Cottage Comforts House Watch and Homeowner Services of Kitty Hawk, NC, earns ninth-year accreditation from the NHWA!​

Steve and Tammy Keller


Cottage Comforts House Watch and Homeowner Services of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, has earned accreditation from the NHWA for the ninth year.

Living and doing business on the Outer Banks of North Carolina has proved to be more challenging in the past few years because of hurricanes, COVID lockdowns, and an influx of visitors and residents. People trust owners Steven and Tammy Keller to do what is right for their homes in their absence.  

In 2005, Steve and his wife, Tammy, purchased an existing local concierge business, but it was not the model envisioned in a business plan Steve had written during classes at the University of Maryland, so he established Coastal Homeowner Services and Security Consulting LLC in Kitty Hawk, which provides security consulting services for supply-chain management companies. Keeping the “Cottage Comforts” part of the name from the business he had bought, Steve registered his dba as Cottage Comforts House Watch and Homeowner Services, which provides weekly or twice-monthly and as-needed visual inspections, vendor management, alarm management, and other services for non-resident homeowners or residents who take long vacations at their other homes around the U.S.

Steve has vast experience in law enforcement, serving in his home state of Maryland and retiring in 1999 after 23 years. During his law-enforcement career, he served as a supervisor in Patrol, Crime Prevention & Community Relations, Criminal Investigations, Public Information, and Research and Planning. Steve received two departmental citations and five Governor’s Crime Prevention Awards. He earned an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and a bachelor’s degree in Management. After he retired, Steve stayed active with the Howard County Retired Officers Association. He then transitioned into security and was in charge of worldwide security oversight of logistics and air-cargo components for a supply-chain management company.  

Tammy helps with the business administrative issues but has a full-time career in the insurance industry. Steve and Tammy celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in January of this year. They have a son and two grandchildren. When they’re not working, Steve and Tammy travel and spend time at the beach. Steve also enjoys playing golf.

Cottage Comforts House Watch and Homeowner Services serves Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head. Steve can be reached at (252) 261-9369 or Learn more at his website,

Congratulations, Steve and Tammy!

As always, I wish you

Much success,

Jack Luber
Executive Director

A little about the National Home Watch Association: The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada (

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