Emerald Coast Real Estate and Community News

Oct. 13, 2023

The Underwater Museum of Art: Diving in Northern Florida

Do you love art, scuba diving, and supporting our underwater ecosystems? If you said yes to one, two, or all, you absolutely must check out the Underwater Museum of Art.

The Underwater Museum of Art is the first permanent underwater sculpture garden in the USA. It is located off the gorgeous shore of Walton County, in the Gulf of Mexico, lying at a depth of 58 feet, and is almost a mile off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park.

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Sept. 22, 2023

Soldiers on the Water 2023: A Day of Gratitude and Camaraderie on the Emerald Coast

 

Saturday, September 16th was not just another day on the calendar for The Emerald Coast Association of Realtors® (ECAR). We hosted our annual Soldiers on the Water event, a remarkable day dedicated to offering our local combat-wounded veterans a day of world-class fishing on the serene waters of the Gulf. This is our heartfelt way of expressing gratitude, fostering camaraderie, and sharing our mutual love for the outdoors and the sport of fishing.

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Posted in Community News
Sept. 8, 2023

Destin-Fort Walton Beach's Artificial Reef Program

The shimmering waters of Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida, hold a secret beneath the waves - expansive artificial reefs. These captivating structures include manufactured reefs and coral nurseries, purpose-sunk boats, concrete structures, and even an underwater tank! A hidden world lies submerged in Destin on the Gulf, serving vital functions of the region's marine ecosystem. Read on to learn more about Destin's artificial reefs, their role in this picturesque coastal area, and the fun you can have interacting with these structures!

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Aug. 24, 2023

Reel in the Fun at the Destin Fishing Rodeo: A Must-Experience Event!

The countdown begins! The Destin Fishing Rodeo is just around the corner! This annual event is more than just a fishing tournament; it's a celebration of community, competition, and the joy of angling. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this incredible experience.

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Posted in Community News
Aug. 15, 2023

The Best Kept Secret in Florida - The History of Navarre

the best kept secret of Florida - the history of Navarre

Often referred to as the “Best Kept Secret in Florida” by locals, Navarre is a quiet community with a long history. Although originally found in 1693 by Spanish explorers traveling from Mexico, it was nearly 200 years before this area was officially recognized as a village and given the name Eagan. Long before it was developed into the picturesque place it is now, Eagan consisted of only a single post office and a handful of families. Four decades later, the area was purchased by Colonel Guy Wyman and renamed by his French wife to "Navarre." Unfortunately, the Great Depression soon followed, and the area saw very little change, remaining a sleepy village for nearly another forty years.

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Aug. 3, 2023

Flooding in Florida's Panhandle: Protecting Your Home in 2023

Calling all homeowners! As a local real estate agent here in the Panhandle of Florida, I feel compelled to address the looming threat of flooding in our region during the 2023 storm season. Recent reports from hurricane insurance companies and storm season forecasts have highlighted the increasing risk of flooding not just in Florida but across the entire United States.

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Posted in Real Estate News
July 27, 2023

Top Restaurants in Fort Walton Beach

Top restaurants in Fort Walton Beach

One aspect that I love about living along the Emerald Coast is the variety of eateries available to satisfy nearly every food craving one can get. However, it can be easy to fall into the same routine of restaurants! That is why I am sharing with you my top favorites in each category. If you haven’t tried one yet, make sure to check it out the next time you dine out.

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Posted in Community News
July 21, 2023

Opinion: The Florida Phenomenon – How the Migration Boom is Impacting Housing Inventory and Prices

Florida has long been a destination of choice for those seeking warmer weather, lower taxes, and a more affordable lifestyle. The state's appeal has only grown stronger in recent years, particularly for residents of high-cost areas like New York. While the influx of newcomers brings numerous benefits to Florida, such as economic growth and job opportunities, it also has significant implications for the housing market, contributing to low inventory and rising prices.

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Posted in Real Estate News
July 11, 2023

Opinion: Why We're Not Having a Housing Crisis and the Lack of Inventory

In a recent blog post by Redfin, there was a discussion about the shortage of homes for sale and the reasons behind it. While it's true that we are currently experiencing a shortage of inventory, I believe that the situation is not indicative of a housing crisis. Rather, it is influenced by several factors that have led homeowners to stay put and contribute to the limited availability of homes on the market.

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Posted in Real Estate News
July 11, 2023

Discover the Rich History of Fort Walton Beach


Nestled in the enchanting landscape of northwestern Florida, Fort Walton Beach beckons visitors with its captivating past. Delve into a journey through time with me as we uncover the origins of my vibrant city.

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