Sunset Beach, NC Real Estate News

By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR ~ THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT ~ FEBUARY 3, 2011 Gung Hay Fat Choy!  (Happy Chinese New Year!) The start of Chinese New Year this year falls on:  Thursday, February 3, 2011 — The Year of the Rabbit. Happy New Year   Chinese zodiac 2011 horoscope predictions Chinese New Year foods Chinese New Year recipes If you were born in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, or 2011 - you were born under the sign of the rabbit. Like the rabbit, you are one of cuddliest & sweetest creatures in the Chinese zodiac. Although considered somewhat timid by more dynamic signs, you are wise and cautious, and know better than to jump into any situation without thinking! Tactful, considerate, and popular with a wide circle of friends and family, luck just seems to come to you unbidde...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
IS IT JUST US OR IS EVERYONE OUT THERE TODAY GETTING HIT WITH EMAILS FROM CLIENTS ABOUT LISTINGS? Believe me, I'm not complaining but since yesterday we have been receiving emails and phone calls from our out of town clients about various listings they have received from us. Is it just us or is everyone having more activity? We set our clients up with portals to receive listings the minute they go on the market.  It's one of the features we have with our Multiple Listing Services in Brunswick and Horry County. New listings and price changes are two of the key features of the portals. As soon as we make contact with a client, we find out the criteria for their home search and input their criteria into the portal. We see what they receive, we are able to make comments to them, they are ab...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
NO ONE IS LOOKING ANYWAY ~ SO HERE GOES ~ LAST ONE IN IS A ROTTEN EGGThis is the last day for the January 31st Challenge that was started by Connie Harvey.  For Connie Harvey, it was a new experience. She never started a group nor posted a challenge.  "OMG I never expected that kind of reaction".  On January 1st, she mentioned that 134 joined the group and 118 commented on the original post. The group she is talking about,   31 DAY CHALLENGE FOR JANUARY. This challenge asked for those in Active Rain to get in the habit of blogging daily. For me, this was a challenge as a newbie. For the entire month of December, I blogged every single day. That was an accomplishment for me. When this challenge came up, I felt ready for it. The fact that you were able to blog to whomever you decide your ...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
SOCIAL NETWORKING AND THE CONSUMER ~ WHICH "P" DO YOU DO? Real Estate Professionals that delve in SOCIAL NETWORKING are looking to obtain LOYALTY from consumers.  Many consumers will create multiple connections with many real estate agents. This is where the problem lies with the LOYALTY issue. Do we lose consumers because we don't know how to "brand" our own real estate network on our websites? Do we focus too much on the multiple online communities trying desperately to "friend" or "tweet" to consumers? We, as Real Estate Professionals, want to draw consumers to our websites, with the notion that something will benefit them. They look to us for leadership and the know how of the communities we serve. What is your strategy for drawing the consumer in? All Real Estate Agents "PROSPECT" ...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
BRUNSWICK COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA CHAMBER OF COMMERCEBrunswick County Chamber of Commerce provides visitors with a FREE Visitor's Guide or you can stop by the Chamber's office located in Shallotte at 4948 Main Street.                      Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce was established in 1976 as a membership driven organization to promote local businesses and tourism in the area.   Need information about the beach communities, visit the  website If you are planning to relocate or visit, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is the source of all the information you would need.  The website is your best source for information. There are widgets for JOB POSTINGS and HOT DEALS.                                                      
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
BOB STEWART ~ THE MYSTERY BEHIND HIT ROUTER ~ ANOTHER TICKET SOLVED BOY WAS I UPSET UNTIL I FOUND OUT ABOUT HIT ROUTER FROM BOB STEWART I was cruising around Active Rain today checking out all the different features, reading blogs, commenting and enjoying a day of carefree cyber space.  Hmm, let's see what new tool I can learn today. How about cruising over to my outside blog to see what happens when someone searches the widget on the side bar for homes.  I checked this once when I set up HIT ROUTER for the city/town, SUNSET BEACH, NC. At that time, it went directly to my website to search homes in SUNSET BEACH,NC. Hmm, I think I'll put in another city/town this time ~ How about CALABASH, NC this time ~ Click enter ~ What is going on ~ this is going to someone else's website ~ how in th...
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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 am still in the 4 day workshop with Mike Ferry Trainer, David Long.  He is doing an excellent job and I feel motivated to take this real estate business as a real job.  I have been an agent and top producer since 1983 but know and realize that we must change with the times.   The times of the day are not what they were 20 years ago...so...here I go once more. The knowledge that we learn can never be taken from us.   Thanks Mike,   Ginger of Southport
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
SOME PEOPLE CAN BE JUST PLAIN DUMB ~ AND IT CAN BE DARN HUMOROUS   All joking aside for a moment ~ okay that's long enough ~ there are some just plain dumb people out there in the world.  I'm sure you have encountered some and I'm not talking about those who misspell because we see them all the time on Active Rain, right?? Think of a few circumstances and jot them down, because it's time to pass along a few of them. I'm going to pass a few along to you now and it's really okay to laugh because some people are just plain dumb.   We went to the car dealership to pick up our car after having the tires rotated. The service writer told us our keys had accidentally been locked into the car. We walked over to our car and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver side door.  As I...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
A NEW BEGINNING FOR A VERY INSPIRED NEWBIE Goals are set by many on the first of any given New Year, but this year was different for me.  Active Rain inspired me to grow and change, to be better if not the best. A new beginning for this year is to focus on health and get back into shape. To start the day I challenge myself with my Wii fit routine I designed for my daily workout. Yoga, strength training and advanced step aerobics. Muscles I had forgotten about reappeared painfully. In less than a month's time, I have met goals set and past them. I want to achieve the perfect score on the advanced step six times in a row. Our new beginning for our business was to set goals and stick to them. We are currently establishing a new contact management system. Tedious input to say the least. Aft...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
POSSIBLY THE OLDEST PERSON ON FACEBOOK   While perusing around the Internet this afternoon I came upon a story about of a woman who is believed to be the oldest living survivor of the Holocaust. "Judging from her Facebook page, Alice Herz-Sommer is an inspiration to many." The story did not have a link to her page, so I did a search only to find a page that was a description of her from Wikipedia. Since when does Wikipedia make Facebook pages about people? She has 225 Likes on her page but no personal content. Her page has many links about her life including where she was born, the concentration camp she was in, and different places she has lived. All the links go to Wikipedia, with no personal information about Alice. I find this to be a strange way to set up a Facebook page, with the...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
TIME FOR THE PLAYOFFS ~ WHO IS GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL ~ This is Frank's favorite day of the year ~ the Playoffs ~ It's also his birthday today ~ What a great birthday ~ The Packers (12 - 6) at the Bears (12 - 5) The Packers beat the Bears 10 - 3 at Green Bay on January 2, 2011 which was a must win for them to get into the playoffs. Although the Bears played hard they had already clinched a bye in the first round and this was not a must win game for them.    Will they do it again?  It's a toss up, any one can win this game. You can't predict who is going to win this game. For example the Seattle Seahawks, the only team to ever make the playoffs with a losing record, defeated the defending Super Bowl champions, the New Orleans Saints in the opening round of the playoffs. As we all know on...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
CANOEING, KAYAKING ALONG THE WACCAMAW RIVER ~ NEW BLUE TRAIL TO BE DEVELOPED IN NC A blue trail is a type of water trail or a paddle trail for outdoor recreational purposes that allows you to follow a developed open space with nature along a river. Several organizations are planning to work together to offer residents of Brunswick County and Columbus County a blue trail on the Waccamaw River that will be utilized by locals and ecotourists from all over. The Waccamaw River Paddle Trail concept began more than a year and a half ago and was developed by government agencies, but now they seek the public's input. They would like it to become a community sponsored and supported project. A blue trail has been created on the South Carolina side of the Waccamaw River and can serve as a model for...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
ACTIVE LISTINGS IN SEA TRAIL PLANTATION AND OCEAN RIDGE PLANTATION, BRUNSWICK CO. NC                                                                                SEA TRAIL PLANTATION Statistical Chart Report   Listings as of 01/21/11 at 7:51am    Listings per Status    Minimum, Average, Maximum    Days On Market Analysis    Listing Price\Selling Price                                                     OCEAN RIDGE PLANTATION  AS OF 1/21/11  THERE ARE THREE ACTIVE CONTINGENT CONTRACTS, NO PENDING CONTRACTS. Statistical Chart Report   Listings as of 01/21/11 at 7:38am    Listings per Status    Minimum, Average, Maximum    Days On Market Analysis    Listing Price\Selling Price  
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
GREAT IDEA FOR NEW HOME OWNER GIFT For a new home owner who is moving into a new home whether it is a first time home buyer or not, it can be difficult deciding what to give them as a house warming gift. You may not be sure what the decor of their home is, the colors, or the styles they like. How personal of a gift would you choose? We found one of the easiest gifts to give. Sign up for a Realtor account and you receive a 12% discount. The Personalized Doormat Company We have designed doormats on this site for all of our clients. The prices vary based on the size and type of doormat you choose. No extra charges for lettering. The doormats are weather resistant and durable. They do not shed or fade. There is quite a variety of mats and sizes to choose from. We have found the 2 X 3 Duraco...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
"How Smart Are Dogs" We have a client who is a journalist and quite often sends us some of the most unique emails with human nature stories. In his email today he sent us the story of a Chase, a border collie, who has a vocabulary of 1022 nouns. The article is from the NEW YORK TIMES  and Chase will be featured on NOVA, FEB 9th  on PBS Chase has the largest vocabulary of any known dog. Dr. Pilley bought Chase from a breeder in 2004 and decided to train her after reading a report about RICO , a border collie whose owners taught him to recognize 200 items. Dr. Pilley trained Chase for four to five hours a day. He would show her an object, repeating the name of the object up to 40 times, hide it, and ask her to find it, while repeating the name all the time. She was taught one or two names...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
SUNSET BEACH ISLAND, NORTH CAROLINA MARKET REPORT  JULY 1, 2010 TO DECEMBER 31, 2010 ALL PROPERTIES  FOR SALE  SOLD  PENDED  NEW LISTING     1 month 6 months   Nov 10 Dec 10 % Change July 10 Dec 10 % Change For Sale 338 334 -1.2% 365 334 -8.5% New Listing 58 36 -37.9% 34 36 5.9% Sold 11 9 -18.2% 14 9 -35.7% Pended 11 10 -9.1% 20 10 -50%   Date 7/10 8/10 9/10 10/10 11/10 12/10 For Sale 365 364 365 359 338 334 New Listing 34 49 21 31 58 36 Sold 14 13 10 8 11 9 Pended 20 15 2 12 11 10 Mon of Inv. on Sold 26.1 28.0 36.5 44.9 30.7 37.1 Mon of Inv. on Pended 18.3 24.3 182.5 29.9 30.7 33.4 Absorption Rt. on Sold (%) 3.8 3.6 2.7 2.2 3.3 2.7 Absorption Rt. on Pended (%) 5.5 4.1 0.5 3.3 3.3 3.0 Avg. Act Price 262 262 260 256 254 242 Avg. Sld Price 214 152 203 179 190 215 Avg. Sq. Ft. Price 147.1 ...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
SUNSET BEACH MARKET REPORT FOR SALE SOLD PENDED NEW LISTING FOR LAST SIX MONTHS JULY 1, 2010  -----> DECEMBER 31, 2010  ALL PROPERTIES           DOES NOT INCLUDE THE ISLAND     1 month 6 months   Nov 10 Dec 10 % Change July 10 Dec 10 % Change For Sale 338 334 -1.2% 365 334 -8.5% New Listing 58 36 -37.9% 34 36 5.9% Sold 11 9 -18.2% 14 9 -35.7% Pended 11 10 -9.1% 20 10 -50%   Date 7/10 8/10 9/10 10/10 11/10 12/10 For Sale 365 364 365 359 338 334 New Listing 34 49 21 31 58 36 Sold 14 13 10 8 11 9 Pended 20 15 2 12 11 10 Mon of Inv. on Sold 26.1 28.0 36.5 44.9 30.7 37.1 Mon of Inv. on Pended 18.3 24.3 182.5 29.9 30.7 33.4 Absorption Rt. on Sold (%) 3.8 3.6 2.7 2.2 3.3 2.7 Absorption Rt. on Pended (%) 5.5 4.1 0.5 3.3 3.3 3.0 Avg. Act Price 262 262 260 256 254 242 Avg. Sld Price 214 152 203 1...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
WHO SAID WE CAN'T HAVE SOME FUN HERE ~ HUMOR IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH I don't know about you but I love jokes ~ Humor is part of my nature ~ Being a blonde and of Polish Descent, I was the brunt of many a jokes ~ here are a few good Senior Moments    Garage Door  The boss walked into the office one morning not knowing his zipper was down and his fly area wide open. His assistant walked up to him and said, 'This morning when you left your house, did you close your garage door?' The boss told her he knew he'd closed the garage door, and walked into his office puzzled by the question. As he finished his paperwork, he suddenly noticed his fly was open, and zipped it up. He then understood his assistant's question about his 'garage door.' He headed out for a cup of coffee and paused by her de...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
SALUTATION AND VALEDICTION, WHICH TO USE AND WHY Does it matter who the email is going to when you decide your salutation?  Do you start with "Dear" because it is the most commonly used salutation?  Do you decide on "To Whom It May Concern" for lack of knowledge of the gender, or to convey to the appropriate reader? Is "Dear" to formal a salutation for an email?  Should it be the informal salutation "Hello"?  Is "Hello" too familiar a salutation?  Is "Hello" only for people you know?  What about "Hi"?  Is that too abrupt for a salutation?  Is it even more familiar than "Hello"?  What about leaving out the salutation? When we comment on posts quite often there is no salutation, is this the new set phrase for email greetings? Do we leave it out because we know the person? What is your rea...
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By Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
(Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty)
SUCCESS WITH CRS For those who are unaware, CRS ( Certified Residential Specialist) is a Realtor specific designation, earned by completing an arduous course of advance training and by meeting significant experience requirements.  Less than 4% of all licensed Realtors earn the prestigious designation of Certified Residential Specialists. By earning the CRS designation, you have many resources available to you as well as a strong referral network of more than 38,000 CRS members. Today, while attending an update seminar on my contact management system, I received a phone call and voice mail from a CRS member located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. With only a little over a month as a CRS designee, I received my first referral for a buyer looking to purchase a home on the beach in Sunset B...
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