Lisa Sledzik
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Today’s grapevine IS in part, social media and we are employing it as part of a plan to reenergize a marketing campaign for a beach house on Fripp Island in South Carolina.
 
Why do we care about the sale of a beach house 5 hours away in another state? Because, it will facilitate a transaction right here in our own back yard!
 
It’s a small world and sometimes you need to work that angle. More times than not as we travel, we come across people we have something in common with. Take our road trip to South Carolina for example. As a result of a post we made on Facebook, we discovered a close friend’s relative owned a lovely art gallery we had visited in nearby Beaufort. The next evening over dinner, we met a couple enjoying a glass of wine next to a roaring fire; his last name was FOG and he was from Nantucket… she was from Atlanta but related to a prominent physician back home in Wilmington. If you are chatty like we are, the six degrees of separation can be frightening yet wonderfully beneficial for real estate marketing, and one of the reasons we love what we do!
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To know me is to love me? My closest friends would say that I’m obsessed with my I-phone camera and I would agree. I am a very touchy-feely person appreciating art, music, food,etc~ anything that appeals to the senses in general. If I see something wonderful I whip out the camera, frequently disrupting the task at hand. Typically, it is not just one photograph, I’ve got to get multiples for good measure and from different angles. Did I mention that I am a bit of a perfectionist? That’s putting it nicely.
 
I currently have over 12,000 photos on my computer and I am embarrassed to admit, over 1,300 on my phone. Yes, I know I can dump them onto my computer but you never know when I will need one of those images on the fly so I am hesitant to do so. Believe it or not, I have had to rummage through my photo inventory recently for any number of reasons and outside of being thrilled to pieces that I had so many options, I had the opportunity to stroll the streets of Europe again, appreciate good times and good friends that have since relocated, relive epic meals and best of all, be reminded of what my children looked like what feels like eons ago…all compliments of my somewhat disorganized image catalogue.
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“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile”

—Roger Staubach

It has always been a hot button of mine…and as I was putting my thoughts together for this post a couple of road trips to a spot most people would refer to as being the epitome of service and hospitality got put on the books. This enchanting locale is Charleston, South Carolina (aka Disney World for adults); I think they wrote the book on service and manners. You can’t go wrong with just about any choice of accommodations or cuisine but my favorites include The Market Pavilion Hotel with its central location & roof top bar overlooking the architecturally fabulous Cooper River bridge or the slightly more traditional Vendue Inn, equally conveniently located.  Despite the endless foodie options, McCrady’s is still at the top of my list.  I’ll stop here because as most folks will agree, you could go on and on about where to stay, what to eat, what to do, and what to see in Charleston.  Perhaps we’ll revisit again in time for Spoleto!

 

Onward.

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‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’…
 
Dreams come true! This time it can be found around the beautiful in-town parks of Atlanta; and on average we’re looking for it every 5 to 7 years (more often for corporate transferees!) Before we get into the details on the pot ‘o gold, let’s talk about what is happening in and around Wilmington over the next couple of weeks!

 
We have what looks to be an amazing forecast on tap for the next week! Sunny skies and high temps just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, March Madness and Azalea Festival preparations. After what feels like a long, cold winter~ the birds are singing, trees are budding and the pollen is back.
 

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect occasion to share a pint with some close buddies ~ Fibber’s off of Wrightsville Avenue & Grand Union Pub (aka ‘the GUP’) are always lively, green destinations and something tells me Dockside will be hopping as well.
 

On Sunday, Wrightsville Beach and Landfall will roll out the red carpet for 2,000+ runners participating in the Quintiles Marathon. Congratulations in advance to all of the first timers; you have been training for months and I have tremendous respect for your hard work & perseverance. Bravo!
 

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  • Intracoastal

Wow. It is late February and at 10 o’clock this morning I was buzzing down the Intracoastal Waterway taking pictures of a new listing~ it was in the mid 60’s and the water was the most beautiful shade of blue. Contrast this with the Today Show folks on the plaza~ once again huddled under umbrellas dodging snowflakes! (So sorry for those poor souls in the northeast this year.) We have had a few of those days here and there, but for the last two weeks we have had AMAZING weather in Wilmington! Carolina blue skies and temps in the 60’s and 70’s. Each and every time I have someone from out of town in my car, I mention the roller coaster of weather that seems to be particularly erratic in December and February; we are never quite sure how to dress but we are certainly never bored.
 

Now that it appears spring has arrived, so has the itch to move. Lots and lots of activity out there, in fact I did an open house last weekend and I had over 40 people stop by and say hello. It was a beautiful house, in a fantastic location, and priced to sell. It has been my experience that when a seller approaches the sale of their house realistically and when both seller and agent have done everything possible to put the house in its best light—it sells—regardless of market conditions!
 

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Fresh off the heels of the uber successful 2010 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, The Country Club of Landfall and The University of North Carolina at Wilmington are hosting The 2010 Landfall Tradition this weekend.  The National Collegiate Golf Invitational, in its eighth year, kicks off today with a College-Am Tournament followed by a reception, dinner & awards ceremony but the real action starts tomorrow at 8:30 am on the Dye Course.  Featured in this year’s competition are 18 of the top women’s golf teams in the country!  Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach temperatures are forecast to be in the high seventies under Carolina blue skies~ conditions could not be better!

 

For more information go to: http://www.landfalltradition.com

 

While I much prefer to comment on fun things like community events, restaurants & the retail scene, given that this is my inaugural appearance as a guest blogger for Century 21 Sweyer, I feel I better contribute something real estate oriented!  While I will probably shy away from such commentary in the future, I’ll go out on a bit of a limb right now and say I think the worst of the less than stellar market conditions might be behind us.  Having been a homeowner and ‘in the business’ for more than 20 years, I have experienced a fair amount of market ups and downs. At this moment, from one end of the east coast to the other, I have 3 family members that are either currently under contract for or are actively pursuing real estate purchases.  This may sound trivial but it is definitely representative of what seems to be happening locally as well. While it remains to be seen exactly what the foreclosure fiasco will bring, it appears that buyer sentiment is shifting. It is way to early to call but as it has been said a million times, ‘attitude is everything’!

 

Ciao and have a great weekend!!

 

Lisa