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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.

Destin Condos are Flying off the Shelves!

There's nothing like a quick sale to take the tension out of selling a home or condo. You can be sure the owners of these three Destin condos are relaxed and happy to get on with their lives after selling in under a week!

Destin condo sales

Tides of Destin
830 Gulf Shore Drive UNIT 5032, Destin, FL 32541

Both condos in Tides of Destin, listed in the $700,000 range, were 3-bedrooms with incredible views of the Gulf. The Tides of Destin pretty much sells itself as a desirable beachfront property with almost 400 feet of private beach access and a huge array of amenities. They sold in 3 and 6 days, respectively.

View all listings in Tides of Destin

Waterview Towers
240 Gulf Shore Drive UNIT 631, Destin, FL 32541

The

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beachfront condos in Destin, Florida

Top Beachfront Investment Rentals in Destin & the 30A - January - September 2018

Probably one of the first questions a prospective renter asks is "how close is it to the beach?" There is no doubt that beachfront rentals are among the most lucrative choices for investment real estate in Destin and the Emerald Coast.  Homes, condos and townhomes sitting directly on the beach with the Gulf of Mexico laid out before them, are often rental machines. The following blog post will explain:

  • What Are the Top Beachfront Investment Condos in Destin & the 30A
  • Links to Top Selling Investment Condos
  • What Are the Top Beachfront Investment Areas for Single-Family Homes
  • Links to Top Selling Areas for Beachfront Investment Homes
  • How to Find
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The past few months have been steady for real estate in Destin, the 30A and surrounding Miramar Beach, Sandestin Resort, Niceville and Fort Walton Beach. We haven't seen the usual slow-downs that normally accompany the summer season. New listings for homes, condos and townhomes are all up, including the sales stats. Properties in Destin and the 30A have been selling for about 97% of their list price in a reasonable amount of time. Recently, we had a condo go under contract after only 6 days on the market.

See below for:

  • Top Destin & 30A Condo Sales by Volume
  • Top Destin & 30A Condo Price Increases by Area
  • Top Destin & 30A Home Sales by Volume
  • Top Destin & 30A Home Price Increases by Area

The numbers below reflect single-family home

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Destin & 30A construction report

New Construction in Destin & 30A

Looking for a new construction home on the Emerald Coast? Here is the July 2018 report of some of the hottest new construction for single-family homes and condos in Destin and along the 30A. For anyone seeking a brand new house, or looking for pre-construction opportunities, this is a good place to start your search. As always, just contact Tim for more information, or view all Destin & 30A New Construction Listings here.

Alys Beach

Clermont Courts

Alys Beach has an interesting collection of homes ranging from $1.6 million to almost $5 million. These vary from:

      • luxury custom homes including new builds in the developing North Charles Street area
      • brand new listings in The May, a new 4-story condo featuring
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top selling homes in Destin June 2018

These are the top selling neigborhoods in Destin and the Emerald Coast from January to June 2018. Watersound, Prominence and Watercolor remain in the lead, but we're also seeing strong results from Niceville communities. Some of these include, Parkwood at Bluewater Bay, Caribbean Village, Swift Creek, and Rocky Bayou.  Click to view  more Destin & 30A Real Estate Stats - YTD 2018.

1. Watersound

Popular areas of Watersound include Origins, West Beach and now the emerging Watersound Beach neighborhoods. Situated closest to the Gulf and Watersound Beach Resort, homes here have incredible Gulf of Mexico views and are just a short walk to the sand. View all listings in Watersound

2. Prominence

Prominence real estate is still booming with

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top selling condos ytd in Destin

Here are the stats for the top selling condos in the Destin, 30A area from January to June, 2018. Compared to the same period in 2017, condo sales in Destin and the 30A have increased by 9% in the Number Sold, and 12% in Average Sale Price. The biggest price increases were prevalent in 30A West (12%), 30A East (19%) and Miramar/Sandestin Resort (20%). View all Destin & 30A Real Estate Stats - YTD 2018.

Featured Condos 

The following Destin and 30A condos receive our personal recommendation for high quality properties with long term investment value.

1. Henderson Lofts

Buyers are anxious to take advantage of the pre-construction prices at Henderson Lofts. These types of condos in Destin don't come around often. Located close to the beach

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Destin market report for June 2018

Here are the Destin and 30A real estate stats for the period covering January to June 2018. You'll find a comparison to the same period last year.

  

2018 YTD Condo Sales for Destin & 30A

2018 YTD Condo Sales for Destin & 30A

Destin condo sales increased by 24% with a 5% increase in Average Sales. The new Henderson Lofts has really taken off with 34 sales during this time period. Holiday Surf & Racquet, Silver Shells and Sterling Shores.

Condos in Miramar / Sandestin Resort showed a 21% increase in Number Sold and a substantial 20% Price Increase. Popular properties included Alerio, Amalfi Coast Resort, Ariel Dunes, Grand Dunes, Luau I & II, Tides at Tops'l and Tops'l Beach Manor.

Condos in 30A East were slightly lower in number, -3% from last period, but prices have

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23 Reddin Brunson Rd, DESTIN, FL - $419,222 SOLD!

This brand new construction home in Destin is located right in the heart of the city; and walking distance to the harbor district. Residents are walking distance to Clement Taylor Beach Park, and the Harbor District with its many popular restaurants and entertainment venues.

Built on an established lot, the builder chose to keep the large shade trees in the front and side yard. The pretty covered porch with white railing enhances the curb appeal, and really gives the house a welcoming feel. Notice that the neighboring home, also a new build, was situated at a slight angle so that you're not sitting side-by-side.

This house is also located in a no flood zone in a prime area of Destin

 

house at 23 Reddin Brunson Rd, DESTIN, FL

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It's been a busy spring for real estate in Destin, the 30A and surrounding Miramar Beach, Sandestin Resort, Niceville and Fort Walton Beach. We've got a good supply of inventory, but could always use more. Prices in most areas have increased since the same time in 2017 as well as the number of sales.

Here is a quick snapshot of 2018 year to date condo and single-family home sales and price increases in Destin and the 30A, along with the areas with top results. Whether you're buying or selling, this will give you an idea of where real estate is hot right now.

Year to Date Condo Stats for Destin & the 30A

Top Condo Sales

condo sales volume

Condo sales were up 32% overall, with huge increases in most areas. Some of the top producers were:

  • 30A East: 49%
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Quartz vs. Granite - Both Make Stunning Countertops

quartz and granite countertops

Every homeowner deserves the kitchen of their dreams and it’s your turn to design yours. Perhaps you've planned the layout and style, and ordered the state-of-the-art appliances. Now you have an important decision, will it be quartz or granite for the countertops. A number of key factors will go into choosing the best choice for you. Let’s peek below the surface to get the full picture.

Often decisions like this begin with cost and both options can be pricey, with Quartz being slightly more expensive. Both have a great return on investment when it comes to durability, easy maintenance, longevity and visual appeal. And this is your dream kitchen after all, so let’s explore some other

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