When our youngest graduated High School in Connecticut, along with my husband’s New York branch location shutting down and then working remotely from home, we realized we could live almost anywhere. After much research and armed with a very long wish list of everything we could dream of to have in a new hometown, along with the plan to ultimately spend our retirement years there also, we were lucky enough to find that location right here along the North Carolina coast in Brunswick County.
Beyond my real estate career, I bring a dozen years of experience in the public sector in program coordination, human resources, and managing elder care facilities. My specialty was helping those with life changes, be it an intentional choice or not, to adapt, adjust, and appreciate the gifts of what new environments can hold. In addition I have over 15 years of corporate experience in the telecommunications industry ranging from operations management, computer programming, to systems analysis. My work experience has given me the tools necessary to be an effective communicator and dedicated problem solver, and belief that together we can always find a way to meet with success. I have always enjoyed being an active community volunteer. My past volunteer organizations include Cancer Fundraising, hometown Community Service Organization, Civil Air Patrol, Historic Preservation Societies, as well as being very active in the local schools and churches.
My personal motto is “embrace change” and I am so excited to be working at Southport Realty and helping others do just that right here in ‘America’s Happiest Seaside Town’, as it surely was for me and my family.
A few words from recent clients:
"I am a realtor in Maryland and several months ago, my cousin (also in Maryland) asked if I could help her with the sale of her deceased mother's property in Southport NC. I researched realtors in that area and made several calls to realtors in that area to screen for someone that I thought would work well with them. After talking to Mary, I felt that she was the one for Karen and Bryan during this stressful time in their life. She immediately contacted them by phone and made arrangements to meet them on their next trip to Southport. They immediately developed a positive rapport, listed the property and had it under contract very quickly. She was not only professional and every knowledgeable about the area, but very empathetic to their situation. The property settled last week without a glitch. Karen and Bryan are so appreciative to her. Intending to relocate to that area in the next couple of years, they told me they would definitely use Mary as their agent." - Beverly Guy
"As a repeat customer, we would like to share our new experiences with Mary Carneiro of Southport Realty. Mary is still the best of the best after guiding us through our third Oak Island real estate transaction. Through it all, buying and selling, Mary has been the most communicative, upfront, honest, hardworking, making all aspects of buying and selling our real estate pleasurable. Many times Mary has come to our aid to get something taken care of or to make things happen. It is apparent that this is more than just a business to Mary. She listens, cares and values her clients as she develops long term relationships with them. As always, it has been a joy working with Mary and her assistance in making our Oak Island dreams come true." - Jane & Bill Ploetz
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