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Home for Sale in Destin

20160406155237694628000000-oIf you are considering buying real estate in the area, then this home for sale in Destin is a must-see! This historic home was once owned by the Staff sisters of Fort Walton before being moved to Destin. Built in 1906, this home is surrounded by a huge private yard and some of the most beautiful and oldest oak trees in the area. Located directly on the water, this home features a traditional Southern back porch that offers wonderful views of the sparkling waters of the bay. The home also features a balcony, perfect for enjoying the sun on a warm Florida afternoon. A standing reminder of the good old days, this home was built with the highest standards in mind and was meant to last the test of time.

Three bedrooms and one bathroom are offered in this charming 1,136 square foot home. Hardwood floors are featured throughout every room in the house, giving it a vintage feel and “Old Florida” ambiance. If you love the look and impression of historic architecture, then this home for sale in Destin is the perfect opportunity for you to own a piece of the past! Located in the Moreno Point neighborhood, this waterfront home offers the nostalgia and happiness of a simpler time. If you are considering buying real estate and enjoy the rich history of the area, call now to schedule showing of this amazing home for sale in Destin today!

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Storm Tips: How to Prepare for Power Loss

1-300x225-300x225 (1)If you live or own real estate in Destin, then you know that on occasion storms will roll through the Gulf Coast. In some areas, there may be a loss of power due to a damaged power line. The response teams in this area are amazing, but it is always best to be prepared. If a storm is on the way, here are a few tips to help you in case you lose power.

Stock up. In the event of a power outage, you will need to have a supply of ice, water, batteries, and flashlights. One gallon of water per day per person is recommended. Also, fill your automobiles and any generators you have with gas. Try to get enough supplies to last two weeks. Even if your power is restored, it may take a while for stores to restock.

Unplug. During the storm, make sure that all electronics and appliances are unplugged. If you see a downed power line or any type of damaged electronics, do not touch them for any reason.

Wait. After the storm, response teams immediately begin restoring power to affected areas. However, it might take a few days to get to everyone. Books and board games are a great way to pass the time. If you do lose power for more than two hours, you will need to cook or ice down any perishable items in your refrigerator.

If you own real estate in Destin and would like help, contact one of our property managers to discuss how you can keep your investments safe.

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Southern Rentals and Real Estate Flood Relief Fundraiser

logoSouthern Rentals and Real Estate has teamed with the American Red Cross to help contribute to the relief efforts for the Louisiana flood victims. To help raise money, Southern will donate $5 for each vacation reservation made from September 1st through the 15th, 2016. Southern is committed to helping the people of Louisiana rebuild in the wake of this disaster.

Over 7.1 trillion gallons of water fell on the coast of Louisiana over a short 10 day period in early August of 2016. As the lakes and river overflowed with water, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and surrounding areas become flooded from the torrential downpour, which dropped more water on the area than Hurricane Katrina. With little warning, the flooding forced people from their homes as they had no choice but to leave in search of higher ground. An estimated 146,000 homes and countless businesses were damaged by this tragedy. Some areas were so badly flooded they may never recover.

Please help the relief efforts in Louisiana any way that you can as these people and communities work to rebuild their lives. You can donate directly to the Red Cross, contribute via the Southern Rentals and Real Estate Crowdrise page, or donate when you call Southern to make your reservation. In addition, for each vacation reservation made from September 1st through the 15th, 2016, Southern will donate $5 to the American Red Cross. Please help us reach our goal as we extend our support and resources to the victims of this tragedy in Louisiana.

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Southern’s Realtor Referral Program

iStock_000020499093Medium-347x459Southern Residential Leasing is excited to announce we have reorganized our Realtor Referral Program to include additional benefits to realtors and the clients they refer to the program. We are putting more emphasis on the pay it forward promise of the referral program by implementing a system that notifies realtors 90 days before a client’s lease is going to expire, which gives them the opportunity to reach out to the client and maintain that relationship. This feature is in addition to the $500 bonus each realtor receives when they refer one of their clients to the program.

In some situations, it is in the client’s best interest to wait awhile before they try selling a property, or perhaps they recently invested in a rental property and they need a property manager. Now, realtors can refer these types of clients to our Realtor Referral Program and not only receive the $500 incentive, but also know that the client will be working with a property manager in Northwest Florida that will provide a quality experience. Realtors can be confident that the relationship they have with their client will be maintained and the home will be managed properly. Once the client is ready to sell again, we refer the client back to you.

The Realtor Referral Program is a great way for realtors to work with the Southern property managers to ensure that the customer’s needs always come first.  If you are a realtor and have clients that need a property manager in Northwest Florida, contact us today to participate in the Realtor Referral Program.

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Condo for Sale in Destin

20160726184234688772000000-oIf you are looking for one of the absolute best condos for sale in Destin, then look no further! Located in the highly desirable gated community of Harbor Landing, this condo is perfect for anyone looking to buy a home or invest in a vacation rental. With a spacious floor plan and a great price, this home will not be on the market of long.

As you enter the condo, you are greeting with an open living space, kitchen and breakfast bar. The gourmet chef’s kitchen is perfect for foodies who love to cook or have dinner parties. The living area leads to a private balcony overlooking the Destin Harbor, offering breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico. This condo features three bedrooms, all with their own individual bathroom for added privacy. This beautiful condo does come fully furnished, which is perfect for someone looking to move in immediately or use as a vacation rental.

Harbor Landing offers several amenities including an exercise room, a game room, a community pool, a barbecue grill, and a picnic area. This gated community sits directly in front of the Destin Harbor right in the heart of Destin. With an ideal location in Harbor Landing, three spacious bedrooms with private bathrooms, and a balcony that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, this condo for sale in Destin is the perfect place for someone looking for a new home or an investment opportunity. If you are considering buying a condo in Destin, call us today!

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Welcome New RE/MAX Southern Agent Dawn Lichorwic

The ONEWe would like to welcome Dawn Lichorwic to our highly skilled and professional team of RE/MAX Southern Real Estate Agents! Originally from Oxford, Alabama, Dawn was drawn to the beautiful white beaches and emerald green waters of Destin, Florida. She moved to Destin in 1999 and never looked back! We are happy to add Dawn and her expertise to our RE/MAX Southern team of real estate agents in Destin.

Dawn Lichorwic has over 14 years of experience in real estate and brings an incredible amount of knowledge with her to the RE/MAX team. Her specialty is waterfront homes and land, particularly large areas of land needed for new developments and investors. She has also bought and sold real estate internationally and is great at handling the finest details of complicated real estate endeavors. She is also a member of the Million Dollar Guild and is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist.

When Dawn is not working, she enjoys spending time on the beach with her two sons, Zachary and Jackson. She also enjoys boating on the beautiful waters of the Gulf Coast, a great round of golf, SCUBA diving, and traveling the world.

Our RE/MAX Southern real estate agents are dedicated to providing great service, have a strong work ethic, and are held to the highest standards. We are excited to welcome an additional member to our team of professionals. If you are looking to buy or sell a home and need a great real estate agent in Destin, contact Dawn Lichorwic today!

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Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach

GuitarPanama City Beach is a wonderful and scenic place to live with plenty of fun events. The end of summer is coming up, but people who live in the area know that there are plenty of things to do year round. If you are thinking of moving to the area, and are looking for Panama City Beach real estate, then we have some really nice homes you should look at! If you are going to be in the area Labor Day weekend then give us a call, and be sure to check out one of the biggest festivals of the year – the 2016 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam!

Gulf Coast Jam is a country music festival held on August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th on the beautiful coastline of Panama City Beach. The 2016 lineup includes Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Eric Church, Lynard Skynard, The Band Perry, Brett Eldredge, Granger Smith, Sara Evans, Tyler Farr, A Thousand Horses, Charles Esten, and more! If you feel like you should be added to that list, then enter for a chance to win your big break into the country music scene. Just sing the National Anthem on Facebook Live and tag Gulf Coast Jam, and you could get a chance to perform at the festival!

The Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is one of the biggest parties of the year, so you don’t want to miss it.Panama City Beach is an awesome place to spend Labor Day weekend and any weekend for that matter! If you are considering moving to the area, we have amazing real estate in Panama City Beach. Contact us today and see what we have for you!

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Home Selling Tips

for saleIt is always best to work with a devoted real estate agent when you are trying to sell your home. There is market knowledge that can help you get the most money for your home, make the selling process less stressful, and cut down on the time your house is on the market. If you are selling a home and need a real estate agent in Niceville or surrounding areas, then contact us now so we can help you with the process. Until then, we have put together a few tips:

Curb appeal! A few flowers and some fresh paint can make a world of difference. Make sure the yard and driveway look great, so you make a good first impression.

Stage the house. Keep rooms clean and free of clutter. You might want to hire a cleaning service for an extra deep clean of the floors, wall, fans, blinds, ceilings, etc. Also, keep the rooms looking as inviting as possible.

Make sure the price is right. Your home will see the most action within the first month that it is on the market; make sure your asking price is in the right range so it can sell fast.

Make sure your listing is marketed. Having your house on all of the online portals is crucial to the selling process. Don’t expect just a sign in the yard or a newspaper ad to do the trick. These days, an online presence is a must. Also, most people want to see the house before they actually visit, so make sure you have great photos.

Selling a house in Niceville doesn’t have to be hard. If you need help marketing your home and are looking for a real estate agent in Niceville, or anywhere along the Gulf Coast, contact us today and we will guide you every step of the way!

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Old Town Cottages in Destin

1Embrace the charm and traditional elegance of the South with an Old Town Cottage in the revitalized area of historical Destin. This development will be a beautiful and sophisticated homage to the grace and style associated with “Old Destin.”

These quaint cottages will vary in roof lines, styles of siding, and colors, but all will adhere to the highest building standards. If you become part of this wonderful opportunity now, you can choose from two floor plans and other features to fit your personal taste, including roofing style. Some of the cottages will have gable roofs and others will have hip roofs, but all of the architectural embellishments will keep with the overall look and feel of the development.

With plans set in motion, Brad Shoults, Owner/Broker of RE/MAX Southern, is pre-selling properties at Old Town Cottages today! Act now and you could be one of twenty-two owners in the elite community. The development’s two and three bedroom Florida cottages for sale will have raised ceilings, crown molding and a breakfast bar to create a sense of “home.” A traditional screened-in porch will add to the Southern charm and be the perfect place to enjoy a warm Florida evening. Community features at Old Town Cottages in Destin will include feature an in-ground pool, gathering place and convenient location to Clement Taylor Park, HarborWalk Village, and the Destin Bay House.

The Old Town Cottages of Destin are a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the time-honored look and feel of traditional Florida while still indulging in the advantages and technology of modern society. There are still opportunities to be a part of this development. If you are interested in unique real estate in Destin, contact us today to discuss your options.

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Home Buying Tips

iStock_000018477573Medium (2)Whether it’s your first time or you’re an experienced buyer, investing in a home is a big decision. Finding the right home at the right price, moving on a property before other buyers, and knowing when to make an offer are all critical when buying a home in Fort Walton Beach, or any other area. If you are looking to buy a home in Northwest Florida or Coastal Alabama, be sure to contact one of our agents soon. Until then, here are a few tips to ensure your buying process goes smoothly:

Know your budget. If you find the perfect home and someone else has already made an offer, you might find yourself in the middle of a bidding war. Before you know it, you could be going over your budget and paying more than you had planned. Make a budget and keep it in a comfortable range.

Be informed. Research the neighborhoods you want to live in, know the strengths and weaknesses of the areas, and empower yourself with as much knowledge as possible. If you are buying a home in Fort Walton Beach, you can find out a lot about the different neighborhoods on our website.

Hire an experienced agent. A good agent will know when it’s time to make an offer, when it’s time to wait, and when it’s time to walk away. The real estate market has several moving parts. It’s important to have an expert on your side.

Be ready. Once you find the perfect home, you may need to act fast. You don’t want to lose out on a great house waiting on paperwork.

Buying a house should be exciting, not stressful. If you are thinking about buying a home in Fort Walton Beach, or anywhere along Northwest Florida and Coastal Alabama, contact one of our agents to help you through the process.

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