Thursday, July 14, 2022 / by Anne Rose
Joanna Prinz, with KBT Realty Group in Wilmington, works with buyers and sellers in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and the neighboring coastal towns.
Hi. My name is Joanna Prinz. I am an agent with KBT Realty. We're based in Wilmington, but my area is the Jacksonville, North Carolina area, which is north of Wilmington.
I grew up originally in Arizona, and it's a long story, but I came from Arizona and I lived in the mountains, and then my husband's job brought us to the coast, to Wilmington first and now Jacksonville. I have been in real estate for about three years, always interested in buying and selling homes.
I lived in Wilmington for ten years, and now I am here. I really enjoy the community. It has lots of things for families, children especially. As a family, we love going to the beach and going to the different parks. There's a wonderful park a little north of us that is called Hammock Beach Park, which you can go up. There's lots of hiking trails. You can take a ferry over to Bear Island and do some exploring. They have all kinds of things to do. They set up telescopes in the summertime so you can go and look at the stars. They have campouts there. We've done that quite a few times there. Also, if you want to go a little more north, you can go to the furthest southern Outer Banks Island, which is Shackleford Island, and you can ride over on the ferry and go see the wild horses, which is really fun. And you can also camp there. We've done that quite a bit. In the Jacksonville area, we've done more... we've been kayaking on the river.
We try to be outdoorsy as much as possible. When you have a nine year old and a six year old, you have to keep them busy no matter what's going on in life, for sure.
Before I was in real estate, I did mostly restaurant work. I managed a bar, I managed a coffee shop - Port City Java, actually, which is a huge chain in Wilmington. I did that for eight years. Before that, I went to nursing school. I worked as a nurse for a few years in the mountains of North Carolina.
I love working with buyers and sellers. I think buyers are great because they're so excited about finding their new home and all the opportunity they have to make it their own. And sellers are fun too, so they can reach their goal of selling and moving somewhere else, which is exciting, or just buying a bigger house to fit their needs for their family.
I like real estate mostly because I get to continue with helping people. My biggest thing, even going to college and then being in the service industry, is I've always loved helping people, making them happy. I set a goal: I want to buy a house. All right, well, let's figure out how to do it, and let's find the perfect home for you and your family, which I feel is a wonderful job to have.
I cover Jacksonville or even north of Jacksonville, I'd go to New Bern and then all the way down to Wilmington. I prefer to stay between Jacksonville and kind of in the beach communities, Topsail, Sneads Ferry, Holly Ridge, Hampstead, which are all wonderful areas to live and take advantage of what there is to do on the coast of North Carolina.