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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Ocean Song Vacation Rental Video Tour from Topsail Island

Here's our latest You Tube Video of the Vacation Rental Home "Ocean Song" in North Topsail Beach.  This vacationer favorite is sure to please everyone.  With 5 bedrooms and bedding for up to 16 guests, this oceanfront retreat is perfect for vacations to the beach.  We hope you enjoy the video!

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Atlantic Bonito Are Here at Topsail Island, NC

The Atlantic Bonito have made their arrival at Topsail Island for the spring migration. Anyone that enjoys fishing should plan a quick vacation to our beautiful island to take part in this amazing fishery.  It is some of best fishing Topsail has to offer.

Tanner Gray joined me Monday evening for an exploratory trip out of New River inlet to fish for these tasty morsels. Just about 3 miles out of the inlet in the Diver's Rock area we found them ready to bite. The Bonito and Bluefish were biting trolled Yozuri's in the Orange/Silver flash color and the Clown Color. While jigging bait balls and good ledges we caught Bonito and Black Sea Bass on Diamond Jigs and the color didn't seem to matter.  Light tackle spinning rods are all that is required.

Atlantic Bonito are part of the tuna family are great fighters with drag screaming runs. They are also excellent to eat, the white meat tuna, and can be prepared any way you would eat yellowfin tuna; blackened, as sushi or sashimi, in a ceviche, grilled, pan seared; it's all good.  Must eat fresh, for some reason they don't freeze well.

Get out there and catch your own. Go Get Some. We can point you in the right direction for an Atlantic Bonito charter boat.  Our YouTube video report is below.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Ocean Watch Duplexes Video Tour on You Tube

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Vacation Rental Housekeeper's Seminar

Scott Erickson, Dororthy Essey, Jennifer Stevens, and Dennis Jay recently attended the Vacation Rental Housekeeper's regional conference in Wilmington, North Carolina.  The conference, led by Steve Craig, was sold out.  The conference covered educational and discussion topics focusing on the needs of front line cleaners and inspectors, coordination and management of effective housekeepers, and tips and techniques for new products. 

Our offices put a lot of emphasis on staying on top of the latest trends and best practices throughout the industry.  Attendees came from all over the East Coast to take part in this fun and exciting conference.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Saint Patrick's Day Celebration

At Century 21 Action, Inc. we celebrated St. Patrick's Day a day early with a special luncheon for our Sales Department, hosted by our Rental Department at our Surf City location. Nothing but corned beef and cabbage for us leprechauns of course. As you can see from the pictures, we were all wearing green! The Luck of Irish is with Us!

Irish Blessing: "May the Good Lord take a liking to you... but not too soon!"

Irish Joke: "Why should you never iron a 4-leaf clover? You don't want to press your luck."

Front Row: Dorothy Essey, Vicki Sturgill, Naomi Elam, Melanie Duddy, Peggy Arsenault
Back Row: Scott Erickson, Shelley Sessions, Kim Sanders, Beth Dalton, Paul Shepard, Sandra Shepard, LD Smith, Laura Childers, Tanner Gray, Joe Dorffeld, Dennis Jay

A Great Meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage!

Saint Patty Parade or Procession to the Lunch Room?
(Shelley Sessions - Rental Bookkeeper, Laura Childers - Vacation Specialist,
Naomi Elam - Reservation Manager)

"I didn't take your Lucky Charms!" (Joe Dorffeld - Sales Associate)

Kim Sanders, Office Manager, with the newest member of the Action Team; Tanner Gray's son.


Friday, February 26, 2010

New Superstar

I am very excited to announce the new Vacation Rental Manager that I have hired. We have been extremely fortunate to have had a great number of well qualified applicants for the position.
Dorothy Essey will be joining our team to fill this position. Dorothy has been a peer, a very good friend and confidant of mine for approximately 12 years. She has owned and managed her own Century 21 office for 27 years at Oak Island just south of Wilmington; Century 21 Dorothy Essey, Inc. Oak Island has long been considered our sister island because everything about their market, housing, rentals, real estate, demographics, etc is very similar to that of Topsail's. Dorothy's experiences will be put to great use.

Dorothy's offices have won multiple awards over many years and she has been involved in every aspect of North Carolina Real Estate from property sales to vacation rentals and everything in between. She has 16 years of experience in property management and 12 years of experience specifically with Vacation Rentals.

Dorothy has an English degree from UNCW, has been awarded numerous Quality Service awards, and received a National Leadership Award from President Bush at a White House Dinner in 2006. Her travel and hospitality experience is extensive including personal travels to 14 different countries staying in every type of accommodation imaginable including; rental homes, boats, bed and breakfast's, resorts, bungalows, all-inclusive resorts, condos, cottages, and more. She has owned several businesses and has a wide range experience in handling every type of client and customer interaction imaginable.

Having known Dorothy as long as I have, I can share with you that among her best talents are her people skills. She gets people motivated, excited, and headed in the right direction whether employee, client, or friend. She can diffuse difficult situations, is extremely goal orientated, is an excellent problem solver, and she can multi-task to boot. I've heard her very accurately described by another friend as "dynamite in a dress"; because she has unstoppable enthusiasm and work ethic.

Dorothy was the eighth of nine children and was born and raised on a farm in Roseboro, NC and grew up understanding exactly what work, sweat, and tears are. She has lived on the North Carolina coast for 30 years and has two grown children. She has a Jack Russell Terrier named Carmen that will be making the move to Topsail with her.

After 12 years of knowing her as a friend, peer, and fellow Century 21 office owner; I am very excited to get this opportunity to have her on our team. Dorothy will be moving into the area Saturday afternoon and Monday will be her first day on the job. There is a very large amount of information, software, systems, properties, and various information for Dorothy to learn, and I can assure everyone that she is extremely excited to meet and service all our properties and owners.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Topsail Island Snow Storm

The island area is beautiful with a fresh, and rare, accumlation of snow!  We ended up with about 4 to 5 inches here on the beach.

Snow Covered Palm Tree

Century 21 Action covered in Snow

As far as I know; First Time Ever...a Snow Plow on Topsail Island

Snow Covered Boat Dock at the Surf City Park

Surf City Fishing Pier

North Shore Drive