About Us

Palmetto State Properties was started as a real estate sales company. We still offer high value and outstanding service representation for buyers and sellers as you can see. In 2009 Gary Short, the company's founder, along with Alisha Alfonso, who was the company's first broker-in-charge, began managing properties. They started with 7 properties and realized that by providing a higher level of service across the board - to tenants/residents, owners, vendors, and partners, they could provide a valuable niche in property management as a bonus to our home selling clients. Their cases have been diverse and the reasons for selling their homes all across the board. In some instances, we consulted with home sellers and opened their eyes to the opportunity of renting a property versus selling their home out right. Today, we manage 150+ properties and continue to separate ourselves with the service we provide.


Chris Alfonso

Chris spent 20 years as a business development executive initially in San Francisco where he cofounded a technology start-up. He moved to Charleston in 2004 and was instrumental in starting MasterCard International's "big data" information practice. Chris initially got involved in real estate in California where he consulted for Intrawest, a destination resort developer. He parlayed his experience with Intrawest to begin investing in real estate in Mount Pleasant and became a full-time realtor in 2014. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors. Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, Alisha, and two children, playing golf and making mean martinis!


Leah Lake

Leah has 7 years in the Property Management world working for various Apartment Communities throughout South Carolina and Georgia. Before she started in the Property Management field she worked as an Equestrian Technician for a Plantation located in the Lowcountry. Her passions are family, competitive horseback riding and Clemson football!


Stephanie Deaton

Stephanie obtained her real estate license 21 years ago when she first relocated to Charleston. She also worked many years in a real estate law firm closing home loans and was co-owner of a construction company for 13 years specializing in renovations and new construction. Stephanie is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors. Her passion is real estate and Alabama football!


Kathy Sumner

Kathy grew up in the Lowcountry and has been a Charleston local for 45 years. Holding advanced degrees in Marketing, Communications and Public Relations, Kathy’s negotiation and marketing skills give clients a competitive edge over the competition. Kathy obtained her real estate license 6 years ago and she has become a dominate player in corporate relocation with exclusive contracts with some of Charleston’s largest industries. Kathy is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors. Her passions include: family, travel, and real estate.


Jason Taylor

Jason has 23 years in the construction industry and obtained his General Contractors License in Tennessee 8 years ago. He has built homes in Hawaii, Georgia and Tennessee. When he is not working he enjoys riding his Harley and watching Alabama Football (Roll Tide!).


Alisha Alfonso


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