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Meet Paul and Giulia Smith

Paul is one of the few true locals that you will meet in Charleston. Charleston used to be a sleepy town when he was young, riding his red bicycle to the local drugstore to get a hotdog and fountain vanilla cokes. From an early age, he would spend hours reading real estate classifieds in the paper and searching craigslist (old school!) for the newest listings around town. Charleston has grown and so did Paul. He attended Clemson University and after graduating, immediately jumped into real estate. Now, years later he and his team have sold millions in real estate and continue to do so each year!

Giulia was born in Como, Italy and after becoming the 9 time national champion of rowing was hand picked by a scout at The World Championships of Rowing and offered a full scholarship to attend Clemson University to compete on their team. She agreed and the next year she touched down in Greenville, SC. Expecting skyscrapers like she had seen in movies that depict American lifestyle she was shocked by the reality that Clemson is just a small farm town in the middle of nowhere. The charm of Clemson grew on her and she fell in love during her undergrad. Known by all of her teammates as the sweetheart of the group she could talk to a brick wall and get it to talk back.

Paul and Giulia married and discovered their innate desire to help people tackle complicated goals. They decided to create The Paul Smith Team with Live Oak Real Estate. Together, they help families reduce the stress of selling their homes with competitive tactics and increase the ability for buyers to compete for the best homes and win.

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Paul and Giulia were seriously a DREAM to work with! They were extremely professional, friendly, and helpful. They showed us our dream home and we made an offer the same day. We then found out that there were other offers on the table. Paul and Giulia walked us through negotiating our offer and we ended up getting our dream home! They either had an answer or quickly got us one for any and every question we had along the way – from financing and business details to closing procedure and home details – and made purchasing our home an extremely smooth process. We couldn’t have picked a better realtor!

Paige and Jarred Wininger

Paul and his wife Giulia are amazing to work with. They found me a perfect investment property that continues to pay for the mortgage, my rent and all of my personal bills each month. They also became great friends and definitely have your best interest in mind. I plan on buying my personal home with them in January 2021. I also referred 4 of my friends to them in the past year and all of them found their dream homes fast and easily

Ryan Botindari

Paul and Giulia helped us buy our first home, sell it two years later, and find a new construction home that was the perfect fit for us. I don’t know what my husband and I would have done without all of their help! They are so knowledgeable about the buying and selling process so we were prepared to make the best decision possible. You will not find anyone better than the Paul Smith Team!

Cory and Amanda Whitton

I had such a great experience working with the Paul Smith team in the process of purchasing my house! Very professional and quick to get back to me about any questions or concerns I had! I love my new home and it’s all thanks to these amazing people!! Since then I have referred The Paul Smith team to my sister, my best friend and a coworker. They all loved working with the Paul Smith Team and wouldn’t stop thanking me for the referral!

Suzy Reece

Paul definitely has a heart for real estate and getting the best deal for his clients. He was very professional and courteous at all times and kept me well-informed throughout the process. Whether you are a first-time home buyer or an experienced investor, he can adapt to your needs and provide the right level of support. Thanks again and looking forward to next time!

Stephanie Brown

Best real estate agent ever! Helped me out through a really difficult buy on my first home. Seller was an absolute nightmare! So thankful I had a hard working agent to help close on the house.
I recommend him to anyone looking to buy a home!

Curtis McCartey

Paul was the most helpful, patient, and hardworking agent I could have ever hoped for. He helped me find and purchase my first home, and I couldn’t recommend him more!

Maryann Sims

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The Paul Smith Team was able to connect me to a local real estate agent in Mississippi in less than an afternoon. Let them find someone great for you, no matter where you live!”

G. Sechrist


Paul and Giulia, were very helpful in finding a great realtor for my local market. Once they found someone for me they insured that I was being taken care of! They are personable and knowledgeable. I highly recommend them!

Stacy Washington

North Carolina

Paul and Giulia, were very helpful in finding a great realtor for my local market. Once they found someone for me they insured that I was being taken care of! They are personable and knowledgeable. I highly recommend them!

Brook and Ahlea Smalls

North Carolina

Paul and Giulia treated us like family, and helped us find a great real estate agent in the upstate to help sell our house. There are so many things about real estate and the home buying/ selling process I didn’t know, and Paul took the time to explain so much of it to me in a way that made sense. Both Paul and Giulia are full of integrity, honesty, and passion when it comes to helping people buy or sell a home, and the process of selling was so smooth for us. We recommend them so highly and can’t wait to keep working with them as we build and close on our new house.

Coulter and Carolina LaBoone

Upstate South Carolina

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How much do I have to pay my real estate agent to help me buy a house?

It’s free! Working with The Paul Smith Team to buy a home will not cost you anything. We get paid out of the transaction.

How many homes should I see before buying one?

That’s up to you! Some buyers fall in love with the first home they see, for others it takes more showings to find the right one. On average we show 9 homes before our buyers go under contract.

How can I find out if I can buy a house?

Call our local award winning lender Ethan Lane! We say mortgage lenders are the “doctors” of real estate. You may not want to go and get a checkup but it’s critical to being able to make an offer when the time comes!

I don’t want my rental payment and my first mortgage payment overlapping.

I don’t want my rental payment and my first mortgage payment overlapping.  How long before my lease expires can we begin looking at homes so I don’t have a double payment?

Much earlier than you think! We use a unique strategy to allow clients to look for homes a month earlier than other real estate companies!  More time means you won’t be rushed into making a rash decision with the pressure of you lease expiring in 30 days.  Our system allows buyers to look for homes 93 days from the day their lease expires!  Of course you’ll want to contact us 120 days from your lease expiring so we can get you on our schedule to see homes!

How can I save money on New Construction?

The Paul Smith Team has created a unique and proprietary system that allows our buyers to save thousands on New Construction purchases! Buyers just follow our easy step-by-step process to receive the savings! Click here to see our New Construction Page!

Why should I list my home with The Paul Smith Team?

You can Trust The Paul Smith Team. We know selling a home is stressful and our approach is designed to reduce that stress. With our listing systems our clients are able to relax and feel comfortable knowing we have you covered from the first call to the closing table.