Karen became our agent at the recommendation of my son and we have been very pleased that we made the change! Karen was easy to communicate with and saved us money as she made some changes to our existing policies for our home and autos. I found her to be extremely pleasant and when meeting her for the first time felt as if I was talking to an old friend. She checks in periodically to make sure all our insurance needs are being met and they very much are. We are very happy to recommend Karen to anyone who wants great coverage and an agent who we feel is truly “on our side”.!

Kathy & Chris Underhill =- Cary, NC

"Being a newly engaged couple planning for a wedding while searching for our first home was a large feat to take on, but with the support and knowledge of Monica Rolquin the process was rather simple. We were new to the home search process so wanted to view properties of all shapes and sizes. Monica was very patient with us and eager to take us to all the properties on our list. One of the leading advantages of working with Monica is her expertise and recommendations that one gains while viewing homes that may not be recognized by any other agent. She is able to raise concerns that any home buyer would appreciate while viewing a home, but at the same time never makes one feel like they are being persuaded to choose one home over another. Monica leaves the home buying up to the buyers, but gives that added support that is necessary when narrowing down to make a decision. We highly recommend Monica Rolquin as a buying agent and look forward to working with her in the future!"

Donnie Bullers and Bethany Watkins

John has done an outstanding job. He has been honest, timely, generous and surprisingly witty. We have bought in Brunswick Forest and this basicly was decided after we spent a week in Wilmington. John took us on a world-wind tour of 11 homes in one day. Some highlights of those 11 was that John followed up on one of the 3 we chose & he checked with the Condo Association President to get the “ rest of the story”. He gave us breathing space while we were there and didn’t bug us. We left empty handed, no condo, but he kept in touch and we finally found something that caught our eye and we are closing on the 30th of November. Again, he has been the best.

Jim & Liz Hester

Everyone at Buddy Blake’s team has been so nice since I first spoke with Erik late last summer. Your customer service is exceptional and I appreciate all everyone has done to assist me in what I originally thought was a journey to sell the house. I have and will continue to tell people how much I have appreciated the support & information I have received from both you & Erik-all this without my house even being listed with your team! You guys are AWESOME and I see why this team is successful!!!! If, at any time during the future I find that I need to sell this house and purchase another one, the Buddy Blake team is who I will call. Thanks again!!!!

Barbara Tyndall

I am grateful to have had Monica’s valuable knowledge and unending perseverance throughout this arduous short-sale transaction. Monica stayed on top of every aspect of the process, responded quickly to all requests of the unorganized lender, and kept us well-informed in the process. Best of all, she responded promptly to our phone calls and questions without exception. I would highly recommend Monica for anyone looking for a competent, qualified, and experienced agent—and you definitely want her on your side in a difficult transaction. Thanks again Monica.

Carl Parker

To be honest we found your company to be very reputable. In researching your company we found that you certainly know the market & have great properties. We found Scott to have a lot of integrity which is what we look for in someone representing us in a transaction. We recommend anyone we know going to the Wilmington area.

Christine & John Critelli

Thanks for all your hard work, Erik. You've really done a great job, especially given that we're in California. If you ever need a reference for another out of state investor, feel free to use my name.

Jim Tyler

My wife and I have worked with Monica on three separate occasions, buying two homes and selling one. Our transactions were complicated by the fact we live out of state. Monica made the process stress-free exceeding our expectations at every turn. She was very skilled at understanding what we wanted in a home and narrowed the listings down to help us find the perfect place. She spent a considerable amount of time with us. She really understands the process and the complications of a beach community and has a great network to get any questions answered. Our second home purchase was a short sale and Monica was the difference maker in getting through this painful process. She left nothing to chance and helped us get the home of our dreams!  On the selling side we needed to sell quickly. She helped us sell in two days for a great price; not much more can be said about that!  Monica is by far the best real estate professional we have ever worked with.

Ed & Barbara Vanyo

Good morning Buddy! Paul and I both agree that working with you and Chris was the best way to get the property sold and thankfully it did finally happen! Chris was very responsive to my calls and was extremely kind & professional in every way. All's well that ends well, though, and overall we were extremely satisfied with the professional service we received from you and your team. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the lowest, we rate you guys at a 9 and will recommend you in the future! Thanks Buddy! Have a great day!

Laura Morris

Dear RE/MAX Essential, Monica Rolquin just closed 2 deals for my husband and me, as sellers and buyers, on a hot day in late July. It was Friday, and the selling part for us took 2 years, one and a half with another realty company and 6 months with Monica. She trail-blazed the process like no other professional we’ve ever worked with, despite the unnerving timing of closing 2 homes on a Friday! As disenchanted as we had become with the sale of our home, she offered smart tips to de-clutter, rearrange and invest in small upgrades. Despite our wariness, we completed our tasks, and her smart, savvy, targeted marketing plan included immediate feedback after every showing. There is no doubt in our minds that we would not have closed our home without Monica! She even brought husband Jim to help us with closing yard work in 100 degree weather, when my husband and I were exhausted from packing, moving, details and heat! Monica’s commitment to us is and has been unwavering, especially through the buying process. Her wise counsel, area knowledge and legal expertise facilitated the endeavor and we found a home within about 2 weeks! And RE/MAX Essential even threw in an extra truck for moving, at no extra cost! Monica Rolquin single-handedly- and- forever changed our perception of the realty business. We gratefully consider her our biggest advocate, and now, a friend “in the neighborhood.” I guess you could say we have a “mutual fan club,” thanks to her unwavering services that made us feel like we were her total focus, though she was as busy as ever. It takes a special skill set to follow up on all the details, sincerely listen to clients, know the market and legalities, negotiate for what she’s heard as important, all the while making it look easy and fun. In this day and age of skepticism, she restored our confidence in the real estate business, and we thank her and RE/MAX Essential mightily! Kind Regards,

Karen P. and Mike G.

Hello Buddy! I wanted to respond to your email & let you know that I am very happy with everything your office did for me. Thank you so very much!!! I am throughly enjoying my new home at Sellar's Cove! I have found this community to be a clean, safe, & peaceful one. My neighbors are pleasant & respectful of each other. It is a perfect fit for me. In addition, I have needed some help with this and that from the builder's plumber, alarm folks, etc. They have been prompt to address and fix each and every issue. Josh was a joy to work with. He is truly an asset to your team!! I will surely recommend you & your team to anyone who asks. Happy Holidays!

Sheila Grimes

Karen has always provided outstanding service. It doesn't matter if it's early in the morning or even a holiday, Karen's always there to help. She makes the insurance process so easy.

Christine Hughes, AICP

We just wanted to thank Chris Spivey for taking such great care of our daughter and son-in-law's home sale in Jackey's Creek, Leland. What an amazing job Chris and crew did staying in communication with everyone through a very difficult situation. Also, thank you for referring us to Lonnie Bush, our RE/MAX agent here in Virginia Beach. The tools and network RE/MAX agents has seems endless. Lonnie showed me a few of the tools in the agent section of remax.com and I must say the video the Bank Of America executive did about short sales really has helped us understand what kind of process we will have if we buy a short sale home here in VA. Thanks again and we look forward to watching Chris and RE/MAX Essential grow in Wilmington.

Johanna S.

Scott Shapiro has provided exemplary service in the process of buying my home in Leland. Although my budget was limited, Scott gave me the same level of attention that I would expect had I been shopping in a much higher price point. I have purchased & sold 3 homes in Maryland prior to my purchase here in Leland and Scott is the only agent who has exceeded my expectations. I recommend him to others at every opportunity, and should I decide to purchase again in this area, Scott will be my agent.

Lynn Crawford

Dear Erik, Tim & I wanted to thank you for all of the time, energy, and passion you put into the sale of our home. We have discussed many times how lucky we were to have found you to sell our home because I do not believe there is another Real Estate agent in the Wilmington area who would have stuck with us through the short sale of our home. Your tenacity was inspiring. There were times that we just wanted to give up but you convinced us to stay the course. You were excellent in communicating with us often but more importantly you did not bother us with the behind the scenes dealings which were complicated & confusing. You brought a sense of calm to us during a turbulent time in real estate. Without a doubt or second thought, we would recommend you as an agent to otherw who are looking to buy or sell their home in the Wilmington area. You know that area & the real estate well. You are honest, trustworthy, & unbelievably hard working. You put yourself out there to represent us with integrity & honesty & we are eternally grateful. We have worked with real estate agents throughout the country and you are the best we have ever come across. Many thanks

Tim & Liz Cruickshank

I bought my home with Monica as my Realtor almost 8 years ago. That experience was wonderful so I figured I would use her services again for the sale of my home. Again, the experience was top notch. Monica counseled us on the current market trends and developed a solid plan to sell our house for the best possible price. We were only on the market for 4 days before we had multiple offers with the highest and best coming in over list price with a very strong offer. This enabled us to be aggressive with the purchase of our new home and everything worked out perfectly. As with all transactions, there were a few glitches along the way but they were not on our part. Monica was always there to give sound advice and help guide us through to closing. I am so happy I found Monica 8 years ago and I am sure I will use her services in the future. She is one of the best.

Willard & Ashley Jones

Dear Monica, "Thank You" for the excellent job you did while helping us select the right house at the right price at the right time. The properties acquired with your very able assistance produced a quick profit and appreciation. To say that you are a capable, honest and loyal Broker would be an understatement. Hope you will continue to help us in the future.

Dan & Nancy Clark

John Grubenmann was approachable, reliable, professional and always willing and able to answer all of our questions. If not for John's hard work, not only for the seller but especially us (the buyer's), we may not have bought our home. We appreciate all of John's help and wish him continued success.

Varney & Kathleen Johnson

Scott, We have been in our new home for a week now and are really enjoying it. We look back on the whole process and want to thank you for making it such a pleasant experience. From the first phone call to the end, you were always so encouraging and helpful. Please also tell Amy how much we appreciate her. She is awesome. Everytime we needed something, she was always so kind and helpful. Between you and Amy and Connie, we had a great team working for us. Thank you guys so much for everything. If we know of anyone who needs your services, we will send them your way. In fact, we have already been telling people how great Scott and the Buddy Blake team is. Have a great Day.

Barry & Amy B.

Monica Rolquin is a Broker of the highest caliber, who meticulously works on behalf of her clients. My wife and I decided to make Wilmington, NC our new home and we found Monica while looking for homes over the internet. Over the course of a year, she kept in touch, followed up with every request and made us feel extremely comfortable as we relocated. I have been a licensed Broker for 7 years and there are only a few Brokers whom I trust. I can actually say that Monica has reached the top of the list. Monica's in-depth knowledge, unique educational background and excellent people skills make her an invaluable asset to anyone that considers buying or selling real estate. I wish everyone could experience the overall satisfaction that stems from having Monica as your Broker. Ultimately, I feel Monica provides the best representation in the real estate business.

Willard & Ashley Jones

My husband and I feel like we've hit the realtor jack pot with Erik, a dedicated and professional agent filled with integrity who always has our best interests at heart. I feel 100% comfortable trusting Erik with any of our real estate needs and anything else for that matter; he's a down to earth guy who will go the extra mile in helping you. Six years ago we decided to relocate to a beach town, and he offered us invaluable information on the area and in helping us buy our first home. We stayed in touch over the years, and he graciously helped both my parents and sister who were interested in the Wilmingon area. It was a no brainer who to turn to when we decided to sell our first home. Erik quickly negotiated with a buyer and followed up with us on everything by calls, texts, and emails. We always felt updated, and he was consistently available to explain anything we didn't understand in the process. Erik will be the first person we call when we decide to buy again!

Sharon S

Mr. Blake, Where do I start...thank you so very much. Josh is a true asset to your office. My parents, at best, are high maintenance. Fortunately, for me, he handled our situation perfectly. He answered their questions, treated them with respect and stood back and let them make their decision. Thank you!

Sheila Grimes

Monica's "accent on service" truly represents her approach. We had the pleasure of working with Monica on the sale and purchase of our homes and cannot say enough good things about her professionalism and determination. Her knowledge and appreciation for the Greenville Sound area is unmatched. Although we had lived there for 7 years, we learned a great deal from her when she listed our home. Her legal expertise with a big dose of patience helped us through the same day settlements, both of which went off without a hitch due to her untiring attention to detail and willingness to work on our behalf. She is an outstanding real estate agent with competencies in market analysis, real property law, and negotiating strategies. She is kind, gracious, easy to work with, and patient. Put simply, Monica is a woman of integrity and a professional of the highest caliber.

Jack & Beth Renwick

Without Monica's knowledge, determination, hard work, dedication and her outstanding commitment to us, we would have never found or bought our dream home. Her legal background was very critical in enabling our transaction to close under extraordinarily difficult circumstances. We have been blessed with a wonderful Intracoastal waterfront home thanks to Monica

Mike & Carrie Lewis

We have purchased and sold with Monica as our agent. She was quick to find us purchasers for our house and because she is so knowledgeable of what is on the market, she was able to help us find the right house to purchase quickly. She is the best real estate broker we have dealt with in 41 years of buying and selling.

Joe & Jean Rogers

"Karen made the process of insuring my home so easy. She was very helpful and efficient-- I can always count on her to respond to my many questions very quickly!"

Betsy Reckerd

I would most certainly recommend John Grubenmann to others. He went above and beyond to make sure the sell went through. He was always available and made me feel like I was his only client whenever I called. OUTSTANDING!

Jennifer Myers

My experience was very positive, all the way from your agent to borrowing your moving van. I appreciate the personal experience I had.

Meg Julian

Monica did a great job for us in our search for a vacation home near our family in Wilmington. Through her superb knowledge of the local real estate market and her accurate advice, we were able to buy the right property to suit our needs, at the best price. It took only a little bit more than one month for her to find the house, negotiate and close it, and all this happened while we were residing abroad in Europe. Now we are able to enjoy our lovely vacation home and are also confident that we made the right investment

Daniel and Henriette Tieman

We had the pleasure of working with Monica regarding the purchase, and more recently the sale of our property in Hampstead. Considering this was our ninth real estate transaction, we have to say that Monica is, by far, the best of the best. Having to complete the transaction long distance is particularly stressful. Yet, Monica was always available. She always provided excellent, honest information, knowing that we needed to make the final decisions. She provided appropriate updates and truly assisted us in areas that we knew nothing about when dealing with Essential. Every time we received a communication from Monica, we’d say “Thank God for Monica!” We highly recommend Monica as a broker and relocation specialist. She is personable, organized, and diligent.

Bob & Rita Epsom

Thanks for checking with me! Everyone I have spoken with in your office has been very helpful but yet patient enough with me. Thank you again for such great service!!!!!

Jennifer Pandis

Erik was an outstanding agent. We also used him to purchase our home. We could not be any happier with the service provided. We will recommend him to all our friends and family.

Stephanie Clinch

Over the years I have bought and sold over twelve homes and participated in buying and selling several manufacturing plants. I have gained an appreciation for what buyers and sellers experience in this process. There are build-in frustrations, primarily because one has to rely on others doing what they say they will do. Quite often a person with good intentions fails to do what they honestly intend to do, on the other hand, I sometimes wonder what they intended to do in the first place! However you were an exception to what I had come to expect from sales people, in that, you were a straight shooter and told us like it was, not like what we wanted to hear. From our first contact until we closed, you were a professional! It is especially tough to buy property long distance, however you made it a "seamless" process and as I look back on it, I appreciate how thorough you were. You always did what you said you would do! Bill we never know when our path may cross again, but one thing I can assure you and that is that should I need to buy more property, you have set a pretty high standard for anyone to measure up to!!! Thanks for all you done for us at Topsail Lake Estates!

John Philbeck

As a recent client of Monica, I told her the details of what I was looking for and she narrowed it down better than I could have myself. I was shown about four houses and am now the happy owner of one of them. She does not play games, takes you exactly to what your looking for, helps you negotiate the price and keeps you informed both verbally and by e-mail of all correspondensces. It was painless, smooth and a positive experience. I had a time frame of one month from searching to closing and she pulled it off. She knows the right contacts to help you with the process (mortgage, insurance, lawyers) and they were professional and got the job done. She is GREAT at what she does and I highly recommend her for your real estate needs.

Dolores Duffy

Monica made it so easy for us to relocate to beautiful Wilmington, NC. Her guidance on which neighborhoods were best for our family was invaluable and she always showed us the best properties within our price range. We were so happy with her service when we purchased our first house that we have continued to use her to represent us. Monica helped us purchase land on the Cape Fear River where we built our current home and she sold our first house in less than two months. She has exemplified integrity and professionalism in all our business with her.

Ben & Tiffany Erichsen

Scott did a great job. We purchased a home in May with his assistance. Scott was professional, friendly and I would recommend him to friends and family.

Barbara Rovtar

John Grubenmann went out of his way for us. 5 days of showings, taking pictures when we were not in town. He is just a great person who enjoys others. It went further than him just working for a commission check. He really did care about OUR needs. If only there were more agents like John Grubenmann.

Michael & Deborah Cavalluzzi

Monica was nothing less than perfect as my personal Broker for both my family's house and my first investment property! Sincere, patient, knowledgeable, and professional are a few of the adjectives I can confidently use when describing Monica as a Broker. Her service was so exceptional in helping my family relocate from New York that I have since referred other people to Monica for her unique help in purchasing real estate.

Dr. Perry J. Castellano

Scott did a great job. We would recommend him to friends and family. We would also use him again as our personal agent. It took us about a year to find the right home. Scott was patient and was never pushy.

Kathyrn Shelby

Erik is the bomb! Friendly, prompt and informed. He even set us up with temporary living arrangements during our relocation.

Teresa Tedesco