Alison Melton, REALTOR® is the Managing Partner of The Melton Group, powered by the leading brokerage in the Lowcountry, Charter One Realty. With over 25 years of sales experience, extensive market knowledge and a highly personalized approach to customer service, Alison Melton has emerged as a trusted name in Lowcountry real estate. She consistently succeeds by listening to clients and delivering on their dreams. Since launching her professional career in real estate in 2014, Alison Melton has become one of the TOP performing agents in the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton area, and was ranked among the top 1.5% of agents by volume in 2022 in the Hilton Head MLS.
Alison has become a “go-to” resource for the equestrian community in Bluffton when it comes to real estate. She is also a competitive equestrian and, in her spare time, she can be found at the barn or in the Hunter ring at shows along the East Coast from The Hamptons, Tryon and Wellington, FL with her equine partner in crime, Sully.
Alison is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) has also received the prestigious CNE designation (Certified Negotiation Expert), which places her among the top agents in the country in negotiation skills. Alison is also the exclusive agent for the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton area for Haute Residence, an exclusive network of real estate professionals specializing in one luxury market. She is also a member of Luxury Portfolio International, Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, and a Million Dollar Guild Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing.
After a 15-year career on Wall Street focused on Latin American investment banking, Alison Melton left the hustle and bustle of New York City for the warm and welcoming lifestyle of South Carolina's Lowcountry. Her love of the South began during family vacations to Hilton Head Island as a child and continued to grow as the years progressed. After graduating with a triple major from the University of Richmond, Alison began her career in institutional sales at Merrill Lynch in Boston, and quickly moved up to their New York office, followed by a reprieve from the cold weather in Miami, and finally settled back in New York to help launch the US operations of Bradesco BBI, a Brazilian investment bank. While with Bradesco BBI, Melton was the #1 salesperson globally in primary and secondary equity markets.
However, her love for the Lowcountry inspired an innate desire to relocate to the Bluffton/Hilton Head area. Life among the tidal marshes and live oaks draped in Spanish Moss is where she finally feels at home. After moving South, she launched her professional career in real estate in 2014 and has seen incredible success throughout her journey. Her passion for sales and extensive knowledge in equity sales and trading, along with her sheer determination and keen eye for recognizing valuable market opportunities has worked wonders for creating successful real estate transactions for her clients. She brings a set of subtle, yet powerful tools that are simply unique to the luxury real estate market. Her incredible life and career experiences give Melton the perspective, personal connections, access and rapport with qualified buyers and sellers that command our local market.
Alison is a member of the Hilton Head MLS as well as the Hilton Head Association of Realtors (HHAR) where she is serving as a 3-year Director on its Board of Directors. She also is a proud Founding Member of the Young Professionals Network (YPN) and sits on the Committee for the 50th Anniversary Celebration within HHAR. She is also an RPAC Crystal R Major Investor and recipient of the 2018-2022 HHAR Realtor Service Award (RSA) for her Outstanding Participation in Community Service and REALTOR® activities. Alison is also proud to serve as the Chairperson of Polo at the Bluff, an arena polo event at Palmetto Bluff to support Make-A-Wish foundation. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry and serves on the Berkeley Hall Membership & Marketing Committee. She is also active with her alma mater in Buffalo, NY, Nardin Academy where she sits on the Alumni Advisory Board.