02/4/10

Homeaway.com is bringing back the Griswolds for the Superbowl

www.homeaway.com, the world’s leading online vacation rental marketplace, will reunite actors Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in its new national advertising campaign that will recapture the spirit of the 1980s comedy classic, “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” The new HomeAway® ad campaign will debut during the CBS television network broadcast of Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7, 2010. Continue reading


01/21/10

Selecting Vacation Rental Homes

A first timer’s guide to selecting vacation rental homes on Hatteras Island Continue reading


01/20/10

USA Today article encourages vacation home renters to book early

A January 7th USA Today article which examined the optimal times to book a range of vacations, from cruises to European trips, found that the best time to book a vacation rental home is early – at least 6 months in advance. Continue reading


10/9/09

Two Surf or Sound Realty homes showcased in the 2009 Parade of Homes

The 17th Annual Outer Banks Parade of Homes kicked off on October 8th, and Surf or Sound Realty is delighted to announce that two of our premier rental homes are represented in this year’s tour: #683 Rising Sun and #684 Moonshine.

The Parade of Homes showcases the finest properties on the Outer Banks, and the Outer Banks Home Builders Association (OBHBA) is anticipating approximately 1,500 attendees. The event lasts until Sunday, October 11th, and all 29 homes participating, from Currituck to southern Hatteras Island, are open from 10am – 6pm on all four days. Continue reading


04/8/09

New vacation home ratings provide unbiased guest feedback

Many vacationers find it is helpful to see what previous guests thought about a home they are considering for rent, and with our new rating system, online browsers can review unbiased feedback on nearly 400 vacation homes.

If you are curious to see what previous guests thought about the home you are interested in, look no further than the property details page of that home on our website. You will see a display of 1 to 5 starfish representing the overall rating for the home, 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. Continue reading


11/19/08

Going Coastal on the Cheap: Ways to spruce up your vacation rental home without breaking your budget

In today’s economy, just because you have to scale back on your budget doesn’t mean you can’t provide an attractive and up-to-date rental home for your guests. There are a myriad of minor improvements you can make to your home over the winter off-season that will be a breath of fresh air to your favorite repeat renters, and provide a little extra coastal charm. Continue reading


11/17/08

Conserving energy (and money) on Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island homeowners face a unique challenge in conserving energy, as during the summer months, when the air conditioners whir and every light in a rental home might be on, the island uses an exorbitant amount of electricity. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to minimize your energy consumption, and bolster your wallet to boot. Continue reading