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by Brian Schrader

May 7, 2018

The Festivals of Southeastern North Carolina

Southeastern North Carolina is known for its great climate, great sand and surf, and even great BBQ, but did you know about all of the fantastic festivals held each year?!  Take a peek at The Coastline NC Real Estate Team’s month-by-month guide to the festivals of Southeastern NC…

Riverfront Downtown Wilmington NC


  • What better way to celebrate the month of love than with the Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival?!  Delight your taste buds with bubbles and sweet treats during this weekend event!


  • The biggest party of the year for the Coastal Carolinas is the North Carolina Azalea Festival.  This festival is so popular even the azaleas put on their best coats for the occasion!!  This southern scene includes the circus, a parade, pageantry, live entertainment, a shag contest, historical home tours and a garden party in the Azalea Festival Queen’s honor.


  • Winos and foodies unite in May for the Wilmington Food & Wine Festival.  This spring festival is spread across the Greater Wilmington area and offers several wine dinners featuring the best chefs around paired with the best sourced wines.  You can also partake in the wine education seminars and all the wining and dining festivities held throughout the weekend at the Bellamy Mansion.
  • The St. Nicholas Greek Festival held every year in May at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church features tours of the church, hourly entertainment and of course, traditional Greek fare including shawarma, gyros, kebabs, Baklava and Mythos!


  • The 4th of July Festival has all of the red, white and blue Americana highlights and is a Southeastern North Carolina must-do!!  This week-long festival held each year in Southport, NC is filled to the brim with activities for the whole family.  Enjoy historical site tours; take in the artisan’s market; let the beach music filling the air take you away; and cap off the festival with the traditional parade and fireworks display.


  • The NC Spot Festival in Hampstead, NC coordinates to when the spot fish start biting…usually sometime in late fall if you ask the locals!!  Celebrate their arrival with this weekend festival that includes chorus productions from area schools, hand-crafted goods, spot dinners and fireworks!!


  • Fall is ushered in with the Wilmington Riverfest, a Coastal Carolina staple!!  This festival has it all…street fairs filled with vendors, musical and performance entertainment, Miss Riverfront and a Harvest Moon Riverparty to top it all off!!


  • As the weather welcomes a nice crispness to the air, the NC Holiday Flotilla kicks off!  This yearly festival is held in beloved Wrightsville Beach and features a tree lighting ceremony with Santa, a party in the park, a decorated boat parade and fireworks!!

You can enjoy all these festivals and more when The Coastline NC Real Estate Team helps you find your Southeastern NC home! 

Jan. 30, 2018

Where to eat in town?

Looking for a great spot to grab dinner? Want to try the latest and greatest? Need a place for date night?

One of the best things about being a real estate agent in southeastern NC is knowing where the "go-to" restaurant hot spots are. Here are a few of our Coastline NC Real Estate Team favorites...we give them two thumbs up!!

Tried & True Go-To’s:

Lunch Spots:

Eat Like A Local:

Latest & Greatest:

Date Night Musts:

Worth the Drive:


Connect with our Coastline NC Real Estate team today and tell us what you think of these recommendations and then share some of your favorite spots with us!


Jan. 18, 2018

Standout Builders in the Greater Wilmington, Leland and Brunswick County NC Area

If you’re looking for an esteemed builder known for their quality of work and craftsmanship, look no further than this cultivated list by the Coastline NC Real Estate Team.  This topnotch group of builders construct quality home in communities such as;  Brunswick Forest, Waterford, Compass Pointe, RiverBluffs, Landfall, Magnolia Greens, RiverLights, St James, and Winding River.  This group of standout builders have years of experience in delivering superior homes, meeting deadlines and exceeding customer’s needs.

Leland Building Plans

70 West Builders

70 West Builders is the result of the talented Craig Smith applying his extensive knowledge of the homebuilding and construction industry. 70 West believes in creating a quality new home at an affordable price with tasteful designs, solid construction and superior value. They take pride in their attention to detail and their ability to create a home as unique as each of their clients.

Bell Custom Homes

Bell Custom Homes is the new kid on the block, but is quickly becoming known for their East Meets West style, quality of work and integrity of operation. They are a full Design Build (Nationally Certified) General Contracting Company and they believe quality and the client experience are the foundation of success. The entire team stands by this mission, and by these timeless principles. They will work tirelessly to help you realize your vision and make the process straightforward and worry-free.

Fogleman Associates

Fogleman Associates has been specializing in building custom, quality homes for over 30 years in southeastern NC. President and owner, M “Mickey” Fogleman, strives to deliver homes to their clients built on trust and dependability. His devotion and care are evident in the personal attention, detailed woodworking and craftsmanship in each home. That’s why the Fogleman Associates name has become synonymous with custom-built, luxury homes.

Kent Homes

Kent Homes takes pride in giving customers personalized attention since 1989. They are a small company that is big on personalized service, so that you feel like part of the family and not a transaction. Kent Homes showcases the best there is in terms of design, finishing touches and craftsmanship at an affordable price because of their convenient, efficient and streamlined selection process – “A smarter way to a luxury home” as their team likes to think.

Legacy Homes by Bill Clark & Bill Clark Homes

Representing 40 years of building excellence and deemed “One of the Nation’s Top 100 Homebuilders,” Bill Clark Homes has constructed a reputation for providing buyers with the most home for their money. And now, Legacy Homes by Bill Clark, Bill Clark Homes’ newest division, focuses on building homes with their clients’ lifestyles in mind. If you’re looking for a truly custom home with the details built around your needs, Legacy Homes can make your dreams a reality.

Liberty Homes

Liberty Homes is an established North Carolina custom homebuilder offering homes of distinction crafted with vision, value and excellence. They offer more than 18 floor plans that can be personalized to fit each client’s needs because they believe their success is firmly rooted in customer satisfaction.

Logan Homes

Logan Homes has been building luxury homes along the Carolina Coast since 1986. They have a track record of success and customer satisfaction by exceeding expectations and making building your dream home as easy, as 1, 2, 3. They use cutting edge technologies and streamlined processes coupled with open and honest communication to deliver a personalized design for each customer – Dream Big, Build Smart with Logan Homes.

Plantation Building Corp

Plantation Building Corporation believes that the finest homes start with the strongest foundations and those foundations are rooted in lots and lots of planning. At Plantation Building Corp they focus on clear, effective communication upfront with their clients to deliver a quality, custom home that exceeds their customer’s expectations. Just ask the hundreds of satisfied clients they’ve served.

Tribute Homes

Tribute Homes is a Division of True Homes, the 39th largest builder in the United States and the largest private builder in the Carolinas. Tribute builds energy efficient, low maintenance homes within some of the most select active adult lifestyle communities throughout the Carolinas. The brand promise “It’s All About You” has created a unique homebuilding culture that focuses on providing one-of-a-kind solutions to meet the needs of clients. So, raise your expectations and start living the good life today!

Trusst Builder Group

Trusst Builder Group is a locally owned and operated builder and developer of quality homes and neighborhoods throughout New Hanover and Brunswick counties since 1992. Trusst has built more than 3,000 value-priced, custom-quality homes with premier finishes in this region. Their portfolio includes over 50 floorplans comprised of townhomes, patio homes and semi-custom home designs.


Jan. 3, 2018

Magnolia Greens in Leland, NC – A Community for All

Magnolia Greens is an established community in Leland, NC offering families and retirees a beautiful haven to call home! The Coastline NC Real Estate Team with their local area knowledge and 20+ years of real estate experience is here to be your guide to finding your next home in Magnolia Greens.

This community offers its residents a plethora of amenities to enjoy including a recently renovated fitness center, two outdoor pools, an indoor pool, tennis courts, walking and biking trails, a commercial village at its entrance and a 27-hole player-friendly golf course with clubhouse. So whether you fancy a swim, a swing or a walk to your favorite burger joint (PT’s is our fave); all are at your fingertips to partake in today!

Not only is this community loaded with amenities, it is full of home options for buyers to choose from as well! There are condos with golf course views, town homes offering low-maintenance living, single family homes with open concept floor plans, and there are even a few lots left should you desire to build a custom estate home. Whatever you decide, our Coastline NC Real Estate Team will help you find your way home!

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Magnolia Greens Golf Course in Leland

Dec. 8, 2017

New Windsor Park Video

Check out this new video of Windsor Park! 


Oct. 13, 2017

Leland, NC – What’s in your backyard?!


When considering a move to southeast North Carolina, a lot of clients wonder “where’s my neighborhood coffee shop going to be OR what’s going to be my new favorite restaurant?”  With the Coastline NC Real Estate team by your side, there’s no need to worry!  We’ve outlined a guide to Leland, NC below…

Let’s start with the basics, where are your going to get your morning cup of joe.  Here are a few of our suggestions for Local Coffee Shops:

Next up, your new favorite Restaurant Hot Spots:

Grab your Groceries at one of these markets:

Head to one of these area Beaches:

Here are a few other Good Places To Know that are located in your backyard in Leland, NC:


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Posted in Leland NC Area
Oct. 8, 2017

New Waterford of the Carolinas Video

Check out this new video of Waterford of the Carolinas!

Posted in Leland NC Homes
Sept. 21, 2017

Waterford Residential Award


Waterford's Master Residential Association has been chosen as one of 5 communities in NC to receive the Community of Excellence Award 2017. Acknowledgement by the NC chapter of this international organization, Community Associations Institute (http://www.cai-nc.org/), brings with it opportunity to promote living in Waterford backed by this exemplary acclaim!  This recognition is significant as buyers want to know that the community they chose to build/live in, is financially stable, well managed and has strong capable management.  Here is some info about CAI from their website:

"CAI provides information, education, and resources to the homeowner volunteers who govern communities and the professionals who support them.
As an international membership organization dedicated to building better communities, CAI strives to give board members, managers, and homeowners the legal and practical knowledge to help them lead and enhance responsible community living.
Successful communities and effective association management are no accident. They are made possible by the smart work -- and the hard work -- of community professionals and volunteer leaders."
    CAI strives to recognize and honor the individuals and communities whose contributions exemplify excellence. 
Needless to say, we are all thrilled and delighted to have received this award!  Attached is a picture of the award, we encourage you to utilize it in your promotions and share this information with your clients.  Please let me know if I might provide further assistance.
Thank you!
Michele Kanatous 
Waterford Marketing Team Leader


Sept. 5, 2017

The Greater Leland Area is Bustling with New Businesses


The Greater Leland North Carolina commercial real estate market is heating up and the Town is bustling with new businesses and services!!  Our Coastline NC Real Estate team  has been watching with great anticipation and we’ve got our finger on the pulse, so that we can give you the inside scoop on what’s coming soon!!

In the Westgate Marketplace (located in the Wal-Mart Shopping Center), the following businesses will be opening:

  • Cricket Wireless
  • Miyabi Junior Express Japanese Hibachi Restaurant
  • Complete Coastal Dentistry
  • Charlie Graingers
  • PetSense
  • Ganey, Byrd & Dunn Insurance Group.

Neighboring The Village Shoppes at Waterford, look forward to welcoming:

  • Apple Annie’s Bake Shop & The Wine Sampler
  • Cape Fear Seafood – NOW OPEN
  • Tropical Smoothie

Nearby, The Villages at Brunswick Forest, will proudly be welcoming:

  • Shuckin' Shack
  • A.M. Diner & Deli
  • EmergeOrtho Medical Office Building

Other businesses coming to the Greater Leland Area include:

  • ALDI's
  • Hawthorne at Leland Apartments
  • Harrington Square

These businesses and services add to an already extraordinary line-up in the Greater Leland Area.  Our team is excited to watch the growth in this community!  


Connect with our Coastline NC Real Estate team today and begin your home search in the Greater Leland NC Area– 910.632.0060 | Facebook | Email Brian | Email John


Posted in Leland NC Area
Aug. 8, 2017

Your Guide to a Stress-Free Real Estate Closing

When it comes to closing on a home, our Coastline NC Real Estate team has outlined a few tips to keep your closing as seamless and stress-free as possible.

  • First and foremost -- prior to your scheduled closing, it is of the utmost importance that no last minute big purchases are made.  If you are requiring a mortgage to close, large, unexpected purchases (like a car or furniture for your new house) can throw off your debt-to-income ratio and cause you to be denied your loan.
  • On the day of closing, prepare your mind and body.  Eat properly, hydrate and maybe even meditate.  Then if the unexpected happens, you will be ready!!
  • Also, we recommend taking the day off on the day of your real estate closing.  This will allow you to run any last-minute errands that might be required.   Plus, your closing will take around an hour (maybe a little more or less).  Then, your documents must be recorded before you can gain access to your new home, so consider a morning closing if possible.  Lastly, having the day off will allow for an evening toast to your new home!!  We highly recommend this!!
  • During your closing, review your closing documents closely.  You don’t have to rush and don’t be afraid to ask any questions you might have.  This is your time!
  • Just a tip from our team, sometimes a certified check may be easier than wiring funds for a closing.  Also, bring your check book…it could save you an added trip to the bank if there are slight changes in funds. 
  • Lastly, don’t forget to bring identification, proof of home insurance and your sales contract just in case.

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