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Tom & Margaret-Ann Ashburn

Tom & Margaret-Ann Ashburn

Margaret-Ann Ashburn's philosophy in life is "Whatever role you take in life, do it the best you possibly can."

Her 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 five years as Marketing Director for Russell & Jeffcoat. 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.


She and her husband 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.  

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

Tom Ashburn is "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 since 1989. He holds a full Broker's License (SC's highest) and has earned several professional designations. He has always been innovative in his approach, creating happy clients along the way.  He and his wife had one of the first real estate teams in South Carolina, and one of the first real estate websites.  


Please call or email Tom & Margaret-Ann Ashburn for a no-obligation analysis of your home and its market value.


Margaret-Ann Ashburn, a Realtor with CARTER REALTORS, has received the prestigious Top Agent Award from Homesnap, Inc. Each year the company evaluates the performance of over one million Homesnap Pro agents and selects the top 25% based on productivity and customer satisfaction. This is the second year Ashburn has been selected.


Margaret-Ann Ashburn and her husband Tom have been active full-time Realtors in Columbia since 1984. They have sold hundreds of homes in the Columbia area and have won many awards for sales production as well as excellent service. They are Life Members of the Central Carolina Realtors Association’s Million Dollar Club and Circle of Excellence. They hold several professional designations including Accredited Buyer Specialist, Accredited Seller Specialist and Senior Real Estate Specialist.


I moved to Columbia in 1992 and met Margaret-Ann a couple of years later. After getting to know her, I knew I would want her to be my agent if I ever sold the house.  So, when I decided to make a move in 2021, I contacted her. Margaret-Ann is so processional and helped me every step of the way as we put the house on the market. She handled the little details and gave me good advice as we went through the process.   

When the buyer backed out of the contract with only two weeks remaining until closing, she immediately put the house back on the market. There were 9 showings and 6 offers by the next day, and I had a signed and sealed contract well over the asking price within less than 32 hours after the first contract fell through. 


Margaret-Ann continued to monitor things up to the closing date and was always available to answer any questions or concerns. I was most pleased with all the effort and expertise she demonstrated. I would highly recommend her to list your home. You will have picked a winner!

Marje Warner      

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