While in business school at the University of South Carolina in 2002, Thomas "Jeff" Cook was among the best sales associates at his commission-based job. When the company eliminated its highest-paid employees, Jeff was one of them. Getting laid off for being one of the best sales associates didn’t sit well with Jeff; he continued his education and graduated with a business degree from USC and from the Real Estate University within a week’s time. He began establishing the dream he’d been holding on to for years - starting his own small business where individuals would be rewarded for their goal-oriented efforts.
After creating a solid reputation for himself in the Charleston Area, Jeff quickly rose through the ranks of real estate royalty. In 2010, Jeff opened his first office in Oakbrook and throughout the years has expanded to areas all throughout Charleston. Jeff Cook Real Estate expanded to Greenville and Columbia in 2017 and Rock Hill in 2019.
Jeff Cook Real Estate is currently named one of the Top 11 Teams in the entire nation and awarded Top Workplace in SC by Integrated Media Publishing. But we won’t let the success go to our heads. We plan to continue redefining real estate again and again.
Our Chance to Give Back
In an effort to contribute to the community that gave him so much, Thomas "Jeff Cook" created Jeff Cook Cares in 2015. Jeff Cook Cares provides our company with a chance for us to give back 1% of our proceeds to local organizations and families. By incorporating opportunities for Jeff Cook Real Estate agents to support the community, we’ve been able to implement a sense of pride in our local area. We believe that by increasing our philanthropic efforts each year, we can all reap the benefits of a healthy and happy community.
2002 - Jeff was laid off in the corporate America environment for being among the best sales associates when the company eliminated commission-based sales agents and paid them their average hourly wage.
2003 - Jeff rebounded in 2003, graduating with a bachelor’s in business from the University of South Carolina and also from Real Estate University, both within a week of each other. Jeff went on to open his own small business, where he could be rewarded for his honest, hard work and provide a safe, goal-orientated work force within his organization.
2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 - Jeff was the #1 agent in the AgentOwned Realty Co.
2010 - Jeff opened his first office in Oakbrook.
2011 - Jeff became the #1 residential resale agent in the Charleston, South Carolina market (non-REO and non-new construction) and still holds that title today! He is frequently sought out by local media publications, talk shows and local radio stations for his real estate update.
2012 - Jeff released his 1st book "The Ultimate Homebuyer's Guide." Best Sellers Quill Award for Best Selling Author. The company made the top 100 teams in the country. KinderReese Exponential Growth Award.
2013 - Jeff released his 2nd book "The New Rise in Real Estate." Jeff's two books are both named "Best Sellers." Opened up 2nd office, located in West Ashley. Entrepreneurs International Foundation - Executive Producer Award.
2014 - Telly Award (Charitable/Not for Profit) - NAEA Commitment to Excellence Award - NAEA Ultimate Marketer Award.
2015 - The company made into top 50 teams in the country. Jeff split from Agent Owned to form Jeff Cook Real Estate. Opened up our Downtown Summerville office. #1 agent in SC.
2016 - Opened up 2nd West Ashley office. Opened up HQ office and Mt. Pleasant office.
2017 - Named #27 Team in the entire Nation. Company expansion to Greenville and Columbia, South Carolina.
2018 - Named #16 Team in the entire Nation. Jeff is awarded the Forty Under 40 Award. Awarded Top 25 Fastest Growing Companies in SC.
2019 - Named #10 Team in the entire Nation. Awarded Top Workplace in SC by Integrated Media Publishing.
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