Probably the most publicized leg of the Triple Crown is the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky. This year our fair city is riding on the coat tails of one of the entries - "Destin."

The horse is owned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables in Versailles, Kentucky and used Destin (the city) as inspiration when naming the colt. The mother's name is "Dream of Summer" and as explained by one of the owners, Randy Gullatt, who has visited our beautiful white beaches; "Destin is a great place to dream of summer."

In addition, the name "Destin" also means fate or destiny. So does Destin have a shot at this thing? Well, he's in the top 10, with 15-1 odds at the time of this writing.

According to Jockey Javier Castellano, ""He could be destined to win it — who…

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Half a sheep...During peak seasons, including spring break and April, experienced Destin Realtors understand that vacation homes and condos must be shown to buyers between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. This time frame, called the "turnover", is when the property is vacant as last weeks guest leave and next week's new renters arrive.

Last week, I had a serious buyer in town that was interested in looking at seven condos in the Destin area. We were able to schedule five viewings without any difficulty. However, two agents were unwilling to work Saturday, so their clients missed an opportunity to sell. 

One agent sent me a text that said "Can not do it this weekend, or Monday morning. Plan on an open house on Wednesday. Maybe that will work."

While the other agent said "I…

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Destin beachfront condos are surprising affordable. You'll find plenty of quality listings to choose from in today's market. By starting your search with a beachfront property, you're going to get the best return for your money. These are, by far the most sought after types of real estate on the Emerald Coast.

Here are a few of our favorite choices for Destin beachfront condos under $400,000:

8573 Gulf Blvd. 702, Navarre, FL - $395,000 - MLS# 742323Summerwind West: 8573 Gulf Blvd. 702, Navarre, FL - $395,000 - MLS# 742323

This Navarre condominium in Summerwind West is truly a hidden gem. Just minutes from the excitement of Destin, your beachfront condo is a sanctuary that you can return to each day. Take the private walkway to the quiet, uncrowded beach or spend an afternoon fishing, or wildlife…

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Occasionally a new Destin condo opportunity comes along that allows buyers to take advantage of pre-construction pricing. Getting in early also gives buyers the chance to pick their own colors and features, and personalize their new condominium. New construction also means condos are built according to the latest wind, structural and environmental codes. One final benefit, a new build can take anywhere from 1-3 years, which may give buyers a bit of leeway with their financial plan or budget.

Here are three such condos along the Scenic 30A.

Blu Condominiums, Fort Walton Beach

Location: Santa Rosa Boulevard & Scallop Court, Okaloosa Island

Blu Condominiums, Fort Walton Beach FL

Just when you thought there was no room for another condo on Okaloosa Island, along comes Blu…

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