Meet Sean Skutnik and Brunswick

by seacoast_ashley 27. March 2015 05:53


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The word Brunswick conjures up two images for me...beautiful beaches and stew! I am comforted by both of these things. Sean Skutnik comforted a sweet abandoned pup some 8 years ago, and that pup was given the name Brunswick! Sean, a self described adrenaline junkie, is a Broker in our Leland office. Originally from Binghamton, NY, Sean has lived in Wilmington for the past 22 years. Living at the coast has given Sean the opportunity to explore his passions of motocross, biking, surfing, and just about anything else sports related. We are honored to have someone so willing to stop and help as a part of our Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage team. This is Sean’s best friend, Brunswick’s story...


I was driving around on hwy 210 in rural Brunswick Co, when I encountered a pack of five puppies that ran across the road. It was near dusk. There were no houses in site, so I pulled over and got out of my truck. As I walked towards them all except one, jumped into a deep ditch with cat tails, mud, water, etc. The one that didn’t, surprised me and came running to me when I whistled. He was scared and immediately fell onto his back. I could tell he was in bad shape. He was very malnourished, hair was falling out, bugs and ticks were all over him. He was so cute though. I picked him up and put him in the passenger seat. He thoroughly enjoyed the AC blowing from the vents. He sat there like he belonged. I knew I had an amazing dog right then and there! I continued to look for the other puppies, but unfortunately they got off into the woods and it was getting dark. I regret not saving them all, but was glad to have saved one of them. His name is Brunswick Skutnik.


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Jumping forward to now, Brunswick is 8 years old, in great shape, and there is not one person he comes across that he does not like! He has the sweetest soul.He does so many funny things. He loves to hunt lizards around the perimeter of the fence during the warmer days. He has one squirrel that waits for him every day on the back fence that he thinks he will catch one day (while running after him with a ball in his mouth growling as if he is mean). If he did catch him he would probably only sniff him!

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On Saturday’s he enjoys the dog park and a trail run at, “Brunswick Nature Park” in Leland. I let him lead the way on the trail, and I follow on the bicycle. He keeps a good pace for about 1 mile before he gets pretty tired. Like myself, “Brunswick” loves adrenaline but loves his downtime too. He has his own chair, 2 beds to relax on, a screened in patio, and doggie door for keeping the back yard clear of squirrels and lizards! Brunswick is also proud to be the reigning “King Of Paw Jam” from the last event held at Battleship Park. Yep, he has it made!


Have you ever stopped to help an animal? Did it change your life?

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Fun Places to Go In and Around Wilmington on Your Dogs’ Day Off

by seacoast_ashley 24. March 2015 03:47


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Empie Park

This is my favorite pooch place in Wilmington. The dog park is large and located right near the front of Empie. Two acres are divided up by chain fencing to separate the dogs by size. There is one area specifically for dogs under 20 pounds. The park is well-maintained. Empie is a great park for humans too! It boasts one of the best playgrounds, tennis courts, walking trails, and picnic areas. As Wilmington’s first off-leash park Empie has proven to be a huge success. There are always furry friends enjoying the dog park.

This is the link with the list of rules for Empie Dog Park (and I believe all New Hanover Dog parks):

http://bit.ly/1tKcHzL


Ogden Dog Park

Another dog park that satisfies both human and dog friends is Ogden Dog Park. Ogden Park is on the newer side. The only complaint that regulars have is the sand in the dog area. Some dogs have gotten sand spurs in their paws, and we know that cleaning sand out of dog fur is a never ending process.  But, as a human living at the coast, I have come to know two things quite well...sand and sand spurs! Ogden park offers a great walking trail, good playground for the kids, and covered picnic areas. Ogden Park is currently raising money for a new skate park! As the Ogden area grows I expect that this park will gain popularity pretty fast.


Hugh Macrae Dog Park

Hugh Macrae Dog Park is set up much the same as Ogden and Empie. There are both small and large dog areas. Because Hugh Macrae is so large and popular with Wilmington residents, this dog park tends to be a bit busier than the others. If you are looking to meet a human dog-loving friend, this might be the park for you. With the larger crowds here, it is important to watch your dog a little more closely. This park does have more grass than Ogden Dog Park, so there is a slightly lower risk of sand spurs.


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Oak Island

The beach at Oak Island is not a dog park, but is a great place for you and your dog to run! Oak Island allows for leashed pets on the beach year round. They do require a leash from March 15 - October 15 (peak tourist season). A day trip to Oak Island is easily accomplished as there is ample free parking on the island, most beach accesses are equipped with waste baggies and waste receptacles, and it is only 30 minutes away from downtown Wilmington. I often find it easier to shoot down to Oak Island than to battle parking at Wrightsville. Bonus, I get to take my dog!


Abbey Nature Preserve at Poplar Grove

If you are looking to exercise yourself as well as your pooch, the Abbey Trails might be the thing to do. The trails are dog-friendly and are often used by pet owners. The trail is 2.4 miles long with a beautiful pond located at its end. You will want to bring your pets water, etc. with you. This trail is easy to hike but will most likely take over an hour. At my last visit there were no rules posted. Many people have dogs off-leash, so be aware that you may have overly excited company! You may want to check the Poplar Grove calendar (its located http://www.poplargrove.org/). Some events are extremely popular and people often take to the trail while visiting Poplar Grove.



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Meet Patty Paone Pet Person of the Week

by seacoast_ashley 20. March 2015 02:49

Patty Paone is one “failure” that Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is happy to have on our team. Patty is what is known in the rescue world as a, “foster failure.” Believe it or not, she has fostered successfully (8-10 times). Patty recently moved from New York where she was active in a dog sanctuary. Obviously, Patty is an extremely patient and giving person. She currently has a pack of FIVE dogs, all rescues. I’m pretty sure that she has enough material to write a book, but this is Phoebe’s story.


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My Phoebe was rescued from a Puppy Mill in Ohio in March of 2013.  By the time she got to us in August 2013, she had been in 3 foster homes and a short stay at the sanctuary.  She was so shut down. She was getting bounced around trying different situations to help her.  She wouldn’t go out or come back in on her own. She had to be carried out and then chased down to get her back in.  We would often bring our dogs to the sanctuary when we were going up for the day.  In comes my overly social boy (Mack) who got her out of her shell one day while visiting the sanctuary. He just wanted her to play and wouldn’t give up until she did.

After 2 weeks, we decide to see how she would do in our house.  We have a very social pack. Hoping less chaos and a smaller pack would help her, we took her to ‘foster’.  

I used to just sit outside and give attention to all the other dogs, letting her come to me when she was ready.  

We thought about rehoming her when she came out of her shell, but we think it is our pack that keeps her going, after all she has been through. We cannot imagine causing her to shut back down.

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Coldwell Banker is committed to helping rescues in 2015. You can learn more about the #homerocks campaign http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/home-dog/

In an effort to support our local furry friends we are participating in the Canines for Service walk/dash. To learn more about the Canines for Service organization or to make a donation visit http://www.caninesforservice.org/ 

Lucky

by seacoast_ashley 18. March 2015 08:32

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word "Luck" as, “A force that brings good fortune or adversity”. On St. Patrick’s Day, we frequently heard the word luck. This had me thinking about the ways in which I have been lucky, and what I would do if Big luck struck.


I have been the winner of exactly one contest in my life. When I was 11 years old, I purchased a raffle ticket at my local pharmacy. The ticket sales were to sponsor a Special Olympian in my hometown. I won! The pharmacy called, and told me that I was the winner of one of the five or so prizes that were up for grabs. I pictured over and over the bucket of beauty items that I would be picking up later that day. When I arrived the counter clerk handed me what every 11 year old girl would want...an oscillating fan.I did not win the make-up. I won the fan.  Lucky streak number one seemed to have come to an end. As an adult living in Wilmington, North Carolina I can now see the benefit of winning a fan!


I may not have won very many contests, but I am still prone to buying a lottery ticket if the jackpot is huge. Luck can change in an instant, right? As soon as the ticket is mine, I think of all the ways that I could spend the money. I wonder what the very fortunate lady from Brunswick county (she won $188 million) will do with her riches? For me it always goes back to charity (animals and the arts), my family and friends, and my home. And, I mean a big home with a stunning view and a pool.


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6454 Shinnwood Rd. Wilmington, NC

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage gets to be a vehicle for luck everyday. When a seller gets his/her offer or when a buyer has his/her offer accepted, those people feel lucky. Once a month we call one very fortunate person to tell them that they are the winner of our ongoing Coast in and Win contest. This person is the recipient of a $500 check from Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. How did they enter the contest? By walking in and looking at one of the beautiful homes hosting a weekend open house! What luck!


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It is a pretty big stretch to think that I would ever win the lottery, but $500 seems pretty possible. I think I would treat myself to a shopping day at some of my favorite local stores, and hire a really nice babysitter for the evening. What would you do with an extra $500? Would you donate it? Would you treat yourself?


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You can find more information on the house in the photo above by visiting http://bit.ly/1CrMonj

(Home listed by Jessica Edwards and Associates The Carolinas Finest)








Meet Madison Preble Pet Person of the Week!

by seacoast_ashley 16. March 2015 03:54

Madison Preble (from our Jacksonville office) is our Pet Person of the Week! Madison has adopted many times, and currently has three pets. All of her animals are rescues. She has her dog training certification, and has worked as an animal shelter volunteer. Berrin was her first rescue. Her second rescue, Marley, was saved during Madison’s time at the shelter. The third member of the pack is Blintz...the cat!  As any pet owner knows we would do just about anything for our animals. Once our pets pick us out, we will jump through hoops to help them. This is Berrin’s story...


Berrin, my beagle/border collie was the first animal I got on my own. I went to visit a friend in Kentucky, and we took a trip to the pound. Berrin was one of 3 puppies that had been separated from his mom (at 4 weeks old). The adoption fee was $100 which I didn’t have at the time.  I told the guy working at the pound that I would give him the best home he could possibly have. He made me go back to the kennel that Berrin was in, pick him up, and show him how much I wanted him. I picked Berrin up and loved him. He got so excited he peed on me!!! I got to take him home, and he has been my best friend ever since!

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Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is committed to helping animals in any way that we can. We will be participating in the Canines for Service Walk and Dog Dash on March 28, 2015. To learn more about the Canines for Service organization, to sign up to walk (or dash!), or to make a donation please visit

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My Top 5 Secondhand Stores in Wilmington, North Carolina

by seacoast_ashley 13. March 2015 04:39


I recently wrote a blog on furniture that I regretted selling. This got me thinking about the ways that I have replaced the items that I regretted letting go of. Every single piece has been replaced by something found in a thrift / consignment / vintage store. Thrifting is an addiction for me, and luckily Wilmington, North Carolina has some great spots for finding a deal. Listed below are my favorite five. Please leave your favorites on our Facebook page.

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1. The Eclectic, etc.

831 South Kerr Ave. Wilmington, NC 28403

This store has an amazing array of vintage pieces. The prices are low. One of the nicest things about The Eclectic, etc is that the whole store is broken into “shops” that are stocked by different dealers. This gives the store a unique flea market feel. They have lots of great midcentury pieces.


2. The Ivy Cottage

3020 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28403

The Ivy cottage has been a Wilmington, NC staple since 1998. The Ivy Cottage is huge. It consists of 3 large buildings bursting with beautiful consignment items. They even have a jewelry counter! If I am looking for a truly unique gift, I head to this place. I have purchased anything from furniture, to artwork, to a jar of local honey at the Ivy Cottage.


3. Tin & Oak

709 N. Fourth Street Wilmington, NC 28401

The Tin and Oak is one of the new secondhand stores to open shop in Wilmington. It opened last year in the revitalized area of Fourth Street downtown (The Brooklyn Arts District). It is not a huge shop but is packed with quality items at amazing prices. Seriously, amazing prices! The Tin and Oak lists many of their items on Facebook and Craigslist, and often have “deals of the day.” I have seen beautiful furniture listed for as low as $49! Have you ever been into a secondhand store with a whole wall of clean beautiful throw pillows in every color? They have it!


4. Home Again Fine Consignments

1115 Military Cutoff Road Wilmington, NC 28405

Home Again Fine Consignments are just what the name implies. They are a large consignment store with flawless pieces. Everything in the store could pass as new. Most of the items in the store fit nicely in a coastal decor. If I am looking for a big piece of furniture that feels new, I head to Home Again.


5. GFC Drop-off and Donation Store

1745 Sir Tyler Drive Wilmington, NC 28405

Although finding a great piece of furniture in this store might be difficult as their supply constantly fluctuates, finding great home accessories is easy. The new GFC store is located right across the street from the Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage building. This is especially dangerous for me as I work in the Coldwell Banker building. It opened just a few short weeks ago so supply is up and the building is very clean. Some of my recent scores were a cast iron skillet and a like new karate suit for my son. Another advantage? You could potentially find a new house and a new coffee maker for your new house with a couple of short steps across the parking lot!


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Have you ever regretted selling an item? I do.

by seacoast_ashley 10. March 2015 02:56

I can remember various furniture items that have been a part of and then left my house without much fanfare. Very few of the things that I have sold had any sentimental value at all. Three pieces of furniture are the exception...they float through my memory on a whim and instantly make me feel deep down remorse.


Long lost item number one: a dresser that my Mom had given me. This dresser had been mine since I was 3 years old. It was ugly, dog-bitten, crooked, and crayoned. I sold it. To this day I wish that I had kept that ugly old thing. If Pinterest had been a website at the time I may have covered it in chalk paint or turned it into my daughter’s dress-up area. Who knows?


Ghost furniture item number two (and possible the saddest one): my Mother’s childhood vanity set from the 1950’s. My Mother still has no idea that it is gone (sorry Mom). I had no idea that it was her childhood piece! I found out after a massive yard sale when she said, “Just as long as you didn’t sell that vanity. That would break my heart.” It was a perfect little mid-century modern design that would fit flawlessly into the decor of my home now. Mom thinks the vanity set is in my attic. I search Craigslist for that vanity at least one time a week.


My last and most recent furniture sell regret is an antique iron bed that my grandfather spent hours welding and repairing for me when I was a little girl. That bed served me from the time it was painstakingly restored until the 6th year of my marriage. It weighed 1000 pounds. I loved the bed, but as space got tighter and the bed’s condition deteriorated I had to either fix it or sell it. While scrolling through the pages of a Coastal Living magazine I found my bed. 100% positively my bed. I immediately texted my husband a pic of the bed with a crying emoji.


By giving up these pieces of my history I allowed for space to add new memory makers. I will grieve them always. But at least now I know what I’m looking for when I furniture shop!


Have you ever sold, lost, or given away something that you later regretted? Did you replace it or just move on? Where did you find the replacements?


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Stay in touch for the next blog highlighting some of my favorite secondhand stores, i.e. the places that I frequent to see if my old furniture has been turned in!

Sea Coast Advantage Agents Give Back

by seacoast_ashley 19. December 2014 05:03

 

Several of our Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage agents (Beth Fortunato, Shirley Howell, & Sharlene Nelson) helped a family get a little closer to their dream of owning a home in Hampstead through Habitat for Humanity! We're so proud of ALL our SeaCoasters!

DENISE KINNEY AWARDED CRB DESIGNATION

by seacoast_ashley 12. November 2014 10:02

 

Denise Kinney, Vice President, Director of Sales for Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage,

has earned the prestigious Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) Designation presented by the Council

of Real Estate Brokerage Managers, a non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors™.

The CRB is recognized as the industry’s measure of success for real estate brokers and managers.

According to the Council, the median gross personal income of a CRB designee is 57% more than their Realtor™

colleagues without the designation. To earn the CRB designation, agents must complete a comprehensive program

combining experience with management education.

Kinney is a 7-year veteran of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage and was promoted to Vice President,

Director of Sales in July of this year. In this position, she manages the Brokers-in-Charge who oversee each of the

company’s 11 offices, and assists them in developing and executing new ideas to increase production, streamline

operations and help the company’s 375+ agents to better serve their buyers and sellers.

“We applaud Denise for earning her CRB designation,” said Tim Milam, president of Coldwell Banker Sea

Coast Advantage. “Denise has an incredible work ethic and a very successful track record with our company. In

each of the four Sea Coast offices she managed before becoming VP, she increased sales volume, agent

recruiting, agent retention and agent production. This new CRB designation is another step forward in her

successful career.”

Jessica Edwards Returns For Fourth Consecutive Year As Featured Speaker At Annual Coldwell Banker Generation Blue Conference

by seacoast_ashley 6. November 2014 03:18

          Jessica Edwards, a 32-year-old REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage,

 

was one of the featured speakers at the recent Generation Blue Experience, an annual conference of Coldwell

 

Banker® agents from across the country and around the world. This was the fourth consecutive year that Edwards

 

was invited to speak at Generation Blue, which took place October 6-8 in Hollywood, CA.

 

     The conference featured learning opportunities with world-class industry speakers on dozens of topics.

 

Edwards participated as a speaker on two panels: Assembling a Dynamic Team and Establishing an Irresistible

 

Online Persona. Joining Edwards on the Team panel was Danny Hertzberg of The Jills team of Miami, the #1

 

Coldwell Banker realty team in the world and #1 realty team overall in the nation, as ranked by Wall Street Journal.

 

On the Online panel was Christophe Choo, president of the Christophe Choo Real Estate Group in Beverly Hills. In

 

addition to leading one of the top producing teams in the nation, Choo is a popular TV personality on HGTV’s

 

Selling LA and a frequent speaker at events around the country.

 

     “Serving on these panels with such industry stars as Hertzberg and Choo is both an incredible honor and

 

an excellent learning opportunity,” said Edwards. “I am passionate about my job as a REALTOR® and I welcome

 

any opportunity to share my experience with others. As a panelist, I have learned just as much as I’ve shared at

 

each of these Generation Blue conferences, as I have the opportunity to get to know and share experiences with

 

some of the top producers in the world. By attending each year, I learn new ways of doing business that I can then

 

apply to my own team here in Wilmington.”

 

     In addition to Edwards, Generation Blue attendees from Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage included

 

Tim Milam, president; Brian Moxey, Vice President, Director of Business Development; Denise Kinney, Vice

 

President, Director of Sales; Kathy Alexander, Director of Marketing; Carolyn Byrnes, REALTOR® and Buyer’s

 

Specialist with Jessica Edwards’ Carolina’s Finest team; Karen Schwartz, REALTOR® and team leader of the

 

Karen Schwartz team and Tracy Schwartz, assistant on the Karen Schwartz team.

 

     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 and a very creative marketer,” said Tim Milam, president of Coldwell

 

Banker Sea Coast Advantage. “She and her Carolina’s Finest team closed $23 million in sales in 2013 and we

 

credit her success to her professionalism, dedication and marketing strategies. We are very proud that Jessica is

 

consistently asked to present at the Generation Blue conferences and thrilled to have her as part of the Sea Coast

 

Advantage team.”

 

     Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is the largest and best-selling real estate company in New Hanover,

 

Brunswick, Pender 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 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. For

 

additional information, go to www.seacoastrealty.com.

 

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