Welcome Snowbirds!

It’s that time of year again when the Emerald Coast plays host to the annual migrating flocks of Snowbirds! Yes, those lucky folks who have perfected not only how to survive winter, but how to live it to the fullest along our Gulf coast of Northwest Florida. These snowbirds bring a plethora of life to our coastal economy after the seasonal tourists have all gone home. They not only keep our rental properties booked, but also boost sales among our local restaurants, retail shops, golf resorts, and entertainment establishments. So “welcome” snowbirds!  ResortQuest is sponsoring The Winter Guest Fest, Thursday January 15th 8 am – noon at the Emerald Coast Convention Center.

snowbirds-sThere are snowbird clubs all along our Emerald Coast that offer something for everyone! These clubs are the go-to places for fellowship and valuable information about the area. Fort Walton Beach has a snowbird club of over 700 members and offers activities and events to include crafts, cards, games, golf and social events. Check out www.fwbsbc.com for more information. Destin also has a snowbird club of over 2,000 members which offers a more extensive list of activities to include everything from basketball, billiards and bowling, to computer clubs, crafts and cruises, to casino trips, cards and quilting, to dances, dinners, golf and more. Visit their website at www.destinsnowbirds.org for a full list of activities. And not to be outdone, Walton County has their own club of over 2,000 members that offers a similar list of activities for our winter visitors. You can peruse their website at www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com for their information.

Of course if peace and solitude is more your idea of the perfect winter get-a-way, the Emerald Coast offers that as well. Our beautiful white beaches are sparsely populated this time of year – perfect for a walk or for sitting on a blanket with a good book while listening to the waves breaking to relax your soul. This is a great time to consider buying or selling real estate along the Emerald Coast as well – to either purchase your own “go-to” destination for your winter get-a-way or permanent home, or for investment rental/vacation property potential please contact the Nathan Abbott Team for more information on Emerald Coast real estate!

We hope our Winter is a great time for all!


Nathan Abbott Team’s NW Florida Market Update

We are starting to face a transition in our real estate market in NW Florida.  Our inventory is getting depleted, developers are building again, and we are seeing some appreciation in niche markets.  If the property is priced right, it is not lasting on the market and we are even starting to see multiple offers again. A perfect example was a recent foreclosure in Rosemary Beach.  WIthin 2 weeks of allowing offers to come in, the listing agent had 24 offers on the table before cutting off the bidding.  This home will be sold well above the asking price.

If a new property comes on the market and it is priced extremely competitively, you usually have to jump on it immediately or it is gone.  Overall our market seems to be stabilizing and the appraisers seem to think so too.  My last 12 appraisals on sales have stated stable market vs. declining market which is a huge step in the right direction.  ResortQuest is up approx. 50% over last year in regards to sales absorption which is a huge step in the right direction.

For buyers…NOW is the time to buy before it starts becoming a sellers market again as it feels we have already reached the bottom with signs of positive movement.  The rental market this year is also out of control with activity and we continue receiving positive national exposure for our area.

For sellers.. NOW is a great time to put your property on the market due to the increase in activity.  You still have to price your properties realistic to the market to sell, but if they are priced right, you have a great potential of selling your property.  There is definitely more buyer urgency than in the past.  If market accepts the price value of the listing, it usually is not on the market for long.

If the Nathan Abbott Team can ever be of service, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We are your NW Florida Gulf Coast’s real estate specialists and always welcome the opportunity to serve you.  Thank you

Florida dominates top 20 markets for inventory declines

Realtor.com reports US home listings drop 21% from year ago

By Inman News
Inman News™

The total number of homes listed for sale on Realtor.com fell by 3.5 percent from September to October, to 2.12 million — the fifth consecutive monthly decline, the company said.

Inventories of homes listed for sale on Realtor.com were down nearly 21 percent in October from a year ago, with 135 of 146 markets tracked posting double-digit annual percentage declines.

Lower inventories, combined with generally stable list prices, can be seen as a positive sign that the overall housing market is holding its own, Realtor.com said in summarizing statistics pulled from its databases.

But housing markets remain fragile, particularly those with high unemployment rates and large numbers of seriously delinquent borrowers, the company said.

Analyzing a combination of factors, including unemployment rates and annual changes in median list price, median age of inventory, total listings, and Realtor.com search rank, Realtor.com compiled a top 10 list of “Turnaround Towns.”

Destin Upcoming Events and Photos

photoIt is hard to believe that October is already over and we are into the last quarter of 2011. It is amazing how fast time flies. Attached are several upcoming events. I also thought you may enjoy some of the photos we took this week. The Gulf and beaches have been breath taking lately. If you decide you want to visit the beautiful Emerald Coast during this wonderful time of year, we are able to offer a discount on your vacation stay with ResortQuest through our employment booking code. The Nathan Abbott Team is available anytime we can be of service. Thank you for you business as it is always greatly appreciated!

unknown-1Nov. 12: Blues, Brews & BBQ at Harborwalk Village. 850.424.0600.

Nov. 24: Thanksgiving at the Hard Rock Destin. Open for regular business and will feature a traditional Thanksgiving menu! For details, call 850.837.6241.

Dec. 11: 23rd Annual Destin Boat Parade at Harborwalk Village. Enjoy boats decorated in Christmas lights from 5-9pm. Arts, crafts and hot chocolate with Santa Claus from 5-6pm. 850.424.0600 for details.

Dec. 8-11: Mistletoe Market Shopping extravaganza. Featuring merchants from around the country selling unique and quality merchandise. Call 850.862.2665 for details.

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