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Karla Satterfield



A native of Miami, Florida, I met and married my Marine husband in Pensacola in 1984. We arrived in Havelock in 1985 and I began the weekly and sometimes daily commute to East Carolina University where I received my Bachelor of Science in Communications in 1987. We moved to Yuma Arizona in 1989 and then back to Havelock in 1991. In 1994 we bought our first home and thus began my interest in the local housing market.


In 1998, after our oldest daughter graduated from Havelock High School and went off to college, I began to look into the possibility of getting my real estate license. My thoughts were that I wanted to educate and help buyers and sellers, especially military buyers and sellers, with their real estate needs in a way that focused first on what their short and long term needs were and created a bond of trust and ease between us.


I received my license in 1998 and became a Sales Associate with a local franchise. I received my Accredited Buyer’s Representative designation (ABR) in 2000 and was licensed as a Broker in 2002. Since then I have continued to increase my knowledge and accreditations allowing me to continue to grow as a professional. During this time I never lost my original focus on putting my client’s real estate needs first. Buying and selling real estate is an involved process that can sometimes be confusing and intimidating. I wanted to remove those obstacles and be cognizant of what would be best for my clients. Sometimes that meant advising not to buy real estate or listing at that particular time.


Alas, in 2003 my husband received orders to Stuttgart Germany. How could I refuse? We were there for 3 years which became a time of close personal examination and a shift in personal priorities. We returned to Eastern North Carolina in 2006. I knew I still wanted to sell real estate but that I needed to take my original professional goals and refine them further. With many hours of research, conversations with my husband and family, input from friends and former clients, and prayer, I decided to open Kelomi, Inc. Real Estate, a low key Real Estate firm working only with buyers. Why the name Kelomi? It is a combination of the first names of our daughters – Kelli and Naomi.

I am a member of the National Association of REALTORS, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS, and the Carteret County Board of REALTORS.

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