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The Best Coastal Retirement Properties

When it comes to retirement one of the best things about it is the freedom to be able to move to wherever you truly want to live. Many people, after retirement, relocate to a warmer location such as our coastal North Carolina. Here you can play golf year round yet it doesn’t get as incredibly hot as it does further south like Florida, for instance. Moving to this area will provide the added benefits of a lower cost of living, more retirement properties available and more communities we suited to retirees. Some of the best coastal retirement properties that we have are located right here in the coastal Brunswick Islands of North Carolina.

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Holden Beach Retirement Properties

We have Holden Beach homes that include features you’ve earned in your next house such as gourmet kitchens both indoors and out, elevators, hot tubs, whirlpool tubs and master suites with walk-in closets and fireplaces. These homes, many single level, were built with attention to detail and will make a big difference in the quality of your living environment. The manicured landscaping shows pride in ownership to anyone passing. From outside or inside many of these homes you can enjoy the limitless water views of the ocean, Intracoastal Waterway, salt marshes and the Shallotte River. If you’re looking for new a home consider Overlook at Caison’s Creek where luxury townhomes can be found less than a mile from the beach.

 

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Brunswick County Retirement Properties

When you’re ready to retire in comfort this might be the perfect location for you. Homes here include a full range of sizes and prices that anyone in retirement can afford. If it's luxury you're wanting, we have that too.An inventory that includes oceanfront home on the Brunswick Islands to homes further inland and close to Wilmington will give you a number of choices to select from. You can be as close to or far from the water as you'd like. No matter where you live in Brunswick County you'll always be just a short drive from the coast as well as all that the City of Wilmington has to offer.

 

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Sunset Beach Retirement Properties

As one of the South Brunswick Islands, Sunset Beach is a laid back, friendly beach community offering residents everything that comes to mind when you hear its name. Centrally located between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach SC you’ll be well situated for easy access to a wealth of entertainment, dining, and amusement venues. For new homes check out Cape Side, a small serene community. Strict architectural review guidelines have been followed to ensure that every home in Cape Side contributes to the overall aesthetic value of the neighborhood which includes well lit and maintained streets.

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Ocean Isle Beach Retirement Properties

The Brunswick Islands area offers over 25 golf courses and miles of pristine shoreline. In this area you’ll be able to choose the perfect retirement home from new and pre-owned homes including single family homes and condominiums. Many retirees find the maintenance-free living that a condo provides to be exactly what they’ve been dreaming of. You may find your perfect lifestyle and dream home among the new homes in The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach. Another new community, Waterway Cove, is located on the mainland of OIB and we’d be happy to show you homes there as well.

If you’d like to talk with a Realtor at Sloane Realty we’d be happy to set up a time to get together. You can reach us through the Contact Us page here on our website or by calling us at 800-237-4609. We’d love to show you around the community!

5 Most Popular Restaurants in Southport NC

Whether you’re vacationing in an area that’s new to you or you’re relocating to one, there’s a lot to learn about your new community that usually just takes time. But if you’re able to talk with people that live here or visit frequently, you’ll likely find out a lot of information based on their experiences. In the meantime, we know you have to eat so when it comes to dining out, we’re giving you suggestions for some of the most popular restaurants in Southport, North Carolina that you should really check out! Just tell them CB Sloane Realty sent you!

Most Popular Restaurants in Southport NCFishy Fishy Café is a popular seafood restaurant located at 106 Yacht Basin Drive in Southport. Dine indoors or outdoors, enjoy the live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and check out their Specials going on all the time.

Taylor Cuisine Café & Catering offers sit down restaurant service as well as a catering service for your events. Located at 731 N. Howe Street in Southport. Check them out on Facebook where they’ll occasionally post coupons for discounts on dinner.

Dead End Saloon Fish Factory Grille is a restaurant and bar offering arts and entertainment as well as great food selections. They can be found at 4907 Fish Factory Road in Southport. They have live music, fun dining, and plenty of cook-off’s offering cash prizes!

The Yacht Basin Eatery at 122 Yacht Basin Drive, Southport, is an Italian restaurant offering live music and house specials. They have specialty nights such as Pizza Night, BBQ Weekend, Pasta Night and more.

Loco Jo’s Bar & Grill at 602 N. Howe St., Suite E., in Southport is a Gastropub you’ll want to make at least one stop at. This casual eatery is locally owned and operated and offers Friday night dinner specials that are vast and varied. From Kobe Burgers to Lemon Grass Curry with Shrimp and Softshell Crabs to Crispy Duck, you shall not be disappointed when you dine at Loco Jo’s.

When you’re considering relocating to the Southport area and are visiting to experience the town firsthand, try out any of these restaurants and tell them we sent you. If you’re interested in seeing some of our Southport NC real estate give Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty a call at 910-579-1144 and we’d be happy to show you around during your visit to the area.

Don't Stall Any Longer: 10 Good Reasons to Move to Oak Island NC

With the holidays behind us, those that put their house hunting on hold are now back in the saddle and have re-launched their search. My homeowners that were waiting for the New Year to arrive to list their properties have now signed on the dotted line and put their homes on the market. The Oak Island NC real estate market is already looking very promising of the past 28 days has been any indicator.

Oak Island NC real estateWith the exception of the current forecast for ice and snow over the next few days (It’s an anomaly we assure you!) this is a temperate and beautiful location to call home. The convenience of having Southport and Wilmington so close will provide you with everything you need in short order. But if you need other reasons to finally make that move to Oak Island North Carolina here are 10 good ones for you.

1. 10 miles of uncrowded beaches!
2. More than 60 public beach-access points
3. Two fishing piers open for the public’s use
4. Two marinas
5. Three public boat and canoe ramps that boating lovers will sure to enjoy.
6. Oak Island Golf Club with 18 holes
7. Over 6 more courses to play in near by Southport.
8. Some of the best fishing along the eastern seaboard is right here.
9. Plenty of specialty shops, art galleries and local craft boutiques
10. Lots of affordably priced Oak Island NC real estate sure to be perfect for your next home.

Take a look at the available real estate on our website. If you’d like to speak to us or arrange a time to look at properties, just give Sloane Realty a call at 910-579-1144. We’d be happy to show you around.
 

Why Right Now is a Great Time to Shop for Brunswick County Real Estate

 This is the most beautiful time of year to be looking at our large number of Brunswick County homes for sale. Many of these homes are decorated for the holidays and it adds to the appeal when buyers tour the property. It’s easier to picture your own holidays spent living there when you experience the holidays there first hand.

Brunswick County homes for sale over the holidaysThere is a beautiful assortment of holiday themes in the homes we’ve seen and if you have a home on the market we suggest you may want to have it professionally decorated for the holidays. It could very well be the difference in whether your property sells at this time of year or not.

If you’re in the market for a new home and would like to tour some properties, give us a call at 910-579-1808 and we’ll make arrangements to get together to look at some homes.

During this time of year the spirit of Christmas surrounds us all. Be sure to go out and take part in as many local events taking place over the holidays as you can.

From all of us at Sloane Realty, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

We Have Plenty of Affordable Vacation Rentals in Ocean Isle Beach

When you’re looking for the best rate on vacation rentals in Ocean Isle Beach check out our many affordable accommodations. We have a vast assortment of condos, villas, and single family homes that will provide you with all the comforts you would want when you’re away from home. With our many pet friendly homes, homes with pools, linen ready homes, and the many comfortable winter rentals we still have available you're sure to find exactly the type of home you're looking for. You simplywon’t find a better price on such a large number of Ocean Isle Beach vacation rentals as we have right here at Sloane Realty. Give us a call at 866-931-5201 if we can assist you with finding that perfect vacation rental.

Two of our most popular events are coming up this month. The 31st North Carolina Oyster Festival will be held October 19-20 in front of the Museum of Coastal Carolina from Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The event features live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, festival food, a road race, kid's area and an Oyster Stew Cook-off. Festival goers can also enjoy watching the shuckers compete for the title of 2013 North Carolina Oyster Shucking Champion. $5.00 / Children 8 & Under Free.

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The second and equally popular event is the North Carolina Festival by the Sea being held October 26-27, 2013. This 2-day event kicks off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Arts and Crafts vendors are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a horseshoe tournament and a sand castle building contest. Children enjoy face painting, huge kites flying overhead and children's rides and amusements. Live musical entertainment begins at 10 a.m. both days at Holden Beach's new pavilion. Free admission and free parking.

We hope to see you there!

Baby Boomers are Relocating to Calabash NC

As baby boomers reach retirement age an increasing number of them are considering relocating to North Carolina. This generation unlike the ones that came before them do not want to retire to Florida where it’s too hot and over populated. Not when North Carolina has so much more to offer them. With the beautiful coast on one side and the mountains on the other, what’s not to love about North Carolina!

Calabash NC real estateThe small quaint fishing village of Calabash, NC, is appealing to an increasing number of baby boomers. It could be because of the central location or the beautiful weather or maybe it’s all the golf courses that are in close proximity to Calabash that appeals to them. But we know that it’s the low prices on Calabash NC real estate and the affordable cost of living that the area provides that has them settling in to stay.

The Calabash NC real estate that we can show you has the features that babyboomers are interested in for their post-retirement homes. Features such as single level living, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances in upscale kitchens with granite countertops and outdoor patios and screened in porches for easy entertaining when the family comes to visit.

When you’re considering a move to coastal North Carolina, look us up at Sloane Realty. We can meet with you and show you properties that are exactly what you’ve been hoping for. Give us a call at 910-579-1144.

Where to Find Great Deals on Oak Island NC Real Estate

For anyone hoping to relocate to Oak Island, North Carolina, our professionals at Sloane Realty can find you some great deals on Oak Island NC real estate currently on the market. Whether you’re looking for your first home, a retirement home, or something in between like a vacation home to enjoy at your leisure, we have an assortment of properties that would superbly meet your needs.

This beach cottage is located on Tranquil Harbor on Oak Island. You can just imagine what living in a place with a name like that would be like! With two bedrooms and two bathrooms it’s a manageable size for anyone. If you’re in search of a one story home, this is it! Act fast because Oak Island NC real estate never hangs around for long before someone buys it.

The Pirates Are Coming Festival will be held on nearby Bald Head Island beginning at 4:30 p.m. on August 2 and run through August 4. The pirates are coming and taking over the island for several days of unbridled revelry, with proceeds benefiting the Old Baldy Foundation. Events and activities include a Pirate Invasion, Pirate Block Party, sword fights, gun powder, pirate encampments, pirate parade and pirate costume contest, pirate schools, Duck Race, Silent Auction and more! Call 910-457-7481 for more information.

Another must-do event is the Port City Ribfest taking place at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington from August 9-10, 2013. Don’t miss it!

Where to Stay in Ocean Isle Beach

When you’re planning a vacation and you’re looking for comfortable accommodations that are affordable and won’t sink your ship, take a look at what only we have to offer you at Sloane Realty. We have some Ocean Isle Beach condo rentals that sit oceanfront and will provide you with phenomenal coastline views. This close, you’ll be able to fully appreciate the aromatherapy that only the ocean salt air can provide.

Ocean Isle Beach condo rentalsIn an oceanfront rental you’ll practically be able to roll out of bed and onto the beach, you’re just that close. But we don’t recommend it. Proper attire is usually shorts or a swimsuit rather than your pajamas. You’ll be able to wake to the sound of the waves crashing to shore then enjoy a leisurely breakfast on your deck or patio before heading off for a long walk or run down the beach. It’s a fitness plan designed by Mother Nature herself and it works!

You really have to experience it firsthand in order to know how lovely and well-appointed our Ocean Isle Beach condo rentals truly are. If you love to cook, you’ll like knowing our rentals provide you with your own kitchen where you can prepare a simple breakfast or a full-on gourmet meal for dinner. Take it up a notch and plan a romantic dinner on the beach complete with candlelight. Remember, you’re on vacation and anything goes!
 

Preparing for a Stressfree Move

If you’re looking at the vast assortment of Brunswick County real estate that we have available to show you, it goes without saying that there’s a move in your future. The preparations you take in advance for that move will determine how stressful it will or won’t be.

Brunswick County real estateWe have the following helpful tips that will aid you with your move and you’ll be thanking us when moving day arrives. But remember, if you want a first hand look at any of the Brunswick County real estate you find on our site, we’d love to take you out to visit any of the properties at your convenience.

Once you know you’ll be moving that’s the time to begin sorting through your belongings and purge whatever you no long use. Tip: A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in the past two years and especially if it’s easily replaceable, toss it. Don’t wait until closer to the time of the move because it always takes longer than you’d think. It’s amazing how much stuff we can accumulate just one year to the next!

Many people find it easier to start on the main level of the house and proceed from there. Tip: Get yourself a few big boxes to aid in sorting. Sort through all closets, bookcases, cabinets and drawers – everywhere! Decide what to keep, what to donate to charity, and what to throw out or recycle on the Free section of Freecycle, Craigs List or the local newspaper.

Brunswick County real estateYou’ll be going through the basement and the garage as well. Now you may be seeing why it takes so long! If you have the time and the initiative you might want to hold a garage sale to get rid of a whole lot in one weekend and make some money in the process. Tip: Put a price sticker on everything but keep your prices low and reasonable. Remember, your objective is to get rid of things and not to get rich. People attend garage sales to find good deals.

The less you have to pack up and move with you the less unpacking you’ll have to do once you arrive at your new home. That makes for an easier move overall. Happy packing!
 

Super Deals on Sunset Beach Property

If your dream has always been to live by the beach or to own beachfront property the time has come to make your move. You can get some really super deals on Sunset Beach NC foreclosures right now that are unlike anything you’ve probably ever imagined. These deals are so great that they’re just not going to hang around forever. You can view these properties right here on our Sloane Realty website.

Sunset Beach NC foreclosuresSometimes in this life there comes a time when you get the opportunity to turn your dreams into reality and for purchasing affordable beach property that time is right now. The market is slowly coming back and while that’s a good indicator of the economy improving overall, it also means the price of real estate will begin to climb. Sunset Beach NC foreclosures are always going to be the best deal in town when it comes to buying beachfront or canal front property at a really affordable price.

If you’re interested in purchasing real estate for investment purposes, perhaps to use as a vacation rental, buying foreclosures will have you paying off the property in record time. The most important factor in real estate investment property is to own it for a long time — in fact, forever is the optimal ownership horizon. If you do your due diligence and buy quality properties that you really like for all the right reasons, and plan to own them for good, you will earn wealth on the property over time.
 

Save a Lot on These Foreclosures

As you’ve probably heard, the housing market has made a turnaround and is making its much-awaited comeback. This means that your window of opportunity to purchase real estate at its rock bottom, lowest price is beginning to close.

Brunswick County foreclosuresWhile there are still Brunswick County foreclosures available they won’t last forever. If you’ve ever wanted to live in coastal property now is your chance. If you’ve wanted to buy land on which to build a home, this is your opportunity to purchase some that you can afford.

Brunswick County foreclosures are properties that often sell for below their appraised value. This equates to a big saving for you but you have to act now. Just imagine the investment potential of owning beach front property in Brunswick County, North Carolina.

Consider purchasing a new primary residence in Brunswick County or you could purchase a property to use as a vacation rental — both for yourself and others. We think owning a home that could potentially pay for its own mortgage is a fabulous idea!

You’ll find everything you could possibly need right here in Brunswick County. There are plenty of golf courses to play, theatre, museums and opportunities for fishing, hiking and biking, not to mention all of the water sports around. If shopping is a sport you enjoy, there are many places to shop and dine in the county especially around Wilmington. Just imagine — this could very well be the location of your next home! It’s just that good of a deal!
 

It's So Peaceful Here this Time of the Year

Making your vacation plans just became a whole lot easier when you search for your accommodations on our newly revised website. We supply you with quick links to homes with the most requested features. Such as homes with pools, pet friendly rentals and linen-ready homes.

Ocean Isle NC vacation rentalsIf it’s Ocean Isle NC vacation rentals you’re looking for, you will like what we have to offer. There are still winter rentals available at a discounted off-season prices. Come spend what’s left of winter on our warm oceanfront beaches and avoid the snow and ice of the north. You’ll be really glad you did.

Ocean Isle NC vacation rentals provide you with comfortable, completely furnished accommodations that include kitchens, laundry, and separate living and dining areas that are in an environment that is both relaxing and rejuvenating. Wake each morning and start your day with a walk on the seven miles of beachfront you’ll find here. Have a leisurely breakfast on your deck or balcony while enjoying the surroundings that are sure to delight all of your senses. There’s just nothing else like the scent of saltwater in the air or the feel of the sun on your skin — especially this time of the year.

And it is a new year so why not start it off in a brand new way. An off-season visit to the ocean provides you with uninterrupted time for meditation and the opportunity to truly appreciate the beauty that will surround you here. It’s a great way to re-start those resolutions you made to be healthy and get fit.

If you’d like to talk with us about our vacation rentals you can reach us by calling toll free 866-931-5201.  We look forward to talking with you!
 

Spending the Holidays at Sunset Beach

If you’re planning a holiday vacation over Christmas and New Years you’ll find Sunset Beach in North Carolina to be a beautiful place to be. Our Sunset Beach North Carolina vacation rentals will provide you with all the comforts of home that you would expect in a home-away-from-home while the area offers miles of pristine beachfront for you to enjoy.

Sunset Beach North Carolina vacation rentalsWith so many festivities going on from Wilmington, NC, to the north to Myrtle Beach, SC, to the south you’ll have plenty of ways to celebrate the holidays. These events are just a short drive from any of our Sunset Beach North Carolina vacation rentals. Here’s a small sampling of what’s going on.

Come out and enjoy the Light & Train Spectacular on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Wilmington Railroad Museum, Wilmington, NC. More than 15,000 lights will be displayed for your enjoyment. Santa will be on hand and there will be cider and cookies, too. Price is $5 general admission, free for children under age 2.

Downtown Wilmington is a food lover's dream, and the Wilmington NC Food Walking Tour gets to the heart of this delicious area. You'll get to sample 7 downtown restaurants, experience food and drinks, meet the city's top chefs and go inside one of its best kitchens. All of this comes with big servings of Wilmington food history and restaurant dish. The event takes place this Sunday, Dec 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Riverwalk, Wilmington.

Sunset Beach North Carolina vacation rentalsThe Children's Museum of South Carolina invites families to come have Brunch with Santa and Frosty the Snowman this holiday season. Join Santa and Frosty for brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, December 23 at the Children's Museum of South Carolina. The cost is $6 for members or $12 for non-members. You must register in advance as seating is limited.

If you have family visiting over the holidays and are in need of additional accommodations we have many fine Sunset Beach North Carolina vacation rentals ready and waiting to accommodate you. All of us at Sloane Realty wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving is a few days away and we’d like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday to your families from ours! Whether you’re traveling to far off places to celebrate with family or you’re staying home to enjoy the holiday at your own house, have a safe and enjoyable time.

Ocean Isle Beach rentalsIf your house runneth over with guests having no place to sleep, why not consider one of our spacious and comfortable Ocean Isle Beach rentals for them to stay in. These rentals are located in a beach community on the Brunswick Islands. There are many Ocean Isle Beach rentals available for a short holiday weekend or a full week’s stay as well as long term winter rentals.

Here are some of the many holiday events taking place in the area this time of the year.

Plenty of excitement can be found at the 9th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla that will take place on Saturday, November 24, 2012. The Boat Parade begins at dusk at the Shallotte River in front of Inlet View Bar & Grill and proceeds down the Waterway to the commercial canal in front of Sharky’s. Call 910-612-7799 or 910-612-2793 to enter a boat. The Tree Lighting will take place at 5 p.m. followed by a Visit with Santa at the OIB Fire Department. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

The nearby Holden Beach Tree Lighting, Chili Cook-Off and Holiday Flotilla will take place on November 29 beginning at 6 p.m.

Make Home Ownership a Reality

In spite of the scars left by the recent housing recession, home ownership is still a goal for many people in this country. If you resolved to purchase a home in 2012 it’s time to take action. The timing for such a move is ideal right now. Professional observers of the housing market say the price of homes has bottomed out in many markets and interest rates are at their lowest point ever.

Brunswick County real estateAlthough there are some positive signs in the recent months, it will take years before the housing market is back on track like it was. This gives prospective buyers time to get their plans in order before taking the plunge.

First make sure the timing is right for you to buy. Are you ready for the responsibility of home ownership? Will you be able to handle the maintenance required of homeowners? Are you ready for the lifestyle change that comes with owning property?

Secondly, make sure set your sights on the right top of home for you. There are benefits and pitfalls to different types of properties. Condos and townhomes, for example, can free up owners of the responsibility for outside upkeep. No snow shoveling, mowing or major repairs.

Single family homes offer social opportunities and more freedom. You’ll have a yard for the kids to play in, where you can plant flower gardens, and grow your own food. You won’t have to abide by condo association rules, although some HOA’s have their own guidelines you must follow.

When you’re ready to talk about seriously about Brunswick County real estate give us a call at Sloane Realty. We can answer any questions about our Brunswick County real estate that you might have.
 

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