Full time residents and visitors alike will agree that the Outer Banks comes alive the second the weather even mildly resembles that of the spring. Children of the neighborhoods congregate and neighbors enjoy conversations sitting on the front porch with the nice breeze. With the spring weather comes spring cleaning. Spring cleaning should not just apply to the interior of the home. The exterior of homes should be considered in the process and a few changes can increase home value and curb appeal. Functional outdoor living space is a trend that is here to stay. Focusing on the outside of your home can not only increase the value, but can also create a wonderful and enjoyable space to entertain and relax all year long. With spring around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider making some changes to the outside of your home.
As an Outer Banks real estate agent for 31 year I’ve heard these questions almost every day, “How is the market?,” “What is selling?,” “How is my neighborhood doing?,” etc.
As the dust settles and the smoke clears from the holiday season, you may think this is a horrible time to have your home on the market. This is actually one of the best times of year to list your home for sale for several reasons: 1) Inventory is usually at its lowest level at the beginning and end of the year, 2) access for buyers to see your home is also easy… much easier than in the summer months; and 3) many potential buyers receive holiday bonuses from the employers or gifts from family members.
Whether you live by the beach or just dream about it, you can bring the beach into your home with a few decorating ideas. The underlying theme of a coastal home is comfort. The elegant factor comes from the simplicity and the clean aspects of coastal living.
Everyone loves a good meal and sometimes when you are traveling you don’t know how to find the local favorites. We all use Trip Advisor, Zomato or other apps to help navigate us to the spots with the best reviews. But many times I have found that those are not always accurate. I guess we all have different preferences, whether it be the atmosphere or the cuisine, bottom line is that good food is always a bonus when traveling.
Every year hurricane season rolls up on us fast and furious. No the dates don’t change, they are standard from June 1st through November 30th. But, until one is looming or on a path headed our way we seem to “conveniently forget” the ramifications they have in closing on the buying or selling of a home.
The neutral color scheme has been ideal, soothing whites and timid taupes. Think white subway tile and Carrara marble and polished chrome or the beige travertine tile with light cabinets. A neutral color scheme has been safe, desirable and resalable for bathrooms for several decades. But is the beige bathroom going out of style?
Did you take notice of the press release earlier this month about a water park coming to the Outer Banks? The plans consist of the construction of an 80 acre park about 2 miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge. The park is supposed to represent an Outer Banks historical theme with lighthouses, pirates and planes.
Value. How often do we hear this word in a Real Estate transaction? Most of the time it is being used in the discussion of a property of interest or after an appraisal of your home. But, have you considered the Value your REALTOR® holds in the transaction of buying or selling property? If not you should!
It is hard not to overlook the big changes that have occurred over the years for those who have been vacationing or residing on the beaches of the Outer Banks. The beaches may seem to be more crowded attributable to families spreading out their endless amounts of chairs, umbrellas, and coolers, or the same cottage in Kitty Hawk your family stayed in every year since the 1950’s appeared to just vanish in thin air. No, the summer heat is not getting to you, beach erosion is.