Flood Zone Updates

**Reprinted with permission from the Outer Banks Association of Realtors Flood Maps - Know Your Zone/New Informative Web Site HIGHER LOCAL ELEVATION STANDARDS BEING DEVELOPED Dare County’s Program for Public Information/Flood Insurance Community Rating System (CRS) Committee met last week and discussed a flood map education and awareness campaign and local flood elevation standards/freeboard regulations. Dare Planning Director Donna Creef led the discussion and shared that Dare County should soon receive their revised preliminary flood maps for Review and Comment and by this time next … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays from Jackson!

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Should you put your home on hold until after the first of the year?

Ho! Ho! Ho! We are in full swing into the holiday season! Should you wait to list your home? Well, if you do, you may miss out on a great opportunity. The last two months of the year tend to be the busiest and buyers the most serious.  However, there are some things you may want to keep in mind over the holidays … Decorations Outdoor  decorations should be classy, classic and SIMPLE. Sprinkle white lights in some of the bushes and potted trees; add a welcoming wreath at the door. Create festive but without the Grizwald effect. You may really want to leave the inflatable Santa and snowmen … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving from Jackson!

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How’s the Outer Banks Housing Market?

Residential sales Residential sales for the year are up slightly (1%) Condominium unit sales are up 19% with total volume sold up 22%. Condominium median sales price are up 16%. Single Family detached home sales are down by 4% The number of sold Single Family homes is up 3% with the average / median sale prices up (7% and 2%). Lots / Land sales Lots / Land sales are on the rise with the sale of residential lots up 13% for the year Total number of lots sold is up 5%. Inventory Residential inventory is up 8% Land inventory is up 7% Commercial inventory is down by … [Read more...]

Christmas & Candlelit Tours in Corolla, NC

Decorated Tours Starting November 20th and runs through December 31st. Candlelight Tours will be held each Friday and Saturday during these dates from 5PM-8PM. New this year, included with your Candlelit Tour ticket price is a complimentary sampling of our Christmas wines at conclusion of your tour! For more information see http://www.christmasincorolla.com/or email [email protected] “What a wonderful way to enjoy the holiday with family and friends! Venture back to the 1920’s to find out what Santa brought to Whalehead and share Christmas time with the Knights. The house will … [Read more...]

Here are a few ways you can show our Veterans We Care!!

There are many ways to Pay Tribute to Our Veterans on Veterans Day on the Outer Banks this Year. Here are just a few: TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon November 7, 8 & 9 Veterans Day Weekend 2014. Run through the village of Kitty Hawk, the historical Kill Devil Hills, (home of the First Flight), through the incredible maritime forest of Nags Head and finally... the equally historic Town of Manteo. The Outer Banks Marathon, follows its way through the natural beauty that is North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Click HERE for more information – Click HERE … [Read more...]

Does Your Home Insurance Cover Your Empty Vacation Home?

It’s that time of year … getting the Vacation home ready for its long winter rest. Everything is secure and put away, water is drained from the pipes and utilities are turned off. Your vacation home on the Outer Banks will be vacant until the spring sun starts shining again. But you may want to go one step further making sure your vacation home is insured when it’s vacant. Insurance companies may view vacant properties as high risk. Even if it’s not your vacation home, homes may be left empty for a number of reasons, such as the property being for sale, undergoing renovations, divorce or … [Read more...]

Pre-Halloween FUN, GAMES & CANDY on the Outer Banks THIS Saturday!!

Halloween is just around the corner, but there are plenty of fun Halloween activities to do on the Outer Banks THIS Saturday!! There’s still plenty of time to pick out your pumpkin or trick or treat for lots of candy and fun!! HARVEST HAYDAY Saturday, OCT 25, 2014 Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC 27954 Enjoy all the Fall colors, flavors and fun! Hayrides or hale bale maze, stuff a scarecrow, educational stations, face painting, educational crafts, hay bale maze, hay rides through Gardens, Music, story time, games!! Hot cider, pumpkin pie and bonfires! For info or details, call … [Read more...]

Hurricane Season is Almost Over – Should you still Prepare?

Living on the Outer Banks during the Hurricane Season it generally means, we could get some rough weather. Recent years we have been hit by Sandy and Irene and if you weren’t prepared, life was pretty tough. One way to prepare for any type of disaster here or anywhere, really, is to put together a disaster kit. According to Ready.gov, a family supply list should consist of: Emergency Supplies: Water, food, and clean air are important things to have if an emergency happens. Each family or individual's kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant … [Read more...]