Meet Lyles Geer


A downtown Charleston native, Lyles is not only considered a top broker on the peninsula, but a real estate leader for the whole Charleston market.

For more than a decade, he has been a top producer, selling more than a hundred homes – over $130 million worth – with William Means. He is now the fourth owner of the company.

Well recognized for his local connections and work ethic, Lyles has helped weave William Means into the fabric of Charleston and elevated its business affairs through strategic management and dynamic leadership. He attributes the firm’s successes to its true client-first mentality.

Lyles and his wife Katie (owner of local art gallery Meyer Vogl Gallery) are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Mae and Elliott. The couple lives downtown and were recently awarded the Preservation Society’s Carolopolis Award for the restoration of their historic 1920s-era home.

A graduate of Charleston’s Porter-Gaud School, Lyles attended Southern Methodist University, where he studied economics. He then worked as a financial analyst in New York City before returning home.

A firm believer in giving back, Lyles is a board member of The Gibbes Museum of Art’s Society 1858, and he contributes to the MUSC Children’s Hospital with every sale.

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What is your favorite part about Charleston?

There's something about Charleston. My wife and I both grew up here, and we often talk about how, even though we left Charleston in our 20s, we knew in our hearts that we couldn't stay away for too long. Yes, our families are here, and yes, it feels like home. But when you're away from Charleston, you also yearn for the salty creeks and fresh seafood and running into old friends in the grocery store and the exciting buzz of a city that's growing. I am so happy to be raising my own children in this dynamic city now.

What do you think sets you apart as an agent?

I was born and raised here in Charleston, and I spent my childhood riding my bike around downtown and fishing in the creeks of Isle of Palms. I know and love this city like it's a family member, a lifelong friend. Growing up here instilled an enthusiasm for Charleston architecture, for its waterways, and for discovering its hidden gems. Charleston real estate is my passion; I can't imagine doing anything else. In addition, my drive to provide first-rate service is innate. I constantly reevaluate how to improve my client's experience when selling or buying a home.

How do you feel William Means sets itself apart as a real estate company?

Integrity. Integrity comes first in everything we do. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by agents and staff who value honesty and dependability above all else. This ethos is why we have been in business since 1933, and it's why coming into the office every day feels like coming home. We're a small boutique firm, and I trust and rely on every single member of the William Means team. Integrity is our foundation for serving clients and for being Charleston's leading boutique real estate company.

Testimonials

  • Lyles got a contract out of the first showing. Wow. The buyer ended up going another way. Oh no. Lyles told us not to worry showed the house again the next day. That showing got another offer and they bought our house. Amazing. He is steeped in this market and a natural at showing the real benefits of historic properties here in charleston. We were absolutely thrilled with Lyles and would hire him again tomorrow. - Jennifer & Brady

  • Lyles was a pleasure to work with throughout the buying process. He knows downtown Charleston extremely well and never tired of showing us homes. We enjoyed his energy and enthusiasm. We would definitely use him again on the buying or selling side of any transaction in Charleston. - Susan & Steve

  • What I appreciated about Lyles was his true professionalism and unparalleled diligence. He never sugar-coated the problems with the house (which had been badly neglected) and was strictly honest about what we were taking on. He also put us in contact with a contractor who turned out to be exceptional. We can't say enough about Lyles and his work ethic and integrity! We give him the highest possible rating across the board! - Monica & Dave

  • The most important attributes Lyles demonstrated to us are honesty and integrity, thorough knowledge of the South of Broad market place, nearly immediate availability and clear and immediate understanding of any arising issue, and superior communication skills. He exudes confidence and optimism and is tenacious in closing the deal. He was expert in showcasing the positive attributes of our home and has a vast network of contacts. His ability to thoroughly explain legalistic contractual matters was also demonstrated to us. Our strong recommendation comes with absolutely no hesitation. - Dr. R. Smith

  • Lyles was terrific to work with throughout the entire process of viewing properties, negotiating a final commitment and ultimately through closing. What sets Lyles apart is his dedication and follow through. From early questions about the area and various properties to contacts in the area for services related to our purchase to his flexibility around closing timing, we found Lyles to be an outstanding partner in this process and one that we would highly recommend to others. Lyles has solid experience in the market and shares his knowledge willing and openly. Terrific to work with! - C. Hussey

  • It was such a great experience working with Lyles Geer. He is knowledgeable, communicative and efficient. As most of people, buying a house is not something we do often. With Lyles’ help, everything was easy and smooth. He had good sense and understood well what we were looking for, made a nice list of houses that fit our needs, arranged 10+ house visits in one day so my husband could travel over there to do it, helped us to connect to the services before we need to worry about, gave us guidance during the negotiation. Buying house can be a stressful process, but ours turned to a very pleasant experience because of Lyles. Highly recommend him! - Buyer in Mount Pleasant

  • Lyles is an outstanding realtor. He took us through every step of selling our home and buying a new one. His knowledge of the market was spot on and got us a very nice offer (selling) and represented us extremely well in getting a good price for our new home. He didn’t waste our time showing us houses that seemed like a good prospect to us as nonprofessionals, but instead showed us properties that would serve us well. He also didn’t stop reaching out after we closed, wanting to make sure everything was going well in our new home and to understand any additional needs we might have. We can not speak highly enough of Lyles. - R. Cantral

  • From start to finish, Lyles was thoroughly knowledgeable, professional, and pleasure to work with. On his first visit, he was prepared with helpful information on the market and what we could expect during the selling process. He made good, practical suggestions on displaying our property to its best advantage. He was respectful of our ideas and suggestions, as well. He always responded quickly to any questions or concerns, no matter the day or time. His negotiating skills were excellent and he dealt with potential buyers appropriately. As we approached closing, he was on top of the process, quickly and effectively dealing with any questions or concerns from either party. He carried through the closing process with smoothness and skill. I would not hesitate to recommend Lyles to anyone looking to buy or sell property in the Charleston area. - W. Willis

  • I would highly recommend Lyles to anyone looking to buy or sell a property in the Charleston area. His local knowledge and expertise of the buying/selling process is second to none. Lyles helped us find the perfect property and expertly negotiated our sales price within the span of a single weekend. He stayed involved throughout our entire process keeping us up to date on all of the important factors of our transaction. There is no question that we will be going back to him the next time we are in the market. - M. Squatrito

  • As a native Charlestonian, Lyles has extensive knowledge of Charleston’s neighborhoods, their individual attributes, and the local market. He displayed an innate understanding of what we were looking for in our first home, and he showed us well suited houses in several areas. He was unbelievably patient with us during the search, and he was readily available to show us houses and accessible when we had questions. Lyles made the entire process easy, and he was negotiated on our behalf quickly and confidently. We couldn’t be happier with our purchase, and we owe everything to Lyles and his hard work. - Buyer in Charleston

  • We worked with Lyles over a period of three years as he patiently helped us find the perfect home South of Broad. Charleston is a very unique city, and it is essential to work with someone who knows the area and is truly specialized in historic homes. Lyles has extensive knowledge of many of the homes South of Broad and was able to help us feel very confident that we had all the necessary information for our purchase decision. We had total trust in Lyles’ opinions and he was honest and insightful in his assessment of the homes we saw. We found Lyles to be exceptionally knowledgeable, professional and organized. He had an innate sense for what we wanted and he found us the perfect home. It was a pleasure to work with Lyles as he walked us through the entire process and I couldn’t recommend anyone more. - S. R. Johnson

  • We were introduced to Lyles by a family member when he found out our plans to buy a home in the Charleston area. We thought we knew the exact neighborhood we wanted to buy in but Lyles found homes for us to look at in other areas so we would be sure when we made our final decision. He was able to educate us on the market in general and the neighborhoods specifically. We relocated from another state so the information he provided was very important to us. Communication was easy as Lyles is very responsive with email, texts, and phone calls. I would definitely recommend Lyles he is both pleasant to work with and professional at every step in the process. - G. Berolzheimer

  • Lyles was delightful to work with throughout the entire process of selling our downtown home. He is always professional, responsive, reliable, and solution oriented. On several occasions he was quick to solve challenges that came up along the way. He went far above and beyond what we would expect of a real estate agent. Thank you Lyles! - Seller in Charleston

  • Lyles was so good to me, I came from out of state to visit properties in the Charleston area, Lyles made me feel like I worked with him before. I never felt rushed or not important, Lyles made me feel important and knew this needed to be the right purchase. As most of us, looking for our next property isn’t something we do everyday, with that said I needed advice. Lyles was excellent, helped me find everything I needed to complete my purchase, mortgage, insurance, etc. It was the best experience I have ever had, I would highly recommend Lyles. You will be happy you did. - M. Schofield

  • Lyles was the ultimate professional in guidance and execution in meeting our needs. In addition, he created an ongoing selection of properties over a multi month time frame & then was flexible in pivoting to a change in our housing criteria that culminated in the perfect choice Lyles deserves serious consideration if you are planning to relocate to Charleston or making a local move in the area. I would definitely enlist him again. - G. Hribar

  • What we loved about working with Lyles is how he is obviously and 100% your ally in the process. As buyers, he never seemed impatient or daunted by how particular we were in the home search. He got an understanding of what we were looking for and narrowed his showing to fit those criteria. I also appreciate that he can be as hands-on as you want, offering suggestions, referrals, or next steps; but, he makes these suggestions as options and will happily coordinate with your preferred inspectors, contractors, etc. For our first home buying experience, Lyles set the bar pretty high! - M. Kerwick

  • We were very fortunate to have Lyles selling our home downtown. He is a joy to work with…professional, knowledgeable, empathetic, courteous, punctual, and resourceful. It was a sincere pleasure to work with Lyles and if you are lucky enough to, I promise you won’t be sorry. Ours was under contract the 2nd day on the market at full price. - Seller in Charleston

  • We worked with Lyles when we moved from Chicago to Charleston. Because we were not local, it was critical to find a real estate professional that was responsive, proactive and organized. During our two “house hunting” visits to Charleston, Lyles was able to focus our search from a long list of potential neighborhoods to the three neighborhoods that best fit our criteria. From there, he scheduled a dozen appointments to give us a good feeling for the range of properties available in those neighborhoods. Because of his proactive and organized approach, we were able to find a home that was a perfect fit. We’ve been living in Charleston now for 12 months and couldn’t be happier. Lyles has the local knowledge from being a life-long resident, but the focus and responsiveness necessary to satisfy even the most demanding buyer. - S. Andrews

  • My husband and I have had the pleasure of working with Lyles on several real estate transactions. Lyles assisted us with both buying and selling a homesite on Daniel Island, as well as the purchase of a new property. Lyles is always knowledgeable and timely. He has a great understanding of the processes and requirements here on Daniel Island, as well as valuable relationships with other area real estate agents. Lyles is very personable and relatable, even while working on our behalf when we lived out of state. All of our transactions have proceeded smoothly and on time. We will definitely work with Lyles again in the future, and consider him a friend. - Daniel Island Residents

  • Wow, what a great experience! He was super flexible with our schedule especially since we live out of town. He handled all our needs remotely and very efficiently (time wise). We highly recommend his services!! - Buyer in Charleston

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