10 Things to do in Eastern NC This Weekend!

by seacoast_ashley 23. April 2015 15:21


As the weekend approaches our coast is gearing up for activities galore! Whether you have guests in town, or are visiting our area you will surely find something fun! Here are 10 things to do on the NC coast this weekend!

1. 2015 Parade of Homes

If you are exploring your home buying options here in the Cape Fear, or just love to look at beautiful homes then this is the activity for you! Over 70 homes will be on display this year. See some of the options offered up by our local homebuilders. The event runs for two weekends April 25-26 and then again from May 1-2. Homes are open for viewing from 12pm-5pm. For more details visit


2. Southport Paint the Town Plein Air Paint Out

The town of Southport will be hosting the Plein Air Paint Out. Both beginner and seasoned artists alike will be practicing the art of plein air painting (painting in the outdoors). Visitors will be able to meander the quaint town of Southport, have the chance to speak with the artists, and the opportunity to purchase paintings on site. The event runs from 9am-5pm April24 - April25.For more details, check out the Star News article


3. Celebrate the Flytrap!

The NC Coastal Land Trust sponsored event Flytrap Frolic will be held Saturday from 9am-1pm at 3800 Canterbury Road. This is a freeevent with activities the whole family can enjoy. After treating the kids to a carnivorous plant lesson, drop them with the sitter and head out to one of Wilmington’s newest watering holes. Head to  Flytrap Brewery for live music and dinner from the Vittles Food Truck. Cheers to our region and the unique plants that grow here! http://www.coastallandtrust.org/Flytrap  


4. The Star Party at Carolina Beach State Park

Star gaze on April 24 from 7:00pm-10:30pm. Telescopes will be set up for viewing our beautiful night sky, and astronomy related activities will be available for all to enjoy. This is a state wide event happening all along our coast. You might also be interested in the event happening in Jacksonville. In the event of rain the event will be held the following night April 25. To learn more about the event or to find a Star Party closer to you, visit


5. The Carolina Cup


Head out to Wrightsville beach this weekend to catch the tail end of the Carolina Cup! This weeklong event will wind up on Saturday. Wrightsville Beach is one of the premiere locations for SUP (Stand-up Paddling). There are sure to be some amazing sites and most likely include a ride home filled with plans for buying your first SUP. Events will be in full swing April 24 - April 25. For information about this event


6. Earth Day Celebration at Hugh MacRae Park

Celebrate our Earth with your family in a beautiful setting. This annual event will be held April 25 from 12pm-6pm. The event is free to attend. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. This is a family friendly FUN event. The offerings include live music, a kids zone, and exhibitors galore! This event is designed to honor our Earth, educate, and inspire eco action!


7. Wilmington Riverfront Farmers Market

Yay! The market is back until November. Stroll downtown, maybe catch a yummy breakfast at The Dixie Grill, then head down to the Riverfront to scoop up plenty of fresh local foods, flowers, and crafts. This is a nice place to meet the people in your community and explore the amazing things that our farmers grow! The market is open April 25 from 8am-1pm.


8. Coastal Cluck Coop Tour

April 25 from 10am-3pm visitors will be able to tour the many cool coops of Wilmington chicken owners! The event is free with a donation of non-perishables for Mother Hubbard’s Kitchen. If you have been thinking about owning and raising your own chickens, or just want to see some of the coops around town then this is the event for you. Coop owners will answer questions and educate the public on raising chickens. Many of the stops on the tour will be selling various chicken or farm related products, think fresh local eggs! For more information about the tour check out their Facebook Page


9. Walking Tour of Historic Churches in Wilmington


Wilmington has some of the most beautiful churches in the state. This is a chance to take a 2 1/2 hour long tour of seven of the historic churches located downtown. The tour starts at the Latimer House at 1:30pm April 26. What a great way to meet people, explore some amazing sites, and get your exercise in!


10. Coast in and Win!

While out and about exploring our area stop in at one of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage’s open houses on Sat or Sun. By stopping in and viewing the house you will be entered into the monthly drawing for $500! Pretty easy way to pay for all of those weekend activities!



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

by seacoast_ashley 24. March 2015 03:47


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):


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.


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.


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.


To meet more amazing pets and their humans or to tell us about your furry friends visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/seacoastrealty

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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/ 


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.


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!

February 2015 - Katee Evans (Debi Byrd) 2.JPG

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?

Let us know what you would do with an extra $500


Learn more about our Coast in and Win Contest and view our open houses


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)

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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Check out our Pinterest page to see some great ways to repurpose your furniture.


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!

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.

The Sea Coast Realty Real Estate Academy

by seacoast_ashley 1. August 2011 02:45

Sea Coast Realty goes above and beyond to offer our clients the most experienced and educated real estate professionals. With more than 300 real estate professionals serving our clients, we can only afford to hire the best.

So whether you hope to sell Wilmington, NC homes for sale or Jacksonville, NC real estate, you need to be well prepared.

In an effort to help interested individuals pursue their goal of becoming a licensed real estate agent, Sea Coast Realty offers an educational real estate program. The Sea Coast Real Estate Academy offers pre-licensing classes and post-licensing courses for interested professionals.


Our pre-licensing courses are ideal for someone looking to get their start in real estate. The pre-licensing program consists of 75 hours of instruction in the basic principles and practices of real estate.

Students enrolled in our Southeastern, NC courses can expect to explore diverse topics including:

  • Property ownership

  • Real estate law

  • Finance

  • Brokerage relationships

  • Closings

  • Transfer of title

  • Sales contracts

  • Valuation

  • Taxation

  • Fair housing

With successful completion of our pre-licensing courses, students should be qualified to take the real estate license examination.


Within three years of initial licensure, “provisional” brokers are required to complete 90 hours of post-licensing education. During each of the first three years after initial licensing, a broker must complete one of their three 30 hour post-licensing courses.

Sea Coast Realty offers post-licensing courses in an effort to help “provisional” brokers meet their requirements. Topics in these courses vary and offer instruction at a level beyond what is provided in the pre-licensing courses.

Want to learn more about our Sea Coast Real Estate Academy? Contact Sea Coast Realty today.

How to Choose Your Real Estate Agency

by seacoast_ashley 26. July 2011 02:22

With all the real estate professionals available to you and your family, why should you choose Sea Coast Realty? It’s easy to get lost in the countless choices available to you as you begin the search for ideal Wilmington, NC new homes, vacation, or retirement homes.

Choosing the right real estate company could mean the difference between finding your dream home and finding nothing but a headache.

So why choose Sea Coast Realty? We could list off millions of reasons why we think we’re number one, but we’ll let the facts speak for themselves:

  • For over a decade, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty has been the largest and best-selling real estate company in Southeastern, NC.

  • We offer more than 300 real estate professionals to help families like yours find their dream Leland, Wilmington, or Jacksonville, NC new home.

  • Our sales associates are experienced at finding all residential properties including: resort/vacation, home sites/land/acreage, and relocations.

  • Our real estate professionals live in the cities they serve, making them more knowledgeable and committed.

  • We offer 10 convenient locations throughout Southeastern, NC to help better serve our clients.

  • Sea Coast Realty offers pre-licensing and post-licensing courses for those looking to enter real estate profession.

  • Sea Coast Realty is involved in a variety of charities and makes a point to give back to the Southeastern, NC community.

When you’re choosing a real estate company to represent your family’s best interests, you want to choose a company you know you can trust. Sea Coast Realty offers years of experience and puts customer service above all else.

Don’t just take our word for it; contact us today to learn more about how our real estate agents go above and beyond for our clients.

Want to Start Off With a High Sales Price?

by seacoast_ashley 25. January 2011 02:55

So, you’ve done your research, you’ve updated your home and you’re ready to sell. You’re already shopping for Wilmington, NC new homes. While you think you have a fairly good idea of what your home is worth, as a sensible home-seller you schedule appointments with three local listing agents.

Amazingly, two of the Realtors come up with prices that are lower than you anticipated. Although they back up their recommendations with recent sales data of similar homes, you are still convinced your house is worth more. However, when you interview the third agent's figures, they are much more in line with your own anticipated value, or maybe even higher. So, which realtor do you choose?

Choosing a Realtor

While number three may seem like the obvious choice, there is more to consider. You may think that it is more beneficial to choose an agent that is willing to start out at your price and drop the price later if necessary. After all, everyone else does it!

The truth is that you may have just met an agent engaging in a questionable sales practice called "buying a listing." He "bought" the listing by suggesting you might be able to get a higher sales price than the other agents recommended. Most likely, he is quite doubtful that your home will actually sell at that price. The intention from the beginning is to eventually talk you into lowering the price.

What’s Going On Behind the Scenes

Contrary to popular belief, a listing agent does not usually attempt to sell your home to a homebuyer. Listing agents actually market your home to the hordes of other local agents who work with homebuyers, dramatically increasing your personal sales force. During the first couple of weeks your home should be a flurry of activity with buyer's agents coming to preview your home; if the price is right…

If you and your agent have overpriced, fewer agents will preview your home. After all, they are realtors, and it is their job to know local market conditions and home values.

Dropping Your Price...Too Late

By the time you finally decide to drop the price, your house is "old news." You will never be able to recapture the flurry of initial activity you could have had with a realistic price. All of this is just keeping you from moving into your dream Jacksonville, NC real estate.

By overpricing your home in the beginning, you could actually end up settling for a lower price than you would have normally received.

Remember, Realtors Talk to Each Other

Remember those two conscientious agents who got aced out of the listing? If your listing agent routinely engages in "buying" listings, he has probably aced out scores of other agents in the same way. Realtors talk to each other. If they don't like your listing agent, not as many of them will be showing your home.

In short, you may have ended up with an agent who was good at selling you, but not good at selling your house.

Moral of the story? Choose a realistic price and a realtor you can trust. Contact Sea Coast Realty today to find a qualified agent near you.

It's Alive!

by seacoast_ashley 28. June 2010 10:51

The new and improved SeaCoastRealty.com is up and running!

So far, the response to our new look and new features has been overwhelmingly positive.

Check it out at SeaCoastRealty.com and let us know what you think.


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