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Stay, Play and Shop with Southern

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

If you are considering buying real estate on the Gulf Coast this weekend is a fabulous time to plan a short trip to the beach and stay, play and shop what the area has to offer. Not only is it a great time to invest, but thanks to our friends at Southern Vacation Rentals, it is also affordable and fun!

Spring is a hot time for events along the coast and this weekend marks one of the biggest. Not only are there fun 5K and 10K runs taking place in Panama City Beach, but also the Cobia Tournaments in Destin and even the Sandestin Wine Festival on Scenic 30A. If you are considering buying a family home or an investment property in any of these areas now is a great time to book a trip and see what each of these communities have to offer you and your family.

Come discover why people love to vacation here and why owning a rental property here is a wise investment. Reserve your real estate stay with Southern Vacation Rentals in a Destin vacation rental or Scenic 30A condo for this coming weekend and receive your 3rd night free in celebration of the Sandestin Wine Festival. Be sure to pick up tickets and don’t miss that great event, as well.

Celebrate Easter on the Gulf Coast

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Enjoy a wonderful spring day with friends and family as you celebrate Easter on the Emerald Coast! Many events will be taking place near your home in Destin or real estate purchase in Fort Walton Beach.

Our favorite annual Easter celebrations will be taking place along the Destin Harbor. Make your way to the docks to meet the big bunny himself! Enjoy brunch with the bunny in the Harborview Room. Or, simply make your way down to the event stage to meet him and get your picture taken.

While you are enjoying an afternoon under the spring sunshine, find a place to sit and have a cool beverage as the fleet comes to port with the days catch. The annual Destin Cobia Tournament will be taking place and the weigh-ins at the HarborWalk Marina are always exciting to watch!

If you own real estate in South Walton or Crestview, don’t fret. There are wonderful celebrations taking place there, as well. Spend Easter Sunday egg hunting in Rosemary Beach or celebrate at the annual Seaside event. If you live in Crestivew head to Spanish Trail Park for the annual city celebration. No matter where you celebrate we hope you enjoy a “hoppy” Easter.

Gulfarium’s Sunset Camp for Kids

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

How would you like to enjoy an evening out of your Northwest Florida home with your spouse while the kids have an educational, fun experience of their own? If your answer is “Yes, I would love that!” then book your child’s Sunset Camp at the Gulfarium today.

The Gulfarium is located on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, conveniently situated between Fort Walton Beach and Destin. A local institution, this area attraction is fun for kids, adults, visitors and locals. Who doesn’t enjoy a good dolphin show or kiss from a sea lion?

The sunset camps run on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with two taking place in March, the first on the March 18 and the second during Okaloosa County spring break, March 25. These camps offer 5 hours of fun that includes a dockside dolphin encounter, beach walk at duck, ocean themed activities and more. Kids 6-14 are welcome and the cost is just $85 for the first child with a 25% discount for each additional child.

Make your reservations for these encounters now as they do fill up quickly and space is limited.

Save in Spring with Southern Vacation Rentals

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Our friends at Southern Vacation Rentals offer some of the most amazing condo rentals and beach homes available along the Gulf Coast. Even though you own Gulf Coast real estate we highly suggest you follow Southern on Facebook or regularly check their beach vacation specials page. After all, a vacation in your own backyard is still a vacation!

In addition to amazing global discounts off of their already low rental rates, such as the 25% off stays in March or April currently available, Southern also features some of there favorite properties each week. Sometimes these rentals are new to the Southern family, other times they just want to give you an opportunity to experience the beaches at an unbeatable value.

This week’s featured condo specials will allow you experience much more of the Gulf Coast than just Destin or Fort Walton Beach. Venture to Boardmoor #402 to experience Alabama’s Gulf Coast in Orange Beach. Or, strike out east to Blue Mountain Beach in South Walton where you can stay at Adagio by Southern on Scenic 30A. And, yes, you can even stay right here in Destin to enjoy your own white sand beach and emerald water. Start shopping now and enjoy a spring vacation to the beach of your very own!

The Spring Cobia Tournament in Destin

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

It’s time for one of our favorite spring events here on the Emerald Coast, the annual Destin Cobia Tournament! Enjoy a break from shopping for your next Northwest Florida real estate purchase and head out to sea for your chance to bring home cash, prizes and glory.

The annual Destin Cobia Tournament welcomes anglers, both Northwest Florida locals and area guests, each year. Awarding nearly $35,000 in cash and prizes are last year, we just know that would help in your quest to buy or invest in Destin area real estate! 

You can troll the waters of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island in hopes of hooking one of these majestic fish during the annual run of the Cobia. This annual spring fishing tournament runs throughout March and April. Weigh-ins take place along the HarborWalk Marina docks.

Whether you are a  first time fisher or are familiar with fishing our waters and the docks of HarborWalk Marina, everyone is welcome to fish in this fun, two month tournament. Get your private vessel ready and in the water, or climb aboard an area charter, but don’t miss this tournament and the annual Cobia run.

The Southern Family Garage Sale

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Get ready to score a great deal for a great cause this weekend during the Southern Family Garage Sake! We will be having a garage sale this Saturday, March 1 at 7AM in Destin. As you all know, our long term property management team and real estate sales office recently moved. Due to this we have many wonderful items we can no longer use and are selling them to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida.

Available for sale are many nice office desks, professional filing cabinets and office equipment. In addition to traditional office items you will also find a variety of original artwork and other decor items are up for grabs. This sale will also include items donated by the Southern family such as clothes, household furniture, kids toys and an assortment of chairs. 

Desks will be sold for $75 each, while smaller office items will go for as little as $30! You must be present at the sale Saturday to purchase these items. We will be out in Destin at 34894 Emerald Coast Parkway until 12PM this Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida. Come shop some wonderful deals for a terrrific local cause!

What to Remember When Buying A Home

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Whether you are buying your first home in Destin or getting ready to make your next of many investments there are some key real estate basics you need to keep in mind. As agents at RE/MAX Southern Realty we’ve seen it all and forgetting the little details can have major impacts on your buying experience.

Our first tip for successfully buying real estate? Put down the credit card! We know you’ve been frugal for years while preparing to throw down that down payment and are ready to make some purchases for your new home. Don’t forget, however, that your credit information will be verified before closing. Running up a credit card balance or opening new credit after your preapproval could affect your debt to income ratio and whether or not you can close on the home at all.

About those preapproval letters, it was issued based on the information you told your lender. Do everything possible to ensure it is correct and you know where your credit really stands. Lenders will investigate you and your finances thoroughly as they prepare to close, and again, you don’t want to be surprised.

Finally, remember that this process will take time. You didn’t think it only took 30 days, did you? Truthfully, it depends on the loan type selcted, any issues found with you or the home and so much more. Don’t worry, though, as experience agents familiar with the process of buying Destin real estate, we are happy to see you through it!

Return on Investment Remodeling

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Despite this week’s deep freeze spring will arrive to the Gulf Coast soon. Are you planning to do some upgrades to your recent real estate purchase? Or, perhaps you are considering selling your Destin home. Either way, consider making those improvements outside. A new report shows improving your curb appeal may help increase your home value the most.

The 2014 Remodeling Cost vs Value report, recently released by Remodeling Magazine and REALTOR Magazine, compaired the 35 most popular remodeling projects with the retainable value of those upgrades when it came time to sell. After looking at the results, it appears exterior projects improve your resale value and are usually of the most importance to buyers.

Curb appeal is partly responsible for this trend. After all, it is your home’s first impression to visitors and buyers. An immediate judgement is made based on what a buyer sees when they pull up to your home and this sets the tone for the showing. Exterior projects, including siding, doors, windows and decking, are also preceived as high-dollar items that many homebuyers just don’t want to take on right away, especially first time homebuyers.

Kitchen remodels and additions, of course, are also items sought after by buyers. Check out the complete list or consult your RE/MAX Southern realtor about how to get the most bang for your buck before listing your Gulf Coast home for sale.

Run the Bayou, Bay & Back!

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Venture moments from your little piece of Destin real estate this Saturday, January 25, 2014 to enjoy a scenic run along our beautiful Emerald Coast during the Destin Bayou, Bay and Back Run/Walk. Offering a 5K, 10K and half marathon course, this is a fun event your entire family can enjoy together.

The Destin’s Bayou, Bay & Back run/walk event is open to everyone. Whether you are a dedicated runner, stroller warrior or just out for a walk under our brilliant blue skies come enjoy this terrific course. Superheroes are the theme this year and everyone is encouraged to pick their favorite run in costume.

Meet at Clement Taylor Park, located just off Calhoun Avenue in Destin, at 7:30AM, rain or shine. Depending on your distance your route may change but all include a scenic trip through Destin. The half-marathon course, however, will traverse Choctawhatchee Bay, the Destin Harbor, and East Pass as it leads runners through Destin, along an undeveloped stretch of Okaloosa Island and back to the starting point over the Destin Bridge.

Sign up now and make your plans now to participate in one of the best runs in Northwest Florida! Fudpuckers on Okaloosa Island will host the after-party and all superheroes receive a 50% discount! All proceeds benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance and you can register for the run, at a discounted fee, at

The Destin History & Fishing Museum Gumbo Contest

Friday, January 17th, 2014

We love events centered around delicious food, especially if those eats happen to center around the Gulf Coast’s fine, fresh seafood. For this reason, we highly suggest you get out of your home in Destin and make your way to the community center next weekend for the annual Gumbo Contest and Silent Auction presented by the Destin History and Fishing Museum.

The gumbo contest is a tradition here in Destin, so if you have just purchased a home in Northwest Florida be sure to come and try out all the yummy Creole concoctions on January 25, 2014. Sampling kicks off at 11AM, just in time for lunch, and all proceeds support the efforts of Destin’s History and Fishing museum which works hard to preserve and honor our local history.

Hundreds of locals and visitors to the Gulf Coast make their way out for this event. In addition to individuals entering their gumbo recipes, which will feature sausage, chicken, seafood and more, some of your favorite local restaurants will also get in on the action. Past participants include AJ’s, The Back Porch and Fisherman’s Wharf.

In addition to the tasting and competition, a silent auction will also take place during this event. Come sample some hardy eats and bid on a range of gifts as you help support this wonderful local museum in Destin, Florida.

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