Outer Beaches Sales Department – Services for Sellers

aerial view of Salvo NC
aerial view of Salvo NC
Aerial view of Salvo, North Carolina. – Outer Beaches Realty

We seem to spend a lot of time and effort talking about where the Hatteras Island real estate market is and where it is headed. The fact of the matter is that whether you are a buyer or seller, the current market is the only market that we have, so we have to do the best that we can with the conditions that exist.

When the time comes for you to sell, here is a summary of the valuable services that the Outer Beaches Sales team can provide.

• Analyze and explain data concerning the current and historical real estate market on Hatteras Island.
• Estimate a competitive listing price for the property that the owner is considering selling.
• Assist sellers to negotiate the best price and terms for the sales contract.
• Help property owners to understand and complete the paperwork associated with a sales transaction.
• Promote the owner’s property through the Internet, social media, print advertising, the Outer Banks Association of Realtors, and signage.

• Expose listed properties to buyers and real estate agents through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).
• Suggest actions to make the presentation of a home more appealing to prospective buyers and to obtain estimates for upgrades.
• Provide suggestions to a trusted network of service providers such as attorneys, lenders, insurance professionals, building contractors, and out-of-area real estate agents.
• Objectively discuss options if a homeowner is experiencing changed personal or financial circumstances.

In short, our agents are here to help you every step of the way from listing your property for sale through closing.

If you or someone you know is considering the sale of a cottage or an undeveloped lot, please feel comfortable contacting our sales team for a free/no obligation consultation to discuss your plans and the ways in which we can help you to achieve your goals. The Outer Beaches Sales Team may be reached by phone at 866.627.6627 or by email at sales@outerbeaches.com.

Tom Hranicka, Sales Department Manager
Associate Broker


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Your Hatteras Island Home Sale Checklist

Just as there are cycles in life and in nature, there are cyclical patterns in home ownership on Hatteras Island. The sequence usually begins with families and individuals renting homes for their vacations. After returning for several years, conversations begin about buying a home of their own, and ultimately, a decision is made to make their dreams a reality. As the years pass, lasting memories are created, the children grow up and start lives of their own, and a realization emerges that the home has fulfilled the original purpose for which it was purchased. Thoughts then turn toward selling the property.

When the time comes to sell your home, here’s a checklist of what you will need and should expect from your real estate agent:


Hatteras Island and the vacation rental industry offer unique challenges and opportunities in selling a home, and you will need an agent who knows the ins and outs of selling a home here. At Outer Beaches Realty, our licensed brokers have a combined experience of more than 130 years in real estate, most of which has been in this market.


Your sales agent should provide information about short-term and long-term trends in the real estate market, as well as a well-researched probable sale price analysis of your property. During this process, your home is evaluated in relation to similar homes that have recently been sold, those that are under contract to be sold, and those that are currently for sale. This results in a recommendation for a competitive asking price. You are always in control of the pricing decision.


Once you decide upon the price at which your property will be listed for sale, the necessary administrative forms are completed, and the marketing of the home begins. In today’s online world, national statistics show that about 90 percent of prospective buyers start their property searches on the internet. Therefore, online marketing is a focal point of promotional efforts. In addition, your home should be featured in print advertising. Efforts are directed toward capturing as many potential buyers as possible. With Outer Beaches Realty, homes for sale are not only put in front of the general public, they are exposed to over 900 members of the Outer Banks Association of Realtors, rental guests, and other owners in proximity to the property being sold. 


As marketing efforts create inquiries, produce showings, generate offers, and ultimately result in contracts, your agent should assist you at every step of the way. With an Outer Beaches agent, we also provide sellers with help with contract negotiations, an explanation of the activities that take place between contract and closing, and guidance concerning the transfer of utilities. 

For more helpful resources on selling or buying real estate on Hatteras Island, reach out to the Outer Beaches Sales Team, any time.

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10-8-18 update

The most recent statistical reports indicate that Hatteras Island’s economy is doing quite well so far this year.

Meal tax receipts, which reflect the health of the island’s food service businesses, showed an increase of nearly 8 percent through July in comparison to the first seven months of 2017.

Occupancy tax receipts, which indicate how well the motels, campgrounds, B&Bs, and rental companies are doing rose almost 5 percent during the same period.

Residential real estate indicators through August reported positive results in almost all categories including the median sale price of homes which rose 5.2 percent over January to August last year.

In addition, the median sale price of undeveloped lots registered a whopping 26.9 percent increase, reflecting renewed buyer interest in this market segment as well as the declining supply of lower priced properties.

It is a great time to buy on Hatteras Island!