Top 10 Reasons to Own a Vacation Home in the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is like a slice of heaven on earth. Perhaps, you have vacationed here for decades. First, coming here as a child and returning with your family. You want to continue to share this special island with your grandchildren and hopefully retire here one day.

Maybe your first experience in the Outer Banks was surfing or boogie boarding at the beach with a group of college friends. You may have been waterlogged at the end of the day, but never felt so exhilarated, and at peace at the same time. You escape to the Outer Banks every chance you get.

Whatever first introduced you to the Outer Banks, once it gets under your skin it does not let go. Like the siren song of a conch shell, the Outer Banks will continue to call your name. Here are our top 10 reasons to own a vacation home in OBX.


We are blessed to be surrounded by nature in all its glory. From our beautiful pristine beaches, wide Carolina blue skies and gorgeous sunsets, there is always something to behold.

The area boast over 11 wildlife refuges guaranteeing preservation for future generations to enjoy. The Outer Banks was known in the early years for its excellent hunting and now is known for rare sightings of migratory waterfowl.

The majestic colonial Spanish mustangs, the official state horse, have roamed our coast for hundreds of years and are thought to have been shipwrecked here and survived in the wild for generations.

The Outer Banks boasts an abundance of nature everywhere you look; the largest sand dune on the east coast, quiet sound views with the gentle rustle of marsh grasses and several rare maritime forests to name a few.


The Outer Banks residents are a hardy tight knit group who reach out to each other in times of need and embrace vacationers, who visit, to welcome them with southern hospitality.


The climate in the Outer Banks remains moderate year round. The proximity of the Atlantic and the Gulf Stream tropical currents makes winter milder than other nearby areas. The abundant summer breezes off the ocean and sound are welcome on hot summer days.


The Outer Banks is rich in history, beginning with the Lost Colony around 1587, where the first settlers are thought to have arrived in America.

Blackbeard, the pirate sailed these waters and sought safe harbor frequently in the inlets.

In more modern times, the Wright Brothers First Flight occurred in Kill Devil Hills and forever changed history.

History buffs will continue to be fascinated with the stories and history of the unique barrier island that is filled with historical sites.

Tax Benefits

A vacation home is an investment. The expenses and operating costs are deductible on your taxes. While your personal use may be limited (14 day or 10% rule) to take full advantage of the tax benefits, the financial gains are significant. Consult your tax adviser regarding your full situation.

Multiply Your Tax Break

Vacation-home owners who want to retire to their second home for a while after selling their first home can get a double tax break. Make it your permanent residence for at least two of the five years before you sell and you qualify for up to $500,000 of tax-free profit ($250,000 if you’re single) on the sale, just as you did on your first home.

ROI – Return on Investment

A Realtor Magazine article, 7 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home, the Outer Banks was ranked as the 4th best place to buy a vacation home. The article based each area’s rankings on the potential return from renting the home.

Positive Cash Flow

Many Outer Banks investment properties return positive cash flow. This means the income from rentals, even seasonal rentals, cover all the expenses; utilities, insurance, mortgage interest, maintenance etc. Many vacation properties owners use Property Managers to manage reservations and perform maintenance on the property and the income may also cover the fee charged by these companies.


We love our sandbar and so do you! Named one of the top beach destinations year over year – here is what they say:

U.S. News & World Report’s list for Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA and Best Beaches in the USA

Travel Channels list of Top 10 beaches in America

Dr Beach (Stephen P. Leatherman, Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University) ranks the best beaches in the USA based on 50 criteria (like water temp, softness of sand, number sunny days, currents, facilities, cleanliness and space). His best beach winners include: Ocracoke at #4 in 2016, Cape Hatteras #6 in 2014.

Coastal Living voted Ocracoke Island as one of the best beaches in 2016.

Business Insider lists Cape Hatteras on the Best Beaches in America list in 2016.

Southern Living voted the Outer Banks as the South’s Best Island in 2017.


Memories to last your lifetime, your children’s lifetime and probably your grandchildren’s too! The experiences you share with your family and friends are the best reason to buy a vacation home in the Outer Banks. Priceless.

Contact Eillu today to find out more about making your Outer Banks vacation home ownership dream come true. It is easier than you may imagine. For more information on buying Outer Banks Real Estate or to learn more about the Outer Banks in general, please check out our blog.

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