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

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139 Arrowhead Court, Duck

Great beach cottage! You won't have to bring everyone you know on vacation to afford a nice trip to the beach. The house is very comfortable, open and bright. The open fl...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 2.0
  • Courtesy of Resort Realty - Duck

510 Conch Crescent, Corolla NC 27927


510 Conch Crescent, Corolla

Location and views are a few of the many desirable features of this beach home. Well built with a pleasant floor plan that suits an easy living lifestyle year round. Loca...

  • Beds 5
  • Baths 3.0
  • Courtesy of Brindley Beach Vacations-Main

956 Cane Garden Bay Circle, Corolla NC 27927


956 Cane Garden Bay Circle, Corolla

Brand new construction MODEL HOME in the hugely successful Villas at Corolla Bay! Southern Coastal style architecture and includes all the top of the line finish work yo...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 3.0
  • Courtesy of Resort Realty - Cor

6013 E Baymeadow Drive, Nags Head NC 27959


6013 E Baymeadow Drive, Nags Head

Amazing bank owned deal. Over 2,500 square feet and 5 bedrooms for almost under $400,000. Ocean, sound and golf course views. Located in Seaside South in The Village o...

  • Beds 5
  • Baths 3.0
  • Courtesy of Outer Banks Blue Realty Srvcs.

102 Ships Watch Drive, Duck NC 27949


102 Ships Watch Drive, Duck

Resort living in Duck NC, for a small price you can enjoy 5 beautiful weeks in your own beach home. You have views of the Currituck Sound to watch the amazing sunsets on...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 4.0
  • Courtesy of Resort Realty - Duck

146 Four Seasons Lane, Duck NC 27949


146 Four Seasons Lane, Duck

DUCK: FOUR SEASONS OCEANAIRE! This bright and airy home features eight bedrooms, seven full and one half baths, billiards room, a large 31 X 14 private pool, hot tub, whi...

  • Beds 8
  • Baths 7.0
  • Courtesy of Four Seasons Realty