Tourism-related spending in Dare County tops $1 billion for second year

A new report from Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, shows that visitors spent a record $21.9 billion statewide last year, an increase of nearly 3 percent.

Tourism-related spending in Dare County, meanwhile, topped $1 billion for the second straight year, an increase of 3.28 percent. 
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New flood maps could save you money, but be careful

Proposed revisions to coastal flood maps shift many properties out of the most flood-prone zones. That will result in lower flood insurance premiums, but some officials fear it could also lead to complacency. 
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NOAA grant will help fund living shorelines for waterfront landowners
 
Waterfront property owners with eroding shorelines along our coastal sounds, bays, rivers, tidal creeks and waterways may soon be eligible for financial assistance to naturally control their erosion while increasing fish habitat at the same time. 
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Hatteras Island Real Estate: Undeveloped lot market update

Most of the reports and analyses of the real estate market that we see both locally and nationally are focused on residential properties. However, columnist Tom Hranicka thinks it is important that we also keep abreast of the market for undeveloped lots because there are some bargains to be found in this sector and because the summer and fall months are prime times for lot purchases. 
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Hatteras Island Real Estate:  Frequently Asked Questions

Each summer, our columnist answers some questions that prospective buyers and sellers frequently ask about Hatteras real estate.  Here is the summer 2016 version. 
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