A Hampstead-based residential real estate company is expanding by opening an office in Pender County’s growing coastal town of Surf City.
Coastal Realty Associates, launched in 2013, leased space comprising six offices at 204 Roland Ave. in Surf City on Topsail Island, not far from the ocean, said Andrew Smith, broker-in-charge and owner.
The agency recently moved into its new space, known locally as the old Bank of America building, and opened its doors this week. His broker in charge is Garrett Cox.
Smith said Coastal Realty Associates’ natural progression has been to expand north into Pender County, where the company is a top seller.
“It’s always been one of our goals over the past two years to get to the island,” Smith said. “We keep going north because we’re trying to stay ahead of growth. Surf City is already growing at an exponential rate, especially since the new bridge was put in place.
He said the Surf City office is equipped with beach cruisers and surfboards and aims to showcase the beach town experience.
“Ultimately what we as agents and just agents in general are trying to sell to people on the North Carolina coast,” Smith said. “It’s a lot easier to sell someone on the idea and the lifestyle that we all live and enjoy here when you have a second row beach position.”
The company has 50 employees and its Hampstead office is at 17117 US 17.
One of the things that makes Coastal Realty Associates unique “is that most of the people who work here live in the greater Hampstead-Holly Ridge area,” Smith said, “and so that makes us very knowledgeable about what we do. do”.