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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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”
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.
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.
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.