Charter One Realty Commercial Broker, Michael Mark got hooked on real estate at the age of 21 when he started buying and selling investment properties in the Lowcountry. With single-minded determination, Michael became known as the go-to agent for Beaufort residential and commercial real estate.
As a native of Beaufort, SC, Michael talks to us about how he got his start, the changes he has seen in the Lowcountry, and his neighborhood on Ladys Island.
Charter One Realty: When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in real estate?
Michael Mark: I was about 35 years old, had been buying and selling investment property since I was 21.
Charter One Realty: Tell us about your start in the business. How did the first year go?
Michael Mark: My first full-time year was 2008. I left a full-time job with a steady paycheck, I worked my tail off. People were getting out of the business and I doubled down and worked harder. I survived.
Charter One Realty: What’s kept you in the business after your initial success?
Michael Mark: I love the business. I get to figure out where the problems are and solve them.
Charter One Realty: If you weren't working in real estate, is there anything else you could see yourself doing?
Michael Mark: I would be investing in real estate and developing.
Charter One Realty: Where are you from originally, and how did you come to live in the Lowcountry?
Michael Mark: I was born and raised in Beaufort. My family has been here since 1904.
Charter One Realty: Please tell us about your neighborhood and your home.
Michael Mark: I live in a very rural part of Ladys Island. We are on a dirt road with very few neighbors. My wife has a horse stable so we needed space for that.
Charter One Realty: How would you describe the vibe in the Lowcountry?
Michael Mark: I grew up in downtown Beaufort. It has become a tourist destination due to the waterfront and the historic homes. Downtown is still a locals destination with great restaurants and local shops.
Charter One Realty: How have you seen the Lowcountry change — from both a personal and professional perspective — over the years?
Michael Mark: When I was growing up, Bluffton did not exist other than the downtown district. Ladys Island had almost no full-time residents.
Charter One Realty: What are your favorite shops and restaurants in our community and why?
Michael Mark: Breakwater, Saltus, Old Bull Tavern - all have unique foods and a great vibe.
Charter One Realty: What are some of your favorite aspects of life in the Lowcountry?
Michael Mark: Fishing, hunting, and great weather.
Charter One Realty: Do you have a personal motto or mantra that guides you?
Michael Mark: Always keep learning.
Charter One Realty: Please complete the sentence: “Home wouldn’t be home without . . .”
Michael Mark: My family.
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