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Old 11-07-2006, 08:25 AM
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we are thinking about buying a small vacation home near the NC coast (wilmington area maybe), we would also like to be able to rent it out for some income. we lives in chapel hill, NC., used to live in boston, really miss the ocean waters. wonder if anyone have any experiences on coastal vacation properties?
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Old 11-07-2006, 09:16 AM
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Although I don't have direct experience, I am from the area and interestingly enough I rarely go to wilmington! We have always gone to beaches like emerald isle or holden, I think because wilmington (wrightsville beach) is not just a beach town, and the others are. I don't know, just how my family has done it. I have a friend who had a family home on topsail, he bought it from his dad and decided to rent..........it is tough to get renters for the first couple of years. So, you may want to consider a property that is already rented, just a thought.

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Old 11-07-2006, 09:14 PM
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Something to think about is what sort of vacation do you want. I grew up near Topsail Island (use to ride my bike there when I was a kid). We were just there this summer for 3 weeks. While I love Topsail because it is so family friendly, it lacks good restaurants and good grocery stores. If you are planning on cooking the whole week you will be fine. But buy your wine, good cheese in the Triangle. They do have restaurants.... just not many that go beyond fried seafood and burgers. Think about what sort of things you want to do... eat out, fish, kayak, etc. And that might dictate where you go.

I live in a major metropolitian city and I was shocked as how bad traffic was in Wilmington this past summer. Their roads have not kept up w/ growth. Wrigthsville Beach seemed to be the same way. Something else to consider.
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