Expert Advice on Selling Your Home

When considering selling your home, the first gems of advice are to de-clutter, de-personalize, and to stage your home. But what does that mean?

First off, hiring an experienced real estate agent who is an expert in preparing a home for market both aesthetically as well as financially is key. A good realtor will explain the need to de-clutter and de-personalize by packing away the majority of your knick knacks along with your personal family photos. When potential buyers walk into your home, they need to see somewhat of a blank canvas. That way, they can visualize their own décor and family photos on the walls. They need to see a minimal amount of your furniture in each room so they can visualize their own furniture in place. The more potential buyers can see themselves settled into your home – the more apt they are to make an offer! Sometimes if your furniture is “tired-looking,” it would be best to place those pieces in storage along with any other boxes you have packed. Leave every room, basement, and garage free of clutter. Amanda Abbott, Seller Specialist of the Nathan Abbott Team, says “You will be surprised how much of a difference some simple de-cluttering makes when presenting the home or condominium to the buyer. In today’s market, it is very important to have the countertops cleared off and the clutter minimized before taking the professional photos. Buyers shop online a lot before even calling the realtor, so putting the best foot forward from the beginning is extremely important. We will walk you through the process and personally help get your property show ready. Our experience and willingness to do so sets us apart from other listing agents.”

What does it mean to stage your home? A good realtor will explain the importance of walking into your home and viewing it through a potential buyer’s eyes. Your realtor should give you expert advice on what needs to go and what should stay before placing your home on the market. Maybe bring in a few fresh pieces such as a vase of fresh flowers or a few new pillows for the couch. Maybe the walls could use a fresh coat of a neutral color of paint. And most importantly, clean, clean, clean. Repair any leaking faucet; make sure all the light bulbs are working. Wax the woodwork and polish the floors. Make your home sparkle. Don’t forget the outside of your home. Take care of any chipped paint, weeds, and untrimmed trees and shrubs. Make sure your home has great curb appeal. Potential buyers want to see that your home has been well taken care of inside and out.

A bit of hard work before your home hits the market will be well worth the effort in getting you a top dollar offer!  Please contact the Nathan Abbott Team at ResortQuest for more information on listing your property today.

Shelter House 5K/9K Luminaria Run

shelter houseWith the season of thankfulness and giving upon us, the Nathan Abbott Team at ResortQuest encourages our community to join us in supporting Shelter House by sponsoring, running, and/or fundraising for the 5th Annual Luminaria 5K/9K Run on Saturday, December 5th, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. We are proud to be Platinum Sponsors of the Luminaria Run benefiting Shelter House, Inc with Amanda Abbott & Stacie Boudreaux, both Real Estate Agents with the Nathan Abbott Team, entering the run. The courses start at Bubba Gump Shrimp & Co. at 14059 Emerald Coast Parkway. in Destin, that is lined with more than 2,000 luminaries, symbolizing how Shelter House and community partners light the way to a safer place for victims of domestic and sexual violence. The Luminaria Run hopes to achieve its fundraising goal of $15,000! To register, sponsor or make a donation, please click here.

Shelter House, Inc. is the only certified domestic and sexual violence center serving Okaloosa and Walton counties. The non-profit center provides support in the way of shelter, intervention and primary prevention programs to the community through education, awareness and advocating for social change. The supportive environment works to make every survivor feel safe, empowered and confident. All services provided are free and confidential. Contact Shelter House at They also offer a 24-hour Hotline:  850-863-4777.

Regatta Bay Presents Newly Constructed Golf Villas

RB-2Regatta Bay presents the beautiful and newly constructed Golf Villas.  This luxury gated community located in the heart of Destin is the place to call home. Regatta Bay neighbors to Destin Commons, a premier open-air mall and lifestyle center, which includes several restaurants as well as an ultra modern theater with 14 auditoriums. Regatta Bay is situated on approximately 120 acres of protected woodlands and lakes, and is certified by Audubon International as a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System. 2Regatta Bay also features a championship 18-hole golf course, named by Golf Digest’s “Top 200 Places to Play in North America,” along with tennis courts, pool, playground, and a 16,000 sq. ft. clubhouse with its own luxury restaurant. Regatta Bay entices home buyers to “Live, Shop, Dine, Play,…Never Leave Regatta Bay!”

Click here to watch a video and learn more about Regatta Bay. 

Please search available properties in Regatta Bay by clicking here or contact us at 850-460-2900 to learn more about Regatta Bay and the Destin real estate market.

“Back to School” Food Drive for Local Families

image1We are excited to join Food for Thought again this year for the 2nd Annual “Stock the Pantry Party”, with a food drive leading up to the event. From now until August 20th, the Nathan Abbott Team is accepting donations on behalf of Food for Thought local children’s charity.  We are encouraging friends, clients and business partners to join us in the food drive to help FFT and we’re giving a prize away to promote the drive, it’s a win/ win for everyone! 

Every donation made is entered into a Beach Getaway package valued over $1,000 that includes golf to Emerald Bay, Wyndam Vacations Voucher, beach towel and sunglasses!  Please stop by office during regular business hours to drop off any of the following items (in plastic please): peanut butter, jelly, pop-top canned goods, fruit cups, oatmeal, snack bars, etc…

Please drop off donations to the Nathan Abbott Team office: 9657 Highway 98 West, Miramar Beach, FL and you’re entered to win!  If you’re unable to drop off items, call us and we’ll pick them up 850-460-8753.

Food for Thought has been working to fight child hunger since 2010, and currently serves 15 schools in Walton and Okaloosa Counties, providing backpacks for 770 students each week. Their mission is to remove the negative impacts of hunger, and empower a child to get the most out of their education and development by providing them weekly access to healthy, easy to prepare meals. For more information, such as donation locations, pantry items needed, and opportunities to volunteer, please email  We are proud to join Food for Thought in their initiative to combat hunger locally and appreciate your help as well!

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