A young girl rests on the railing of the Morehead City Ferry while anticipating her next adventure.

What to Know About the Morehead City Ferry Service

A young girl rests on the railing of the Morehead City Ferry while anticipating her next adventure.

What to Know About the Morehead City Ferry Service

With its stunning oceanside vistas and iconic waterways, Morehead City is a picturesque town flooding with beauty. Among the various ways to explore the historic and vibrant Crystal Coast community, traveling by water is something every visitor should consider. Part of what makes a memorable vacation is “living like a local,” and hitching a ride on the Morehead City Ferry Service is your ticket to an immersive experience rife with gorgeous scenery and unwavering charm. Whether you’re planning to search for treasure on Sand Dollar Island or take a cruise to watch dolphins amid the sunset, you’re in for an unforgettable endeavor aboard the Morehead City Ferry!

Places to Visit near the Morehead City Ferry Service

Depending on when you’re leaving the mainland, you may wish to check out a few places near the ferry. Jaycee Park offers panoramic views of the Bogue Sound, several swing benches, and a pair of picnic tables if you’d like to enjoy a quick snack overlooking the waterfront. Grumpy’s is just up the street and makes a mean skillet if you’d like to grab something for breakfast. If you’re craving seafood after spending some time on the water, check out Red Fish Grill has an eclectic menu of unique features, classic dinner entrees, and handheld fare. And if you need a snorkel and goggles, Olympus Diving has you covered. Ensure you allow ample time for boarding as the ferry’s departures are stringent and dictated by the tide.

Sand Dollar Island Ferry and Tour

Sand Dollar Island reveals itself during the low tide, making it an intriguing outing for curious travelers. On your way, enjoy a fully narrated ride showcasing the Morehead City State Port, Sugarloaf Island, Fort Macon, and the Shackleford Banks. Once you arrive, you’ll find several tidal pools holding sand dollars. Scour the ankle-high pools, throw on a pair of goggles, and dive into the deeper basins to locate one of nature’s souvenirs. The Sand Dollar Island Tour is approximately three hours.

Sunset Dolphin Watch Cruise

Set sail on a spacious catamaran to take in Crystal Coast sunset while snagging a glance at emerging bottlenose dolphins. In addition to several points of interest included on the Sand Dollar Island Tour—minus the Shackleford Banks—you’ll also see Radio Island and the revered Beaufort Waterfront. Drift throughout several gorgeous Crystal Coast bays and inlets on a carefree voyage. The Sunset Dolphin Watch is approximately one and a half hours.

Find Your Crystal Coast Vacation Spot with Bluewater

Complementing the two main attractions offered by the Morehead City Ferry Service, the Special Sand Dollar Island and Dolphin Watch Tour adds an extra 30 minutes to the trip and combines the best of both tours for those who want to see it all! Thankfully, Bluewater has several vacation rentals in Morehead City and other nearby towns with easy access to a myriad of Crystal Coast attractions so that you won’t miss a thing!

Which Morehead City Ferry tour will you enjoy the most? Let us know in the comments below!

man swinging a golf club on the crystal coast of nc

Love Golf? Plan a Crystal Coast Golf Vacation!

man swinging a golf club on the crystal coast of nc

Love Golf? Plan a Crystal Coast Golf Vacation!

If you love golf, I bet when you think of a golf vacation, places like California or Florida are probably the first places that come to mind. But, if you haven’t considered North Carolina’s Crystal Coast as a golf destination, put it on your list, now.

North Carolina has been a golf destination since the 1890s, and the legendary Pinehurst course has been dubbed the “Home of American Golf.” There are hundreds of golf courses in the state, but one of the most underrated places to play is on the Crystal Coast. The breathtaking coastal landscapes combined with the excellent beaches and mild weather truly make it a golfer’s paradise.

Golf vacations have become a popular way for tourists to unwind and experience new places. And, golf is much more than just a fun activity; it has excellent mental and physical health benefits. These benefits include reducing stress, maintaining mental alertness, and exercise. We’re sharing a few reasons why you should plan a golf vacation in North Carolina, specifically on the Crystal Coast.

Crystal Coast Golf Courses

man dressed in blue golfing on a beautiful, lush, green golf course with vivid green trees in the background.

Golf lovers, put the Crystal Coast on your radar. There are dozens of golf courses, both on the coast and within short driving distance, you can choose from, ranging from beginner to championship courses. We invite you to explore our scenic courses and experience everything our slice of paradise has to offer. So why not start planning a Crystal Coast golf vacation? It’s good for your health!

Crystal Coast Country Club

The Crystal Coast Country Club is an 18-hole championship golf course in Pine Knoll Shores. The beautiful rolling terrain here provides a picturesque background for your day at the course. You can play on the newly renovated championship golf course, fit with new tee boxes, fairways, bunkers, and more. And when you’re ready to play, you can book your tee time at Crystal Coast Country Club here.

Star Hill Golf Club

The fairways of Star Hill Golf Club have been a favorite spot to golf on the Crystal Coast for over 50 years. This challenging golf course in Cape Carteret features 27 holes on beautiful greens. All rates include a golf cart, and the course is open, rain or shine. Call (252) 393-8111 to reserve your tee time at Star Hill Golf Club, a favorite among locals. 

Brandywine Bay Golf Club

Golfers of any skill level will love playing a round of golf at Brandywine Bay Golf Club. There are even junior holes perfect for beginners or young children, so you could even make your golf vacation a family golf vacation! The newly renovated greens recently reopened so now you can play the entire course once again. If you’re interested, you can find the Brandywine Bay Golf Club rates here. 

Crystal Coast Vacation Rentals

crystal coast golf enthusiast getting ready to tee off

Now that you’ve read about a few of the Crystal Coast’s golf courses, it’s time to start planning your North Carolina vacation. Our vacation rental properties are the perfect setting for your getaway. Whether you’re visiting the Crystal Coast on your own, as a couple, or if you’re traveling with a bigger group, you’ll find something everyone can enjoy! Browse all of our properties here, and we’ll see you on the golf course!

Have you been golfing on the Crystal Coast? Let us know your favorite courses in the comments below!

Bluewater Real Estate Sales Agents Swearing into Oath to serve on the CCAR Board of Directors

Bluewater Agents Join Local Boards

Embracing the Call to Serve

Every year, a ‘Changing of the Guard’ occurs during the 4 Quarter Membership Meeting for the Carteret County Association of REALTORS®. The CCAR Board of Directors and the Crystal Coast MLS Board of Directors help steer the Real Estate Industry for our area over the course of the year. We’re always extremely proud when our Bluewater agents volunteer their time to serve in this capacity, and this year we are excited to have three members of our organization at the helm to help set the standard for excellence in our area. Check out the newest members below and be sure to wish them the best of luck with their new commitment!

Jim Bailey

Jim Bailey, of our Atlantic Beach Office, has proven his passion to our community through multiple avenues and will continue to use his unique perspective for the betterment of all as a Director for the Carteret County Association of REALTORS® in 2020.

Pat Copeland

Pat Copeland, Broker-In-Charge of our Atlantic Beach office, will also serve as a Director for the CCAR Board. Pat plans to use his experience as a leader to help the board in the decision making and goal setting process.

Alison Jaeger- Crystal Coast Realtor with Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

Alison Jaeger

Alison Jaeger, of our Emerald Isle office, will serve as a Director for the Carteret County Multiple List Service. Through this endeavor, Alison will assist the board in ensuring that the information secured in the MLS is accurate, up-to-date, and always accessible to participating members.

A Special Thanks to

Stephanie Ross

Stephanie Ross- Bluewater Real Estate Broker/REALTOR- Atlantic Beach, NC

We also want to give a quick shout out to Stephanie Ross, who has served as a Director at Large for the CCAR Board over the last year. Stephanie has done an amazing job to make sure that all area REALTORS® are benefiting from their membership through the local organization.

Thank you for serving, Stephanie!

All Other Agents

There are plenty of other Bluewater agents and staff members who have served on the local boards in previous terms, and countless others who have and volunteered and continue to contribute their time and efforts for subcommittees including:

  • Awards Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Grievance Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Professional Standards Committee
  • Property Management Committee
  • Public Relations Committee
  • RPAC Committee
  • Scholarship Committee

Thank You!

Crystal Coast Home and Garden Show

31st Annual Coastal Home & Garden Show

March 2nd and 3rd- Crystal Coast Civic Center

With a sense of Spring finally hitting the air in Carteret County, now is a great time to start thinking about an improvement to your property. There’s no better place to gather ideas and information than the Crystal Coast Home & Garden Show. The event features dozens of local vendors- including pool builders, landscaping professionals, interior designers, and much more. You’ll be able to speak directly with representatives from these companies and ask any questions that can directly relate to your situation. The cost of admission ($5 per person, kids 12 and under free) is well worth it for such a wide variety of helpful resources. You can sign up to win prizes throughout the day, and even schedule a further consultation with a company you’re looking to work with. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to improve your property value, and get more out of your Crystal Coast Home!

Agents Giving Back to the Community

This Holiday season, Bluewater agents, employees, and owners were able to come together and help families in need along Carteret County. We all understand how fortunate we are to be able to live, work and play in this beautiful community- but also how important it is to help those that are less fortunate. We agreed that families suffering from the effects of Hurricane Florence were a high-priority to assist, and that a monetary contribution could make things a little easier for a lot of families as Thanksgiving and Christmas come and go.

Food Pantries at area high schools were brought up as a great resource for young adults to discreetly take home food and help contribute to family meals. There’s no charge, or sign-up fee for the usage of these pantries, and the school’s Exceptional Children programs go to purchase and stock these food banks when the funds arise. As a team, we came together in about one week and raised over $1200. The contribution was matched by the gracious owners of Bluewater and we were able to donate $1,000 to both East & West Carteret High Schools, with an additional $211 going to the Marine Science & Technology Early College in Morehead City.

Pat Copeland, Broker in Charge of Bluewater Real Estate Atlantic Beach presented a check for $1000 to West Carteret High School’s Food Pantry this Holiday Season.

Bluewater Real Estate agent, Allison Bernauer present a $1000 check to the East Carteret High School Food Pantry program.

4th of July: 2018

All on July 4th

Bogue Inlet Pier @ 9:00 PM (Emerald Isle)

Morehead City Waterfront @ 9:00 PM (Morehead City)

Captain Stacy Fireworks Cruise @ 7:00 PM (Atlantic Beach)

Beaufort Gallants Channel @ 9:00 PM (Beaufort)

Jaycee Park

@ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

July 6

Morehead City Waterfront

Performance by Night Years

Beaufort Waterfront

June 29 @ 11:00 AM

at Gordon & Front Street

Wagons | Kids | Pets | Music | Flags

Free Ice Cream at the County Courthouse

Western Regional Access Emerald Isle

@ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

June 28 Wild Honey (Blues Country)

July 5 Justin Castellano (Eclectic)

Bring a chair or blanket!

Atlantic Beach

@ 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, & 3:30 PM

July 4

Civil War Cannon Firing

Big Rock Stadium

@ 7:05 PM

July 3 vs. Wilmington Sharks

July 5 vs. Holly Springs Salamanders

Olde Town Square Pavilion

@ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Summer Sundays

in Downtown Swansboro

59th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

Back in 1956, sailors from cargo ships that came to the Morehead City port would tell the locals they had seen blue marlin not too far offshore. Many did not believe them and thought this was chatter; however, some were wishful thinkers and hoped that these stories were true. These optimists were members of Morehead City’s Fabulous Fishermen Club.

Bob and Mary Simpson, Tom Potter and Dick Parker – charter members of the Fabulous Fishermen Club – convinced local business leaders to put up a cash prize of a few hundred dollars to encourage the area’s charter boat industry to head further offshore to find these blue marlins. Parker, who frequently fished for billfish in the Caribbean, knew what a blessing this would be to the waterfront’s charter boat business.

The prize money that they had raised was what really did the trick – boats traveled further offshore in search of these elusive fish. Soon, captains and fishermen alike began reporting their own blue marlin sightings. Although throughout the summer of 1957 no blue marlins were caught, the hunt continued.

It was in the September of 1957, Jimmy Croy of Raleigh fishing aboard the Mary Z with Captain K.W. “Bill” Olsen, reeled in a 143-pound marlin. This catch forever changed the face of fishing along the North Carolina coast. Capt. Olsen radioed back to the Morehead City port and word of this historical catch spread like wildfire across the small town. When the Mary Z finally docked back at the port, the boat and crew were greeted by a herd of people and blaring police sirens. There was a child’s red wagon filled with silver dollars that was presented to the lucky fishermen.

No one knows exactly where Olsen and Croy made their historic catch, most think that the two had reached the Gulf Stream – about 40-60 miles south of the Morehead City port. As the Gulf Stream drifts north along the NC coastline, it crosses a structure on the continental shelf called “Big Rock” from which the tournament takes its name. This is a haven for small reef fish – the type that attract the larger fish that blue marlin prey on.

Early on, the competition consisted of a handful of charter boat captains hoping to win a few dollars and the bragging rights that came with a Big Rock victory. Currently, hundreds of fishermen participate, representing the best marlin anglers in the world. The Big Rock has become the “Super Bowl” of fishing because of the way winners feel after capturing the event. The tournament is wild and unpredictable, but it always holds the promise of a big payday. It attracts competitors to come back, year after year, and has grown exponentially.

It all started in 1957 with one lucky catch. The competition for many years offered a huge purse, but that’s  not the true satisfaction of the competition. Billfish captains want to be crowned Big Rock champions and set their sights of the Big Rock competition every year. It is truly a one-of-a-kind Gulf Stream fishing tradition that always seems to all come down to one lucky catch.


Angler: John Roberts

Captain: Mike Taylor

Weight: 484.9 LBS

Date: June 12, 2017

Photo is Property of Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament


Angler: Ryan Howard

Captain: Nathan Shepard

Weight: 506.9 LBS

Date: June 16, 2017

Photo is Property of Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament 


Angler: Matt Hanley

Captain: Brian Harrington

Weight: 533.8 LBS

Date: June 12, 2017

Photo is Property of Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

Photos are Property of Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

Run Off came out on top as the Big Rock Champions with a record $1,161,450 prize at the 59th annual tournament. Run Off weighed in a 533.8-pound blue marlin, the first marlin of the tournament, caught early on Monday by angler Matt Hanley of Glen Allen, VA. Hanley’s catch stayed at the top of the leader board the rest of the way. Captain Brian Harrington, Morehead City, and first mate, Marty Hiatt, teamed with Hanley to reel in his first-ever blue marlin.

Hanley’s catch initially won $467,500 on Monday because it was the first 500-pounder caught by a team in their division. Run Off also received an additional $693,950 for finishing first with the largest blue marlin.

Run Off took home a record-breaking prize of $1.16 million!

Good Things Come to Those Who Bait…

We are already looking forward to next year!

The 60th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is set! Tune in from June 8 – June 16 2018!

For more information about the Big Rock Tournament, please visit:

My Revitalized Home

Fisher Street Revitalized

I closed on my Fisher Street house in Morehead City sight unseen in February 2015.  I relied on photos and my previous knowledge of the neighborhood.  That is the thing about real estate, especially unique properties in up and coming neighborhoods, if you don’t move quickly someone else will beat you to it.  In my case someone almost did, but I got very lucky.  Unbeknownst to me, my godfather who lives across the street actually had an offer in on it when I called him to ask his opinion of the property.  We discussed my desire to move home and restore the property, and he agreed to assign the offer to me.  Fate!  

The house was uninhabitable and in disrepair, but it had good old bones and a water view.  My home inspector, JP Davies, later told me my house was the worst he had ever inspected.  Several feet of water was under the house, and the backyard was the neighborhood drainage pond.  But, my godfather, GA Jones Construction, and I could see past it and set out to bring it back to life.  

The crew first set out to remove the water from under the house and yard, but doing so was an issue because it kept raining.  It delayed us about a month or so.  I was still living in Colorado at the time, so I wasn’t around to witness the miracle of removing the water or lifting the house.  My godfather told me over the bathroom floor actually fell out when ​they​ lifted it.  I think most people would have panicked at this point; I’m not really sure why I didn’t.  But, I went into this project with the mindset that I had to accept unforeseen mishaps and move on, so that helped.  Nonetheless, lifting the house was a necessity because it consistently flooded in storms, and it would save me thousands of dollars on my flood insurance.  

I drove from Colorado back to Carteret County the first week of May 2015.  My house was up on giant steel beams when I arrived​,​ and the bricks for the new foundation were piled in the yard.  The water was gone, fresh dirt was everywhere, and the house was only accessible with a ladder.  It was at this time that we discovered original heart pine bead board behind the sheet rock walls.  My contractor convinced me to pull all of the sheet rock out of the house and expose the original bead board.  This was a messy and time consuming ordeal, but it was so worth it in the end.  The back of the house was added later, so we put new bead board in those rooms create a cohesive look.

The sub floors are wide heart pine planks, but couldn’t be left exposed because they had so many holes drilled in them over the years to let the flood water out.  Thus, we put in pine floors in throughout the house, except for the bathrooms where I used a retro black and white mosaic tile.  The house originally only had one bathroom with an antique claw foot tub.  I added a second bathroom with a shower off the master where two closets backed up to each other.  
We then designed and built two freestanding closets in the corners to compensate for losing the storage space.  They are constructed out of bead board and utilize original interior doors and locks.  However, not all of the locks were working, and I needed some switch plates.  Rather than using new locks, I opted to use reclaimed locks and switches from an architectural salvage business in Jackson, Mississippi called Old House Depot.  I knew about them because I lived in Jackson for three years and use to walk through their space and dream about renovating a home using their stuff.  They mailed me what they had, but they didn’t have enough.  Old House Depot recommended a locksmith in New Orleans called H Rault and sure enough they mailed me the last of what I needed

We then designed and built two freestanding closets in the corners to compensate for losing the storage space.  They are constructed out of bead board and utilize original interior doors and locks.  However, not all of the locks were working, and I needed some switch plates.  Rather than using new locks, I opted to use reclaimed locks and switches from an architectural salvage business in Jackson, Mississippi called Old House Depot.  I knew about them because I lived in Jackson for three years and use to walk through their space and dream about renovating a home using their stuff.  They mailed me what they had, but they didn’t have enough.  Old House Depot recommended a locksmith in New Orleans called H Rault and sure enough they mailed me the last of what I needed.

As I was picking out paint colors and light fixtures from Coastal Lighting Gallery​, various subcontractors replaced all of the windows, electrical, plumbing and hvac systems.  Fulcher Electric rewired the home and ran the power outside underground.  Golden of Beaufort replaced all of the plumbing and installed all of the plumbing fixtures.  Professional Heat and Air installed the new duct work and new unit.  Scott and David of GA Jones Construction did so much of the other work associated with the house like painting and carpentry.  I only used four paint colors.  I opted for soft coastal colors including green, blue, cream and white for the trim and ceilings.  All of my fixtures are bronze​ and came from Longley Supply​.  

The exterior of the home is grey with white trim, just as it was before I bought it.  The previous owners installed vinyl siding.  I removed it from the front and replaced it with hardi​e ​board shake, but I kept the vinyl on the sides and back to cut costs.  I added a three foot wooden picket fence around the front yard for my dog.  I moved in around Labor Day 2015 and furnished it with my family antiques.  I am so proud to call it home.    

I researched and applied for a Historic Plaque from the Carteret County Historical Society this past winter​, as I was settling into the home​.  I traced my deed all the way back to the original developer, The Shepard’s Point Land Company, at the Register of Deeds Office in Beaufort.  I also utilized the Research Library at the History Place in Morehead City to learn more about the family that built my house.  Using the Census Records and the Carteret County Family Records, I learned that Martin T. Wade built the house and lived their until 1922 with his wife and four children.  In 1922, Martin and his wife died in New Bern; the records didn’t provide a cause of death.  Three of the children went to an orphanage in Raleigh and one went to live with an Aunt in New Bern.  The Bank of Morehead repossessed the home.  It changed hands several time, but in 1925 Lola Smith claimed title to the property.  She lived ​at 706 Fisher until 1975 and worked ​out of the home ​as a seamstress.  The historic plaque for the home reads “Wade-Smith” in honor of these two families.  Any structure over seventy-five years old is eligible for a plaque.  Applications are available at the Research Library at the History Place.

However, the one thing I didn’t do in 2015 was replace the roof.  In retrospect, I should’ve done it.  We thought we might be able to squeeze a few more years out of it, but that wasn’t the case. I had several leaks over the winter and spring, so I finally decided I had to replace it to protect my investment.  Thus,  just a few weeks ago Advanced Roofing installed a dark grey shingle roof.  It took two full days and was fascinating to watch.  The new roof really adds a polished finished look to the exterior.  Without a doubt, there isn’t anything major left for me to do.  However, I still need to paint the fence and hang a few more pictures.

I look forward to returning home each day to my eclectic historic home by the sea.  I’m so thankful that I took the risk to truly create the home I wanted in downtown Morehead City. I know I made the right decision to come home, live the Carteret County lifestyle and save this house.  If I can do it, so can you!  Contact me and let me help you find the home that fits the lifestyle you want to live in Carteret County.    

Written by Andrea E Smith

Andrea loves life on the Crystal Coast.  She returned home to Carteret County in 2015, after living in multiple states and countries. She restored and lives in a historic fisherman’s cottage in downtown Morehead City.  She enjoys walking her dog, Riley, riding her bike in her neighborhood and taking her skiff out in the inland waterways.

She is very active in the community and is a member of the After Hours Rotary Club and The Sunshine Community Band.  Recently, she founded the Carteret County Carolina Club through the UNC-Chapel Hill Alumni Association and the Bunco Beach Brunch to support the Sally B. Smith Scholarships at Carteret Community College.

Born and raised in Morehead City, Andrea attended St. Egbert’s Catholic School and graduated from the Carteret County School System. She went on to graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill, Mississippi College School of Law and Johnson and Wales-Charlotte. With degrees in history, law and culinary arts, she is a true Renaissance woman.

Licensed since 2005, she has acquired, managed and sold numerous personal and investment properties of her own, in addition to consulting clients on their real estate matters. Andrea wholeheartedly believes real estate is the ultimate wealth building tool. She looks forward to assisting others in their real estate endeavors, as a Broker with Bluewater.

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Carteret County Tax Re-Evaluation

A Quick Look Inside the Carteret County Tax Re-Evaluation Process

What to Expect

Property owners in Carteret County will soon receive a re-evaluation of their assets from the County Tax Office.

The re-evaluation process was pushed back one year due to the widespread damage due to Hurricane Florence in the Fall of 2018 and is the first adjustment since 2015.

Property appraisals will be calculated as close to their current status as of January 1st, 2020 as possible- and value letters will be sent out sometime within the first or second week in February.

The appeal process will then begin, with tax bills being mailed mid-fall once the rates are established by the County Commissioners.

Did you know? For 2019, Carteret County residents enjoyed the lowest property tax rate in the state of North Carolina. The rate of .31% was unchanged from 2018.

* Image above is courtesy of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners

Duties of the Assessor

The Assessor evaluates all property subject to taxation. The Assessor is required by North Carolina law to list, appraise and assess all property within the county at 100% of market value. In addition to the over 58,000 parcels of real property (land, homes, commercial buildings), the Assessor must value business personal property (approximately 7,000 businesses, ranging from multi‐million dollar enterprises to one-person operations). There are over 7,549 manufactured homes, over 77 aircraft, and over 26,129 boats, motors, and jet skis, and any other personal property which is taxable. There are over 6,500 motor vehicles that are billed monthly.

The Carteret County Tax Assessor’s Office creates over 150,000 tax notices annually. Because there is such a volatile real estate market, reappraisal for Carteret County is done every four years. The revaluation will include the use of county maps, aerial photography, street-level images, sales analysis, field visits, and other tools to gather data used in determining fair market value. Carteret County appraisers will review and analyze the information including comparable sales within your neighborhood.

Market Value is the most probable or most likely price that the property would sell for. It is not the highest, lowest, or average price. It requires a willing buyer and a willing seller with neither under any pressure to buy or sell. It implies that the buyer and the seller are fully informed of all the purposes to which the property is best adapted and is capable of being used. It recognizes the property’s current use as well as its potential use.

Appeal Process

If you agree with the Market Value stated in the Notice of Assessed Value, no further action is required.

If you wish to request an informal appeal, please chose from one of the three methods below:
1. An online appeal can be completed and submitted on the Carteret County Tax website
2. Email a scanned informal appeal form and any supporting documentation to
3. Mail the completed Informal Appeal Form and supporting documentation to:

Carteret County Tax Department
2020 Revaluation Appeal
302 Courthouse Square
Beaufort, NC 28516

*Online and emailed appeals will receive a confirmation email that the appeal was received by the Tax Department. All appeals will be reviewed by staff appraisers in the order that they are received. Your right to appeal to the Board of Equalization and Review is protected during the time the Tax Office is processing your Informal Appeal.


Valid Reasons to Appeal the Assessed Value
1. The market value substantially exceeds the actual market value of the property.
2. The market value is inconsistent with the market value of similar properties within your

Invalid Reasons to Appeal the Assessed Value
1. The market value increased too much compared to the previous market value.
2. The market value is more than the insurance value.
3. The market value is just too high.
4. The owner does not have the financial ability to pay the taxes.

*All information courtesy of the Carteret County Tax Office. Please contact them if you have any questions, or are interested in beginning the appeal process.

Tax Office Divisions
Business Personal 252-728-8486
Collections 252-728-8525
Land Records / Mapping 252-728-8490
Personal Property 252-728-8486
Western Tax Office 252-222-5833
Fax 252-732-2064