Southern Bell Living

We specialize in helping others buy & sell Residential, Off Market, Investment and Commercial Properties. We offer World Class service and pride ourselves on being your go-to real estate advisors.

License: 101536 (SC)
John’s career in sales started in his hometown of Williamsport, PA. Home of the Little League World Series. The experience of selling home improvements door to door for Prudential Realty perpetuated his love and passion to work with people, and gave him the skill set to...

License: 104859 (SC)
With 10 years of sales experience in different industries, Erica prides herself on her negotiating skills, knowledge of the Charleston market, and providing the highest level of service to her clients.
Born and raised in the Finger Lake Region of Upstate New York. Erica...

Tony Tonelis is a licensed real estate sales professional and custom home builder. He has over 20 years of experience in real estate and home building. 
Originally from Pennsylvania, Tony became a United States Marine which would bring him to the South. After spending...

Agent
License: 115831
Trust, integrity, and character have been the pillars of Chris's success and he values the relationships he builds over all else. After 9/11, Chris wanted to serve his countrymen and joined the NYPD. Chris became decorated throughout his career within the NYPD and LBPD,...

What Our Clients Think
I can’t say Thank You enough! John and his team have done an absolute professional and outstanding job in helping us find a house. Every concern I had was taking into consideration and that is hard to find. I definitely recommend his services to anyone looking to rent, lease or buy a property. We are blessed and it was a privilege to have work with him.
Best,

Marisol Corona
Absolutely pleased in every way of the true professionalism that was given by Erica. She went above and beyond in the search of the perfect home for us! She made the experience much smoother and a lot less stressful than I could have ever imagined! Thank you Erica! So happy to be given the opportunity to meet and work with you.
Ashley Lukoski
The whole team is great. I worked with Erica, who was a joy to work with. She made my best interest her priority (and finding the best house for me). She was very easy to get in contact with and was available to answers whenever. The Charleston market is very competitive and houses go quickly.

Erica was able to get me to see houses with 45 minutes to a couple hours. John and Erica both were current with market trends and pricing. Erica and her team shine with integrity and take the time to explain any questions about the home buying process. I enjoy working with them through the whole process. Also, if you like dogs, her dog Henry is pretty cool. Definitely recommend. Thankful for all of their hard work!
Amanda Jones
We were lucky to have John Bell as our realtor. We had some pretty laughable moments in our journey to find the perfect home! No matter what curveballs were thrown our way, John never gave up. I highly recommend John. He doesn’t just want you to find a house; he wants you to find a “home!”
Regina Fitzgerald
To Whom It May Concern, The intent of this letter is to share our home buying experience with you and how extremely satisfied that Erica Zepp was our realtor. She was not only very knowledgeable but a overall nice person. Erica was available to answer any question that arose, and there were many , rapidly. She was able to calm any fears we might have had about making a life altering decision like buying a new home. Her friendly, caring manner made my wife and I feel very comfortable . We cannot thank Erika enough and we are so glad she handled our transaction. I cannot speak any higher of her and I'm certain you will have a similar experience.please feel free to contact me if you have any questions,
Bryan B Savage
I met John through a mutual acquaintance a couple years before I bought my home. We got to know each other over that time and I learned that John had a background in banking and finance prior to his real estate profession. I can not begin to tell you what an asset John's prior career is when  assessing the real estate market and potentially making a purchase. His ability to analyze specific areas of interest, compare properties and guide an offer is second to none. When it comes to negotiating a contract price on a home - I have not dealt with any better than John. Again, his prior career shines through. I would not hesitate to recommend John if you are in the market for a property and need real estate assistance. He is an absolute pleasure to work with
mcattrone5
Erica is a joy to work with. She truly takes personal interest in setting you up in your dream home. Erica was an excellent teacher for me as first time home buyer. She is easily available when ever you need her. She’s shines with integrity, communication skills, and accessibility. Erica was able  to get me into multiple homes with less than one hours notice. This made all the difference in a competitive market. She made a very stressful process run smoothly. In fact, she made it fun. Her dog, Henry, is pretty cool too. Highly recommend
Guest
I met John through a mutual acquaintance a couple years before I bought my home. We got to know each other over that time and I learned that John had a background in banking and finance prior to his real estate profession. I can not begin to tell you what an asset John's prior career is when assessing the real estate market and potentially making a purchase. His ability to analyze specific areas of interest, compare properties and guide an offer is second to none. When it comes to negotiating a contract price on a home - I have not dealt with any better than John. Again, his prior career shines through. I would not hesitate to recommend John if you are in the market for a property and need real estate assistance. He is an absolute pleasure to work with.
IOP-MC
We recently purchased our first home the week of August 12,2019 and John Bell could not have made the purchase anymore smoother than it was. We first met John in July and told him the area we were looking to purchase, and the type of home were looking for. John, we feel, went above and beyond our expectations. Looking at various homes, John was extremely patient with us and available at the times we needed for tours. We had a major issue with our home 3 days after moving in, but with Johns’ help it was resolved within the next 2 days. It was an amazing experience to have worked with such a great realtor who we felt had us in his best interest. We HIGHLY recommend John Bell for your real estate needs.
Mike & April Kirkland
John was a pleasure to work with. Moving from out of State was a challenge amd John made it eaiser. He was able to change his schedule to accomodate mine as well as communicate with me throughout the entire buying process. I would highly recommend John, he is bye far the best agent I have ever worked with.
Rick
We just celebrated our first year in our home. John was instrumental in finding us the perfect house. John's extensive financial backround insured we purchased not only at a good price, but very good mortgage rates and service. If you are moving to Charleston or Mount Pleasant, and want a smooth transition we would recommend John.
Kit
Working with John Bell was a dream come true. John made everything happen for us in the timeframe we needed, and he negotiated a great price. He made each step of the home-buying process ridiculously EASY! John is extremely good at communication and his kind personality makes what could be a nerve-wracking experience, a peaceful and memorable milestone. Thanks John!
Alysia Lambert
We moved from San Diego California to the Charleston area. This guy was so awesome. He went to all kinds of properties in Summerville and Goose Creek. We video chatted our home walkthroughs and he gave honest, expert opinions on the properties. He was so great, we were in escrow on a remodel/flip. Inspection came back with termite/structural damage in the crawlspace. We had 3 weeks before we had to move. He recommended we back out, cause he cared about our future and the property. The next day he was on the road looking at properties and working to get our good faith deposit back. He got the deposit back, and helped us find a property significantly better. He and his team nailed the mortgage and inspection. I can say if it weren't for John, we wouldn't own the home of our dreams.
Jeremy from SD
John was a great agent to work with. Unlike other agents who typically just put you in their daily MLS mailing list, John was extremely proactive in messaging me specific houses that fit my specific criteria. As someone living out of state, he was extremely accommodating between video calls and recording a detailed walkthrough of several houses of interest. His connections to contractors and property managers also assisted in giving me a better holistic picture of a potential purchase before committing. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for a realtor and look forward to working with him again sometime in the future.
Victor
John excelled in all of the categories. He worked with his internal staff to help get us a great home and he thoroughly enjoys doing his job. He's very responsive, energetic and knows the Charleston real estate market.
JR
John was extremely helpful in showing me houses on my schedule both in person and online. His knowledge of South Carolina, particularly Charleston, helped me select the proper house and make an educated decision about how much to spend. His service after the sale in recomending places and people in  the area is unsurpassed customer service. He treated and continues to treat me like family. Best in business.
user90036582
John was amazing from start to finish. This was our first home buying experience and he made it a breeze. He was patient in answering all of our questions and if he didn’t know the answer he found out! If we ever decide to sell our home, I know we will be picking up the phone and calling John!
Caitlyn power
We recently purchased a home, and we were very lucky to have John Bell as our realtor. We had some pretty laughable moments in our journey to find the perfect home! No matter what curveballs were thrown our way, John never gave up. I highly recommend John. He doesn’t just want you to find a  house; he wants you to find a “home!” 
Thru Fitz
We had the pleasure of working with John as out-of-town buyers. He was extremely helpful during the entire process including finding a lender and was able to negotiate a much better price for our new home for us. The entire process went seamlessly from our viewpoint and we unreservedly recommend  him as a real estate agent.
user74981865
We just celebrated our first year in our home. John was instrumental in finding us the perfect house. John's extensive financial backround insured we purchased not only at a good price, but very good mortgage rates and service. If you are moving to Charleston or Mount Pleasant, and want a smooth  transition we would recommend John.
user4374000
We moved from San Diego California to the Charleston area. This guy was so awesome. He went to all kinds of properties in Summerville and Goose Creek. We video chatted our home walkthroughs and he gave honest, expert opinions on the properties. He was so great, we were in escrow on a  remodel/flip. Inspection came back with termite/structural damage in the crawlspace. We had 3 weeks before we had to move. He recommended we back out, cause he cared about our future and the property. The next day he was on the road looking at properties and working to get our good faith deposit back. He got the deposit back, and helped us find a property significantly better. He and his team nailed the mortgage and inspection. I can say if it weren't for John, we wouldn't own the home of our dreams.
Jeremy Meyer
I had the pleasure of working with John to find a/an investment/new primary residence. John is incredibly passionate about his work and it shows. He will work longer hours than most to personally find you the house that meets your prescribed criteria. John has a wealth of knowledge and will address  any questions, comments, or concerns with confidence. I highly recommend new/ seasoned home buyers to go through John!
Blanch Fuss
John was a great agent to work with. Unlike other agents who typically just put you in their daily MLS mailing list, John was extremely proactive in messaging me specific houses that fit my specific criteria. As someone living out of state, he was extremely accommodating between video calls and  recording a detailed walkthrough of several houses of interest. His connections to contractors and property managers also assisted in giving me a better holistic picture of a potential purchase before committing. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for a realtor and look forward to working with him again sometime in the future.
vmedina1014
John responds to clients calls promptly and worked with us to locate a terrific property. He negotiates in his clients best interest and makes things happen quickly. I would highly recommend him!
zuser20170129163715931
John Bell went above and beyond to help my fiancé and I purchase our first home. He promptly answered any questions we had and kept us fully informed of what to expect. John is also a fierce negotiator! I highly recommended John Bell & Southern Bell Living. They made the home buying process stress free and exciting for us
Jessica Wilds
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