10 Low Cost Things to do on the Crystal Coast

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Vacation season is almost upon us here on the Crystal Coast and first-time visitors to Emerald Isle always want to know what they can do especially with the economy more focused on saving money. With that said, here are 10 wallet-saving things to do on the Crystal Coast.

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Categories: Atlantic Beach Fun Things To Do, Emerald Isle Fun Things, Fun Things To Do in Beaufort

In Search of Long-term Emerald Isle Rentals

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I often receive phone calls from renters seeking a long-term Emerald Isle beach front home or condo. I’ve found most of these inquiries come from younger couples especially military couples stationed at Camp LeJeune who are looking for a long-term rental. A few of things occur during these calls.

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Categories: Crystal Coast Real Estate Tips, Crystal Coast Rental Advice, Emerald Isle Real Estate

Emerald Isle Money Saving Vacation Tips

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10 Tips to Making Your Crystal Coast Vacation More Affordable

If you have a job and your finances are such that you can afford a vacation to Emerald Isle (or any of our other beautiful NC beach towns), how can you make your trip to the NC coast more affordable? Here are a few tips to help make your Crystal Coast vacation go easier on your wallet:

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Categories: Crystal Coast Events, Crystal Coast Rental Advice

Taking Advantage of Your iPhone When Visiting Emerald Isle

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It seems a day doesn’t go by that another really cool iPhone APP is introduced. I really enjoy my iPhone and try to take full advantage of all its available applications, features and benefits. For everyone who visits or lives on the Crystal Coast and especially in the town of Emerald Isle, I suggest you put to good use your iPhone the minute you arrive and select the “Nearby” application. With Nearby, you can locate all kinds of great information uploaded by local Crystal Coast residents.

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Categories: Crystal Coast Real Estate Tips, Emerald Isle Home Buying Tips

New Suite Hotel Coming to Emerald Isle

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According to local media sources, only one final permit is required from the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners for a new Emerald Suites hotel to be built. Planned for the corner of N.C. 58, Islander Drive and Crew Drive (see map below), the hotel project is being developed by a partnership of the two long-time Emerald Isle families, Larry and Daisy Spell and Paxon Holz. Ms. Holz is the daughter of W.B. McLean. Developer Larry Spell’s uncle, George Spell, and W. B. McLean were the original developers of Emerald Isle.

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Categories: Crystal Coast News, Emerald Isle Beach Talk

Thoughts From the Inman Connect Real Estate Conference in NYC

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As a licensed North Carolina real estate broker, I receive immense fulfillment from helping my clients in real estate marketing, blogging and social media navigation. As a part of those passions, I had the pleasure of attending the Inman Real Estate Connect Conference in New York last week with my son, Brad CarrollBrad was asked to participate as a panelist in a breakout session on “Build a World Class Agent Web Site” moderated by Bernice Ross.

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Categories: Crystal Coast News, Real Estate Technology

Big Plans for the Crystal Coast Blog in 2009!

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It is painfully obvious that I have been a total slacker when it comes to posting regularly here at the Crystal Coast Blog over the last few months. I’m going to use an “excuse” I hear often from my real estate agent clients and friends, “I’ve been too busy to blog“. There, I used the excuse and it’s still a totally lame reason not to blog (IHMO).

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Categories: Crystal Coast News, Emerald Isle Beach Talk, Emerald Isle Real Estate

Merry Christmas from the Crystal Coast Blog!

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As I sit in our warm North Carolina home, surrounded by family who enjoy excellent health, I am completely overwhelmed by just how wonderfully blessed we are. We give thanks today for the wonderful gift of the birth of Christ. We also give thanks for the gift of family, friends and our extended friends scattered everywhere who are a part of our lives on so many levels.

Here is Our Christmas Wish for You!

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Categories: Crystal Coast Events, Emerald Isle Beach Talk

Inland NC Homeowners Could be Asked to Pay More to Protect Coastal Properties

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This story has been the hot topic of the news media of late. In case you missed it or maybe your not a resident of North Carolina, the NC Beach plan is deemed to be underfunded. And should a major hurricane strike the coast of North Carolina, insurance companies and property owners along the coast could be in deep financial trouble. One of the ideas being batted about is to increase homeowner insurance rates statewide to build the kitty.

The NC Beach Plan

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Categories: Crystal Coast News

Cast Your Vote for Toys for Tots & Make a Kid’s Christmas Brighter

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If you have been reading my Crystal Coast Blog for very long you know I am a social media junkie, real estate marketing consultant and blogging addict. Part of my job includes consulting with real estate agents all over the US and Canada. Recently one of my clients entered his Charlottesville real estate blog into a blog competition sponspored by the Virginia Association of REALTORS®. The premise of advancing from round to round is based on popular vote. The vote is open to anyone. I’m happy to report Brian Chase’s C’Ville blog has advanced to the 3rd round.

Creativity Propels the C’Ville Blog into Round #3!

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Categories: Crystal Coast News


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