Matt O'Neill Featured in Top Agent Magazine!
Matt O’Neill came from a family of engineers and always assumed he would become an engineer as well. But while he was getting- ting his college degree, he took an internship at General Motors and quickly realized engineering didn’t fit his personality. “I’m a real people person, and I could tell that aspect of my personality wouldn’t be fulfilled in that career. Then I took a sales course at college. I had never considered sales as a profession, but I ended up loving it and got my degree in sales. It’s been a perfect fit for me.”
Matt got his start selling copy machines, which is so competitive it was almost like getting a master's degree in sales. Although he was incredibly successful, he still wasn’t 100% fulfilled. “I thought about what I could sell that would allow me to really help people. I wanted to take my skills and make a difference in people’s lives. That’s when I realized real estate would be the ideal path for me. I moved to Charleston, South Carolina and I got my license in 2006. It was the best decision I ever made.”
Matt started his career at RE/MAX and formed his own corporation, Matt O’Neill Real Estate, in 2009. Matt O’Neill Real Estate now employs 34 of the most professional and hard-working people in the industry. Matt and his team serve all of Charleston and specialize in the luxury market, including beachfront and historic homes. “Once I decided to focus on the luxury market I became a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. We already had a level of marketing and customer service that was above and beyond, so it was an easy transition to make.”
One of the keys to Matt’s success has been his ability to build and maintain relationships.“Part of the way we do that is with our “Core Values,” the first being Integrity. We do the right thing for clients regardless of our financial gain. The second core value is to “Hug your Customer,” which means that we go above and beyond to surprise, delight, and wow them throughout the entire transaction. We treat people like people, not numbers or dollars. We really care about them and want to celebrate with them throughout the year.”
Matt and his team take a comprehensive approach to marketing that has lead to impressive results. “We spend a lot of money on photography, including drone photos and twilight photography. Our pictures just look better than everyone else’s and they get a lot of attention, which is key. Every home is staged, we have luxury brochures, professionally written descriptions, professionally designed fliers, all of our marketing efforts are truly unsurpassed in their quality and effectiveness.”
Matt and his whole team are actively involved in their community and build a home with Habitat for Humanity every year. They also support Pet Helpers, a local animal charity and the Lowcountry Food Bank, and numerous local events. When he isn’t working, Matt is spending time with his wife and kids.
Matt would like to continue to see his business grow and is passionate about building his team and mentoring them to find the success that he has experienced. “I really enjoy teaching people this business and watching them flourish and become successful. This is a very rewarding career. It can be chaotic, but finding peace amongst that chaos has led to a lot of emotional growth. I truly want others to find the same happiness and joy that I have.”