Apple Mint Dog Christmas Treats

 

Ingredients:

1½ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup oat bran
2 tablespoons dry milk
1 ½ teaspoons dry baking yeast
2 tablespoons chopped spearmint leaves
1/2 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons green or red powdered food coloring or spinach powder (to get the color desired)
7/8 cup water

 

Directions:
Knead the dough and let rest in a dough oven or on the counter. Roll out to 1/4 inch when ready
Using a mini bone cookie cutter, cut the dough into mini dog bone shapes.
Bake at 250 degrees F for about an hour. Check to make sure that they don’t get too brown.
Turn off the oven and let the mini dog bones dry completely in the oven—This works best overnight.

These Christmas dog treats will keep for several months, at room temperature, in a cookie jar, so you can make them well ahead of the holidays.

Apple Mint Christmas Dog Cookies


5 Common Reasons Not to Buy a House (And How You Can Avoid Having Them!)

Today, owning a home isn’t the only mark of a successful adult. Ideals have changed and diversified so that everyone can have his or her own definition of doing well and accomplishing set goals.

But then there are those that actually want to invest in homeownership opportunities, yet find themselves shying away when the topic arises. Why is that?

Realistically, there are many reasons to hold off on buying a house, but if you know you want to own property at some point, there are ways to blow some of those excuses right out of the water before they ever even become an issue.

You’re worried about existing debt.

From student loans, car purchases, credit cards, and more, almost everyone has some kind of debt to his or her name before buying a house even crosses the mind. But that’s ok! Making payments may not be high on your list of fun tasks each month, but doing so will show lenders that you’re responsible enough for a home loan whenever you’re ready to seriously consider buying a house. We would never encourage you to go and max out your credit cards, but you should also know that a manageable amount of debt won’t keep you from moving into your first purchased home.

You have no prior experience in home maintenance.

There’s no time like the present! One of the major differences between owning and renting a home is in the upkeep and repairs. Once you own your house, it’s up to you to keep it in good condition. Not only does it make living in it much more enjoyable, but it can work wonders for you if and when you’re ready to sell your house and find a new one. If you currently rent, try your hand at very small tasks that come up, or challenge yourself to read one home maintenance article (or watch a helpful YouTube video) every week to familiarize yourself with simple DIY repairs.

You’re concerned about the housing market’s fluctuations.

Buying a house isn’t just a major investment; it can be quite a risk, too. There’s no better way to time your readiness to purchase a home with the ups and downs of the housing market besides educating yourself and getting in touch with a seasoned real estate agency early on. Realtors watch the trends as part of their everyday job experience, so familiarizing yourself with common terms and causes for those fluctuations while you work with a professional can prepare you for the process when the time comes.

You have no starting capital.

If owning a home is something you know you’ll want at some point in the future, it’s never too early to start saving! It can be difficult, but even just putting away small amounts each month can really help you reach a comfortable starting point when you’re ready to buy a house. If you haven’t been able to put much away, but still want your chance to enter the real estate game, sit down with a loan officer at your preferred bank and find out what the branch can do for you, and where you might want to start in terms of a down payment.

You’re not sure where your job will take you.

Alright, so there is no catch-all solution to this one! But, we do have some advice that you might find useful. If you’ve chosen a career path that has you constantly on the move or traveling in and out of town, it certainly makes sense not to put down any roots just yet. But if it’s just a matter of being unsure of your career’s trajectory, then owning a house can sometimes be a good way to build your credit for if you do need to move in the future. It also shows commitment to a project, which is never a bad thing to bring up in your job interviews!

Homeownership may not be for everyone, but if it’s something you want to look into, there are fewer roadblocks than you may think! If you’d like to discuss your options, contact Intracoastal Realty today and learn more about our process.


December – Holiday Events

DEC1
2018 Christmas Flotilla – Saturday, December 1st
Sat 6 PM · Carolina Beach Boat Basin · Carolina Beach, North Carolina
NC Christmas Festival & Parade
Sat 4 PM · Town of Leland Parks and Recreation · Leland, NC
4th Annual Holiday Craft Market
Sat 9 AM · Oak Island Parks and Recreation · Oak Island, NC
Topsail Beach Christmas Parade 
Sat 11 AM ·  Topsail Beach, NC
Christmas Train Show and Santa Claus
Dec 1 – Dec 2 · Grissettown-Longwood Fire Rescue · Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Christmas By the Sea Parade
Sat 2 PM · Oak Island, NC
Enchanted Arlie
1st & 7th-22nd · Arlie Gardens · Wilmington, NC

DEC2
Wilmington Christmas Parade
Sun 2:30 PM · Downtown Wilmington · Wilmington, NC
Toys for Tots Motorcycle Ride
Sun 9 AM · Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson · Wilmington, NC
Miracle On 34th Street- Flashback Cinema Holiday Classics
Sun 2 PM · The Pointe at Barclay · Wilmington, NC
Christmas Piano Recital
Sun 6 PM · Bre’s Keys Piano Studio · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

DEC 7
Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show
Dec 7 – Dec 9 · Kure Beach Ocean Front Park · Kure Beach, NC
Christmas in NYC
Dec 7 – Dec 9 · Cape Fear Limo & Coach Lines · Wilmington, NC

DEC 8
Christmas Stroll through the Past
Sat 4:30 PM · Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens · Wilmington, NC
Annual Lighted Christmas Parade
Sat 5:30 PM · Downtown Burgaw, NC
Southport Winter Craft Festival
Sat 9 AM · Franklin Square Park · Southport, NC
2018 Gingerbread Festival
Sat 11 AM · Crystal Coast Civic Center · Morehead City, NC

DEC 9
Cape Fear Festival of Trees
Sun 9 AM · NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher · Kure Beach, NC
A (Little) 18th Century Christmas
Sun 3 PM · Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site · Winnabow, NC

DEC 14
Cape Fear Festival of Trees
Fri 9 AM · NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher · Kure Beach, NC
Christmas on the Farm
Fri 6 PM · Hubb’s Farm NC · Clinton, NC
OKI Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest
Fri 7 AM · Oak Island Parks and Recreation · Oak Island, NC

DEC 15
Polar Express Day
Sat 9 AM · The Children’s Museum of Wilmington · Wilmington, NC
10th Annual Christmas Cabaret – Hark the Herald Angels Swing
Sat 5:30 PM · Opera House Theatre Company · Wilmington, NC

DEC 16
Pet Photos with Santa at Independence Mall
Sun 6 PM · Independence Mall · Wilmington, NC
Christmas Vacation- Flashback Cinema Holiday Classics
Sun 2 PM · The Pointe at Barclay · Wilmington, NC
Bolivia Christmas Parade
Sat 11 AM · Bolivia, NC · Bolivia, NC

DEC 21
2018 Christmas In The Country
Fri 5:30 PM · Old Homestead Farm · Rocky Point, NC

DEC 23
It’s A Wonderful Life- Flashback Cinema Holiday Classics
Sun 2 PM · The Pointe at Barclay · Wilmington, NC
Ocean Side Candle Light Service
Sun 5:30 PM · Kure Beach Ocean Front Park · Kure Beach, NC

DEC 31
New Year’s Eve Gala
7 PM · Thallian Hall · 310 Chestnut St. Wilmington, NC
Midnight In Paris: A New Year’s Eve Celebration
5:30 PM Le Catalan, 224 S Water Street, Wilmington, NC


Intracoastal Realty: Leading in Luxury

Intracoastal Realty has long led Southeastern North Carolina in luxury sales.  With more local agents consistently listing and selling properties valued at $1 million or more, and a network that reaches the affluent around the globe, Intracoastal Realty has the reputation and the reach to lead the luxury market.

Our agents have momentum. Their long-term client relationships reflect years of professionalism, judgement, integrity and often friendship. It’s what brings clients back again and again for listing one property, buying another, or helping friends and family do the same. They know our agents’ connections are an immeasurable component of the Intracoastal advantage.

That personal network is magnified by our international network, Luxury Portfolio International. It is here, to luxuryportfolio.com, that affluent buyers from around the world come to see the world’s finest available properties, Intracoastal Realty’s luxury listings among them.  This website alone averages a staggering 3 million high-net-worth visitors annually.

But Luxury Portfolio’s international reach goes well beyond the website, with full page color advertising in the Wall Street Journal, ads on WSJ.com and can’t-miss presence on the top international property search sites in China (juwai.com) and the UK (countrylife.co.uk).

There’s no doubt that Wilmington, its beaches and the greater southeastern North Carolina region are on the map as a desirable destination.  Our network – near and far – assures that those more distant who are considering the region’s waterfront homes, fine estates, historic mansions, or sought-after acreage will find them at Intracoastal Realty.

 


Benefits to Employing a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

Unless you’re an expert in the field, you would normally call a professional to fix any malfunctioning systems in your home, like plumbing or electrical work. Wouldn’t you want the same level of care and expertise when it came time to sell?

Whatever your reasons for wanting to sell your house, it never hurts to seek a professional opinion. After all, this is one of your greatest investments! When you move on to a new adventure, you’ll want an experienced real estate agent to help you close one chapter of your homeownership history and begin the next.

Getting a second opinion

Just like with any other aspect of homeownership and maintaining your property, you want to make sure you always have the most informed person on the case when you’re selling your home. Most often, that means hiring a seasoned real estate agent to give you feedback and to add a professional point-of-view during every major decision you’ll have to make. At the end of the day, you’ll be looking at the sale in terms of what works for you in the moment, but an agent will be able to see the bigger picture because he or she has seen similar situations time and again. With an informed second opinion to supplement your own, the sale of your house should go over as smoothly as possible, with everyone’s best interests at heart.

Using a middle-man 

Let’s face it – not all of us are meant to go head-to-head in a bidding war, or to negotiate with the best. Selling your house doesn’t always look like this, but it can come close! Having a trained real estate agent in your corner can only benefit you in this arena. When you hire the best, you don’t have to shoulder the responsibility of the back-and-forth that sometimes ensues; instead you get to share that task with someone who’s been educated in the best methods of resolving potential conflict.

Accessing insider information

If real estate isn’t your area of expertise, selling your home by yourself can seem daunting. There’s a learning curve involved, and while you’re fielding property questions, buyers’ requests, and legal documents, you can’t always accommodate without missing out on the best deal for you and your house. Luckily, your real estate agent is a wealth of information, and just waiting to answer your questions and lend you a hand! When you have all the insider information at your disposal, it just makes sense to let the real estate agent do what he or she does best, so you can focus on your own to-do list along the way.

Whether you’re ready to begin the selling process, or need a bit longer to consider, the highly qualified Intracoastal Realty team is here to help! Contact us to find out what our real estate agents can do for you.


Intracoastal’s Relocation Expert for Those Who Go The Distance

While any move is technically a “relocation,” Intracoastal’s Relocation Specialist Lisa Bisanar takes special care of those who are moving into the area from other, more distant, markets, or those who are moving away from the Cape Fear region and putting down roots elsewhere.

Together with the relocation team, Lisa manages a client list of some 500 people who are in various stages of relocating.

Job relocations, first time home buyers, vacation homes, retirees and families investing in real estate rather than student housing for UNCW-bound children comprise much of Lisa’s client list. But though there are trends, every client is different.

“Buyers coming to the area with children need help navigating our school districts, recreational opportunities and youth sports leagues,” Lisa explains, adding “Once we were moving a family here with an urgent health diagnosis requiring that we offer insights and recommendations for health care providers.”

Helping locals leave town is also a service of Intracoastal’s relocation team. That’s made easier with Intracoastal’s membership in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a network that assures connections with top agents anywhere in the United States and abroad. “Our network serves to reassure clients that the service they receive from Intracoastal will be matched in a new and unknown market. It’s a tremendous advantage for the hand-holding that comes with any relocation transaction,” Lisa says. “We can offer an overview of the lifestyle and schools a family enjoys here to help our network agents in another city match our client’s day-to-day in a way that smooths their transition as much as possible.” For global sales, our team coordinates directly with our network of overseas affiliates, accommodating the time difference and currency exchange and anticipating any cultural hiccups.

Among Lisa’s favorite “re-lo” stories? “Years ago, we moved a family here from out west along with their two beloved donkeys, Thelma and Louise. Intracoastal found them a farm with pastures and a barn that happily welcomed them both!”

If you or someone you know is considering a move to or from our region, put them in touch with Lisa. Her insights, her team and Intracoastal’s network of affiliates around the globe will assure an easier transition, regardless of the distance.