Living in Kill Devil Hills, I think Run Hill is one of the most beautiful locations in the entire town.  Its secluded location keeps total number of visitors down, it is a great place to enjoy the Outer Banks as it was before people came.  If you get there early in the morning it often is possible to see some of the beautiful wildlife that makes Run Hill home. 

Run Hill State Nature Area:

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Interesting Look at the Future of Vacation Rentals

In order to maximize the rental income of your OBX investment it is paramount to know what your target audience is looking for. One of the fastest growing markets in tourism are tech savvy travelers. Recently a study was done by HotelMotel.com on this growing trend of vacationers. Perhaps the most amazing thing found in the study was the age makeup of tech savvy travelers. Tech savvy travelers are ” are equally likely to be Echo Boomers (18-28 years of age) as Baby Boomers (43 to 61 years of age)”. For many Outer Banks home owners there potential renters are definitely in the 28-61 years of age. The tech savvy travelers were also found to be “highly educated” and with 30% of households making…

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Hey it may be the middle of February, but as they say better late than never. You can now download a 5 page color, Outer Banks real estate market report. It is a great way to get a handle on what happened along the Outer Banks in 2008. The market has some great opportunities currently available. If you are looking for more information on what types of homes are available, search the Outer Banks MLS.

Download the 2008 Outer Banks Real Estate Report - Outer Banks Real Estate Report - Recap 4th Quarter 2008

If you have any questions about the report give me or call or send me an email, I will be happy to discuss it.

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This was a big off season weekend in the Outer Banks. You had the 20th Annual Kellys St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Shamrock 8K, and the Outer Banks Polar Plunge. It would be tough to find a better winter weekend to get outside and enjoy the beauty of the Outer Banks.

 

The weekend's weather was rainy but that definitely did not deter the enthusiasm on those out enjoying the activities.

 

Outer Banks Polar Plunge Video:

Polar Plunge Video 2

Thanks to Seaside Vacations for posting the videos.

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The snowstorm of 2009 brought a few inches to the Outer Banks along with some brutal wind and low temperatures. Snow is such a rarity it is fun while it lasts.

 

Snow in the Outer Banks

 

 

Its Snowing in the Outer Banks

 

 

Dogs in the Snow in the OBX

 

 

Sledding Outer Banks Style

 

Outer Banks Sledding Video from Seaside Vacations

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What beats Valentine's Day and Oysters?  Not much, that's why its a great reason to spend a day at the 25th Annual Stumpy Point Oyster Fest.  This is a winter Outer Banks tradition.  This year the fest falls on valentine's Day.

Information from WNCT.com

Stumpy Point on the Outer Banks will be holding their 24th Annual Oyster Feast this Valentines Day, Feb. 14.

The event will be held at the Stumpy Point Community Center from noon to 5 p.m. and will include all you can eat fried and steamed oysters, fried fish, and all the trimmings. Participants can even look forward to a bake sale for dessert.

The cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under.

For more information contact the Bayview Chapel at 252.473.5869.

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Local Congressman Walter Jones, is working to ease the restrictions on beach driving.  According to WECT, Jones said, that small businesses on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands are being hit by the economic downturn, but also by federal rules that bar or restrict access to some beaches. The businesses heavily rely on beach fishermen. It does seem as if one local politican is trying to carry some weight in Washington to keep the economy of the Outer Banks as healthy as possible. 

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Beach nourishment is a very touchy subject along the Outer Banks. Most people seem to either fully support or are 100% against beach nourishment. Often, the difference is where the home is located of the person asked .If their home is located oceanfront or semi-oceanfront, they are often quite supportive of beach nourishment.

 

Both sides have some interesting points. How and when full scale beach nourishment comes to the Outer Banks remains to be seen. It does seem as if something will be done. This week on Channel 20, they are showing Peter Revella's presentation on Beach Nourishment Financing. The presentation was sponsored by Nags Head and the Dare County commissioners.

 

Against OBX Beach Nourishment:

 

 

For OBX Beach…

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There is an article today in the News & Observer, on the value that trails have on tourism.  It mentions the Outer Banks several times.

..."A recent N.C. State University study found that $6.7 million spent to build bike paths and wide road shoulders on the Outer Banks resulted in an annual economic impact of $60 million in increased tourist expenditures and the creation of 1,400 tourism-related jobs..."

..."The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a 1,000-mile trail stretching from the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey's Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks..."

It makes some interesting coralations.  Read the rest of the article.

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Outer Banks Foreclosure and Short Sale Information

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Frequently Asked Questions about Outer Banks Foreclosures and Shore Sales

Why should I consider an Outer Banks foreclosure or short sale?

When searching through the current foreclosure list, it is often possible to find homes well under their tax assessed values.  Conditions have made it prime for buyers to take advantage of foreclosures and short sales in the Outer Banks.  Currently, you can find foreclosures in towns like Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Rodanthe, Avon, and more.

Aren't the foreclosed homes often destroyed and in poor condition?

While this…

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