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!

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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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Sale Pending – Sunsail Subdivision, Destin FL

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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.

4680 Windstarr Dr., Sunsail, Destin FL Home for Sale – Walk to Beach

4680 Windstarr Sunsail Destin

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This Sunsail home for sale at 4680 Windstarr Drive is one of the best deals in Destin Florida, south of Highway 98, walking distance to the beach and Henderson Beach State Park! This happy Sunsail home is freshly painted and has unique features like arched doorways and two living rooms. One is a great room open to the kitchen, with newly painted, white cabinets and pantry. You could make part of the great room an eat-in kitchen and keep the fireplaced portion as a secondary family room if that suits your needs alternatively.  The formal living room has a cathedral ceiling and plant ledge and is open to the dining room. The master bedroom is separated in this split-bedroom floor plan for more privacy. It has two walk-in closets and an ample bathroom.This Sunsail, Destin Florida home has a big patio for barbecues overlooking a natural easement and beautiful landscaping adding to the happiness. The home is decorated in a neutral palate and there is a $5000 allowance for new carpet.  If you know Florida, you will also appreciate the built-in exterinal whole-house generator as an added bonus.

Sunsail is one of the best neighborhoods to live in Destin Florida! Why? There is a plethora of public beach accesses to the Gulf of Mexico down the street on Scenic Highway 98 (Old 98). The neighborhood location is well-placed, only a couple of minutes drive to Destin Commons, Publix, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, IMAX movies, restaurants, Lowes, more shopping and the Mid-Bay Bridge! These amenities are basically within one mile! You can literally zip out to Highway 98 and get whatever you need quickly, be it food, dining or playing!  4680 Windstarr Drive is across the street from the private subdivision pool and near the end of the cul-de-sac.

If you want to be in Destin Florida, don’t miss the opportunity to own South of Highway 98, near Crystal Beach, in Sunsail!

4680 Windstarr Dr., Sunsail, Destin, Florida is offered for $309,900.

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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.

Maravilla Condo #3207, Destin Florida – Just Sold

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JUST SOLD – Maravilla Unit 3207, Miramar Beach, Destin Florida! The Maravilla condo complex is one of the most popular in Destin and Miramar Beach. Maravilla has four buildings, the most sought-after units have a gulf view. Unit 3207 had a side gulf view highlighting the stunning emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This two bedroom Maravilla unit was a rental unit and earned over $30,000 in revenues yearly. There recently was a special assessment for improvements to the Maravilla condo complex and the seller paid those prior to the sale.

Maravilla has 2.5 acres of deeded beach access directly across the street.  There are two pools, whirlpool, tennis courts, basketball, shuffleboard, clubhouse. Beachside dining is nearby at Pompano Joe’s, Kenny D’s, The Crab Trap, and Captain Dave’s restaurants! A short drive away are Destin Commons, Whole Foods, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, IMAX theater and more.

This Maravilla condo unit 3207 was 840 square feet and could sleep seven.  It sold for $270,000.

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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.

Maravilla Condo #3207, Destin Florida – Gulf View – For Sale

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Maravilla condo gulf view units rarely come on the market in Destin Florida. When they do, they sell fast!  Here is your opportunity to own a part of paradise! Maravilla Unit 3207 is two bedroom condo with a dazzling side view of the Gulf of Mexico from the balcony!  Enjoy 2.5 acres of deeded beach access to white, powdery sand and crystal blue waters! Sit on your beach chair under your umbrella and watch the dolphins jump! Walk to restaurants on the gulf like Pompano Joe’s and Captain Dave’s!  Take a five minute drive to shopping at Destin Commons, IMAX theater, Whole Foods and more fun stores and restaurants. The Maravilla condo complex in Destin Florida has two in-ground pools, one heated, tennis courts, a gym and clubhouse.  This unit has a strong rental history earning $30,000 a year.

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2606 Scenic Gulf Drive, Unit 3207, Maravilla condo, Miramar Beach, Florida

Offered for $294,900

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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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Sandpiper Cove Condo #1009, First Floor, One Bedroom, Remodeled, Destin Florida

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This Sandpiper Cove, Destin Florida one bedroom, first floor condo is affordably priced at under $200,000 and opens up a world of vacation fun plus income opportunity, grossing over $16,000 per year.  This Sandpiper Cove condo has been remodeled and has granite kitchen counters, tile floors and a brand new air conditioning system.  Sandpiper Cove is a gated condominium compound on Holiday Isle in Destin Florida with easy access from Highway 98, Emerald Coast Parkway.  Play tennis, swim in one of the five pools, play par three golf, shuffleboard or dock your boat by Louisiana Lagniappe, the on-site restaurant that has been a Destin Florida favorite for years.

Rated Platinum on the rental program, furnished and located right next to the laundry, this is an ideal purchase to make your Destin vacation home or second home plans come to fruition.

Sandpiper Cove #1009, 775 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin Florida 32541 – offered at $188,900.

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

JUST SOLD – Blue Surf Townhome #18, 2312 Scenic Gulf Dr., Destin Florida

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This lovely Blue Surf Townhome in Miramar Beach, Destin Florida just sold!  This small Blue Surf complex at 2312 Scenic Gulf Drive is directly across from the beach and Pompano Joe’s restaurant.  Blue Surf #18 featured remodeled kitchen and bathrooms with granite, two bedrooms, two stories and an end-unit prime location in the complex.  Many Blue Surf townhomes are used as vacation rentals or second homes. The complex has an in-ground pool.  Blue Surf is located within minutes to Sandestin, Grand Boulevard, Baytowne Wharf, Silver Sands Outlet and Destin Commons, plentiful shopping and dining.

2312 Scenic Gulf Drive, Blue Surf #18, Miramar Beach, Destin Florida just sold for $269,700 in only 16 days!

Ready to sell your Miramar Beach or Destin Florida property?

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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JUST SOLD – Lot 7 Sunfish, Kokomo Kove, Crystal Beach, Destin Florida

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This beautiful Crystal Beach Destin Florida building lot in Kokomo Kove just sold.  Lot 7 Sunfish Street was steps from the private beach walkover and near the end of the cul-de-sac.  Crystal Beach is one of the most desired old-world subdivisions in Destin, Florida. You won’t find cookie-cutter homes in this community, but a laid-back beach feel and lifestyle.  One of the top reasons buyers seek Crystal Beach homes and lots is the location!  Moments away you will find Destin Commons, the new Whole Foods, shopping like Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, Publix, Fresh Market, IMAX movie theater and dining options like Tuscany Italian Bistro, Cuvee Bistro, Outback, Chan’s Wine World, the Craft Bar, Baguette Bistro and more.  The beach and boardwalk are right down the street steps away at James Lee Park and the Crab Trap.

This building lot 7 Sunfish Street, Kokomo Kove in Crystal Beach, Destin Florida just sold for $285,000 in 77 days.

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Ready to sell your Crystal Beach, Destin Florida property?

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.

New Destin Restaurant – Baguette Bistro – French Vietnamese Cuisine

 

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Vietnamese Pho soup in Destin, Florida, anyone? The new Destin restaurant, Zesty Baguette Bistro, has just that and  more. Billing itself as a French-Vietnamese concept, owner Duc Tran told us that Vietnamese cuisine goes way back with the influence of French cooking. He explained that he named the restaurant “Baguette Bistro” because the first French food brought to Vietnam was a baguette! Duc said it was time for a “different” type of restaurant in Destin. Vietnamese French cuisine brings an exciting new dining option.

My two friends immediately ordered the Pho soup.  They swooned at the savory taste and gave me a sample.  It was very hearty and substantial with a generous side dish of garnishes including bean sprouts, basil, pepper, lime, hoisin and chili sauce. You mix that right into the soup to your liking and my friends used all of it. Their bowls were enormous and they ate every drop, even tilting them to their mouths to finish it all!  Pho is only served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

I ordered the lemongrass chicken. After one bite I smiled with joy at the bursting flavor in just one little piece of chicken. The meal was extraordinary- light, slightly spicy and very flavorful. I ate all of it.

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Other items on the menu are egg rolls, beef rillettes, fusion asian salad, krispy apple kale salad, mango wraps (three types),  classic co’m tam fragrant rice dishes with salmon, grilled pork, chicken or shrimp, shaken steak, mild yellow curry. Their signature sandwiches include epice chicken, southern buttermilk chicken, po boys. You can get Vietnamese banh mi, bun rice vermicelli, and more. Expanded dinner offering at a slight higher price include boeuf bourguignon, surlonge de boeuf, chicken paillard milanese, grilled lamb rack and more.   Their wine menu features many French wines.

The decor of Baguette Bistro is contemporary and urban, with exposed, painted ceiling ductwork and splashes of red and yellow in the hanging lamps. It was clean and beautiful.

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During lunch, the owner, Duc, came to check on us several times.  He is anticipating that his newly opened Destin restaurant will be packed in the summer as word gets out. I can see why!

Zesty Baguette Bistro is located at 4418 Commons Drive, across from Craft Bar and Chan’s Wine World, in the Publix plaza in Destin.

PRICES:

Lunch $8 to $16

Dinner $8 to $25

HOURS: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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.

Beach Day in Destin Florida – James Lee Park at the Crab Trap

James Lee Park at Crab Trap Destin Florida

Just a few shots of the Destin Florida beach at James Lee Public Park and the Crab Trap. My husband and I go play on the sand most weekends…. There are always interesting things to see, shore birds, little creatures, gorgeous white sand, and more!

Here is a list of all Destin public beach accesses.

Enjoy!

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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.