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OBX activities for your Memorial Day weekend 2018

OBX Activities for your Memorial Day Weekend 2018

 

The Outer Banks is full of beautiful neighborhoods that make up the community that brings you incredible events year after year. If you’re on the beach this Memorial Day Weekend looking for some fun in the sun or a break from the beach, check out the many activities happening up and down the coast. From the northern beaches of Corolla to Hatteras Island, there is endless fun for the whole family.

The lost colony at roanoke island opening night 2018

OPENING NIGHT OF THE LOST COLONY

May 25th
7:45pm, 1409 National Park Drive

This year marks the 81st season of America’s longest running outdoor drama! Experience one of the Outer Banks’ finest treasures and learn about what happened to the first English colony to inhabit America as they mysteriously disappeared off of Roanoke Island. Tickets for adults start at $20 and kids under age 5 are free! For more information and ticket purchases, visit the Lost Colony website.

MEMORIAL DAY BEACH BLAST

May 27th
12pm-5pm, Historic Corolla Park

Gather up the whole family and head over to the Historic Corolla Park for this free, fun-filled day of great beach music and celebration!  Performances will be put on by Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band and Aquarium Big Band. This free event will run from 12pm-5pm on the beautiful park grounds.  Food and beer vendors will be on site.  Bring your beach chairs, relax and enjoy!  Beer, food and drinks will all be available for purchase on-site. 

7TH ANNUAL SHORE BREAK 5K & TIDE POOL FUN RUN

May 28th
8am, Koru Village Beach Klub in Avon

Run through Kinnakeet Shores on gorgeous Cape Hatteras, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The race terrain will keep you entertained the entire 3.1 miles along paved roads winding through beautiful Kinnakeet Shores, wooden bridges, boardwalks, beach walkways, and a quick dash over the dunes to the finish. The race culminates with an unbelievable view of the Atlantic Ocean and a post race party with pancake breakfast and Carolina Brewery beers for runners over 21 years of age. Run, jog or walk, all are welcome! Come celebrate Cape Hatteras and give back to a great community!  All proceeds from this event will go toward the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund. The 7th annual Shore Break 5K will be held at 8am and the Tide Pool Fun Run on the beach will immediately follow the 5K at 9am.

 

Don’t miss out on the endless possibilities to keep you entertained and kick off a perfect start to your 2018 summer!  If you find yourself, like so many others, wanting to come back to the Outer Banks with your very own vacation home, let the experts at Eillu guide you through your purchase.

 


Deep Sea Fishing on the Outer Banks

OBX Deep Sea Fishing

The Outer Banks is a premium location for deep sea fishing.  Our beaches are just 12-15 miles from the Gulf Stream, giving you the opportunity to catch large fish like Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi), Wahoo and Sailfish.  The Outer Banks is “The Billfish Capital of the World,” and for good reason. Hundreds of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish are caught and released in our waters every year. 

Marinas and Inlets

There are plenty of offshore charter boats ready to take you and your group out for the day. Charter boats head offshore through Oregon Inlet or Hatteras Inlet, and there are a few different marinas located near both inlets. Marinas in Hatteras include Albatross Fleet Marina, Hatteras Harbor Marina, Hatteras Landing Marina, Oden’s Dock, Teach’s Lair Marina and Village Marina. On the Northern end there is OBX Marina, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Pirates Cove Marina, Shallowbag Bay Club Marina, Thicket Lump Marina and Wanchese Marina. If you’re staying in Ocracoke, the Anchorage Marina would be your go to for going off-shore. Some marinas even offer a service to cook your catch of the day for your group to sit and enjoy while reminiscing on the day’s exciting activity on the water.

What to Expect

Your offshore fishing adventure will be an all-day event. Even though we are in close proximity to the gulf stream it still takes an hour or so to get there – be prepared to leave the marina in the early morning hours around 5am and expect to return somewhere around 4-5pm. Most offshore charters will take up to 6 people, and the cost of the trip will range from $1200 – $2,000+ before tips. You often “get what you pay for” and can find more affordable boats, but they may not come with the level of comfort and quality of the more expensive charters. Choose the option that is best for you, your pocketbook and the type of off-shore fishing experience you want to have. Charters are a great option for experienced and novice fishers alike as the crew will have the boat fully prepared and ready to go. On most boats you’ll just need to bring personal items like sunscreen, food and drinks, medications, etc. It’s always good to be prepared, so consider taking something for motion sickness just as a precaution. You may not end up needing it but conditions on the water are hard to predict each changing day, so better safe than sorry! The captain and crew will provide all the equipment and assistance when the fishing begins!

Now that you’ve got the basics, it’s time to decide on a charter to bring you all the angling opportunities!  The Outer Banks offers an abundance of Offshore fishing charters, some of which you can find listed below.

Deep Sea Fishing on the Outer Banks

 

A-Salt Weapon Sport Fishing Charters

Pirates Cove Fishing Center
Manteo, NC 27954
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A-Salt Weapon Sportfishing Charters and Captain Dennis Endee, featured on ESPN and Versus, are the team you need to reel in your sportfishing adventure. Over 20 years of experience and title holders of several awards including the most recent: 2018 NC State record holder Bluefin Tuna 877 pounds. The A-Salt Weapon is available for all tournament fishing and company outings. All rods, bait, tackle, and ice are included for your convenience. Experience Gulfstream Fishing Today!

 

Albatross Fleet

57976 NC Hwy. 12
Hatteras, NC 27943
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North Carolina’s pioneer offshore charter fishing fleet founded in 1937. Located in the heart of Hatteras Village, three custom built boats of local design, offer offshore gulf stream and inshore 1/2 day fishing charters. The original Albatross also provides a 1.5 hour Salt Marsh Tour for $20 per person.

 

Bi-Op-Sea Fishing Charters

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Nags Head, NC 27959
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Bi-Op-Sea is located only 35 miles from the excellent sportfishing waters of the Gulf Stream. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, Bi-Op-Sea strives to provide an enjoyable Outer Banks charter fishing trip for all aboard. The company welcomes families and children and encourages angler participation!

 

Captain Duke’s Fishing Charters

126 Brakewood Drive
Manteo, NC 27954
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Captain Ira “Duke” Spencer III, a 4th generation fisherman on the Outer Banks, has 30 years of experience on the Atlantic Ocean and North Carolina sounds. Fishing aboard the 36 foot “Captain Duke” can be fun and rewarding for all ages! What a great way to create memories as a family experiences the “Thrill of the Catch!” Captain Spencer and his Mate will do all they can to make your day memorable and fun.

 

Carolina Girl Sportfishing Charters

708 Harbor Road
Wanchese, NC 27981
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The Carolina Girl is run by Capt. Troy Salmon. He has over 30 years fishing these waters year round. His father started him fishing here on his boat Megabyte in 1982 and has been fishing here ever since. Carolina Girl is a 38’ Viking. The Carolina Girl is heated and cooled in all areas for comfortable fishing in all conditions. The Carolina Girl also has a full bathroom, kitchen and dinette with 2 flat screen TVs with satellite TV service, satellite phone and all of the best electronics. The Carolina Girl offers a variety of trip options from full day Gulf Stream fishing for tuna dolphin and marlin to half, 3/4 or full day inshore fishing for species like amberjack, cobia, flounder, Spanish mackerel, bluefish etc.  According to their website, they also do specialty trips for wreck fish and shark upon request!

 

Carolina Style Sportfishing

4457 Mill Landing Road
Wanchese, NC 27981
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Carolina Style Sportfishing specializes in both inshore and offshore guided fishing charters from Wanchese, NC. They boast an unmatched ability to cater to your needs and still be notably productive, all while offering simple, affordable pricing.  Carolina Style operates two separate boats—one for inshore and nearshore fishing, the other for offshore and deep sea fishing. They understand the vastly different requirements of fishing the Pamlico Sound versus offshore fishing.  Whether you’re looking to stock the freezer, become a better angler, enjoy a peaceful day catching some delicious fish, make the most of your OBX vacation, or all of the above, Carolina Style promises to work hard to provide you with memorable fishing charters for a lifetime!

The Outer Banks is full of activities for all ages.  If you are ready to purchase your very own vacation home, permanent residence or investment property, let Eillu show you real estate so you can enjoy all the fabulous activities and create memories to last a lifetime!

 


The 7 Best Local OBX Seafood Markets

Best Outer Banks Seafood Markets

If you’re like us, you love seafood because it’s delicious and satisfies your craving in a way that few other foods can. Not only is it a tasty fare, but it’s also naturally good for you and requires minimal preparation. The Outer Banks is packed with countless places offering seafood. From restaurants to road stands, finding a way to get your hands on seafood is no hard task. But deciding which place is best can be hard. There are many things to consider on your hunt for the best fresh catch. Your beach vacation isn’t complete without indulging in the fresh fare caught locally along the Outer Banks. Don’t get us wrong, there are several restaurants that serve deliciously prepared entrees, but we highly recommend an outing to one of the many Outer Banks seafood markets for a staple meal to prepare at home for the entire family to enjoy! We’ve put together a list of the 7 Best OBX Seafood Markets to help you decide — or maybe even explore them all!

 

Austin Fish Company

3711 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head

Austin’s features a variety of seafood including crab meat, shrimp, Best OBX Seafood Marketsoysters, clams, fish, scallops, crabs, live lobsters, lobster tails and snow crab legs. They’ll steam your shrimp and crabs for you, or you can order steamed seafood buckets, soups and fried dinners to go. They also sell the condiments you’ll need for your seafood. If you start feeling hungry while deciding what fresh seafood you want to cook for dinner, Austin’s has your back! Step on over to their porch for some lunch or perhaps just a quick bite to hold you and your family over until the next meal!

 

Billy’s Seafood

1341 Colington Road, Kill Devil Hills

A little off the beaten track on Colington Road, but well-known and a favorite of locals. At Billy’s Seafood they stock plenty of fresh, local seafood, so pick some up to prepare your own feast at home tonight. Best OBX Seafood Markets for Fresh Seafood - Fishmonger cleaning fishThey’re a great stop for local soft-shell crabs in season, and they also have convenience items, seasonings, beer and wine. The fresh, homemade tuna salad they sell here is some of the best you’ll find anywhere. We recommend grabbing a couple of their devilled crabs. Simply pop them in the oven and voila! A perfect and delicious appetizer or addition to your meal.

 

Carawan Seafood

5424 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk

Carawan Seafood Company has been around since 1980 and is considered a landmark to Kitty Hawk.  Offering fresh local seafood, you’re sure to be delighted by the friendly service this family-owned shop is known for. The offer all sorts of fresh fish and shellfish at prices within budget. Everything is prepared on-site to bring customers the freshest, cleanest seafood. Choose from local favorites like fresh North Carolina shrimp, or leave with a unique Best OBX Seafood Markets for Fresh Seafood - Blue Crab at Seafood Marketfind like one of their local spices or honey. The whole family will enjoy the trip to Carawan as the kids can venture into the gift shop room for seashell displays and souvenir-like gifts. Fresh produce is also offered on site, making Carawan Seafood a one-stop dinner shopping experience! Call before you head out the door for their daily menu of fresh fish.

 

Dockside ‘N Duck Seafood Market

1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck

Owned and operated by a local family of commercial fishermen and farmers, Dockside has all the fresh seafood you’ll need for an Outer Banks feast. Live and steamed crabs, crabmeat, steamed shrimp, fresh shrimp, clams, scallops, oysters, mussels, fish and lobsters – they’re all here, along with the condiments you’ll need. They also sell seafood-inspired prepared foods for take-out, such as homemade Best OBX Seafood Markets for Fresh Seafoodsoups and seafood dips. Homemade pies and fresh bread round out the offerings.

 

Bluewater Seafood Market

501 Old Stoney Rd, Corolla

Bluewater Seafood Market is located at the south entrance of the Currituck Club in Corolla. Choose from a wide variety of “fresh off the hook local seafood,” including blue crabs, halibut, swordfish, oysters, red snapper, flounder, wahoo, rockfish, salmon, soft shell crabs and sea bass. They also offer various salads and cole slaw, dips, spices and marinades plus steak, sausage, beer, wine and even ice. Bluewater has it all! Be sure to call ahead if you are looking to get one of their steamed or fried seafood buckets. Their seafood buckets are packed with deliciousness including red Best OBX Seafood Markets for Fresh Seafoodpotatoes, corn on the cob, Vidalia onions, spices, cocktail sauce, butter, lemon and of course, your choice of seafood. You can certainly have it your way at Bluewater!

 

 

Harbor House Seafood Market

58129 NC-12, Hatteras Village

If you’re in the Hatteras area, don’t miss your chance to stop by Harbor House Seafood Market for some of the best quality in fresh seafood. Everything this family-owned business offers is guaranteed caught local – and by their own boats! The owners have been in the commercial fishing business in Hatteras since 1989, which led them to open this local market for people to enjoy seafood that’s not imported. Harbor House offers both raw and prepared Best OBX Seafood Markets for Fresh Seafoodseafood that’s caught fresh daily! Other offerings include unique items such as shrimp and crab enchiladas, seafood sandwiches and shrimp pasta salad. You can find out what the catch of the week is, view oven ready items and even download the full Harbor House menu on their user-friendly website. It’s safe to say this family of four that make up the “Harbor House Team,” goes above and beyond to ensure their customers are happy. Don’t miss your chance at guaranteed satisfaction!

 

Sunrise Seafood Market

40658 NC-12, Avon

If you’re looking for a wide variety of fresh seafood, head to Sunrise Seafood Market in Avon. You’ll have quite selection to choose from including tile fish, spicy steamed shrimp, red snapper, fresh & dry seaBest OBX Seafood Markets for Fresh Seafood Fishing Boat at Sea scallops, middle neck clams and sheepshead fillets. Sunrise also hand makes all sauces fresh in house! Don’t forget to try the fresh potato salad, seaweed salad, smoked tuna bites or perhaps one of many marinades or dry spice rubs you can find here. Be sure to add Sunrise Seafood Market to your list of places to try for fresh seafood on the Outer Banks!

 

 

 

From local seafood experts to first time home buyer, Eillu is here to help you navigate the home buying & selling process.  With over two decades of experience in the Outer Banks market, we can help you with any questions and guide you every step of the way for a smooth experience.  We proudly offer exclusive deals that will save you money without sacrificing service.  Schedule an appointment with Eillu today!

 

 


You Haven’t Experienced Corolla Until You Partake in These Unique Community Activities

Corolla Wild Horse

Corolla is one of the best places to live and vacation on the Outer Banks. There is a variety of community activities in Corolla during the summer. Check out this list below and look for some unique events and activities for your family and friends to enjoy this summer!

Mustang Spring Jam

On May 20th, enjoy rock and roll, funk and blues at the Seventh Annual Mustang Spring Jam. The event will also feature various local vendors with tons of fun for everyone. The music festival starts at 12:30 p.m. at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Timbuck II Shopping Village in Corolla. The festival will feature five national touring bands playing nonstop live music from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Best of all, the proceeds benefit Corolla’s most precious asset, The Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Tickets for the event can be purchased online or at Trio in Kitty Hawk and Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla. Enjoy a day of fun and support Corolla’s wild horses!

Memorial Day Beach Blast

This Memorial Day weekend, you can gather up the family for a day filled with beach music and fun in the Historic Corolla Park. The event will run from 12pm to 5pm on May 27th in Corolla and is free for everyone. You don’t want to miss the opening performances by the new OBX band, Jeremy & the Generations, made up of favorite local Outer Banks artists! If you’ve gotten lucky enough to attend any weddings where they performed, then you know first-hand that Jeremy & the Generations are top notch, bringing the life to every party! Following the opening performances is funky headliner, The Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band from Clarkton, NC.  Bring your beach chairs, relax, dance and enjoy the fun by the sound in Corolla!

Whalehead Wednesdays

Join Sanctuary Vineyards, Vineyards on the Scuppernong and the Weeping Radish Brewery for local wine and beer tastings in the breathtaking and peaceful setting of Historic Corolla Park. Enjoy live music and family friendly activities every Wednesday from May 30th to September 12th. Upon admission, you can sip on samples of featured wines in a take-home souvenir wine glass. Bring your chair, blanket and the entire family (pets on a leash are also welcome!) to enjoy local live music while the beautiful sun sets over the Currituck Sound! Local food will be available for purchase. Whalehead Wednesdays are free for non-drinking adults and children. 

Under the Oaks Art Festival

On June 19th and June 20th, the annual Under the Oaks Art Festival will be held in the Historic Corolla Park at the Whalehead Club. The 17th annual event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. The event features a variety of beautiful art and vibrant crafts. Local food will be available, and an art auction will be conducted. Admission is free for everyone. Visitors are welcome to bring along the beach blankets and chairs to relax and enjoy the scene after perusing the goods. A unique experience that showcases some of the best arts and crafts that the Outer Banks region has to offer, this festival serves as a great opportunity to pick up some local treasures that are truly one-of-a-kind. Check out this annual event by the sound in Corolla!

Corolla Festival of Fireworks

The 26th Annual Independence Day Celebration in Corolla will take place on July 4. There are many fun activities for family and friends. The event will kick off at 3pm with children’s games, activities, and food vendors. Live music starts at 5pm, followed by a spectacular fireworks show at dusk. Join the community in Historic Corolla Park to celebrate America’s independence July 4.

Mustang Rock & Roast

Two North Carolina culinary favorites will be celebrated on October 13th and October 14th at the inaugural Mustang Rock & Roast. Enjoy lots of music, oysters and barbecue from 2pm-10pm each day. The event will feature an outdoor oyster roast, pork barbecue cook-off and nonstop live music on the main stage from at least 12 national, regional and local performers, as well as student bands from the Mustang Outreach Program. Advance, day of show and special VIP tickets will be available for the inaugural Mustang Rock and Roast. The VIP tickets will provide the ultimate guest experience with upscale meals, beverage tickets and special event access. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Outreach Program. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund protects, conserves, and responsibly manages the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs roaming freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks. The Mustang Outreach Program supplements the cultural arts programs in local schools with world class music performances, residencies and mentoring programs.

 

There are many fun events and activities for family and friends to enjoy in Corolla this summer. For more information, contact Eillu, and we can help with your Outer Banks real estate questions. We hope you have an enjoyable time in Corolla this summer!

 

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Most Desired Features in Vacation Homes on the Outer Banks

Outer Banks Vacation Homes

Thanks to mild weather changes, world-class beaches and great outdoor activities, the Outer Banks is a beloved vacation destination for thousands across the country. While many only visit the Outer Banks, some are lucky enough to own or purchase property on the beautiful barrier islands. The Outer Banks are not only an attraction for visitors, the long string of barrier islands also offer a strong appeal to investors. One of the top reasons for this is the increased income for owners due to the desirable location.

If you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to invest in an Outer Banks vacation home, then keep reading! We compiled some important information to consider and ultimately help you decide the best route to go for investing in an Outer Banks vacation rental home.

One of the most important questions investors should always keep in mind is, “How well will this house rent?” With so many choices on the Outer Banks, from luxury to rustic, it is easy to lose sight of what is most important to your target customers of your vacation rental home. Over 41% of travelers believe that vacation rental homes have better amenities than hotels. Every amenity must be carefully considered to make sure it is satisfying guests and not draining your pockets.  It is not necessary to have every amenity to get loyal guests and a fully booked calendar.

 

Location, Location, Location!

The lead attraction for visitors coming to the Outer Banks is the ocean, and understandably so. Proximity to the water, whether it be to the sound or the beach, will always be an appealing feature for visitors. Vacation rental numbers by area show Corolla as a lead choice for vacation homes. Corolla offers fun and relaxation for everyone in the family with an ideal combination of nature, activities and amenities; A rewarding location! 

 

Private Pool / Hot Tub

A swimming pool has a way of encouraging families to get together. In ground pools add to the value of a home and real estate agents say pools increase the market for a home and allow a seller to ask for about 10 percent more for the house.Outer Banks Vacation Home with Private Pool and Hot Tub A vacation rental home with a private pool is ideal when ocean conditions are not conducive to swimming.  You can beat the heat by cooling off in your swimming pool with family and friends.

A home with access to a community pool or other community amenities can reduce the cost compared to a private pool.  Private pools and hot tubs need to be serviced about 2 times a week in season and these fees can add up.

 

Gas Grill

While some may not consider it as important, majority of renters have it at the top of their must-haves. A vacation home without a grill leads to disappointment more so than not.  Some owners believe a charcoal grill is adequate but most guests will appreciate the convenience of gas.  The gas is usually included with the rental and the additional cost is minimal when compared to the level of satisfaction provided to guests.  Vacation and grilling just seem to go hand in hand.  Dad tends to fire up the grill so it gives Mom a break in the kitchen.  Be sure to locate the grill in a safe place and make sure guests do not use the grill on decks or enclosed areas.

 

Wi-Fi Internet

By far, having wifi internet at your vacation home is a must have for the majority of guests.  From entertainment, directions to local attractions and keeping in touch with work or home, internet access has become more a necessity than an amenity.  Vacation home owners can save money with plans only activated during the rental season.

 

Gourmet Kitchen

There is nothing like having a kitchen that offers all the appliances and space to cook for a large group. Custom kitchens are the best to maximize kitchen efficiency and storage capacity. The island in a fully stocked kitchen is like having a second kitchen in the middle of your kitchen. It has plenty of counter space; its own sink, cabinets and drawers for storage; and other features like additional ovens, microwaves, and a second dishwasher. An island with bar stools/chairs also provides an environment for easy conversation and gathering that your renters will certainly enjoy on their family vacation.  Many vacation homes are shared by multiple families with multiple cooks.  A large kitchen allows for multiple meals to be cooked simultaneously.

Top end appliances will not add value if you don’t have good quality pots, pans, glasses and dishes and cooking utensils.  Keep in mind all of the items needed to stock your vacation home kitchen as thoroughly as your permanent home kitchen.  Your guests will appreciate your attention to detail and thoughtfulness.  If you are missing a large pasta pot, your guest will never forget it. Outer Banks Vacation Homes Gourmet Kitchen Many homeowners include specialty items like slow cookers, wine coolers and a stand-alone ice maker.

 

Dining Area

The dining area of the vacation home should adequately seat all the guests enjoying the home.  After all, the guests came on vacation together to enjoy each other’s company and probably do not want to eat in shifts.  This is especially important if you intend to rent your home over the holidays where the meal is the focus of the day.

 

Washer / Dryer

A washer and dryer is a standard feature in most Outer Banks vacation homes.  There are few laundromats in the Outer Banks and no guest wants to spend precious vacation time in a laundromat.  Families with children view a washer and dryer as a necessity while on vacation.

 

Theater Room

A home theater room is a popular amenity in many of the large vacation rental homes.  These rooms, featuring high end video and sound, “lazy-boy” chairs and a popcorn machine is a thrill for young and old alike.  Gather all the kids on a rainy day for a Disney movie marathon.

If you are considering a home theater for your vacation rental home, keep the controls easy to understand and simple to use.  Otherwise, you can incur higher expenses from guest unable to use the equipment and additional calls for maintenance techs to re-set the equipment.

Frequently, just having large flat screen tvs in multiple rooms in your vacation rental will allow each guest to enjoy the type of entertainment they are looking for without the steep investment of a high tech theater room.

 

Pets

Accepting pets at your vacation home is a growing popularity by attracting more guests who just can’t bear the idea of traveling without their four-legged family member. If you’re on the fence about whether or not you should adopt a pet friendly policy, consider alternating the amenity a few months at a time and OBX Pet Friendlycomparing the overall results of the two options. Did your home attract more renters with or without the policy?

 Before adopting a pet friendly policy, keep in mind weekly cleaning can take more time and cost more to make it ready for the next guest. On the flip side, you may increase your number of renters since many vacation homes have a no-pet rule. If you decide to go pet friendly, you can always implement certain pet rules for guests and their four-legged family members to abide by.

 

The Small Things

Sometimes the best way to make your guest feel welcome is in the small things that make them feel like home.  Books, Videos and games for the kids will provide hours or engagement when the weather is not nice and do not cost a lot.  Similarly, beach chairs, bikes and kayaks can be the icing on the cake when a guest is selecting from similar homes.  Toys for the beach and pool are a great thing for families with children and with no room to pack and travel with these items. 

The downside of providing these small items is the need for frequent replacement.  Sometimes, it is best not to advertise the small items and have guest be pleasantly surprised that they got even more for their money.  Also, this avoids guest complaints should something be missing or broken.

The best way to decide which amenities to offer is to focus on who you want your vacation home to appeal to.  If you have a theme, you can build you amenities around that theme and appeal to the clientele who will respond to the theme.  A home with a gourmet kitchen can appeal to “foodies”; add a gift of a local wine or pickled specialty to make a lasting impression. 

If you are in the market for a vacation rental home either as an investment or a second home, contact the pros at Eillu.  Each community on the Outer Banks has different rules and attracts a different demographic.  We will show you the different areas and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. 

 

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Spring 2018 – Upcoming Outer Banks Events & Activities

Outer Banks Events & Activities Spring 2018

Spring is officially upon us and warmer temperatures will soon be here to stay. One of the best things about the spring season is the multitude of events and activities that are held. Getting out and partaking in scheduled events provides a whole new level to the OBX experience.

We can’t think of a better way to kick those ‘winter blues’ to the curb, so we’ve compiled a list including some of the most popular events scheduled  for this spring 2018 in the Outer Banks.

 

Easter Eggstravaganza 2018
March 31, 2018

Known as “The largest egg scavenger hunt on the beach,” Easter at Elizabethan Gardens offers several activities for both kids and parents to enjoy. Hunt for thousands of hidden eggs – some including special prizes, participate in egg spoon races or perhaps the hat contest, enjoy musical acts and dancers plus a special visit from Sir Walter “Peter” Wabbit! There will also be make and take crafts and  an egg roll race! Show up with your own Easter Basket for collecting eggs and prizes. The Gardens will open at 10am on this day for the Eggstravaganza. Members/Friends: Free. Non- Members: With a paying adult one child will be admitted free; One Child (under 5) admitted free with each paying adult. For info or details, call 252-473-3234.

 

5th Annual Duck Merchants Association’s Easter Egg Hunt
March 31, 2018

On the hunt for something fun to do that’s also rewarding? This event in the beautiful Village of Duck might just be the perfect activity for you! Participants are sure to have fun hunting for eggs while also supporting local businesses that stretch along the main road through the Village. This fun event is put on by the Duck Merchants Association every year. Details can be found on their Facebook page and at participating merchants all throughout town!

 

Fly Into Spring Kite Festival
March 30, 2018 – March 31, 2018

The immaculate sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park will soon be decorated with high-flying kites – something you don’t want to miss! Load up the kids, a camera, and don’t forget the easter baskets, and head over to Jockey’s Ridge Crossing at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head for an all-around good time on the dunes. The Easter Bunny will be hanging out for pictures as well! Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better…this event is FREE to the public!

 

Alligator River Refuge Open-Air Tram Tour
April 14, 2018

Enjoy this unique opportunity to explore some of the fascinating Outer Banks wildlife in their natural habitat. Hop aboard the Alligator River Refuge Open-Air Tram where a tour guide will point out wildlife and will talk about plants, animals, and the history of the refuge during your ride. You’ll even get to stop and observe the wildlife when spotted! Reservations recommended but not required. $10 for riders 13 & up. 12 and under ride free with paying/supervising adult.

 

Dare County Relay For Life
May 5, 2018

Join several community volunteers taking action against cancer. This signature fundraiser event for the American Cancer Society is geared to bring the community together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer. For more on the event visit: Dare County Relay For Life

 

KidsFest
May 11, 2018

From young children all the way to grandparents, there’s lots of fun to be had for the whole family at this exciting festival! The 11th Annual KidsFest will take place at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. This free event will feature lots of fun and games, play activities, entertainment, exploration, and art.

Activities Include:

– Face Painting

– Photo Booths

– Bubbles

– Corn Hole

– Ice Cream & Snowballs

– Fire Truck & Police Cars

– Crafts & More

For more information, contact Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County at (252) 441-0614.

 

WOOFstock 2018
May 12, 2018

This family event is geared for those with two legs and four and offers a lot to howl about! You certainly don’t want to miss this year’s two-day event of peace, love and dogs! There will be lots of local fur-loving exhibitors and activities for your entire family along with music, pet-health and happiness related exhibitors and concessions available for both dogs and humans. Funds from this event will support The Elizabethan Gardens and Outer Banks SPCA (OBSPCA).

The Outer Banks offers countless amounts of activities each season. We encourage you to visit the Outer Banks for one or more of the above festival or events to see how wonderful spring is on the OBX.  Schedule an appointment to visit area real estate to establish your own 2nd home, investment property or retirement home in our little slice of paradise so you can enjoy the Outer Banks for many seasons to come.  

 

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Cottages at Kilmarlic – New Golf Cottages for Investment or Second Home Offering Best of Both Worlds

Cottages at Kilmarlic New Golf Community

This luxurious, yet affordable new community is located within the award-winning Kilmarlic Golf Club community. Offering Outer Banks living like no other, this prime location is nestled worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the island, but just minutes from the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic.

You’re sure to be impressed by one of the eighteen cottages all featuring world-class amenities. Each cottage will surround a private 5,000 square foot natural lit turf, tournament condition putting green, with five other cottages set on a small pond.  In addition to the putting green, there is a four-hole short course, better known as “The Killie”, offering a quartet of par-3 holes that play between 27 and 40 yards.

Each two-bedroom, two-bath cottage features an additional loft to comfortably accommodate and sleep six people. Other features include a full kitchen, living room, and back deck – providing the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the view of the putting green/natural pond. These cottages are perfectly suited for investment as a golf/beach vacation rental or second home.

Amenities include:

  • A championship-caliber putting green in the courtyard – the perfect place to settle wagers after your round, or practice your putting stroke before hitting the course
  • Unlimited play on “The Killie” – the 4-hole par-3 course to enjoy around the cottages
  • Pro-shop
  • Restaurant on site
  • Kilmarlic Golf Club Membership with Sale – Single membership to Kilmarlic Golf Club conveys with each cottage.  Membership Initiation fee of $4000 is waived with purchase. Cottage guests will receive “guests of member” rates at Kilmarlic Golf Club
  • Membership to Westside Athletic Club – Family Membership conveys with ownership.  Owners and guests staying at the cottages will have full use of the fully-equipped facility including four tennis courts, large outdoor pool for swimming and organized classes
  • Special pricing for H2OBX Water Park.  Cottage owners and guests can purchase their tickets at $10 off  retail rates.  There will also be a complementary shuttle service running to and from H2OBX from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free of charge for cottage owners and guests.

If you’re ready to enjoy resort-style living without breaking the bank, or perhaps you simply would like more information on this prestigious community, don’t hesitate to contact Eillu today!  We are more than happy to help and always available to answer any questions you may have about this community. 

These cottages are well-suited for golf rentals. Kees Rentals are projecting over $30,000 in rentals per year. Perfect as an investment home with good return on your investment.

Eillu Partners are one of the best well-known developers and marketers of many new communities in the Outer Banks for over 25 years.  Eillu sales team offers full-service broker services.

 

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Best OBX Neighborhoods for Lighthouse Lovers

Map of Lighthouses in the Outer Banks

There is something romantic and sentimental about lighthouses.  There is no arguing they were necessary and life saving for a previous era.  Perhaps it is the stories of living in isolation in order to keep the light that fascinates visitors.  Stories of families, pitted against the elements, while serving their community to keep the light from going out.  To this day, there are many fans, followers and continual fascination about lighthouses.

There is no place other than the Outer Banks where the need for lighthouses was extremely dire.  The area is still known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic due to the number of ships lost on the shoals of the coast.  The history of the lighthouses and the role they played in peacetime and during wars is fascinating. 

There are 5 nearby lighthouses along the Outer Banks to visit and enjoy.  Each has a distinctive look, history and purpose but all should be visited, climbed and appreciated.  While it may be possible to visit all the lighthouses in a day, we recommend you take a few days to be able to savor and enjoy each one during your visit to the Outer Banks.  While you are touring the lighthouses, slow down and appreciate the nearby neighborhoods. Besides proximity to a lighthouse, each neighborhood has its own vibe and mix of amenities.  Contact Eillu, to have an agent take you on an inside tour of homes that spark your interest.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse Neighborhoods

We have 3 neighborhoods to recommend for investors who would like to own property near the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.    Each of these Corolla neighborhoods is close to attractions and may have views of the lighthouse as an added treat. 

neighborhoods near Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Village at Ocean Hill

Ocean Hill and the Village at Ocean Hill are located in the northern Outer Banks just before the end of the road. This area of the Outer Banks is tranquil and offers lots of privacy. 

For an even more remote area, Carova is located further north but does not have any roads so visitors must drive on the beach using a 4 wheel drive.  This area is famous for the wild horses that roam freely in the neighborhoods and on the beach.

The Village at Ocean Hill is a well-established community that spans from Ocean to Sound.  It even has a lake (Crystal Lake); so there are many homes with water views. 

A snapshot of Crystal Lake is included below or you can watch the whole Village at Ocean Hill video to appreciate how close this community is to the sound, the ocean and the lighthouse.

Crystal Lake in Village at  Ocean Hill

This community has exceptional amenities, you can see a full list with the link.  The Homeowners Association (HOA) is well run and the fees are one of the lowest in the area, especially when considering what is included.  The annual fee runs about $1600 and includes a well-equipped fitness center, 2 swimming pools, tennis courts and more.

Check out our New Homes in Village at Ocean Hill.  If you hurry, there is time to customize your new home and select fixtures and finishes.  You can also search for available homes in the Villages of Ocean Hill.

Corolla Light

Another beloved community in Corolla is Corolla Light.  This community spans from ocean to sound and encompasses 250 pristine acres.  Recognized in 2014 as the NC Resort of the year, it is a favorite of vacationers who return year after year to visit and enjoy the abundant amenities.  You can find a list of amenities and more details about the Corolla Light community here. 

Families enjoy the small town atmosphere, where older kids can safely ride the community trolley to the beach or to the other amenities.  There are several pools and even an indoor pool.  There are even indoor tennis courts for aficionados.

Homes By Eillu is proud to offer new construction homes in this wonderful community.  You can see our selection of New Homes in Corolla Light.  

This community has a wide selection of homes for every buyer, from condos, townhomes to modest 3 bedroom homes up to large luxurious oceanfront homes ideal for large groups and events.  Search for existing homes for sale in Corolla Light.

Whalehead

Whalehead is the community for purist – “beach lovers”.  It is ideal for those families who are content to spend their days at the beach; content splashing in the surf or building sandcastles on the shore.  The community does not have any community amenities but many homes do have pools, volleyball courts and basketball courts and other private amenities.  The lots are large and ample to have the beach house of your dreams with space for play and recreation. 

A snapshot of the Whalehead Oceanfront appears below or you can watch a prior drone video listing in Whalehead to appreciate how close this community is to the sound, the ocean and the lighthouse.

Whalehead beach, Corolla, NC aerial

Search for available homes in Whalehead Beach in Corolla.

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse & Bodie Island Lighthouse

map for Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and Bodie Island Lighthouse

Manteo

The Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is located on the waterfront in Manteo (Roanoke Island).  Manteo is a delightful small town and very popular area for Dare County residents to live year round.  It is also the county seat. 

History buffs will recognize it as the location of the Lost Colony; where the first English child was born – Virginia Dare on Aug 18, 1587. It is also the location of Dare County Regional Airport. 

The Manteo waterfront area has several townhouses and condos which may include a view of the lighthouse for the lucky owner.  Check out Fernando Street and Queen Elizabeth Avenue for available units.  Due to the shorter nature of this lighthouse (it is only 1 story), fewer properties will have a view.

Pirates Cove is a well-known development especially for boating enthusiasts.  The marina is a sight to behold with fabulous floating vessels!  It is also a vacation destination where visiting the beach and boating can both be conveniently enjoyed.  This community has something for every type of buyer from boat slips, condos, to large waterfront vacation homes.  The community amenities will delight visitors and owners alike with a recreation center with game room, fitness center,  tennis courts, 2 pools, hot tub, and docks galore.

Roanoke Island has a lot of attractions packed into the small area and it is worth spending a day or more to visit this small town and slow down your pace.  The late Andy Griffith had a home here and many folks agree that Mayberry “looks” a lot like Manteo.  Some of our favorite attractions are the NC Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens, Lost Colony (the longest running outdoor theater production in the country) and the quaint waterfront shops and restaurants located by the Roanoke Marches Lighthouse. 

The Lighthouse is managed by the North Carolina Maritime Museum and there are exhibits featuring Roanoke Island’s long maritime history. 

South Nags Head

South Nags Head is a great location in the Outer Banks.  It is close to everything but off the beaten trail; offering more privacy then the area just a little bit up the road in Nags Head

Learn more about the best Nags Head Oceanside communities with this post. 

South Nags Head has homes on the Oceanside with National Park Service property on the west side.  Bodie Island Lighthouse is located on the west side.  The lucky owners in these homes may have a lighthouse view from a deck or widows walk and enjoy lovely sunset views.  The old Nags Head architecture style is distinctive and has withstood the test of time.

A snapshot of the Nags Head Oceanfront appears below or you can watch a prior drone video listing in Nags Head to appreciate how close this community is to the Jockey’s Ridge, the sound, and the ocean.  Jockey’s Ridge is the largest sand dune on the east coast.

Nags Head NC aerial view beach sound Jockeys Ridge

Get current listings for Manteo or Nags Head to find your dream vacation home.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Ocracoke Lighthouse

Map for Cape Hatteras lighthouse and Ocracoke lighthouse

Buxton

Buxton homes on Flowers Ridge Road are located on the border of the Hatteras National seashore and many will have lighthouse views.  Diamond Shoals Drive, which is closer to the ocean, also has homes with a view to the lighthouse.  Cape Court is even closer to the Oceanfront and offers lovely lighthouse views.  The recent beach nourishment project for Buxton, is still underway but should be completed before next summer.  Hatteras Island is well known for its great fishing and uncrowded secluded beaches.

Frisco

Traveling a little further south is the Frisco area.  Our current listing at 53205 Sparrow Court, not only has lighthouse views but also views of the ocean and sound.  This uniquely located home backs up to the Billy Mitchell Airstrip to provide unobstructed views of wildlife and the sound. 

The small general aviation airport does not have many flights to disrupt guests or owners but would provide easy access for a pilot owner or for a vacationer to arrive and avoid any traffic.  The airport allows the home to be surrounded by greenspace.  It is common to see deer and other wildlife in the open space.

You can watch our drone video to appreciate the unique location of this Frisco home to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the sound and the ocean.

Ocracoke

Ocracoke is a favorite place for locals; well for folks that live in other parts of the Outer Banks from Corolla to Nags Head.  It is a quick getaway place for a weekend to fish, relax and get a change of scenery.  It is a short ferry ride (about 40 minutes) to get to the island but it feels like worlds away. 

Ocracoke was also a favorite hangout of Blackbeard the Pirate.  Ocracoke beaches are almost always included on the best beaches list, year after year.

Homes on Lighthouse Road are charmingly nestled into live oaks and offer views of the Ocracoke lighthouse.  Creek Road, Martha Jane Lane and Live Oak Road are also locations where a Lighthouse view is likely.  Condo owners on Silver Lake Drive can have the best of both worlds with a view of the harbor and the lighthouse.

Get current listings for Buxton, Frisco or Ocracoke to find your perfect vacation home.

For more information on purchasing a vacation home or relocating to the Outer Banks, contact Eillu. We are experts on the Outer Banks and are ready to help with your Outer Banks real estate needs.

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10 Sensational Reasons You’ll Love Relocating to the Outer Banks, North Carolina

10 Reason to relocate to OBX

The Outer Banks, North Carolina is one of the best places to relocate to and to live. The area consists of beautiful beaches, sounds, and nature, a vast history, key attractions, and more. The barrier island community has a lot to offer, so consider relocating to this area of North Carolina! Check out the list below for 10 of the many reasons to love the area.

  • The beaches. The Outer Banks is commonly known for its beautiful beaches. From Carova to the north, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills toward the center, and Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island to the south, the Outer Banks has great beaches to enjoy. Have beach days during the summer and go for walks as the sun rises in the fall. The Outer Banks attracts millions of visitors every year, especially for its beaches for swimming, surfing, and relaxing.

 

  • There is a variety of lighthouses such as the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla, the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse in Manteo, and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on Hatteras Island. These lighthouses have all played unique roles in the history of the area and are popular sites to visit. They are beautiful to see and fun to visit.

 

  • Small-town communities. The Outer Banks has many small communities and neighborhoods located throughout it. You can get to know your neighbors well and be a part of a supportive and friendly community by living in the Outer Banks. There are many community events and festivals to enjoy throughout the year too.

 

  • Outdoor activities. The sounds, such as Currituck Sound and Pamlico Sound, along the Outer Banks are beautiful sites to see. The Outer Banks has the best sunsets on the sound and is a fun place for boating as well. Many people also enjoy trying watersports, such as jet skiing, paddleboarding, and kayaking, on the sounds. Other outdoor activities include walking along nature trails, seeing wild horses in Carova, dolphin watching, biking in neighborhoods, and climbing Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

 

  • The Outer Banks has a range of job opportunities available, mostly in the tourism, hospitality, real estate, construction, and fishing industries.  

 

  • Art and festivals. There are many art galleries and art and music festivals to see throughout the area. You can visit galleries to see unique local art and listen to live music during festivals such as the Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival in Manteo and the Duck Jazz Festival in Duck.

 

  • Historic sites. Kitty Hawk is known throughout the world for being First in Flight after the Wright Brothers made the first successful flight in Kitty Hawk more than 100 years ago. The first English-born child in the Americas, Virginia Dare, was born in Roanoke Island. The Outer Banks is full of a rich history, and millions of people come annually to see these key sites in our nation’s history.

 

  • The Outer Banks is a great fishing location throughout the year. There are many types of fishing to try from surf fishing and charter fishing to pier fishing and kayak fishing.

 

  • Low real estate taxes. The area has very low real estate property taxes, and this is a great incentive to find property along the Outer Banks.

 

  • The Outer Banks is home to some of the best schools in the state. From Kitty Hawk Elementary School and First Flight High School to Manteo Elementary School and Cape Hatteras Secondary School, there are many educational opportunities on the Outer Banks.

The Outer Banks is an exciting place to relocate to for an enjoyable and beautiful environment. For more information on relocating to the Outer Banks and on Outer Banks real estate, contact Eillu. We are experts on the Outer Banks and are ready to help with your Outer Banks real estate needs.

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Challenge Your Team with a Powerful Team Building Retreat to Corolla

Corolla adventure park

There is nothing like getting the team away from the office.  Folks let down their hair and relax a bit dressed in casual clothes instead of business suits.  This can foster communication across typical department boundaries. 

During warm weather, pack your flip flops and bathing suits and head to Corolla for a memorable and rewarding team event.  Even in the off season with cooler temperatures, Corolla offers a unique environment for team building activities.

Corolla is a premier Vacation destination.  It seems, the Outer Banks and Corolla are always named in the top 10 beach destinations. 

This year is no different when the Huffington Post named Corolla 4th place and says “This wide, unspoiled Outer Banks beach has an added attraction: herds of wild Mustangs (descended from horses that escaped from Spanish explorers in the 1500s) that roam freely.”  Since the number 1 spot is in Hawaii and a bit further to travel; Corolla is centrally located to the Eastern Coast and a simple “drive to” destination for your business or corporate group.

A team building event must have an objective and can’t be all play.  No matter what your objectives, we have activities to energize your group and keep the creative juices flowing. 

Corolla Adventure Parksunset at corolla adventure park, which opened last season, is an ideal activity to challenge your team.  Situated on the beautiful Albermarle Sound, the rope course has 9 obstacle circuits 12-15 feet in the air with 60 different obstacles and zip lines.  There is something for every skill level to test your teams’ mental and physical limits.  The views are sensational and will create a lasting memory.  Call ahead and check the website for winter and holiday hours.  

view of corolla adventure park

There are discounts for groups available in March, April, May, September, October and November.  This is the ideal time to visit Corolla in the Outer Banks.  Summer crowds, typically consisting of families, are back in school.  Rates for accommodations are reduced and there is a wide range of accommodations and activities to choose from. 

Corolla is known for large vacation homes, with fabulous amenities to satisfy every desire of your group.  Some homes have 12 or more bedrooms; but there are condos and smaller homes available as well.  Many have private pools (some heated), hot tubs, outdoor grilling entertainment areas, theater rooms, multiple kitchens, game rooms, volleyball or basketball courts for a quick pick up game. 

You can select a vacation home on the oceanfront or the soundfront and anywhere in between (the barrier island is not very wide).  Larger groups can also reserve multiple homes that are side by side. 

The island takes on a slower vibe after Labor Day and before Memorial Day.  The locals are more laid back and friendly; the will engage in conversation to elaborate on the history and what makes the Outer Banks such a special place. 

There is a vibrant restaurant scene, more like a metropolitan area.  Of course, crabs, oysters or any of our wonderful seafood is abundant and available to take out and cook at your rental home.  A personal chief could even come to the rental home and make a traditional seafood boil or another specialty dish. 

A best kept secret is how long our season is.  Ocean temperatures stay warm well into the fall making a day on the beach such a pleasant experience.  Your team can rent surfboards, stand up paddleboards or kayaks and receive expert instruction and a guided tour of the sound and estuary.  The abundant birds and wild life are experienced in a close, personal way when quietly paddling a kayak in and around the sound. 

For those who want power or excitement, jet skis and motor boats are available for rental, as well.  No visit to the area known for “First in Flight” is complete without seeing it from the air.  Corolla Parasailing can take groups of 12 on an adventure with a unique perspective from the air.  Fly above the Currituck Lighthouse and the quaint Soundside shops in Duck to appreciate the gorgeous view.  No matter what water activity your group would like to experience, Corolla has it.

Of course, no visit to Corolla is complete without going to the top of the Currituck Lighthouse and seeing the magnificent coast laid out in front of you in all its glory.  Wait! You also have to see the wild horses roaming freely on the beach and taking a dip in the ocean – because they can. 

I also didn’t get to mention the top notch golf courses like the Currituck Club as well as several others a short drive away. 

Fishing and crabbing is a favorite activity of residents and visitors alike.  Either from a boat, pier or surf; the Outer Banks is a fishermen’s paradise.

So, what are you waiting for?  Plan your retreat today because winter will soon be over.  Start with the lovely vacation rental homes that Corolla is known for.  These accommodations are great for a group for a team building retreat no one will soon forget. Explore available rentals and start planning your trip.   

If you find yourself, like some many others, wanting to come back to the Outer Banks with your very own vacation home, let the experts at Eillu guide your through your purchase.

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