Teacher’s Fund Raffle Winners!

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The Teacher’s Fund was established in 2005 to help local elementary school teachers buy supplies, teaching aids, and learning devices for their classrooms. To date, the Teacher’s Fund has raised and distributed over $225,000. This amount has allowed the Teacher’s Fund to give over 1,000 grants that have helped more than 100,000 local students! Donations come from Intracoastal agents, local companies, Beacon Title Insurance, and other generous individuals in our community.

We are pleased to announce that 823 tickets were sold in our recent fund-raising raffle, which raised $8,230 for the Teacher’s Fund! This surpasses last year’s ticket sales by 38%. With Intracoastal Realty’s gracious donation of five iPad’s for the raffle, all the money raised from the tickets will go directly to the Teacher’s Fund! The winning names were pulled by Teacher’s Fund board member and Winter Park Elementary teacher Constance Lamar at our sales meeting this morning:

Lentz Brewer
Allen Phillips
Barbara Hess
Zander Koonce
Emma Leonard


We want to send a big thank you to everyone who bought tickets. This is quite an accomplishment that will touch the lives of so many local students and teachers. We also want to thank the top ticket sellers as well. The following Intracoastal agents sold the most tickets and will have lunch with Jim Wallace to celebrate: Michelle Clark, Liz Bianchini, Linda Franklin, Maureen Robison, and JoAnne Fox.

 


November Sales by Area

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Intracoastal Realty offers a real estate market update for November 2012 for Brunswick County, Pleasure Island, and the Wilmington area.

The market update includes stats MLS wide for single family homes in Brunswick County including the following areas: Ocean Isle Beach, Ocean Isle Beach Wooded, Ocean Isle Beach Mainland, Caswell Beach, Southport, Boiling Springs Lakes, St. James, Bald Head Island and Yaupon. Ocean Isle Beach Wooded shows the highest ASP (Average Sales Price) for the period.

Also reflected in the market update is the greatest number of homes in the Carolina Beach and Kure Beach or the Pleasure Island area that closed based on zip codes for the market. In November 2012, Carolina Beach closed a strong 29 units with an average sales price of $242,065 in comparison with Kure Beach coming in at 6 with an average sales price of $400,833.

For Wilmington, the market update focused on the number of single family homes closed by zip code across the following: 28401, 28403, 28405, 28409, 28411, 28412, 28451, 28480, 28428, 28449, and 28443. 28451 was the clear leader with 73 homes, and 28480 has the highest average sales price per home.

For more market updates, check out our recent posts in our blog archive.


Owning a Home: A Great Long-Term Investment

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Making a Smart Long-Term Investment

As a general rule over time, real estate appreciates about 4 percent each year. Some years will be more, some will be less.

Despite the real estate bubble and subsequent market correction, owning a home remains a great long-term investment.

With historically low interest rates and an attractive selection of homes for sale, this is a great time to buy. As a seller, there are options. Please feel free to contact one of our exceptional agents if you have any questions about the market, or if you would like to discuss your options.


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 on a farm in eastern NC and has a 36 year old horse.
  • Has a Masters degree in substance abuse counseling.
  • Lived in Hawaii for a summer after college graduation.
  • Met my husband during freshman year at UNC Chapel Hill.
  • Favorite food is Time Out’s “Chicken n Cheese.”
  • Joined Intracoastal Realty in 1996 – 2 weeks after Hurricane Fran.
  • Got scuba certified at age 40 in the winter with snow and ice on ground.
  • Won limbo contest at Foxy’s in the British Virgin Islands.
  • Has 2 daughters.
  • Was voted by college friends as most likely to be a Solid Gold Dancer.

Can you Guess who this agent is?

Cindy Southerland of Intracoastal Realty

Click on the photo for more info about our Mystery Agent Cindy Southerland


Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors Awards for 2012

Intracoastal Agents once again were well represented for their generous contribution to our real estate profession and Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors at the 4th Quarter Meeting and Luncheon. We are proud to announce that two agents received awards today. Congratulations Jane Dodd, Nicole Valentine, and CEO Jim Wallace. These are exceptional achievements by very deserving colleagues.

Congratulations to the award winners:

Jane Dodd– 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 4 years! Ashley Garner in 2009, Kasey Valente in 2010, and David Eggleston, Jr in 2011.

Nicole Valentine– Sally Noffsinger Award

This annual award offers up to $225 toward GRI or any NAR or NCAR sponsored advanced course.

An agent from Intracoastal has won this award several times over the past years! Ashley Garner in 2008, Carla Lewis in 2009, and Kraig Marquis in 2010.

Jim Wallace- Life Member Award

In addition to our award winners, Ashley Garner, Susan Lacy, and Deb Hays were recognized for their service at the NCAR level and Kristen Crawford was recognized for her participation in the Affordable Housing initiative.

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.