An experienced realty company that thrives on their work and on their discoveries about the wonderful people and places on the Crystal Coast.
MEET THE TEAM
MARY CHEATHAM KING
Mary Cheatham grew up inland in Greensboro, NC, but has always loved the coast. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Following graduation, she worked briefly in marketing and management in Raleigh. In November of 2002, Mary Cheatham married her high school sweetheart, Chip, and moved to Morehead City where he was working in the boat business. Unsure of how to apply her liberal arts degree in a small town setting, Mary Cheatham decided to try her hand at real estate and never looked back.
Starting out as an agent during a prosperous but steady market allowed Mary Cheatham to build strong fundamentals. In just a few short years, at the peak of the market in 2006, she was recognized as the Top Producing Broker in Carteret County. It has been in the years since that time, however, through the adversity of a local market that is strong once again, that Mary Cheatham has learned the most. Tenacity and adaptability are hallmarks of Mary Cheatham’s service.
In her personal life, Mary Cheatham adores living at the beach with Chip and their two young children, Sally and Walter. She is an avid foodie, loves to read and enjoys spending time on the water, but above all else, she thrives on her relationships. She appreciates the beauty of her coastal surroundings, but even more so the sense of community and the wonderful people who share this special place with her, both full time and seasonally.
A graduate of UNC-Greensboro, Susan has been a real estate broker since 1987. She moved to Carteret County in 1988 to work for a local appraisal rm and in 1992 she became a North Carolina Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser. Susan has two grown children, Sarah and Reid. Her calm demeanor and attention to detail make her an excellent listing coordinator. When she is not working, Susan can be found spending time with her family, reading or knitting.
A 2005 graduate of Barton College with a degree in Social Work and minor in Criminal Justice, Courtney was born and raised in Carteret County. After graduating from Barton, she stayed in Wilson, where she worked as a special education teacher for 9 years. Courtney and her daughter recently moved back to Carteret County to be closer to family. Courtney’s excellent communication and organizational skills help streamline the closing process. Courtney’s pastimes include spending time with her family, loves the water, and enjoying outside activities.
Gina Carey’s favorite part of being a Buyer Specialist is knowing that she plays an important role in helping people live their dreams. She brings great enthusiasm and tenacity to her role as an advocate for Buyers.
Gina was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned a degree in Counseling Psychology. After college, Gina served as a social worker caring for elderly clients, until she transitioned to a career as a stay-at-home mom for several years. Gina and her husband Jim relocated to the Crystal Coast several years ago because they’d fallen in love with the area while visiting family. Gina says, “We were tired of all that Boston snow, and we were struck by how nice the people are here!”
Gina is a devoted mother to Michael, who’s currently serving in the U.S. Navy in Hawaii; Gianna, and Liam.
M. SIMONE WEITHERS
Simone developed a love for performance and art at an early age, always sketching out plans of talent shows and plays to put on for her family. She grew up on Lake Michigan, America’s third coast, and attended school at Andrews University, graduating with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design in 2016. Her passion for beautiful design brought her to Mary Cheatham Real Estate in Morehead City where her creative skills make her a wonderful marketing and media specialist. Simone enjoys singing, crocheting, traveling and cooking.
Laura Montocchio brings a wealth of experience to MCKRE. Laura began her career as an award winning sales representative and trainer in the pharmaceutical industry. Subsequently, Laura traveled the country as a professional facilitator of sales training programs. From 2004 - 2015, Laura ran her own corporate training firm where she and her team invented several innovative training tools for sales professionals. In February 2017 Laura earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation.
Laura is passionate about Morehead City and the Crystal Coast. She and her husband Marc moved here in 2010 and have felt at home ever since. When Laura is not focused on real estate, she and Marc enjoy boating on the Crystal Coast, along with their beloved dogs Kitty and Patsy Cline. Laura is a dedicated yogi and an avid cook.
Belinda Whitlatch was born and raised in New Bern, North Carolina and spent her youth enjoying all the blessings of living on the coast. Before embarking on her real estate career, she specialized in customer service for 15 years, managing a local government office. This valuable experience helped Belinda become an expert in providing top-notch customer service by listening intently to her clients, so that she can match them with their perfect home. Belinda’s primary goal is to make the home-buying experience enjoyable for her clients. She combines honesty, diligence, an attention to detail, along with extraordinary patience that has been cultivated in part thanks to her two teenage sons.
Belinda specializes in Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, and Emerald Isle. She particularly enjoys working with military families that are relocating to the Crystal Coast. Outside of work, Belinda loves spending time with her husband Michael and her sons Austin and Jared. During the warm months, they spend most weekends fishing or on the baseball field.
Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Jennifer feels right at home here on the Crystal Coast. In her role as Buyer Coordinator, Jennifer draws on her past experience in customer service and office administration. Serving as Assistant for Lead Buyer Specialist Laura Montocchio, Jennifer also plays an essential role in maintaining the MCKRE database.
Jennifer is a novice photographer who enjoys going on road trips and rebuilding cars with her boyfriend Ryan and their two dogs, Stanley and Ruger.
Situated on the southern Outer Banks, The Crystal Coast pairs unparalleled natural beauty with some of the best dining, shopping and local events in the state. Beneath the surface of its modern offerings, our area is steeped in history, from the lighthouse at Cape Lookout National Seashore to the homes in Beaufort dating back to the early 1700s.
The diverse small towns of the Crystal Coast are proximate to each other, allowing visitors and residents to enjoy the local flavors and experiences of each area, easily moving from one to the next. You may spend the morning perusing the charming shops on Front Street in Beaufort, stop for a famous shrimp burger at El’s Drive-In in Morehead City and spend the afternoon surf fishing at the Oeanana Pier in Atlantic Beach.
LIFE ON THE CRYSTAL COAST
I highly recommend Mary Cheatham King as an agent...
We have had such a pleasant experience working with Mary Cheatham and her staff to list and sell our condo. From the initial listing to the final closing has required no effort on our part. They have always planned ahead to market and to communicate with us. It was so easy to sign documents and receive everything we needed through email and phone calls. The persistence and willingness to be creative in marketing our property is greatly appreciated. I highly recommend Mary Cheatham King as an agent and would not hesitate to work with her again in the future.
“Mary Cheatham is a consummate professional who feels like “family.” It took us a long time to sell our home in another city, but Mary Cheatham stayed in touch with us all those months. And when we were ready to move, she was ready. With Mary Cheatham’s help, we found the perfect home in Morehead City, and she guided us through every detail to make the process a seamless one. She’s the best!”
Tom and Kay Carter
"We recently purchased a beach home through Mary Cheatham King. She worked tirelessly to find a suitable property, then helped us negotiate the terms of the settlement, set up the closing and executed all of the due diligence, overhead and property inspections. She even went to the store and purchased replacement items for those that were transferred with the purchased. Mary Cheatham is very smart, knowledgeable, capable and trustworthy. If I ever have other real-estate transactions in the Morehead/Atlantic Beach area, I will first ask Mary Cheatham to handle the transaction."
Lee and Betty Parker
Hanover County, VA
“We could not have found a better realtor than Mary Cheatham! She went above and beyond in assisting us in our search! She was always willing to help whether it was to meet an inspector, take extra pictures and answer any questions we had! She made our purchase an amazingly pleasant experience!”
“Late last spring, I called to ask a question about a house on the market and Mary Cheatham just happened to be answering the phone that day. What a blessing that she is the realtor that I reached! I ended up meeting her that same day and hit it off with her right away. She was such a help to my husband and I in purchasing a new home in Atlantic Beach. Because the house we choose was an estate sale, we had several "hurdles" to jump through and Mary Cheatham patiently worked through all of them to push the sale through. I truly believe if it weren't for Mary Cheatham and all of her follow up on the details, we would not have been able to purchase a house that we LOVE. Thanks so much, Mary Cheatham!”
Susan and Colin Beaman
Snow Hill, NC
“We have bought and sold several properties over the course of our lives. We recently had Mary Cheatham sell our home and then purchased another from her. Without a doubt she is the most responsive, professional, and efficient realtor we have experienced. In addition she is most pleasant and fun to work with. We strongly recommend using her for any real estate transactions.”
Lynn and Jodie Woolard
Indian Beach, NC
“I would only deal with Mary Cheatham for our future real estate needs.”
“We just wanted to say thanks again for all of your hard work to help us get this deal finished. We appreciated your professionalism and attention to detail. When we make our next purchase in Carteret County you are the first agent we would call or recommend to our friends.”
Mike and Marie Rowe
"We enjoyed working with Mary Cheatham King and her assistant, Susan Shouse. Our only regret is not getting enough time with this outstanding team. Our house sold within a month, thanks to the gorgeous marketing materials they produced and their vast contact list. We will make our first call in the future to Mary Cheatham when real estate needs arise. Kudos!"
Tom and Suzie Lambeth