Anna Arlington knows a little something about patience, a virtue that is often overlooked in the hurry-up world we live in. She undoubtedly developed this virtue into a skill as a result of owning a child-care center for almost two decades as both teacher and director. That patience comes in handy when working to find somebody the perfect home, lot or condo, a trait perfected by working with children of all ages, as well as two of her own, throughout the years.
Attention to detail, so important in the real estate world was also honed at an early age when Anna worked in her father’s State Farm agency. Beginning from the tender age of five, Anna started by filing and pretending to be his executive assistant. She excelled at drawing on his expensive carbon paper. Anna admits that her father was the biggest influence in her life and career, “Dad was a self-made business man and instilled his values, work ethic and honesty, in me. He was and always will be my hero,” she says. Besides being a highly motivated real estate Broker/Owner at ASAP Realty, Anna also loves to cook, she owns a small restaurant and a bakery/coffee shop and in her spare time, she is writing her memoirs.
“Once a teacher, always a teacher.” says Anna. “We live, work and play in a great part of the country and I get a lot of enjoyment from educating people on the best, smartest ways to buy or sell their homes I can’t think of a better place to have a first, second or retirement home. This is proving to be one of the best times ever to buy a home in the Brunswick Islands.” The team at ASAP Realty all share a common goal in the success of their clients and seem to be having the time of their lives doing just that. “I want that as my epitaph,” says Anna. I may have sold and listed hundreds of homes, but I want it to say “She had the time of her life!”
The Brunswick Beacon recognized Anna Arlington as the top realtor in Brunswick County. ASAP Realty was honored as the 3rd Best Real Estate Company in Brunswick County by the Brunswick Beacon.
Ryan Powers has been in the real estate business for almost a decade. The youngest and only male of the three owners at ASAP Realty, he has been a multi-million dollar producer since his first year in the business. “I had a pretty idyllic childhood,” says Powers. “I was surrounded by so much love and support growing up. That said, my parents passed on that never-say-die attitude to us kids…there was no quitting in the Powers family! I carry that with me into adulthood along with the honesty and integrity they both live by. Any success I’ve had I owe to them as they are pretty amazing people.”
Ryan strives to make everyone around him happy and successful too. This shows best in how hard he works for his clients. Whether buying or selling with Ryan, past client testimonials deliver the message clearly, you will not find a more qualified, savvy, and hard working broker than Ryan Powers. Clients never feel pressured; yet they understand early on that they are using a very knowledgeable and highly competent individual.
Ryan grew up playing many competitive sports, but he played tournament golf from a fairly young age! As he said, “living in ‘golfer’s paradise now has been a nice plus for an avid golfer so when I do get free time, I like to tee it up!” He strives to never take himself too seriously in most aspects of life. “I love helping people first and foremost. That customer service is in my heart and I think that’s what has helped make me successful over the years. I think people know when you truly care and aren’t just ‘selling them something’.
I also try to make sure we have some fun along the way too. This can be a stressful time for many as they look for that perfect town/area to enjoy this next chapter of their lives. Real estate is a serious business and at ASAP Realty, the other Owner/Brokers and I understand that for some, it will be one of the most important decisions they will ever make. We don’t take that responsibility lightly and we assure our clients that we have their best interests in mind. We have a team of 8 realtors now so it’s nice that we can bring all of our collective years of real estate experience to bear on every transaction. When all is said and done, we love to see people smile and hope they enjoy the beach life just as much as we do.”
Joy Sibal loves a good laugh and greets everyone with a smile. She found herself looking for a new career opportunity after her employer closed its doors. Another door opened when she was offered the opportunity to enter real estate. Joy understood that buying and/or selling a home can be a stressful time but bringing her love of people, a strong desire to help and her sense of humor to the process resulted in the perfect combination! That was more than 25 years ago and she’s never doubted her decision.
Fast forward to today, Joy is Broker/Owner of ASAP Realty and enjoying every minute of it. One reason she still loves getting to work is that she is always learning – new clients, neighborhoods, trends in home design – and putting the knowledge to use. Helping people envision the future while appreciating the present is one of her special skills. Joy attributes her success to her hard work and many skills. When asked about the numerous awards she has earned in the real estate field, she is quick to respond “Certificates don’t sell houses, people do. I sell houses because people like the fact that I can represent them professionally, and get them exactly what they need, all while we both have fun doing it.”
Joy’s goal as a listing agent is to promote your property with honesty and integrity. As an agent for the buyer she works hard to match people and properties with one goal, complete satisfaction! “We are so fortunate to live and work in an area that has great golf courses, amazing beaches and beautiful, charming southern communities and developments’” says Joy. “Brunswick County, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC are two of the most temperate locales on the Eastern seaboard. Not too hot, definitely not too cold. The perfect year-round location for owning a vacation home, a permanent homestead or your retirement destination and, trust me, I can locate the perfect spot for my buyers and find great qualified buyers for my listings.”
Mike has been a resident of Brunswick County since moving here from Massachusetts in 2005 & is well familiar with the area. “I love it here and enjoy introducing the area to new buyers.” His knowledge of the area and the NC real estate process serves to create a healthy and satisfactory agent-client relationship. “I am totally up front with people. My goal is customer satisfaction and building long-term relationships.”
Being a baby boomer, Mike particularly enjoys working with retirees looking to move to the Carolinas. “I understand the complexity of making the move & I like helping buyers sift through the many options available to them in this area. I do know that I have never met anyone who didn’t like living here. The climate is ideal for year-round living and if you’re a golfer as I am, it doesn’t get any better.”
Mike worked in real estate while living in Massachusetts and also had a career in the wholesale lumber business. “Having experience in the lumber industry has helped me understand the construction process and housing values. Much of this knowledge can be applied to real estate as well.”
Mike is also a veteran, having served in Vietnam. His awards include 3 Purple Hearts and the Air Medal.
Valya Mentz has been a real estate broker for almost a decade now. She began her real estate career in Raleigh, NC, before being beckoned to the coast by the beautiful Brunswick County beaches. After 7 years working in the Ocean Ridge Plantation Sales Office, Valya decided to join ASAP Realty in late 2015.
“I made this move to provide greater service to my valued clients. Ryan Powers is also an owner of Ocean Ridge property and has been very successful in marketing and selling properties in our fine community as well as many other leading communities in the area. The new alliance will allow me to offer greater services and support to all of you going forward, including the ability to show all properties in this area, helping to ensure that your needs are most effectively met! Please feel free to reach out to me at any time as I’d be happy to help in my new capacity with ASAP Realty!”
Ricky joined the ASAP Realty Team in 2015 and has been a great addition to the team! He primarily sold out in the Oak Island/Southport area the last 15 years, but a move a few years ago down to Cherry Grove, SC has him selling real estate in Oak Island/Southport and all the other Brunswick County areas including Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Calabash, Carolina Shores, and Sunset Beach! Ricky’s warm personality, unwavering ethics, and real estate expertise makes him a winning combination for your buying and selling needs for Coastal NC Real Estate!
Cheri Gibson relocated to the Calabash after a 27 year career as an elementary school teacher. As Cheri said after quitting her teaching career, ‘’I was beach bound immediately and love the more laid-back lifestyle offered here.” Her goal is to make the clients’ buying and selling experience fun and effortless. “I still have the teacher in me and enjoy educating clients about this wonderful area and the entire real estate experience whether buying or selling!”
Having spent 25 years working for Cornell University as Director of Alumni Affairs and Development for the Middle Atlantic States, I decided to retire to the Carolina Coast and haven’t regretted it a day. My past career has set me up for a second career serving others, so in 2016, I joined the great team at ASAP Realty. I am thoroughly enjoying this experience.
I take great pleasure in meeting new folks, especially those who also want to make Brunswick County their home. Come visit us. I believe you will too fall in love with our beautiful North Carolina Southern Beach area. I welcome the opportunity to help you find a home that is perfect for you!