Collecting Supplies for Hurricane Florence Victims

Supplies are being collected and will be distributed to those still in need – primarily those in outlying communities and counties, many of whom are still experiencing severe flooding events. Our agents and staff will make deliveries to areas that are hardest hit.

We continue to think about – and work to support – our neighbors in Southeastern North Carolina. Please consider dropping off any of the items listed below at any of our office locations.

ITEMS IN NEED:

  • Clothes (new)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Canned goods
  • Non-perishable food
  • Water
  • Pet food
  • Pet litter
  • Diapers
  • Baby food and formula
  • Toiletries

Please drop these off at any of our office locations below no later than Wednesday, October 3rd:

Corporate Office:  1902 Eastwood Road | Wilmington, NC 28403
Lumina 1:  1900 Eastwood Road, Suite 38 | Wilmington, NC 28403
Lumina 2:  1900 Eastwood Road, Suite 15 | Wilmington, NC 28403
Carolina Beach:  1025 North Lake Park Boulevard | Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Barclay Pointe:  1406 Barclay Pointe Drive, Suite 902 | Wilmington, NC 28412
Downtown:  228 North Front Street, Suite 101 | Wilmington, NC 28411
Leland:  497 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 107 | Leland, NC 28451
Ocean Isle Beach:  119 Causeway Drive | Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
Porters Neck:  8262 Market Street, Suite 106 | Wilmington, NC 28411
Topsail:  116-C Shore Drive | Surf City, NC 28445
Wrightsville Beach:  523 Causeway Drive | Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.


Hurricane Florence Recovery Tips and Helpful Info

Helpful Tips

  1. File with FEMA and get your FEMA number ASAP! You will need it for everything. Call 1-800-621-3362 or go to http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ to begin applying.
  2. File a claim with BOTH your homeowner’s and flood insurance. Even though it’s a flood, homeowners will cover some wind damage and most of them will give you money for “loss of use” if you can’t live in your house.
  3. File for Disaster Assistance. ANYONE in the affected areas may get assistance. Click Here to Complete Form
  4. File for Disaster Unemployment. If you can’t live in your house or go to work because your work is closed or flooded, this applies to you. You must file an application for benefits by October 17, 2018. That’s a 30-day window. If YOU don’t think you are eligible, think again. Self employed and small business owners who lost income due to the storm qualify! Individuals who are unable to reach their jobs or self employment locations due to the storm qualify! DUA is funded entirely by the federal government, and you must first file for regular unemployment insurance. If an individual is determined ineligible for regular unemployment insurance, or has exhausted their regular unemployment insurance benefits, a DUA claim can then be filed. To file an unemployment insurance claim related to the disaster, call 1-866-795-8877 or visit: https://des.nc.gov/des
  5. Get rental assistance. FEMA and SBA provide rental assistance to help pay for a place to live until you can get back into your house or find a new one.
  6. If you need repairs, rental assistance, want to buy a house, apply for an SBA loan. Although it is called the SBA, it is for homeowners too. Renters, as well as homeowners, may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace clothing, furniture, cars or appliances damaged or destroyed in the disaster. The SBA can approve a loan for the repair or replacement of a home up to $200,000. Survivors may apply insurance settlements to their disaster loan.
  7. Check local businesses for specials and discounts for people in the affected areas. Businesses will offer everything from half price pizza to furniture and clothing specials. If you have been resisting joining Facebook or don’t really use it much – now is the time to start a new bad habit! The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is posting all kinds of businesses that are offering help. Tons of people are sharing discounts.
  8. Call all of your bill collectors and notify them that you are in the affected area and/or that your house flooded. Most will delay your bill due dates. This includes your mortgage company, cable, electricity, water, credit card companies, phone etc.

*Tips and information compiled by Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®.


Community Recovery Resource Center opens Friday in New Hanover County

New Hanover County will open a Community Recovery Resource Center on Friday, September 28 at Independence Mall to assist residents of New Hanover County and surrounding areas as they recover from Hurricane Florence.

The Community Recovery Resource Center will house federal, state, and local agencies that are providing relief services including:

  • Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Department of Social Services will be administering disaster food stamps at this location for New Hanover County residents beginning Friday. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed), and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat). More details are available here.
  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Center: FEMA representatives will be on site to help area residents apply for FEMA assistance, check a FEMA application status, apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, and more. Details about FEMA’s Disaster Recover Center can be found here. Services begin Friday; open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Mon-Sat), and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sun).
  • Supply Distribution Center: The Salvation Army, in coordination with New Hanover County, will be distributing supplies to residents, including clean-up kits, food boxes, and infant items. Based on need, the public can come to the resource center to receive vouchers before picking up supplies from the distribution center beginning Friday. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week until further notice.
  • Multi-Agency Resources: Multiple non-profit and community organizations will be set up in the resource center beginning on Friday, to offer help, resources, and assistance to residents in the Cape Fear region. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week until further notice.

In addition, on Friday, September 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the NC Department of Insurance will host an Insurance Camp where residents can get information, file claims, and ask questions of insurance carriers. Numerous insurance companies as well as the Department of Insurance will be on hand to assist.

To access the Community Recovery Resource Center, the public should enter the Independence Mall parking lot from Independence Boulevard and follow directional signage to the entrance between Ruby Tuesday’s and the former Sears store. This outside entrance will be marked with signage, and is to the left of the main mall entrance. Independence Mall is also located on Wave Transit’s fixed bus routes.

Information about the Community Recovery Resource Center is available at EmergencyNHC.com.

Public Hotline: 910-798-6800


Coastal Management Offers Emergency CAMA General Permit for Hurricane Recovery

Property owners that need to replace docks, piers, bulkheads, or similar structures damaged by the hurricane along sounds, rivers and creeks may be authorized to do so more quickly through an emergency general permit offered by the NC Division of Coastal Management.

The emergency permit expedites the approval process for rebuilding these structures that meet state standards. The emergency permit may also be used for dune reconstruction and maintenance dredging of existing channels.

Link: https://deq.nc.gov/news/press-releases/2018/09/20/coastal-management-offers-emergency-cama-general-permit-hurricane


Insurance

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey wants all North Carolinians to be educated and up-to-date as we recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence. Visit www.NCHurriClaims.com for information or call the Department of Insurance at 855-408-1212.

There are also a number of national and state charitable organizations that are doing their part to help the people of North Carolina to recover from this disaster. The Department understands that charitable contributions are often personal, and everyone gives in their own way. However, if you are looking to see how you can help those affected by the disaster, below are links to some of the organizations that are on the ground in North Carolina helping our fellow citizens:

Questions About Insurance?  Call the N.C. Department of Insurance consumer hotline at 855-408-1212 (toll free).

Questions About Flood Insurance?  Call the National Flood Insurance Program at 888-379-9531 (toll free).


Where the Heart Is: How to Cope with the Emotional Aspects of Selling Your Home

Crown molding, those pencil marks in the doorframe of your kitchen denoting a child’s growing height, the nick in the wall from when you tried to rearrange your piano’s placement in the den: a home comprises all of these memories and more when you’ve owned it for a few years.

It isn’t always easy to pack and move, especially when you get to reminiscing about all that’s happened in your home, but you aren’t alone. Because the purchase of a house is as much an emotional investment as it is a financial one, many sellers experience some difficulty in picking up their roots and moving on after the last of the paperwork is signed, even if they’re relocating for a positive reason. But there are a few ways you can help you and your family feel more at ease with change, and therefore more open to starting over in a new home.

Making space

When you make a house your own, you end up pouring a lot of yourself into the framework: your personal tastes, family memorabilia, and even moods. As you start to pack your belongings and plan out your move, take a few moments to pick your favorite decorating choices in your current house that you want to carry over in the new one. You don’t have to recreate every room as it was, but sometimes incorporating a few characteristics can help you ease into an unfamiliar setting more comfortably. And, if you can visualize your personal items in their new homes, it stands to reason that you can picture yourself there, too.

Photographic memories

If you’ve lived somewhere for a significant amount of time, you’ve probably taken pictures of countless get-togethers, holidays, and the day-to-day moments that happened there. When the thought of leaving the actual house behind starts to wear you down, take some time to gather all of those snapshots and put them somewhere safe. This can mean arranging them in a photo album, or scanning them to a laptop, or as simple as placing them in a labeled shoebox; as long as you have them at the ready, you can always revisit your former home and those happy occasions.

Compare and contrast

And if fond memories aren’t helping to make the transition from one home to the next any easier, consider comparing the benefits and drawbacks of each to give you a little perspective. Is there a room that’s always felt small, that maybe has a larger counterpart in your new house? Perhaps you don’t get very much natural light in your living room, but you’re looking forward to a different set-up after the move. Making the moving process easier for everyone is a matter of focusing on these positive changes instead of dwelling on the aspects of your house that you will miss.

Moving somewhere new can get stressful, and it’s easy to miss a place you’ve been for some time, but the team here at Intracoastal Realty encourages you to think positively about your new experiences! Stay tuned to our blog for more tips, or contact our offices to find out more about selling your home with our agents.


Honey Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp Raw & Unfiltered Honey
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 1/4 cup cold brew coffee
3/4 cup almond or coconut milk
1 cup nondairy whipped cream
1 Tbsp coconut sugar (optional)

Directions
In a saucepan, heat pumpkin and 1/3 cup honey together, whisking constantly, until mixture begins to boil.

Whisk in spice, vanilla, almond extract, coffee, and almond milk.

Heat until steaming.

Top with whipped cream, drizzle with honey and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Garnish with coconut sugar, if desired and a cinnamon stick.

Enjoy!

Download the Honey Pumpkin Spiced Latte Recipe

 


October Events 2018

OCT1

Nine & Wine Ladies Fun League

Mon 4 PM · Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club · Sunset Beach, NC

Eric Bachmann (Archers Of Loaf/Crooked Fingers) w/ Dylan Martin

Mon 7 PM · Reggies 42nd Street Tavern · Wilmington, NC

7th Annual Brunswick County Golf Tournament & Games Day

Mon 11 AM · Magnolia Greens Golf Course · Leland, NC

 

OCT2

Super Awesome Tuesday Night Trivia

Tue 7 PM · The Sour Barn · Wilmington, NC

Shallotte Guitar Meetup

Tue 7 PM · The Music Traders · Shallotte, NC

Tuesday Trivia With RJ

Tue 9 PM · Dig and Dive · Wilmington, NC

 

OCT3

Annual Shriners Fish Fry 2018

Wed 11 AM · Wilmington Shrine Club · Wilmington, NC

Improv Wednesdays

Wed 8 PM · Dead Crow Comedy · Wilmington, NC

Robert Lighthouse

Wed 7 PM · The Rusty Nail · Wilmington, NC

Seth Brand Duo LIVE @Salty Turtle Beer Co

Wed 6 PM · Salty Turtle Beer Company · Surf City, NC

 

OCT4

Jazz at The CAM: Lynn Grissett Quartet

Thu 6:30 PM · Cameron Art Museum · Wilmington, NC

Chase Skinner Live at Wrightsville Beach Brewery

Thu 6 PM · Wrightsville Beach Brewery · Wilmington, NC

Don’t be afraid to Draw! 4 Week Drawing Class

Thu 6:30 PM · Pescado Y Amor · Oak Island, NC

Legally Gray

Thu 7:30 PM · Brunswick Little Theatre · Southport, NC

 

OCT5

Wilmington Riverfest

Fri 6 PM

Open Mic/Open Jam

Fri 7 PM · The Second Row · Surf City, NC

PEER Fishing Festival

Fri 8 AM · Oceancrest Pier · Oak Island, NC

Touch Tank Feeding

Fri 11 AM · Museum of Coastal Carolina · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

 

OCT6

Hurricane Florence Benefit Festival

Oct 6 – Oct 7 · The Calico Room · Wilmington, NC

Oktoberfest Under the Bridge – 3rd Annual

Sat 1 PM · Waterline Brewing Company · Wilmington, NC

Coastal Kia presents the 6th Annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach

Sat 5 PM · MarineMax Wrightsville Beach · Wrightsville Beach, NC

Fall Festival

Sat 9 AM · St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Southport NC · Southport, NC

Mastodons of Ocean Isle Beach?

Sat 11 AM · Museum of Coastal Carolina · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

 

OCT7

Bryan Drake Show – Christian Illusionist

Sun 6:30 PM · Pine Valley United Methodist Church, Wilmington NC · Wilmington, NC

A Casual Cabaret with A Class Act

Sun 5 PM · Country Club of Landfall · Wilmington, NC

Fort Fisher Fall Festival

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area · Fort Fisher, NC

 

OCT8

Par For The Poor 2018

Mon 8 AM · First Fruit Ministries · Wilmington, NC

Fall Adult Soccer League

Mon 6 PM · Meg & Go Indoor Sports Complex · Wilmington, NC

 

OCT9

George Thorogood & The Destroyers Wilson Center Cape Fear Stage

Tue 7 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC

Maze Illusion Show – UNC Wilmington

Tue 7 PM · UNCW Kenan Auditorium · Wilmington, NC

 

OCT10

Wine Down Wednesday

Wed 5 PM · Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Improv Wednesdays

Wed 8 PM · Dead Crow Comedy · Wilmington, NC

Going Beyond the Pink Charity Golf Tournament

Wed 9 AM · Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club · Sunset Beach, NC

 

OCT11

Haunted Bellamy Mansion Halloween Gala

Thu 7 PM · The Bellamy Mansion Museum · Wilmington, NC

Super Awesome Thursday Trivia

Thu 6:30 PM · Makai Brewing Company · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

 

OCT12

Mike Albanese

Fri 7 PM · Dead Crow Comedy · Wilmington, NC

2018 Barnyard Bash

Fri 5:30 PM · Southport Elementary · Southport, NC

Edwin McCain in Bolivia, NC

Fri 7 PM · Odell Williamson Auditorium · Bolivia, NC

 

OCT13

YachtVenture 2018 Wrightsville Beach

Sat 5 PM · MarineMax Wrightsville Beach · Wrightsville Beach, NC

2018 IRONMAN 70.3 NC

Sat 6 AM · Wilmington, NC · Wilmington, NC

Port City Rumble 2018

Sat 12 PM · Waterline Brewing Company · Wilmington, NC

19th All Ford Car and Truck Show

Sat 8 AM · Independence Mall · Wilmington, NC

NC Bacon Festival Rocky Point NC

Oct 13 – Oct 14 · Old Homestead Farm · Rocky Point, NC

Bats with Kat

Sat 11 AM · Museum of Coastal Carolina · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

 

OCT14

25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival

Sat -Sun
12 PM · Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area · Kure Beach, NC

NC Symphony-Rhapsody In Blue

Sun 7:30 PM · CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center · Wilmington, NC

OCT15

Late Night Tailgate

Mon 7:30 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC

Sip + Paint | Puppy Love

Mon 6:30 PM · Wine & Design · Wilmington, NC

 

OCT16

At the Chef’s Table with Chef Keith Rhodes of Catch

Tue 6:30 PM · The Seasoned Gourmet · Wilmington, NC

Saturno @ The Juggling Gypsy

Tue 9 PM · The Juggling Gypsy Cafe · Wilmington, NC

 

OCT17

Shag Night with Riptide Radio

Wed 6 PM · Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

What’s Your Story Wednesday

Wed 6 PM · The Foxes Boxes · Wilmington, NC

Karaoke Wednesdays

Wed 8 PM · Ibiza Nightclub Wilmington · Wilmington, NC

BIKE NIGHT

Wed 7 PM · Mac’s Speed Shop, Wilmington · Wilmington, NC

 

OCT18

Bat Hike

Thu 6 PM · Oak Island Parks and Recreation · Oak Island, NC

Triple P Positive Parenting Classes

Thu 5:30 PM · The Children’s Museum of Wilmington · Wilmington, NC

Super Awesome Thursday Trivia

Thu 6:30 PM · Makai Brewing Company · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

 

OCT19

Clams on the Halfshells Autumn in Topsail kickoff

Fri 7 PM · Quarter Moon Books & Gifts · Topsail Beach, NC

Airlie Gardens Oyster Roast 2018

Fri 6 PM · Airlie Gardens · Wilmington, NC

Just Yesterday 90s Rock Band

Fri 9 PM · Tortuga’s Nest · Surf City, NC

 

OCT20

5th Annual Pawz In Park

Sat 10 AM · Hugh MacRae Park · Wilmington, NC

Cape Fear Flyers 4th Annual Monster Dash

Sat 7:30 AM · Carolina Beach State Park · Carolina Beach, NC

CAROLINA BAND,OKTOBERFEST/PARKING LOT PARTY

Sat 8 PM · The Dirty South Bar & Grill · Topsail Beach, NC

 

OCT21

Family Portrait Fundraiser!

Sun 8 AM · Wilmington, NC · Wilmington, NC

NC Oyster Festival

Sat-Sun 10 AM · NC Oyster Festival · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

 

OCT22

Lindsey Buckingham

Mon 7:30 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC

2018 Club Championships – Play for Your Parking Space!

Oct 22 – Oct 24 · Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club · Sunset Beach, NC

 

OCT23

Chat with the Chief

Tue 5:30 PM · Wrightsville Beach Police Department · Wrightsville Beach, NC

 

OCT24

Mommy & Me Art Classes

Wed 10 AM · Hot Mess Studios · Wilmington, NC

Line Dancing

Wed 6:30 PM · Boiling Spring Lakes Parks and Recreation · Boiling Spring Lakes, NC

http://www.battleshipnc.com/programs/events/batty-battleships-halloween-bash/

 

OCT25

Eddie Money

Thu 7:30 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC

Holiday Champagne Tasting

Thu 6:30 PM · Palate · Wilmington, NC

Brunswick County Fall Festival

Thu 6 PM · Brunswick County Government Complex · Brunswick, NC

New Hanover County College Fair

Thu 5:30 PM · Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC

 

OCT26

Voracious and Rare Beer Festival–Presented by Lighthouse Beer & Wine

Fri 6 PM · USS Battleship NC · Wilmington, NC

Cape Fear Fair & Expo

Fri 5 PM · Cape Fear Fair & Exposition · Wilmington, NC

Fourth Friday Gallery Night

Fri 6 PM · Arts Council of Wilmington · Wilmington, NC

Spooktacular

Fri 5:30 PM · Oak Island Parks and Recreation · Oak Island, NC

 

OCT27

Holden Beach Festival by the Sea

Sat 9 AM · Holden Beach, NC · Holden Beach, NC

5th Annual Classic Cars ‘n Rock ‘n Roll

Sat 10 AMSouthport, NC · Southport, NC

2018 NC Festival By The Sea

Sat 9 AMHolden Beach, NC · Holden Beach, NC

Surf City Fall Fest

Sat 4 PMSoundside Park · Surf City, NC

 

OCT28

Howl-O-Ween Doggie Costume Party at The Sour Barn

Sun 2 PMThe Sour Barn · Wilmington, NC

 

OCT29

No Events

 

OCT30

.XRAYVISION HALLOWEEN PARTY at The Calico Room Tuesday, Oct 30th

Tue 11 PMThe Calico Room · Wilmington, NC

Halloweenie Roast!

Tue 6 PMHawthorne Commons · Wilmington, NC

 

OCT31

Halloween!


Seasonal Tips for Home Staging in the Fall

In southeastern North Carolina, summer warmth and sunshine lingers well into September, giving us more opportunities to take advantage of our close proximity to the sand and surf. But after Labor Day, homes and businesses still tend to begin making the transition to autumnal décor, and pumpkin spice flavor starts cropping up in every tasty treat imaginable – hotter temperatures or no, fall is definitely on the way!

When you put your house on the market around this time of year, you want to make sure that your home is ready to meet the scrutiny of potential buyers relocating to the area with fall weather on the brain. Since selling in the off-season is highly recommended, your team of real estate agents and experts have a few pointers for staging your home for successful fall viewings!

Subtle hints

A little can go a long way, especially since your potential buyers will obviously be able to see that our coastal region doesn’t dive straight into chillier temperatures and crisp autumn days. Instead of overwhelming them with too much fall-themed décor, take the subtle route. Light candles with hints of cinnamon and pine needles, or add a warm-toned throw to your living room setup. You don’t have to constantly keep a fire blazing in your fireplace, or douse every room with the scent of fallen leaves and campfires; just create a welcoming, cozy atmosphere that your buyers can easily see themselves hunkering down into when the real cold weather moves in on the region.

Outer appearances

When you’re trying to show your home during the fall season, it doesn’t really work out well if your front yard still looks as though summer is in full swing. That being said, we don’t want anyone to feel as though they need to level their lawn just to sell the house! We recommend instead making use of colorful flowers and bushes that convey vitality, while downplaying the green grass that you’ll probably still be enjoying later on in the month. Mums, burning bush, and witch-hazels are just a few examples of plants you can integrate into your outdoor scene to coax fall into the mix.

Transitioning seasons

As you set up your home to emulate a warm, fall atmosphere, remember that a steady transition from one season to the next can be a welcome sight for buyers coming to view the house. Remember that the process of buying a home can be just as stressful – if not sometimes more so – than selling one, so bombarding them with Halloween paraphernalia and strongly scented potpourri probably won’t help endear them to your house. Instead, start switching up colors and outdoor plants now, then move into more noticeable changes as you get closer to the official start of fall.

There are plenty of ways to help make each season compliment the many aspects of your home, and autumn is no exception! As you incorporate some of these practices into your style and routine, be sure to add a personal flare for you and your family to enjoy until it’s time to pack it all away and move to your next residence. And for more helpful seller’s tips, be sure to stay tuned to Intracoastal Realty’s blog updates!