Nathan Abbott Real Estate Agent

Behind the Real Estate Curtain – A Message to Buyers, Sellers and Agents

Nathan Abbott shares the realities of being a real estate agent along Florida’s Emerald Coast.

Hi! I am Nathan Abbott, a real estate agent with the Nathan Abbott Team at ResortQuest Real Estate in Northwest Florida.  I wanted to share with you the true realities of being a real estate agent and what real estate is all about.

Interested in being a Real Estate Agent?

For those of you looking to get into real estate as a career it can be phenomenal job. There’s always a glass ceiling you can break and you can create a great life from real estate sales.

But, you can also get slapped in the face too. Sometimes you may wonder how you’re going to pay your next bill. Real estate is not for the faint at heart. Its extremely hard work. You’ve got to get good at time management. You’ve got to wake up and give yourself personal motivation. It’s really hard to pick yourself up if you’re beaten down all the time. Deals fall apart and a property sale you thought would close sometimes doesn’t.

You have to pick yourself up every morning and say, “You know what, its a new day. I’m going to start over again.” So, for those of you trying to get into real estate, its a great job – but you’ve got to be aware of what you’re getting into. We have agents on our team who have had some very tough times, and to see them pull themselves out of that through this business and create a better life for themselves is an amazing thing to watch. But, you’ve got to be in it full force.

I recommend having about 6 months of reserves to support yourself when you begin your career as a real estate agent with no income. Because, that’s a big reality that may occur and does for many real estate agents.

It takes a lot of time to get comfortable in the market. It usually takes 2-3 years before you start getting in your comfort zone. And, I always try to be a sponge to learn new things. The minute I personally feel that you think you know it all or that you’re doing it perfectly is when you fail -and you fail quickly. To be in a position where I can try to raise up the people on our team to have a better environment for themselves, then it is a testament.

What Makes Real Estate A Valuable Career?

I love changing lives through real estate for the better. That’s really where my passion is. I love relationships. I love connecting with people. I love getting to know the families.

To be able to do that as a real estate agent make real estate a career that I know is meant for me. To be able to help a first time home buyer make that home a reality for them or to meet someone who has saved their whole life to have a second home and you find this perfect condo or beach property where you know they are going to have wonderful memories with their family – that’s what really hits home for me.

I also like solving problems. If there’s a difficult real estate situation, trying to figure out the right solution for all parties involved and to see success through that is  also something I’m really passionate about. Our team lives by a vision to truly raise a higher standard of expectation.

Had a Bad Real Estate Experience or Real Estate Agent?

Let’s be real. The real estate brand is looked poorly upon. A lot of people think Realtors are cut-throat, pushy sales people. That’s what I try to not be.

No one likes to be sold. People like to be connected with. They like to have a relationship. They want to know they are not just another commission. That’s where the true passion and the positive energy comes from for me.

There are a lot of part time real estate agents out there. Unfortunately, a lot of their customers had a very poor experience. It didn’t work out very well for them if the agent was just trying to sell them over and were not sincere and just weren’t real. We really try to keep it real at the Nathan Abbott Team. It makes it hard on the agents who are truly trying to make an impact on this industry to re-correct those bad real estate experiences. It all comes to the relationship. We need to be able to break through those barriers to connect with customers on a personal level and to create a friendship and that keeps on surviving the times.

As a real estate agent, that’s where your business really starts to grow. Even then you can have tough times. We’ve put a lot of energy into our business. But, there are factors at times that you have no control of like the way the market is shifting, a hurricane or natural disaster. The bills don’t stop. And, if you don’t sell property, you may not be able to support your own family.

For anyone interested in purchasing or selling real estate, we want to change any previous bad experiences you’ve had and help you have a positive experience with our team.

Your loyalty to us as real estate agents means everything to us. Sometimes, customers do not realize how much work is put into real estate transactions -everything from initial research to the expenses involved in a listing and the time devoted. It can feel like a dagger in the heart when we put time in and a customer calls another agent at the final hour and closes a deal with them. Keep in mind, if we as real estate agents do not sell property, we may not be able to support our own families.

Through the experience we give you, we want to create an awesome environment, and we cherish when customers are loyal to us as well. And that’s what makes the perfect connection between the real estate agent and their customers. Because, believe me, if an agent knows you’re loyal to them, they are going to be so sincere to you, they’re going to go the extra mile, they’re going to do things for you because they are passionate about your relationship. That’s so much more than just a commission.

Changing the Perception of Today’s Real Estate Agents

I hope shared some valuable information for buyers, sellers and agents. For those of you looking to become a real estate agent, I hope you come on board and give it a shot. But I do want you to be aware of  what you’re getting yourself into.

For those customers that think that there are always Realtors at their disposal, that may be true. But, there is a huge difference between real estate agents who will give back to you the right knowledge and details to create success for you versus agents who will fall short every time. There are about 3,600 agents in our area and only the top 1,000-1,500 are really building their business and creating positive environments for their customers.

We hope we have the opportunity to build a relationship and work with you to help you achieve your real estate goals. The Nathan Abbott Team is always here as your trusted real estate advisors for Florida’s Emerald Coast.

nathan-abbott-realtorNathan Abbott
ResortQuest Real Estate
CEO | Nathan Abbott Team
O: 850.632.0102
C: 850.803.7653

Paradise Cove Santa Rosa Beach

Paradise Cove by Boswell Builders

Unique New Residential Community Near 30A

Paradise Cove is a new cottage style community in a prime residential location in South Walton County, Florida. Developed by Boswell Builders, a local luxury custom home builder, Paradise Cove provides quality construction at an affordable cost. Paradise Cove is located at 3879 US HWY 98 East, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459.

Homes at Paradise Cove feature upscale construction with 2” x 6” stud framing, impact windows, oversized 8’ interior doors, high end interior finishes, a master bedroom on the ground floor of every floorplan and an oversized 2-car garage. With prices starting in the mid $300’s, Paradise Cove offers unparalleled features for this price point and outstanding benefits including a close location to the Gulf of Mexico, Choctawhatchee Bay and amazing outdoor activities along Scenic 30A.

Paradise Cove poolStandard home features include:

  • Fireplace in living room
  • Granite countertops throughout
  • Custom cabinets with easy glide drawers
  • Master bath features split vanities, custom trim on tub, large walk-in shower
  • 8’ interior doors
  • 10’ ceilings on first level
  • Tile in all baths and carpet in all bedrooms
  • Hardwood staircases
  • Choice of hardwood or porcelain tile on for main flooring
  • Home alarm system with motion sensor and keypad
  • Hardie plank and cement fiber siding
  • Impact rated vinyl windows
  • Fiberglass impact French style door
  • 30-year dimensional shingles
  • Porcelain tile on exterior porches
  • Irrigation system
  • View all features and options

Paradise Cove amenities include a community pool with full service bathrooms and changing rooms, a walking path that leads to 4-acre Lake Paradise, sidewalks and streetlights.

beach accessPrime Location Near Local Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Centrally located to the luxuries of the Emerald Coast, Paradise Cove is approximately mid-way between Destin and Panama City Beach. Less than a quarter mile from Emerald Coast Middle School and near Publix in Seagrove Beach, Paradise Cove offers the perfect setting for full-time residential living along the Emerald Coast.

With popular local restaurants nearby, residents have many great dining opportunities including the Red Bar, Seagrove Village Market Cafe, Surfing Deer, The Wine Bar, Bud & Alley’s and many other great restaurants in Seaside and WaterColor. Nearby are a plethora of unique shops including Pedego electric bike rentals, Not Too Shabby Boutique, Sundog Books, The Blue Giraffe and more.

Outdoor and sporting venues are plentiful along the Emerald Coast, and many are close to Paradise Cove. Grayton Beach State Park and Deer Lake State Park are only a few miles away and provide beach accesses with restrooms and showers, playgrounds, hiking trails, camping, and coastal dune lakes for paddle boarding and kayaking. Cessna Landing bay-front park offers a public boat launch, parking, playground and restrooms and is just west of Paradise Cove. Eden Gardens state park is just next door and features 163 acres of wooded trails, gardens and the historic Wesley homestead.

Learn More About This Unique Community

Find details about Paradise Cove, available floorplans, pricing and more at

Schedule a private tour with the Paradise Cove Sales Team today – call 850-724-2975 or email

Paradise Cove Offers a Great Location Near the Gulf of Mexico

nathan-abbott-realtorNathan Abbott
ResortQuest Real Estate | Broker Associate, Realtor®
Nathan Abbott Team | CEO

Black Bear Bread Company

Black Bear Bread Company in Grayton Beach

The Best Bread and Breakfast in Town!

Black Bear Bread Company recently opened in Grayton Beach and is one of the Nathan Abbott Team’s new favorite local eateries. Our friend Phil McDonald and his business partner Dave Rauschkolb introduced their neighborhood bakery, coffee shop and all-day seasonal café to Grayton Beach on August 21st, 2017. Freshly-baked naturally leavened bread, dynamically seasonal produce and sensible sourcing are the inspiration for the menu serving  breakfast and lunch.

“Winter 2016 we started experimenting with a bread culture (starter) at Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar and began making our sourdough in a rudimentary oven. With practice, we started getting decent results. Initially, we were only baking bread for Bud & Alley’s Restaurant Group, but we officially debuted our breads to the public at the Seaside Farmers Market in May 2016. The response was immediate and overwhelmingly positive!” said Phil McDonald. All of their breads are naturally leavened, made from starter instead of commercial yeast. You can find a variety of fresh baked goodies including bread, pastries, breakfast sandwiches and tartines (a French open faced sandwich).

Another unique treat you can find at Black Bear Bread Co. is a variety of Stumptown Coffee Roasters blends. Some of the best establishments around the world serve Stumptown coffee that is sourced from high quality coffee plants and roasted just enough to bring out the best of what’s inherent in each particular bean.

Black Bear Bread Co. is named after the black bears that frequent the area behind the kitchen and many other places in Grayton Beach and Santa Rosa Beach. When they were testing sourdough starters early on, they soon discovered a bear was climbing into the dumpster and eating the starter! They thought it was the perfect name for the bakery and would pay homage to their furry neighbors that share appreciation for great sourdough.

They are open Monday – Saturday, 7am – 5pm and Sunday 8 am – 3pm. You can find details about their menu on their website –

Black Bear Bread Co’s social: @blackbearbreadco on Instagram, Black Bear Bread Co. on Facebook and @blackbear30a on Twitter.

Black Bear Bread Co. is located in The Shops of Grayton at 26 Logan Lane, Unit G, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

nathan-abbott-realtorNathan Abbott
ResortQuest Real Estate | Broker Associate, Realtor®
Nathan Abbott Team | CEO

Gulf Pines Miramar Beach Florida

Gulf Pines Neighborhood – Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Gulf Pines – Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Gulf Pines is a beachside community in Miramar Beach, Florida that offers residents the best of two worlds. Featuring a quite, private setting with mature trees and small lakes, Gulf Pines also offers owners a community owned beach access with covered gazebo, picnic tables and beach chairs. Homes in this community are spacious and offer large outdoor spaces with lake views.

Gulf Pines is directly beside Sandestin Resort. Sandestin’s Village of Baytowne Wharf and Grand Boulevard offer a variety of dining, shopping and annual events. Some popular events include the Sandestin Gumbo Festival, Christmas at Baytowne, Arts Fest and more.

Just a few minutes down the street, residents have access to beach front shopping, dining and watersports on Scenic Gulf Drive. Golfers have easy access to Seascape Resort and Sandestin’s award winning golf courses. With Seascape Resort’s Towne Center slated to open in 2017, there will be even more attractions in the area.

The Nathan Abbott Team office is at the entrance to Gulf Pines. As the neighborhood real estate team, we are consistently updated with real estate market conditions for Miramar Beach. If you own a property in the area or would like to find out more information about our community, contact us.

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Did you know Gulf Pines has a dedicated beach access?

Gulf Pines offers a prime location between the beach and Sandestin resort

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nathan-abbott-realtorNathan Abbott
ResortQuest Real Estate | Broker Associate, Realtor®
Nathan Abbott Team | CEO

1900 Ninety Eight Destin Luxury Condo

1900 Ninety Eight -1900 Scenic Highway 98 Destin, FL 32541

1900 Ninety Eight – Ultra Luxury Condominium

1900 Ninety Eight Destin Condo For SaleNow’s your chance to be part of Destin’s new ultra-luxury low-density condominium – 1900 Ninety Eight located at 1900 Scenic Highway 98 Destin, FL 32541. This 16 unit luxury condominium is slated to be completed early 2017. There are only a few units left. Reserve yours today!

Located in Destin, Florida on Scenic Highway 98, 1900 Ninety Eight is close to Destin’s best restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues. Take a scenic bike or walk to your favorite local shop. The new condominium is located next to Signature Beach Condos and the Back Porch Restaurant and Bar.

The condominium offers owners a resort feel with private beach access; a roof top pool, spa and fire pit; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and a private 2-story parking garage with designated parking spots.

Each Gulf front beach condo offers panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico with floor to ceiling windows and doors and large private balconies. The open floor plans are clean and modern in design with plenty of natural Florida sunlight. At 1900 Ninety Eight, the beautiful Gulf and white sand beach is right at your fingertips.

Interior condominium features include Thermador stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, marble vanities, glass tile backsplashes, walk-in shower, large soaking tub, porcelain tile flooring, textured carpet and  washer and dryer.

There are four floorplans inside of 1900 Ninety Eight:

West Residence – Interior – 2,627 sq ft  |  Balcony – 347 sq ft
East Residence – Interior – 2,603 sq ft  |  Balcony – 347 sq ft
West Penthouse – Interior – 4,556 sq ft  |  Balcony – 422 sq ft
East Penthouse – Interior – 4496 sq ft  | Balcony – 422 sq f

View available units at 1900 Ninety Eight

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nathan-abbott-realtor Nathan Abbott
ResortQuest Real Estate
CEO | Nathan Abbott Team
O: 850.812.3261
C: 850.803.7653

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