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.


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.


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!


Drawing the Lines: How Redistricting in New Hanover Schools Could Affect Your Move

The boxes are packed, the moving truck is gassed up and ready to go – but what happens once you arrive in your new town? There’s always a lengthy list of to-dos when you move, both before and after you make the trip, but the last thing you want to have to account for is if your child’s school district is going to change after you’ve all gotten settled.

Earlier this year, New Hanover County Schools announced plans to redistrict the four county high schools to avoid overcrowding issues. Laney, New Hanover, Ashley, and Hoggard high schools have all seen a few different drafts of district maps in the last few months, which could make it difficult for incoming residents with students to choose a new home based on educational and social stability for the teens.

But even as the lines shift and change, there are ways to keep your head above water while looking into a new home in the county that will help you prioritize you and your family’s needs.

Stay updated

First and foremost, when you know you’re about to make a move, be sure to periodically tune in to the area’s local news. This will help you not only be knowledgeable when it comes to redistricting and school news, but the other happenings and even current weather patterns of your new town as well. By the time you unload the van, you’ll already have a handle on your environment.

Keep flexible

Searching for a new home can already be stressful and often tedious, especially if it takes a while to find the perfect accommodations. While you and your real estate agent work to find the house that will best suit your needs – including proximity to the best schools – try to be flexible and willing to allow for more than one possibility. If you’re considering the New Hanover County area, you’re in luck as far as schools are concerned!

Strategize

If you’re concerned about which school your student will attend once you arrive, you can always use the neighborhoods and regions as your guides in searching for a home to buy. Most redistricting is done in sections according to the nearest neighborhoods, so if you already have a particular school in mind, research which streets and complexes are currently included in that institution’s borders and then assess the available homes there. If nothing strikes you from the selection, it may be time to reevaluate your expectations and broaden your horizons.

If you and your students are ready to make the move to our area, contact Intracoastal Realty for local experts and the best selection of homes to suit your needs!


7 Foolproof Signs It’s Time to Sell

Sometimes the answer is staring you right in the face. It might be time to sell if you just got a new job on the other side of the country, or if you know it’s only a matter of time before your family outgrows the one-story, two-bedroom house you’re living in. Other times though, it can be hard to find that catalyst that really drives you to list your home. If you’re mulling over the possibility of selling your house, but can’t nail down a specific reason, check out these signs to sell.

1. You need to size up (or size down).

Whether your family is building up or emptying out, one of the first reasons that might help you decide whether it’s time to move is: space. Do you need more of it or less of it? On the one hand, if you need some extra breathing room, it’s possible that you could always finish a spare room, garage, basement or attic, or just build off of what you have, but you need to make sure that it will eventually pay off. If you’d be pushing the value of your house way out of the market compared with your neighbors, then you’d be better off just moving on up into a different neighborhood. Plus, you might run into some barriers if you decide to throw up some extra walls in the form of building or neighborhood regulations.

And, if you have too much space, well, then, you just have too much space. Save yourself the hassle of maintaining and paying for a home that’s too big for you, and maybe opt for a little bungalow in an especially desired area that you’ve always wanted to live in.

2. You need a change of scenery.

Neighborhoods change, for better or for worse. Maybe there’s a been more development than you would’ve like nearby or you’re tired of dealing with your HOA or you just want some extra yards of space between you and your neighbor’s windows. If you aren’t crazy about your neighborhood or the surrounding area anymore, it’s time to start seriously considering a move, especially if you’re worried about the effect it will have on the value of your home. That’s not really a matter of opinion either. If you’re wondering about how the value of your house is holding up, you can check with a Realtor® or local agent to get the facts. If your value’s going to dip, it’s also time for you to dip.

3. There’s no point in remodeling.

This is similar to deciding whether or not you should expand. If you’re just wanting to upgrade your home in general with some renovations, instead of upgrading the size, it’s not a bad idea to touch base with a Realtor® or local agent first. They can run comps on the neighborhood to see if renovations would price you out of the neighborhood. It doesn’t really matter if you’ve got the nicest house on the block if your neighborhood doesn’t support the higher price tag you’re liable to have for buyers. If you’ve got major renovations in mind, you want to make sure you get some return on your investment. If not, it’s time to start looking for a house that maybe has those features already built in.

4. You can afford to sell your house (and move).

This sounds a bit like an oxymoron, but it costs money to sell a house. If you’ve got any repairs, painting or carpet-replacing to do, you’re going to have to do that before you even put your house on the market. Now, you could try to factor in the fact that certain repairs need to be done with strategizing your asking price and “cushion” for them there, but, keep in mind, you’re going to automatically be pushing a certain percentage of buyers away. There are many buyers out there who really don’t want to have to run through a whole laundry list of things they need to take care of right after moving and, perhaps more importantly, they still may end up asking you to foot the bill come inspection time. If your inspection yields a list of necessary repairs, you’re probably going to end up paying by either dropping your asking price even further or paying for them yourself. Not to mention, you also need to be able to actually afford the move, which, depending on how far you’ve got to go and how much stuff you have, can become pretty expensive in and of itself.

5. You’ve got the equity you need for a profit.

This is extremely important. If you don’t have the equity to back your selling your house, be prepared to take a loss. To quickly calculate your equity, you need to know how much you still owe on your mortgage and the value of your home. If the value of your home is greater than how much you owe on your mortgage, you’re in good shape. The bigger the number, the greater your resulting profit will be. (Don’t forget: It needs to be enough to cover the cost of buying your new home!) If that number is tiny or even in the negative, then you’re not really in a great position to sell and should seriously consider sitting out this season until the market improves, the value of your home improves or you owe less on your home.

6. The markets are stacked in your favor.

This is kind of tricky. Ordinarily, you’d be looking for a seller’s market, so a high demand for homes with a smaller inventory actually available. You’re likely to get the best price for you home. However, you’re also likely to be an active buyer too, so if you sell in a seller’s market, you might end up buying in a seller’s market too. It really just depends on what the market looks like where you selling and where you’re buying. On the other hand, if you sell in a buyer’s market, you’ll be buying in a buyer’s market, so it all kind of equals out in the end. However, knowing the health of the market beforehand helps to determine what your asking price should be, which sets you up for future negotiations and offers, which eventually determines how much you’re going to your new home with, so, it’s still important to know.

7. You’re ready to move on.

Let’s not forget: moving out of your home, especially one that you may have raised your children in or was the first home you and your partner bought together, can be emotional. Are you ready to actually let go? In plenty of instances, there are assuredly homeowners muttering “good riddance” under their breath. But there are lots of others who might need a little more time to linger. Bottom line: don’t rush. Especially, if you’re getting ready to leave a home you love. However, if you know that moving could become imminent in the near future, it might be time to start heeding the advice above and preparing yourself for that first, big step.

If you need help getting ready to take that first step, you can find it here. Just drop us a line at info@intracoastalrealty.com or call us at 1-800-533-1840, and we can make sure you have an amazing agent at your side.


Should I Sell or Rent My House?

 

It’s a scenario most often experienced by those who are in the midst of relocating — should I sell my house or rent it? There are multiple factors that come into play here, and before you decide on anything, here are five questions you should ask yourself first:

How much equity do I have?

The amount of equity holds some major bearings on which path you should choose right from the get-go. For instance, if you have little to no equity (only a few thousand dollars or less), renting can help you build more equity until you have enough money to cover selling costs (more on that below). Selling your home when you have only a very small amount of equity depends on your available cash to bring to settlement. No cash typically means a short sale or foreclosure, which may or may not be a viable option depending on your situation.

Additionally, you should take into consideration the rate at which your home is building equity. If your home is appreciating quickly, it might be better to hold on to that property for as long as the trend continues, if you can continue to cover the costs of owning while renting.

Is it a seller’s market or a buyer’s market?

Obviously, if you’re living in a seller’s market, then selling your home might be the better option because you’ll be more likely to get the most for your home, whereas selling in a buyer’s market typically means settling for less. But that’s not the only thing you need to take into consideration. You have to keep in mind that:

  1. You’re focusing on local trends, not statewide or nationwide trends, and
  2. Your ability to sell your home for a profit depends on individual home values in your immediate area.

It’s never a bad idea to contact a local realtor to discuss market trends and run some comps (comparables) to determine what the average value of homes in your neighborhood are going for. They’ll be able to provide you with an accurate depiction of what the local market is doing presently, what it’s done in the past, and what it’s most likely to do in the future, carving out a much clearer picture of how your house will do on the market. If it happens to be that you’re in a buyer’s market and might have a hard time selling (or already know you will through experience), renting can be a logical solution to help cover any remaining mortgage payments or save up for selling costs again while you’re stuck in limbo.

Is the rental market in good health?

Rent is also subject to market trends. If you’re asking for more than most are willing to pay, you’ll be hard pressed to find tenants, which will become one of your number one priorities if you decide to rent your home. So, if rent values for properties similar to your home are too low to cover your mortgage payments, then renting may not be the best choice, unless you’re willing to make up the difference. You also have to pay attention to demand. How long does it take similar properties to find qualified renters? Are rental properties quickly snatched up? Or do they linger? Are you confident in your ability to cover costs if rent doesn’t get paid or if tenants have to leave unexpectedly?

Which costs can I afford?

There are costs associated with both selling and renting your home. The big question is, which costs are most affordable for you? There are, as we mentioned before, selling costs that you need to consider: real estate commissions for your selling agent, any home warranty or bonus offers made in conjunction with the sale of the house, transfer taxes, cost of repairs required by inspections, title search fees, capital gain tax and more.

On the flip side, managing a rental property will require money for any repairs or maintenance or, if you decide to use a property management association to take care of all of the maintenance and billing for you, money for fees and services. Money received in rent is usually considered additional income as well, which means additional taxes. There are tax deductions for rental income. For instance, certain repairs, operating expenses, property depreciation or property taxes may be deductible, but it’s best to discuss which deductions you’ll actually be eligible for with an accountant, rather than hoping the deductions will be worth the increased taxes.

Do I want to be a landlord?

Finally, you need to ask yourself if you really and truly can handle being a landlord, as this comes with a whole host of responsibilities that require money and time. First, you need to find tenants that are trustworthy and likely to pay their rent on time, which may require background checks, credit checks and other verification. Even with these measures, tenants may still be late with rent or miss payments altogether. As the landlord, however, you’ll be responsible to pick up the pieces, wherever they may fall, so if your property is damaged, it’s up to you to fix it. If your tenant turns out to be unreliable, it’s up to you to find another. If you’re doing this on your own, this is a serious investment in time. If you’re working with a property management group, you’ll still have to be available for any issues that may arise with your property, as most management groups require the landlord’s permission in many incidents.

Asking yourself these questions can help prepare you for either option you choose. However, if you still need some help, contact us at info@intracoastalrealty.com, or give us a call at 1-800-533-1840. Whether you need help selling your home or managing your soon-to-be rental property, we’re here to lend a hand.


Top 6 Reasons to Buy a Home in Leland, NC

With some of the most beautiful and accessible beaches in the nation, it’s no wonder that the North Carolina coast is so appealing as a destination, whether for vacationing, retiring or living. Among all the beach towns that NC has to offer, from quaint to urban, there are a few hidden gems that are on the rise — Leland NC, and nearby neighbor Belville NC, being two such towns.

So if coastal living is on your mind, read on to learn why Leland NC or Belville NC may be just the town you’re looking for, starting with what may very well be the driving factor behind your search: the beach.

The Beach? More Like: Beaches

While Leland and Belville don’t run right up to the coast like neighboring North Carolina beach towns, they are in a prime location for quick access to several beautiful beaches, each featuring their own unique atmosphere, whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or a beach humming with people. Locals have their pick of the very best beaches that the area has to offer, being an average of 30 to 40 minutes away from Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Caswell Beach, Oak Island, Holden Beach and Ocean Isle. And that doesn’t even include the beaches that are a little farther off the beaten path, such as Bald Head Island or Sunset Beach, both of which are only an hour or so away. No matter what your motivation for moving closer to the shore, the beach is normally a prime factor — and who can blame you? Had a rough day at work? Within 30 minutes you can be burying your toes in the sand, letting the ocean ebb away your stress.

Parks to Play in

Leland NC is home to several large parks, most of which are equipped with paved paths, picnic areas, playgrounds and more, so area residents are within close proximity to scenic paths for running, walking or biking, in addition to picturesque settings for family outings or children’s play.

Included among Leland’s parks is the Leland Community Garden, where locals can grow their own veggies to be donated to a local food pantry. Leland’s Sturgeon Creek Park, comprised of 27 acres of wetlands and 1.2 acres of uplands, offers locals water access for kayaking, canoeing, boating and fishing. The Westgate Nature Park in Leland NC, as implied by the name, offers an enormous natural landscape of nearly 150 acres of wetlands and uplands and features trails for hiking and biking, an outdoor classroom, nature-inspired playground, picnic area and more.

Golf, Fishing, and the Great Outdoors

Golfers can take refuge in Leland’s two, superb golf courses, comprised of Magnolia Greens and Cape Fear National, the latter of which has been the recipient of multiple awards throughout the years. A third golf course is also set to open in 2016, within the newly developed Compass Pointe resort-style housing community.

While Leland and Belville offer a few fishing holes of its own, fishers can flock to nearby Wilmington NC for all the fishing charters and fishing spots they could possibly desire — only a mere 15 minutes from home. And for those hoping to take to the water in pursuit of paddling, there are also a vast number of kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals located within Wilmington as well, offering equipment rentals, in addition to classes and guided tours. Carolina Paddleboard Company, Mahaneim Adventures, Paddle NC, Cape Fear River Adventures, and Hook, Line and Paddle are just a few such companies.

A Community on the Rise

The current population of Leland NC sits at 18,000, but is projected to rise to 30,000 within just four more years and 60,000 within another 14 years. The town has hired a new economic development director and is in the process of carrying out multiple plans for development,  including those for new housing, retail and other commercial spaces.

In conjunction with Leland’s projected business growth, the town is rapidly expanding its housing with the creation of housing communities ranging from housing ideal for budding families, such as in The Willows, to the environmentally conscious neighborhoods within the Brunswick Forest community, to the luxurious accommodations of Compass Pointe and more.

Plans also include the development of three to four apartment complexes to be completed over the next two years, resulting in approximately 1,000 apartments to be added.

Educational Opportunities

Brunswick County, the county that encompasses Leland and Belville, is comprised of 20 public, K-12 schools, and includes higher education opportunities for high school graduates, or those seeking continuing education.

Just over the bridge is the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, as well as Cape Fear Community College, which has gained regional and national recognition for its technical programs. Closer to home is Brunswick Community College, which has gained statewide recognition for its two-year programs.

Secluded Location, Within Close Proximity

One of the most advantageous perks to living in Leland NC or Belville NC, though perhaps not the most widely recognized, are their locations. Their close proximity to other beach towns, such as Wilmington, ensures that residents have access to the amenities, entertainment and buzz sought after in more urban areas, without actually immersing residents in the racket. The Leland/Belville area has a remote feel, without actually being so, and still enjoys the close range to the beach without being directly on its sandy shores — which can also help to decrease the cost of living that beach residents experience.

With Leland’s plans for expansion, combined with its existing charm and perks, this destination will likely become a prime destination for new residents considering one of North Carolina’s many beach towns. Don’t miss out! Contact us today to learn more about houses for sale in Leland NC and Belville NC.


2011 Award Winners

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2011 Sales Awards

Congratulations to an Exceptional team of real estate agents!

 

 

 

Top Producer Club

These agents have obtained 2 of the following 3 criteria: Income over $75,000, 20 Units, or Volume of $5 Million

 

 

Debbie Mitchell              Vance Young                    Keith Beatty                  Michelle Clark

 

 

 

Angie Pool                   Sandra McNeil                   Mark Bodford              Jimmy Hopkins

 

 

 

Bobby Brandon           Joyce Barnwell                Alicia Devereaux           Lee Crouch

 

 

 

Paula Ferebee            Eva Elmore               Sandy Ledbetter               Bob McCorkle

 

 

John Hamilton           J.B. Fox III                 Cindy Southerland              Ashley Garner

 

 

 

April McDavid                  Susan Lacy               Elizabeth King                   Renee Yost

 

 

Top Producers Units and Volume

 

 

Individual Agents by Units

Sandra McNeil                     Agent of the Year 35 Units
Jimmy Hopkins                    Runner-Up 29 Units
Ashley Garner                     2nd Runner-Up 28 Units
Alicia Devereaux                 3rd Runner-Up 26 Units
Pinckie Robinson                 4th Runner-Up 22 Units

 

Individual Agents by Volume

Sandra McNeil                     Agent of the Year $10.2 Million
Jimmy Hopkins                    Runner-Up $10.1 Million
Mark Bodford                      2nd Runner-Up $9.2 Million
Alicia Devereaux                 3rd Runner-Up $7.1 Million
Cindy Southerland               4th Runner-Up $6.6 Million

 

Agents & Associates by Unit

Paula Ferebee                     Agent of the Year 35 Units
Bobby Brandon                   Runner-Up 34 Units
Eva Elmore                         2nd Runner-Up 26.5 Units
Joyce Barnwell                    3rd Runner-Up 26 Units
April McDavid                      4th Runner-Up 23 Units

 

Agents & Associates by Volume

Paula Ferebee                     Agent of the Year $ 9.9 Million
Bobby Brandon                   Runner-Up $9 Million
Joyce Barnwell                    2nd Runner-Up $7.2 Million
Lee Crouch                         3rd Runner-Up $7 Million
Eva Elmore                         3rd Runner-Up $7 Million

 

Teams by Units

Keith Beatty                       Agent of the Year 119 Units
John Hamilton                     Runner-Up 55.5 Units
Debbie Mitchell                   2nd Runner-Up  51.5 Units
Bob McCorkle                      3rd Runner-Up 50.5 Units
Vance Young                      4th Runner-Up 49.5 Units

 

Teams by Volume

Vance Young                      Agent of the Year $27.2 Million
Debbie Mitchell                    Runner-Up $24.6 Million
Keith Beatty                       2nd Runner-Up $23.2 Million
Michelle Clark                     3rd Runner-Up $13.4 Million
Angie Pool                          4th Runner-Up $9.9 Million

 

 

Sales Recognition $2-3.9 Million

 

Andrew Kelly                      $2 Million
Liz Bianchini                        $2 Million
Judy Kemmer                     $2 Million
Sue Coupland                     $2 Million
Marcello Caliva                    $2 Million
Helene Rexing                     $2.2 Million
Daniel Thompson                 $2.4 Million
Wendy Fincher-Hughes         $2.4 Million
Tonya Blalock                      $2.4 Million
Teresa Hill                          $2.4 Million
Hugh MacRae                      $2.6 Million
Deb Hays                            $2.9 Million
Robert Carroll                      $3 Million
Patty Lyerly                         $3 Million
Joy Morgan                          $3.1 Million
Sarah Burris                         $3.2 Million
Gwen Hawley                       $3.2 Million
Robi Bennett                       $3.3 Million
David Eggleston Jr.               $3.5 Million
Chip Berry                           $3.6 Million
Kraig Marquis                       $3.7 Million
Jane Dodd                           $3.8 Million

 

 

Sales Recognition $4-5.9 Million

 

Sandy Ledbetter                  $4.1 Million
Lynn McGary                       $4.1 Million
Renee Yost                         $4.3 Million
Tee Woodbury                    $4.4 Million
Susan Lacy                         $4.6 Million
Ashley Garner                     $5 Million
Elizabeth King                     $5.2 Million

 

 

Sales Recognition $6-9.9 Million

 

J.B. Fox                             $6.4 Million
April McDavid                      $6.4 Million
Cindy Southerland               $6.6 Million
Bob McCorkle                     $6.8 Million
Eva Elmore                         $7 Million
Lee Crouch                         $7 Million
Alicia Devereaux                 $7.1 Million
Joyce Barnwell                    $7.2 Million
Bobby Brandon                   $9 Million
John Hamilton                     $9.1 Million
Mark Bodford                      $9.2 Million
Paula Ferebee                     $9.9 Million
Angie Pool                          $9.9 Million

 

Listing Awards Units and Volume

 

Individual Agents by Units

Jimmy Hopkins                    Agent of the Year 52 Units
Patty Lyerly                        Runner-Up 49 Units
Ashley Garner                     2nd Runner-Up 38 Units
Alicia Devereaux                 3rd Runner-Up 26 Units
Renee Yost                        4th Runner-Up 24 Units

 

 

Individual Agents by Volume

Mark Bodford                      Agent of the Year $19.1 Million
Jimmy Hopkins                   Runner-Up $13.4 Million
Robbie Robinson                 2nd Runner-Up $10 Million
Tee Woodbury                    3rd Runner-Up $9.5 Million
Ashley Garner                     4th Runner-Up $9.3 Million

 

 

Agents & Associates by Unit

Paula Ferebee                    Agent of the Year 52 Units
Bobby Brandon                   Runner-Up 36 Units
Lee Crouch                         2nd Runner-Up 33.5 Units
April McDavid                     3rd Runner-Up 26 Units
Eva Elmore                        4th Runner-Up 21.5 Units

 

 

Agents & Associates by Volume

Lee Crouch                         Agent of the Year $ 37.4 Million
Gwen Hawley                      Runner-Up $15.3 Million
Bobby Brandon                   2nd Runner-Up $12.6 Million
Paula Ferebee                     3rd Runner-Up $12.5 Million
April McDavid                      4th Runner-Up $8.4 Million

 

 

Teams by Units

John Hamilton                     Agent of the Year 101.5 Units
Keith Beatty                       Runner-Up 94 Units
Vance Young                      2nd Runner-Up  90.5 Units
Debbie Mitchell                    3rd Runner-Up 62 Units
Michelle Clark                     4th Runner-Up 39.5 Units

 

 

Teams by Volume

Vance Young                      Agent of the Year $82.3 Million
Debbie Mitchell                    Runner-Up $40.3 Million
Michelle Clark                     2nd Runner-Up $34 Million
John Hamilton                     3rd Runner-Up $33.4 Million
Keith Beatty                       4th Runner-Up $28 Million

 

Team Players of the Year by office

Wrightsville Beach        Maureen Robison
Lumina I                      Betsy Leonard
Lumina II                     Jane Dodd
Carolina Beach              Shirley James
Topsail Island               Donna Harvey
Oak Island                    Robert Carroll
New Homes                  Jimmy Hopkins

Wells Fargo Top Referring Agent     Keith Beatty

 

Relocation Liz Bianchini Top Performer Placed Referrals

 

Beacon Title

Keith Beatty                 Top Referring Agent
Bob McCorkle                Runner Up
Kraig Marquis                2nd Runner–up

 

New Homes

Kasey Valente               Gold         $4.4 Million
Jan Pendergrass            Silver        $1.8 Million
Nicole Valentine            Silver       $ 1.8 Million

 

 


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