Oak Island, NC Real Estate News

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 Thank the Good Lord for another Good day.Today I showed property to folks that I have sold to 20 years ago.  It is good to still have folks that think you did a good job for them then and I hope that I can still do good for work them now.They are choosing to move back to Oak Island after building their dream home on the banks of a river in  Tennessee..It will  be good to have them back home. Ginger of Oak Island
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 I just read a post from another Active Rainer regarding folks that just talk too much and waste your time when you are busier than a "one armed Paper Hanger". WE have a few agents in our workplace that just like to talk and when you see them coming , you want to cringe because you have not compeleted the project that you are working on. I have yet to find the right words to let them know that I am busy and do not have time to chit chat. They will begin a story that goes on and on and there seems to be no ending. Love these folks but talk with me after hours.  I do not need to know every detail nor learn about a friend that I do not know and will never meet.   
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
  Thanks to a dear friend and agent, by the name of Thomas, for teaching me a few tricks to ActiveRain.com.  I know that we have so much to learn from each other and to share.  Just little simple trick of our business that can help to make the phone ring.  I learned about linking in the body of my blogging that will take you straight to my website.  What a treat.
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
I think that this is such a great website for Realtors and just invited about 300 of my friends to joinActiveRain.You have taught me so much and I enjoy reading the ideas of others. Hopefully some of these good folks that I have invited to join will share good and positivethoughts also. With warm regards,Ginger HarperSeaCoast Realty.
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 I wanted to run this by you all  to see how you feel about it. An agent in our area, is having Open Houses and this is how it works. He will have 4 houses Open and the requirement is that you go into the houses with your lock box and leave your card on the counter. This Open house will go on for 4 hours.....say from 10 to 2.  After that time, he will  draw 4 cards from the agents that went to preview the house and give away $100, $50, and 4 $25 gift cards. Would that go well in your area?Posted by With warm regards,   Ginger Harper http://www.GingerHarper.com gingerharper@seacoastrealty.com  
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 I wanted to run this by you all  to see how you feel about it. An agent in our area, is having Open Houses and this is how it works. He will have 4 houses Open and the requirement is that you go into the houses with your lock box and leave your card on the counter. This Open house will go on for 4 hours.....say from 10 to 2.  After that time, he will  draw 4 cards from the agents that went to preview the house and give away $100, $50, and 4 $25 gift cards. Would that go well in your area?
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
That's Right.Thank God it is Monday.This is a beginning of another week.  Gray skies still but I have hope in my heart.. I anticipate a great week with 2 closings on my listing.  2 Listings appointments and 1 Open House.  Sooner or later our sellers will realize that this is not the market that it was 10 years ago.Hope you have a wonderful Day. With warm regards,Ginger HarperColdwell Banker Sea Coast Realtygingerharper@seacoastrealty.com
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 Living along the coast of North Carolina, between Myrtle Beach SC and Wilmington NC, we are subject to a lot of wind and rain as a result of Ana.  We are getting rain bands even now. Ana is not a hurricane yet but a strong tropical storm.  I think the the wind gust are about 60 MPH right now.  It is expected to come ashore about 2 PM...close to us.  Right on the North Carolina ~ South Carolina border, Usually treacherous rip tides happen with this kind of storm.    Be particularly careful is swimming this weekend.. Happy Mother's Day to all you Mothers.. 
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
                Retirement Insecurity and Social Security      According to a new Gallup poll, retirement worries are on the rise.  The poll found that a majority (52%) of non-retired Americans now doubt they will have enough money to live comfortably once they retire.  This represents an 18% increase from five years ago.  According to the Employee Benefits Research Institute, one out of four Americans has decided to delay their age of retirement in the past year.   The Gallup poll also indicated that a large percentage of Americans approaching retirement do not understand social security retirement benefits.  Many fear that social security will not be there when they reach retirement.  With the leading edge of the baby boomers (those born in 1946) reaching 62 this year, there is a lot ...
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
Southport~Oak Island, North Carolina................This is one of the loveliest communities along the NC Coastline.  We have so much to offer folks that want to come and visit and folks that want to live here year round.We are situated along the mouth of the Cape Fear River which leads into the Atlantic Ocean.  Good fishing, seafood restaurants and stunning sunbathing spots.  Send your referrals here to see "One of NC's best kept Secrets".. Ya'll come! Ginger Harpergingerharper@seacoastrealty.com
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 This is a normal  thing for us. We love the weather channel and keeping up with what  is going on with the weather that is going to  affect us. Right now there is a tropical depressions that may be the early makings of a hurricane.  This seems so very early for a hurricane to be brewing in our neck of the woods.. Do you have big weather events near You? Maybe this one will pass us by.  Not ready to deal with that at this point.. Ginger of Southport 
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
  I just learned of this experiment and tried it a few times.  Try it yourself and see what YOU think! Sometimes I go digging through myjunk drawer and find  a battery, but then ask yourself: Is this a new battery? Or is it an old battery that I just shoved into my junk drawer instead of discarding? To find out  if you have a fully-juiced AA battery: Rest the battery upright atop a table, pick it up with two fingers (not too far off the table) and then gently drop it. “New batteries tend to stay upright,” the“Used ones tend to bounce and fall down.”Does this hack really take the guess work out of gauging your battery life?  I tried the experiment with an old battery and a new one and did it about 5 times.  Sometimes they both would fall...but more times than not, the new battery would l...
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
I have been fortunate enough to work face to face with sellers today.  I listed a house that is in an estate.  They were not sure that they were ready to sell.    I did some research for them and suggested that they put the house on the market.because it can't sell if no one knows it is for sale..I did the preliminary papers today and tomorrow I will do the write up on the property, take the pictures, put in MLS, put up the sign and prepare the advertising..There is stuff happening..    
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 Hi All,Today we were celebrated by our owners for being the "Best of the Best" with our company.  Criteria being that you have to have so many sales and so many listings in the first quarter of the year.  I think that is wonderful to be recognized for the hard work that you do. Our company provided us with a nice lunch and then talked with us about the market here in the Southport ~ Wilmington area of North Carolina.It was very pleasant.
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
Thanks to a dear friend and agent, by the name of Thomas, for teaching me a few tricks to ActiveRain.com.  I know that we have so much to learn from each other and to share.  Just little simple trick of our business that can help to make the phone ring.  I learned about linking in the body of my blogging that will take you straight to my website.  What a treat.
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 This is a normal  thing for us. We love the weather channel and keeping up with what  is going on with the weather that is going to  affect us. The date says that it is the 23rd of April...Spring Right??  Not so tonight..It is going to be 46 degrees in a couple of hours. I am really ready for Spring.  Come on Warm Weather.. WE need YOU..  
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
It has been a good week this week.  Worked with Buyers yesterday and today it was sellers...   I have been fortunate enough to work face to face with sellers today.  I had listed one of their lots and they were going to take it off the market.  I did some research for them and suggested that they leave that lot on the market...because it can't sell if no one knows it is for sale..   They then asked to see if I would list one of their other lots.  They are excited to sell and we priced it at the lowest price in the community.  A buyer will come our way soon..   There is stuff happening...and I am so glad... Thanks, Ginger Harper 800-346-7671 gingerharper@seacoastrealty.com
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
Can we do it all or do we need someone to do it for us   What sites are best for us to invest our time and money it?   Thinking of PoP goes the Wessel.....   Today I have been working on social networks and getting more confused.   We started out with Twitter, then facebook, then My Space, and then ended with Ping.    If we just worked on each one of these sites it would take hours to update each of these sites.  I find it difficult to even to Craigs List. Do you get results with it?   Hope that you all are doing better than I am right now.   Take care and stay in touch, Ginger of Southport
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
    Lisa Lowe wrote a great post regarding cleaning out your database..I am starting to do that..   I asked Lisa to please keep us posted. I have a data base with 4700 names in Top Producer.  I am always afraid to delete people.  I send an email out to all each month about the Stats of the Market.  Then those that do not have an email...about 1000...I send letters to.  In the long run...I am cleaning out bad leads...and tweeking the remaining ones..  It is a monumental task for me..    
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
Well Hello AR members... I held an Open House in St. James NC.  There were 3 of us from our company that did the "COAST IN AND WIN" Open houses.  Meaning that those that came to the open house could be put in a drawing for $500. Problem, there were only 6 or so agents to come out and view this house.  Even with us offering gift cards and gifts and food.  We served chicken salad croissants, wheat and plain rolls with ham, cheese, turkey, and roast beef, Chips,  Chocolate Eclairs. What works for you... I really get discouraged..   What is working for you.  I need help on this..   Ginger Harper of St. James  
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