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)
Timing is everything.  I have a client, whose former business was advertising.  Just the other day, he said, Ginger you must get the word out.  It is the time to BUY.  Interest rates are at an all time low, and prices of real estate are unbelievable. He is right.  So in my next ad, I put the words on the AD and I am receiving calls ...from, buyers, seller and other agents.   Maybe there is something to telling the world...that it is time to buy!   Ginger of Southport
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
BE A BEACH LOVER! Who doesn't love a good wine? Hmmm...   How about a great cause, good wine and a friendly get together?   "Good Wines for a Great Cause" events will be happening all   summer on a bi-monthly basis on Thursdays from 4-7 pm.  We will  donate all funds raised through the $5 tasting fee to an area  non-profit organization. Funds raised this month will be donated  to the Oak Island Beach Preservation Society whose mission is to   see that our beaches are clean, our dunes protected and our   environment respected. The "Be A Beach Lover" program is just  one of the ways the organization works to educate the public on  the importance of protecting our beautiful beaches. Become a Beach Lover Protect your beach  Keep it clean  Pick up your trash   I'm a Beach Lover ARE 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)
I have a friend that has done some Website work for another Realtor.  The reworked the site and added information on other communities.  Did the writing and doctored the pictures. She spend right much time on this and after it was completed, submitted a bill for the work that was done. The Realtor, looked it over and said it was good.  That he liked it.  My friend submitted a bill for $75. for her work, which is totally reasonable.   The other agent, changed his password to get into the website and them offered her $30 for her work.  She said no, we agreed on a pay schedule and that he was to remove the work that she had done or pay her the rest of the monies that he owe her. I do not know how to advise her.  What can you do when you have been ripped off like this.   Any suggestions?   ...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
The Mystery Behind the Re-build-able Home on Oak Island Beach Where should I start the story?  At the beginning, but don't expect the story to be verbatim, and my sources will remain anonymous for their protection and mine. You never know, I might be paid big bucks for the information I am about to reveal.  Seriously, are you kidding, who is writing this story anyway?  I am, now go away ~ Sorry about that ~ That was the naughty, worrier side of me ~ always worrying about paying the bills ~  She can't help herself, sometimes she slips out ~ So now where were we, the story ~  Here we have a lovely couple who are looking to invest in an oceanfront home in Oak Island. I work diligently, researching into the wee hours of the night for homes in their price range. What is this I see, some list...
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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...Today is Friday.  I always look so forward to this day.  It is a time when  I know I have a few days to breathe.. Work is intense right now and that is good.   But my tongue is hanging out by Friday. I know that a lot of us can not do it...but the weekends are my family days.  There are weekend that are certainly an exception..But there are some things that are more important than money..   (Lets see what I say in the Winter with no money and no food)  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)
This week, one of my dear friends, lost her son due to depression that was from being diabetic.  His depression was so deep that he could no longer deal with life.  He needed a release that he could not find on this earth.  WE have all had a hard time dealing with his loss.  His Mother and Dad are good strong Christian folks that need our love and care.  Lift them in prayer tonight.  This young man, at 39 years old, was a very talented and accomplished chef that brought style into our delightful resturants here in Southport North Carolina. He will be missed by many.. 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)
Too all of my friends... A bit of good advice "We all face challenges in our lives. But how we tackle these challenges, and how we view our life is what truly  matters. We can all look at life one of two ways: 1.  We can focus on the good and move forward with optimism and enthusiasm, or, 2.  We can focus on the negative and burry ourselfs in self pity and sadness." 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)
Today, I had five BPO's to do on my schedule.  Two in Shallotte, one in Holden Beach, on in Boiling Spring Lakes and one in Winnabow.  I tried to do the two in Shallotte yesterday, but got to the community to find that it was gated and I had none of the codes to gain my entrance.  With a listing appointment 30 miles away, I had to come back to office and try to complete today. Need more facts when going out to do this work. 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)
Our wonderful owner of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, gave us an opportunity to go and see Brian Buffini last week  He is a most agreeable entertainer and trainer.  I believe what he is teaching.  Do this easy....not hard.   This is what I think is most important for us as realtor agents in the 2011 year. You know what is important for us as agents.  Back to Basics..   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)
Tonight we are watching a documentary of American  National  Parks by Ken  Burns.  What a great program If you are interested in National Parks of our Country...join us on PSB tonight. I am excited with the photography and history of them. It looks very interesting right now. Treasure trove of our Natural Resourses..   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)
Today has been a wonderful day today.  Jimmy and I worked hard at the beginning of the day...but after then, we decided to do some of the things that we our selves wanted to do. It ended up that we cleaned out the garage, put the jars away, checked out the cedar tree that the grandchildren planted New Years Day. This was such a delightful day. No pressure...Just fun..   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)
Well....today is 1-11-11 and we were snowed out again in the office.  Well not really.  Our temperatures have hovered around the 32 degree mark and it was drizzling.  Guess what we have to understand it that when it drizzles and the temperature is 32 degrees....the bridges freeze over and driving can be treacherous.  So many did not venture out into the snow.  I did...because I find that I work better in an empty office. Hope that you have been safe and had a good couple of days. 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 have been in this business for 27 years and condos are an area that I enjoy the most.  I am challenged by the different communities and in finding the details that are needed to be successful in giving the buyer all the information requires to be an owner. There are about nine condo developments in our area of Oak Island. Would love to learn any ideas that work for you. With warm regards,   Ginger Harper Coldwell Sea Coast Realty 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)
Well, I had my first duty day today and it was awesome.  I was only on duty from 2:30 till 5:00 and I have 4 sales calls.   Can I tell you how many calls I usually get during the "Opportunity Time Slot"?  Zilch.. So if this is any kind of an indicator..we will have a good year in 2011. Since January 1, 2011, I have listed one lot, re-listed 4 properties and show property to buyers 2 days in a row. Let me know if you are feeling this 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)
What a hoot... After we had our traditional New Years Day Dinner at 1:00...we decided to go to the Ocean and Do a Polar Dip in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean on Oak Island. WE put on our bathing suits and armed with Blankets and Towels...we headed to the Sea.  After deciding how we were going to do this...we grabbed each others hands..(tight....no backing out) and ran into the water.  The air temperature was about 65 degrees....The water temperature was about 39 degrees.. After the initial shock...we could not feel our legs.. I was really a weird sensation. But.....the feeling of acomplishment was aweson.. Gets the endorpines flowing.. Well do again next year...I think we have started a new family tradition for New Years 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)
Our family decided to have the first Annual Polar Dip on Oak Island.  Granted that the air temperature was 69 degrees...but the water temperature was ranging around 38 degrees.  WE have had some cold weather for the last half of December of 2010... Anyway...5 of our family member decided to forge thru and do the dip.  it was wonderful to watch this.  Legs went numb...but they stay in the water.  Legs looked like they were sunburned when the got out of the water.  Changed clothes and came back to a warm fire int he fireplace at  home. Great day for the Harper family
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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 Legend of the Candy Cane (edit/delete) A dear friend of mine sent this to me and I felt that I needed to share it with you. I have seen this before but not quite this way.  I do hope that you enjoy the Legend of the Candy Cane and feel free to share it with your family and friends.   Click here: Candy Cane Legend Christmas Card ~ AngelRays Christmas Greetings E Cards Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Ginger Harper of Southport NC
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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 have purchased season tickets to our County Auditorium and tonight we had the pleasure of going to hear Kathy Matea, a singer that I knew little to nothing about.  WE were so pleasantly suprised and delighted with her performance and that of her chosen band.  They did an excellent concert and it was a Christmas one... I think the hit that I had heard of was "eighteen wheels and a dozen roses"...  Guess I have missed out on a lot. Ginger of Brunswick County NC
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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 the big day if all most here and I am so loking forward to being with 20 or more of my family.  It is always such a treet to see them all. This year, we will have the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings. 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. It is a special...day to us all...we we do Give THANKS......   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)
Boost Class today.. (edit/delete) We had our weekly Boost Class today. Today was very interesting in the fact that we are going to have a group "Call Night" every Tuesday. This is at time that we will call our Sphere of Influence or Book of Business...  It is a non-threating way to get a hold of folks that you need to talk to and have just neglected to do so. I am old...but willing to learn new tricks.. Ginger of Coldwell Banker
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