Charlene Neste, Realtor®, Real Estate Broker and Senior Member, Neste Realty Group:

A founding partner in New York’s Performance Network, one of the largest marketing firms for professional sports, Charlene Neste developed expertise in the competitive advertising arena, working for companies such as Hoffman-LaRoche, Seagrams, USA Today Weekend, and Madison Square Garden.  Charlene demonstrates the importance of exceptional customer service, keen negotiating skills and superior industry knowledge.

Charlene's real estate career got its start in a family of savvy real estate entrepreneurs.  She learned early that wise property investments reap greater financial rewards than most day jobs.  She has managed dozens of investment properties over the years.  "Being an investment property owner and landlord for over 25 years yields invaluable experience you just cannot gain in any classroom.  This is what I do and know.  Research, knowledge, foresight, patience and timing are key elements in this business.  Every transaction is different and I learn more every day.”

She has now established a stellar reputation for herself in the real estate business as a licensed broker and the leader of a multi-million dollar sales team, with a strong referral business and many satisfied repeat clients.  She is authorized by the developer as the exclusive listing agent for Hilton Head Island’s newest ocean-oriented residential project, Sandcastles by the Sea.

Richard N. Neste, Realtor®, V.P Sales & Marketing, Neste Realty Group:

A graduate of Florida College in Tampa, where he was an All-American high school and collegiate baseball pitcher, Richard has been a Hilton Head Island resident for more than 16 years. He began his professional career designing commercial websites and software for a local company, and eventually created his own project design group.  He was instrumental in the start-up of, a web-based vacation rental company that specializes in luxury homes and villas along the Atlantic coastline.

As a member of the Neste Realty Group, affiliated with Foundation Realty real estate company on Hilton Head, Richard continues to work with to assist vacation clients who wish to invest in property ownership in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, South Carolina.  His experience with the daily issues of the management business gives him an excellent perspective into the potential rental income value of the island’s homes and villas. 

Richard C. Pattisall, Jr., Realtor®, ABR:

Richard, Senior Partner in the Pattisall Group, is a buyer specialist Realtor® with Foundation Realty.  He has 30 years’ experience as an Islander, and is a well-connected and well-respected member of the local MLS.  As a buyers’ representative, he can negotiate solely for his purchaser clients, but his services are customarily paid by prospective sellers!  He specializes in premium and value-oriented properties on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, SC.

Richard is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a B.A. in Chemistry and Business.  His interests include community service work, golf, rollerblading, swimming, sports cars (member of PCA), computers, and supporting the Tarheels.  He is a resident of Sea Pines.

Captain Bob Hartner, Realtor®, ABR:

Robert Hartner is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a B.A. in Business and Political Science.  Having made his home at Hilton Head Island since 1987, Captain Bob is especially knowledgeable about waterfront property – he is also a commercial boat captain and holds a 100-ton Master’s license!

Bob is a member in good standing of the Hilton Head Island Multiple Listings Service and has earned credentials as an Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR).

Judith A. Foote, Realtor®, SRES:

Judy is a graduate of the University of West Florida, with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.  She pursued a career in accounting in Georgia prior to her move to Hilton Head Island.  Her economic background and credentials as a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) give her the expertise to help mature clients make wise decisions about their property transactions.

Judy makes her home in Port Royal Plantation, where she is an involved participant in her community’s activities.  She also enjoys gardening and walking on the island’s beaches.

Susan Ochsner, Realtor®, SRES, CIPS:

Susan, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, grew up on Hilton Head Island, where she graduated from Sea Pines Academy (now Hilton Head Preparatory School) before leaving for the University of South Carolina.  She earned a degree in Marketing and Business Economics at USC, where she was a participant in the Masters of International Business program.

She is a former loan processor and a past Account Officer for private clients at the Swiss Bank Corporation in Zurich, Switzerland.  She also served as vice president for a private bank, Bank Julius Baer, in Zurich.  Susan’s financial experience gives her superior qualifications as an investment real estate advisor to both U.S. and international clients. She is a Senior Real Estate Specialist as well as a Certified International Property Specialist.

Susan is fluent in German, Portuguese, French and Spanish in addition to English.  She and her family reside in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island, where she is an active member of several local and national professional organizations.

Fannie Caruso, Realtor®, Sales Executive:

Mary Frances “Fannie” Caruso is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist on Hilton Head Island. She earned her R.N. degree in 1971 at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. She also attended Wheeling Jesuit University in 1983. After several years of hospital-based nursing, she expanded her nurturing talents to community service. Fannie has held elective offices in many charities, hospitals, church and school boards over a period of 25 years in Wheeling, West Virginia. She has orchestrated events for Ohio Valley Medical Center; presided over and chaired multiple offices for the Wheeling Symphony Society; served on the Viennese Ball Committee and Patron’s Party as chairman for over 20 years; founded the Mardi Gras ball, which raised, for the woman’s abuse shelter, the most money in the history of the Wheeling YWCA. Dedicated to drawing and art, she has attended countless art classes and tutored under professional, well-known artists. Fannie’s paintings are on display in at least seven states.

Fannie has owned and managed rental properties since 1983. As an artist, she uses her dynamic creativity and fine sensibility to stage and sell properties which have been languishing on the market. Her experience is evident in her ability to work and forge relationships with people. "The best thing we ever did was to buy our own house in Sea Pines in 1984," she says. "My family and friends always loved coming here. Moving permanently from West Virginia in 2000 has increased my desire to guide others to realize their own dreams of ownership and to ‘nurse’ them through the processes of buying and selling on the Island. "

"With the maturation of you and your loved ones, I will work to better mentor and guide you, so you too can gain the most of the natural beauty, strong sense of community, and burgeoning market of Hilton Head Island."

Carol Uhlhorn, Executive Research and Administrative Associate:

A native of Mississippi, Carol has been a South Carolinian for nearly 28 years.  Her educational background is in Health Sciences, where she honed an innate curiosity into skills in research.   Her ability to draw information from obscure sources and to incorporate it with other data to develop the full perspective has become a useful tool in her subsequent ventures in the business world.  She also is a “go-to” member of the team for access to additional resources, as she cultivates a network of contacts in many fields.

Carol has fulfilled the real estate sales course requirements, and is qualified for licensure in South Carolina and reciprocating states.  This preparation provides her the information necessary to serve our clientele with ready and accurate answers to questions about property ownership or leasing issues, referring team members and clients to qualified professionals for matters beyond her own expertise

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