Thursday, July 28, 2016

10 Quotes About the Sea That We Love

We love living on land's edge. 

Once you've lived on or visited a coast - east, west, or in the unique place we do - you become addicted to the sea. 

So here are 10 awesome quotes that put it better than we ever could.

"On the beach you can live in bliss."  Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys

"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It's always our self we find in the sea." e.e. Cummings

"Because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissings the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away." Sarah Kay

"To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim, the rocks, the motion of the waves, the ships with men in them. What stranger miracles are there?" Walt Whitman

"A beach is not only a sweep of sand, but shells of sea creatures, the sea glass, the seaweed, the incongruous objects washed up by the ocean." Henry Grunwald

"After a visit to the beach, it's hard to believe that we live in a material world." Pam Shaw

"To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude." Jeanne Moreau

"I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought." Helen Keller

"The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul." Wyland

"Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think." Robert Henri

Saturday, July 23, 2016

5 Tips For Buying A Vacation Home

If you're on the market for a vacation home, here are some pointers for evaluating your purchase options.
      • Do your research. 
      Whether you are buying a single-family home, town house, or a condominium, do your due diligence. Ask questions. Take time to digest all the ramifications that come with purchasing this resort property. Being long time locals, we can answer many questions about different areas and resorts. Ask us!     
      • Pick the right location. 
      What suits your lifestyle? Do you like more remote, quiet, and laid back? Consider the 30A area. Or do you like to be amongst the hustle & bustle? Consider closer to the Destin area. How private does it need to be? What kind of view do you prefer? Know the draws to the community where the property is located, but recognize the drawbacks as well. It's a balance. Location will always be king! 
      • Consider renting it out. 
      If purchasing in a resort area like the Destin or 30A area, you could subsidize your nut with rental income. But, don’t forget to figure in the wear and tear on the property when you do rent to short-term vacationers. We love vacationers, but they're just that, on vacation. So they're not too worried about that accidentally dinging the wall, or breaking that patio chair. Easy fixes, but they do happen! 
      • Exercise caution with joint ventures with friends or family.  
      If you're like us, you love your friends and family! But make sure you have a blueprint for the partnership. An attorney could draft a partnership agreement addressing all contingencies. We have seen many successful partnerships in real estate. Pooling money provides the opportunity to purchase higher end properties. In fact, I have a partnership with one of my real estate holdings.
      • Make it an easy trip. 
      Traveling to your very own vacation spot shouldn’t be stressful. Decide the distance you don’t mind traveling, by land or by air. You don't want to need a vacation from your vacation.  

We're here to assist you in sorting out your alternatives and ascertaining your best options. 
Got questions? We've got answers

Friday, July 22, 2016

To blog. To share. To connect. To create. To inspire.

In the words of Gordon Hinkley: "You can't plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind."

So after talking about how great it would be, we've decided to finally start a blog here at Sold In Paradise! Our goal is pretty simple. To connect with you, the reader. And to give you great information to read and share.  

Whether it be DIY home tips, where to find the best ice cream shops along the Emerald Coast, or local real estate market trends, we believe that sharing with each other can bring a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. Expect to find a variety of topics for every reader. We hope you enjoy!

We're going to leave this intro to our blog short and sweet so that we can get to the good stuff.. stay tuned! 

We'd love to hear suggestions and feedback about what you might like to read about so leave a comment or email us with your thoughts.