Coastal North Carolina Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

May 31, 2024

Agent Spotlight: Kirsten Larsen

Introducing Kirsten, your go-to realtor for all your housing needs! Kirsten's love for real estate sparked from her own positive experiences, and inspired her to help others find homes they love too. With a strong bond to family, Kirsten cherishes moments with her mom, sister, and daughter, who are her closest companions. Outside of the real estate realm, you'll find her at the gym, basking in the sun at the beach, or baking. Kirsten has called the area home since 1989 with Lilly, her beloved 15-year-old Maltese.


In the realm of real estate, Kirsten's passion

 lies in assisting buyers, relishing in the opportunity to guide them through their home-buying journey. Downtown holds a special place in her heart for its vibrant atmosphere and bustling scene, perfect for enjoying concerts and great food. For those visiting the area, Kirsten recommends hitting the beach and capping it off with a sweet treat from Boombalatti's. 

Kirsten's zest for life shines through, making her not just a realtor, but a trusted friend in the community.

Do you use a map app to find your way around or do you wing it?

Map app

Are you a front-row kind of student or back-row kind of student?

Second row

What was your first concert? Where was it and how old were you?

Green Day, 16

You can get in touch with Kirsten for all your real estate needs at 919-228-7318 or

Dec. 13, 2023

Agent Spotlight: Marsha Simmons

Meet Marsha Simmons, an experienced Realtor with Sold Buy the Sea, passionate about helping clients find their dream homes. Originally from Fuquay Varina, Marsha and her family, along with their energetic Belgian Malinois, relocated to the area three years ago. Outside of real estate, Marsha enjoys reading, painting, traveling, and quilting. In her real estate career, Marsha thrives on the excitement of house hunting and assisting clients in discovering their ideal homes.


Actively engaged in the community through the PTO and Girl Scouts, Marsha also has her favorite local spots, with Shaka Taco as her go-to restaurant and Topsail as her

 preferred beach destination. Marsha's approach to real estate is characterized by a

 blend of warmth, enthusiasm, and personalized service, making the home-buying journey a delightful experience for her clients.

Do you prefer the ocean or the mountains?

Can’t I have both? As long as there is trees, I’m happy.

Do you like roller coasters?

Nope but I’ll hold your stuff while you go

Do you use a map app to find your way around or do you wing it?

Google Maps. I can get lost in a parking lot.

You can get in touch with Marsha for all your real estate needs at 919-906-3638 or

Dec. 6, 2023

Agent Spotlight: Jocelyn Jhonson

Meet Jocelyn Jhonson, a passionate Realtor whose life's narrative weaves a rich tapestry from the Dominican Republic to the coastal charm of North Carolina. As the youngest of three siblings, Jocelyn's early years were marked by modest means but filled with the joy derived from simple pleasures. Her father's journey to the United States when she was just five paved the way for a new chapter, culminating in their settlement in the United States in 1992. Realizing her dream of living near the beach, she eventually settled in Sneads Ferry.

Jocelyn's journey into real estate is deeply rooted in her desire to assist others in achieving the American dream of homeownership, a path she once traversed herself. A mother of three, soon-to-be grandmother, and an enthusiast of fishing, she finds tranquility and delight in the coastal lifestyle. Jocelyn's most cherished moments in real estate are those where she connects with clients, discovers their perfect homes, and celebrates the culmination of the buying or selling process on closing day. With a preference for the ocean, an affinity for public speaking, and aspirations to engage in community organizations, Jocelyn Johnson brings a personal and heartfelt touch to her role as a Realtor, forging connections that go beyond mere transactions.

Are you a front-row kind of student or back-row kind of student?

Front row student

What is your favorite dessert?


What is your dream vacation?

Bora bora and Cooks Island.


You can get in touch with Jocelyn for all your real estate needs at 978-397-3319 or

Nov. 8, 2023

Introducing The Crooked Lotus : This month's Spotlight on Local Businesses

Welcome to our latest spotlight feature, where we are excited to introduce you to a hidden gem in our community – a quaint little craft beer and wine shop. What makes this establishment even more special is the relationship we share with its owners, who happen to be loyal clients of our real estate company.

As a real estate company deeply committed to supporting local businesses, we take great pride in fostering strong connections within our community. The owners of The Crooked Lotus have not only entrusted us with their real estate needs but have also become avid advocates of our services. Over the years, they have bought and sold multiple properties with us, making them an integral part of our success story as well! In turn, we are thrilled to reciprocate this support by shining a spotlight on their business. We believe in the power of collaboration and recognize the importance of uplifting fellow local entrepreneurs. By featuring this craft beer and wine shop, we aim to celebrate our shared commitment to enhancing our community's culture and economy.

 upfront. The Crooked Lotus Craft Beer and Wine Shop, located in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, is an amazing establishment known for its exceptional selection of craft beers, fine wines and welcoming atmosphere. Often hosting food trucks and live music. Situated in the heart of a coastal community, this inviting venue offers

 patrons a cozy and relaxed atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for both locals and visitors to unwind and enjoy a tasty beverage in addition to a retail selection to bring your favorites home with you. The Crooked Lotus prides itself on its carefully curated menu featuring a diverse range of craft beers from local and regional breweries, as well as an impressive array of high-quality wines. Nicole and Brandon Schmidt are a dynamic couple who embarked on an entrepreneurial journey five years ago, driven by their shared passion for craft breweries and a fervent desire to introduce something unique to their local community. Beyond the brewery, the pair share a love for adventure but they often find solace in the meditative act of shell hunting, a testament to their appreciation for the natural world. Additionally, Brandon is a skilled skydiving instructor and decorated marine, sharing his expertise with aspiring thrill-seekers, while Nicole, a former roller derby enthusiast, brings her determination and tenacity to all aspects of their vibrant life together.

We invite you to visit this local gathering place, not only to indulge in their exquisite offerings but also to witness the spirit of collaboration between  local, small businesses. By supporting each other in our endeavors, we strengthen the fabric of our community and create a thriving environment for all.

You can check out the Crooked Lotus online at: The Crooked Lotus Craft Beer & Wine on Facebook, @thecrookedlotus on Instagram, or better yet stop by in person at 1283 State Hwy 210 Unit G, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460 during 1-9PM Monday-Thursday, 12-11PM Friday and Saturday, or 12-5PM Sunday.

Stay tuned for more spotlights, as we continue to showcase remarkable businesses that contribute to our community. Together, let's celebrate the essence of local entrepreneurship and the power of collaboration. If you know of a local business that is interested in collaborating, please reach out to us at


Oct. 26, 2023

Agent Spotlight: Julie Jadick

Meet one of our newest Brokers, Julie Jadick! Julie has been happily married for 23 years with two college-aged daughters, Madelyn and Paige, and is a seasoned Wilmington resident of 32 years. She’s an audiobook enthusiast and has a diverse range of hobbies including travel, horseback riding, and beach outings. A passionate animal lover, her home is a lively one, housing three dogs - Buddy, Milo, and Hazel - as well as three adopted cats, Roarie, Ernie, and Oliver. They also cherish their Dutch Warmblood Gelding, Ramone.

Professionally, Julie’s journey into real estate was a natural one, spurred by a degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a fascination with interior design. She relishes seeing transactions through from start to finish, with the closing being her favorite part. When it comes to representing clients, she leans towards sellers, with most of the workload being

 upfront. Her favorite local places include Origins restaurant and Wrightsville Beach, where they once called home for three years. She recommends exploring

 downtown and indulging in ghost walks to get the best feel for the area.

Do you use a map app to find your way around or do you wing it?

Absolutely! Google Maps or Waze.

What is your dream vacation?

A trip to the Greek islands and coast of France and Italy.

What is your favorite local community? Why?

My favorite local community is Porters Neck. I live there and love the proximity to shopping, restaurants and the beach. It's also close to the marina where we keep our boat.

You can contact Julie at (910) 262-8553 or for all of your real estate needs.

Sept. 28, 2023

Agent Spotlight : Liz Pyykkonen

Meet one of our newest agents, Liz Pyykkonen! While she has recently relocated from Colorado, she has wasted no time exploring and learning everything she can about Wilmington. At our firm, we consider her an honorary local! To her, experiencing the coast from the water is a must as you get to experience a new perspective! Liz radiates passion for everything she does - including her career. She is known to be incredibly responsive, professional, trustworthy, and well-connected!

When she is not navigating the real estate market, you'll find her running trails, enjoying sports, and exploring all Wilmington has to offer with her husband. She loves trying out new recipes, catching waves, and enjoying live music. An important member of her family is Zoey, a Cattle dog/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix who loves food!

What is your favorite local restaurant?

Hands down Ceviche’s….no questions asked

Why did you get into Real Estate?

After playing college basketball I was searching for a career with a team environment, self-motivation, and relationship building. I felt like Real Estate encompasses that and even more, so it was a path where I could be authentic myself, meet new people, and help others along the way.

What is your least favorite thing about being an adult?

Grocery shopping because I end up spending too much money.

You can get in touch with Liz for all your real estate needs at 480-272-2734 or

July 20, 2023

Area Spotlight: Hampstead, North Carolina

A Gem Along the Coast

Hampstead, North Carolina is a charming community that offers a perfect blend of small-town charm and coastal living nestled along the picturesque coast of southeastern North Carolina. Known for its natural beauty, friendly atmosphere, and proximity to stunning beaches, Hampstead has become a sought-after destination for residents and visitors alike. Whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat or an active coastal lifestyle, Hampstead has something to offer everyone. With its rich history, friendly atmosphere, and proximity to stunning beaches, Hampstead continues to shine as a gem along the coast. While nestled between larger cities, Hampstead holds its own for entertainment, shopping, and restaurants. Known as “The Seafood Capital of the Carolinas”, Hampstead is home to numerous seafood restaurants and vendors making it perfect for those looking for the taste of the coast. For those that enjoy the water from their boat, there is a conveniently located public access boat ramp on Lewis Road. If you like to enjoy the water from the beach, you’re in luck! Hampstead is located just minutes from Topsail Island’s 26 miles of oceanfront, known to be a quiet and family friendly beach.

Popular Community: Belvedere

With a population of just over 7,000, Hampstead has been ranked #31 of 185 best suburbs to buy a house in North Carolina by One of the most popular neighborhoods in Hampstead, Belvedere Plantation, offers a blend of upscale living and natural beauty. The community is home to Ironclad Golf & Beer Garden which boasts a beautifully designed 18-hole golf course. While enjoying the scenery and live music, feel free to grab a drink from the brewery and delicious tacos from Shaka Taco, all on site. Children and pets are welcome on the putting green too! Belvedere Plantation offers

gatea diverse selection of homes, catering to various preferences and lifestyles. Belvedere Plantation is known for its picturesque surroundings. Many homes within the community offer stunning views of the golf course, lakes, or wooded areas. The well-maintained landscaping throughout the neighborhood adds to the overall aesthetic appeal. This neighborhood has been around long enough to offer huge home sites and lots of mature landscaping with the smell of salt air as it touches the ICWW!

Popular Community: Carolina Creek

Close by Belvedere, you will find Carolina Creek. Beautifully maintained and better than new, this community is kid friendly with a close knit welcoming atmosphere that offers amenities including a community pool and clubhouse. Situated close to Highway 17, you will enjoy proximity to Wilmington, Topsail Beach, and only minutes to water access and the public boat launch. Homes in this neighborhood are characterized by attention to detail, open concepts, and energy efficiency.

How we can help

Please take a look at a few of the homes offered by Sold Buy the Sea Realty in the neighborhoods mentioned above on our website "Featured Listings". We would love to help you move!

Click here to view our listing in Belvedere! 

Click here to view our listing in Carolina Creek! 

June 19, 2023

Agent Spotlight : Mike Griswold

Meet Mike Griswold, an agent with Sold Buy the Sea in the Hampstead office.

One of the first things you will notice about Mike is his friendly and personable demeanor. Outside of real estate, Mike loves the Topsail area, specifically the fishing scene and loves spending time at the ocean. He recommends the North Topsail area for beaches as it is “a bit quieter and not as crowded”. An avid animal lover, Mike and his wife have two dogs (Lilly and Dude) and four cats (Bubba, Massey, Rosie and Boo).

Originally from Fuquay-Varina, Mike lived almost his entire adult life in the Raleigh and Cary area. Although he and his wife moved to Holly Ridge in 2019, he has been involved in the area’s real estate market since 1999 with his personal investment properties. Mike first started his career in Real Estate in 1996 as a means of understanding his properties. A few years later, he started his own investment company with friends but has since decided to focus on assisting others in his area. His passion and love for the coastal area is clear in his work.

Currently, he works with buyers and sellers throughout all phases of the real estate transaction and his favorite part is:

“Seeing customers faces or hearing their voices once they have secured a contract.”

What is your dream vacation?

A week in Tuscany countryside and a concert by Bocelli in his hometown.

Is there a must-do local activity that you would recommend to an out-of-towner?

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Aka the Sea Turtle Hospital

What is your favorite season?


You can get in touch with Mike for all your real estate needs at 910-803-3343 or

June 6, 2023

Local Business Spotlight : Riptide Stables

Welcome to Riptide Stables! Rustic fun just minutes from Wilmington

Centrally located in Castle Hayne, this farm is family owned and is home to 7 adorable miniature donkeys, 2 miniature horses, and 3 gorgeous horses. You can enjoy the two ponds from one of the decks, firepit, and wooded area with nature trails, or even interact with one of the many friendly animals with a scheduled time to go by the farm. As soon as you arrive, you will feel the tranquility of the open pastures, ponds, and animal friends that come right up for a pet or treat! The owners have recently begun to open Riptide Stables to events for both education and fun.


A Bonafide Farm

As a bonafide farm in New Hanover County, it is the perfect place for your next event. They are offering pony rides and Summer day camp for kids and hoping to offer after-school care as well. For grown-ups and kids at heart, they are adding a great 30 x 42 covered pavilion off the 880 sq ft enclosed space lined with natural pine by the pond with sounds of the fountain in the background along with an occasional bray from one of the miniature donkeys. Whether that event is a wedding, company party, birthday, or an adult party, this venue can do it all.


A Place to Stay

There is even a VRBO available for rental on the property and would be the perfect place to wind down for a night's rest after your event or for a long weekend or week-long beach trip with places where your animals are welcome and theirs are ready for attention too! The quaint farm apartment is so well appointed and yet still feels rustic and fun with a massive covered porch on the second level of the farm so you can see all the animals and both ponds with great news from every window. There is nothing like waking up to enjoy the sunshine, scenery, and animals grazing in nearby pastures from the deck that overlooks the whole farm. While this farm is quietly tucked away, it is well located only minutes to Wilmington and all that it has to offer making this the perfect spot for a refreshing getaway.


Learn More and Come Visit

To learn more about Riptide Stables or to book an event, you can visit or call (910) 262-5716. Make sure to follow them on Instagram @riptide_stables_ and on Facebook for all the latest updates!


April 17, 2023

Staff Spotlight : Dylan Fowler

Meet Dylan Fowler. The Office Manager at our Wilmington Office.

If you were to ask our agents what Dylan's title is, the answer would probably be more along the lines of "Doer of All". He does a little of everything, from reminding agents of due diligence expirations to IT issues to transaction coordinating. When he isn't keeping all of our agents organized and in-line, Dylan can be found at either Wrightsville Beach to watch the sunset, fishing off Johnny Mercer's pier, or enjoying the food and brewery options downtown. He loves the summers in Wilmington and spends as much time outside as he can when he isn't working. He moved to Wilmington from central Louisiana 3 years ago to attend UNCW. He took his mom's advice to choose a school near the beach and he has been enjoying the coastal lifestyle ever since.

An interesting fact about Dylan is that he is an identical twin, his brother Daxton is older (by one minute). They grew up closer than most siblings and have always loved being twins. He says, growing up there was little room left for individuality, but wouldn’t trade it for the world. Additionally, Dylan has 2 sisters, London and Kaitlyn, and a brother Braden. After attending UNCW, he turned to Real Estate and found the open position with Sold Buy the Sea as a perfect starting point. He plans to get his license this year in hopes to be a successful Broker with Sold Buy the Sea. He is taking advice from his favorite movie character, as Yoda says:

"Do. Or do not. There is no try."

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I can be a bit of both but I like the routine of getting up early and going to bed on time.

What is your least favorite thing about being an adult?

My least favorite thing about being an adult is doing my taxes.

What is your favorite dessert?

My favorite dessert is a brownie and ice cream mixed together.

Dylan can be found at the front desk of our Wilmington office Monday thru Friday! If you ever call our Wilmington office at 910-367-2965 chances are Dylan will be the one to answer your call.

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