A PLACE IN THE SUN

BY JASON A. ZWIKER | PHOTOGRAPH BY HOLGER OBENAUS

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Sean Leighton knows how good it feels to finally find the perfect home. Back when he was serving in the United States Coast Guard, he visited many places up and down the East Coast. But one stood out in particular—that perfect blend of sunshine, good food and warm hospitality known as Charleston, South Carolina.

“I knew this was the place where I wanted to raise a family,” he says. “The quality of life here is really something special.”

Today, as a real estate broker with three decades of experience and as the owner of Berkshire Hathaway Carolina Sun Real Estate, he is helping others find their homes here as well.

An exciting change last November brought Carolina Sun under the umbrella of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, a real estate brokerage network of tens of thousands of agents operating in virtually every state. Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO, Warren Buffett, one of the most successful investors in the world, has been a guiding hand in its growth.

The Harris Poll EquiTrend consumer study named Berkshire Hathaway “Real Estate Brand of the Year” and it received a Gold Stevie Award in the 2014 American Business Awards.

Being a franchisee of Berkshire Hathaway provides Carolina Sun with state-of-theart tools for helping homebuyers make informed choices based on facts. “Accurate information from a trusted name,” Leighton says. “That’s what we bring to the table.

“So much information is out there, from so many sources, that transparency and trust are essential. Correcting misinformation is an important part of what we do. We’re the people who are there from your introduction to Charleston to closing on your home.”

For the past 10 years, Carolina Sun Real Estate has been matching buyers and sellers with their dreams, whether that dream involves the high-end residential market of downtown Charleston, Kiawah and the East Islands, or a family home in beautiful Mount Pleasant, James Island or Summerville.

Every year, more and more people are discovering the charms of Charleston while strolling through town on family vacations or while coming to see an event such as the Cooper River Bridge Run, the Spoleto Festival or the Family Circle Cup.

“Charleston is a destination not only nationally, but for the world,” he says. “Especially after this last winter. Once the ice thaws, this is exactly the kind of place people will be looking for as they search for their next home.”

Jason A. Zwiker is a freelance writer in Charleston.