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About Sandy Thornton

Having originally been raised in Southern California I decided that I had one more move left in me, so I moved here in 2003 from Colorado after searching the east coast areas from Virginia to Florida, I kept coming back to the Wilmington NC area, which to me offers the best of all worlds.

The breath-taking coastline and wetlands, along with the temperate seasons brought me everything I was looking for in a lifestyle. Whether it is jet skiing after work, kayaking in the sunrise haze, or fishing and crabbing for dinner, this is a paradise to be enjoyed and conserved by all.

As a matter of fact, I had such a great time researching this area and homes that I decided it would be rewarding to help others in their challenging quest for a new place to live. I have successfully helped hundreds of families either move here or sell their home to go to another area and leave no stone unturned in my service commitment to my clients. Please allow me to expedite your research and questions with my experience and help you discover your future home and happiness.

Why leave after your vacation, just stay and enjoy the Coastal Carolina Lifestyle!!

I provide the highest level of service to my clients, “The Gold Standard” and in turn their loyalty allowed me to reach the level of “Centurion”, the top 2% of Agents in the Nation. I am very experienced in the industry, commitment to great customer service. Expertise in negotiating contracts and hands-on approach allows me to oversee successful transactions. I commit myself to continuing education and have received Accredited Buyers Agent, Sellers Representative Specialist, Strategic Pricing Specialist and E-Pro Certifications. I have had extensive training in relocation and am approved by nearly all relocation companies in the country. Whether you are a buyer or seller, this site is designed to help you with all of your real estate needs. From looking for a home to a beach house, relocating to the area, mortgage questions, community information, schools and pet-friendly services, I will be able to handle all of your real estate questions.


  • Sold over 70 Million in Homes Sold 2007
  • #2 in the Century 21 Sweyer – Hampstead Office since 2007
  • In the Top 5 in the Century 21 Sweyer – Company since 2007
  • #14 in number of Sales in all of Century 21 offices in North Carolina
  • #1 Century 21 Office in North Carolina
  • Centurions-Top 2% of all Century 21 agents in the nation 2012, 2007
  • Masters 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
  • Combined experience of over 40 years sales and customer service experience


  • ABR Accredited Buyers Representative
  • SRS Sellers Representative Specialist
  • SPS Strategic Pricing Specialist
  • e-pro Logo E-Pro Certification of Internet Professionalism
  • Masters
  • Centurions
  • Quality Service Award Winner since 2005

About Mike Rheel

Originally from New York and a graduate from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, I knew that the northeast was not where I wanted to plant my roots. Shortly after my wedding day, my wife Alicia and I took a drive down the coast and fell in love with southeastern North Carolina. The balance between the city life of Wilmington and the purity of coastal living was the dream location for us. Since 2011, we have bought a house, welcomed 2 gorgeous boys into the world, and enjoy our free time exploring the Intracoastal and Ocean.

My work life as a real estate broker is a true passion of mine, to be a part of that memory of buying or selling a home that my clients will have forever. A bulk of my business derives from referrals from previous clients because of the positive experience they encountered. I enjoy making my clients’ goals and dreams come true no matter how long it takes. Client testimonials show that I am fully dedicated and willing to go more than the extra mile to meet their needs. I pride myself is making sure I am available for my clients on an as needed basis.

When you make the move, you can catch my wife and I kayaking in the ocean or in the Intracoastal, fishing around the Figure 8 Island Bridge, dining in Mayfair, or our favorite spot, watching a movie on the couch.

Please feel free to call, text, or email anytime and any day to learn more about owning a piece of our Coast.