About Our Staff

Michael B. Harper: Owner / Auctioneer / Broker-in-Charge / CAI (Certified Auctioneer Institute) / AARE (Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate) / CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist):

Mike Harper has 39 years of experience in the real estate and auction world, having sold property as an IRS Property Appraisal & Liquidation Specialist throughout the eastern U.S. as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mike holds a BA in History from UNC-Greensboro. Born and raised in Clemmons NC, Mike has lived in Mt. Pleasant SC since 1993, and is a licensed Real Estate Broker and licensed Auctioneer in North and South Carolina and Georgia. He is also a Certified Real Estate Instructor, and teaches self written courses at Charleston-Trident Association of Realtors including “Buying and Selling Real Estate at Auction”, “Selling Land using the Multi-Parcel Auction Method”, “Dealing with Lien Issues to Prevent Closing Problems”, “Foreclosure and Tax Lien Sales for the Investor and his Agent”, “Taxes and Real Estate – What Every Agent Should Know”, “Section 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchanges” as well as the Loss Mitigation Certification Class and Real Estate Pre-Licensing and Core courses. Mike was chosen as a Seminar presenter at the National Auctioneer Association International Conference and Show in Nashville, TN in July 2008 and in Louisville KY in July 2014.  Less than 1% of Auctioneers nationwide hold both the CAI and AARE designations. Mike’ s affiliations and memberships include:

• Past-President – South Carolina Auctioneers Association

• National Association of REALTORS Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)

• Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS

• National Auctioneers Association

• Auctioneers Association of North Carolina

• Real Estate Educators Association

• Certified Auctioneer Institute Graduate (CAI, Class of 2009)

• Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate (AARE)

• National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT)

 

 

 

 

Beverly P. Harper: Office Manager

Beverly is the other half of Harper Auction and Realty. Beverly has supported Mike in his love of the Auction Business, and encouraged him in establishing his own Auction and Realty Company. Beverly holds a BA in Clothing & Textiles from UNC- Greensboro, and holds a SC Real Estate License. Beverly is the office Administrator who “makes the trains run on time” at HA&R. Beverly is our Vice President of “NO”, meaning she has veto authority over wild ideas and over- exuberance until she is convinced of the feasibility of the idea or the project. This is a much-needed function in any successful business venture!

 

Our Mission / Vision:

We exist to assist sellers in realizing the maximum sales price, at a date certain, at a reasonable cost. As an Auctioneer/Broker, we are seller’s agents. Our passion is showing how the Auction Method of selling is often a better alternative to traditional Real Estate Brokerage. One of my favorite sayings is “A traditional Real Estate Broker sets a price and comes down, while an Auctioneer sets a price and goes up.” We also occasionally will lend our experience in the auction world to those investors interested in purchasing at auction, by representing them as a buyer’s agent. (Not at our own auctions, however.) We NEVER practice dual agency. We are small, and for a good reason: it serves our clients and customers better.  (click here for why Smaller is Better). We are not interested in dominating the world Real Estate market. We simply do each Auction ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! For more information on the services we offer, visit our “Services” page