Calling the Crystal Coast home for most of her life, Broker, Cathy Gainey loves helping clients find just the right place to call home in our unique coastal area. Over 20 years as a real estate broker in Carteret County she has found that clients appreciate both her listening skills and her problem-solving skills. Her first career as a social worker made real estate a natural fit for her.

Gaining educational knowledge with elite designations including the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute, and ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), among others, has advanced her career along with service to the Realtor community by serving as President of the local Board in 2004, and committees such as Grievance and Professional Standards. Cathy loves giving back to the community. Whether it be serving as a Guardian Ad Litem for children, working for the Relay for Life, or ringing a bell for the Salvation Army she knows the importance of working together to keep our area special.

Cathy also knows how important it is to treat each and every client as unique and special and her goal is to make client’s sales or purchases as easy and seamless as possible.”


I was Miss Blue Marlin 1970!

I was one of two girls on the UNC Parachute Club.

I have lived on the Crystal Coast since I was 6-years-old.



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