Archives for July 2014

Back to School on the Outer Banks!!

Ah, it’s that time of year again – back to school on the Outer Banks!! School starts August 25th!! Dare County Public Schools Administrative Offices PO Box 1508, 3020 Wrightsville Avenue Nags Head, NC 27959 Phone: 252-480-8888 / FAX: 480-8885 Elementary Schools Cape Hatteras Elementary (Grades K-5) PO Box 989, 47500 Middle Ridge Trail Buxton, N.C. 27920 Student Population: 257 Phone: 252-995-6196 / FAX: 995-4719 First Flight Elementary School (Grades K-5) 107 Veterans Dr. Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Student Population: 345 Phone: … [Read more...]

What is the most important thing to do before closing?

One of the most overlooked steps into the finalization of buying a home is the final walkthrough. It is one of the most important, because once the signed deed is filed, there is no recourse if something has gone wrong between the time the offer is accepted and closing. The home is all yours from that point on and anything not address with the sellers (on the most part) will be a moot point. There has been final walkthroughs where the water heater hasn’t worked and in fact, was leaking. Another walk through had water streaming from the tube through the living room ceiling onto the … [Read more...]

Is Sand Driving You Crazy?

Whether you’ve just arrived on the Outer Banks or have been here for quite some time, the one thing you’ll discover – we have sand. And lots of it. But that is part of the fun of the Outer Banks – our beaches!! But sand can be quite unpleasant when it’s brought into the house – it can even seem to be a never ending battle to keep it on the beaches and out of your kitchen. While you may never be able to eliminate every grain of sand, there are ways to keep it at bay …. Take your shoes off! This will become your mantra if you have kids running around outside. It is amazing how much sand is … [Read more...]

May 2014 Sales on the Outer Banks

Sales – May was a great month for sales with unit sales up 21%! Total volume sold was up 14%! Commercial property sales volume was up 210% over last year. However, residential unit sales were down by 7% and land sales were down by 30%. Sales Price – Home prices continue to climb with an average price for residential property up by 13%, Lots / Land up by 40% and Commercial up by 64%. Distressed Sales – Even though distressed numbers continue to inch upwards this year, they are down by 44% from 2013 - the average sales price for a potential short sale is down 13% -- bank owned properties’ … [Read more...]