About Us

Margaret-Ann Ashburn

Personal Background
My philosophy in life is "Whatever role you take in life, do it the best you possibly can."

Margaret-Ann's background includes a career as writer and illustrator for magazines, newspapers and locally published books, as well as part owner and manager of three successful city magazines. Her thirty-plus year career in real estate includes 5 years as Marketing Director for Russell & Jeffcoat, a large independent firm with more than 400 agents. She helped many agents develop a marketing strategy that helped them achieve the next level of success in their careers. She was Broker in Charge for 16 years of Russell & Jeffcoat's Forest Acres Office, which became Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Her focus was on helping 40+ agents achieve their goals and the goals of their clients.  

In 2018, she helped her brother and sister-in-law launch Carter Realtors, an independent real estate company comprised of family and friends.  She is enjoying working directly with clients achieving their goals.

She and her husband Tom were among the first real estate teams in the Midlands and were the first Realtors in Columbia to have their own website. She is the recipient of numerous sales and listing awards and is a Life Member of the Columbia Association of Realtors Circle of Excellence.  

With 5 beautiful children and 10 very special grandchildren, Margaret-Ann is active in the community. She is a member of Women in Philanthropy and the Sierra Club, President of Forest Acres Rotary Club, Forest Acres Neighborhood Association and Forest Acres Merchant's Association.

"Call, text or email me, and I'll be happy to help you achieve YOUR real estate goals!"


Tom Ashburn

Ready to Go to Work for YOU!
Tom embodies what today's buyers and sellers are seeking in their real estate agent: experience, knowledge, skills, and technology. 

Licensed since 1986, Tom has been one of Columbia's most productive agents, earning every possible award for production and client service.  He holds a full Broker's license (SC's highest) and has earned several professional designations, including Luxury Home Specialist, Accredited Seller Representative, and Certified Seller Representative. He has always been innovative in his approach, creating happy clients along the way.  He and Margaret-Ann had one of the first real estate teams in South Carolina, and one of the first real estate websites.  

A former pilot, Tom brought checklists to the team, ensuring that nothing is forgotten or performed late.  His attention to details is legendary, and contributes to successful closings.

Sharing 5 terrific children and 10 beautiful grandchildren with wife Margaret-Ann, Tom enjoys spending time with the grandchildren, doing some yard work, and working with Margaret-Ann to serve clients' needs.



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