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Recent Drop in Mortgage Rates

1 (2)Concerns about the strength of the global economy plus the Federal Reserve’s decision this past week to keep interest rates from rising haven driven mortgage rates to the lowest level seen since May 2013.

30-year fixed-rate mortgages have dropped from 4.25 percent in 2012, to 3.5 percent. 15 year-mortgage rates have dropped even lower to 2.81 percent. Meaning if you were to buy real estate in Destin, Florida and have a $250,000 mortgage, your monthly payment would be approximately $1,130 (if, of course, you have an excellent credit score). That certainly beats $1,190 at 4 percent.

This is where things get interesting. Because of this and the state of the outside world, many economists now are NOT anticipating a rise above 4 percent this year. It would be hard to see them dip lower because they have already fallen to reflect a “sense of slowing job growth.” Besides lower rates create more opportunity for people who haven’t refinanced their home. As a general rule of thumb, its worth refinancing for most homeowners when a new mortgage rate is about one percentage point below an existing rate.

Long story short, now is a great time to take advantage of low rates and buy a home or condo for sale in Destin, Florida.

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Rock the Docks at HarborWalk Village in Destin

IMG_7843If you have recently purchased a new home in Destin, Florida, celebrate at HarborWalk Village Rock the Docks. Rock the Docks is one of many events HarborWalk Village hosts, and it is one you don’t want to miss!

Rock the Docks occurs every Saturday night throughout the summer. The event is happening now and will have its last concert on August 27, 2016. The concerts start at 7 PM and will end at approximately 9 PM. The concerts will be held on HarborWalk Village’s main stage. This is an activity that is fun the whole family can enjoy!

Rock the Docks is free and open to the public, so anyone can come! Bring the whole family out to enjoy an evening in one of Destin’s favorite locations listening to great live music. HarborWalk has scheduled a great music line up including The Wide Open, Dana Pointe Band, The Rips and Heritage Band. These bands are local favorites and are sure to bring you a night of fun you won’t forget.

HarborWalk Village also has great dining and shopping options available. A.J.’s Seafood and Oyster House and Jackacudas Seafood and sushi are just a few of the many great Destin seafood restaurants HarborWalk has to offer. Shops, including Aloha Surf Company and Sunset Lifestyles are great for you to peruse through before the music starts. there are even activities for your kids to enjoy such as the Buccaneer Pirate Ship and a laser maze!

Spend your Saturday at Destin’s HarborWalk Village, and then continue the fun into the night listening to great live music at Rock the Docks!

 

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Homeownership Assistance Programs

paintersIn a 2015 report published by the National Association of Realtors, home buyers, especially first-time home buyers, reported that the most difficult part of the purchase process was affording the required down payment.

We completely understand. The required down payment of a traditional mortgage can seem insurmountable. But, if you have recently fallen in love with a piece of real estate in Destin, there is hope in the form of down payment assistance.

Buying real estate is a complex process, which is one reason you may want to work with a housing counselor in the beginning. They can advise you of all resources you are eligible for, both based on the location of the home, as well as your financial situation. Armed with the right resources, your RE/MAX Southern agent can show you that dream property and make it yours!

Agencies that your counselor can put you in touch with include the Florida Housing Corporation, which offers information on lower interest rate loans and programs for first-time buyers and HUD’s HOME Investment Partnership Program, as well as many others that are approved for use in the county and within Destin.

 

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Bay Front Lot For Sale in Destin!

Build the home of your dreams on this exclusive waterfront lot for sale in Destin, Florida. Listed by RE/MAX Southern’s Owner/Broker, Kerry Veach, this impressive lot offers incredible views of world renowned waters in a convenient location to boot. Just imagine evenings spent watching the sun set over the Choctawhatchee Bay as the waves crash softly against the shore. Now picture doing it from the home you have always dreamt of, but never been able to find. It sounds too good to be true, right? Not anymore.

928 Peacock’s Point Drive is a one-of-kind piece of land for sale, becoming more rare by the day. As many residents already know, lots in Destin are limited as it as and opportunities to build on waterfront parcels are few and far between. You can do both here, and as an added bonus, you won’t have to worry about constructing a dock.

Situated on 123 feet of waterfront access, this impressive lot comes with a dock and seawall already in place. The dock is equipped with a boathouse that is outfitted with water and electric, in addition to a 6,000 pound boat lift. Perhaps one of the greatest features of this home is the space itself, not to mention the 123 feet of unparalleled waterfront views. With over .46 acres of space to build, this lot is bound to house the home of your dreams. Did we mention it is in the sought-after gated community of Peacock’s Point?

Act now and you could be one of six owners in this exclusive community. Contact Kerry Veach today for more information on this and other Destin, Florida real estate opportunities.

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LuLu’s 1st Anniversary Party Bay Bash

Lulu's Bay BashHave you recently purchased a new home in Destin? If so, come visit one of Destin’s favorite new restaurants, LuLu’s! LuLu’s is celebrating their 1st anniversary on June 11, 2016 and are inviting you to join in on the fun!

The event is from 11 AM to 9 PM and is a day full of family fun! LuLu’s has scheduled great live music, games for all ages, and prepared delicious food. Games will be set up on LuLu’s sandy beach area that overlooks the bay, so you can have some fun in the sun with your kids. LuLu’s has also put together a great music line up of wonderful bands and artists including Hotel Oscar, Lamont Landers Band, Amanda Shaw, and Glen David Andrews. Lucy Buffet will be making a special appearance from 1 to 3 PM to sign copies of her newly updated cookbook, LuLu’s Kitchen, A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life. The first fifty people to arrive will receive a free LuLu’s t-shirt!

LuLu’s has won our hearts this past year because it is the place to go if you are looking for some delicious food and fun! The restaurant is special because you can come by land or by sea. Spend some time on the water and anchor up at LuLu’s on Saturday to experience the party. LuLu’s is located at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge next to Legendary Marina, and features a great view of Choctawhatchee Bay.

This event is the best way you can spend your Saturday! Come out and celebrate LuLu’s 1st Anniversary Party Bay Bash.

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Working With a Housing Counselor

iStock_000018477573Medium (2)Ok, you really want to buy real estate in Destin or along the Emerald Coast, but you aren’t sure where to start. We totally understand. Taking on a mortgage is a huge decision and one you will want to go into knowing all the facts.

That’s why you may want to consider speaking with a housing counselor prior to beginning the search for your Destin home. While our experienced agents are well-versed in the mortgage and real estate buying process, a housing counselor can speak to all facets of the process, including taking a detailed look at your financials.

So, what is a housing counselor exactly? They are experienced, trained professionals who can advise you on buying a home, protecting your credit and many other issues when it comes to buying a home or property. These counselors are also completely unbiased and can help you make a plan that suits you best. The best part? Speaking to a HUD-approved counselor is free!

Before making the call, there are a few steps you will want to take, including gathering all your basic financial information, including debt payments such as student loan document, car payment amounts and documents for any current mortgage you might have. Also, be prepared to honestly talk about your financial situation and what you know about the home buying process so they can adequately arm you with needed information. Then, it’s time to start looking for your next home on the Gulf Coast with one of our experienced RE/MAX Southern agents!

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Golf Course Homes for Dad

DSC_0090 - CopyFather’s Day is right around the corner, and what better way to show Dad you love him than by helping him find the home of his dreams. Forget about the beach condo and head straight for the green because our RE/MAX Southern agents have some incredible golf course homes for sale in Destin.

Starting in Indian Bayou, one of the area’s original luxury neighborhoods, are two stunning residences listed by Kerry Veach and Susie and Kirkland. Enjoy bayou views from Kerry’s recently listed four bedroom residence at 152 Indian Bayou Drive, or look to Susie’s listing to live on the fairway at 25 East Country Club Drive.

Just down the road our realtors have a variety of homes for sale in Kelly Plantation, which is an exclusive gated community that spans 900 acres and offers an 18 hole championship golf course. Contact Carole Pleasants or Dawn Shoults for information on their available homes in this area.

Matt Williams recently listed a beautiful three bedroom Mediterranean style home in the sought-after community of Regatta Bay, which is also home to the Robert Walker designed, 18-hole golf course just down the street from the Destin Commons.

Last on the list of golf course homes is Emerald Bay. Beautiful homes with large yards and bay front greens. These are the pillars of this community. To see homes for sale in Emerald Bay, contact Brad Shoults, Kerry Veach, Carole Pleasants or Anne Hurrle Kazek – all have incredible homes that Dad needs to see this Father’s Day!

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3 Reasons to Buy a Home NOW

iStock_000043395980_FullLow interest rates, stabilizing home prices, rising rents. There are a variety of factors that have us wondering if now, more than ever, is the right time to buy real estate in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Destin and really, across the United States. In short, yes. Today’s market is rebounding, especially along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Here’s a more detailed look at why now is the right time make moves, literally.

1. Rising Rents: Apartment List’s April 2016 National Rent Report noticed that median rents are on a sharp, upward trend. In March alone, the average rent cost rose .4 percent and has increased 2.7 percent year over year. On average, renters should expect to spend anywhere from $1,100 per month for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,300 per month for a two-bedroom, which in Florida means that it is still cheaper to buy in most places than rent.

2. Favorable Mortgage and Interest Rates: The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.64 percent towards the end of May, which is actually down from 2015. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.87 percent. Even so, both numbers are historically low and still a good reason to consider buying a home now before these terms creep back up.

3. Demand Still Exceeds Supply: Housing inventory on a national level has remained consistently tight. In fact, according to the May RE/MAX National Housing Report, inventory in April 2016 was 15.2% lowers than April 2015. That said, demand for homes is currently at a level higher than one year ago. Combine this with favorable mortgage rates and rising rents and you have three solid reasons to start searching “homes for sale in Destin.”

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Things to Do With Dad on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner. It may take some convincing to get him to relax, especially if he’s hot on the hunt for his next Destin investment property, but we have some area activities that might just sway him.

Fishing is an awesome pass time and something that is obviously quite popular around here. To take advantage of fishing in Destin and treat Dad, you have an array of options. Book passage on a charter fishing boat or even a party boat. Or, simply head out to the beach to do a little shore fishing with his (new?) rod and reel.

If Dad prefers to do something a little, err, drier, that’s okay too. What about sending him out to play a round or two of golf on his special day. Destin is packed with great golf courses. These include Emerald Bay, Kelly Plantation and Indian Bayou. Oh, and if Dad just can’t stop checking out Destin real estate, he may want to drive the cart passed our home for sale in Indian Bayou. It’s located on the water, but not too far from the course.

If neither of these things will appeal to your Dad, no problem. One thing that always appeals is a great meal. If you are thinking about a family brunch, consider the Donut Hole, Callahan’s or Harbor Docks. Thinking more along the lines of a great seafood restaurant? Take your pick, but we recommend Jackacuda’s, Dewey Destin and, again, Harbor Docks for fresh catch.

 

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Open House Tips

house11Long gone are the days of sticking a sign in the lawn with a few balloons to draw in potential homebuyers. Events seem to be the hottest thing to sell real estate in Destin these days – and the swankier, the better. The question now though, is offering wine at these open houses a step in the wrong direction?

Well, this just depends, but if it sounds like something you want to do, be sure to make your open house invite-only. Highlight a new listing’s view with invitation-only cocktail parties, but keep it supervised.

Speaking of supervision, establish a limit and offer up drink tickets. (On a side note, pairing drink tickets with a registration is a great way to capture a prospect’s information for feedback).

Still skeptic of serving alcohol at an open house, but want to guarantee a way for people to stay and imagine themselves living there? You could always use a third party vendor so that they absorb the liability. This might be the safest way to avoid any tampering with the law. When it comes to alcohol the rules vary from state to state, so remember to do your research!

For more tips on how to host an open house or sell a home with ease, contact a RE/MAX Southern agent today.

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