Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kelly Plantation, Destin Florida Home Sales Statistics June 2014

Kelly Plantation real estate sales 2014
Did you know that Kelly Plantation, Destin Florida home sales statistics show a 13 month inventory?That means it would take a little more than a year to sell all the current houses for sale at the current rate of sales.  Does it mean your Kelly Plantation home will take that long to sell? Not necessarily. I just sold a home in Kelly Plantation in less than 90 days!
Check out the detailed Kelly Plantation, Destin Florida home sales statistics below.



It's Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc. 
Call toll-free 1-877-487-9639 or local 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

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Friday, June 13, 2014

201 Matties Way, Kelly Plantation Destin FL Pool Home Under Contract

Kelly Plantation home sales
This home at 221 Matties Way, Kelly Plantation in Destin Florida is under contract in less than 90 days of listing.  The final list price was $599,900, which spurred on a bidding war.  The home is scheduled to close by the end of June.
Why were there multiple offers on this Kelly Plantation home? In this, case the community price point in the $500′s made this large Matties Way home, over 3000 square feet and on the nature preserve, a real value. Not only that, the home has an in-ground pool, and a fabulous three car garage.  The new buyer will be able to join the stellar Fred Couples Golf Course and enjoy amenities in Kelly Plantation, such as tennis, clubhouse, gym, fishing, dog park, basketball, jogging trails and more.
This home at 221 Matties Way in Kelly Plantation had three offers within two days of reducing the price from $639,900 to $599,900.  Follow this blog to find out what the final sold price will be.
It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call toll-free 1-877-487-9639 or local 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Formosan Termites Swarm in Bluewater Bay, Niceville Florida - Ick!

Formosan termites
Ick! Ick! Formosan termites at my Bluewater Bay, Florida home! This is a hard post for me to write. Why? Because I don’t like bugs. I also won’t be able to look at the photo of the Formosan termite once I upload it.  What happened? Friday night I did something dumb. I finished cooking on my gas stove top and did not shut the burner off all the way. There was, unfortunately, a little flame going all night.  The next day when I went into the kitchen, I shuddered in horror. No, there was no fire, but there were dozens of little rust colored bugs on my stove!  Like 70 of them! They were apparently attracted to the little flame or the carbon dioxide that it emitted, and were sprawled and dead all over the stove top. Gross! (Sorry bug lovers!)  I did not yet know that these were Formosan termite swarmers,  and I called my extermination company. They were booked for four days, so I just prayed these things would not come back.
I slept in terror that night, wondering what was going on in the kitchen. I wanted to send my husband to keep checking, but he refused (guys!) The next day, none of the bugs were present… until last night!  Getting ready for bed, right in my bathroom sink, there were three live ones. In the shower, four more!  I screamed and called my husband.  He said, “I think these are termites”, and he caught several in a little plastic bottle.  I again, could barely sleep and dreaded having to make an excursion to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Today, the exterminator from Terminex finally came.  I showed him the little bottle of the creatures that my husband had caught. They were still crawling around in there! (Ick!)  The exterminator shook his head and said they were, indeed,Formosan termites. He said they swarm for about three weeks every year inBluewater Bay, and we had one week left!  I asked why they did not have wings, and he said they drop their wings before mating.  Here are other tips I learned:
1. Formosan termites are attracted to light sources after dusk. This could mean YOUR home!
2. Be concerned if you see what looks like mud or dirt spattered on your inside walls. That is the Formosan termite patching its holes.
3. Be concerned if you see several hundred Formosan termites in your Bluewater Bay home in the same area. That could be a sign of infestation.
He looked at my house and said I did not have a problem. But yes, I did!! I wanted to know how to keep them OUT!!  Here was his tip:
Turn on your porch light after dusk. If you see them dancing in flight around your light, like a dozen or so, they are swarming in your area. That’s when you need to turn off your inside lights, or they will come down vent pipes to find the light source.  Stay in the dark for about 2.5 hours and the swarm should be over. Guess what I will be doing tonight?
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It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call toll-free 1-877-487-9639 or local 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, has successfully helped hundreds of families sell their homes, condos and lots along the Emerald Coast of Florida.  She is an ADDY award winning real estate market. Wendy sells real estate in Florida in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Crestview, Rosemary Beach, Mary Esther, Shalimar, Panama City Beach, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field. 

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Selling Your Burnt Pine, Sandestin FL Home For Sale By Owner?

Sandestin For Sale by Owner
Are you looking for basic advice on getting your Burnt Pine, Sandestin Florida home sold as a “For Sale By Owner?”  Here are some tips that will get you started!
1.  Hire a Professional Photography for your Burnt Pine real estate - In the world of the internet, it pays to have good photos of  your property online.  That’s where most buyers will look for properties for sale.  If your photos are not high quality, your home may be undervalued by the buyer or even worse, eliminated. I recommend Ashley Nichole, a top photographer in the Miramar Beach, Florida area. Tell her I sent you – 850-687-1977.
2. Make a Website  Describing Your Burnt Pine Home for Sale. If you have a your own website dedicated to your Sandestin Florida home for sale, you can share it with friends or interested buyers. Try Google Sites for a free custom website or GoDaddyfor a $1 per month.
3. Youtube. Upload your Virtual Tour to Youtube to further promote your Burnt Pine property for sale.  You can use your camera to make a video or your home, or a free program like Picasa to put photos together in a professional looking presentation.
4. Align Yourself with a Title Company or Local Attorney. When you receive a written offer on your property, you can be ready to take action to close. Better yet, have a title search done in advance to be prepared for any issues that might come up. I recommend Touchstone Land Title in Destin Florida at 850-650-5444.
5. Have a real estate contract ready for your Burnt Pine sale.  Ask the title agent (see #4) to provide you with a generic Florida contract.  There is nothing worse than losing the buyer because you don’t have paperwork to assist them putting their offer in writing!
Watch this column for future advice on selling your Burnt Pine, Sandestin property.
It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call toll-free 1-877-487-9639 or local 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, has been featured in “Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine” and “Florida Realtor Magazine”. She has successfully helped hundreds of families sell their homes along the Emerald Coast of Florida. Wendy Rulnick sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Crestview, Rosemary Beach, Mary Esther, Shalimar, Panama City Beach, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field. 

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Everyone is a Customer

Destin Florida real estate broker
Today I was conducting an interview for a new administrative position at my Destin Florida real estate company.  During the interview, the prospective candidate mentioned that she would be sure to treat all potential customers, meaning buyers and sellers, with politeness and understanding on the telephone. That made me pause and state, "Our customers are more than buyers and sellers. Everyone who calls this office is a customer."
I mean that our customers include agents from other companies, repair people, lenders, even a wrong number! I explained that our reputation was the most important thing to our company, and that not only do we want to maintain good relationships with other agents, but we want to treat anyone who comes in contact with our company with courtesy and respect, because it's just "right".   I don't know how many times I've been questioned when I've stated, "Everyone is our customer", but it is my philosophy.  What does common courtesy give you?  It may help brighten someone's day, that is enough.  When I get a call to show one of my listings, I often tell the agent "Good luck!" and "Thank you for showing!" They are usually surprised. That makes me wonder what type of a reaction they normally get when they call to show a listing.   When I speak with a short sale lender, I tell the negotiator, "I appreciate all your work on this file." I mean it, too.  I wonder how often someone tells them they are appreciated?  When I have an insurance salesman or repair person stop by my office to solicit business, knowing they've been hitting the streets all day, I ask for their business cards and tell them we'll put them in our database. And I do.
What does treating everyone like a customer get me? I don't do it to "get" anything, but if I can help a person have a better day, make a sale or know they are appreciated, then it's worth it!
It's Wendy… It’s Sold!
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call toll-free 1-877-487-9639 or local 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, lists and sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Crestview, Rosemary Beach, Mary Esther, Shalimar, Panama City Beach, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field. 

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

3929 Balsam, Cedar Ridge, Niceville FL 32578 Home Sold in One Day!

Cedar Ridge Niceville Homes for sale
UNDER CONTRACT one day on the market! Multiple offers!
3929 Balsam Dr., in Cedar Ridge, Niceville Florida is a beautiful home convenient to Eglin Air Force Base. It’s larger than many in the neighborhood due to the large loft over the living room for work, play or family space. The living room has a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and multiple windows for lovely lighting. Kitchen with large pass-through to dining room. First floor master bedroom has huge bath. Thoughtful landscaping in the front and back offers privacy and blooms. Much care includes fresh paint, upgraded fixtures in kitchen, replaced water heater. There is an 8-person hot tub in the screened porch, take a dip!  Excellent for Eglin Air Force Base commutes and to the Destin Florida beaches on the Emerald Coast.
3929 Balsam Dr. Cedar Ridge, Niceville Florida 32578 - sold for $199,000. UNDER CONTRACT in ONE DAY!! 
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It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call toll-free 1-877-487-9639 or local 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Overbrook, Fort Walton Beach Florida VA Compromise Sale Sold in 1 Day

Fort Walton Beach VA Compromise Sale
This Fort Walton Beach Florida VA Compromise Sale home just went under contract after one day on the market. Located in the Overbrook subdivision at 776 Overbrook, it attracted multiple offers due to competitive pricing.  Some of the features of this home included striking ceiling heights, wood laminate floors, generous kitchen and Florida room.
The VA Compromise Sale is a type of short sale for home mortgage loans back by the Veterans Administration. This VA Compromise Sale is serviced by Bank of America. Some of the requirements to get a VA Compromise Sale approved are:
  • The borrower (seller of the VA Compromise Property) must have a hardship
  • A VA Appraisal must be conducted
  • Net proceeds from the sale are to be a minimum of 85.05% of the appraised value.  This is a change in the program effective October 2013 from the prior years net value requirement of 88.13%.
This Fort Walton Beach Florida VA Compromise Sale will be transacted with Bank of America by fax and email, as opposed to most other Bank of America short sales which are processed through the Equator online platform.  The expected time for approval is about 60 days.
It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call toll-free 1-877-487-9639 or local 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

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