In today’s economy, just because you have to scale back on your budget doesn’t mean you can’t provide an attractive and up-to-date rental home for your guests. There are a myriad of minor improvements you can make to your home over the winter off-season that will be a breath of fresh air to your favorite repeat renters, and provide a little extra coastal charm. Continue reading
Hatteras Island homeowners face a unique challenge in conserving energy, as during the summer months, when the air conditioners whir and every light in a rental home might be on, the island uses an exorbitant amount of electricity. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to minimize your energy consumption, and bolster your wallet to boot. Continue reading
Joy Crist, Marketing Specialist for Surf or Sound Realty, took advantage of the Pirate theme at the 2008 OBX Marathon.
Joy and many other employees from Surf or Sound Realty volunteered at the Water Station that the company sponsored. The crew filled and served thousands of cups of water to the thirsty runners.
At 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, a group of Surf or Sound Realty staff members met at Jockey’s Ridge State Park at the corner of the 4-lane bypass in Nags Head. Cheerful, but somewhat sleep deprived, these folks quickly got to work setting up tables, lining trash cans, setting up fishing poles and beach chairs on the side of the highway, and filling up about 4,000 cups of water, give or take a few. Continue reading
Who says the Fall season is slow? This past week, Hatteras Island was the place to be with a multitude of events going on, including the birdwatchers’ Wings Over Water Festival, the Outer Banks Marathon, and perhaps most importantly, the annual Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Fishing Tournament. The tournament, held every November since 1958, carried on as planed despite a couple of very rainy days, and by judging day on Saturday, the weather was simply perfect.
The staff at Surf or Sound Realty congratulates Chuck Davis, our Avon office housekeeping supervisor, on his completion of the 3rd annual Outer Banks Half Marathon on Sunday, November 9th. The half marathon began in the Northern Outer Banks village of Nags Head, looped through Jockey’s Ridge, crossed the Causeway that leads to Manteo, and finally ended in Roanoke Island Festival Park. The total length of the course was a painful 13 miles.
Despite the challenge, Chuck finished 381 out of almost 3,000 half marathoners, and the Surf or Sound Realty volunteers who manned a water station along the
A breath-taking rainbow decorates the sky on Hatteras Island.
Photos courtesy of Lisa Brooks-Hill, Dana Wells, Lisa Latham and Sherry Wright of Surf or Sound Realty
As the water and air temperatures cool, locals and visitors alike get to enjoy a not-so-fringe benefit of the fall season: shells start popping up everywhere. It’s no big secret that the fall marks the beginning of excellent beachcombing for months to come, and while Hatteras Island is known for offering a variety of fantastic finds throughout the year, the fall and winter months are particularly favored among shell collectors.
The two determining factors that make these colder months the best for shelling are relatively simple: More wind, and less people.
A breezy week turned into a gorgeous weekend as the Northeast winds subsided long enough for anglers to hit the beaches in T-Shirts, and offshore boats to enjoy calm waters all the way to the Gulf Stream. Lots of fish were being reeled in from all over the Outer Banks, including lots of drum, blues, sea mullet, and even speckled trout around the jetties near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
We’re expecting a coastal storm over the next couple of days, but that just means the shelling is going to be great by the weekend, when the air temperatures are expected to reach almost 70 degrees. It’s certainly shaping up to be a good November. Continue reading
A family of Jack-o-lanterns poses for a group photo on a spooky Hatteras Island night
Photo taken and pumpkin carving by Rita Dwight of Surf or Sound Realty