Did you buy or sell a home with us or are we managing your rental property

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Seller // Patsy Van Ouwerkerk

In the past, Grace represented us on the purchase of two homes and most recently on the sale of our home. She is extremely professional and her communication was excellent - by phone, text, and email. this was especially important because we were in a different state for several weeks after accepting the offer.

Seller // John H.

Sue has been great. A few years back she helped my father sell some property and she did great with him too which is why I wanted to use Sue again. She was on it since day one. She always answered my questions, she was very fast to respond, and I never felt out of the loop. I would highly recommend her and I hope to recommend her in the future. She’s a great real estate agent and a great person.

Thank you,

John Hatfield

Buyer // Peter O’Brian

Initially, I considered NOT engaging a realtor for the transaction and approached Grace as a friend. After giving it further consideration, I felt it made sense to engage a professional.

This turned out to be the best decision I made. Her input, suggestions, and efforts LITERALLY saved me a considerable sum of money.

She handled every little detail from the initial contact to the final closing. The sale would not have likely occurred without her efforts!

Buyers // George and Susan W.

We have bought and sold 16 homes in our 51 years of marriage and by far Susan was the best realtor we've ever worked with. She did above and beyond the call of duty – very professional and a joy to work with. Thank you Susan!!

Mike P.

Our service from Ashley Ferri were totally outstanding. Very professional, thought of everything, highly organized. She truly made our sale a breeze.

She was very knowledgeable about Estate Sales, Estate Lawyers and made our experience with the buyers lawyers painless. We will surely ask for her by name should any more of our property become available!


Shawn Heiser was one of the original agents to sign up with Sold Buy the Sea Realty back when the company started. This is what Shawn had to share about working with us during our company meeting back in July 2019.

We are so happy to have created a business where Shawn, and all our agents, are free to put family first. Sadly, Shawn passed away on March 5, 2020 - but his family is still our family and we continue to find ways to support his wife Kim. Would you like to help? If you can please donate or share the GoFundMe we have set up as one way to support Kim during this very difficult time -- gf.me/u/xprsfd

Looking for a Real Estate company that is truly a family? Contact Dawn Berard (dawn@soldbuysea.com) or Laurie Stuhrcke (laurie@soldbuysea.com) our Broker's-In-Charge. Or CLICK HERE to learn more.

Andy Dortch

Simply put - Jeff Sanchez made the entire process of finding a new home and selling our old home go smoothly.

When searching for a new home, he never tried to steer our aspirations, rather he was a guide that rolled with our personal preferences whenever they changed. He kept us alerted about homes introduced to the market we may be interested in, and set up appointments for viewings promptly. He was always available with advice or guidance for us when needed and his clear, concise communication was well valued. When we found a home we liked, he rapidly completed paperwork, got us under contract, and helped us navigate the due diligence process with ease - he even crawled under the house to perform an inspection with me!

When it was time to sell our house Jeff was knowledgeable on the area price points, which invited immediate interest that lead to our house going under contract in just a few days. Again, Jeff rapidly completed paperwork and guided us from the seller side of the exchange with confidence.

His services are much appreciated and we highly recommend Jeff, as we would have never been able to find our current home without his assistance. thanks a million Jeff!

Tom Bosy

Laurie provided professional, timely and courteous service. She helped us through the intricacies of buying beachfront property and cheerfully acted as go-between for all the agencies you must work with to buy property on the coast. I would happily work with her again. Tom Bosy

Mike Cerza

Laurie Stuhrcke,


Here's our tribute to the best NC agent in the whole state.

Our decision to move out of the region was not an easy one to make; there were both emotional as well as practical weeds to wade through. Once the decision was made we set out to choose an agent. We interviewed a total of four real estate brokers, spending some eight hours in the process. We chose Laurie because she was far and away the broker who presented the most coherent and aggressive plan to sell our home.  Of course selling a home is not without its challenges. At every twist and turn, Laurie has shown both a constant and competent manager of the process. We love working with such a delightful and professional real estate broker.


I recently had the pleasure of working with Graham King. His attention to detail and meticulous help through out the entire process of my home purchase was stellar. Graham is truly the quintessential professional with a moral compass of steel. I would highly recommend his services!

Matt & Colleen

Sam Camblin was incredible!  He was very knowledgeable, responsive and helped my family and I find a perfect house for us!  He took his time and made sure that we didn't feel rushed into buying a property that didn't fit what we were looking for.  I will recommend him to anyone for their real estate needs!

Jane B

The attorney was wonderful! I feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful team together to help with the sale and purchase process. It could have gone any better!

Norm & Diane

We are so pleased with the services we received from Gloria Baker when purchasing our house. Gloria was with us every step of the way. She worked diligently to make sure we found the exact home that met our needs. Gloria was always available and responsive to our questions and requests and scheduled viewings quickly and at our convenience. Each time we saw a different home with her, it contained something that we had previously stated as a preference. There was no time wasted looking at homes that did not meet our requirements. We made an offer on our current home within two weeks of beginning the search and Gloria used her professional savvy to advocate for us to get the best deal possible. She used her expertise and resources to guide us through the whole process very successfully and smoothly. We highly recommend Gloria Baker to anyone looking for property to purchase. You will be in good hands! Thank you, Gloria!

Melany T

My experience with Gloria Baker has been nothing but great! I have known Gloria for 17 years and have retained her for purchasing, selling and renting!

Gloria is professional and goes out of her way to make sure all aspects of the sale/purchase go smoothly. She is accommodating and willing to go the extra mile to make the experience great for her clients. When I have real estate needs, Gloria is the person I call. I recommend her without hesitation to anyone looking to buy or sell property!

Ashley and Clayton A

We love Gloria!! We had the privilege of working with Gloria when we bought our home in 2009, and she made such an impact on us then, that we chose to contact her when we wanted to list our home in 2017. Gloria is so wonderful to work with! She came and toured our home and gave us feedback on a few things she thought would help with our listing. She was completely understanding and patient with us and was always available for us to talk if we had any questions or concerns. Back in 2009, we were new home buyers and she walked us through each step and was very supportive and understanding. I would recommend anyone to Gloria because of her honesty and genuineness.  She is truly a wonderful person and an excellent realtor. She takes time to listen to your needs and works really hard to fill all of them. We are going to miss her because we moved all the way to Idaho!

Ashton and Co

My experience with Dawn Berard was simply outstanding! My wife and I were looking to purchase our first home for our family. Dawn worked with us on a very personal basis and helped us to understand the home buying process. At one point, Dawn even told us that, "You might decide to buy this townhome, but I rather not sell it to you!" She was always looking out for our best interest, which really stood out to me, separating her from the rest of the Realtors in the Wilmington area. She is very knowledgeable and always available. She would show up on short notice and take us to see potential homes. It was her hard work and dedication that enabled us to purchase our first home! We could not have done this without her. We would highly recommend Dawn to any first time home buyer! It was an absolute pleasure working with her.

Taylor R

Dawn Berard was a phenomenal agent! She not only made the home buying process fun and exciting, but she negotiated the sellers down to a price that was less than what we said we would pay! She not only carefully listened to our requests, she fulfilled them. For every small detail that came up, Dawn either had an answer ready or she would get back to us with one very quickly. Her wealth of knowledge in the Wilmington area is extraordinary and her negotiation tactics are remarkable. Dawn Berard is a true professional; polite, respectful, and responsive to ALL phone calls and numerous questions. In short, Dawn went above and beyond to make our real estate purchase happen and I will be certain to recommend her to anyone looking to purchase and/or sell their home!

Mark and Sandy

The best agent that we ever had. Dawn has total interest in the buyer and what our needs were. She did an outstanding job at the two walkthroughs with a very difficult seller. I would use Dawn again and would recommend her to others!

Brandon & Jane B

Dawn Berard was referred to us from Jillian F, a friend of my wife, who had worked with her recently on a new construction home. Jillian was very pleased with Dawn, as are we! Dawn is very knowledgeable, a strong advocate, and has a great relationship with the builders. She made the whole process very smooth and we would absolutely work with her again. If my wife or I have any friends, co-workers, or family members that are looking to buy or sell, we will send them to Dawn! :)

Ron & Jill M

I believe the previous statements say it all!

John and Ann H

We had decided to move from Wilmington area to Charlotte (crazy right). We lived in a very isolated area and on a gravel road to boot. Dawn listed the house and within a short time and at a time 2009 when the market was made, we sold and were able to move on. Dawn and her staff work hard to help. We then had land in Wilmington area to sell and again Dawn did it! We could not be happier and recommend her and her agency to anyone!

Dana & Daniel R

As first-time home buyers, Sam was everything we could have asked for in a realtor. He was patient and listened to us, he was very knowledgeable, and he made the whole process so painless and streamlined. By the end of the whole process, he was as much of a friend as he was a realtor and advisor. We are so happy with our new home and would recommend him without hesitation.

Taylor & Craig K

I have never been so emotionally attached to a realtor/company. Grace Hodgkins at Sold Buy the Sea Realty taught us so much about the home-buying process, listened to our every wants and needs, stuck up for us, and represented us so well. Thank you forever! We LOVE our home!


Dawn is amazing. She could not have been any better!! Unfortunately, the closing attorney did not do a good job but Dawn was as upset or more about that than we were.

Karen Reed

Shawn went above and beyond.  Since I am located in York, PA he made sure I was informed of all decisions and milestones immediately via text, phone calls, and email.  He also did a lot of FaceTime with me to ensure that the property I located was what I wanted and did our final walkthrough via FaceTime.  Nice use of modern technology

William and Patricia Davenport

Garrett Mannerz is the best agent ever! We purchased our home with his help and he was exceedingly helpful finding us options to look at. Even while he was on vacation in Florida he kept in constant contact and always made himself available.  Ten months later we decided to sell our home and move closer to our children. Garrett sold our house in SIX days. Again he was always there and always available to talk. If our agent where we purchased our home was 10% as efficient in keeping in contact, returning phone calls, available to answer questions, etc. we would have been happy. What this boils down to, is that Garrett was more helpful to us than our out of the area agent. We highly recommend him as a top notch agent who knows his business.

Michael Minetz

Shawn really made my first home purchase a wonderful experience. He really made everything easy. His knowledge of the home market really helped and made myself (the buyer) feel at ease.

Frederick & Ellen

Communication was very simple. We felt Dawn was always on top of things!

J. Moore

Peter was knowledgable, friendly, checked by every week and gave updates, always answered our questions.

Eric & Cassie

Garrett was so down to earth and real.  We never felt pressured or rushed.  He made sure to stick with us until we found the perfect house.  My fiance and I are polar opposites, so it was no easy task!  Garrett made the entire process fun and exciting!

Steve & Sue

Had our house on the market for over a year - Dawn sold our home in less than 3 months! We were thrilled!

Robert & Susan

Shawn would listen to us and would look for the houses for us and kept us within our budget.


It was really helpful when Gregory suggested improvements to do so the home would sell faster, and it did!


Once Dawn was the listing agent, the showing increased!

The Davenports

The best and easiest home purchase... Garrett Mannerz was the best - returned calls immediately (even while on vacation), was patient, knowledgeable, and kind. Looking to purchase a home? Don't go anywhere else!

Gary & Margie

Shawn was professional, considerate, and always willing to help with any problem. He offered suggestions to help us sell our house quicker. Would recommend him to family and friends. He treated us with utmost respect; a gentleman.

Joan & Frank

We loved working with Caroline because of her expertise, area knowledge and “above and beyond” service!

Jim & Donna

Dawn, you did an excellent job! You were always looking after any mistakes & found several but you go them corrected. You were always looking after your client.

Jen B

Caroline is an outstanding realtor. More importantly, she is an amazing person who put our needs before her own. We are blessed to have met her!

Shannon Nixon-Blanks

You are one of the best.  Couldn't have done it without you.

John and Charlene B

Thank you!! I had been using a company that I dealt with while previously living here 3 years ago. But in the three years I have been looking, they did nothing to help. So I think you for your quick response and especially introducing us to Caroline!

Mr. & Mrs. O’Connell

I used to think that a real estate agent was only there to find you a home.  Sold by the Sea Realty showed me that was only the first step.  They watched out for me throughout the process, including status reports, referrals, recommendations, and follow-up with the seller, lawyers, seller's agent, etc.  They made my home purchase easy.


Caroline was the most thorough realtor we ever worked with. Every question or concern we had, you got the answers for us and we LOVE our house!


Dawn was great! She is so sweet and easy to work with, even when I was stressing out!

Louanne Kaye

Marge is very efficient. Her personality makes her enjoyable to work with. I had a good experience.

Wakeelah B.

Easy person to work with. I would refer Dawn to my friends and family.


THANK YOU so much for everything. I cannot have imagined going thru this process without you! I'm in heaven and so happy in my new home!

Richard Le Sense

Dawn is the best real estate CONSULTANT and PROFESSIONAL I have ever dealt with! She is the only real estate professional I would deal with in the Wilmington area and vicinity.

I initially met Dawn in her role as broker representing sellers of various properties and was impressed by her expertise. She carefully listened for our very unique property requirements and did a wonderful job of presenting the right properties to meet our needs. Since I was seeking help to find my son the right property and her properties did not meet our needs perfectly Dawn became our consultant and agent to help seek and find the right one. After finding the right property, Dawn did a fabulous job as our buyer's agent to get us to negotiate the best value price offer for my son's our new property. When we needed local expertise to repair and upgrade the property, Dawn was there with an extensive list of vetted contractors. She did a wonderful job of guiding my son through the maze of his first house purchase and has kept in touch, unlike most salespeople. I wholeheartedly recommend Dawn if anyone needs an experienced professional for any real estate transaction in the Wilmington area. She is not only a broker but a good CONSULTANT and ADVISOR to have on your side!

Grace Beasley

Service was excellent.


Martin & Domenique Schmitt

A joy to work with on our new construction!


Bob and Shirley B.

Your professional ability as well as your personal touch were the best! We would absolutely work with you again. Couldn’t have done it without you.

Robert & Susan

Shawn Heiser is the best Realtor, and if you are looking for a home, he is the person you will want to have has your Realtor.

Shawn listened to our needs and wants in a home, what kind of area we wanted to live in, and most importantly kept us within our budget.

Shawn also would go through home searches each day to find us the perfect home.  He would only send you the houses to review that he knew met your needs and wants.  We lived about 7 hours away from the Leland area.  So after letting him know what houses we were interested in, he would then go to the house and take a video of it, send it to us, and give us his honest opinion of what he thought about it.  After seeing the videos we would then setup appointments for only the homes we were interested in.

Shawn also went out of his way to find the best contractors to fix the repairs needed to our home before closing.  Shawn would even go buy the home to make sure the repairs were done.  He also met with the home inspector and stayed with him while doing the inspection.

Shawn was very accessible and kept in contact with us on a daily basis.

Shawn always made us feel like we were his most important client.

I cannot say enough about Shawn.  Just that if you are looking for an outstanding Realtor, Shawn Heiser is the person you will want to have as your Realtor.

Erin B.

Excellent to work with and extremely knowledgeable about today’s market.

Mal & Dani Whalen

We are from California. We really appreciated the personal attention. Felt very welcoming.


William Taylor

Grace has Integrity and character and goes beyond what was expected

John and Ann H.

You were creative in your marketing of our home and always kept us informed and up to date. Our home was listed twice before we tried you. You sold it for us.

Bob & Shirley Brehmer

You are one of the best.  Couldn't have done it without you.


Mike D.

I thought you went over and beyond to answer any questions and solved all problems. Great overall performance.

Mike and Chasity S.

Without Dawn's help with the seller, we would have not had a place to live (buyer Possession) for those few months leading up to the closing. Thank You for all your help!

John S.

Caroline is very knowledgeable and communicates frequently!

Eric E.

Very enthusiastic and customer driven.

Vanessa and Teri H.

If you need a dedicated, laid back and honest realtor; Dawn is your girl!

John S.

Caroline is very knowledgeable and communicates frequently!

Greg and Tanya M.

Your honesty, accessibility and personality made all the difference in this purchase. Thank you for your expertise and patience. We feel like you are not only our agent but our friend.

Diane Brown

Caroline was amazing!! She was there for us every step of the way trying to make our experience as easy and pleasurable as possible. We were very impressed with her professionalism from day one to signing. She is a dynamic Realtor and PERSON.

Terri M. 

When my husband and I decided to move from NT to NC the whole process seemed overwhelming and unobtainable but lucky for us we found the perfect agent, Caroline Watkins. We are way beyond thankful for Caroline. She is very professional, efficient, enthusiastic agent with a wonderful sense of humor that is topped only with her beautiful southern charm that made our stressful move seem to go off with ease. Highly recommended!

Tanya Magidow

Your honesty, accessibility and personality made all the difference in this purchase.  Thank You for your expertise and patience.  We feel like you are not only our agent but our FRIEND!

Lara and Philip

I don't make any decisions in real estate without Grace Hodgkins. She lives up to her name in patience & integrity. Grace also happens to be one smart cookie, and she intuitively knows what we want! I can't wait to work with her again!

Erin Bosley

Excellent to work with and extremely knowledgeable about today’s market.

Pat & Joe Schlegel

Caroline was always available to answer our questions. If there was anything we needed, she would get it to us right away. She was very professional and easy to work with making our experience wonderful!

Robert Carpenter

Grace was honest and made sure I had all of the information required to make an informed decision.  She helped make home buying an easy process.

Nealon Feeney

We bought from California so trust was of most importance. I would utilize your services in anther transaction.

Kyle and Amanda C.

Took the scary factor out of buying a first home.

Shannon N.

The thing I liked most about working with Dawn is her honesty and hard work!

Charlie and Jen B

Dawn went above and beyond for us, making our relocation to Wilmington a breeze. We will always use Dawn as our Realtor. I always knew she would have the answer to any question or situation and would have our best interests in mind.

Richard Meyerson

We wanted a vacation condo. Kim found us one, helped with the punch list, and corrections before we signed the mortgage. This was very helpful since we live in Raleigh.

Susanna Williams

Garrett Mannerz of Sold Buy the Sea Realty went above and beyond in finding us the perfect home to fit our budget in our limited area where we wanted to move to. He is a devoted family man and THAT made all the difference. He understood exactly what we were looking for.

Nicole and Damon B.

Your energy and ability to not only find what we asked for but fund options you thought we would be interested in was great. Dawn was such a great advocate for me and my husband. Without her knowledge and persistence, our home- buying experience would not have been the positive experience it was.

Herbert & Virginia Frey

Marge was a pleasure to work with. She was determined to do a good job and she did!


Alex Mankowski

Gloria Baker has been a phenomenal agent throughout my home buying process. I emailed her while overseas with the Army, looking to move to Wilmington upon my return home. Having met her through a friend two years prior, I knew I wouldn't want to do business with anyone else.

Over the course of three months, Gloria met with family members that were viewing properties on my behalf. Unable to talk to one another over the phone until the last month, Gloria kept me updated almost every day with properties to consider. Eventually, we settled on the perfect property.

She aided me in obtaining a VA loan, gave honest insight, and made me feel like I was a genuinely cared-for client. As a first-time home buyer, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Gloria is more than great at her job, she's a great friend to have!

Louise Patterson

Shawn was wonderful.  He helped me as I put an investment property on the market, making sure repairs and renovations were done.  I am in another state and he was so helpful.  Thanks Shawn for all of our hard work.

Chris Farrior Jr

Gregory Maley was a pleasure to work with when searching for my new home. He was so helpful in finding the property that was fit for me. His experience in real estate made it effortless for me to find all the homes that were in my interest. Just to name a few, being prompt, flexible, and knowledgeable are the skills that Gregory brings to the table. Ultimately, he is simply a resourceful person.  I will certainly be using this real estate for my next property and future properties to come. Thank you so much for a job well done Gregory! I love my new home.