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Hurricane Hatteras: Arthur's Wake
Another storm has come and gone from our shores. I feel a profound need to write something about it, to acknowledge the storm's presence in some way. But what? What can be said that hasn't already been said?

As I drive along Hwy 12, the villages from Hatteras to Avon are relatively "normal" looking. There is debris that needs to be cleared, but it consists mostly of tree branches; minor evidence of a wind event. It isn't until you get to the southern end of the Tri-Villages at Salvo that you begin to see the power of what wind and flooding can do. For those that may have witnessed the aftermath of Irene and Sandy, this definitely isn't at that level of devastation, but homes and businesses will have suffered a loss of some magnitude from Arthur, particularly those on the sound side. Coming into Salvo from the south, the roads are covered with a thin layer of salty white. The rush of water has changed the bright green lawns of summer to something closer to brown and with the coming heat of August the yellowish-green that remains will certainly surrender. In low-lying areas you can still see standing water and all along Highway 12 are piles of sea grass that was pushed in from the sound. Chain link fences look like the walls of a grass hut and bare the proof of the high water mark. Today, bulldozers, dump trucks and crews line the highway removing the evidence and by the weekend, the bulk of debris and insurance claims will be neatly tucked away.

Live Like a Local: Living Like a Visitor!
I live and work on Hatteras Island. I am extremely fortunate to call this fabulous place my home and am grateful for it all the time. However, my life is much like all of yours', day in and day out. I get up and get my kid ready for day care, pack my lunch, maybe put in a load of laundry, kiss my husband goodbye as he heads to work and head out the door for drop-off and then to work. I do this Monday-Friday and at the end of each of those days, I pick-up the rugrat, head home, start dinner, visit with my family, clean up and start the bedtime routine. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.

Live Like a Local! Shrimp Tacos: A Meal the Whole Family Can Help Make
Summer at the beach is all about delicious, light meals that involve fresh ingredients, seafood, seafood and more seafood! I feel most inspired in the kitchen during this time of year. Perhaps it's the smell of tomatoes on the vine that greet me when I step out my back door or the access to delicious gifts from the sea on Hatteras in the summer. Whatever it is, it's turned out some pretty incredible meals.

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Kinnakeet Civic Association history potluck is Feb. 22
The Kinnakeet Civic Association's February History Potluck dinner is Friday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Avon Volunteer Fire Department.

Sandcastles in Avon - Art Classes
Sandcastles is located on beautiful Hatteras Island in the middle of the Village of Avon. We have an eclectic mix of Local and American Fine Crafts and Art. Three art classes will be offered at their new location in the Dairy Queen shopping center, in Avon.

New Off Road Vehicle Use Rules
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a popular recreation destination where visitors participate in a variety of recreational activities. Off-road vehicles (ORVs) are one way for visitors to enjoy the seashore's ocean beaches and sound-side waters. The seashore also contains important wildlife habitat created by dynamic environmental processes. Several species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), including the piping plover, seabeach amaranth, and three species of sea turtles, are found within the park.

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Hatteras Island Real Estate Market Update
A few weeks ago, I attended a conference that featured very successful real estate brokers from around the country. The consensus of opinion was that real estate markets nationwide are recovering and that a transition from the buyer's market that started in 2005 to the next growth cycle has begun. However, not all geographic markets are at the same point in the recovery process, and there are significant differences in the level of progress even within a specific market area.

Based on statistics through April of this year and comparisons of market indicators with the first four months of 2011, I believe that this assessment accurately represents what is occurring on Hatteras Island. Here is a look at some of the most relevant numbers which reflect the theme of more sales at lower prices.

The 2013 Property Revaluation
The many activities associated with preparing the 2013 property revaluation in Dare County are nearing completion. "Property Revaluation" is the official term for a reassessment of property values. To determine values for taxation, North Carolina legislation requires that real property be reappraised at least every eight years, but counties have the discretion to conduct the revaluation more frequently. In Dare County, the last reappraisal of property took place in 2005, a year earlier than the eight-year requirement, in recognition of the substantial appreciation that real estate had experienced during the boom years.

Real property is assessed at 100% of the fair market value determined as of January 1st - the effective date of the revaluation. One misconception relative to assessed values is the belief that the valuation methodology used by county appraisers is the same as analytical procedures used by real estate agents to determine probable sale prices or by real estate appraisers to establish market values for loan purposes. Actually, the county's methods are somewhat similar, but not identical.

THE PITFALLS TO OVERPRICING YOUR HOME
Buyers today are primarily looking for location, condition, and price in the properties that they purchase. Since the location is fixed, and rental homes are usually in good condition, the variable over which a seller has the most control when listing their home for sale is the asking price.

Traditionally, the best measures of a home's value are the price at which comparable properties have been sold and those that are under contract. We also study the prices at which similar properties are presently being offered for sale to get some feel for the competition. Despite the market indicators that lead us to a determination of the probable sale price for the home that is being evaluated, some homeowners choose to "overprice" their properties.

We hear a variety of reasons for overpricing including - "My home is unique, and market trends have no relevance"; "I recently spent a lot of money on a new heat pump or a new roof, and I want to recover those costs"; and, "I need to get this amount of money out of the sale." While each of these comments may have relevance to the seller, if they influence the objectivity of the pricing analysis and result in a listing price that is higher than current market conditions warrant, then, serious consequences for the marketing of the property and its eventual sale will occur.

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Our Family's Story
Growing up near the Atlantic Ocean in South Florida, I was raised thinking that all beaches consisted of high rises and commercial, touristy businesses. Our first visit to the Outer Banks was about 10 years ago, not long after moving to North Carolina and I quickly learned how wrong I was. The Outer Banks are the antithesis of what I was used to. They are undeveloped wide beaches with houses dotting the landscape and glimpses of windsurfers taking advantage of the soft breezes. The unhurried, relaxed pace at which life goes on in the Outer Banks provides the perfect escape from the rate race that many of us face in our daily lives. The water is refreshingly cool and the warm breezes are relaxing as my family sunbathes and I either fish or read a book under some shade. Some of our best family memories as our children have grown revolve around bonfires on the beaches, surf fishing, feeding the seagulls on the ferry ride to Ocracoke, climbing the Hatteras lighthouse and our tradition of dinner at Howard's Pub. Since discovering the Outer Banks we have missed very few summers and I count the days until we return. I look forward each year to that first glimpse of the Bodie Island lighthouse as we turn off of US 64 and head south on NC 12 that tells me we are in the Outer Banks. By the same token, the saddest part of our trip is seeing that same lighthouse in the rearview mirror a week later as we head home. I cherish memories of watching my children grow as we vacationed on the North Carolina shores over the years and I look forward to seeing them start their own families as I recreate these activities with grandchildren.

Girls Week at the Outer Banks
I have dreamed of visiting the Outerbanks for years. I finally got that opportunity last week and it was definitely the trip of a lifetime. Myself and my two best friends spent the week in one of the rental houses in Rodanthe. It was the perfect location. We had the beach on one side of the house and out of the kitchen window, we had a view of the Sound. We had a very adventurous week from Corolla to Frisco. For our first adventure, we rented a jeep and followed a guide through the sand dunes at Corolla Beach in search of wild horses. Kim did an outstanding job driving through the dunes and we actually saw 17 wild horses on the ride. Our second adventure took us to Buxton where we took a 2 hour horseback ride through the Buxton Woods and on the beach. This was an amazing adventure that I would definitely recommend to anyone. Our guide was wonderful and kept us entertained for the entire ride! Our last adventure was our search for the house in the "Nights in Rodanthe" movie. We had no problem finding the house but did have an issue with finding somewhere to park! We actually ended up stuck in the sand when we tried to turn around to park near the house. We made friends quickly with the tow truck driver at the local gas station! Even with all of our adventures, we found time to relax and enjoy the beach. From our deck, we were able to see dolphins, surfers, wind surfers, birds, and just the beauty of the ocean. Overall we had an AWESOME trip and are planning on bringing the entire family back in June. Thank you Outer Beaches for helping to make this trip most memorable!

A Memorable Week
For years I heard how OBX was amazing and so much more incredible than the Jersey shore. Last year I finally saw what everyone was talking about. I was invited to go with my boyfriend's family, which included grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. It was seriously the best week of our lives. Not only did we get to catch up but we had so much fun down there. We went through Outer Beaches and we had no problems what so ever! We stayed in Frisco and every night at 9 a guy would play his bagpipe and we would listen to him while either relaxing in the hot tub or cooking marshmallows on the beach. During the day we would relax on the beach and fish, then cook the fish right there and make our own sushi. I am the worst eater and for 8 months all I heard was how I had to have an oyster at Pop's Bar and I think my video on YouTube says enough! Now the best part of our vacation happened on Thursday. We went out to eat and then went and took a family photo on the beach. Later that night my boyfriend, his uncle, and I went out on the beach. A few nights ago his uncle was taking silhouette pictures of everyone and my boyfriend said ours was messed up and we had to redo it. Right after we redid our picture he got down on one knee and proposed! It was so amazing and to do it right there on the beach under the stars was so beautiful and his uncle was right there to capture it all! It was the best moment of my life! Thank you Outer Beaches for a wonderful week and a lifetime of memories!

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