Teacher’s Fund Board Members

We want to thank the following members for serving on the Teacher’s Fund board for the next two years:

Maria Green, Principal at College Park Elementary School
Constance Lamar, 2nd grade teacher at Winter Park Elementary School
Susan Paulson, Intracoastal Realty Agent

The dedication of the board members helps local public and private kindergarten-through-5th-grade school teachers buy the supplies and books they so desperately need. The Teacher’s Fund is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit. To date, the Teacher’s Fund has awarded over 800 grants in excess of $210,000 and benefitting more than 85,000 students.

If you are a teacher who needs supplies simply fill out an application on our website. The board meets on the first Wednesday of every month to review the previous month’s applications.

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.

  • I was born and raised in Wilmington.
  • I went to Appalachian State University where I got a B.S. in Mathematics.
  • I took Taekwondo for ten years and got my third degree black belt.
  • I worked at Medac, Abercrombie, Advance Auto Parts, Valvoline, and many tutoring centers.
  • I am petrified of roaches.
  • I am a sucker for bojangles macaroni and cheese and cookout Oreo milkshakes.
  • I am in the process of learning how to extreme coupon.
  • I participate in crossfit four to five times a week.
  • I have a four year old German Shepard named Gabri.
  • I am participating in the “Tough Mudder” on October 27. It is an 11 mile obstacle course in the mud with 25 military style obstacles.

Can you guess who the Mystery Agent is?

Kristen Crawford Intracoastal Realty

Click on the photo for more info about our Mystery Agent Kristin Crawford

Homes Sales News Lifts Stocks

Take a look at this Associated Press article on the effect of encouraging news about the housing market and how it effects stocks.  Interesting read!

Encouraging Report About Home Sales Lifts Stocks

A pair of encouraging reports about the housing market gave U.S. stocks a small boost Wednesday.

Home sales jumped to the highest level in more than two years in August, the National Association of Realtors said. Sales rose 7.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million, the most since May 2010.

Earlier, the government had reported that construction of new single-family homes in August also occurred at the fastest rate in more than two years.

Stocks of homebuilders, already up after the construction report, rose sharply after 10 a.m. when the jump in home sales news was reported. D.R. Horton Inc. rose 86 cents, or 4 percent, to $22.21; Beazer Homes USA Inc. rose 19 cents, or 5 percent, to $3.72; and KB Home rose 39 cents, or 3 percent, to $13.09.

The gains for broader stock indexes were muted. At its high for the day, the Dow Jones industrial average was up just 51 points.

The housing numbers “are fantastic news,” said JJ Kinahan, chief derivatives strategist for TD Ameritrade, a retail brokerage, but traders continue to worry about recent discouraging signals this week like downgrades of railroads and a warning from Federal Express that the global economy is slowing.

“The market is at a bit of a conundrum,” Kinahan said. “There are just constantly these mixed signals about what’s going on.”

The Dow was up 42 points at 13,606 as of noon EDT. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained four to 1,463. The Nasdaq composite index rose four to 3,181.

Materials and consumer discretionary stocks added the most among the industry groups in the S&P 500 index.

Earlier, Asian and European markets closed higher after the Bank of Japan announced a massive asset purchasing plan similar to what the Federal Reserve approved last week. Japan’s main stock index hit a four-month high.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 1.79 percent from 1.81 percent late Tuesday as demand for safe investments increased. A bond’s yield falls as its price rises.

In corporate news, Cracker Barrel leapt $4.99, or 8 percent, to $68.61 after the purveyor of country cooking and homespun curios said it doubled its net income in the fiscal fourth quarter.

General Mills rose 81 cents, or 2 percent, to $40.12 after saying its fiscal first-quarter net income increased 35 percent because of yogurt sales overseas.

AutoZone Inc. jumped $10.51, or 3 percent, to $368.35 after saying its fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 7.4 percent on strong sales at new stores.

Market Update: August 2012 Closed Units by Area

It’s time for a Market Update, provided to you by the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors! Below are the closed units organized by average selling prices of single family homes in the surrounding area, as determined by zip code.

Market Update: Wilmington Closed Units
Market Update: Pleasure Island Closed Units
Market Update: Brunswick County Closed Units

Fun Fall Food Happenings

Wilmington, North Carolina and its island beaches nourishes the soul with a historic riverfront town and beautiful coastline. As an emerging dining destination, it also whets the appetite and satisfies the palate with a full spectrum of dining options from Wilmington, NC’s historic river district to the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach.

Food tours and events provide a great opportunity for visitors to experience restaurants and food traditions. Here’s an appetizing roundup of Fall food happenings to spice up the season:

Sept. 18: A Taste of the Town. Thalian Hall, Wilmington

Sept. 22: Oktoberfest. Lumina Winery & Brewery, Wilmington. Advance tickets required.

Sept. 29: Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk. Downtown Wilmington

Sept. 29-30:49th Annual North Carolina Spot Festival. Hampstead

Oct. 13-14: Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival. Kure Beach. Enjoy seafood & live music with headliner Gregg Allman.

Oct. 17-23: ENCORE Restaurant Week. 40+ restaurants in Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach serve delicious meals at fixed prices.

Oct. 19-20: Oktoberfest. Government Center Complex, Wilmington

Oct. 19: Airlie Oyster Roast. Airlie Gardens, Wilmington

Oct. 20: Back Door Kitchen Tour. Downtown Wilmington

Oct. 20: Lighthouse Beer Festival. 3400 Randall Parkway, Wilmington

Oct. 27: Taste of Wrightsville Beach. Showcase of 30+ Wrightsville Beach eateries and beer/wine vendors.

Nov. 3: St. Stan’s Polish Festival. St. Stanislaus Church, Castle Hayne

Nov. 10: Festival Latino. Ogden Park, Wilmington. 910-264-4915.

Ongoing – Farmer’s Markets:
Riverfront Farmer’s Market Downtown Wilmington Saturdays thru mid-December
Pleasure Island Fresh Market, Carolina Beach Marina Saturdays thru December 3, 910-805-3014
Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market, 10200 US 17 N. Wednesdays thru December 14

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.

  • Has lived in Wilmington for 10 years.
  • Graduated from UNCW with a bachelor degree in Psychology.
  • Joined the Intracoastal team in 2010.
  • Is a big Tarheel fan.
  • Has no children but is the mother of 2 chihuahuas and 1 chocolate lab.
  • Loves to travel with her family.
  • Originally from Lumberton, NC.
  • When she moved to Wilmington, her parents quickly followed and now live full time at Wrightsville Beach.
  • She is recently engaged to her high school sweetheart .

Can you guess who the Mystery Agent is?

Summer Stephenson Intracoastal Realty

Click on the photo for more info about our Mystery Agent Summer Stephenson

Top Producers August 2012


Wilmington, NC — Intracoastal Realty Corporation recently announced their top producers for the month of August.  Vance Young won Closed Volume Team of the Month with $7.5M in sales, and Lee Crouch won Closed Volume Agent of the Month with $2.9M in sales.  Debbie Mitchell won Listing Team of the Month with $4.7M in new listings, and Lee Crouch won Listing Agent of the Month with $2.8M in new listings. Keith Beatty won Under Contract Volume Team of the Month with $4.9M in contracts, and Ham Hicks won Under Contract Volume Agent of the Month with $3.2M in contracts.

Wilmington – Lumina Station Office: Top selling agent was Ashley Garner and top selling team wasKeith Beatty. Top listing agent was Paula Ferebee and top listing team was Debbie Mitchell. Top under contract agent was Ham Hicks and top under contract team was Keith Beatty.

Wrightsville Beach Office: Top selling agent was Lee Crouch and top selling team was Vance Young.Top listing agent was Lee Crouch and top listing team was Vance Young. Top under contract agent wasMark Bodford and top under contract team was Vance Young.

Carolina Beach Office: Top selling agent was Joyce Barnwell and top listing agent was April McDavid. Top under contract agent was Sandra Hall.

Oak Island Office: Top selling agent was Robert Carroll and selling team was John Hamilton. The top listing agent was Donna Findlay and top listing team was John Hamilton. Top under contract team wasJohn Hamilton.

New Homes & General Brokerage: Top selling, listing, and under contract team was Jimmy Hopkins. Top listing agent was Nicole Valentine. Top under contract agent was Kraig Marquis.

Joining the Multi-Million Dollar Club with at least $3M in closed volume through August 2012 are: David Eggleston, Jr., Joy Morgan, Betsy Leonard, and Robert Carroll.


Plant Tips for Winter Living

 The average first frost date for the Wilmington area is early November. That means it’s the time of year to start thinking about bringing them plants indoors for the winter. Here are some steps to help you make the transition smoothly:

Get your House Ready Get your house ready to receive plants before bringing them indoors. Decide which windows offer the best light.  You’ll also want to avoid direct cold drafts and hot air vents. Arrange benches or tables so that you have a place to set your plants to give them the most light.
Make it Gradual To avoid shocking your plant with the reduced light, try bringing them indoors for a few hours each day. Your plant may still lose a few leaves, but will eventually adapt to the indoor lighting.
Don’t change Containers Keep the plants in the containers they lived in while outdoors. This is not the time to disturb their roots, which would encourage new growth. 
Clean the Pots Scrub the outside of the pots thoroughly with a steel wool pad or nylon scouring pad dipped in a mild soap and water solution to remove dirt and mold.
Inspect Your Plants Take a close look at your plants, to make sure they are free of insects. If needed, you can give the leaves a wash with some soapy water.
Don’t Overwater Plants will grow slower during the winter months, due to lower light levels. Keep a close eye on the soil, and only water when necessary.

Dive in Our Top Backyard Pools

It may be the end of summer, but there will be plenty more warm days before the autumn temperatures kick in.  Imagine taking a dip in the cool refreshing water just out your back door. Is a backyard swimming pool calling your name right now?  Here we present to you some of the area’s most inviting swimming pools on the market today. Dive in!!

1525 Airlie Road, Wilmington









1525 Airlie Road, Wilmington
Enjoy the tranquil sounds of the waterfall down the rocks into the crisp blue pool water. Swim year round in the heated pool of this stately Charleston home within walking distance to local’s favorite restaurants.

922 Sun Runner Place, Landfall









922 Sun Runner Place, Landfall
Step onto the verandah of this impressive home to the clear blue pool waters. It’s the perfect spot to entertain while soaking in the view from the lake and lush Nicklaus Golf Course.

2017 Balmoral Place, Landfall









2017 Balmoral Place, LandfallThe pool at 2017 Balmoral Place is situated behind this Mediterranean style residence beautifully. Swim with an amazing view overlooking the tidal estuary of Howe Creek.

6249 Pebble Shore Lane, Southport









6249 Pebble Shore Lane, Southport
Swim in a pool while enjoying the Cape Fear River. This waterfront home offers a pool house and private pier for the discerning buyer wanting a lifestyle filled with water views and serene sunsets.

200 Lindy Lane, Harbor Island









200 Lindy Lane, Harbor Island
Gorgeous cedar shake home on South Harbor Island in Wrightsville Beach. Enjoy swimming in your backyard oasis with palms and mature foliage.

There are many more homes and communities in the area with pools. Want to find properties with pools in your desired neighborhoods?  From any search results page, click the Narrow Your Search button and check the pool box in the Optional Amenities section.

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