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.

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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

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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

Projects Increase Value

Top Remodeling Projects That Add Value to Your Home

Spring is officially here and many homeowners are thinking of projects that will not only clean and enhance the beauty of their property, but add value too. From exterior updates and additions to bathroom and kitchen remodels, there are several projects that will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Whether you’re making improvements to a recently purchased property or preparing to sell, it’s all about increasing your property’s value and these tips will help you in achieving that.

Interior Projects That Can Increase Property Value

Minor Bathroom Renovation
Out dated bathrooms can stop a sale in its tracks. Even if you’re not looking to sell, it’s nice to feel like you’re living in the current decade. As you renovate, keep in mind the trends of today and if those trends will have lasting value in the future. By replacing outdated faucets, adding aerators, adding on-demand water heater, and installing water efficient toilets that save water can benefit you with energy savings immediately. A minor bathroom renovation typically includes new vanity doors, drawers and hardware; new lighting, new plumbing fixtures and new paint. Additional updates like new countertops, flooring and tub/shower tile can further increase the desirability of your property. The average cost to completely remodel a master bathroom is about $16,000. This price can be cut down to almost $8,000 for smaller bathrooms and is much less for a minor renovation.

Minor Kitchen Renovation
A minor kitchen remodel typically consists of replacing cabinet fronts with raised-panel wood doors and drawers, along with new hardware; replacing wall oven and cooktop with energy-efficient models; replacing laminate countertops; installing a mid-priced sink and faucet and repainting. Minor kitchen remodels can help an older property sell quicker and for more money. Most buyers are not interested in remodeling and are looking for updated kitchens and appliances. A major kitchen remodel can cost $55,00 or more and would be best if you plan to stay in the home and are remodeling for your use.

Attic Conversion
If your property has unused attic space, consider turning into an additional bedroom or flex space. You’ll recoup even more of your investment if you can add a bathroom as well. With an additional bedroom and bathroom, your home moves up into the next level of comparable properties, usually meaning you can expect sell your home for quite a bit more.

Exterior Projects That Can Increase Property Value

Steel Entry Door
A new steel door may not sound like the best addition to your house, but it’s one of the financially savviest. Steel entry doors are constructed with thermal adhesives to increase structural integrity along with energy efficiency. Since steel doors will never warp or rot, they can keep the elements out of your home better than wood doors. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 Cost V. Value report, homeowners who install a steel door can expect to recoup nearly 97% of the cost when the home sells.

Garage Door Replacement
Replacing your garage door is another way to improve the exterior of your home. But while it’s typically inexpensive, an upgrade isn’t necessary unless your garage door is old, beat-up or a particularly visible part of your home. Many times, a new coat of paint and new decorative handles looks just as nice as a new door. Keep in mind curb appeal is very important in attracting buyers to your property.

Replace Windows
New windows look sharper, insulate a home better, save on energy and, for buyers, avoid the cost and hassle of doing upgrades. Wood is the preferred trim finish, but other replacement window projects also pay off. New windows keep extreme weather outside. Energy-efficient windows can reduce the demand on your heating and cooling system. “Low-e” (low thermal emissivity) windows have a very thin coating applied to the glass that reflects various solar waves. Combined with double- or triple-pane glass and argon or krypton gas, low-e coatings can significantly improve the thermal efficiency of your windows.

Cement Siding
Cement siding, also called Hardie board siding, is a low-maintenance, long-lasting material that holds up much better than wood siding in Florida’s heat and humidity. If your house has wood siding, cement siding offers a unparalleled quality being completely rot and insect resistant and it can even handle salt spray from the ocean. While cement siding is more expensive than wood or vinyl siding, it really holds up along our coastline and can sway a buyer when comparing two properties.

Deck, Patio or Outdoor Living Space
Homebuilders, residential architects and landscape construction specialists are seeing more and more homeowners looking to include outdoor space in their home design. The American Institute of Architects’ second quarter 2017 Home Trends Design Survey reported requests for outdoor living increased for the sixth consecutive year. 70% percent of the 500 architecture firms surveyed reported an increase in requests for outdoor living from clients. While the cost of your specific project will be the main factor to determine how much value is added to your property’s market value, many buyers choose properties based on their outdoor living spaces – especially in Florida where our weather is great year-round!

Curious of what you may be able to sell your property for in today’s market or what buyers are looking for along the Emerald Coast? Contact The Nathan Abbott Team to connect with some of the Emerald Coast’s best agents to discuss your property’s potential value.

nathan-abbott-realtorNathan Abbott
ResortQuest Real Estate | Broker Associate, Realtor®
Nathan Abbott Team | CEO
850.812.3261

Buyer Questions to Ask Any Agent

There are a multitude real estate professionals along Florida’s Emerald Coast. You probably already know a Florida Realtor or picked up a few cards while vacationing in the Destin area. One important factor when purchasing real estate in Northwest Florida is choosing the right agent for your needs.

There are many things to take into consideration when choosing your agent. Most people will agree that experience in the local market is key. Other areas to evaluate include how often does the agent work with buyers (vs. sellers), does the agent have support from a team or broker, does the agent work full-time and how knowledgeable is the agent about the specific areas and properties you are interested in.

You can ask neighbors, friends, and family for referrals or find a variety of agents online. Referrals from someone you know are very helpful and can give you insight about the agent’s personality and dependability.

You will most likely spend a lot of time touring properties with your agent and exchanging emails and phone calls. Personality plays an important role in how comfortable you feel with your agent. Do you prefer someone who is easy going or aggressive? Do you tend to communicate better with a certain age range or gender? Before choosing an agent, spend a little time thinking about what type of personality you feel is best suited for your situation.

A good buyer’s agent should possess most of these qualities:
– Patient and compassionate
– Good listener
– Problem solver who is dedicated to figuring out what you want
– Polite and professional
– Loves showing homes
– Understands how homes are constructed and how to make improvements that increase value
– Organized and detail oriented
– Possesses excellent follow up skills
– Able to develop insight for the rock-bottom price a seller may accept

Below are several questions to ask yourself and potential agents before choosing an agent to assist you in the purchase of your Emerald Coast property. The Nathan Abbott Team strives to build lasting relationships with our clients and want you to be comfortable and informed from the very beginning. Feel free to contact us to discuss why our Buyer Specialist are able to serve as your trusted real estate advisors along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

If you would like to go over any of the questions below, have additional questions or simply want to discuss the local real estate market from Okaloosa Island to Panama City Beach, contact us today.

Questions to Ask a Buyer’s Agent

What percentage of your clients are buyers (vs. sellers)?
Many agents work with both buyers and sellers. Some agents (like our Buyer Specialists) work mainly with buyers and are able to better tend to a buyer’s needs.

Do you work full-time or part-time as a real estate agent?
If an agent has a second job or only works in real estate part-time, it may be a little harder to reach them when needed.

How many years of education and experience do you have? 
Experience and continuing education typically make for better agents. But that doesn’t mean that freshly licensed agents aren’t valuable. Many new agents have access to mentors and fresh training. Newer agents tend to have more time to concentrate on you. But you have to be aware they may be learning a few things as your transaction progresses. Experienced agents are more likely to do less ‘hand-holding’, may be more direct with you in regards to your real estate desires, but also tend to have a lot of network connections that will greatly benefit you.

In which neighborhoods/cities do you primarily work?
If you have an idea of where you want to purchase property, finding an agent with knowledge and purchasing or selling experience in those areas/neighborhoods is a wonderful advantage to you. Usually, they have already established connections with other agents and homeowners in the area and are able to find you the property you are looking for more efficiently. Agents who have insight into the local school systems, utilities, local contractors and inspectors are very helpful.

Can you provide me with the names and phone numbers of past clients who have agreed to be references? 
Insights from past customers can help you learn more about an agent and give you a greater comfort level. You can sometimes find reviews on the agent’s website or LinkedIn profile.

What is your strategy for meeting my needs?
As a buyer, you will need to know how the agent will search for properties. All agents have access to online software to perform detailed property searches. Some agents also attend local real estate tours and open houses to be more aware of available properties in the area. Your agent should be able to set you up with email alerts about specific neighborhoods or areas with properties that match your search parameters. Knowing how your agent searches for properties and how they plan to share those properties with you will help you decide which agent’s communication style you prefer.

What is your average list-price-to-sales-rice ratio?
Excluding hot seller’s market, a good buyer’s agent should be able to negotiate a sales price that is lower than list price. Buyer’s agent ratios should fall below 99% of ask price. Sometimes properties are listed above market value and can skew the ratios. While these ratios are not extremely important, it is nice to know if your buyer’s agent has a track record of efficiently negotiating lower prices with listing agents

Will I be working with you directly or handed off to anyone else?
In other words, will you handle all aspects of my transaction or will you delegate some tasks to a sales associate or administrative assistant? A knowledgeable assistant can be invaluable, but you want to make sure you can connect with your agent regularly. Our Buyer Specialists work with you through the entire process. We have a closing department that handles all the details of your property’s closing. However, your real estate agent is always up-to-date and accessible to you during your real estate purchase.

What are the top three things that separate you from your competition?
While this question can easily be answered with a variety of standard lines, a good agent won’t hesitate to answer. Everyone has their own checklist, but most clients are looking for agents who say they are honest, trustworthy, assertive, excellent negotiators, readily available by phone or e-mail, good communicators, friendly, and able to maintain a good sense of humor under trying circumstances.

What else do I need to know?
Pay close attention to how the real estate agent answers this question because there is always something you need to know, always. You want an agent to take her time with you – to make sure you feel comfortable and secure with her knowledge and experience. They should know how to listen and how to counsel you, how to ask the right questions to find out what they need to know create the best real estate experience for you.

If you are interested in purchasing or selling property along Florida’s Emerald Coast, The Nathan Abbott Team is here to guide you and be your trusted real estate advisor.

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

Vizcaya at Dune Allen, 30A

Vizcaya at Dune Allen – New Luxury Construction

Vizcaya at Dune Allen Offers New Construction Luxury Properties on 30A

Vizcaya at Dune Allen is one of the most luxurious neighborhoods west of Highway 331. The Gulf front community features luxury beach homes on Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton. Vizcaya is a low density gated community with only 32 residences, offering a private community pool with bar area and pool cabanas. Three beach walk overs provide easy access to 1,000 feet of community beach frontage.

Dune Allen Drive in Vizcaya is home to several new construction, Mediterranean style luxury beach homes. These multi-level homes feature Gulf views from multiple balconies and interior spaces. High-end finishes and quality craftsmanship are prominent throughout these new construction homes.

A short walk or bike ride to Gulf Place, Stinky’s Fish Camp and other local venues, Vizcaya offers one of the best locations for luxury rental property on the west side of 30A. The convenient location makes home in Vizcaya prime vacation rental properties.

Preview New Construction Homes at Vizcaya

1006 Dune Allen VizcayaVizcaya New Construction Homes – Currently Available

1006 Dune Allen Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

This brand new construction home is currently the lowest priced home available in Vizcaya! Enjoy brand-new finishes for less!

This exceptional Gulf view lot encompasses a beautiful brand new residence soon to be completed. Enjoy this phenomenal 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home offering stunning Gulf views and located only one lot from the beach. Beautiful and classic Mediterranean architecture for the exterior and luxury contemporary finishes throughout the interior offering a coastal color palate. The home features an open floor plan with a 2 car garage, a private residential elevator, 10-11 ft. ceilings (cathedral on top floor), spacious bedrooms, tile and wood floors throughout, wood beams, contemporary gas fireplace, Viking kitchen appliances, quartz and marble counters throughout and two large wrap around balconies. This home is expected to be completed the beginning of 2017, in perfect time for the peak rental season.

View Property Details for 1006 Dune Allen Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Vizcaya New Construction Homes – Coming Soon

1026 Dune Allen Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

This 3-story corner luxury home will have Gulf views from multiple balconies and interior spaces. With at least 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and luxury finishes throughout, 1026 Dune Allen Drive is expected to be completed early 2017.

Contact Nathan Abbott to learn more about this under-construction luxury property.

Vizcaya Convenient 30A Location

 

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nathan-abbott-realtorNathan Abbott
ResortQuest Real Estate
CEO | Nathan Abbott Team
O: 850.812.3261
C: 850.803.7653
Nathan@NathanAbbottTeam.com

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