Friday, January 18, 2013

Deciding to Move – A Realtor’s Story - Part 1 in a Series


Deciding to Move
First in a Series: Deciding to Move - A Realtor's Story
I want to tell you about my personal journey and the decision to sell my home and buy a new one. As a Destin Realtor with over 20 years experience, it’s good to go through the home buying and selling process once in a while. It has helped me really empathize with my customers – both buyers and sellers. A similar journey is shared by many and was poignantly felt by me.
Background. I had lived in Destin Florida for many years, about 15. The home I owned had been custom built and designed for me by my good friends and excellent builders, Beukenkamp Building Group. The architect even studied Feng Shui for me to really make the home mine. It was beautiful. I had found the perfect lot for the home by mailing everyone in a three street radius in the neighborhood I wanted, to see if they had been thinking of selling. The lot owner who interestingly listed with someone right after my mailing, had the perfect location. It was at the end of the street, away from the short-term rental properties (lots of noise), and bordered by two vacant lots filled with trees, brush, vines and nature. The Gulf of Mexico was at the end of the street. I loved it. I would sit out on the balcony and look at the trees, listen to the waves, feel the breeze and relax. I would watch for birds in the back yard, twice seeing a Marsh Hawk.  I kept a log of the birds and the dates I saw them. I felt enveloped by nature in my beautiful home. 
A few months ago, after 13 years in my home, the vacant lot to the north of me sold. The lots are not very big in Destin, so I was alarmed. My first thoughts were of my evaporating privacy and the trees. Oh the trees! I immediately had a gorgeous fence installed by Beukenkamp Building Group, hoping that I would still have some privacy and a treed border beside what would be a new house next door. I put up wood blinds over my kitchen window that had been bare for the treed view, to at least save some privacy from peering windows.
Unfortunately, almost every tree that bordered my house on the lot next door was removed. The eight-foot tall, meandering fence wasn’t going to stop the towering shadow of the house being erected at the edge of my property line. Then the lot to the south of me also sold. I made the decision. It would never be the same. It was time to move. And so, the adventure began.
It's Wendy!
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, has been featured in "Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine" and "Florida Realtor Magazine". 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. 
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc., Destin Florida
Call toll-free 1-877-487-9639 or local 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

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