Company History

We sincerely appreciate your interest in Sun-Surf Realty’s Property Management Services for your Vacation Rental or Annual Rental home. We are proud to be a leader in the Vacation Rental industry along the crystal coast. Sun-Surf Realty is family owned and operated; our #1 priority is to provide both homeowners and guests with exceptional service from each and every department within our company.

The history of Sun-Surf Realty began in 1978 as Singleton Realty. Several years later, Alice Smith purchased the company and renamed it Sun-Surf Realty. Warren and Tracey Chesnutt took over the reins in 1997.

Today, Sun-Surf Realty manages over 200 Vacation Rentals, offers a great selection of Annual Rentals and has one of the strongest Sales teams on the Crystal Coast.

Warren and Tracey Chesnutt both grew up living on the coast and found themselves being drawn back to the laid-back atmosphere prevalent at the beach after living and working the fast paced lifestyle in Winston-Salem, NC. Both Warren and Tracey work in the business and hold active Real Estate sales licenses. They chose Emerald Isle since Warren’s family had owned a beach cottage on the island and spent countless summers and holidays here. They found Emerald Isle, as so many of you have, to be the perfect spot to raise their family and to work at the beach.

In 1999 Sun-Surf Realty merged with Ketterer Realty, owned by Floyd and Bett Messer. This successful merger made Sun-Surf one of the largest companies on Bogue Banks.

Sun-Surf Realty is a proud member of VRMA (Vacation Rental Managers Association), The Hospitality Association, Resort Rating Specialist and the Emerald Isle Business Association. We know the importance of being active members in these and many other associations so that we may constantly stay on top of industry trends.

Each year, we print over 20,000 Vacation Guides which are mailed to homes all over the world, including our large repeat customer base. We advertise in major newspapers such as the News & Observer and countless websites which all prove to be effective for attracting vacationers.

Commissions range from 15% – 20% depending upon gross rental income of your property, location and size.Our housekeeping and maintenance departments are managed by Kathy Flick, who has been with our company for over 15 years.

Offering vacation rental properties to thousands of vacationers starts with you, the homeowner. Property management is our business and it is what we love to do! Sun-Surf Realty is proud to offer our expert services and advice while including the personalized service you deserve. We are here to look after your investment while you are away and provide an excellent communication basis to make our partnership a successful one.

Take a second look at your vacation rental property and put us to work for you! We are happy to discuss our Property Management Program with you:

  • Listing in our Vacation Guide printed annually with exposure to over 20,000 homes and families
  • Personalized service and communication
  • Private Owner’s section of our website

We are happy to meet with you to discuss your rental home. Please email your inquiries or questions or call us at 1-800-553-7873

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