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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Be smart when planning your beach vacation!

In these tough times everyone needs a beach vacation in Emerald Isle, NC. However, now more than ever, the thought of planning your vacation with even the small possibility that you would have to cancel & loose money (due to a number of reasons including the loss of your job) is a major concern. Sun-Surf Realty offers & highly recommends Vacation Rental Insurance through CSA Travel Protection. This insurance covers a wide range of circumstances including job loss, hurricane evacuation & more! Always keep in mind that if you can’t afford to loose money because you have to cancel or delay your vacation due to an unforeseen reason (and let’s face it….there is no way to predict what will happen in the days to come), then you can’t afford NOT to purchase travel insurance which is typically a small dollar amount as compared to what you stand to loose.

Side note: If you previously declined this insurance, you may purchase it up to the day you make your final payment (please keep in mind it will not cover any pre-existing situation)!

Ellen Garris

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's a great time to buy a home on the Crystal Coast!

Our sales staff at Sun-Surf Realty have been scouting the market for the best beach buys in Emerald Isle and surrounding areas (and there are plenty!). The inventory is like we’ve never seen before and prices have really gotten competitive. Sellers are realizing that pricing is key to successfully selling in our market. Who knows if our bottom has actually hit, but we can certainly say that you won’t be sorry if you buy now. Mortgage interest rates are well below 5% and loans are out there for borrowers who have good credit and some down payment. Of course, there is plenty of 100% financing for military through the VA loan guarantee program.

As an added incentive to our buyers and sellers, we at Sun-Surf Realty are offering a FREE HOME WARRANTY to anyone who buys or sells through our company (a $350 value). A Home Warranty can offer peace of mind to both buyers and sellers because it covers items such as water heaters, appliances, electrical systems, plumbing and polybutylene pipe leaks, and more. This coverage starts on the day we list your home or the day you purchase a home for a period of one year. Call us for more details!

Next topic – First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit (put $8000 back in your pocket!)

Stephanie Warren, Sales Dept.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Vacation on a Budget

Everyone seems to be living within a budget these days and if you have flown lately you know how expensive it can be. The good news is you don’t have to purchase a plane ticket to visit the beautiful island of Emerald Isle, NC. Pack up your car and don’t stop until you see this beautiful view from the bridge leading to Emerald Isle (this picture was taken this morning from my car). I have been told driving across the bridge has a calming affect.

In years past it was necessary to wait until the last minute to make your beach vacation plans in order to take advantage of “specials”. This year we started posting rental specials in January so our guests are able to plan ahead. Just last week I spoke with a guest who received a discount of over $250 (sounds like grocery money to me!). Speaking of grocery money….you really can save big $$ by renting a beach house or condo and cooking your meals rather than going out to restaurants.

If you’re unsure as to whether a vacation in beautiful Emerald Isle will fit into your budget give us a call, we are happy to help!
Ellen Garris

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Spring is fast approaching in Emerald Isle...

Growing up I'm sure we were all taught that it wasn’t very nice to brag, but I just can’t resist….we have just experienced the most beautiful weekend in Emerald Isle after a long windy, rainy, cold stretch. AND TODAY IS EVEN WARMER! Spring fever is setting in for all of us! While the weather is improving all across the country, there is just something about being at the beach when this happens. Now is the time to pull out your rod and reels and make sure they are ready for the upcoming fishing season. The Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier located just off Emerald Drive, in the heart of the business district, will be opening this Saturday, March 14th.

Others must have taken note of the forecast because I noticed an increase in beach & marina traffic this weekend. Here are a few pictures taken on the beach this past weekend - the water looks beautiful (yes it was warm enough to wear a bathing suit)!!

For all of you that enjoy boating while in Emerald Isle, the town of Emerald Isle is working to secure the funds to purchase a 16-acre tract of land near Emerald Isle Chapel By The Sea for a new public boat launching facility. The plan is for a total for 125 vehicle/trailer parking spaces and 19 single-vehicle spaces and will be the largest of its kind in North Carolina.

This coming weekend (Saturday, March 14th) is the 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Festival. Sun-Surf Realty has available properties for the weekend so give us a call! If your schedule will not allow you to visit the Crystal Coast this weekend, we are always happy to assist in planning your vacation any time of the year.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March has roared its way into 2009. We have just experienced our 3rd (maybe even 4th) snow on the Crystal Coast here in Emerald Isle. Those of you who are not from this area probably wouldn’t even consider what we had as “snow”, however you must remember that we live at the beach and when white flakes fall from the sky – it is SNOW.

Check out the photos of the snow fall we had in January as well as last night (March 2, 2009). It really is beautiful to see! Now let’s picture YOU relaxing on the beach while enjoying the sounds of the waves breaking, children playing and the smell of sunscreen all while sinking your toes into the warm sand. Go ahead and leave winter behind, we are updating our site daily so you don’t have to wait until the last minute to take advantage of excellent discounts for your beach vacation.

If you are planning your family vacation we have added a new feature that enables you to create your very own brochure. When viewing properties for your family or friends click “Add it” and when you are finished you can view the brochure and email it to others. If you need assistance please do not hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-553-7873. As always, we look forward to hearing from you.
Ellen Garris




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