Sunset Beach, NC Real Estate News

By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
TUESDAY TREASURES ~ My BABY YELLOW ROSES ~ Catch up day after a whirlwind weekend of activity. Sometimes we all need to STOP and SMELL the ROSES... These roses are baby yellow roses that Frank planted for me where we live in Sea Trail Plantation in Sunset Beach a few years ago that have grown very nicely around the trellis. We call them the "Sunset Beach Baker Baby Roses" They are so cute and pretty ~ Wish they stayed like this forever ~ We hope you like them!!    
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
Relaxing and Dog Sitting for the Neighbors   How often do you get to have a relaxing mid - morning day to take four dogs for a walk and work on the computer? Not an easy feat? Walk four dogs, can't even think of taking a picture of that since the other half left at 7:30 am to play golf with a friend ~ Sleep in this morning ~ Not in the picture ~ Day off, no way ~ Offer them a treat ~ They will sit forever ~ Up earlier than I would like, that's okay, cause I love my neighbor's puppies ~  What is this new mush food I have to feed Noel??  OMG!!  She has kidney problems!! ~ Mush food for kidney problems!! ~Okay, I can deal with it, I'm a nurse ~  That's it though, nothing else!! It was suppose to be a  delightful day, relaxing on the back deck of my neighbor's house ~  With the dogs ~ All w...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
We All Know Someone Who Lost The Fight ~ Do This in Memory of Them ~ IN honor of women's history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer. Pass this on to five women that you want watched over. If you don't know five women to pass this on to, one will do just fine.  IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck  (written after she found out she was dying from cancer).  I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.  I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.  I would have talked less and listened more.  I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.  I would have eaten the popcorn...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
The Market is in an upswing here in Brunswick County, North Carolina. The Buyers are snagging all the "best deals", "creme of the crop", "shiny pennies", "bargains" and "unbelievable values" Inventory is moving quicker than ever before. Sales are at an all time high in Sunset Beach, Calabash, Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Carolina Shores, Southport, Leland, Oak Island and Holden Beach. Phones are ringing like crazy in all the Real Estate offices from one end of Brunswick County, North Carolina to the other. WE ARE HAVING A HOUSING FRENZY HERE!! What is your market like where you are?  Is it a feast of a famine? Statistics tell us what goes on in each market.  Prices have come down, no longer are the days of over inflated prices HOMES ARE STILL BEING BOUGHT AND SOLD!! Why not tell the med...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
Ocean Ridge Plantation has a gorgeous brick home available for an amazing price.  This is a 2800 square foot home  overlooking the Lion's Paw #4 fairway. Three bedrooms, three baths, hardwoods, tiled carolina room, gas fireplace, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, pantry, bonus room and the amenities in this community are amazing. The community has a beautiful homeowner's Beach House on Sunset Beach with private parking. Four championship golf courses, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, walking paths, gated community..... Please don't let this one slip away @ $349,900 ~ Yes, that is an amazing price of a gorgeous brick home on a beautiful 0.390 acre homesite.  This is unheard of in Ocean Ridge Plantation!! Call us to make an appointment to see this home.  Frank and...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
Really, are you kidding me or what? Property Taxes are Down!! Show me some Oceanfront homes anywhere in Brunswick County, North Carolina under a certain price range. That is what I did over this past weekend. Saturday and Sunday. I won't even go into the last minute details of Sunday. We are available to our clients 24/7 for sure whether we like it or not. Weekends are a must. Static vegetation lines were the issue of homesites on Oak Island on Saturday.  Our clients really can't believe the way people take care of their homes in Oak Island. The owners don't seem to take care if their homes are as well taken care of as they should be, our clients feel. Should we take a last minute look at the home on Sunset Beach, on Sunday?  Yes, let's take a look at the oceanfront and second row homes...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
This is a true story, proving how fascinating the mind of a six year old is. They think so logically. A teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs to her class.   She came to the part of the story where the first pig was trying to gather the building materials for his home. She read, "And so the pig went up to the man with the wheelbarrow full of straw and said: "Pardon me sir, but may I have some of that straw to build my house?" The teacher paused then asked the class: "And what do you think the man said?" One little boy raised his hand and said very matter-of-factly.... "I think the man would have said -"I'll be a son of a bitch!!  A talking pig!" The teacher had to leave the room.. The mind of a six year old..
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
A Summary of Life...Friday Funnies from the SunsetBeachTeam GREAT TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED:  1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.   2) When your Mum is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.   3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.   4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.   5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.   6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.   7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.   8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.   9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.   10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap. GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED:  1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly t...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
Dear Diary ~ I can't believe how I couldn't figure this out ~ The reason I don't have a LIKE button when I am on my page is because ~~~ I can't LIKE MYSELF ~ Jeez, was that dumb or what ~~ So here I am researching how to get a Like button when it was there the whole time ~  Now how did I finally figure this out ~ My daughter is here visiting from New York with her girlfriend Abi, who helped me with the page last night, so I happened to mention that I was obsessing and I was frustrated about not being able to get a LIKE button ~ OMG ROFLMBO *she is now laughing hysterically* Let me show you your page on my IPAD ~ She shows me my new Business Page, Sunset Beach and Beyond ~ ~ The LIKE button is on my page ~ Okay, you can all stop laughing now ~ I did mention that I was having some issues...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
Diary of a RealtorDear Diary, I've been meaning to write lately ~ but I'm really not sure how to begin ~ Most often people start at the beginning but that would require verbatim which would require an excellent memory, you know the photographic kind, which I don't have so instead I'll just randomly put down my thoughts ~ I'm having some issues with this new technology stuff ~ you know, sidebars, content, put this here, like this, tweet, etc..etc.. Last night I made a Facebook Business "Page" Sunset Beach and Beyond from my personal page but I can't figure out how to get the "LIKE" button?? Frustrated, Signed ME from Sunset Beach ~
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
Happy Spring From The Sunset Beach Team This is the most amazing gymnast we have ever encountered in our lives and we wanted to share her amazing talent with you. This young girl does not have the typical routine. This is a one of a kind routine unique to her and her abilities.
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
EXTREME SUPERMOON WILL BE A RARE TREAT FOR ALL TO SEE TONIGHT The Full Moon will rise in the sky tonight but it won't be just full ~ it will be an "Extreme Supermoon " making its closest approach to Earth in 18 years.  The moon, which will appear about 10 to 15 percent larger than normal, could possibly create abnormally high tides through Sunday. The tides are going to be higher, worldwide and the moon will look huge and orangey" The moon will closely resemble a "harvest moon", said Mark Jankowski, of Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. Sunset will be the best time to look at the moon.  So we are heading over to Sunset Beach, less than a mile away from where we live in Sea Trail Plantation, to watch the beautiful sunset in the west sky and then watch the moon come up in...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
One night early for the full moon We organized a full moon party tonight for a bunch of our clients on Sunset Beach ~ Thanks to an orbital fluke that brings the moon closer to Earth than it has been in more than 18 years, the biggest full moon of 2011 will occur on Saturday. One of our couples has to leave tomorrow so we organized the party for tonight, the night before the full moon. On Saturday afternoon at 3pm Eastern Daylight Time, the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2011. At its peak, the supermoon of March may appear 14 percent larger larger and 30 percent brighter than lesser full moons. Happy Mooning!    
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY TO ALL FROM THE SUNSET BEACH TEAM This is the most amazing video to watch "Snuggling on the Beach"  Enjoy and imagine how precious these moments were ~ THE JOY, HAPPINESS AND TRUST OF THE SEAL IS SO APPARENT IN IT'S MOVEMENTS.     
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
We're Not The Only One Changing Logo's ~ Re-branding Your Image Out of Respect for another agent's trademark, and the fear of being sued, we changed our Company Name and Logo Design. We now look to the change as one of growth, renewal and continued success with our business. We chose the name to reflect where we live, work and invest our time. Change is Okay.  A new image with much to be thankful for. Another change was unveiled at the recent Annual Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce meeting.  The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce has a new logo and a new tagline ~ "Building Community and Supporting Business" These changes are part of a re-branding effort.                                                        The chamber has also adopted a new mission statement ~ "The Brunswick Co...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
Market Report For Sea Trail Plantation, Sunset Beach,                 North Carolina Active Residential Homes Statistical Chart Report Listings as of 03/15/11 at 3:40pm    Listings per Status    Minimum, Average, Maximum    Days On Market Analysis    Listing Price\Selling Price  Active: 26  Pending: 1  Sold: 0  Other: 0  Total: 27    Bedrooms  Bathrooms  Square Feet  List Price  Selling Price  DOM/CDOM  Minimum  3   2.00   1,401   $225,000      14/14   Average  3   2.93   2,327   $418,824   $0   225/334   Median  3   3.00   2,201   $389,900   $0   154/232   Maximum  6   5.00   3,801   $699,000   $0   729/1409   Total Dollar Value           $0 
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
               There  once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church  carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Eyebrows  were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak  was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming toward me swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright. I stopped the lad and asked, "What do you have there, son?"       "Just some old birds," came the reply.    "What are you going to do with them?" I asked.       "Take 'em home and have fun with 'em," he answered. "I'm   gonna tease 'em and pull out their feathers to make 'em fight. I'm gonna have   a real good time."   "But...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
SUNDAY SILLY FROM THE SUNSET BEACH TEAM    A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him. The waitress asks them for their orders. The man says, "A hamburger, fries and a coke," and turns to the ostrich, "What's yours?" "I'll have the same," says the ostrich.   A short time later the waitress returns with the order.  "That will be $9.40 please."  The man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment. The next day, the man and the ostrich come again and the man says, "A hamburger, fries and a coke." The ostrich says, "I'll have the same." Again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change. This becomes routine until the two enter again. "The usual?" asks the waitress. "No, this is Friday night, so I will have a steak, baked potato a...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
Kodak/ActiveRain Challenge ~ The Closing Gift ~ Personalized We wanted to be creative and unique when we gave our clients a closing gift. We wanted to always be remembered in some way or another. We didn't want something that would go in a cabinet and never be seen. We didn't want something that would be used once like a gift certificate. Twice for clients Frank purchased and installed a garage door opener. These gifts were certainly appreciated but were not always needed with every sale of a home. Thinking caps back on ~ our next client purchased a home in a brand new subdivision. The home came with everything new including a garage door opener. Shoot, what are we going to get. We wanted something personal because these clients had become our friends. We googled (of course we googled) ...
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