Crystal McDaniel, Broker
Crystal was born and raised in Southern Brunswick County. She has been licensed in real estate for three years. As an investor herself, Crystal has the ideal foundation for selling and buying homes in Brunswick County, as well as, the many coastal towns surrounding the area. Crystal is a graduate of Campbell University, where she obtained her degree in Financial Planning and Business.
After graduation, Crystal decided to follow in the footsteps of her father and launched a career in law enforcement in Wilmington, NC. Crystal has served and protected our communities for the past ten years. Working in law enforcement in a variety of high-risk positions, Crystal brings loyalty, respect and professionalism to the world of real estate. Crystal’s ability to advocate and negotiate will prove to be a tremendous asset to you in growing your investment portfolios or in just finding that perfect forever home!
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Although Crystal has built a successful career in law enforcement, she knew that there was something missing in her life. Crystal has always had a passion for all things real estate…investing, renovating, building and designing. Once Crystal decided to spend every free moment focusing on investing, she knew that she needed to obtain her license. She quickly combined her entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge of the local area to become a Realtor in 2017. Her love for investing, buying and selling real estate makes her the trusted resource when marketing and selling some of the finest properties in North Carolina.
Crystal is bold, lives life to the fullest and brings contagious energy to everything she does. She is brilliant, patient and kind. When she is not working with clients, she enjoys time with friends and family, spending time with her yellow lab named Maggie and seeking adventure. Whether you are looking for an investment property or your dream home, Crystal will be 100% committed. A Law Enforcement Officer with a degree in Financial Planning and Business coupled with her heart of gold and a passion to succeed makes Crystal the perfect Realtor!
Kelli Jeanne Pratt, Broker
Kelli is a native of North Pownal, VT! She left her New England roots when she joined the Army in 1985. She served our country for 4 years in Fort Sill, OK and abroad in Germany. When Kelli returned to the United States, she lived in San Diego and Miami before settling in North Carolina in 1994. In 2004, Kelli decided to make Oak Island her home and this is where she found a love for coastal living.
Once Kelli’s feet hit the warm sand of Oak Island, she knew she wanted to work with people who loved calling the Island home just as much as she did. She began working in a real estate office where her primary responsibilities were to help other agents stay motivated, challenged and to find success. Although Kelli had never worked in the Real Estate business before, she quickly realized how exciting it was for her to be a part of and to learn in the fast paced world of real estate business. For her, learning the real estate business was a perfect match for her self-motivating side. In 2009, Kelli realized that she too needed to challenge herself to continue to grow professionally and personally, so she enrolled in college to further pursue her education.
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Kelli graduated Magna Cum Laude from American InterContinental University (AIU) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and her MBA. Kelli has since been working in the telecommunications industry since 2010. In 2019, she enrolled in real estate school and is now eager to do the work that she spent years motivating others to do. Kelli is a member of the Rotary Club of Shallotte and an Ambassador of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce. She believes in her community and is eager to be part of its growth and helping others.
Kelli currently lives in Bolivia, NC with her partner Joe Smith. Family means everything to Kelli! She finally has her mom close by in Sunset Beach. Joe and Kelli, have 3 kids who are living in the RDU area pursuing their own dreams. The youngest, Mack, is a senior at NC State while the older two, Drew and Al, have graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. Kelli feels blessed that she has Joe and his children in her life. When asked, or even if you don’t ask, she will brag about their success at the first chance. Her immediate family is still in New England and she travels home to the mountains at every chance she gets! She is a proud Vermonter and is still very much in touch with her hometown.
Kelli’s hobbies are planting flowers, decorating, cleaning, reading and exercise. She has enjoyed running her whole life until a recent knee injury forced her to change her exercise routine by joining a gym. She loves being on the water and she and Joe are avid boaters. It is a whole new world discovering the waterways and canals of Brunswick County. Kelli loves to fish and will jump in the mud and dig clams all day. She prefers to stay in the waterways and anchor up and enjoy the day swimming and relaxing. Kelli can’t wait to share her love for the coastal life with you!
Chris Bennett, Broker
Chris Bennett retired in 2018 after a successful career in public education. He served in multiple roles during his time in education including classroom teacher, coach, school administrator and central office leader. During his career he focused on servant leadership and customer service by providing all stakeholders with honest feedback and responsive communication. In addition, trust and respect were key aspects of his leadership model and personal priorities. These principles also guide him in his current role of assisting families through the buying and selling experience. It is Chris’ highest priority to ensure each person he serves will feel valued, supported and empowered throughout the real estate process.
A native of Durham, Chris received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife Kelly live on Oak Island with their German Shepard. Chris has three grown children; Landis, Lauren and Luke. He enjoys tennis, pickle ball, walking on the beach and attending Generations Church in Southport.
His commitment to customer service, attention to detail and partnership with Palm Realty will help you achieve your real estate goals. Chris looks forward to working with you to sell your house or to help you find the perfect place to call home.
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8501 East Oak Island Drive
Oak Island, NC 28465
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