When it comes to your home, you want it to be comfortable, cozy, and of course stylish. Take a few notes from the design trends we’ve gathered from across the internet, local businesses, and even our own homes to spruce up your own space!
Modern light fixtures like these found in the kitchen of Ocean Star #5410 can really brighten up your space! (Pun fully intended). With metallic colors like silvers, bronzes, and golds being especially trendy in home decor this year, you have so many options to make your home super up to date!
Modern Beach House, a local Outer Banks interior design service and store hit the nail on the head with this buffet table display. The natural, tan colors of the table and the stark, white walls and topping are beautifully offset by the green plants! This look is easily achievable and can really brighten up your home. To see more great inspo and before and afters of local Outer Banks homes, take a look at the Modern Beach House website!
If you’ve ever set foot in a classic OBX beach box home, one thing you will see is dark and dreary shiplap and wood paneling. This can make the home look dark and dingy, but fear not, shiplap is making a comeback in a major way! A fresh coat of paint and bright interior furniture or furniture covers and take a drab room and make it fab in no time.
When you’re on the Outer Banks, there’s nothing better than sitting out on the porch with a tall glass of sweet tea. Make sure your porch space is inviting and comfortable. Install porch swings or update the current seating you have with outdoor durable pillows and cushions for the ultimate relaxing space!
Tired of the same old paint? Make a statement with fun walls! You can get inexpensive wall paper and tile and create a focal point in a room to make it bright and inviting. You don’t have to stop at the walls either, a huge design trend for 2018 is statement floors and ceilings too! Think outside the box and be creative, just make sure you don’t go too overboard, pick one wall and off set the vibrancy with simple furniture and other decor!
Minimalism is a huge trend that we don’t see going anywhere anytime soon. There’s just something about clean lines, crisp colors, and the simplicity of a great room that makes it super relaxing and serene. Add pops of color to the walls and accent pillows to put a little color in the space. Fun lamps like the wave ones pictured in this bedroom from property Atlantic Breeze #5411 can really pull a minimalistic bedroom together!
Need an excuse to change your space? How about a new home! Browse the listings on the Resort Realty sales site and find your next home! Whether you’re looking to move to the Outer Banks for good, or find an investment property, Resort Realty and our specialized and friendly real estate agents are here for you!
Discover the beauty, history, and charm of Manteo! Nestled between park preservation land and the private marina, Heritage point is a beautiful soundfront community located on the north end of Roanoke Island in Manteo. In Heritage Point, you’ll be greeted by picturesque houses, lush landscapes, and an overall sense of a tight knit community.
Heritage Point is also a top-of-the-line boating community. Enjoy all the Outer banks waters have to offer with ample boat slips and a boat launch for residents to enjoy. For those that don’t have a boat (yet), the community boardwalk will lead residents to the beautiful soundfront beach – perfect for a picnic or soaking up the summer sun.
Residents of Heritage Point can stay active and healthy with tennis courts and the fitness center that are located centrally within the community. Plus, the Heritage Point community is located right near the bike path that stretches all along Highway 64 and through historic downtown Manteo. Enjoy all of the great dining, shop, and attractions, Manteo has to offer just steps away from the comfort of home!
Known for being nationally ranked, Manteo Elementary, Middle, and High are all located very close to Heritage Point, making this community perfect for families.
The peaceful setting, located near the Fort Raleigh National Park, large lot sizes, elegant homes, and private marina make it on the of premier communities on Roanoke Island!
In Heritage Point, it’s all about the laid back, coastal lifestyle! Search our listings or build your dream home! Whether it’s a second home or a new location for you and your family, let Resort Realty help you find your Outer Banks abode!
Looking for your next Outer Banks home? This beautiful, luxury, home could be yours! Located at 110 S Baum Trail in Duck, this 8 bath, 10 bath, 3 half bath home is for sale by Randy Jones of Resort Realty. This luxury listing also features amenities like a private in ground pool, hot tub, game room with pool table, direct private access to the beach, and so much more!
With 8 bedrooms, this Duck home provides enough room for everyone. Views of the sound and ocean, makes this spacious and luxurious home perfect for a second investment, personal Outer Banks vacation home, or even for year-round stay!
From the top floor living room, enjoy panoramic views. Perfect for relaxing after a long day at the beach or playing a game of poker!
The upscale kitchen features double wall ovens, gas stove top, 2 dishwashers, and granite counter tops. Perfect for any master chef!
The luxury bedrooms provide comfort and privacy, all with their own private bathrooms.
The Palmer’s Island community has just a few homes and offers uncrowded beaches. This home is also located near great shopping, dining, and historical attractions. This beautiful Outer Banks home is listed for $4,395,000.
We are pretty well into the New Year and more than likely you’ve made a few resolutions for 2018! Why not change up your New Year’s resolution this year? Instead of making the usual pledge of getting a gym membership or starting a juice cleanse, why not make an investment resolution on the Outer Banks? (Or, if you’re ambitious, do all three!) Owning a second home on the Outer Banks could be an easy and profitable New Year’s Resolution.
Owning an Outer Banks vacation home is like owning your own piece of paradise! You’ll make memories with your friends and family plus, you’ll give other families the opportunity to make memories on the Outer Banks as well!
Investing in a vacation home on the OBX can be a great move financially, especially when you list your home with Resort Realty. With over 30 years of experience and being a leader in the Outer Banks vacation rental industry, we make sure you get the most out of your vacation home and ensure that your guests are happy and content on their vacation!
At Resort Realty, our excellent staff want to make sure your home is taken care of and you get the maximum profit out of your investment. Our friendly and professional reservationists, housekeeping staff, maintenance staff, accounting, marketing, and property managers will make sure your house gets the rentals it deserves and shines in its best light!
We aim to keep our homeowners as pleased as our guests! See why listing your rental home with Resort Realty is the best choice you could make.
“…I very much appreciate your high standards and the attention that you have given to our homes. It certainly brings peace of mind. Especially during the busy rental season, with every little thing that can go wrong, I’m confident, cleanliness isn’t going to be one of them if you are in charge. Thank you so very much.” – Property owner of a Duck vacation rental home
“Thank you Resort Realty for a successful season with 16 rentals! This is my first year with Resort Realty and this was the most rentals I have ever had in the 30 years that I have owned the property. I truly appreciate everything you all do and I’m looking forward to next year!” – Property Owners of a Nags Head vacation rental home
Make your New Year’s Resolution of owning a vacation property on the Outer Banks come true! Take a look at all of the homes for sale on the Outer Banks and connect with one of Resort Realty’s experienced and friendly real estate agents. Then, when you find the perfect vacation home and you’re ready to make profit on your investment, contact a Owner Consultant by emailing [email protected] or calling (800) 458-3830. You can also get more information on our rental program on the Resort Realty Owner page of our website!
Looking for a new home on the Outer Banks? Look no further! If you’ve been thinking about downsizing, up-sizing, or even moving to the Outer Banks, we’ve got some great homes available for you! Resort Realty’s specialized, professional, and friendly insurance agents will get you in a new home with ease! Take a look at a few of the new listings we have and find your dream home!
3 Bed // 2 Bath // Single Family Home
This 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home is located in beautiful and historic Manteo. It’s close to great local dining, shopping, historical attractions, and great Middle, Elementary, and High schools. View more photos, information, and contact an agent here!
2 Bed // 1 Bath // 1 Half Bath // Condominium
Located in Kitty Hawk, this town home is perfect for a small family, someone looking to down-size, or even as an investment home! This cozy condo is perfectly located near shopping, dining, and direct access to the beach! Click here for more information and to talk to one of our amazing agents.
4 bed // 3 bathroom // Single Family Home
This beautiful Outer Banks home is located in the Bay Cliff Planned Community. You’ll have access to the Bay Cliff Community clubhouse with amenities like pool access, a fitness room, hot tub, and boat ramp. Plus, you’re located near great restaurants, bike paths, shopping, direct beach access and so much more! This could be your next Outer Banks dream home. Click here for more information and to get in touch with an agent.
Welcome to Rodanthe! This 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home is located in a quiet neighborhood with easy access to the beach. Enjoy a private pool, open floor plan, and more! For more information, check out the listing details here.
This semi-oceanfront beach box is perfect for anyone looking for a permanent home, vacation home, or rental investment! Located in Salvo on Hatteras Island, this 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home features a screened in porch, outdoor shower, and fish cleaning table. The floor plan inside is open and the property is being sold with all furnishing. See the listing information here for more details and to contact an agent.
The weather is turning cooler which means it’s time to prepare your home for the winter! We’ve got 10 great tips to help keep your home warm, safe, and cost efficient this winter.
1 // Turn Down Your Hot Water Heater
Most standard hot water heaters are set to 140 degrees, but most homes don’t need that much heat. You end up paying for hot water you’re not using. By lowering your heaters temperature to around 120 degrees, you can reduce your water heating bill by around 6 to 10 percent!
2 // Turn Down The Heat
When you leave your house, remember to turn the heat down! For every degree you turn the heat down, you can save around 1% to 3% on your heating bill!
3 // Caulk + Seal
Air leaks in your home can severely decrease energy efficiency and make it hard to heat up the house in the winter. Take a good look corners where different materials meet like around chimney, around windows, and along the foundation. You can have someone stand outside with a blow dryer and blow air around suspected leaks to confirm where you need to caulk or weather strip.
4 // Stop Drafts
Drafty doors can waste anywhere from 5% to 30% of energy. Draft snakes are super inexpensive (you can even DIY your own) and effective!
5 // Reverse Fans
Fans sure do keep you cool in the summer, but did you know they can keep you warm in the winter too? There’s a little switch at the top of the fan that changes the blade direction to clockwise. Clockwise rotation pulls warm air from the ceiling and brings it back down to keep you warm and toasty. This can cut as much as 10% off of your heating bill!
6 // Winterize you A/C + Hoses
Keep your air con pipes and hoses from freezing this winter. Make sure any excess water has been drained from piping and equipment. If you have any window A/C units, make sure to remove them and put the window down to avoid drafts. For water hoses, make sure they’ve been drained and put away and make sure to turn off any water spigots on the outside of your home.
7 // Tune Up Your Heating System
Make sure your heating system is clean and in tip top shape to avoid any chilly outages and to save on your heating costs. Call and make an appointment with an HVAC technician to have them take a good look at your furnace.
8 // Insulate Piping
Keep your pipes from freezing and bursting by insulating your piping. Insulating your piping can also decrease your hot water bill. Pipes that are warm are the ones you want to insulate. Most hardware stores sell foam that will wrap around the pipes. Then just cut it to the right size and duct tape it.
9 // Take Care of Outside
Even though we don’t get a ton of snow here on the Outer Banks, it’s still a good idea to clean out gutters and take care out your outside areas. Clean out gutters of all debris so that rain and snow can drain efficiently. Cut down any tree branches that hang over your house and cars. Snow and ice build up can cause branches to get heavy and fall.
10 // Bring Plants Inside
Tropical and annuals that don’t do well in the cold need to come inside before the first frost hits. Spray plants that look like that might have pests like spiders, then make room in your house or garage for them. Cut back on watering and don’t apply any more fertilizer until the weather warms back up.
Beachy decor is a no brainer when you live this close to the beach. When you buy an Outer Banks home, you’ll feel like every day is a beach day with shore decor! Check out some houses that Resort Realty Real Estate has for sale and get some beachy chic inspiration to bring the beach to your home!
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Make your bedroom a seaside heaven with colors as warm as a sunny day in June! Add touches of beach treasures like starfish, shells, and driftwood to have a never ending beach day. With the tan walls and carpet in the Manteo home for sale pictured above, the warm accessories make it super cozy!
Cozy Coastal Kitchen
Give your kitchen that vacation beach home feel with tan and blue details! Natural colors like the bar stools like the one pictured from Pottery Barn and the wall hanging bottle opener warm up your space while blue accents like rugs and storage give you the feel of cool ocean water! The kitchen in this Kill Devil Hills home for sale is the perfect backdrop for all your new accessories!
Dining Room Decor
Pineapples are a symbol of good friendship and hospitality, so why not decorate your dining room with them! Pineapple accents on the walls and wine glasses are fun and the blue china will make you feel like you’re right at the beach. To see more of the Nags Head home for sale above, click here!
Greys, whites, and blues make for a perfect coastal bathroom! Driftwood-esque mirrors and octopus bath mat details are essential for a fresh and clean beachy bathroom! In this newly built Nags Head home, there’s so much potential to make it your own beachy home. To see more, click here!
Buying a condo or townhome can be a really great investment whether you’re planning on making it your forever home or plan on renting it out as a vacation space. 99% of the time, condos and townhomes come with HOA (Home Owners’ Association) Fees. There’s often confusion on what HOA fees are and what they go toward, so we’re here to help you answer the most common and important questions?
So what is an HOA fee anyway?
HOA fees are monthly or annual fees that help with the upkeep of common areas of the community like the pool or the gym. HOA fees help keep all residents of the community accountable for keeping common areas in tip top shape and helps maintain the quality of life for all residents in the area!
What do HOA fees cover?
Most of the time HOA fees will cover what has been mentioned above; maintenance and upkeep of common areas. However, sometimes HOA fees cover things like cable, garbage pickup, and insurance like flood and wind. Do your research on the fees before you commit!
Are there other rules in the Home Owner’s Association?
Sometimes there can be more rules that the Home Owners Association has put in place. These are called covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs). CC&Rs could include things like how many guests you can have at the pool, types of vehicles that can be parked on the street, what color you can paint your door, heights and types of fences you can put up, whether or not you can have a satellite dish, and the size and types of pets allowed. Not all complexes are the same or expect you to follow the same guidelines. It’s important that you research the CC&Rs and HOA policies before you commit to buying a home.
If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like being told what to do, you should probably reconsider living in a community with HOA dues. HOA fees and rules tend to get a bad reputation but in reality, they help everyone in the community co-exist!
So you’ve found your home, you’ve closed, and you now have the keys and are ready to create new memories in your new space. Packing is something we all dread, but with the right organization, it can be a breeze!
Before You Move:
Planning and organization can turn the nightmare of moving and packing into something that’s easy and
When it comes to buying or selling a home, there are a lot of myths of what you should and shouldn’t do in the process. We’ve researched 5 of the most common myths and explain why they’re false so you have one less thing to worry about in your search for your forever home or your journey to selling.
Myth #1 – First Floor Condos Are Undesirable
People often assume that first-floor condos automatically come with noise and safety concerns but more often than not that’s not the case. A first-floor unit is actually super desirable because you don’t have to deal with stairs or wait for an elevator. If noise is a concern, inexpensive updates like a good-fitting door and acoustical panels will ensure your space is quiet and peaceful
Myth #2 – Holiday Decor Should Be Taken Down When Trying To Sell
As long as your decorations don’t look like the Griswold’s it’s perfectly okay to keep up your holiday decorations if you’re selling during the holiday season. Go green and minimal with a tree, wreath, and garland. Not every buyer celebrates the same holidays you do so while you want to keep your home personalized while you’re selling, be careful not to go over the top.
Myth #3 – Change Bold Paint Colors
Neutral paint colors are aesthetically pleasing, no doubt. However, that doesn’t mean you have to paint over that bright wall you have in your living room. If you don’t necessarily want to paint and keep your bold accent wall, consider getting inexpensive neutral accessories like pillows, throw blankets, or rugs to tone it down.
Myth #4 – Homes With Swimming Pools Don’t Sell
Actually, homes with pools tend to sell better because buyers are looking specifically for homes with pools, especially in places with warmer climates, like the Outer Banks.
Myth #5 – You Have To Put Down 20% To Get A Loan
You should always save money to put a down payment on a home if you can, but different home loans and assistance like USDA and FHA can assist you if you qualify!
It may not feel like it now, but spring is right around the corner! Next Monday the 20th, to be exact! A little can go a long way with updating your home for spring. It’s easy, inexpensive, and always fun to have something fresh and new. Bust those winter blues with a few spring updates around your home.
Add Curb Appeal
Planting a fun flowerbed or a window box can add instant spring flair to your home. Pick colorful flowers like azaleas or zinnias to make your home bloom!
Primp Your Porch
Everyone needs a little porch time. That’s where friendships grow and memories are made! Surround yourself with green plants, hydrangeas, and wicker furniture to put yourself in the spring mode.
Lighten Up Your Room
Rise and shine to a spring inspired bedroom every morning. Fresh flowers and soft colors in a comforter, rugs, or pillows will make you feel right at home and ready to take on the day.
Accessorize Your Living Area
Little additions like textured pillows and rugs and bright curtains are sure to beat the winter blues. Little changes can make a big difference when the weather warms up!
The internet is full of different free, downloadable prints that are sure to brighten any room. Our favorites? Floral prints that are the epitome of spring. You can frame pictures you download and print on your own or, websites like Society 6 feature a bunch of framed prints you can choose from that’ll ship right to your door.
Set It Up
Your kitchen table deserves a spring update too! Making centerpieces with succulents adds an easy, fresh touch to your dining table, especially since succulents are inexpensive and aren’t hard to take care of!
Buying a house is easily one of the most stressful but rewarding things you will ever go through. Some aspects of house shopping are obvious like having a list of home features that you would like or how far away from work you’d like to live. But what about everyday things that you would never think could affect the buying process? Tipsographic has provided a super helpful infographic on 8 Things Not To Do In Your Quest To Buy A House. Take a look and you may be surprised about what could affect the process!
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With these tips and with the help of your Resort Realty agent, you’ll be in your dream home in no time!