Helen Butler


Helen Butler is a Charleston native who grew up on Meeting Street. She graduated from the Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y., and attended Sweet Briar College and the University of London before heading home to earn her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the College of Charleston.

Helen has a true appreciation of architecture and preservation in the downtown neighborhoods. She and her husband received the Carolopolis Award from the Preservation Society of Charleston for their work in renovating a home in downtown Charleston’s Harleston Village.

Helen has been a full-time, professional real estate agent for more than 28 years, specializing in the sales and marketing of homes throughout the Lowcountry. She has thorough knowledge and experience in historic Charleston, James Island, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms and Johns Island.

Helen is the Past President of the Charleston Top Producers Club, is an Accredited Buyer Representative and has earned the designation Realtor of Distinction in Platinum, Gold and Silver.

Helen and her family live on James Island and are members of The Harbour Club of Charleston and First Scots Presbyterian Church. Her son graduated from the College of Charleston and her daughter graduated from University of South Carolina and are both married.

Testimonials


  • We've sold many properties during our 55 years of marriage, but Helen is the most OUTSTANDING agent that we have ever worked with. Previously we had listed our condo for seven months with another agent and we had one low ball offer. We enjoyed our condo and its views and location, and we were puzzled that no one else saw the value. Helen came in like a positive whirlwind and within 48 hours after it went public, she had shown our property three times, and we had two bids close to asking price. WOW! Helen was so positive, competent, and professional in everything she did. She was responsive and proactive through the whole process. Since we now live in Greenville, we needed someone like Helen who we could trust and count on to take care of all the little details. We started out as "agent" and "client" and ended up being good friends. I would recommend Helen wholeheartedly to any other buyer or seller in the Charleston area.
    - Jean and John Feldman

  • We have bought and sold 8 houses over the past 20 or so years and I can honestly say that Helen made our most recent sale the easiest and smoothest ever. She is the ultimate professional, dedicated, focused and easy to work with. She helped us make our house look the best it could be, and even suggested a few things to make it look even better. She was there for every showing and provided great insight and advice both in terms of initial pricing and countering offers. We were always confident that she was looking out for our best interests and providing the best guidance as the selling process progressed. Willam Means has a gem in Helen. And we will recommend her to all of our friends who are looking for a knowledgeable, hard working, efficient and courteous real estate agent. It was a pleasure to work with her.
    - Diane and Rick Jerue

  • My husband and I were living in Maryland when we decided to move to Charleston, and Helen Butler was referred to us by one of our friends. We weren’t sure about what neighborhood we wanted to live in but we definitely knew the type of house we wanted. Helen was very thorough and toured us around many different neighborhoods and found many homes we might like. Unfortunately, the inventory was limited at that time so we decided to build a house. Helen found us the perfect lot and we are currently in the process of building our dream house. She even helped us find our builder. I would highly recommend Helen – her follow up is amazing and our experience was wonderful when oftentimes the home buying and selling process can be very stressful. We owe that to Helen!
    - Beth Darrell

  • We had a wonderful experience! We closed on a contract for our listing price and Helen Butler was exceptional in guiding us through the process. We have bought and sold many properties over the years and Helen was, by far, the most capable and effective agent we have worked with. While performing her responsibilities so well, she did so with an engaging personality and grace. We have encouraged our former neighbors at The Bristol to call Helen when they need real estate services.
    - Dayna and Dick Elliott

  • Our family recently had the opportunity to work with Helen on the sale of our parents' home. Throughout the process, Helen combined professionalism and experience with a caring and patient attitude - exactly what was needed during a sensitive time for our family. The marketing of our property was beautifully done. Helen worked tirelessly in assisting us to prepare our property to list. Once the property was listed, we appreciated the frequent updates and watchful eye she kept on the property, as our family was based out of town. Her attention to detail and problem solving did not go unnoticed. We could not be more grateful for all her hard work and assistance and would recommend her services without hesitation!
    - Stephanie Collett and Gregg Alford

  • Jim and I appreciated all of Helen's time and efforts in helping us find our lovely property on Daniel Island. We absolutely love it - the layout of the lot, the location and the stunning view it will one day afford for our family. Helen did a great job in narrowing down our wants and needs as well as putting in the necessary preparation to show us properties on our limited schedule that would best fit what we were looking for. I must say, her positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile in working through all the nuances of the due diligence required helped us successfully navigate that process. I honestly believe we would not have ended up with the perfect property had it not been for Helen!
    - Lynn and Jim Dinkin

  • We could not have been happier with Helen's management of our listing. She is a consummate professional who combines an attention for detail with enormous care and commitment. Always available when we needed her and personally present for every showing, she brought us great peace of mind knowing that the sale of our home was in the right hands. Her counsel was invaluable and the process from listing to final sale was seamless and effortless. She's the best!
    - John McNeel

  • My wife and I recently purchased a house in Charleston and had the pleasure of working with Helen Butler. Helen is by far the best Realtor we've ever worked with. I was a Broker in Maryland for 30 years and I have never worked with an agent as hardworking and thorough as Helen is. She has all the skills every Buyer or Seller should have in a real estate transaction. She's a good negotiator, knowledgeable, experienced, diligent and fastidious. Whenever we asked Helen about a property or to run listings for us she was always very responsive. She is also a very pleasant and enjoyable agent to work with. We consider Helen to be one of our good friends now and look forward to working with her again.
    - Mike and MaryJoe Campanella

  • Helen Butler made our house hunting a stress-free adventure. When my husband and I moved back to Charleston, we weren’t exactly sure of what type of house we wanted. She was patient with us and showed us a variety of neighborhoods throughout the area, ranging from condos to large homes. As we sorted through what was on the market, Helen listened and became very familiar with what was important to us. She was on top of current listings, knew their value and found just the right opportunity for us - pictures had not been taken yet for a new listing, so she took them herself to share with us. Thanks to her vision, a renovation has transformed into our new home. She was truly a delight to work with, and most professional throughout the negotiations and closing. Helen followed through on every last detail and made it look easy.
    - Cynthia Coleman

  • I would highly recommend Helen Butler as a professional, top-notch real estate agent. Helen helped us sell our Country Club II home in 2018 during a very trying time. She placed our home on the market in December, a few days before Christmas, and then a snowstorm came, which does not create an ideal selling market! Nevertheless, within a short period of time, Helen found buyers for our home, and we closed within 2 months. Helen was very patient with our situation and met our every need in regard to helping us find the right people for repairs, inspections, and closing. Since that time, Helen has stayed in contact with me to assist me with my future needs. Helen is always eager to help, understands a person’s individual circumstances/needs, and gets the job done. I will use Helen for all of my future real estate needs.
    - Sarah Ellis McKay

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What is your favorite part about Charleston?

The historic homes, churches, buildings and the beautiful beaches and waterways. I also love our local restaurants, all the cultural activities and the friendly people who live here!

What do you think sets you apart as an agent?

Buying real estate can be a lot more complex than people realize. My job is to educate buyers and help them through the process.

What is one thing you think most people don't realize when they buy real estate?

Thorough knowledge of the market, dedication to my clients to get them the best results and a strong work ethic.

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