Nestled along the stunning shores of the Emerald Coast, Destin, Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach and Scenic Highway 30A feature amazing properties that stand as icons of luxury living in Northwest Florida. These destinations not only boast sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters but also host an array of waterfront homes that redefine architecture and coastal living. We’re excited to highlight the most expensive home sales of 2023 in Northwest Florida and showcase these extraordinary properties. Click on this link to take a virtual tour
Published on Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Navigating Challenges & Seizing Opportunities
The Destin, Florida real estate market in 2023 was marked by a unique blend of challenges and opportunities. The real estate industry saw remarkable shifts, redefining how properties were bought, sold, and perceived. In this year-in-review, we’ll explore the highs and lows by reviewing real estate transactions from the year 2023. In addition, we’ve included year-end figures, categorized by area provided by the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors.
Challenges Faced in 2023:
New Home Sales
Published on Monday, January 15, 2024
An important question to ask yourself before any real estate purchase is “What will be the cost of owning this property or home?” One often overlooked element is Homeowner Association (HOA) Dues and Special Assessments. These fees can significantly impact your future financial stability, quality of life, and return on your investment.
Many homes and condominiums are within a sanctioned Homeowner's Association (HOA) and require regular fees to be paid by residents to cover the costs of shared amenities. These dues are used to fund community
Published on Monday, November 20, 2023
Many dream of owning a 30A or Destin vacation rental home or condominium, but it’s important before you purchase Destin real estate to understand the revenue potential as well as the costs associated with owning a vacation home. Unexpected expenses such as the breakdown of an appliance or A/C system can be costly as well as interrupt rental revenue. Here’s a breakdown of the top 5 costs to consider when owning a beach vacation rental:
Unless you are paying cash, your biggest expense is likely your monthly mortgage payment
Published on Friday, November 10, 2023
Nestled along the shores of Miramar Beach, Florida, lies a hidden gem in the world of real estate: Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort. This charming community is not just a place to live; it's a lifestyle that combines the best of beachfront living with top-notch amenities and an unparalleled sense of community. The best part is whether you’re considering buying or selling a property within Hidden Dunes Resort’s 27-acre Gulf-front property, your investment will retain its value. The median sales price at Hidden Dunes Resort
Published on Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Have you ever dreamed of owning a Destin condo or vacation rental home at the beach? Second home ownership can be a great investment as well as a place to create family memories now and for generations to come. By placing your beach home or Destin condo on a rental program, you’ll enjoy supplemental income to help underwrite costs while having your own piece of paradise to enjoy time with family and friends at the beach.
Newman-Dailey real estate agents are experts at helping clients find the perfect property for their lifestyle and
Published on Monday, October 2, 2023
The decision to sell a property can be a daunting task. Some sellers consider “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO) with the thought that they will save money by not paying a commission to the selling agent and have more control over the process. That said, it is important to understand the risks involved with FSBO as well as the advantages of using a professional Realtor® to manage your real estate transactions.
Expertise and Knowledge
Local real estate agents bring a wealth of knowledge and have a deep understanding of the housing market,
Published on Monday, August 28, 2023
Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division honors Shannyn Stevenson and Diane Green as the second quarter top real estate producers. Shannyn Stevenson earned “Top Listing Agent”, and Diane Green achieved “Top Sales Agent” for April through June 2023.
Real Estate sales along Florida’s Emerald Coast have continued to thrive in spite of rising interest rates. Our experienced real estate agents have been guiding buyers and sellers through the dynamic market and are delivering remarkable results. In fact,
Published on Monday, August 14, 2023
The allure of owning luxury real estate along Florida’s coveted Scenic Highway 30A extends far beyond the mere acquisition of a home and value of the investment. It embodies a lifestyle of refined elegance, impeccable craftsmanship, and breathtaking surroundings.
This year alone has resulted in the sale of some truly magnificent 30A properties in beach towns of Walton County, including Seaside, Santa Rosa Beach, Seagrove Beach, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach & Inlet Beach. These remarkable properties are truly inspiring and define luxury
Published on Tuesday, August 1, 2023
The Destin Real Estate Market has stabilized this summer and we’re experiencing a return to more traditional market conditions for buyers and sellers. Looking back at the past two years, we can confidently say that the Emerald Coast experienced a real estate feeding-frenzy. In 2021 and 2022, we saw a surge in real estate activity in Northwest Florida. The demand for properties, both residential and commercial, reached unprecedented levels. Multiple offers, bidding wars, and soaring prices became the norm. It was a time when sellers had
Published on Friday, July 14, 2023
The month of June is National Homeownership Month ! This national spotlight on homeownership began in June 2002 under former President George W. Bush. Being a homeowner builds a sense of pride and promotes a foundation that is centered in your community. While there are many benefits of owning a primary or secondary home in and around Destin, Florida, here are our favorite reasons to own real estate in the South Walton and Destin area:
🏡 Owning a home in Destin, Florida is a great investment. Real estate investments in the
Published on Monday, June 12, 2023
Many people are motivated to purchase waterfront property along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Fortunately, the Destin, Florida area is home to some of the most diverse waterways located within a relatively small geographic region, providing many opportunities for owning waterfront real estate in the Destin area.
From the vibrant emerald-green Gulf waters to lakes, bays, inter-coastal waterways, and streams, the diversity of waterways of Northwest Florida makes it easy to find the perfect waterfront real estate investment.
Published on Monday, May 8, 2023
We all choose a real estate agent based on obvious reasons like professionalism, honesty, business acumen, likability, and reputation. In addition, it is beneficial to select a local Realtor® who knows Destin, 30A and Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast well. Here are the top reasons why:
Knowledge of the local market
It is extremely helpful to have a local real estate agent who really knows the area where you are looking to buy or sell property like their own backyard. With a local agent, you’re assured
Published on Monday, March 20, 2023
The real estate forecast for the Destin area remains positive for residents and investors. The Newman-Dailey Real Estate Team is collectively optimistic that the market has stabilized regarding property pricing and interest rates. While inventory is still low, the number of listings on the market month over month is increasing as compared to 2022 (3,504 vs. 1,782 active listings). Another indicator of our changing market is the increase in the average days on the market (DOM), which is also been rising for listings along 30A and in the Destin...
Published on Monday, February 20, 2023
We are delighted to honor Shannyn Stevenson as the 2022 Top Real Estate Producer of the Year in Destin, Florida. Stevenson earned both the Top Sales Agent and the Top Listing Agent for 2022. This is the fifth year in a row in which Shannyn Stevenson has earned a Top Producer award! She achieved Top Sales Agent for 2018 and 2019, and Top Listing Agent for 2020 and 2021. This year, Stevenson adds both Top Listing and Sales Agent to her list of accolades.
A local since 1980, Stevenson began her real estate career in Destin, Fla. in 1999. With 23+ years
Published on Monday, January 23, 2023
We are delighted to honor Real Estate Agent Mark DeSalvo as the 2022 4th Quarter Top Producer in both listings and sales! This achievement is due to his dedication, expertise, and longevity in the Emerald Coast real estate market, which has made him a multi-time recipient of the Top Producer Awards at Newman-Dailey. In fact, DeSalvo is celebrating 21 years with Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division and has been successfully helping clients buy and sell properties along Florida’s Emerald Coast for more than two decades.
Published on Monday, January 16, 2023
If you’re looking for your next home or real estate investment, keep Florida top of mind. Aside from the beautiful weather and southern charm, there are many benefits to investing in a home here, especially if it’s on the coastline. Keep reading, and we’ll convince you why purchasing property in the state of Florida is a lucrative, stable investment.
Ideal Location, Climate, and Scenery
Florida is popular because of its natural beauty, temperate climate, friendly people, and tropical landscape. Lush flora and fauna, unique wildlife
Published on Friday, December 2, 2022
The real estate market is an ever-changing landscape. There are many factors constantly affecting how we view and react to market conditions. As we begin coming out of a seller-driven market, it is important to keep the big picture in mind. In the past couple of years, we have experienced historically low interest rates due to unprecedented times. As this trend begins to shift, it is important that we examine all factors such as price point, contingencies, and the current topic of conversation - interest rates.
In reviewing the historical
Published on Monday, October 17, 2022
If half the battle is finding the perfect real estate investment to meet your needs and budget, then the other half of the battle must be making it through to closing victorious. While new Destin real estate listings are posted daily, finding the right one and reaching closing day can be an arduous journey. Therefore, our team of experienced real estate agents compiled the following tips to make it from an offer to a successful closing.
Once you have found your desired property, consider the following :
Research HOA Documents .
You’ll want to
Published on Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Are you considering purchasing a home, condominium or property in the Destin area? Our experienced team of real estate agents offers these simple tips when starting the buying cycle.
Here are 4 things you can do prior to searching for the perfect Destin real estate investment in order to close on your dream property faster:
Get Pre-qualified for a loan .
This may seem counterintuitive since you don’t know how much the home you wish to purchase will cost, but it’s important to know the amount and type of loan you qualify for first. In
Published on Monday, September 26, 2022
The Destin Real Estate Market continues to hold strong for buyers and sellers in 2022 and the real estate team at Newman-Dailey has been hard at work serving our clients. We're excited to recognize our two top real estate producers for the second quarter who have been working hard to achieve success for their clients. Colin Kirkwood earned the title of “Top Sales Agent” for record sales in the second quarter and Shannyn Stevenson earned “Top Listing Agent” for the volume of properties listed for April through June 2022
Published on Monday, August 8, 2022
At Newman-Dailey, our experienced team of real estate professionals ranks among the top 7% of real estate companies for sales, according to the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors® (ECAR), and we’re pleased to celebrate our 1st Quarter Top Real Estate Producers for 2022. Shannyn Stevenson earned the title of “Top Listing Agent” for the volume of properties listed, and Carolyn DiFebo achieved “Top Listing Sales” for January through March 2022.
A consistent top producer with Newman-Dailey, Shannyn Stevenson
Published on Monday, April 25, 2022
Are you looking to purchase real estate in one of the most desired and promising real estate markets in the United States? We hope so! Destin, Florida is an excellent place to invest in rental property or residential homes. Beautiful year-round weather, stunning beaches, coastal charm, endless outdoor activities keep property values strong.
We talked to one of our very own experienced local Destin real estate agents, Mark DeSalvo, about his top tips for buyers looking to purchase real estate in the Destin area.
1. Consult with a local
Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2022
A big congratulations to our beloved Heather Sprigler and Shannyn Stevenson for being named the overall Top Producers in Real Estate for 2021! Heather was Top Producer in Sales, while Shannyn was Top Producer in Listings.
Both Shannyn and Heather have the emerald waters of the Gulf coast in their blood. Shannyn Stevenson has been a local since 1980 and started her real estate career in 1999. With 23 years of experience in this real estate market, Shannyn has developed a specialty in helping her clients find their dream short-term investment
Published on Monday, February 21, 2022
Congratulations to Newman-Dailey REALTOR®, Shannyn Stevenson, on being named the 2021 Q4 Top Producer in Listing and Sales!
An Emerald Coast resident since 1980, and with 23 years of experience in real estate here, Shannyn Stevenson has carefully cultivated a specialty in short-term rental investment properties. Her longevity in this real estate market allows her to truly understand each of the Emerald Coast’s unique beach communities, while her expert ability to identify a property’s potential as a short-term rental
Published on Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Over the past two years, we’ve seen the Destin real estate market enjoy exponential growth. With record-breaking low interest rates along with high demand, limited supply, virtual showings, cash offers, offers above asking price, and closings without even having an inspection, it’s been eye opening to watch Emerald Coast real estate market evolve during these unprecedented times.
So, what does 2022 hold for real estate on the Emerald Coast? Based on past performance, the 2022 Destin real estate forecast for Destin, Miramar Beach
Published on Monday, January 17, 2022
Are you considering an investment property in the Destin, Miramar Beach, or 30A area? Some investors are questioning whether to buy now or wait until the market cools. Our team of real estate experts agree that there is no reason to wait. Here are the top 3 reasons to purchase an investment property or second home in the Destin area now:
1. Strong domestic travel keeps Destin real estate market demand high year-round
Since the pandemic, there has been a nationwide re-discovery of our own country’s natural beauties—including the sugar
Published on Tuesday, December 21, 2021
With growing interest in moving to Florida, especially the Destin area, developers are working hard to serve the demand. One of the new developments underway in Destin, FL is Tuscan Village, a brand new townhouse community that will have a total of 84 units. The first and second phases have already closed and the new owners are ecstatic. The next three phases are underway and are on schedule to be completed between now and January 2022. The subdivision is centrally located in downtown Destin off Airport Rd with convenient access to shopping
Published on Monday, October 4, 2021
Now luxury condominiums at The Grove at Seascape Resort. The Grove is Miramar Beach’s brand new development and is within walking distance to the soft white sand beaches of South Walton. The luxurious Mediterranean-style condominiums are within walking distance to Seascape Towne Center's restaurants and entertainment as well as Seascape Golf Course and Tennis Center.
In addition, owners at The Grove will enjoy the use of The Grove Aquatic Gardens, which will include a lazy river, family pool, zero-entry pool, sun decks and covered
Published on Wednesday, September 15, 2021
As many re-imagine their future, the thought of purchasing a vacation home has emerged. The next question is “where?” While there are many tourist-friendly destinations with varying appeal, ranging from big cities to majestic mountains to beaches to vineyards, the beach naturally attracts tourists of all ages. The beach strikes a nice balance between your personal enjoyment and as a rental revenue generator. Owners can gather with their family and friends during the slower months and rent their property when it is in high demand among
Published on Monday, July 5, 2021
The Destin real estate market has continued strong momentum in the first quarter of 2021. With exponential growth in property values and sale prices in 2021, this trend is anticipated to continue through the summer months. The residential sales report for March 2021 revealed that sale prices for both single-family homes and condominiums in both Okaloosa and Walton Counties were higher than in 2020. While 2020 was off due to the COVID-19 shutdown, we have continued to watch the market grow month over month. With less inventory and rising demand,
Published on Monday, May 10, 2021
For those looking to own a piece of paradise along Florida’s Emerald Coast will want to consider a real estate purchase in the Crystal Beach neighborhood in Destin, Florida. This quiet beachside community has a welcoming feeling and features tree-lined streets with white picket fences and pastel-colored homes. Low-density Gulf-front condominiums are completed by one-of-a-kind hotels and inns, including Beachside Inn, the Inn at Crystal Beach, Henderson Beach Inn, and the luxurious Henderson Beach Resort.
With the miles of soft white sand beaches
Published on Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Newman-Dailey Resort Properties awarded Real Estate Agents Heather Green and Shannyn Stevenson as the 2020 Top Producers of the Year. Diane Green was the Top Real Estate Sales Agent for 2020 and Shannyn Stevenson earned Top Listing Agent for 2020.
After earning top accolades in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and now 2020, Heather Green consistently demonstrates she is among the best real estate agents serving 30-A, Miramar Beach, and Destin area. Green employs proven marketing strategies, ranging from home staging to social networking, which results
Published on Monday, January 18, 2021
Real Estate Agent Shannyn Stevenson was honored as the "Top Real Estate Producer" for the third quarter of 2020. Stevenson was honored for being both the “Top Sales Agent” and the “Top Listing Agent” for the third quarter of 2020.
While COVID-19 made selling real estate more complicated, Shannyn has found creative ways to serve her clients. Shannyn’s use of personalized, guided video walk-throughs of properties allowed her clients to view listings and ask questions in real-time and get to closing faster.
Published on Monday, December 21, 2020
Fall of 2020 has continued to bring heavy real estate activity along the Emerald Coast. The months of August and September brought twice the volume of sales for Newman-Dailey agents and the month of October also resulted in a higher sales volume as compared to 2019.
With the combination of multiple offers on a single listing and possible delays with lenders, our team has been working harder than ever to ensure their buyers and sellers achieve a successful closing.
In tracking real estate trends for the Destin market, we believe
Published on Monday, October 26, 2020
This year, COVID-19 has changed the way clients view, buy, and sell real estate investments in Destin, Florida. In the past professional pictures, drone shots, and video tours were enough to help a buyer decide if they wanted to pursue a beach property further. Now many buyers are getting their first glimpse of beach properties remotely through apps like FaceTime, Whatsapp, and Zoom.
A personalized, guided video call walk-through is a convenient way for buyers to view and ask questions in real-time. The video call walk-through is now accelerating
Published on Monday, October 19, 2020
Our team is excited to celebrate our top real estate producers for the second quarter of 2020. Lupe Batarao earned “Top Sales Agent” and Carolyn DiFebo was named the “Top Listing Agent” for April through June 2020.
We are extremely proud of our star performers for the second quarter. This year has been filled with challenges, but in spite of the global pandemic, the Destin real estate market continues to thrive. The health and safety of our team and our clients is our top priority and our top performers have uncovered ways
Published on Tuesday, September 1, 2020
One of our leading real estate agents Diane Green recently shared her tips for giving your home curb appeal and making it as inviting on the outside as inside the home.
“I absolutely love where I live and wouldn’t ever consider moving away from the beaches of South Walton and Destin area. Many locals live off the water and rely on outdoor spaces to enhance their views. Conflicts between beachy vibes and outdoor oasis living can be tricky and following the trends in magazines can be costly and overwhelming.
My local life for the
Published on Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Are you considering a fishing trip to Destin, Florida? If so, you may want to consider planning your trip around one of the popular fishing seasons. Gag Grouper, Red Snapper, and Cobia are some of the most popular fish caught in our local waters. Fishing seasons for these fish have become shorter and shorter due to over-fishing. Local fisherman and Newman-Dailey real estate agent, Colin Kirkwood , shares his knowledge and recommendations for sustainable fishing in Destin, Florida:
“If you’re heading to Destin, Florida to fish this year
Published on Tuesday, July 14, 2020
With a minor slowdown in sales during the months of March and April due to COVID-19, May and June have really packed a punch. Interest rates are amazingly low and investors are seizing the opportunity to own a slice of paradise along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Developers are continuing to build new homes and condos, while owners are remodeling their properties. There is a lot of activity in the Destin, Miramar Beach and 30A real estate market and we do not anticipate activity slowing down in the near future.
The experienced team
Published on Monday, July 6, 2020
Our Real Estate Agent, Carolyn DiFebo , tackled one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to buying real estate in Destin, Florida. Do you really need Title Insurance when purchasing an investment property or second home? Here's what you should know:
Title insurance has been around for more than 125 years to protect homeowners. A home (real estate) is the largest asset (investment) you will own and it should be protected.
So, what is title insurance? It is an insurance policy that protects the interests of the parties involved
Published on Monday, June 15, 2020
Due to the hard-working team of experienced Destin real estate agents at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, the Real Estate Division consistently ranks among the top 10 percent of real estate companies along the Emerald Coast for sales, according to the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors® (ECAR). This month, we are proud to honor Diane Green and Carolyn DiFebo for achieving the highest volume of sales and listings for the first quarter of 2020. Diane Green earned “Top Sales Agent” and Carolyn DiFebo was recognized as the &ldquo
Published on Monday, June 8, 2020
Our experienced team of Destin real estate agents is always ready and able to answer questions about buying and selling properties in Northwest Florida. To help answer your questions, Newman-Dailey Real Estate Agent Heather Sprigler has tackled some of the most frequently asked questions about buying a vacation rental at the beach.
What should my budget be?
This is a great question and should always be the first place to start when looking to purchase an investment property. Unlike your primary residence, more often than not a lender will
Published on Monday, May 11, 2020
As the nation fights against COVID-19, many homeowners are uncertain as to how they will be making their next mortgage payment. Many lenders are coming forward and providing some relief to property owners. On Saturday, March 21st, 2020, President Trump ordered that foreclosures and evictions will be ceased for a period of 60 days in response to this pandemic. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have said that they will offer options for borrowers that may include mortgage payments to be suspended for up to twelve months due to economic
Published on Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The Destin real estate market remains strong and Newman-Dailey is proud to honor its top real estate producers for 2019. Real Estate Agents Shannyn Stevenson and Diane Green were recently recognized as the 2019 Top Producers of the Year. Shannyn Stevenson was the Top Real Estate Sales Agent for 2019 and Diane Green earned Top Listing Agent for 2019.
A long-time Destin local, Shannyn Stevenson understands the market and helps clients select the best investment property for their budget and lifestyle. Specializing in buying and selling rental
Published on Monday, February 10, 2020
The Destin real estate market remains strong and 2020 is continuing to show a strong trend in real estate sales. In fact, the first 20 days of 2020 here at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties have been nothing short of spectacular. Our sales agents are busy working with buyers and sellers along the beautiful Emerald Coast. The total number of active properties that are for sale from Destin to 30-A have dropped as a whole when compared to the same time period last year and new construction of condominiums and single-family homes
Published on Monday, February 3, 2020
Are you looking to buy or sell your home the Destin area and need an agent that speaks Spanish? Newman-Dailey Real Estate Agent Lupe Batarao is fluent in Spanish and English and great resource for Spanish speaking home buyers. Here’s what Lupe says about her services:
“I am bilingual and am happy to help you with all of your translation needs. Buying or selling real estate can be a frustrating process and I can help you ease the stress by communicating in English and Spanish. A Florida resident for over 20 years, my knowledge
Published on Monday, November 25, 2019
Newman-Dailey’s real estate team members have a wide variety of talents and interests. In addition to being experts on the Destin real estate market, some love the ballet, some love to fish, some love to serve the community and some love to play sports.
Real Estate Agent Shannyn Stevenson loves tennis and her passion for the sport earned her and her team mates a spot in the 2019 mixed 18 and over sectional championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. The two-weekend event hosted 58 teams from across the states competing for the championship
Published on Monday, October 28, 2019
In Destin, the world’s luckiest fishing village , there are plenty of stories among the fishermen about the “big one that got away.” The same story could apply to the sport of “house hunting,” especially in Destin's competitive real estate market.
Our Destin Real Estate Agents Tom and Debbie Wooley pulled together some tips to help home buyers land the home of their dreams in Destin.
" If you are the only bidder, this certainly puts you in the catbird seat as long as your price is acceptable. Unfortunately
Published on Monday, October 7, 2019
At Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, we care about our marine environment and our team members are actively involved in a variety of organizations working to protect and preserve our delicate coastal ecology. Destin Real Estate Agent Colin Kirkwood is one of our team members who is involved in supporting solutions for the invasive Lionfish whose populations are growing in local waters. Here he shares information about this prickly problem and what is being done in Destin.
Invasive Lionfish in Destin - Seeking Solutions
Published on Thursday, September 26, 2019
The Real Estate Team at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties is reporting a "hot" summer for Destin real estate sales. New builds and resales have been keeping our team busy. Along Scenic Highway 30-A, new developments are on the rise and the added inventory has kept condominium and home sales strong. The Destin, Miramar Beach area is experiencing reduced inventory, and therefore, sales have slowed a bit. However, with several new builds on the horizon, we anticipate the volume of sales will begin growing again in the coming months. That
Published on Monday, July 29, 2019
Looking for Southern cooking on your next visit to Destin, Florida? Whether you are a local, a second homeowner, or a visitor to the area, if you’re craving country cooking, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen delivers. The restaurant, which opened in Destin Commons in May, is comfortable, casual place to find Southern favorites, including Paula Deen’s Best Ever Southern Fried Chicken, Chicken Fried Pork Chop, Ol’ Fashioned Southern Meatloaf and Chicken & Dumplings, among others. Our Real Estate Sales Agent Carolyn DeFibo recently visited Paula
Published on Monday, July 1, 2019
Have you considered investing in Destin real estate? A second home can become a vacation rental, providing income and place for your family to treasure at the beach.
This month, we're proud to recognize our top real estate sales producers for the first quarter of 2019! Sales Associate Shannyn Stevenson was the top sales agent within the real estate sales team and Destin Real Estate Agent Debbie Wooley was the Top Listing Agent for the first quarter of 2019.
After a chieving “Top Sales Agent of the Year” for 2018
Published on Monday, May 13, 2019
It’s National Tourism Week and we’re celebrating all our friends, family and clients that come visit us each year. A beach getaway is annual tradition for many and we enjoy seeing familiar faces and making new friends.
This year, we’re also celebrating the growth of Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). The Airport is making is easier than ever for beach lovers to get to our white sandy shores and scenic waterways, which are known for some of the best fishing in the world.
Last year was a banner year for the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.
Published on Monday, May 6, 2019
At Newman-Dailey, our experienced real estate team members frequently provide clients valuable insight into making their investment the most attractive it can be to increase resale value. Recently, we caught up with one of our long-standing real estate professionals, James Duren , and to hear his advice to clients to improve their property’s appeal and improve the first impression when listing a property for sale in the Destin area. Here are his "7 Tips to Improving the First Impression of a Destin home or condo for sale":
Published on Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Trying to find the best real estate and property management company in Destin? Many begin their research online. By visiting a variety of Destin real estate, vacation rental and property management company’s websites, those seeking real estate services along the Emerald Coast can compare facts including a company’s length of time in the market, record of success, fees, etc. But beyond quantitative data, it is also important to consider a company’s reputation.
For more than three decades, Newman-Dailey has stood
Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Are you interested in real estate investments in Destin, Florida?
Whether you currently own property along the Emerald Coast or are considering a future purchase, it is always advantageous to take a look at current market conditions and sales prices as a predictor for guaging the market. Destin, Miramar Beach, and the 30A area are all showing signs of high demand with new construction and renovations galore. Here's a look at few highlights of projects along the Gulf Coast:
spring of 2018, Seaside began making changes to its
Published on Monday, January 28, 2019
In an effort to ensure the students at Parker Elementary School in Panama City felt the joy of Christmas, Newman-Dailey Real Estate Agent Carolyn DeFibo joined Mission Love Seeds to deliver smiles to more than 500 students impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Michael. Here’s what Carolyn shared from her experience:
“I have been volunteering with Mission Love Seeds, a local non-profit, for many years so when they decided to plan a party for Panama City students, I jumped right in. Children do not understand the destruction and we
Published on Monday, January 14, 2019
Whether making a real estate investment or simply seeking a place to vacation, finding a place with an active local community, delectable culinary offerings and a thriving arts scene are a few of the amenities that make a destination desirable. Newman-Dailey Real Estate Agent Keli O’Neal is passionate about performing arts and appreciates the growing focus on the arts along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Keli has danced classical ballet, tap and jazz from the age of two. Her love of dance continues with her daughter who is now at the Northwest Florida
Published on Monday, June 18, 2018
As we look back on the last six months of real estate transactions, the Destin real estate market continues to show strong signs of growth. With a large number of investors continuing to buy investment properties while the interest rates are still relatively low, the first five months of 2018 has proven to be a better year for sales when compared to the same time period January to May 2017. We’ve compiled a quick snapshot of real estate statistics tracked through the Emerald Coast Association REALTORS to compare the Destin real estate market
Published on Monday, June 11, 2018
Have you been considering purchasing a vacation home or condominium? Rented.com recently released its report of the most profitable cities for rental property investments. The third annual report on the 150 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Rental Property in 2018, provides insights into the most profitable cities for rental property investment and how this profitability varies each year. Among the top 25 cities, eight were listed on both the 2017 and 2018 lists. The top five real estate markets with the highest return on investment (ROI)
Published on Monday, May 14, 2018
Remaining a leader in real estate sales in Destin and along Florida's Emerald Coast is no easy task. Luckily, the real estate sales team at Newman-Dailey is up to the challenge. The Newman-Dailey Real Estate Division is ranked among the top 5% of real estate companies according to the Emerald Coast Association of REALTORS (ECAR). For the first quarter of 2018, the company recognized three top producers. Sales Associate Shannyn Stevenson was honored as the top sales agent and Real Estate Agents Colin Kirkwood and Keli O’
Published on Monday, April 30, 2018
Our team of real estate experts are working harder than ever before. And we recently learned it is for good reason. Real estate in Florida is booming and especially in Northwest Florida. A combination of world class beaches, a growing economy and strong military presence has made Northwest Florida a hot spot for real estate activity. In fact, the Emerald Coast Association Realtors monthly market reports continue to reveal strong activity. In fact, ECAR monthly market detail report for single-family home closings in January and February
Published on Tuesday, April 3, 2018
At Newman-Dailey, we love to celebrate, and there is nothing we like more than celebrating success. We recently celebrated an incredibly successful year for our real estate division, which now ranks among the top 5% of real estate companies on the Emerald Coast according to the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors. We also celebrated our top real estate producers for the year. We’re pleased to announce that Real Estate Agents Shannyn Stevenson and Heather Green were our Top Real Estate Producers for the Year. Shannyn Stevenson was the Top
Published on Monday, March 26, 2018
It is an exciting time to be in the real estate industry in Destin, Florida. Last year was one of Newman-Dailey’s best years on record with 2017 real estate sales increasing 40% over 2016 sales. In 2016, our agents had 137 closed sales, while in 2017 our real estate sales team closed 190 real estate transactions, a 39% increase! In addition, our real estate division posted 22% more listings in 2017 vs. 2016. With the Newman-Dailey real estate sales serving as a leader in navigating this market growth, Newman-Dailey is now ranked among the top
Published on Monday, March 12, 2018
We love great beach weather and so do our guests and clients! Recently, we learned some exciting news that more cities will enjoy direct air services to our sugar white sand beaches thanks to Allegiant Airlines. New direct air service to Destin Airport (VPS) from four states, including North Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky and Arkansas will begin between June 6 and June 8, 2018. Here’s the round-up of new cities: Bentonville – Fayetteville, Arkansas XNA) to Destin, Florida (VPS) On June 6, direct flights begin from Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
Published on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
We all have our favorite local hangouts and the Newman-Dailey real estate team members are constantly out and about meeting clients and showing properties. Destin – 30A Real Estate Agent Shannyn Stevenson has been busy. In fact, Shannyn was named Newman-Dailey Resort Properties 2017 Top Producer for Sales! So we recently asked Shannyn about her favorite local hangout and here’s what we learned: “Fonville Press is my favorite coffee shop out on 30-A! Located in Alys Beach, this quiet cozy cafe is a great find if
Published on Monday, February 5, 2018
Air service to and from Northwest Florida is getting even more convenient through the efforts of our regional airports in Panama City as well as Destin (Valpariso). This summer, visitors and residents will enjoy more lift to the places they love most. Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) recently announced the addition of American Airlines serving Panama City Beach. American Airlines will begin daily air service on June 7, 2018 with flights to and from Charlotte Douglas (CLT) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airports
Published on Monday, January 22, 2018
The only thing better than a beach vacation is arriving faster to your beach vacation destination. For those want to reach South Walton and Destin, Florida faster or simply don't want to hear “Mom & Dad, Are we there yet?", the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) has some great news. ECP will have more flights and more direct flights this summer than ever before.
The enhanced summer flight schedule will begin June 6, end August 6, and will have 15 flights on Saturdays, nine flights on Sunday, and seven-weekday flights
Published on Thursday, December 7, 2017
Newman-Dailey's Real Estate Division has been enjoying the booming Destin real estate market this year. Not only is Newman-Dailey's Real Estate Division listed among the top 10% of Destin real estate companies according to Emerald Coast Association of Realtors , but Newman-Dailey recently celebrated some of its top producers.
Real Estate Agents Jerry Bielawski and Eva Pickens were recognized as the 2017 Third Quarter Top Producers. Jerry Bielawski was the top listing agent and Eva Pickens was the top sales agent for July through September
Published on Monday, November 6, 2017
Thank you to everyone who voted! We were honored to learn that Newman-Dailey Resort Properties was voted "Best Property Management Company" on the Emerald Coast in Emerald Coast Magazine's " Best of the Emerald Coast Awards ." This was our third consecutive year receiving this honor and it is so rewarding to know that our team’s hard work and dedication is felt by the community and our clients. We are passionate about our 100% performance guarantee to provide prompt, reliable service. We are grateful for the many friends
Published on Thursday, November 2, 2017
Have you heard of hunting for spiny lobsters in Destin? Neither had we until Newman-Dailey Real Estate Agent Colin Kirkwood enlightened us. We learned that he has been hunting for spiny lobsters for most of his life. From as far as the Country of Panama to The Bahamas and from Key West to Marathon Key, all the way up through the Southeastern coasts of Florida, Colin has searched the waters for spiny lobsters, and he tells us that hunting for spiny lobsters in Destin is the ultimate challenge! Here’s what he shared: “I've truly met my match
Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
As we wrap up summer of 2017, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division has compiled a state of Emerald Coast report for those interested in buying or selling real estate in the Destin area. First and foremost, our agents are reporting that the Destin real estate market has been hot, hot, hot this year! The market is proving that buyers and sellers alike have a strong sense of confidence in the real estate industry. According to the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors July 2017 Market Summary Report, there has been continued
Published on Monday, August 28, 2017
Our team of experienced real estate agents are not only knowledgeable on the Destin real estate market but the Destin area as well. Newman-Dailey Real Estate Agent Carolyn Difebo moved to the Destin area 25 years ago and is still proud to call Destin home. She recent shared one her favorite places to dine— Dewey Destin’s Restaurant . “Both locals and tourists alike flock to Dewey Destin's on the Harbor, or to their original location on the Bay-near Crab Island and the Destin Bridge. It is truly a "hometown" restaurant. Dewey Destin
Published on Monday, July 17, 2017
There is something special about spending a day along Scenic Highway 30A. Residents and visitors of this special coastal highway find themselves feeling relaxed and inspired. Newman-Dailey real estate team member, REALTOR Gloria Nobles, is fortunate to live along 30A and recently shared how she spends a typical Saturday. Saturday on 30A 8:00AM My husband and I and our son and daughter-in-law leave our condo at Sanctuary at Redfish to drive to WaterColor to play tennis with friends. The tennis pro welcomes us and puts us on a court right
Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
Buying a piece of property in Florida, whether it be a condominium, home or raw land, is an exciting time. While many investors make individual purchases, there are also instances in which buyers wish to purchase property in conjunction with other partners. Newman-Dailey REALTOR Diane Green has outlined some of the co-ownership options available with Florida investments, including properties in Destin, South Walton and along Hwy 30A: Tenancy in Common – This option allows the owner the greatest flexibility to transfer the property as desired
Published on Monday, June 5, 2017
South Walton is well known for its beautiful beaches, but many travelers to our area are not aware of beautiful Eden Gardens State Park . Newman-Dailey Real Estate Agent Eva Pickens is an expert on South Walton and 30A real estate and recently highlighted this South Walton treasure. Here's what she shared :
Go back in time 100 years where this site was a hub for the Wesley Lumber Company, operating from 1890 until World War I, on the Tucker Bayou. In 1897, William Henry Wesley built an elegant white column wraparound porch antebellum style
Published on Monday, May 8, 2017
There is a new restaurant on Okaloosa Island. The Gulf Okaloosa Island is the sister restaurant to the original in Gulf Shores, AL. The Gulf not only features a deliciously diverse menu but also supports green practices. So we asked, Newman-Dailey’s “Green” Agent Mark DeSalvo to share his thoughts on Okaloosa Island's newest restaurant. “I love the fact it is constructed out of re-purposed shipping containers. The food is very good with a daily selection of fresh seafood. I was told they don't even have a freezer on-site since
Published on Monday, April 17, 2017
Newman-Dailey Destin Real Estate Agent Shannyn Stevenson “knows the Gulf Coast” and as a long-time resident and avid paddle boarder, she offers some great tips for stand-up paddle boarding in Destin.
Find a Beach Access with Flat Walk-On Access . Pompano Joe's is where I go but it can be tough to to carry the board up and down the stairs. It is a good workout! There are locations that offer flat walk on access, including the access behind Seascape next to the Whale’s Tale has a drive on /walk on ramp. Also on Scenic Highway
Published on Monday, April 10, 2017
One thing is certain, whether you live along the Emerald Coast, are just visiting or looking to purchase a home, there is no denying the incredible culinary offering in South Walton and Destin, Florida. From Celebrity Chef Tim Creehan to Chef and Author Jim Shirley to the many, many other talented chefs that call South Walton and Destin home, the result is an abundance of award-winning restaurants sprinkled along our stretch of beaches. And we’re excited to announce that none other than award-winning restaurateur, cookbook author and television...
Published on Monday, April 3, 2017
Newman-Dailey consistently ranks among the top 10% of real estate companies on the Emerald Coast, according to the Emerald Coast Association of REALTORS® (ECAR) Closed Sales Summary Report, and Newman-Dailey recently learned of a another achievement. Five of Newman-Dailey’s real estate agents are now ranked among the top 15% of real estate agents along the Emerald Coast. This is no small achievement when you consider that ECAR is made up of more than 3,200 REALTOR® members. We are proud of our hard working team and we wanted to recognize
Published on Monday, March 27, 2017
While we know Florida's Emerald Coast is renowned for its white sand beaches and beautiful turquoise water, there are some legendary Destin landmarks that are iconic to our coastal town. We've compiled a list of these “must see”, photo-worthy places in Destin. And while it may not be possible to experience all of our landmark locations during one visit, this will give you a reason for a return trip or it may inspire you to purchase your own landmark in paradise. Crab Island. Located on the north side of the Destin Bridge, Crab Island
Published on Monday, March 20, 2017
As we launch into 2017, we want to take a moment and recognize the achievements of the Newman-Dailey Real Estate Sales Division. It was an incredible year and our real estate sales team exceeded their goal by 7% with 2016 sales up 21% over 2015. This further underscores the growth of the Emerald Coast real estate market in recent years and Newman-Dailey’s position among the top 10% of real estate companies along the Emerald Coast according to ECAR (Emerald Coast Association of Realtors). TOP PRODUCER As part of this incredible year, we would
Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Great news! Allegiant Air will begin new, nonstop air service from Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) to 11 cities around the U.S. starting in May 2017. Locals love to travel to destinations, including Austin, Washington D.C. and Louisville, among others, and families love to travel to Florida’s Emerald Coast to enjoy our soft white sand beaches and fun family activities, making this expansion a win-win. This is the largest single expansion into Florida in the company's history. To celebrate, the Allegiant Airlines move to Destin, the
Published on Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Florida’s Emerald Coast is growing and with that new construction is increasing and our main road Highway 98 is undergoing a major widening project over the next several years. These are great signs for property owners in South Walton and Destin, Florida. How does a property maintain the competitive advantage in the Destin Real Estate Market with new construction projects being completed almost daily? It is challenging. New construction and recently remodeled properties are seeing a major boost when compared to outdated properties. Newer properties...
Published on Thursday, December 8, 2016
We’re pleased to welcome The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, to Destin, Florida. For our extended family of clients, guests and owners, you’re probably thinking,"Hasn't the Henderson been in Destin for years?" Great question! The Henderson Park Inn has been an icon along Florida’s Emerald Coast for years. In fact, after experiencing damage from Katrina, it became a place of refuge for evacuees from the storm. Now, a NEW The Henderson opens, a luxury resort that sits adjacent to the Inn and overlooks the 208-
Published on Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Many families come to the beautiful beaches of South Walton and Destin on vacation and dream of owning their own beach vacation home or condominium one day. A beach vacation home can be a solid investment that can be passed along to future generations while providing enjoyment to families along the way. In addition by placing a vacation home or condominium on a vacation rental program, it can also help to offset costs of home ownership and help underwrite mortgage payments. The challenge for many is how to get financing and gathering cash for the
Published on Thursday, November 17, 2016
It’s time to begin planning for the holidays and our guests and owners look to Newman-Dailey for recommendations on holiday events and happenings along the Emerald Coast. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of the best Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve events planned along the Emerald Coast for 2016: Holiday Parades We love a parade and the holidays are no exception. Starting on Dec. 10, the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin welcomes Playground Music Center’s “A Tuba Christmas” with more than 30 brass instruments playing holiday classics
Published on Monday, November 14, 2016
Planning a trip to visit your beach home in Destin or South Walton for your annual homeowners association meeting? If so, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties would like to help you make the most of your time at the beach. We’ve compiled a fun list of things to do in Destin and things to do at your beach house while you’re here: Take a Break: Attend the 68th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. Destin’s Annual Fishing Rodeo dates back to 1948 and is held the entire month of October. Weigh-ins are held daily behind AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar from 10 am until
Published on Monday, October 3, 2016
Planning a trip to Destin this fall? Be sure to check out the 2016 Destin Seafood Festival , September 30 - October 2. The 38th Annual Festival will begin on Friday, September 30 (4:00pm-10:00pm) and continue on Saturday, October 1 (10:00am-10:00pm) and continue through Sunday, October 2 (11:00am-4:00pm). The festival takes place along the scenic Destin Harbor Boardwalk and is sure to impress the whole family with live music, endless food, crafts, and children’s activities. Best of all, there is no admission charge. Our team member, Missy Windes
Published on Friday, September 16, 2016
With many miles of sugar white sand beaches and shimmering emerald green water, it’s natural for families to want to own a slice of paradise. There are hundreds of listings, dozens of websites, and a wide range of prices. Where to begin? We recommend starting with a trusted and experienced real estate agent. What makes the best Destin Real Estate Agent? Here are some things to look for in a Emerald Coast Realtor: Narrow Destin Real Estate Options. In today’s technology driven environment, information is at our finger tips, and often creates information
Published on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
We’re often asked if is better to buy home or rent home in Destin with today’s market conditions. Great question! While most of our clients come to Destin by first renting Destin vacation rental, after a few visits many decide to either relocate to the Emerald Coast or buy a second home or condominium.
Our expert team of Destin real estate agents consistently track and follow Emerald Coast real estate market trends. Right now, mortgage rates are continuing at near historic lows, and investing in real estate continues to be an attractive
Published on Monday, August 22, 2016
Our guests have been staying with us 10, 20, even 30 years in some cases, and we enjoy hearing about their family traditions that began at the beach. Now many return to the beach with kids and grandkids, and keep their traditions alive. Of our extended family of guests, some enjoy staying in the same Destin vacation rental annually, while others like to try different rental homes and condos, providing a different experience year after year. Whether your family enjoys consistency or craves the thrill of a new experience, we think you’ll appreciate
Published on Monday, August 15, 2016
Have you considered investing in real estate in or around Destin, Florida? If so, whether you’re considering a Destin condominium or a single-family home, you can’t go wrong. The real estate market in Destin is booming.
From Destin to 30A, condos are on the market an average of 37% fewer days than this time last year and the average sales price is 5.6% higher. In addition, detached single family homes from Destin to 30A are also on the market fewer days, an average 31% less, as compared year-to-date last year and the average sales
Published on Monday, July 25, 2016
Searching for the perfect home or rental property in Destin, Florida is an exciting journey and the end reward can be extremely gratifying. However, as with any transaction, there are risks. The team of real estate agents at Newman-Dailey has been following the growing national trend of real estate fraud. In fact, last fall the National Association of Realtors began seeing this trend and warned its members of the resurgence of a 2012 e-mail scam preying on buyers nearing the closing of their deal. We are working to spread the word with our clients
Published on Monday, July 18, 2016
Our team receives lots of questions about the Destin community, which inspired our inaugural "Where You'd Rather Be" magazine. Due to the positive response from the first issue, we recently introduced the second edition. Produced in partnership with Rowland Publishing, “Where You’d Rather Be” features the people, places, and experiences that make the South Walton and Destin special. Last year, we celebrated Newman-Dailey Resort Properties' 30th Anniversary and part of the fun was reconnecting with our extended family of
Published on Monday, July 11, 2016
Great news for our friends in Louisiana. New Orleans-owned and -based GLO is launching non-stop service from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) beginning on June 24, 2016. The start-up public charter operator, operated by Corporate Flight Management, Inc. (CFM), is aiming to attract families who wish to visit the beach for a long weekend or a full week and forego the 5+ hour drive. Tickets are on sale now for the following summer flights: Friday, June 24 & Monday, June
Published on Monday, June 13, 2016
What a sight! We were able to join locals and tourists alike to see the release of Mars, a 121 lb. loggerhead sea turtle, get released into the wild at Henderson Beach on May 19th. The 21-year old Mars was found stranded off of Perdido Key on December 29, 2015. She was in bad condition and was missing her left rear flipper, and had barnacles and red algae all over her back. She was taken to the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center on Okaloosa Island for rehabilitation and some TLC. How did she get her name? The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center
Published on Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Like the Gulf Coast’s tidal conditions, the Destin real estate market is in a constant state of change. Fortunately, recent trends show a rising tide lifting all boats. According to the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors (ECAR), real estate sales along Florida's Emerald Coast in 2015 increased 16.1 percent over the previous year. In addition, reports from ECAR show increased demand with the average number of cumulative days for listings on market decreasing from 150 days in December 2014 to 140 days in December 2015. While the housing
Published on Thursday, April 28, 2016
Last month, we learned that Allegiant Air was beginning direct flights from Destin to St. Louis and Cincinnati this summer. The results were so positive that Allegiant Air is now adding direct flights from Destin to four more cities, including Memphis, Knoxville, Oklahoma City and Fort Lauderdale. This is especially good news for our friends in Memphis, Tennessee. Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, Allegiant Air will offer direct flights from Memphis International Airport (MEM) to the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) on Mondays and Fridays
Published on Thursday, March 10, 2016