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Beth Twyne


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(252) 473-4272

When I started Carolina Dunes in 2002, I worked out of my sunroom with a laptop and my leather portfolio. A lot of things have changed since then, but the goal remains the same: provide my clients with the highest level of customer service and work hard until the job is done. I have 20 years of experience in real estate on the Outer Banks, so I know the people, the places, and most importantly, how to connect the two. I currently live in Manteo with my husband who is a native of Dare County and the head football coach at Manteo High School. We raised our four kids here and have been actively involved in the community for over 30 years.

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Eddie Twyne


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(252) 473-4272

The Outer Banks has always been my home. My dad was the first police chief of Nags Head, and me and my four siblings grew up on these islands. I’ve watched the Outer Banks grow from quiet, little villages, to vibrant, year round tourist oriented towns. Things looked a lot different back then, but my feelings toward the community here have always stayed the same.

After teaching and coaching in Dare County schools for 30 years, I retired and decided to join my wife at Carolina Dunes Real Estate. I’ve been a licensed real estate agent since 1986 and have worked for numerous agencies, but working at Carolina Dunes is special because I watched my wife start this company from the beginning. Beth and I have raised our four kids here and are proud to call the Outer Banks home.

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Audra Shackelford


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(252) 475-4374

Audra M. Shackelford is a Broker at Carolina Dunes Real Estate in Manteo, North Carolina. She received her BA in English from East Carolina University and has gone on to aid in establishing several businesses from Gloucester, Virginia to Miami, Florida. After several years away, Audra returned to her childhood home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with her husband of 20 years and their three children. After being a stay-at-home mom for a short time period Audra obtained her Brokers license and went on to sell real estate for Century 21 in Kitty Hawk, NC.Five years later with a longing to be closer to her children’s schools and their activities Audra joined Carolina Dunes Real Estate in Manteo, where she has since earned both her ABR and SFR designations. Currently residing in Wanchese, Audra and her family enjoy a life full of fishing, horses and community activities. She can be contacted via email at

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Sara Hester


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Growing up, I watched my parents buy and sell houses every 2 to 3 years. I’m a self-proclaimed Coast Guard brat and moved from coast to coast more times than I can remember. You could say that I’ve seen quite a few properties around this country throughout my life. However, my favorites have always been those on the Outer Banks, a place I visited often, and the home to my family dating back multiple generations. The fact that my grandfather is the renter of PO Box 1 in Manteo says it all.

My professional background is diverse, from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to managing large properties in the hospitality industry, but the thread that ties all of my experiences together is the idea of helping people and making their lives easier. I focus on organization and processes, always aiming to be one step ahead. I know that buying or selling a home can be a stressful experience, but utilize my love for great customer service and efficiency to make it a great one for all of my clients.

After spending time in Washington DC and Raleigh, North Carolina, I was ready to come home to the Outer Banks. I live on Roanoke Island with my loving husband and Disney-obsessed daughter, and am passionate about this community that we’ve grown to love.


Sydney Jenkins


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(252) 423-8038

Sydney, originally from Virginia, has worked in sales and customer service for many years. She obtained her broker’s license in 2005 and now has over 8 years of real estate experience under her belt. Her attention to details, her vigilance and knowledge of the Outer Banks help both buyers and sellers achieve their goals. Sydney has worked the market from Hatteras to Corolla and is a dedicated Realtor with a reputation for honesty. She dedicates herself to the client’s needs and with her excellent people skills will guide you through the process with a sense of humor. If you’re looking for a knowledgeable Realtor with personality plus, you can count on Sydney for all of your real estate choices.

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John Creef


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(252) 473-0444

I grew up on Roanoke Island, and am pretty sure both sides of my family go back to the days of the Lost Colony. I’ve always been a go-getter, so it’s no surprise that my tool belt is filled with various titles, degrees, and certifications. I’ve worked for Dare County as a diesel mechanic, developed a private excavating company in the area, and owned a small hunting club in Windsor, North Carolina. I’ve always wanted to pass along and share my passion and hunting heritage with others. For the last 17 years I’ve worked at Wake Radiology, traveling to Raleigh on the weekends while still enjoying the beautiful Outer Banks lifestyle during the week.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, I decided it was time to add another tool to my belt. I earned my real estate license in 2017 and joined Carolina Dunes. My goal in the real estate world is to focus on helping people, but in a different way than I have in the past.

I’m married to my best friend and we have one son, Adam, and a long haired Jack Russell, Ace Sniffer Creef. I’ve coached my son’s baseball teams for as long as I can remember, and our family is actively involved in the community. I give back to this community anyway that I can, from coaching sports teams to running the Royal Ambassador program at Manteo Baptist Church for the last 7 years, a program that mentors the young men of our next generation. The Outer Banks is a great place to live and I hope to help my clients experience that during my time at Carolina Dunes.

Natalie Wolfe Plevyak


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I moved to The Outer Banks from the Midwest in 2000, and worked in the restaurant industry for years, like so many of the residents of Dare County. After some time away in Wilmington, North Carolina and the Tidewater area of Virginia, I came back to the Outer Banks in 2011. I worked in the insurance industry for a while before making the switch to real estate, and have been a dedicated broker at Carolina Dunes Real Estate since 2016.

I live in Kill Devil Hills with my son, Vance, and volunteer at his elementary school, coaching the “Go Far” running program. In addition to the titles of Mom and real estate agent, I’m also a musician. I sing and play guitar at many local establishments throughout the year.

Over the years I’ve learned the key to being successful begins with relationships. My hard-work and experience are an asset to the real estate community, and I would love to help you and your family buy or sell your home.

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Browny Douglas


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(252) 216-8294

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Margarette Umphlett


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(252) 305-3241

Margarette is a seasoned Realtor with over 20 years of experience. She has listed and sold property in all of Dare and Currituck Counties. She is a graduate of The North Carolina Realtors Institute. She has worked with four different Real Estate Companies in the area and has good working relations with other Realtors. She is known as a tireless Realtor who “get the job done” and see problems as a challenge. She loves working with people and is a team player.

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Melinda Garza

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(252) 473-4272

I relocated to the Outer Banks in 2000 and am a proud local. My husband, Steve, and I are very involved in our church and spend our free time in the sun, most likely fishing or in a boat somewhere. Roanoke Island has been a wonderful place to raise our two kids and we have truly enjoyed living here. I have been involved in the real estate business since 2002 and have been happy to call Carolina Dunes my home since 2010. I strive to provide our clients with the best customer service possible, always going above and beyond to meet their needs. 

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