Even living at the beach along North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks, I am never surprised to hear someone say that they haven't been to the beach in years. It is like living in the mountains and knowing that most people enjoy looking at the mountains but not acutally getting out and walking them.
It is certainly not unusal these days to hear of children who rarely play outside and adults who retreat to their homes and focus mainly on watching television.
I am happy to have grown up in a different world. When we were children, we were outside until we had squeezed all the time out of the day. Whether it was running through fields, playing pickup football, or seining minnows in creeks, we lived outside and the newly introduced television was poor competition for our imaginations.
Somehow that has carried over into my adult life. Being outside and exploring my surroundings has always been a part of my life. Now that I am on the coast, I spend as much time as possible out on the water or exploring the local beaches. I even find that making day trips makes me appreciate our area even more.
As for lcoal exploration, it is s not unusual for me to ride down the White Oak River to Swansboro before breakfast. Sometimes I will drop the boat in the water just to ride out and see a sunset on the river.
Since I have my boat on a lift, a trip down the river might take me just a few minutes, On the other hand I have been known to spend a morning or two out on the boat fishing during the week or hike on the beach for over five miles at a time.
The question is does this make me a better REALTOR®? I actually think it does, and here is why.
Many people move to our area to enjoy boating and the beaches. When I came to the Crystal Coast, I had a very hard time finding REALTORS® who could talk intelligently about boating. While it might seem that boating is a simple subject, Water and access to it is a very complex subject here. It is not unfair to call the whole subject of water on the Crystal Coast a water puzzle.
I think the time I spend exploring local waters makes me a better REALTOR because the experience of being in a boat a few times a week gives me a better perspective of the area. One of the things that becomes very obvious after living here is that the channels that get you to some of the neatest places on the coast change appreciably each year and sometimes from week to week. It turns out that there is no substitute for current experience on the water.
It is the same way for our beaches. You can rely on a Google map for the Point area of Emerald Isle,but you will be very surprised to learn that the map isn't anything close to reality. If you take a look at this aerial photo from Google maps and note the blue line which is a GPS track generated by my Android phone as I walked along the beaches of the Point, you will be very surprised. While it might look like I am walking on water, I actually stayed on sand the whole trip coming and going.
This past March I set out with the goal of walking every foot of beach inside the town limits of Emerald Isle. By the third week of June I finished walking all of the beaches in the town from the northernmost tip of the Point to the town border at Salter Path. Actually I had done all the beaches at least twice and some of my favorite areas several times. This map shows the last leg that I completed.
My point from all of this is that if beaches, boating, fishing, and hiking are important to you as a home buyer, you might want to consider talking to someone who not only knows local homes but intimately understands the environment around them. While you might be able to change some features of your new home, you cannot change the water it is on or how hard it might be to get from the house to the nicest parts of the beaches or some of our special spots on area waters.
How your new home fits into the area's environment is going to have a lot to do with how much you end up enjoying your home.
Take the time to check out the detailed information that I provide about the area, and judge for yourself whether or not you want a real local expert on your team or someone who mostly experiences the area from an air conditioned car.