My family first discovered the Gulf Coast in the early 1950's, and has been living here enjoying it ever since. At that time, my grandfather, William W. Abbott, Sr., an Air Force Major OSI, initially purchased waterfront property in Fort Walton Beach, vowing to return and raise his family there after retiring. He kept his promise to himself and the rest is history! In 1970 my grandfather became a real estate broker, beginning his career selling the first condominiums in the area at El Matador, one of the first residential properties built in Northwest Florida. Soon the name Abbott became synonymous with real estate along the Gulf Coast as my father, William W. Abbott, Jr., and uncle Stephen J. Abbott, joined the family business and founded Abbott Realty Services, Incorporated in 1977. With personalized customer service and an unsurpassed work ethic, they built a company employing more than 1,000 people, thus becoming the largest employer in Destin since the mid 1980's.
I grew up enjoying all this coastal community has to offer. After playing baseball in Tallahassee and graduating from Florida State University with a Business Management degree, I pursued a career in yacht sales, as life on the water has always been a passion of mine. The yacht sale industry helped hone my sales skills, so the transition into real estate sales in 2004 was a natural one. I am the third generation of Abbott realtors in this area, and although times have definitely changed since the inception of the Abbott real estate business, the founding principles that guide me tried and true - customer service, knowledge, hard work, and dedication. I found these principles also practiced at Destin Real Estate Company whose market presence as the top luxury real estate brokerage on the Emerald Coast has lead my business there in 2010. I have lived, worked, and loved Florida's Gulf Coast for over 30 years and look forward to assisting you in finding your dream location on the beach!
|Hilliard & Harriett Crews|
|It was a pleasure working with both, Chris & Kathryn. Both of you were very responsive to our questions and also helpful in the purchasing and closing. We would not hesitate to use you again when the need arises.|
|Alexis & Daniel Tibbetts|
|It was great doing business with The Chris Abbott Group. Corey was a super help to us though we had our shares of trials in this endeavor. Corey & Kathryn were always prompt with answers and efficient in moving the process forward helping us locate and purchase a beach house. I greatly appreciated the follow up to our question in a timely manner considering the anticipated rising interest rates and fluctuation in prices in the South Walton market creating a need to find a place and close as quickly as possible. Corey made himself available on weekends and late afternoons to accommodate our work schedules and Kathryn emailed us often helping us get to closing. As a career military family buying and selling homes has been a constant in our lives but the personal care and strong commitment of The Chris Abbott Group to helping us find what we wanted and was rare. I would and already have recommended your team to several friends and associates. Corey gave us excellent advice with realistic expectations and insights from other realtors, property managers, lenders, and appraisers. He was knowledgeable about the current South Walton market and his availability by phone, email, and text was greatly appreciated. We are pleased with our little piece of 30A and look forward to spending time with our grandchildren on the beautiful beaches of South Walton thanks to The Chris Abbott Group and Destin Real Estate Company.|
|I must say that I can't imagine a team like Chris & Kathryn that works so well together to the end game of getting a property listed, marketed in multiple venues, keeping us up to date on weekly basis, to working contracts quickly, with years of knowledge being used to get details done clear to the closing table.|
|Gene & Emma Barrow|
|Kathryn, Chris and the entire Destin Real Estate Company, we would like to say thank you for the professional and timely manner that our condo was sold by your company. You were very friendly and cooperative with us and answered our questions promptly. We would recommend you very highly for any one needing a great experience in buying or selling properties in the Gulf Coast area.|
|Mike & Teresa Pittman|
|Teresa and I are very happy about the professional hands on we had from your company. Corey was great to work with and very personable . Would recommend The Chris Abbott Group to everyone interested in real estate in Destin area. Thanks again for a great and professional job.|
|Chris, I just wanted to let you know that Corey and Kathryn and your entire team did an excellent job in making our purchase of the Golf Villa at Seascape an enjoyable experience. We started this process over 3 years ago, by contacting you and getting on your email updates. There were many times I'm sure we both thought this would never be a reality. When we did decide to spend the time to view the properties that fit our speific interest, Corey was very patient and did not waste our time on things clearly outside our price range or area of interest. Overall, I would recommend your group to anyone who has a desire to purchase on the Emerald Coast.|
|We are really enjoying the condo and the area. The sunsets here are incredible. Kathryn was great to work with and I am so impressed with how y'all handled the closing and everything. You run a top notch operation. Thanks so much!|