Jacksonville Builder Appreciation Event

by seacoast_ashley 30. December 2009 15:52

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty represents 18 different new home communities in the Jacksonville, NC area.

Homebuilders, developers, and real estate professionals all got together for fresh oysters and fun Thursday, December 10, 2009 when we hosted a Homebuilder Appreciation Event at our Jacksonville, NC office.

Check out the video shot and narrated by Linda Snow, Managing Broker of the Jacksonville office.

For more information, please visit SeaCoastRealty.com or find Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty on Facebook.



Jessica Riffle Edwards Named to “Top 12 Women Real Estate Bloggers for 2009”

by seacoast_ashley 29. December 2009 07:58

Sellsius has named Jessica Riffle Edwards with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty to its “Top 12 Women Real Estate Bloggers for 2009.”

“I am very enthusiastic about what I do and the videos have allowed people to see that passion for my business and my clients,” said Edwards, who found out she’d been named to the list of top bloggers after she began receiving emails about her blog from across the country. “I love the positive feedback, because it keeps me going. I appreciate knowing that people are out there watching on a regular basis and that they expect to see new videos each week.”

Sellsius, a popular real estate blog, began publishing the list four years ago. “…We meant for it to raise awareness of women real estate bloggers…and to inspire others to blog,” said Sellsius publisher Joseph Ferrara. Bloggers named to this year’s list were recognized for their excellence in creative content, utilization of video, and community involvement.

Edwards is the first blogger named to the list that uses exclusively video. “I applaud her consistent work in this medium,” said Ferrara. “She’s not a veteran, but an upstart. Watch her videos and you’ll get a sense of her passion for her profession— AND clients.”

Edwards’ blog is available at http://www.hotpropertyblog.com/. This isn’t the first recognition that she has received for her video blog. It was also featured on NBC’s TODAY show blog in October 2009 and in the Greater Wilmington Business Journal in June 2009.


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5 Home Remodeling Trends for the New Year

by seacoast_ashley 29. December 2009 07:56

Remodeling and decorating trends in 2010 are likely to reflect the fact that many home owners are settling in for the long haul.

Here are some ideas for updating homes and gardens from decorators and leading real estate practitioners:

  • Environmentally sensitive furniture. Natural fibers, sustainable woods, and recycled products are key to attracting environmentally concerned buyers.

  • Classic neutral colors. Deep gray browns and gray blues, muted beige, and chalky white will be particularly popular shades, Pittsburgh Paints predicts.

  • Backyard gardens. First Lady Michelle Obama led the way in 2009 when she installed one at the White House.

  • Backyard living. Wood-deck additions offer an 80.6 percent payback, according to the annual Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling magazine and REALTOR® magazine. Simple fire pits and outdoor fireplaces also will be popular, trend-watchers say.

  • Made in America. As more people feel compelled to support local employment, U.S. manufactured products and antiques will become more popular, says Patricia Shackelford, author of design blog, Mrs. Blandings.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, Jean Patteson (12/26/2009) and Kansas City Star, Stacy Downs (12/27/2009)



Selling a Home During the Holidays

by seacoast_ashley 16. December 2009 08:07

The end of the year is not just about holiday shopping, family gatherings and other festive events. Many people use the time off to move before the New Year. The professionals at Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty offer the following tips to help sellers maximize their home’s charm and allure during the holidays:

Increase Curb Appeal: First impressions are critical. If the home is in a snowy area, make sure to clear the walkways and driveway. Remove any late fall leaves, and ensure the path to the stairs is free of ice. Put up a few exterior holiday lights and decorations to display seasonal tidings and pride in ownership. Do not overdo the lighting. Keep it tasteful and consistent with the rest of the neighborhood. A holiday welcome mat outside the front door is also an inviting touch.

Keep the House Warm and Welcoming: November, December and January can be cold, so make sure the home is warm and cozy. If the house has a fireplace, light a fire to bring the room to life and enhance the ambience. Bake holiday cookies and treats to give the home an enticing aroma.

Decorate the Interior: It is important not to overwhelm home shoppers with dramatic displays of holiday cheer, so be conservative with holiday decorations. Decorate to accentuate the house, not to cover it. Tasteful decorations will help connect buyers to the home, remind them of pleasant memories and help them imagine their own holiday celebrations there.



Lynda Haraway Joins Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty

by seacoast_ashley 24. November 2009 08:16

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty announces that Lynda Haraway has joined its Oak Island, North Carolina office. Haraway is a veteran real estate professional and has been a one of Brunswick County’s top-selling real estate sales associates for more than fifteen years.

“I am thrilled to welcome Lynda Haraway to the Sea Coast Realty family,” said Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty president and CEO Tim Milam. “We opened our new office in Oak Island just a few weeks ago and I’m very proud that it’s already attracting top real estate talents like Lynda to Sea Coast Realty.” Haraway comes to Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty from Century 21 Dorothy Essey & Associates, also in Oak Island.

Haraway grew up near Monroe, N.C., but she’s been an Oak Island resident for 17 years. She and her husband Bud invested in Oak Island real estate for almost a decade before moving there from Danville, Virginia in 1992. Since then, Haraway has been a top-selling real estate sales associate and multi-million dollar producer. At Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, Haraway plans to continue using her extensive knowledge of the Oak Island area and years of experience to help people find the homes of their dreams.



Associates Train At “Boot Camp”

by seacoast_ashley 19. November 2009 08:31
Sixteen Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty sales associates recently attended one of the preeminent new home sales training programs in the nation.
New Home Communities Director Ted Hardeen, Justin Ash, Pete Barber, Greg Beck, Rand Burchfield, Rob Dooley, Brad Hunter, Greg Kirby, Roger Mitchell, Steve Mitchell, Courtney Pridgen, Bob Ramsey, Lori Smith, Renee Spencer, Karen Stant, and Emily Willetts attended “New Home Sales Boot Camp® 2009” hosted by Bob Schultz & the New Home Sales Specialists in Delray Beach, Florida, October 20-22, 2009.

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty leads the area in new home sales by selling three times as many homes as its nearest competitor. Associate training programs, like Schultz’s “Boot Camp,” have been a major factor in Sea Coast’s success.

“The sales results we’ve seen from this training program have far exceeded those of our advertising and marketing campaigns,” said Ted Hardeen. “This training was an investment we made in our sales associates and the techniques they learned have yielded one of our best returns on investment in years.”

“New Home Sales Boot Camp® 2009” trainees from Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty were (left to right): Roger Mitchell; Justin Ash; Courtney Pridgen; Greg Beck; Peggy Burkett, Executive Vice President of Bob Schultz & the New Home Sales Specialists; Rand Burchfield; Bob Schultz, President and CEO of Bob Schultz & the New Home Sales Specialists; Steve Mitchell; Emily Willetts; Pete Barber; Roland Nairnsey, Senior Vice President of Training & Development of Bob Schultz & the New Home Sales Specialists; Ted Hardeen; Karen Stant; Brad Hunter; Greg Kirby; and Renee Spencer. Not pictured: Lori Smith, Rob Dooley, & Bob Ramsey."


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I want to buy a home. Now what?

by seacoast_ashley 19. November 2009 08:28

Thinking about buying a home?

Nicole Ferguson with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty explains how an experienced real estate professional can make the process go smoothly in three simple steps.

For more information, please visit SeaCoastRealty.com or find Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty on Facebook.



Jacksonville’s Premier Properties Allies with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty

by seacoast_ashley 3. November 2009 08:44

This week, agents and staff from Premier Properties join Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty’s Jacksonville, North Carolina office. The alliance signals Wilmington, N.C.-based Sea Coast Realty’s continued expansion in the Jacksonville area.

At Sea Coast Realty, Premier Properties’ agents and staff will become the Anna Garcia Premier team. Anna Garcia and partner Sheila Cuadros will head up the team of real estate professionals that also includes Christian Garcia, Pam Ruse, and Amanda Hart. “We are bringing new, fresh ideas to the Sea Coast team and getting a great deal of support and information,” said Anna Garcia.

Team members say they love the Jacksonville area and are passionate about providing their neighbors with first-class service. “I personally work with my clients to ensure that their selling or buying experience flows smoothly with the end result being complete satisfaction,” said Cuadros, whose husband is a U.S. Marine.

Pictured in the photo are (left to right): Pam Ruse, Sheila Cuadros, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty president Tim Milam, Anna Garcia, and Christian Garcia.


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October Is Perfect Beach Weather

by seacoast_ashley 26. October 2009 08:15

At Wrightsville Beach NC although the seasons are changing, there is still plenty to do at the beach.

While the days are cooler, it's still perfect for making sandcastles, fishing, and beach walking.

The Wrightsville Beach area's real estate market is still "hot" too. So if you are looking for a new beach home or for an investment or vacation property, you can get some great deals on property in Wrightsville and Wilmington NC areas.

Just visit SeaCoastRealty.com or find Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty on Facebook.


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New Hanover County Real Estate

by seacoast_ashley 23. October 2009 08:19
New Hanover County with an estimated population of around 174,000, is a picturesque area located in the southeast corner of North Carolina includes the city of Wilmington and the beach communities of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach.
One outstanding feature of this area is its abundance of quality homes. Wrightsville Beach real estate, Carolina Beach real estate, Wilmington, NC, real estate and Wilmington Historic real estate are ideal if you desire a small town community with all the conveniences of contemporary living.

Each offers the scenic beauty and idyllic lifestyle that many people seek as an alternative to a clustered, overpopulated metropolitan environment. Sea Coast Realty can help you find what you're looking for.

If you're interested in Wrightsville Beach real estate, Carolina Beach real estate and Wilmington, NC, real estate, contact us today, and we'll work with you to find a place you can call home. You can find us online at SeaCoastRealty.com or call us at 1-800-522-9624.


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