Sun-Surf Realty Blog

How to Improve Your Credit Score Before Buying a House

Ah, the almighty credit score. The three little numbers that make a big difference in whether you can apply for a mortgage loan and at which rate. The higher your credit score the lower your mortgage rate, which in turn saves you a lot of money throughout the life of the loan. Does you... View the full post »

The Science of Sand and What You Need to Know

Do you want to blow your kids' minds? Ask them this: Is sand called sand because it is found between sea and land? Okay, we're not really sure about that one but here are a few facts we do know about the science of sand. Next time you're on the beaches of Emerald Isle, Nort... View the full post »

How to Plan a Last Minute Getaway to Emerald Isle

Sometimes you just need to get away! Emerald Isle, NC is the perfect place to escape to every now and again, even when it isn't summer and your beach trip isn't planned far in advance. We all need more spontaneous long weekends at the beach, right? Here's how to plan a last... View the full post »

Why Winter is the Best Time to See Dolphins on the NC Coast

You might think that an Emerald Isle beach vacation is only for summer, but you would be missing out! There are plenty of reasons to book an off-season beach vacation in Emerald Isle, NC including less crowded beaches, temperate weather, lower rates on vacation rentals, abundant shelli... View the full post »

Why You Should Plan Your Holidays at the Beach Now

The holiday season is coming quickly! Are you ready? Thanksgiving, Christmas the New Year will be here before we know it. Now is the time to plan a holiday beach escape. It doesn't take a whole lot of planning but you should definitely start now. We make it easy to book your vacati... View the full post »

The Best Fall Farmers Market Finds on the Crystal Coast

Do you know about the Crystal Coast farmers markets that are nearby your vacation rental in Emerald Isle, North Carolina? Oh, you should! You truly don't want to miss out on the local flavor, especially during this season of the year. Bring the family and make a stop at these area ... View the full post »

What You Need to Know About Buying a Condo

Are you considering purchasing a beach condo in Emerald Isle, North Carolina or in the surrounding Crystal Coast area? Condominium life can be a great fit for those who prefer a low-maintenance lifestyle combined with all the awesome amenities of vacation-style living. Condos can also ... View the full post »

10 Emerald Isle Real Estate Resources That Are The Most Helpful

Sun-Surf Realty in Emerald Isle is honored to assist you with your Crystal Coast, NC real estate needs—both on the island and off. We share real estate posts here on our blog once a month, but we thought we'd do a blog round-up of previous posts containing helpful Emerald Isle re... View the full post »

An Inside Look at the Crazy World of Crabs

Welcome to the crazy world of crabs! These somewhat shy and secretive creatures are found in the sounds, marshes, creeks, beaches and Atlantic Ocean waters of Emerald Isle and all along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. They're cute, they're quick, and they're elusive. W... View the full post »

10 of the Best Vacation Rentals in Emerald Isle, NC Right Here!

It's a beautiful time to visit and vacation on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Summer is waning but the upcoming months offer up a lot of really good reasons to take an Emerald Isle beach trip. Fewer crowds, beautiful temperatures, stunning scenery, and affordable seasonal pri... View the full post »

Can You Learn, Work and Vacation at the Beach? Absolutely!

Summer may soon be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean you have to forfeit the beach trips and summer vibes. Capitalize on your family's flexible school and work schedules this year and come on over to the North Carolina coast—all while still maintaining your daily respon... View the full post »

Grilling Hacks That Make You Look Like an Expert

Whether it's Labor Day or any day, grilling is such a fun and fantastic way to entertain family and friends or just to enjoy some more time in the great outdoors while making dinner. I think we can all agree that grilling takes food to the next level of flavor. Today we're shar... View the full post »

What You Need to Know About Sun-Surf Emerald Isle Rentals

Are you dreaming about a beach escape to the coast? The Crystal Coast of North Carolina and Southern Outer Banks is ready and waiting for you. Booking your Emerald Isle beach vacation is really easy, and we want to make sure you can find what you need to know all in one place. Here'... View the full post »

The Best Educational Adventures in Emerald Isle

Whatever your child's education looks like this year: homeschool, a hybrid of in-school and online learning, or completely virtual, you will be happy to know that Emerald Isle, North Carolina offers so many opportunities for learning during your beach getaway. Learning doesn't ... View the full post »

10 Ways to Boost the Curb Appeal of Your Home for Sale

First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to selling your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63% of interested homebuyers will drop by (or at least drive by) in-person after viewing a home they like online. Is your home ready for that? It sho... View the full post »