Meet Brian Zaks

Brian Zaks

Brian Zaks


Brian Zaks has more than twenty years of experience in both residential and commercial real estate in the Charleston market and is highly respected throughout the community for his knowledge of the area. He is known for his commitment to maintaining an open, honest, and ethical relationship with his clients, fellow brokers, and other professional associates.

Brian has continually earned the Realtor of Distinction designation from the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS throughout the years. This designation recognizes the top sales producing REALTORS in Charleston and exemplifies Brian’s dedication to ensuring that his clients achieve their goals in one of the most competitive real estate markets in the United States.

Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Brian moved to Charleston shortly after earning a degree in Business Administration from Roanoke College.


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Client Testimonials

Brian had my home sold in a few days while my neighbors have been trying to sell theirs for over 2 months. He originally helped my fiancé buy a home and I was so impressed that I reached out to Brian to help me sell my home. He knows everything there is to know about the Charleston real estate market. He gets straight to the point on what he recommends and after following his advice I had my home sold in a few days. He walks you through every step of the process and makes it extremely easy. Brian is very good at what he does, and I look forward to working with him in the future. Highly recommend!

Sean C.
Johns Island

I cannot say enough good things about Brian Zaks. He is everything you could ask for in a Real Estate Agent. He knows every neighborhood in the area and can give you details about each one. Coming from out of state he made it easy to figure out which area would suit our lifestyles the best. We worked with him in the peak of the market, so we were competing against numerous other buyers. He was patient and never pushed us to go out of our comfort zone. He is also extremely responsive and will get back to you quickly with detailed answers to any questions. He also helped me find a job in the area! 10/10 would recommend Brian for all your real estate needs.

James H.
James Island

Brian was exceptionally organized, transparent, and savvy throughout my home-buying process; this was particularly valuable for me as an out-of-state buyer. He listened carefully to my desired home criteria and tailored showings accordingly. Finally, he was an aggressive negotiator on my behalf, served as a valuable resource for referrals to local mortgage lenders and contractors, and went the “extra mile” in every aspect of our dealings, even post-closing. Brian gets my highest recommendation, and I would definitely do business again with him in the future.

Jim W.
James Island

I have worked with Brian for the past 3+ years and in that time have sold 2 homes and purchased 1 through him. I received the full ask in 3 days and within 1% of the asking price in 21 days on the sold homes and got a great price on the purchased home. His knowledge of the area, understanding of needs and expectations, and ability to work with the agent on the other side to really get you what you’re looking for in price point have always been top-notch. I would recommend Brian to anyone looking to buy or sell.

Stephan K.
Downtown Charleston

Brian is an amazing person and realtor!  He was extremely helpful and knowledgeable throughout the whole process.  He was very patient with us, as first-time home buyers, and didn’t rush us into any decisions.  He has a ton of contacts throughout the city for contractors, painters, interior designers,  everything, so he’s a great asset in that way as well.  He was always there to answer our questions or get information for us, very enthusiastic and positive.  He really pays attention to your interests and goals / desires for the new home and really caters the search to your needs.  I would HIGHLY recommend him!

Tala K.
Downtown Charleston

Brian helped us purchase an investment property in Mount Pleasant.  He was very helpful and knowledgeable.  Everything was essentially handled remotely.  He walked us through the process and handled all of the details.  I have been in real estate for 25 years and was blown away with his skills.  Thank you, Brian!!  If you want a real pro, work with Brian!

Tom R. & Kimberly M.
Mount Pleasant

Brian helped us find a house on Daniel Island.  I cannot describe how pleased we are with Brian’s work.  He is extremely knowledgeable and professional, and he was always sensitive to our preferences.  In most cases he had answers to our questions before we could ask them.  He went way above and beyond our expectations to help us through the buying process, and in fact he is still helping us make contacts after the sale.  Brian is simply the best!

Tom & Ginger H.
Daniel Island

Brian is as professional as they come.  Cut and dry, he is the best in the business.  Responsive, dedicated, hard-working and honest.  He gets the job done.  He worked all hours of day and night to ensure that we would land the house of our dreams.  We could not have asked for a better realtor experience.  We will always recommend Brian Zaks to our friends and family.  He is the right guy for the job, every time.

KJ and Ali P.
Downtown Charleston

As strangers in a strange land, we were handled masterfully by Brian Zaks.  Brian is intelligent, knows the meaning of integrity and boasts a work ethic second to none.  His knowledge of Charleston – area real estate is encyclopedic.  Further, Brian not only responds to but anticipates questions / requests thoroughly.  He engineered every aspect of our search and purchase over the past 9 months.  It has been a joy to work with a true sales professional.

Scott & Lynn C.
James Island

“Brian gave to me the very best service.  He was so personal.  He is to be commended!!!!  I was working with him from April thru August.  I was flying into CHS from San Francisco.  I cannot say enough great things about him.  Brian is a real professional in every way.  I did find a great house in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  It was a seamless transaction.  “Hats off to him”

Jeanne M.
Mount Pleasant

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Brian Zaks over the past two+ years in both investment real estate as well as purchasing our retirement home.  Brian is very thorough and once he understands the criteria of your search he goes the extra mile to make sure that he is prepared with qualified candidates.  In addition to the purchase of our home, Brian has helped successfully close seven residential investment rental properties.  I highly recommend this professional Realtor.

Max P.
Mount Pleasant

We were so lucky to have Brian as our realtor.  I found him online since we were living in Colorado but wanted to look at homes in South Carolina.  I emailed him and he responded immediately.  We made two trips to Charleston to look at properties and knew from the very beginning that he was a good match for us.  He had just the right balance between giving information without being pushy.  He knew the city and the properties very well and quickly picked up on what we were looking for.  When we found the place we were interested in, he really went to work for us by making the deal quickly and adding in language in the contract that was a great benefit for us later.  Perhaps the most amazing quality is that he did several favors for us after the contract was signed and even after we closed on the property.  I would give Brian the best recommendation possible – you will see why if you are lucky enough to have him as your realtor.

Dr Judith B. & Dr Peter B. 
Downtown Charleston

Brian made selling our home a breeze!  This was our first experience selling a house and we had no idea how much work was involved.  Not only did he make the process easy, he was extremely helpful in answering all questions and appeasing the buyer.  The purchase of our dream house was contingent on selling our home and Brian advised us how to price our house to sell quickly after carefully analysis.  We had 10 showings and multiple offers the first day on the market.  We ended up selling above list price and could not have been more happy with the outcome.  I would recommend Brian to my friends and family as it was truly wonderful working with him.  Thanks Brian!

Brad & Meredith E.
Downtown Charleston

Brian was exactly what I was looking for in an agent- knowledgeable about the city and neighborhoods, smart, savvy and effective.  He was there every step of the way to find the ideal property for me, negotiate an amazing deal and close quickly and smoothly.  He was also excellent in introducing me to the best people – mortgage broker, lawyer and contractor, and assisted every step of the way to make sure all my needs were taken care of.  He went above and beyond what my expectations were and I can’t wait to work with him again.  I would recommend anyone looking in the Charleston area give Brian a call first – I have spoken to other agents and Brian stands head and shoulders above the rest of the pack when it comes to real estate.

Mark N.
Downtown Charleston

Brian was an excellent professional throughout the entire house purchase process.  This is my third home I’ve purchased through a realtor and I was thoroughly impressed with his skill set.  I found Brian on Zillow based on the feedback from his previous clients and I could not agree more with the positive sentiments.

Jeff N.
Mount Pleasant

We were fortunate to meet Brian because his assistant was out of town.  After our initial telephone conversations with him about our needs, he put together a short list of available listings that covered our price range and desired location.  We found exactly what we wanted the first day.  We love it!  He managed the negotiations and we reached good contract.  He did not stop there – assisted with the closing arrangements, made suggestions about our loan and flood insurance requirements.  After the closing he continued to help us with recommendations regarding electricians, carpenters, local suppliers, etc.  He was GREAT.

Sandy H.
Downtown Charleston

Brian helped us sell our house during one of the most difficult market stretches in the history of our country, while simultaneously helping us find the house of our dreams.  Not only was Brian extremely professional and a great communicator throughout the entire process, but he was persistent and full of great feedback throughout.  The result was that our house sold at a great price, and we ended up finding the perfect house for our family.  We feel very lucky to have worked with such a persistent, positive, and professional realtor.  In the end, we couldn’t have asked for anything more than what we got in Brian.  We sold a house, bought a house, and gained a great friend in the process.

Steph B.
James Island & Johns Island

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