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Mark Batson

Mark Batson

Broker, REALTOR® | Licensed Home Designer & Builder

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Born and educated in Wilmington, Mark Batson has considerable roots tied to the area. After growing up in Carolina Beach, Mark decided to pursue a BA in History at UNCW. He then turned his "study of people and the past" into a passion for bringing people and families together. 

Mark believes, quite simply, that there is nothing more important than spending time with those you love. Finding a sense of place and appreciating time together in a functionally beautiful environment is what gives his own life meaning. Specializing in waterfront properties, including the communities of Landfall, Figure Eight, and Wrightsville Beach, his clientele includes current and former CEOs and families from major metropolitan markets in North Carolina and the Northeast.

In addition to acting as an agent at Sotheby's International Realty, Batson is also the owner & CEO of the national award-winning design + build firm, Tongue & Groove. In the spring of 2021, his firm was awarded the title of "National Custom Home Builder of the Year" by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)  - The most prestigious title a design-build firm can receive in the United States of America. Homes that his firm has designed and built have shattered MLS sales records year over year, specifically in 2017 and 2018, with the highest ever residential property sales in New Hanover County. Today, Mark resides in Wrightsville Beach with his family of five. His extensive experience in real estate, design, and local knowledge ensures his clients will receive comprehensive advice and guidance, whether buying, selling, building, or renovating.

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John Batson

Broker, REALTOR®

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John brings years of coastal construction and land development experience to the Mark Batson Group. Born and raised in Carolina Beach, he is intricately familiar with the Cape Fear Coast, its history, rarities, and, more importantly, the area's distinctiveness. He should be – his family has been in New Hanover County since the 1740s!

Committed to raising the bar when it comes to outstanding personalized service, John is dedicated to his clients' success and creating the best possible experience along the way. His dedication and work ethic is second to none and inspiring to others. His clients are his number one priority. Batson believes that preparation is vital in doing things the right way the first time, treating others as he wants to be treated, and focusing on the positive things in life. 

Most of his experience is in the regulatory side of construction, land development, and the politics associated with them. He works very closely with property owners, builders, developers, and local elected leaders. He has also spent almost 20 years giving back to the community through volunteer firefighting and leading a local nonprofit organization for several years.

John loves the outdoors, and when he isn't on a jobsite or with his family, you'll usually find him on the water somewhere running his fishing business or working on a boat project. He always has a good book on the pacific theater of World War II, Civil War, or about Pirates within hand's reach. 

Anne Bloomquist

Anne Bloomquist

Broker, REALTOR® /Marketing Consultant

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Anne Bloomquist joins the Mark Batson Group, bringing a robust sales and marketing background honed through the same dedication she exhibited as a Division I women’s tennis player at the University of Oklahoma. Previously a standout in the Tampa real estate market, Anne achieved over $100 million in sales within three years, earning recognition in the “Florida 100.” Her success in real estate is characterized by client satisfaction and strong relationships with both buyers and sellers. Anne continues to sell real estate in Florida and has a dual affiliation with Premier Sothebys International Realty as well as Landmark Sothebys International Realty in North Carolina.

Anne's approach centers around clear communication and a deep understanding of each client's unique needs, ensuring every transaction is both efficient and client-focused. A spirited Sooners fan, Anne applies the same team spirit and leadership to her real estate career. Outside of work, she enjoys her role as a wife and mother, often found supporting her two children at various sports events.

Kelly Batson

Kelly Batson

Broker, REALTOR®

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Kelly Batson joins the Mark Batson Group, enriching the team with a wealth of sales and marketing expertise. Kelly consistently ranked within the top performers nationally with numerous sales excellence awards, MVP and The Exemplary Career Sales Award (Cornerstone Club). However, her biggest and most rewarding career accomplishment, thus far, is the tens of thousands of people Kelly has gotten screened to fight cancer. It’s always about the people/customers first. As a Wilmington resident for more than three decades, Kelly possesses an unmatched insight into the local market dynamics, particularly in the realm of coastal properties.

Central to Kelly’s real estate philosophy is her unwavering commitment to clear communication and a profound understanding of her clients' unique needs. Every transaction under her guidance is marked by efficiency and a laser-focused dedication to client satisfaction. Rooted in the spirit of community and collaboration, Kelly draws inspiration from her deep ties to Wilmington, reflecting her unwavering dedication as a proud resident. Renowned for her exceptional communication skills, Kelly has a remarkable ability to make each client feel singularly valued, providing them with personalized attention. With a visionary eye for interior design, she effortlessly uncovers the untapped potential of every property she encounters.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Kelly finds profound joy in her roles as a devoted wife and mother of three. Whether navigating the waters or orchestrating transactions in the real estate arena, she infuses her endeavors with an equal measure of enthusiasm and leadership, leaving an indelible mark on both her career and family life.

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Specializing in waterfront properties, including the communities of Landfall, Figure Eight, and Wrightsville Beach; his clientele include current and former CEO's and families from major metropolitan markets in North Carolina and the Northeast.

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