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)
I have been fortunate enough to work face to face with sellers today.  I had listed one of their lots and they were going to take it off the market.  I did some research for them and suggested that they leave that lot on the market...because it can't sell if no one knows it is for sale..They then asked to see if I would list one of their other lots.  They are excited to sell and we priced it at the lowest price in the community.There is stuff happening...Thanks,Ginger Harper800-346-7671gingerharper@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)
Today we had rain again.  Luckily we planted our seeds this past weekend and then the rain came. We had laid the garden out for the butter beans, sweet potatoes, squash, tomatoes, and cucumbers.   Then as an added bonus, Jimmy put in giant sunflowers to brighten the garden.We will  enjoy fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from the Fall planting.. for the Labor Day..It is anticipated that we may get some rain from a tropical depression....may be named later on this week..With you were here.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 have been fortunate enough to work face to face with sellers today.  I had listed one of their lots and they were going to take it off the market.  I did some research for them and suggested that they leave that lot on the market...because it can't sell if no one knows it is for sale..They then asked to see if I would list one of their other lots.  They are excited to sell and we priced it at the lowest price in the community.There is stuff happening...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)
 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)
 Growing up as a child was a wonderful experience for me.  I had 3 brothers and dinner time was always a treat with six of us around the Dinner table enjoying Mama's delicious cooking. As a young person, our family would watch TV on Saturday and Sunday evenings....Mama would pop  popcorn and we would sit around and watch the Ed Sullivan Show.  We would see the new performers enter into the entertainment arena.  I remember seeing Stevie Wonder doing the finger poppin thing and also the Jackson 5.  Elvis with his gyrating hips..and of course the BEATLES! Shirley Temple was my favorite.  I would watch "The Good Ship Lolipop" and dance along with her.  Then there was that "Masked Man on the White horse"....and then the Ape Man that swung from the vines... We would play outside till dark and...
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By Desiree Whalen, The Whalen Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
by Desiree Whalen.Hi everyone!Are you looking for a home in the Southport area here on the NC coast? In addition to the ability to search all available MLS real estate listings on our site, we also feature a list of specific neighborhoods and subdivisions for Southport so you can jump right in and find out more about each community and figure out which one best fits your needs!Each page includes a little bit about the neighborhood's location, nearby landmarks, any amenities that may be available, and of course, the most up-to-date property listings on the web (updated daily).You can see the full list of all Southport area communities we added to the site so far on our "Neighborhoods & Subdivisions" page here (http://www.desireewhalen.com/neighborhoods/), or for your convenience we've in...
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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 are faced with a difficult situation in our family.  We are trying to be understand but are finding it hard to realize the ramification of the actions that have been taken place.  WE have small children that are involved and we love these precious ones.If you have felt the pain that we are feeling now, please share with us how you get thru this. Thanks,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 fortunate enough to work face to face with sellers today.  I had listed one of their lots and they were going to take it off the market.  I did some research for them and suggested that they leave that lot on the market...because it can't sell if no one knows it is for sale..They then asked to see if I would list one of their other lots.  They are excited to sell and we priced it at the lowest price in the community.There is stuff happening...Thanks,Ginger Harper800-346-7671
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 WE have folks that come to our area to learn that we live within 10 miles of a Nuclear Plant, which supplies Power to much of the county and other surrounding counties in the area. We feel compelled to let folks know that right off the bat.  Some freak out and other say, "If I gotta go, This is the way I choose"...Quick It is a fact that we are close to the plant but I never think about it.  I have lived here for 35 years and we are still  happy and still in one of "North Carolina's Best Kept Secrets"..
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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 the things that I do as a Volunteer, is to make afgans for the folks in the Dosher Nursing Center  in Southport.  I have such a feeling of accomplishment when I finish an afgan and am able to take it to a perfect stranger in our Nursing Center. I spend approximatly 40 hours Crocheting these afgans and usually spend a few hours an evening making them.  I try to take at least 2 afgans to the center each month.  It is such a pleasure to take an afgan to the nursing center and go down the hall and find someone that does not have a lot of personal items in their room.  I will then wrap the afgan around them and tell them that I made it "Just for them."  They usually start weeping and say "You made it just for me" ...and I reply..."Yes,  Just for YOU".  I am always the winner in this....
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
These are terms that I have heard since Real Estate 101.  Are these the terms that you are familiar with. The Tire Kickers and Tooth Pickers are those possible FUTURE buyers that want to use YOUR precious time right then.  The are NOT qualified and do not have the means to purchase right now but are thinking about it... Over the 32 years of experience, I do not put tooth pickers or Tire Kickers in my car.  I have a potential BUYER qualified by one of our local lenders.  Then, I show them houses in their price range. AS we all know...TIME IS MONEY
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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 watching the points grow and I am getting to know others that are close in points.  I love to read their blogs and respond back to them.It is so much fun to see our points grow...from the beginning to what we have now.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.  Every day I learn something new from our AR Friends..WE can learn from each other.Share..and I will too.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)
A great day today. I had a listing appointment yesterday morning and another one yesteday afternoon.  Took one for sure and think that I will get the next one in a day or so..  And guess what!  Got another one this afternoon and another one on Thursday. I am helping to train one of our new agents and we had an appointment to list two houses.  WE will list both of them and when one sells, we will take the other on off the market. Seems like our sellers are wanted to do the right thing and price their property as it should be priced.It's a GREAT DAY at COLDWELL BANKER SEA COAST ADVANTAGE in SOUTHPORT, North Carolina. 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 is my favorite place to be.  WE have been aorund the world and know..Southport is home and that is where we always want to get back to.Here we are sitting on the Dock in the back yard.  This is Beaver Dam Creek and we catch Crab and a variety of fish off this dock.My favorite fish is Puppy Drum.  Nothing better than to catch a drum, clean it and fry it up for Dinner.  Then fix hushpuppies and Coleslaw, french fries.  Top is off with Lemon Pie and Sweet Tea.Posted by 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)
  For me, it began as a normal work week.  I skipped the Office Meeting and went on the the Southport Office. When I arrived, Vicki our secretary was in tears and said to me "Look at the TV"...As I looked, the 2nd plane flew into the North Tower at the World Trade Center.    I was Stunned into complete silence and totally immobile.  When I gained a bit of composure, I went to the bank and drew out $2000 in cash and hid it in my car.  I did not know what was going to happen next and thought that it may not be over. Then I went to our Church, to go inside and Pray for our Country.  The doors were Locked.   Promptly, I called our Minister and asked that he please unlock the Doors of the church so that people could enter the church and pray should they choose to.  That was done.  The doors ...
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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, North Carolina Living on the SouthEast Coast of North Carolina, we have seasonal real estate in our area.  Mainly the majority of our business is done in the Spring, Summer and Fall.  Not much happens from  Thanksgiving to Memorial Day. WE have wonderful Falls with lots of fishing and boating for all to enjoy..  We have wonderful beaches in the Summer for the "Sun Worshipers" to enjoy and also the "Shellers"   who enjoy picking up beautiful sea Shells for collections for artworks or crafts. Also in the Fall...we enjoy the abundance of our fruit trees and grape vines.  WE  "PUT UP"our preserves and jelly to enjoy all year long and  to share with family and  friends. There is much to do when  the season is over and the tourist go home; Festivals, fishing tournament...
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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 read a blog about meeting "a prospect" at a vacant property.   WE do NOT do that in our office. We"C I T O" them (Come into the office) before we go out to show them property.  There have been many bad things to happen to agents in North Carolina and I am sure that it is the same across the country.  We had a robbery go wrong last year and an agent was killed.  That has put us all on edge.  WE have a plan in place, that if we feel uncomfortble when out showing...WE call the office and ask for the "Tim MilamFile".  That is the danger alert signal that YOU need help.  The agent that answers the phone..gets as much Information from the agent who feels in danger.   WE are taught to give address " of the house we are going to see and see if the appointment has been set". The agent t...
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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 what we start with.  Handpicked grapes from the yard.  I boiled them down till we could squeeze them.  We had  about 11 cups of juice. Recipe calls fore 5 cups of juice and 7 cups of sugar and a pat of butter.  cook after it boils for 2 minutes.  Pour in sterilized jars and seal ...Then wait for the pop..     This is what it looks like before we squeeze the grapes..    This is the end product. WE finally ended up with 10 jars of wonderful jars of Muscadine Jelly for friends and family. So tickled to be thru.  This will be a wonderful addition to our lauder... Have a wonderful evening.. 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)
Thanks Debbie... I am so glad that you did a contest for us to work with.  I always enjoy the challenge. The three things that I have picked to grow my business: 1.    EDDM  - Every Door Direct Mail.  This is a good way to send and blanket an area with you Media.I do this when I am in search of a listing in a certain location.  It is with the United post office and is fairly inexpensive.  EDDM.com 2.   I plan to hold more open houses.  I think that I want to try a new approach to the Open Houses and that is to Ofer Money and no food.  This is working in our area.  You Hold the oPen house and I do not have the be there.  Just have the agents to unlock the door with the Key Pad and leave a card.  There is a sheet to fill out to give fed back to the seller.  Then YOu draw for the Money.  I...
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
Fresh PEACHES......into Peach Preverves!  And then the canning of the peaches in to preserves...Yummmm.. This is who we are.  We love to pick and can the wonderful vegetables and fruits that we grow or  is provided to us.Our Son in Law brought us a box of beautiful, lucious, ripe peaches yesterday.  We have eaten all  that we can and know that the next step is to save them. That means canning them into preserves. The preserves we cook with out a recipe.  We do this by smell and the consistancy of the syrup. When we feel that they are thick enough, we put them up in sterilized jars and wait patiently for the lids to "pop".  Meaning that they are sealed.  Our peach preserves could last for 3 to 5 years....if we did not eat them before then.. They are " de...lic...ious"   to say the least....
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