Born and raised in Greenville, Michelle Wilhite has always been passionate about helping others. After graduating college with her Associate’s Degree in Marketing and Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, she delved into sports radio broadcasting; however, she later decided to pursue her real estate license with the hopes of making the buying and selling process easier for clients in her hometown. Since then, she has gone on to author an accomplished career, placing in the Winner’s Circle in each year from 2017 to 2020. In 2017 she won Rookie of the Year and in 2019 was named Outgoing Referral Associate. As an agent with Allen Tate Realtors, Michelle assists clients throughout Greenville County and the surrounding areas, where she has cultivated a distinct workflow around compassion, integrity, and open communication. “Allen Tate is the only realtor company I have worked for. I have been with them my entire real estate career and do not plan on leaving anytime soon. They are an amazing company to work for and I love spending time with my fellow Allen “Taters,” she says.
When listing a property, Michelle is there for her clients each step of the way. After helping them prepare their home for the market and providing a suite of professional photography services, she shares their listing via both the MLS and a blend of digital and social media campaigns, leveraging all the resources available through Allen Tate Realtors to give each seller an added advantage.
Elsewhere, Michelle is just as attentive when serving her buyers. She leans on her acute knowledge of the region to help clients uncover the right investment for their best interests. Over the years, she has earned a terrific reputation across South Carolina, with the vast majority of her volume coming from repeat clients and referrals. Some of her close friends and relatives know her as Shelly and it’s no surprise that many of her clients have become close friends and repeat clients along with their families!
With some of her family being military veterans, Michelle takes the most satisfaction from giving back to our national service members. “One day, I was contacted by the wife of a man who had fought in Afghanistan and lost one of his legs,” she recounts. “They were trying to purchase their first home, and I was the fourth Realtor they had approached—no one was willing to help them. Thankfully, I was able to find them a beautiful place that fit all their needs. At the closing, though, I discovered that the other agent was representing a client whose son had recently passed away while serving in the exact same unit as my client. It was a tremendously powerful and emotional experience, but moments like those are why I love what I do.”
Outside her career, Michelle is heavily involved with her community. She helps raise funds and supplies for the Salvation Army. She is also on the board with Alan Tate Cares, an initiative to support nonprofit organizations and local hospitals throughout the year. Allen Tate also sponsors the Carolina Panthers, and Michelle has volunteered at their games. Allen Tate also participates annually in Hands-On Greenville. “We help out whatever the need may be that year. Last year after COVID, we planted flowers, mulched and helped to install a new playground at a local elementary school,” Michelle says. When she’s not with clients or giving back, she enjoys spending quality time at home with her husband Jeff, their amazing 19 year old son Jonathan, their beloved border collie Rex as well as their extended family and friends. She also loves going on hikes, riding 4-wheelers, cooking, and decorating for the Holidays, which is her favorite time of the year.
Looking ahead, Michelle has strong plans for her business. As her volume maintains its steady growth, she intends on deepening her standards of service, with an eye towards launching her team in the near future. More than anything, she is excited for the new opportunities that await in her hometown. “I truly love what I do,” she says. “Sure, there are some stressful days—but much like a rollercoaster, this business is definitely worth the ride. After all, these transactions represent huge decisions for our clients, and I love seeing them so happy at the end of our process.”