OBX National Parks to ease restrictions

By  on May 14, 2020

Camping, with limited capacity will be available at Cape Hatteras campgrounds beginning May 22. (nps.gov/caha)

(National Park Service)

For the purpose of staying healthy while following guidance from the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and Dare and Hyde County public health authorities, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are increasing recreational opportunities on May 22.

Beginning May 22, the following services will be available:

  • Restrooms at the Fort Raleigh Visitor Center, Wright Brothers pavilion, Cape Hatteras beach and sound-side parking areas and visitor centers (visitor centers will not be open).
  • Camping, with limited capacity will be available at Cape Hatteras campgrounds; however, campsite reservations and payments will only be available online. Staff will not be available to take payment at the campground and site availability will be limited – campers must use recreation.govfor making campground reservations and payments.
  • Trash services in some locations – everyone is encouraged to “pack it in, pack it out” as trash service will remain limited.
Beginning May 23, the following services will be available:

 

  • Lifeguard services at Coquina Beach, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach, Frisco Beach, and Ocracoke Beach.
With public health in mind, the following facilities and activities remain closed:
  • Fort Raleigh, Wright Brothers and Cape Hatteras Visitor Centers and bookstores.
  • The Lost Colony at Fort Raleigh
  • The Avon Pier
  • Bodie Island lighthouse climbing
  • Cape Hatteras lighthouse climbing
  • In-person off-road vehicle permit sales offices; permits are available 24/7 at recreation.gov. Permits should be printed and placed in vehicle. Ramp status updates can be found at http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess.
  • In-person interpretive programs
  • Ocracoke Island boat slips

 

As North Carolina eases some COVID-19 restrictions, the NC Department of Health and Human Services and local public health officials are asking people that leave home to remember the Three W’s – Wear. Wait. Wash.

Waiting for Spring Blooms
 
 We have had our share of winter weather on the Outer Banks!  As a lifelong resident, I cannot recall a winter that we have ever had two real snowfalls.  The result was a week of missed school days and lots of potential buyers having to postpone plans to look at property on the Outer Banks.  Needless to say, everyone is looking forward to Spring!  Now is the time to prepare your Outer Banks home for another big rental season.  If you are in need of recommendations for contractors, painters, plumbers, etc, please don't hesitate to ask. 

 This is also the time of year to sell! Spring is typically our busiest time of year for sales so if selling is in your future give me a call today!   

 
 
WELCOME! 

  I'd like to introduce you to our newest team member, Marie Russell of Confetti Consulting & Design, to my marketing team! She is currently handling all of my social media and website marketing. She will make sure that I receive all online inquiries and will also make sure that your listings are placed online for everyone to see! 


The following is reprinted with permission from the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS®

 

Real Estate Market Update 

 

January MLS statistics are interesting! On the upside we are seeing record sales volume and the lowest number of days on the market for a January, but on the downside, we are seeing a record low in units in an under-contact status and a record low inventory.

 

  The UPSIDE 

 

Residential Sales Volume: Highest residential sales volume since 2006!  - $48,591,372 
Total Unit Sales: Highest January sales since 2006!  - 152 units
Days on the Market: Lowest January Days on Market since 2006! - 170 days 

 

 The DOWNSIDE 

 

Under Contract Listing: Lowest number of January listings under contract since 2009! - 304 Units 
Inventories: Lowest monthly inventory since 2005! - Residential - 1369 units, Lots / Land - 680 Units, Commercial - 58 Units

 
 
The following is reprinted with permission from the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS®
 
 

Commissioners Adopt Updated Resolution Expressing Continued Opposition to Offshore Drilling and Seismic Testing

The Dare County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution reflecting the Board’s long-standing opposition to offshore drilling and seismic testing off North Carolina’s coast. This is the fifth resolution passed by the Dare County Board of Commissioners since 1998 because of the potential damage that could occur to our environment and tourism economy. 

The resolution was presented by Chairman Woodard following a report about his recent meeting in Raleigh with Governor Roy Cooper and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to discuss the risks associated with offshore drilling and testing. Woodard reported that Secretary Zinke has agreed to consider a request to extend the public comment period and add additional public hearings in coastal communities, including Dare County. 

Governor Cooper has requested an official exemption for North Carolina, similar to the exemption recently granted to Florida based on the importance of tourism to the state’s coastal economy. The North Carolina Governor has encouraged people to call the Interior Department at 202.208.3100 to share their feedback. Public comments may also be submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management through March 9using this link.  

Mortgage Update:

 

Jamie LaVier
NMLS# 996395
Loan Officer
6 Juniper Trail
Southern Shores, NC 27949
ph 252-261-1239 (o)
ph 252-489-9317 (mobile)
james.lavier@townebankmortgage.com
 
 

Early last week, mortgage rates were driven by massive swings in the stock market‚ but the net result was small. Later‚ a budget deal and hawkish comments from European central bankers were negative for mortgage rates‚ and rates ended the week a little higher. 

Quite often‚ stocks and mortgage rates will move in the same direction‚ and this is what took place last Monday and Tuesday. Both fell on Monday and rose on Tuesday. The reason is simply that investors are shifting assets between stocks and bonds. When stocks rise‚ the demand for bonds falls‚ which causes yields to move higher. The reverse occurs on down days for the stock market.

On Wednesday‚ the Senate passed a two-year budget deal‚ which was signed into law early Friday morning. The deal will increase the budget deficit more than expected. This will increase the future supply of bonds‚ which puts upward pressure on yields‚ including mortgage rates.

The primary influence on U.S. mortgage rates on Thursday was hawkish comments from central bankers in Europe. Several officials at both the European Central Bank and the Bank of England recently have supported tighter monetary policy. This has helped push global bond yields higher.

The most significant economic data released last week was the ISM national services index. The index jumped to 59.9‚ well above the expected levels and one of the best readings in a decade. Readings over 50 indicate an expansion in the services sector. Since stronger economic growth raises the outlook for future inflation‚ this data was negative for mortgage rates


THE WEEK AHEAD

This week‚ the big day will be Wednesday with Retail Sales and CPI. Consumer spending accounts for about 70% of economic activity in the U.S.‚ and the retail sales data is a key indicator. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a widely followed monthly inflation report that looks at the price change for goods and services. Industrial Production‚ another important indicator of economic growth‚ will come out on Thursday. Housing Starts will be released on Friday. 

 
 
 

 

NEW LISTING | Newly remodeled + New furniture | 128 Waxwing Ln, Duck, NC 27949

MLS: #89625
For Sale$1,299,000


 

This stunning oceanfront has been immaculately renovated and is sure to please. Everything in this house is new this year. Pleasant coastal décor and sweeping views of the ocean from the great room and master bedroom. Bright, open floor plan is ideal for entertaining. 4 master bedrooms in all. Sun decks on the oceanside and soundside of the home offer lots of outdoor spaces. This one is a true gem and comes with all the fantastic amenities of Sanderling. Take a look at this gorgeous home today!

  • Single Family
  • Baths: 5 full, 1 half
  • Lot: 0.58 acres
  • Single Family
  • Built in 1982
  • Heating: Heat pump
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Deck
  • Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood, Tile
  • Waterfront
  • Price/sqft: $549
  • Furnished
  • Parking: Carport
  • Vaulted Ceiling

NEW LISTING | Beautiful Pondfront Home | 2001 Martin's Point Lane, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

MLS: #99160
For Sale$449,900


 

Idyllic, pond-side setting situated on a large, corner lot. This beautifully updated cape cod is a must see! Spacious and bright with upgrades throughout. One level living is possible with the master suite on the first floor. The large master suite features an enormous master bathroom with soaking tub and tile shower. Newly painted and newly carpeted. Plenty of storage both inside or in the bonus room over the garage. Large open great room.

  • Pondfront
  • Lots of decking
  • Fireplace
  • Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood, Tile
  • Gormet Kitchen
  • Master suite 
  • 2 car garage
  • Over sized family room
  • Porch
  • Vaulted Ceiling
  • Landscaped
  • Tons of storage
  • PONDFRONT
Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any real estate questions.
I am here to help! 


Edith Rowe
Broker Associate
Brindley Beach Vacation & Sales
Direct: 252-202-6165
obxrealestate.net

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