Local Coastal NC Real Estate Broker
320 N New River Drive Surf City, NC 28445Email Me
Lewis Realty Associates, Inc. has been serving the local Topsail and coastal North Carolina since 1962.
While being born a decade and a half later, Chris Rackley is as local as they come.
Chris spent his Topsail childhood summers working with his father, a commercial fisherman. Most summer days were spent culling shrimp on the stern of a shrimp boat or digging clams to take to the local seafood markets. On the winter weekends, he followed along with his father “nubbing” oysters as they were caught fresh. This unique way of growing up taught the extreme value of hard work.
When the fresh catch was out of season, Chris gained his first experiences in real estate by washing real estate signs on Saturdays behind Lewis Realty’s then office. This is where the lessons were learned that real estate encompasses many skill sets and duties.
In Chris’ teen years, if not on the local waters, would be found serving as a receptionist at Lewis Realty. This evolved into taking reservations for a small vacation rental inventory and vacation rental inspections on turn day.
After college at North Carolina State University and working in the Hotel industry, Chris gained his North Carolina Salesperson License and very soon after North Carolina Real Estate Broker’s License. Chris worked alongside Elizabeth Lewis, former owner of Lewis Realty Associates, Inc. Chris was lucky to gain her insight with her decades of local real estate experience.
In the mid 2000’s Chris’ role grew to Vice President of the company. This position allowed him to begin building a team of local and experienced staff alongside embracing the ever changing world of technology. Many of the local area companies' technology advancements were made first by Lewis Realty under Chris’s tenure. Several examples would be the first database driven real estate website in Topsail, first to embrace aerial photography using drones and first to utilize electronic security locks for vacation rentals.
In the late 2000’s, Chris became the president of the company and sole shareholder. It was in this time frame the company began experiencing a very nice growth curve with several acquisitions of local real estate sales and rental companies.
Over these same years, Chris has been heavily involved with the community serving in many different leadership roles of various local organizations.
Chris has also furthered his real estate education with several designations; Accredited Buyer’s Representative and Epro.
2003 Topsail Realtor of the Year
2006 Topsail Island Association of Realtors President
2009 Topsail Island Association of Realtors President
2017 Topsail Island Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year
Former Topsail Island Chamber of Commerce Director
Former Member of the Surf City Economic Development Committee
Former Member of the Surf City Emergency Readiness Committee
Former Director of The North Carolina Realtors Association
Former Sneads Ferry Volunteer Fire Department (2nd Lt).
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