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    Alison Jaeger


    License Number: 238786

    I love the world of real estate! I get to help buyers and sellers reach their goal for their next step in their lives. Having lived from the west to the east of Carteret County, and on the island, I am confident that whether you are looking to live Down East in areas of Harker's Island or Merrimon, Beaufort and Morehead City, our Crystal Coast islands of Atlantic Beach to Emerald Isle and to the west to Cape Carteret and Swansboro and mainland Newport that I can help you! I will be attentive to your needs. My goal is to make your next move easy! Call me today!

    Andrea Smith

    Real Estate Broker

    License Number: 224382

    Andrea loves life on the Crystal Coast. She returned home to Carteret County in 2015, after living in multiple states and countries. She restored and lives in a historic fisherman’s cottage in downtown Morehead City. She enjoys walking her dog, Riley, riding her bike in her neighborhood and taking her skiff out in the inland waterways. She is very active in the community and is a member of the After Hours Rotary Club, Town of Morehead City Planning Board, Carteret Community College Foundation Board and The Sunshine Community Band. Recently, she founded the Carteret County Carolina Club through the UNC-Chapel Hill Alumni Association and the Bunco Beach Brunch to support the Sally B. Smith Scholarships at Carteret Community College. Born and raised in Morehead City, Andrea attended St. Egbert’s Catholic School and graduated from the Carteret County School System. She went on to graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill, Mississippi College School of Law and Johnson and Wales-Charlotte. With degrees in history, law and culinary arts, she is a true Renaissance woman. Licensed since 2005, she has acquired, managed and sold numerous personal and investment properties of her own, in addition to consulting clients on their real estate matters. Andrea wholeheartedly believes real estate is the ultimate wealth building tool. She looks forward to assisting others in their real estate endeavors, as a Broker with Bluewater.

    Angie Varner


    License Number: 105555

    A lifelong resident of Carteret County, with a diverse background to draw upon, Angie brings first-hand extensive knowledge of the area and its special draw when it comes to real estate. Angie is an Alumni of East Carolina University. She also has experience with the construction industry to her credit, allowing her to approach real estate with an extra dimension of expertise. She is a member of the Carteret County Board of Realtors, North Carolina Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. Angie has served on the board of The Outer Banks Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc. where she has also been on various committees and helped numerous philanthropies. Additional personal interests include being a volunteer at local area schools as well as her church.

    Carolyn Blackmon


    License Number: 95922

    Carolyn, a native of Carteret County, lives in Emerald Isle after having lived in Raleigh for almost 30 years. During most of her years in Raleigh, she had a second home in Emerald Isle, which allowed her to keep a pulse on the local real estate market. She received her real estate license in the 1980’s and has experience in buying and selling real estate, and in managing commercial and multi-family assets. Carolyn prides herself on being accessible, hardworking and in giving attention to detail from the beginning to the end of your transaction. She can successfully assist you in buying or selling your home, or finding that perfect investment property. When she’s not working, you ‘ll find her enjoying long bike rides on the Emerald Isle bike path and spending time with family and friends. Give Carolyn a call at 252-515-4831 or email her at carolynb@bluewaternc.com and you will be the recipient of her one on one excellent service.

    Catherine Gainey


    License Number: 196570

    Cathy moved to Morehead City at the age of 9 so she is just about a native. After graduating from Peace College and UNC-Chapel Hill she moved to Texas to obtain a Master’s Degree . The lure of North Carolina called her home. Her first career in social work led her into working with child abuse and later with hospice patients. After raising three daughters, Cathy decided to move into her second career path,that of real estate. Twenty years ago she helped her first buyer make a purchase. She found real estate to be a natural fit for her. By putting her listening and communication skills to work she will assist you in finding the right property on the Crystal Coast.

    Craig Van Dyke



    A native buckeye from Dayton Ohio, Craig and his family, relocated to the Crystal Coast in 2008 after living in South Carolina, Colorado and California. During his ten years in the U.S. Air Force, Craig acquired his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University. Soon after his honorable discharge, Craig went to work in Colorado Springs as a data network engineer for notable companies, Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, and Aerojet. Currently, Craig and and his wife, Linda are almost empty nesters, as 3 of their four children have graduated and moved on with their lives. Linda was forced to retirement prematurely from construction to battle non-small cell lung cancer. Since 2010, Craig has enjoyed working with Bluewater Real Estate where he dedicates his time to assisting other beach lovers who desire to live in paradise. When away from the office, Craig enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and visiting with friends.

    Eleanor Copeland


    License Number: 178963

    Eleanor Copeland has lived in Beaufort all her life and is happy to share her knowledge of the area with all of her customers and clients. She proudly boasts of the fact that she has raised two sons, one of which works in the real estate business with her. She attends Calvary Baptist Church and is actively involved in several area civic organizations. She has been in sales all of her adult life and a top producing Real Estate agent since 1995. She has diligently furthered her real estate education, earning degrees as a graduate of the Realtors Institute, an Accredited Buyer Representative, a Recreation Resort Specialist and is a Certified Residential Specialist. Eleanor's main goal when working with buyers and sellers is providing excellent service, resulting in as smooth a transaction as possible. Awards & Designations CRS, GRI, ABR, RRS

    Heidi Lanier


    I’m Heidi Lanier, and Swansboro, “The Friendly City by the Sea” on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina, is my home. I am single and love to fish and enjoy anything that has to do with the outdoors. I count my two grown children, David and Hollie, and my granddaughter, Veda among my best achievements in life—along with getting into real estate and getting my PADI licenses. I have been with Bluewater Real Estate for 18 years, and I have been in the real estate industry assisting sellers and buyers as they make informed decisions for over 33 years. As a person who has lived in and around military and resort communities most of my life, I specialize in all forms of real estate transactions including resale, investment, commercial and new home sales. I strive to be sensitive to the needs of customers with a special emphasis on smooth transitions when it comes to relocating. Whether it is a customer’s first home or third, I am sensitive to the needs of each individual client. Buying a home is about decision-making, and you can only make the best decision when you have all the information available together with an experienced expert who can interpret if necessary. If you are planning to buy property on Emerald Isle or the surrounding areas, please contact me. I believe the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary is the extra effort that goes into a real estate transaction. My vision is to create a relationship with you and your business not for just one transaction, but for life. I welcome any referrals that may come my way, and I will handle each transaction with knowledge, sensitivity, and a passion to connect my clients with just the right real estate on the Crystal Coast.

    Jim Bailey


    License Number: 281517

    Jim Bailey grew up in Raleigh and attended Woodberry Forest School. He then went on to graduate from Duke University. He has been involved as both the developer and owner of Commercial & Residential Real Estate for more than 30 Years. He and his wife, Katherine, had been “second home” owners in Atlantic Beach before making it their permanent home more than 25 years ago. Jim & Katherine live on the sound front in Atlantic Beach with their son, who is now a senior at Wake Forest University. Jim Bailey is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Morehead City, having served as both an Elder and Deacon. He also serves on the Boards of a number of local charities including the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, The Barta Boys and Girls Club, Billfish Tournament and the Big Rock Foundation. He also served two terms on the Atlantic Town Board. Governor McCrory recently appointed him to the NC Aviation Development Advisory Committee. He is an active pilot as well as boater. As a member of the Bluewater Team, Jim’s years of experience and involvement with helping others enables him to give you the best professional yet personal experience which you deserve with your Commercial and Residential real estate needs!

    Kitch Ayre


    License Number: 165043

    I discovered Emerald isle while vacationing here in 1991 with my husband and our two youngest children. We loved it and bought a vacation home the first time we were here. Two years later we decided to make it our permanent home. Both Ken and I grew up near the ocean and were excited to be back. I was a licensed Realtor in Maryland since 1976 and decided that it would be a lot more fun selling houses at the beach. It was a good move for the whole family. My husband and youngest son operate our family restaurants “Kathryn’s Bistro and Martini Bar” and “Jackie’s American Grille”, both located in Emerald Isle. My only daughter Kelly is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and a third year law student at Elon Law in Greensboro. My other four sons and their families come to visit as often as they can! This is my 15th year selling in Emerald Isle and I love it! I meet people from all over and help them buy and sell their vacation homes, investment properties and full time residences. I also have quite a few military customers with the close proximity to 2 bases. I take my job very seriously and make myself available to my customers almost anytime. I know that their transactions are very important to them and I want them to be able to contact me whenever they need me. I also feel that I need to know as much as possible about this market and to give the best customer service possible -even long after the sale! I have been honored as Bluewater’s Top Producer every year since 1999 as well Carteret County’s top producer for 5 years. In today’s challenging Emerald Isle Real Estate market selecting the right real estate agent to represent you is crucial. It can make all of the difference in the world. Whether you’re planning on buying or selling or just have a question please feel free to call me! Let me put my enthusiasm, integrity and attention to detail to work for you!

    Laina Collins

    License Number: 285246

    I grew up on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Having moved here from Long Island, NY at the age of 4 and then moving back after exploring life in the city of Charlotte for several years, I feel this is truly home. They say home is where the heart is; I suppose mine lies here. Before breaking into the real estate world, I was a pediatric cardiology nurse at Levine Children's Hospital. I loved everything about my job, even those hard, heavy-hearted days. But, the city wasn't a thrill for my husband and I any longer. We missed the coastal beaches that we grew up on and longed to be back in salty water and have our toes in the sand. Working outside of a children's hospital did not turn out well for me. I could not adjust to way we whiny adults are (kids are way tougher than us). My heart belonged to the pediatric world which just does not exist here on our coast. With that, I decided to try a new en-devour in the world of real estate, and while different, I am learning that I can love another job as much as I loved my first. So here I am, breaking out into real estate and I would love to work with you.

    Louis Weil


    License Number: 171453

    Experienced and professional. With over 35 years in residential real estate sales, developing and marketing, Louis will bring his extensive knowledge to work for you. Louis is a graduate of UNC with a BS Degree in Marketing. He has earned the following designations of ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), GRI (Graduate of the Realtor Institute), and CRS (Certified Residential Specialists) from the National Association of Realtors®. Louis and his wife, Sissy moved to Morehead City from Goldsboro in 1999 and have truly loved the area. It is a wonderful place to live and play. They both enjoy tennis, golf, travel and evenings out with friends.

    Lugean Hogan


    License Number: 272306

    I have lived in Carteret County since 1978, operated Jones Brothers Marine for many years, and raised my three children here in Paradise! Now, I am working to provide my real estate clients the same type of service I tried to give my boating clientele - knowledge, prompt service and happy results for my buyers and sellers of real estate. I will work hard for you!!

    Malcolm Boartfield


    License Number: 268324

    ISLAND LIFESTYLES… Real Estate and Coastal Living Specialists A breath-taking sunrise over the Bogue Inlet Pier…a sighting of a pod of dolphin in the waves beyond the Western Regional Beach Access…a gathering of stately white herons as they prepare to roost in the marshes off the sound side of Emerald Isle…These are some of the images that define Emerald Isle as a place to call home. For real estate broker and lifestyle consultant, Malcolm Boartfield, bringing people to the island is a calling. Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Malcolm served in the Army during the Vietnam Conflict, and his time in the military prepared him for a lifetime of servant leadership. He made his mark as a top-seller for Prudential Georgia Realty before moving to Emerald Isle with his wife in 2001. As one of Bluewater Realty’s most valued agents, Malcolm specializes in matching qualified buyers to properties that will suit their needs. Malcolm uses his many years of experience in both real estate and computer technology to utilize the internet as a tool for his clients. His research provides a backdrop as he explores properties to match with individual clients–clients who have come to Emerald Isle for the way of life coastal living represents. Contact Malcolm today for a glimpse into Emerald Isle lifestyles. Real estate on Emerald Isle is more than a piece of property– it is a way of life!

    O.K. Hogan

    Coastal Specialist

    License Number: 263277

    O. K. Hogan is a North Carolina native and for over 30 years was a visitor to Carteret County and coastal North Carolina before permanently moving to Beaufort in 2000. He received his BS degree from Campbell University, an MBA from UNC-Greensboro, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). Since 2005, Hogan has worked in real estate development, traditional real estate sales and in 2013 transitioned into commercial real estate. As real estate developer, he served as partner and general manager of Mariner’s Walk, a 344 unit waterfront community in Georgetown, SC. He functioned as Partner/CFO of London Wilson Capital and provided consulting services to real estate and other business entrepreneurs by assisting in financing and venture capital funding. Prior to real estate, he was an owner and CFO of Stuart-Clark Inc., a manufacturing company specializing in furniture products made exclusively for the hospitality industry. He is a former corporate officer in both the textile and furniture industries. Hogan’s extensive financial background and professional skills add to the Star Team and Bluewater Real Estate. His down-to-earth approach and solid reasoning are immediately recognized and will be completely appreciated as your real estate objectives are advanced. He is married to Lugean Jones Hogan and they have 5 children. O.K. and Lugean are active in the community, lifetime supporters of Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, and attend Straits United Methodist Church. Check out my Web Site okhogan.searchhomesonthecarolinacoast.com

    Pat Copeland



    Pat Copeland, a captivating young man with a “can do” attitude, was born in Carteret County and has lived here his whole life. There is no place finer in his opinion. In the hotel management business for ten years prior to his real estate career, he is an accomplished problem solver who will make your real estate transaction smooth and easy. He knows the county and it’s waterways intimately. Pat is a multi-million dollar producer with a passion for boating and giving his clients stellar service.

    Ray Harrell


    License Number: 186751

    Ray is originally from Hertford County, here in North Carolina. After high school in 1975, Ray joined the US Navy. Four years later, Ray received his Honorable Discharge & attended Chowan College & later transferred to Atlantic Christian College where he graduated with a degree in Social Studies & a concentration in Economics in 1983. Ray has been in sales or management since then. In 1997 Ray got his real estate license & worked in Wilson, NC where he had lived since college.. In 2002, with a desire to live at the beach, Ray headed to Carteret County where he lives & works today.

    Sharon Salmon

    Broker Agent

    License Number: 244211

    Sharon Salmon grew up in Southwestern Virginia but has spent most of her adult life in North Carolina. A state she has come to love and proudly calls home. She began her real estate career in 1973 while working in Panama city, Florida. After a year and a half, Sharon returned home to North Carolina, where she began a career in Property Management. She worked for large companies and property developers in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh. Later she formed her own Property Management & Counseling Company located in Durham. Sharon Salmon has managed teams in new construction and renovations from interior & exterior appointments to visual aides in marketing and leasing. She gave motivational and sales speeches for management companies and other businesses. Sharon taught economics at the McKimmons Center in Raleigh as part of the program for candidates seeking Certified Apartment Managers designation. She received her Property Management Certification through the Institute of Real Estate Management in Chicago, Illinois. After retiring to the Crystal Coast in 1989, Sharon Salmon opted to open a retail store on the Atlantic Beach Causeway in 1996. She owned and operated her highly successful home decor retail store, Somethin’ Fishy for nine years. Retiring for the second time, Sharon found herself wanting to return to her first career choice in Real Estate.

    Stephanie Ross


    With a personal touch and a passion to help people, I provide my clients a wealth of experience through my diverse background in real estate, construction, renovation, and rental property management.

    Susan Goines


    License Number: 100988

    Welcome to the Crystal Coast of North Carolina and the “Southern Outer Banks!” I have lived in Carteret County for over 30 years and love the coastal breezes, many water vistas, and fresh air. My home is in Charlotte, NC and I went to college at UNC in Greensboro and Chapel Hill. As a North Carolina native, I have experienced all areas of this beautiful “variety vacationland” state, and this coastal area is my favorite. I have been a licensed real estate broker for over 25 years and also am a registered nurse, and have combined those 2 careers over the years. For the past nine years, I have spent most of my time working in real estate and have thoroughly enjoyed it! It is a true delight to introduce new people to this area and help them find just the right home. I am an animal lover, especially horses, and have a Shackleford Banks horse that I “adopted” from the island several years ago. I enjoy spending time with my daughter and granddaughters, who live in Virginia, and other friends and family who love to come visit the beautiful beach here. You can be assured that I will listen to your needs, and bring you to the properties that will fit your specific desires. My past clients have noted that I work in a timely and professional manner, and am always available by phone or email, to answer any questions. I will work hard for you, as my goal is to always have a happy client!

    Syndie Earnhardt


    License Number: 174192

    Buying, selling, friendly advice coupled with professionalism, experience and knowledge- I am always at your service.” My mission is to provide exceptional customer service & value while assisting my clients in reaching their goals. Having relocated to the area from High Point, NC in 1986, I consider myself a “local” to the Emerald Isle area. I also have deep roots with Bluewater Real Estate being employed as a receptionist at the company’s conception in 1987. I’m proud to say I was Bluewater first employee! While continuing to sell and list real estate as a full time broker, I have held management positions as the Broker-in-Charge of the Emerald Isle office and General Sales Manager of Bluewater’s other two locations in Atlantic Beach and Cape Carteret. After several years of wearing three hats, I am back focused on the basics of real estate brokerage of selling and listing residential real estate along the beautiful Crystal Coast. Throughout the varying market conditions over the past 29+ years, I consistently am a multi-million dollar producer. I take my real estate profession seriously. I am a member of the National Association of Realtors and our local Carteret County Association of Realtors (CCAR). In addition, I believe strongly in continuing education and training is imperative to maintain professionalism, skills and industry knowledge. I am a graduate of the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) Realtor and the Residential & Resort Specialist (RRS) designations. My most recent professional designation is the Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) Certification. My family moved to Emerald Isle in 1995 & my two sons, Brian & Tyler have enjoyed growing up at the beach. Both attended the Carteret County school system and are graduates of UNC-Chapel Hill & the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Go Heels! Brian married the lovely Kadie Frazier of the Cayman Islands & have since blessed me with precious granddaughter, Arabella. (Oh my, how she has stolen my heart!) All reside in Emerald Isle so I’m happy for quality family time. My favorite hobbies include walking the beach in search of sea glass (I have quite a collection), boating, working out with strength training & conditioning, cooking, reading & maintaining my beach rentals. Live music events, dining & just plain socializing with great friends & family are priceless fun to me. I am currently serving a three year term on the Board of Directors for the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. My past volunteer work with the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program (CCDVP) was very rewarding where I served two terms as Vice-President. I love to talk Crystal Coast real estate & especially conversations about “remember when we could have bought that property for $**!!@@!!”. I call Emerald Isle “home” and enjoying sharing my love of the area with others. Call me when you need any real estate information or advice pertaining to Crystal Coast Real Estate. I love meeting new people – first representing them as my clients and then calling them my friends. I look forward to hearing from you soon.--

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