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Two Real Estate Tools You’re Not Using (But Should Be)

Tools for Realtors to stay on top of trends

With rapidly changing technology, new tools to help real estate agents emerge almost daily. Every now and then, a couple of resources come along that are actual game-changers. Drawbotics and Blend are two such tools. Find out how you can use them to build relationships and increase conversions.

  1. Blend

Real Estate is about relationships as much as it is about supply and demand. Once a lead has converted to a customer, it’s important to keep the relationship in good standing. Whether or not a customer needs a local realtor in the future, they’ll recommend you (or not) based on the rapport you established. Enter Blend Campaign. Blend is an automated service that helps you to coordinate a “missed call” voicemail and a postcard every season. Choose one holiday each season, plus your customer’s birthday, and Blend automates the postcard and voicemail. You pre-record the voicemail (Hey, this is John with RE/MAX Southern Realty, just wanted to wish you a happy birthday and hope you’re enjoying your new home’s pool!). And the postcard contains a handwritten—well, a font that looks like handwritten—note. In fact, for $500 you can create a font based on your handwriting, or use myscriptfont.com to create yours for free. The arrival of the post card and voicemail together boost personal outreach. Plus, personal follow-up results in a five-times return on your spend.

  1. Drawbotics

Research and realtors agree: selling an unfurnished home is a greater challenge. Staged homes sell faster. While the realtor and even the seller may have vision for an empty home, you cannot count on the buyer’s vision. Buyers want to see what the home can be—right on display. It helps them imagine living in the home with their own furnishings. When a professional staging experience isn’t feasible, consider Drawbotics. Without question, Drawbotics is one of the coolest tools to hit the real estate market in years. Their products allow you to show homes for sale with digital restyling. Services include an interactive floor plan, photo editing, restyling, 3D interior, 3D exterior, and 3D floor plan. The restyling service allows you to take a photo of the room, and they digitally decorate it (think HGTV) so you can share it with potential buyers. Plus, restyling starts at less than $50!

For Destin and Panama City Beach realtors who use the latest technology to provide buyers and sellers the best experience, count on RE/MAX Southern Realty.

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Our Own Destin Lowry Is A Celebrity!

Realtor Destin Lowry

Our very own RE/MAX Southern Realty Realtor Destin Lowry was featured in the
Northwest Florida Daily News this month. Why, you ask? Well because she’s been featured on HGTV’s House Hunters six times now!

Several years ago when HGTV was considering a new market for its hit show House Hunters, a friend of the producer mentioned she knew a realtor in Destin named Destin. The producer didn’t miss the serendipity of the situation and decided to shoot an episode on the Emerald Coast. Based on her name and outstanding reputation, Lowry already had the gig.

She has since showcased three different Destin homes for sale to potential homebuyers in each episode. She exposes them to the area’s best beaches, amenities, and attractions to seal the deal, and of course, Destin (the city) welcomes two new homeowners.

But just how did Destin Lowry come to be the face of Destin, Florida?

Well, it all started in a little town in Alabama when her mother chose the name, having never heard of the city. In fact, neither of Lowry’s parents had heard of the world’s luckiest fishing village until nearly a decade later, when they were offered a town home in Destin in a business trade.

As Lowry grew up and went off to college at Florida State, she made her way to the area that shared her name and decided to stay. That was nearly 20 years ago! Since then, Lowry has been a multi-million dollar producer as a RE/MAX Southern Realty Realtor. In 2004, she received the Chairman’s Club Award and was inducted into the hall of fame. In 2015, she earned the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The latest episode of House Hunters featuring Destin Lowry will air May 22, 2017 at 4:30 CST. To learn more about Destin Lowry and the rest of the RE/MAX Southern team, visit http://www.remaxsouthern.com/.

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Five Things to Expect Once Your Offer Is Accepted

Re/Max Southern gives an insider look to the closing process.

Everyone tells you the necessary steps to buy a home: check your credit score, determine a budget, save a down payment, and secure pre-approved lending with the best interest rates. But what happens once you’ve found the perfect property and your offer has been accepted? How long will it be until you’re setting out the welcome mat on your new front porch?

While you’ve already begun mentally decorating or envisioning dinner parties with friends and family, the closing process is just getting started. It would be ideal if you could make an offer, learn it was accepted and pick up the keys within the same month, but that’s not always feasible.

Utilizing Re/Max Southern’s expertise, you can avoid unrealistic expectations and potentially costly mistakes by knowing what to expect:

  1. There Are A Lot of Moving Pieces and Paperwork

As the buyer, you need to know only two things: the house you want and whether you have the assets or lending to secure it. The bank, however, has to collect the appraisal, inspection report, proof of insurance, title, and other documents, some of which you will need to gather (the mortgage loan officer will provide you with a list). Each of these items is necessary before you can close and each one comes from a different source, making it crucial that all parties adhere to the lender’s suggested time-frame.

  1. Closing Costs Vary

Either the buyer or seller will incur closing costs, unless you agree to split them. For every home purchase these expenses vary, but it’s best to be aware of the potential costs so you aren’t surprised. The most prominent fees in closing costs include the lender application fee (which may include your credit report fee and appraisal; ask), escrow fees, courier costs, property taxes, insurance premiums, and fees for inspection, underwriting, surveying, recording and transferring the title.

  1. The Average Closing Takes 45 Days

Your realtor and mortgage loan officer know few things are as exciting, and stressful, as buying a new home. They’re ready to get you settled into your new home as much as you are. That being said, the average closing takes 45 days (see number one), and more than likely, you can expect a modification or two to your original closing date.

  1. Close Near (But Not At) the End of the Month

So many homebuyers request an end-of-the-month closing, one, because their anxious to move in, and two, because they want to reduce accumulating interest. However, if something delays your closing date—a form is missing a signature or notary stamp, the MLO’s computer crashes —then your closing is pushed to the next month and results in additional closing costs due to accruing interest for that month. A closing date near the end of the month provides a cushion in the event of a change, without risking a spike in closing costs.

  1. You’ll Need These Items At Closing

It’s wise to bring a binder of all the items you’ve received throughout the home buying process, including any inspection reports, proof of homeowners insurance, and the good faith estimate. In addition, make sure you have your photo I.D. and checkbook. While Florida doesn’t require a closing attorney, you are welcome to bring yours should you prefer. Just be sure to update your attorney of any changes to the closing date and factor his/her fee into closing costs.

With Re/Max Southern’s insider look at the closing process, you’ll be able to enjoy the home buying experience. Search our listings to find your future dream home or call an agent to schedule viewings today.

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Welcome Emerald Paradise Team!

Julia and Tracy BariThe RE/MAX Southern family is growing! Join us in welcoming two of our newest real estate agents in Destin, Tracy and Julia Bari. This dynamic mother-daughter duo have created the Emerald Paradise Team, which specializes in residential and real estate opportunities in Florida’s panhandle. Together, they work to assist everyone from first-time home buyers to experienced investors. High energy, highly effective and well versed in all things real estate, their expertise is unrivaled and we couldn’t be more proud to have them on board.

On their last family vacation here, Tracy and Julia decided life was too short to wait until tomorrow. The crew packed up and made Destin their permanent residence. The two come from a ‘real estate family,’ and their skill sets truly complement each other.

Tracy takes pride in honesty and integrity. She’s extremely passionate about meeting the needs of her clients and negotiating the best deal. What makes her stand out most though is that she’s more than just a realtor; she becomes a lifelong friend the second you enlist her services.

Julia, too, is all about service. She makes it her number one priority to be available 24/7. Knowledgeable in the world of marketing, Julia is up-to-date on the latest and greatest trends. Her personal touch and negotiation skills are just as impressive.

Whether you are buying or selling here on the Emerald Coast, Tracy and Julia will be there every step of the way. With friendly and professional service, this team will treat you “just like one of the family.”

Give the Emerald Paradise Team a call today to learn more about what they can do for you! After all, “[They’ve] Got Your Back!”

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Real Estate Tip: Disclosure

houseIf you have recently decided to put your home up for sale, you may have some questions about seller disclosure. What really needs to be disclosed? How do you disclose information without discouraging buyers? It can be a delicate situation. It’s always best to work with a professional real estate agent in 30A to handle these problems because there is a gray area that can be tricky to navigate.

Don’t guess. Once you have an interested buyer, they might ask you questions about the home you have never considered before. It can be tempting, but it’s important that you don’t try to guess at an answer, especially when it comes to the square footage.

Don’t be afraid to disclose. If you are unsure if you should disclose something or not, the answer is you should. It’s better to be upfront in the beginning than have serious problems later on.

Disclose inspection reports. Even if they are old, disclosing inspection reports can save you trouble down the road. Providing inspections to the buyer can help them make an informed decision and keep you in the clear.

Don’t worry. The old saying, “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” is true. Don’t worry about being held accountable for issues you are unaware of. You can’t disclose what you don’t know.

If you are selling a home and have questions about seller disclosure or about the process, contact one of our real estate agents in 30A today!

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Home for Sale in Destin

If you are looking for a good home for sale in Destin, then look no further than this amazing space listed by Susie Kirkland. This home is perfect for a handy man or women looking to find a fixer upper to make all their own. Located in a wonderful neighborhood in Miramar Beach, this home for sale is a wonderful find!

As you enter this home, you are greeted with a welcoming foyer that separates the living area from the second bedroom allowing the second bedroom and full bathroom to offer plenty of privacy and space. After the foyer, you will find a living room with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace. You will also find a full kitchen, dining room, and a laundry area. The master bedroom features a walk-in closet and an adjoined master bathroom. This home is a perfect starter home for someone who likes a project.

A covered porch and lake views add to the ambiance of this home in Miramar Beach. Located in the coveted Bayside subdivision, this home comes with several community features including a fishing dock, picnic area, pavilion, pool, playground, and more! If you are looking for a home for sale in Destin, call to schedule a showing today!

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Christmas in Destin

gs-3Everyone loves Christmas in the Gulf Coast! If you recently bought a home for sale in Destin, then you need to know where are the best events are this year! Here are just a few of our favorite events going on in Destin this Christmas season!

12 Nights of Christmas Lights at Baytowne Wharf. This area of Destin is amazing on its own, so throw in some twinkling light shows and you have the perfect place to have a dazzling Christmas experience! Every Friday and Saturday evening at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm, you can watch a delightful light show set to holiday musical favorites. Make a day of it and go ice skating (offered through February 11th), grab some food and some hot cocoa, and enjoy the show!

The Destin Boat Parade on December 10! Spend your Saturday evening relaxing on the Destin Harbor and watching as the sparkling waters fill with beautifully decorated boats! This event is very awesome and very Florida. The boat parade begins at 5pm and wraps up with a fireworks show at 8pm.

Destin Common’s Jolly Jubilee. The Destin Commons comes alive during the Christmas season with décor, lights, and performances all winter long. See live carolers, dance performances, and get a picture with Santa! Get in the spirit at the Destin Commons and don’t forget to get some last-minute holiday shopping done.

It’s time to get festive in Destin! From everyone here, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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Condo for Sale in Destin

20161122154810623706000000-oThis condo for sale in Destin is a wonderful opportunity for someone looking to live in a beautiful space or invest in a lucrative vacation rental! With a wonderful location and sophisticated beach décor, this condo is an awesome find! If you have been looking for an awesome condo just steps away from the beach, then call to schedule a showing of this stunning place today!

This condo for sale in Destin offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and is fully furnished. Recently renovated, this condo features white cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a gorgeous backsplash. Both of the two bedrooms are spacious and welcoming, and the living room is bright with the natural light of the Florida sun. The home is decorated with a beach theme, perfect for someone who loves the sugar white beaches of the Gulf Coast or as an investment opportunity for someone looking to own a vacation rental.

Located in the coveted Sterling Shores complex, this condo for sale features several amenities, including a community pool, a beachfront pool, a sundeck, hot tub, and fitness center. Sterling Shores is a gated community and is in a wonderful area of Destin. If you are ready to move to the beach or find a great vacation rental, then call to schedule a showing today!

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Investment Opportunity

20161115150404804556000000-oTake advantage of this incredible investment opportunity at Arbor Lakes! If you have been considering investing in rental properties on the Gulf Coast, then you will want to schedule a showing of Arbor Lakes. Don’t miss out on this amazing chance to get in on the ground floor!

Invest in on the nation’s fastest growing cities! Located in Crestview, Florida, Arbor Lake Townhomes is home to 14 acres of land and 36 completed townhomes of varying sizes. Six of these townhomes are currently listed for sale. Beautifully designed, these three bedroom units come fully upgraded and 100% tenant occupied. Listed for only $750,000, Arbor Lakes is a great opportunity in a wonderful location in Florida.

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Arbor Lakes Townhomes in Crestview is in a fantastic area that has been experiencing a significant amount of growth and that growth is expected to continue. If you have been looking for an investment opportunity in Northwest Florida, take a closer look at Arbor Lake Townhomes. For more information, contact Kerry Veach, Owner/Broker, at 850.269.9900 or Kerry@GoSouthern.com.

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Price Reduced!

20160608152857562385000000-oRight now, you can take advantage of this newly reduced and full decorated condo for sale in Destin. Located in the highly desirable Grand Harbor community, this condo is on the eighth floor and offers absolutely stunning views of the Destin Harbor, East Pass, and the Gulf of Mexico. You can wake up in the morning and enjoy the sunshine from your grand balcony that wraps around the condo and offers amazing views of the sparkling waters of the Emerald Coast. If a luxurious and impressive condo is what you are looking for, call to schedule a showing today.

This condo for sale in Destin offers four generous bedrooms and four full bathrooms. A spacious living room and dining area provide the perfect place to host guests, and the balcony provides the entertainment. A full kitchen offers a great place to prepare gourmet meals for the family and features a breakfast bar for additional seating. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and an adjoined master bathroom with a double vanity and garden tub. The additional three bedrooms are welcoming and generous. Large windows fill the condo with natural light, but electric blackout shades are installed in case you prefer privacy.

Grand Harbor offers a number of amenities, including a community pool, game room, and a boat dock. This gated community is located directly on the water. If you are looking for an exclusive condo for sale in Destin, call today to schedule a showing!

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