Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)

211 Olde Oak Lane

Sunset Beach , NC 28468

Researchers extraordinaire for our Buyer Clients to whom we respond rapidly, listen attentively, communicate consistently and negotiate for their best interests.

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 The Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty Team

 Karen Baker - Broker at Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty

Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty


Frank Baker, Retired Lt. FDNY
Broker/Owner, BIC, ABR, SFR, GRI, CRS

Karen Baker, Retired RN, BS
Broker/Owner, ABR, GRI, SFR, ePRO, CRS


Frank Baker, Retired Lt. FDNY

Broker/Owner, BIC, ABR, SFR, GRI


Karen Baker, Retired RN, BS

Broker/Owner, ABR, GRI, SFR, ePRO, CRS


We Listen ... We Learn ....  We Find .... Your Home ....


Hello, we are Frank & Karen Baker, a true husband & wife real estate team. We have been married for 39 years and work full time running our real estate business. Our company is dedicated to working with BUYERS delivering the highest level of customer service. We always represent our clients with the utmost honesty and integrity. We provide the most up to date information for our clients by employing the newest technology available. Most importantly, we make the home buying and selling experience enjoyable as we help our clients find the home of their dreams.


We are both natives of New York City, Karen from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and Frank from Staten Island. Although retirement in Sunset Beach, NC had long been a dream, it happened a little sooner than expected when Frank, a Lieutenant for the Fire Dept. of New York with 20 years service, and Karen, a critical care RN for more than 25 years, decided to semi-retire and move to Sunset Beach in 2003.

We both became licensed real estate brokers in the states of NC and SC in June 2006. We started working for a large Weichert Realtors franchise to take advantage of their extensive training program because we believe education is the key to success in any endeavor.


As the market changed we strengthened ourselves with as much education as possible and acquired multiple designations.  In April 2010 we formed our own Real Estate Company and Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty was born.


We have attained the knowledge and experience to ensure each transaction runs smoothly from start to finish. We have a network of reputable professional service providers with whom we work and refer should the need arise. We also have a large and active referral database so that we are able to help clients, friends and family anywhere in the country find the most highly qualified real estate agents to assist with the sale or purchase of a home.



Building relationships is extremely important to us and we are proud of the fact that many of our clients come from referrals of satisfied clients.


In our spare time we are usually outdoors enjoying golf or walking on Sunset  Beach and spoiling our adorable doggies, Bonita & Bella.

We also truly love visiting our daughter Tamzen and her partner Emily in Pennsylvania and our son Travis, our daughter-in-law Kristy and grandson Zachary in Massachusetts, but most of all we enjoy turning clients into new friends and neighbors.




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Karen Baker - Broker at Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty 





Our focus is you, our client, what we can do for you, and being able to have the information at our fingertips immediately. 



Our Designations



What's a CRS?

  LogoThe Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest Designation awarded to real estate professionals in the residential sales field. The CRS Designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education.

Since 1977 the Council of Residential Specialists has been conferring the CRS Designation on agents who meet its stringent requirements. Currently, there are more than 34,000 active CRS Designees.

Why Use a CRS?

Today, home buying and selling is faster, more complex, and more competitive in every way. Our goal is to make the process a little easier for you. The first step is choosing the right REALTOR®.

Experience - To earn the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation, every REALTOR® must have significant experience and volume of real estate transactions.

Ethics - Every CRS Designee is required to maintain membership in the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and to abide by its strict Code of Ethics.

A Focus on Home Buying and Selling - To help make the home buying and selling process more rewarding, every CRS Designee must have a proven track record in the business, as well as advanced education in related areas like finance, technology and marketing. Work with the top 4 percent.

Technology Expertise - The training available to CRS Designees includes a strong focus on technology and its applications in the real estate business


  LogoABR - The Accredited Buyer Representative Designation is the benchmark of excellence in Buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria. The ABR® designation is designed for real estate Buyer Agents who focus on working directly with Buyer-clients. By attaining the ABR®, you receive valuable real estate education that elevates your skills and knowledge in the eyes of home Buyers. There is also ongoing specialized information, programs, and updates that help you stay on top of the issues and trends in successfully representing Buyers.


  logoGRI - Graduate REALTOR® Institute is the mark of a highly trained real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation to better serve and protect their Clients. It is nationally recognized, and is considered the nation's number one professional real estate designation. This designation may only be earned after successfully completing a rigorous educational program that requires 92 hours of live course instruction on topics ranging from marketing and servicing listed properties to real estate law. It is one of the most comprehensive training programs available to Realtors®today. GRI is recognized nationwide as the standard for real estate professionalism. A GRI has superior knowledge of real estate marketing, and has acquired skills that will set them apart from other REALTORS®.


   LogoSFR - Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource is a new Designation that is available through the National Association of Realtors®. Unfortunately, it is a sad fact of life that short sales and foreclosures comprise a large amount of today's standard real estate transactions. These deals are not at all like the traditional transaction with which we were so familiar. It is important that the Realtor® knows how to help Sellers understand the complexities and repercussions of a short sale. It also takes special knowledge to help a Buyer pursue these opportunities knowledgeably. These are not just good skills to have in this market, they are critical to making sure that you are representing your Client professionally. Short sales (where a home is sold to a Buyer for less than what the Seller owes to the Mortgage Company) are not for the Realtor® who is faint of heart. Agents who have received the SFR Designation will have much more confidence to see the transaction through to the end, and are much more likely to have the proper tools and training to navigate the rough waters of a short sale or foreclosure for their Client.
  LogoePRO - is a Realtor® who has been Certified by completing training endorsed by the National Association of Realtors® in the specialized area of using the internet to better assist their Clients. If you use the internet, and you are looking to buy or sell a home, it is important that you work with an ePRO. You can trust doing business with them online, knowing that you will receive the information you need, but that you won't be spammed. They respond quickly to your questions, but know enough not to send you unwanted communications. Your personal information is protected, knowing that an ePRO will guard your privacy. You will receive the most up-to-date information available from a professional who knows the intricacies of online navigation. If you are relocating, an ePRO is an absolute must. With the tools to do your research electronically, the entire buying decision can be made online with a competent ePRO who can show you houses online, can share videos, electronic contracts and signatures, email, and any number of other resources that are at your disposal to make your transaction smooth and streamlined from showing to closing.


  • National Association of Realtors (NAR) (GRI) (ePRO)
  • North Carolina Association of Realtors (NCAR)
  • Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR)
  • Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors (CCAR)
  • Council of Residential Specialists(CRS)
  • Real Estate Buyer's Agency Council (REBAC) (ABR)
  • Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce
  • Bird Island Preservation Society Steward
  • Licensed in NC and SC





Quality Service Certified




Researcher Extraordinaire

Consistently Communicating

Attentively Listening

Rapid Responser

Accomplished Negotiator


Testimonials for Karen Baker

  • Debbie S

    Karen and Frank were wonderful in helping me find and buy the right home for me and my Daughter! They listened to my needs and wants, understood my timeline, and found wonderful properties for me to see when I was in town. Karen is such a great listener that I actually ended up buying the first house on her list to show me! My experience was nothing less than smooth and absolutely exceeded my expectations!
    Thu, Jul 17, 2014

  • Jr Robinson

    Karen has helped us find a house and our closing is coming up in August. She has been very helpful and has quickly found the answers to all our questions. I would recommend her to all my family and friends.
    Thu, Jul 17, 2014

  • Sal Luca

    Frank and Karen Baker has been there for my family and me from Sept. 2013. We are looking to buy a home in an unfamiliar area and Karen had made us comfortable with her help and knowledge of the Realtor business in that area. Many other agents would of given up on us but Karen has stuck with us, through all of our delays as we are finally putting our home on the market. I'm glad to have Frank and Karen on my side as a buyers agent as we continue the process of buying a home.

  • Bonnie Wadsworth

    They are not only a super friendly people but very good at their job! They always responded at once to any questions we had. Neither her or her husband are pushy people either. I strongly recommend them!

  • Doug Crandall

    Karen is a dedicated professional who earns your trust , doesn't waste your time showing you houses that lack the requirements you have established, continually searches the market for new listings meeting your criteria, makes appointments efficiently, gives excellent information on the local area and is willing to spend whatever time it takes to find YOUR PROPERTY! We highly recommend Karen!

  • Debbie

    I want to once again express my gratitude for all your support these past two days! You made me feel so welcome and comfortable!! I truly enjoyed the pajama party with you and the pups...you are both truly special people and I feel honored to have met you and consider you friends!

    I'm looking forward to the move and am so excited about living there!

  • Carolyn Goodwin

    Karen and Frank did a great job helping find our retirement home in Sunset Beach. Karen promptly contacted me, provided us with suitable homes to view. She weeded out those that she felt were not a good match for us. We were able to find a home the first day we looked. They were able to assist with the offer because of their familiarity with the area. Their recommendations for painters, insurance as well as lenders was very helpful. We continue to see Frank and Karen socially and have become solid friends. Many, many thanks!

  • John/Judy

    After meeting with Karen and Frank several times, they knew what we were looking for. They found our home for us, and we bought it sight unseen on their recomendation and could not be happier !!

  • Colin Wilson

    Karen and Frank helped us purchase two properties and they were wonderful throughout the whole process. I would and have recommended them to family and friends.

  • Steve Dahlstrom

    Frank and Karen have gone above and beyond what I have asked of them. They have been great to me!

    Service Areas (5)
    • Sunset Beach, NC
    • Calabash, NC
    • Carolina Shores, NC
    • Ocean Isle Beach, NC
    • Myrtle Beach, SC
    • Little River, SC
    Specialties (10)
    • Buyers
    • Condos/Townhomes
    • Eco-Friendly
    • Land
    • New Construction
    • Relocation
    • Residential
    • Seniors
    • Waterfront
    • Golf Communities
    Languages (1)
    • English