Buying Outer Banks Real Estate?

If you love the water and the outdoors, then living or owning property in the Outer Banks is an incredible experience.  The temperate climate and multitude of things to do attracts people of all ages.  Surfing, golfing, fishing, parasailing, hang-gliding or simply walking along the Outer Banks miles of coastline is just a start.  And while vacationers flock to the beaches in the summer months, making outer banks real estate an excellent investment, full-time residents and second home owners enjoy the quiet of the off-season, when the beaches are open and seating at your favorite restaurant is readily available.

Outer Banks SurferHow to start your OBX Real Estate Search

Your intended use of the property should be the key driver in your search, and using the advanced search feature will enable you to better streamline your search to find your ideal property.  The primary beaches of Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk all have "vacation" area components as well as communities geared towards year-round living.  Most full-time residents live on the "west" side or sound side while vacation rental properties are normally found on the oceanside, oceanfront, or "between the highways".  The northern beaches of Corolla and Duck lean more towards vacationers and second homes, but you can find primary residences in these communities as well.  You'll find more full-time residents in Manteo on Roanoke Island, although the communities of Shallowbag Bay and Pirate's Cove have a combination of primary residents, second home owners and vacation rentals.  Let the experienced agents at Coastal Outer Banks Realty help you create a focused search by providing you more details about the various communities enabling you to find the perfect location.  We can even create a customized search in your own account!  Just send us a note at telling us your ideal property and we will set-up the search for you.  You'll then receive email alerts either daily or weekly, whatever you choose, when a property meeting your search criteria comes on the market or reduces its price.

OBX Real Estate Shopping Seasons

If you're looking for an Outer Banks investment property, spring is an ideal time to buy.  You'll receive all the rental income for the season and if you're lucky, be able to cover a chunk of your mortgage payments for the rest of the year.  Late fall and winter are a great time to shop, as accessing the properties is easier than trying to work around vacationers.  Of course summer is always a challenge when shopping for second homes and vacation rentals, and you should expect to see properties only on "turnover" day.  Of course fall is one of our favorite seasons in the Outer Banks, with gorgeous weather and open beaches.  Sellers may be more flexible in price, since they will have collected their rents for the season already.

Make sure you enjoy your OBX Shopping Experience

Buying real estate on the Outer Banks should be fun, so don't overdo it.  Try and put a reasonable limit on the number of homes you see in one day.  Of course this number varies by the locations of the homes you want to view, so discuss with your real estate agent what's appropriate.  The reality is that house cramming can be overwhelming and you often can't remember the details of the various homes.

Newest Outer Banks Oceanside Listings

1217 Atlantic Avenue, Corolla NC 27927


1217 Atlantic Avenue, Corolla

Located on one of the best beaches on the Northern Outer Banks is this spacious & well maintained oceanfront home! Ocean views are beautiful from the mid and top level r...

  • Beds 6
  • Baths 5.0
  • Courtesy of Corolla Real Estate


1209 Windance Lane, Corolla

This spectacular home "A Tortuga Sunrise" is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Villages at Ocean Hill. You will enjoy walking to the beach, the gorgeous ocean view a...

  • Beds 6
  • Baths 5.0
  • Courtesy of Ocean Realty

915 Whalehead Drive, Corolla NC 27927


915 Whalehead Drive, Corolla

This 6 Bedroom/5.5 Bath home is an immaculate, well cared for home just 2 lots from the oceanfront. Recent upgrades include engineered hardwood floors, kitchen cabinets,...

  • Beds 6
  • Baths 5.0
  • Courtesy of Outer Banks Blue Realty Srvcs.

102 Sandy Ridge Road, Duck NC 27949


102 Sandy Ridge Road, Duck

Incredible high elevation with Sweeping Sound Views. X Zone and adjacent to the Army Corps/Duck Research Pier Property which affords the home lovely natural buffer and p...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 2.0
  • Courtesy of Premier Properties of the Outer Banks

1127 Bodie Court, Corolla NC 27927


1127 Bodie Court, Corolla

This highly desirable Cynthia model villa is move in ready an priced to sell! Used exclusively as a 2nd home over the last few years this villa offers 4 bedrooms and 3.5...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 3.0
  • Courtesy of Village Realty - Corolla

137 Scarborough Lane, Duck NC 27949


137 Scarborough Lane, Duck

Kick off your shoes and relax in the warm ambiance of "Barefoot Lodge" built as the original showcase home for Seapines. The home has three separate gathering areas and s...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 3.0
  • Courtesy of Carolina Designs Realty