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 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.
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!
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!
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.
Gray has done a superb job finding the properties that work best for us, negotiating great prices and checking the details so that there are not surprises! We are thrilled with all three properties that we have purchased with him.
From start to finish, Stacey provided excellent service in the sale of our house. Answered all our questions quickly and in terms we understood. Took care of all the “hassle issues ” that popped up easily.
Having Barry as our broker was invaluable, particularly since we had worked with Barry almost fifteen years prior. Barry’s long-term knowledge of the Outer Banks market gave us a competitive advantage, and his vast experience allowed us to have realistic expectations regarding the sale of our property. We were briefed at every stage of the process, and given data-driven advice regarding how best to proceed in our negotiations with potential buyers. Most importantly, the combination of Barry’s background, experience, drive and realism meant that once the house was on the market, the interval between the time the house was listed and the property was under contract was remarkably brief. So it is without hesitation that we enthusiastically recommend Barry if one is looking for a broker who is up-front, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with whether one is considering buying or selling property in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
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.
We could not have asked for a finer “Agent” to represent us! We have raved about you to everyone we discuss our house with. We certainly appreciate all of your efforts “above and beyond” the normal duties… We started out looking for a “good agent” but wound up with a “good friend”
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.