Frankie Henslee has been selling property at Seascape Resort since 1978.
She has seen the market go up and she has seen the market come back down more than once.
But, that's just the way it is, she says. That's what markets do. They are ever changing.
The biggest change in the market she has seen is that it is a lot larger market now than it used to be.
"A lot more people know about us now than before. Used to, even people living in south
Some of those people are also famous -- such as Minnie Pearl -- who used to come down and stay at Seascape and enjoyed playing tennis there.
Henslee started working as a Realtor at Seascape right after the resort was launched, when construction on Phase 3 was about to begin. There are now 10-plus phases. Some have Phase A and B.
Over the years, selling real estate in an ever-changing market has had its challenges. The biggest challenge Henslee faced in the early years was trying to explain to potential buyers what a condominium was, its function, what the buyer was entitled to, and its advantages.
"It was a new type of ownership then," she said.
Back in those early days, Henslee remembers when a fox, a raccoon, and a rabbit would all eat from he same food bowl at the resort's gate.
She also remembers when the guard at the gate carried a weapon and would shoot a duck and they would all enjoy a duck dinner.
But that was a different time, she says with a chuckle.
As things have changed over the years, one thing has remained the same, said Henslee, and that is that Seascape is a family-oriented resort. In fact, she has seen families buy and vacation here year after year, and she has seen the children grow up coming here and then return to purchase their own unit to continue the tradition and memory making.
"The ones who grow up coming here, want their children to have the same experience," she said. "I often sell to multi generations. You get to know the families. Some move and live here full time, and do so for many years."
While the resort has a golf course, tennis, and pools, Henslee said the biggest draw for any buyer continues to be the sugar-white beaches. Any amenities after that is just a plus.
Another big draw for Seascape, said Henslee, is the resort has a lot of space and room with the majority of new construction built on the same 250-plus acres of land that it had from the start.
"Since we are not acquiring new land, we are able to keep our prices reasonable," she said. "And, our property has a lot of trees and feels like you're in a nice wooded area, but you can then walk out of the woods onto the beach. People like that."
For more information, see www.seascape-resort.com.