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Destin Charter Fishing - Cobia, Snapper & More

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Fishing is the foundation from which modern Destin was built.  The first pleasure seekers that came to the area were looking for snapper, grouper, wahoo, cobia, and other species of delicious fish that are found in our local waters. They certainly caught their fair share but left with the realization that they were "hooked" on Destin as well. While different species can be caught year around, the two main fishing events in Destin are Cobia and Snapper seasons. For those that don't ow...

Craigslist Rental Scam: I need Your help!

Tim Shepard Destin posted this 3 493 Views

UPDATED 4/2/2014: Thanks to all who flagged the listing and helped in getting it removed. After contacting various law enforcement agencies, we were finally referred to the Florida Attorney General. They recorded the complaint and have subpoenaed craigslist to provide the posters IP address. I'll let you know if we receive any more updates. Please visit this link: Stop Craigslist Rental Scams and flag the listing for removal. I currently have this home listed as a rental...

Zestimate - Just Bad

Tim Shepard Destin posted this 1 379 Views

Sellers and buyers approach real estate transactions from opposite points of view.  It's pretty simple, buyers want the best "deal" and sellers want the most money.  In the old days, buyers would scour the home for leaking roofs, mold, and other issues to gain advantage in negotiations.  Today buyers have a new tool...the Zestimate. The Zestimate is an estimate of property value, calculated by a computer algorithm and has interesting characteristics such as: Zestim...

30A Real Estate - February Sold

Tim Shepard Destin posted this 302 Views

The winter may have been long and cold but 30a REAL ESTATE has been red hot! We just finished one of the strongest February sales ever for homes, condos, and lots along Scenic 30A, also known as the Beaches of South Walton.   30A is a treasured gem located along the white sandy beaches of the Emerald Coast.  This natural paradise includes prominent neighborhoods such as WaterColor, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, and Seagrove.  Owners and guest flock here for the quaint, local...

The Battle Lines are Forming

Tim Shepard Destin posted this 436 Views

If Coke keeps its Recipe in a safe, and Google keeps its Algorithm a Secret, then why do agents give their data away? Doesn’t make sense does it? Fortunately, Realtors® and MLS boards across the country are starting to question this silly business practice. In fact, the Austin Board of Realtors® (ABoR), Edina Realty (MN), Crye-leike (Memphis), and ARG Abbott Realty Group (San Diego), have all decided to stop syndication to some extent. These folks have all ...

Destin Condos for Sale - 2013 Summary

Tim Shepard Destin posted this 375 Views

Destin Condo Sales 2013 The Destin condo market is well known for its diverse offering of beachfront, bayfront, and harborfront condos.  Located within a short driving distance of metro areas such as Atlanta, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge, and others, Destin is the obvious choice to hundreds of thousands of buyers looking for a weekend getaway or a place to live permanently. As we finished 2013, it became apparent that the real estate bubble of 5 years ago is now in our rea...

Destin Homes for Sale - 2013 Summary

Tim Shepard Destin posted this 313 Views

We just finished a stellar 2013 with 410 Destin homes sold, at prices from $60,100 to $5,125,000, and ranging in size from 700 to more than 12,000 square feet. Destin Waterfront Homes Waterfront Homes in Destin consist of those located on the Gulf, a canal, the Destin harbor, the bay, or a Bayou, and accounted for 49 sales or about 12% of the total. Canal front and harbor homes are generally found on Holiday Isle and favored by buyers that have boats. The water fronting these homes ...

Google - What Happened?

Tim Shepard Destin posted this 1 364 Views

It seems like yesterday; the Nasdaq was tracking to 3000, dot com mania was in its infancy and the Wall Street Journal had a little blurb about a company making noise as a search engine. The article mentioned that the company already had a solid following from engineers and techies who appreciated the quality of their search results, which were based on some proprietary "magical" ranking algorithm. Funny thing was, I already knew about GOOGLE. I had read chatter about them ...

Yahoo PPC Fraud

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On August 15, 2010, I noticed an unusual amount of activity for the search term, Okaloosa County Real Estate.  I immediately suspended the term from my marketing campaign and filed a complaint with Yahoo requesting that they investigate the issue and credit my account for the fraudulent charges. The graph below shows the click activity for "Okaloosa County Real Estate" since January 1, 2010 through the date of suspension.  Keep in mind, that my marketing parameters (budget, type, etc.) ha...


Bank of America Short Sales - Common Sense Lost

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To Bank of America Short Sale Department: I have a buyer that has been under contract on a short sale with your bank since October 23, 2008. Surprisingly, in spite of your lack of communication, unexplained delays, and silly bureaucratic processes, they still want to close on the home. A brief summary of events so far are: October 23, 2008 : Initial Contract Date July 30, 2009: Bank of America Approves Short Sale with a August 31, 2009 Closing Date August 25, 2009: IRS plac...