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Waterline Brewing Company was packed on Saturday for Bestival 2019, celebrating encore’s Best Of and the community at large! See interviews and videos featuring winners in Goods and Services category below!

Check out more photos from Chris Brehmer Photography and Tom Dorgan on encore’s Facebook page!

Click here for complete list of winners and runners-up.

BEST GOLF COURSE: BEAU RIVAGE

This year’s best golf course went to Beau Rivage Golf Resort, nabbing 35% of votes. The family-owned and operated establishment opened in 2006 and has come a long way for their “e,” according to general manager Jake Walker.

“[We] certainly appreciate the recognition from our loyal customers and followers,” he says. “We are very thankful for the award and excited to continue improving every area of the business on a daily basis. We hope to get nominated again in 2020!”

Here’s why Walker thinks readers love teeing off at Beau Rivage…

encore (e): Tell us about the course at Beau Rivage: what skill level(s) is most appropriate for the course and how long does it take to play through?

Jake Walker (JW): With five different sets of tees, Beau Rivage offers a fun, yet challenging experience for all skill levels. Golfers can escape from the flat terrain of the region and enjoy a refreshingly unique round with unexpected elevation changes, tight doglegs and narrow fairways that make it a true shot makers course. Winding its way through a housing development, wildlife preserve and wetlands, Beau Rivage features a startling variety of holes, each with its own character (no look-alikes) and plenty of interesting hazards (strategically placed trees, green-side bunkers, water from the neighboring Cape Fear River, etc.) that add to the golf experience. Proper pace of play for 18 holes by a foursome is four hours [and] 15 minutes or less!

e: How many people does Beau Rivage see playing through each year? Are they coming from all over—how far do people travel to play at Beau Rivage?

JW: We normally average about 40,000 rounds per year. I’d say about 70% of our play comes from Wilmington and the surrounding tri-county area. Since we offer on-site guest accommodations plus meeting and event facilities, we also see a lot of tourism golf from March through October. Early spring and late fall tend to be our busiest times for group vacations and private events that drive most of our out-of-town rounds. Most of our repeat golf packages travel from the Carolinas or up the East Coast, but we’ve had golfers and groups from all over the world come to play a round or spend the weekend at Beau Rivage.

e: What’s the cost and manpower behind the upkeep of the course?

JW: Once the spring kicks off and the grass comes out of dormancy, we usually have 12-15 employees on our course and grounds maintenance crew. Maintaining 130-plus acres is always a challenge but our team works hard every day to keep it looking great for the golfers.

e: What are some flagship events/happenings going on at Beau Rivage readers should know about?

JW: We always have golf events taking place each month but the most popular ones include Evening Glow Golf, BRMGA Member-Guest and our four seasonal competitions that are open to all (Winter Lone-Wolf, Spring Stableford, Summertime 6-6-6 and Fall Classic). Fun socials (also open to the public) include our Independence Day Celebration, Labor Day Luau and the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater series hosted in the ballroom by our exclusive food-service provider for special events. We also host trivia, karaoke, live music, cocktail tastings and beer flight each month in our signature 19th hole, The Veranda Bar & Grill.

e: What’s the draw to Beau Rivage for non-golfers? What perks, benefits, or events can people host at Beau Rivage?

JW: Aside from the golf course and practice facilities, Beau Rivage has an outdoor swimming facility with pool-side tiki bar, two hard-surface tennis courts, overnight guest suites, versatile meeting and event venues, a conference room, a business center and a casual, family friendly restaurant that open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Pretty much everything we do at Beau Rivage open to the public so anyone interested can sign up for a Resort Membership to enjoy the social perks and use of resort amenities at a much better value.

— Shannon Gentry

Waterline Brewing Company was packed on May 11 for Bestival 2019, including the art vendor walk with homemade bags from Mar’s Bag-Ettes.

Waterline Brewing Company was packed on May 11 for Bestival 2019, including the art vendor walk with homemade bags from Mar’s Bag-Ettes.

BEST PRINT SHOP: DOCK STREET PRINTING

Once again, Dock St. Printing has taken home the e for best print shop 2019 by 48% of the vote. We interviewed co-owner Karl Schultz about their win.

encore (e): What’s new at Dock St?

Karl Schultz (KS): We recently added banners and signs to be more of a one-stop shop. Everyone is busy so now you can come in and order your business cards, rack cards, forms, and signs all in one place now. We also added synthetic paper, which is great for menus.

e: What’s the benefit of shopping local for printing needs rather than online?

KS: Shopping local allows a fast turnaround, sometimes the same day. It also allows customers to have someone with experience guide their choices of paper, ink and design, and allow them to see a proof before completing the job. We hear very often from disappointed customers on business cards because they have ordered on-line and were not happy with the end product.

e: How do your prices compare?

KS: Our prices are competitive with other local shop,  and we go the extra mile with our customer service, which we have been told over and over again how invaluable that is.

e: Most popular order? Most unexpected order?

KS: Business cards are still the most requested. More people are opening their own businesses and need them fast to get things going; also, anything promoting events, fundraisers, and art openings. Most unexpected is a lady once had us make 1 envelope so she could conceal she had opened her sons mail!

e: Things you print people may not know about?

KS: One thing for all the jewelry-makers hitting up the farmers markets, and introducing their craft to local stores: We have a wide variety of paper and can drill holes to create a perfect holder to display your unique designs.

e: How many clients do you service? Who are some of your longest-standing?

KS: We have serviced many customers since 1973. Some for over 25 years and running. Customers range from manufacturing, artist, struggling musicians, the film industry and of course the doctors, lawyers and such. We are proud of our long-standing relationships and look forward to new ones,  like the old saying, “One is silver the other is gold.”

e: How did you get into the printing business? Why do you love it so?

KS: Collectively, some of us planned this career path, some of us accidently fell into it. As many have said., printing kind of gets into your blood. Every day is a unique and different. We get to see people start a business, celebrate a birth and weddings. Realize their dreams with their first novel, role in a local play or movie, or an art opening. We get to be a part of their “something special.”

e: What else would you be doing if it weren’t this?

KS: Cindy Meyer loves animals and has pet-sit over the years, in addition to printing, so it would be something animal-related. I had thoughts of being an architect but secretly would like to be a racecar driver, and Bill Goodwyn is the inventor always tinkering and making things, while brewing some pretty awesome beer. Does this sound like the beginning of a country song?

—Shea Carver

BEST USED CAR DEALERSHIP: AUTO WHOLESALE

My husband recently bought his 2018 Rav4 from Auto Wholesale, and like so many others over the years who have raved over their prices and customer service (re: countless five-star reviews on DealerRater and Cars.com), he loved the experience. People can spend weeks figuring out what they want, visiting lot after lot.  Then it’s time to sit down and negotiate a price … find the perfect financing … haggle on a warranty ….

In my husband’s case, he found the car he wanted on Auto Wholesale’s website. He asked to test drive it one Saturday morning, was handed the keys, and once he decided to buy, he was home by lunchtime with new wheels.

The key difference between Auto Wholesale versus a typical dealership is the former’s “hands off” approach. The sales people aren’t pushy yet help when they’re called upon and when needed. They’re able to keep a comfortable distance because the prices and conditions of their cars, according to owner Paul Tracy, sell themselves.

“We’ve always been that way,” Tracy says. “We try to make the process easy and transparent. . . . Even when people don’t buy a car, they recommend us because we have the cleanest, nicest cars.”

Auto Wholesale remains consistent in how they do things, and as a result, they’ve remained consistently on our readers’ choice poll. The “e” for best used car dealership in 2019 is all theirs, too.

Despite their hands-off approach to sales, Tracy is very much hands-on when it comes to finding cars, trucks and SUVs for his lot. He brings in roughly 175 vehicles a month to sell, and it’s not easy finding the right model, year, condition and price to his standards. He spends a lot of time on the phone, at auctions or other dealerships to curate his collection.

“I buy basically perfect vehicles,” he tells. “If it’s a good enough deal, I might buy 10 or 15 of something. But this time of year it’s a lot more difficult because prices are high as crap. . . . Unfortunately I’ve been buying more expensive stuff lately . . .  and a lot of my inventory ranges from $20,000-$70,000 right now; so it’s a little higher but we’re selling it because I’m buying short-mileage vehicles that are like new. People are saving a lot of money.”

Whether in the market for a Hyundai Tucson or Ford Escape or Subaru Forester,  Tracy tries to keep something of everything on the lot, so customers can drive and compare. When Auto Wholesale first opened in 2002, most people were in the market for cars or sedans. Now about 75% of buyers are looking for trucks, SUVs or CUVs.

“We sell a lot of imports,” Tracy notes. “Honda, Toyota or Nissan—but we sell everything (Mercedes, Audi, Lexus) and domestic brands.”

Once customers are ready to talk to a sales person at Auto Wholesale, they’re basically talking to a manager. Auto Wholesale has financing as low as 2.49% and works with all major creditors. There’s no-haggling, no wheelin’ and dealin.’ Where some dealerships have salespersons, telephone operators, finance managers, sales managers, etc., Auto Wholesale’s team is unique in that they all wear a lot of hats.
Tracy himself has been in the business since the ‘80s. He has worn the title of sales manager, finance manager and everything in between.

“[My team does] everything from start to finish and they’re all very capable individuals,” he explains. “So it’s not like they’re going to say, ‘Hold on and let me ask my manager’ and come back. We give people answers right away and eliminate all of bullshit games . . . and with my people, whatever the customer needs, it’s not a problem. The customer comes first.”

With an ASE-certified tire and service center, they continue to serve customers and offer loyalty discounts for oil changes, alignments, 30k-, 60k- and 90k-mile services, A/C work, NC state inspections and new tires. Service appointments can be made by emailing autowholetands@gmail.com or calling 910-859-8193.

Auto Wholesale has driven away with 47% of votes for best used car dealership and folks can see all the current inventory at autowholesalenc.com.

—Shannon Gentry

BEST GIFT SHOP: BLUE MOON GIFT SHOP

In 1999 Blue Moon Gift Shop owener Mary Ann Masucci decided Wilmington needed a retail space where local artisans and craftspeople could give their businesses a whirl before opening a brick and mortar. Fast forward to 2019, and Blue Moon has since scored the award for Best Gift Shop on encore’s readers’ poll for 11 years consecutively.

8,500 square feet of space welcomeshoppers on a daily basis for one-of-kind items not easily found in big-box stores or run-of-the-mill franchises. Unique  jewelry, baby items, handmade art, Christmas ornaments, culinary goods and so much more is available for purchaseon Racine Drive, all sectioned off by individual artisan booths.

Blue Moon won 61% of the vote this year, and we interview Masucci about what’s happening at her store nowadays.

encore (e): What’s new at Blue Moon? Any new vendors?

Mary Ann Masucci (MAM): There is ALWAYS something new at Blue Moon! Recently we’ve added new sailcloth bags, expanded a handcrafted seaglass jewelry line, lots of new local foods, an extensive line of hats, and so much more.

e: Are you always accepting new vendors or are you full currently? How does one go about showing at Blue Moon?  

MAM: We have over 100 local vendors within Blue Moon. We are currently full but we are always looking for new and exciting additions to Blue Moon.

e: Any growing trends you’re seeing currently and how is Blue Moon adhering to them?

MAM: Our customers LOVE to support local. We are locally owned and aim to have and eclectic mix of local vendors to make Blue Moon a shopping destination for locals and tourists alike.

e: What’s the busiest day of the year at Blue Moon?

MAM: Our annual Holiday Open House is always our busiest day of the year! We hold our HOH on the second Saturday in November to kick off the holiday season. We offer free valet parking, food and drink samplings, loads of giveaways, artist demos and we always add something new every year.

e: What else should we know about your business, whether it’s philanthropic work or outreach or even pop-ups?

MAM: Blue Moon loves to support local and many worthy causes with local roots. Some of those include selling Good Shepherd Center products and their Empty Bowls tickets, Indo Jax Surf Schools products to support their non-profit charity, Ten Thousand Villages fair trade products and we will be partnering with one of our artists for a huge fundraiser later this year to support veterans.

— Shea Carver

Catherine Hawksworth, owner of Modern Legend chats it up with friends at Bestival; Stephanie Denning accepts the award for Best Consignment—Clothes. Photo by Chris Brehmer Photography

Catherine Hawksworth, owner of Modern Legend chats it up with friends at Bestival; Stephanie Denning accepts the award for Best Consignment—Clothes. Photo by Chris Brehmer Photography

BEST ANTIQUE STORE & CONSIGNMENT—HOME DECOR

At the core of The Ivy Cottage’s well-stocked inventory are antiques—making sure the most well-preserved items of distinction, and of those that adhere to tastes and trends, stay stocked for Wilmington consumers. More so, consignors who use the reseller to peddle their wares receive 60 percent commission.

“We are the last consignment shop to still pay consignors 60% of the selling price which is why we boast 1,000 active consignors,” praises owner Drew Keller. “Not to mention we mail 700-1,000 checks with 95% living locally. That is money staying local.”

Folks who wish to add to their 9,000 consignors list can drop in Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ivy Cottage no longer takes weekend appointments, however. Not to mention, that’s the high time of shopping, which is overfilled often throughout all of Keller’s four buildings (three buildings and a warehouse) plus two courtyards. Each has various items up for grabs, from vintage glassware and flatware, to hutches, couches, chairs and dining sets, to jewelry, garden items, house goods and so much more.

As Best Consignment—Home Decor and Best Antique Store winner for 2019, Keller is continuing the two-decade winning streak on encore’s readers’ poll. It’s no wonder, considering the amount of items they take in daily. “We average 200 to 400 a day,” Keller tells, “so approximately 2,000 different items a week.”

Moreover, they have an 85% sale rate, so consignors know they’ve chosen the right person to handle their fine goods and buyers can rest assured the quality is always top notch. Currently, they’re seeing an uptick in  vintage typewriters as well as Waterford crystal, colorfully reclaimed and modern mid-century furniture. Just as well, for folks enamored by rubies, emeralds and diamonds, their fine jewelry department gets in a broad variety of bracelets, earrings, watches, etc. As well, in the first building, they have a half-off room to help move items to bring in more new-to-you inventory. And on the third weekend of every month, they do half off the half off room. So shoppers can see a 75% savings on everything that was less than $100.

Aside from a ensuring buyers and sellers remain happy with their choices in and from The Ivy Cottage, the company cares about community, too. They work with local and regional nonprofits to donate their unsold items to, in that nothing becomes wasteful. “They go to Habitat Re-store in Oak Island,” Keller informs. “We also support multiple causes and groups, from the Downtown Historic Society to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher where we are a part of the Offshore Club.”

To find out more about The Ivy Cottage’s  sales, follow their socials or check out their website (threecottages.com), where they list new inventory frequently.

The Ivy Cottage took 53% of the vote.
—Shea Carver

BEST CAR WASH: CRUISERS CAR WASH & DETAIL CENTER

Since opening shop 21 years ago, Cruisers Car Wash and Detail Center has expanded beyond their flagship store on College Road. They now have two full-service locations and two express locations throughout southeastern NC. And they’ve won Best Car Wash in ILM for 18 years running from their detailing, shampooing and odor removal, headlight restoration, and now dent removal services.

Cruisers president Clayton Gsell explains: “Paintless dent removal, or PDR, is a process that enables us to remove dents from the ‘inside out’ of a vehicle’s body. Instead of spending thousands of dollars at a body shop, we can remove dents for as little as $100.”

Gsell added to his business model two years ago when he took over Coastal Glass Tinting. The company has been well-known in ILM’s automotive industry for 38 years. It has allowed Cruisers’ customers time- and money-saving options.

“We now offer special-package pricing between Cruisers and Coastal Tint,” Gsell says. “We also have complete detailing services at Coastal Tint . . . It’s a great time-saver for our customers.”

And they want every person, local and tourist alike, to leave happy and know they can depend on Cruisers and Coastal Tint, whether it’s after a day trip to the beach, or during pollen season or even after occasional snow falls in winter. The Cruisers staff understands a car is among a person’s most important investment.

Thus, every vehicle is treated with utmost care.

“Wilmington is a friendly town and we create an atmosphere where customers can relax while we pamper their vehicle,” Gsell says. “We have a great relationship with our customers and for that reason we want to exceed their expectations every day. It’s an environment of mutual respect and we work diligently to earn and keep it.”

Gsell always services equipment to make sure it’s operating at its best. He’s also conscientious of the environment and has added biodegradable soaps and conditioners to Cruisers locations. Plus, they recycle 80 percent of water used to avoid waste.

Cruisers also stays entrenched in the community by focusing on philanthropic give-back when they can. Gsell works with local charities like Lower Cape Fear Hospice, the Cape Fear Council of the Boy Scouts, The American Heart Association, She Rocks  and others. As a constant gratitude of support, they offer free washes to veterans every November 11, Veterans’ Day.

Cruisers took 49% of the votes on the 2019 encore’s readers’ choice poll.

—Shea Carver

Lamaine Williams has no trouble lifting another Bestie for Best Personal Trainer

Lamaine Williams has no trouble lifting another Bestie for Best Personal Trainer

BEST PERSONAL TRAINER: TRAIN WITH LAMAINE

Train with Lamaine has been on our encore readers’ poll for 10 years now. Why? Well, have you seen the guns on Lamaine Williams? When he says he is blessed to make a career out of exercising, we believe him.

“I don’t remember the time I didn’t workout,” he tells encore. “I’ve always done push ups, pull ups, sit ups, etc. I got my first weight set before I was 9. Fitness was the gift that God gave me; it’s my hobby and my passion.”

While he practices what he preaches, his focus to keep Wilmington in shape really allows him to stretch his talents. He oversees training programs, individually assessed, for 28 people, who each work out with him one to three times a week. “Figuring out the individual’s personality is key to being a good personal trainer,” Williams says. “I have to know their goals, abilities and personality.”

Williams mostly steers clear of trends, too. He lets research and testing plans physically to guide him through weight training, yoga flexibility, gymnastics strength and mobility training. “Mixing yoga flexibility and gymnastics strength, mobility and flexibility have really been beneficial to me and my team,” he tells.

Each year he and one of his celebrity students, Frances Weller from WECT news (2019’s Best Local Newscaster and Best Local Newscast), host a squat challenge. Last year they had an entire local elementary school onboard to see how many squats they could do in one day. “It is a fun way of getting everybody involved in exercise,” he tells. He will announce his next challenge on his socials, Train With Lamaine on Facebook.

“Frances [and I] are working on something really big,” he promises. “You don’t want to miss the next challenge.”

Yet, the real key to living healthy is consistency. One must commit and see through the challenges.

“If you consistently exercise, if you consistently try to eat good, you will see results,” Williams promises. “This means you don’t have to be a fitness guru or a gym rat to have good health. You just need to consistently put forth effort to be healthy.”

Lamaine Williams won the Best Personal Trainer category by 43%.
—Shea Carver

Samantha Ray Mifsud sang a tune from the hit local production of ‘Mamma Mia!’

Samantha Ray Mifsud sang a tune from the hit local production of ‘Mamma Mia!’

BEST JEWELER: PERRY’S EMPORIUM

As if Perry’s Emporium couldn’t get any better for Wilmington shoppers, their new renovation will lead to a better experience to find the best in diamonds, rubies and emeralds (oh, my!)! With it will come a new improved repair shop, plus a new design and layout—set to be unveiled in August.

“However, we are still open at our  temporary location across the parking lot from our store [2520 Independence Boulevard, Suite 100]!” advertising and marketing manager Morgan Canady tells encore.

That means all brides and grooms can rest assured Perry’s top-notch offerings in engagement rings and wedding bands will still be available and in pristine condition. Plus, Perry’s is staying on top of the latest trends and hottest styles. According to Canady, they’re getting more requests to include smaller accent stones on rings.

“A little something extra than the traditional solitaire-style ring,” she says. “We’ve also seen that yellow gold is making a comeback, and we’ve been doing lots in rose gold lately as well. No matter what the latest trends are, we always have something for everyone!”

Because of undergoing a whole new store plan, they’re hosting a “Remodeling Sales Event” and offering 50 percent off hundreds of items; the sale will continue through the remodel. Though they aren’t pulling in new inventory during this time, the autumn season will see them restocking the shelves full force.

“We offer an exclusive ‘Trade Up’ policy that makes buying diamonds from Perry’s even more appealing,” Canady adds. “We also recently incorporated new 3D printers/scanners to improve our custom design services. Last but not least, we’ve started a VIP Facebook group where you can shop huge discounts directly from Facebook.”

Their annual “Let it Snow” event near the holidays and “Rainy Day Diamond Giveaway” allows folks an opportunity to get jewelry, including engagement rings, free. While that’s always a good buy for any customer, Perry’s also makes sure their philanthropic work throughout Wilmington is as strong as their jewelry game.

“We pride ourselves on our community involvement,” Canady says. “Alan believes it’s our duty to give back to the community that supports us. Some of the organizations that we support are the Cape Fear Literary Council, First Fruit Ministries, Operation Pretty Things, and the American Heart Association, just to name a few!”

Perry’s Emporium won the Best Jeweler category by 51%.
—Shea Carver

The crowd is all eyes when the DREAMS students performed.

The crowd is all eyes when the DREAMS students performed.

BEST BOOKSTORE: OLD BOOKS ON FRONT STREET

“It is kind of like ‘The Muppet Show’ around here,” Gwenyfar Rohler observes of Old Books on Front Street, encore readers’ choice for Best Bookstore, “a little crazy, well-intentioned, very creative and completely entertaining.”

Rohler (2019’s Best Local Writer) is surprisingly stuck when it comes to finding words to describe the local support the “e” awards represent to small businesses. “ We try so hard to provide something special and to be of value to the community that to receive this recognition is truly tear inducing,” she offers.

Google has nothing when it comes to the passion and knowledge of literature found in Old Books, where about once a week they help a would-be customers find a variation of what they’re looking for … at least what they think they’re looking for. “‘It’s blue. About this big. It was on my girlfriend’s coffee table. I don’t know the title or the author…’” Rohler describes of some of the requests she gets.

Nonetheless, Old Books does have an array of staff picks they hope shoppers take note of while perusing the aisles. Plus, they carry a plethora of local authors.

“We have a lot of great local history—one of my passions,” Rohler says. “‘Cape Fear Rising’ [about the 1898 race riots] just had its 25th anniversary rerelease. It’s a book I think would answer a lot of questions both for people who have lived here a long time and who are new to the area. ‘Good Omens’ is my favorite book—please, read it before you watch the show. Shadwell is completely [not reproducible] on screen.”

While Old Books is known for its two miles of shelved books, in recent years Rohler and her staff also have been adjusting to the addition of The Literary Loft (just above the bookstore), plus hosting a weekly Literary History Walking Tour. Rohler recently opened her childhood home on Market Street as the Literary Bed and Breakfast, carrying on her love for books. Even with a staff of seven, she admits it’s a lot to manage.

“Rachel, Joel, Diana, Anthony, Jay and Mel are an assortment of wonder,” she praises. They allow her to continue her love of historic renovation.

“I hope maybe next year to get The Ender’s Game Room open in the Literary B&B (current rooms: Maya Angelou, Tom Robbins and Zelda Fitzgerald). We are trying to finish building and decorating the NC Poet Laureate’s Garden, too, but for now I’m trying to figure out a day-to-day groove to provide a special, valuable and memorable experience to our community.”

Old Books on Front Street won the Best Bookstore category by 54%.
—Shannon Gentry

BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY: INTRACOASTAL REALTY

Intracoastal Realty won the Best Real Estate category by 54%. We interviewed Lake Slacum, vice president and marketing executive, about trends within the ILM market and what to expect from the company in 2019.

encore: Tell me about the current market trends in ILM? Hottest homes on market, good selling and buying times, what you’re seeing helps a home sell, anything and everything…

Lake Slacum (LS): The Wilmington market continues to be scorching hot.  We use calculations to arrive at something called an “absorption rate,” which determines the level of supply and demand in particular price ranges.  An absorption rate of 5-6 months is considered a “normal” market; more than 6 months is a “buyer’s” market with a lot of inventory from which to choose; and less than 5 months is a “seller’s” market with high buyer demand and low inventory.  We are firmly in the latter category for all price segments up through $700,000 in New Hanover County.  We have “normal” market conditions in the $700,000 – $900,000 range.  A lot of movement has taken place with the luxury $1,000,000 segment; however, it remains a buyer’s market with more supply than demand right now.  Still, luxury properties are selling at a very healthy pace. The bottom line is that it is a great time to sell. Buyers are out there, but they do not have a lot of inventory from which to choose.

e: What keeps Intracoastal on top of its game and in tune with ILM buyers and sellers?

We are a full-service company that invests heavily in marketing, technology, and training for our agents.  Being an independent firm—and not a “big box” franchise—allows us to make nimble decisions that positively affect our agents and our clients.  We scour the globe for cutting-edge products and services that will make our agents more efficient and productive.

e: Give our readers some numbers: how many sales the company made last year, how many clients you represented, how many agents, current interest rates, average home price, and anything else you think I should know.

Intracoastal Realty once again eclipsed the billion-dollar mark in residential real estate sales last year, and we are on pace to do even better this year. We helped thousands of clients sell and/or buy a home last year. Many of the clients are repeat customers, which is the ultimate compliment about the services we provide. Intracoastal is the market share leader in New Hanover County. We sell all price ranges, as evidenced by our selling a $12,000 parcel of land, a $5 million dollar estate, and everything in between!  Our average sold price last year was almost $100,000 higher than the company with the #2 market share.

e: Any predictions about the home market in ILM per future?

The economic experts are predicting steady interest rates over the next year, so the market should remain strong. It also helps that our area is such a desirable place in which to live, work and play.  The vibrant and evolving historic downtown area combined with our wonderful beach communities will make this area an attractive relocation destination for years to come.  And we, at Intracoastal Realty, get to help people realize their dreams.  It’s a great position in which to be!

e: Tell me about how Intracoastal gives back to the community at large, via fundraisers, events, etc.

The philanthropic side of Intracoastal Realty is large and widespread locally.  Last year, our company and its agents and staff donated time and money to more than 100 area charities.  Our founder/CEO and our president are committed to supporting the causes that our agents and staff champion. Additionally, we have our own Teacher’s Fund—a 501(c)(3)nonprofit—that helps local public and private elementary school teachers buy the supplies and books they so desperately need.

To date, the Teacher’s Fund has awarded over 1,500 grants in excess of $300,000, benefitting more than 180,000 students. Intracoastal Realty’s community contributions are a big part of who we are, and are ingrained in our culture.
—Shea Carver

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