Dare County Flood Map Update

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

Dare County Flood Map Update – IMPORTANT INFO

Dare County and its six towns have been working on how to respond to the preliminary flood maps that were released last June. While it looks like an appeal of the maps will not happen, there is ongoing conversation about developing local elevation standards for development and re-development purposes. The maps, when effective, would then only be used for flood insurance rating purposes.

Approximately 75% of Dare County properties currently in a special flood hazard area and required to carry flood insurance are coming out of the special flood hazard area altogether under the preliminary maps. The preliminary maps show some properties that are currently zoned in a VE – highest risk flood zone on the oceanfront moving into an X zone, which is out of the special flood hazard area and not required to carry flood insurance. Technically, a house could be built slab on grade in this zone. The maps, while developed using the latest, most advanced technology, do not take into consideration our high water table and heavy rains that cause flooding from standing water. They were developed to address flooding from storm surge.

OBAR and OBHBA recognize the potential of risky development when it comes to flood hazards under the new maps and have been part of the local conversations on how to move forward. The 90-day appeal process has still not yet started thus delaying the effective date of the maps even more. There is a timeline of things that need to take place before the maps become effective which now may not even be until 2019.

A meeting was held this week with Dare County Planner Donna Creef and members of the county’s Program for Public Information Committee to review and consider approaches to encourage property owners to maintain flood insurance coverage or purchase it if they have not had it. “Low Risk IS Not NO Risk”, “eXceed the X Zone”, and “LES is MORE (Local Elevation Standard) and other possible slogans for a public information flood insurance promotional campaign were discussed. The Committee also talked about how to move forward on developing elevation standards in various areas in unincorporated Dare County and how additions/remodeling/repairs might be treated.

WORD TO THE WISE: Banks are also looking at the impact of the preliminary flood maps if they become effective as presented. You may see banks imposing a flood insurance requirement to qualify for a mortgage in the future although the flood maps show the property in an X zone, where flood insurance is not mandatory. Also, be careful when advising clients as to the redevelopment potential of properties for sale based on the preliminary maps. With focus on the development of local elevation standards, creating new first/ground floor living space may still not be allowed when all is said and done.

Dare County has more information on the map process here.

Outer Banks Market Breakdown

Below on the left is a breakdown of activity for each town from 2013 to 2016. The % change reflects the difference between calendar year 2015 and 2106.  On the right is a breakdown of what % of closed sales were in the respective price ranges.

Celebrating 20 Years

What does 20 years in Real Estate look like?

I’ve done Property Management, Real Estate Sales, Broker In Charge, Sales Manager, Real Estate Coach, Pre-license Instructor, Continuing Education Teacher, Sales Training/Public Speaking.

I’ve sold $20,000 vacant lots all the way up to $2M Oceanfront homes.

I’ve helped hundreds of great people buy and sell on the Outer Banks.

I’ve helped thousands of great agents further their business through coaching and training.

I’ve taught thousands of agents across North Carolina and hopefully helped them understand license law better.

Most important to my career have been the mentors who invested time and training in me. My life has been forever changed because of them. I am beyond blessed to have come this far.  I’ve really had a career of helping people, just like I was helped. It feels good to be able to give back.

Thank you all for your support along the way. If you would like to buy or sell a house, give me a call. I’d love to help you too!

March Outer Banks Market Report

True to history, we are already seeing a spike in sales for this month.  In just the first 17 days we already have 20% more homes under contract than last March.  That’s very exciting news.  On the other hand, what we also have is over a year of inventory.

The basic principle of supply and demand just simply will not allow prices to rise.  Inventory is too high for the number of buyers in the market.  Prices will continue to be affected.

I’ve been saying for 5 years, that if you want to wait for prices to go up to sell your home, you’ll be waiting at least 3 to 5 years.  Well, after 5 years, prices still haven’t gone up.  So now, I’m saying 7 to 10 more years.  Sadly, it’s just going to take that long based on the statistics.

Real estate is a long-term investment. If you’re in the market to buy now and plan to own the home for 10 to 20 years, don’t worry.  You’ll be fine.

If you’re still on the fence about selling, just consider the cost to own your home for the next 10 years, versus pricing it to sell now.  Then ask yourself a very serious question…Is it more important to get your price, or to get the home sold?  Exactly how much longer do you want to own this home?  If you’re waiting on price, it could be a while.

If I can help you answer any questions about buying or selling, please let me know.

Southern Shores Flat Top Cottage Tour 2016

The following is reprinted from the Town of Southern Shores:

After a hiatus for 2015, the Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Cottage tour is back, and will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  Tour tickets ($5.00) will be available on the day of the tour at 156 Wax Myrtle Trail or 13 Skyline Road.  The $5.00 donation covers visiting all the cottages on the tour. Proceeds will benefit the Flat Top Preservation Fund of the Outer Banks Community Foundation.  This fund was established to provide maintenance funds for the flat top located at 13 Skyline Road, which was donated to the Outer Banks Community Foundation and which serves as its office.

Frank Stick, (1884-1966), beloved Outer Banks artist and developer, obtained an option on the land that is now Southern Shores, and supervised the platting of lots, the installation of roads, and the design and erection of the first flat top cottages.   These now quaint architectural houses were reminiscent of the cottages he had seen in Florida, and were of cement block construction, with wide overhanging soffits, propped up shutters, and flat tar and gravel roofs.

These historic cottages that once dominated the town’s architectural landscape, will be featured in an afternoon of open houses. We are proud to offer more than ten of these gems of varying sizes, locations, styles, and finishes for a self guided open house tour.  Approximately 30 examples of this original architectural style still remain as flat tops in Southern Shores.  The attached photo is of the Mackey cottage, nestled on the oceanfront at 218 Ocean Blvd.

There are two headquarter cottages where tour tickets will be sold: 156 Wax Myrtle Trail (facing Porpoise Run) or 13 Skyline Road (Outer Banks Community Foundation). Maps will be available at headquarter cottages, detailing the addresses of each open house.   Brief histories of the cottages will also be provided.

Red and blue balloons will mark cottages that are open on the day of the event.  Parking will be available at the intersection of Wax Myrtle and Porpoise Run. From here, several cottages participating in the tour will be within walking distance of each other.

In addition to the two headquarter flat tops (Clarke Cottage and Outer Banks Community Foundation), the following cottages are on the tour:  69 Ocean Blvd (Sea Spray), 113 Ocean Blvd (Knight),120 Ocean Blvd (4 Gulls), 157 Ocean Blvd (Sea Breezes), 159 Wax Myrtle Trail (Falconer) 169 Ocean Blvd (Atlantic Breezes), 172 Ocean Blvd (Pink Perfection), 18 E. Dogwood Trail (Oh So Sandy), and 218 Ocean Blvd (Mackey).

Information is also available at the Facebook page for Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Cottages:  https://www.facebook.com/Southern-Shores-Historic-Flat-Top-Cottages-421136131314749/ .

The day before the Flat Top tour, the Kill Devil Hills Historic Landmark Tour will take place on Friday, April 22nd from 1-5 PM. Information is available from the Town of Kill Devil Hills at 252-449-5318.

For additional information about the Southern Shores Flat Top Cottage Tour, please contact Sally and Steve Gudas at 804-399-8342 or [email protected].

 

2015 Outer Banks Market in Review by Area

2015 was a good year for real estate.  Overall the market finished with an 11% increase in the number of homes sold.  While we still have some work to do, there are very good signs for a lot of the area.

Northern Beaches – Corolla & Duck

Leading the category of still in much need for improvement is Corolla.  Not far behind is the Town of Duck.  The main reason these markets are still showing huge inventory levels and decreasing prices is the lack of a primary market.  In these two locations, 99% of sales are discretionary.  These sellers don’t HAVE to sell and the buyers don’t HAVE to buy.  They are secondary homes.  Without a primary market to stabilize things, the inventory in both areas has remained out of control.

It will be interesting to see how long it will take to get inventory levels to a normal absorption rate of 6 months or less.  It certainly won’t happen quickly.  I think the most notable stat to recognize is the 25% increase in the number of homes sold for Corolla last year.  That’s interesting because in most of 2015 there was a 20 to 21 month supply of homes for sale.  Even AFTER a 25% increase in homes sold, there is STILL TODAY a 19 month supply of homes for sale.  Let that sink in for a minute.

201320142015
Corolla
Total Sold17115819725%
Avg Days on Mkt267271250
Avg List Price $667,649 $728,310 $737,4501%
Avg Sold Price $621,037 $683,375 $698,1222%
Currently Available291
Average Price$849,894

You’ll notice a slight increase in average sold price above.  Yet, I mentioned that prices are still dropping.  How can that be?  If we look a the breakdown below, you’ll notice there were fewer homes sold under $500,000 and more homes sold over $500,000.  That can skew the average price.  What we do know is the average home in Corolla goes through 3 price reductions before selling, as well as over 200 days on the market.  Both are signs of continued price decline.

20142015
Under $350,0002818%3518%
$350,001 – $500,0005032%5729%
$500,001 – $700,0003623%5126%
$700,001 – $1M2214%2915%
$1M – up2214%2513%

 

201320142015
Duck
Total Sold827675-1%
Avg Days on Mkt254218251
Avg List Price $776,662 $781,055 $661,670-15%
Avg Sold Price $714,076 $728,505 $619,861-15%
Currently Available150
Average Price $687,000.00

What’s interesting for Duck is the very clear shift in lower priced homes selling.  The jump in homes sold from $350,000 to $500,000 was massive!  Notice also, the drop in homes sold in the higher priced categories.

20142015
Under $350,0001317%1216%
$350,001 – $500,0001520%2533%
$500,001 – $700,0001824%1317%
$700,001 – $1M2026%1824%
$1M – up1013%79%

 

Southern Shores

Going into 2015, Southern Shores was showing great numbers.  I’m not sure what changed throughout the year, but they didn’t end as strongly as they started.

201320142015
Southern Shores
Total Sold7096971%
Avg Days on Mkt202192235
Avg List Price $541,660 $519,143 $470,721-9%
Avg Sold Price $511,185 $487,978 $444,475-9%
Currently Available78
Average Price $653,286.00

Another Town with a huge increase in homes selling under $350,000 and a drop in sales of those higher priced.  Very interesting to see what will take place in 2016 for Southern Shores as it’s still a very sought after location.

20142015
Under $350,0002930%4445%
$350,001 – $500,0003638%2829%
$500,001 – $700,0001920%1515%
$700,001 – $1M77%88%
$1M – up55%22%

 

Southern Beaches – Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head

You’ll notice quite a few differences with these Town stats than the northern beaches.  Once again we go back to having a primary market.  These areas have been largely helped and stabilized for that reason.

201320142015
Southern Beaches
Total Sold41138444015%
Avg Days on Mkt211175170
Avg List Price $343,527 $368,743 $361,164-2%
Avg Sold Price $324,716 $353,107 $345,177-2%
Currently Available394
Average Price $497,639.00

The major news in the southern beaches for price range stats is the increase in homes selling from $350,000 to $500,000.  The rest remained fairly unchanged.

20142015
Under $350,00027872%30369%
$350,001 – $500,0004913%7918%
$500,001 – $700,000308%399%
$700,001 – $1M174%102%
$1M – up103%92%

It’s my expectation that we will see similar numbers in 2016.  I’m not predicting another year with double digit increases in number of homes sold.  However, it would be lovely to see some serious stabilization in pricing for the northern beaches.  I’m not sure that’s possible with the oversupply of inventory, but it’s on my wish list!

If I can help you with buying or selling on the Outer Banks, let me know!

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2015 Agent of the Year

2015 Agent of the Year

From left to right: Beth Urch, Sales Manager, Ilona Matteson, and Jimbo Ward, President.

Ilona Matteson, associate broker for Beach Realty & Construction / Kitty Hawk Rentals was named the company’s agent of the year for 2015.  Ilona also earned agent of the year honors in 2012.

Ilona was licensed in the late 1990’s and became sales manager for Beach Realty in 2002.  In 2006, she moved to Richmond, VA and was affiliated with a national coaching company where she excelled as a one-on-one coach for real estate professionals.  The allure of the Outer Banks brought her back to the beach and she resumed her career in real estate sales.  She quickly became a top producer and attributes her success to hard work, discipline and in-depth knowledge of the local market.  Along with her successful career in real estate sales, Ilona also offers training and coaching to the sales team at Beach Realty & Construction.

You can reach Ilona Matteson in the Duck office of Beach Realty & Construction/ Kitty Hawk Rentals at (252) 261-6600 or email [email protected].


Beach Realty & Construction/Kitty Hawk Rentals is a full-service real estate company offering an attractive and ethical environment for licensed real estate professionals to realize a successful career.  For more information about joining the Beach Realty sales team contact Sales Manager, Beth Urch at (252) 261-3815 or [email protected].  

The 2015 Outer Banks Market Report

We saw a lot of very positive signs in 2015 that continue to lead us on the path to recovery.  While we still have an oversupply of inventory on the market, keeping prices down, we have a double digit increase in number of sales.

The other interesting trend is showing more homes in the higher price ranges are selling and fewer homes offered in the under $300,000 price range.  That is showing our median sales price to be up, even though individual home prices aren’t rising at this point.

It’s virtually impossible for our home values to go up when inventory is still at a 15 month supply.  However, it’s a great step forward.  We saw a 20% increase in number of sales for 2012, then it steadied for 2 years until another big increase in sales for 2015.

Mortgage brokers are expecting a surge in activity the first part of 2016 to beat the Fed’s promise of rising interest rates.  We certainly have a year round market on the OBX and see great activity all year long.  The two spikes in activity happen in March/April and September/October.  No need to wait though, we can get your home sold any time of year.

Here is the breakdown of where we ended up for 2015:

  • Residential number of sales were up 11%
  • Average sales price was down 2%
  • Land sales numbers were down 5%
  • Average sales price was up 7%
  • Inventory was down 8%, being the lowest since 2007
  • Foreclosed home sales were down 37%

Next month I’ll provide a break down of each location individually so you can see how it compares year over year.

If you have any questions or would like additional information please let me know.

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Currituck County’s PRELIMINARY Updated Flood Maps

The following information is copied with permission from the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS(R) .

Currituck County’s PRELIMINARY updated flood maps have been released. Information pdf on how to access the site. The link will take you to the flood map FRIS page, click on ok and then select the County (Currituck).In the upper right corner you will see “effective”. Go there and select “preliminary”. You will be able to look at the new proposed maps that will hopefully be adopted within the next year.

If you zoom in, you will start to see aerial views. By clicking on the map in a particular area you will get the information on the right side of the screen or you can search by using magnifying glass on menu at top left. Most of our county is seeing a significant change to elevations being lowered and many homes will come out of the flood zones or be classified into a lower zone (VE to AE for an example According to the NC Floodplain Mapping Office, the preliminary maps show that Currituck County has 11.5 square miles of V Zone (89.5% decrease from current maps) and 249.5 square miles of A Zone (24.75% increase):

  • ‪Under current mapping, there are 1,097 buildings in the V Zone; new maps show 126 buildings in the V Zone;
  • ‪Current maps show 7,020 buildings in the A Zone; new maps show 2,767 buildings the A Zone.

There are oceanfront V Zone properties that are coming completely out of the special flood hazard area – being changed to an X Zone!

Please keep in mind that these are only preliminary maps. They will have to undergo a 90-day appeal process, a public meeting process and final FEMA approval. This entire process could take up to 18 months. In the meantime –  good news overall for homeowners in the special flood hazard area!

Best Buys for July 2015

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