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In 1992, just a year out of Denison University, Chip followed the popular Ohio-to-Hilton Head Island route and jumped off the corporate ladder, taking a chance at something more entrepreneurial in one of the most special places in the United States - South Carolina’s beautiful Lowcountry.
After four years in villa/association property management, Chip got his bearings in the real estate market and secured his Broker’s license in 1996, spending the next six years as a top producing agent in the market with Sea Pines Real Estate Company. In 2002, he launched his own independent real estate brokerage firm - Collins Group Realty. In 2022, celebrating 20 successful years in business, CGR continues to be a top 10 producing firm in the Hilton Head Island and mainland marketplace, the No. 1 ranked large team in South Carolina, and No. 30 in the U.S.
Chip and his wife, Carrie, have called the Lowcountry home since 1992, having spent 27 of those years in Sea Pines. They more recently purchased the area’s most historic residenc (circa 1795) overlooking the May River in Old Town Bluffton, as they split their time between there and a townhouse in Harbour Town in Sea Pines. They have two daughters, Martha Preston their eldest is a student at College of Charleston, and Sallie attends The University of the South – Sewanee.
Together, Chip and Carrie enjoy boating, home improvement projects and quality time with their girls any opportunity they can get. Chip has earned his stripes as an amateur triathlete, competing in local and regional events around the Southeast, including participation in the Ironman Florida and Ironman Louisville 140.6 mile events, as well as, back-to-back Boston Marathons.
As the owner, broker-in-charge and Hilton Head Island Listing Specialist of Collins Group Realty, Chip maintains a commitment to excellence throughout the Group and ensures the best experience we can offer our valued real estate clients.
Thanks for the opportunity to earn your business!!!
"Collins Group Realty far exceeded my expectations. They were prompt, efficient, courteous, professional, helpful, and showed a true sense of care and compassion. They are always available to answer your questions and they are with you every step of the way. They even helped me find a mover and called multiple times after the sale to make sure there wasn’t anything I needed. Chip is outstanding!"
- Ms. Russman, Client for Life
"From the first time we met Chip and his colleagues we just knew we would be in good hands. Their performance, however, far exceeded our expectations. Chip runs a well-oiled operation and has brought together an experienced group of professionals with exquisite tact in dealing with sellers and collaborating agents. Meaghan, Taylor, and Karen are a delight to work with; they know their business and they do it well. They helped us prepare the house for showings and we never felt pressured. Unhesitatingly, we recommend Collins Group Realty for your real estate services."
- Mr. Linde & Ms. Philippa, Clients for Life
Listen to Chip's podcast episodes
Guest of 278 to Lighthouse Road Podcast Click Here to Listen
Guest of Beyond the Business Podcast Click Here to Listen (Part 1)
Guest of Beyond the Business Podcast Click Here to Listen (Part 2)
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Awards & Designations
Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® (CLHMS) Verify Here
HHI Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year
2010-2012, 2018, and 2019 Hilton Head Monthly Reader's Choice for Favorite Realtor
2010-2012 Island Packet Reader's Choice for Best Realtor
2008, 2012 Presidents Cup Award - HH Area Association of Realtors