Memory Monday 5/15/17 – Danny’s Necklace

Happy Belated Mothers Day to all of the mother’s out there.   We had a great weekend here on the Outer Banks with sunny skies and warm weather.  Today’s Memory Monday photo submission has a great story behind it and so we step aside to hear the story of Danny’s Necklace from Fred Streb of Chantilly, Virginia who stayed with Outer Banks Blue at the Corolla Vacation Rental property “Island Hopping. READ MORE

Memory Monday 10/6/14

Wildlife of the OBX

This week’s Memory Monday Photo Submission comes to us from Kim Deane of Morrisville, North Carolina who stayed with Outer Banks Blue this past summer at the vacation rental property “Here Comes The Sun.”   In fact, Kim and her family have stayed at Here Comes The Sun every year since 2010, and have already reserved their week for next year! The photos that Kim sent us reflect the abundance of nature’s beauty of the Corolla area with the Sandpipers, Wild horses, and of course the massive Ocean to Sound fence that keeps the wild horses penned in the area north of Corolla.
Sandpipers getting a meal by the shoreline
Corolla’s Wild Horses on the prowl.
Pelican’s taking a break on the Wild Horse Fence north of Corolla
Thanks Kim for sending us these great photo memories of the OBX.   We look forward to serving you and your family again next year! All the best from the beach! By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services

Memory Monday 8/18/14

Family Fun on the OBX!

Today’s first Memory Monday Photo submission comes to us from Danielle Altman of Haskell, New Jersey who stayed with Outer Banks Blue a few weeks ago in the vacation rental property “Tarheel Treasure.” READ MORE

Feed America even while on vacation!

Help us MAKE A DIFFERNCE one can or box at a time!

  When you are checking out of your vacation home and moving in the direction of the bridge to head home, please feel free to stop by our office and leave any of your non-perishable items taking up too much space on the way home.  We will donate these items to the Food Pantry and the food will be dispersed to families in need all over the state of North Carolina.
Outer Banks Blue aids in local Food Bank donations several times a year- through holidays & damage from storms to support our local families in need.
You give more than the donation to someone in need, you give hope!  Outer Banks Blue allows each employee to volunteer for an 8 hour paid day of work while representing the company in any field of choice.  Outer Banks Blue Marketing Director, Michelle Elmore, volunteers at The Food Bank of The Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC.  This is one of the busiest places in the business of distributing food donations in NC. 

“I worked harder in one day at the Food Bank, than I have in any restaurant in my work history, and have never felt more enriched.” ~Michelle Elmore~ READ MORE

=&0=& =&1=& Attention Outer Banks Vacationers!   Be sure you don’t announce to thieves that your house is ready to be robbed while you are at the beach! I saw an article in our regional newspaper a few days ago that piqued my interest on a subject that not many of us thinks about – security of your home while you are at the beach on vacation. We hear at least a couple of stories every year from Outer Banks Blue guests who return home after a relaxing vacation only to find that their home was broken into while they were away. The article went on to mention several common sense tips and we wanted to share some of those tips courtesy of Toni Guagenti of The Virginian Pilot Newspaper of Norfolk, Virginia. =&2=& Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest and other sites are great to stay in touch and tell your circle about the news in your life, but make sure you don’t send an invitation to crooks to case your home!   Check your privacy settings to ensure you aren’t sharing more than you should to more folks that you should. Guagenti quoted Michell Schenker, chief operating officer of the website www.asecurelife.com who suggested you should be cautious.  “If you’re posting your picture from Disney World, then everyone will know you are in Orlando and not at home.” Maybe waiting till you get home to post those vacation pics may be a safer way to go. =&3=& =&4=& As a neighbor to pick up your mail or packages.  Be sure you call to have your daily newspaper delivery stopped.  Or you can go to your post office and ask to have a hold put on your mail while you are away.   None of these ideas takes a long time to set up, but they can be a lifesaver.  =&3=& =&6=& Outer Banks Blue has a number of houses that accept pets, but you may want to consider leaving Buster at home and hiring a dog sitter to come by the house.   As Guagenti’s article suggested you can ask your dog sitter to turn porch lights on and off, open and shut blinds and curtains and give the house a look as though someone is there, but most of all… The bark of a live dog is a good way to scare away trouble.


Tip #4     Get a security-system sign – even if you don’t have a security system.
Evidently you can purchase on-line those yard and window signs that you see in front of houses announcing a security system is in place.   Interesting idea.   Some crooks are evidently deterred by just the presence of a sign or sticker.
Or, you could just go to tip #8 and go ahead and get a security system!
Tip #5     Schedule outside work on your home when you are away (like lawn maintenance)
An unkempt yard is a sign no one is caring for the property.   Yard maintenance vehicles coming and going could fool those same crooks mentioned in tip #4.

Tip #6    Take away the hide-a-key
If you are not home you won’t be locked out of your house.  Take the key to be sure no one finds it when you are away.
Tip #7     Put lights on a timer
Motion detector lights are a good investment for the exterior floods that serve your driveway, but you can also put your lights on an old fashioned timer.  They run about $10 at the local hardware store and they turn power from any outlet on and off for any times you set them for.  Most timers will allow you to set two different cycles each day so you can have the lights on in the early morning, and in the evening as well.
Tip #8     Invest in a home-security system.
I’ve had one for years, and I can’t tell you how much peace of mind it gives me when I’m away or even at night when everyone is in bed.   My system has exterior door and window devices as well as motion detectors.
i remember being in Arizona on business one time and getting that call from my security company telling me someone was in my house.   As I was on the phone they were telling me that the intruder was moving from my living room to the kitchen, and into my bedroom.   When the police arrived the security company was actually able to tell the police the exact location of the person as the good guys arrived.
I didn’t have anything stolen, and the thief was arrested.   The system cost me less than $500 to install and I pay less than $100 a year in monitoring costs.  The best investment I’ve ever made.
If you watch television commercials lately you will also note that you can activate the alarm via your smart phone even if you forgot to activate it before you left (my biggest mistake).
I even have a feature on my system that will “chirp” whenever an exterior door is opened in the house.   That’s a great feature for a guy like me with five young children that I can’t always keep track of.


 Tip #9     Call the Police
This tip is mine, and wasn’t in the article i read.   In my community if I know that I am going to be gone for a time my local police provide a service where they will come by my house at least once daily and look for anything out of order.   They don’t promise to get out of the car and walk around the house or shine lights in the window, but they will at least drive by the house a couple of times a day, and if I’ve told them no one should be at my house and they see a car or truck parked at the house they will investigate.
Before I purchased a security system this came in handy one time.   My college aged son decided it would be a good time to invite friends from school and throw a party at Dad’s house while I was away.   He got quite a surprise from the local police Sergeant knocking on the door and saying “son, your Dad told us no one is supposed to be here.”   Needless to say the party re-located back to the campus and my house was untouched after the police visit.

Whatever methods you choose to protect your house when you are away are worth the effort.   Family heirlooms, personal possessions and even the mental stress of knowing a stranger was in your house is always well worth the effort.

Here’s to great vacations and no bad news from home while you are on the Outer Banks this summer!
Do you have any other ideas to pass along on this topic?   Post them if you can think of another good idea.

All the best from the beach!

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Sweet Summer time on the OBX!

There is just something about summer time…flowers blossom, kids are finished with school work, routines change, gardens grow, families spend more time outdoors, cook outs, baseball games, pool parties…what I am missing? 

Oh yeah…THE BEACH! Check out the perfect day to be on the beach in June!  High of 92 and breezy with lots of feet in the sand and paws in the water!  There are so many things to do at the beach, that it could take several vacations to cover them all, but make sure you do the most important one…sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery

If you have forgotten to make reservations or need some help finding the right house, call today! READ MORE

Denver Post Author Enjoys Vacation with Outer Banks Blue.

This week on Everything Outer Banks we want to share an article that appeared yesterday in the Denver Post newspaper that was written by Ricardo Baca.   Ricardo stayed with Outer Banks Blue in late April and he obviously had a great time on the Outer Banks.  We were excited to see how happy he was with his stay and wanted to share his experience with you.


Here’s a link to his story:


http://www.denverpost.com/travel/ci_23261225/finding-heaven-obx-aka-north-carolinas-outer-banks?IADID=Search-www.denverpost.com-www.denverpost.com

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Leave your mark on the Outer Banks this year!

Families have been traveling for vacations on the Outer Banks for over 100 years!



For many years, the Outer Banks has been a hot spot for historic travel because of the battles fought on the sand, the challenges won in the air, and the memories made beyond the dunes.  When you are counting down and awaiting your next steps on the sand, make sure to take photos and share your memories with the rest of the world!  It is amazing to think of how much progress was made in such a small area in the past 100 years as far as technology and vacation luxuries go, imagine what might change in the next 100 years? READ MORE