Archives for June 2014

Careful when you change your address

Did you know the United States Post Office “highly” recommends online change of addresses? It used to be you could fill in a form sending it a change of address OR go online. Now a change of address packet isn’t in the Post Office Lobby – just a postcard detailing how to do it online. As with anything online, you do need to be careful, you could get tripped up by a mail-change scam. Last year the REALTOR® Association warned about a “Change of Address” scam. Rather than paying only $1.00 to the United States Postal Service to change an address online, there are online companies, which … [Read more...]

Save Energy at home while you’re vacationing on the Outer Banks

Summer time fun usually means V*A*C*A*T*I*O*N!!! However, spending time away from home on vacation doesn’t mean all your energy savings should go out the window. Below are a few tips to do before you spend your vacation on the Outer Banks to make sure your dollars are spent on fun and not unused energy: Lighting: Timers inside and out set to turn on a couple of times a night will not only save energy but will add to your security making it look like someone is home. Refrigerator: If you’re only going to be gone a few days, set your fridge temp to 35 degrees and the freezer at 5. However, … [Read more...]

What are you looking for in a Luxury Home?

  Luxury home sales of $1 million or more increased 44% over last year according to the National Association of REALTORS® in their recent home survey. The Wall Street Journal recent reported Luxury Home Sales were increasing more than any other type of home sales in the housing markets.   What are Luxury Homebuyers looking for in a Home? A Smart Home According to a recent survey, 66% are looking for a home which offers more technology integrated in the home’s system. Many homebuyers want the convenience of controlling their smart homes with their smart phones. Luxury 60% … [Read more...]

Is it worth buying a Vacation home on the Outer Banks?

With Summer Beach and Vacation season just starting, there may be thoughts of a more permanent vacation home on the Outer Banks. Here are some things you may want to keep in mind when buying your Vacation home on the Outer Banks: How often will you use it? Will you be the sole occupant or will others vacation there, also? (Warning: Owning a home on the Outer Banks will make you VERY popular with family and friends.) What are the reasonable lengths of stays to make it a viable purchase? SHOULD you purchase your vacation home with others? You may want to ask legal assistance to hammer … [Read more...]