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EXIT Independence Realty
445 Western Blvd, Suite I
Jacksonville, NC 28546
Phone: (910) 347-6886
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Ellen was a wonderful realtor to work with. Refreshing approach to selling homes. She believes the home will sell itself. No fluff no stuff. She is honest and straight forward. We appreciated this about her. She made herself available to us from the start and never let up all the way through closing. She was informative about the area since we were moving from out of state and this was a big help. Our daughter recommended her because she had been her buyer's agent. I appreciated how she had helped my daughter with the purchase of her 1st home. So Ellen thank you on two counts!. Happy Home Owner for Ellen Hough
Our experience with Ellen Hough as our realtor was wonderful. Moving can be a stressful time especially if you are moving from another state. Ellen was very helpful and very knowledgeable about this area. She went above and beyond our expectations. She was always there for us if we had any questions or concerns and made us feel like we were her only clients! Ellen Hough did a outstanding job and I would recommend you to use her as your Realtor. Noi L. for Ellen Hough
Ellen is without a doubt the BEST agent we've ever had the pleasure of doing business with. Not only did she take us around to numerous (14+) houses in the Jacksonville, NC area, she was extremely honest. Ellen was straight forward with her opinions of the places she was showing and we were so happy to have someone so open and helpful. She stuck with us through six weeks of a battle to buy a "short sale" and then put up no fight when we backed out of the short sale and moved on to the home we did eventually buy. I look forward to all of our future business with Ellen and her wonderful team at EXIT Independence Realty. She's not only our buying agent but her company is also our property manager for our rental property. She's amazing. You'll love her...happy home buying! Nikki L. for Ellen Hough
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Jacksonville NC Real Estate Blog by  Exit Independence Realty

Hurricane Preparedness - Be Ready!

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2013: May 26-June 1.  Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane Preparedness Week 2013 runs from May 26 through June 1.  Visit ExitIRPM.com for the full story. 

Exit Independence Realty is located in Jacksonville North Carolina and services the towns of Jacksonville, Hubert, Richlands, Holly Ridge, Maple Hill, Snead Ferry, Swansboro, and all of Onslow County. Camp Lejeune and our military families are our neighbors and we take care of them, call us with all of your real estate needs 910 347-6886.

Hurricane Season is Upon Us

Hurricane Season is Upon Us!

This year it is expected that we will have about 4 hurricanes here on the east coast with 2 of those being a category 3-4 or 5, and 10 named storms.   Some may say “Oh that’s not too bad”, however, it only takes one big hurricane to wipe out a whole city as Katrina did back in 2005.

Meteorologists have been giving hurricanes names since 1950, the names are alphabetical starting with the letter A.  With the exception of letters "Q", "U", "X", "Y" and "Z” which do not get used.   Originally they only used female names. In 1979 they began rotating them between male and female names.   And once a name is used for a deadly and/or devastating hurricane it will never be used again.

I have a friend in the Midwest that said she could never live on the coast because the thought of hurricanes terrify her.   I explained to her that the advantage of a hurricane (if there ever can be an advantage) is that we have several days notice so that we can prepare.  If you have ever lived on the coast during a hurricane watch, you are all too familiar with the 3 day window you have to stock up on plywood, batteries, generators, bread, milk, and junk food.

As a kid I can remember hurricane days with my brother,  we would always  do something that would keep us busy all day, like a puzzle or maybe setting up his model train set or making a little village out of Lego’s ®.

As an adult I have other things to keep me occupied during the storm, like getting the windows boarded up, and putting away all my lawn furniture and tying down my grill and trash cans.    And then keeping the kids calm while trying to keep them in a safe area of the house.   I think some of my favorite tricks are to have them build a fort with our mattresses in our long hallway, or giving them glow sticks to play with if the power goes out.    I heard of a woman that used a dinner bell to help rescuers locate her as she was trapped in the rubble of what used to be her home.   I think that is a fantastic idea as well as making everyone keep a cell phone in their pocket (make sure they are fully charged).

If you are new to the coast and have never been in a hurricane before make sure you are aware of the evacuation routes leading out of your area, the shelters that will be open (some of which are pet friendly),  make sure you have a couple of weeks worth of any medication that you take,  several gallons of water, flashlights (DO NOT USE CANDLES – especially with young children around) batteries  and a battery operated radio, all in case the power goes out for an extended period of time.

Onslow County has a great site to help you prepare for a hurricane whether you decide to sit and brave the storm or evacuate the area.

Go to Disaster Supply Kit for a full list of items to have on hand in the event of any emergency.

Whatever you do to prepare for this hurricane season, please be safe.

Exit Independence Realty is located in Jacksonville North Carolina and services the towns of Jacksonville, Hubert, Richlands, Holly Ridge, Maple Hill, Snead Ferry,  Swansboro, and all of Onslow County. Camp Lejeune and our military families are our neighbors and we take care of them, call us with all of your real estate needs 910 347-6886.