Voted "Hampton County's Best of The Best Real Estate Agency"
2008, 2006, 2003, 2001, 2000,
Realty & Insurance Agency was founded as an independent insurance
and real estate agency in 1948 by
Edgar P. Ellis, Jr., in a small office on
Elm Street in Hampton, SC. The name
was changed in 1984 to Ellis Realty &
Insurance Agency, Inc. when the
company changed from a sole
proprietorship to an 'S' Corporation.
The agency location has moved
several times through the years but
has always been located in Hampton,
SC. The agency moved to the current
location of 701 First Street West in May 1986.
The agency opened a branch office
1977 in Estill, SC, which was run by
Mr. Ellis' eldest son, Edgar P. Ellis,III.
This office was closed in 1984 due to
changes in the insurance market. A
satellite office was briefly opened in
Edisto Beach in 1999 but was closed
in 2002 when the producer in that office left the
insurance business. A branch office was opened in Barnwell, SC
under a new corporate
name - Hampton County Insurance Agency, Inc. This branch
was sold in June of 2006 and the agency acquired the Hampton Branch of
Lowcountry Insurance Services.
The founder's daughter, Mary R.
Ellis, joined the firm in 1980 and retired in 2011.
The founder's son, Lee P. Ellis,
joined the firm in 1982 and currently serves as President of the
corporation and serves as Broker-In-Charge for real estate. He
graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1981 with a BS degree in Insurance and
earned his Accredited
Advisor in Insurance designation in 1985, his Certified Insurance
Counselor designation in
1992, his Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation
in 1993. Became Tenured CIC in 2017, and became the first person in SC
to earn the Certified Personal Risk Manager in 2017. He also has
been teaching continuing education classes for the Independent
Agents of SC. He has been named SC Young Agent of the Year in 1995
and Agent of the Year in 2011.
E. P. Ellis Jr. retired from day to
day operations in 1985.
The agency continues to grow and
prosper and currently has a full-time staff of 5 plus 1
additional active real estate agents. The agency writes
property, casualty, life and health
insurance and is active in real estate marketing.