Your Advocate for First-Time Homeowners, Building Your Investment Portfolio, and Relocating to the Coast!

Hi there! My name is Sara Darby and I am an experienced and dynamic local real estate agent who is ready to help you achieve your dream of living and investing here by the coast! 

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Helped Over 100+ Clients Find Their New Home By the Coast

To share some background about me, my husband and I are originally from Boston, Massachusetts! A couple of years ago, we made the life-changing decision to trade the snow for the sand and call Wilmington our new home! Together, with our beach-loving pups, we embrace the coastal lifestyle each and every day! 

Over the past two years, I have helped over 100+ clients through their buying and selling journeys. Throughout my career, I have also been recognized as a top performing agent in the Greater Wilmington area, being selected as a Brunswick and Cape Fear Real Producers top agent, a 40 Under 40 recipient and their 2024 Rising Star real estate agent. 

As someone who relocated from across the country, purchased their first home here, and also built an investment portfolio from the ground up, I have the knowledge, and most importantly, the firsthand experience and insight to support my clients in achieving their real estate goals. Whatever your goals may be here by the coast, I would love the opportunity to help you! 

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Highest level of expertise, service and experience

With a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Communication and Marketing, I bring a wealth of knowledge and dedication to those that I work with in my real estate career. With my account management and sales experience from some of the top companies in New England, I understand the communication and negotiation that it takes to get a deal done while also providing my clients with the highest level of expertise and service.

As someone who relocated from out of state,  purchased their first home and five investment properties locally, I am also able to leverage the first hand insight and experiences I have had to guide you through each step in the process. I truly understand the unique struggles and anxieties that come with each buying journey and you can trust that I will go above and beyond to ensure your home-buying experience is smooth and stress-free!


First Time Home Buyers

A true passion of mine is working with first time home buyers to help them achieve their dream of homeownership! As someone who purchased their first home locally and also helped 50+ individuals and families purchase their first homes in the Greater Wilmington area, I am committed to providing my clients with the resources and support they need to feel empowered to become homeowners. 

Whether it be educating them on the down payment assistance programs available to them, keeping up to date on the best loan programs for first time home buyers or assisting them in finding properties that they could own for equal to or less than what they are paying in rent, I am dedicated to helping my clients see the value that homeownership can bring by building equity in themselves and their financial future!

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Real Estate Investors

As a local investor myself, I really enjoy working with other like minded individuals who are also looking to invest here by the coast. Within only two years, my husband and I have built a multi-property investment portfolio comprised of short, mid and long term rental properties across the Greater Wilmington and beaches area. This first hand experience has provided me with unparalleled knowledge and insight that I am able to leverage in helping others aspiring to embark on a similar path. 

With this background in real estate investing, I am always keeping a pulse on the local rental market and crucial metrics such as average rents, return on investment (ROI), and capitalization rates (cap rates) to educate my clients and help them make the most informed decisions possible. 

This comprehensive understanding and strategic approach empower me to guide investors through the intricate landscape of investing locally, helping them to maximize their potential returns and achieve their investment goals.


Coastal Relocation

Over three years ago, my husband and I relocated from Boston to Wilmington! As someone who has gone through a cross-country move, I bring a personal understanding and level of empathy for the unique challenges and intricacies involved in such a significant move. 

From the beginning stages of brainstorming wish lists and timelines for the move to conducting virtual showings, to attending home inspections, meeting with contractors, coordinating movers to facilitating the closing process with the lender and attorney, I am here to ensure a seamless and stress-free process for all of my clients relocating to the coast. As your agent, I promise to handle the obstacles and complexities that can come with a relocation to allow you to focus on beginning this exciting new chapter here by the coast!

To help those who are interested in learning more about a move to the Greater Wilmington area, I have created a Facebook community, ‘Moving to Wilmington’ which has several thousand members! The group was designed to create a space where people could connect, discuss their move with other like minded individuals and receive the resources and support they need to take that first step towards relocating to our beautiful beach town! 

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Don’t settle for anything less than the best when it comes to purchasing a home!

Contact me, Sara Darby, and let’s work together to find your dream home in the coastal paradise of Wilmington!

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