Marian Schaffer, Broker/Agent

Marian Schaffer brings years of applicable professional experience to her real estate clients, derived first, from a career in the securities industry where she served 12 years as a VP of Investments for a national investment firm in Lake Forest, IL. During her career, she guided her clients in retirement planning, wealth building, college funding, estate and succession planning.

After taking a break in her career to be home with her two young sons, Marian embarked on a career in real estate, drawing from her genuine interest in real estate as well as her experience and knowledge on the statistics and needs of the Baby Boomer demographic. She founded in 2004, a company which focuses on the Southeast region’s real estate marketplace to help guide retirees and second home buyers with their real estate search. Marian helps clients streamline their search so they can find the right area, community, and property that meets their objectives. Through her extensive travels over the past decade to the Southeast region, she acquired a vast knowledge of key markets throughout the six-state region (FL, GA, NC, SC, TN and southeastern VA) and has built an excellent network of real estate professionals and a solid knowledge base of master-planned communities geared towards this demographic. Marian has also honed in on specific areas, desirable to retirees and second home buyers in the region - all in an effort to serve her clients and readership well. Through her real estate business, Marian has worked with clients from around the U.S. who have found her company’s site online, seeking her guidance and knowledge, saving them time and effort in going about it on their own.

In 2015, Marian and her husband relocated from the Chicago suburbs, choosing Bluffton to become their new home. In an effort to further assist her clients, Marian acquired her South Carolina broker’s license in addition to her Illinois managing broker’s license to be their guide ‘on the ground’ in the Lowcountry, rather than referring them to an agent.

Throughout her professional career, Marian enjoys working with people and the process of educating and helping them achieve their goals. In the case of real estate, she enjoys the process of helping clients decide on the area, community, and home that is right for them. Marian will continue her work with while at Charter One Realty, as she sees her established business as a great asset for her real estate work in the Lowcountry and, with her twelve years’ experience throughout the Southeast region, she wants to continue helping folks with their regional search and guiding folks to areas and communities outside of the Lowcountry as well.

In addition to working with buyers, Marian looks forward to assisting sellers who want to achieve a successful sale of their home. As a listing broker, Marian will be able to offer additional market exposure to her Charter One Realty listing clients by featuring their home on, which garners over 10,000 views each month from actively looking buyers who are looking to relocate to the Southeast region.

While living in Chicago, Marian staged and successfully sold each of their personal residences successfully in short order. Marian enjoys designing, building and decorating homes, therefore, her comfort and knowledge of staging homes appropriately will serve as an asset to her listing clients.

When not working, Marian likes bike riding with her husband and spending time with her family, which include her two sons, Nick and Luke, and stepson, Evan – who are all currently attending college.

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