Did you know that North Carolina is a Caveat Emptor state? What that means is "Buyer beware." Sellers are not legally obligated to disclose issues with their property. In fact, most check "No Representation" on the mandatory disclosure forms required in North Carolina. That's exactly why you need a good Realtor when you are buying property in North Carolina.
A good Realtor will go above and beyond in doing the research to uncover material facts about the property you are considering so that you know what you are getting. He or she will also help you through the inspection process during your Due Diligence period. This may include a home inspection, pest inspection, septic inspection, pool/spa inspection, survey and elevation certificate, etc. Don't go it alone. Hire a good Realtor!