Surf or Sound Realty

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Surf or Sound Realty has been renting vacation homes to family groups in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina since 1978. Visitors to Hatteras Island can choose from a variety of floor plans and configurations. Rentals include homes with three or fewer bedrooms to homes with eight or more bedrooms.

Occupancy is based on the septic capacity of the individual property and not on bed space. Select properties include amenities such as the following: hot tub, private pool, community pool, media/theater room, game room, handicap friendly, windsurfing access, high-speed Internet, elevators or keyless entry. Certain properties can accommodate pets. Renters can select their smoking preference. Early check-in and express checkout are available.

This real estate office encompasses properties within the Cape Hatteras area including homes in the following villages: Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. Renters can select their preference of view such as these locations: oceanfront, semi-ocean front, ocean view, ocean side, sound front, semi-sound front, sound side and canal front. House photos, aerial photos, interactive floor plans and guest home ratings are available on the website. Homes that are not available for immediate rental may be waitlisted.

After you select a home, you can choose a 1, 2, 3 or 4 installment payment plan depending on the length of time until arrival. None of the installment plans carry interest charges. The signed contract and initial payment are due within 7 days of the reservation date. The balance, a non-refundable processing fee, security deposit, North Carolina sales tax and a county occupancy tax are due no later than 30 days prior to arrival. Payment may be made by personal check, cashier’s check, certified check, bank draft (ACH) money order or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or Discover). Credit card payments carry an additional convenience fee. The real estate office welcomes renters from around the world. However, reservations made from outside the U.S. have different payment requirements. Renters deal solely with the real estate office property managers and have no contact with the homeowners.

Parties who wish to buy a primary home, secondary home or investment property can contact the real estate brokers about a number of homes and lots listed for sale throughout the Hatteras Island area. Parties wishing to list their homes may contact the sales team during business hours. The website includes up-to-date information on active, pending and sold listings.

The realty group is licensed to practice real estate in North Carolina, and is a member in good standing with the Vacation Rental Managers Association. The corporate office is located in Avon, North Carolina, and they have a second office in Salvo, North Carolina.

Their website includes an interactive map, testimonials from previous guests and an informational blog. Additional updates about Surf or Sound Realty may be found on social media including: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. Their office is open seven days a week, year-round from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Rentals may be reserved by calling 1 800-237-1138 or through the website


“Vacation” is a word that causes eyes to light up and corners of mouths to shift upward. Why not choose accommodations that optimize the meaning of vacation – spending time together? Try a vacation home this year and you will discover that vacation homes allow families affordable options for staying together while allowing plenty of room to relax, play, and gather. With amenities like spacious kitchens with upscale appliances, game rooms with private baths, gathering for the family vacation becomes an anticipated annual event. Whether gathering for a simple summer beach vacation or to celebrate family milestones such as a wedding, special birthday, anniversary or notable success, staying in a vacation home can provide an unforgettable experience for the entire family."

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