. It seems that everyone has educated themselves much more even before they arrive, and it all goes to the Internet. If you're not moving forward with marketing on the Internet, then you're going backwards. Foundation Realty has definitely got their act together regarding the marketing aspect on the Internet! We are #1 on all Search Engines and we have the best Website. This obviously brings the savvy Buyers to our Company. If you're a Seller, why wouldn't you go with the Real Estate Company that attracts Buyers & can give your property the most exposure and the most up-to-date state-of-the-art marketing today?"
Give Sam a call or an E-mail anytime and he'll show you why so many people buy properties here on one of the most beautiful places on Earth! "I'll show you the Hilton Head Lifestyle!" His area of expertise is Ocean, Beach, Golf Properties, Ocean and Golf-Oriented Communities, Investment Properties & Commercial.
Marge McDougal, Realtor® SFR - Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified
A friend to all and outstanding real estate agents, Marge and Ken have been sharing their enthusiasm for life and providing service that is less than ordinary to their clients for the past 15 years. The real estate industry allows them to make great friends, while helping them discover Hilton Head and lend informative advice on current or future residential or commercial real estate needs. Learning the desire and purpose of each individual is the first point of business.
Moving from Canton, Ohio, the McDougal's have resided on Hilton Head Island since 1991. As avid and competitive golfers, they enjoy the blended feeling of community and resort that Palmetto Hall Plantation offers as their home choice. That is when they're not traveling and visiting many of their international friends that were first customers.
Their shared philosophy is WIN, WIN - seeking solutions that benefit all parties which has proven to be successful as Marge is a Life Member of the Distinguished Sales Award. They also have participated in several civic organizations, Zonta, Rotary, Jaycees and enjoy giving back to ensure a thriving community.
Liz Gillespie, Realtor®, SFR - Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified
Liz Gillespie is originally from California. She and her family moved to the Low Country permanently 15 years ago, after visiting for numerous years. According to Liz, "We just love it here. It's a little piece of Heaven! It is paradise in your own backyard! There are wonderful people, so many things to do, water and golf courses all around, magnificent oak and magnolia trees and wildlife undisturbed. It is very relaxing, almost as though you are on a vacation every day. We enjoy the water, boating and beaches, and try to play tennis and golf when time allows. I keep our yard as natural as possible, anchored by live oaks, crepe myrtles and azaleas.
I started here as a Design Consultant with Sun City/Del Webb. It didn't seem like a job - we helped buyers "design" the interiors of their new houses, selecting lighting, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, etc. It was fun and very rewarding to watch the process from start to finish. Natural progression led me to enter Real Estate. Everyone I met who came to visit Hilton Head Island or Bluffton kept asking if I knew a Realtor, so they could find their own permanent or vacation home. As a South Carolina Property Manager and with many years of experience in the Timeshare and Hospitality industry, it wasn't hard to decide to become a Real Estate Agent, and for the last 6 years I have been helping people become property owners here in the Low Country. I know Sun City and the surrounding areas of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island very well, and I am thrilled to be part of the Team at Foundation Realty."
Judd P. Tracy, Realtor®, SFR - Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified
Before joining Foundation Realty, Judd worked in the banking industry for thirteen years as a financial analyst and loan officer. He draws on his financial background to guide his clients with the economic aspects in Real Estate transactions, as well as helping them secure the most efficient and seamless transactions available through the entire process.
Judd was born in the suburbs of Boston and grew up in Chicago and Charlotte. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Judd's family has been visiting the Lowcountry for over 20 years and since moving here he knows there is no better place to raise a family. He and his wife Marlayna couldn't be happier about raising their newborn daughter in such a family-oriented community.
While Judd looked for a Real Estate firm with which to affiliate, his main focus was finding a company that cares about what works best for its clients in today's changing market. After researching all the local competitors he decided on Foundation Realty. "It's a fact that nearly 90% of all buyers use the internet to explore their options before purchasing. Foundation Realty is constantly adapting rather than reacting to the ever-changing market and that was important to me. The comprehensive strategy of traditional marketing as well as targeted internet marketing that we use delivers proven results - this was where I wanted to be."
Judd has become a Bluffton real estate specialist; however, he knows the Island's neighborhoods inside-out as well. Judd can put his insider knowledge to work for you, to help you select the ideal property for your family's needs. "I know the area and the market and I'm proud of the work that I do bringing buyers and sellers together. I can assure you that I will be working for you each day while you're looking at properties to purchase, or if your home is listed with me for sale. I want to earn your business, to show you what I can do, and to deliver the answers to your questions and concerns."
Jason Pampucha, Realtor®, SFR - Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified
As a real estate professional in Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Sun City, I have in depth local knowledge and can provide you with the information you need on home buying, home selling, financing and owning real estate in Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Sun City.
Whether you are new to the market or an experienced investor, I have the expertise, proven track record, and resources to help you achieve your real estate goals.
Tammy Moody, Realtor®, SFR - Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified
Tammy Moody is a special and unique Realtor. For 23 years, Hilton Head Island and the Low Country have been a part of her home. As a Realtor for the past 8 years, she has used her past knowledge of sales and marketing and her longevity as a resident to assure that all of her Real Estate transactions are achieved with ease and compassion for her clients. She truly cares about her clients and strives to reach their goals through hard work, old fashion trust and integrity. Each clients receives Five Star Customer Service plus she applies the latest cutting edge technology to every Real Estate transaction when finding or selling you a piece of Low Country Paradise. Her love for the area and her passion for Real Estate will gain your business and she will become your "Realtor for Life" and she will show you why "Life is Just Better in the Low Country".
She has lived in Hilton Head Plantation for 20 years with her husband Kent who owns National Insurance Services and her two children Brooks 15 and Andrew 12. She is also involved in Hilton Head Baseball Association, Hilton Head Island Junior Golf Association and the PTA at Hilton Head Middle Island School and Hilton Head Island High School. She enjoys going to the beach, cooking and entertaining.
Charlie Schroeder, Realtor®, SFR - Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified
Since the age of three, Hilton Head Island has been home to Charlie Schroeder. He grew up on the island and graduated from Hilton Head High School. After attending Clemson University, Charlie was happy to return home to the island he loves so much. Real estate is a family tradition in the Schroeder family, and eight years ago, Charlie heeded the call and became a real estate agent. Growing up here, he learned the ins and outs of the business by watching his parents, Carl and Anne Schroeder. His father is a former Realtors Association president and his mother has been an agent for more than 20 years.
With over 25 million dollars in sales of his own, he has proven himself to be a successful Hilton Head Island Realtor. As a 32-year island resident, Charlie has the advantage of knowing all aspects of the Hilton Head area as well as knowing many of the residents. He believes the key to real estate is taking the time to get to know his clients. Taking the time to listen to his customers' needs allows him to find the perfect real estate to match their lifestyle. His goal is to make lifelong clients. He is doing this by establishing relationships built on honesty and trust. "When I work with a client, I make sure they always receive the honest facts and current information about any island property they find interesting," he said.
Roger Healey, Realtor®
Born and raised in New Hampshire, memories of the long, cold winters give Roger Healey a great appreciation of Hilton Head Island. Vacationing here since the mid-'80s, he was lured to the island permanently 12 years ago. "I have found this to be 'the paradise I have always dreamed of,'" he said. "Even though Hilton Head Island measures a mere 50 square miles, it includes 12 miles of pristine, sandy beaches, top ranked golf courses, world class tennis facilities, every imaginable water activity, nationally renowned restaurants and some of the greatest scenery anywhere on the East Coast."
Business experience: As past president of the largest importer of leather and leather goods into the United States and former vice president of the second largest factory outlet developer in this country, Roger has had the opportunity to travel throughout the world, including Europe, China, India and South America. He has had dealings with many major international companies such as Nike, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Levi, Coach, Liz Clairborne, Tommy Hilfiger and others. "This extensive travel and international negotiations have given me the experience necessary to become a creative, efficient and knowledgeable Realtor," he said.
Real estate philosophy: Roger puts his business skills and experience to work for his clients. Having enjoyed a successful career in the retail and development field for the last 25 years, he
has the insight and ability to help other people who are looking for their piece of paradise find
their perfect vacation or permanent home in the Hilton Head Island area. "The mild winters, warm, breezy summers and just about perfect spring and fall weather fit most any lifestyle," he said.
"It's a matter of getting to know the client and understanding his or her specific goals."
Tom Richardson, Realtor®
Tom Richardson is from Centreville, Virginia. He graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hotel and Recreation. He moved to Hilton Head in 1997 when he was offered a four month internship on Daufuskie Island at the Melrose Inn - he loved Daufuskie Island and the surrounding area and has been here ever since! Tom earned his real estate license in 2000 and his broker's license in 2007. He sells on Daufuskie Island and Hilton Head Island. Tom is married and has two children, William and Hayley. His favorite place on Daufuskie Island is the Melrose Gazebo, where he proposed to his wife Kelly. Tom and Kelly plan to build a home on Daufuskie and raise their family there.
"I have worked in the hospitality business on Daufuskie Island and on Hilton Head Island since 1997. When I decided to make the change in 2000 to become a real estate agent, I had to weight the decision carefully. I realized helping people find the right piece of property that meets their needs is a career I would enjoy and be good at. It turns out that this decision was a great one for me and all of my clients. If you are looking for a low pressure Daufuskie Island and Hilton Head real estate professional, please consider me to help you find your piece of this wonderful island we call the Lowcountry."
Fannie Caruso, Realtor®, Sales Executive:
Mary Frances "Fannie" Caruso is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist on Hilton Head Island. She earned her R.N. degree in 1971 at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. She also attended Wheeling Jesuit University in 1983. After several years of hospital-based nursing, she expanded her nurturing talents to community service. Fannie has held elective offices in many charities, hospitals, church and school boards over a period of 25 years in Wheeling, West Virginia. She has orchestrated events for Ohio Valley Medical Center; presided over and chaired multiple offices for the Wheeling Symphony Society; served on the Viennese Ball Committee and Patron's Party as chairman for over 20 years; founded the Mardi Gras ball, which raised, for the woman's abuse shelter, the most money in the history of the Wheeling YWCA.
Fannie has owned and managed rental properties since 1983. As an artist, she uses her dynamic creativity and fine sensibility to stage and sell properties which have been languishing on the market. Her experience is evident in her ability to work and forge relationships with people. "The best thing we ever did was to buy our own house in Sea Pines in 1984," she says. "My family and friends always loved coming here. Moving permanently from West Virginia in 2000 has increased my desire to guide others to realize their own dreams of ownership and to 'nurse' them through the processes of buying and selling on the Island. "