Destin, FL Real Estate News

By Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!"
(Rulnick Realty, Inc.)
Citi Mortgage just approved this Cherokee Bend, Crestview Florida VA Compromise Sale.  An interesting and long process, we ended up selling this property to the second buyer. This Crestview Florida VA Compromise Sale took about four months to be assigned to a VA negotiator at Citi.  Countless documents were requested to be faxed and re-faxed. For example, seller pay stubs, bank statements and Citi’s “Workable Solutions Package” (their standard financial worksheet) had to be sent in multiple times. Citi would take days to acknowledge receiving the documents, or not. They were sent in by both my office and the seller, sometimes to Citi’s short sale email, which is host.citilinkdocs@citi.com.  Unfortunately, the initial buyer purchased another home during this short sale process.  Fortuna...
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By Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!"
(Rulnick Realty, Inc.)
This Crystal Beach Destin Florida home at 98 Barracuda St., is on its way to Sold. Under contract in a little more than 90 days, the home epitomizes Crystal Beach living. Crystal Beach is located across from several walk-ways to the Gulf of Mexico beaches, and stroll to shopping and restaurants. Nearby, you’ll find Destin Commons, Rave Movie Theater including IMAX, restaurants like Cuvee Bistroand Tuscany Bistro, shops like The Fresh Market and more.  The home at 98 Barracuda Street was custom built in 2000, and has 2000 square feet. The list price that procured a buyer was $414,900. Currently, there are seven homes under contract in Crystal Beach or Crystal Shores.  Thirty-six homes sold in Crystal Beach in 2012. There are thirty-one homes for sale. 98 Barracuda Street, Destin Florida ...
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By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(Rowlett Real Estate School)
If you are looking for a Real Estate School in Destin Florida to take your 63 hour Pre Sales Associate Class, you have just landed on the best Destin Florida Real Estate School you could find.  Rowlett Real Estate School is number one in providing you with the latest up-to-date- real estate course books and information needed to pass your Florida Real Estate Exam.Are you weak in Math?  Do you have a difficult time comprehending?  With Rowlett Real Estate School, all our classes are on PowerPoint and designed to increase your comprehension.  Captain Wayne Rowlett is certified in teaching and reaching each students learning potential.  Choose the best Destin Real Estate School and attend our classroom course in Destin FL for the best in Real Estate Training to help you pass your State Exa...
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By Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!"
(Rulnick Realty, Inc.)
Regatta Bay, Destin Florida home sales and inventory has remained fairly stable so far in 2012. In November, two homes sold in Regatta Bay, and there are 18 homes for sale. The months with the highest number of sales were June and September, where four homes sold each period.  Regatta Bay Destin houses that sold in November closed at an average of 93% of list price. Neither of the properties that sold were a short sales or foreclosure.   Of the 18 Regatta Bay homes listed for sale, only one is a short sale, none are foreclosures. Two houses are under contract.  The average "months" inventory, or projected time it would take for all the Regatta Bay subdivision's homes to sell, based on this year's market, would be 22 months.    Compared to 2011, year-to-date Regatta Bay inventory is dow...
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By Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!"
(Rulnick Realty, Inc.)
    Even an uncontested divorce can be expensive when attorneys are involved. Divorce Docs, based near Destin Florida, is a simple and effective lower cost solution instead of hiring a lawyer. One of my former real estate clients, Angela Angelovic and her business partner, formed Divorce Docs and has been helping couples from Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Escambia County and all over Florida. Their mission is to make your divorce more peaceful and less expensive by helping you avoid litigation and take charge of your own divorce.   The services Divorce Docs provide to residents of Destin, Niceville, Santa Rosa Beach, Fort Walton Beach and all over Florida include:   •              All meetings, emails or telephone calls required to gather the information needed for your documents •         ...
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By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(Rowlett Real Estate School)
  Date: 12/8/2012 Time: 10:00 AM Phone: (850) 654-5184 Event Description: City of Destin Presents The 27th Annual Christmas ParadeSaturday, December 8th at 10 a.m.Christmas Past, Present, and Future is the theme of this year's parade. The parade will travel down Harbor Blvd. (Hwy. 98) to Night Town. Assembly is 8 a.m. at the Downtown Shopping Center. Applications are available at the Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Avenue, or at www.cityofdestin.com.
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By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(Rowlett Real Estate School)
26th Annual Holiday on the Harbor Destin Lighted Boat Parade   Date: 12/9/2012 Time: Phone: (850) 837-6611   Event Description: The Destin History and Fishing Museum will be hostiing the 26th Holiday on the Harbor Destiin Boat Parade Sunday, December 9, 2012. Festivities will be held that afternoon all along the Harbor and the Lighted Boat Parade and judging will start at 6 p.m. upstairs at Harry T’s Restaurant. Boats will start lining up in the Harbor between 5 and 5:30 PM. Mark your callendar and plan to add this event to your holiday activities.The parade can be viewed from docks and restaurants west of Grand Harbor Condominiums on Destin Harbor. A fiireworks show donated by HarborWalk Village will light up the sky at the end of the boat parade. All commercial, charter, and private b...
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By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(Rowlett Real Estate School)
Festival of Trees Kicks-off the Season in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin   Date: 11/20/2012 TO 12/25/2012 Time: Grand Boulevard 600 Grand Blvd. Ste. 203 Destin, FL 32550 Phone: (850) 837-3099 ext. 3 Event Description: Grand Boulevard’s third annual “Festival of Trees” will showcase 13 uniquely decorated Christmas trees from area non-profit organizations, Nov. 20 – Dec. 25 in Grand Park. The public is invited to attend the kick-off on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. as the trees are lighted, judged on their decorations and winners are announced at 6 p.m. “Festival of Trees” is free and open to the public.This year’s participating organizations are: American Cancer Society, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Seaside Neighborhood School, Childre...
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By Tracey Clay, Specializing in Destin Luxury Properties - Your Destin Realtor
(Gulf Coast Real Estate Services- Gulf Front & Luxury Homes )
The exclusive REGATTA BAY GOLF and COUNTRY CLUB is conveniently located next to the Destin Commons with shops and restaurants and the new expansion of the mall is coming in 2014.  Regatta Bay is a gated community with an award winning golf course and clubhouse.   There are currently 2 bayfront homes for sale in Regatta Bay and there are 17 golf course and lake front homes for sale startinig at $549,000.    Search  all REGATTA BAY BAYFRONT HOMES FOR SALE and you might also want to search KELLY PLANTATION HOMES FOR SALE.  Click here To search all HOMES FOR SALE IN DESTIN or call me to set up an appointment.
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By Tracey Clay, Specializing in Destin Luxury Properties - Your Destin Realtor
(Gulf Coast Real Estate Services- Gulf Front & Luxury Homes )
KELLY PLANTATION  is a gated golf course  community. There are currently 35 homes for sale with views of the golf course, lakes and bay.  Search all KELLY PLANTATION HOMES FOR SALE .  If you like thr style homes in Kellly Plantation,  you should also search  REGATTA BAY HOMES FOR SALE.  I can help you find the perfect home.  Check out all DESTIN BAYFRONT HOMES FOR SALE.  Please call for an exclusive showing.   
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By Clayton Bonjean, Broker | Owner | MBA
(Mainsail Realty Company)
Destin Florida Homes With Pools | For Sale | FL   Having a home with a pool in Destin Florida can be of great benefit.  We enjoy many hot days and a dip in your pool after a long day at the beach is a great thing.  I have many buyers call and say "We only want to look at homes with pools" and for this reason I set up a custom search to help you find the perfect Destin Florida Home With A Pool. Click the link below to see a list of Destin and Santa Rosa Beach - 30A Florida Homes For Sale with Pools. Destin Homes With Pools - Search All Active Listings - Click Here   Please take the time to view my web site at www.MainsailRealtyCompany.com.  You will find just about any search you can think of and if you cannot find your search shoot me an email at BrokerClayton@gmail.com and I will be ha...
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By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(Rowlett Real Estate School)
Our December 3rd Pre Sales Associate Class in Destin Florida is filling up.  There is always room for more students.  Check out our classroom Schedule for our Destin Florida Real Estate School at http://www.rowlettrealestateschool.com/fl-schedule.htm  Why Choose Us Our passing rate for the Florida Real Estate Exam is among the highest in the State. We provide high quality training with special techniques to reach each students learning potential. Our custom PowerPoint is designed to help increase your understanding and knowledge and make learning enjoyable. Our Florida Real Estate School is first in providing you with the latest edition course books and information.
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By Clayton Bonjean, Broker | Owner | MBA
(Mainsail Realty Company)
Silver Shells Condos | St. Lucia Short Sale | JUST SOLD I just sold a condo in Silver Shells.  The condo was located in St. Lucia and I represented the buyers in the transaction.  My cliients got a great deal and they are very happy with their purchase.  St. Lucia is not the premium location in Silver Shells and there is some view obstruction, but the finish level is very similar to other silver shells condos like St. Maarten, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. Barths.  This was definitely a fantastic buy on a fully furnished short sale condo in Sliver Shells.     Click the link below to see all condo listings in Silver Shells in Destin Florida. Sliver Shells Condos For Sale - Click Here Below are the details of the transaction. Sales Price - $358,400 Number of Bedrooms - 3 Square Footage -...
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By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(Rowlett Real Estate School)
Panama City Beach & Destin Florida Real Estate School Classroom Schedule 2013 63-Hour Pre Sales Associate   Dec -- 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 -- Destin Jan -- 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 -- Panama City Beach Feb -- 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 -- Destin Mar -- 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 -- Panama City Beach Apr- "Textbook Included in all classroom courses"All Class hours 8:30 to 5:30 central. Military Discounts Available * NO CANCEL GUARANTEE policy applies only to Post Sales, Post Broker and Continuing Ed. For more details, click here - "NO CANCEL GUARANTEE" Why Choose Us Our passing rate for the Florida Real Estate Exam is among the highest in the State. We provide high quality training with special techniques to reach each students learning potential. Our custom PowerPoint is designed to help increase your u...
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By Patrick Wilson, Experienced Realtor Destin 30A Area
(Mainsail Realty Company)
  Best Deals on the Harbor w/Boatslips under 450,000 These will Not last Long !!       New House Directly On The Harbor        For Homes on The Harbor , and Holiday Isle click Here     Condos With Boat Slips Under 500,000 Condos With Boat Slips 500,000 Plus Condo Search by Development     Emerald Grande   Destin Yacht Club    Grand Harbor   Marbella   Sandpiper Cove   Harbor Landing   Harbor Lights   Waterview Towers   East Pass Towers   The Ultimate Condo   Destin Harbor Place   Barataria   Destin Harbor Resort   Destin Harbor Forclosed and Short Sale Properties   Destin Harbor And Holiday Isle Attached Single Units Destin Harbor Lots
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By Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!"
(Rulnick Realty, Inc.)
Regatta Bay, the gated community in Destin Florida, has currently has 19 homes listed for sale. There are three homes under contract per the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors multiple listing service (MLS). Two Regatta Bay listings sold in October 2012.  Prices range from $449,000 to almost $3 million.  The average days on the market for Regatta Bay sold listings for the month was 529  days.   One of the two sales was a short sale.  Note that the average price per square foot for Regatta Bay sold properties was $179, yet the average price per square foot for Regatta Bay homes on the market is $243.  Isn't that interesting?   See the list of all Regatta Bay homes listed for sale, under contract or sold in October 2012 below. If you have a home you need to list and sell in Regatta Ba...
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By Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!"
(Rulnick Realty, Inc.)
  Kelly Plantation, the gated golf community in Destin Florida, has currently has 37 homes for sale. Property values are affected by the number of homes for sale.  There are 6 homes under contract. One Kelly Plantation home sold in October 2012.  Prices range from $370,000 to almost $9 million for waterfront homes on the bayou or Choctawhatchee Bay.  The average days on the market for Kelly Plantation homes is 343 days for the past six months.   See the list of all Kelly Plantation homes for sale, under contract or sold in October2012 below. If you have a home you need to sell in Kelly Plantation, call Wendy Rulnick, Destin real estate broker, Rulnick Realty, at 850-650-7883 or email itswendy@rulnickrealty.com   A 4399 STILLING CIR 2,364 4 2/ 2000 $434,900 A 1A DERBY CIRCLE 2,056 3 3/ ...
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By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(Rowlett Real Estate School)
Rowlett Real Estate School is offering FREE to our Veterans in Florida, our upcoming 63 hr. Pre Sales Associate Class in Destin Florida December 3rd through the 9th. 2012.  This $359 value is FREE for our Veterans and applies only to our next upcoming classroom course in Destin Florida in honor of Veterans Day.  This is a one time Free Offer for our December 2012 Destin Classroom Course only.  The Course Book is not included in this Free Offer and must be purchased on our website.  To take advantage of this Free one time offer, go to our website and register for our destin class by selecting to pay the military deposit of $59.  This registration and deposit will cover the cost of your course book plus shipping. Rowlett Real Estate School offers a regular 10% discount for all Military Ve...
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By Patrick Wilson, Experienced Realtor Destin 30A Area
(Mainsail Realty Company)
Wonderful home in the heart of Destin in Bayview Manor. Pool and a big screened porch to enjoy it outdoor living! 2 fireplaces in home - 1 electric and 1 gas. Master Bath has Jacuzzi tub and a huge walk in closet. Nearby - Joe's Bayou to launch your boat or bring your fishing pole. 600 SF Family Room addition. 3 Bed /2 Bath 1836 sqft Listed for 199,000 Sold 190,000 I represented the Buyer House Appraised by Lender for 209,000  www.patrickwilsonrealestate.com 
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By Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!"
(Rulnick Realty, Inc.)
    Recent articles about short sale strategic default of vacation home and investment properties, like those in Destin Florida, have caused a stir. An October 2012 Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) report stated that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which are enterprises it oversees, don’t uniformly pursue collection of short sale deficiencies. A deficiency is the balance of the mortgage note that was not paid after a short sale or foreclosure. The audit, FHFA’s Oversight of the Enterprises’ Efforts to Recover Losses from Foreclosure Sales addressed “strategic default”, which is when a borrower allows a foreclosure to occur (walks away) or perhaps does a short sale without a true hardship.  In these cases, there could be better collection efforts and recoveries of deficiency balances, ...
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