Just a Few More Days to Buy Tickets For The Teachers Fund Raffle

The Teacher’s Fund was established to help local public and private kindergarten-through-5th-grade school teachers buy the supplies and books they so desperately need. With the challenges of today’s economy, this worthy fund is more important than ever.

Tickets are available to purchase through 12/31/11. Drawing to be held on 1/3/2012. Winners to be announced on the Teacher’s Fund Facebook page and notified individually.
Thank you for your continued support of our area’s teachers and students via the Teacher’s Fund.

2011 Teachers Fund Raffle

Intracoastal Helping Hands Charity

Each year Intracoastal Realty offices select a charity to support for the holidays. Intracoastal Helping Hands is a great way for the agents to come together and get in the true spirit of helping others. Below are the different charities we will be supporting this holiday season.

We all wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Tips When Selling During the Winter

2011-12-6x9_sign-SOLDHere are some ways to get the best out of the season when selling during the winter:

Remember the outdoors:

The front of the home is one of the first impressions a buyer gets. Be sure to keep the yard maintained and the walkways clear.

Provide Convenient Parking:

Buyers prefer not to walk too far in cold weather. If it’s wet or snowy leave a decorative rug so your prospective buyer can wipe their feet.

Turn on the Lights:

Tackle winter’s short and cloudy days by having the lights on. When you have a showing, turn on every single light in the house, even in closets and the garage. Leave blinds and curtains open to let light shine in. Keeping lights on towards the front of the house helps people to notice your home better when driving by. Encourage daytime showings whenever possible.

Keep Odors Under Control:

It’s easy for homes to get stuffy when it’s too cold to open windows. The less air circulates, the harder it is to eliminate pet or cooking odors. Be sure to let the thermostat run during the day to keep air moving, which leads to the next tip…

Don’t Cook the Buyers:

The temperature should be set around 65 degrees to avoid making your buyers overheat. This is a comfortable temperature for buyers as they walk through your home. In most cases buyers will leave their coats on during the walk through so it shouldn’t be too hot.

Incorporate a Festive Look:

Appropriate decorations can give a home a cheerful look. However, it is important not to go overboard! Just a few tasteful touches can go a long way. Once the holiday is over it is best to remove the decorations.

Mystery Agent

Intracoastal Realty Mystery Agent

Each week at our sales meeting we have a “Mystery Agent.” This gives us a chance to learn more about one of our colleagues that we may not have known otherwise.

  •  This mystery agent’s dad was on the marketing “think tank” that designed the “Energizer Bunny” for Eveready Batteries.
  • At 14, this agent’s family moved to a farm and raised 40 black angus cows, 15 chickens, 3 horses and 2 pigs named “Oscar and Mayer”.
  • In high school, this agent practiced piano 2 hours a day (to get out of farm work) and directed a 90 member high school choir
  • Was 4H county president and was chosen as “Future Farmers of America’s Sweetheart” and had to drive a tractor in a parade.
  • This agent started in Real estate in Charlotte in 1989 after 7 years of being a stay at home mom with 2 kids, 15 months apart.
  • She spent the next 15 years in property management; starting as a leasing agent and working her way up to Regional Property Manager with 50 apartment communities in North and South Carolina.
  • Started her own property management company in 2004.
  • Hiked the Incan Trail in Peru to Machu Piccu.
  • Her daughter, Brynn, works for a Federal Judge in the southern district of New York and lives in Brooklyn.  Her son, Chris, fell in love with the restaurant business and the beach life.  He’s a manager at PTs and has been there over 6 years.
  • She resides at Lake Waccamaw and lives next door to her 82 year old mother.  She still loves to play piano and sing.  She leads 2 choral groups and a handbell choir at her church. She also enjoys walking by the lake, baking, reading and watching movies.

Can you guess who this is? Here is the link that unveils our mystery agent.


WRAR Awards


Intracoastal Realty shined bright today’s 4th Quarter Meeting and Luncheon. We are proud to announce that two agents received awards today.  Congratulations David Eggleston and Deb Hays. These are exceptional achievements by very deserving colleagues.

Congratulations to the award winners:

David Eggleston, Jr- Cathy Clark Memorial Award

This award is an annual scholarship in the amount of $200 that may be used toward any designation or broker courses and/or technology training.

An agent from Intracoastal has won this award for the past 3 years! Ashley Garner in 2009 and Kasey Valente in 2010.

2011-10-Hays,-Deb-w Deb Hays- Paul Sullins’ Community Service Award

Started in 2009, this award is given to a REALTOR® who deserves recognition due to their contributions to the betterment of their communities through outstanding public service.

An agent from Intracoastal has won this award for the past 3 years! Melisa Gallison in 2009 and Jimmy Hopkins in 2010.

In addition to our award winners, Kasey Valente was recognized for her contributions as a 2011 Committee Chair and many thanks to Ashley Garner, David Eggleston Jr., and Amy Holcomb all of who serve on the WRAR Board of Directors. Thanks to the all and many that serve on the various committees. Your excellent work shows in an Association that we can all be proud of.

2011-1-Garner, AshleyAshley Garner – MLS President

2011-1-Holcomb, Amy web AmyHolcomb – Director

David Eggleston, Jr. – Director

2011-1-Valente, Kasey web Kasey Valente- Committee Chair

Holiday FUN!

2011-12-happy-holidaysCelebrate the season coastal-style! You can choose from so many events in and aroundWilmington and the island beaches Pleasure Island, Oak Island, and Wrightsville Beach. Annual traditions include candlelight home tours, elaborate light displays, Colonial & Victorian celebrations, holiday flotillas, parades, cruises, and fireworks!!

Happy Holidays

Now until December 21— Enchanted Airlie  5:00-9:00pm. Tickets must be pre-purchased.

December 11, 17-18—Polar Express Program. 4:30pm & 6:30pm. “Polar Express” story time, visits with Santa, cocoa, and more. Wilmington Railroad Museum. Admission charge. Advance tickets.

December 8-11; 15-18—“The Sound of Music musical. Thur.-Sat. 8pm; Sun. 3pm. Thalian Hall, Wilmington. Admission charge.

December  8 & 11—http://www.cameronartmuseum.com . 7:30pm. Wilmington Choral Society concert. Admission charge. Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington.

December 9-11—Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show. 6:30pm. Music & more. Kure Beach Fire Dept. Free.

December 9—Victorian Concert with Susan Savia. 6:30pm. Susan Savia performs seasonal classics and period pieces that date back 150 years. Bellamy Mansion Museum, Wilmington.

December 10—Santa Claus Food Drive Cruise. Boards at 9:30am; departs 10am. Admission: 6 cans nonperishable food/per person. Henrietta III Deck, Riverboat, Dock & Water Sts.-Downtown.

December 10— Southport Historical Society’s Annual Christmas Tour of Homes. Contact Southport Visitors Center, 910-457-7927. Admission.

December 10— Southport Holiday Flotilla. Souhtport Waterfront.

December 10-11—3rd Annual Christmas Tour of Homes in Landfall benefiting Welcome Home Angel. 1-5pm Purchase Tickets in advance.

December 13—NC Symphony Holiday Pops. 8pm. Kenan Auditorium, UNCW. Admission charge.

December 15-23—Trolley Tour of Holiday Lights. 6pm & 7:30pm. Tours of Wilmington’s decorated neighborhoods. Departs Downtown at Dock & Water sts. Admission charge.

December 15—The Office Holiday Party-Comedy Dinner Theatre. 6pm. Wear a fun holiday sweater to this interactive dinner theatre. Brooklyn Arts Center, Wilmington. Advance tix/reservations.

December 16-24—Caroling by “Reindeer” Drawn Trolley/Carriage. 6-10pm. Horse-drawn carriage tour & caroling Downtown. Departs at Market & Water sts. Admission charge.

December 17—5k Jingle Bell Run. 7:30am registration. Wrightsville Beach Museum.

December 17— Bolivia Christmas Parade

December 17-18—Colonial Christmas Celebration. Sat.10am-4pm & Sun. 12-4pm. 18th Century music, dancers, hot wassail. Burgwin-Wright House, Wilmington. Admission charge.

December 17—Santa’s Seacret Supper. 6pm. Kid-friendly dinner with Santa, scavenger hunt, crafts, cookies. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach.

December 21, 22, 23—Holiday Elf Camp. 9:30am-3:30pm. Holiday crafts/activities, aquarium tour for kids ages 5-12 while parents shop. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach.

December 23— “It’s A Wonderful Life” 35mm screening. 7:30pm. Admission charge. Thalian Hall.

December 31—New Year’s Noon Downtown! 11am. Ring in the New Year at Noon with noisemakers, confetti and more. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Admission charge.

December 31—Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown Party. 9pm-12am. Music, fireworks, lighted beach ball drop. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Free.

December 31—New Year’s Eve Cruise w/music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, champagne. 9pm-12:30am. Prepaid reservations only. Henrietta III Riverboat, Dock St. at Water St., Wilmington.

December 31— New Year’s Eve Beach Party & Anchor Drop. Southport Visitor’s Center. 910-457-7927

Mystery Agent

Intracoastal Realty Mystery Agent

Each week at our sales meeting we have a “Mystery Agent.” This gives us a chance to learn more about one of our colleagues that we may not have known otherwise.

  • Born in Wilmington.
  • Skipped the first grade.
  • Senior Class Secretary at New Hanover High School.
  • Rode on a float in the Azalea Festival parade.
  • Studied piano for 11 years and into college.
  • Earned a private pilot’s license for single engine planes and has piloted or co-piloted between Maine and Grenada.  Landed shortly after the communist invasion.
  • Has flown in small planes, float planes, helicopters, small jets and jumbos.
  • Has enjoyed sailing, windsurfing, trick waterskiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and flying.
  • Caught a white marlin in Bermuda and drove a dog sled in Alaska.
  • Snow skied the mountains of NC, Vermont, Colorado, and Canada.
  • Lived across the street from George C. Scott who was filming in the area and received a personal note of thanks for a favor.
  • Has shown property to Erskine Bowles and the father of Michelle “Marilyn Monroe” Williams (separately).
  • Tent camped with family in the NC mountains.
  • Bareboat sailed a Gulf Star 50 in the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, and Grenadines.
  • Crewed on a sailboat delivery to the Abacos and encountered 40 foot waves in a winter hurricane that raged for 2 ½ days.  Lost the dinghy and a jib, but arrived in Marsh Harbor with all hands safe and kneeled down and kissed the dock.
  • Lives higher than any other at Intracoastal – (9th floor of Seapath).

Can you guess who this is? Here is the link that unveils our mystery agent.