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Decorative Trends to Avoid - Margaret Rudd

You've spent many hours over the years picking out every fixture, paint color, and piece of furniture to make your house a home.

Now you're ready to put your house on the market, but you have to be prepared for future potential buyers. Our REALTORS® are experts at getting your home to sell as quickly as possible. Here are some decorating trends to avoid and updates you can make to give buyers of Southport homes for sale exactly what they want.

Bold Patterned Walls
Big, bold wallpaper patterns have become extremely trendy in recent years for places like bathroom spaces and accent walls in living spaces throughout your home.

However, while you may love those giant pandas with the bamboo forest background, they might turn potential buyers away. You buyers may see a project they have to take on if they purchase your home.

What to Do Instead: Paint your walls in neutral colors. White will always help give the buyers a blank space to envision how they would make the space their own. Or consider warmer neutrals to give the space a cozier feel. Neutral colors also help the rooms look brighter and larger, appealing to a broader range of potential buyers.

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Welcome a Neighbor - Margaret Rudd

Everyone wants to have a good relationship with their neighbors. After all, you'll probably be living near each other for many years to come. National Good Neighbor Day on September 28 is the perfect opportunity to say hello to your new neighbors and make them feel welcome and at home.

National Good Neighbor Day was made official in 1978 to celebrate the bonds of communities, neighborhoods, and family that keep us all together. So when you see Southport homes for sale in your area, you can start making a plan to welcome your new neighbors. Our REALTORS® suggest trying one of these thoughtful gestures to break the ice.

  • Stop by and introduce yourself. You could bring the rest of the family or a few other neighbors with you too. You may or may not become fast friends, but taking the time to say hello will start your relationship off on the right foot.

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Southport Burgers - Margaret Rudd

National Cheeseburger Day will soon be upon us! (September 18th, to be exact) There are countless variations of this quintessentially American treat. In Southport, many places serve up substantial, savory cheeseburgers. So while you're around town, checking out Southport homes for sale, take a break and get a taste at one of our REALTORS® favorite burger joints!

  1. Fat Andy's Burgers - 4655 Long Beach Road SE, Southport, NC 28461
    Fat Andy's simple menu features hot, juicy burgers and fries. Also, if you're more of a hot dog person, they have those too. With fast, friendly service and an outdoor dining area, it's the perfect place to grab lunch or dinner.
  2. Old Bridge Diner - 132 Country Club Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
    From omelets to salads to a patty melt that's to die for, this local diner has something for everyone. In addition to classic burgers, they offer southern specialties like fried okra, biscuits and gravy and hushpuppies. Old Bridge Diner is open for breakfast and lunch, so stop by and fill up before peeking at some fabulous Oak Island homes for sale.
  3. Loco Jo's Bar & Grill - 602 N. Howe St. # E, Southport, NC 28461
    A laid-back bar & grill that's a local favorite.

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While we are thankful that our community was not among the hardest hit by Hurricane Dorian, there are many people still in need. 

If you, a friend, or a neighbor need help, please contact Leslie Stanley, the Brunswick County Emergency Services Volunteer and Nonprofit Coordinator at 910-253-2589 or by email at

We will never forget those who helped us in our time of need, and some of us who experienced minimal damage from Hurricane Dorian find volunteering to be an excellent release from the pent up energy, anxiety and stress generated by the storm! Several such opportunities are listed below.

The North Carolina Office of Recovery & Resiliency works with several other state agencies to provide information and coordinate both donations and volunteer labor for the most critical projects.  These include ongoing help for areas affected by Florence & Matthew.  

The North Carolina chapter of VOAD – Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is a resource for groups and individuals reaching out for help and organizing relief efforts throughout our state.  Their focus on cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration facilitates the work of many non-profits, including Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross and many faith based groups. VOAD's role is to bring organizations together and enable them to understand each other and work together during times of disaster preparedness, response, relief and recovery.  They have a lengthy list of projects and unmet needs.  

In the Bahamas, where Dorian had the most tragic impacts, there are several international groups we can reach out to, including the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

One grass-roots organization, World Central Kitchen, pre-positioned their resources in advance of the storm and within two weeks were serving 20,000 meals a day in Nassau, Abaco, and Grand Bahama. You can find training and service opportunities on their website.  They also accept donations.

The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation has even set up an Amazon Smile account to make it easy for us to donate basic clothing, shelf stable food products and a few toiletry items.   

We remember how grateful we were with each step our community took on the road to recovery after Florence.  Electricity, potable water, open roads, fully stocked grocery stores and all of the people who make these things possible cannot be taken for granted.  In situations like these, giving back is a true expression of gratitude and we are fortunate to have so many strong organizations helping us do just that.

#CarolinaStrong #GivingBack


Credit Score Improvements - Margaret Rudd

If you're looking at buying a new home in the Southport area, you're likely going through one of the most common home-buying processes: mortgage application and pre-qualification. No matter who your lender is, they'll use your credit score as a reliable scorecard to gauge your creditworthiness and extend a line of credit to you.  

Our REALTORS® are aware of the challenges new homebuyers face. You're probably asking yourself, "How do I raise my credit score?" Read on to find out!

  • Eliminate Petty Debts
    Your credit score is made up of several different criteria. These factors include how large debts are, how long you've had them, and how well you've paid them off, among other things. One of the most significant criteria and one you have the most control over is how sizable your debts are and how long you keep them.  

    You may be thinking that those little debts (small medical bills, old store credit cards, or paltry sums in collections) are nothing to be concerned about. In the big scheme of things, maybe they aren't, but you can raise your credit score several points by paying off those debts. 

    Several small debts can add up in the eyes of credit reporting agencies, so do yourself and your credit score a favor and settle up those smaller sums.

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