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Meet Mary Carneiro

Meet Mary Carneiro
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    About Mary

    I'm a transplant from NY/CT, and I moved to Southport in 2014. As a Broker at Southport Realty, my focus is on helping others embrace and enjoy the Coastal Living lifestyle. I advise clients that choosing the right area is paramount, with the house coming second. I firmly believe that the perfect house will find you.

    For those new to the area, the process involves more than just the number of baths and a garage within your budget. It's about finding your comfort zone— whether it's in town, in an HOA, in a historic area, near the beach, or with an antique feel. I guide clients through considerations like the reputation of the builder and even where to exercise, shop, volunteer, and find reliable local services in town.

    I'm committed to being there for my clients before, during, and long after the real estate transaction. My business motto is "Embracing Change", reflecting my belief that moving to Coastal Carolina, with the right planning and agent, can be a transformative experience.

    The real estate landscape has been marked by a buying boom and inventory shortage since 2021. Rising mortgage rates and a lag in new builds meeting demand pose challenges for our buyers. Local sellers can capitalize on the increased demand, but executing a sale at top dollar presents its own set of challenges. In this ever-changing market, I advocate for shopping local to gain an advantage in Brunswick County.

    As a Southport resident and realtor, I've noticed a rise in "out of area agents". While an actively licensed North Carolina realtor can operate statewide, I emphasize the value of working with a knowledgeable local realtor. Real estate transactions are significant, and
    utilizing local expertise can save both time and money. As your boots on the ground, I ensure your property stays show-ready.

    Here are three compelling reasons why working with a local realtor is the wisest choice:
    1. Local Expertise:
    o We know the area intimately, living here and understanding the nuances of
    o Familiarity with specific properties or, if not, access to information within
    our local office.
    o We provide insights beyond published amenities, detailing the lifestyle of
    each neighborhood.
    2. Community Investment:
    o Your local realtor is also your neighbor, invested in and contributing to the
    o Our commitment to the community ensures a strong incentive to secure
    the best outcome for your property.

    3. Invaluable Knowledge:
    o Local realtors often have early knowledge of homes for sale, sometimes
    before they're listed.

    o We can assess if a property is priced appropriately for the market, and
    may know why a house is being sold.
    o Knowing builders, reputations, and neighborhood dynamics allows us to
    negotiate the best purchase price.

    I am passionate about my work, clients, and the community I call home. At Southport
    Realty, you deal directly with me throughout the entire process, from start to finish. I am
    eager to serve as your local expert and realtor, fostering a lasting relationship.

    Clients Say About Mary

    Mary Carneiro, with Southport Realty, helped sell our home and also helped with a purchase of property. We were so blessed to find Mary. She made the whole process very easy. Also, as we were back and forth about selling, she was so patient with us and truly wanted the best for our family. If you are looking for a great agent, we highly recommend her.

    Dave and Julie Weir

    Mary was a pleasure to work with, stayed in constant contact through the whole process, answering all questions in a timely manner. The sale got a little complicated here and their but Mary was always there for us, as we worked out way through. You definitely know she's on your side and quick to act and respond, you won't go wrong with Mary!

    Rick & Rhonda

    Mary was very helpful all the way through the buying process. She was very prompt getting back to us with any questions or concerns. I would highly recommend Mary to anyone looking to relocate in this area.

    Joanne Moran

    Mary had a great game plan and great ideas to sell our house, which made the process simple and painless. Even with a few set backs from the buyers side, Mary was quick to keep us informed and up to date. We interviewed other realtors in the area but were very glad to find Mary and highly recommend her whether buying or selling a house!

    Dan & Julie Burman

    Mary is fabulous! I really lucked out when I contacted Southport Realty at random and connected with Mary. She knows the area really well; she sent us lots of related listings and background info, responded quickly to every question and concern, and was up-front about pros and cons of various properties. She arranged her schedule to accommodate us when we came to Southport house-hunting, and ultimately helped us to buy our new home in Southport. She was great at navigating the inevitable details and glitches - I highly recommend Mary Carneiro!

    Andy & Cathy Mossholder

    Highly Recommend! Mary represented both the seller and myself on my recent purchase of 2 lots in Shallotte. She went above and beyond throughout the entire process. She was knowledgeable, responsive, attentive to detail, and such a pleasure to work with! 5 stars earned and then some!

    Mike & Diana

    We felt compelled to share our experience with Mary Carneiro of Southport Realty, she is the best of the best. Mary is upfront, honest, hardworking, knows the area and knowledgeable on all aspects of buying and selling of real estate. If she doesn’t have an answer, she works diligently and speedily to get the information for you. Her communication skills are top notch. Even if she disagrees and is telling you something you don’t want to hear, it never comes across negatively. Want to know the nuances of a neighborhood? She has it. Want to know the trends of the real estate market? She is a wealth of information. Mary makes the deal happen. Our transaction was challenging due to the impact of Hurricane Florence dealing immediately after our purchase offer was accepted. Her persistence allowed this transaction to be completed amicably with all parties involved. The help and guidance she gave us on our Oak Island purchase was invaluable and a big part of making our dreams come true. And, a friend forever, as she reaches out to her customers before and after the sale. We have dealt with many realtors over the years and our experience with Mary has been the best of all.

    Jane & Bill Ploetz, Dunkirk NY & Oak Island NC

    We lived 6 hours away and planned days to meet her and she would set aside her day to run around Oak Island with us. I would highly recommend Mary to anyone searching for a new home.

    Mary was a lot of fun to work with while looking for our "dream come true" beach cottage. She was with us through months of searching and countless showings with so much energy and enthusiasm. She made it her goal to make sure we found what we wanted and greatly encouraged us along the way.

    Mary was a wonderful realtor for us during our recent move to Southport. Our home search experience began a full year before we finally closed on a home and Mary was right by our side during the entire process! In the dozens of homes that we viewed multiple times searching for that “perfect house” she was great! Kind, patient, pleasant, and energetic, Mary became a trusted friend to us during the process...taking hours upon hours of time getting to know us personally and fully understand what we were looking for. She kept us focused, directed and informed through a long dedicated search in a challenging COVID-19 market. Mary is not only knowledgeable about the Southport market, but also capable and a great communicator...helping us navigate through the negotiations, due diligence period, and through to the home closing. We ended our search exactly where we wanted to be in a special historic home on a wonderful street downtown. We can’t thank Mary enough for her guidance in leading us to our new home!


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