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Waking up early has its advantages: here's where you can watch a stunning sunrise in Southport.

There's an undeniable sense of serenity that comes with living in the Southport, NC area. Whether you're a visitor or a longtime local, it seeps into your bones. Never is it more fully experienced than when you're watching the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean.

You can take it from our real estate agents; watching the sunrise in the Brunswick Islands never gets old. See for yourself at one of these spectacular sunrise spots in the Southport area.

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Cherokee, NC – Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® (MRA) is pleased to announce that Sue Franks, Broker, REALTOR®, GRI and member of the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® was recently inducted into the NC REALTORS® Hall of Fame. According to the NC REALTORS® organization, this prestigious award recognizes REALTORS® who have made significant contributions to the real estate profession through the areas of development, environment, government and leadership.

Over the years, Mrs. Franks has been a champion associate for MRA. She has lent her expertise to the NC REALTORS® Legislative and Issues Mobilization committees, and has previously served on both the Brunswick County Department of Social Services Board and the Brunswick County Planning Board. She fulfilled duties as a member of the Guardian ad Litem program, and also performed as the Federal District Coordinator for former Congressman Mike McIntyre.

Mrs. Franks' Hall of Fame induction occurred during the 2022 Annual NC REALTORS® Convention and Expo in Cherokee, North Carolina. This event, held October 16 to 19, traditionally serves as the place to share industry information, network with fellow real estate professionals, and to take advantage of educational opportunities.

REALTORS® or consumers interested in learning more about the annual awards or the NC REALTORS® should visit while information on the local Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® may be found at Buyers, sellers, and investors looking for a real estate specialist may contact the Southport or Oak Island office of Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® at (800) 733-5258 or (800) 733-5213, respectively.

Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS (MRA) is a second-generation, family-run business offering a full range of real estate services including sales, property management, vacation rentals, development, land sales, commercial properties, relocation services and long-term rentals. With a reputation for exceptional customer service and dedication to strong professional ethics and integrity, MRA is the most respected full-service firm in Brunswick County with three offices to service your property management and real estate needs. Interested parties or those looking for real estate
assistance may visit and/or to learn more about the real estate sales and property management services the company offers its clientele.


Making your home appraisal-ready is simple with a little effort. Here's what you need to do.

Selling your home is a process and has many steps. One of the first things you will need to take care of is the appraisal. Before you schedule an appraisal, you will want to make sure your property is ready for the intense scrutiny it will soon have to endure. The following steps are just a few that our real estate agents recommend to help our clients get their homes ready for an appraisal.

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SHALLOTTE, N.C. - Brunswick County Association of Realtors

Brunswick County's residential real estate market felt the impacts of Hurricane Ian during September with fewer new listings and fewer homes sold compared to last year. Prices ticked upward, continuing a recent and familiar pattern.

"September hurricanes often affect our real estate market, and Hurricane Ian was no exception," said Cynthia Walsh, BCAR CEO. "Ian blew through at the end of the month, which is when a large number of closings typically occur. The timing explains why we saw a lower number of homes sold and lower total sales volume last month. While Ian brough a temporary tropical slowdown, and while our market isn't moving at the frantic pace it once was, we continue to see strong demand, and our market remains on track for another strong year."

Brunswick County saw $215,280,000 in total sales volume in September 2022, a 12.9% decrease from last September's $247,120,000. The average sales price increased 7.5%, from $433,541 to $465,983. New listings were down 16.3%, from 559 to 468. The number of units sold in September dropped 18.9% compared to last year, from 570 to 462, and homes spent an average of 30 days on the market. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, remains at two months. Brunswick County's luxury market was strong in September with 28 sales in excess of $1 million, including a sale over $4 million in Ocean Isle Beach.

Year-to-date sales volume through September is $1,956,810,000, down 4.3% from $2,045,109,429 last year. Average sales prices for the year are 13.1% higher than 2021, increasing from $389,433 to $440,574. The number of units sold through September is down 17.7%, from 5,236 to 4,308, and the number of new listings is down 9.9%, from 5,694 to 5,132.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • September 2022: 468
  • September 2021: 559
  • Increase/Decrease: -16.3%

Units Sold

  • September 2022: 462
  • September 2021: 570
  • Increase/Decrease: -18.9%

Average Sales Price

  • September 2022: $465,983
  • September 2021: $433,541
  • Increase/Decrease: +7.5%

Median Sales Price

  • September 2022: $364,438
  • September 2021: $331,532
  • Increase/Decrease: +9.9%

Total Sales Volume

  • September 2022: $215,280,000
  • September 2021: $247,120,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -12.9%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • September 2022: 16
  • September 2021: 17
  • Increase/Decrease: -5.9%

Units Sold

  • September 2022: 8
  • September 2021: 9
  • Increase/Decrease: -11.1%

Average Sales Price

  • September 2022: $192,488
  • September 2021: $193,967
  • Increase/Decrease: -0.8%

Total Sales Volume

  • September 2022: $1,540,000
  • September 2021: $1,750,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -12%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • September 2022: 30
  • September 2021: 36
  • Increase/Decrease: -16.7%

Units Sold

  • September 2022: 32
  • September 2021: 25
  • Increase/Decrease: +28%

Average Sales Price

  • September 2022: $202,054
  • September 2021: $187,324
  • Increase/Decrease: +7.9%

Total Sales Volume

  • September 2022: $6,470,000
  • September 2021: $4,680,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +38.2%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members. For more information, please visit


Sometimes a pending home purchase doesn't go according to plan. Here's why.

With rising mortgage rates, high home prices, and a shortage of inventory, buyers and sellers are facing issues. Home buyers are up against bidding wars and all-cash buyers, and sellers are seeing offers that fall through. Our real estate agents realize that today's market is challenging, and we have some tips to help you navigate the hurdles.

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Pasta dishes can be great comfort food, and these Southport restaurants are serving up imaginative plates using this simple ingredient.

Everybody has their own pasta favorite. With October 17th being National Pasta Day, it's time to celebrate at a good Italian restaurant. If you are planning on moving to the Southport, North Carolina area, our real estate agents can give you a head start. They know many of the most popular Italian eateries in the area and often recommend them to their clients.

  • Bella CucinaBella Cucina offers authentic Italian food for both dining-in and carry-out orders. For almost 20 years, the De Meo family has been preparing Tuscan-style cuisine using recipes that have been passed down for several generations.

  • Falcone's Italian Restaurant SouthportFalcone's Italian Restaurant Southport offers a full menu of Italian foods, including a variety of pasta dishes. When you want a good, filling meal, bring the entire family to Falcone's. If you prefer to eat at home after a long day, call in for a carry-out order. For over 35 years, the family-owned restaurant has been providing authentic Italian food to Southport area residents.

  • Bambini's Italian RestaurantBambini's Italian Restaurant has quickly earned a reputation for being the best Italian restaurant in the Southport area. The restaurant opened in 2018 and offers a variety of pasta dishes, Italian favorites, and specialty desserts. They even offer the most authentic New York Style pizza in North Carolina. Dine-in or carry-out options are available. It's a great place to take the whole family or if you want to spend a little quiet time with your significant other.

  • Castucci'sCastucci's is an Italian eatery that never ceases to amaze. The chef is also the owner and uses his own family recipes to create some of the best Italian food in the area. If you are out looking at Southport homes for sale, Castucci's is where to go to relax and wind down after a long day of house hunting. Your kids have their own menu, and you have the option of dining in or ordering carry-out. The atmosphere is inviting, and everyone is sure to have a good time.

  • Joseph's Italian BistroJoseph's Italian Bistro sits on the edge of the water and is ideal for private parties or if you want to take your loved one out on a special date. Indoor or outdoor seating is available, and if you want special treatment, you can become a VIP! Authentic Italian cuisine is something to rave about. You can also choose one of their many wines to add to your dinner.

If you live in the Southport area or are thinking about moving, contact our agents right away. They can fill you in on all of the best Italian restaurants and show you several houses that meet your specifications. All of our agents have years of experience and know Southport and the surrounding communities. When you want to find a home, choose a realtor that offers a personal touch! We will always go the extra mile to ensure the home that best suits your needs.


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