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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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.

Who is the Ideal Real Estate Seller Client?

Every real estate agent, or any company for that matter, has its “ideal” client. Or should.

Here is mine:

  1. My sellers communicate with me. Nothing is more difficult in causing a sale than having a non-communicative seller. If my seller responds to my emails, texts or phone calls, I know they are interested. If I don’t get a response from a weekly or bi-weekly email, it’s hard to keep the excitement going.  If my real estate seller asks me questions, has ideas, engages, listens or even complains (oh my!), then I have someone motivated to sell. I like that.
  2. My sellers trust me. If you don’t trust your agent, don’t hire them. I recently had a case where a potential seller wanted me to abide by his guidelines for advertising, wanted to write the ads himself, had requirements on the type of weekly report I was to send him, on how I would structure my market analyses, which comparables I would use and within which geographic area, down to the mile radius from his property. He required that I be present at each showing. He instructed me on how to make property flyers for his house. I had to decline the listing, telling him there were too many restrictions on my ability to organize and direct the marketing and sale of his property with my personal and professional style.
  3. My sellers have confidence in me. The last thing you want to worry about are the details of selling your home. You want a real estate agent to “guide” you to the finish, right? I tell my sellers “Don’t worry about it! I’ll worry about it for you!” They know I will get the job done. (See Number 2 above – Trust me.)
  4. My sellers know I am human. I try to be perfect (ask my friends), but heck, everyone has a bad day. I remember the kind seller who cancelled her listing when I would not do an open house, home suffering massive back pain, my normal tempered speech coming out a bit abruptly as I explained that open houses are normally a waste of time (shout out to Bill Gassett). After that it became tense and she pulled her listing off the market. (That’s second to the lady many years ago who told me, after she asked how I was and I stated I was home with the flu, that my “day was going to get worse” as she therefore was not going to hire me.)  Come on people!
  5. My sellers are realistic. Once we get going with the marketing, rarely a property will sit there without activity, unless it’s highly unusual or very niche (and I have ways around that). When I say “let’s look at the price”, please, let’s look at the price. Part of this falls back to me, choosing the rational seller, but that can be tricky sometimes!
  6. My sellers thank me. There, I said it.  This is raw emotion speaking. People like to be appreciated. You don’t have to buy me a present (although I’ve had some lovely flowers and chocolates in the past), but a “thank you” really makes my day. How may I make yours?

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.

Elliotts Point VA Compromise Short Sale Approved – 118 Ferry Rd., Fort Walton Beach Florida

This Elliotts Point home at 118 Ferry Rd., NE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida was approved as a VA Compromise Short Sale. This was not an easy property to sell, even though the short sale approval was easy! The home had multiple active roof leaks and and the roof was covered with tarp and sand bags. The roof design was itself defective. There was aluminum and cloth-covered wiring.  The costs to repair the roof and electrical system were about $16,000.  The home needed other repairs. The only straightforward way to ensure a buyer could close after short sale approval, was to get a cash buyer.  Sure, there are mortgages available for homes that need repair, such as FHA 203K, but they are complex and closing is not guaranteed, especially with a fast time line and closing requirement after short sale approval that is typically 30 days. Since we limited the market for the Fort Walton Beach short sale home to only cash buyers we shrunk the pool of interested parties. Two buyers walked due to their home inspections and one buyer simply “defaulted” and failed to close after short sale approval.  The fourth buyer closed. It takes perseverance to accomplish a successful short sale.

Many current and former Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Duke Field, Whiting Field military personnel have used the VA Compromise Sale as a benefit when hardship hits and they are unable to pay their mortgages.  It is an honor to help those current and former military service members who may need to sell their Emerald Coast area property to avoid foreclosure.

Here are the details of the VA Compromise Sale of 118 Ferry Rd. NE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida:

Lienholder: Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing

Mortgage Balance: $185,000 approximately

Appr Sale Price: $155,900,000

Short Sale Appraised Value:  $165,000

Seller Cash Contribution: -0-

Seller Promissory Note: -0-

Waiver of Deficiency: Yes

BONUS TO SELLER: Since this was a VA Compromise Sale, the seller was eligible to receive $1500 as a VA relocation benefit.
Note: If your agent does not ask for this incentive – you are not going to receive it. I asked.

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

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

www.shortsales-emeraldcoast.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.

Poinciana Place Condo, Miramar Beach FL – Short Sale Approved in 3 Weeks

This Miramar Beach Florida condo at Poinciana Place was approved as a short sale in three weeks!  Taking only 55 days to go under contract, this Miramar Beach condomium at 320 Scenic Gulf Drive had two liens.  What does that mean? There were two mortgages in this case, each with SPS – Select Portfolio Servicing.  The property was an investment condo, not a primary residence. The borrower was on time with his payments, but needed to sell for individual circumstances.  Some common reasons for short sale include job loss, divorce, death of borrower, medical expenses, relocation and interest rate adjustment increasing the mortgage payment amount, rendering it unaffordable.  This particular short sale had a senior mortgage lien at SPS with just enough proceeds to pay it in full, leaving a portion of the proceeds to pay a lesser amount to the second mortgage. In a short sale, there are not enough proceeds after sale to pay all liens in full.

If you are in a situation where you may need to sell to avoid foreclosure, short sale is an option. Consult with your attorney if you are behind in your mortgage payments and reach out to your lender. If you decide to use short sale to dispose of your real estate on the Emerald Coast, give me a call. I’ll be happy to discuss the ins and outs of the process with you.  I’ve helped hundreds of Emerald Coast homeowners avoid foreclosure through short sale in the following geographic areas: Miramar Beach, Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Crestview, Niceville, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Navarre, Gulf Breeze, Milton, Freeport, Panama City Beach, Pensacola and more.  I may be able to help you, too.

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

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

www.shortsales-emeraldcoast.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.

JUST SOLD – 149 W Wild Briar Rd., Santa Rosa Beach FL – House with Apartment

149 W. Wild Briar Rd., Mack Bayou, Santa Rosa Beach Florida sold in just 36 days! This unusual property with an apartment upstairs was on a canal that leads to Mack Bayou.  Offered for sale numerous times in the past and on and off the market, Wendy Rulnick, Broker, effected the final sale when the sellers listed with Rulnick Realty.  What factors cause a fast sale?

  • Fair Pricing
  • Excellent Marketing
  • Great Communications with the property sellers
  • Refined Negotiating
  • Follow Through to successful closing

This Mack Bayou home was not an easy property to sell. It had a floor plan that appealed to a limited market and needing updating.  Wendy Rulnick accomplished the task.

If you have an “easy” property to sell, there are hundreds of real estate agents you can call.

If your property presents a sales challenge because of its floorplan, condition, high price, difficult sales circumstances, multiple owners, divorce or short sale, call Wendy.

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.