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Repair Costs for a Fixer-Upper

paintersThree bedroom home for sale in Santa Rosa Beach for less than $200,000? When can we see it? That’s the first logical thought comes to mind when a home like this is listed in the area. The next, is even if it needs a little work that is okay because it was such a bargain. After all, it seems like everyone these days is into the idea of a “fixer-upper.” What’s not to love about a cheap home that you can add your own personal touch to?

If and when you do buy a fixer upper house, it is important to remember that you can save a ton of money or get yourself into a financial fix. Before you pull the trigger, the trick to buying a fixer upper is to determine how much you can afford and what you can do yourself. If you can, schedule a walk-through with a contractor so that he or she can provide you with a cost estimate. For handy-er buyers, price out the supplies. Either way, be sure to tack on 10% – 20% to cover unforeseen errors.

To make sure you’re offering a “fair” purchase price, take the fair market value of the property (which is what it would be worth if it were in good condition) and subtract the estimated upgrade and repair costs.

Lastly, as you make an offer, be sure to include inspection contingencies. For more tips and tricks on buying a fixer-upper house in South Walton, contact a RE/MAX Southern certified distressed property expert.

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Memorial Day Events in Destin!

Memorial Day on the Gulf CoastIt’s almost Memorial Day weekend and we imagine you will halt your search for real estate in Destin long enough to hit the beach and maybe enjoy a hamburger (or two). Use your down time wisely and also check out some of the area’s best annual events as we kick off summer!

Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off to the busy summer season along the beaches of Northwest Florida. From here on out, you will find the beaches crowded and the events around town hot! So, what is there to do during this holiday weekend?

Well, first, we recommend checking out HarborWalk Village, which is always a great destination for local events and things to do on the Emerald Coast. This weekend, don your best flip flops and head out for the Memorial Day Concert Celebration kicking off on Saturday at 7PM on the event stage. You’ll enjoy the sounds of Flash Flood, as well as an outstanding Journey cover band. On Sunday, don’t miss out on the annual fireworks over the harbor after your day on the beach.

A little further east at the Village of Baytowne Wharf, enjoy a full weekend of patriotic events as you watch live music from the main event stage each evening and the kids enjoy a wealth of activities just for them. On Sunday, stay late and watch the lagoon fireworks at 9:15PM, before heading back Monday for the Memorial Day program presented by the Sandestin Veteran’s at 7PM.

Want to watch your Memorial Day fireworks from a different vantage point? Climb aboard the Solaris! Departing the docks at Baytowne Marina at 6:30PM on Sunday, this three hour cruise around the bay offers you a delicious multi-course dinner and wonderful drinks before you find a spot along the rails of one of three decks to watch the fireworks from! No matter how you celebrate, we hope you have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend in Destin.

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Homes for Sale in Indian Bayou

20160509212557581282000000-oRelaxing and refined, just two of the many words to describe this incredible bayou front home for sale in Indian Bayou. From the stunning architectural detail to the interior finishes and panoramic views, this home recently listed by RE/MAX Southern, Owner/Broker, Kerry Veach is the epitome of fine craftsmanship.

The setting is serene and secluded, yet right in the heart of Destin, Florida. It truly is the perfect combination of privacy and convenience.

Travel through this 4,208 square foot showplace and notice the detail that surrounds you. Old Chicago brick. Copper chimney, dormer and roof. A 120 foot dock leading out to the peaceful bayou waters. These are just a few of the home’s incredible exterior features.

Step through the 8 foot mahogany doors and find yourself surrounded by beautiful pecan, hardwood floors. Paneled, French doors line the back of the home creating a casual elegance and inviting atmosphere. The Chef’s kitchen overlooks the living and dining rooms, offering a variety of sought-after features and finishes. This includes a SubZero refrigerator and Dacor appliances.

The master suite is a luxurious retreat, both spacious and accommodating. The office features custom-built book shelves and granite countered desk. Additional features of this timeless home include a 25KW generator, Geotherm gas heating/cooling system, strategically placed storage areas and more!

Contact Kerry Veach today for more details on this Destin, Florida real estate opportunity.

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Win A 3 Night Stay & Float Package

DestinBeach3Even if you already own Destin real estate or live along the Emerald Coast, nothing quite beats a beach getaway. That’s why we encourage you to visit on Facebook and enter their latest giveaway! is the authority on things to do in Destin. It’s a great resource for locals, tourist and those who have recently purchased a home in Destin and are looking to find the best place to eat, shop and hang out.

Each month, holds a giveaway for the first two weeks. This May, they are giving away a free three night stay from Southern Vacation Rentals, as well as a beginner float package from Float Brothers Float Spa worth $180. Yes, a float spa. While you could certainly float away your cares in a resort pool or along the waves of the Gulf of Mexico, Float Brothers offers an extraordinarily relaxing experience in the form of a float pod.

The float spa and float pod are a new form of relaxation and winning a float package is a great way to try this new trend. Once you enter your pod, or personal float space, you will float effortlessly in water that has been perfectly balanced using epsom salt. The temperature is also controlled to ensure maximum comfort as you float for 60 or 90 minutes. Shown to reduced blood pressure, improve the immune system and shorten recovery time, the benefits of floating are numerous. Don’t delay; enter the latest giveaway on Facebook today!

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For Sale by Owner CMA’s

for saleThinking you can list your home or condo for sale in Destin without the help of an experienced broker is by no means original. There’s nothing new to the idea of forgoing a 3 percent of the total sale price tag. We get it. However, if you are going to list your home “For Sale by Owner” (FSBO), the importance of pricing it correctly from the start becomes even more pertinent to the sale than if you were going to hire an agent. So much so that you may want to consider having comparative market analysis performed.

For those who don’t know a comparative market analysis, or CMA, is a report compiled by a real estate professional which provides information about houses or condos in the area that are similar to yours. These reports take into consideration current market data within a certain time frame. This includes newly listed, currently active and recently sold properties. The goal of the CMA is to help you price your home competitively, but there’s a science behind it that’s often overlooked.

Realtors factor a variety of things into their price points and the CMA is just part of it. Like anything else in life, home prices can have a physiological impact on consumers. The more right you are, the faster your Destin real estate will sell…

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Purchasing a Home with Bad Credit

iStock_000018477573Medium (2)Congratulations! You have decided to start searching for homes for sale in Destin, Florida. Buying a home is a great way to build equity, and buying one on the Emerald Coast is without a doubt a solid investment strategy. There’s only one problem, your credit score is less than desirable. So, how does someone with “troublesome” credit attain homeowner status? Here are a few tips that might help those with a below average score.

(1) Get you credit report and don’t stop studying it. Look for inaccuracies and have them corrected. Is there anything listed on your report that you could clean up and cross off?

(2) Shop around. You don’t just buy a car, you visit a few area shops and dealerships until you find someone who is ready to make a deal. Treat your mortgage the same way. Call a few brokers, explain your situation and know that the right broker can help you find a loan that fits your requirements.

(3) Don’t be discouraged. The loan approval process is arduous, taking in a several number of factors, including income, debt levels, past history and current financial obligations. It’s to your advantage to address each of these items the best you can, all the while keeping in mind that almost no one has a perfect credit score.

For more tips and tricks on how to buy a home, contact a RE/MAX Southern professional today!

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Home Staging Mistakes to Avoid

For Sale at Azure CondosWhen it comes time to sell your Destin, Florida real estate, you might be inclined to stage the property. You’ve heard the theory that a properly staged home can sell for money in a shorter period, so why not give it a whirl? Well, the key takeaway here is the word “properly,” which begs the question: Are you doing it right?

It’s easy to find advice on how to stage a home, but sometime the most effectively stage properties are founded on the things you should, under any circumstance, NEVER do. The trick is to eliminate the mistakes so that the highlights shine even brighter.

For starters, don’t over-stage your welcome. There are two crucial reasons for limiting the amount of staging you do, that is spatial awareness and visual representation. The goal should be to enhance the home’s features and size, and the more you put in a room, the smaller it becomes. Another thing to not do is neglect the little things. When it is all said and done, buyers still need a blank canvas, something that allows them envision their own family living there. Staging is just a catalyst to spark their imagination. Last, but certainly not least, don’t take anything personally. Remove yourself and your sellers from the equation entirely.

Still need help staging your home? Contact one of our RE/MAX Southern agents today for tips and tricks!

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Pre-Approved vs. Pre-Qualified

iStock_000020499093Medium-347x459When you are in the market to buy a new home for sale in Destin, Florida, you have many decisions to make. One of those is revolves around setting a price. This is where the whole “pre-qualified” and “pre-approved” debate comes into play. You have probably heard the terms a thousand times, but if you are like anyone else, it’s still difficult to fully understand the different between the two. 

Pre-approval for a loan means that the lender is ready to provide you with a mortgage loan for a specific amount. This is based on the financial information and documentation you have provided. The lender has checked and verified this information, as well as your credit history.

Being pre-qualified is slightly less certain. It basically means that you have not yet applied for a loan and the lender has not received documentation of your income, assets and liabilities. In other words, the loan amount is not guaranteed. Getting a pre-qualification is generally a simple process and you may be able to pre-qualify for a mortgage online in only a matter of minutes.

The advantage of obtaining both pre-qualification and pre-approval before you start to look for a home is that you will know in advance how much you can actually afford. You won’t waste time and energy looking at properties that are beyond your means.

Getting pre-approved enables you to move quickly when you find the perfect home or condo in Destin. The seller will know that your offer is serious, and therefore your offer will have more strength than one from a buyer who does not have his financing arranged.

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The Kill Cliff Destin Marathon

Destin Marathon

If you love to run and have recently moved to the Emerald Coast, we have the perfect first race for you. The Kill Cliff Destin Marathon! Don’t worry, there’s a half-marathon available, too.

The Destin Marathon will take place on April 17, 2016! It has become known as the race runners built, as it is the first successfully crowdfunded marathon in history.

Even though this run already boasts runners from 33 states and 4 countries, registration is still open. The exciting course will take you from HarborWalk Village, over the Destin Bridge, and down miles of scenic shoreline on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach. The route will be completely closed to traffic so runners can enjoy the race fully.

One aspect of this event we know you won’t want to miss is the runner’s expo. This will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 11am to 7pm. This is both your opportunity to pick up your race packet, as well as mingle with the other runners, and perhaps make some new friends now that you own Destin real estate. You can also try out some awesome gear from local and regional vendors onsite.

Marathon and half-marathon registration is currently still open. All proceeds from this event benefit the Navy Seal Foundation. We hope to see you out for this incredible event during your spring vacation on the Emerald Coast!

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Congratulations, Susie Kirkland!

Excellence is our goal at RE/MAX Southern Realty. Our Destin real estate agents are always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to go above and beyond for their clients. Whether you are in the market to buy or sell, nobody does it quite like RE/MAX, and for that matter, like Susie Kirkland. 

With that in mind, we would like to congratulate Susie once again for one of her many achievements, that is winning our Agent of the Month Award for an overly impressive March. Susie shined in sales volume, but we would expect nothing less from RE/MAX Circle of Legends honoree. Since 1994, she has ranked within the top 1% of realtors on the Emerald Coast, earning a countless number of awards along the way. Needless to say, we could not be more proud to have such a passionate, hardworking and driven woman represent the RE/MAX Southern brand so well.

For more information on Susie and how he can help you buy or sell real estate in Destin, visit

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