OBX Real Estate Blog from Eillu

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

April 16, 2022

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 swimming at the beach. 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. The Outer Banks will continue to call your name. Here are some of our reasons to own a vacation home in OBX.

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Posted in Vacation Rentals
March 15, 2022

Advantages of Using a Boutique Real Estate Team

With so many real estate companies out there, it can be challenging to figure out which one is the right fit for you. Boutique real estate companies are becoming increasingly popular because of the special attention they give their clients. Boutique firms offer superior customer service, in-house marketing services, dedicated team members, and a quality-over-quantity mentality. Today, real estate consumers can educate themselves on the property, pricing, and general information before even interacting with an agent. This means that you must have a strong online presence with high-quality photos, videos, and blogs to capture the consumer’s attention. Larger companies typically use a one-size-fits-all advertising model, while a boutique firm can create a marketing plan specifically for your home. Below are some of the top reasons why many buyers and sellers are using boutique real estate teams.

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March 2, 2022

The 5 Best Oceanside Communities in Corolla on the Outer Banks

A profitable vacation rental home investment does not have to be an oceanfront property. While oceanfront homes in Corolla do command higher rents, they also cost more to purchase and maintain. Consider going a few rows back to find an affordable alternative. Oceanside homes are usually only a short walk to the beach, and many do not require crossing any major roads to get there. Here are some of our favorite features of oceanside Outer Banks communities in Corolla.  



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Feb. 15, 2022

Easy Ways to Start Saving Money on Your Home Energy Bill

Most American homeowners spend well over $2,000 each year on utilities. While heating and cooling consume the biggest chunk of this, there are many small steps you can take that will add up to some significant dollars. Read below for a few tips to benefit your home. 

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Feb. 10, 2022

How Smart Home Technology is Changing Real Estate

Smart technology has been incorporated into almost every facet of our lives. Your phone is smart, your television is smart. Now, your entire home can be upgraded with technology that can control everything from climate control and lights to doors, windows, and more. 

The advent of this technology is causing numerous changes in the real estate industry everywhere. But it is especially beneficial to Outer Banks homeowners as well. Check out the following list to learn about how smart home technology can help to improve your home today. 

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Dec. 9, 2021

The 7 Best Seafood Markets for Fresh OBX Seafood

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 seafood a tasty fare, but it’s also naturally good for you and requires minimal preparation. The Outer Banks is packed with a countless number of places to get seafood. From restaurants to road stands, finding a way to get your hands on seafood is no hard task. But there are many things to consider on your hunt for the best fresh seafood. Your beach vacation isn’t complete without indulging in fresh seafood caught locally along the Outer Banks. We highly recommend an outing to one of the many Outer Banks seafood markets for fresh seafood you can prepare for the entire family to enjoy! We’ve put together a list of some of the best OBX Seafood Markets to help you decide, or maybe even explore them all!

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Dec. 1, 2021

Pros & Cons of Buying a Resale Home vs. New Home on the Outer Banks

Choosing the perfect Outer Banks real estate can be very exciting. The options boast a wide variety in style, design, and age. But buyers are often confronted with the choice between existing homes or newly constructed homes. It’s important to remember that both offer great benefits and unique opportunities in the East Coast’s premier vacation destination. Here are some things to consider when choosing your OBX real estate property.


Are you looking for a home that needs renovation? Do you want a home that is already furnished? These are some of the considerations you as the potential homeowner will need to make before deciding on an Outer Banks vacation home. Although these costs may seem minuscule, they can easily add up to be a large sum that is unexpected during the months where you will be putting the most money upfront.

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Posted in Tips for Buyers
Nov. 30, 2021

Deep-Sea Fishing on the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is a premium location for deep-sea fishing. Our beaches are just 12 to 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. 

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Posted in Things to Do
Nov. 29, 2021

Vacation Home Ownership on the Outer Banks

Once you start vacationing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the land becomes part of your soul and only grows year after year. The Outer Banks offers the perfect area to own a vacation home for making memories and/or making a smart investment. The Eillu Real Estate Team has many years of experience with Outer Banks vacation homes and can help you not only find the perfect home on the beach, but also guide you toward rental success. Not sure why you should be purchasing a vacation home? Here are some of the benefits! 

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Nov. 22, 2021

Explore the Intracoastal Waterway

Visitors to North Carolina will most likely pass the Intracoastal Waterway during their trip to the Outer Banks. Traveling from the north, you will cross over the waterway on a bridge on U.S. 158 in Currituck County, and it continues to run parallel to the mainland to the Wright Memorial Bridge. The waterway begins in northern Currituck County and then divides into two routes going south. The Intracoastal Waterway was first developed as a safe route for shipping companies to transport goods, but these days, thousands of visitors travel through the Outer and Inner Banks by boat. If you are interested in exploring the waterway, there are several marinas and restaurants along the 120-mile section of the Outer and Inner Banks Intracoastal Waterway.

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