Wrightsville Beach, NC Real Estate News

By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
The only thing you should leave on the beach are your footprints Hello, and welcome to Wrightsville Beach NC -- one of the most beautiful beaches you'll ever find!  We are so glad you're here and we hope to see you again and again.  One of the things that makes Wrightsville Beach NC so enjoyable is how clean it is.  This doesn't happen without your help.  Please, enjoy yourselves and remember this rule; If you brought it with you, you need to take it with you.  Don't leave your trash for others -- there are receptacles at every public beach access; go ahead and use them, we don't mind!  Help keep Wrightsville Beach NC clean so that everyone can enjoy it. The only thing you should leave on the beach are your footprints . . .
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
But my neighbor said . . . "Don't worry about cleaning up.  If they can't imagine what the house looks like without your stuff out, that's their problem." "Open Houses are a waste of time." "You don't have to leave for showings.  It's helpful if you're there to answer any questions." "Just put the dogs in the garage.  Buyers don't need to see in there, all garages look the same." "You don't need to paint the interior.  If they don't like lime green walls in the living room and canary yellow in the dining room, they can change it once they buy it." I'm sorry, but isn't your goal to sell your Wrightsville Beach NC home, not just list it?  I can't help what anyone else has told you, here in the real world of real estate in Wrightsville Beach NC that's just bad advice.  "Clean up.  How seri...
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
Sounds of Summer Concert Series Wrightsville Beach NC -- FREE In the mood for a little music?  How about a FREE concert in Wrightsville Beach NC?  Sound good?  Then head on down to Wrightsville Beach Park Thursday nights from 6:30 ~ 8:30!  The Sounds of Summer Concert Series kicks off this Thursday June 23 and continues through August 4. June 23rd "Key Lime Pie" July 7th "M-80's" July 21st "Selah Dubb" August 4th "The Imitations" Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a FREE family-friendly event in Wrightsville Beach NC.   Just one more reason to call Wrightsville Beach NC home.  Hope we'll see you there!    
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam . . . Okay, maybe no roaming buffalo -- how about where the dolphins dance and the seagulls sing?  Yeah, that's more like it.  Have you been dreaming about owning your very own beach house?  Do you imagine waking to the sound of waves crashing, the call of the seagulls, the smell of the salt air, the feel of the ocean's spray, sitting on your deck watching the dolphins dance down the shoreline?  Well what are you waiting for?  We've got all that and more right here in Wrightsville Beach NC!  Ask anyone who's been here, and almost without fail they will tell you how wonderful Wrightsville Beach NC is.  They'll tell you how unspoiled our beach is, they'll wax poetic about our boating and surfing, rave about how friendly the locals are, how good th...
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
Sundays at the Beach -- Wrightsville Beach NC More than once I've been asked, "What's it like living at the beach year-round?"  Usually the question comes from friends or family who only get to the beach once in a while and wonder what we do with ourselves when they aren't around.  Seems they think we shut-down and sit around missing them.  While they are missed, we're not just sitting around!  Nope, we're always up to something here in Southeastern NC.  We've got 5 great beaches; Topsail, Surf City, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach & Kure Beach, within an hour's drive and Downtown Wilmington to keep us busy on those few days of the year when the beach isn't especially enticing.  I'm going to take the next few Sundays to show you our beautiful area through photos; give you an idea of ...
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(First Priority Financial)
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
Wrightsville Beach NC Spring 2011 Market Update So many wonderful things to say about Wrightsville Beach NC -- our beautiful beach is just the beginning!  We've got dining, fishing, boating, tennis, family movie night, great schools and terrific people!  I'm thrilled to live and work here and I don't think there's anywhere I'd rather be.  If you're ready to find out why Everything's better at the beach . . . give me a call!  I'd love to share my town with you! There are 179 homes currently available in Wrightsville Beach NC with an average list price of $1,120,556.  From a 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo listed at $139,000 to a soundfront 10 bedroom, 9 bath home on a 1/2 acre lot offered at $4,200,000 we've got a little bit of everything! Only 10 Sales Pending right now, with an average list pr...
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
Memorial Day is so much more than a kick-off to Summer Well, it's here again.  That un-official Summer kick-off, Memorial Day.  It's a 3-day weekend for many, a time of cook-outs, trips to the beach, lake or mountains, family get-togethers.  Here in Wrightsville Beach NC we'll be celebrating all weekend with family and friends.  And welcoming all the visitors who make the trek to our beaches. I don't begrudge anyone their celebration of Memorial Day.  But I wonder how many have forgotten the true meaning of the holiday?  Have we forgotten that Memorial Day is not just a day off of work or school --  Not just a chance to welcome Summer? Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our Country.  It began in 1868 as a way to ...
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
Are there guidelines for working with a Buyer's Agent? YES!  When I work for you as a Buyer's Agent in Wrightsville Beach NC, I expect us both to treat one another fairly, respectfully and ethically.  These guidelines have come from many years of experience.  Other Agents may have a different set of guidelines.  Be sure to work with a Buyer's Agent YOU feel comfortable with. I will work VERY hard for you.  In return, I need for you to do your part.  This will help ensure a smooth search and transaction.  You HAVE to get pre-approved.  There is no way around this.  Financing guidelines are more stringent in today's world.  We need to find out how much home you qualify for, BEFORE we spend  a bunch of time looking at homes.   As much as you would like to look at homes right away, we reall...
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
NOAA predicts busy 2011 Hurricane Season.  Prepare now, not later. NOAA is forecasting an above normal Atlantic Hurricane season; 12-18 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes, and 3-6 major hurricanes (category 3 or higher) this year.     From the NOAA website: Each of these ranges has a 70 percent likelihood, and indicate that activity will exceed the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. Climate factors considered for this outlook are: The continuing high activity era. Since 1995, the tropical multi-decadal signal has brought ocean and atmospheric conditions conducive for development in sync, leading to more active Atlantic hurricane seasons. Warm Atlantic Ocean water. Sea surface temperatures where storms often develop and move across the Atlantic are u...
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
Would you buy this house? I don't know how many times I've had a Buyer ask, "Would you buy this house?"  I appreciate that they value my opinion, but it's kind of hard to answer.  After all, I'm not in the market for a new home, so I'm not looking at the house in that light.  We're not viewing homes based on my Wish List, we're viewing homes based on theirs and I never project my wishes or what I would consider a requirement in a home on my Buyers.  I can tell them if I think it's a great deal based on the price, condition, location and area market.  But to say whether or not I would buy the home --  that's tough.  I'm not the one who matters here; my likes or dislikes are unimportant.  When we reach the point where they ask me that question, I have a few questions of my own:  Does the ...
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By Kathy Knight, BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, SRES
(Intracoastal Realty Corp)
  If you are looking to buy that perfect beach home - don't wait.. Now is the time for the best prices, best selection and best time of the year. Not only are the prices and selection great but for WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH REAL ESTATE the weather is just great.We regularly have great weather where you can do all those great sports such as swimming, biking, boating and surfing. But it is getting to be the best time to enjoy all these warm weather sports and folks want their own spot on the beach. So if you area looking to buy yours now is the time.Do you want an oceanfront, soundfront,home with a boatslip, condo, townhouse or timeshare that you can enjoy 5 weeks a year at an oceanfront complex and then go back home?  There are lots of things to consider. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH REAL ESTATE offers y...
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament in Wrightsville Beach NC One of my favorite pastimes is fishing.  I don't care if it's a lake, a pond or the ocean; from the shore, a pier or a boat -- doesn't matter to me.  I just love to fish.  I'm Blessed that my Grandson, Stirling, shares this love.  It's not uncommon for us to spend the night at Johnnie Mercers Pier in Wrightsville Beach trying to reel in "The Big One"!    But if I were forced to pick a favorite, it would have to be deep-sea fishing.  Getting up before the sun, packing a cooler of food and drink, heading out into the open seas as the sun peeks over the horizon, the thrill of the fight with a more than worthy adversary -- nothing like it.  If you've never been deep-sea fishing you really should try it!  The Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tou...
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
FREE Birding Tours in Wrightsville Beach NC Ever wondered what that bird you saw scurrying across the sand is called?  Found yourself wondering where they go in the winter or where they nest? Wonder no more!  Enjoy a FREE Birding Tour, sponsored by Audubon North Carolina, in Wrightsville Beach NC every Friday from 9-11am through August.  That's right, EVERY Friday you have a chance to learn a little more about our "true locals" -- birds! Featuring walks along a protected sanctuary that serves as habitat for beach-nesting birds, participants are likely to spot Least Tern, Black Skimmer, American Oystercatcher, Wilson's Plover and other unique coastal birds. Be sure to wear sunscreen, a hat and comfortable walking shoes.  Bring a bottle of water and binoculars if you have them.  Registrat...
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
Sure, I can show you beach homes today, but you may not get to see the ones you want! I understand, accept and LOVE that we are in a Resort area.  I live and work here because I love the laid-back approach to life we enjoy at the beaches of Southeastern NC.  One of the things which often happens here; someone will come for a weekend, or a week, fall in love with all our area has to offer and decide they want their own little piece of paradise.  So . . . they call up a real estate agent and ask to go look at houses.  And we are ready!  Believe me, we love to get those calls!  And if I don't have another commitment, you can bet I'm going to make time for you.   But not every Seller can, or will, accomodate your wishes.  Something that's a little different for us --  with our close proximi...
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
Spotted in Wrightsville Beach NC -- THE ELUSIVE EASTER BUNNY! Did you think the Easter Bunny was done with his rounds?  Did you think he was home resting his paws after a hard night's work?  If you did, you're wrong! Look who we spotted hiding in the shrubbery while my Granddaughters were looking for eggs?    THE EASTER BUNNY! Even Mr. Bunny knows, Everything's better at the beach . . . ! Hope he hopped by your house last night and that you and yours are enjoying a Blessed Easter!  
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
Easter Sunrise Services in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach NC One of my earliest Easter memories isn't a basket full of candy, or a new outfit.  It's sunrise services on a knoll in the cemetary next to the church.  I remember waking before the sun was up, dressing in my finery and riding to the services with my step-mother.  It may have been Spring, but it was always freezing; though I wouldn't admit that -- didn't want to cover up my new Easter outfit with an icky old winter coat!   Easter Sunrise Services have always been very special to me.  There's just something so reverent about hearing the story of the Resurrection read from the King James Version of the Bible and singing hymns as the sun rises.  Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. Here in Wilmington and Wrightsville Be...
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
Don't write a check your house can't cash! I had a listing interview the other day and the Owner has decided he wants me to list his property.  Unfortunately, I'm not going to be doing that and I'm just sick about it.  It's a lovely property in a little subdivision close to the beach.  There's nothing wrong with the home, it's in good repair and the location is central and desirable.  So, why aren't you taking the listing, Tish?  Because the Owner insists that it be listed 100K OVER what the comps call for.  Why?  Because the homeowner made improvements to the home thinking they would ensure a higher sales price. He put in granite, stainless steel appliances, new hardware, tile floors and completely re-did the baths.  The home is lovely.  But it's over-done for the neighborhood.  Sure, ...
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
Share the Road! What better way to enjoy a beautiful day at the beach than with a bike ride.  Biking isn't what it used to be, is it?  Long gone are the Schwinns of my youth!  Shoot, some of the bikes today cost more than my first car did!  Can you imagine?  Okay I can't, but I understand many can. I'm always happy to see folks out enjoying the fresh air on their bikes -- it's fun, healthy and a great way to get around Wrightsville Beach!  Heck, anything that promotes good health and a cleaner environment is tops in my book. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same way.  I've seen some pretty aggressive drivers treating bike riders like an opportunity to practice their dodge ball techniques.  QUIT IT!  There's room on the road for all of us!  I know you've seen the signs, SHARE THE RO...
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By Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
(BlueCoast Realty Corporation)
This is more like vacation than work! I don't know how many times I've heard, "You live at the beach?  Like, year-round?  Really?? REALLY!!" When you are Blessed to live full-time at the beach, most days feel more like a vacation than work.   Today was one of those days in Wrightsville Beach NC!  A full day of showing properties all over our little piece of paradise today.  The sun was shining, it was 82 degrees, nice breeze off the ocean -- all in all a perfect day at the beach.  But don't take my word for it, see for yourself! Lunch at the Oceanic  -- oceanfront dining at it's best!   I only have one question.  Why aren't you here?      
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