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While it is probably a little early to make a complete judgment, I think the great wave of retiring baby boomers might be re-evaluating their needs. I am working with an average of about three couples a month planning to either move to the coast or retire to the Carolina coast. Some things that I...
08/17/2008
There has been some discussion on a forum that I frequest about house prices needing to come down on the Crystal Coast. It is an easy argument, prices need to come down so sales will come up.  Unfortunately the logic is probably wrong. To start with if lower prices were the answer, then why does ...
08/03/2008
You could say that it is the worst of times in real estate, but even as I write this, a few more properties are selling and our inventory is getting reduced. Back in the fall, I had about sixteen properties from our MLS that I considered very good buys.  I specialize in water access properties or...
07/10/2008
I came to real estate from a career of nearly twenty years at Apple Computer.  Technology companies don't give you pensions, but you do come out with plenty of skills for dealing with a competitive market place. While the high tech industry might bring to mind massive email campaigns and slick we...
06/24/2008
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The tables are turned.  Buyers who could hardly get any attention a few years ago are now in the driver's seat. While many buyers are working hard to find the home they need.  There are other buyers who seem determined to take advantage of the tough market As Realtors® we certainly don't want to...
06/06/2008
As the water over on the beach gets warmer and warmer,  I keep thinking that we will see more than the trickle of customers who have stopped by the office. Here on the shores of Bogue Sound by the beaches of Emerald Isle, most of us were hoping for some strengthening of the real estate market. Wi...
05/18/2008
We live in an absolutely gorgeous area.  I feel wonderfully blessed to be in this part of the Southern Outer Banks.Unfortunately even the pristine waters, fantastic climate, low taxes, wonderful places to visit, and friendly people cannot protect your home from a real estate slump.Like many areas...
04/21/2008
We live on the North Carolina coast.  Like most coastal areas, wetlands are a fact of life.Most of us have come to value wetlands as they filter our water and provide a good spot for young fish to hatch.  In fact there are lots of things wetlands are good for, but houses are not one of them.Buyin...
04/11/2008
I have spent a lot of time in the last three months working with clients who are interested in having a place where they have access to the water.In our area of Carteret County that generally means finding a "water access" community.  Here on the Southern Outer Banks, that usually involves a plac...
03/31/2008
This evening I was thinking about Canada.  We lived in Canada from 1971 until 1987.  Our departure was not because we did not like Canada, it was because we wanted our kids to be near their grandparents in the states.I was also at a time in my career with Apple when if I wanted to advance, Toront...
03/18/2008
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