Is a Career in Real Estate Right for You?

With the new year approaching, it’s the best time to be thinking of resolutions and goals you may have and how you can tackle them in the months to come. If one of those aspirations just so happens to be a jumpstart to your professional life, why not consider a career in real estate?

Since 1976, Intracoastal Realty has served southeastern North Carolina and helped its newest residents find their place in our coastal community. As such, our agents are some of the best in the region, and make it their mission to go above and beyond in every sale so that everyone – buyer or seller – walks away happy and ready for the next chapter. Are you ready for such an important job? Check out a few of the qualities we think every stellar real estate agent should have!

Independent and Motivated

To be a successful real estate agent, you’re going to need an independent mindset. Not only will you be setting your own schedule for the most part, but often it’ll be your job to track down the types of homes that your buyers want to view, catch up on the latest market trends, and even your salary. The more you sell, and the better you are at working with your clients, the more you’ll earn. Basically, you have a lot of the same benefits as being your own boss, but you get to work with an agency that can lend you some credibility and a ready network of colleagues to consult with when needed.

Flexible and Forward-thinking

When you’re working with individuals looking to buy or sell a home, you’ll find yourself rearranging schedules and finding innovative ways to make things come together on a timeline that fits everyone’s schedule. To pull all of this off, it’s going to take some quick thinking and flexibility on your part! But for some, these qualities come easily, so if this sounds like you then it might be time to consider your potential in real estate sales.

Sociable

One of the more obvious qualities of a real estate agent is that he or she is social by nature, so if striking up conversations with people you don’t know very well isn’t one of your strengths, it may be time to peruse your other options. But if you’re fearless in a crowd, eager to help someone out, and always prepared with a conversation starter, then you’re probably real estate agent material! Now’s the time to think about putting those skills to use to help others find their ideal new homes.

Love Where You Live

Finally, we feel it’s pretty important for every real estate agent to already love the location in which he or she will mainly work. After all, your job will be to sell not just the house, but the neighborhood, the local culture, and the eventual memories that your clients will have in their new homes. Even if a move to a new place is out of necessity, it’s important that new residents feel a connection and can ingratiate themselves in the area from the very beginning, and that’s where you come in! As a real estate agent and a friendly local, you can fill them in on everything they need to know to get started building a happy, thriving life in the house that you help them buy.

2019 is headed our way, and if you’re ready to dive into a new career then it may just be your biggest year yet! Stay tuned to our website for professional opportunities and trends in the real estate game here in southeastern North Carolina, and you’ll be ready to dive right into a fresh, rewarding opportunity.


Honoring Intracoastal Realty Veterans

To those in uniform currently serving, and to those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day.  Thank you for your service to our country so that we can enjoy our freedoms.

Intracoastal Realty is a special “family” with people of many backgrounds and interests.  As we honor all Veterans on November 11th (federal holiday this year is November 10th), we would like to recognize agents and staff at Intracoastal Realty who have served our country.

Tracel Wilt, U.S. Army.  Sales Agent at the Wilmington Lumina 1 office.  Tracel is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

 

Bob Caulder, U.S. Army. Sales Agent at the Ocean Isle Beach office.  Bob served 8 years (4 active and 4 inactive) and was stationed at Fort Dix, NJ for basic training; Fort Gordon, GA for AIT training; Fort Bragg, NC for compassionate reassignment; and Berlin, Germany, which earned him the Berlin Occupation Medal.  Bob was E-5 promotable who served in the Vietnam era.

 

Tom Adam, U.S. Army.  Manager at the Wilmington Lumina 1 office.  Tom served 3 years at various bases in the USA and also served in Korea.

 

Eddie Lawler, U.S. Navy.  Sales Agent at the Wilmington Lumina 1 office.  Eddie served for 4 years (1966-1969) on NAS Oceana VA85 in Virginia Beach; USS Kitty Hawk – VA85; USS America – VA85; and USS Constellation – VA85.  Eddie was AE2 Vietnam.

 

Chet Sechrest, U.S. Army.  Sales Agent at the Leland office.  Chet served for 27 years and 9 months at Hunter Army Airfield 1/75 Ranger Battalion; Ft. Devens, MA 10th Special Forces Group; Panzer Kaserne Germany; Ft Bragg 3rd Special Forces Group; and Ft Meade, MD Asymmetric Warfare Group.  Chet retired as Sergeant Major, has been to Iraq three times, and has been to 30 other countries around the world.

 

Hamilton Hicks, U.S. Marines.  Sales Agent at the Lumina 1 office.  “Ham” is a former mayor or Wilmington who served in USA, Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan, Philippines, and Vietnam waters.  Ham is a Retired Senior Officer.

 

Larry Sims, U.S. Marines.  Sales Agent at the Ocean Isle Beach office.  Larry served 5 years (1964-1968) and was stationed at Parris Island, Camp LeJeune, Norfolk, and Southeast Asia (Vietnam).  Larry was an E5 Sergeant.

 

Gus Franklin, U.S. Navy.  Sales Agent at the Wrightsville Beach office.  Gus served 5 years (1970-1974) and was stationed at Norfolk and Newport.  Gus ranked as a Lieutenant.

 

Seth Parmelee, U.S. Army.  Sales Agent at the Leland office.  Seth was stationed at Vilseck, Germany, FOB Scunion in Iraq, and Fort Hood.  Seth was a Specialist, Iraq OIF 2 04-05.

 

Ed Sullivan, U.S. Navy.  Sales Agent at the Wilmington Lumina 2 office.  Ed attended the US Naval Academy and served for 14 years (1982-1995).  He was stationed in Pensacola FL, Norfolk VA, and in Washington DC at the Pentagon – Bureau of Naval Personnel.  Ed was a Lieutenant, Navy Pilot in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

 

Tim Knapp, U.S. Navy.  Maintenance and Housekeeping Manager at the Vacation Rentals division of Intracoastal Realty.

 

Jim O’Daniell, Sr, U.S. Air Force.  Sales Agent at the Porters Neck office.  Jim served 22 years (1954-1975) and was stationed in Iceland, India, Vietnam, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, New York, and North Carolina.  Jim’s rank was Chief Master Sergeant E-9, Vietnam, 1965-1966, Hq. First Air Force: 1966-1969, Hq. Air Defense Command: 1970-1973.  He was the youngest Tech Sergeant E-6 in the United States Air Force 1959. Retired USAF 1975 at Ft. Fisher AFS NC.

 

Jeff Whitfield, U.S. Navy.  Sales Agent at the Wilmington Lumina 2 office.  Jeff was stationed in Virginia, Maine, Portugal, Spain, and Iceland and was attached to Patrol Squadron 44.

 

Jeff Broos, U.S. Air Force.  Sales Agent at the Wilmington Lumina 1 office.  Jeff served 7 years (1969-1975) and was stationed in Southern California and Southeast Asia.  Jeff was a pilot and Captain in the Vietnam War.

 

Debbi Snyder, U.S. Army.  Sales Agent in the Wilmington Lumina 2 office.  Debbi served 15 years (1986-2000) and was stationed at Fort Indiantown Gap PA, Fort Dix NJ, Fort Bragg NC, and Ashley PA Reserve Unit.   Debbi was a member of the University of Scranton ROTC, Military Police, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

 

Harold Parker, U.S. Army.  Sales Agent in the WIlmington Lumina 1 office.  Harold was stationed at Fort Jackson SC (Basic Training) and Fort Meade MD (HDQ Detachment 68th Medical Group).  Harold was a Specialist 4th Class and attended Personnel Management School at Fort Benjamin in Indiana.  He also served as Administrative Support for training National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA and for the Army Reserve.

 


Throwback Photos

Chet Sechrest

 

Chet Sechrest (right) in fatigues

 

Tracel Wilt at West Point