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)
Spring is bringing us some buyers, finally. It seems that we have been all frozen out of the real estate market but in the past few months but finally the  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 while fishing of the shores of Bald Head Island.  . 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.  She is around for another few years to populate the oceans with her offspring..   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)
My husband and I enjoy the reporting of the Weather Channel. We feel like may of the meteorologists are friends of ours. They text us when the weather is going to bad. They have many systems in place that will help to keep you safe. Right now, they are reporting on the WINTER WEATHER that is keeping Spring at Bay..I am ready for Spring to be here and to feel the warm sun on my face once again..   They do a good job and they report accurately.  
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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 decided to  expand my horizons and pull duty time on Oak Island as well as at the Southport Office.  This is a way that I can keep honing my skills in the Resort are and in the more permanent residence side of our area. It is fun to get out and walk Oak Island on the Oceanfront with a buyer that is excited to see the sea and all that is a part of that lifestyle.. .. Sun and Fun in the Surf.  I love where I live.  It is the best of all worlds as far as I am concerned.. Hope that you have a great day and enjoy your life also.   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 bought a Poloroid 7" Tablet for the Grandchildren today for Easter and I have to learn something about it before I give it to them on Easter Sunday. Do you know anything about them. There are no instructions on them.  I have worked hard to find out where to turn it on...therefore this grandma is having a hard time. Maybe I should get one of the older other grandchildren to give me a lesson or two.   Just finding it hard to move into this tech savy world..   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)
Spring...Ah Wonderful Spring. Today was the Birthday of my Grandson Jonah. He turned 11 years old today and I have watched him day to day...become a wonderful young man.  Happy Birthday Jonah..   I am so glad that the sun is shining and the air is cool and fresh and the flowers are blooming...and the birds are singing. This is my time of the year. I seem to bloom as the flowers do. Thank you Lord for them all.   Now I think I can awaken and do my job as a professional Realtor. I just needed to wake up from Winter.   Hope Spring helps you to Spring forth also.
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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 All in all...I would say that our market has picked up substantially for the first part of 2013! Well, Today was a terrific listing day for me. I listed a very affordable doublewide in a very popular area of Brunswick County.                                 Close to one of the major shopping centers with all of the amenities around. It takes all kinds of properties to meet the needs of our clients, both buyers and sellers. WE priced this property at 83,250.                                        and this afternoon, I am working with a owner who has 3600 square feet, 2 year old home with all the bells and whistles. It will be priced in the 650K range. Great Start and our season is just beginning.. Take care!     GingerHarper 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)
FREE RICE If you find that you need to let go of the problems of the day, let me suggest that you go to the website of http://www.freerice.com. You can help feed the hungry of the world. It is great fun.. Then if you need to sharpen your wits...go to http://www.sporcle.com and play a few mind games. I need to do this everyday just to let off some pressure. Real estate is hard right now. Take care, 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)
  God Bless America.. A tribute to our Military Men who are protecting our Future. All I can say is WOW!!!!!!!This film was made by a 15 year old girl. It is the hottest thing onthe Internet and on Fox News today. Lizzie Palmer who put this program together, is 15 years old. Therehave been over 3,000,000 hits as of this morning. In case you missedit, here it is. Watch all of it ...... and, pass it on!!http://www.youtube.com/v/ervaMPt4Ha0&autoplay=1 This was just too good and I had to share with 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)
You know how it is .. After Church..comes Grandma day. We had a delightful meal with all of the family and the, it was clean up time. Then when all settles down, we get to do the things that really mean something. First the Lincoln Logs come out and a city is built.. (with the help of parents)...then we go to the front yart to have a little batting practice...(5 year old is doing baseball this year). We are helping with Spring training.   For Sunday Dinner we had: Fried chicken Rice and Gravy Corn Butterbeans Stringbeans Rolls and Butter Then in for dessert of Apple Cobbler and Ice cream..     What could be better on a Sunday Afternoon.
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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, the place I call home.......... I have been looking for a ActiveRain Group that is about Real Estate in North Carolina. I would like to join this group in order to see what kind of a referral program I can fit into. Southport~Oak Island is located along the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the Cape Fear River. We are about midway between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. If you have folks moving to the coast, give me a call and let's share some referral fees. Thanks,   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)
Another Day in the Blog Contest for March. One of the questions that was asked of us that is a Core Question...is.. Do I need to get Pre-qualified? This is an overwhelming YES.  We as agent should do this each time that we work with a Buyer.  Most of us have Mortgage Lenders that we feel comfortable with and that we can trust.  We use Alpha Mortgage as an example.  They will meet face to face with our Buyers and Pre-Qualify them before they even begin to look at houses. By doing this, you save a lot of time and energy.  Also, you then are working with more realistic buyers. Have a great day,   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 keep reading over the rules for the Get Healthy in the Rain, Challenge Contest. My Goal is is to loose one pound a week, by eating properly and exercising.  I started this about 3 weeks ago and at this point, I am still on track.   A nurse friend told me about a FREE website called.. http://www.MyFitnessPal.com and I have been tracking my progress on this website.  It tracks my food and exercises.  It is a great program that also lets you print out a diary each days activities and your meals.  Lets you know if you have eaten enough calories or not.   I plan to be a new me in about 6 months.    My motivation for this is the fact that we are going on a Transatlantic Cruise in May and I want to be able to put on a bathing suit and enjoy the sun..  I certainly will not be at my goal...but...
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
                                                       POLAR DIPPING TOMORROW~   For the past 3 years, we have had our Annual Polar Dip.   What great fun..   For Dinner, we have the Tradiditon New Years Day Dinner, with Baked Pork, Black Eyed Peas, Colllards, Corn, Rice, Cornbread, Sweet Tea, and Friendship Cake.  After we take a family picture on the porch, we head for Long Beach to the Cabana's to have our Annual Polar Plunge. If you really want to get a good start to the year, you must have your heart pumping really well.  LOL So in our bathing suits, we jump in the Ocean and enjoy a nice relaxing swim.  The temperatue is about 53 degrees....and the water temberature will be a bout 46 degrees. This is so invigorating and you will love it.   If you are close, come over for a dip..   H...
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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 blessed day....I am sitting calmly with Jimmy resting after the children and the grandchildren came over to open their Christmas presents... There has been a lovely hum of excitement all through the house all day long. For Dinner, we set the table with nibble foods....I baked a turkey and made rolls. Then pimento cheese and crackers, homemade french onion dip...(easy, I can give you the recipe)..homemade sausa and chips, our pickles, friendship cake,  and a variety of candies and sweets.   At present,  we are listening to the Messiah and resting from the events of the day. Nap would be good...maybe in a bit.. Merry Christmas to all....and God Bless 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's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Everywhere you go right now...Christmas is in the air. You hear folks singing...Christmas Plays at Church. Trees being decorated....cookies and Canady being made...Christmas Parties everywhere.   Then we think about the special people that you want to remember with a gift or a card.  I love writing the Christmas Cards and sending special notes about the family and friends.  Our Month is filled up with events.  Let's take a minute and stop! and think! All of the trimmings of Christmas are not the reason for Christmas. The Special Christmas music sings of Birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.    Merry Christmas to you. 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)
I seem to be getting more BPO's lately and they are getting harder to please.  I am giving them data from our MLS and they are still wanting more.  How can I give them more when I am giving them the FACTS. How do you come up with a Comparable sale when  nothing has sold.  YOu can't ..You can't make it up. I think that the requirements have to take this in to consideration. WE spend a lot of time and energy trying to please them, but if the facts do not support...we have not control. spent our time and energy to do the work and will not be compensated for 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)
Last Night Jimmy and I made 16 discs of Peanut Brittle in the Microwave. So easy and so good.   Recipe: 1 cup of sugar in a microwable 2 quart dish 1/2 white Karo Syrup cook on high for 4 munutes   1 cup of peanuts cook on high for 2 minutes   1 tsp Vanilla 1 tsp butter cook on high for 1 minute   Add 1 tsp baking soda and stir till light and fluffy.. One cooking and be put into 2 tin pie plates to cool. (can be 8" or 9")   After cool...put into a gallon zip log bag and just drop to the counter.. It easily cracks in to bite size pieces..   Merry Christmas
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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 with Active Rain for about 3 years now and it is so much fun to see our points grow...from the beginning to what we have now. It is exciting to realize that everytime you go to Active Rain, you have the potential to learn something EARTH SHATTERING.. You can learn so much from your active rain associates. Many have really neat information that can give you a link or idea that you can then explore.  I feel that I am not alone and that there are other Active rain folks just like me, needing new ideas or remembering the old tried and true systems that have worked for along time. WE can learn from each other and it is my hopes that we will continue to do so.. Share..and I will too.
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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 Big DAY  all most here and I am so looking forward to being with 20 or more of my family. It is always such a treat to see them all.  It is a time for rememembering the good times and looking back over our past. This year, we will have the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings and maybe a few extra things also. After we dine, we all go out to the back deck overlooking the creek, and take a Family photo. We have been doing this since 1994, and it is shocking to see how some of us and changed....and to remember those that have gone on. This is a special...day to us all...we we do Give THANKS for all that the Good Lord has Provided..     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)
Great Day with the Grandchildren today. They spent the night last night and after roasting Marshmallow and Hot dogs ....bath time came.  I took a bit of time to get them out of the tub but they came out squeaky clean. Next was the time that we built the Sleeping pallet.  What fun...Every pillow and blanket was pulled into our bedroom the makes the sleeping bed.  Marissa, the 4 year, wanted to be able to touch my hand as she was falling asleep.  WE all slept fairly well.  This morning after breakfast, we had to do Make Up and Hair.  Joshua placed computer games on the computer.  The next thing that they wanted to do was to play Restaurant.   That is when they push a cart around that has slicked apples, grapes, bananas, crackers and juice on the cart.  They come and take our orders and th...
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