By KIM CATANZARITE Special to The Post and Courier
Chip Reeves is much more than your average Realtor.
With twenty years experience in sales, this fourth-generation Charlestonian knows his stuff better than most. He is one of those people who loves his job and looks forward to doing it for a very long time.
As a matter of fact, he thinks everyone should love their job: “If you don’t love what you’re doing,” he says, “you need to find what you enjoy and do it.”
Reeves grew up west of the Ashley and has hung out everywhere from Folly Beach to Summerville. His parents still live in Charleston, as do four brothers and sisters.
He “transplanted,” as he puts it, to Goose Creek 20 years ago with his wife, Karen, of 25 years. They have two college-age children, Chase and Ashlyn.
Reeves’ real estate career began in 2001, when he sold vacant lots on Johns Island. Two years later, he joined Century 21 Southern Homes in Goose Creek, which became Coldwell Banker United, Realtors in 2009. He still works out of that office today, serving both buyers and sellers who do business in a wide range of prices.
When time allows, Reeves loves to golf, especially at the Crowfield Plantation course in Goose Creek, but he doesn’t get out as much as he would like.
“One of the misunderstandings about Realtors is that you have all the free time in the world,” he explains, “but this can be a 50- or 60-hour, seven-days-a-week workweek.”
A believer in the value of hard work, Reeves not only has a real estate license, he also completed the further education necessary to acquire a broker’s license, which he got in 2005.
He also believes in giving back to the community and the industry. As such, he serves on the board of directors of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, the Professional Standards Committee for Realtors, and on the boards for two homeowners’ associations. In addition, he works on the cultural arts committee for the City of Goose Creek.
“Working on the different boards gives me an opportunity to interact with brokers and agents from many other companies in our area,” he says.
Tackling MLS president’s work
This year, after serving on the local Multiple Listing Service’s board of directors for three years, Reeves is taking a leadership role as the local MLS president.
The MLS is the database and software real estate agents use to price and market their listings. When an agent has a buyer in search of property, he or she uses the MLS system to find potential offerings that fit the client’s needs.
“(The Tri-county’s MLS) is without a doubt the most accurate information for home activity and sales in any area,” says Reeves.
“We have one of the most detailed, integrated MLS systems in America, and we spend a lot of time and effort making sure it provides more than just an address and price for our clients’ properties.”
This year, the MLS board is working hard to improve the security of the information on the MLS and to guarantee its accuracy.
Seeing a steady market According to Reeves, the housing market in Goose Creek continues to grow steadily.
“The growth is not crazy like it was in 2005 and 6 and 7, which is probably good,” Reeves says. “We are seeing continued, steady growth in virtually every price range, and we think it will continue for several years.”
Reeves cites lower taxes, good job opportunities (with Boeing in the area and a wind turbine plant moving into the old Naval shipyard), and easy access to downtown, Mount Pleasant and Summerville as Goose Creek’s main draws.
“The same home in a nearby town will cost you maybe $800 or more a year less in taxes in Goose Creek,” says Reeves. “Plus, Goose Creek is just a great place to live. The city administration does a great job.”
SIDEBAR: Caution: Is that information accurate?
Realtor Chip Reeves supports the way the general public uses the Internet to search for homes on their own. But he says, “Make sure that information is accurate.”
How can you be certain the information your search produces is correct? Most websites mention where the information originates, so make sure it is from the Multiple Listing Service.
“The MLS provides by far the most trustworthy information out there,” says Reeves.
But even the sites that use MLS data only provide the basics — not enough information to ascertain the true value of a property. The only way to do that is to seek the help of an agent who has full access to the MLS database.
Kim Catanzarite is a veteran free-lance writer and editor living in the Charleston area.