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 home in 2020 in NC, 27107

Amanda was a great match for us for the first time home buying process. She was always available when we had questions and issues and was involved in every step of the process. Amanda always had patience with us during the whole process and helped us find our perfect home and always worked for us to get the best. If you are in search of a realtor please contact her, she is the absolute best and you won’t go wrong!

Agent: Amanda Farabow

Bought and sold a home in 2021 in Sunset Beach, NC

We recently used Sarah for a sale in 12/2020 and a purchase in 08/2021.
She was excellent, always available and never kept you waiting for something. She was efficient and knowledgeable. With us being from out of state, she went above and beyond helping with the little things that needed to get done that were really outside the scope of what agents generally do. Highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great agent.

Agent: Sarah Herald

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

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

Bought a home in 2023

Mandy is an experienced professional and was very available. She has a great personality and makes the stress of selling and buying a home and selling land easy. Unfortunately, Mandy just helped us find our forever home or I would say we will use her in the future. We will be letting all our friends know about how great Mandy is to work with.

Agent: Mandy Pope

Bought a Single Family home in 2017 in Holden Beach, NC


Highly likely to recommend | 5.0

Extremely professional and knowledgeable about all the areas we were looking for, and very conscientious about helping us find what we wanted. Mr. O’Conner worked with us over a 24 month period until we found exactly what we desired. In addition, he continued to help facilitate the mortgage process and assisted at various points during the process. This included dealing with the listing agent. I am not sure we would have been able to complete the entire process without him. It was a comfort to us knowing he kept a sharp eye on everything. We now have our dream retirement due to John! I would highly recommend John for all your real estate transactions in the Brunswick county area! Thanks John!

Agent: John O'Conner

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

Sold a Single Family home in 2021 in Sunset Beach


Highly likely to recommend |5.0

When choosing an agent, we had a vast many that my husband and I knew personally. We decided to work with Mandy because of her hard working, go getter personality. If you are looking to sell quickly, call Mandy. In 2 days, she had our house listed and sold in 4 days with multiple offers. Kirk & I would highly recommend Mandy for your selling needs. She’s truly gifted in this profession.

Agent: Mandy Pope

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 Belville, NC

The BEST! We got him by sheer luck! We were contemplating buying land and building. A year and half prior to buying. When we decided to get serious and look for houses, we had already looked around. My husband told me of one more house. We were at the house and saw a sign in the yard, called, and they sent Johnnie. He’s the nicest person you will ever meet. Honest, very helpful, not pushy, and knows the business!
We really appreciate all he did for us,
The Deans

Agent: John O'Conner