Listing Assistance and Advice

The main objective when listing a home on the market is to sell it at the highest possible price based on current market conditions in as few days as possible.  One of the main factors would be the competition in the market place for a home similar to yours whether it be in neighborhood, size, price range.  There are a few factors that can always help place you one step ahead of the rest and hopefully capture the eyes of buyers in a timely manner: read more

Drill or Not to Drill on the Outer Banks: Should We Still be Worried?

I thought it was a good idea to provide an update since it had been a year since we last mentioned offshore drilling, as it relates to the Outer Banks. But then the exciting news came, after I had started writing this, of the Administration’s reversal in the plan to not include the Atlantic as a leasing option.  The big talk on the Outer Banks was still all about #NotTheAnswer or #NotTheAnswerNC or #KilltheDrill up until March 15.  The local Surfrider Chapter continued to make a lot of noise and was still making national news about saying no to offshore drilling for the Atlantic.  The National Chapter really saw this issue as an important one as it ties directly to Surfrider’s mission and came on board with the Not the Answer campaign.  Their campaign included a surfboard being passed around to local businesses starting in Florida and it moved up the East Coast ending up with over 1,000 signatures to show that they oppose offshore drilling.  That signed surfboard was hand delivered to DC this past February.  Well, it seems that the Obama Administration noticed all the opposition and on March 15 the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced a revised proposal for the nation’s Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022 which removed the mid and south Atlantic lease sales.  They elaborated that the removal of these areas makes sense since the revised proposal focuses leases in areas with the highest potential, greatest industry interest and where there is already established infrastructure. read more

Mid-Currituck Bridge Update

The Mid-Currituck bridge proposal is back on the table and gaining steam.  Many are enthusiastically hopeful that the bridge will begin construction sooner rather later. Last time I reported, the skeptics were leading the charge about the bridge not being a possibility. Now there is some hope that the long awaited expanse will create a new frontier to Corolla. Here are the facts based on the latest NC-DOT report. read more

Curb Appeal—It Matters!

Like it or not, many buyers make a decision about a home before even walking through the front door.  It’s not unusual for me to take buyers to see several homes, and when we drive up to a home on their list of showings, they tell me to drive on– they don’t even want to bother seeing that particular home.  How do you boost your home’s curb appeal and create a great first impression with potential buyers?  Here are a few ways: read more

Southern Shores Confines Size, But Not Fundamental Values

Nestled between the Town of Kitty Hawk and the Town of Duck, is the Town of Southern Shores. Prior to being incorporated as a municipally in 1979, Southern Shores was a piece of the Kitty Hawk community until it was founded as a resort in 1946. According to the Town of Southern Shores CAMA Land Use Plan Update, “The Town of Southern Shores is a quiet seaside residential community comprised primarily of small low density neighborhoods consisting of single family homes primarily on large lots (i.e., at least 20,000 sq ft) interspersed with recreational facilities (e.g., marinas, tennis facilities, athletic fields, and parks), beach accesses, walkways and open spaces. These neighborhoods are served by picturesque local roads (rather than wide through streets) along the beach, in the dunes or in the sound-side maritime forest. The scale and architecture of new development and re-development is compatible with existing homes.” read more

Outer Banks Beach House: Time to Buy or Sell?

Before I jump right in with a resounding “yes” I hope to answer more than the question of whether it is time to buy or sell an Outer Banks beach house. I want you to see the positive outlook for both buyers and sellers alike. I would like to think that anyone will do well from either side of the [negotiating] table as prices have not skyrocketed like the early-to-middle years of the previous decade. Given the current economic conditions and financial policies in place we should not see a bubble like that again in our lifetime, hopefully. Either way, the year-over-year gains is a confidence booster for all parties. read more

The Outer Banks Rallies for Sea Turtles

The cold winters eve came quickly the first week of January and caught many off guard as it had been in the high 70’s the week before with warm waters and flip flops in the sand. The tides turned quickly and brought in extremely cold water temperatures which while we can predict and forecast marine life cannot and in turn got caught in the cold. read more

Bonner Bridge Construction Underway

The Outer Banks is one of the most unique and desired beach locations for visitors from all over the United States and the world. These visitors flock to the Outer Banks for many different reasons such as surfing, recreational or sport fishing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, family reunions, and weddings. The southern portion of the Outer Banks is Hatteras Island, which includes the villages Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras. In order to cross over onto Hatteras Island, from the north, visitors must cross the Bonner Bridge. The Pamlico sound and Atlantic Ocean join under the two and a half mile bridge that connects Bodie Island and Pea Island. The Bonner Bridge, which was built in 1963, is the only highway connection from mainland North Carolina and Hatteras Island. read more

The 4th Annual Seafood Festival

It’s always great when seafood is involved!

The 4th Annual Seafood Fest is this weekend, October 17th, at the new and improved Outer Banks Event Site at milepost 16 in Nags Head. Not only with there be local seafood prepared in many different ways by local restaurants to enjoy but there will also be live music, local artisans, cooking demos, educational booths, marine life exhibits, boats, and non-profit vendors. They recently announced they will be having the Outer Bank’s Captains from Wicked Tuna to meet and give their autographs. The Captains scheduled to appear are Capt. Britt Shackelford of the Doghouse, Capt. Greg Mayer of Fishin’ Frenzy, Capt. Charlie Griffin of Reels of Fortune and Capt. Tami Gray of the Reel Deal. Captains Griffin & Gray will also be doing activities with Outer Banks Catch in their tent throughout the day. There will be something for everyone to enjoy! read more

REALTOR® Designations and You

As you know from reading REALTORS® e-mails, websites, bios and such there is an alphabet soup that we REALTORS® love to share with other clients and the public. These letters correspond with certain “designations and certifications” offered by the National Association of REALTORS® in order to expand our knowledge base and continue our education. The following is a description of each REALTOR® Designation and what it may do for you or someone you know: read more