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$500 Referral Bonus

$500 (2)Calling all Destin Realtors! Do you have a property that’s not selling, or a client looking to invest in real estate? If so, refer them to our friends at Southern Residential Leasing and enjoy a $500 bonus with each full property management contract signed.*

We know what you are thinking, and the answer, is no. They’re not going to steal your clients. Southern Residential Leasing is one of the only brokerages with a “pay it forward promise” – a guarantee that they will send EVERY client referred back to you. And they mean just that, regardless of brokerage.

Just take it from local luxury real estate agent, Susie Kirkland. “When faced with a property that cannot be sold in the current market; we utilize Southern Residential Leasing to give our clients an additional source of income. We highly recommend, Donna Adams and her team. They keep the property in the condition it was given and return it when the market becomes favorable. It’s a great way to retain a client in all conditions.”

Southern’s property managers in Destin, Florida have a systematic approach when it comes to returning clients. They’ll notify you 90 days before your client’s lease expires, help schedule showings and even get the property move-in ready.

The services they offer homeowners are flexible and include everything from tenant procurement to full property management, all at a competitive rate.

Call 855-411-0325 to learn more about Southern Residential Leasing and how they can help you and your client generate extra revenue.

*All checks made payabale to broker once the property is rented. Multi-property referral restrictions may apply.

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Sunday Cinema at Baytowne Wharf

jg 047Have you just purchased real estate in Destin, and are looking for a relaxing activity for your whole family? If so, come on out to Baytowne Wharf’s Sunday Cinema movie series!

Sunday Cinema takes place at the events plaza stage at the Village of Baytowne Wharf every Sunday night during the summer. The event is happening now until August 14, 2016, and the movies begin at 8 PM.

Sunday Cinema is free and open to the public, so after spending your day at the beach, come relax with your kids. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Frozen and the Incredibles are just a few examples of the family friendly movies scheduled to play. Bring your blankets and chairs to set up on the lawn in front of the stage and watch your family’s favorite film under the stars.

If you need a break from the beach, Baytowne is full of activities, including shopping, dining and more. Every member of your family will find something they love in stores such as Aloha Surf Company and Blush Boutique. Before Sunday Cinema begins, grab a bite to eat at one of Baytowne’s restaurants. The area has a variety of places to choose from, including Acme Oyster House, Graffiti & the Funky Blue Shack and Osaka Sushi. There are activities just for kids too! Adventure Zone, Baytowne Carousel and Blast Arcade and Laser Maze are perfect for keeping the kids entertained.

Sunday Cinema at Baytowne Wharf is a great family activity to participate in after settling in your new Destin real estate. Come see what movie is playing this week!

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Meet the RE/MAX Southern Brokers

Above-the-crowd-new-logoExcellence is the goal at RE/MAX Southern Realty, and it has been for the past 20 years. Covering all areas of the Emerald Coast and then some, our team of professional real estate agents in Destin, Florida strive to provide you with the greatest service, courtesy and professionalism that a firm can offer. We credit this approach to RE/MAX Southern’s Owner/Broker duo, Brad Shoults and Kerry Veach.

Owned and operated by the two long time locals, RE/MAX Southern is home to the best of the best and it all starts with those two.

Kerry Veach has been a proven leader in the real estate industry since 1988. Not only is a RE/MAX Hall of Fame-r, but a former Broker/Owner of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award winner. He served as the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors’ President and actively finds himself involved in the community.

Brad Shoults teamed up with Kerry in 2002 to form what is now known as Southern Rentals and Real Estate, but prior to that, he and his brother formed Pointe South, a Destin vacation rental and real estate enterprise. Brad is also a Hall of Fame winner and has the OICE and CDPE certifications under his belt.

Both these men bring a level of professionalism to the table that you can’t find anywhere else. If you are looking to buy or sell real estate in Northwest Florida, these are the guys to talk to.

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Living at the Beach: Summer Sun Safety Tips

IMG_1010Summer on the Gulf Coast is hot. And, if you have just purchased real estate in Destin and are experiencing these temps and humidity for the first time, allow us to pass on some of our best summer safety tips!

July is UV Safety Month. When we talk UV protection, especially under the Florida sun, we are talking about protecting yourself from more than just a sun burn. Yes, that’s one of the most instantly painful and recognizable effects of too much sun, but you also need to protect your your eyes and hydrate against heat stress.

Heat and humidity along the coast is at its worst between 10 AM and 4 PM, so plan any outdoor chores or activities early or late in the day. While the lawn needs to look nice, it can wait until late in the day! Also, be sure to wear a wide brim hat and sunglasses that protect your peepers from both UVA and UVB rays.

Our most estenial summer sun safety tips? Drink extra water, wear sunscreen and take advantage of our beaches or your pool to stay cool! Oh, and about that sunscreen. Make sure it is at least an SPF15, although an SPF30 is preferred. Also, one and done doesn’t suffice here. Reapply often to avoid a burn or lasting effects.

Stay cool out there and we hope you enjoy living on the Gulf Coast now that you own Destin real estate!

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Gulf Coast Sportsmanship Series

DSC00909If you have recently purchased real estate in Destin, Florida you should know that fishing is very important to our area. Destin is known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village for a reason, and we host many fishing tournaments and events throughout the year to uphold our title.

One event that is great at making sure Destin’s local fishermen and charter boats are successful, is the Gulf Coast Sportsmanship Seminar. The seminars are held at the Legendary Marina Showroom at the foot of the Mid Bay Bridge, and take place on the first Tuesday of each month from 6-8 PM. The event is happening now and the last seminar is scheduled for December 6, 2016.

This event allows you to learn tips and tricks from the best in the business. Each month the seminar will focus on fish currently in season, and what fish you are able to catch and keep during that time. This month the event is happening on July 5, 2016 and our local professionals will be teaching you their insider tricks on how to catch Wahoo, or Dolphin.

This event is free to the public and there will be food and drinks for you to enjoy while listening to how the pros catch the biggest Wahoo. Now that you live in and own real estate in Destin, come out to the Gulf Coast Sportsmanship Seminar Series to learn how you can maximize your fishing and sporting activities.

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4th of July Home Safety Tips

Fourth of July traditions have changed through the decades, but there is one that has held strong since 1777. One year after the Declaration of Independence was signed, Philadelphia started lighting up the night sky with fireworks. To this day, there’s nothing we look forward to more than fireworks on the beach. In fact, families near and far are likely packing up the kids and heading towards their favorite vacation spot to celebrate our Nation’s independence. If there’s one take away we have learned as Realtors and property managers in Destin is to forgo the tent on the side of the road and opt for a safer, public display of fireworks…

Many of you already know that the Fourth of July has a sort of dangerous stigma attached to it. This is mainly because of the colorful light displays. According to Medical Daily, fireworks are the cause of 20,000 fires each year which average over $32 million a year in property damage and 9,300 serious injuries. We are not trying to infringe on your fun, but rather want to protect you and your loved ones from some serious implications.

If you and your family would like to celebrate Independence Day at home, please follow these fireworks safety tips from the National Council of Fireworks Safety.

On behalf of everyone at RE/MAX Southern, we wish you all a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

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Destin Fireworks and Harbor Cruise

Celebrate the purchase of your new home in Destin by taking your loved one out on one of the only adult cruises in our area, the Destin Fireworks and Harbor Cruise.

SunVenture has a few different cruise options vailable, but the Fireworks and Harbor Cruise option is known to be the more relaxing and romantic choice. The event is offered every Thursday night from 7:30-9 PM. Guests must be 18 years old and a reservation is required. Admission is $26 per person and spots go quickly, so make sure to reserve yours now!

During the cruise, you will explore Destin’s Harbor and conclude the night with a spectacular firework show provided by HarborWalk Village. This is the perfect evening for grabbing a bite to eat at one of HarborWalk’s delicious seafood restaurants then discovering the beautiful waters of Destin’s Gulf.

SunVenture has other cruise options if you are looking for some family time on the water. They have voyages that take you and your family looking for dolphins, or a scenic cruise that takes you for a trip to Crab Island. You can spend the day enjoying Crab Island’s activities, such as an inflatable waterpark for your children to play on, or listen to live music on a floating stage. SunVenture provides many opportunities for you and your family to explore Destin’s harbor!

There is no cruise like the Fireworks and Harbor Cruise in our area, so enjoy a well-deserved romantic evening with SunVenture and explore the water near your new Destin home purchase.


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Beach Condo For Sale in Sandestin!

20160621210517258692000000-oEvery day is SUN day at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Incredible views, fabulous finishes and resort-style amenities only add to the desirability of Carole Pleasant’s newest listing at Beachside II. This one bedroom beach condo for sale in Sandestin just hit the market, but is bound to sell quickly.

Whether you are in the living room, the bedroom or on the balcony, the Florida sun shines bright throughout this 1,090 square foot unit. Enjoy unparalleled views of world renowned waters from every single room. The condo’s strategic location and placement of the door allows for beautiful (almost) floor-to-celing windows that wrap around the home. The kitchen is a knock-out with gorgeous granite counters, stainless steel appliances and beaded natural wooden and vaulted ceilings to boot.

Worried about space? Don’t be! The master bedroom is extra-large with a king size bed currently in place. The living room is home to a sleeper sofa and love seat sleeper, perfect for up to five guests. Additional features include a stackable washer and dryer and custom draperies.

Updated and decorated with chic, coastal decor, this incredible condo comes move-in ready (or rental-ready if that’s what you are looking for). All you need is a suitcase! Seriously. Beachsdie II offers fabulous resort amenities to please any traveler or resident and a convenient location – within in minutes of grocery stores, shopping and restaurants in Destin, Florida!

Contact RE/MAX Southern Agent, Carole Pleasants at 850-837-1880 to learn more about making this incredible condo yours!

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Nighttime Educational Beach Walks in Destin

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Are you spending your summer relaxing on the beach near your new real estate in Destin? Did you know we share it with more than just seasonal visitors? We share it with shorebirds that feed in the tidal pools, crabs that hang out near the shore and sea turtles that nest in the sand.

During sea turtle nesting season, The Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council offers Nighttime Educational Beach Walks. The walks are an educational experience to learn about sea turtles and why it is important to protect them and their nests. The event happens every Monday and Wednesday night throughout the summer and begins at 8 PM.

The walks are conducted by George Gray, the county’s Sea Turtle Coordinator. Gray is licensed by the state to conduct the annual endangered species survey. He is very knowledgeable and is sure to provide you and your family a fun experience!

The event is free but it does require a reservation. There are only 20 spots available on each walk for ages 6 and up. To reserve your spot please email Times and locations are subject to change based off of weather and turtle nest availability.

The Nighttime Educational Beach Walks is an event we encourage you and your family to participate in and is an excellent way to get familiar with the area now that you own Destin real estate. Explore the Gulf Coast and learn about why sea turtles are so important to our area!


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Summer Sale from Southern!

Girl with NetDo you have friends or relatives that are dying to visit you now that you own real estate in Destin? Or, would you just like to sneak away for a few days at the beach? Either way, Southern Vacation Rentals is having their biggest sale of the season and you won’t want to miss it!

When you book now, and stay before August 5, 2016, you can save up to 25% on all remaining condo and vacation home rentals. Not just in Destin, either. This is a great opportunity to visit neighboring beach communities such as Scenic 30A, Panama City Beach or even further west to Pensacola Beach, Orange Beach or Gulf Shores.

Whether you want to getaway for the Fourth of July, and stay on the beach instead of battling traffic there, or maybe take in the Pensacola Beach Airshow from a beachfront condo in Pensacola Beach, Southern still has options in just about every town along the Gulf Coast for you to choose from. In addition to the big annual events, this is also a great way to get a feel for your new community and visit weekly concert series, family movie nights and even weekly fireworks shows.

Haven’t had a chance to finish decorating – or even moving into – the new house, but have family wanting to bunk with you for a summer vacation? Treat them to the inside scoop on this deal. They will get a great view and experience, and you will keep your sanity while still enjoying time with loved ones.

This deal is for a very limited time only. Don’t walk, run to the phone and call Southern’s Reservation Agents before it’s gone!

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