Meet Margaret Rudd


Margaret Rudd Bishop

Margaret Rudd Bishop is a native North Carolinian whose strong sense of adventure and entrepreneurial spirit compelled her to start a small real estate company in Oak Island, NC in 1981. As a child, her family vacationed on the island and a beach lover that would soon make her way back to Oak Island to establish her own family roots was born. Over 30 years, and three additional offices later, Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® is Brunswick County’s largest independent agency, specializing in a full-range of services including residential, commercial, and land listing and sales, vacation and long-term rentals and relocation services. But most important to the high-energy leader is not the size or the volume of the company, but the strong sense of commitment to serving their clients and their community.

Margaret is a graduate of North Carolina State University and received her Real Estate license in 1973. She is the mother of three daughters, two of which have joined the family business and 6 beautiful grandchildren that inherited her adventurism and happy spirit. Her husband, Al, has three sons and 10 grandchildren – which makes family gatherings just the way she likes them – large, energetic and fun. She and her Al aren’t your typical grandparents though, having bicycled all around the world, including a 4000 mile trek across the United States and racing the kids down the ski slopes each year on their annual family vacation. There is not much that keeps Margaret still with the exception of a good book or a plate of fresh seafood. Her professional service and honors speak for themselves as to her commitment to the profession and respect within the real estate and travel and tourism industries. She is one of a kind and that’s just how we like it!

Professional Service & Honors

Brunswick County Association of REALTORS

  • President, 2012, 1982
  • President Elect, 2011
  • Vice President, 2010, 1981
  • Multi-Term Director

North Carolina Association of REALTORS

  • Director, 2012, 2011, 2010, 1980’s
  • Strategic Planning Committee, 2012
  • Member, Residential Forms Committee, 1990-1999
  • Chairperson, Residential Forms Committee, 1998
  • Team Member, 2001 & 2003 MS Tour to Tanglewood Fundraiser-VIBE
  • RPAC Life Member, 1996-2012
  • Member, NC Bar Association Joint Forms Committee, 1997
  • Member, Internal Affairs Committee
  • Member, Legislative Committee


  • Advisory Board Member, BB&T Southport
  • Member, Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority, 1998, 1999
  • Board of Directors, Southport-Oak Island Area Committee of 100, Inc.
  • Member, Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Downtown Southport, Inc.
  • Brunswick County Schools Business Advisory Council, 2003-2006
  • South Brunswick Middle School “Partners in Technology”, 1998-2002
  • Board of Directors, NCCBI, 1998-2001
  • Governor’s Appointee, NC Southeast’s Regional Economic Development Commission, 1993-2000
  • Chairperson of Technology Committee, NCSEREDC
  • Broker-in-Charge Advisory Committee, NC Real Estate Commission, 1997
  • Multi-Term Director, Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce
  • President, Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors, Hope Harbor Home Women’s Shelter
  • Board of Directors, Southport 2000
  • Chairman, South Brunswick High School Advisory Board
  • Member, Steering Committee, Southport-Oak Island Committee of 100
  • Brunswick County Recreation Commission
  • Team Member, Development of NCDPI’s 5 Year Technology Education Plan, 1999
  • Executive Board, Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts of America, 1996-1998


  • Best Real Estate Company, People’s Choice Awards, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • NC Association of REALTORS, Hall of Fame, 2010
  • MS Employer of the Year, Eastern NC Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2000
  • Lifetime Service Award, Brunswick County Board of REALTORS, 2000
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Presented by NC Governor James B. Hunt, 1999
  • Distinguished Alumnus, NC State University College of Forest Resources, 1999
  • Investment in Character Chairperson “Goal Buster”, Cape Fear Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 1997, 1998, 1999
  • REALTOR Citizenship Award, NC Association of REALTORS, Inc., 1996
  • Distinguished Woman’s Award, Hope Harbor Home, Inc., 1996
  • Brunswick Community College Small Business Award for Community Service, 1995
  • REALTOR of the Year, Brunswick County Association of REALTORS, 1993
  • South Brunswick High School Silent Cougar Award, 1992


  • Honors Graduate, North Carolina State University, BS Degree, 1967
  • North Carolina Broker’s License #29007
  • Graduate of NC Realtors Institute (GRI), 1978
  • Certified Residential Specialist of National Association of REALTORS (CRS), 1982
  • Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager, National Association of REALTORS, 1985
  • Dale Carnegie Program Graduate, Served as Multi-Year Graduate Assistant
  • NC General Contractors Residential License #18206
  • At Home With Diversity (AHWD) Certification, 2014


  • Cycle North Carolina, Bicycle Ride from Boone, NC to Oak Island, NC, 2003
  • Cycle North Carolina, Bicycle ride from Sparta to Oriental, NC, 2004
  • Cycle North Carolina, Bicycle Ride from Asheville, NC to Concord, NC, 2005
  • Bicycle Ride Across America, Bar Harbor, Maine to Anacortes, Washington – 4000 mile ride across 5 mountain ranges, Northern Tier and Lake Erie, May-July 2011