The Financial Sector and Real Estate

Understanding the elements of the financial sector is absolutely crucial to be a successful investor in today’s real estate market. Reading between the lines, a little common sense and a professional Broker representing you will go a long way. Knowing when and where to invest your money wisely should also depend on what’s happening with banking rates, mortgage backed securities, current and proposed financial regulations and current state of the stock market. read more

Grocery Store Wars on the Outer Banks

Now that Publix has entered the Outer Banks supermarketer mix it seems as though the local Grocery Store Wars are kicking into high gear. And with German discount supermarket chain Lidl planning on opening where the now closed Mike Kellys Outer Banks Tavern was, well, the competition is becoming even more intense. read more

10 Reason For Living and Investing on Colington Island

As a long term resident of the Outer Banks since 1981 (almost a local!), a 32 year real estate broker and 17 year Colington Island resident, I’ve had the good fortune of knowing the pros and cons of all of the communities from Corolla through South Nags Head.  Here’s my thoughts on what makes Colington Island (there’s actually two!) unique and a great place to live and invest. read more

Photographic Deception: To Deceive or Not To Deceive

This topic is two-fold. Photographic deception, or using a Stager to make a home look it’s best so that deception is not necessary.

The current school of thought appears to be this; when listing a home for sale, hire a photographer, temporarily stage the home for photos, and have the pro take magazine quality photographs inside and out. We can pay $200 to $500 or more depending on the photographer and if we have the use of a drone. read more

Getting to Know The Outer Banks: Jockey’s Ridge State Park

With over 1,000,000 visitors annually, Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head is one of the most visited parks in the North Carolina State Park system.

A relatively small park—426 acres—it’s appearance is striking with Jockey’s Ridge, a massive 74’ sand dune higher than any other natural feature on the Outer Banks. The park is home to the Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding School, the oldest and largest in the nation. From the slopes of the dune, novice hang glider pilots learn how to soar. read more

All I want for Christmas is… A Beach House

So if your office is anything like mine at this time of the year it is less than a finely tuned machine running at full speed. Between the 2nd week of December and the end of the year we have staff out of the office for just under 100 days of combined work. It seems that when you call on any service firm (plumber, surveyor, electrician, etc.) to perform a job at this time of year the story is the same “sorry, we aren’t going to get to that until after the first of the year, you know with the holidays and all we just can’t get it done.” read more

Building a House on a Sandbar

With its beautiful beaches and inviting waters, there are very few places as relaxing, as perfect for a vacation or a weekend getaway, as the Outer Banks. That’s why hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive every week during the summer, and even in the shoulder seasons people still look forward to some time by the sea. read more