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Young seals are sunning, resting on Outer Banks beaches for the winter

By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot COROLLA, N.C. Cute, fluffy seals are sunning themselves and resting in the cold, wintry winds along the Outer Banks. They have earned the nickname of Christmas seals because they annually appear during the holidays. “The seals are hot and heavy right now,” said Karen Clark, director of the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla. “I’m getting three or four calls a day.” Young seals migrate south during the winter in search of food, she said. Juveniles are lower in the hierarchy and have a hard time competing for food with the adults, so they venture from their homes in Canada and New England as far south as Hatteras looking for easier meals, Clark said. Read the full article here...

Investors Told to Brace for Steepest Rate Hikes Since 2006

Wall Street economists are telling investors to brace for the biggest tightening of monetary policy in more than a decade. With the world economy heading into its strongest period since 2011, Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. predict average interest rates across advanced economies will climb to at least 1 percent next year in what would be the largest increase since 2006. As for the quantitative easing that marks its 10th anniversary in the U.S. next year, Bloomberg Economics predicts net asset purchases by the main central banks will fall to a monthly $18 billion at the end of 2018, from $126 billion in September, and turn negative during the first half of 2019. That reflects an increasingly synchronized global expansion finally strong enough to spur inflation, albeit modestly. The test for policy makers, including incoming Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, will be whether they can continue pulling back without derailing demand or rocking asset markets. Read more...

Mystery object washes up on Outer Banks

HATTERAS, N.C. - The latest object to wash ashore on the Outer Banks is still a mystery. The white metal object about 15 feet long and nine feet wide washed up on a Hatteras beach on Sunday. Deputy Chief Ranger Mike Henry of the Outer Banks National Parks Service told WTVD he believes it is part of an aircraft. CLICK HERE to read and see more from ABC affiliate WTVD "It looks like aircraft grade metal." Henry said. But he has not ruled out the possibility of it being a casing to a rocket that may have been launched recently. Henry says the object has been sent to Langley Air Force Base for identification. Local photographer Erin Everlee took numerous pictures of the object and posted them on Facebook. "I don't think it was in the water for a long time, it was in good condition." she said. (Erin Everlee photo via WTVD) Read full story on WCTI12  

Kill Devil Hills, NC Ranks 9th as Best Surf Towns In America!

No. 9: Kill Devil Hills, NC The thin strip of land far off the coast of North Carolina known as the Outer Banks can feel very, very removed. That's precisely because it is. Rustic beachhouses are perched on stilts with hightides nearly at their doorsteps. Sea oats dance on the coastal dunes. Each year, hurricanes come close enough to send the residents running. Despite its sinister name, few American surf towns boast the peace of mind on offer in the Outer Banks town of Kill Devil Hills. That peace of mind, of course, is access to some of the best tubes on offer on the entire Eastern Seaboard. Sure, summer sees its fair share of visitors who want a taste of this town's beautiful isolation, but in the winters? It's just you and chilly, thundering peaks. Waves: Exposed, offshore, and (luckily) lacking the gradual continental shelf most states on the East Coast have, the Outer Banks is a swell magnet. Out here, beach breaks and outer sandbars are the name of the game, but there's just something about the place that makes the waves break harder, hollower and with more gusto. In short, you're pulling into shacks out here — something you can't normally say at spots on the Right Coast. From June through October, you'll probably be wearing trunks, and while you might shiver in your hood and gloves come winter as water temps dip into the low 40s…it's probably flat everywhere else. Culture: Sure, it's North Carolina, but you're still in the deep South. Kill Devil Hills is no exception. Trucker hats and overalls aren't an ironic fashion statement out here, and that's a good thing: Locals are authentic, honest, real people. As far as cuisine goes, hush puppies, sweet tea, and syrupy salutations pepper the fine home-cooking establishments along the coast. Quality of Life: Kill Devil Hills' pacing bears an uncanny resemblance to its seasons. In the inclement winter, Kill Devil Hills creeps along as a ghost town. A vast majority of residents just half an hour south receive unemployment checks due to the migratory population. Just as spring revives the natural world, so, too, does it resuscitate the life and economy of the Outer Banks. By summer, the islands bustle with life and warmth, only to settle down and reflect on the momentary gorge during the crisp breath of autumn. The only wildcard in the equation: hurricanes. You never know when a Category Five might seriously change life in this Carolinian treasure. Average Water Temp: 67 (But gets as cold at 46 in the winter) Average Air Temp: 62 Median Income: $ 51,101 Median Home Price: $ 294,500 Most Common Industry: Accommodations / Food Service, Construction, Retail Trade Population: 7,121 Nearest Large City: Virginia Beach, VA (62.9 miles, pop. 452,745) Premier Surf Spots: Avalon Pier, S-Turns, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Local Talent: Noah Snyder, Jesse Hines, Brett Barley, Eric Dotson [Head back to to read the rest of the list...]  

Introducing Corolla Single Family New Construction

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Homebuilder Confidence Jumps in August

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose 4 points in August to 68. Rising demand for new homes pushed the future sales index up 5 points to 78, back to its post - recession high. Please click here to read full article...

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