Stories by OBAR

The wrong incentive at the wrong time in the wrong place

By Becoming Indispensable, Unregulated Home Sharing Businesses Have Created a Penalty Box for Our Professional Licensed Employers and Threaten Our Blue-Ribbon Tourism Economy

Jul 11

Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® Launches

In 2017, the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) decided to initiate a progressive plan to bring a forward-facing real estate search engine website to its REALTOR® members and the community worldwide. The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) committee appointed a taskforce of eight members to research and implement a website that would allow anyone from around the world to access the most up to date active listings for sale in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Jun 27

Southern Shores re-examines requiring permits for parties

The Town of Southern Shores could be inviting itself to your party, and if you plan to serve alcohol, it might inviting the State of North Carolina. The Town Council is considering limitations on large private gatherings.

Jun 21

Local Bank Donates to REALTOR® Association’s Scholarship Fund

Townebank Mortgage celebrated the Grand Opening of their Regional Headquarters in Kitty Hawk with an Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and social. During the event, the Townebank Mortgage presented Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) with a $5,000 check for their Scholarship Fund.

Jun 18

What the flood! Quiz helps Americans understand insurance

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) released a new online quiz, "What the Flood!," as part of its #YourRiskIsReal campaign, an ongoing effort to educate consumers about flood risks and the need to consider purchasing flood insurance.

Jun 13

Currituck OBX dune protection proposal touches off debate

County Commissioner Paul Beaumont sought to assuage concerns during a May 30 public forum over a new proposal to strengthen dune protections by prohibiting most oceanfront accessory structures, including swimming pools.

Jun 10

REALTOR® Association Holds 30th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) held its 30th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Kilmarlic Golf Club on Friday, May 31st, benefitting the Association’s Scholarship and Disaster Relief Funds. This year marked the 11th anniversary partnering with the Kilmarlic Golf Club and Director of Golf Bryan Sullivan, and the first time in over a decade that it rained.

Jun 5

OBAR Scholarships awarded to local high school students

Each year the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) in partnership with the Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) awards scholarships to local high school students. Funding for the OBAR Scholarship fund comes from REALTOR® and community donations through multiple events throughout the year, including Golf and Surf Fishing Tournaments.

Jun 4

Local REALTOR® Doug Brindley recognized as Good Neighbor

Longtime Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) member Doug Brindley of Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales was presented the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Good Neighbor Award at a recent general membership meeting.

May 24

New and Easy Way to Find Open Houses in the OBX

It was a random idea that came to fruition during a meeting between Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) CEO, Willo Kelly and Multiple Listing Services (MLS) Committee Chair, Richard Hess right before a planned MLS Committee Meeting. Says Kelly, “The idea was simple: Why not have a Facebook page that lists Open Houses in our area so potential buyers only have to go to one site to find their dream home?” The idea was unique because no other Association in North Carolina has created anything like it.

May 21

Try these five awesomely easy landscaping projects

No need for fancy DIY skills, a lot of money, or a ton of time to pull off these yard upgrades. It’s your yard — yours to do with as you wish. And while that’s great, that doesn’t mean you have to be one of those people who spends every spare moment in their yard, sprucing it up.

May 17

Craigslist real estate scams on the rise again in the OBX

Last year, the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) began warning residents of the OBX to be on the look out for scams involving long and short-term rentals on Craigslist. Scammers have begun posting ads on Craigslist looking for potential renters and offer extremely low prices. Some of these ads list legitimate rental companies in the Outer Banks.

May 15