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.

  • Grew up in Raleigh.
  • Oldest of Five Sisters and was Girl Scout of the year for my district in the mid 60’s.’
  • Brief modeling career in my early 20’s and worked an Albert Nipon show shortly before he went to jail for tax fraud.
  • Studied Communications at Campbell University (Campbell College at the time).
  • Married (first time) at 20 and lived in many places including Mt. Laurel, New Jersey; Shreveport, Louisiana; Bullhead City,Arizona; Greenville, SC; Charlotte, NC; Winston Salem, NC, and Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.
  • Real estate is my third career . . . first was in non-profit development with the YMCA and other organizations, the second was advertising new business development.
  • Love to travel to the Caribbean and Mexico. So far, have been to St. Lucia, Peter Island, Tortola, Caymans, Jamaica, Aruba, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Punta Cana, Antigua, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Mayan Riviera, Cabo San Lucas, Key West.
  • George Clooney bought me a drink and chatted with me one-on-one the night I was out with my girlfriends celebrating my divorce. Boy did he smell good standing shoulder to shoulder.
  • Two great kids, 1 grand baby and another on the way.
  • Loves of my life…my crazy new husband of almost 4 years and my 5 year old labradoodle that rules the roost.

Can you Guess who this agent is?

Karen Reese Intracoastal Realty

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It’s time for the Holiday Flotillas!

During the holiday season our beach communities of Carolina BeachKure Beach, and Wrightsville Beachsparkle with colorful displays. Two colorful nighttime flotillas light up our waterways: the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach and the Island of Lights Holiday Flotilla at Carolina Beach. These festive boat parades feature brightly lit sailing vessels, from the tiniest of rowboats to the largest of motor yachts. Visitors are welcome to share in this exciting coastal tradition.

Celebrating its 29th year, the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla is a Wrightsville Beach tradition that kicks off the holiday season the weekend after Thanksgiving, November 23-24. The flotilla has even made an encore appearance on the prestigious Southeast Tourism Society list of Top 20 Events for November 2012!

  • Friday at 5:45 the island’s official Christmas tree is lit, followed by visits with Santa at Town Hall.
  • At 7pm, there’s an Anchor’s Away Launch Party at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort with live music and heavy hors d’oeuvres. You’ll want to get your tickts in advacne for this fun party!
  • On Saturday, a full day of entertainment begins with a free Festival in the Park from 10:00am. until 4:00pm. at Wrightsville Beach Park featuring arts and crafts vendors, a classic car show, kids’ activities, food, music, inflatable amusements and the Arab Shrine Club’s choo-choo train.
  • Then, at 6:00pm. the main attraction—the holiday flotilla—gets underway along Banks Channel, beginning with a fireworks volley and followed by a fantastic fireworks show.
  • Interested in more info? Visit, call 910-256-2120 or

On Saturday December 1st, the Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla in Carolina Beach features electrically decorated fishing boats and pleasure crafts in a spectacular display of light and sound along the Intracoastal Waterway.

  •   The Friday night before the Flotilla is the annual Island of Lights Nighttime Christmas Parade. Santa’s official arrival in Pleasure Island is preceded by an elaborate procession of electrical floats, marching bands, queens, and more. This parade begins at 7:30pm along Lake Park Blvd. from Atlantic Avenue to Federal Point Shopping Center in Carolina Beach.
  • The boat parade begins Saturday at 6:00pm cruising from from Snows Cut to Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. The best viewing station is at Carolina Beach Boat Basin.
  • For more information about the festivities visit

Pleasure Island Upcoming Events

Friday, November 23rd – Island of Lights, “Light- Up the Lake Celebration” 910-458-5507

November 23rd thru December 15th – 4th Annual Christmas by the Sea at Carolina Beach Boardwalk. There will be activities from 6:30pm-8:30pm every Saturday night through December 15th.

November 24th and 25th – The Island Shopping Spree 910-707-1306

Friday, November 30th – Island of Lights Parade 910-458-5507

Saturday, December 1st – Island of Lights Flotilla

December 7th thru 9th – Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show

Friday, December 7th – American Legion Fish Fry

Saturday, December 8th – Island of Lights Tour of Homes

Monday, December 31st – Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Celebration in Kure Beach

Real Estate and Weather

Real Estate – Last week there were 10 new listings, 9 contracts and 16 closed sales on the Pleasure Island.

Weather – The forecast for this weekend is rain with the high temperature of 55 degrees. Next week’s forecast is sunny with highs in the low 60’s. Thanksgiving Day will be gorgeous!

For more information about Pleasure Island, go to

Top Producers October 2012

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Intracoastal Realty Corporation recently announced their top producers for the month of October in 2012. Keith Beatty won Closed Volume Team of the Month with $5M in sales, and Ham Hicks won Closed Volume Agent of the Month with $4.7M in sales. Keith Beatty won Listing Team of the Month with $10M in new listings, and Chip Berry won Listing Agent of the Month with $3.5M in new listings. Keith Beatty won Under Contract Volume Team of the Month with $3.9M in contracts, and Tee Woodbury won Under Contract Volume Agent of the Month with $3.9M in contracts.

Wilmington – Lumina Station Office: Top selling, listing, and under contract team was Keith Beatty. Top selling agent was Ham Hicks. Top listing agent was Cindy Southerland. Top under contract agent wasMarcello Caliva.

Wrightsville Beach Office: Top selling, listing, and under contract team was Vance Young. Top selling agent was Bobby Brandon. Top listing agent was Mark Bodford. Top under contract agent was Tee Woodbury.

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

Oak Island Office: Top selling team was John Hamilton. Top selling agent was Robert Carroll. Top listing agent was John Kilian. Top under contract agent was Renee Yost.

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

Joining the Multi-Million Dollar Club with at least $3M in closed volume through October 2012 are: Ham Hicks, Marcello Caliva, and Teresa Hill.

Come Shop at the Holiday Bazaar 2012!

Shop local at the Holiday Bazaar on Wednesday December 6, 2012

Among the featured items for sale include: Beautiful hand-crafted Christmas decorations and gift items, jewelry, home-baked goods, greenery, greeting cards, toys, crafts, painted china, clothes, beauty products, and much more. The Holiday Bazaar is a great way to get a jump start on holiday gifts.
There will also be an opportunity to support the Teacher’s Fund via purchasing $10 raffle tickets for one of five iPad’s to be given away. The Teacher’s Fund is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit designed to help local public and private kindergarten-through-5th-grade school teachers buy the supplies and books they so desperately need.

Teacher’s Fund Scores An A+

For CEO Jim Wallace, one of the most satisfying aspects of owning Intracoastal Realty is educating and supporting the company’s 250+ agents and helping them achieve their goals. So it’s no surprise that Wallace is a passionate advocate of education and its ability to transform young minds into successful adults. In 2005, his interest in education took a giant leap forward with the creation of an innovative non-profit entitled the Intracoastal Realty Teacher’s Fund.

The mission of the Teacher’s Fund is to raise funds and distribute grants to local teachers to assist them in purchasing books and school supplies for their classrooms. The Teacher’s Fund focuses on public and private school teachers in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties. Grants are restricted for use in kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms.

“Teachers have one of the most important jobs in today’s society, and unfortunately, their needs often outweigh their resources,” said Wallace. “The Teacher’s Fund helps fill the funding gap and enables teachers to purchase the supplies and books they need for their students.”

Wallace launched the Teacher’s Fund with a personal donation, and since that time, the fund has grown with generous gifts from the community and Intracoastal Realty agents. To date, Intracoastal Realty has given away more than 1,075 grants valued at $223,000. These grants have impacted more than 105,000 students in the tri-county area.

Grants are awarded monthly to teachers who submit applications. Applications are available online at

A Teacher’s Fund committee comprised of Intracoastal representatives and local teachers meet on a monthly basis to review applications and select grant recipients.

Intracoastal Realty recently inducted three new members to the Board of Directors. Maria Greene, principal of College Park Elementary, and Constance Lamar, second grade teacher at Winter Park Elementary, join Intracoastal Realty agent Susan Paulson on the board. Each will serve a two-year term. Departing Board members include Tammy Bruestle, principal at Ogden Elementary, Lesley Warren, kindergarten teacher at Pine Valley Elementary, and Intracoastal Realty agent Michelle Clark.


One of the primary funding mechanisms of the Teacher’s Fund is Beacon Title Insurance, of which Intracoastal Realty has an ownership interest. For each policy purchased, 50% of Intracoastal Realty’s proceeds automatically go to the Teacher’s Fund. Homebuyers working with Intracoastal Realty can support the Teacher’s Fund by requesting Beacon Title insurance during the purchasing process.

In 2011, Intracoastal Realty expanded its fundraising efforts for the Teacher’s Fund with an iPad holiday raffle. The raffle raised $6,000 and was such a success that Intracoastal Realty has decided to make it an annual event. This year, five iPads will be given away. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from any Intracoastal Realty agent or online Intracoastal Realty will donate the winning iPads to the raffle to ensure that 100% of all money raised will go directly to the Teacher’s Fund. Winners will be announced on December 18th and posted online at

How You Can Help

• Make a charitable contribution. The Teacher’s Fund is a 501c3 non-profit and donations are tax-deductible.
• When purchasing a home through Intracoastal Realty, request Beacon Title Insurance – it costs no more than any other insurance and 50% of the proceeds go directly to the Teacher’s Fund.
• Purchase a $10 chance to win an iPad! 100% of the proceeds go to the Teacher’s Fund.
• Learn more at

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.

  • Spent the first ten summers of my life at our family’s ocean front beach cottage at Carolina Beach on Hamlet Street.
  • Took yoga classes back in the 1970’s (before it was popular).
  • Worked 3 years in Akron, Ohio for Aetna Life and Casualty – was the medical and dental claims processor for the Hoover Company and Timken Company.
  • Went to Nixon’s inauguration and saw Agnew light the Christmas tree.
  • I am a 25 year member of the Forest Hills Book Club – Jim Wallace’s sister Carole has also been a member for over 25 years.
  • Taught middle school math at Trask and Virgo and helped run my family’s furniture business for over 20 years.
  • Both my father and my uncle were both mayors of Wilmington
  • Traveled to London and Paris to hear Mark Knopfler – headed back again this May to hear him again at the Royal Albert Hall in London – yes, guess I’m a groupie!!
  • Serve as a Board member of The Brigade Boys and Girls Club and The Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation – my father served on both boards and my uncle was a founding member of The Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation.
  • Attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from The George Washington University.
  • I am a real estate agent’s nightmare…..lived in same house for over 33 years.
  • Both of my children are in real estate – my son is in commercial brokerage and my daughter is in commercial leasing.

Can you Guess who this agent is?

Brenda Mitwol Intracoastal Realty

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