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)
    Fall is bring us some buyers, finally.  It seems that we have been all frozen out of the real estate market but in the past week or so, buyers are returning to our warm shores once again.  Fishing is good right now off the piers of Oak Island and surf casting has always been a favorite of mine, especially on East Beach on Bald Head Island.  A couple of years ago, I caught a 42 pound Drum.  What a treat.  Problem being that the fish was too big to keep according to NC Wildlife and Fisheries.  We had to throw him back.   Happy Fishing to you all.    
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
WE watch the Weather Channel.  It is what we both need at the end of a long and stressful day. 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. Due to the fact that we along the Atlantic Coast near Oak Island, North Carolina..we have to watch very closely, to  the weather that will  affect us. WE do need a bit of Rain for our Fall Garden..   Take care and have an  enjoyable evening.   Ginger Harper    
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
  Today is a great Monday.. Today is MONDAY and I have had a wonderful weekend.   We had 14 over for a Boston Butt with all of the trimings..  I have learned much in the way of Blogging and Facebooking. There is such a great support group with our Activerain members.  I just want to say Thank YOU There has been a lot of positive response from friends and associates from all over. Thanks for all of your help and I truly wish you to had a marvelous weekend...enjoying family and friends  
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
  Here I am again and loving it.  It is not my regular office but I am learning it more and more..Good folks in this office also and we teach each other so much. Well, I find myself having Opportunity Day today.  (A better way to sayDuty Time).  Actually I have been enjoying it.  It is the first exposure that your company makes when some one calls on the phone or walks through the door. We need to ponder that a minute.  What you say or do...the minute someone walks in or calls in is the first impression that those folks have of your company. We need to remember that. Hope you have a good Opportunity today,  Smile!  
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
What was I thinking...?   I am 50,000 points away from 500,000.  I know that I was never great in Math, but this is ridiculous.   I remember as a child, having a cash register, that would open when you had $10.00 worth of coins in it.   (I was about 6) A cousin and family came to visit with me and I was bragging  that I was just about there with being able to Open The Cash Register.  Some way or another, I convinced my cousin to give me his money ...and I promised that it would open the Cash Register and I would give him his money back..   Guess What...It was kind of like this 500,000 point thing that I bragged about yesterday...   This cousin, still loves me but I have never given him his coins back.  LOL
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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 am looking for an aggressive agent in Tennessee to sell a unique piece of property along one of the Rivers in Tennessee.  The house has right much land around it and is a beautiful home with great views. They choose to come here to Oak Island/Southport area and buy their retirement home.  I have known them for many year and the deal is now .,...to sell in Tennessee and move to North Carolina permanantly. If you are interested in more details....let me know and I will give you the details.   Thanks in advance for your help..    
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
    There is only one APP that means that much to me and that APP is the HotSpot App that is on my Galaxy S Samsung Phone.   I learned of this App this past Spring, when traveling with my Brothers to see an elderly Uncle in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  I knew that I had some work to do on the computer and thought that it would be so "cool" to be able to get on the computer and do a listing contract for a seller.  In talking with my techy Brothers, they asked if I had a HotSpot...I replied that I did not know.  They look at the phone and informed me that I REALLY DO!   Therefore, they got it all set up for me to be able to do my work while going down the Highway at 75 MPH.  I was able to check in on the family, read my emails, respond back to folks that needed my response right away.. I th...
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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, I find myself having Opportunity Day today.  (A better way to say Duty Time).     Actually I have been enjoying it.  It is the first exposure that your company makes when some one calls on the phone or walks through the door. We need to ponder that a minute.  What you say or do...the minute someone walks in or calls in is the first impression that those folks have of your company.   I am beginning to look forward to these days more and more.. We need to remember that. Hope you have a good Duty Day today,  Smile!    
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
Today we had family and friends from out of town, Our Menu for Sunday Dinner consisted of the following:     Slow Cooked Barbequed chicken Eggplant with Onions Corn Stewed Apples fried Okra Butter Beans Cucumber, Onions, and Bell Peppers in Vinegar!    Naps for the afternoon   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)
Happy Weekend to YOU.   I am so ready for the weekend to be here. I have had listing appointments, showing and closings..  Isn't that what we are in the business to do? I have been doing this for 31 years and it does change. I guess he more seasoned we become...the more understanding we become. This has been an awesome week for me.  8 contracts accepted and 2 closing..  Is the market coming BACK??   Long week...so you enjoy your upcoming weekend.  
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
Over the past week, I have been having computer problems with my backup computer in the office.  I had our support guys to take a look and they did not seem to know what was wrong.  I called the Dell folks and they spent hours and hours working through the problems and came up with the solutions..  It took 4 calls to get the job done, and I was able to recite all of the serial numbers and details by the end of the 4th call.  But, Joe did the job and the computer works as it should .."Thank YOU Joe!". These experts have the patience of Job and look methodically to find the problems.  Either you love what you do or you get out of the business. Right. Guess I still love Real Estate....  I have been doing this for over 30 years now..   Hope your day it a great one.
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
    The real estate market is ever changing and I am finding myself in uncharted waters when it comes to closing a transaction right now.  Banks are giving buyers a harder time it seems.  Are you seeing it?  Hidden fees that you are not familiar with?  This throws everyone into a quandary in trying to figure it out and to keep our buyers and seller settled. It seems like everyone is having a harder time so therefore trying to make up deficient with additional fees.  I have just been wondering if it is the lenders, originators, attorneys, inspectors that I am working with or not. Share your thought with me please. Business is picking up right now but getting the transaction to the closing table is harder.    
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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 missed you my ActiveRainer Friends.   WE finally took that much needed down town and traveled by ship, The Nieuw Amsterdam~Holland America, to Portugal and Spain.  We were gone from April the 30th until May 17th. It was a wonderful trip and we were able to rescue two, French Sailors that were adrift in a 32 ft. Sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic.  Hard to believe that they lost their rudder and were just drifting about in the ocean for four days.  Since we were the closest point to them, we were chose to rescue them.  It was a tricky maneuver since the waves were very choppy, but with skilled sailors from our ship, we were successful.  It was very sad when they had to abandon the Boat and just leave it afloat in the Ocean....so far from land.  It may turn up on a shore somewh...
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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 Love WONDERFUL Wednesdays   At Trinity, our Church, we have Wonderful Wednesdays...a day when you can come to the church and enjoy great food and great company. WE are very active and have a lot of good ministries that benefit other and our church.  Last week we have a representative of the National Audubon Society that gave a wonderful presentation regarding the birds in our area.  These birds inhabit one of our barrier island that we can see from our front porch.  This Island is named appropriately "Bird Island".  The Ibis and the Herons  and Pelican are returning to these Island and the Island is becoming a Hatchery for the Birds of our future.   Come and see these wonderful Hatcheries..    
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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 love Fridays.  It is the day that I look forward to all week.  With great anticipation, I think of great things that we can do to fill the weekend with fun and build memories. We have our youngest daughter with us this weekend.  WE will watch the grandchildren play baseball tomorrow and on Sunday have a family dinner.  I love the weekends they are our time to rejuvenate.. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
  Re-blogged by 0 agents                         Today was a most unusual day.  I have been working on getting an oceanfront house under contract for the past few days.. The agent sent the Offer over and I have submitted it to my sellers.   It is a very good offer and I think that it may work. There is so much activity going on right now and it is just a matter of getting on the ride and holding on for dear life.   Guess what...I just got the call from the sellers and they are going to accept it.  Yea...!!!   I will meet them in the morning and we will sign the contract..   Great day..   Ginger
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
Hello to All! We are experiencing beautiful, warm, sunny days right now.  The beaches beacons us to come and enjoy the warmth and to fish, shell hunt and sun bathe.  I am so ready.  It has been a long cold Winter here in the South Eastern Part of North Carolina. There is much going on tomorrow.  We will have a Chili Cook off at Franklin Square gallery and many vendors will be selling their wares.  What great fun!   Then later in the day we will have Live Green Music and Arts festival. Our Baseball games have started and we have 2 of our grandchildren playing in the leagues.  Our Saturdays are filled with Baseball games.. If you are not doing anything...pop on down.  You would enjoy it.
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
      Dear ActiveRainers, I held an Open House on Oak Island last week. It is a charming, affordable house that is very neat and clean.   It shows very well.  This house is only a few yards from the Ocean.     There is a lot of beautiful tile and hardwood floors through out. Stylish arched doorways with columns. WE do not see this standard of building along our coastal area of North Carolina. Problem, there were only 20 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. I feel like I am buying agents to come and see this house. Can you please share what works for YOU? I really get discouraged..
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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 is still one of the best kept secrets of North Carolina.  We have very affordable housing long the Atlantic Ocean and in Southport you will find a sleepy little community of about 4000 folks.  This used to be a fishing community in days gone by...but now is just an attractive little town with antique stores, fish markets and excellent restaurants.    WE are becoming very popular with the Movie industry.  At present, Under the Dome is being filmed here in Southport.  It is a Steven King Novel.. a bit scary for me. If you want a get away place with the Ocean and many golf courses to choose from,  THIS IS THE PLACE    
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
  Re-blogged by 0 agents       Well, I have been in this business since 1983..and those are the terms that we used to folks that just came in to our offices as sightseers, "Tire Kickers and Tooth Pickers"...   I think some serious buyers are coming into town but they seem to be looking for the deal of the century.  I know it is hard going in a lot of areas right now but I am somewhat encouraged. Tire Kickers and Tooth Pickers...   I have not used that term in a long time but it seems prevalent  today also. Are you dealing with more of the folks today.  Maybe there is more activity... Have a great day.
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