Monday, September 25, 2017

Just Listed | 20 Ballamore Road | Avalon Beach Estates | Miramar Beach, FL

Coastal meets cozy in this dream home within the desirable community of Avalon Beach Estates. Boasting an open floor plan, plentiful natural light, unobstructed panoramic Gulf views, 2 fireplaces, courtyard with a private pool, and so much more. A welcoming entrance leads you to the living, kitchen and dining areas, all open & connecting. Perfect for entertaining. You will also find a guest suite with its own full bath. Upstairs you will find two more guest suites, each with its own full bath. Then discover the breathtaking master suite and bath. Highlights include the expansive views, balcony, hardwood floors & vaulted wood planked ceilings. 

Avalon amenities include: tennis courts, heated community pool, close to beach front restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Best of all, enjoy the gated entrance to the beach exclusive to Avalon where you can enjoy nearly 500 feet of gorgeous beach frontage. Paradise! 

Check out the video tour we did for this unit! 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Local Life: Farmers Markets

We love to support local business in any way we can. So what better way than by heading to the local farmers markets where you can find delicious fresh foods and homemade goods. Buying local foods is a simple way to improve your health, your community, and the environment, all at the same time. Local food doesn't suffer the "jet lag" of produce trucked across the country. It puts more money back into the local economy and saves a whole lot of gas. Who knew by buying an ear of corn or a fresh tomato you could do all that? 

Coming to the farmers market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. The farmers market is a community hub - a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, and visit with the friendly farmers, makers and bakers. A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced, and creates a greater sense of appreciation for the hard work put into growing and harvesting the freshest of foods. 

There is quite the variety found at our local farmers markets. Take a stroll through the beautiful park like settings, trailing along the lines of stalls to find fresh from the farm produce including dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, beef, chicken, and pork. You can even find fresh local seafood, crab cakes, tuna and shrimp dips. There is homemade hummus, veggie dips, hot sauces, salsa's, guacamole and homemade tortilla chips. Jams, preserves, pickled veggies, BBQ sauces, marinades, mustards, flavored and smoked salts, cheeses, homemade pastas and sauces, artisan breads and desserts (some organic,gluten free, and Non-GMO) from around the world. Cold pressed organic juices, handmade crepes, and prepared ready-to-eat foods. Don't forget to treat yourself to some homemade soaps and lotions. There are even pet treats for your furry friends too! 

Though we live in a relatively small area we are fortunate to have quite a few farmers markets in our area. Just another reason to love the areas of 30A and Destin! Make your way to one (or all) of these local farmers markets: 

The 30A Farmers Market is an International Farmers Market Event, featuring foods from around the world, as well as wth delicious food from the South. 30A Farmers Market has weekly markets in three locations in South Walton:

30A Farmers Market at Rosemary Beach | Sundays 9am-1pm 
30A Farmers Market at 30Avenue | Thursdays 9am-1pm 
Grand Boulevard Farmers Market | Saturdays 9am-1pm

The Seaside Farmers Market is comprised of local growers and craftspeople who offer food and other products that are healthy and environmentally conscious. They have a weekly year-round schedule:

Seaside Amphitheater | Seasonal Hours: 
Spring and Summer | Saturdays/Tuesdays 8am-12pm 
Fall and Winter | Saturdays 9am-1pm

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Just Sold | Seacove | 7E | Miramar Beach, FL

2 Bed  |  2 bath  |  1,100 Square Feet  |  Selling Price: $257,000

We loved working with our awesome sellers to get their unit at Seacove under contract in just 10 days!

Tucked away within the quiet gated community of Seacove you’ll discover this desirable 2 bedroom 2 bath unit. Used as a vacation home, this second story end unit has been well cared for. The master bedroom, bath, kitchen, and living area are all on the main level. On the second level you’ll find a loft bedroom and full bath. Relax on the spacious balcony while overlooking the well-manicured courtyard and inviting pool. The separate laundry closet is off the front patio. This is a perfect getaway beach home or investment property. Rental projections are $18k+! 

As mentioned in our previous blog, professional photography matters! And this case was no exception. Check out the various marketing methods that we used to create a cohesive brand for this great unit. 

Email flyer sent to our database of investors, as well as an agent version for maximum exposure. 

Facebook post featuring a video tour of the property. We also post to YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest. 
In addition, we create a blog for your property.  

Professional photos highlight each spectacular feature of the property.

We featured Seacove amenities and the surrounding lifestyle which included a renovated pool area which offers splash fountains and zero-entry access, charcoal grills, private deeded beach access just a few steps away, and close to shopping, entertainment, and restaurants.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Remodeling Values

Americans have always loved home DIY projects, and home renovation is expected to reach a record high this year. With a shortage on inventory and rising prices, many homeowners are staying put and choosing to remodel.

Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies recently projected that Americans will spend a record $316 billion on home remodeling. That is $20 billion more than last year. This is a positive and strong indicator of consumer confidence when homeowners splurge on minor and major remodels.

If you are a homeowner considering some remodeling, it's good to know the return on your remodeling investment. Remodeling Magazine has released estimates on ROI on some popular remodeling projects. Here are the average costs and percentage of return:

ProjectJob CostResale Value/ROI
Roof Replacement$20,142$14,446/71.7%
Bathroom Remodel 
$17,809 $11,769/65.7%
Bathroom Addition$42,223$23,727/56.2% 
Garage Door Replacement 
$1,652 $1,512/91.5%
Major Kitchen Remodel 
$59,999 $38,938/64.9% 
Minor Kitchen Remodel $20,122$16,716/83.1%
Family Room Addition$86,616$58,807/67.9%
Master Suite Addition$115,810$74,224/64.1%
Deck Addition$10,471$7,850/75%

These figures provide rough estimations of added value should you decide to sell. Of course, expenditures will depend on if you are putting in the sweat equity yourself or are hiring professionals. 

Hope your summer is sailing along smoothly. Let us know if you need anything!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

August Sales Market Highlights

Following the previous months, August was quite a busy month as well! Though summer has started to wind down, we continue to stay busy with both buyers and sellers. Our area never ceases to provide a favorite place for young and old, all year round. It's proven to be a smart and satisfying move to purchase an investment property or second home here. We're looking forward to what fall will bring!     

Our team had an active share in the August market. We assisted our wonderful buyers in the sales of the following properties:

Crystal Cove | Unit 2223 
30 NW Cape Drive

We worked closely with our sellers to get these listings sold in the month of August:

Lot 22 Highway 393
Emerald Towers West | Unit 5001
Noblat Townhomes | Unit 126 | Unit 130 | Units 132 & 134
Seascape Condo Garden Villa | 27A
Sandpiper Cove | Unit 1006  

In addition, we worked to get several more properties under contract. We'll have all the details in the September Market Report! 

We also worked closely with each of our sellers to get these properties on the market in August: 

Seacove | Unit 7E (Already under contract!)
Lot 7700 Gulf Boulevard

The activity this year is exciting and we're hustling our way through summer right into fall. We love staying in touch to keep both our buyers and sellers prepared for upcoming fall market. This is a great time to perform some due diligence regarding purchasing property. We are getting a new influx of inventory daily and there are some great opportunities out there right now. The daily hot sheet has new listings hitting the market every day, so let us know if you would like to receive updates on the market! 

Check out the area sales highlights for the month of August:

The highest priced condo sold within the areas of Okaloosa IslandDestinSandestinMiramar Beach, and 30A was: 

Viridian  • Unit 401

30A East


3 Bed | 3.5 Bath 

3,831 Square Feet 

The highest priced home sold within the areas of Okaloosa IslandDestinSandestinMiramar Beach, and 30A was: 

104 Watchtower Lane 



7 Bed | 8 Bath 

5,252 Square Feet

Friday, September 8, 2017

Just Sold | Sterling Shores | Unit 219 | Destin, FL

3 Bedroom  •  3 Bath  •  2,324 Square Feet  •  Selling Price: $520,000

Over the years we've had the pleasure of working with our long term clients in both buying and selling properties, assisting them in making real estate their best investment several times over. The sale of their unit at Sterling Shores was no different. We're truly grateful for our loyal clients and couldn't ask for more.  

Recently remodeled and turnkey, this elegant condo is a preferred western end unit. The unit has a spacious and flowing combined living and dining space as well as a large kitchen featuring beautiful wood flooring, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops. The living space and master suite flow out to a large balcony with views of the tropical pool and the lush grounds. This unit has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, which includes lock-out guest quarters that includes a master suite with a large bathroom, walk-in closet, separate entry, and private balcony. This space can be rented separately. 

Sterling Shores offers many amenities: gated community, 42-seat surround-sound private theater, private beachside club with pool and grill, 3,400 square foot heated tropical pool, 9 acres of property, 240 feet on the Gulf, aerobics room, high speed internet access and on-site management. Paradise!

As mentioned in our previous blog, professional photography matters! This case was no exception. Check out the various marketing methods that we used to create a cohesive brand for this gorgeous property. 

Email flyer sent to our database of investors, as well as an agent version for maximum exposure.

Video tour of the property posted to various social media sites including: Facebook, YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest. 

Professional photos highlight each spectacular feature of the property.

Flyer placed in the unit for renters who may be potential buyers.

Just Sold | 48 E Milestone Drive C | 30A East

2 Bedroom  |  2 Bath  |  1,182 Square Feet  | Selling Price: $384,105

We might be a little biased, but we love that our buyers chose to purchase within Prominence along 30A! Speaking from personal experience, it really is a wonderful place to own.

Prominence is ideally situated on Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton, nestled between Seagrove Beach and Alys Beach, near Watersound developments. Residents will enjoy easy access to beautiful resort style pools, fitness center and private shuttle service to the beaches of 30A. Ride bikes to neighboring communities to dine, shop, and explore the area's natural beauty. Nearby nature preserves and miles of bike paths offer recreational opportunities to take in the area's natural beauty and experience outdoor adventures such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, hiking and more.

No doubt a unique perk of living at Prominence is The Hub: a local event pavilion, music venue and unique restaurant complex which doubles as the town center at Prominence. The perfect place to gather as family and friends along with it's laid back atmosphere causes this to be a perfect place to spend post-beach day afternoons or relaxed evenings, all just a few steps from home.

The “Aruba'' floor plan is uniquely designed to feature 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms all on one level, in addition to the garage below. This townhome has a large porch with french doors extending from the living room to the bedroom. This lovely home features touches such as: ten foot ceilings, hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. 

Photos are of comparable unit.