Welcoming Showing – Buyer Agents into your Destin Florida Home for Sale

The other day I was showing homes in the Destin Florida area and had to schedule seven houses to show a couple.  This is an exercise in geography and timing. You see, you cannot just jump in the car and show up at people’s houses, knock on the door and expect them to let you in. Also, in my association – the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, you must even call to schedule appointments for houses that are vacant.  So to plan my showing timeline, I started with Google Route Planner (there is also Mapquest Route Planner) to show me which homes were most closely located.  I added my client’s current home, as I would be picking them up from there. From the map results, I picked the best order to show the homes.  I then had to guesstimate how long we would spend at each house and call the seller’s agents to schedule the showings and get instructions. Of course, the first house is the easiest to set a time to show. I still gave the listing agent a 30 minute “window” in case there was an unexpected traffic delay (and in Destin – there usually is). The next houses in order became a bit trickier to set up a window for arrival, as you never know how long a buyer will stay in a house. If they don’t like it – it could be five minutes. (Sometimes if they don’t like a house, they still spend time analyzing it). For each home, I gave about a 45 minute window for arrival, for example, between 11:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.  The last houses to show have the highest risk of being off schedule, so I may give those a one-hour time frame.  Interestingly, at one of the homes, I was met by the seller (it’s better not to be present at showings), who stated his agent said I would be there “at noon”. This was absolutely not the case, as I never give an “exact time” for arrival! My clients and I decided to leave and come back when they vacated the house, rather than wait in the driveway.

The other interesting Destin showing experience was the house with the piles of “instructions” in the foyer for the buyer’s agent. It was all typed in bold and numbered with items such as “1. Do not open any blinds 2. Turn off all lights 3. blah blah blah”.  I’m telling you, it was not a very friendly introduction to the home.  I called the listing agent later to ask a question about the home for my buyers and she asked, “Didn’t you see the packages I left?” Hmmmm, you mean there were packages underneath the pleasant instructions? I certainly wasn’t going to pick up one of those papers and cast a negative light in front of the buyers….

As luck would have it, my clients went to a couple of open houses the next day, and remembered to hand the seller’s representatives my business card. One of those homes was the one they bought.  I’m happy – they are happy!

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

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Pazzo Italiano – New Destin Italian Restaurant

Pazzo Italiano Destin pizza restaurant

We just lunched at the brand-new swanky Italian restaurant, “Pazzo Italian”, in Destin Florida. “Pazzo Italiano” means “crazy Italian”. It wasn’t crazy at all – but it was posh and elegant!  The first thing that struck me was the sleek decor, suspended lighting and touches like the contemporary metal map of Italy on the wall.

Our waiter, Art, was very professional and attentive.  He explained that one of the owners, Alfonso di Bonito, was from Naples, Italy, and emphasized that that was the home of the original pizza (which it is!). The other owner, Levente Tischler, is from Romania, and the two created the restaurant of their dreams (dei loro sogni), according to the website for Pazzo Italiano. My lunch date ordered the white pizza porchetta for $16.00, which had artichokes and smoked gouda, along with the featured porchetta (roasted pork).  It was a large pizza, enough for her lunch and dinner! She thought it was excellent and definitely “artisanal”, which they tout as their specialty. While eating, we heard the banging of the pizzaiolo, which means “pizza maker” in Italian, in the open kitchen toward the back of the restaurant. It added quite an authentic atmosphere. I was healthy at lunch, ordering un’insalata cesare con salmone (salmon ceasar salad) for $11.00, but we will be back for cena (dinner) with our mariti (husbands) soon.  Then I will splurge on the rest of the fabulous looking menu, especially the pacherri della mamma (jumbo rigatoni with shrimp and gouda cheese).

Pazzo Italiano is located next to Barnes & Noble on Highway 98 at 34904 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin.  They are open Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Call 850-974-5484.

Lunch prices are between about $9.00 to $17.00 and dinner prices are also reasonable, between $9.00 to $18.00. There is also a separate menu for “Bambini” (children).

Non vedo l’ora di ritornarci. Buon Appetito!

(By the way, if you are interested in joining a local Italian speaking group, check out my Destin area Meetup Group Parliamo Italiano Emerald Coast!)

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

 

Sumptuous Island Green Sandestin Florida – Short Sale

Sandestin short sale

Sumptuous home in Island Green short sale home in Sandestin Resort, Miramar Beach Florida. Built to take advantage of views of the renowned Raven Golf Course. Sit on one of the covered porches – there’s one on the first and second floors and see endless greens, lakes and the dappling pool and hot tub. Want to know more? Watch the virtual tour.

Feature Summary: 1513 Island Green Dr., Miramar Beach, Florida 

General:
Marble tile floors
High ceilings
New carpet 2016
Crown molding
Dramatic gorgeous arched entry door
Palatial front porch
Sparkling completely refurbished pool and hot tub

Kitchen:
Granite counters
Tile backsplash
Window above sink to golf course view
Open to eat-in area with bay window facing pool and golf course
Breakfast Bar
Gas cooktop
Trash compactor
Open to family room

Dining room is open to formal living and wide halls, features large curved window for light

First Floor Hall contains granite counter work center

Formal living room with double doors to large covered patio, pool and dramatic golf course views

First floor lavatory with pedestal sink and door opens directly to patio
access from first floor lavatory to a former aquarium set-up in adjacent living room.

Master bedroom is enormous – opens to patio, glass block accent windows
Enormous master bathroom with whirlpool and separate shower
Master closet with custom shelving

Family Room:
Sony built-in television remains
Felt covered walls hide built-in speakers

Media:
Computer closet behind family room television with central home audio/computer built-in
25-30 Cat V lines throughout house
$150,000 in audio equipment upgrades
6 exterior cameras and Doorbird system to view who is at door on your mobile device

Exterior:
Hurricane nets and Lexan storm panels. Hurricane net bolts are on front porch and rear patio
$200,000 Onan whole house generator
Pavers extended around to left side of house
Property line goes beyond fence beyond pool
Yard resodded 2016 with Zoysia grass

Pool:
$25,000 in recent maintenance including:
New liner 2016
Pool trim re-coated 2016
New pool furnace with sand filter
New LED lighting and remote control via iPhone App

Views:
Number 2 Fairway of the Raven Golf Course
Second floor view of Number 2 Fairway, Number 3 Fairway, lakes

Second Floor enormous recreation room with wet bar, refrigerator and built shelves to the left
Quadruple sliders to oversized porch

Attic:
Two pull down stairs
Direct attic access from second floor bedroom, cooled, floored storage space on separate air conditioning system and alternate access to uncooled attic space on second floor

Systems:

Three air conditioning systems (one for attic)
Gas heat and hot water
Sprinkler System
Lawn Pump

1513 Island Green, Sandestin, Miramar Beach Florida is a short sale offered for $899,000.

Contact exclusive listing broker, Wendy Rulnick, for more details.

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

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The Most Unique Waterfront Lot for Sale in Fort Walton Beach Florida

Introducing one of the most spectacular waterfront lots for sale in Fort Walton Beach or anywhere on the Emerald Coast of Florida. Located off Brooks Street at 208 Hood Avenue SE, this sound and bay front lot has three sides on the water, approximately 268 feet, with a new $100,000 six foot seawall and fence. Its unique shape and high fill, located next to a waterfront park, make it the one of the most desirable waterfront pieces on the market. An old dock portion remains in place for future rebuild and tap fees for water and sewer are paid. Property is fully fenced for privacy and mostly cleared and a brand new survey is  being provided to purchaser. This half acre lot can be the enviable site for a dream estate with views of the Brooks Bridge and up and down the coastline. Minutes to Destin Florida, Okaloosa Island beaches, shopping and dining, this parcel can be the beginning of your lifetime dream.

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208 Hood Ave. SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida is offered for $525,000.
Wendy Rulnick, Broker/Owner
It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!
Rulnick Realty
850-650-7883 or 850-259-0422 direct
itswendy@rulnickrealty.com
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Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.
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iRobot Roomba 980 – My New OCD – Destin FL

My life has changed. I have a new obsession, a new pet, a new OCD. It’s the iRobot Roomba 980.  I’ve named it “Shuttlecraft” (Star Trek fan). How did this come about and what does it mean? A few weeks ago a friend and I were chatting at my house and I apologized that it was a mess with cat hair everywhere. I have three cats. It was neat, but there was cat dander and dust on everything!  My friend immediately grabbed his phone and told me he had a solution for that. He brought up an App and said, “Roomba 980”!  He raved that it cleaned his house, mapped where it has been and he can program it on his phone.  Having two dogs and three kids, he said you can now walk around barefoot with no worries in his house!  Pricey? Yes. But I had to have one.  I got the iRobot Roomba 980 at Bed Bath & Beyond with a 20% off coupon. They cost about $899.  Not kidding.

Was it worth it? Yes!

Now,  each morning I have the Roomba 980 clean my house at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 10:15 Saturday and Sunday (I know that’s so weird!). It goes over my wood and tile floors and low throw rugs with ease. It does have trouble on high plush carpet, transitioning from a flat surface. Those areas we just hand-vacuum.  The cleaning time is over three hours per day! It cleans up any litter that gets thrown by my cats out of their Litter Robots (I have those, too!). Sometimes I am bad and brush off a few crumbs on the floor because I know they will be eaten by Shuttlecraft. When I tell people I bought a Roomba, they usually say, “I hear those things’ batteries die fast.” This is not the case.  When its battery gets low after about two hours, it goes back to “home base” to plug in and re-charge for about an hour, then remembers where it left off and finishes the job.  If there are areas you don’t want the Roomba to clean, there are radio frequency emitters you can set up on the floor unobtrusively to electronically wall off zones. You can set up a straight line to wall off a room or a cone shaped area spanning 24″. I find the latter useful in my cats’ room behind the water bowl. I don’t want it pushing or knocking around the water! Normally, we keep our bedroom door closed to keep out the children, so if I want that room cleaned, I just pick up the Roomba and place it in the bedroom. It goes from there. You can set it up to “edge clean”, where it does a detailed cleaning around the edges of everything (cabinets, furnitures, walls). You can also set it to do a higher suction mode when it’s on carpet, or at all times. You can program the Roomba to make two passes at everything. I even get a map report about where it’s cleaned. I love it!  I spoke with a friend a few days ago who had one and didn’t like it. He owns a carpet cleaning company. He said his Roomba would get clogged with pet hair.  Mine doesn’t! I clean it out everyday! He never cleaned  his out. That just requires opening the lid and dumping it in the garbage, and shaking out the filter.

Does the iRobot Roomba 980 ever get stuck?  Yes. If I accidentally leave a cat toy on the floor it can get the little “mouse” tails twisted in it.  If that happens, I get an alert on my phone saying the Roomba requires my attention. Of course, I get frantic at the office and want to run right home to fix it.  I get entranced watching it. For the first several days I couldn’t get ready for work, I had to follow Shuttlecraft around the house. Do my cats like it? No.  They usually stay in the walled-off room while it’s running. I think they think it’s alive and they are jealous of my new pet. I actually found Nikolai sitting in front of it staring while it was parked at home base. He was waiting for it to move.

I’ve never been OCD about cleaning before. This has spurred on a new aspect of my personality.  If only they could automate a Swiffer!

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

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Enjoy the View on Henderson Beach, Destin Florida!

I thought I would share this lovely view from lunch at 790 on the Gulf in Destin, Florida!

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It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

Working Real Estate From Home After Gym “Ouch”!

What do you do after you pull your hamstring working out at Gold’s Gym in Destin, Florida? You work from home accompanied by your kitties. Here is a picture of Micah and you can sort of see Nikolai in front of him. They were my constant companions, along with Athena (not pictured), while I was propped up on the couch with an ice pack, typing emails to clients thinking of buying and selling real estate! To help me out while Hubby was out of town, Mary Davis from Mary’s Critter Sitters stopped by a few times. By the way, I highly recommend the local physical therapy office of Orthopedic & Sport Physical Therapy Center with offices in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, Niceville and Crestview!  They are fixing me up in no time!

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Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

 

What’s Your Home Worth? Free Home Value Report – Emerald Coast Florida

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It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

Sale Pending – Sunsail Subdivision, Destin FL

Sunsail Destin Florida

In less than a week, this lovely home in Sunsail in Destin Florida is now under contract. The pending home for sale at 4680 Windstarr Dr. will close in April.  At over 2100 square feet and built in 1997, this attractive house is within walking distance to the beach on the Gulf of Mexico.  What actions cause a home to sell so quickly? Here is a quick list:

  1. Price it right.
  2. Make the condition as clean and fresh as possible. In this case, the seller painted the home in neutral colors.
  3. Hire a professional photographer.
  4. Advertise the property for maximum exposure. We promoted this Destin home to a targeted market on Facebook, as well as Linkedin, Google+, Pinterest, Youtube, Tumblr, WordPress, craigslist, Trulia, Zillow, Twitter and hundreds more websites.
  5. Pay careful attention to presentation, follow up and  feedback.
  6. Understand the seller’s needs and negotiate in his best interest.

This Sunsail home in Destin Florida sold as a result of all of the above. What do you need to sell?

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It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

How Feedback Sold a House in 3 Days in Destin Florida

When I list a home in Destin Florida or anywhere on the Emerald Coast, one thing I do as a listing agent is follow up on any showings. What does that mean? Whenever an agent shows one of my listings, I send them an email asking for “feedback” and if they have any questions. There are a few reasons I do that for my listings.  The first is that I can find out for my seller the public response to their real estate offering, so that if there is anything we can fix, we do. Sometimes you can fix an issue by a repair, other times by price. For example, “the home was dark”. This could be as simple as making sure the blinds are open before showings. “The home felt cramped.”  If that’s a repeated comment, we can remove furniture.  Feedback can also be about something that cannot be fixed, such as a location challenge, like a home backing up to commercial property, having a poor lot, cost-prohibitive structural repairs, etc.  We also may hear that the price is too high compared to other homes. What we get is a feel for is the market perception of the property and the price. I always send the feedback to my sellers so they understand, and we are working as a team to get their property sold.  Any objection can be overcome by proper pricing. If there is any confusion about the offering, I can also change my presentation to better explain nuances to buyer’s agents. For example, I add information for further clarity to MLS descriptions if there are repeated similar questions from buyer’s agents.  I wouldn’t learn these things unless I asked for “feedback”.  That’s what helps me sell real estate.

My most recent example of successful follow up leading to a sale was a few days ago. The buyer’s agent responded to my feedback inquiry by saying her buyer mentioned making an offer that was fairly low, so he didn’t think it was worth writing it up.  I said, “Hold on, let me relay this to my seller!”  I asked and the Destin seller was actually open to receiving an offer in the price range mentioned, although it seemed low and the property was recently put on the market.  I encouraged the agent to write the offer – and guess what? We are now under contract! If I hadn’t solicited feedback from that buyer’s agent, she would have moved on, the buyer would have lost a great home purchase in Destin, Florida and my seller would have lost, as well.

There are some real estate agents who never ask for feedback. They think it’s a waste of time and that no unsolicited comments from the buyer’s agent just means the house wasn’t right for those particular buyers. I’ve also heard that some listing brokers feel it sounds “desperate” to ask for feedback, or so I’ve been told by previous sellers.  I could not disagree more.  Reaching out for feedback is the first step in finding a meeting of the minds, improving a property’s presentation, proper pricing and getting a handle on the market. What is the result? SOLD in three days!

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

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Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

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