Calm Seas, Soothing Surf....All Good Things Must Come To An End!

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Calm Seas, Soothing Surf....All Good Things Must Come To An End!

We've been a little quieter in the social media arena than usual over the last 9 days, but we've got a pretty good "excuse"!  We've been on our first real vacation in about four years!  We beat feet for Atlantic Beach, NC and after a 12 hour drive arrived at the beach house that Liz's family has rented every year for almost 40 years straight. 

It's a mass convergence of that side of the family!  Liz's parents, all four of their children along with each of their spouses and a total of 6 grandkids!  All in all, 16 people in the home at peak capacity!  Fortunately the home is huge, and just a few steps down the wooden boardwalk to get to the other side of the dunes!

The first few days the ocean was remarkably calm!  Here's a video clip to give you a sample of what it's like to sit in one of the rocking chairs on the covered back deck and just enjoy the waves softly coming ashore!

We had a great stay, and stayed pretty busy doing all the regular things we do here!  A few favorite eating spots, a couple of trips to Big Oak Drive-In, a lunch visit with our Active Rain friends Amy & Marian, a visit to the Aquarium, a few trips into Beaufort for some shopping and waterfront dining, all in all a great week!  And since our last trip here the beach house owner installed a secure Wi-Fi, so we could pretty easily keep up with the critical items while we were out of town!

And proving the old saying, if you want an offer on a listing, just leave town!  Last night around 5 p.m. we got an offer on one of our listings!  Today on the long drive home we'll be talking to our seller and working on a response.

Next week we have a new listing coming on the market, so the reintroduction to "normal" life will be rather rapid!

And considering the long drive home today, expect a LONG gap before we respond to comments!

On the road again......
Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

David, Technology has made life much easier.  Last trip here was four years ago and it was either tether the laptop to the TREO (horrendous), or head out to a coffee shop on the mainland.  Having wi-fi here made life much easier!

John, No easy integration.  Photos on a new listing tomorrow afternoon and I'm back in the office first thing Monday.  It could have been worse, I was " " this close to having to go to Allentown for the week immediately on the heels of returning.  Bill

Bobbie, We'd just wrapped up an offer just before leaving, so was beginning to think we were going to get through the whole vacation without an offer.  Not so :)

Jun 23, 2012 05:22 AM #4
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)


We'll respond to comments when we can.

Thanks everyone!!

Jun 23, 2012 05:23 AM #5
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Hallmark Realtors - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Good morning Bill and Liz - good for you for taking a well earned vacation! Being away from the office but not completely out of touch is how our business stays alive. I hope you return rejuvenated and ready to hit the ground running!

Jun 23, 2012 05:41 AM #6
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

BLiz: It is great to be able to get away and enjoy something other than work...good to hear you had a good time with family.

Jun 23, 2012 05:47 AM #7
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Safe home!  So glad you had a wonderful, relaxing time and got to spend some time with Amy and Marian.

Jun 23, 2012 05:48 AM #8
Joni Staples
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

So glad you enjoyed some time off together! Thoes North Carolina girls always get all the ActiveRain visitors!!! :) That is  3 or 4 already this year!  The beaches are amazing and the people FRIENDLY! A great vacation choice!

Jun 23, 2012 06:07 AM #9
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

And that just shows how good you two are!  Didn't even realize you were on Vacation!!  The beach looks terrific and so glad you were able to get some time away to recharge!  Congrats on the offer and can't wait to see the new listing!  Drive Safe!

Jun 23, 2012 06:17 AM #10
Tammy Lankford
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)

safe travels.  Hope you find a couple of interesting places and things to do on the way home too.

Jun 23, 2012 06:54 AM #11
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

I am blessed to live 15 minutes from the Atlantic and that part of the ocean is looking pretty calm.  Glad you got to get away with the family.

Jun 23, 2012 11:30 AM #12
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Sounds like a great trip.  Getting away is hard and you pay for it when you return.  Hope you came back energized and ready for lots of new business.

Jun 23, 2012 06:11 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

BLiz- I love the idea that your family has been renting the same place for 40 years.  We need more continuity in the world.  Glad you had a good time and congrats on the offer. 

Jun 23, 2012 07:12 PM #14
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

We're home!!!  Long drive, but safely back!  Even negotiated an offer on one of our listings to verbally accepted and another offer received and presented on another listing during the drive home :)


Wayne & Jean Marie, Nice to have the break, but some catching up to do!  The yard needs mowed, flowers watered and gardens weeded, new listing to take pictures of and contract to get signed off :)

Anita, A nice mix of down time and keeping up with the job too :)

Roger, Always nice to spend time with our AR Friends!

Joni, Liz's family has been going to the same place forever!  So when Amy or Marian post about the local stuff, there's often a lot of recognition for the places by us :)

Brenda, A little less posting, a little less commenting, but we did keep a daily presence thanks to that WiFi in the home :)

Tammy, With a 12 hour drive, no stopping other than rest stops, food and gas.  Just want to get home as early as possible! 

Liz, The first few days were super smooth.  REALLY easy to watch the dolphins go up and down the coast.  But the last few days have had some nice pounding surf to play in :)

Kay, We're as ready as we could get :)

Kathy, There's a lot of tradition in that beach home (even though it's version 2 after a fire took the first one in 1998).  Easily holds 16 people, although with 4 showers there still wasn't always enough!


Jun 23, 2012 08:21 PM #15
Jane Peters
Power Brokers Int'l - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene

Glad you are having a good time.  And business keeps hopping along even when you are away.  A win-win situation.

Jun 23, 2012 08:28 PM #16
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Jane, We were beginning to wonder about when the offers were going to start showing up while on vacation??  One about 5 pm the night before we left and the other at 3 p.m. while driving home :)  One is verbally accepted, the other we shall see if it's possible to bridge the chasm!

Jun 23, 2012 08:33 PM #17
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Bill, I love how those waves just rippled along.  What a great way to unwind from it all.  I'm sorry  you still had to keep up with business, but I hope it wasn't the usualy 24/7 (or at least that's what it feels like, some days.) Please drive savely home.

Jun 23, 2012 09:17 PM #18
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Juli, It wasn't as hectic as normal by any means!  And we got home about 3 hours ago, and about time to call it a night!

Jun 23, 2012 10:14 PM #19
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Even on vacation you are hyper local blogging, even if local is  hundreds of miles away from Ohio. How may days away are you from nesting in the #2 spot of AR Ohio bloggers?

Jun 24, 2012 11:45 AM #20
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Dave, We don't miss a day of posting since we got serious about it in August 2010.  Took some more pictures today for some developments now that we're back home, blog posts to follow over the next few days.  We're closing on #2, it's the challenges that allow us to close the gap a bit.

Jun 24, 2012 11:52 AM #21
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

BLiz - It was a pleasure to meet you and steal a few moments of your vacation ;-)  Glad you made it home safely with lots of "work" to do on your arrival!  So.... I guess you understand why we love living here so much!  Next time, please let me know when you will be heading to Big Oak, I love to have an excuse to go there often!

Jun 25, 2012 02:48 AM #22
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Amy, This trip was a low Big Oak visit trip, only made it down twice, and did try the onion rings the 2nd time, along with the applestix.  Both were good!  Glad to get to meet you in person and look forward to the next trip down (although not the 12 hour drive part of it!).

Jun 25, 2012 03:05 AM #23
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