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.

  • Is a certified ball room dance instructor.
  • Grew up on a farm with horses, cows, dogs, cats, chickens, and 2 ducks (named Quacky and Quacker).
  • Favorite hobby growing up was building and racing tiny wooden sailboats on the creek.
  • Spent summers in Canada and Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Was a certified raft guide on the New and Gauley Rivers.
  • Wants to learn Italian and travel to Italy to find my roots.
  • Loves to rock climb.
  • Religiously gives blood to The Red Cross and is married to coffee.
  • Is truly a blonde –her  hair just grows in darker .
  • Earned her degree in Business Management from WVU.

Can you guess who the Mystery Agent is?

Willa Brown Intracoastal Realty

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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 Newport News, Va.
  • Spent Summers on a Farm in Elm City, NC
  • Managed Apartment Complexes and A Mini Storage and Industrial Park.
  • Taught Day Care and Was and Assistant Teacher at the Eastern NC School for the Deaf.
  • Licensed 22 years.
  • Used to Play Foosball Tournaments.
  • Loves Critters of all kinds!

Can you guess who the Mystery Agent is?

Cathy Riddle Intracoastal Realty

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Kitchens that Cook!

The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house. It’s where families eat, entertain, cook, and play. It’s the central hub of the house! It’s no wonder why the kitchen is one of the most important rooms for buyers. Having a functional and beautiful kitchen is key.

Do you know what you are looking for in a kitchen? Below are some of the year’s latest kitchen trends:

Islands: These multi-functional spaces are perfect for informal meals, working on homework, and even family craft and art projects

Color & Appliances: The newest emerging trend is for two-tone and contrasting colors on cabinets, counters, and even appliances.

Storage: Can you ever have enough storage? For most families the answer is no. That’s why it’s important to maximize the use of all storage areas. Adding larger, deeper drawers, pop-up cabinets for heavier kitchen, vertical pull-out drawers for large trays, and even shallow storage compartments in previously wasted areas under the sink or stovetop.

Finishes: Every few years, finish trends change in homes and kitchens across the nation. What was once in is now old news. Remember the avocado appliances? Today’s finish trends lend themselves to old world vintage charm. Oil rubbed bronze fixtures are the most popualr.  In addition you’ll find:

        Tile with natural-looking materials and larger formatted designs
Glazed cream colored cabinets
Painted cabinetry in grey tones
Contrasting wood floors
Larger islands that serve as nook spaces
Contemporary cabinet hardware
Quartz solid surface manufactured surfaces

Intracoastal Realty has many listings with stylish kitchens in all price ranges. Below are just a few photographs showing several of the latest design trends buyers are leaning towards. Feel free to click the photo to link directly to the property listing. If you are interested in seeing one of these beautiful kitchens in person, don’t worry, one of our agents can help arrange that!


Spooky Halloween Happenings!!!

Spooky Halloween Happenings

Are you in the mood for Halloween yet? You will be after experiencing some of these activities happening in our area:

Oct 5-Nov 2
Food & Fright Night. Friday nights, 5:30pm. Three college students stay the night in a creepy, abandoned house and wind up living through some haunted history of their own. The evening features some actual tales of Wilmington NC’s haunted past and a tasty three course menu. Bonus show on Wed, Oct 31. TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St., Wilmington. Tickets required; 910-399-3669.

Oct 5-6, 18-20, 30
Ghost Hike. 8pm. Come accompany a Ranger down the trails of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area to explore the unexplained phenomenon that surrounds the Fort Fisher Area. These trails are closed during night hours but they will be open this night for those who join the Ranger on the ghost hike. You may bring flashlights if you like. You must call 910-458-5798 to reserve your spot because space is limited. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, 1000 Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach. Advanced reservations required; meet at visitor center. 910-458-5798.

Oct 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 30-31
Panic Attack. Thurs 6-11pm; Fri & Sat. 6pm-midnight. The largest, most elaborate, scariest, wildest, bloodiest, most intense haunted house the Cape Fear region has ever seen. Panic Attack Haunted Attraction is your worst nightmare come to life. Hollywood-quality special effects, elaborate sets, and terrifying live actors WILL without a doubt scare you and exploit your deepest fears. The shocking and twisted journey through the Panic Attack Haunted Attraction is like a bad dream gone worse that sends you into a blood-curdling, psychological massacre of fears, phobias, and haunts. 1290 S. 15th Street, Wilmington. Admission charge; not recommended for children under the age of 13. 910-685-6551.

Oct 12-14; 19-21
Poplar Grove Halloween Festival. A howling good time for Halloween fans, fun for the fearless and fearful alike. For thrills and chills try the haunted hayride or haunted barn. Afraid of the dark? There’s plenty to do! Rides, games, food, daylight hayride, pony rides, fortune tellers, costume contest and more. Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US Hwy 17 North, Wilmington. 910-686-9518.

Oct 19, 20, 26, 27
Ghost Ship Where fear sets sail, it is the most anticipated scare and haunted house of the season as the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA turns into a haunting shade of green and starting Friday night on October 19, the vessel turns into Ghost Ship. No movie set needed for this haunt as the Ship can terrify any soul when set out to wander alone through the decks below. Did we mention we turn off the lights? Don’t worry if you get lost, the ghosts will make sure to find you.

Oct 20
Haunted Halloween Hay Ride & Fall Festival.  Boiling Spring Lakes Community Building, Trail #1 Leeds Rd. Free!

Oct 20
PumpkinPumpkin Day. 9am-4:30pm. Pumpkin Day at Indigo Farms is held the 3rd Sat in October and is all about celebrating the Fall on a farm filled with old farm games, pig races, hay rides, farm animals, hay maze, pumpkins, pumpkin painting, pick your own pumpkins, music and much more! This event brings out the kid in all of us and allows people an opportunity to relive many old farm memories. Indigo Farms, 1542 Hickman Rd NW, Calabash, NC

Oct 26
Trick or Treat Under the Sea. 5-8:30pm. Now in its 11th year, Trick or Treat Under the Sea offers fun for the whole family! Dress up in costume (no masks for adults, please) and get in on the fun. Scoop up candy and prizes, play Halloween-themed games and more… NC Aquarium at Ft. Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach. Admission required. 910-458-8257.

Oct 26
Spooktacular. 5-7pm. Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department will hold it’s annual Spooktacular on Friday evening at the soccer field at Middleton Park (46th Street SE) on Oak Island. The rain location will be the Oak Island Recreation Center. The event is free of charge and will include carnival games, entertainment, food vendors, a costume contest and lots of fun for the entire family! Middleton Park, 46th Street, Oak Island, NC

Oct 26-31
Halloween Horse Drawn Ghost Trolley. 6-9pm. Listen to ghost stories tailored for young children, and experience the “Haunted Barn”! Let your little ones enjoy Halloween the way it used to be. Downtown Wilmington, Market & Water St, Wilmington. Tickets required. 910-251-8889.

Oct 27
Trunk or Treat. 5-7pm. Want to take your kids trick or treating in a safe, fun environment? Then Leland’s Trunk or Treat is for you. We are asking businesses and community organizations to decorate their trunks and pass out goodies. Northwest District Park, Leland. Free!

Oct 27
All Aboard the Halloween Ghost Ship. 1-3pm. Climb aboard the ghost ship at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. Little mariners will enjoy spooky tales of lost souls, pirates and other mysteries along the Lower Cape Fear. Games and activities for goblins and ghouls include pirate bean bag toss, design your own trick or treat bag, ghost writing, and shadow drawing. Get into the spirit early at the Maritime Museum! The program is free, but you must call to register.

Oct 30
Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash. 5:30pm. Bring your little ghouls and goblins to the Battleship to go trick-or-treating! Fun games, activities, good and storytelling is all part of the Halloween fun. Battleship North Carolina, #1 Battleship Rd., Wilmington. Tickets required. 910-251-5797.

Ongoing all year long…

Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington: Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly Halloween-theme tours at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Meets at Water & Market Streets. Admission charge; reservations required. 910-794-1866
Haunted Pub Crawl: (Wed- Sat 7:30pm) Guided tour to 4 haunted pubs. Ages 21 and up. Fat Tony’s, 131 N. Front St., Wilmington. Reservations required. 910-794-1866.
Haunted Cotton Exchange: Chills and thrills await you at one of the most historic and haunted locations in Wilmington. Nightly tours. Cotton Exchange, 321 N. Front St., Wilmington. Tickets required. 910-409-4300.

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 Washington, DC.
  • Went to Elementary school in Aeia, Hawaii, went barefoot for over 2 years, and was one of 2 “howlies” in my class.
  • Family moved to Charlotte, NC when I was in 7th grade.
  • I vividly remember JFK’s assassination while in 7th period music class.
  • Played High School football and basketball and was an “All City” football player in Charlotte.
  • After graduating from High School, my father made me work in a steel mill before going away to college.
  • I have had the pleasure of meeting President Bill Clinton, US Senators:  Jesse Helms, Strom Thurmond and John East and tennis player Chris Everett.
  • I once dated the actress Meg Ryan.
  • Moved to Wilmington in 1993 and joined Intracoastal Realty that year as the 22nd agent in the company, worked in the building that is now Dr. Semmel’s office behind McDonalds in a cubicle that had bare concrete floors
  • Was one of the original developers of Jungle Rapids and once owned the skating rink on Oleander Dr prior to getting into real estate.
  • Interests include: fishing of any kind including deep sea fishing, going out on my boat, watching ECU sports, drinking beer with my friends, and helping my real estate teammates become successful.


Can you guess who the Mystery Agent is?

Keith Beatty Intracoastal Realty

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Top Producers September 2012


Intracoastal Realty Corporation recently announced their top performers for the month of September.  Keith Beatty won Closed Volume Team of the Month with $2.5M in sales, and Mark Bodford won Closed Volume Agent of the Month with $2.4M in sales.  Keith Beatty won Listing Team of the Month with $8.7M in new listings, and Chip Berry won Listing Agent of the Month with $4.1M in new listings.  Keith Beatty won Under Contract Volume Team of the Month with $6.4M in contracts, and Sue Coupland won Under Contract Volume Agent of the Month with $3.4M in contracts.

Wilmington – Lumina Station Office: Top selling, listing, and under contract team was Keith Beatty. Top selling agent was Patty Lyerly. Top listing agent was Betsy Leonard. Top under contract agent was Sue Coupland.

Wrightsville Beach Office: Top selling, listing, and under contract team was Vance Young. Top selling agent was Mark Bodford. Top listing agent was Lee Crouch. Top under contract agent was Eva Elmore.

Carolina Beach Office: Top selling agent was Sandra Hall. Top listing agent was Chip Berry. Top under contract agent was April McDavid.

Oak Island Office: Top selling, listing, and under contract team was John Hamilton. Top selling agent wasRobert Carroll. Top listing agent was Thom Yost. Top under contract agent was Renee Yost.

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

Joining the Multi-Million Dollar Club with at least $3M in closed volume through September 2012 are: Jane Marr and Susan Paulson.

Pleasure Island Events — Gregg Allman!

Sat. October 13th – 19th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival featuring GREGG ALLMAN on October 13, 2012 TICKETS ON SALE NOW. The festival goes on all weekend long and will have many other musicians to enjoy. Come out and enjoy a fun filled weekend of great food and Blues & Jazz.

Weather – the weather has been gorgeous and will continue throughout the weekend. The temperatures over the weekend and next week will be in the low to mid 70’s.

Real Estate – Last week there were 10 new listings, 8 contracts and 13 closed sales on the Pleasure Island.

For more information about Pleasure Island, go to

Teacher’s Fund Raffle

We are excited to announce our 2nd annual iPad Raffle fundraising opportunity for the Teacher’s Fund.  Jim Wallace established the Teacher’s Fund in 2005 to help local public and private kindergarten-through-5th-grade school teachers buy supplies and books.  With the challenges of budget shortfalls in our local school systems, this worthy fund is more important than ever.

We are selling $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win one of FIVE iPads.  Intracoastal Realty is donating the iPads, so 100% of the raffle ticket sales will go to the Teacher’s Fund.  Please forward this to your friends, family, and clients to help us sell some tickets!  We will also be posting reminders on our Facebook page, so be sure to “share” it on your page.

Tickets may be picked up from Kristie Holbrook Phillips from Monday through Thursday.

Thank you for your continued support of our area’s teachers and students via the Teacher’s Fund.