July 9, 2017

WOW the Beaches are back!

The nourishment is an incredible asset to our community and if you have not seen them yet, get ready because it is amazing.  Some houses that had worries of be washed away have been saved, not to mention the increases in values because of the nourishment.  Homes for sale on the oceanfront in certain areas are now at premiums once more.  Great investment for our community and wish the entire beach would have been completed.  

We will have to find some new surf breaks as my son mentioned and the fishing will momentarily change in areas, but after a few storms the beach equilibrium will return.  You nourishment haters Be patient and we will all benefit from this investment. After all it is the beautiful beaches that enables us to work, live and earn our living, while providing recreation and delight for the millions of visitors each year. 

July 7, 2017

June 2017-Outer banks real estate market

Have you been trying to sell your house?  Do you live in a market that is on fire back home and you wonder what the heck is going on here at the beach?  We hear this all the time and since tracking the numbers some 19 year now, my determination is that we are a trailing market to these primary home markets. When your homes are selling in D.C. for instance, it takes a little while for the trickle to happen here on the beach. remember most of the homes here are second and rental homes, this is a luxury purchase for many and an investment purchase for others.

Well the numbers are in and after reviewing, there appears to be good synergy with minimal increase in median pricing, here on the beach for real estate sales.

Here a few numbers  

  • Sales: Total June sales - 279 Units - the highest monthly number of units sold since October 2005.  
  • Under-contract – Units listed as under contract declined by 11% due to the record number of closings in June and the normal seasonal decline
  • 410 units still listed under contract, the July sales figures should be noteworthy.
  • Home Prices: The median existing-home sold prices and the average sold price are both up by 3% compared to 2016.
  • Days on the Market: For all residential properties listed in the MLS, the average Days on the Market was up slightly (3%) but down by 24% when compared with June 2016.
  • Foreclosure / Distressed Sales: Distressed sales declined by 2% in June and accounted for just 5% of the total.
  • Inventories: Residential inventory was down by 13% in June. Lots / Land inventory was down by 16% in June.

Data Obtained from the Outer Bank MLS: July 7, 2017 Note: This report reflects corrections / updates to previous data.

May 29, 2017

Duck Beach Nourishment

Beach nourishment has begun in the Town of Duck.  This is just the start for OBX nourishment as Southern Shores and Kitty Hawk are also slated to  begin projects. 

Duck Beach Nourishment

Posted in Town of Duck
March 15, 2017

The FED is up to its ears in good news and here goes rates increasing

Today the FED raised the overnight lending rate by .25% (from .75-1.00%) Mortgage rates have already adjusted for now to this expected increase.

“With this increase well anticipated by most markets, Keller Williams does not expect any dramatic change in the current path of mortgage rates. Rates will likely continue to slowly rise this year barring a change in the economic situation,” said Ruben Gonzalez, staff economist, Keller Williams, in a statement.

“While higher mortgage rates will likely have some downward impact on demand, housing remains very affordable by historic standards and we anticipate another year of healthy home sales despite an environment of increasing mortgage rates,” added Gonzalez.

This will likely mean interest rates will continue to rise in the near future.  Not really feeling the impending over abundance of buyers ready to buy in many markets, do you think this will be a hinderance for real estate prices?  We will need to have a continued increase in salaries and continued job creation in all sectors to drive both steady demand with expected price increases.

Real estate on the NC Outer Banks is much like buying a Ferrari, everyone wants one but that Chevrolet Suburban really is more practical.  We are a following market to markets to the north of us including Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut up and down the east coast.

When those folks feel as though they are getting a little more money for their homes, then they are thinking about the beach house.  More to come......stay tuned.

Posted in OBX Real Estate
Feb. 28, 2017

Town Updates- Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head

Please Note: This weekly Legislative Briefing is distributed to OBAR members as a benefit of membership. OBAR provides no warranty as to its accuracy."The following is reprinted with permission from the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS®"


Town/County Updates

Duck –Town Council will continue their discussion of the Mid-Currituck Bridge project at their meeting on Wednesday. The project was discussed at their recent retreat. News has surfaced that the Bridge may have been put on the shelf under the new administration. Former Governor Pat McCrory was supportive of the project. Council will be considering a resolution in support of the 
Mid-Currituck Bridge and will be considering authorizing the Town Manager to enter into an agreement with VHB Engineering NC, P.C. related to the Mid-Currituck Bridge.

Kill Devil Hills – The Planning Board met last week and considered a request by Randy Saunders and Jeff Fabrikant to increase allowable height for hotels and motels with certain conditions in the Ocean Impact Residential Zone. Ben Cahoon presented the proposed zoning ordinance amendment request that included measuring height from the top of the frontal dune instead of the current measurement method of the average of four corners. He explained that oceanfront hotels needed first floor ocean visibility to be viable. Concessions on setback were included in the request. Several people spoke in opposition of “higher” development, citing citizen responses to survey questions on town height restrictions that had been compiled over the years. Planning Board members also expressed opposition to the proposal. The applicants withdrew their request before a vote was taken by Planning Board members.

Nags Head – Round two on the proposal to change the sanitation pick up schedule and the proposal to penalize property owners if trash and recycling carts in Nags Head are not rolled back to a secured area adjacent to a residence takes place at the Nags Head Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, March 1st at 9 am. Several representatives from the property management industry voiced concerns about the change at the Board’s last meeting, thus provoking the Board to place the item on Wednesday’s agenda for further discussion and another vote. 
Also on the Agenda: a public hearing to consider the following: 
• A conditional use/vested right/site plan amendment submitted by Albemarle & Associates, Ltd. on behalf of John Harris, You Can Fly, LLC for substantial site improvements to Kitty Hawk Water Sports. Improvements include the construction of a 1,616 square foot retail building with an accessory two bedroom apartment as well as a water dependent commercial outdoor recreational use (tour boat and personal watercraft rental). Associated improvements would include parking, stormwater, landscaping, sewage as well as a bulkhead, floating pier, platform and slips.

Oct. 11, 2016

Hurricane Mathew Outer Banks Rallies

It became apparent to me after our first storm experience on the Outer Banks that this community is not new to tough weather.. As I was told years ago, the cost to live in paradise is the higher chance of storm threats.  Our family and friends watched and waited for days watching the path of Mathew.  Somehow, even thought the meteorologists said we were out of the cone, we knew it was no time to let our guard. Thankfully we were prepared and had little damage. Many of our or friends and clients were not so lucky.. The rainwater and overwash with the big culprit and a reminder why we build on pilings.  Dealing with no electricity is always a tough one but locals are used to that inconvenience and even welcome the opportunity to thank the men and women who work tirelessly to get everything back up and running quickly.. Our first responders and front line electricians are welcomed to eat for free at great restaurants.

I get asked from clients every now and then whether going through this makes us want to move.  No way.. this community is strong, kind and well...it's home.  We love it here and love helping people find a place here that they can experience exactly what we have.  Our kids are back to school tomorrow and many businesses are able to get back up and running and the ones that are not we will do all we can to help them recover as quickly as possible.



May 11, 2016

Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding Experience

This Friday, May 13 beginning 8am Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head hosts their 44th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular! This free event at Jockeys Ridge allows the public to watch pilots from all over the globe compete in four days of wold class hang gliding from atop the largest natural sand dune on the East Coast. If you here on the Outer Banks for your vacation, be sure to catch sight of these amazing pilots! We hope to see you there!


Posted in Events
April 22, 2016

Earth Day Awareness

Earth Day has become a celebration here on the Outer Banks, with an entire day devoted to spreading the word about how everyone can help keep our beaches clean, and why it's so important. There are a number of events and festivities going on this evening to celebrate and promote awareness of the importance of this day, especially here on the Outer Banks. Swing by the Outer Banks Brewing Station today between 2pm-7pm to party for a cause! OBX Care, a non-profit organization devoted to Earth Sustainability and Community Animal Rescue is hosting a party in the "yard" at the Brewing Station. Live music, family friendly activities, great food and better beer! 

Spread awareness and keep our beaches clean so our great grand children can enjoy this beautiful stretch of sand many call home. HAPPY EARTH DAY!

March 2, 2016

Time to buy that vacation home!

As inventory reports to be on the rise, we believe NOW is the best time to begin your search for that investment property or second home you have been dreaming of owning on the Outer Banks. Where do you being? Find a well educated local agent who knows the market, knows the area you're interested in, and one that has your best interest at heart. Whitney, Winston, and Kiirsten will certainly provide you with all of these aspects when you decide it's time to make your dream a reality. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage before your search begins also gives you an advantage. This step not only saves you and your agent time weeding through properties you may not be able to afford, but it also emphasizes your level of seriousness and ability to purchase to the seller.  Identify your preferred area, the amenities you desire, and your style. So as the weather begins to warm here on the Outer Banks we hope you decide now is the time to achieve your dream of home ownership. We know how lucky we are to live on the Outer Banks and know how hard it is for you to leave after your vacation. Start your home search with Premier Properties of the Outer Banks and your vacations could be endless!

Posted in OBX Real Estate
Feb. 3, 2016

NEW Southern Shores Zoning Ordinance

The town council of Southern Shores, North Carolina has recently approved a new zoning ordinance regarding the size of square footage living space of residential homes. The maximum square footage of a residential dwelling now cannot exceed 6,000 square feet. Government Affairs Liaison for Southern Shores confirmed if a vacation rental home is advertised as an "event home," that would meet the definition of an "Event Facility." An expanded definition of an "Event Facility," now means an establishment, structure or property designed maintained or advertised or actually used for the primary purpose of hosting pre-planned events. Event facilities are only permitted on commercial zoned property in Southern Shores, and therefore, it would be illegal to use on residential property.