3D Property Tours Sell Property

Property Marketing Techniques that Sell Your Property: #1 – 3D Property Tours

3D Property Tours Help Properties Sell


3D property tours are an amazing marketing technique that highlight a property for sale in the best light. Many sellers market their property through still shot photography and 2D imaging. While a picture tells a thousand words, and a professional photo shoot of a property for sale increase the number of buyers who schedule property visits, 3D imaging reaches a much wider audience. The Nathan Abbott Team is incorporating 3D property tours into their property marketing for sellers. This is a great way a seller can highlight their property for sale and capture an active audience.

Still shot property photography typically captures an audience for about 20 to 30 seconds. 3D imaging and 3D property tours captures an audience for 4 to 6 minutes.

3D imaging means sellers can offer buyers an open house 24/7. The Nathan Abbott Team sells properties along Florida’s Emerald Coast and market to a lot of out-of-state buyers. A 3D tour allows out-of-state buyers to walk through a property for sale as if there were actually there.

Buyers love 3D tours because they can visit multiple properties without having to be there in person. 3D property tours allow buyers to fully experience a property from their own home. They can navigate through the property by clicking on a floorplan, choosing images from a gallery or using their mouse to move from room to room. 3D tours can also extend to the exterior of the home, allowing buyers to walk on the patio and deck and see the amazing beach or nature views.

A 3D experience is an amazing way to showcase a property for sale, capture a buyer and get a property sold. If you are interested in learning more about 3D property tours, contact the Nathan Abbott Team.

nathan-abbott-realtorNathan Abbott
ResortQuest Real Estate | Broker Associate, Realtor®
Nathan Abbott Team | CEO
850.812.3261
Info@NathanAbbottTeam.com

Palms of Freeport Townhomes

Palms of Freeport

Looking for an affordable mortgage and a great place to call home or a cash flow investment property? Palms of Freeport is the place for you.

Located at 15284 Hwy 331 Unit 8-A, Freeport, FL 32439 – just across the street from Freeport Elementary School – Palms of Freeport is a collection of Florida Cottage townhomes. Featuring 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 1,109 sq ft, these townhomes are the best priced in town. Currently priced in the mid $120’s, these units provide an affordable mortgage and are renting for $1,100 per month on average.

Townhomes at Palms of Freeport come on the market throughout the year. There are currently a few units left that will be available for sale. Don’t miss this opportunity to own a unit in a low density community with great amenities.

See All Available Units at Palms of Freeport

Contact the Nathan Abbott Team to know when more units will be available.

Interior Features

Palms of Freeport KitchenTownhomes at Palms of Freeport feature

  • Kitchen features granite counter tops, solid wood custom cabinets and stainless appliances
  • 18″ tile flooring in living areas and bathrooms
  • Plush carpet in bedrooms
  • Travertine counters in bathrooms
  • Large bedrooms
  • Upgraded lighting package with recessed lighting
  • Wooden blinds
  • Plenty of storage
  • Washer and dryer hook-ups
  • New Orleans style paver entry way
  • Open woooden back deck

Palms of Freeport deckExterior Features

The exterior of Palms of Freeport Townhomes feature

  • Cement/fiber board siding – less maintenance and rotting!
  • Composite shingles on roof
  • Personal open wooden deck outside back door of each unit
  • Utilities include public water and sewer and all electric power

Great Location, Great Amenities, Low HOA fees

For families with children  – Freeport Elementary School is just across the street making it a quick walk or bike-ride away. Freeport Middle School is less than 1 mile away and Freeport High School is just 3 miles  up the road. The new Freeport Publix Super Market is just 2 miles away and several local restaurants and shops are also close by .

Palms of Freeport represents a sanctuary for anyone wishing to escape the congestion of South Walton, yet reside just fifteen miles from the white sand beaches of Grayton Beach. Residents can quickly get to the beaches of South Walton, Niceville and Destin from this centrally located area.

Nestled between trees and lush foliage, the community offers amenities including a park, pool, pool house, sidewalks and street lights. The HOA fee is $201 quarterly – just $27 per month! This low fee covers accounting, grounds keeping, community insurance, community management, and keeps the amenities running at top-condition.

Palms of Freeport is just across the street from the elementary school

See All Available Units at Palms of Freeport

Contact the Nathan Abbott Team to know when more units will be available.

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nathan-abbott-realtorNathan Abbott
ResortQuest Real Estate | Broker Associate, Realtor®
Nathan Abbott Team | CEO
850.812.3261
Info@NathanAbbottTeam.com

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
Nathan@NathanAbbottTeam.com

Palazzo Luxury Condominiums Panama City Beach

Palazzo Luxury Condominiums, Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Palazzo Luxury Condominiums, Panama City Beach, FL 32413


Palazzo Condominiums, located at 17281 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32431, are some of the most desirable condos in the Bay County area. Palazzo is one of the best selling condominiums in Panama City Beach, selling above the average price per square feet. Units typically are on the market a very short time and tend to sell quickly.

Palazzo Gulf Front PoolThe Nathan Abbott Team was one of the pre-construction listing agents for Palazzo and has been involved with the majority of units sold since completion. Just last year, in 2016, the Nathan Abbott Team either listed or provided buyers for over half of the units sold. With extensive knowledge of Palazzo and the Panama City Beach market, the team can offer unsurpassed real estate services for owners and buyers.

The Abbott family is proud to be owners at Palazzo and love helping owners and potential owners with their Palazzo units.

Offering only Gulf front units, Palazzo is low density with only 129 units. This resort condominium features luxurious amenities including an elevated Gulf front pool and spa, Gulf front fitness center, two Gulf front waterfalls, covered Gulf side parking, conference room and on-site management offices by ResortQuest.

View Units Currently For Sale

Palazzo Amenities

  • Low density, only 129 units
  • Gulf front units only
  • 220 beach frontage of the Gulf of Mexico
  • Elevated gulf front heated pool and spa
  • Gulf front fitness center overlooking pool deck and gulf
  • Gulf front water feature
  • Large gulf front lobby with on-site check-in and management
  • Gulf front parking for all units (172 covered spaces  on south side) plus additional guest parking
  • Three high speed elevators
  • Meeting room
  • 44 external owners storage
  • ~2 miles from Pier Park shopping, dining and entertainment and Aaron Bessant Park amphitheater

Palazzo Gulf ViewsPalazzo Units Feature

  • Decorative ceramic tile in foyer, kitchen and all baths
  • High end appliances in kitchen, including refrigerator with icemaker, self-cleaning oven/range, dishwasher, microwave
  • Washer and dryer
  • Raised panel kitchen cabinetry
  • Granite kitchen countertop
  • 9′ ceilings with 9′ sliding glass doors in all units
  • Crown molding in living areas and master bedroom suites
  • Wired for high speed access
  • Ceiling fans in living areas and master bedroom suites
  • Fully carpeted bedrooms and living areas
  • Garden tub and separate shower featured in all units

Palazzo Floorplans – 5 Floorplans

1 bedroom, 2 bathroom, bunk area – 1,026 sq ft

Palazzo, Interior Unit, 1 Bedroom

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, bunk area – 1,345 sq ft

Palazzo, Interior Unit, 2 Bedroom

3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, interior unit – 1,475 sq ft

Palazzo, Interior Unit, 3 Bedroom

3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, east end unit – 1,849 sq ft

Palazzo, East End Unit, 3 Bedroom

3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, west end unit – 1,874 sq ft

Palazzo, West End Unit, 3 Bedroom


See Palazzo from the Beach

Tour the Inside of a 3 Bedroom Interior Unit

Gulf  View from 3 Bedroom Interior Unit Balcony

Palazzo’s Convenient Location is Just 2 Miles from Pier Park

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

10 Real Estate Tips for Sellers and Buyers

High demand in the Emerald Coast real estate market and low interest rates have continued to drive sales in 2018. This puts sellers in a great position to sell their property in an active market and earn equity from their investment. Buyers still have the opportunity to purchase at fair prices and receive the benefits of lower interest rates.

Here are 10 tips to help both sellers and buyers in our current market.

1. First-time buyers: Get that starter home now

And we mean now! More than half of home sales nationwide in 2017 were expected to be to first-time buyers, and mostly to the millennials (19 to 34 years old). That means competition — and bidding wars — could become fierce for starter homes. There are many ‘starter’ homes in the Destin area that are coming on the market and can be purchased at great prices and with a little sweat equity, become amazing beach homes. Santa Rosa Beach and South Walton have seen a boom in new communities offering great homes and amenities. These communities are selling out fast and building equity quickly. Grabbing a home in one of these neighborhoods could turn out to be a great investment.

Paradise Cove Pineview

Check out Paradise Cove – South Walton’s newest residential community sitting on 20 acres of picturesque property and located less than one quarter mile from the Emerald Coast Middle School, and one quarter mile from Highway 395 which leads to Publix and the beautiful Seagrove Beach.

Contact the Nathan Abbott Team, Paradise Cove’s real estate sales team, to learn more about this wonderful neighborhood – Phone: 850-724-2975  /  Email: Info@ParadiseCoveSales.com

2. Sellers: Hire the right agent

Many times, the best investment a seller can make is time spent researching agents. A bad hire can cost sellers tens of thousands of dollars and months of worried waiting.

First, look at an agent’s online marketing material and listings. Is there good photography or video? Does it “pop”? Are descriptions accurate and complimentary without seeming exaggerated? Then, look at profiles of the agents on LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media; and be sure to read web reviews. What kind of vibe is an agent sending out?

Narrow your search to three agents and interview each, ideally in person. Ask for sales-activity reports, existing listings and time-on-the-market averages, plus the requisite local comps.

Here are a list of questions you can ask potential agents to better understand how they work and if they are a good fit for you and your property – Buyer Questions to Ask Any Agent.

3. Buyers: There’s more loan money out there

Those who couldn’t get mortgages during the downturn because they didn’t have 20 percent to put down can find affordable financing again. Borrowers with lower FICO scores are now getting conforming mortgage loans.

Our connections with great local mortgage companies means you’ll have a loan officer who truly understands our market and the nuances of Northwest Florida real estate. In addition, they offer great loan packages and can negotiate the best rate for your situation, including FHA, VA and rural loans.

4. Sellers: It may be a seller’s market but…

Sellers can do several simple things to enhance appearance, increase buyer interest and boost their property’s profile:

• Selective renovations: Instead of wholesale renovations from which sellers recoup maybe 60 percent on investment, do light makeovers everywhere, with an eye on the kitchen and bathrooms. They’re far more cost-effective.
• Clean, clean and clean some more: It’s hard for buyers to picture themselves living in a dirty house. Scrub floors, baths, kitchens, windows and walls, and be sure to clean, vacuum and deodorize rugs. This is simple but effective.
• Depersonalize, declutter: Show the space, not the contents. Box up family photos, kids’ school papers and excess art, and store bulky and worn furniture. Organize your closets to make them look half empty.
• Illuminate: Think bright and cheery. Open curtains and blinds and add brighter light bulbs in dark areas. Repaint where needed but use neutral colors.

5. Renters: It might be time to buy

In many cases, rents are rising faster than home values, yet mortgage rates remain low. That, and the fact that renters now account for 37 percent of households (the highest level in 50 years), seem to indicate an imminent coming-out party for renters-turned-buyers, especially if they plan to stay put for five to 10 years after buying.

Palms of Freeport Townhomes

Palms of Freeport, located just 15 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, is a perfect example where owning your home is better than renting. This is a great investment opportunity for full-time living or as a rental unit, and there are approximately 20 units left. Just across the street from Freeport Elementary and close to the new Publix and Hwy 331, Palms of Freeport offers a great, central location.

These desirable townhomes have been renting for $1,100 per month with 100% occupancy and a waiting list! Monthly mortgage payments, including HOA fees, taxes, and insurance are only approx. $990 a month.* Own for less than what you can rent for. The last unit sold for $135,500 and prices are scheduled to increase.

Sample mortgage rates provided by:
Sue Botelho, Waterstone Mortgage
Sales Manager, NMLS# 262520
Office 850.362.6901 / Mobile 850.797.7946
SBotelho@WaterstoneMortgage.com
www.Sue-Botelho.com

*Rates effective 06/13/18. State of Florida Licensee Exempt. Please contact us for a personalized rate quote. Waterstone Mortgage Corporation (NMLS #186434) is a wholly owned subsidiary of WaterStone Bank SSB (NASDAQ: WSBF). All loan requests are subject to credit approval as well as specific program requirements and guidelines. For some programs, income and property restrictions may apply. Information is subject to change without notice. This is not an offer for an extension of credit or a commitment to lend. Cash reserves may be required. If an escrow (impound) account is established for the payment of real estate taxes and/or homeowners insurance, your payment may be higher.

Take advantage of this prime rental opportunity and secure your unit before prices increase. Contact Nathan Abbott or Annie Belter for your private tour and more information about Palms of Freeport – 850-378-2112 / Info@NathanAbbottTeam.com

6. Buyers: If you’re a buyer, don’t believe the house is yours

Don’t bank on a done deal or other verbal promises from listing agents until you sign a contract. Remember, a verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Get it in writing or it doesn’t count!

In heated markets across the country, sales agents are giving buyers false hope and using their offers to bid up the price for preferred buyers who they think can pay more and close faster. Have other homes in mind.

Strategies such as preapproval (versus prequalification), proof of funding, closing flexibility and the always-risky practice of waiving inspection and repair contingencies can help sway buyers.

7. Sellers: The grass is always greener…

… in yards with a “sold” sign. Major interior or exterior upgrades typically aren’t needed, but a little attention outdoors is a must.

Surveys show that strong curb appeal can increase prices by 10 percent or more. Greener grass, whether derived from new sod or fertilizer and water, is a must. New shrubs, plantings and flowers also project a welcoming feel. Sellers typically enjoy a 100 percent return on the money they put into curb appeal.

Another form of green, sustainable landscaping has become a value-add for buyers. Native plants, native grasses and perennials that require less water and attention fill that bill. Especially with Florida weather, native plants than can withstand drought and months of downpours are enticing to buyers, and will help make the yard easier for you to maintain until you property sales.

Other outdoor cleaning like pressure washing, repainting doors and shutters and sprucing up lanai’s give buyers a great first impression for your property. For condo owners, make sure to clean your balcony and outdoor furniture. You can even ‘stage’ the balcony to make it more inviting.

8. Sellers and buyers: Know the state of your market

A balanced housing market is defined as one with an average inventory of 6.5 months, according to Texas A&M University Real Estate Center research. When inventory remains below equilibrium, sellers enjoy more control over prices and terms, and the area becomes a seller’s market.
When inventory lingers well above stasis, you have a buyer’s market where sellers must get more serious about price reductions, credits and throw-ins. Contact the Nathan Abbott Team to receive an updated market inventory for our local service areas, including Okaloosa Island, Destin, Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Freeport and Panama City Beach.

9. Sellers: House going up for sale later in the year?

Do some prep work now. Grab your camera or smartphone and do an exterior photo shoot in the summer on a nice bright day with the landscaping freshly updated. Do the same thing in the fall as the plants in your landscape start to change.

This way, if your house goes on the market in the winter or early spring, you have photos showing how great it looks with all your landscaping blooming and grass green. It’s a much better way to showcase your home than to wait until late winter when everything is still dead and brown and mucky.

Take a preliminary inventory, too. Look through your attic, closets, basement and garage to see what stored items you’ll want to keep, give away or sell before listing your property. This will help you determine whether you’ll need a storage unit when your home is on the market and if there are any problem areas that need repairs or attention.

It’s also a good time to start discussing financing options with a local lender and interview prospective listing agents who also might provide additional preparation tips.

10. Buyers: Relocating near the Gulf of Bay?

If you’re wanting to buy a house or condo on the Gulf of Mexico or Choctawhatchee Bay, an important thing to consider is weather and insurance realities. Many homes in our local bay areas are required to have flood insurance. Gulf-front homes and condos also need special insurance that you may not be aware of.

Parts of Florida saw 20 percent increases in 2016 for insurance rates and could possibly see more as time goes on. Insurers also are imposing coverage caps so there’s no guarantee you’ll be made whole post-catastrophe.

Some home sellers and their agents are conveniently not disclosing these realities, so buyers will have to ask pointed questions and do their own research. We are here to help make sure all cost of ownership for a property is provided before you’re at the closing table. Contact Nathan Abbott with any questions about local properties and insurance requirements.

What else do I need to know?

There are many tips that can help you navigate the Emerald Coast real estate market. We are here to be your trusted real estate advisor. Contact us with any questions about buying or selling a property from Destin to Panama City Beach.

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Nathan Abbott
ResortQuest Real Estate | Broker Associate, Realtor®
Nathan Abbott Team | CEO
850.812.3261
Info@NathanAbbottTeam.com

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