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.

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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, 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.

Development Parcel Under Contract – Brooks St. Elliotts Point Fort Walton Beach Florida

Under contract in 18 days!  338 Brooks Street in Fort Walton Beach Florida is a 1.56 acre waterfront parcel with an existing home, potentially subdividable to four or six lots.  This deep water lot went under deposit fast and was in high demand with multiple offers, before and after contract. What are the particulars?

Feature Summary – House – 338 Brooks St., Fort Walton Beach Florida

Estate-like property with unique Southern charm and character on deep water

Magnificent views and frontage of the Choctawhatchee Bay and Santa Rosa Sound

Fully, professionally landscaped, fenced with privacy hedge

Extensive, manor-like sodded park-like yard from home to water punctuated by a meandering 360’ pier to waterway, including the dock of about 125’

Elegant pavered wrap-around driveway

Interior views through architecturally interesting windows to porch

Two car detached garage plus separate detached carport/boat storage

Four Bedrooms

Three and a half Baths

Exterior:

Window boxes lined with copper

Exposed rafters for elegant look

Porches, patios

Waterway:

Can dock a 50’ – 60’ foot yacht on deep water

Sandy beach area

Seawall

Groin (groyne) is vinyl sheathed – on right side of waterfront area to help protect and reduce erosion

Fresh water at dock

Two boat lifts, 12,000 pound and 6,000 pound

This is the second development piece Wendy Rulnick has sold on the Emerald Coast in the past few months.  How may she help you?

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.

Life Without the Mid-Bay Bridge, Oh My!

I had just made it across the Mid-Bay Bridge to White Point Road and then to my home in Bluewater Bay. I had groceries in the car from my stop at Publix in Destin, as I frequently do on my way back from the office in Miramar Beach.  I either stop there or at Whole Foods to get our nightly dinner.  Being as obsessive compulsive as I am about food quality, I carry insulated bags in my car for groceries.  I worry about the food getting warm, even though it’s only about twelve minutes to my house from Highway 98 (I did say OCD, right?) For some weird reason, (probably another OCD) right after I put my groceries on the kitchen counter, I popped open Facebook before unloading them.  There was a community post for the Southwind neighborhood where I live in Bluewater Bay.  It said the Mid-Bay Bridge had been closed indefinitely for repairs.  Of course, I thought this was a joke.  I had just driven across the bridge, right?  Huh? There was a link and I followed it, still thinking it was a mistake or old news.  Then I went directly to the Northwest Florida Daily News website and there again, was the article. The Mid-Bay Bridge had been suddenly and indefinitely “closed” for repairs.

How could this be? I had driven across the bridge only five minutes earlier! I had seen no closure signs.  The only clue was earlier in the day, on my morning trip to the office, which by the way, normally takes 17 minutes, when I saw four large trucks parked and about a dozen workers with orange vests peering over the edge on the northbound lane on the side of the bridge nearer to Destin.  I had thought they were either doing repairs or inspections or looking for a body (I hate to say it, but I’ve seen that before). Alas, no. It must have been part of their re-inspection of the corroded tension cables, so they say.  I was in a state of shock. How would this affect my commute to work? Sure, I can work from home in my business field (real estate), but I need the “office” atmosphere to put myself in the mood.  I whipped out Google Maps on my phone and asked for the shortest route to 12889 Emerald Coast Parkway from Bluewater Bay.  It was buzzing all over Facebook that Google Maps were already updated and were not showing the availability of the Mid-Bay Bridge route.  Google Maps showed me the fastest path was Highway 20 through Fort Walton Beach, stating the time to arrival would be 54 minutes.  Posting this immediately on Facebook, receiving dozens of “friends” comments, I was told that Highway 20 to Highway 331, then through Santa Rosa Beach would be faster.

I had to give this the college try the next morning. I already knew (told you – OCD), that to get to Publix in Freeport took about 22 minutes.  It did. But how much longer would it be to get to Miramar Plaza? By the time I passed Sandestin, no, Sacred Heart Hospital, no, Walmart in Santa Rosa Beach, I had about lost it. There was no way I was going to have to do this again to get home, right? Call me spoiled. Tell me how it “used” to be in the good old days “before” the bridge. Tell me to toughen up “we used to do that all the time”!  I’ve got to counter you there – what life choices would have been made or not made had there been no Mid-Bay Bridge? I probably would have moved to Fort Walton Beach, had an office there, or one in Destin with a home in Destin.  NOT moved to Bluewater Bay with an office in Miramar Beach. (OK?) Anyway, after reaching my office (subtracting six minutes for a gas stop and Starbucks – bought as a present for myself for the commute turmoil), it took me a total of 58 minutes to reach work.  Typically, as I stated, it is 17 minutes.  My next issue was timing going home. I cannot drive in the dark. I’m one of those people with poor eyesight, contact lenses, coke bottle glasses, and get very distracted with headlights on me driving in pitch black. Since it gets dark about 5:00 p.m., I knew I would have to start home by 4:00 p.m.  After consulting with my engineer husband, he suggested I leave no later than 3:45 p.m.  The other catch was the gym time. I work out at Gold’s Gym in Destin and normally go there at 3:30 p.m. each day to exercise for an hour.  To keep up my gym routine, I would have to leave work at 2:45 p.m., lift weights for about 30 minutes, then scramble out to Highway 98. I did this. Stressed out the whole time. Ineffective work out.  Driving home was another story. It was now “rush hour”.  I could tell it would take longer. When I hit Highway 331, the sun really illuminated the cars in front of me, so much so that I didn’t notice the brake lights on the car I was following. No, I did not get in an accident, but definitely screeched the brakes. Pay attention, Wendy! By the time I got home it was an hour and fifteen minutes later.

Here is where I am today. Home. I’ve decided that driving for almost two and a half hours a day to work on my P.C. for three hours makes no sense. And I will go batty. So, I am remoting into the office computer and trying not to get distracted by doing the laundry, cleaning, playing with cats and writing blog posts.  I actually joined Bluewater Fitness yesterday, as it’s only three minutes from my house.  Am I being productive? No.  Not really. As I sit here typing away in my pajamas at 10:30 a.m.

Yesterday one of my real estate friends called me and said he heard the Mid-Bay Bridge had re-opened. I screamed with joy.  He called back five minutes later and said he misunderstood and was wrong. I was crushed. All day long I scour the internet looking for articles about the Mid-Bay Bridge. Any hint or hope of it re-opening soon. I feel for all my friends who MUST commute and are not able to work from home. People who travel from Crestview or Niceville to Destin or Miramar Beach. Eglin AFB workers who live in Destin and go to the base.  Of course, duh, safety is first.  Meanwhile, I’ll leave the hard-core investigating to the reporters and I will try to stop bird-watching long enough to get some work done.

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

UPDATE: Breaking News!! The Mid-Bay Bridge is tentatively scheduled to re-open on Wednesday evening, January 16, 2019!  My life is complete!

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.