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Home Buying Tips

Tips that I've learned through the years, or that others have shared that might be of help to home buyers out there. Some of these are relevant to buyers in the Destin area, others are just general information worthy of a share.

Found 74 blog entries about Home Buying Tips.

value over price

Search By Value Over Price and Expand Your Home Buying Options

Destin Home and condo prices showed hearty increases last year, but that trend has leveled off slightly. As a result the market is saturated with over priced homes waiting to sell. How can you as a new buyer take advantage of this? Search by value over price.

Every real estate market has its opportunities. Value based searching is a way for buyers to take advantage of the current real estate climate in Destin and the 30A. It's also the perfect strategy for getting more home than you planned on.

How To Get More Home Than You Budgeted For

When searching for a home, buyers generally define their budget, and then begin searching within that bracket. For instance, perhaps you've

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Break out the Champagne for These February Buyers & Sellers

We're so happy to have worked with the clients who have either bought or sold these homes this past February. Enjoy your new houses as you move onto a new chapter in your life.

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Avalon Dunes Condo
599 Scenic Gulf Drive UNIT 103, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Avalon Dunes condo

Unparalleled views and privacy from this upgraded condo in Avalon Dunes. This is a non-rental residence that has been lovingly cared for by the previous owners. Sold in 24 days, both buyer and seller came out ahead in this one.

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Azure Condo
1150 Santa Rosa Boulevard, 518, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Azure condo

The panoramic Gulf views from this south-facing Azure condo are worth their weight

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Congratulations to these February Home Sellers

The new year started with a bang for these Destin area home sellers. From a custom Niceville home that sold in 1 day, to a luxury beachfront penthouse in Ariel Dunes, congratulations and enjoy your new homes.

February sold listings by Destin Real Estate

Ariel Dunes II
122 Seascape Drive 2402, Miramar Beach, FL

Who could resist this luxury 4-bedroom penthouse, featuring panoramic Gulf of Mexico views from each and every window. Situated in Ariel Dunes II in the desirable Seascape Resort, this condo is a real prize for the new owners.

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Bluewater Bay, Niceville
511 Spring Acres Cove Cove, Niceville, FL

Almost brand new, this custom home in Niceville sold in just 1 day! This home was lovingly

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In 2018, What Were the Top Selling Condos in Destin and the 30A Area?

2018 top selling Destin condos

Looking back to 2018, here are the condo market highlights for Destin, the 30A and surrounding Emerald Coast. See below for last year's hottest selling Destin condos and average sale prices. This is a handy little tool for anyone considering a condo sale or purchase in the Destin area.

Quick Condo Facts From January 1 to December 31, 2018

# of Condos Sold: 2,004

Average sale price was $462,436

Average Sqft: 1,285

Average Days on Market: 129

Highest Sold Price: The highest price for a condo sold in the Destin area was $5,500,000. The list price was $4,250,000! This was a brand new, 5 bedroom, 5 bath penthouse at Costa Blanca on 3oA west.

 Costa Blanca condo on 30A

Top Selling

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What Were the Most Popular Destin & 30A Communities in 2018?

2018 home sales in Destin, Florida

The info below spotlights the 2018 real estate market for single-family homes in Destin, the 30A and surrounding Emerald Coast. See hottest selling subdivisions and average sale prices.

Quick Facts From January 1 to December 31, 2018

4,153 single family homes sold

Average sale price was $600,227

Average Sqft: 2,241

Average Days on Market: 82

Highest Sold Price: $10,750,000 for a Seagrove beach house, 6,462 square feet  with 7 bedrooms and 10 baths. The home sat Gulf front with an elegant outdoor entertainment area with pool and private walkover to the beach. The 3 story, with elevator, was sold completely furnished.

Highest selling home in Seagrove

Top Selling Subdivisions by Price

These are

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How Did the Destin & 30A Market Perform in 2018?

2018 Destin market report

Here are the 2018 year-end real estate stats for homes and condos in Destin and the surrounding Emerald Coast. Find out which areas were hot sellers for condos, homes and townhomes and, where did prices go up, or down.

2018 Condo Sales for Destin & 30A

2018 stats for Destin & 30A condos sales

The number of overall condo sales in the Destin and 30A area increased by 7% in 2018. Average sale prices went up 15% and homes sold about 96% of their asking price. Some of the biggest gains in overall number of homes sold were in Destin (+19%), Navarre (+15%) and Miramar/Sandestin Resort (+10%).

Average sale prices for condos in 30A West jumped by 77%, 37% in 30A East and 16% in Miramar/Sandestin Resort.

Top 10 Selling Condo

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New Homes Being Built in Destin & Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Destin Real Estate has entered into several development partnerships in the past few years that have continued to grow. In the last quarter, we finished and sold two properties, Waterview Towers Condo 631, and 232 Cabana Trail. Our partner properties are red hot and have been contracting in less than 2 weeks after listing.

We currently have five projects in the hopper set to be completed in 2019. These are exciting pre-construction opportunities for anyone looking for a new home in the Destin or Santa Rosa Beach area.

Buddy Street, Santa Rosa Beach

This fabulous house is located a block from the beach in Santa Rosa Beach and features 3,900 sf, 6 Bedrooms and SWIMMING POOL! Estimated

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Single-Family Stats in the Destin, 30A and Surrounding Area

Here's a spotlight of the real estate market for single-family homes in Destin, the 30A and surrounding Emerald Coast. See below for a list of the hottest selling subdivisions and average sale prices.

Quick Facts From January 1 to October 31, 2018

3,473 single family homes sold

Average sale price was $626,691

Average Sqft: 2,265

Average Days on Market: 82

Highest Sold Price: $10,750,000 for a Seagrove beach house, 6,462 square feet  with 7 bedrooms and 10 baths. The home sat Gulf front with an elegant outdoor entertainment area with pool and private walkover to the beach. The 3 story, with elevator, was sold completely furnished.

Highest selling home in Seagrove

Top Selling Subdivisions by Price

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Interviewing a property manager

How to Select the Ideal Property Management Company

So, you’ve purchased your Destin investment rental and have decided that you need to hire a property management company in order to have a well-managed investment. After all, your goal is to sit back and enjoy a passive income stream from your property. There are plenty of companies to choose from, but how do you know they're trustworthy? How do you know if they'll do what they've committed to? 

Ideally, a recommendation from a friend or colleague for a company they've employed is a good place to start. But, no matter how you choose that first candidate, you shouldn't make your final decision until having a personal interview. There are questions you can ask to ensure you’re hiring an

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Florida property management

Do You Really Need a Property Manager?

Now that you’ve bought your first, or additional Destin investment rental you have some questions to ask yourself and decisions to make. One of the biggest decisions is whether to manage the property yourself, or to hire a property management company. This all depends on what stage you are at in life and how involved you want to be.

A large part of the decision begins by asking yourself:

  • How experienced am I with the variety of skills necessary to manage the property?
  • How much time do I have available, or want, to devote to the management of the property?
  • Would I enjoy being on call 24/7/365 days of the year to deal with any issues that may arise?

If you answered “very little” to any of

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