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Bald Head Island is the perfect destination for adventure, relaxation, and finding your dream home. Here are the best things to do.

There's always so much to do on the water. Whether you like surfing, relaxing on the beach, or hiking through breathtaking scenery, Bald Head Island is the perfect destination no matter what you love to do. If you're looking at Bald Head Island homes for sale, you might as well make a trip out of the day and explore these spots and activities our real estate agents recommend.

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Minimalism can clean up your home and improve your interior design. Here's how.

It's not easy to pull off a minimalist decor style, but when it works, it can completely transform your space. Unfortunately, when it's not done right, it can leave your space feeling cold, empty, and unlived-in. 

Luckily, our real estate agents have a lot of experience with minimalist decor styles, and we've learned how to do it in a way that highlights the simple, uncluttered beauty of your space. It all starts with these simple minimalist style tips:

1. De-Clutter Your Space

Before you start thinking about bringing in any new decor, look at what you have and decide what can be removed. Old magazines, coffee table books, unnecessary decor items and knickknacks can go. Even some furniture might be eliminated. Does anyone ever really sit in that chair? When was the last time you used turned on that lamp? You may not need them at all. 

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Downtown Southport has a character of its own, one you should explore now! Here are the places to visit.

There's a lot to see and do in Southport! With a vibrant Downtown district just footsteps away from the water, Southport offers all kinds of fun shopping and dining options. Sometimes our real estate agents just like to walk around Downtown Southport and take it all in, and these are some of our favorite local businesses to check out.

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It is with deepest regret and our greatest sorrow that we share the passing of S.R. Buddy Rudd, Jr., Vice President with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS.

The news of Buddy's passing reached all of us with heavy hearts. He was not only a beloved and long-time member of the Southport-Oak Island community, a leader in the North Carolina real estate industry, and champion for Rudd's property management department, Buddy was a devoted husband and partner, loving and attentive father, and loyal friend to many.

After obtaining his NC Real Estate license in 1983, Buddy was hired by Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS in 1986, and was charged with leading the company's property management division. He was later appointed Vice President of the company in 1999.

Commitment & Devotion

He wove his commitment to exceptional customer service, professionalism and community into everything he did. Over his 38-year career, he served on a number of Association and Chamber of Commerce boards and committees as well as in numerous positions with local and state governments. He was frequently recognized with various awards and accolades for his unwavering commitment and devotion. While the list is extensive, a few notable appointments include:

  • Appointment to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission (2007 - 2014)
  • North Carolina Association of REALTORS: Board of Directors (1998 - 2000, 2003, 2006 - 2007); Property Management Division Chair (2000) and Vice Chair (1999); Hall of Fame Award Recipient (2005); Kemp C. Clendenin Award "NC REALTOR of the Year" Recipient (2007)
  • Brunswick County Association of REALTORS: REALTOR of the Year Award Recipient (1998); President (1999); Legislative/RPAC Committee Member (2012 - 2021)
  • NC Vacation Rental Managers Association (NCVRMA): Board of Directors (1997 - 2000)
  • Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce: US Open King Mackerel Tournament Founding Member & Chairman (1981 - 1982) and Board of Directors (1981 - 2021); Vice President, Tourism Committee (1996 - 1999)
  • Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (TDA): Board of  Directors (1999); Vice Chairman (2000 - 2007)

Never Met a Stranger

On a personal level, Buddy enjoyed boating, golfing, a nice cold Miller Lite and hot dogs, and, you could likely catch him enjoying a drive down the beach. He was always quick to offer a smile and a positive message. He never met a stranger as everyone became a friend and truly loved him. Above all, he loved his work and his family. No other man has ever been harder working, more dedicated, humble and kind. While he will be missed tremendously, his legacy will live on.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Brunswick Family Assistance, Special Olympics and the NC REALTORS Housing Foundation. A Celebration of Life will be held at the 801 Ocean event center located at 801 Ocean Drive, Oak Island NC 28465 on Thursday, June 24th from 5pm to 8pm.

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We all want family photos that aren't cluttered together, but it can be challenging. Here are some tips for stunning family photo displays.

What makes a home a home? Is it the furniture, the curb appeal, or the market value? Really, there's only one thing that makes a home what it is: the people who live in it. As you move from house to house throughout your life, each one of those places is still your home, even though you may be states away from the house you grew up in. That's because your home is where you and your family are. And what better way to demonstrate that than by putting up photos of the people who mean the most to you. But nailing up a picture here and there doesn't always make for a great display. Our real estate agents have some pro tips for making your family photo displays the best they can be.

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