Meet John Smith

Integrity, trust and experience have been the cornerstone of John Smith’s 37-year real estate career that he now brings to the Charleston area. He and his wife Eileen Smith have considered it a privilege to represent the best interests of their clients and friends through the years in the buying and selling of real estate.

In 2018, he was recognized for the fifth consecutive year as one of the top producing realtors in the country by Real Trends The Thousand, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal. During his career, John has been recognized both regionally and nationally not only for his sales production but also for his many efforts in non-profit and community causes. He was a recipient of Coldwell Banker’s Preserving the Trust Award, annually given to one individual who has demonstrated the highest ethical standards in their personal business practices while displaying a relentless drive to elevate the real estate industry.

John routinely works and collaborates with the very best realtors in the country, implementing new techniques, systems and programs that better serve his clients at William Means Real Estate in the competitive Charleston market.

John has been married for 43 years to Eileen and the couple has three sons. Growing up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, John graduated from Elizabethtown College and received a master’s degree from Penn State University. The couple now resides on Johns Island and are enjoying the Lowcountry lifestyle.

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What activities do you enjoy doing in Charleston?

I really enjoy the beaches in the Charleston area, especially Kiawah where I love to walk and watch the dolphins strand feeding! I also love kayaking on the tidal creeks and watching the birds. There are so many highlights, but landscaping is a real passion of mine. Walking South of Broad, I love the beautiful gardens with their wrought iron fences, fountains, boxwood designs and flower arrangements. And of course, trying all the superb restaurants in Charleston is a favorite.

What sets you apart from other realtors?

I think my knowledge and experience in overcoming objections and obstacles that might arise in the course of the transaction is a great advantage in today’s challenging market. Also, my commitment to service and making my clients’ needs my top priority is something I bring to each transaction.

Why sell real estate as a career?

With a background in social work, I have had a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in peoples’ lives while helping them buy and sell their most significant investment…their homes. When you build relationships first, the selling of a home is secondary. Helping people through all the stages of their lives is what I find the most rewarding. I am excited to bring my enthusiasm and experience to my neighbors in the Lowcountry.



  • $725,000
    1601 Zurlo Way