Buyers and sellers are often told to keep their emotions in check during real estate searches and negotiations, but a strictly pragmatic approach isn’t the answer. A lot goes into a real estate transaction (emotion, expectation, time, financial investment), and all aspects are important. That is why Charleston Real Estate Group offers a more balanced approach to the buying/selling process.
CREG agents are committed to client education. We want you to understand all aspects of the real estate transaction so that you can be confident in your decisions. We are also committed to understanding all aspects of your wish list. Together we can prioritize accordingly.
Eric Draper was reared in Charlotte, North Carolina and attended the Charlotte Country Day School. He went on to study History at the University of Georgia. Afterwards he moved to Charleston, SC and continued his studies at the College of Charleston, working on his masters in American History and a teaching degree.
The master’s program was cut short as Draper took a once in a lifetime opportunity and accepted the position as tour manager for one of the largest touring acts in the country, Widespread Panic. Draper worked for nearly four years as the point person for a 35 man, 4 truck, and 4 bus touring act, grossing nearly $25 million in ticket sales each year.
After working in nearly every state in the country, Draper retreated back to Charleston in 2001 to finish his teaching certificate. Once complete, he began teaching at Garrett Academy of Technology in North Charleston. After laboring on a teacher’s salary, Eric decided it was time to change careers again and threw himself full-time into real estate.
Having owned rental property since the mid-90’s, he was well versed in creating cash flow with rentals. Building on that knowledge base, Draper began “flipping” dilapidated properties as well as general brokerage, or assisting others with buying and selling real estate. The natural progression lead him to build a handful of houses in the Charleston area.
In 2008 Draper accepted a position on the Town of James Island Board of Zoning Appeals. He stayed on the Board until 2010 when he moved out of the town limits. Draper went on to work as a Broker Associate with Carolina One earning awards for the “Most Positive” in 2011, Top Listing Agent in 2012, and achieved the highly coveted “Realtor of Distinction” in 2013. In early 2014, Draper decided to break away and start his own firm, “The Charleston Real Estate Group.”
Following up on his commitment to community, he has been appointed to the City of Folly Beach Board of Zoning Appeals. Draper is married and has three children.
Jon is a James Island native with a wealth of local knowledge. He earned a bachelors degree in Communication focused in media broadcast, and worked as an intern on 105.5 The Bridge and 98X in Charleston. After that, he transferred to a management position with Palmetto Parking LLC, which is a family business. When he was able to break away from necessity of helping the family business, he decided to get his real estate license. Jon attended real estate school at The Real Estate School of Charleston, where he graduated to become a licensed REALTOR.
Jon is a member of the National Association of REALTORS, the South Carolina Association of Realtors, and the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors. Jon is a “gatherer of information”. By being extremely detail oriented, he is able to provide his clients with all of the necessary facts and statistics so that they can feel comfortable that they are making an informed decision.
By observing and interpreting statistics on a regular basis, Jon is able to discuss market trends for buyers and sellers in ANY market. This also comes into play when discussing things such as (ROI) return on investment, and income projections for investor clients.
Jon treats his clients with respect and communicates with them regularly, while maintaining pure honesty to yield the best possible results for clients. His “work-horse” work ethic makes it easy on his clients as he tries to take the bulk of the work and stress off of their shoulders. Call Jon Moore today to help you reach your goals in buying or selling real estate.
Lizzie grew up in a “real estate family” on Hilton Head Island. She is a lifelong Lowcountry native in love with the cultural, recreational and social opportunities the Charleston area provides. An active married mother of two young boys, Lizzie knows the ins and outs of all of Charleston’s family friendly activities.
A focused listener, able advisor and effective problem solver, Lizzie is known for her diligence and calm demeanor while employing encouragement and genuine concern as she creates a positive experience for her clients. Her business approach is direct and successful; she listens to the client’s needs and matches them to the right property, then assures an honest and efficient transaction.
Lizzie and her family have lived in West Ashley for 10 years and absolutely love it. She is very knowledgeable with West Ashley neighborhoods, Downtown Charleston and the James Island area and has the ability to assist you in selecting the best one for your family needs.
While her passion is helping families buy and sell property, Lizzie is one of the few realtors in the area with extensive experience in the tax sale process. She is a partner in BEL LLC, an investment company specializing in buying tax deeds.
Whether you are looking to purchase your first home or to diversify your investment portfolio, Lizzie is eager and willing to work for you.
Carol Jackson is a Midwesterner, now living happily on James Island, by way of the College of William and Mary where she met her husband and settled into Northern Virginia, “inside the beltway” near DC. Carol enjoyed a long career with non-profits, focused on property management, and community and housing development.
She began her love affair with Charleston in the 1980s as Director of Operations for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In that role, she sent 20 maintenance techs with their chain saws from around the nation to Drayton Hall Plantation in 1989 to assist in the major clean up needed along Ashley River and historic downtown after Hugo’s devastation. The resilience of local residents stayed with her heart as the years went by and their family watched many friends, and finally, their daughters and sons-in-law settle into Charleston for all the reasons we share. After 40 year careers, Carol and her husband were able to move permanently to Ellis Creek to enjoy their next chapter of community involvement and investment. They are overjoyed that their adult “kids” live within walking distance of their new home built in Bay Front near the park.
Carol obtained her Realtor’s License to share her personal and professional experience as real estate buyer, seller and developer. During the boom decades in DC their family and her organizations went through the growth of a dynamic economy that rippled with new jobs and housing needs that could not be satisfied by the existing single family properties of the 1950’s and 60’s. Their area saw lots of in-fill density development, strategically placed for multi-family rental properties and condos where the residents could use public transit. They lived through the era of Smart Growth and more dense development on commercial roads that became walkable and stimulating with residential night life, etc. It’s not for everyone, but in a growth economy, Charleston has similar growing pains and is beginning to master plan its growth strategy to support and foster more “new urban” development that will feel comfortable and desirable to local folks as the years go by. In talking to longtime residents, Carol agrees that no one wants suburban explosions in the far reaching rural areas, as roads can never keep up with the traffic that creates. Walkable, bikeable, Bus Rapid Transit, and “zip” cars are solutions that lots of the workforce population will embrace so they can have the quality of life they choose by living closer to where they work.
Carol sold RE in Virginia as older neighborhoods were rapidly changing. Most of her clients were first time homebuyers. Fast forward across the years, as she and her husband have owned and sold lots of properties. They always love selling to start up buyers. She now sells to retirees who are relocating and/or downsizing, first-time buyers of a different sort. She loves to help first timers establish their purchase game plan, based on criteria they may need professional help to think about thoroughly. She is patient and understands the seriousness and importance of making well-founded real estate decisions. She is also accustomed to work on behalf of investors who recognize Charleston real estate as great value for their risk. She and her husband have become happy landlords over the years and now on James Island and West Ashley. No matter the scope of your real estate plans, Carol is a sure bet to work hard for you!
Kyle Irizarry was born in upstate New Jersey on a 400-acre farm and grew up visiting his family’s property on Isle of Palms before finally moving to Johns Island when he was 13. His rural upbringing combined with his new water-focused home front gave him great appreciation for Charleston and the surrounding areas. Over the past twenty years, Kyle’s love for the unique characteristics of each island in the low country has been fine-tuned. Kyle has 16 years of experience in the Food & Beverage industry and most recently left his Chef position at a local catering company to pursue his new career with CREG. He got his first taste of the real estate world when he was on the hunt for his first house. It was a trying experience, to say the least, but it gave him a new perspective on the Charleston home buying process and helped spark interest in a new industry. Shortly after moving into his first home and doing much of the renovations himself, he partnered up with an interior designer and contractor to start a remodeling company called Polished Renovations & Design. His combined experiences have helped Kyle become an expert in discovering hidden value in properties, navigating obstacles in the buying/remodeling/selling processes and advocating for clients to negotiate the best deal. The Charleston housing market is a grueling one these days; but the buying and selling process doesn’t have to be a challenging one. This is where Kyle’s passion for real estate and easy-going “low country” demeanor come in. He loves to share his experience in both real estate and remodeling with Charleston homeowners, and hopes that his unique perspective will be an asset to first time homebuyers as well. Whether you are looking for someone to guide you through the steps of selling your current property, purchasing the perfect home or simply diversifying your portfolio with new real estate investments, rest assured that Kyle will be the perfect partner for your journey.
Reid was born and raised in the upstate of South Carolina and has lived in Charleston for almost twenty years. He currently lives on James Island with his wife and daughter where they all enjoy spending time outdoors exploring the natural beauty that draws so many people to the lowcountry. In his spare time, you can catch him fishing or surfing at Folly Beach, going to see live music with friends, or riding bikes with his daughter and Labrador Retriever, Maizy.
Reid received his undergraduate and master’s degree from College of Charleston, and later went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During this time, he worked as a public-school educator and most recently as a college professor. As a former educator and researcher in higher education, Reid offers his real estate clients a unique skill set. Successful teaching requires active listening, complex problem solving, building relationships, and the ability to convey information effectively to a wide audience. Successful research requires analysis and attention to detail. These skills are crucial to a successful real estate transaction. As a real estate agent, Reid is dedicated to providing his clients those same skills to ensure their experience buying or selling a home is positive. Ultimately, his goal is to build lasting relationships built on trust and success.