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Real Estate Firm To Rebuild Offices In Oak Island, Hampstead; Adds 8 Realtors In Carolina Beach

By Cece Nunn, posted May 18, 2018
Three buildings will be demolished to make way for a new, 12,700-square-foot Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage office in Hampstead. (Rendering courtesy of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)

Changes are here or on the way to Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage offices in Oak Island, Hampstead and Carolina Beach.

The company is demolishing its offices in Oak Island and Hampstead, with a new 2,650-square-foot building (pictured below) going up in the Brunswick County beach town of Oak Island and a 12,700-square-foot building replacing three structures in the Pender County town of Hampstead. The contractor in Oak Island is Franklin Construction and in Hampstead, TMC Construction.

The Hampstead office currently is located at 14875 U.S. 17 and the Oak Island office is at 6101 E. Oak Island Drive.

Cape Fear Engineering is the architectural and engineering firm for both projects. Sam Guidry is the architect and Matt Haley is the civil engineer.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve our customer experience and one way is through the quality and convenience of our offices,” said Tim Milam, president of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, in an email Thursday. “Hampstead and Oak Island are two of our older offices and we felt it was time to make some significant upgrades in design and technology. These two new offices each have a unique design that reflects the quality and image of the Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage brand, and we think they will be well-received by both our clients and our agents.”

The company's Carolina Beach office, 1001 N. Lake Park Blvd., recently welcomed eight new Realtors to its team: Nancy Strickland, Vincent Espinosa, Trish Keener, Jeff Bernstein, Carly Davis, Candace Hulsey, Simone Grace and Nancy Walsh.

Kimberly Sands, broker in charge of the Carolina Beach Office, said in a news release, “Some are new to real estate and some have more than 20 years’ experience, but each brings something special and unique to our team. The real estate market in Carolina and Kure Beaches is strong and we anticipate our office will continue to grow and add new agents to accommodate this demand.”

According to the release:

  • Strickland is a Pennsylvania native with more than 17 years of real estate experience who moved to Carolina Beach in 1998, where she lives with her husband and their cat, Sophie.
  • Espinosa has been a Realtor for more than 20 years, living in California, New York and Connecticut before moving to North Carolina in 2016. Espinosa lives in Carolina Beach with his wife, two of his five children, their dog, Maverick, and cat, Paprika.
  • Keener has lived around the world but calls Chapel Hill and Carolina Beach home. She and her husband, a CPA, own Keener Services Inc. They live in Carolina Beach with their dog, Scully.
  • Bernstein became a Realtor in 2015 after a successful career in business. He owned a beverage distribution company that employed more than 100 people, and also owned 18 franchise stores with Great American Cookies and Pretzel Time.
  • Davis moved to Carolina Beach from Durham in 2014 to pursue her dream of living at the beach. Prior to entering real estate, she worked as a certified nurse assistant.
  • Hulsey said she became a broker to honor her daughter, whom she lost to cancer before her 6th birthday. Hulsey hopes to use her position to help others find their way to the peace of "home."
  • Grace has lived in the Wilmington area since 1991. She has a background in real estate, education and corporate customer service.
  • Walsh, a New Jersey native, worked as a Realtor in Connecticut before visiting her daughter at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and falling in love with the area. In 2016, she and her husband and their cat, Snickerdoodle, moved to Kure Beach.
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