Ward Realty Blog

How to Minimize Your Footprint While Maximizing Your Vacation

Topsail Island currently has some of the cleanest beaches and waters in the world. We think it's really important to keep it that way. And guess what? It can actually be easy and fun. You already know some of the more obvious ways to take care of our beaches (and worl... View the full post »

How to Use Surf City's Roundabouts

How to Use Surf City's New Roundabouts It may look a little confusing at first. But, oh, what a view from our new high rise bridge! The End of an EraAfter 60 years, the iconic Surf City Swing Bridge has... View the full post »

Take Better Beach Photos: Advice From an Expert

You’re finally on your long-awaited beach vacation and beauty surrounds you. You feel inspired to capture every sunrise, sunset, lapping wave, jumping dolphin and happy smile to remember upon your return home. It’s such a bummer when many of those photos don’t ... View the full post »

Quotes That Will Kick Off Your Spring Defrost Mode and Soothe Your Soul

What comes to mind when you think "spring"?  Rejuvenation. Restoration. A thawing of mind and body. A gentle warming. Emerging from hibernation. We are especially excited about spring here on Topsail Island. As you know, we had a difficult fall as many of ou... View the full post »

Bring, Buy, or Borrow? How to Pack for Your Next Beach Vacation

You've booked your vacation house and figured out your transportation to Topsail Island.  Now it’s time to review your rental home description for details about what is included in your property. Then you can start making a list of items to bring from home, wha... View the full post »

How to Find Shark Teeth, Seashells, Fossils and More on Topsail Island

Let the treasure hunt begin! Blackbeard's gold is probably not going to turn up today, but if you set your sights on uncovering some of nature's bounty, look no further than Topsail Island! Our shores are ripe for the picking, especially at low tide or after a... View the full post »

Vacation Is the Perfect Time to Try Something New

While many people focus on their New Year’s Resolutions, we think the new year offers a fantastic opportunity to try something new. Now is the time to set goals, try new activities, and learn more about something that interests you. January is when our busiest booking s... View the full post »

How To Plan the Perfect Topsail Island Vacation

Plan, prepare, and enjoy!  Now that you have chosen Topsail Island as your vacation destination, let our team at Ward Realty help with the fun part. We are experts on everything there is to do, see, and eat here on Topsail and we love sharing what we have learned... View the full post »

Surprising Reasons Winter is Awesome on Topsail Island

When you think of winter you probably don't picture sitting on the beach, but Topsail Island is about much more than just sunbathing. Forget the ski slopes and enjoy your hot chocolate here, with us, this winter. We don't recommend wearing a bikini, but we would l... View the full post »

Why NOW Is the Time to Plan Your 2019 Beach Vacation

As you all gather around the holiday table, the stories will start flowing from the last few times you were all together. Maybe you were lucky enough to spend last summer on Topsail Island, or perhaps it has been a while since you could all vacation together. It'... View the full post »

From Renter to Owner: Buying the Perfect Vacation Home

Dreaming of Beach Property?  If you have ever considered purchasing an investment property but felt intimidated by the process, we have a solution for you: Let Ward Realty help you buy your very own Vacation Rental Property and own a slice of paradise rig... View the full post »

How to Style Your Home in the Best Beach Fashion

Your home is your refuge. It's the place for family and friends to gather in sickness and in health, for formal events and frivolity. It's also likely to be one of your biggest investments, financially and emotionally.It's only natural that you'd want your home... View the full post »

How to Have the Perfect Dog Friendly Topsail Island Vacation

  UPDATE: This post was originally published on December 4, 2017.It has been refreshed with updated links and content.   If you would like to enjoy a Topsail Island beach vacation with your favorite four-legged member of the family then this post is perf... View the full post »

The Best Authors From Topsail Island You Should Be Reading

  UPDATE: This post was originally published on December 18, 2017.It has been refreshed with updated links and content.  Local Authors You'll Want To Read Topsail Island may be famous for things like great seafood, beautiful beache... View the full post »

10 Great Quotes About the Beauty and Power of the Beach

Whether you come to our Topsail Island beaches with an intention to observe and revel in their beauty or to remind yourself of your own personal place in the grand, earthly scheme of things, there's no doubt that a trip to the ocean can do all of this for you, and mor... View the full post »