Owner / Broker-in-Charge
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.
“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.”
“Brian assisted me for months when I was looking for an investment property. What impressed me the most about Brian was his patience, honesty and quick response time. Even after I bought a property he provided extensive assistance with finding a contractor for repairs, which a lot of agents wouldn’t do. I always felt Brian had a high amount of integrity. I would recommend Brian Zaks to others.”
“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 Reum & Kimberly Martinez
“Brian helped us over the last 8 months in buying two properties in downtown Charleston. We were very impressed with his knowledge and expertise. We give Brian the highest recommendation!!”
“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.”
“I cannot say enough nice things about Brian! As remote home buyers, my husband I had to rely on Brian heavily who helped us with his outstanding service and attentiveness. Even after the close of escrow, he has extended his service and friendship to us with various repairs, finding insurance brokers, holding keys, etc. We not only have a lovely home in Charleston but also a friend called Brian whom we can highly recommend!”
Jenny & Steven Baron
“We live out of state and while purchasing our second home we were fortunate to have Brian on our side. Brian is a world class professional who not only has the content knowledge of the real estate community but ensures every step of the process runs smoothly through his diligence to detail. Brian was by our side organizing and introducing us to everyone we needed to have a seamless closing. Brian is a 5 star Real Estate Concierge. Highly recommend!!”
Mary Ellen & Chuck Prentis
“Brian is truly a real estate professional. He made shopping for properties remotely easy and was extremely organized when you come to town to see properties. Finally, Brian handled the closing process flawlessly. We have already recommended Brian to others and will use Brian to purchase more property in the area.”
Cheryl & Joe Bynum
“Brian was very knowledgeable about the area in which we bought. He was quick to respond to any questions we had and was able to get the information we needed to make our decision. Brian helped us think through our investment and how this property would work for our family and was able to negotiate the price we wanted. I would highly recommend Brian Zaks as your Realtor.”
Jamie & Kathy Ware
“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 Howe & Peter Ruffin III
“The best home buying experience we have ever had! Brian and the team at Riverland Realty are true professional who genuinely care about the people they represent and work tirelessly to make sure you are taken care of. From the beginning (searching), viewing, appraising, inspections, closing and follow-up, Brian was there to make sure everything went smoothly and on schedule. A consummate professional in this business. We would definitely recommend Riverland Realty to anyone searching for their next home or selling their current one!”
Tony & Susie Risher
“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 Buchanan & Dr Peter Berthold
“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 Hamblin
“After living two years in Atlanta, my wife and I decided it wasn’t the place for us and started looking in Charleston SC. Besides being a beautiful area, we didn’t know anything about the housing market there. Brian came highly recommended and after our first conversation I knew he was the right realtor for us. Brian knows everything about the area, but he also paid very close attention to what we were looking for in a new house. He provided us tailored options in many different areas. Soon enough, we found an incredible house, and he was able to assist us with everything from inspections to picking up the keys while we were still in Atlanta. Brian was a true partner during our purchase and I would recommend him over and over.”
Corey & Cindi Eck
This is the second home that I’ve purchased using Brian as my realtor and I have no doubt that we will use him for many more purchases in the future. He’s extremely hard working, communicative and has made the process of buying a home extremely easy. I would highly recommend Brian to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the Charleston area. He’s absolutely fantastic to work with.
My husband and I began working with Brian when the owners of our rental hired him to sell their house. We met him early on, trusted him instantly, and knew he would be a good fit to help us find our new home. He is relationship-driven and cares about his clients throughout the entire process—really making buying a new home as fun as it should be. He quickly adapted to our style and personalities and went above and beyond with his efforts to find something we’d really enjoy. He was thorough, knowledgeable, and never left any questions unanswered. We will always be grateful for his people-first approach, and would recommend him to friends without hesitation.
Kacie & Brett Meixel
“I had a great experience with Brian, looking at several homes and many times with little notice ahead of time. He is very thorough and patient. If he needs to answer a question about a home, he finds out quickly and communicates to you. I highly recommend Brian Zaks: the best realtor I have worked with (and that has been several).”
Dr. Janice Ross
“Brian is a very knowledgeable, helpful and honest realtor. He gave us great advice when making our decision on which property to purchase. He has provided us contacts during the sale and after the purchase and still is helping us with little details. During the process Brian kept us informed and best of all was available to us for questions and concerns. We highly recommend Brian as a realtor.”
“Brian was always there to help us out from the start. Not long after meeting Brian, our life changed and our first child was born. Brian was always willing to work with our new chaotic daily life. He was with us when we thought we had first found our home but had to back out. He stayed with us after that and helped us immensely with what would be our final home. He stayed in contact with us for over a year throughout our home buying experience. He always fought for us with anything that came up with our new construction home and ensured that we were extremely happy in the end. I would recommend him to anyone that needs a good real estate agent that truly cares about the home buyer.”
Michael & Becca Stewart
“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.”
“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 & Ali Pringle
“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 Conant
“Brian Zaks took the time to show our family numerous homes in the James Island area. He made time for us, answered our questions in a punctual fashion and had an exceptional knowledge base. He made our home buying process a pleasant experience. He put us in touch with the right people for each step of way. Our family highly recommends Brian to anyone who is buying a home.”
Keith & Melissa Campball
“From the minute I met Brian, I knew he was the Real Estate agent I was looking for. Knowledgeable, prepared, on-time and very friendly! He went out of his way to smooth any hurdles in the buying process and was a pleasure to work with! I give Brian Zaks my highest recommendation!”
“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”
“I first connected with Brian through a Zillow inquiry about a property over two years ago. After viewing a few properties on the first day, I knew Brian was my guy. In addition to being knowledgeable, responsive, and polite, he is also honest and has a great sense of humor. Though sense of humor is inevitable personal and subjective, his honesty came through in the form of being down to Earth and unlike so many real estate agents who behave like car salesmen. I always knew whether I was considering / getting a good deal on a promising property with Brian and trust his opinion. Finally, after seeing probably 40 or so properties with Brian over this two year+ period, I finally was able to close on a great condo on Charlotte Street in downtown Charleston. Both while the deal was being negotiated and even after closing, Brian was always on top of things and one step ahead of me. He had a militantly methodical property inspector, a termite inspector, an appraiser, and even a contractor and certified electrician ready to go for any repairs or other changes I plan to make in the future. In short, because of Brian, I didn’t have to do much and was able to purchase the property of my dreams. The whole experience was fun, I recommend him to all of my friends considering property purchases, and would recommend him to anyone looking for a diligent agent who will put their best interest first. He’s the best. Thanks Brian!”
“We used Brian as a buyers agent and he spent hours working with us to find a perfect home in Mount Pleasant. Once we narrowed in on the house he negotiated a great deal for us and found a mortgage company and closing attorney that made the closing extremely smooth. We’d definitely use Brian again and recommend him to anyone needing an agent that gets things done!
“Brian was patient with us as we explored all of our real estate options, from existing homes to custom home construction. Because of his local knowledge and networking we were able to find the house that was perfect for our family. Brian negotiated a deal that landed us in a beautiful home in a great neighborhood.”
Jon & Jamie Zbyrowski
“Working with Brian was an extremely easy and pleasant experience. He was always readily available on the phone and to meet in person. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area and was more than accommodating in finding the perfect home to suit my needs and financial criteria. I would highly recommend working with Brian to anyone looking to buy property period. I’ve spoken with other agents before him and they didn’t possess 1/10th of his expertise. He truly stepped outside the professional relationship and looked out for my experience beyond what was required. I look forward to working with him again.”
“Brian does an outstanding job in every respect. We have referred several friends and colleagues to Brian. Everyone agrees that Brian is genuinely committed to helping them find the perfect new home. We would always call Brian with any real estate need.”
Dr Cathy Melvin
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!
Dr. Tala Kassm
Working with Brian to find our first home was a wonderful experience. He is extremely professional and detail oriented working around the clock, always available to answer our questions or show us homes. He made us feel comfortable throughout the whole process. Couldn’t have had a better experience. Thank you Brian!
Dr. Juan Pablo Galindo
Mr. Zaks was phenomenal in helping me purchase my 1st home. He took the time to really understand what I wanted in my first home purchase. Very easy to work with and very dependable on last minute changes that you may have when looking at a home. By far, one of the best realtors that I have worked with. I will easily use him again when I decide to sell or purchase a new home in the future.
Dr. Rayphael Hardy
Brian was a Godsend! My wife and I bought our first house recently. Brian helped us through every step. It was a renovation loan which required extra patience and expertise, and he supplied both! If you are looking for a hardworking advocate that really listens to you choose Brian!
Seth & Lisa Rhyne
“My fiancée and I were looking to buy our first home and luckily found Brian. Not only did he help us find the perfect home we were looking for at the perfect price, he taught us so much about the process and the housing market in the area. Very knowledgeable of the local housing market, has his finger on the pulse. He was very professional and always responsive to our questions. We learned a lot and found the house we dreamed of, could not have asked for a better experience.”
Chase & Sam Hattaway
“Working with Brian was an absolute pleasure! My husband and I are first-time home buyers and Brian walked us through the process seamlessly. He made sure we asked the questions we didn’t even know to ask and ensured we had all the information we needed to make a safe, smart, and informed decision. He took the time to get to know us, our preferences, and our expectations. Whenever we had questions, Brian was very quick to respond to text messages (even outside of regular business days and hours) and answered or returned our calls the same day. As a first-time home buyer (now first-time homeowner), I cannot recommend Brian enough. When we sell our current home, we know who we will be calling!”
Andrew & Melissa Hanold
“As a first-time home-buyer, Brian walked me through the entire home purchasing process. His support and guidance was beyond what I expected a realtor would do to help me out. I would recommend his services to others as well as work with him again in the future.”
“As a first time home buyer I really enjoyed working with Brian. I found the whole home buying process nerve wracking and stressful. Brian was a calming force who guided me through the process and coached me on the pitfalls, terms, expectations, and upcoming issues / next steps we would face. His expertise was obvious and I felt that he was able to secure us a fantastic deal on the home we wanted to buy! I 100% recommend Brian!”
“Brian is a consummate professional and was extremely thorough in helping me navigate through a difficult for-sale-by-owner and transaction to help guide me to close on my first purchase in Charleston. Without Brian’s dedication and excellent negotiation skills, I would not be able to call myself a home owner.”
“Brian Zaks was recommended to me by one of my personal friends and I couldn’t of been happier with the recommendation. Being a first time buyer I needed someone who had local expertise and was familiar with the areas where I was looking. After looking at about 12 or so houses and trying to figure out what I wanted / what was a good buying decision; I ended up coming back to one of the original houses I looked at. By this time the original house had went down in price and the owner had also made upgrades to the house to make it a better deal. Once I realized that this was the house that I wanted, Brian informed me that I should make an offer as soon as I knew for sure (which I decided was that evening). Negotiations then took place and I ended up getting a great deal on a great house. I couldn’t be more pleased with the buying process and the professionalism that Brian displayed. I would highly recommend Brian to any of my friends or family. Thanks again Brian and I look forward to working with you in the future!”
“Brian and Riverland Realty 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 working with the buyer on our behalf. 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. I would recommend Brian to my friends and family as it was truly wonderful working with him.”
Brad & Meredith Ebenhoeh
“We were referred to Brian and Riverland Realty from a friend and would now definitely refer Riverland Realty to our friends. Brian’s knowledge and advice are sound which resulted in the quick sale of our home. He was great to communicate with and very responsive. Selling a home can be very stressful and emotional, especially when working with tight time frames and Brian was very calm and supportive throughout the entire process, which was great and very helpful. When I am ready to move again, I will definitely reach out to Brian and Riverland Realty.
Chris & Aaron Quinn
“In the last 10 months Brian has sold two properties for my husband and I, a rental and our primary home. Brian worked diligently to ensure the negotiations and closings were handled swiftly and efficiently. Brian was incredibly responsive and a pleasure to work with.”
Brian is an excellent realtor, and I will certainly be recommending him in the future. He was always available to answer our questions regarding the sale process and helpful with all of our issues. He was the driving force behind getting our house under contract two days after it was listed! Awesome experience!
Brian was great. We had an atypical house and his guidance for listing it and selling it promptly was spot on. Very responsive, nice, smart, and knowledgeable.
“Brian listed my condo in Charleston and had it under contract in five days. He worked through some difficult negotiations and got me to my closing just in time for the purchase of my home out of town. Pleasant to work with & very responsive.”
“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.”
Hacker & Steph Burr
“Brian helped me sell both my residence and an investment property in a very short window. He was both thorough and aggressive, helping me identify the perfect buyers both times and helping me save as much money as possible. Most importantly, Brian was very patient and responsive and I could not have asked for a better partner for these difficult transactions!”
“Brian has helped us with both our home purchases in Charleston. Also, he sold one of our investment properties. Brian is extremely knowledgeable about the area and is a pleasure to work with. We would highly recommend Brian to anyone looking to buy or sell in the Charleston area!”
Michelle & Kevin Martin
“My wife and I initially asked Brian to help us find a house because we knew he had great local knowledge of the area where we wanted to move. We soon learned how thoughtful, prompt, competent and solution driven he was in navigating us through the purchase process from finding a home that we wanted through to the closing table. We had a somewhat unique situation in that we were trying to sell our house to a relative at the same time that we were buying. He offered all sorts of advice on selling the house and it all went off without a hitch. He also has tons of local contractors that he could point us to if we had questions about mortgages, renovations, building structure, termite bonds, etc… We will absolutely use him again and recommend him to others.”
Aaron & Katie Heath
“Quick and easy. Took six months to find our last house. Took Brian three days. Knowledgeable of what we wanted and what was on market. I would recommend him to my mother. Used Brian again to sell my home. Was priced right and sold on time! Was always there at my fingertips to get things done and answer questions! No regrets using Brian!”
Chris & Angela Strength
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