I am a three-year lurker on this board having had nothing meaningful to contribute thus far. For that matter, I've never been to the Outer Banks, but I'd like to do so some day, and know people who go there every summer.
This thread caught my attention from a comparison perspective. Let me explain. I live in the Phila. suburbs, a region where many residents spend at least a week's vacation in a rental somewhere on the Jersey shore, e.g. Ocean City, Avalon, Cape May, to name a few. Just this weekend I stumbled upon a newsletter from the Phila. Inquirer titled, "Down the Shore." One blog/article concerned the current cost of summer rentals at the Jersey shore, particularly as they compared to the years impacted by Covid (2020-2022).
According to one long-time summer renter, the higher-than-usual prices charged by homeowners over the last three summers have now become untenable, compelling former and potential renters to spend their vacations elsewhere.
As the season comes to a close, owners of rentals at some NJ shore towns are dropping their prices, since there are still numerous homes going unrented.
I've included the link for anyone interested. You may have to provide your email to gain access, however, there is no fee to read the main blog posts.