Pretty In Pink!

by seacoast_ashley 24. September 2014 08:34


Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage was a sponsor of the Pretty in Pink Foundation’s Pink Fashion Walk Gala 2014.

The foundation's mission is to provide financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients with quality, life-saving medical treatment regardless of their ability to pay.  All of the proceeds from the gala will be used to eliminate financial barriers and to provide financial resources to any breast cancer patient with true financial needs for treatment and surgery. The gala featured a fashion show with over 40 breast cancer survivors as models including Angie Royal, wife of our Leland Office Managing Broker, Chris Royal.

Check out prettyinpinkfoundation  for the complete photo gallery and additional opportunities to help!


STAR NEWS SHORE PICKS We Made the Top 3 Finalists!

by seacoast_ashley 17. September 2014 10:03

Voting for the annual Star News Shore Picks - Best of the Cape Fear Region is underway! The goal is to honor "the best bites, businesses, locations and personalities in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties."

We're so excited that we made it into the Top 3 Finalists!

We'd Love Your Support!


Coast In & Win Open House Weekends Put The Fun Back Into House Hunting!

by seacoast_ashley 26. August 2014 08:41

Every 3rd weekend of the month, one fortunate potential homebuyer will win $500 when they visit any area Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage open house.

Statistics show that over 90% of today's savvy home buyers are doing their own research online and over 70% of them will attend one or more open houses as a part of the process.

The Coast In & Win program has become a powerful tool and allows us to connect these buyers with our top performing agents.

Our lucky August winner was Nancy Opsahl from Annandale, NJ who toured an open house with Patricia Wisdo in our Brunswick office! Congratulations Nancy!



What is the No. 1 Tip for Home Buyers?

by seacoast_ashley 20. August 2014 05:33

What is the No. 1 Tip for Home Buyers? Our very own Wilmington agent, Jessica Edwards shares her advice via Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC!





by seacoast_ashley 7. August 2014 08:29

Sea Coast Advantage Consistently Ranks in Top 5 Franchises in Nation

         Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, the largest and best-selling real estate company in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Onslow counties, has been honored once again for being one of the top Coldwell Banker franchises in the nation. For the 2nd quarter 2014, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage ranked #2 in the nation for Total Units Sold and #3 in the nation for Adjusted Gross Commissions. Since 2012, Sea Coast has consistently ranked among the top 5 franchises in the nation. In 2013, it was the #3 Coldwell Banker franchise in the nation in gross commissions and #4 in units sold.

            “We pride ourselves on being the #1 real estate company in southeastern North Carolina, and it is extremely gratifying to be recognized nationally as well,” said Tim Milam, president of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. “We sell more homes more often than any other real estate company in southeastern, NC and it’s because of the great work of our 375 Coldwell Banker agents. No one knows southeastern North Carolina better than our agents and no other firm has the resources and technologies available to their customers like Coldwell Banker. We’re proud of this honor and look forward to continuing to meet the real estate needs of homeowners in the Cape Fear region.”

           Coldwell Banker® Sea Coast Advantage closed more than $1.1 billion in home sales in 2013. Sea Coast Advantage was founded in Wilmington, NC in 1988 and joined Coldwell Banker® in 1993.  Sea Coast Advantage is staffed by more than 375 real estate agents in 11 offices in Wilmington, Leland, Jacksonville, Carolina Beach, Topsail Island, Hampstead, Southport, Sneads Ferry, South Brunswick, Oak Island and Holden Beach.

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage also has an ownership interest in 18 Coldwell Banker Advantage offices in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Southern Pines with an additional 325 agents serving those markets.




by seacoast_ashley 25. July 2014 08:17

According to, new home sales data from the Census Bureau showed a slight drop on a seasonally-adjusted basis in 2014.

But some markets are Hot!






Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is proud to represent some of the finest builders in Southeastern North Carolina.

Check out great new home communities:  (Wilmington / Southport / Leland / New Hanover County / Brunswick County / Pender County)  (Jacksonville / Hampstead / Onslow County / Pender County)



by seacoast_ashley 20. July 2014 07:48


Carol Averitte has joined Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage as the Managing Broker of its Southport and Oak Island offices. Averitte brings more than 23 years of experience in all aspects of real estate, including residential sales, relocation and property management. She also brings extensive management and leadership capabilities, having acted as Broker in Charge at another firm, and having been a partner in a successful real estate company in North Carolina. Averitte recently relocated to Brunswick County from Columbia, SC to be closer to her children and to enjoy the coastal lifestyle.


            As Managing Broker, Averitte is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Southport and Oak Island offices, as well as agent recruiting, training and support. The Southport office, which is located at 4911 Long Beach Road, has 44 agents and is centrally located between Southport, Boiling Spring Lakes, St. James Plantation, Oak Island and Caswell Beach. Year to date, the Southport office has closed on 373 units with a total value of $65.7 million.


            The Oak Island office is located on the corner of East Oak Island Drive and SE 61st Street. Year to date, its 7 agents have closed on 56 units totaling $12.7 million. Oak Island features free parking and 52 public access points on one of the prettiest beaches in North Carolina.  The island has two fishing piers, a golf course, boat launching sites, canoeing, kayaking, skateboarding park, tennis courts, public parks, marina and the Oak Island lighthouse. 

 Coldwell Banker® Sea Coast Advantage is the largest and best-selling real estate company in New Hanover, Brunswick and Onslow counties, with more than $1.1 billion in closed home sales in 2013. Sea Coast Advantage was founded in Wilmington, NC in 1988 and joined Coldwell Banker® in 1993.  Sea Coast Advantage is staffed by more than 375 real estate agents in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, and Onslow counties. It operates offices in Wilmington, Leland, Jacksonville, Carolina Beach, Topsail Island, Hampstead, Southport, Sneads Ferry, South Brunswick, Oak Island and Holden Beach. Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage also has an ownership interest in 18 Coldwell Banker Advantage offices in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Southern Pines with an additional 325 agents serving those markets. For additional information, go to

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Acquires Rampage Realty to Open New Office in Holden Beach

by seacoast_ashley 9. July 2014 11:13


Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage has announced the opening of a new office in Holden Beach with the acquisition of Rampage Realty, a locally owned, independent real estate firm specializing in Brunswick County beach and mainland properties. The new office will operate out of Rampage Realty’s existing office on the Causeway at 3247 Holden Beach Road in Holden Beach. Rampage owner Linda Stephens and her fellow brokers, Vickie Lemar and Brenda Peebles, will remain with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, and five additional brokers will join the firm immediately to significantly expand its presence and reach.

            “Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is very proud to align ourselves with such a well-respected local firm and sales team and we’re confident our partnership will be very successful,” said Tim Milam, president of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. “Prior to this acquisition, we had one gap in our locations along the state’s southeastern coast and that was Holden Beach. With the opening of our new Holden Beach office, we now have a consistent presence along the entire coastline from Jacksonville to the South Carolina border, which enables us to better serve our buyers and sellers throughout the region.”

            Rampage Realty was established in 1989 and then acquired by Linda Stephens, a former teacher turned REALTOR® and an active member of the Holden Beach community since 1996.

            “Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is the leading real estate firm in southeastern North Carolina,” said Linda Stephens. “By aligning our local expertise with Coldwell Banker’s capabilities, we can better serve both our buyers and sellers.”

            In Brunswick County, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage closed $230 million in home sales in 2013. Its closest competitor closed a little more than $50 million in Brunswick County.

            According to Tom O’Neill, broker in charge of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage’s South Brunswick office, Holden Beach is “hot” right now and is a popular destination for homeowners who enjoy a quiet, family-oriented beach. Holden Beach features more than eight miles of pristine beaches and is conveniently located midway between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. In 2013, the average sales price for home on the island of Holden Beach was $515,000.

Realtor Jessica Edwards to Walk the Red Carpet at This Weekend's Oscars

by seacoast_ashley 26. February 2014 08:16

Jessica Riffle Edwards RealtorJessica Edwards, a 32-year-old REALTOR with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, keeps pinching herself to make sure it’s real. She’s going to this weekend’s Oscar awards in Los Angeles, courtesy of Coldwell Banker Corporate!

Since 2011, Edwards has served as an ambassador for the corporate office as the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Consumer Specialist. In this position, she has spoken at seminars and conferences throughout the US about her maverick marketing strategies that utilize video blogs, social media and other technologies. In addition, Edwards is often interviewed by national media outlets such as CNBC, USA Today, Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal on real estate trends and marketing.

“Jessica is an extraordinary agent with a tireless enthusiasm for creative marketing” said Tim Milam, president of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. “She and her team closed $23 million in sales in 2013 and we credit her success to her professionalism, dedication and marketing strategies. We are very proud of Jessica and thrilled she is being honored with this opportunity to represent our office and the entire Coldwell Banker brand at the Oscars.”

Coldwell Banker Corporate is airing a :30 commercial during the Oscars telecast and as an advertiser perk, was given two tickets to the ceremony. Rather than send an executive, Coldwell Banker has taken a page from Edward’s own playbook and decided to use this as a unique marketing opportunity, with Jessica as the star. Edwards and Coldwell Banker will create a series of five behind-the-scenes videos and release them to the media throughout the day and evening on Sunday, March 2.

“I first caught the attention of the corporate office with my use of video blogs to generate attention for my listings and for my own personal brand,” said Edwards. “In 2009, I started creating video blogs from a dash cam in my car on a wide variety of real estate topics and then in 2012, I created a couple of music videos that generated a great deal of attention both online and off. I’m honored to represent Coldwell Banker at the Oscars and very grateful for the opportunity.”

Edwards, who will be accompanied by her sister-in-law Harriett Mills of Raleigh, will enjoy the entire red carpet treatment in Tinsel Town from Friday, February 28 through Monday, March 3, including pre- and post-Oscar parties, dressing fittings with personal stylist, hair, makeup, jewelry – the works.

To prepare her wardrobe, Edwards has teamed up with Monkees at Lumina Station, a women’s retailer widely know for its extraordinary fashions and luxury brands. Monkees has created a weekend wardrobe for Edwards worthy of an Oscar award in costume design. And much like fashion designers cater to celebrities, Monkees has styled Edwards with multiple looks that will take her from morning to night, including shoes and accessories. In addition to Monkees, Reeds Jewelers of Wilmington is supplying a variety of fine jewelry for Edward’s use on the red carpet and throughout the weekend.

The dress Edwards will wear to the Oscar ceremony itself is to be determined. She will meet with a private stylist in Los Angeles on Saturday, who will have a variety of designer dresses for her to choose from.

The dress selection process, of course, will be videotaped and is one of five planned for the series. Other videos will include a visit to the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame; getting the day started on Sunday morning; styling of hair and makeup; and the limo ride to the Oscars ceremony, complete with champagne toast.

During the trip, Edwards will use the hashtag #yourhome to send updates on the company’s Twitter feed (@Coldwell Banker) and Facebook page.

Meghan Riley

Seller Tip: Don’t Forget These Items for the Day of Closing

by seacoast_ashley 23. February 2014 05:20

In North Carolina, home sellers aren’t required to be present at the attorney’s office on the day of closing. Most of their paperwork is done ahead of time. However, on the day of closing or the day before, they need to sign-off on the HUD form, which shows all the details of how the funds are being paid. They can stop by the attorney’s office once the form is prepared or sign the required documents remotely (depending on transaction requirements). Even Keys for Home Closingthough they aren’t required to be at closing, sellers still need to prepare some items for the buyers to receive the day of closing.

If you’re selling your North Carolina home, it’s important to make note to put the following items aside before you move out of the property.

  1. House Keys. Make sure you collect all of your extra house keys, including those for the front door, back door, garage door, and any interior doors that may have locks.
  2. Garage Door Openers. Don’t drive off without leaving the garage door opener that’s in your vehicle in the home. These can be difficult to replace, especially on older devices.
  3. Mail Box Key. If you live in a condo complex, you have a key for accessing the mail box assigned to your unit. These can be very expensive to replace - $60 to $80. If you don’t provide a key, you’ll likely be asked to pay for a new one.
  4. Pool Card. Communities with swimming pools often give residents access cards to prevent unauthorized individuals from entering the club house and pool. If you have one, make sure the new owners get it.

Prior to closing, you need to make arrangements with your Sea Coast agent on where to leave these items. You don't want to be scrambling to find them the day of closing. The keys need to be given to the buyers after the purchase papers are signed. Items such as garage door openers and pool cards can be left in the home, but the agents need to be made aware of this so there’s no confusion or hold-up on the day of closing.

Have questions about the day of closing? Ask your Sea Coast Agent. Don’t have an agent? Find one today!

Meghan Riley


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