About Tom



Tom Jackson is truly a trusted Lowcountry specialist with more than thirty years of experience in the local real estate industry and over $800,000,000 in sales in premier communities such as Colleton River, Belfair, Berkeley Hall, Oldfield, Hampton Lake, The Daufuskie Island Club, Haig Point, and Palmetto Bluff.  

Tom grew up near Atlanta, played football at the University of Georgia, and graduated with a degree in business.  He immediately began a successful career in sales throughout the southeast, later working in the mortgage banking business and then touring the world with the Global Auto Delivery industry.  These early experiences were invaluable preparation for his career as a real estate broker.  "I have been blessed to travel the globe, but I can honestly say there is no place I'd rather live than the South Carolina Lowcountry.  I love getting to know people, showing them all the Lowcountry lifestyle has to offer, and helping them find just the right place to call home."

Tom’s love for the Lowcountry began in the early 1980’s, when his parents retired to beautiful Hilton Head Island. In 1985, after many visits to the island, Tom was offered a real estate sales position with the Melrose Company during the initial development stages of the golf communities on exclusive Daufuskie Island. Tom and his wife, Tiphany, met and got married in the Lowcountry and lived on Hilton Head for five years before moving to the mainland with their three children.

Tom and three other successful real estate professionals from Hilton Head foresaw the inevitable boom of the sleepy little town of Bluffton and started Gateway Realty which soon became the leading real estate company in the mainland communities. In 2015, Tom and his Gateway partner, Johnny Ussery decided to join forces with the most successful real estate company on Hilton Head, and Charter One is now the largest real estate firm in the area, known for unparalleled sales and service.

As the Lowcountry grows and flourishes, buyers from all over the world are discovering this special place in the heart of the south, and Tom and his team have the expertise and reputation that keep him at the top of the industry. As Tom points out, “Tourists have always come to this area because of the natural beauty, the beaches, the golf and tennis. Now folks are settling here to live because of those things and also for the safe, friendly neighborhoods, the rich culture, and the desire to find a tranquil, welcoming place and a slower-paced, simpler lifestyle. This is no longer just a place to retire, but also a wonderful place to work and play, to raise your children – the Lowcountry is truly an ideal setting for any stage of life.” Tom is committed to excellence using his years of experience in the area real estate market and his understanding of people to match the right buyer to the right property.

As a member of the Multiple Listing System, Tom diligently markets and successfully sells luxury properties throughout the Lowcountry. He is a past president of the Hilton Head Association of Realtors, a member of Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate, President of Tom C. Jackson International Realty, Marketing and Consulting, a Trustee of the Realtors Political Action Committee, a member of the Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board, an active member of Hilton Head Presbyterian Church, and involved in various civic endeavors and community outreach programs. His clients, whether buyers or sellers, often become lasting friends because he earns their trust and delights in producing results above and beyond their expectations.