As we end 2020, the housing market across the country has slowed down Why? It is not the interest rates, but rather low inventory. The same is true for Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. As of today - December 29th, there are only 90 active properties for sale in Emerald Isle. That is actually very low for our area. Of those 90 active properties - 46 of those listings are vacant lots for sale. As you drive around the island, new construction is up.