What Our
Clients Are Saying

Widely respected in the Hilton Head market, The Ocean Broker serves clients with the utmost integrity and dedication to exceptional service.

five stars

"We have been looking to upgrade from a small, upstairs villa, to one in a gated community. Our realtor, Barbara Byrd, has been searching for us for over a year with patience and professionalism. Not only has she organized visits on many properties, keeping within our needs and budget constraints, but also helped us find buyers for our previous residence. She finally found us the perfect little paradise as to location price and comfort. We do not hesitate to recommend her and her company to any one searching for that elusive yet perfect residence."

Justin Cowan

five stars

"Tom has helped us with five houses in Sea Pines in the 11 years we have known him. Each transaction has gone smoothly and his office is always on top of the details and at the forefront of any issues that may arise. His honest approach to both buying and selling in that market is refreshing and makes for fact-based decisions."


five stars

"We could not have asked for a more helpful and professional realtor. Your help was invaluable in so many ways. You considered thoughtfully what we were looking for and advised us knowledgeably. Your knowledge of the island was very helpful, when we were trying to decide where on the island we wanted to live. We have also appreciated your continued help and support over the years following our purchase."

Sally Brodziak

five stars

"For quite some time, we'd been looking to purchase a condo in Hilton Head that we could use for our family vacations. We fortunately met up with Tom Tolpa to help us in our real estate search. Tom has been on HHI for more than 20 years and knows the island inside and out. He was patient with us and listened to us asking us questions about what we would want for our place. Because he knows the area so well, he was able to make several suggestions to get us started. It wasn't long, I think a month or so, before we found the perfect place.

"While we didn't start out looking for a broker who'd been on the island for a couple of decades, we highly recommend it now to others who might be looking for a place. Experience trumps education."

Ivory King

five stars

"Our experience with Tom Tolpa dates back to 1988 when he served as our agent in buying our first house in Sea Pines, and again in 1996 and 1997 when we bought our current home and sold the first one. He had been recommended by friends in Asheville at my workplace who had bought their Sea Pines properties through Tom, characterizing him as "a no frills professional who really knows the market inside-out.

"The outstanding strengths of Tom and his organization are, first, their level of integrity and trustworthiness. Tom's honesty, forthrightness and aversion to either unrealistic promises to sellers or pressure selling tactics with buyers demonstrate that serving the best interests of his clients is his overriding priority.

"The second strength is experience, as Tom has been selling high-end Sea Pines properties since the 70's, knows this market probably better than anyone on the Island, and can point to the long list of multiple transaction clients as proof of his clients level of satisfaction.

"Finally, it has been our experience that Tom is one of the easiest people to work with, and when we have changed direction on several occasions, Tom has been right with us, honoring our decisions and seeking to adjust his efforts to meet our new needs, or simply to sit tight and wait until we figure out what we really want.

"We have recommended Tom to many friends over the years and have never found myself in the position of apologizing."

Thomas C Arnold

five stars

"I first met Tom Tolpa in 2000 when my wife and I decided we wanted to become serious about owning a vacation home in Hilton Head. Over the years we met Tom once or twice a year looking for the perfect property. Our interest started with oceanfront condos but evolved over the years through golf course homes, homes on the waterways and finally an oceanfront house near a golf course. Over the years Tom showed us properties on all ends of the island and in all the plantations of the island. I can't imagine anyone knowing the history of Hilton Head real estate and the current market better than him!

"We finally bought a large townhome in Leamington on the ocean and continue to visit with Tom and talk real estate and get the "inside" scoop on what is happening on Hilton Head Island. Even more important than finally finding our ideal second home was finding a lifetime friend in Tom Tolpa."

Marvin Gilliam

five stars

"Working with Mark Devers has been a great experience. He goes above and beyond expectations."

Kirk Farra