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Smart Homes: The Real Deal for Outer Banks Vacation Rentals

OBX Smart Home Technology

The Internet of Things (IOT) has been discussed for years; the connection and control of all kinds of devices through the internet.  It is now easier than ever to employ home automation in your Outer Banks home using a smart phone or tablet.

Vacation rental properties are an ideal application for home automation.  Precisely due to the distance most owners are from their property, the Internet of Things provides peace of mind that the property is safe and secure by being able to monitor the property remotely. 

Now, more than ever, technology can help remote owners’ manager their vacation rental as a VRBO without the use of a dedicated Property Manager.  As a home owner, there are many systems and platforms available to use to manage and monitor your home systems.  

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If your home is professionally managed by a Property Management Company, you will typically have to use most, if not all of the systems they use to allow them to manage all the properties from a central console.  If you do not use a Property Management Company then you have more home automation devices to choose from. Nevertheless, even if your property is actively managed by a company, they can’t be everywhere all the time.  Security and remote monitoring of your vacation property is a key benefit of these systems.  If you use VRBO, Airbnb or other vacation hosting services to rent to guests, being able to control the home remotely provides a key advantage.  You can adjust the thermostat right before the guests’ arrival, welcoming them to a warm or cool home while also saving energy.

Home automation can help your vacation rental stand out among the competition.  Guests that don’t have automated devices in their home are curious to try out the technology and are likely to choose your home over an unconnected alternative. 

There are several categories of home automation useful to the owner who manages their own property.  Many of these are also useful to an owner occupied home.  If you plan to automate several areas then you must select devices compatible with each other and connected to a hub, like Wink Hub2 or Apple’s HomeKit platform that provides voice control through Siri.

Keyless Entry – Smart Locks

A keyless entry system is essential.  Your guests will appreciate not having to stop and pick up keys.  You will appreciate the simplicity of generating a code rather than arranging delivery of keys for an afterhours check-in.  Many of these systems work with wifi, so you should have reliable internet to avoid any Snafus (or a backup key for emergencies).  A keyless entry system also allows you to control entry for cleaners, maintenance technicians and any other service personnel.  Many will also create a log showing entry and exits.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats will save you money.  One of the leading products available at big box stores is Nest.  These systems are designed to achieve the preferred temperature in the most efficient manner.  You can set a range of values allowed to provide comfort to guests without exceeded a reasonable temperature.  These systems allow you to turn down the setting when the home is not occupied and turn it up to welcome guests before their arrival.  Many systems will monitor the humidity levels and allow you to check the status of the system remotely.  No longer will you wonder if the cleaner remembered to re-set the thermostat once they finished cleaning.  They can also prompt you to perform maintenance like changing filters. 

Sensors

Sensors are used to monitor a range of conditions.  For example, a sensor on a doors or windows can trigger when left open to turn off the HVAC for heating or cooling.  How often do renters leave the door open with the A/C running full blast?  Often enough that installing a sensor to tell the thermostat to turn off after x minutes of the door being left open can save a significant amount of money.

Sensors can also be used to detect flooding or freezing conditions and will then alert you to the condition of the home after a storm or other event.

Some of these devices will also allow you to monitor noise levels, air quality and listen for smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.  This could alert homeowners that guests were smoking in the home or having a loud party.

OBX Smart Home Features

Smart Lighting

One advantage to smart lighting is being able to turn the lights on for guests who are arriving late.  These systems also allow guests to control the intensity, direction, pattern and color of the lighting.  One “gee wiz” feature is the ability to sync lighting to music. 

Home Security

Home security systems allow you to protect your home while it is vacant.  Crime and break-ins are more likely to happen during the off-season and having a security system can provide tremendous peace of mind to homeowners.  These systems usually require a hub and can also notify you when there is a fire, carbon monoxide leak, flood and other issues.

Video

Vacation home owners who rent their property should use caution when implementing video.  Many guests would object to being videoed while using the pool and other spaces.  Front-entry cameras are best for playing it safe.  State laws vary, but most have some type of “video voyeurism” laws ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony. One option is to remove the cameras during the rental season and re-install during the off season.  In most instances, you won’t have to deal with any trouble over a Front-Entry IP Camera.

More Devices

The smart home or home automation trend is quickly gaining traction.  New devices are coming to market every day with no end in sight.  Chances are, there is already a device out there to meet your need.

Smart switches can allow you to turn just about anything you plug into them to be “smart”.  You will have to use IFTTT (If this, then that) to create the automation script for items plugged in.

There are smart devices for cooking, like the Anova Culinary Precision Cooker or the Char-broil digital electric smoker to the Perfect Bake Pro.

There are devices for cleaning.  Robot vacuums have been around for a while but now provide prospects with quite the selection, including some that will even mop your floor. There are sprinkler controllers, even lawn mowers.

Increasingly, when shopping for replacement items for your home like garage doors, smoke detectors, or flood lights, you will be confronted with smart home options at almost the same price point as their non-smart counterparts.  As the technology advances and artificial intelligence is integrated, our devices will learn to adapt to our needs and learn about their environment for even more efficient operation.

Interested in a smart home but don’t know how to get started?  Don’t hesitate to contact your Outer Banks Boutique Real Estate Team at Eillu to discuss your needs and explore your alternatives.  All Homes by Eillu are built with the latest Smart Home Technology. We incorporate energy efficiency and smart home technology with timeless style for a home that will remain comfortable and elegant for decades to come. With the help of accomplished designers, engineers and an experienced construction team, we continue to develop and build the most desired homes in the Outer Banks. Exquisite style and taste are apparent in each home, distinctively designed and built with the care our clients deserve. All our homes are provided with construction warranties to give our customer “peace of mind” with their most important investment.


Key items to consider when buying an Outer Banks property

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How much do you want to invest? This factor is a great starting point.  A realtor can provide you a list of availability in the price range you are considering.  They can also give you information on the property tax based on the last billing period.  A discussion with your property insurance carrier is a good idea.  This way you can get a good picture of the primary annual costs associated with owning the property.  Be aware that wind & hail coverage and flood are often separate policies.

How will you pay for it?  Both your financing options, and your tax considerations (discussed below) are impacted by your planned use of the property.  If you are financing the purchase the decision to treat the home as a second home vs a vacation rental property determines the financing options available to you.  Generally financing institutions offer lower interest rates for second homes as compared to vacation rental homes.  We suggest that you discuss these options and implications with a trusted financial advisor.

Tax considerations are extremely important.  If you plan to rent the house, and your personal use is less than 15 days or 10% of the time rented, you can deduct the costs of maintenance and repair of the property, insurance, taxes, rental management fees, advertising and mortgage interest from the rental income you earn on the property.  You are also allowed to take depreciation expense against the rental income.  It is always a good idea to discuss major financial transactions with your tax advisor prior to making your final decision.

Do you plan to eventually retire to this home?  This is important because it may make a difference in what you are looking for in the home.  For example, storage is not as important of an issue as with a purely rental or vacation property as it would be for a future retirement home.

Are you interested in renting the property to offset costs?  In order to maximize your rental return it would be advisable to consult with a rental company in order to identify what amenities renters most desire that match your needs as well, along with past rental performance to make sure that you will make enough to offset costs. If past rental performance data is not available, make sure to ask a rental company for a rental projection of what the house will make yearly in rental income.

What activities are you most interested in when vacationing at the beach?  Our communities are highly diversified.   If relative seclusion is high on your list, the 4 wheel drive communities of Carova and Swan Beach are great for this.  If you want the convenience of nearby shopping and entertainment, the more populated communities may be more your style.  Explore the various communities to determine which best suites the needs and desires of you and your family.  After that you are ready to actively search for that perfect get-a-way you have dreamed about! To make the search a little easier, we have added some helpful information about each town located on the Outer Banks.  Happy hunting!

Corolla

Corolla, NC is known for its large sandy beaches, proximity to four-wheel drive areas and the home to wild Spanish Mustangs that roam the area’s beaches make for some of the most beautiful scenery North Carolina has to offer.  This community offers peaceful tranquility while only being minutes away from shopping and restaurants. Outdoor activities are abundant while offering alternative activities in town. Corolla is also home to many historical locations including the Whalehead Club and its neighbor, the Currituck Lighthouse.

Corolla offers the ideal combination of nature, activities and amenities. The wildlife trails and easy access to the sound creates the ultimate experience for nature lovers and avid paddlers.

Currituck Lighthouse, Corolla, NC

Watersports are abundant in Corolla. No matter if you enjoy kayaking, SUP, surfing, jet skis or any other water activity, Corolla is the perfect spot to enjoy fun in the sun. Purchase a kite and watch it soar high in the sky with Corolla’s beach winds.

Corolla’s shopping and restaurants are second to none. Each boutique offers something different and exciting including clothing, home goods and souvenirs. There is a wide variety of restaurants in Corolla including seafood, BBQ and cultural restaurants. No palate will be displeased in Corolla.

Corolla offers fun and relaxation for everyone in the family. No matter what your preference, Corolla offers a rewarding location for a new home.

Duck

Duck, NC offers access to highly rated beaches while maintaining its small-town charm. The small town offers easy access to the beach for ocean fun or the sound for leisurely activities. Bike paths throughout the town offer a wide area to safely bike from your home to town. There are great community events, such as markets, wine tastings and live music. Duck offers a great combination of seaside living with the small town feel.

There is always an activity in the town of Duck. Festivals, events, bands and parades are a regular occurrence in town. Duck is the perfect community for those who wish to walk to and from or bike. Everything needed for the home and for outdoor fun are within an easy walking distance.

Duck, NC sunset

The town has built and maintained a beautiful boardwalk on the soundside which is enjoyed by all. The boardwalk gives you access to soundside shops and restaurants. The shopping and restaurants are second to none in Duck. Offering a wide variety of entrees, Duck’s restaurants have received national recognition. The small mom and pop shops in Duck help bring the hometown feel to the area while offering boutique merchandise.

If you love the outdoors, Duck offers one of the best accesses to the beach and sound. No matter your watersport of choice, Duck can provide an excellent location. Windsurfers enjoy the steady breezes from the ocean, while parasailing occurs on the soundside.

The culmination of all the great amenities of Duck makes it easy to see why so many wish to live and vacation in the town. Duck provides a great new adventure along with small town beach life that so many desire.

Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk offers nature and the beach town atmosphere all in one. Many local Outer Banks residents call this town home. The town itself has worked hard to maintain a balance between urban development and maintaining its beautiful nature. Offering fun beaches, small shops, restaurants and a nature preserve, Kitty Hawk can make the perfect Outer Banks home location.

Kitty Hawk offers a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Many local artisans call Kitty Hawk home, opening shops on the main highway and on the beach road in converted homes. The merchandise captivates the essence of the Outer Banks and makes a great addition to any home. There are also many award-winning restaurants for all ages. Nightlife is abundant in many spots for adults to visit including wine bars and restaurants.

Kitty Hawk beaches are a short walk from any location in the town and offer fun in the sun for all. Many beach activities are readily available and there are many events held on the beaches of Kitty Hawk for all to enjoy. Dogs are welcomed on a leash and can enjoy the day at the beach with you and your family.

Kitty Hawk offers nature, activities, shops and restaurants that can make you fall in love with the Outer Banks all over again. Homes in this town are perfect for those who enjoy what the Outer Banks has to offer in nature and in shops.

Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills is in the heart of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Centrally located to pristine beaches, watersports, shopping, restaurants and nightlife, Kill Devil Hills offers a prime location on the Outer Banks. Activities abound in Kill Devil Hills from the beach to the sound. The birthplace of aviation, Kill Devil Hills is home to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. This is the location of the Wright Brother’s First Flight in 1903. History meets the beach and makes for an amazing place to own a vacation home or even primary residence.

Kill Devil Hills offers a more urban feel including access to many grocery stores, shops, restaurants and a 10-plex movie theater. This town offers great nightlife with many locations and activities to choose from.

Wright Brothers Monument, Kill Devil Hills, NC

No matter the location in Kill Devil Hills, there is still easy access to the beach and sound, plus an abundance of fishing piers. Surf fishing is extremely popular in Kill Devil Hills. If you are looking for fun off the beach, check out of the many putt-putt courses and go-kart tracks in the area.

The continuously growing Bay Drive area is a prized possession for the town and community members of Kill Devil Hills. Bay Drive enables those to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Albemarle Sound. Bay Drive is located just north of the Wright Brothers National Memorial and runs along the scenic Kitty Hawk Bay. The area features multiple sound side gazebos and a bike path that is perfect for sunset cruises unlike anywhere else!

Nags Head

Nags Head is centrally located on the Outer Banks between the Northern Beaches and Hatteras Island. Its location provides access to great activities, adventure and attractions. Nags Head provides easy access to the beach and sound while providing the modern amenities needed. As one of the oldest towns on the Outer Banks, the rich history and beautiful nature of Nags Head does not disappoint.

Nature and history collide at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Jockeys Ridge is the largest living sand dune on the east coast. Jockey’s Ridge is known for its great wind and makes the perfect place to fly a kite. For the more adventurous, hang gliding lessons are also offered at the ridge.

For anglers, Nags head is one of the best places on the Outer Banks and the east coast to fish. Nags Head has many piers for fishing use as well as Oregon Inlet that gives access to the Atlantic for fisherman. Deep sea fishing charters are very popular in Nags Head. Learn about the wildlife of the Outer Banks at Jennette’s Pier.

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The beaches are ranked nationally and water activities are a favorite. Many surf competitions are held in Nags Head every year because of the beaches above average east coast waves. It is also a great place for kiteboarders.

Nags Head also offers great shopping and restaurants. Many restaurants in Nags Head have been open over thirty years and are still run by the original Outer Banks families. Golfers will also enjoy Nags Head for its popular golf courses. Nags Head offers a variety of fun for the entire family. Home owners enjoy the proximity to activities and necessities while still enjoying the pristine nature that makes Nags Head a top vacation destination.

Hatteras Island

Home to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the stomping grounds of pirates from centuries past, Hatteras Island offers true coastal southern charm. The island is made up of a variety of villages including Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Kinnakeet, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village. Each village has its own unique style, but they all make it exceptionally easy to take in the natural beauty of the Outer Banks.

No other part of the Outer Banks makes it so easy to enjoy our windswept coastline. With much of Hatteras Island surrounded by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, finding your very own spot on the beach or soundside is as easy as parking your car and running over the dunes. Fishermen and water sports enthusiasts love visiting Hatteras Island due to its excellent inshore fishing, Gulf Stream accessibility, and quality waves that are common to the area.

Hatteras Island Highway 12 OBX

Rodanthe

Rodanthe, located on the easternmost point of Hatteras Island, was first occupied by local natives as far back as 500 AD. Rodanthe was originally called “Chicamacomico,” after the Native Americans. The town’s most famous attraction, the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station, still retains the original name. The colonists from the “Lost Colony,” were believed to have landed on Hatteras Island before moving to Roanoke Island and then disappearing.

The geography and topography of Rodanthe makes it a world class destination for all kinds of watersports. On the sound side, stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers, windsurfers and sailors enjoy the large shallow water and prevailing winds. Surfers from all over the world flock to this area as a premier surf destination.

Rodanthe was the setting of Nicholas Sparks novel and subsequent movie, “Nights in Rodanthe” which portions were filmed on the island. The house, “Serendipity” used in the movie, has since been located about a mile south. It was the northeastern most house in Rodanthe. After the movie was completed, the house was damaged and condemned after a nor’easter storm in November 2009. The house was saved from demolition by a private businessman, Ben Huss, from Newton, North Carolina, and moved less than one mile south.

Rodanthe is one of the seven villages that make up Hatteras Island. If you enjoy nature and quiet peaceful living, look no further!

Avon

Avon, also known early on as Kinnakeet, an Algonquian Native American word meaning something that is mixed or several settlements bunched into one. The earliest settlers were the Native Americans. The town officially changed to be Avon in 1883 when the Post Office was opened.

Avon retains its small town charm while having the conveniences of modern life. Avon has the islands only chain grocery store and two fast food restaurants. Vacationers also enjoy the restaurants that satisfy every palate, a Spa, fishing pier and mini-golf course to provide enough entertainment without spoiling the remote island vibe.

The Avon pier is great to introduce the family to the joys of fishing or just to take a stroll and be entertained by others hauling in their catch.

Similar to the other villages of Hatteras Island, the water sports activities on the ocean and sound are top notch for lasting memories. Relocating or purchasing a vacation home in Avon is an ideal choice to please every member of your family or traveler.

Frisco

Located at the southern end of Hatteras Island, the small town of Frisco, NC is perfect for those who seek a quiet beach get away place. At the northern end of town are Buxton and Frisco Woods, perfect for the hiker or jogger who likes the treed canopy of the maritime forest. At the southern end, the island narrows and it is possible to enjoy both the sunrise and sunset from the deck of your beach house.

Frisco was one of the last areas of the Outer Banks to be developed for tourism. Eventually visitors were drawn to the area’s quaint village atmosphere, seclusion, its miles of beaches, and its unique maritime forest. Frisco has a character all its own.  It is the perfect destination for someone who wants to enjoy the wide open and uncrowded beaches.  While Frisco is a great place to find peace and solitude, it also has many family friendly attractions.

 

No matter where you choose to purchase your Outer Banks property, you can have peace of mind in knowing that each Outer Banks town will allow you to experience the beaches and laid back lifestyle that makes the OBX so attractive!  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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How to Buy and Customize a New Home Without the Hassle and Expense of Multiple Closings

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Homes by Eillu has several new homes under construction in desirable Outer Banks neighborhoods

These Corolla listings in Monteray Shores, Corolla Light, Soundfront at Corolla Bay and Villages at Ocean Hill, are in demand by vacationers and are enjoyed by second homeowners.  If you act now, there is time for you to customize the homes and select the finishes you prefer.

These homes are fully funded by the developer.  This means there is only one closing after the home is complete.  This will save you money and it also allows you to avoid the stress that many buyers frequently feel during the custom home buying process.

Lot Loan

Buyers of a custom home will frequently select and purchase a lot.  The purchase of the lot can be financed with a loan. 

From a lenders point of view, this loan will be riskier and will tend to have a higher interest rate.  These loans are considered non-conforming loans and the bank can’t sell the loan on the secondary market. Corolla New Homes by Eillu

It is more difficult for buyers to qualify for a land loan than for a mortgage and the terms can sometimes be onerous.  Once the home is completed, the land loan amount can be included in the amount of the mortgage.

Homes by Eillu does NOT require our buyers to obtain a loan for the lot or land.  We already own the home site and fund all cost of construction while building your new home. 

Construction Loan

A construction loan is usually obtained by the buyer to begin construction for a new home.  This is a short term loan used to fund the project with disbursements as the project progresses.  Buyers typically pay interest on the loan over the course of the building, but the entire balance including principal is due when the home is complete. 

Typically, the construction loan balance is incorporated into the final mortgage loan once the home is completed.  This ‘interest only’ construction loan is cash out of the pocket of the buyer while the building progresses.  If the amount is not rolled into the mortgage then the buyer will be paying closing costs for both loans.

At Homes by Eillu, we do NOT require buyers to take out a construction loan.  This adds up to thousands in savings for the buyer. 

Earnest Money

A custom home builder usually requires a higher earnest money deposit than typically required for a resale home.  They do this to share some of the risk with the buyer.  A buyer may select some finishes that do not have wide appeal and would make it more difficult to sell to another buyer should the deal fall through.

At Homes by Eillu, we require a 5% earnest money deposit at the time of signing the contract for purchase and another 5% deposit once the roof is complete. 

The buyer should have a loan approval letter at the time of signing the contract for purchase and a commitment letter from the lender within 30 days.

One Loan – One Closing

At Homes by Eillu we believe in making your new home purchase simple, stress free and an enjoyable process.  Once your home is complete and a certificate of occupancy is issued, only one purchase money mortgage is used to finance the home.  This saves buyers Corolla New Homes by Eilluthousands of dollars in cost.  Only one closing means there are no duplicate loan application fees and other transaction costs.  It makes the entire process more efficient without the extra burden of scheduling draws and arduous paperwork for the buyer and the builder.

Customize Your Way

We currently have several homes under construction.  The earlier you act, the greater the opportunity to customize the home with your selections.  The process is very simple.  You can also visit one of our completed homes, to visualize some of the finishes and to inspect the quality construction methods employed.  See completed home pictures here.

Select Quality Products

The New Construction signed contract includes an attachment with the specifications for your new home.  Some items, like the 50 year Corolla New Homes by Eilluwarranty LP siding with sofit and facia and Pella windows and doors, are included in the specifications.  Roofs are  CertainTeed Architecture Shingles.  Even the paint is specified to PPG (Pittsburg Paint & Glass) rather than a builder’s grade paint that will likely need to be re-painted too soon.  All are quality products to produce a quality home.

Other suggested finishes and products include granite counters, LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile), Viking Vinyl pool (12×24) and Whirlpool stainless steel appliances.  A buyer can simply select a color palate, bath and related fixtures and use all the specified products for a unified and well-designed home that will remain in style for decades. 

Substitute Finishes with Allowances

Alternatively, a buyer can customize the home to uniquely reflect their personal style with the allowance program.  Each allowance category has a dollar value and product substitutions that cost over the allowance will have the difference added to the final cost of the home and are paid at closing.  Any items selected that are below the allowance appear as a credit at closing.  The allowance categories are:

  • Vinyl Tile
  • Carpet
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Appliances
  • Lighting
  • Granite
  • Cabinets
  • Landscaping

Homes by Eillu include state of the art smart home technology.  This package works together with a hub to efficiency and easily control all connected devices.  The smart devices include:

  • Wired and wireless internet (for better streaming)
  • Alexa voice controlled assistant
  • WiFi Thermostats
  • Front Entry Camera
  • Door locks
  • 2 Wifi lights
  • Leak detectors
  • Indoor and outdoor speakers (Pre-wire)

Plus, when you are away from home, many of the devices are controlled and send alerts to your smart phone so you can monitor your beach home from a distance.  This is a huge benefit in the Outer Banks where many homes are used as second homes or vacation homes.  Imagine being able to control the temperature of your Living Room in the Outer Banks from your permanent home!

Also, all of our homes include a 1 Year Builders Warranty and a 2 Year (years 2 & 3) CHOICE New Home Warranty to ensure worry free enjoyment of your new home for years to come.

Currently, all of our new homes are centrally located in Corolla.  We have homes in several established communities; like Village at Ocean Hill, Monteray Shores, Soundfront at Corolla Bay and Corolla Light.  Each of these communities is sought after by vacationers for their abundant amenities, proximity to the Sound and the Ocean.  All are close to shopping, restaurants and local attractions. Our fun beach homes are perfect for a second home or vacation rental.

Homes by Eillu has many new home packages available.  Call today to schedule an appointment to view a completed home or visit our next project. 

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Soundfront at Corolla Bay: The Outer Banks Exclusive, Intimate Upscale Community

 

Soundfront at Corolla Bay New Community Homes by Eillu

The Outer Banks has a variety of wonderful communities in which owning a home comes with a long list of various benefits. However, none can compete with all the luxuries that Soundfront at Corolla Bay has to offer.

The Soundfront at Corolla Bay is a lovely soundside community featuring 36 large, private soundfront and semi-soundfront homesites where homeowners marvel as the sun melts into the calming waters of the Currituck Sound. For starters, the peacefulness and secluded feeling within the community will have you feeling worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the island yet it is centrally located to everything historic Corolla Village has to offer, and just steps away from the Oceanside beach access.

Speaking of beach access – the choice is yours when it comes to walking or driving, and without having to worry about parking. Homeowners have easy access to guaranteed parking and a bath house directly at the beach access so you’ll never have to worry with fighting the crowd. For the vacation home owner, a waterfront location with easy access to one of the prettiest stretches of beach along the east coast makes for excellent income production potential. Every soundfront lot within the community also offers the option of having your very own private pier.

Lucky owners in The Soundfront enjoy a brand new, just completed soundside community pier with sidewalks leading the way from each homesite. Ospreys and bald eagles are just a portion of the surrounding nature and wildlife that can be seen on a regular basis, Soundfront at Corolla Bay New Community Homes by Eilluadding to the tranquility within while still having easy access to nearby shopping centers and a variety of local stores and restaurants for your pleasure.

 

Nearest Community to Planned Bridge

The mid-Currituck bridge is planned to land just to the south of the community to provide easy access for travelers or vacationers to the community. This bridge has been hotly debated for years. Clearly, it will provide quicker access to the Currituck Outer Banks from the Virginia area and for visitors from areas north of Virginia. Without the bridge, visitors need to travel further south and traverse north through Southern Shores and Duck before arriving to Corolla. The bridge can eliminate almost 40 miles of additional driving, so you will arrive to your home quickly.

Mid-County Currituck Bridge Plat

Low HOA fee

The Soundfront at Corolla Bay Homeowners Association fee is set at a low $1,000 annual rate. This allows for the maintenance and landscaping for all the common areas. Some of the amenities include the pier and gazebo but also sidewalks and streetlights.

 

 

Here at Eillu, we don’t think you should have to choose certain amenities over others when deciding which Outer Banks community is best for purchasing a home. That’s why we undoubtedly feel The Soundfront at Corolla Bay is the top choice without regrets. If you’d like to visit this luxurious community or have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or contact us at Eillu, your trusted Outer Banks Boutique Real Estate Team.

1013 Cruz Bay Lane Soundfront at Corolla Bay New Homes by Eillu

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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.

 


The Ultimate Outer Banks Vacation Packing List

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Heading to the Outer Banks is one of the best ways to spend a family vacation. As your vacation gets closer and closer, so does the dread for packing. Don’t worry- you aren’t alone! Many people dread the process of both packing and unpacking from vacation. Whether it’s your first time to the Outer Banks or your twenty-first time, we as humans can be forgetful even of the most important things. That’s why we put together this Ultimate OBX Vacation Packing List – so you won’t have to stress about forgetting something, including your sanity! With the items on our list below, you’ll be all set for relaxation on your destination vacation to the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina!


OBX Packing Checklist

 

Personal Items

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  • Drivers Licenses
  • Auto Insurance Cards
  • Health Insurance Cards
  • Cash
  • Credit or Debit Cards
  • Rental/Hotel Confirmation Information

 

Clothing Items

  • Bathing Suits (At least 2 per person)
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  • Swim Cover ups
  • Socks
  • Belts
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Dinner Outfits
  • Light Jacket/Sweatshirt
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  • Pajamas
  • Water Shoes
  • Active Wear
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Sun hat
  • Rain Jackets or Umbrella (just in case!)

 

Beach Items

  • Cooler with wheels or small portable cooler
  • Beach Cart
  • Water bottles for everyone in the familyBest Outer Banks Packing List Eillu
  • Beach Toys (maybe easier to buy cheap ones when you arrive)
  • Canopy/Tent
  • Beach UmbrellaBest Outer Banks Packing List Eillu
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Blanket
  • Beach Towels
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Mesh Bag for shells or other neatfinds while on the beach (helps get rid of unwanted sand)
  • Hats
  • Waterproof SunscreenBest Outer Banks Packing List Eillu
  • More waterproof sunscreen
  • Bottle Opener
  • Lip balm/protector
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sun Glasses

 

Entertainment & Technology Items

  • Portable Speakers
  • Cords & Chargers
  • Books
  • Frisbee
  • Colored Pencils/Crayons for the kids
  • Notepad or Coloring Books

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While some OBX Vacation Homes provide some of these items for you and your family to use during your stay, each property owner is different. Certain extra amenities may be listed on the rental home’s information page. However, often times these extra items are not listed but instead, offer a pleasant surprise upon your arrival for the whole family to use. Another helpful tip when packing for your stay at an OBX Vacation Home – remember to still bring beach towels. Most vacation homes provide bath towels but not beach towels. Overall, the most important thing to leave behind is stress! Just about everything on this list can be bought or replaced if forgotten. We guarantee even our unique and breathtaking barrier islands will have what you need and will forever be one of your favorite places to visit.

Here at Eillu, we want you to have the best vacation possible. If you find yourself loving the Outer Banks as much as we do and you want to find out more about owning your very own dream beach home, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of Real Estate experts has more than 50 years of combined experience in the Real Estate industry. Our intimate knowledge of the markets in which we list our homes will ensure homebuyers are getting the most detailed and professional assistance available. Our agents are more than happy to help and answer any questions you may have about this beautiful place we call home; The Outer Banks. We happily assist homebuyers and sellers throughout the entire process while always striving to exceed the expectations of our clients. Call us today!


Renting vs. Owning a Vacation Home on the Outer Banks

Renting Vs. Owning A Vacation home on the Outer Banks

 

Every vacationer to the Outer Banks has considered, if only daydreaming – what it would be like to have their very own home in paradise;  A beautiful destination for a family retreat or perhaps a home with a view to eventually retire and start the next chapter in life.

Consider this: Instead of spending your hard earned savings every year on a weekly rental near the beach, you could put that money toward a condo or beach house to call your own.

Buying a vacation home provides an endless number of getaways stretched out in front of you and making that dream a reality. No matter where you live, getting out of town is energizing. Even more so, it’s almost meditative being able to relax in a space that’s all yours without the hassles that come with hotels or having to abide by another homeowner’s rules. Plus, you don’t have to worry about any of those unexpected costs since you are already at home, especially if you end up using that beautiful kitchen.

There are several things to consider when deciding if owning a home on the Outer Banks will be of greater value to you rather than simply renting a home on the Outer Banks. Owning a second home should be pleasurable, not the source of constant financial strain. Smart decision making is key, and always remember to know your limits when it comes to big decisions that will impact your future. When done right, the advantages of owning a home on the Outer Banks can far surpass the disadvantages, so we’ve gathered some information to help those who are trying to determine what’s best; to Rent or to Own?

Vacation Home Turned Money Maker

Food for thought: Not everyone wants to buy a vacation home, but no one turns down the chance to visit someone else’s.

Realistically, you will be renting your investment home during the prime season as well as any other time of the year you feel is necessary to generate a good return on your investment. A good vacation rental property has the potential to cover your mortgage payments plus generate a healthy additional profit. Any week that is not rented is yours to enjoy! Keep in mind vacation rental properties are more sensitive as the seasons fluctuate. You will obviously have more renters during summer months rather than winter. Make sure you maximize the availability of renting your property during these popular times for your guests, to avoid becoming financially exposed if you suffer a lack of booking revenue during those winter months. The months of May and September, as well as holiday weeks such as Thanksgiving and Christmas have become increasingly popular rental opportunities on the Outer Banks. That still gives you plenty of weeks to enjoy your dream home at the beach. 

The general rule of thumb is that the yearly rental income should be 10% or more of the purchase price.  Be sure to do some research before making your investment by checking out other nearby vacation rental listings in the neighborhood or area that you’re considering for your investment. Rental history or projections are a very big factor to help you gain insight on rental properties by helping to keep your expectation of rental numbers more realistic. Using an online short-term rental service like Airbnb/VRBO makes it convenient to manage your rental property. Their website interface makes pricing, marketing, and communication with potential guests quite straightforward and easy. In addition, Airbnb/VRBO will oversee the billing process for you.  The best reason for using these services is it takes away the Property Management commissions and fees, hence increasing the profit earned per week.  To do this, the investment owner must have the extra time to be very organized and also have vendors in place to take care of housekeeping, pool and hot tub maintenance, landscaping and even the little things such as a light bulb change.  At Eillu, we will be happy to measure the positives and negatives for you as to which way to rent your home; either through a property management company or a do it yourself service such as VRBO. 

Here in the Outer Banks, there are homes available to meet a wide range of budgets. The opportunities are endless – and now is the time to begin a search for your dream vacation house. For more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to our professional agents at Eillu, your Outer Banks Boutique Real Estate Team for a personalized experience. We value our clients and strive to create a lasting relationship with each and every person we come in contact with.

Things to Consider

As with any home (and really life itself) there is always the chance of unforeseen and unfortunate events happening. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how hard you try to prevent certain things by taking extra precautions, some things will always be out of your control. Investment Homes can be costly to manage, both in terms of time and money. Insurance will help cover certain instances involving renters, but even when your property is unattended there is a chance for the unfortunate to happen, such as a burst water pipe that may leak and cause damage. Since events such as these cannot be controlled, consider having someone check on your property when it’s not actively being utilized. Even if you don’t know anyone in the area, some rental management companies may work with you and offer such services without making you pay all the hefty fees for their full line of services.

If you are unsure that owning an investment home is right for you, do not worry! Here at Eillu, that’s what we are here for; helping you with every step along the way. An important thing to consider before you begin searching is to understand your financial situation. To begin your search, you must determine the price range in which you are financially comfortable. Research your credit history, your debt compared to income, and the amount you can handle for a monthly payment.

Whether or not it is worth dipping your toes into this form of investment is debatable and depends largely on your personal financial abilities and tolerance for risk. If you’ve decided to begin investing in Outer Banks real estate, contact Eillu for a unique and personalized boutique experience that you won’t find anywhere else on the Outer Banks. We guarantee it!

 


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

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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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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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