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We worked with Sarah Ellen Lacke to both buy and sell our homes. From the very beginning Sarah Ellen had our best interest at heart and worked diligently and used her industry referrals to make things as easy as possible for us as her clients. Selling our home, she sold it for full asking price to a buyer she had in mind. We showed our house once! How wonderful is that! A previous realtor had quoted us a significantly lower listing price but Sarah Ellen knew the market and what our home was worth. Our home we went under contract to buy was also a different type of deal with a lot of work on her end! We won our bidding war due to some strategies she knew of, and because of unforeseen circumstances of the house, were under contract for a long period of time. During that time Sarah Ellen was patient and stood up for us as buyers on multiple occasions for what we felt was right. She was always there to help with any questions and guide us through the process. She was patient when needed but also made sure we stayed on track for what needed to be done. This was not an easy deal but she navigated it perfectly. I would highly recommend working with Sarah Ellen and the staff at Smith Spencer. They are smart, passionate, and caring about their clients.
-Alana Pescatore
Sarah Ellen is an absolute professional and an exemplary agent. In assisting me and my wife with our home purchase on James Island, she was extremely responsive, honest and compassionate. One month after moving into our new home, she reminded us of important paperwork that we had planned to file. Dedication and kindness are not always synonymous with the industry, making her rarity. We are grateful to have had the pleasure of meeting and working with Sarah Ellen and look forward to doing so again in the future!
-Nathan Backman
Sarah Ellen is absolutely the best! Super knowledgeable about the market and really gets me as a client! She does research, visits tons of homes with me, and really tries to understand my needs as a client in terms of the perfect investment purchase. And she's a ton of fun to work with, down to earth and super relatable! If you are looking for an incredible real estate rep that will work hard for you and respond quickly and efficiently, look no further! Sarah Ellen is the bomb!
-Bryan Mahanes
Sarah Ellen Lacke is the absolute best, most amazing person to work with when it comes to real estate! Not only did she take the time to listen to all of our wants & needs (and I am picky)- she showed us a million different houses until we found our perfect dream home. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for finding us such a lovely place to call home. We will forever be using Sarah for all of our real estate needs in the future as well as our families'.
-Carolina Climate Control Office Manager
I love the agents at Smith Spencer. They work incredibly hard to best represent their clients throughout the entire transaction.
-Spence Spencer
Sarah Ellen was amazing. She is very knowledgeable about the local market - especially the James Island area- and worked zealously and diligently to sell my home. My house was under contract within two weeks of going on the market. She went above and beyond, even helping me reserve movers/storage and find a temporary place to live while construction was completed on my new home. She has an amazing eye and was critical in helping me choose design elements in my new home. HIGHLY recommend!
-Cristin Uricchio
Sarah Ellen is hands down the best realtor ever! She helped me purchase my home when I lived out of state and was very instrumental in helping me find the perfect home! She went above and beyond, and always made herself available!! Highly recommend her services!!
-Erin Fargo
Sarah Ellen Lacke is an incredible realtor. She will take the time to understand your personal desires and needs before diligently searching to find the homes that fit what you are looking for. She will spend as much time as needed and will be joyful, caring, and intelligent throughout the entire experience. A true treasure in the realty world and someone I am now happy to count as a friend.
-Betsy Gambrill
Sarah Ellen was the consummate professional, knowledgeable, thorough, hard working, great negotiator and strong communicator. Her knowledge of the local markets helped negotiate a great deal for a great house. Would recommend highly.
-Derek Goulette
Sarah Ellen was very professional and a joy to work with. She helped facilitate the sale of our condo and into our family's new home. She was always on time and very knowledge. It was so helpful to have the peace of mind working with such a professional.
-Claire Nowicki
Sarah Ellen was a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend her for the greater Charleston area! The escrow was smooth and uneventful. I plan to work with SE next year, as we hope to purchase another income property in Charleston.
-Coles Brewer
I have known Sarah Ellen for over five years. We first made contact when my husband and I lived in Los Angeles and were planning to retire to SC in a couple of years. Long story short we ended up selling our house in CA and buying In Mt Pleasant a year and a half sooner than expected. Not only did everything go smoothly - it was accomplished in 45 days. We could never have done this without Sarah Ellen at the helm. She was and is a highly professional agent; knowledgeable, reactive and goes to great lengths for her clients. Could not recommend more highly.
-Lesley and Frank Roberts
Sarah Ellen has been a delight to work with! She’s been helping me look for a second home/investment property in the West Ashley/Avondale area. Great with communication, listening to my needs and wants, and is quick to respond to questions and requests I have. Highly recommend working with Sarah Ellen!
-Katherine Lowe
Sarah Ellen was referred to us by former clients who saw us walking in their neighborhood, looking at houses. Since we lived out of town we were grateful for the referral and consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have been given Sarah Ellen's name. We shared all of our initial searches online and Sarah Ellen pulled together showings even when we came into town on short notice. The initial process was a little challenging as we figured out by touring houses what we were really looking for and we appreciated that Sarah Ellen gave us free rein to explore our likes and dislikes. Once we entered due diligence, Sarah Ellen's electronic sharing of documents and information needed for the close was immediate and easy to understand and complete. We have complete confidence in her representation of our interests at the inspection and closing. We would not hesitate to work with Sarah Ellen Lacke in the future and would highly recommend her services to home buyers in the greater Charleston area.
-Karen Flory
Dedication, Drive and Knowledgeable are just some of the traits that you look for when looking for a real estate agent . Sarah Ellen Lacke certainly possesses all of the traits required and more, but these traits are paramount when looking for new home! Sarah Ellen takes the stress out of buying a new home. She is an absolute must when looking to buy or sell a home in Charleston!
-Cassie Towery
Sarah Ellen is a terrific realtor and is incredibly diligent. She really cares about her clients, plus she has great taste!
-Katy Hallman
I was fortunate to have Sarah Ellen Lacke as my realtor and thankful she sold my home on Johns Island above asking price. Sarah Ellen was assertive from day 1, guiding me though the process and helping me prepare the house for listing. Once listed, Sarah Ellen hosted multiple showings and kept me posted of potential offers and prospective buyer feedback. This was my first home sale and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. It was a pleasure listing with Sarah Ellen and Smith Spencer Real Estate.
-Kevin Brady
My wife and I worked with Sarah Ellen for nearly 2 years as we were contemplating relocating to South Carolina from New Jersey. Sarah Ellen was polished and professional from the day we first chatted over the phone and after seeing probably 40 homes, we decided on the Ponds in Summerville. We would most definitely recommend Sarah Ellen to our family and friends!
-Lee Krislow
Knowledgeable, dependable, determined, relentless are just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe Sarah Ellen. My wife and I were lucky enough to meet her 5 years ago while shopping for our first home in the Charleston area and she was a joy and pleasure to work with. The day will come when we sell our home and downsize, I only hope she's available to do that for us, we wouldn't hesitate to use her.
-Jeff Hamm
We had the pleasure of having Sarah Ellen represent us on our home purchase here in Charleston. My husband and I were moving to Charleston from Virginia and a very good friend of mine in Virginia is a top-producing realtor in that area. I reached out to her to see if she knew anyone here to whom she could refer me, because I trusted her explicitly. She called around and vetted over a dozen of agents, finally choosing Sarah Ellen to meet our real estate needs. The fact that this experienced, top-producing agent chose Sarah Ellen told me that Sarah Ellen must be the best. And she did not disappoint! She helped us throughout the process – getting us a viewing in a property that hadn’t even been listed in the MLS yet (which happened to be the home we finally chose!). She was professional and knowledgeable, but also very relatable and down to earth. If you are buying a home in the Charleston area, call her! She will get you what you want!
-Jennifer Flanagin

Sarah Ellen Lacke


Sarah Ellen became familiar with the buying, selling, and moving process at a young age having moved many times as a child in a frequently relocating family.  After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, Sarah Ellen began selling Real Estate in Charlotte, worked for the Charlotte Bobcats, and eventually landed in financial services for six years as a registered client associate. She moved to Charleston in 2011 after meeting her now husband, Evan. Before calling it home, Charleston was always a place she loved and visited frequently. Sarah Ellen decided to get back into Real Estate in Charleston in 2013 and has loved every minute of it.

Sarah Ellen and her husband live on James Island with their two young children where they love lazy Saturdays watching football in the fall, fun afternoons at the James Island Yacht Club, summer days at the neighborhood pool, and taking strolls as a family. She is also a certified 200-hour Registered Yoga teacher and while not currently teaching, her practice is principal.

Get to know Sarah Ellen Lacke

  • High School superlative:

    Most likely to have a big house with a tanning bed (circa 2000)

  • Signature cocktail:

    Mojito Mocktail

  • Dream house:

    Waterfront low country style with wrap around porch, big open white kitchen, and large screen porch with a fireplace

  • Dream job:

    ESPN sideline reporter

  • Celebrity spirit human:

    Kristen Bell

  • My heart belongs to:

    My precious kiddos and wonderful hubby

  • Surprise fact:

    I haven’t had a drink since 2010 which is not always easy in this “drinking town with a history problem”

  • Secret superpower:

    Doing anything with one hand and a baby in tow

  • Most used hashtags:

    #emmonsandjennings #lovethem #fortheloveofmuffins

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