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Home for Sale in Niceville

4442This amazing family home, located in Niceville, is nestled in the highly regarded neighborhood of Bluewater Bay. This stunning, four bedroom home is being offered at a considerable value and certainly will not be on the market for long! If you are looking to buy real estate in Niceville, then look no further! This is the house you have been waiting for.

Four bedrooms and two and a half baths are spread out over the two floors of this spacious home. The first floor features impressive oak flooring and double crown molding. The kitchen has Corian counter tops, a new stainless steel sink, and a built-in breakfast table. A large living area leads to a separate Florida room showcasing the large private deck, saltwater pool, and hot tub located behind the house. The back yard also includes a storage shed and a large grapefruit tree!

A solid oak staircase leads up to the second floor, where you can walk out onto the private balcony overlooking the crystal clear waters of Bluewater Bay. The master bedroom features custom shelving, a large walk-in closet, and an attached bathroom with a Jacuzzi-style bathtub. Three more bedrooms are spaced throughout the 3,010 square feet of this luxurious home, providing more than enough room to accommodate the entire family comfortably.

So many lavish amenities combined with the gorgeous area make this property a wonderful find for anyone looking to buy a home. If you are considering purchasing Niceville real estate, contact one of our agents today!

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Paddle at the Porch in Destin

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Living in Destin definitely has its perks, and if you recently purchased real estate in Destin, then you are in luck! Because it’s that time of year again in Destin, when everyone is gearing up for one of the biggest events of the year, Paddle at the Porch! Locals and visitors alike will line the shores of the Gulf Coast behind The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster Bar on August 20th to get ready for one of the fiercest competitions of the season. The games begin at 9am, so be sure to get there early!

This year will be the 5th annual Paddle at the porch event. Categories will include a 1-Mile Beginner, 3-Mile Recreational, 6-Mile Elite, a Kids’ Fun Race, and a Relay. This year is the first year for the Relay event, and everyone is certainly looking forward to it! After the race, awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall winners, and for 50+ winners in the following:

1-Mile Beginner – Men’s, Women’s
3-Mile Recreational – Men’s Displacement, Women’s Displacement, Men’s Surfstyle, Women’s Surfstyle
6-Mile Elite – 14′ Men’s Elite, 12’6″ Men’s Elite, 12’6″ Women’s Elite
Kids’ Fun Race – Boys, Girls

Registration is open at Be sure to kick off the weekend right and join the Packet Pick-Up Party and Board Demos at The Back Porch from 4-7pm on Friday. If you have to miss the pre-party, you can pick up your packet at the Destin Chamber or at The Back Porch the morning of the race.

Paddle at the Porch is just one of the many exciting events in Destin that make it a great place to live. If you are looking for real estate in Destin, or anywhere along the Gulf Coast, don’t hesitate to contact us so we can guide you every step of the way!

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The Real Estate Investors Dilemma

SPIAGGIA-Balc2Are you thinking about taking the plunge and investing in real estate? You’ve heard about the advantages that come with owning condo rentals in South Walton. The potential rent collected could pay the mortgage and leave you with a little extra income in your pocket. Sounds too good to be true, right? In a way, it is, but the money isn’t the problem…

Property management is where this dream can become a nightmare. Just imagine dealing with midnight guest complaints, setting rates, maintaining bookings and dealing with damages. By now, most first-time investors are running out the door. Before you do though, there is a solution – HIRE A PROPERTY MANAGER.

No ifs, ands or buts about it, property managers in Destin, Florida can make all the difference between a rental that generates income and one that causes you financial and mental distress.

Southern Vacation Rentals alone makes it easier to rent your home or condo, protect your assets and generate income. Everything from marketing your property and scheduling bookings to maintenance and general upkeep is handled so that you can sit back, relax and let your recently purchased property do the work for you.

If you’re still looking for that perfect property to buy, let our agents at RE/MAX Southern assist you. When the deal is done, Southern Vacation Rentals team of certified property managers will be happy to help with the rest!

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Destin’s Paddle at the Porch

PaddleBoardOwning Destin real estate and living near our beautiful beaches opens you up to a wealth of activities and events. One such awesome event is Paddle at the Porch, one of our favorite activities of the year.

Paddle at the Porch is a standup paddle boarding even that takes place on the powder white sand behind The Back Porch restaurant in Destin. If you are unfamiliar with paddle boarding, we highly recommend you give it a try! It combines the thrill of surfing, with the relaxation of kayaking – depending on how fast you paddle! The Back Porch is also a must-try if you are new to the area.

Taking place on August 20, 2016, this event offers several races to choose from including a kids race. Adult races include a three and six mile race, as well as a relay event. The three and six mile events kick off at 9 AM, while the relay will begin at 11:30 AM. Not a great paddle boarder? That’s okay! Come hang out to enjoy kids’ activities, demonstrations and entertainment. You can also grab delicious food and drinks from the restaurant before claiming your spot on the sand to cheer on the racers.

Want to race during Paddle at the Porch now that you own real estate in Destin? Sign up now, grab a board and we will see you at the shore as you finish!

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Items Every New Homeowner Needs

paintersYou’ve just signed on the dotted line and purchased real estate in Destin. Congrats on your new home, we are so glad we could help. But, now you own a home and there are items you are going to want, and need, to own.

Your head is probably spinning with paint colors and the ideal window shades. But there are definitely some practical items you will want to pick up while you are out gathering those things.

The first item? Tools! A hammer for hanging that new artwork, screwdrivers and maybe even an all-in-one tool kit will all come in handy.The next items are for safety. A fire extinguisher is a must in your kitchen and an extension cord organizer may keep you from running to the kitchen to grab it.

A emergency preparedness kit, with items like batteries, a flashlight and first aid, are also items you won’t want, or maybe even be able, to run out and get when the need strikes. Yard tools, cleaning supplies and odd items such as a ladder, are also items you will want to consider picking up now that maintenance and care, in addition to decor, are on you. Oh, and if these items don’t sound like fun or anything you want to buy, drop hints to family who want to help out and celebrate your new Destin real estate purchase.

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Selling Your Home

iStock_000018477573Medium-347x231Whether it is your first time buying a home or selling home it is important not to get overwhelmed by the process. Of course that is easier said than done when you factor in all of the elements from applications to closing costs. The truth of the matter is that many Destin, Florida real estate novices find themselves in unfamiliar territory when it comes to selling their home.

Once you have conquered the feat of buying, listing your home for sale should be a piece of cake, right? This is not always the case. It is important to avoid this and a variety of other home-selling myths when you finally decide to list.

For instance, do not believe that the seller alone determines the price. Your home’s value should be calculated based on size, location, current market conditions, other homes in the area and a variety of other factors. These elements will help you to avoid over-pricing your property which has potential to limit your buying pool and increase the number of days on the market.

For more tips on how to sell your home or find a property in the area, contact a local RE/MAX Southern agent today at 850.837.1880.

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Planetarium Night

2013-03-12 19.17.30Are you a new owner of real estate in Fort Walton Beach, and interested in science? If so, Planetarium Night at the Emerald Coast Science Center is the perfect event for you and your family!

The event takes place on the first and third Thursday of every month, and consists of shows providing information on our solar system and constellations. The Emerald Coast Science Center has created shows for all ages, from kindergarten to 12th grade. There are programs everyone in your family can enjoy! There are three shows in one evening, one at 5, 6 and 7 PM, and each one will last around 45 minutes.

The science center has a mobile planetarium that allows them to convert their exhibit hall into an exploration of the night sky. Guests will sit on cushions on the floor of the planetarium to view the show.

The center asks that you call ahead and reserve your spot because space is limited, and tickets tend to sell out fast! Admission is $7 for children, $9 for adults and $8 for seniors. It is also smart to arrive at the show 15 minutes before it begins to ensure your seat does not get released.

If you enjoy Planetarium Night and want to see what else the Emerald Coast Science Center has in store for you and your family, go check it out! There are tons of kid’s activities such as a critter and bubble room and a robotics exhibit!

Planetarium Night is a one of a kind event, so celebrate your new Fort Walton Beach real estate by seeing what you can learn about space!


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Explore Emerald Bay in Destin!

20160718140316441914000000-oIf you love to golf in Destin, Florida, there’s no doubt that you’ve scheduled a tee time or two at Emerald Bay. This prestigious golf course community is centrally located along the shores of the Choctawhatcheee Bay between Destin and the beaches of South Walton. The large homes with well maintained lawns and incredible bay views only add to the beauty of the greens. Don’t even get us started on the community amenities at Emerald Bay. Who doesn’t love a dip in the pool after a round of tennis?

Sports, convenience, views – what more could you possibly want in a neighborhood? If the community checks all of your must-haves, Kerry Veach’s homes for sale in Emerald Bay will have you packed and ready to move.

Most recently listed is 73 Cobalt Lane. This traditional four bedroom, three-and-half bathroom home for sale is as beautiful as the views it offers. Situated on the 10th green, this homes offers everything from a well laid out floor plan to top of the line finishes including hardwood floors, crown mold, granite counters and plantation shutters.

313 Baywinds Drive is another recently listed four bedroom home by RE/MAX Southern’s Owner/Broker, Kerry Veach. Done in a contemporary style, this pristine home has been newly updated and comes move-in ready. Enjoy an open floor plan, covered porch and large, private lot with plenty of room for a pool.

Speaking of pools, 18 Bethany Bay is a gorgeous three bedroom home for sale in Destin with a pool that will have you and the kids happy all summer long. From the screened lanai and lush landscaping to the general upkeep and upgrades, this contemporary beauty is sure to impress.

Interested in learning more about opportunities to own and invest in Destin, Florida real estate? Contact a local RE/MAX agent today!

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LuLu’s Bay Bash Weekend Concert Series

Lulu's Bay BashAre you looking for reasons to purchase a new home in Destin? LuLu’s Bay Bash Weekend Concert Series is one event that proves you should.

LuLu’s is a restaurant in Destin our locals and visitors love. It is located on the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge next to Legendary Marina in Destin. The restaurant is located right on the water, so it has a spectacular view of Choctawhatchee Bay and allows visitors to arrive by car or by boat. That’s right, you can anchor your boat to enjoy a delicious meal and then continue your day on the water.

Going to LuLu’s is already a treat, but this summer they have even more fun to offer! The restaurant has scheduled live music to play during the weekend all summer. The concerts happen on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM to around 4 PM. Bands including Hotel Oscar, Albert Simpson, Boukou Groove and The Sandbox are all expected to play at the Bay Bar.

Your kids will love LuLu’s because of all the activities they have available. The restaurant features paddle board and kayak rentals, hair wraps and even a caricature artist. They have recently added a new feature, a bungee and trampoline jumper called the Jellyfish Jumper. During the weekend concert series you are able to enjoy family time in the sun, relaxing to great music and participating in each of these activities.

Visit LuLu’s Bay Bash Weekend Concert Series and experience one of many reasons why purchasing real estate in Destin is right for you.

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Easy Design Tactics to Impress Buyers

The appearance of your Destin real estate will play a key role in selling your home fast. Splashy upgrades, such as decked our curb appeal, modern kitchens and new appliances, will certainly attract lookers, there is one simple, cost-effective change you can make today that will impact the feel of your home dramatically – paint!

That’s right, the colors of a home can without a doubt sway how someone feels about living in your Destin property for sale. The right colors will make a cramped space feel bigger, a drafty area feel warmer and a home generally more inviting to those looking to buy from you.

In fact, well thought out paint choices, those that take into account the light of the room, temperature, and plan for the fact that you don’t know your buyers tastes, will help them envision themselves, and their furniture, in the space. Our best tip? Keep things neutral! That doesn’t mean you have to paint the entire home taupe and beige, although when done right, those are excellent choices.

A little research on the impact of certain tones before painting will go along way. For example, blues have a serene feel, while greens tends to have a calming effect. Remember to keep colors light and airy. These tones are especially attractive here along the beach. You want your color choices to suggest a sense of comfort and sophistication. and leave your buyer dying to move in!

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