When the water is warm and the day beautiful, it does not take much to get me on the water.
Lots of other decisions are more complex. As a Realtor® I see lots of people struggling with what to do next in life.
Sometimes I feel like a "what if" spreadsheet for people's lives. People look at different areas and try to imagine themselves living in a particular home. I try to help them do that in a realistic manner.
They wonder about the costs of heating/cooling, property taxes, and insurance.
Usually one of the first things on their mind is what our winter weather is like.
Sometimes they want to know where the closest trails for hiking are or how far is it to the nearest fitness facility? One of the questions we almost always get is how far is it to the beach? Another important piece of information is how far away is medical care and what are the areas' three hospitals like?
I get so many questions on area services that I finally made a custom map of the area where you can zoom and pan the map to see where everything is.
Folks thinking about moving also want to know what they will do with the inevitable visitors when they show up right after you move to an area close to beach.
I even did a suggested five day tourist itinerary for one client's sister.
You can even visit the Outer Banks like they used to be at Cape Lookout.
I feel fortunate that lots of people are looking for a new life in the small towns along the NC coast.
While our reasons for moving to Carteret county are specific to us, lots of people seem to relate to our thought process.
I like to think that the people who came before us have helped develop a wonderful spot for second homes, retirement, and even new lives along the shores of Bogue Sound and the White Oak River. I am thankful to them for making the first steps.
When you get down to crunch, people make their own decisions for their own reasons. What makes sense for one person might not make sense for another. Yet change is the spice of life and lots of people understand that.
Lots of times you might find just enough information from someone like me to give you that push to head out into that new life in a new spot even if it is not the one I have shown you.
If you do, I hope you find a place as nice as our coastal paradise. Right now there are plenty of choices.
This is especially true with some great new properties coming on line at a time when prices are at levels that haven't been seen since 2004.