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2020 sales awards

Celebrating Success with Our Real Estate Sales Awards

2020 sales awards

This year, celebrating our success during our annual Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner looked a little different than in previous years. This year’s awards ceremony, which took place on February 18th, was virtual!

Every year, we gather our Sales Team together for an opportunity to look back on the progress of not only each of our individual agents but our company as a whole.


Once again, we had so much to celebrate and be thankful for during our Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner, especially after such a trying year. With almost all of our Bluewater Real Estate Agents and staff members in attendance, we celebrated our top producers, learned some interesting facts about our fellow co-workers as we played trivia games, and thoroughly enjoyed each other while we took advantage of the virtual setting from the comfort of our homes and offices.


It was a great evening and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event. 

Our Real Estate Sales Awards Winners

Copeland and Bernauer Team – Top Producing Team in 2020


Congratulations to the Copeland and Bernauer Team for being the Top Producing Team in 2020! Join us in congratulating them.

Kitch Ayre – Top Producing Agent for 2020

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Congratulations to Kitch Ayre for being the Top Producing Agent for 2020! Join us in congratulating her.

Laina Collins – Most Closed Sides in 2020


Congratulations to Laina Collins for having the Most Closed Sides in 2020. Join us in congratulating her.

Previous Year’s Real Estate Sales Awards

If you’d like to take a look at who some of our award winners were in previous years, you can click through the following links – 

We look forward to sharing more details from our awards dinner with you in upcoming posts. Stay tuned! 

CCAR Awards Luncheon

Carteret County Association of REALTORS® Annual Awards Luncheon

Valentine’s Day was a full day of celebrations as members of Real Estate Organizations across Carteret County gathered to celebrate their accomplishments from 2018. We are proud to have multiple agents, teams, and both of our offices recognized with production awards.

Platinum Office Awards

Bluewater Real Estate- Atlantic Beach
Bluewater Real Estate- Emerald Isle

We are so excited to announce that both of our office locations have secured the top-production award from the Carteret County Association of REALTORS®. This is a testament to our hardworking agents, and their knowledge of the Crystal Coast Real Estate Market. The prestigious Platinum Award is given to those offices that surpass 170 transaction sides, or are responsible for over $40 Million in Total Sales Volume.

Kitch Ayre


This is my 20th year selling in Emerald Isle, and I love it!  I meet people from all over and help them buy and sell their vacation homes, investment properties, and full time residences.  I also have quite a few military customers with the close proximity to two bases.  I take my job very seriously and make myself available to my customers almost anytime.  I know that their transactions are very important to them, and I want them to be able to contact me whenever they need me.  I also feel that I need to know as much as possible about this market and to give the best customer service possible–even long after the sale!

I have been honored as Bluewater’s Top Producer every year since 1999 as well as Carteret County’s Top Producer for six years. In today’s challenging Emerald Isle real estate market, selecting the right real estate agent to represent you is crucial.  It can make all of the difference in the world.  Whether you’re planning on buying or selling or just have a question, please feel free to call me!  Let me put my enthusiasm, integrity, and attention to detail to work for you!

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The Star Team

Real Estate Team

When you work with the Star Team, you’ll get expert guidance from professionals with an outstanding reputation for excellence in real estate transactions on the Crystal Coast.

We are long-time residents and know the area intimately. We have the education and the experience to take all of the pieces of a home buying or selling puzzle and put them together to achieve a seamless closing. We’re committed to serving the community with honesty and integrity, and to building relationships, not just adding up home sales.

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Allison Bernauer- Broker/Realtor with Copeland & Bernauer team at Bluewater Real Estate in Atlantic Beach, NC

Copeland & Bernauer

Real Estate Team

With over 40 combined years of Crystal Coast Real Estate experience, The Copeland & Bernauer Real Estate Team takes pride in providing a smooth and enjoyable transaction for all of their clients. Alison Bernauer, Pat Copeland, and Eleanor Copeland have decided to combine their industry and local knowledge to form the C & B team. The Silver Production Award is a testament to their hardwork and dedication to their clients and community.

Lorna Riggs


I relocated to Emerald Isle on the beautiful Crystal Coast with my husband in 1989, leaving my 1st career as a Physician Assistant in Winston-Salem, NC. We pursued our entrepreneurial dream of creating and operating a specialty outdoor retail business in a place we love.  Island Rigs Kayak and Clothing Company was born, grew and thrived for 16 years.  At the store vacationing customers, enthralled by the area, were often as interested in my local knowledge of the coastal neighborhoods, as they were about our products and services.

I became a licensed Real Estate Broker in 2005. Since then, I have familiarized myself with communities throughout Carteret and Onslow Counties.  I obtained the GRI (Graduate of Realtor Institute); SFR (Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource); CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) & RSPS (Resort & Second-home Property Specialist) designations to better serve my clients.  I look forward to working with you in buying or selling your full time residence, vacation home or investment property.  Your satisfaction is my goal.  It will be a privilege to use my professional skills, knowledge of current market conditions, and attention to detail in helping you, your friends and family.

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Ron Webb


I have lived in Carteret County for twenty one years, thirteen of them on the Bogue Sound in Emerald Isle.  My background includes experience in healthcare and as a business owner in healthcare professional recruitment.  I have lived mostly in Kentucky and Texas before moving to North Carolina in 1996.  When I am not busy with church activities, I golf and explore the outer banks and mountains of North Carolina.  I enjoy helping people find the property that makes them happy.  I am excited about telling people the benefits of living here along the Crystal Coast.  Call me at 252-622-1505 or email me at  I would be happy to come look at your property or help you find your next (or second) home.

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Bluewater Wins Most Improved Outgoing Referrals Sent in USA

Congratulations are in order to our Real Estate Sales Team and Referral Coordinator, Kristie Elliott, for their recognition from the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®.

Our company was acknowledged as the organization with the Most Improved Year to Date Outgoing Sent Referrals in the USA. Much of the credit goes out to Kristie, who works out of our Atlantic Beach Office as our Leading RE representative, for championing the effort to improve our networking abilities throughout the country and even across the Globe.

As members of the invite-only Leading RE network, all of our Bluewater agents have the ability to assist you and your family find a home anywhere in the world. Through this exclusive opportunity, we work with you to hand-pick a qualified agent that knows all about your desired location and exhibits the right personality to establish a great working relationship with you. After the initial connection, we follow up frequently to ensure that the home search and transaction period is flowing seamlessly.

We can only imagine how tough it is to leave a place as beautiful as Eastern North Carolina, and that’s why we’re here to help make things as easy as possible. If you know of someone looking to relocate, have them give us a call so that we can help them too.

Learn more about the Leading RE Network here:

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Bluewater recognized by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World




Sandy Futral Receives Recognition for Community Service

Hard Work Rarely Goes Unnoticed

At the annual end of the year meeting held by the Carteret County Association of REALTORS®, our own Sandy Futral was presented with the Ben Ball Community Service Award, which recognizes members that make outstanding and dedicated contributions to the betterment of our local community.

The acknowledgment is certainly well-deserved as Sandy has been hard at work supporting our community for the past several years. This year, in particular, was special to her, while she served as Chair of the local association’s Public Relations Committee. Below, you can read more about just a few of the events and organizations she’s focused on over the course of the year.

Swinging for Scholarships

Through Sandy’s leadership- the local board of REALTORS® was able to host its 1st Annual ‘Swing for Scholarships’ Golf Tournament Fundraiser. The event was held on August 9th and marked as a success from the 1st drive. The funds raised from this inaugural event will go to benefit members of the organization directly through the CCAR Scholarship fund. Every year, soon-to-be High School graduates with a guardian as a member of CCAR have the opportunity to be awarded scholarships for college. Sandy and the Public Relations Committee hope to give more scholarships than ever this upcoming Spring since the event was so well attended.

Hurricane Florence Relief

Our area directly felt the impacts of Hurricane Florence, which brought several days of rain into our area with heavy winds and high tides. Many families around the county were displaced due to flooding and/or roof damage, but Sandy and the CCAR team were quick to offer their support. The CCAR Board office was used as a drop-off destination for supplies such as food, water, clothing, and cleaning supplies. Members of the local community gathered together to distribute the collections to those most affected by the storm, and offer their services to anyone needing temporary housing, or those who were searching for qualified contractors to begin the rebuilding process.

Toys for Tots

For many years, Sandy has coordinated with the United States Marine Corps and hundreds of local businesses to designate themselves as a Toys for Tots drop-off location. The USMC does a great job of collecting and distributing these generous donations to the children that need them most throughout the course of the Holiday season. Toys for Tots boxes can be found at all of our Bluewater Real Estate offices- we welcome you to stop by and drop a new and unwrapped present for a child in need.

Backpacks for Kids

In addition to an Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ event, where local Real Estate offices and similar businesses gather donations of school supplies for area educators, Sandy is heavily involved with the Backpacks for Kids team. Every week, a group of dedicated volunteers gathers together to combine a bag full of donated canned goods, fruits, snacks, nutritional bars, and healthy drinks. At the end of the week, children of low-income families take a bag home to enjoy with their families over the weekend. It’s the little things like this that make Sandy so passionate to help, as those students with free or reduced lunch options are often forgotten about over the weekends. A significant amount of time, money, and effort is contributed by Sandy for causes like this and so much more.

If you see Sandy, be sure to congratulate her on receiving the prestigious award, and thank her for everything she does in the community.

Carteret County Association of REALTORS® Awards Ceremony

Agents & Offices Recognized as Top Producers

Last Thursday at The Country Club of the Crystal Coast, the Carteret County Association of REALTORS® held their Annual Awards Banquet. It was a beautiful evening and a great way for the entire dedicated group of real estate professionals to celebrate all of their hard-work throughout 2017. Dinner and cocktails were served early in the evening, followed by the awards presentation and the evening was rounded out with dancing.

Platinum Level Offices

For the 2nd year in a row, both our Emerald Isle & Atlantic Beach Offices were awarded with the Platinum Level status, which is the highest attainable achievement for an office. To qualify, an office must have had at least 170 sides or more than $40 million in Total Sales Volume. Both of our office locations finished in the Top 5 of all offices that are active members of the regional association. Our Emerald Isle Office represented clients on 293.5 sides, with over $88 million in volume for an average Sale Price of over $300,000. Atlantic Beach had one of their strongest years ever, producing almost $59.5 million in 206 sides, for an average Sold Price of $288,583. Combined, the 2 offices accounted for over 8% of the total Volume produced in our area.

Kitch Ayre- Gold Level Status

Kitch Ayre- a consistent Top Producer within not only our company, but also our county- was presented as a Gold Level agent through our local REALTOR® association. She produced over $15.8 million in 2017 and represented clients in over 45 sides. With an average Sales price over $350,000, Kitch is well known as a true professional in the local luxury real estate market. Congratulations Kitch on another outstanding year to be proud of!

Lorna Riggs- Silver Level Status

Lorna Riggs had an incredible year, producing over $12 million in 28.5 sides for an average Sales Price over $425,000. These are numbers to be proud of, and proves that Lorna’s dedication to serving her clients’ best interested is well worth it. We are so happy to have Lorna and her husband Ray as part of our Bluewater family. They are true team players and always searching for new and innovative ways to provide the most excellent real estate service.

Ron Webb- Rookie Production Award

Ron Webb, one of the newest additions to our Bluewater family, was pleasantly surprised to hear his name called as Rookie of the Year. He was responsible for over $2.5 million in Sales Volume- which led the way for newly licensed agents that joined the local association within the last 18 months. Ron marks the 3rd consecutive Rookie of the Year from Bluewater offices- which is a great example in the training and goal setting programs available to our new agents. Laina Collins, of our Emerald Isle office & Jim Bailey, from Atlantic Beach are the other two previous Rookie of the Year Award recipients.

Congratulations to all award winners on another great year and Thank You to the hardworking team and volunteers that represents our local association office. Also thank you to Luis Robles of Main St. Studios for providing us the photos from this event!

Agents Recognized by Regional Association

December 7th, 2017 was a great day to be a part of the Bluewater family. The Carteret County Association of REALTORS® held their annual awards banquet and New Board member Installation meeting. 132 total members gathered together on a beautiful day at the Coral Bay Club in Atlantic Beach to celebrate the accomplishments of their fellow peers.


Bebbie Quinones

Bebbie, from our Atlantic Beach office, was awarded with the Professional Service Award. This recognition is a true testaments to Bebbie’s commitment to provide exceptional customer service for all parties involved. The Professional Service Award is voted on and given to a REALTOR® who goes above and beyond to do whatever it takes to see a sales transaction through. With over 25 years of experience in the sales and customer service industry, it’s easy to see why the award is well deserved. As a successful business owner, and during the years that she has been a licensed broker, Bebbie has utilized her ability to listen to her clients needs, and go the extra mile for every Client. She relocated to Carteret County 11 years ago from San Diego, California. She has been married to her husband Joe of 38 years and together they have 2 married Daughters and 8 Grandchildren. Congratulations to Bebbie!



Stephanie Ross

Stephanie, who is also a part of our Atlantic Beach sales office was elected to the Carteret Sounty Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors. Stephanie will serve as the Director for the Atlantic Beach area and will help the board with various duties including: Making policy decisions consistent with governing documents, Identifying important community issues, adopting the annual operational budgets, and serving as the appeal body for any Ethics hearings. We are so proud of Stephanie for stepping up and challenging herself to help our local REALTOR® Association grow to its full potential. Congratulations Stephanie!

Stephanie Ross is shown in the far left of this photo with the newly appointed Board of Directors.


Marcia Jordan from our Emerald Isle Office was also represented during the inauguration of the new Board President, Norma Wagaman. There is a ceremonial ‘passing of the gavel’ that she is always proud to be a part of.

Congratulations again to our team members, Bebbie and Stephanie- and Best of Luck in your future endeavors! Keep up the great work.


#1 Real Estate Office in Carteret County Again!

We Did it Again!

Our highly effective agents at Bluewater took the 2013 Real Estate market by storm. Bluewater Real Estate has been one of the top producing firms with the highest volume of sales each year over the last 11 years, 2013 was no different, making us the #1 real estate office in Carteret County. Our highly skilled and knowledgeable agents- some who have been with our company more than 25 years, are continuously awarded as Top Producers in both volume and sales on the Crystal Coast. As a family owned Real Estate Company, we are proud to be the one firm that continuously drives results on the Crystal Coast, producing a little over $1Billion dollars in Real Estate sales in the last 10 years. This year we were awarded with both 2013 Office Top Dollar  Production Award for  Highest value of closed sales and 2013 Office Top Unit Production Award for Highest number of closed units. These prestigious awards is a true testament of our agent’s dedication to their clients and priority to serve Carteret County.

 Our Emerald Isle Office has been awarded with the following 2013 Awards by the Carteret County Board of Realtors

  2013 Office Top Dollar  Production Award for  Highest value of closed sales 

2013 Office Top Unit Production Award for Highest number of closed units

Thank you for your continued support and for the confidence that you have placed in us. We work as one team with a common purpose – to provide best-in-class service to our clients. As we continue to build a stronger partnership together, we fully recognize that your support and the continued trust that you have placed in us is the foundation of our success. You are at the center of everything we do and we will work tirelessly towards ensuring that we meet and exceed your expectations for years to come. 

Bluewater Sales Awards Dinner

Bluewater Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner

We had a lot to celebrate and be thankful for during our annual Bluewater Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner. Every year, we gather our Sales Team together and it’s always a great opportunity to look back on the progress of not only each of our individual agents but our company as a whole. With almost all of our Bluewater Real Estate Agents and staff members in attendance, we shared many laughs and memories over a delicious dinner and delectable drinks. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Kathryn’s Bistro & Martini Bar for the great food and amazing service!

Bluewater Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner

Congratulations to Our Top Producer Award Winners!

Jim Bailey was our top producing agent throughout all of our offices in 2019. Way to go Jim!

Bluewater Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner

The Copeland & Bernauer Team took home the Top Producing Sales Team Award. Keep up the great work!

Bluewater Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner

This year was certainly special, as we were able to celebrate Kitch Ayre as a Top-Producing agent for the 20th consecutive year during our sales awards dinner! We are so proud of all of Kitch’s accomplishments and so excited to see what the future holds for her. Congratulations, Kitch, and thanks again for all the memories!

Bluewater Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner

Bluewater Real Estate Sales Awards Dinner

Take a look at some more photos of the great time that was had by all!

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Emerald Isle Voted Best Beach in North Carolina!

Celebrating Emerald Isle – Voted Best Beach in North Carolina

In a recent poll from USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards – Emerald Isle was voted best beach in North Carolina. This is a great achievement and recognizes the beauty and serenity that our coastal town offers. It’s clear to see that locals take pride in keeping their beach clean, with organizations like the Surfrider Foundation organizing monthly ‘Beach Sweeps’ to pick up litter and spread the word to visitors about ‘Leaving Only Footprints.’

Points of Interest While Visiting Emerald Isle

The beach is obviously a hot spot for travelers and residents alike, but there are plenty of other amenities to take advantage of – whether you’re here for a week or a lifetime.

The 12-mile Multi-Use Path is a great way for families to get around town without loading up the car. For those dedicated individuals who can’t miss a run- it’s also a great way to burn some calories.  Even if you’re just cruising on a bike to a local restaurant, or walking to your favorite bar- there’s always a reason to take advantage of the bike path!

The multiple access points to the marshlands and Intracoastal Waterway also make Emerald Isle a great destination for water-sports enthusiasts. With the largest public boat ramp in the state- boaters can spend a relaxing day on the water, without the hassle of wondering if a parking spot will be available for their trailer. If you prefer a more laid-back experience on the water- kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding are very popular and easy to rent. You can even schedule a guided tour if you’d prefer to be joined by someone with some local knowledge and experience.

For those searching for kid-friendly options, the Jean Preston Memorial Playground is adjacent to the NC Wildlife Boat Ramp at 6800 Emerald Drive. As an all-inclusive playground, there is specialized equipment designed for all types of children, including those with disabilities.

Atlantic Beach Ranked Fourth Best Beach

EI isn’t the only Crystal Coast community recognized for its beauty, Atlantic Beach was ranked fourth best beach in the same poll. With a town-sanctioned skate park, mini-golf course, and children’s splash pad, Atlantic Beach has an abundance of fun offerings for the whole family! You can also check out the new hot spots at The Circle, or explore the history and walking trials at Fort Macon.

We’re proud to have an office presence in both of these beautiful North Carolina beach communities – Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle. If you’re interested in relocating to or investing in a property at one of the top beaches in North Carolina, or a surrounding area- come see us and we’ll be happy to work with you!

To see who else made the list, you can view the Top 10 rankings at: Best North Carolina Beach 2018  

What’s your favorite Crystal Coast Beach? Let us know in the comments.