The Nathan Abbott Team was honored to be a drop off location for The Emerald Coast Toys for Tots again this year. The outpouring of toys from our friends, neighbors, clients and business associates was astounding! We collected toys at our office in Miramar Beach and last week at an open house we hosted at one of our listings, a beautiful waterfront estate at 1780 Driftwood Point Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Since 2003, the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, under the coordination of Ashley Botelho, has partnered with the Marine Corps League Detachment 915 and U.S. Marine Corp Toys for Tots program. Already to date, 10,215 children in Okaloosa and Walton counties alone will be receiving a toy this Christmas, who might not otherwise.
Even though our toy drop off deadline is past, it’s not too late to donate toys. Give Ashley Botelho-Jones a call at 850-533-6219 or click here to make an online donation.
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.
Regatta 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. Regatta 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.
The Emerald Coast is best known for our beautiful beaches with turquoise green waters that span the panhandle from Pensacola to Panama City Beach making it a top tourist destination year after year. The hidden gem, and local’s secret is the community of people that make the Emerald Coast our home. The communities that make up the coastline referred to as the Emerald Coast are rich with beautiful seascapes, history and wonderful organizations!
We work diligently with our clients to find their dream home and investment properties. In addition, we are proud to give back and participate with ongoing local events that benefit wonderful causes. The Nathan Abbott Team supports Food for Thought every month packing backpacks to benefit area elementary school kids in financially insecure homes as well as several FFT events throughout the year.
This month, we sponsored the 7th Annual Duck Regatta & Guglielmo’s Golf ParTee Tournament – both benefited Sacred Heart Hospital. Nathan Abbott Team has built a team to participate and sponsor the “Out of the Darkness” Walk to support American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on November 14th at Beasley Park in Ft. Walton Beach at 12pm. Please join us by clicking here and let us know if you have an upcoming event we can support as well!
We are excited to announce that The Nathan Abbott Team was awarded ResortQuest’s Top Producer for 2013! This is the second year in a row we have had the highest sales for ResortQuest Real Estate of Florida. We are so honored and want to say Thank You to all of our clients, family, and friends who support us. We are very excited about our team’s plan for 2014. We are off to a great start so far, thanks again to our wonderful clients!
Photo: From left – Daniel Walker, Stacie Boudreaux, Roxxy Cole, Rachel Simerly, Frank Meader, Nathan Abbott, Erin Abbott, Jared Walker