We are a boutique Outer Banks Real Estate Agency specializing in helping buyers and sellers with vacation rental property. Our team specializes in helping buyers and sellers with OBX vacation rental property. Our 4 brokers, Barry, Gray, Stacey and Fran are committed to their clients and to our company. We are the most experienced brokers on the beach. We have a combined 88 years of real estate experience. The vast majority of our business comes from repeat clients, referrals, owners and guests who have a long relationship with Carolina Designs.
With phenomenal housekeeping, maintenance, marketing, rental and tech departments, we genuinely are a full-service brokerage and can more thoroughly service our clients throughout their ownership experience. Our advice for buyers and sellers is based on years of institutional knowledge and we consult with our clients throughout their ownership. This often involves our unparalleled experience in planning rental marketing and rates, suggestions in current trending amenities, maintenance, free suggestions and management to increase the success of ownership, profitability and ensure a smooth transition to new owners.
My husband and I were fortunate to meet Stacy Baittinger relatively early in our search for a beach house in Duck, NC. We were specifically looking in Duck, but Stacey demonstrated knowledge of all of the OBX beaches and communities. She is very familiar with all of the neighborhoods in Duck and was able to provide invaluable information for us to select the perfect home. After our first couple of meetings with Stacey, we knew that we wanted to stick with her through the search and purchase process. Stacey met with us numerous times, and was always very happy to accommodate our scheduling requests to see homes. She learned quickly what we were looking for because she listened to us and directed us to homes that were a good fit. In addition to her knowledge of the OBX area, Stacey brings a diverse body of information to the table when showing a house. She has background knowledge that contributes to identifying safety and maintenance issues for the interior and exterior of homes, and shares her knowledge freely. We knew quite early that we not only trusted her, but considered Stacey to be a friend. I would highly recommend Stacey to anyone who is interested in finding, and feeling great about an OBX purchase.
For anyone selling any property in the Outer Banks, I would highly recommend Barry Breit of Carolina Designs Realty. In a very tight market, Barry is an experienced realtor who was able to network with other agents to maximize showings and get my property sold. He was always keeping me informed of his marketing and had great attention to details in maintaining the property in good showing condition before showings. He even was able to get aerial photos of the property to maximize its views for showing potential. When small repairs were needed, he had contacts who promptly got the job done. And once we got a sales contract, Barry kept me on top of what needed to be done regarding closing out accounts, insurance and finalizing the sale. For any Outer Banks sales, Barry is the man!
My wife and I completely enjoyed our experience working with Gray Berryman. He is the first Realtor with whom I have ever worked who listened to my buying parameters (price/house style) and stayed within them. My experience in the past has been that some agents work to stretch the buyer out of their comfort zone – Gray not only kept to my requirements, he even reminded me of them several times! We tried a “short sale”, and ultimately bought the property through a bank. Gray kept us educated and calm the whole way through. He talked us through the process, communicated regularly, and kept his patience as the players changed and the process dragged. Many people find this process very painful, but Gray made it easy for us. After the sale, Gray was a huge help with the local contractors – he gave top picks for cable providers, pool maintenance folks, and all sorts of help. His recommendations proved efficient and responsive, and they remain on our list of people to call when we need some help.
Gray assisted me greatly by explaining thoroughly and walking me through each step of the way…whether it was his thoughts on a particular neighborhood or advice on the bidding process. As a result, I purchased a home that I could not be happier with. In fact, after bringing him numerous homes I wanted to tour, it ended up being a home that he brought to my attention that I fell in love with and purchased!
We had the privilege in working with Gray Berryman to purchase our home in Kill Devil Hills. Gray worked diligently with us for several months in striving to find a profitable vacation rental property within the Outer Banks. While we live over 5 hours away, Gray made this process very simple, accommodating and pleasurable. Prior to Gray, we worked with three different agents where Gray’s knowledge “far surpassed” anyone we had dealt with. Gray also projected rental income for our home, where with all aspects in working with Gray, he was right on! Gray was great to work with during the sales process, and even after the sale, he assisted us with great advice regarding upgrades, introduced us to various staff members within Carolina Designs whom would be managing our home, and guided us to ensure we invested in a “profitable vacation home”! Our expectations in working with Gray far surpassed our expectations! Gray’s knowledge of the real estate environment in the Outer Banks is second to none. Combining his knowledge of the market, great personality, and continued support after the sale, in my opinion there is no other choice in a real estate agent among all of the Outer Banks.
We cannot thank you enough for all of the time you gave us and for your patience with our looking and our questions. We feel so very fortunate to have found you—you are incredibly knowledgeable in many areas and you are pleasant to be with and made us feel very comfortable!
Stacey is super responsive and very knowledgeable about the area. The purchase was an investment property for us and she was great at narrowing the search for our specific criteria showing us properties that we didn’t consider when doing our own research. I have bought and sold more than a dozen properties in the last 20 years and Stacey was by far the most proactive during the negotiation and closing process.
Gray listed our rental property on Schooner Ridge Drive in Duck. Because my husband and I own our own real estate office in New Jersey, we knew what to expect during the listing process. Of course, we started out with high expectations, because we are in the same field. Gray started out with a very impressive Comparative Market Analysis for our property and his real estate performance was just as impressive, if not more. He kept us informed by phone and email through whole process and made us feel so comfortable, even though we were more than 400 miles away. He is a true professional and had our best interests at heart through the entire transaction. He is a great asset to the real estate community.
We had never been to the Outer Banks prior to our investment purchase. Stacey quickly gained an understanding of our wishes and steered us towards some houses we would have never considered and ultimately into a dream beach home on Pine Island that’s now a rental machine and a great getaway (not even in our original search area)! Stacey is very good with communication and providing ancillary information about the areas, restaurants and vendors to work with. We particularly appreciated her candidness with all our questions, what would work for a rental and her persistence when we had some issues with our lender. We recommend considering her and her team for your next purchase/investment.
He went above and beyond a realtor’s expected responsibilities to make everything happen smoothly in this challenging market. His excellent working relationships with mortgage brokers, inspectors, and insurance agents made our seemingly impossible dream a reality.