Enjoy Your 2012 Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day Weekend is a really fun time of year in and around Wilmington, North Carolina. After all, who doesn’t get excited about a three day weekend? There are plenty of free local events and activities, going on. You are invited to visit some of the area’s most popular attractions, or plan a beach day on one of our beautiful beaches. Here are several local events happening over Labor Day Weekend. Have fun!

Fireworks by The Sea & Eastbound
Friday August 31 at 6:30pm
A FREE fireworks show near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Gazebo Entertainment begins at 6:30PM and the fireworks show is scheduled for approximately 9:00PM. Eastbound will provide a free, live performance of modern country and blues music for the Gazebo Entertainment. This is the final Fireworks By The Sea show of the season, so do not miss your chance to participate in this incredible Wilmington event!

Downtown Sundown presents Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi Tribute)
Friday August 31, 6pm
Shows are held in Riverfront Park, located on North Water Street between Princess and Market Streets. Beer, wine and food are available for purchase during the performances. The event takes place either rain or shine. www.WilmingtonDowntown.com

Coastal Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Friday August 31-Sunday September 2
From the best local talent, to regional and nationally recognized artisans and craftspeople, the finest works of art will be juried in for presentation and sale at this special three-day event at the Coastline Event & Conference Center. Art collectors and enthusiasts can preview the show during an opening reception Friday evening. Enjoy light bites and refreshments as you peruse the array of arts and crafts in mediums from paintings to photography, glass to jewelry, mixed media and more.

Go Jump in the Lake Fun Run/Walk, Boiling Spring Lakes
Saturday September 1, 8am
5k and 1.5 mile fun run/walk follows a course through Boiling Spring Lakes. Both races begin and end, at the beautiful Spring Lake Park. The courses are paved asphalt and are mostly flat. No pets, bikes, skateboards or roller blades.

Annual Oak Island Surf Off, Ocean Crest Pier
Saturday September 1, 8am
This contest welcomes surfers of all ages and skill levels. Beach Signup will be held on 8/31 from 6pm-9pm with live entertainment. Awards are given to three places in 14 categories. Proceeds benefit a scholarship for a Brunswick County High School Graduate.

Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday September 1, 8am
23rd Annual Labor Day weekend festival is a celebration of local and regional artists and craftspeople who display and sell their handmade goods within sight of the ocean. Proceeds from the festival are used toward scholarships for local high school students, art supplies for teachers and to purchase books and media for the Brunswick County Library system. Food will be sold. The festival is held at Middleton Park Extension Soccer Field 46th SE Street & Dolphin Drive, Oak Island.

Farmer’s Market & Art Show at Carolina Beach Lake 
Saturday September 1, 8am-1pm
Explore the Carolina Beach Farmers Market to find a variety of locally grown and produced plants, vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheese, soaps, dog cookies, baked goods and fine arts & crafts.

FREE Sunday Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake 
Sunday September 2, 2012 – Journey 2 8:45pm
Here’s another free event perfect for families! Bring your chairs and find a spot on the lawn at Carolina Beach Lake where the whole family can enjoy newly released movies. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy, and more are for sales at the movies or you can bring your own food & beverages.

Children’s Crab Derby at Southport’s Historic Waterfront Old Yacht Basin Pier
Monday September 3, 9am-12pm
Registration -8:30am. 16 years old and under only – Free t-shirt while they last. Bring your own crab line & chicken neck.

Battleship North Carolina
USS North Carolina is one of the area’s most popular local attractions. Take a tour of the ship and envision the daily life and fierce combat that her crew faced during World War II.


Help the Teacher’s Fund – RELINK this Article!

It’s that time of year, school is back in session! The Teacher’s Fund is getting back in full swing and can use your help. It’s easy to support the Teacher’s Fund with Harris Teeter’s Together in Education.

Link your Harris Teeter VIC card to the Teacher’s Fund- the code is 6477.

Don’t forget ALL VIC cards need to be RE-LINKED for the 2012-2013 school year. Linking is easy to do with one of the following methods and has to be done each school year, starting August 1.

The money goes towards helping local public and private kindergarten through 5th grade school teachers buy the supplies and books they so desperately need. You can learn more about Intracoastal’s Teacher’s Fund on our website and by visiting the Teacher’s Fund facebook page.


Mystery Agent 8/28/2012

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.

  • Lived whole life in NC—from mountains to the sea.
  • Currently have 5 living generations in my immediate family.
  • There is historical drama about my family in NC during the Revolutionary War.
  • Two favorite things to do are parasailing and snow skiing.
  • Enjoy traveling, and one of my favorite places is Rio de Janeiro.
  • Among my proudest accomplishments is Teacher of the Year in two schools.
  • Was a Cheerleader from junior high through college.
  • My name is also a city.
  • Have Two children_ one has four legs and a tail.
  • Have taught everything from Real Estate Math to belly dancing!
  • Beginning my favorite sport in midlife, I have had two holes in one and have been Ladies’ Senior Club Champ!

Can you guess who the Mystery Agent is?

Rainelle Mishoe Intracoastal Realty

Click on the photo for more info about our Mystery Agent Rainelle Mishoe

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.

  • Nickname is Bam Bam.
  • Has always lived in the state of North Carolina.
  • Was chosen “Best Hair” in High School.
  • The sports I enjoyed and played throughout school included: basketball, softball, track, cheerleading and gymnastics.
  •  Came very close to going to the Softball World Series for my All-Star little league team. We were in the Semi finals and lost to Florida.
  • Started dance at age 2 and now as an adult enjoy Zumba.
  • Puppy I have now has swallowed my engagement ring!
  • Sang a duet with a successful indie rock country band and got credited on the album.
  • Was a processor and underwriter for large bank for 4 years.
  • Favorite past time is enjoying the beach with my family and friends and pup.


Can you guess who the Mystery Agent is?

Amber Hamm Harris Intracoastal Realty

Click on the photo for more info about our Mystery Agent Amber Hamm Harris


10 Home Improvements to Skip

A recent The Street article lists 10 common projects that bring little return on the investment. Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value survey was used to compare costs of certain home improvements. See why these improvements may not be in your favor:

1. Pools: A $25,000-$50,000 investment and that doesn’t include the yearly maintenance costs and repairs that will undoubtedly be needed down the road.

2. Outdoor kitchens: Steel grills and gourmet pizza ovens outside can be nice in year-round warm climates but in cooler weather climates, many people would prefer the warmth of an indoor kitchen.

3. A Master Suite Addition: It would be great to have a full bathroom and walk-in closet all to yourself but it’s a costly investment that only has a 59% return on investment.

4. A Roof Replacement: It’s best to replace a roof as infrequently as possible. If your roof is in less-than-dire straits, that replacement will recoup only about $12,000 of its cost once the house is sold.

5. Garage addition: The cost of adding a garage spot could be about $58,000, but it only adds about $33,000 extra to your home’s value. It’s also an additional room for your electric bill.

6. Replacing a Fiberglass Entry Door:  A fiberglass door is nearly three times as expensive as steel and it loses 44% of its value when it is installed. The best option is to go with a steel door since it maintains 73% of its cost.

7. A Bathroom Addition: Believe it or not, a $40,000 bathroom addition drops 50% of its value! While itmay be helpful for you, buyers won’t be as charmed since they are looking for the same number ofbathrooms anyway.

8. Backup power generator: A $15,000 expense can be extreme for the main reason to “prevent $30 in groceries from spoiling the next time a transformer blows,” The Street notes.

9. Sunroom addition: This could cost home owners about $74,000 and only offer about $34,000 at resale — and “that’s assuming you built a sunroom in a climate that actually gets sun every so often,” the article notes.

10. Home office remodel: This could cost you around $28,000 but is considered one of the least valuable home improvement projects a home owner can tackle, according to the Cost vs. Value survey. While home owners like the organization home offices offer, many are mobile and prefer to work elsewhere.

If you have any questions, contact an Intracoastal Realty agent for their expert opinion on your particular home before starting any projects.

Pleasure Island Events – August 18 – 24

Friday, August 17th – Free Concert Series at Ft. Fisher Military Recreation Area in Kure Beach. Featured band isSouth of K (Blue Grass). This concert is rescheduled from August 10th. Bring blankets and/or chairs, and pack your picnic dinner. Please do not bring beverages or animals. Beverages will be available for sale.

Sunday, August 19th – Free movie at Carolina Beach Lake – Happy Feet Two. You are welcome to bring your own food and soft drinks. There are reasonably priced snacks and soft drinks for sale. Movie starts at around 8:45 or dusk.

Tuesday, Aug 21st – every Tuesday night is Family Night with lots of activities for families and kids.

Wednesday, Aug. 22nd – Bingo every Wednesday night.

Thursday, Aug. 23rd– Fireworks at the boardwalk – featured band is Radio Flyer (Classic Rock).

Activities – There are many activities to enjoy on the island; biking, surfing, paddle boarding and riding bikes are just a few of the many things you can enjoy while visiting the island.

Real Estate – Pleasure Island had 22 new listings last week, 15 under contract, and 6 closed sales.

Weather –This weekend and next week will be sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80’s, sunny with some scattered thunderstorms. It is a beautiful time of year to spend time at the beach. What better way to enjoy the sun than having fun at the beach!

For more information about Pleasure Island go to www.pleasureislandnc.org