Our History and Mission
Helen Adams Realty was founded forty-five years ago in the growing city of Charlotte. Since its inception, the company established a reputation for providing the highest level of personal service and real estate expertise. Helen Adams Realty has become one of the most respected real estate brokerages in the region with office locations in Central, North and South Charlotte, and South Carolina.
"I feel rewarded that I have been able to start a career and meet the competition head on as I have…I’m the eternal optimist. I believe there is something good in life for me to give and get. Now I have a better insight into what life’s all about. It has been an education, one that I value."
-Helen Adams; Dec. 29, 1976
A 6th Generation Charlottean
Helen Adams founded her company in the growing city of Charlotte in 1975. Her achievements as an entrepreneur and community leader laid the foundation for a thriving, multi-office real estate business, and today she has become a role model for women throughout the Charlotte region. As a native Charlottean, Helen had developed an established network of friends and family, as well as a thorough knowledge of the Charlotte area. She had an inherent understanding of the most desirable properties and neighborhoods. This expertise helped launch her career. In the early 1970’s Helen opened a real estate office and was joined by four female colleagues who formed the original Helen Adams Realty team.
Charlotte's Luxury Home Marketer
During the mid 70’s to mid 80’s Helen Adams sold the lion’s share of Charlotte’s finest homes. In the early 80’s, Helen Adams became one of the first Realtors in Charlotte to sell $1 million in residential real estate in one week. "Luxury" homes at the time were considered anything above $250,000 - so a $1 million sale was quite rare, said Helen.
Helen’s son, Jeff Adams, joined the company in 1982. Jeff, who now serves as President of the firm, learned the business firsthand from his mother and the members of the original team. "We used to sit outside my mother’s office and listen to her negotiate a deal," said Jeff. "Her delivery was always eloquent and up-front. She had a great sense of timing, and she always knew how to put the deal together no matter the circumstances. As I think about it now, I realize that her intuition had a lot to do with her knowledge of the market and the strong relationships she developed with her clients. She had a passionate belief that she would make the deal happen in their best interests. She trusted her convictions. Her clients knew this about her and believed in her advice."
Second and Third Generation Family Involvement
After an outstanding career as an entrepreneur, Helen passed the torch down to Jeff in 1991. Today the company has risen to become one of the most respected locally-owned real estate firms in the region with offices in Central, North and South Charlotte, and South Carolina . Four of Jeff's children, the 3rd generation of the firm's family, are actively involved in the business. Although Helen Adams Realty has undergone tremendous growth, the company has not lost sight of its core values, instilled many years ago. Today, the company’s mission is to: "provide the highest level of personal service to our clients and agents."
Helen’s business philosophy lives on. "I was always at the mercy of doing things right," Helen says. Her legacy has become the vision and spirit of Helen Adams Realty.
"As I think about it now, I realize that her intuition had a lot to do with...the strong relationships she developed with her clients. She had a passionate belief that she would make the deal happen in their best interests. She trusted her convictions. Her clients new this about her and believed in her advice"
Knowledge / Integrity / Respect / Professionalism / Trust / Commitment
Helen's goal was to create a company which was based on a strong commitment to personal service, unmatched area knowledge, exceptional real estate expertise, and the highest ethical standards. Our unwavering commitments to providing the highest level of personal service, seeking and sharing our deep understanding of the local real estate market, and outstanding performance results framed by impeccable integrity are the reasons for Helen Adams Realty’s continued success.