Featured New Listing | 129 Hawthorne Drive

129 Hawthorne Drive

Pine Knoll Shores, NC

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1,798 Square Feet

A beautiful sunroom and a screened-in porch are perfect spots to enjoy this home nestled among the trees in the tranquil environment of Pine Knoll Shores. A finished bonus room not included in the heated square feet provides ample storage space. Additional features such as a handicapped accessible walk-in Jacuzzi brand whirlpool tub, Corian countertops, and hardwood floors are a nice bonus. Enjoy all that the 298 acres of Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, located just down the street has to offer. Private beach accesses, parks, a kayak launch and boat ramp / dock are just a few of the perks of home ownership in this quaint community. Boat slips are available on an annual rental, first come-first serve basis (rentals are handled by the Harbormaster). This home is also close to the Country Club of the Crystal Coast where memberships include access to tennis, golf and pools. This home had a new roof in 2018 and is in a part of PKS that has not flooded even after two 500 year flood events.

David & Julie Perry


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 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.

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 which 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 2020 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 On-line 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

*On-line 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 2015 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 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

Featured Listing | Sunset Harbor Unit B2

Sunset Harbor B2

8622 Sound Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath- Conveniently Located Soundfront Condo

If you’re in the market for a property along The Crystal Coast, you definitely won’t want to miss out on this waterfront condo with outstanding views of Bogue Sound, the Emerald Isle Bridge & Island Harbor Marina! This 1,127 sq ft. condo has been immaculately maintained by the original owner and never been used as a rental! It comes with it’s own boat slip & lift, plus hardwood, tile & carpet flooring, 9′ ceilings, a double pantry, solid surface kitchen tops, a tiled walk-in shower in the Master Bath, guest bath tub/shower combo with tiled walls, a full sized washer/dryer closet in Master Bath, beaded board wainscoting, and crown molding throughout. Sunset Harbor Building 7 is perfectly positioned for premium views, as it sits forward of other buildings. Building amenities include a grill, kayak/SUP storage racks, plus a pier with water & fish cleaning station. The extremely convenient location makes shopping and dining a breeze, especially considering the proximity to the beautiful bike path. To top it all off- This amazing condo is offer furnished with exceptions.

*Short term rentals are not allowed per HOA guidelines.

Syndie Earnhardt


Syndie Earnhardt- REALTOR at Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

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New Featured Listing- 4803 Ocean Drive

4803 Ocean Drive

Emerald Isle, NC

10 Bedroom, 11 & 1/2 Bathrooms, Game Room, Media Room

Oceanfront with Pool, Hot Tub & Outdoor Kitchen

A rare find on Bogue Banks- A true 10 bedroom exquisitely appointed oceanfront home. Fully furnished, turn-key property that will be an excellent vacation rental named ”The Nautilus” with proposed rental income at $335,000. Home boasts a beautiful pool, triple covered oceanfront porches, a media room, rec room with kitchen and bar, walkway to beach with gazebo, covered parking, fireplace, elevator, plus a large great room and dining area. Each bedroom has its own private bath. The kitchen is magnificent with a raised serving and eating bar, double ovens, ice maker, large refrigerator and pantry. Other amazing amenities are the outdoor kitchen, Wet Bar, Outdoor Shower, Pool Table, Card/Poker Table, Shuffle Board Table, Arcade Games & many other fine details to list! This home is truly one of a kind and recently completed construction!

Copeland & Bernauer Real Estate Team

The Copeland & Bernauer Real Estate Team consists of Pat Copeland, Eleanor Copeland & Allison Bernauer. They would love the opportunity to help you buy or sell your home along The Crystal Coast!

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New Featured Listing- Sunset Harbor A1

Sunset Harbor A1

8622 Sound Drive
Emerald Isle, NC

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1,164 Square Feet

Ground-Level, Soundfront Condo with Boat Lift

Don’t wait to make an offer on this rarely available ground-floor condo at Sunset Harbor! This property offers direct sound access with a slip equipped with a 9,000 lb Hi-Tide boat lift. Hardwood & tiled floors throughout make cleanup a breeze. The granite kitchen/island tops plus granite vanities in both baths are impeccable, along with the Stainless steel kitchen appliances, double pantry, beaded board wainscoting, crown molding, walk-in tiled shower, guest bath shower/tub combo with tiled walls. Storage space is plentiful with a full sized washer/dryer closet with overhead cabinetry in master BA, plus a spacious exterior room w/wire shelving. Building 7 is positioned for premium views as it sits forward of other buildings. This West side unit offers breathtaking views of the EI Bridge, Bogue Sound & breathtaking sunsets. The building offers a community grill, kayak storage racks, plus a pier with water & fish cleaning station.  With a water depth 4-6’+- depending on tides and a high capacity boat lift- there is a great opportunity to keep your boat right where you can see it. The extremely convenient location makes it easy to go shopping, experience a local restaurant, utilize the bike path & pay a visit to the movie theater. Don’t forget your kayak and stand-up paddle-board for all day fun in the sun!

Syndie Earnhardt


Syndie Earnhardt- REALTOR at Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

I love to talk Crystal Coast real estate & especially conversations about “remember when we could have bought that property for $**!!@@!!”. I call Emerald Isle “home” and enjoying sharing my love of the area with others. Call me when you need any real estate information or advice pertaining to Crystal Coast Real Estate. I love meeting new people – first representing them as my clients and then calling them my friends. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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New Featured Property- Genesis U27

Genesis U27

301 Salter Path Road
Pine Knoll Shores, NC

3 Bedroom, 3 & 1/2 Bathroom Oceanfront Condo

Beautiful Ocean Front Condo with Fantastic Views in the highly desirable Genesis Condominiums. Master Bedroom and second bedroom, both have Spectacular Ocean Views with slider to a deck. All three bedrooms have their own updated bath with granite tops and ceramic tile. The main living level has an inviting open floor plan with hardwood floors, kitchen with granite counter tops, custom cabinetry w/built in bar and U-Line refrigerator. Step out onto the deck from Living/Dining area to enjoy the ocean views! This Unit has Automatic and Manual Hurricane Shutters on all doors and windows, one car garage with entrance to condo for easy access. The pool is a short walk across the driveway and Genesis condo complex has a walkway to the beach with ocean shower at the beach walk up.

Angie Varner, Star Team at Bluewater Real Estate in Atlantic Beach, NC

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Angie Varner

The Star Team

A lifelong resident of Carteret County, with a diverse background to draw upon, Angie brings first-hand extensive knowledge of the area and its special draw when it comes to real estate. Angie is an Alumni of East Carolina University. She also has experience with the construction industry to her credit, allowing her to approach real estate with an extra dimension of expertise.

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New Listing- Soulshine- 3013 Ocean Drive


3013 Ocean Drive
Emerald Isle, NC

6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, 3,700 Square Feet

Pool, Hot Tub, Theater & Game Room

Ocean and Sound Views are prevalent throughout this beautiful home with all the amenities one could want. An awesome private pool and hottub, plus wide decks on all levels allow the ultimate space to relax and enjoy the views. The home also has an elevator, fireplace in living room, and has been newly furnished and beautifully appointed by the owners recently! This makes for an excellent investment property or 2nd home with great rental history. Conveys fully furnished including all artwork, and accessories (except NC map over the Fireplace in Great room). ‘Soulshine’ has an Open Floorplan with an expansive dining area adjoining the living room and a large gourmet kitchen w/ huge stove and 2 dishwashers. The 2nd kitchenette downstairs, theater room, and recreation room with pool table makes for the perfect hangout space for kids and guests. The ocean breezes await you at this jewel of a home in Emerald Isle!

Susan Goines


Susan Goines- Broker/REALTOR with Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

You can be assured that I will listen to your needs, and bring you to the properties that will fit your specific desires. My past clients have noted that I work in a timely and professional manner, and am always available by phone or email, to answer any questions.

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Featured Listing- 122 Mcginnis Drive

122 Mcginnis Drive

Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Soundfront, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths

Shared Dock, Granite Countertops, Wet Bar with Wine Cooler

Beautiful sound front unit in McGinnis Point! This three bedroom, three bath unit has top of the line features and upgrades including: hardwood and tile flooring, recessed lighting, granite countertops throughout, wet bar with wine cooler and ice maker, gas fireplace, soft close drawers and so much more. Inside you will find floor to ceiling windows allowing for tons and natural lighting and more importantly stunning views of Bogue Sound. McGinnis Point amenities include: pool, boat storage and tennis courts. Whether you’re searching for your forever home, or just a place to getaway- you’ve got to see this one in person!

Jim Bailey- Realtor at Bluewater Real Estate in Atlantic Beach, NC

Jim Bailey


Cell Phone  |  (252) 241-1200

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Featured Listing- 174 Oakleaf Drive

174 Oakleaf Drive

Pine Knoll Shores, NC

3 Bedrooms, 3 & 1/2 Baths, Basement/Bonus Room

Soundfront, High- Wooded Lot, 2 Car Garage

Sound front home in a very desirable neighborhood in Pine Knoll Shores is situated on a spectacular high lot featuring tall oak trees and beautiful azaleas bushes. Enjoy wonderful views of the sound and the ICW from almost every room of this house. Custom home designed for easy family living and entertaining. Vaulted ceilings in the family room, living room, and dining room. This home has two fireplaces, one in the family room and a two-way fireplace between the living and dining room. The master suite is on the sound side. Additional large basement/bonus room has a separate cooling system and access to a large 2 car garage. Short distances to the Bogue Banks Library, NC Aquarium, Country Club of the Crystal Coast and many great area restaurants.

The Star Team

The Star Team has a great reputation with over 15 years in business, a strong support staff, a qualified team of specialized brokerswe are “boots on the ground” ready… this adds up to a winning combination.