Offering on a House? How to Lose!

It’s a seller’s market on the Emerald Coast of Florida.  Real estate agents will tell you they cannot find inventory for their buyers! There are way more buyers than sellers and properties are selling almost instantly.

Instead of telling you how to WIN the house – I am going to tell you how to LOSE.  Use some of the following techniques and be sure to not get your contract accepted:

  1. Don’t have a pre-approval or proof of funds letter.  Let the seller and her agent guess if you are qualified, because you told your agent you were.
  2. Don’t offer full price or MORE.  Offer low. The seller will counter-offer yours because they don’t have other offers OVER asking (NOT!)
  3. Don’t put down a reasonable amount for earnest money. Show them how un-serious you are.
  4. Don’t use an “as is” contract.  Ask for the full repair limit, yeah – that will make you competitive.
  5. Don’t ask seller to pay only their own closing costs.  Ask them to pay everything for you. They are desperate to sell, right?

I hope you understand my sarcasm. If you are serious about buying a house or condo in Destin or the surrounding towns, don’t fiddle around.  You will likely have ONE SHOT at getting your offer accepted.  Make it strong.

 

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-259-0422
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

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

Free Market Analysis – Emerald Coast Florida Real Estate

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Contact me for a custom analysis of your property value, including lots, houses, townhouses and condos. In addition, I will answer your questions on property improvement to let you know what upgrades may get you a better value, or suggestions to get your property ready to list. There is no obligation.

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-259-0422
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Mortgagor or Mortgagee?

One of the most confusing terms in real estate is “mortgagor”. Or should I say “confused” terms? It doesn’t follow the logic, seemingly, of similar words. Let’s take a look.

The “grantor” is the seller and “gives” the real estate to the “grantee” (the buyer).

The “lessor” is the landlord and “gives” the lease to the “lessee” (the tenant).

The “optionor” is the giver of an option to buy or lease to the “optionee”.

Are you catching the trend, so far?  But wait!

The “mortgagor” is NOT the giver of the loan.  And the “mortgagee” is not the recipient of the loan – it’s the opposite!

The mortgagor is actually the borrower, the “giver” of the security interest (or collateral) in the real property to the mortgagee (the lender) in return for the borrowed funds.

Got that?

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-259-0422
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

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

Is it Better to be “Right” or “Polite”?

This morning I received a somewhat terse email from an agent asking for a document related to a home sale. The agent represented the buyer and asked me to get a contract addendum to her right away.  Normally, I’m quite fast routing documents, so thought it was odd that I hadn’t already sent it. It’s been one of those weeks. Anyway, I responded quickly and said I would follow up.  I went ahead and found a copy on my phone and sent it to the agent. Since I hadn’t finished my morning coffee, it dawned on me slowly. Hadn’t I already sent it to her and to the title agent a few days ago?  I checked back and there it was – sent to both parties with a subject line.  Can you think of how many people would have re-forwarded the email to show that the task had already been completed? Or said – “I already sent it to you”?  The point would be to make the other party feel like a dummy.  To feel less competent. To show off our better work practices.  I think this is tempting in human nature. I did not. I never said a word. Would you?

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-259-0422
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

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

2138 Hagood Lp., Lee Farms Pool Home, Crestview FL 32536 – SOLD in 1 Day

2138 Hagood Lp., Lee Farms, Crestview Florida in-ground pool home sold in ONE DAY! Crisp and clean, this roomy house had new carpet, new paint and new window blinds. The in-ground pool was highlighted with fresh landscaping and a screened porch with patio. The floorplan included the master bedroom, with walk-in closet and bath in a private wing of the home. In addition to a formal dining room, there was a large eat-in kitchen and breakfast nook to watch the pool happenings. Lee Farms has a playground and picnic area and is a short drive to Eglin Air Force Base, Duke Field and the beaches of Destin Florida.

2138 Hagood Lp. in Lee Farms had six showings immediately after being listed and was under contract in one day. Why? Perfect pricing and exceptional marketing.

2138 Hagood Lp. in Lee Farms, Crestview, Florida, pool home was listed for $219,900.

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How may I help you?

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-259-0422
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

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

  

Diary of a Destin Realtor

 

Day in the life of a Destin Realtor…

Morning…

Trying to beat the impending storm, I drive through dense fog to get to my waterfront listing in Fort Walton Beach to remove my signs and lockbox before closing.  I get there in time, walk 400 feet down the pier to the intracoastal.  Getting totally wind-blown, I drag the sign back up the pier, my heart palpitating in my chest, out of breath.  I thought I exercised enough.

On the way back to my Miramar Beach office, I stop at the Destin Walgreens to buy a comb and hair spray to try to get my frazzled hair back under control. Stepping out on the sidewalk, I find my shoe is no longer on my foot. The heel is jammed in a large crack. I have to use force to remove the shoe from the crack. The Walgreens cashier asks if I am “ok”.

Afternoon…

Back at the office, I receive a call from a homeowner wanting to to do a short sale of his house in Santa Rosa Beach.  He tells me his foreclosure sale date is in two weeks. I tell him that’s not enough time for us to accomplish a short sale, he must call the bank and his attorney to see if they will delay the foreclosure before we list it. I never hear back from him again.

My 2:00 p.m. appointment to meet a real estate agent to interview for my team passes.  She’s a no-show. She calls me at 2:30 p.m. to tell me she’s not coming. Thank you.

The house cleaner texts to ask where her check is. I panic, then realize I must have thrown it out “cleaning” the house before she arrived. She finds the check in the trash.

I show a house to a client who is accompanied by three friends. They are all drinking out of paper cups. I ask if it’s coffee? They answer “no”.

I go to gym, do cardio.

 

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-259-0422
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.

Okaloosa Island Beach Access Home – Private Haven – Fort Walton Beach FL 32548

601 Pelican Drive, Fort Walton Beach, Florida is an enchanting Okaloosa Island home abutting dedicated Sound access and yards away from the Gulf of Mexico beach. The 100 foot wide accessway borders the rear of the property.   This fabulous private compound on .38 acres has substantial outdoor areas, mature plantings, garden spaces, patios, covered and enclosed porches and an in-ground pool.  A mere 300 feet to the public beach directly across the street and 450 feet to Santa Rosa Sound, this home puts island benefits within reach, yet offers a feeling of sanctuary with its secluded courtyard.  Consider remodeling this 1976 continually maintained home and add a second floor for gulf and sound views. Extra spaces include large workshop/storage room adjacent to finished lavatory off garage, utility room.  601 Pelican Drive is in the minimal flood zone, X.

Watch the virtual tour of 601 Pelican Drive, offered for sale for $415,000.

It’s Wendy!

   

  

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-259-0422
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.

Thank You To My Wonderful Niceville Florida Home Buyer!

These lovely flowers brightened my day on Saturday.  My husband was working in the yard and rang the doorbell.  I opened it and there he was presenting this gorgeous bouquet. The only thing was – they weren’t from him!  I said, “Oh, Honey, thank you for remembering the 16 year anniversary of our first date!”.  He said, “No, they really aren’t from me. The flower delivery truck just pulled up and dropped these off.” I brought them into the house and opened the card. They were from my Niceville, Florida buyer who had just closed on her first home.  The note thanked me for helping her, stating “I could not have done this without you!”  This kind gesture made my day!

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-259-0422
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.

Emerald Grande 4 Bedroom Luxury Waterfront Condo W226 – Destin Florida

Emerald Grande condo unit W226 is for sale in this iconic Destin Florida condominium project.  It lives like a home with four large bedrooms, four full bathrooms and eye-drawing balcony views of magnificent Destin waterways. Emerald Grande?  See it from the distance as you are driving or flying into town with its architectural uniqueness. It’s the masterpiece of Destin Florida and the landmark hub of the city, situated on Destin Harbor with views of  Crab Island boaters, East Pass, the Gulf of Mexico, the Choctawhatchee Bay and the Destin Bridge.  This splendid four bedroom condo has the high ceilings, crown molding, upscale  furnishings and spacious bedrooms. Upgrades include designed furnishings, custom paint, new balcony furniture and custom window shades.  Enjoy a panoramic view from all windows and balconies that put you in the postcard of sand, emerald blue waters and Destin Florida sunshine. This spacious Emerald Grande condo could be your full-time residence, a second or third home, or your Florida get-away.  Numerous amenities are available for diverse tastes nearby and on site in HarborWalk Village. Find restaurants like the famous McGuire’s Irish PubCrab Island CantinaHarry T’sJimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Jackacudas Seafood Sushi, Coyote Ugly Saloon and more. Shopping? There are numerous specialty shops overlooking the water, galleries, charter fishing boats, private beach, concerts, fireworks and weekly events.  On the same floor of this luxury condo is the fitness center and the Destin Spa at Emerald Grande.  Choose from various pools, bars and nightclubs, or just relax and go to the sugar white beach of East Pass. The lifestyle you imagined is here.  Owning at Emerald Grande means you won’t have to leave, unless you want to.

Watch the virtual tour of 10 Harbor Boulevard Unit W226 at Emerald Grande.

Emerald Grande W226 four bedroom luxury condo is offered for sale for $950,000.00

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-259-0422
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.

    

Executive Offices for Lease at Rulnick Executive Center at Miramar Beach, FL 32550

The Rulnick Executive Center in Miramar Plaza has two executive offices available for lease.  This elegant commercial suite is the ultimate location to rent your private commercial office space.  Run your business uninterrupted in an ambience designed for thinking, decisions, and communication. Miramar Plaza is in Miramar Beach, Florida in South Walton County on U.S. Highway 98,  Emerald Coast Parkway,  the major thoroughfare between Destin, Florida and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Share professional space with other respected firms in a quiet, upscale atmosphere. Use the large “you mean business” conference room with flat screen monitor at your disposal.  The kitchen pantry, microwave and refrigerator are yours for your executive snacks and meals.  Starbucks coffee and a selection of teas are complimentary.

There is a dramatic lobby space to welcome your clients and the candy jar is always full. Your private office has a hall window and glass door for an open feeling, or pull down the blinds for more quietude. Internet, water, electricity are included. Furnishings are available at no extra charge. There are two offices currently available for lease.  The front workstation may also be available for the right fit and business venue.  Rentals start at $464 for upstairs office, $489 starting lease for the first floor office.

The Rulnick Executive Center is 2.9 miles west of Silver Sands Premium Shopping and 2.5 miles east of Destin Commons.  Drive two minutes to the end of the street to the Gulf of Mexico beach. Have lunch in your car watching the waves and rustling sea oats on the sand dunes, or eat at Pompano Joe’s for a relaxing pause in your productive day. Watch the live Miramar Beach cam here.

Conference Room
Free Wi-Fi
Free Coffee
Endless Chocolates
Sky-high Lobby
Hall glass
2 minutes to Beach
Professional Atmosphere
Furnished or Unfurnished
Two – Three Offices Available
Upstairs office – $464 starting lease
Downstairs office – $489 starting lease
Front Lobby Desk for the right fit may be available for lease

Fulfilling all your after-work needs, there is a plethora of shopping and restaurants for every taste. Miramar Plaza restaurants including Pedro’s Cantina Mexican, Dynasty Chinese and Thai Onion– grab your lunch! Miramar Plaza shopping includes – Ava’s Attic, Boca Boutique, Jeweler, more. Call to see if your business will be a fit with this quiet group of ultra-professionals.

Watch the virtual tour of the Rulnick Executive Center at Miramar Plaza.

For more information, contact Wendy Rulnick, owner/broker 850-259-0422

    

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-259-0422
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.