11/19/08

Going Coastal on the Cheap: Ways to spruce up your vacation rental home without breaking your budget

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


11/17/08

Conserving energy (and money) on Hatteras Island

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


11/14/08

Surf or Sound Realty Sponsors the Outer Banks Marathon

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


11/10/08

Outer Banks Fishing Report 11/10/08-Hatteras Island


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.

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11/10/08

Surf or Sound Realty tackles the Outer Banks Marathon

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

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11/6/08

Picture of the Week

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


11/4/08

Welcome to Shelling Season on the Outer Banks

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.

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