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Learn about Rip Currents

May 11, 2017

Rip Current

The Danger of Rip Currents

  • Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore.
  • They typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves.
  • Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves.

Escaping Rip Currents

  • If you become caught in a rip current, yell for help and remain calm.
  • Do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for help.
  • If you must swim out of a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible.
  • Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current as you quickly become exhausted.

How to Avoid Rip Currents

  • Don’t assume! Great weather for the beach does not always mean it’s safe to swim or even play in the shallows.
  • Rip currents often form on calm, sunny days.
  • Check water conditions before going in by looking at the local beach forecast before you leave for the beach.
  • Only swim at a beach with lifeguards.

Be Aware: Card Skimmers at Gas Stations

April 7, 2017
  Be Aware: Card Skimmers at Gas Stations

Recently, incidences of card skimming fraud at gas stations have increased. While it is important to remain vigilant whenever you are using your credit or debit card, gas stations have become the new hot spot for fraud. Knowing what to look for when at the pump could save you from havingas pump blogg your information compromised.

What is card skimming?

Skimmers are card readers that steal and store data off a credit or debit card’s magnetic strip. The skimmer attaches to the card reader and doesn’t cause a functional issue for the terminal, which can allow the issue to go unnoticed.

What am I looking for?

A credit card skimming device is smaller than a deck of cards and fits over the existing card reader. When a customer swipes their card, the device immediately saves and stores the card information.

Here are some ways to stay observant at the gas pump.

  1. Look for signs of tampering such as different colored materials on the machine, graphics that aren’t aligned correctly or anything else that doesn’t look quite right.
  2. If you don’t see anything that looks off, give the card reader and keyboard a little shake. Card readers are sturdy and nothing should shift when touched.
  3. If you notice something is not secure, do not use that machine and inform the manager immediately.

Criminals can also plant devices into the card machine at the gas pump.

  1. Look at the edges of the gas pump where the terminal opens for maintenance. If the hinges or lock are battered or seem tampered with, it could be compromised.
  2. Several gas companies use tamper-proof seals across the opening of the credit card door. When broken, the sticker is lifted revealing the word VOID on the sticker.
  3. If you see a void sticker or the machine shows signs of tampering, inform the attendant and move to a different station.

How can I avoid card skimming?

Be aware of your surroundings and take the time to look at the card machine before using it will go a long way in keeping your information safe. Other ways to avoid card skimmers include using the pump closest to the cashier, using cash and paying the attendant inside the gas station.

What else should I know?

Each time you use your card at the gas pump, it’s a good practice to check your credit card statements or bank account through online banking. If you see criminal behavior call your credit card company immediately and they will work with you on the next steps.

We want our customers to feel protected as they use their South State debit and credit cards. For more information on protecting yourself, visit our Advice Center here.

TWO WAY GLASS IMAGE MIRROR IMAGE

March 24, 2017

 

 

 

 

Just conduct this simple test: Place the tip of your fingernail

against the reflective surfaceand if there is a GAP between

your fingernail and the image of the nail, then it is GENUINE

mirror. However, if your fingernail DIRECTLY TOUCHES

the image of your nail, then BEWARE! IT IS A 2-WAY MIRROR!

 

“No Space, Leave the Place” So remember, every time you see a

mirror, do the “fingernail test.” It doesn’t cost you anything.

 

REMEMBER. No Space, Leave the Place:

Ladies: Share this with your girlfriends, sisters, daughters, etc.

Stay-cation Anyone?

March 17, 2017

This weekend, why don’t you embark on a new adventure an explore our little town of Shallotte! There are beautiful beaches nearby and attractions right here in town!

  1. Whether you’re a professional or learning  how to hold the club, the River’s Edge Golf Course is the place to be! The course offers beautiful grounds in top-notch conditions. River’s Edge was featured in Golf Magazine as one of the Top 20 “Best New Courses” of the United States.
  2. Fancy Flea Antique Mall offers two locations conveniently located off Hwy 17. They have a wide variety of items to choose from and is something there for everyone!
  3. Coastal Cinemas has comfortable seating, affordable pricing, delicious popcorn, and a great sound system.
  4. Planet Fun offers fun for all ages with bowling, laser tag, bumper cars, arcade, pool tables, and Starz Grill for a bite to eat while you’re having a blast.
  5. Hungry? For breakfast or lunch, try the Purple Onion Cafe! Other great restaurants in town include San Felipe, Wing & Fish, Angelo’s, and for dessert, stop by the Sugar Confcoastal cinemasections Bakery! wing and fishthe fancy flea
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Stopping Previous Resident Mail Deliveries

March 10, 2017

End Mail Deliveries to Previous Residents by:

  • “Return to Sender”

-Write “Return to Sender” on the outside of the envelope, place it back in your mailbox and put the flag up. Writing in red ink will help catch the attention of your mail carrier and help prevent future mix-ups.

  • “Note” your mailbox

-Place a sticky note on your mailbox stating you are the only tenant or (name of previous resident) is no longer at the address.

  • Cross out barcode

-Barcodes on the envelopes are used by the postal service sorting machines to sort mail to the proper addresses. Some mail can get tossed into the wrong bin without someone catching the mistake. Once the barcode has been crossed out the sorting machine will read it as “undeliverable” and a person must manually examine the mail.

  • Approach your mail carrier

-Wait for your carrier to arrive for your delivery and politely explain that the previous resident no longer resides at the address and that you wish to no longer receive their mail at your address. Keep in mind, your carrier delivers to an abundance of people and may have just made and an accidental mistake. Being calm and polite will get you a lot further than coming off as rude.

If Previous Resident is Deceased

  • “Deceased, Return to Sender”

-Write “Deceased, Return to Sender” on the outside of the envelope, place it back in your mailbox and lift the flag.

  • Contact companies directly

-Small companies will normally cease the distribution of mail intended for the previous resident if returned mail has a deceased note on the envelope, whereas large companies rely on the National Change of Address database for address updates.

  • Report Junk Mail

-Go online to the Direct Marketing Association website. From there, go to the “Deceased, Do Not Contact Registration” page and enter the deceased’s information. This may take up to three months for changes to take place.

 

NOTES:

Do NOT open the mail!
Do NOT throw away the mail!
Do NOT fill out change of address forms!

Doing any of the above is against the law and you could be held responsible for those residents not receiving their mail.

Live. Learn. Shop. LOCAL Biz Expo!

March 2, 2017

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Don’t forget to check out your favorite moving company, THIS SATURDAY at the Live Learn Shop LOCAL Biz Expo! March 4th! 10:00am-4:00pm! There will be many other wonderful vendors and exciting activities for children!

Don’t miss out on a great time!

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Proper Packing of Your Fragile Items

February 17, 2017

Prepare yourself with proper toolsbreakable-items

  • Quality Boxes
  • Packing Tape 
  • Packing Paper
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Scissors

Plates:

Pack vertically, wrapped in bubble wrap with packing paper between each plate.

Glasses:

Wrap individually, packing paper crumbled inside each glass and wrapped in a layer of packing paper.

Lamps:

Wrap shades flat side down, with lots of packing paper. Wrap the base in a couple layers of bubble wrap, and secure with packing tape, then place in a box similar in size to the base.

Pictures/Frames:

Line boxes with packing paper, add packing paper in-between frames/pictures, if over 3ft secure with a moving blanket.

Specialty Items:

Put a few layers of bubble wrap around your item and secure with tape. Add a layer of pliable cardboard to the top and bottom of your Fragile Labelpiece and secure with tape. Place the item gently in a packing paper lined box.

Love for your home!

February 7, 2017

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, show your home some love too!

-Buy your home some flowers!
A few flowers beside your bed or on your kitchen table could roseschange your mood for the entire day!

-Perfume!
Wax melters, oil diffusers, candles, or even a pot of boiling water with lemon and sage are wonderful ways to make you fall back in love with your home.

-Cook it dinner!
Cooking makes your home feel more festive and alive! If you don’t want to make a four-course dinner, try a batch of cookies!

candles-Play it some music!
Create playlists to set moods. Relaxing music, cleaning music, music to wake you up in the morning and music that makes you want to dance are only a few playlist suggestions.

-A warm bath!
Deep cleaning your home makes you feel all warm and tingly on the inside! Really wash the windows, or oil your butcher block and wooden furniture, or, shampoo your carpet and area rugs.

-A little jewelry never hurts!
Getting tiny balsam or lavender throw pillows for your bed, tiny vases, a really big coffee cup, pretty rocks or gems to put on a coffee table love-home

Safety Circles!!

February 3, 2017

How to Properly Navigate Single-Lane and Multi-Lane Roundabouts

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Single-Lane

  1. Slow down as you approach a roundabout.
    -At this point, you will typically see a “yield” and “round
    about ahead” sign.
    -Speed limit is typically between 15-20mph
  2. Look left for incoming traffic.roundabout-sign
    -Traffic in the roundabout has the right-of-way.
    -If empty (or open) chance to move forward arises, take it.
  3. Use Turn Signal at you desired exit.
    -Turn signals warn other drivers of your intentions.
    -Safety precaution helping to avoid accidents.

Multi-Lane

  1. Yield to both lanes of traffic.
  2. Choose which lane to enter based on desired exit.
    -Left lane: Used to turn left, make a U-Turn, or stay straight.
    -Right lane: Used to turn right or stay straight.

Helpful Warnings!

  1. If an emergency vehicle is entering or has already entered the roundabout, DO NOT STOP! Exit the roundabout as you had previously planned and pull over once you have completely left the roundabout.
  2. NEVER drive next to or behind a large vehicle.
    -Large trucks make wide turns and you may end up being in their blind spot!
  3. Stay in your lane.
    -You cannot (should not) change lanes once inside the roundabout.
  4. DO NOT stop inside of a roundabout!
    -This could cause congestion and accidents.
  5. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalk.
  6. The circle in the middle of the roundabouts exists to help pedestrians safely cross the road.

Cyclists:

*If you’re a cyclist, you have two options.*
1. Enter the roundabout as if you were a vehicle. Remain centered in the so vehicles have a better chance of seeing you. 
 2. Exit roadway. If you’re uncomfortable navigating the roundabout on a bicycle, use the crosswalks.

Pedestrians:

 1. Look left, when there’s a clear shot, go to the middle of the roundabout. 
 2. Look right when you reach your desired exit direction, and exit the roundabout. 

 

 

Original Article found from:
http://www.wikihow.com/Navigate-a-Roundabout

 

BCAR Update 25th, 2017

January 26, 2017

 

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Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® releases real estate statistics for December, 2016.

“Brunswick County’s real estate market is starting off 2017 in strong swing. Brunswick County’s real estate numbers revealed slow, steady growth throughout 2016. These numbers are the hallmarks of a healthy real estate market and we look forward to continued growth in the new year.” -BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh

Numbers in all categories remained flat in the first quarter of 2016. Market began warming up in the second quarter with modest gains and from warm to hot in third and fourth quarters. Total sales volume for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased 5% over the same period the prior year.

While the number of listings in 2016 decreased 5% from 2015, number of units sold increased by 2%. Additionally, the average sales price remained static, and the average number of days on market dropped to a 5-year low of 116 days. The absorption rate, or number of months’ supply of active homes for sale, was down to an over five year low of 7 months. This means if sales continue at current pace and no new listings were added, it would take 7 months to sell the entire inventory. Statistically speaking, 6 months’ supply is considered healthy according to Walsh.

Brunswick County:
-Single Family Sales–Units Sold
December 2016: 317
-Single Family Sales–Average Sale Price
December 2016: 256,014
-Single Family Sales–Total Sales Volume
December 2016: 83,720,000

Bladen County:
-Single Family Sales–Units Sold
December 2016: 2
-Single Family Sales–Average Sale Price
December 2016: 212,750
-Single Family Sales–Total Sales Volume
December 2016: 425,500

Columbus County:
-Single Family Sales–Units Sold
December 2016: 18
-Single Family Sales–Average Sale Price
December 2016: 107,093
-Single Family Sales–Total Sales Volume
December 2016: 1,930,000