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!

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Emerald Coast Toys for Tots

indexAR-151039963.jpgThe 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.

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 info@shelterhousenwfl.org. 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.

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