Executive Travel: Summer Guide to the South

With school out and summer in full swing, you’re probably looking for some fun vacation ideas for your family. Several southern U.S. states offer plenty of relaxation and activities for the whole family, and with so many places you could visit, it can be hard to choose just one! Our summer travel guide to the South makes vacation planning easy, so you can spend less time worrying about the details of your summer vacation and more time having fun with your family.

Sanibel Island, Florida

If your family wants fun in the sun like no other, Sanibel Island, FL is the place to be. This family-friendly island is only 25 miles south of Fort Myers and is filled with enough fun and relaxation to satisfy every member of your family. Spend time on white sandy beaches covered with the most beautiful and unique seashells, or rent some kayaks and visit the mangrove-lined trails. We recommend staying at Casa Ybel or the Island Inn for seaside sunset views. Whether you’re a short drive away or you’re willing to catch a flight here, Sanibel Island is one destination you won’t want to miss this summer.

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, GA will give you a taste of authentic, slow-paced southern living. Families flock to Savannah every year for its leisurely lifestyle, summertime events, beautiful beaches, and variety of activities for every taste. During your stay in Savannah, rent some bikes or segways to explore the adorable downtown from a different point of view. Take your kids to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center before spending the afternoon at the beach, or tour the area’s historic waterways by boat on a Dolphin Magic Tour. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to find some fun and adventure on your trip to Savannah.

Knoxville, Tennessee

You haven’t seen the beauty of Tennessee until you’ve made the trip to Knoxville. If your family loves the great outdoors, you’ve got to take them to visit Knoxville this summer. This beautiful city in the South is full of activities and adventures to last all summer long, and it’s within driving distance of other breathtaking destinations, like Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore the beautiful Tennessee River via the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center, or hike through Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. This is a must-see destination for any nature-loving family.

Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is another hidden gem on the East Coast. Legends of pirates and the spirit of the outdoors come alive in Ocracoke Island, a charming travel destination for North Carolina locals and tourists alike. Charter a yacht to try your hand at fishing, rent some kayaks for a seaside adventure, or go for a sunset bike ride to dinner and ice cream. For a true taste of Ocracoke, stay at Blackbeard’s Lodge or Captain’s Landing Waterfront Inn, two hotels with a pirate twist. Kids will love the legends and fun of Ocracoke and parents will love the romance of the beachside place.

Charleston, South Carolina

You can never go wrong with a visit to Charleston almost anytime of the year, but summertime is when this southern city comes alive. Charleston is full of a rich history that anyone can appreciate, from its colorful, quaint streets to the charming downtown area constantly bustling with local events and fare. Charleston’s close proximity to beaches like Isle of Palms and Folly Beach and its variety of family-friendly tours and museums make it the perfect weekend getaway for every family. While you’re here, be sure to take a food tour of the city for a taste of what southern cooking is all about.

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at baileeabell.com.

D. Patrick Lewis Assumes Role as Managing Broker at Realty Executives Phoenix

Realty Executives International congratulates D. Patrick Lewis with his recent appointment as Managing Broker at the independently owned Realty Executives Phoenix franchised brokerage. Lewis, who joined the Realty Executives team in 2015 and was previously the Regional Executive Development Specialist, is excited for his new role and is positioned for continued success in his real estate career.

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The New Home Checklist: Pre-Move Essentials


Congrats on the new home! You’re probably excited, exhausted, and in need of somewhere to start – sounds like a job for our new home checklist.

Let’s cut to the chase, the new home journey can be overwhelming. You’re excited to start your new life, but getting there can feel like a lifetime of preparation. From cable to comforters to crock-pots, there’s a lot that goes into moving into a new home. If you don’t stay organized, move-in day can be a total bust. It’s common to worry, but lucky for you, this ultimate new home checklist will put your mind at ease and simplify the moving process.

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Moving For a Job- When is the Right Time?

There are many reasons you may decide you want to move, from wanting to live in a larger home or a different area to desiring a better school district for your kids. But there’s one type of move that is a little more unique than the rest: relocating for a job. If you’re transferring locations within your company or you got a great new job opportunity in another area or state, there are some things you should keep in mind when deciding the right time to move for your career. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you move away for a job.

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Realty Executives Nevada’s Choice, A Network Partner with Feeding Pets of the Homeless

Realty Executives Nevada’s Choice was welcomed in June 2019 by the national nonprofit, Feeding Pets of the Homeless as a Donation Site. Donations of pet food and supplies can be taken to 800 E. College Parkway, Carson City, NV and will then be delivered to a local food bank, homeless shelter or homeless encampment. Feeding Pets of the Homeless is the only national network focused completely on feeding and providing emergency veterinary care to pets of the homeless.

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Realty Executives of Hickory Honors Executive and Welcomes New Team Member

Realty Executives of Hickory honors Executive Keith Aaron with annual Horizon award, adds Marcia Denis Norris to the high ranking team.

Each year, the company recognizes an Executive who has shown exceptional growth and promise in their early real estate career. This year, Realty Executives recognizes Aaron as the Horizon Award recipient.

Realty Executives is proud of Aaron and his dedication to bring clients professionalism and quality service. This hard work also allowed Realty Executives of Hickory to win “Hickory’s Finest Real Estate Firm” in Hickory Daily Record’s 2018, “Best of Catawba Valley.”

To contact Aaron, call 828-578-8400 or visit www.realtyexecs.net

Marcia Denise Norris has joined Realty Executives of Hickory at 785 U.S. 70 SW where she will specialize in the marketing and sales of real estate. She is also a member of the Catawba Valley Association of Realtors and the national and state Realtor associations.

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Hosting the Ultimate Summer Bash

Summer is here and your backyard is calling your name after the long winter months. From pool parties to a neighborhood BBQ, it is always fun to get together with family and friends to enjoy good food, games and sunshine. Hosting an event, although fun, can get stressful fast so next time you are planning your next summer bash take a look at these tips!

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5 Tips for Cleaning Out Your Garage This Summer

The garage can be a hard place to keep organized and clean with outdoor toys, cars, storage boxes and more all coming and going throughout the seasons. The summer can be a great time to take advantage of the weather and spend the day outside re-organizing after the hectic winters and cleaning out a space that doesn’t always get much TLC.

Remove everything and organize it

A messy and full garage can be overwhelming to clean. The first thing that you need to do is remove everything to create a clear space to work with, only then you will be able to clean your garage completely.

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Digital Marketing Tips to Create a Killer Open House

Run a Facebook Live Stream

Imagine a buyer across town sees your listing, loves the layout, the price and the location but can’t make it to your open house. She may flag it for later review or even email you, but, soon, she’s off to the next page view and your listing blurs in with the rest.

Now imagine that same buyer sees the same house on your Facebook Live video. She wants to know how big the master closets are, so you walk her through the master suite in real time on a virtual tour. She books an appointment to see the house in person. After the open house, you post your video on your site for additional engagement, and you get two more offers.

A virtual open house is a game-changer, especially when you factor in weather, compressed sale durations and picky sellers who may be averse to hosting a flood of strangers into their home.

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Realty Executives Midwest’s Joan Wayman Helps Raise $31,000 at the Taste of Route 66 Event Benefiting Local Food For Kid’s Charity

Realty Executives Midwest believes in giving back to the community in which they live and work. Recently, Broker Joan Wayman assisted in organizing the Rotary Club of Darien, Illinois’ Taste of Route 66 event. This annual event features local restaurants who create delicious samples for ticket holders. People are also able to bid online to purchase donated items. All proceeds benefit a local Food for Kids Program put in place to help food-insecure children bring meals home on Fridays during the school year, as many families may be dependent on school sponsored lunches. Every six weeks, Wayman coordinates the Rotary Club members and local volunteers to buy and pack over 1,100 food bags for school social workers to privately place into the children’s backpacks. This years, the Taste of Route 66 event raised over $31,000 to help buy and pack nutritional meals for 200+ elementary students.

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