Southport, NC Real Estate News

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 Grand Child is having her 7th  Birthday today..  She is a precious little thing that was born at home seven  years ago today.  No time to get to the hospital.We will be celebrating with her tonight in her home with a cookout and all of the fixins'.Neighbors and extended family will be with us to celebrate the birth of this precious little one. After this we went to her Brothers Baseball game and watched them WIN 7 to 5. Fun Day to be had by all. Hope your days are good too.Ginger Harper 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 have been learning from 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.  This may be a simple thing for the more experiences bloggers but I have not taken a course on Blogging yet.  That is one of my goals for 2015.  To get more involved and learn as much as I can. My hat is off to many of the "specialist"...The more you Blog the more you learn. What a treat.Thanks Thomas,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)
 Social Security and Retirement Insecurity            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 of short-...
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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 would like for someone to share with me, how to hook up with the lenders that will work with me onforeclosures and short sales.Seems like some agents get all of that business and I want to learn how to break into that market.I will be taking the short sale course soon and want to be successful in the depressed market alongthe North Carolina coast... Thanks for any help. Ginger HarperColdwell Banker Sea Coast Realty800-346-7671
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
...With silver bells and cocker shells ...          ...........and pretty maids all in a row..  These are beautiful, Yellow lilies that we bought from a young child selling them at church about 15  years ago.  Each year they bloom and grow...and we think of Lexi.  Thanks Lexi for making our day..  
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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 was Graduation of our Preschoolers at the Nesting Place in Southport.This is our precious Granddaughter AngaElla giving her Graduation Speech.At the age of 5, she seems very grown up. The ceremony was just as you would think it to be for these aged children.  They sang wonderful songs and just made us grandparents so very proud.  (Parents too) After Graduation, we spent a lovely afternoon in the Park with refereshments and lots of picture taking.   
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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 has a Wooden Boat show that they hold every year in October.  This is an example of one of  the great boat that were  displayed in this years Wooden Boat Show. I enjoy viewing all of the wooden boat that are being displayed.  Many of the builders themselves, stand by the bost that they built and talk with you about the plans and the ups and downs of building a boat.  Many have put their boats in the water, only to find that their boat does NOT float.  Can YOU imagine the disappointment of that.  Working for months on a boat and it not float? But then again, you have boat builders that know exactly what to do and how to do it.  Their boats are beautiful.  You can tell from the craftmanship that those builders knew exactly what to do and HOW to do it!  Many of the really good b...
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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 5 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 thought ...
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
TGIM Day.. WE have had a wonderful weekend but I am glad that it is Monday and I am tired of all the goings that we have done this weekend.First of all we had a Graduation for our Oldest Granddaughter from the College of Charleston, in Charleston,  South Carolina on Saturday.  WE sat outside on the  Cistern Yard among the huge Old Oak Trees that provided shade for those watching this momentous occasion.  It was wonderful watching Kathleen receive her Diploma and her honors medals. Next, WE were hosting a Family Reunion in Dublin, North Carolina.  WE had to plan for about 50 members of the family.  That was so much fun.  Everyone brought their favorite foods for the rest of the family to enjoy.  After pictures, we just sat around and shared fond memoriest of loved ones that are no longer...
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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 going to be another season that will begin shortly.  It has been fun watching theprogram and seeing Southport.   Under the Dome is being filmed in our precious town of Southport NC. This picture was in last nights final episode for this season.It is in our Church, Trinity Methodist Church.I see many of my friends and neighbors in this picture.  It has been an exciting time in our little fishing village of Southport.  We have had many movies filmed her but Under the Dome..has been a long time in shooting.It is my understanding thst the next season will be filmed here also. Big Jim's Home is our house.  That  is very exciting.. Did you watch any of 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)
   Our Weekends are for the Grandchildren..We can have from One to Six with us on the Weekends.. Do you take time to smell the roses?  I have had the wonderful experience of spending time with my nine month old granddaughter, Marissa. We had such a great time pouring tea and eating snacks.  Then we had to dress the babies dolls and feel them.  WE loose precious time when we do not look around and see the beauty right under our noses.  Time that can never be made up.Smell the roses this weekend...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)
    Southport - Originally incorporated in 1792 as Smithville, its progressive citizens changed its name to Southport in 1887 in hopes of attracting a port. The port went further upstream to the City of Wilmington but this entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the City today. The historic charm of this community will captivate you as you walk under a canopy of 200 year old live oak trees, or walk past majesticVictorian century homes which once belonged to river pilots or maybe even a pirate or two. Southport is one of few Cities with a true downtown. Banks, antique & collectible shops, restaurants, and professional offices line about a five block area in the downtown commercial district. Just outside this district is one of the finest medical care facilities in our region, J.A. Do...
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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)
                Did you wear a White Rose or a Red Rose on Sunday?   After breakfast, we went into the yard to find a red flowers for  our daughters..(meaning their mother is still alive)  and a white one for my husband and myself. (I lost my mother in 2000 and Jimmy lost his Mother in 2009).    WE had a great day .. Spending time with the family.   Going to Church and hearing a great sermon about "Mothers".    It is a tradition that my parents started with us as children.   Do you do this with your children?  It is a special tradition in our family....     Hope you had a glorious day today.   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 think I learned that You Tube has now become the #1 Search Engine.  Can anyone verify that for me.I had always thought that Google was on top.  I would like to know the stats on the top search engines.  Need also to learn of website optimization.Can you tell that I am new at all of the technology stuff? Ginger 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)
  This is such a great idea and everyone can do this.YOu get this great feeling in your heart when you do something for someone else and it is not expected.It can be as simple as letting a car get in line that is stuck on a side road; smiling a someone with a frown on their face; letting someone get in line in front of you when they have only one or two items and you have a basketfull; I sit in the evenings and make afgans for the folks in our local Nursing Center,  I make up to 50 a year.  They are simple and made to fit someone in a wheelchair. They are simple to make and only take about a week to make.  When finished, I will go down the hall and find someone that does not have much in their room.    I will greet them and tell them that I made this just for them.     They will say to ...
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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 Mother's Day to all YOU Mother's in Active Rain Land!Today was an extrodinary day around here in Southport North Carolina..First of all, we went to Church and had a wonderful program presented by the Children of our Church, Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport.  Wonderful program with lots of Singing and acting After church, my daughters helped with Dinner.The menu was:Roast BeefRice and GravyButterbeansPeasCornBiscuits with Butter and homemade Grape JellySweet Tea    .......and the meal was topped off with Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream. To say the least,  a nap was in order after the family left for their own homes.. Hope you had a great day 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)
  Well, Today is Friday and it has been a wonderful week.  I have learned much in the way of Blogging and Facebooking.  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 have a marvelous weekend...enjoying familyand friends. With warmest regards, 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)
 One of my agents just told me that she was blogging with a friend and one of her friends...friends....saw her site and asked if she was in real estate.  Of course, my agent told her that she was.  They got together and my agent sold them a house.  Wow!  Don't we all wish that it was that easy!  One never knows who is reading what we write.  Suppose we must make our information ans informative as possible.Hope you have a great day and keep on blogging.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 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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