Oak Island, NC Real Estate News

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
Love that song.  Used to sing it a  lot. But  today is a rejuvenating day for me.  I have just enjoyed the day.  Not doing anything that I don't have today.  Although I may need to can figs preserves tonight.  But basically, I am having a day off.The only thing that i have to do later in the day...is to go to the deck with Jimmy and see the sun set and the pelicans finding their way home!  and  I do plan to do that.Hope that you have been able  to have a relaxing Saturday too.
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
  Thank the Good Lord for another Good day.Today I showed property to folks that I have sold to 20 years ago.  It is good to still have folks that think you did a good job for them then and I hope that I can still do good for work them now.They are choosing to move back to Oak Island after building their dream home on the banks of a river in  Tennessee.. Then I have 4 "come and list my house" calls.  WE worked all afternoon going CMA's f or these 4 folks and I will g o and  see them next week and list these houses. It has been a great day....I am tired...I will sleep well....and have a great Saturday with another listing appointment.  Ginger of Oak Island  
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
Hi All,Need your help desperately.  I have a strong buyer who wants to buy a Manufactured home on 12 Acres of land and I am having a hard time getting a lender to loan him the money.  Do you have any experience in a situation like this.  He is a young, first time buyer who is a very hard worker and can certainly make the payment.BBandT are a possibility but I have also heard of a USAA.  I do not have any knowledge of it. So help if you can,Ginger Harper of Southport NC~Coldwell Banker SEa Coast realty.800-346-7671gingerharper@seacoastrealty.com
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 I had not been introduced to the FORD system of prospecting until today.  Have you heard of it?F   Stands for FamilyO  Stands for OccupationR  Stands for RecreationD Stands for Dreams It is a system for prospecting people that you know.   It begins with you telling them "who you are and then is followed by The F.O.R.D. questions.Think I am going to try it.Ginger Harper
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
Yes,  I have just moved into a condo on the Oceanfront as we remodel our home of 34 years.  1st day here, Sharks attacked 2 young adults ( 12 and 15  I believe) in the ocean very close to where we are staying. One young girl lost her arm and leg and the other young man lost part of his arm. We are all in shock for this to happen in our own backyards.  You hear of this happening in other parts of the world but not on Oak Island.  If you have seen this in the news, please let me know.  I do not know how far this information has reached. WE are devastated..
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
Are you seeing more realtors dying as a result of our econmic situation?  A dear friend of our was found dead on his sofa this morning  by his dear wife, and we are all in shock.Making a living is what we have to do...but not to the detriment of our lives. Remember to do something good for someone today.Stop and smell the roses!Peace and good health.Ginger Harper of Southport NC
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
This is a hard thing.  The process that you go thru and the appointments and re appointments and doctors calls and test and procedures and etc..My husband and I are dealing with this right now.  It is hard to grab hold of your life when you have this much going on.Just will say that we are going to make it thru this.Hope all is well in your lives..Ginger
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
I talked  with you earlier and told you of the listing that I was asked to come and see.  I went there at 1:00 and saw a real treat.  It was a great property located in a small community that sits on the waterway along the NC coastline close to Southport NC.The house is a well maintained property long the waters edge.I think it will sell.Ginger
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
You know, since I have been a realtor, we have gone from 1 page for a  listing and 1 page for a offer to purchase...to about total pages of around 15 pages.  Don't that seem like a waste of trees. Our state of NC has just revised the forms and we are having a webinar on that today.Would love to get back to a more simplistic way of giving buyers and seller what they need. Agree?? Ginger
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
WE have been dealing with this for a couple of years now...(thinking of 2005).WE had folks buying up lots on Oak Island for $220,000 and now their worth is only about $65,000.  I am finding it difficult to tell a buyer that they can only get $65,000 for a lot that they paid $220,000. I think that it is almost better for them to give it back to the bank...but that is one of the reasons that we are in the position that we are in now..Any advice?Ginger of Oak Island
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
If you find that you need to let go of the problems of the day, let me suggest that you go to the website of http://www.freerice.com.  You can help feed the hungry of the world.  It is great fun..Then if you need to sharpen your wits...go to http://www.sporcle.com and play a few mind games.I need to do this everyday just to let off some pressure.  Real estate is hard right now.Take care,Ginger of Southport
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 This is going to be a fun filled weekend with family and friend for the holiday.  It has been a  great day with them all. We started the weekend out by fixing a great spagetti supper for 14 to enjoy.  Going on with nice roast beef with rice and gravy, peas, string beans, corn, spiced apples, biscuits with Peach cobbler for dessert.Today the children swam in the creek, did some crabbing, went to the ocean for swim and washed off in the pool...then we ate barbecued ribs and chicken for a late dinner. This is a special time remembering those who have fought so valiantly to defend this great county of ours. God Bless.Ginger of Southport
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 Thank the Good Lord for another Good day.Today I showed property to folks that I have sold to 20 years ago.  It is good to still have folks that think you did a good job for them then and I hope that I can still do good for work them now.They are choosing to move back to Oak Island after building their dream home on the banks of a river in  Tennessee..It will  be good to have them back home. Ginger of Oak Island
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 I just read a post from another Active Rainer regarding folks that just talk too much and waste your time when you are busier than a "one armed Paper Hanger". WE have a few agents in our workplace that just like to talk and when you see them coming , you want to cringe because you have not compeleted the project that you are working on. I have yet to find the right words to let them know that I am busy and do not have time to chit chat. They will begin a story that goes on and on and there seems to be no ending. Love these folks but talk with me after hours.  I do not need to know every detail nor learn about a friend that I do not know and will never meet.   
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
  Thanks to a dear friend and agent, by the name of Thomas, for teaching me a few tricks to ActiveRain.com.  I know that we have so much to learn from each other and to share.  Just little simple trick of our business that can help to make the phone ring.  I learned about linking in the body of my blogging that will take you straight to my website.  What a treat.
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
I think that this is such a great website for Realtors and just invited about 300 of my friends to joinActiveRain.You have taught me so much and I enjoy reading the ideas of others. Hopefully some of these good folks that I have invited to join will share good and positivethoughts also. With warm regards,Ginger HarperSeaCoast Realty.
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 I wanted to run this by you all  to see how you feel about it. An agent in our area, is having Open Houses and this is how it works. He will have 4 houses Open and the requirement is that you go into the houses with your lock box and leave your card on the counter. This Open house will go on for 4 hours.....say from 10 to 2.  After that time, he will  draw 4 cards from the agents that went to preview the house and give away $100, $50, and 4 $25 gift cards. Would that go well in your area?Posted by With warm regards,   Ginger Harper http://www.GingerHarper.com gingerharper@seacoastrealty.com  
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
 I wanted to run this by you all  to see how you feel about it. An agent in our area, is having Open Houses and this is how it works. He will have 4 houses Open and the requirement is that you go into the houses with your lock box and leave your card on the counter. This Open house will go on for 4 hours.....say from 10 to 2.  After that time, he will  draw 4 cards from the agents that went to preview the house and give away $100, $50, and 4 $25 gift cards. Would that go well in your area?
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By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
That's Right.Thank God it is Monday.This is a beginning of another week.  Gray skies still but I have hope in my heart.. I anticipate a great week with 2 closings on my listing.  2 Listings appointments and 1 Open House.  Sooner or later our sellers will realize that this is not the market that it was 10 years ago.Hope you have a wonderful Day. With warm regards,Ginger HarperColdwell Banker Sea Coast Realtygingerharper@seacoastrealty.com
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