Our History

Established in 2022, The Saltwater Agency was founded by a group of experienced agents who wanted to change the game in the real estate industry. With a team of nine expert realtors, we have a combined total of over 3,000 career closings and two office locations in Shallotte and Wilmington, covering all coastal NC from Calabash to Topsail Beach. Our top priority is helping our clients achieve their goals, and we treat every client like family, providing first-class care and support throughout the entire buying or selling process. We understand that buying or selling a home can be stressful, which is why we’re always accessible and available to help. If you’re looking for a real estate agency that truly cares about your needs and goals, look no further than The Saltwater Agency. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your real estate dreams!

Our Team

Our Services

What we do: Buyer’s Agent

Our Buyer’s Agents provide personalized service and expert guidance to help you find the perfect property at the right price. We take great pride in our community and work tirelessly to find our clients their dream home in the same area that we have come to know and love. For our out-of-town buyers, we provide a comprehensive tour of the area, showcasing all the hidden gems and local hotspots that make our hometown so special. Our experienced agents have a thorough understanding of the local real estate market, and we use that knowledge to help you navigate the buying process with confidence. From making an offer to negotiating contingencies and closing the deal, we’ll be there every step of the way to make sure your interests are protected. At The Saltwater Agency, we’re committed to providing unparalleled service and support to our clients. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, we’ll take the time to get to know you and your unique needs and preferences. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your real estate goals as your agent!

What we do: Seller’s Agent

Our team of experienced agents is dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible outcome when selling your property. We’ll work tirelessly to ensure that your property sells quickly and for the highest possible price. Our customized marketing plans, which include professional photography, virtual tours, and targeted advertising, will showcase your property to potential buyers. As your Seller’s Agent, we’ll handle all the negotiations on your behalf, working to secure the best possible terms and conditions for your sale. We’ll keep you informed every step of the way and provide regular updates on the progress of your sale. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your real estate goals as your agent in coastal North Carolina.

What Our Clients Say

We are very proud of the service we provide. See what our client have to say about us, our properties and services.

Bought a Vacant Land home in 2019 in Bolivia, NC

Steve was very informative and helpful in providing local information. He stayed focused on my request and offered both positive and negative feedback, which helped me make decisions. He steered me away from potential problem areas and showed me exactly what I was looking for.

Steve was very responsive to my many questions throughout the purchase process and he continues to stay involved, helping me through the design and build stages.

I have and will continue to recommend Steve to anyone looking to relocate to this area of NC.

Thanks Steve!


Bought a Vacant Land home in 2022 in Ocean Isle Beach

We received Seth Barbee’s name via a Zillow inquiry for. Property on Ocean Isle Beach. We were skeptical but so very glad we with him! He helped us purchase a great home. He was knowledgeable about the area and was super helpful even after the purchase was done as we are not in the area full time. We would highly recommend him!

Agent: Seth Barbee

Showed home in 2022 in Wilmington

Me and my family just spent the weekend being driven around by Seth in an effort to explore the Wilmington, NC and surrounding area real estate market. Seth provided key data on community size, dates of build-out, builder info, and provided a comprehensive list of communities to review in lead-up to our visit. He was responsive on the phone, email, and text. With Seth’s guidance we narrowed down our list of choices from over a dozen communities to three, all of them being strong contenders for when we move. We will definitely seek to work with Seth when it comes time to purchase property.

Agent: Seth Barbee

Bought a home in 2020 in NC


Steve went out of his way to make sure we found the right home for us. He was there anytime we needed and was always happy to help. You’d be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable realtor. Thanks again Steve for everything you did for us!

Agent: Stephen Prokop

My husband and I have owned property in Brunswick Plantation

My husband and I have owned property in Brunswick Plantation for many years. Due to various circumstances, we never moved there and ended up in Arizona. We tried to sell the property two different times to no avail. A couple of months ago, we received a card from Jeff Lott and decided to try this one more time. We agreed on a reasonable price and within a short time Jeff had an an offer for our property. The timing was right and we were happy to proceed with the sale. Jeff has been an absolute pleasure to work with, a great personality, sales experience and competence. Thank you to Jeff for taking care of us. It has been a pleasure, and I would gladly recommend him for anyone needing a great realtor.

Agent: Jeff Lott

Bought a Single Family home in 2020 in Sunset Beach, NC

I love working with Sarah on the purchase of my house lot! She is very knowledgeable about the area, very willing to work on my behalf and is still helping me after the fact. I will definitely enjoy living in the neighborhood that she serves and I will absolutely be referring my friends to her!

Agent: Sarah Herald

Bought a Vacant Land home in 2022 in Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Mandy is perceptive. She devoted her attention to us and our reactions to various homes so she could better understand our goals. She greatly assisted our search towards areas and homes that met our goals. We were never pushed to see any particular home or to make any particular offer to buy. Mandy was gracious with her time and patient with our search. She was responsive to our inquiries regarding developments, communities, and homes in addition to numerous other questions we had along the way. Once our offer to purchase was accepted, Mandy helped us even more with referrals for and coordination of inspections, insurance, financing, and more. She is still helping us today! Mandy cares a lot about our happiness and helping us achieve our dreams. This is what sets her apart from other real estate agents

Agent: Mandy Pope

Steve & Carla

Debbie is an amazing agent. She met all our needs and was very patient with us. She’s knowledgeable, professional, and exactly what you want in a representative working with you to purchase your forever home or vacation home. I highly recommend Debbie, she’s top notch!

Agent: Debbie Chin

Bought a Single Family home in 2020 in Carolina Shores, NC

My husband and I were thrilled to have Sarah Herald as our Realtor when buying our Carolina Shores home. She responded very quickly to every email, text and phone call, gave us great advice, and got us a great value on our new home. She works VERY hard for her clients and best of all, gets results! You won’t go wrong with Sarah as your Realtor.

Agent: Sarah Herald

Sold a Single Family home in 2022 in Leland, NC

We can’t recommend Seth highly enough! He is straightforward and very knowledgeable. From day one, he steered us in the right direction. He is very responsive with questions and concerns and always answers texts, phone calls and emails in a timely manner. We give Seth high marks in all categories!

Agent: Seth Barbee