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Marsh Oaks Halloween Extravaganza - 10/31/10 09:59 AM
Yesterday was a very special day for our girls as they joined in the festivities at the Marsh Oaks Halloween Extravaganza. There were Games, Crafts & Hayrides!!!
Parents joined together to decorate the Marsh Oaks Clubhouse and Playground for a Spooktacular Evening of fun and food.
Prizes were awarded for the Scariest Food and for the Costume Contest! There were wonderful donations from Tutus for Tots, Perfectly Frosted Cupcakes, McKenzie Baker Interiors, Mandi's Ice Cream, Kornerstone, Wendy's, Jersey Mikes and from the local kitchens of Marsh Oaks' crafty parents!
photos courtesy of Beth Watson Hedgepeth CAN YOU FEEL THE EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR? THE NC HOLIDAY FLOTILLA IS COMING!
This breathtaking event, full of good cheer, beautiful sights and GREAT people is a Wrightsville Beach, NC tradition. It's even on the list of Top 20 "Must See Events in the Southeast"! You don't want to miss this! The kickoff for this fabulous event takes place November 6, 2010 with the 3rd Annual 5k run at 9am at the Wrightsville Beach Loop. Friday November (18 comments)
My granddaughters are excited to be participating in a Food Drive at their school, Ogden Elementary, in Wilmington, NC. They are already hard at work collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the Wilmington Food Bank. Their goal? To have 1 box full on the first day of the Food Drive. The need is great, and our neighbors need our help. Your donation can help a child do better in school because of a full tummy, or an elderly person have 3 meals AND their medications! So (17 comments)
Paying it Forward at the pump - 10/28/10 06:30 AM
This week has been full of opportunities to Pay it Forward and do something for someone else with no expectation of anything in return. And I took advantage of every one I could find! My favorite? Monday, while gassing up the car, Cheeky Assistant took notice of a car 2 pumps over. She's very observant and she noticed that the young woman with 2 small children in the back seat of her car (which looked to be on it's last legs), was looking for something under all the seats and in her purse. CA watched for a minute and realized the young lady was trying (48 comments)
Each of us face daily challenges and while many of us do it with a modicum of temperance, Larry does it with Grace. Please go to his Blog to post your comments.
Via Larry O'Sullivan (Rocky Mountain Realty, Sandy, UT): Smiling commercials on television would have you believe that obtaining vehicular insurance is a swimmingly easy procedure. It may well be so for most: not so for me, as I seem to bring out life's challenges at every turn. My wife's Buick presented no problem,as long as she, not me, is the driver, but how to properly insure my aged (0 comments)
I don't need no stinkin' REALTOR®! I can sell my house myself! - 10/26/10 06:15 PM
"I don't need no stinkin' REALTOR®! I can sell my house myself!" Look, I get that times are tough, and saving money wherever we can is important to everyone. But selling your house really isn't the place to cut corners and hope for the best. I am perfectly aware that selling a house isn't brain surgery. But there are skills and training needed to do it well. I mean, I can change the oil in my car, but not as efficiently or cost effectively as my mechanic. That's why I pay him to do it. Not because I can't, but (69 comments)
For almost 30 years the folks at Poplar Grove in Wilmington, NC have been serving up a scaretastic good time and this year will be no different! The Haunted Barn opens at 6pm -- this is NOT for the feint of heart! Tickets are $8. The Haunted Hayrides begin each evening at dark. Don't go alone! Tickets are $8. Inflatable Carnival Rides. Tickets are $10 for the entire day. Little Kids Fun House open till 10pm. Tickets $5 Non-Scary Hayrides Saturday (20 comments)
This is an excellent article written by an Associate of mine from Fayetteville, NC, Melissa Mckinney. She has included an excellent chart which should answer The MILLION dollar question. . . Is it a GOOD time to buy a house? Please make your comments to her.
Via Melissa Mckinney~Fayetteville NC Home Finder (Realty World Integrity First): The MILLION dollar question... Is it a GOOD time to buy a house? I get asked this question ALL the time. I try to give my potential buyers the information that they need to make a sound decision and then let them decide. It (0 comments)
Fort Fisher Aquarium will be hosting it's most popular event of the year, TRICK OR TREAT UNDER THE SEA, on Wednesday October 27 and Thurdsay October 28, 2010 from 5:30pm ~ 8:00pm. Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume (no masks for adults, please) and take part in games, story-telling, face painting, 2 magic shows a night, and haunted gardens! Keep an eye out for the Spooky Divers, they'll be haunting the big tank! Join the Fresh Water Wonders "crew" to play games and win prizes. You'll get a (17 comments)
Round up your family and friends and get yourselves to the "Wrightsville Beach Loop" on Thanksgiving Day for the 6th Annual Turkey Trot! It's a great way to kick off Thanksgiving Day -- and make a little room for that Thanksgiving dinner! Choose from a 2.4 mile Turkey Trot or 1 mile or 2.4 mile Gobble Family Fun Walk. Register online or snail mail by November 22, 2010 for $20 per runner (timing equipment included), $15 per walker. Onsite registration on race day is $25 per runner and $20 per (19 comments)
Paying it Forward in Wrightsville Beach, NC - 10/21/10 06:43 PM
I've been looking for my opportunity to Pay it Forward this week. Usually the opportunities are many, but for some reason this week has been a little different. I have been busier than in the recent past, so maybe I'm just not as open to seeing the chances to Pay it Forward life presents. But wouldn't you know, just when I was least expecting it, my opportunity presented itself. My daughter asked me to drop some books off at the library yesterday. I forgot. So I made a stop on my way to the office this morning at "oh my gosh, it's early". (34 comments)
Ever have one of those days? Of course you have, you're on ActiveRain! - 10/20/10 08:25 PM
After the slightly traumatizing day I had yesterday, I was somewhat trepidatious as I left for the office this morning. Seems everything is just a little, off, for some reason. Nothing's really wrong, it's just, off. And I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. Well, it dropped. At about 3pm EST. Look what was delivered to my office from my friend, Fozzie. Who is Fozzie? Only the greatest bear to ever live!
Actually, Fozzie is my friend, Melissa McKinney from Fayettville, NC. Melissa saw my post from last night about my not so great (23 comments)
I'm going to wait for the market to hit bottom before I buy. - 10/20/10 02:21 PM
"I'm going to wait for the market to hit bottom before I buy." Are you now? And when exactly will that be? Are you the one who hijacked my crystal ball? Hope that thing's working better for you than it did for me. How will you know when the market has hit bottom? Will there be a memo sent out to let us all know it's on a certain date? Who is going to let you know? Will your Uncle Cecil's wife's, brother's, cousin-in-law's, niece's friend tell you? Really. I want to know. How will you know when the market has hit (242 comments)
Fabulous like-new home with tremendous style; top of the line everything. Large, outdoor terrace with grand fireplace, overlooking natural and very private .96 acre lot. Additional 2-car, detached garage with 600 square feet and bath.
All this and only 3 miles to Wrightsville Beach and Mayfaire! $699,000
Do you have the right attitude to sell your house? - 10/18/10 03:30 PM
Do you have the right attitude to sell your house? It's great that you're pricing it right, taking care of repairs, staging the house, planting a few flowers or just cleaning out the garage. Those are all important. But so is your ATTITUDE. Sellers not only need to do the physical labor to get their homes ready, they need to do the mental as well. Are you ready to keep the home in showing condition? This means looking at it EVERY day with the eyes of a buyer. You'll have things that you don't feel like doing or dealing with, but if (27 comments)
There's flotsam in my sink! Help! - 10/18/10 11:09 AM
My garbage disposal has stopped working. I can hear a slight "whirr", but nothing is moving and my sink is full of water and, well, it looks like flotsam. Not a pretty sight. I've pushed the re-set button and tried using an allen wrench, but it's not doing anything. So, I call my daughter, she worked for a plumber years ago, maybe she's got a solution. "There's flotsam in my sink! Help!" "Use the 'key', Mom." "The 'key'?" "Yeah. It looks like an allen wrench on steroids. Isn't there one taped to the bottom of the disposal?" "No. And I tried (23 comments)
How can I get the most money for my house? - 10/17/10 08:42 AM
I was recently asked, "How can I get the most money for my house?" Now, this is not a new question for REALTORS® and frankly, the answer is not a new one either. "Curb Appeal, Staging and PRICING IT RIGHT!" Not the "magic potion" this Seller was hoping for. Seems Sellers want to do less work and still over-price their homes. Not sure why anyone thinks this will work in today's market, but the truth is, I hope they like living in that home. Because if they don't get smart about today's market and what they need to do to sell their home, (132 comments)
The Arboretum is located in the heart of New Hanover County on 7 acres and is planted with a wide variety of plants that grow in our coastal area. It was a gorgeous 75 degrees when we stopped in, and it was a perfect day for strolling through the gardens. There is a pond that features several aquatic plants; water lilies, lotus pickerweed and papyrus. It's also stocked with Koi and (20 comments)
Bermuda setting in quiet gated community with panoramic water views from practically every room. Arrive home to spectacular sunsets or a freighter/tall ship navigating the channel. A River House with vaulted ceilings, remodeled bathrooms, hardwood floors, new energy star roof and16 SEER geothermal HVAC systems plus two oversized garage bays. Additional 500 SF of finished space on 1st level has water view.
The 24' boat slip can accomodate up to a 10,000 lb. lift (10 comments)
Encourage reading and PAY IT FORWARD! My granddaughters school had their book fair last week and my daughter volunteered to help out for a couple of days. The kids in my granddaughters class came through to make their lists so they could tell their parent's how much money they would need to buy a book. CA told me of a little boy in my granddaughters class that was going to be unable to buy a book because his family doesn't have the money for such things. This was deeply troubling to CA, so she was trying to find the $$ (24 comments)
Golf Course home in Porter's Neck Plantation. 1508 Jupiter Hills Circle Wilmington, NC 28411 Porter's Neck Plantation MLS # 450304
This timeless, custom-built, 3 bedroom, 3 bath home overlooks the 18th fairway of the Tom Fazio designed golf course at Porter's Neck Plantation. Large deck and covered patio, hardwoods in all living areas, gourmet kitchen and walk-in attic. Gated community with tennis, pool, golf, fitness center and restaurant. Come live the life you've been dreaming about! $475,000.
WATERFRONT HOME IN WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC 11 LAGOON DRIVE WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC 28480 MLS # 443521
Fantastic views from this stunning 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath waterfront Wrightsville Beach, NC home. Over 3000 square feet of bright, sunny rooms with incredible views from both floors. Deep water dock at your backdoor with room for multiple boats. This Wrightsville Beach, NC home is located on a unique, PROTECTED cove with sandy beach. $1,950,000.
Calling all you little ghosts and goblins! Battleship North Carolina is having a Batty Battleship Bash JUST FOR YOU! Tuesday October 26, 2010 from 5:30 ~ 8:00pm you can trick-or-treat, play games, hear stories and snack on some spooktacular goodies at the BATTY BATTLESHIP HALLOWEEN BASH! Tickets are $5 pp and can be purchased at the Battleship North Carolina at: 1 Battleship Road Wilmington, NC 28401 DON'T MISS ALL THE GHOSTY AND GHOULY FUN!!!!
Adventures in Real Estate with Tish & Cheeky Assistant - 10/12/10 04:26 PM
Cheeky Assistant & I were reminiscing today about some of our Real Estate Adventures. I was having a great time remembering some GREAT Clients and FANTASTIC homes. It was a lovely trip down memory lane. Then, CA reminded me of this one. Surely she could find someone else to harass. Any takers? Roger? Bill? Liz? Charita? Melissa? Richie? Steve? Anyone? I was working with a delightful couple on the purchase of an oceanblock lot and the building of their dream home. We'd been back and forth through the mail and phone calls and they had finally come down to take a look. Turned out (41 comments)
Taking Care of Each Other! - 10/12/10 01:42 PM
This is IMPORTANT! We, as members of NAR, need to get behind this and do our part to see that it comes to fruition. Many thanks to Joeann Fossland for posting this and bringing it to our attention. Let's do what we can to take care of each other!
Via Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach (Advantage Solutions Group): “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead Think about this.... "Coma…a medically induced coma… Pat was in a coma… Put yourself in Pat’s Place… (3 comments)
The time to buy a home in Wrightsville Beach, NC is NOW! So, what in the world are you waiting for -- a written invitation? Well, consider this it! Let's look at the cold, hard facts: Interest rates are at historic lows (even if you don't like history, you can get into this!) Asking prices have become reasonable (maybe not all, but certainly the majority!) There are so many homes to choose from, you're sure to find the home of your dreams! You've been dreaming of having a house at the beach -- why wait any longer? (9 comments)
While there are many who will not be especially interested in the Ballard Home Sales Statistics, Glenn Robert's assessment of a "Healthy Seller's Market" is very worthy of note! Please make your comments directly to Glenn. Thanks, this is worth the read!
Via Glenn Roberts - Seattle Residential (Lake & Company Real Estate): Glenn Roberts | Ravenna Park | My Seattle | Lake & Co Real Estate Ballard Home Sales Statistics In This Post A new look at the Ballard Real Estate Market
The Ballard market didn't slow down on account of Octoberfest celebrations. There are currently 110 (0 comments)
De-clutter and de-personalize your home before you put it on the market!
Buyers need to visualize themselves in your home. They need to be able to imagine making their own memories inside those 4 walls. And the majority of them cannot do this with all of your "stuff" in the way. I know, that "stuff" is important to you. I get that. But I am assuming that selling your house is important to you as well, so you're going to have to get over (30 comments)
CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME. LET'S DO WHAT WE CAN, WHEN WE CAN, WHERE WE CAN - 10/10/10 11:35 AM
I was raised, and raised my children, with the credo "Charity begins at home." For my family, HOME is not just the 4 walls with an address, where we sleep -- It's our entire community. Even if they live 20 miles from our house, if they are in our vicinity, they are our neighbors and a part of our "home". I don't have to know your name, I just have to know that you live in my community; that alone makes you a part of my definition of "home". Like many communities today, my community of New Hanover County, NC has been hit by the poor (70 comments)
We all need a little help once in a while. We can do everything right, follow all the rules and still, somehow end up in a place we never imagined. Having to live with hunger shouldn't happen. Having to put your child to bed hungry or send them to school without breakfast has to be one of the most devastating feelings and it shouldn't happen. I have been blessed to never be in that position, but I have known people that were, and they were much like me. They loved their (10 comments)
Hey, don't blame me for the title -- it's the Flaming Amy's motto!
Had the opportunity to take some Client's to lunch today and decided to try something new. So we ventured about 10 minutes outside of Wrightsville Beach, NC and ended up at Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn. I am so glad we did! YUM! I really enjoyed the salsa bar! Double YUM! The prices are reasonable, the staff superb and the food delicious! So I just had to blog about it! (12 comments)
No, I didn't say it wrong. You heard it wrong. Score one for Cheeky Assistant! - 10/08/10 08:54 AM
How many times has this happened to you? You tell someone something and they just assume that you meant something else entirely -- then they act, or don't act, accordingly? Or they somehow draw a different conclusion than you intended? Most people do not take us at our word. They are always looking for the hidden meaning. For those people, it doesn't matter what or how you say it -- they are going to put their own spin on it. I'm not talking about those that can't hear well, I'm talking about those that are so busy trying to figure out what you're (71 comments)
I LIKE my fellow Real Estate Agents! - 10/06/10 09:28 AM
Much has been said and written about those annoying Real Estate Agents who: Make it hard to show a property Don't take calls Don't return calls Write some pretty silly stuff into contracts I've experienced all of that. But I've also had some GREAT experiences working with other Real Estate Agents! In fact, I've had more GREAT experiences than bad. Maybe it's my perception, maybe it's that I've been blessed, or maybe, just maybe, it's that there are MORE GREAT AGENTS than there are bad ones. I have always found it to be, not only in MY best interest, but the (53 comments)
David Ames posted this article this morning and in case you missed it, I think every one here could benefit from the wonderful information. Thanks, David! Please make your comments to him.
Via David Ames (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) (Zephyr Real Estate): Our sales manager emailed the following article to all our agents this morning. This particular piece had "AR encouragement" written all over it, and I found the Zone descriptions to be spot on and something everyone can truly relate to in life. Enjoy and share... Get Out of the Comfort Zone ... It's Destroying Your Business! (0 comments)
GHOST SHIP (Battleship) North Carolina is scaring up some ghosts!! - 10/05/10 02:11 PM
GHOST SHIP NORTH CAROLINA! Ghosts, Ghouls, Zombies, oh my! All this month Battleship North Carolina is renaming itself and scaring up some ghosts! There are stories of ghosts aboard the Battleship North Carolina, and it's even been investigated by Ghost Hunters International (SyFy Channel). But has anyone ever really seen one? Oh, yes they have! And all this month you'll have a chance to see them too! The ship will be decorated for the Season of Scare! Every Friday and Saturday starting Friday October 8, 2010 from 7 ~ 10pm you can explore the GHOST SHIP NORTH CAROLINA! Tickets are $10 (8 comments)
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH IS GOING TO THE DOGS! - 10/04/10 12:37 PM
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH IS GOING TO THE DOGS! 17th ANNUAL BARK IN THE PARK CANINE DISC CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY OCTOBER 9 @11AM WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH PARK
Is your dog a mighty mutt? Or maybe a playful purebred? Can they catch a flying disc? Then you need to enter them in the 2010 Skyhoundz Hyperflight Canine Disc Championships! No experience is necessary, admission is FREE to all competitors and spectators and all competitors will receive a FREE Official Hyperflite K-10 Competition Standard flying disc. You'll earn points for basic throws and catches with extra points for mid-air catches. Top 3 teams will receive awards. Even (7 comments)
Is General William Whiting still at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, NC? - 10/03/10 04:50 PM
Shhhh. Listen. Do you hear that? Guns firing, clashing of swords, running feet, blasting of cannons, screams of agony, moans of the dying? Can you see that figure in the pine grove? He's wearing a uniform of sorts, it looks to be gray. Confederate gray. What is he looking at? You? Can he see and hear you? Or is he simply maintaining his post? Wilmington was the last of the Confederate south's trade ports to remain open during the last days of the Civil War and the men of Fort Fisher made that possible. Led by General William Whiting Fort Fisher was (21 comments)
A Visit to Lake Waccamaw in Brunswick County NC - 10/02/10 08:07 PM
While I was busy with Clients today, Cheeky Assistant took the girls and went "adventuring". They ended up at Lake Waccamaw in Brunswick County, NC and had a chance to see some beautiful scenery and a few of the local inhabitants.
Lake Waccamaw is more than 9000 acres and has 14 miles of shoreline. The Green Swamp, located near Lake Waccamaw State Park was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974 and is home to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, Bachman's sparrow and the American alligator.
Minnie Evans (1892 ~ 1987) was a much beloved local Wilmington, NC artist. She began drawing in 1935 while in the employ of the Pembroke & Sarah Jones family. She said that God had come to her in a dream and told her to draw so that she could live. She had no formal training and did much of her work in colored wax crayons. While working at Airlie Gardens as a Gate Attendant she began selling her art to supplement her income. (20 comments)
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