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    Please join us in congratulating our beloved owner and Broker-in-Charge of Carolina Designs Realty, Monica Thibodeau, on her recent acceptance as the Outer Banks Board of Realtors President Elect for 2008.  She will serve as President in 2009.

    As a Council Member for the Town of Duck since December 2002, Monica will also serve as Mayor Pro Tempore for another two-year term.  She was reinstated in the November town election.  She has been a volunteer in many community projects and is currently the Town Council liaison for the Duck Community and Business alliance.

    A vacationer to the Outer Banks since the early 70s, Monica has been a permanent resident of Duck for 20 years and has raised her family here.  Monica has a BA from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University. Since 1991, Monica and her husband Art have been the managing owners of Carolina Designs Realty, Inc.

    We all feel very fortunate to have Monica serve in these offices, providing a valuable voice for all of us.  Congratulations again, Monica!

    Carolina Designs Realty has 8 new construction vacation rental homes on board for 2008; all will be completed in time for the In-season months.  Six of the eight homes are Oceanfront and range from five bedrooms to as many as14 bedrooms.  All of the homes have private pools, hot tubs and high speed Internet access (a standard amenity added in 2007 in all of our homes).  You will find these spectacular homes on our web site; for detailed information, inventory, pictures and floor plans, visit the property page:                                                                                                                                                                                      

    #668, The Kingfisher

    #689, The Breakers
    ##699, Sunrise

    #702, PlayWrigh
    #704, Malaika’s
    #707, Stairway To Heaven
    #879, Crown Jewel
    #881, Ritz Palm Paradise III




    Carolina Designs Realty is extremely proud to present our exquisite vacation rental homes in our inventory for 2008.  A majority of the weekly rentals have been pre-reserved and are being confirmed with the first half deposit next week.  If these folks plans have changed and they are not confirming with their deposit, these weeks would be placed back on the market as available.  If you did not see an available week for the vacation rental home of your dreams, check back with us next week.  We will be delighted to assist you in finding an available week in a property that will surpass your every need for a vacation to look forward to in 2008.

    Over 3600 runners competed in the 2nd Annual OBX®Marathon and half marathon on Sunday, November 11th . This year, 50 elite runners from across America and as far away as Africa completed for over $26,000 in prize money.  The main sponsor for this event is The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.  Runners of all capabilities followed the marathon route through maritime forest, past Wright Brothers National Memorial, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and the Roanoke Sound.  The date for next year’s event has already been set – Sunday, November 9, 2008.  It is wonderful to have this type of event coming to the Outer Banks, where the beauty of the landscape and shore can be shared with so many.

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    Carolina Designs Realty is entering its twentieth year of real estate service on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  From day one, the company has focused on providing fine vacation homes and exceptional service. We have been able to attract these properties because of our commitment to extremely high standards of customer service and operational innovation. 

    In 1988, we were the first Outer Banks rental company to provide linens (beds made) as a standard amenity.

    We were one of the first Outer Banks rental companies to offer a full color brochure.

    We were the first Outer Banks rental company to offer floor plans for all of our homes.

    In 1997, we became the first Outer Banks rental company (and one of the first in the United States) to offer real time availability and reservations via the Internet.

    Last year we deployed wireless Internet access in all of our homes and will use this to launch improved services in our homes.

    We continue to be the forerunner in operational innovation with in-house Housekeeping and maintenance departments and a full time technical staff.

    We’ve grown from a small office of a few to a number in the hundreds to accommodate all aspects of property management for elite vacation rental homes and their guests.

    After conducting surveys of outfitters and their customers around the world, Kitty Hawk Kites has been named one of 105 named “Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure magazine.  National Geographic Adventure magazine was launched eight years ago and circulates to more than 600,000 consumers.  To be considered, the score from the customer surveys needed to exceed 80 percent. According to a representative with National Geographic Adventure, Kitty Hawk Kites ranked far above the 80 percent required.

    To qualify, Kitty Hawk Kites, as well as other outfitters, filled out a questionnaire based on four categories: education and interpretation; sustainable-travel practices; quality of service; and spirit of adventure.  After the questionnaires were evaluated, Kitty Hawk Kites had to provide National Geographic Adventure’s researchers with customers from around the world.  The customer surveys determined who would be listed in the Top 105 Best Outfitters on Earth.

    Kitty Hawk Kites has thirteen locations on the Outer Banks and was founded in 1974 by John Harris, a pioneer in hang gliding, to provide instruction, products, and service; also offering kite boarding instruction, kayak eco tours, parasailing and many other adventures.


    Our leaders of the Carolina Designs Realty team, Art Thibodeau, along with his wife, Monica, are the best employers you could ever ask for!  They know and care about their employees in a way that is very rare to see these days.  Our company is a success because of their vision, determination and kindness towards the people they work with.  Carolina Designs Realty has an impeccable reputation for how they treat their employees.  In fact, our company is one of the top five employers to pay the highest salaries in Dare County, North Carolina.  Art and Monica have a giving nature, and it’s evident in the way they do business.  Benefits, bonuses, perks and praise are extremely generous. They encourage individual success and personal growth for their staff.  Our suggestions are always honored and encouraged.  We feel a part of Carolina Designs Realty and because they believe in us, they give us the freedom to make our own choices and decisions.

    Company paid educational opportunities are offered around every corner.  When personal needs, obligations and situations arise, Monica and Art are right there for us to help, guide and give support.  For this reason, 99% of the employees that come to work for Art and Monica never leave; they retire here after many years of exceptional service.  When you have employers like this, you want to give them the world.  They have got a great thing going on here!