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Brandon Jordan Distinctive Properties Realtor certified - 07/22/2016

Brandon Jordan Distinctive Properties Realtor Certified Specialist

 I have recently received the Distinctive Properties designation. Realtors with this designation enjoy many benefits that help them to list and sell the unique properties in their area.

The following are just some of the advantages customers who list their properties with me will know I utilize in presenting their properties to the world.

Enjoy full access to specialized marketing strategies, techniques and technology

Gain a competitive edge in this exciting marketplace

Listed on ERADistinctiveProperties.com

"ERA Distinctive Properties" High-end, Unique Homes Publication: 
 
      Distinctive Signage

Video Microsites:
Video Website

HD Quality Images

Simple Social Sharing

Quick Email Generation Tool

URL and QR Codes

Virtual Home Staging Tool:
An innovative visualization tool that will enable me to customize and stage Distinctive Properties listings.
 
  Member of the Facebook –  ERA Distinctive Properties

ERA Distinctive Properties idea sharing:
"Think Distinct" sessions

Collaborate and connect with other specialists across the network

Capitalize on collective knowledge and experience

Hear from peers and industry expert speakers

RPR property and marketing reports. 

Online partners in Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate

Modern sophisticated branding. Curated platform designed to elevate your distinctive property.







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Brandon Jordan Distinctive Properties Realtor certified - 07/22/2016

Brandon Jordan Distinctive Properties Realtor Certified Specialist

 I have recently received the Distinctive Properties designation. Realtors with this designation enjoy many benefits that help them to list and sell the unique properties in their area.

The following are just some of the advantages customers who list their properties with me will know I utilize in presenting their properties to the world.

  • Enjoy full access to specialized marketing strategies, techniques and technology

  • Gain a competitive edge in this exciting marketplace

  • Listed on ERADistinctiveProperties.com

  •  "ERA Distinctive Properties" High-end, Unique Homes Publication: 
  •  
  •  Distinctive Signage

  • Video Microsites:
    Video Website

    HD Quality Images

    Simple Social Sharing

    Quick Email Generation Tool

    URL and QR Codes

    Virtual Home Staging Tool:
    An innovative visualization tool that will enable me to customize and stage Distinctive Properties listings.
     
      Member of the Facebook –  ERA Distinctive Properties

    ERA Distinctive Properties idea sharing:
    "Think Distinct" sessions

    Collaborate and connect with other specialists across the network

    Capitalize on collective knowledge and experience

    Hear from peers and industry expert speakers
     
    RPR property and marketing reports. 

    Online partners in Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate

    Modern sophisticated branding. Curated platform designed to elevate your distinctive property.







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    204 Cabana Way Crestview FL 32536 just listed and under contract - 07/22/2016





    753909  - Residential  Detached Single Family - Pending

      $99,600 

    Office File #: 43087
    Address:204 Cabana Way, Crestview, FL 32536
    County:Okaloosa
    Area:25 - Crestview Area
    Sub Area:2502 - Crestview Southwest
    Project Name/Subdivision:RIDGE CREST PH II
    Zoning:City; Resid Single Family
    Parcel ID:18-3N-23-1261-000A-0520
    Elementary School:Riverside
    Middle School:Shoal River
    High School:Crestview
    Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled):1,244
    Price/SqFt:$80.06
    Bedrooms:4
    Total Baths: 2
    Full Baths:2
    Half Baths:
    Design:Contemporary
    # Stories:1




    Year Built:2005
    Occupancy Status:Vacant

    Construction Status:Construction Complete

    SqFt Source: County PA Records
    Pool: No
    Pool Type: None
    Directions: Hwy 90 to south on Lloyd. Enter Ridge Crest follow around to 204 Cabana Way. House on tight . sign out front.
    Legal Description: RIDGE CREST PH II LOT 52 BLK A
    Remarks: REO. This Crestview home is located in Ridge Crest Estates sitting toward the back of a cul-de-sac for privacy. 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with the much desired split floor plan for under $100,000. This home is an all electric home. Here are some of the many extras, fans through-out home, flat top stove, stove has pan draw, hurricane front door with drop down panel to let breeze through,internal garage key pad for easy entry, 2 car garage, garage disposal, mocha maple cabinet in kitchen, microwave, stove, built in microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher all stay. Great deck for entertaining. Back yard is completely fenced. Home has security system. Take a look today.
    Garage Spaces:2
    Driveway Spaces:4
    Lot Features:Interior
    Lot/Parcel Access:City Road; Paved Road
    Parking Features:
    Waterfront Feet:
    Waterfront:
    Waterview:
    Lot Dimensions:95X108X100X108
    Acreage:
    Farm Info:  
    Beach Frontage:
     
    Room NameLvlDimnsns
    Bedroom - Master111.5x13x8
    Bedroom - Additional111x10.6
    Bedroom - Additional111x10.2
    Bedroom - Additional112.7x10.5
    Great Room116.3x12.9
    Dining Area18.2x10
    Kitchen18.2x10
    Construction/Siding:
    Project Facilities:
    Exterior: Deck Open; Fenced Back Yard; Fenced Privacy
    Interior:
    Appliances: Disposal; Microwave; Range Hood; Refrigerator; Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities: Community Sewer; Community Water; Electric; TV Cable
    Existing Leases:
    Mstr Bdrm/Mstr Bath:
    Energy: AC - Central Elect; Ceiling Fans; Heat Cntrl Electric

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    111 Nicole Lane Crestview FL 32539 just listed and under contract - 07/21/2016




    753881   - Residential  Detached Single Family - Pending
      $116,200 
    Office File #: 43295
    Address:111 NICOLE Lane, Crestview, FL 32539
    County:Okaloosa
    Area:25 - Crestview Area
    Sub Area:2501 Crestview Southeast
    Project Name/Subdivision:PARK PLACE 5
    Zoning:Resid Single Family
    Parcel ID:29-3N-23-3040-000A-0060
    Elementary School:Riverside
    Middle School:Shoal River
    High School:Crestview
    Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled):1,631
    Price/SqFt:$71.24
    Bedrooms:3
    Total Baths: 2
    Full Baths:2
    Half Baths:0
    Design:Ranch
    # Stories:1
    Year Built:1994
    Occupancy Status:Vacant
    Immediate Occupancy:Yes
    Construction Status:Construction Complete
    SqFt Source: County PA Records
    Pool: No
    Pool Type: None
    Directions: From Hwy 85, turn onto Brookmeade Dr,take a right onto Trenton Ave take hard right, changes to Nicole, house on right.
    Legal Description: PARK PLACE V LOT 6 BLK A
    Remarks: REO. Conveniently located behind Walmart on the south end of town close to all shopping, military bases and schools.This Home sits on a nice level lot and features a fireplace, a large master bedroom, master closet and master bath, laminate floors in living area with carpeted bedrooms. The back yard is privacy fenced and there is a doggie door in the breakfast nook for pet owner convenience. Appliances include stove, fridge, dishwasher.
    Garage Spaces:2
    Driveway Spaces:2
    Lot Features:Interior; Level
    Lot/Parcel Access:City Road
    Parking Features: Garage
    Waterfront Feet:
    Waterfront:
    Waterview:
    Lot Dimensions:80/140
    Acreage:0.26
    Farm Info:  
    Beach Frontage:
     
    Room NameLvlDimnsns
    Bedroom - Master113/16
    Living Room118/17
    Kitchen112/12
    Bedroom - Additional111/12
    Bedroom - Additional111/12
    Bath - Master110/12
    Construction/Siding: Roof Composite Shngl; Siding Brick Front; Siding Brick Some; Siding Vinyl; Trim Aluminum; Trim Vinyl
    Project Facilities:
    Exterior: Fenced Privacy
    Interior: Ceiling Raised; Fireplace; Floor Laminate; Pantry; Pull Down Stairs; Washer/Dryer Hookup
    Appliances: Dishwasher; Oven Self Cleaning; Range Hood; Refrigerator; Smoke Detector; Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities: Electric; Public Sewer; Public Water; TV Cable
    Existing Leases:
    Mstr Bdrm/Mstr Bath: MBath Double Vanity; MBed First Floor; MBed Walk-in Closet
    Energy: AC - Central Elect; Ceiling Fans; Double Pane Windows; Heat Pump Air To Air; Water Heater - Elect

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    Good luck Charlie Young with your new position - 07/18/2016

    Good luck Charlie Young with your new position.
     
    Charlie Young, president and CEO of ERA Real Estate, talks about ERA American Realty of Northwest FL, Inc. He explains why and how ERA American Realty leverages cutting edge technology for the success of their clients and real estate professionals." ERA American Realty is one of the top companies in the entire ERA Network. Under Gloria Frazier's leadership, the company has also earned the impressive title of Market Leader, not just in total sales volume but in areas that reflect commitment to both consumers and sales professionals. ERA American Realty of Northwest Fl. has zero unresolved customer service problems. They also have highest number of transactions per agent regionally, fewest days on market, best sales rate, and highest percentage of list to sales price." Learn more about ERA American Realty of Northwest FL here http://www.era-american.com

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    363 John King Rd Crestview FL 32539 - 07/14/2016





    755144  - Residential  Detached Single Family - Active
      $89,900 
    Office File #:
    Address:363 JOHN KING Road, Crestview, FL 32539
    County:Okaloosa
    Area:25 - Crestview Area
    Sub Area:2501 Crestview Southeast
    Project Name/Subdivision:SHOAL WOOD ESTATES
    Zoning:Resid Single Family
    Parcel ID:33-3N-23-2268-0000-0090
    Elementary School:Riverside
    Middle School:Shoal River
    High School:Crestview
    Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled):1,053
    Price/SqFt:$85.38
    Bedrooms:3
    Total Baths: 2
    Full Baths:2
    Half Baths:
    Design:Ranch
    # Stories:1
    Year Built:1987
    Occupancy Status:Vacant
    Immediate Occupancy:Yes
    Construction Status:Construction Complete
    SqFt Source: County PA Records
    Pool: No
    Pool Type: None
    Directions: Take John King Rd from Hwy 85 S of I-10. Follow to just past the entrance to Shoal Woods. House is on the right.
    Legal Description: LOT 9 SHOAL WOOD EST
    Remarks: REO on a large lot, south of I-10. Fenced back yard + shed on the property. Cathedral ceiling and fireplace in the Living Room. Split bedroom plan with a walk-in closet and cathedral ceiling in the Master Bedroom. Dining room accented by a tray ceiling.Conveniently located south end of town close to all shopping, military bases and schools.
    Garage Spaces:
    Driveway Spaces:2
    Lot Features:Level
    Lot/Parcel Access:City Road
    Parking Features: Other
    Waterfront Feet:
    Waterfront:
    Waterview:
    Lot Dimensions:80X100
    Acreage:0.18
    Farm Info:  
    Beach Frontage:
     
    Room NameLvlDimnsns
    Living Room118x20
    Bedroom - Additional111x10
    Dining Room19x8
    Laundry Room16x6
    Kitchen19x8
    Bath - Master112x11
    Bedroom - Additional111x10
    Construction/Siding: Fndtn Slab on Grade; Roof Fiberglass; Siding Vinyl
    Project Facilities:
    Exterior: Porch Open
    Interior: Ceiling Cathedral; Fireplace; Floor Vinyl
    Appliances: Dishwasher; Disposal; Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities: Community Sewer; Community Water; Electric
    Existing Leases:
    Mstr Bdrm/Mstr Bath: MBed Carpeted; MBed Cthdrl Ceiling; MBed First Floor; MBed Walk-in Closet
    Energy: Water Heater - Elect

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    41 12TH St Shalimar FL 32579 - 07/07/2016





    754303  - Residential  Attached Single Unit - Active
      $65,600 
    Office File #:
    Address:41 12th Street 68, Shalimar, FL 32579
    County:Okaloosa
    Area:12 - Fort Walton Beach
    Sub Area:1210 - Shalimar/Port Dixie
    Project Name/Subdivision:PORT DIXIE
    Zoning:City
    Parcel ID:05-2S-23-2080-0056-0G68
    Elementary School:Shalimar
    Middle School:Meigs
    High School:Choctawhatchee
    Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled):1,660
    Price/SqFt:$39.52
    Bedrooms:3
    Total Baths: 3
    Full Baths:2
    Half Baths:1
    Design:Traditional
    # Stories:2
    Year Built:1975
    Occupancy Status:Vacant
    Construction Status:Construction Complete
    SqFt Source: County PA Records
    Pool: No
    Pool Type: None
    Directions: Eglin Parkway to 4th Avenue in Shalimar. Left on 12th Street. Unit is 4 blocks down on left.
    Legal Description: PORT DIXIE BEG NE COR BLK 56 S 164.67 FT TO POB E 20 FT S 28.33 FT W 117 FT N 28.33 FT E 97 FT TO POB 1062-330
    Remarks: REO nice unit - lots of possibilities. Converted garage is suite with A/C, heat, full bath, water heater - perfect for guests, teen, mother-in-law. Common area has pool, tennis courts, gazebo. Inside storage & laundry. Close to Eglin AFB,Hurlburt AFB,shopping,beaches.Great for first time home buyer or investor. Call to take a look today.
    Garage Spaces:
    Driveway Spaces:3
    Lot Features:Cleared; Interior; Restrictions
    Lot/Parcel Access:City Road
    Parking Features:
    Waterfront Feet:
    Waterfront:
    Waterview:
    Lot Dimensions:28X100
    Acreage:
    Farm Info:  
    Beach Frontage:
     
    Room NameLvlDimnsns
    Living Room118x19
    Kitchen112x16
    Bedroom - Master212x16
    Bedroom - Additional212x13
    Bedroom - Additional29x10
    Utility Room16x6
    Bonus Room112x24
    Construction/Siding: Siding Stucco
    Project Facilities: Playground
    Exterior: Deck Open; Patio Open
    Interior:
    Appliances: Dishwasher; Range Hood; Refrigerator; Smoke Detector; Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities: Phone; Public Sewer; Public Water; TV Cable
    Existing Leases:
    Mstr Bdrm/Mstr Bath: MBath Cultured Mrble
    Energy: AC - Central Elect

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    1803 Highway 85 Laurel Hill FL 32567 - 06/30/2016






    752802   - Residential  Detached Single Family - Active
      $27,400 
    Office File #: 42896
    Address:1803 SR-85, Laurel Hill, FL 32567
    County:Walton
    Area:23 - North Walton County
    Sub Area:2308 - Springs Lakes
    Project Name/Subdivision:Paxton
    Zoning:Resid Single Family
    Parcel ID:33-6N-21-40000-045-0030
    Elementary School:Paxton
    Middle School:Paxton
    High School:Paxton
    Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled):1,408
    Price/SqFt:$19.46
    Bedrooms:3
    Total Baths: 1
    Full Baths:1
    Half Baths:
    Design:Ranch
    # Stories:1
    Year Built:1958
    Occupancy Status:Vacant
    Construction Status:Construction Complete
    SqFt Source: County PA Records
    Pool: No
    Pool Type: None
    Directions: Take hwy 85 N from 85 and 90 to Paxton Just before clear springs rd home on the right.
    Legal Description: COM WHERE E/LY ROW HWY 85 INTERSECTS E LINE OF NW1/4 OF SW1/4 SEC 33-6N-21W,S 02 DEG 51'34''E 122.27 FT FOR POB,S 02DEG 51'34''E 202.60 FT,W 210.26FT,N 59 DEG 20'23''W 37.00 FT TO E/LY ROW CURVE R RADIUS 1876.86 FT ARC 244.07 FT CHORDB&D=N 34 DEG 23'09''E 243.90 FTS 52 DEG 22'18''E 46.53 FT,N 7847'42''E 57.69 FT TO POB. OR 2722-2097 OR 2749-3759 OR 3005-571
    Remarks: REO This is .83 of an acre not far from the town of Florala. With some TLC this would make a great family home. Large kitchen with open dining area and living room with Florida room on the front of the home. Genuine hardwood floors in bedrooms. Great back yard with enough room for the play set or above ground pool.
    Garage Spaces:
    Driveway Spaces:
    Lot Features:Cleared; Level
    Lot/Parcel Access:Paved Road; State Highway
    Parking Features:
    Waterfront Feet:
    Waterfront:
    Waterview:
    Lot Dimensions:208X208
    Acreage:0.83
    Farm Info:  
    Beach Frontage:
     
    Room NameLvlDimnsns
    Laundry Room17x8
    Bedroom - Additional111x11
    Bath - Full15x11
    Bedroom - Additional18x11
    Dining Area18x12
    Living Room115x20
    Florida Room16x24
    Kitchen111x12
    Construction/Siding: Roof Metal; Siding Vinyl
    Project Facilities:
    Exterior:
    Interior: Built-In Bookcases; Floor Hardwood; Floor Vinyl; Washer/Dryer Hookup
    Appliances:
    Utilities: Electric; Gas - Natural; Phone; Public Water
    Existing Leases:
    Mstr Bdrm/Mstr Bath:
    Energy: AC - Central Elect; Ceiling Fans

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    7450 Leonard Barnes Rd Holt FL 32564 - 06/25/2016






    754638   - Residential  Detached Single Family - Active
      $89,900 
    Office File #: 42895
    Address:7450 Leonard Barnes Road, Holt, FL 32564
    County:Santa Rosa
    Area:10 - North Santa Rosa County
    Sub Area:1009 - Blackwater
    Project Name/Subdivision:METES & BOUNDS
    Zoning:Agriculture
    Parcel ID:01-2N-26-0000-00310-0000
    Elementary School:East Milton
    Middle School:King
    High School:Milton
    Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled):1,527
    Price/SqFt:$58.87
    Bedrooms:4
    Total Baths: 2
    Full Baths:2
    Half Baths:
    Design:Ranch
    # Stories:1
    Year Built:1995
    Occupancy Status:Vacant
    Construction Status:Construction Complete
    SqFt Source: Agent-Measured
    Pool: No
    Pool Type: None
    Directions: From Baker, go West on Hwy 90 just past wildlife Rd before just before Harold heliport. Turn right onto Leonard Barnes Road and go down about 1/2 mile, and home will be on your right.
    Legal Description: Metes and Bounds
    Remarks: REO what a deal for an all brick, 4 bedroom home on 2 acres! Great buy for a home of this size on 2 acres! Since, with a FHA 203K loan, you can roll the renovations into the loan if you would like and the down payment is as low as 3.5% of the purchase price. Kitchen appliances are included in the sale. Call today for an appointment to see it.
    Garage Spaces:
    Driveway Spaces:
    Lot Features:
    Lot/Parcel Access:County Road; Paved Road
    Parking Features:
    Waterfront Feet:
    Waterfront:
    Waterview:
    Lot Dimensions:186X460
    Acreage:2
    Farm Info:  
    Beach Frontage:
     
    Room NameLvlDimnsns
    Living Room114x11
    Dining Room110x9
    Kitchen112x10
    Family Room114x13
    Bedroom - Master114x11
    Bedroom - Additional112x11
    Bedroom - Additional111x11
    Bedroom - Additional




     
    111x10
    Construction/Siding: Foundation Off Grade; Roof Composite Shngl; Siding Brick All
    Project Facilities:
    Exterior: Yard Building
    Interior: Floor Hardwood; Floor Vinyl; Floor WW Carpet; Washer/Dryer Hookup
    Appliances: Dishwasher; Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities: Electric; Public Water; Septic Tank
    Existing Leases:
    Mstr Bdrm/Mstr Bath: MBed Carpeted
    Energy: AC - Central Elect; Heat Cntrl Electric; Water Heater - Elect

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    127 W Orange Blossom Ave Defuniak Springs FL 32433 - 06/18/2016







    745705   - Residential  Detached Single Family - Active

      $49,900 
    Office File #: 425941
    Address:127 W ORANGE BLOSSOM Avenue, Defuniak Springs, FL 32433
    County:Walton
    Area:23 - North Walton County
    Sub Area:2305 - Mossy Head
    Project Name/Subdivision:OAKWOOD HILLS UNIT 1
    Zoning:Resid Single Family
    Parcel ID:16-3N-20-28060-031-0070
    Elementary School:Mossy Head
    Middle School:Walton
    High School:Walton
    Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled):1,315
    Price/SqFt:$37.95
    Bedrooms:3
    Total Baths: 2
    Full Baths:2
    Half Baths:0
    Design:Florida Cottage
    # Stories:1




    Year Built:2006
    Occupancy Status:Vacant
    Immediate Occupancy:Yes
    Construction Status:Construction Complete

    SqFt Source: County PA Records
    Pool: No
    Pool Type: None
    Directions: Hwy 90 to Walden Road. Left onto Orange Blossom. House is on left
    Legal Description: LOT 7 BLK 31 OAKWOOD HILLS UNIT I OR 82-181 OR 2301­1030 OR 2667-3096 OR 2667-3097 OR 2686-779 OR 2719-2925
    Remarks: REO... 3 BR, 2 BA, split BR floor plan. Contemporary LR with upgraded flooring & pass through window to kitchen. This The kitchen is very large with appliances and a lot of cabinets and counter space. Even room for a breakfast set and a sliding glass door to the back yard.
    Garage Spaces:
    Driveway Spaces:
    Lot Features:
    Lot/Parcel Access:
    Parking Features:
    Waterfront Feet:
    Waterfront:
    Waterview:
    Lot Dimensions:75x125
    Acreage:
    Farm Info:  
    Beach Frontage:
     
    Room NameLvlDimnsns
    Dining/Kitchen Combo113x14
    Living Room114x18.5
    Bedroom - Master111.5x14
    Bath - Master18x11.5
    Bedroom - Additional110x14
    Bedroom - Additional110x14
    Bath - Full18.5x5
    Laundry Room112x5.5
    Construction/Siding:
    Project Facilities:
    Exterior:
    Interior:
    Appliances:
    Utilities: Community Water; Electric; Phone; Septic Tank; TV Cable
    Existing Leases:
    Mstr Bdrm/Mstr Bath:
    Energy: Double Pane Windows; Water Heater - Elect

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    2702 Michelle Ct Crestview FL 32539 Bank Owned listing - 06/03/2016

    749545   - Residential  Detached Single Family - Active
      $204,900 
    Office File #: 42956
    Address:2702 Michelle Court, Crestview, FL 32539
    County:Okaloosa
    Area:25 - Crestview Area
    Sub Area:2501 Crestview Southeast
    Project Name/Subdivision:PAGE PLACE 3 PH 2
    Zoning:County; Resid Single Family
    Parcel ID:32-3N-23-303D-0000-0020
    Elementary School:Antioch
    Middle School:Shoal River
    High School:Crestview
    Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled):2,446
    Price/SqFt:$83.77
    Bedrooms:4
    Total Baths: 3
    Full Baths:3
    Half Baths:
    Design:Ranch
    # Stories:1
    Year Built:1995
    Occupancy Status:Vacant
    Immediate Occupancy:Yes
    Construction Status:Construction Complete
    SqFt Source: County PA Records
    Pool: No
    Pool Type: None
    Directions: Hwy 85 the traffic light at south most tip of Crestview on 85 take Live Oak Church Road. Follow Live Oak Church Road to Browning Court. Turn left onto Browning Court and drive to the end. Take the right turn onto Michelle Court.
    Legal Description: PAGE III PH 2 S/D LOT 2
    Remarks: REO SOUTH OF I-10! Cut minutes and miles off your commute when you live in this brick contemporary in Page Place. Be able to enjoy more time at home with your family instead of in your car! This FOUR BEDROOM THREE FULL BATH home looks much younger than its age because its design was years ahead of its time! This very popular, easy-living open floor plan features a 3-way split so all the bedrooms offer lots of privacy! Entering into the tiled foyer, you'll notice the 10' ceilings throughout the center of the house. large The large arched windows and the transoms allow natural light to brighten the home throughout the day. The formal living and dining rooms flank the foyer which then leads into a spacious great room with a fireplace. Screened porch. Two car garage.











     

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    4287 Hassell Rd Crestview FL 32536 mini farm - 05/30/2016

      $175,000 
    Office File #: 42988
    Address:4287 HASSELL Road, Crestview, FL 32536
    County:Okaloosa
    Area:25 - Crestview Area
    Sub Area:2502 - Crestview Southwest
    Project Name/Subdivision:SHOAL RIVER UNREC
    Zoning:Agriculture; Horses Allowed; Resid Single Family; Unrestricted
    Parcel ID:10-2N-24-0000-0002-0470
    Elementary School:Antioch
    Middle School:Shoal River
    High School:Crestview
    Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled):2,000
    Price/SqFt:$87.50
    Bedrooms:4
    Total Baths: 2
    Full Baths:2
    Half Baths:
    Design:Ranch
    # Stories:1




    Year Built:2003
    Occupancy Status:Occupied

    Construction Status:Construction Complete

    SqFt Source: County PA Records
    Pool: No
    Pool Type: None

    Directions: Take 85 south of the shoal river bridge to right on Rattlesnake Bluff Rd go about 3.2 miles to right on Hassle Rd. House on right.
    Legal Description: LOTS 6 & 7 SHOAL RIVER EST UNREC: COM SE COR N 1010 FT TOPOB W 230 FT N 380 FT E 230 FTS 380 FT LESS R/W
    Remarks: Calling all animal lovers! This is your chance to own a property that is a true turn-key mini-farm. You don't have to worry about any of the details. Need water ran for your horses? Done! Need electric to cool your horses? Done! The tack shop is set up with storage and cabinets in place. Need to have space for storage outside the tack shop for equipment above and below and storage for hay? Well you guessed it, already done and done. Worried about having a protected area for your free range chickens to go in at night? Not only is there space in the chicken coops to accomodate all your chickens but there is also reinforced protection under the cage floor to keep your animals safe from wildlife that might live in the surrounding base acreage that adjoins Eglin reservation. Speaking of nature, this property was designed to enjoy the outdoors. You have an outdoor sitting area just outside your back door that could easily be screened if desired; or it could be used for an outdoor kitchen. You will love the spacious patio and multiple freshly-mulched planters that adjoin it, ready for your selection of plants or veggies. This ample brick home sits on 1.75 acres and has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths with ceramic tile throughout. The kitchen has an island, stove, dishwasher and room for a table. There is a dining room, living room and family room with an all-brick fireplace and blower for efficiency. The master bath has a garden tub, separate shower and his-and-hers walk-in closets. Most rooms have ceiling fans as well as TV and phone connections. The garage is insulated and vented for A/C.












     

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    621 Territory Lane Crestview FL 32536 VA REO just listed in Fox Valley - 05/23/2016

    750266  - Residential  Detached Single Family - Active

      $215,950 

    Office File #: 42940
    Address:621 TERRITORY Lane, Crestview, FL 32536
    County:Okaloosa
    Area:25 - Crestview Area
    Sub Area:2502 - Crestview Southwest
    Project Name/Subdivision:FOX VALLEY
    Zoning:Deed Restrictions; Resid Single Family
    Parcel ID:35-3N-24-1000-000H-0100
    Elementary School:Northwood
    Middle School:Shoal River
    High School:Crestview
    Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled):3,054
    Price/SqFt:$70.71
    Bedrooms:4
    Total Baths: 3
    Full Baths:3
    Half Baths:
    Design:Ranch
    # Stories:1




    Year Built:2005
    Occupancy Status:Vacant

    Construction Status:Construction Complete

    SqFt Source: County PA Records
    Pool: No
    Pool Type: None

    Directions: From I-10 take the Crestview exit South on Hwy 85. Turn right on PJ Adams. Follow PJ Adams for approx. 4 miles (crosses back over I-10). Entrance to Fox Valley subdivision on left (Fox Chase). Take the first turn off the roundabout which becomes Territory Lane.Home will be on your left just before Silver Tip turn.
    Legal Description: FOX VALLEY PH I LOT 10 BLK H
    Remarks: REO. Thomas Home plan 3000B. All brick 4 bedroom 3 full bath home with features that include fireplace, trey ceiling in MB, sprinkler system, walk-in closets, wide colonial baseboards, NAFCO tile foyer, 5/8 sheetrock in all ceilings, rounded corners in common areas, large plant ledges, pre-wired for security and surround-sound, On Q Home Wiring System, telephone jacks w/CAT 5 Wiring in all bedrooms and kitchen, cable jacks in all bedrooms, double vanities in MB, 30-yr.Dimensional shingle, steel garage door with decorative glass, brick mailbox. Large sunroom across the rear of the home. Tons of beautiful cabinets in the kitchen.







     

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    1689 Flowers Dr Laurel Hill FL Bank owned 6 bedroom 3084 sq ft - 05/16/2016
















    749951  - Residential  Detached Single Family - Active

      $73,900 
    Office File #: 42936
    Address:1689 Flowers Dr, Laurel Hill, FL 32567
    County:Walton
    Area:23 - North Walton County
    Sub Area:2301 - Paxton
    Project Name/Subdivision:METES & BOUNDS
    Zoning:Resid Single Family
    Parcel ID:03-5N-21-39000-001-0025
    Elementary School:Paxton
    Middle School:Paxton
    High School:Paxton
    Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled):3,084
    Price/SqFt:$23.96
    Bedrooms:6
    Total Baths: 3
    Full Baths:2
    Half Baths:1
    Design:Ranch
    # Stories:1




    Year Built:1981
    Occupancy Status:Vacant

    Construction Status:Construction Complete

    SqFt Source: County PA Records
    Pool: No
    Pool Type: None

    Directions: Take Hwy 85 North, turn onto County road 147, turn right onto Flowersview Blvd, and turn left on Flowers Dr
    Legal Description: COM NE/C OF THE SW4 OF THE SW4RUN 85 DEG 45'54''W 50 FT, FOR POB, S 85 DEG 45'54''W 107 FT, S 00 DEG 14''E 410 FT, N 85 DEG45'54''E 107 FT, N 00 DEG 14''W 410 FT TO POB OR 2368-115 OR 3002-3540
    Remarks: REO home on 2 Acres! If you cherish your privacy and you are looking for a spacious home, then you must see this property. This home has 6 bedrooms, yes I said 6! Two master bedrooms and 4 additional bedrooms. One of the Master Bathrooms offer a garden tub and separate shower. With a large family room located off of the kitchen makes this home great for entertaining. A detached work building offers close to 1000 sq ft of work space. Also located on the property is an outdoor restroom building which would be great if you added a pool! The property hosts gorgeous trees for extra shade. Don't this miss this home.




     
     
     

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    Company wide open house today from ERA American to celebrate 35 years in business - 05/15/2016

    Attached is the complete list of homes that will be open 1-4 Today.

    These are in a full page, full color ad in your Daily News check it out in your paper today and stop by from 1-4 at any home.

    The list has a QR code that can be scanned by a mobile device and be directed to an interactive map of the homes open that day. The same code on this post is in the ad.


     


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    You are invited Monday from 5-7 ERA American party at Crestview location ERA turns 35 - 05/13/2016

    Dear friend and customer, 

    ERA American Real Estate is celebrating 35 wonderful years, and I'd like you to join the party. It is because of people like you that I've been able to build my career and, along with ERA American, change lives through real estate. Thank you!

     

    Please join me and celebrate our 35th anniversary.

    Monday, May 16, 2016

    5-7 PM

    938 S. Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, FL  32536

     

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    132 Wedgewood Lane Crestview FL 32536 bank owned property price reduced - 05/07/2016

    728462  - Residential  Detached Single Family - Active

      $199,000 

    Office File #: 42591
    Address:132 Wedgewood Lane, Crestview, FL 32536
    County:Okaloosa
    Area:25 - Crestview Area
    Sub Area:2503 - Crestview Northwest
    Project Name/Subdivision:METES & BOUNDS
    Zoning:City; Resid Single Family
    Parcel ID:06-3N-23-0000-0015-0200
    Elementary School:Northwood
    Middle School:Davidson
    High School:Crestview
    Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled):2,551
    Price/SqFt:$78.01
    Bedrooms:3
    Total Baths: 3
    Full Baths:2
    Half Baths:1
    Design:Country
    # Stories:2




    Year Built:1993
    Occupancy Status:Vacant
    Immediate Occupancy:Yes
    Construction Status:Construction Complete

    SqFt Source: County PA Records
    Pool: No
    Pool Type: None

    Directions: Hwy 85 North of Jones Road, make left and go down to Adams Rd. Pass Bob Sikes Elementary and road will curve around, Wedgewood Ln is on the right. Home is on the corner.
    Legal Description: BEG SW COE SEC N 50 FT,E1209.3 FT S 200 FT E890.7,FT TO BEG E 148 N 388 FT,W ALG W/E 150 FT S 370 FT,TO BEG EX S 2 FT
    Remarks: REO Large home on a corner lot. Huge wrap around porch on three sides of home and back features a large deck. Home has 150ft of waterfront on lake past trees. First floor has office and FL room not included in bedroom count. New carpet and paint throughout. New deck boards just installed! Brand new roof in 2015












     

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    Bulk email and social media syndicated message going out this weekend to some buyers and sellers. - 04/30/2016

    Now that's its that time of the year to get homes coming on the market with listing agreements running through summer and listings going into multiple offers, now is the time to send out the message.

    I have moved to ERA American Real Estate.




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    Thank you to ERA for supporting my moms pet rescue in Crestview - 01/20/2016

    Thank you to ERA for supporting my moms pet rescue in Crestview. My Safe Place Pet Rescue
    Brandon Jordan's photo.

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    New office and new location I have went back 2 ERA American Real Estate - 01/07/2016

    After 7 years at Coldwell Banker, the time had come to join back with ERA American Real Estate to help grow my business.  I am looking forward to working with everyone again.

    Thank you to ERA for the warm welcome.

    ERA American Real Estate

    Shalimar Office

    1270 N. Eglin Pkwy, Box 875
    Shalimar, FL 32579
    888.651.7039

    Crestview Office

    938 S Ferdon Blvd.
    Crestview, FL 32536
    850.682.4822

    Navarre Office

    8006 Navarre Pkwy
    Navarre, FL 32566
    850.515.1001

    Niceville Office

    409 E. John Sims Parkway #1
    Niceville, FL 32578
    850.678.1196

    Destin Office

    215 Mountain Dr
    Destin, FL 32541
    850.837.2181

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    Brandon Jordan has sold over 500 homes - 12/30/2015


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    Brandon Jordan Billboard - 12/15/2015


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    I have renewed my Equator Certification - 12/01/2015


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    I have renewed my Res.Net certification pro plus member - 11/20/2015


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    Brandon Jordan EPRO Realtor - 11/06/2015



    Brandon Jordan EPRO Realtor certified

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    Brandon Jordan SFR, Short Sale and Foreclosure Certification Realtor - 10/23/2015


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    Brandon Jordan Coldwell Banker Previews Realtor - 10/09/2015

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    I am now a 50/50 member with Coldwell Banker and have won the President Elite award for 2014 - 06/05/2015

    I am now a 50/50 member with Coldwell Banker and have won the President Elite award for 2014 I am now a 50/50 member with Coldwell Banker and have won the President Elite award for 2014 2011 above is the 2011 award and above that the 2012 I had a previous post http://okaloosamls.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/i-am-now-a-5050-member-with-coldwell-banker-and-have-won-the-president-elite-award-for-2012 about 2012 year end awards and being a member of the Coldwell Banker group of 50/50 and I am happy to say for a fourth year in a row with 2014 ending up with 100 plus listings and 100 plus sales for the year of 2014 I have won the 2014 presidents award.

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    Stop in for Free Foreclosure list 2514 S Ferdon Blvd Crestview FL 32536 - 06/01/2015

    Stop in for a free foreclosure list at our office 2514 S Ferdon Blvd Crestview FL 32536   Free Foreclosure list Okaloosa County FL

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    I received the 2014 Real Trends Best Real Estate Agent Award - 05/25/2015

    I received the 2014 Real Trends Best Real Estate Agent Award bage now on Trulia.comBrandon Jordan 2014 Real Trends Best Real Estate Agent Award Winner

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    Update to previous post My Safe Place Pet Rescue reached their goal of 5,000 for 1k likes - 04/25/2015

     
    So here we are at the start of what I hope will be something that will help a lot of animals. Lets see if we can use the like button from Facebook to spread some good news. Starting today For every new like on my website
     
    OkaloosaMLS.com I will be donating $5.00 up to $5,000 till Dec 31st,2014 to My Safe Place Pet Rescue.
     
    *ELIGIBILITY* Any Facebook account liking OkaloosaMLS.com must have existed for at least 6 months so that Facebook doesn't mark the website with google as a spammed liked page*
     
    http://www.OkaloosaMLS.com/ has added this year a like button to the website and currently there are 15 likes so hopefully there will be many more soon.
     
     
    Please share this story on Facebook to help My Safe Place Pet Rescue and send to any pet lover you know and make sure to go to http://www.OkaloosaMLS.com/ and click the Facebook like today.



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    NRT acquires Coldwell Banker United Realtors - 04/10/2015

    NRT acquires Coldwell Banker United Realtors
     
     
    Did a google search today to see how many press releases were out there on the news today
    NRT has acquired Coldwell Banker United Realtors including 60 offices and 2,000 sales associates.
     
     
    I am looking forward to the increase in exposure for all of the listings I am helping sellers with, this move expands the reach as now I am part of the largest residential real estate brokerage company in the United States.
     
     
    In the news

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    112 Eastview Dr Fannie Mae homepath approved property in Crestview - 08/07/2014

    710690   - Residential  Detached Single Family - Active


    $134,000
    Office File #:
    Address:112 EASTVIEW Drive Crestview, FL 32536
    County:Okaloosa
    Area:25 - Crestview Area
    Sub Area:2502 - Crestview Southwest
    Project Name/Subdivision:SOUTHVIEW EST PH II
    Zoning:City; Resid Single Family
    Parcel ID:05-2N-23-2323-000C-0020
    Elementary School:Antioch
    Middle School:Shoal River
    High School:Crestview
    Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled):1,500
    Price/SqFt:$89.33
    Bedrooms:3
    Full Baths:2
    Half Baths:
    Design:Ranch
    # Stories:1



    Year Built:1991
    Occupancy Status:Vacant
    Immediate Occupancy:
    Construction Status:Construction Complete

    Directions: From the intersection of Highway 85 and Interstate 10, go south on Highway 85 for about two miles. Turn right (west) onto Southview Dr. Southview Dr dead-ends at the property's driveway.
    Legal Description: SOUTHVIEW EST PH II LOT 2 BLK C
    Remarks: This waterfront home south of I-10 has been brought back to life and is ready for new owners. A picturesque stream runs along the back of the lot in the privacy-fenced backyard. The screened back deck is a great place to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Several elegant touches can be found inside including decorative tile in the kitchen and dining room and fluted trim in the living room. Both full baths also feature tiled floors. The walls have been freshly painted in neutral tones and brand-new carpets have been installed throughout the home. The kitchen with breakfast bar is open to the living room which offers a vaulted ceiling and large stone fireplace. The large two-car garage has plenty of shelving for storage. This one must be seen to be truly appreciated.

    Garage Spaces:2
    Driveway Spaces:
    Lot Features:Cleared; Dead End; Interior; Within 1/2 Mile to Water
    Lot/Parcel Access:City Road; Near Interstate Exit; Paved Road
    Parking Features: Garage Attached
    Waterfront Feet:80
    Waterfront:Stream; Waterfront Feet: 80
    Waterview:
    Lot Dimensions:135X80
    Acreage:0.25
      
    Beach Frontage:
     
    Room NameLvlDimnsns
    Bedroom - Additional112x11
    Dining Room112x8
    Kitchen112x10
    Bedroom - Additional111x11
    Living Room123x16
    Bedroom - Master114x12
    Construction/Siding: Fndtn Slab on Grade; Roof Dimensional Shg; Siding Vinyl; Trim Wood
    Project Facilities:
    Exterior: Deck Enclosed; Fenced Back Yard; Fenced Privacy; Satellite Dish
    Interior: Breakfast Bar; Ceiling Cathedral; Ceiling Crwn Molding; Fireplace; Floor Tile; Floor WW Carpet New; Newly Painted; Pantry; Shelving; Washer/Dryer Hookup; Woodwork Painted
    Appliances: Auto Garage Door Opn; Dishwasher; Range Hood; Smoke Detector
    Utilities: Electric; Phone; Public Sewer; Public Water; TV Cable
    Existing Leases:
    Mstr Bdrm/Mstr Bath: MBath Tile; MBath Walk-In Closet; MBed Carpeted
    Energy: AC - Central Elect; Ceiling Fans; Double Pane Windows; Heat Cntrl Electric; Water Heater - Elect
     

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    I am now a 50/50 member with Coldwell Banker and have won the President Elite award for 2013 - 02/13/2014

    I am now a 50/50 member with Coldwell Banker and have won the President Elite award for 2012 I am now a 50/50 member with Coldwell Banker and have won the President Elite award for 2012 2011 above is the 2011 award and above that the 2012 I had a previous post http://okaloosamls.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/i-am-now-a-5050-member-with-coldwell-banker-and-have-won-the-president-elite-award-for-2012 about 2012 year end awards and being a member of the Coldwell Banker group of 50/50 and I am happy to say for a third year in a row with 2013 ending up with 100 plus listings and 100 plus sales for the year of 2013 I have won the 2013 presidents award picture still to come awards received from Coldwell in March of following year.

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    Click the like button on this website Buy A Florida Vacation Home to donate to My Safe Place Pet Rescue - 12/08/2013

    I just finished reading the story http://socialnewsdaily.com/19074/facebook-likes-could-be-hurting-charity-donations-slacktivism-to-blame
     
    So here we are at the start of what I hope will be something that will help a lot of animals. Lets see... if we can use the like button from Facebook to spread some good news.
     
    Starting today For every new like on my website http://www.BuyAFloridaVacationHome.com  I will be donating $5.00 up to $5,000 till Dec 31st,2013 to My Safe Place Pet Rescue.
     
    *ELIGIBILITY* Any Facebook account liking BuyAFloridaVacationHome.com must have existed for at least 6 months so that Facebook doesn't mark the website with google as a spammed liked page*
     
     http://www.BuyAFloridaVacationHome.com  has an added like button to the website and currently there are 7 likes so hopefully there will be many more soon.
     
    Please share this story on Facebook to help My Safe Place Pet Rescue and send to any pet lover you know and make sure to go to http://www.buyafloridavacationhome.com  and click the Facebook like today


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    Beating out investors for REO properties - 10/18/2012

    Beating out investors for REO properties

    Some home buyers look to the foreclosed property market for a bargain deal on a new home. It's not entirely surprising - the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports distressed properties cost, on average, 20 percent less than standard homes for sale. However, those looking to buy a home to live in might find surprising competition from investors looking to purchase a bank-owned property - also called REO - that they will later sell, according to the Wall Street Journal. There are ways for home buyers to stay ahead of the competition and buy a foreclosed home before the investors do.

    Hire a real estate agent with REO experience

    The top strategy home buyers should keep in mind is how to pick the right real estate agent. Some have more experience than others when it comes to dealing with foreclosed properties, which could give home buyers a leg up on the deal. They can also help identify foreclosed homes that are in better condition than others, helping home buyers find properties that may not need a lot of work beforehand and that may require less maintenance over time, reports the Wall Street Journal.

    Consider government-owned

    Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have all adopted measures that favor owner-occupants, also known as regular home buyers, over investors when it comes to the buying and selling of bank-owned homes. According to HUD, only home buyers who are purchasing an REO to use as their primary residence can submit bids for the home in its first 10 days on the market. After that time period, investors can enter the fray. However, that week and a half advantage can make all the difference for a home buyer, reinforcing the importance of having a real estate agent who's familiar with the process and can act quickly on new REOs.

    Handle finances ahead of time

    According to HUD, it's advisable to secure a preapproval on a mortgage before shopping for an REO property. The Wall Street Journal also reports having financing prearranged can give home buyers the benefit of time, allowing them to process a REO sale all the more quickly. Investors often pay for REO homes with cash, leaving unprepared home buyers on the outside looking in. While these steps won't guarantee a home buyer won't be outbid for a foreclosed home, it can give them a good head start on their investor competition.


    Brandon Jordan is a member and or certified with the following

    Accredited A-REO REO AgentFive Star Institute REO CertifiedEquator CertifiedReoTrans CertifiedCertified E-Pro™ Realtor
    Short Sale and Foreclosure Certified RealtorMember of Five Star ForceRes.Net AMP Agent
    REO Vendor Management memberCertified member of National Association of BPO ProfessionalsTrained member of LPS Desktop Invoice Management
    REO Default Certified Professional from Default SchoolRDCPRO Certified from Default SchoolCertified Real Estate Pricing Specialist





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    Properties I have Sold part 1 - 12/21/2011

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    I have completed the ORDMS Course for Existing A-REO™ Agents - 05/08/2011

    Accredited A-REO REO Agent


    This is a little infomation on what the A-RE0


    The Accredited REO AgentTM (A-REOTM Agent) Designation was created by REO Training Solutions to provide an indication to those in the default industry the agent's mastery of course content and baseline knowledge of what it takes to be a successful REO Agent.


    REO Training Solution courses are created with you the adult learner in mind. Accessible anytime, anywhere, with an internet connection, they are perfect for the busy real estate professional.

    Successfully complete all four courses (18 hours) to receive your Accredited REO AgentTM designation- INCLUDES lessons covering Old Republic Default Broker Guidelines and Master Licensing Agreement.

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    REO services available - 01/23/2011

    REO Services

    REO Services


    Our Philosophy


    The marketing of a foreclosed property is filled with far more complexity than the marketing of an owner-occupied home. Foreclosed properties are usually vacant, often require rehabilitation, and need constant, ongoing supervision and maintenance. Therefore, we do more than merely list a foreclosed property for sale. Our goal is to provide you, the asset manager, with a detailed property supervision program coupled with an effective marketing plan to procure a quick yet firm sale at the best possible price. Our services range from occupancy verification and GSE-approved inspections to cash-for-relocation services, as well the preservation and maintenance of REO properties. We feel that our background in this field gives us the expertise necessary to help you and the lenders you represent achieve your goals. We commit ourselves to attaining the highest level of excellence. Our listings close!

    Our Team


    Accredited A-REO REO Agent Five Star Institute REO Certified Equator Certified ReoTrans Certified Certified E-Pro™ Realtor
    Short Sale and Foreclosure Certified Realtor Res.Net Certified Res.Net AMP Agent

    In addition to representing one of the leading real estate brokerages in Northwest Florida, we believe we have we have assembled the finest team to be found in the marketing of foreclosure properties. Each member of our staff has specialized skills in property management, marketing, real estate investment and broker price opinions (BPO). Our REO Team has been privileged over the past 3 years to assist many of the largest lending institutions in the country with the marketing of their foreclosure properties.

    Our Services


    We offer the following services to alleviate all the details and problems presented by your foreclosure properties:

    Our Customers


    The following banks, lenders, and other REO institutions are just a sample of some of our customers:

    Our Service Area


    We are active members in good standing of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors and the Emerald Coast Multiple Listing Service, whose membership includes the Boards of Realtors of Okaloosa, Walton and Bay Counties. We service foreclosures and REO properties the following zip codes:

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    I have renewed my Equator Certification - 10/03/2010


    Brandon Jordan is an "Equator Certified" Short Sale and REO Realtor in Northwest Florida


    "Equator provides the most versatile and comprehensive system available" this is the google description for their websites listing.









    Equator Products

    > EQ Marketplace
    The Default and REO Industry's connection point where Lenders, Outsourcers, Vendors and Agents transact online in a secure and transparent environment.

    > Lender Workstation
    The most versatile and comprehensive Workstation available to manage and sell REO properties. This real-time Workstation uses configurable "Best Practice" business logic, connects with current systems and provides distributed workflows for everyone to work together online.

    > Outsource Workstation
    The most versatile and comprehensive system available to manage and sell REO properties. All the Workstation's features with the added benefit of multi-client support. Configure each client's business and decision logic. Also, provide clients real-time online reporting.

    > Agent Workstation
    A comprehensive Workstation with everything Agents need to receive listings, manage and sell REO properties.

    > Vendor Workstation
    A comprehensive Workstation with everything Vendors need to receive, process, communicate and deliver your products and services electronically.

    > Foreclosure Listing Service (FLS)
    Equator Foreclosure Listing Service (FLS) is a Nationwide Marketplace for Lenders, Institutional Sellers and REO Agents to list and transact on their Foreclosed Homes.





















    - August 2010 -
    Lenders Listed
    80,331
    New Properties Through
    Equator.com

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    foreclosure bank owned properties i have recently listed and posts for more information - 07/08/2010

    Foreclosure bank owned properties in Northwest Florida I have recently listed and posts for more information on these listings below, these are all available at the time of this post.



    5853 Saratoga Dr Crestview Florida Foreclosure Pre Marketing Listing



    1563 Hinote Road Mossy Head Florida Foreclosure Pre Marketing Listing



    Okaloosa Island Condo Foreclosure REO (Destin West Sandpiper) Bank Owned Property FWB Price Assigned <--- 1324 Miracle Strip Pkwy unit 503



    1530 Greenwood Road Baker Florida Foreclosure price is now assigned on this bank foreclosure sale



    5737 Bronco Pl Milton Florida Foreclosure price is now assigned



    208 Limestone Circle in Redstone Estate Crestview Florida Foreclosure price now assigned



    Crestview Florida Bank Foreclosure price assigned now on this REO <- 2484 Lakeview Drive Crestview



    Just listed Palmetto Lake Dr Navarre Foreclosure property in Palmetto Lake Preserve



    Crestview Florida Foreclosure REO Price Reduced 2457 Lakeview




    Request a free foreclosure list today!


    You may notice if you are a visitor to my site that I have added a new link to all of my sites, this link will take you to a short form that is a no obligation quick form to receive free listings of Foreclosure properties in our area.



    Request Foreclosure List


    Here you can request a free list of all foreclosed homes currently listed for sale on the Emerald Coast, including Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa, Escambia, Holmes, Washington, and Jackson counties. Just fill out this short form with your name, email address, and phone number (optional), and your list will be emailed to you shortly.


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    Press Release:Brandon Jordan Earns NAR Short Sales and Foreclosure Certification - 03/26/2010




    Press Release Contact: Brandon Jordan (850) 758-1236


    __________________________________________________________________________


    Brandon Jordan Earns NAR Short Sales and Foreclosure Certification


    Buyers and Sellers Benefit from REALTOR® Expertise in Distressed Sales


    Crestview, FL, 03/25/2010 - Brandon Jordan with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors® has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of REALTORS® offers the SFR certification to REALTORS® who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows.


    According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures. For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new "traditional" transaction. REALTORS® who have earned the SFR certification know how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities.


    "As leading advocates for homeownership, REALTORS® believe that any family that loses its home to foreclosure is one family too many, but unfortunately, there are situations in which people just cannot afford to keep their homes, and a foreclosure or a short sale results," said 2009 NAR President Charles McMillan, a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Dallas-Fort Worth. "Foreclosures and short sales can offer opportunities for home buyers and benefit the larger community, as well, but it's extremely important to have the help of a real estate professional like a REALTOR® who has earned the SFR certification for these kinds of purchases."


    The certification program includes training on how to qualify sellers for short sales, negotiate with lenders, protect buyers, and limit risk, and provides resources to help REALTORS® stay current on national and state-specific information as the market for these distressed properties evolves. To earn the SFR certification, REALTORSÒ are required to take one core course and three Webinars. For more information about the SFR certification, visit www.REALTORSFR.org or call 1-877-510-7855.


    About Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS®


    Coldwell Banker United, Realtors® was founded in Bryan/College Station, Texas, by Richard A. Smith in 1970 and has grown to 71 residential and three commercial offices in five states with over 2,400 sales associates. The company was the number one affiliate in sales transactions and closed sales volume among 1,333 independently owned and operated Coldwell Banker companies worldwide. According to REALTOR Magazine, REAL Trends and RISMedia, three industry trade publications, the company in 2008, was ranked #5 among all U.S. real estate companies in closed transaction sides. For more information, log on to www.cbunited.com.


    REALTORÒ is a federally registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is a Member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORSÒ and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.


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    Coldwell Banker launch February 15th Coldwell Banker on location TV spots - 01/26/2010














    On Location®, our exclusive YouTube channel, premieres on national TV February 15 - are you part of it?





    On February 15, our national advertising will launch a television spot for Coldwell Banker On Location®. What better way for you to get your name out in the market than with your very own YouTube channel! Many sales associates already have a vast video collection and are adding to it daily. If you aren't on


    YouTube, you're not part of the national campaign.




    You have the option of creating
    agent, listing and/or community
    videos. Show off your production talent and make yourself more prominent in your local market.
    Best of all, On Location is FREE. Take a moment to review the On Location section on Coldwell
    Banker Works.






    Follow me on YouTube click this link!

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    Freeport Florida - 12/11/2009

    free-home-warranty


    As a professional Realtor, I care very much about my Military Sellers and Buyers, and like to reassure both during and after the sale of a property. This is why I offer a FREE Home Warranty as part of my Seller and Buyer services to any Active or Retired Military.

    For Buyers, a FREE Home Warranty will:



    Reduce the cost of the home purchase.

    Provide reassurance against incurring major repair expenses for items not identified by a Home Inspector.

    Help keep the sale process on schedule if there are unexpected repairs not covered in a Purchase Contract.

    Reduce the possibility of after-sale complaints.


    Free Home Warranty Limitations and Exclusions

    By law this offer must be limited in time, have a known value, and be acceptable to the Lender. This offer is available only during the term of a signed Seller Exclusive Right to Sell contract, or a Buyer Broker Agreement. Seller warranties may be limited in time by the selected home warranty company, and the free warranty for Buyers is for a period of one year starting at the date set by the warranty company. The Free Home Warranty is a standard plan offered by an approved company which typically covers heating, cooling, plumbing, some appliances, electrical and mechanical repairs. Upgrades can be purchased by the Buyer or Seller, such as pool and spa coverage. This offer does not apply to puchases from home builders. This offer excludes service call fees and any other charges, fees, or expenses which may be required by a home warranty, and is limited to coverages detailed in the home warranty contract. This offer is only valid for home warranties offered by approved companies Old Republic Home Warranty, American Home Shield. This offer does not have any monetary value unless an approved company is contracted. To be valid, this offer must be verbally presented by Brandon Jordan or requested by the Buyer or Seller


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    Crestview Florida Video - 09/18/2009

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    As a professional Realtor, I care very much about my Military Sellers and Buyers, and like to reassure both during and after the sale of a property. This is why I offer a FREE Home Warranty as part of my Seller and Buyer services to any Active or Retired Military.

    For Buyers, a FREE Home Warranty will:



    Reduce the cost of the home purchase.

    Provide reassurance against incurring major repair expenses for items not identified by a Home Inspector.

    Help keep the sale process on schedule if there are unexpected repairs not covered in a Purchase Contract.

    Reduce the possibility of after-sale complaints.


    Free Home Warranty Limitations and Exclusions

    By law this offer must be limited in time, have a known value, and be acceptable to the Lender. This offer is available only during the term of a signed Seller Exclusive Right to Sell contract, or a Buyer Broker Agreement. Seller warranties may be limited in time by the selected home warranty company, and the free warranty for Buyers is for a period of one year starting at the date set by the warranty company. The Free Home Warranty is a standard plan offered by an approved company which typically covers heating, cooling, plumbing, some appliances, electrical and mechanical repairs. Upgrades can be purchased by the Buyer or Seller, such as pool and spa coverage. This offer does not apply to puchases from home builders. This offer excludes service call fees and any other charges, fees, or expenses which may be required by a home warranty, and is limited to coverages detailed in the home warranty contract. This offer is only valid for home warranties offered by approved companies Old Republic Home Warranty, American Home Shield. This offer does not have any monetary value unless an approved company is contracted. To be valid, this offer must be verbally presented by Brandon Jordan or requested by the Buyer or Seller


    Crestview Florida @ Yahoo! Video

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    Niceville Florida Video - 08/21/2009

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    As a professional Realtor, I care very much about my Military Sellers and Buyers, and like to reassure both during and after the sale of a property. This is why I offer a FREE Home Warranty as part of my Seller and Buyer services to any Active or Retired Military.

    For Buyers, a FREE Home Warranty will:



    Reduce the cost of the home purchase.

    Provide reassurance against incurring major repair expenses for items not identified by a Home Inspector.

    Help keep the sale process on schedule if there are unexpected repairs not covered in a Purchase Contract.

    Reduce the possibility of after-sale complaints.


    Free Home Warranty Limitations and Exclusions

    By law this offer must be limited in time, have a known value, and be acceptable to the Lender. This offer is available only during the term of a signed Seller Exclusive Right to Sell contract, or a Buyer Broker Agreement. Seller warranties may be limited in time by the selected home warranty company, and the free warranty for Buyers is for a period of one year starting at the date set by the warranty company. The Free Home Warranty is a standard plan offered by an approved company which typically covers heating, cooling, plumbing, some appliances, electrical and mechanical repairs. Upgrades can be purchased by the Buyer or Seller, such as pool and spa coverage. This offer does not apply to puchases from home builders. This offer excludes service call fees and any other charges, fees, or expenses which may be required by a home warranty, and is limited to coverages detailed in the home warranty contract. This offer is only valid for home warranties offered by approved companies Old Republic Home Warranty, American Home Shield. This offer does not have any monetary value unless an approved company is contracted. To be valid, this offer must be verbally presented by Brandon Jordan or requested by the Buyer or Seller.

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    Destin Beach Florida Video - 06/17/2009



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    As a professional Realtor, I care very much about my Military Sellers and Buyers, and like to reassure both during and after the sale of a property. This is why I offer a FREE Home Warranty as part of my Seller and Buyer services to any Active or Retired Military.

    For Buyers, a FREE Home Warranty will:



    Reduce the cost of the home purchase.

    Provide reassurance against incurring major repair expenses for items not identified by a Home Inspector.

    Help keep the sale process on schedule if there are unexpected repairs not covered in a Purchase Contract.

    Reduce the possibility of after-sale complaints.


    Free Home Warranty Limitations and Exclusions

    By law this offer must be limited in time, have a known value, and be acceptable to the Lender. This offer is available only during the term of a signed Seller Exclusive Right to Sell contract, or a Buyer Broker Agreement. Seller warranties may be limited in time by the selected home warranty company, and the free warranty for Buyers is for a period of one year starting at the date set by the warranty company. The Free Home Warranty is a standard plan offered by an approved company which typically covers heating, cooling, plumbing, some appliances, electrical and mechanical repairs. Upgrades can be purchased by the Buyer or Seller, such as pool and spa coverage. This offer does not apply to puchases from home builders. This offer excludes service call fees and any other charges, fees, or expenses which may be required by a home warranty, and is limited to coverages detailed in the home warranty contract. This offer is only valid for home warranties offered by approved companies Old Republic Home Warranty, American Home Shield. This offer does not have any monetary value unless an approved company is contracted. To be valid, this offer must be verbally presented by Brandon Jordan or requested by the Buyer or Seller.

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    Fort Walton Beach Video Just Added - 05/28/2009

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    Buy A Florida Vacation Home - 04/01/2009

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    Coldwell Banker International mobile search now available - 02/16/2009

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    Great Northwest Florida - 12/15/2008


    Northwest Florida’s workforce, economic development, education and business communities have a long track record of collaboration and partnership, working together to implement strategies and create solutions to meet current and future workforce needs. In February, 2006 the partnership’s vision for a unified strategic approach to workforce, education, and economic development for a diversified and sustainable economy was accelerated when the U.S. Department of Labor identified Northwest Florida as one of its original 13 WIRED regions.

    Florida’s Great Northwest, Inc. is the administrator and facilitating organization for the WIRED Northwest Florida Initiative, Northwest Florida’s regional strategy for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development Initiative. Secured through an extremely competitive bid process, the $15 million federal grant is funding workforce development initiatives throughout Northwest Florida. Established regionally as a matching grant program, this translates into a minimum $30 million investment in talent development addressing the high-wage, high-skill workforce needs in the target industries of Aviation, Aerospace, Defense and National Security; Life Sciences; Information Technology; Engineering; Renewable Energy and Environment; Distribution, Transportation and Logistics; and Construction Product Manufacturing and Distribution. Matching funds generated early in the initiative have been significantly stronger than required, indicating that at the conclusion of the federal grant in early 2010, the WIRED Northwest Florida Initiative will actually represent closer to a $50 million investment in workforce training and training program development for the region. Additional leveraged resources supporting the outcomes of the Initiative include over $87 million of federal funds awarded throughout the region.

    The input and guidance provided by the Governance Council and Industry Advisory Councils in each of the target industries is an integral component of the Initiative. Each Industry Advisory Council incorporates membership from the regional partners, including businesses actively engaged in that target industry.

    The WIRED Northwest Florida Initiative includes:
    Grants enabling job training for new and existing businesses in target industries
    Secondary education career academy development that is (1) geared for skills related to entry-level employment in targeted industries or (2) accelerated, intense college preparation in the areas of math and science
    Funding of post-secondary training and education programs that develop workforce skills required by target industries
    An outreach program to educate and attract sufficient numbers of students of all ages into the skills training programs to meet workforce demands
    A strategic development component designed to ensure the workforce development programs are generating skills necessary to meet current and future target industry needs

    Strategic Partnerships
    On the basis of its membership profile alone, Florida’s Great Northwest exemplifies a regional partnership which most economic development organizations would envy. This partnership includes local economic development organizations with countywide membership including private sector, civic and government leadership; all of the region’s workforce development boards, post-secondary institutions at the community college, four-year college and university levels; and private businesses covering a wide spectrum of disciplines. Florida’s Great Northwest and its members have the capabilities to influence decisions on regional and local levels, and enjoy broad regional support and perspective.
    The continuously expanding partnerships that have been built are key to the success of the WIRED Northwest Florida Initiative and the region’s economic position. As a direct result of the Initiative, more coordinated efforts in regional planning are being undertaken. Florida’s Great Northwest has been an active partner in preparation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies for both the West Florida and Apalachee Regional Planning Councils. Developers of major projects regularly seek counsel from Florida’s Great Northwest in determining how to best align their properties with the region’s economic development strategies. Public education is linking its workforce training curricula to the employment needs and forecasts for the region. Economic development, education and employers have joined forces to assess the region’s economic position and implement programs to foster economic growth.

    Critical partnerships include the following:
    Post-secondary education institutions, including technical schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities
    Secondary education systems
    The region’s six workforce development boards
    Workforce Florida, Inc. and Florida’s Agency for Workforce Innovation
    Florida Small Business Development Center’s four Northwest Florida regional offices
    Foundations active in the region
    Private sector business involvement representing employers in target industries, industry association groups, and support industries such as the finance, accounting and legal industries, engineering and architectural design
    The region’s county economic development organizations and chambers of commerce
    Enterprise Florida, Inc.

    The early results seen so far are only the beginning of the total potential expected to be achieved as a result of the Initiative’s efforts. Through catalytic funding of the U.S. Department of Labor WIRED grant, Florida’s Great Northwest has been able to significantly accelerate workforce development efforts and build the foundation for significant future successes.



    Although the initial U.S. Department of Labor funding, the matching funds, and the additional grants Florida’s Great Northwest has been able to leverage are significant and have enhanced job growth and skills training in the region, the real success of the initiative is in the strength of the public-private sector partnership, the shared vision, and strategic plan for long-term economic sustainability and diversification, and a sustainable initiative post-DOL funding. At the funding cycle’s conclusion in 2010, the grant monies may no longer be flowing, but the region’s leadership, vision, and strategy is in place to sustain the initiative far into the future.

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    Coldwell Banker on the sprint palm smartphones - 11/30/2008


    Coldwell Banker International Business Conference in Orlando, Florida. Real estate agents armed with Sprint Palm® CentroTM smartphones learned how to stay connected to the resources, information, and people they need at every stage of the deal, thanks to Palm, Inc.

    According to Palm's Craig Tellalian, strategic account manager at Palm, is demonstrating how real estate professionals can:

    Use the Palm Centro to gain a competitive edge, attract clients, gain listings and speed valuable closings;
    Stay mobile with wireless access to email (corporate and personal), the Web, contacts, calendar and phone functionality;
    Utilize Centro's latest productivity enhancing real estate applications like GE Supra eKey, which allows agents to open and program their own iBoxesTM and Mortgage Calc, which allows agents to calculate complex mortgage payments, including mortgage insurance, estimated property tax and home insurance.
    Tellalian is speaking on two sessions at the conference:

    Palm® CentroTM Smartphone 101 Hands-on training (Basic)

    Discover how this all-in-one phone, camera, email, text-messaging and Web device saves you money, enhances your safety and most of all helps you have more fun. We'll show you how your Centro can:

    Connect to your laptop for accessing the Internet from the road at broadband-like speeds.
    Get driving directions using GoogleTM Maps
    View and edit MS Word documents and Excel spreadsheets
    Improve safety on the road by using your voice to create and send
    emails or text messages
    Includes Google Maps for Mobile application - for turn by turn directions and location searches.
    Capture pictures or live video and send them to your broker or clients over the air.
    Play music or podcasts.
    Close More deals With Palm® CentroTM as your Partner (Advanced)

    In the Advanced Session, agents will learn how to stay connected to the resources, information and people they need at every stage of the deal with the Sprint Palm Centro smartphone. They will be shown how to enhance the Centro to gain a competitive edge, attract clients, gain listings, and speed valuable closings.

    I think it's pretty cool that the Centro can be used as such an important tool by real estate agents. If I was a real estate agent, I'd be happy to use my Palm smartphone as a helpful tool.

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    Coldwell Banker iPhone - 10/15/2008


    COLDWELL BANKER BECOMES FIRST NATIONAL REAL ESTATE BRAND TO DEBUT HOME SEARCH INTERFACE FOR iPHONE

    Continuing to blaze a path of innovation in the real estate industry, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC today became the first full-service national real estate brand to launch a customized online platform for iPhoneTM users.

    The Coldwell Banker flagship Web site, coldwellbanker.com, now has a different look and feel, along with navigation specifically tailored for optimal viewing on the iPhone, most notably with the property listings search and home value estimator functions. When a user accesses the site through his or her handset, the Coldwell Banker Web site automatically recognizes that it is being accessed by an iPhone, and will serve up the special iPhone interface. iPhone users do not need to download any special software to benefit from this enhancement to the Coldwell Banker mobile technology.

    "Providing easy access to real-time real estate information is critical for consumers in the home buying and selling process," said Michael Fischer, senior vice president of marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "Distribution of listings is crucial in today's environment. Our mobile society is moving away from the desktop and utilizing cell phones and PDAs for more and more content and entertainment. With so many connecting to the Web by phone, we have to be where the consumer is in a way that makes sense."

    Those looking for a home will be able to search for homes and utilize the brand's home value estimator. In addition, consumers will be able to enter specific search criteria such as city, state, price as well as optional filters including number of bedrooms and bathrooms. When a property is selected, iPhone users can view all of the specifications for that home and contact an agent directly.

    "Now more than ever consumers want to access information about a home as they see it, pass it or hear about," continued Fischer. "Being in front of a computer should not be mandatory."

    Earlier this year Coldwell Banker became the first national real estate brand to put its listings on in-car GPS devices through an exclusive feed to Dash Navigation. Drivers can now call up Coldwell Banker listings, map them, get directions and view other Coldwell Banker listings in close proximity.

    iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple Computers, Inc.


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    Blackwater Heritage State Trail in Northwest Florida - 07/21/2008










    Blackwater Heritage State TrailBlackwater Heritage State Trail is officially designated as part of Florida's Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. This is the westernmost rail trail in the state, extending from the small community of Milton in the south to Whiting Field Naval Air Station (NAS) in the north. Managed by the Florida Park Service, it also connects to the Military Trail (also identified on map) which is managed by the US Navy. It's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. It's mostly a rural trail with only a few dwellings at some of the cross roads once you leave Milton and before you get on the military base. There are some nice creek crossings on wooden bridges with few hills or grades. This is a pleasant trip for the whole family with lots of access and safe riding.


    Click here for the trail brochure (PDF 405 kb).
    Major Activities
























    Trail Length/Surface: Blackwater Heritage is 7.0 miles, non-motorized paved (asphalt 12' wide); Military is 2.2 miles, non-motorized paved trail (asphalt 12' wide); equestrian unpaved trail parallels a portion of the paved trail.


    Fee: None





    County: Santa Rosa





    Nearby Towns: Milton









    Notes: The Milton Trailhead contains a covered picnic shelter, restrooms, a water fountain, and a bicycle rack. There is a visitor center approximately one mile from the trailhead that offers two picnic tables and parking. The Blackwater Heritage State Trail Citizen Support Organization operates a concession at the visitor center where snacks and souvenirs can be purchased. Benches have been located at various points along the trail for visitor convenience.








    The equestrian portion of the trail travels adjacent to a segment of the paved trail with shared bridges. The equestrian trail itself begins about one mile north of the Milton Trailhead, but equestrian access is available at the parking area located at Munson Highway (see parking location identified on map). There is ample oversized parking available, as well as a newly constructed picnic shelter.








    When you travel north of the Visitors Center, bring plenty of water with you because there are no facilities for potable water available.

















    Access/Directions:


    Milton Trailhead From I-10 West (coming from Crestview), take Exit 31 (old Exit 10) to SR 87. Follow SR 87 to the intersection with US 90. Take a left (heading west) on US 90. Follow US 90 into Milton to the intersection where SR 87 heads north (to the right). Trailhead is located at this intersection.


    From I-10 East (coming from Pensacola), take Exit 26 (old Exit 8) to SR 191. Follow SR 191 through Bagdad into Milton and turn left on US 90. Trailhead is located at the intersection of US 90 and SR 87.



    Munson Highway Parking Area Follow directions above to Milton. In Milton, proceed to intersection of US 98 and SR 191. Proceed north on SR 191 (Munson Highway) to intersection with trail and parking area.


    Contact Information: Blackwater Heritage State Trail
    5533 Alabama Street
    Milton, Florida 32564
    (850) 983-5338


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    Blackwater River Canoe Trail - 07/21/2008




    The Blackwater River Canoe Trail is officially designated as part of Florida's Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. Located in the middle of Florida's Western Highlands, this 31-mile canoe trail flows through the Blackwater River State Forest. Cedar, maple, and cypress trees often form a dense canopy over the river. There are also some high bluffs where pine and cedar trees tower above the paddler. The water is a dark, tannin-stained color. The Creek Indians called the river "Oka Lusa" (water-black). Along the bends, white sandbars provide a perfect place for camping or picnicking. The trail provides opportunity to observe wildlife including deer, turkey and bobcat. The Mississippi Kite soars overhead in the summer. Fishing can be an enjoyable addition to the trip. This panhandle trail ends at the Deaton Bridge, in Blackwater River State Park.** Please note that the river is non-navigable beyond Deaton Bridge at the State Park.

    Click here to download printer-friendly map and description (388 kb PDF).


    Major Activities




    Counties: Okaloosa, Santa Rosa


    Mileage: 31


    Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate


    Difficulty: EasyUsual Current: Average (2-3 mph)



    Notes and Precautions


    The river level fluctuates rapidly following heavy local rains. Check local weather conditions before beginning your trip. The upper part of the river is fairly swift-flowing and requires some paddling experience.



    Access
    Kennedy Bridge
    - Take Hwy 90 from Crestview to SR 4. Take SR 4 north to State Forest Road (SFR) 47, the first paved road past Cotton Bridge. Turn right on SFR 47 and head north to the next paved road, SFR 31. Follow SFR 31 about 2 miles north to SFR 24, the dirt road at Hurricane Lake sign. Follow SFR 24 to the bridge.



    Peadon Bridge - Same as above to SFR 47. About 2.5 miles north of SFR 47, turn east on first dirt road on right (SFR 50) and continue to bridge. (6 miles)



    Cotton Bridge, SR 4 - Four miles northwest of Baker. (5 miles)





    Bryant Bridge, SFR 21 - From US 90 at Harold, take SFR 23 north five miles through the Blackwater River State Park to four way stop at SFR 86. Turn right (east) and continue to SFR 21, which leads southeast to bridge. (12 miles)



    Blackwater River State Park - From US 90 at Harold, take SFR 23 north three miles to Deaton Bridge within the Park. (8 miles)
    There may be access points (both public and private) in addition to those listed here. Please remember that some sites require a fee for launching and /or parking.


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    Blackwater River State Forest-Jackson Red Ground Trail - 07/21/2008



    The Blackwater River State Forest offers a natural retreat set amidst the beautiful rolling hills of northwest Florida. Reaching from Conecuh National Forest along the Alabama border toward Eglin Air Force Base, this state forest is Florida's largest at nearly 190,000 acres. The forest is characterized by its many streams, including the namesake Blackwater River, that flow gently south as they make their way to the Gulf of Mexico. Certified as a segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail, the Jackson Red Ground Trail retraces one of the earliest trade routes of Indians and settlers in Florida. Also, be sure to visit the Sweetwater, Bear Lake and Jackson Trails.

    Click here for printer-friendly version. (PDF 420K)


    Major Activities

    Trail Length/Surface:Jackson Red Ground is 21.5 miles from end to end, unpaved



    Fee: Fees apply in some areas. Please contact the Division of Forestry for details.




    Counties: Okaloosa, Santa RosaNearby Cities: Munson, Crestview



    Notes:Jackson Red Ground Trail is blazed orange, and is a segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail. The Florida Trail Association (FTA) produces a detailed hiking guide and segment-by-segment maps which are very useful for hiking the Florida National Scenic Trail. For more information, visit FTA's website at http://www.florida-trail.org/index.htm or call 1-877-HIKEFLA.Three connecting trails are also shown on the map (Sweetwater, Bear Lake and the Wiregrass trail south of Hurricane Lake) are part of the Florida Division of Forestry's Trailwalker Program. This program offers recognition awards for hiking designated trails in state forests throughout Florida. For more information, contact the office below or visit the program's website (www.fl-dof.com/Recreation/Trailwalker/index.html).



    Access/Directions:Red Rock Road Area (main access for Jackson Red Ground Trail)From I-10, take the Avalon Boulevard Exit (Exit 22). Follow Avalon Boulevard to US 90. Take a right and continue to Burger King. Take a left at Stuart Street (Hwy 87). Go to Milton High School. Take a right across from Milton High School onto Hwy 191. Follow Hwy 191 north to Red Rock Road at Spring Hill. Take a right on Red Rock Road and proceed to the Red Rock Primitive Area/Canoe Launch. Trail crosses Red Rock Road .3 miles to the east. The south end of Jackson Red Ground Trail begins at the road crossing -- proceed north to enter this portion of the trail. The trail segment south of this crossing is the Juniper Creek Trail.



    Krul Recreation Area (main access for Sweetwater Trail)From I-10, take the Avalon Boulevard Exit (Exit 22). Follow Avalon Boulevard to US 90. Take a right and continue to Burger King. Take a left at Stuart Street (Hwy 87). Go to Milton High School. Take a right across from Milton High School on Hwy 191. Follow for approximately 20 miles to the Munson crossroads (Hwy 191 and SR 4). Take a right on SR 4 and continue for .7 miles to the Krul Recreation Area sign. Go to kiosk at day use parking lot.



    Bear Lake Recreation Area (main access for Bear Lake Loop Trail)From I-10, take the Avalon Boulevard Exit (Exit 22). Follow Avalon Boulevard to US 90. Take a right and continue to Burger King. Take a left at Stuart Street (Hwy 87). Go to Milton High School. Take a right across from Milton High School on Hwy 191. Follow for approximately 20 miles to Munson crossroads (Hwy 191 and SR 4). Take a right on SR 4 and continue for 2.5 miles to the Bear Lake Recreation Area sign. Go to kiosk in campground for information


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    Shoal River Canoe Trip - 07/21/2008






    Shoal River Canoe TrailThe Shoal River Canoe Trail is officially designated as part of Florida's Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. Twisting and turning through a remote part of the western Panhandle, the Shoal River trail covers 27 miles. Few indications of civilization are evident as you paddle through forests of maple, oak, gum, and cypress. Along the trail, creeks broaden into small lily-covered pools that provide excellent fishing. Sandbars along the bends of the river make good campsites. This narrow river is usually 3-4 feet deep, and water levels do not generally fluctuate more than 3 feet.

    Click here for printer-friendly map and description (PDF 393 kb).
    Major Activities

    Counties: Okaloosa, Walton

    Mileage: 27

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Difficulty: Easy

    Usual Current: Average (2-3 mph)


    Notes and Precautions Between Access 1 and 2, there are two wooden bridges that collect debris which can be dangerous, especially at high water. The end of the trail is on the northern boundary of the Eglin Air Force Base Reservation. Obtain a base recreation permit if you plan to enter the reservation. Information about permits can be obtained by calling (850) 882-4164 or writing Eglin National Resources, 107 Highway 85 North, Niceville, FL 32578. You can continue seven miles past the takeout at SR 85 to the junction with the Yellow River, another state canoe trail.


    Access
    SR 285 Bridge - 3.5 miles north of US 90 / SR 285 junction
    SR 393 Bridge - About 3 miles north of SR 393 / US 90 intersection. (10 miles)
    US 90 Bridge - 4 miles east of Crestview. (8 miles)
    SR 85 Bridge - At wayside park, 5 miles south of Crestview. (9 miles)
    There may be access points (both public and private) in addition to those listed here. Please remember that some sites require a fee for launching and/or parking.


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    Blackwater River State Forest Wiregrass Trail - 07/21/2008



    The Blackwater River State Forest offers a natural retreat set amidst the beautiful rolling hills of northwest Florida. Reaching from Conecuh National Forest along the Alabama border toward Eglin Air Force Base, this state forest is Florida's largest at nearly 190,000 acres. The forest is characterized by its many streams, including the namesake Blackwater River, that flow gently south as they make their way to the Gulf of Mexico. Located in the northern extent of the state forest, the Wiregrass Trail is certified as a segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail and a portion is included in the Division of Forestry's Trailwalker Program. Among its highlights, the trail takes hikers through part of one of the largest remaining stands of longleaf pine/wiregrass natural community found anywhere.




    Click here for a printer-friendly version (PDF 364k)

    Major Activities

    Trail Length/Surface:
    12.7 miles from end to end, unpaved

    Fee: None

    Counties: Okaloosa, Santa Rosa

    Nearby Cities: Munson, Crestview




    Notes:
    The hiking trail is blazed orange. Heading northwest from the North Hurricane Lake Recreation Area, the trail is 6.4 miles to the terminus at the Alabama border. Heading southeast, it is 6.3 miles to the Jackson Red Ground Trail, which is a continuation of the Florida National Scenic Trail.

    The Florida Trail Association (FTA) produces a detailed hiking guide and segment-by-segment maps which are very useful for hiking the Florida National Scenic Trail. For more information, visit FTA's website at http://www.florida-trail.org/ or call 1-877-HIKEFLA.

    The 6.3 mile segment from Hurricane Lake to Jackson Red Ground Trail is part of the Division of Forestry's Trailwalker Program. This program offers recognition awards for hiking designated trails in state forests throughout Florida. For more information, contact the office below or visit the program's website (www.fl-dof.com/Recreation/Trailwalker/index.html) .

    Directions/Access:
    North Hurricane Lake Recreation Area
    From Munson, head east on SR 4 2.8 miles to Hurricane Lake Road. Turn left onto Hurricane Lake Road (which eventually becomes Beaver Creek Road) and continue north 8.6 miles to Bullard Church Road. Turn right and continue 1.1 miles to Nichols Road. Take a right and continue to the recreation area. Go to the kiosk in the campground.

    From Crestview, head west on US 90 to the intersection with SR 4. Take a right on SR 4 and follow to Hurricane Lake Road. Turn right onto Hurricane Lake Road (which eventually becomes Beaver Creek Road) and continue north 8.6 miles to Bullard Church Road. Turn right and continue 1.1 miles to Nichols Road. Take a right and continue to the recreation area. Go to the kiosk in the campground.

    If coming from I-10, take the Avalon Boulevard Exit (Exit 22). Follow Avalon Boulevard to US 90. Take a right and continue to Burger King. Take a left at Stuart Street (Hwy 87). Go to Milton High School. Take a right across from Milton High School on Hwy 191. Follow for approximately 20 miles to Munson crossroads (Hwy 191 and SR 4). Follow directions from Munson above.


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    More pictures added to the MLS for the airport home at 502 Tailspin - 06/30/2008





















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    Coldwell Banker wins the Innovator of the year award - 05/20/2008


    Beginning May 15th, 2008, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, the 2007 Inman News' Innovator of the Year winner in the brokerage/franchise category, became the first national full-service real estate company to distribute its listings to a GPS device. Coldwell Banker worked with Dash Navigation Inc., the first GPS provider to have an Internet connected GPS device and deliver Web-based content directly to the GPS.Just as Coldwell Banker now feeds listings to such Web sites as Google, Yahoo, Trulia and others, brand listings from around the U.S. will now be fed to DASH users by accepting the Coldwell Banker feed via their "myDash" personalized Web site. Listings then automatically load on their Dash navigation device."We have been waiting for the day to deliver our listings to GPS users and are thrilled that the Dash Express has finally opened that door to us," said Michael Fischer, senior vice president of marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "Our relationship with Dash is a natural progression in our effort to have consumers engage with Coldwell Banker at every turn so that when the time comes to enter the market they are apt to collaborate with a Coldwell Banker sales associate. "The Coldwell Banker feed, now exclusive to Dash, allows consumers to call up Coldwell Banker listings, map them, get directions and view other Coldwell Banker listings in close proximity.


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    Crestview Florida Main Street office building for sale more pictures of the landmark building - 05/20/2008































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    Landmark office Building for sale over 5700 sq ft on Historic Main Street - 03/18/2008


    Commercial Sales - Office

    MLS #: 488332m OfficeFile#: ListPrice: $1,190,000
    Status: Active Last Change: Property Type:
    PropName: CHIROPRACTIC & ATTORNEY BUILDING Price/Sq Ft:
    Location: 102 & 104 MAIN STREET Price/Unit:
    CRESTVIEW, FL Price/Acre:
    ZipCode: 32536 Building Sq Ft: 5715
    County: OKALOOSA Frontage:
    MainArea: 25 Crestview Area WF Feet:
    SubArea: 03 CRESTVIEW NORTHWEST YearBuilt: 1925
    ParcelID: 17-3N-23-2490-0008-048F Const Status: Existing
    Directions: Downtown Crestview corner of N. Main Street and Industrial.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Truly priced to sell, this is a one-of-a-kind building great for investing in the rapidly growing Crestview area. With a perfect location in downtown Crestview's revitalized "Florida Main Street" state-designated historic district, this two-story circa 1925 landmark was built as a hotel with eleven rooms on the second floor which were converted into office space. It is situated thirty miles from the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, near Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Pensacola & Navarre on the I-10 corridor in the fastest growing city of its size in the entire state; also near aerospace hub of Eglin Air Force Base with rapid growth due to BRAC realignment. The first floor has two separate storefronts, one of which is currently a doctor's office and will relocate or continue with a lease. This storefront features terrazo flooring. The entire second floor has clear-coated tongue-and-groove heart of pine walls and ten-foot ceilings with exposed "Chicago Brick" on the outer facing walls. The second floor also includes a full kitchen, tiled floors, a gas range, crown molding and trim on all 17 second-story windows and solid wood custom cabinets as well as hand-built custom carpentry with cypress, cedar, and pine throughout. Each room has a ceiling fan. The second-floor bath features a custom-built tiled shower. There is a 420 square foot deck off the second floor as well. The exterior is all brick with new hurricane-insulated windows and 2 new insulated and tinted storefront windows. These are the all new 2000-2005 mechanicals: new A/C and heat pumps, electrical wiring, plubming, CAT5 data/telephone lines and amplified digital cable to current code in every room. This property need to be seen to be truly appreciated. It is ideal for office space or a restaurant/bar. A unique piece of property you don't want to miss. Owner may finance for qualified buyer.

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    New Coldwell Banker Ads - 03/11/2008








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    Click the button to call me - 03/05/2008



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    Study Military's impact strong and growing - 03/05/2008

    Press release came across my mailbox today.

    Who do you turn to for economic security along the Emerald Coast when the bottom drops from the real estate market?

    The military.

    A study released by Enterprise Florida concluded that military spending remains one of the state's leading growth industries.

    DOCUMENTS:
    Read the entire Florida Defense Factbook
    Read the economic impact analysis: Volume 1 , Volume 2 and Volume 3

    It's particularly valuable to Northwest Florida, where defense-related spending accounts for 35 percent of gross regional product.

    According to the "Florida Defense Industry Economic Impact Analysis" completed by the University of West Florida's Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development, between Oct. 1, 2004, and Sept. 30, 2005, in Okaloosa County:

    l Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field generated $2.2 billion in defense spending.

    l Countywide, the economic impact of the military was $6.6 billion.

    l The average annual earnings per military job is approximately $81,300, or 199 percent more than the area's other jobs in industries such as farming, retail and construction.

    The air bases are "incredibly important for all the obvious reasons," said Jim Breitenfeld of the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council. "The high wages. The total spending."

    Though the report attributes 73 percent of economic activity in Okaloosa to defense-related spending, Breitenfeld said he wasn't alarmed because the bases are stable employers.

    "I don't know if we're dependent (on the military), but it would be a heck of a withdrawal if it disappears tomorrow," he said.

    Breitenfeld would like to see Northwest Florida diversify economically in areas where it has competitive advantage such as aviation and high-technology information processing.

    In Santa Rosa County, Naval Air Station Whiting Field contributed some $857 million to the economy. Its average annual military wage in fiscal year 2005 was $99,800.

    Overall, the military presence in Florida promises only to grow, the Haas report continued. By 2010, military spending statewide might have an impact of $59.5 billion, which would be $7.5 billion more than in 2005.

    "While Florida's economy has faced challenges during the past few quarters, particularly in areas hardest hit by the real estate slowdown, high-wage, defense-related jobs are somewhat immune to downturns in the business cycle," said Enterprise Florida president John Adams in a news release.

    "They provide strength in Florida's economy even in difficult times."

    Daily News Staff Writer Mladen Rudman

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    Kohls Fort Walton Beach coming soon - 03/05/2008

    FORT WALTON BEACH - Although its corporate office still will not confirm it, Kohl's is coming.

    The Okaloosa County Commission unanimously approved site plans for a new Kohl's department store to be located near the intersection of Beal Parkway and Hurlburt Road in Fort Walton Beach.

    With Tuesday's approval, construction is expected to start early next month, said John Kramp, site development manager for Kohl's. He said they hope to have the store open by the end of the year.

    "It's going to be a fairly long road (before the store opens)," Kramp said. "The timetable is up in the air."

    The first phase will be the demolition of the Bay Furniture building.

    The new 103,990-square-foot department store will replace the old Bay Furniture next to Winn-Dixie.

    The only question commissioners had about the project before its approval was about its storm-water retention. Storm-water guidelines are stricter now than when the furniture store was built, and Kohl's will have to upgrade the retention ponds.

    The Daily News contacted Kohl's corporate office Tuesday afternoon for additional information on the new store. Despite its impending approval, Kohl's would not confirm the store.

    "At this time, we've not announced any plans to open a new store in the Fort Walton Beach community," Kohl's spokeswoman Courtney K. Rogaczewski responded in an e-mail. "Kohl's has an ongoing real estate assessment process. At any given time, Kohl's is reviewing sites in communities nationwide. We do not comment on real estate speculation. When we have firm details, we are happy to share it at that time."

    That is the same response Rogaczewski sent to the Daily News last month.

    Article by

    Dusty Ricketts





    I was really happy to see this I would always find myself going to the Kohls in Ohio for this and that and its about time we got one of these.

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    Mossy head blackstone development - 03/05/2008

    Mossy Head is a peaceful, sleepy community

    Also in the future of Mossy Head is the

    Blackstone Development, a 1,300 acre major

    project that will provide a balanced mix of residences,

    shops, services, civic building and recreational

    facilities. There will be approximately

    3,300 dwellings (2,200 single-family and 1,100

    multi-family units), 140,00 square feet of retail

    and service, 37,500 square feet of office space,

    day care and an 18 hole golf course. Phase I may

    begin as early as 2006 with an anticipated buildout

    date of 2015-2020.

    The size of these developments will call for

    infrastructure needs, most importantly water and

    sewer. Tom Terrell, President of Mossy Head

    Waterworks, is working closely with the Walton

    County Board of Commissioners to explore

    options to provide the necessary services. District

    3 Commissioner Larry Jones, who represents the

    area, agrees that there is going to be a pressing

    need in the not-so distant future. Details, costs

    and a timeframe are still being looked at, but

    Jones wants the county to move quickly so that

    sewer service is available at the industrial park by

    the time the new school opens.

    The Mossy Head Elementary School, to be

    located on a 20 acre site was donated from the

    Board of County Commissioners to the School

    Board, is anticipated to be open for the 2008

    school year. The School Board is actively looking

    for locations to build a Junior and High School.

    Commissioner Larry Jones has worked hard

    to obtain a grant for a community park and the

    efforts paid off when Walton County was awarded

    a grant in the amount of $200,000 from DEP

    through the Florida Recreation Development

    Assistance Program (FRDAP). The park site is

    located at 13170 US Highway 90, just behind the

    Mossy Head EMS Station. Walton received a

    waiver of any matching requirements through the

    REDI (Rural Economic Development Initiative).

    The park will have a pavilion, playground with

    splash pad, swing sets, an exercise trail, picnic

    facilities, benches, restrooms, fencing, and parking

    area.

    Welcome to the future Mossy Head!

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    Mossy Head economic development - 03/05/2008

    Mossy Head is a peaceful, sleepy community nestled on high ground in Northwest Walton County. What makes this area so attractive for economic development? Several factors are involved, including but not limited to:

    easy Interstate 10 access, railroad facilities, proximity to Eglin Air Force Base, reasonable housing costs, Walton County Industrial Park, Blackstone Development of Regional Impact (DRI), newschool and $200,000 grant for a community park .The area knows it is about to experience a tremendous growth spurt and long-time pillars ofthe community want to make sure that proper planning procedures are in place to ensure 'smartgrowth' so they can maintain the rural county atmosphere while at the same time becoming an economic force in the county.

    The Walton County Industrial Park, which encompasses approximately 333 acres, has been in the planning stages for many years. A master plan for the project was submitted on behalf of the Walton County Board of Commissioners to the Planning and Development Services Department in July 2006. The plan calls for 40%manufacturing, 40% warehouse and 20% of office space. Creating a master plan will encourage businesses to move into the park because it will facilitate obtaining a development order, which in turn means being able to start-up more quickly and begin the process of hiring new employees. The park is also part of an enterprise zone which provides incentives for businesses to locate there.

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    Green Building grants - 03/05/2008

    Grant Funds up to $50,000 per Project

    Now Available for Developers Committed to Providing Green* Affordable Housing

    Applications must be received online by April 11

    Awards are expected to be made by the last week of June

    Grant guidelines and application available at www.greencommunitiesonline.org

    *Please note that Enterprise and its partners have updated the Green Communities Criteria. Before starting the application please make sure to request the new Criteria at: http://www.greencommunitiesonline.org/tools/criteria/request.asp

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    My mobile text address - 03/05/2008

    My mobile text address 8507581236@txt.att.net

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    St. Joe Results to previous blog entry - 03/05/2008

    I ran across an article I posted on my previous blog that I wanted to check out how things went now almost a year later here are the results.



    Haven Custom Homes Press Release


    Feburary 13, 2008
    EMBARGOED: FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 13, 2008

    For further information contact:
    John Ragland
    Executive Vice President,
    Land Acquisitions and Marketing
    Haven Custom Homes
    Phone: (410) 694-0094
    http://www.havenhome.com/ /




    TUCKER BAYOU, SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE, WINS HOME OF THE YEAR AWARD AT BEST IN AMERICAN LIVING AWARDS CEREMONY


    ORLANDO, Florida -Tucker Bayou, a 2007 Southern Living Idea House, was awarded the prestigious Home of the Year during the Best In American Living Awards (BALA) ceremony in Orlando. The innovative home was a result of strategic partnerships among Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE), Haven Custom Homes and Southern Living magazine. Founding Principal J. Carson Looney, FAIA, of Memphis, Tenn.-based Looney Ricks Kiss Architects accepted the award.

    "Tucker Bayou is an example of how strong partnerships can work together to create innovative concepts in new home design and produce a home that is widely acclaimed by the marketplace," Looney said. "A collaboration such as the one we have created with Haven Custom Homes, The St. Joe Company and Southern Living will change the way people look at design and modular construction and will ultimately improve the future of neighborhood developments."

    Tucker Bayou was chosen as Home of the Year based on its architectural design by Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, site and landscaping by JOE, quality craftsmanship and architectural detail by Haven Custom Homes and interior design by Looney Ricks Kiss Interiors Group.

    Located in The St. Joe Company's WaterSound community in South Walton County in Northwest Florida, the home is a 3,544 square-foot, shingle-sided, tin-roofed Southern cottage that combines the comfort of an empty nester vacation home with features that suit the versatile lifestyles - both social and private - of today's families. Haven Custom Homes utilized modular construction for Tucker Bayou, resulting in a home that was substantially complete upon arrival to the site and assembled in a matter of days. Site and landscaping details were then completed by St. Joe and the home's interior design was created by Ann Parker with Looney Ricks Kiss Interiors group, working with the Southern Living design team.

    "Every partner contributed their expertise, from the initial design to the interior details, to create Tucker Bayou," said John Ragland, executive vice president, Land Acquisitions and Marketing for Haven Custom Homes. "We were privileged to work with such esteemed partners on this project and look forward to creating more innovative, award-winning homes in the future."

    "With this project, we have advanced the art and science of homebuilding in Northwest Florida," said Jerry M. Ray, The St. Joe Company's Senior Vice President for Strategic Alliances. "Ultimately, this award demonstrates that a group of best-in-class strategic partners can effectively deliver an extraordinary product for homeowners. We look forward to this award-winning approach to homebuilding in all of JOE's Florida markets."

    The St. Joe Company, one of Florida's largest real estate development companies, and Haven Custom Homes, one of the nation's leaders in the construction of modular homes, formed a strategic alliance in 2007 to bring state-of-the-art building techniques to JOE's communities in Northwest Florida and JOE's RiverTown near Jacksonville, Fla. Haven Custom Homes also has a strategic partnership with Looney Ricks Kiss Architects to create modular homes rich in architectural detail and design.

    For more than 30 years, Haven Custom Homes has provided a unique approach to off-site construction. Partnering with local builders, Haven Custom Homes has delivered more than 350 quality homes each year to discerning buyers with homes prices ranging from $300,000 to $2.5 million. Haven Custom Homes was acquired by Wind River Holdings in late 2005, a private holding company out of King of Prussia, PA, and is poised to make significant expansion in the homebuilding business. Haven Custom Homes currently operates environmentally protected home building centers in Pennsylvania and South Carolina, with future expansion into other regions to meet the growing demand of its quality homes. For more information about Haven Custom Homes, visit www.HavenHomes.com or call (410) 694-0098.

    Founded in 1983, Looney Ricks Kiss is an architecture, planning and interiors firm with offices in Memphis, Celebration, Rosemary Beach, Jacksonville, Nashville, Dallas, Baton Rouge, La., Boulder, CO and Princeton, N.J. The firm has been commended by developers across the nation for its success in the planning and implementation of mixed-use developments, urban infill projects, downtown revitalization and traditional neighborhood developments. To date, the firm has received more than 450 awards of recognition for design at local, state, regional and national levels. For more information about Looney Ricks Kiss, visit the company website at http://www.lrk.com/.

    The St. Joe Company, a publicly held company based in Jacksonville, is one of Florida's largest real estate developing companies. The company is primarily engaged in real estate development and sales, with significant interests in timber. Its mission is to create places that inspire people and make JOE's Florida a better play to live, work and play.

    Sponsored by Professional Builder magazine and the National Association of Home Builders, the BALA program showcases homes that illustrate design quality, succeed in the marketplace and exemplify the "Best in American Living." To qualify, homes must have been completed or communities opened between May 1, 2005, and July 12, 2006. A total of 106 award winners in 41 categories were chosen from more than 559 entries. The 2006 BALA competition's panel of 12 judges was composed of builders, marketing experts, architects, land planners, developers, design professionals, interior designers and Professional Builder editor.

    Photography:

    1.) Tucker Bayou - © 2007 Photography courtesy of Southern Living, Inc Magazine

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    ST. JOE Innovations - 03/05/2008

    I ran across an article below that is turning a year old and I wanted to check on each project and see how things are going.



    St . Joe Innovations

    Among this year's out-of-the-ordinary from landowner St. Joe Co.:

    » A prebuilt house assembled in a day. The home, constructed at WaterSound in Walton County, is a Haven Homes off-site built model using factory-made components. It will be a featured Idea House in Southern Living magazine.

    » A fast-round golf course with six holes and three sets of tees. The course, designed by professional player Davis Love III , will open at WaterSound this spring.

    » A town center design with interpretations by six architects. Six buildings, representing individual takes on the region's indigenous architecture, will begin opening this summer at WindMark Beach in Gulf County.

    » A restoration project returning woods to the way Hernando DeSoto found them in 1539. St. Joe is converting industrial pine forest to the region's original forestlands at a 7,000-acre site at Breakfast Point in Bay County, where the National Audubon Society is partnering with St. Joe to build a state-of-the-art nature center

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    Natural Springs Private Lake Estate - 01/08/2008






    Contact Brandon Jordan cell (850)-758-1236
    Farms and Acreage





    MLS #:
    482878


    OfficeFile#: Type: LA


    ListPrice:
    $2,600,000


    Status:
    Active


    Location: LOT 1 HILTON RD
    BAKER, FL


    ZipCode: 32531



    County:
    OKALOOSA


    Stories:
    1


    MainArea:
    25 Crestview Area


    YearBuilt:
    1988


    SubArea:
    10 BAKER & MILLIGAN


    Acreage:
    70.00


    ParcelID:
    17-3N-24-0000-0004-0000


    PropType:
    Land/Acreage


    Directions:
    From 85 & 90 in Crestview head 90 west to Hwy 4 Take Hwy 4 north for two miles to just before the ball park, left takes you to Hilton this acreage is located at the end of the private drive.


    Legal:
    NW1/4 EX PART NE OF ST RD & EX PART SE OF CO RD & SW1/4 LYING NW OF CO RD


    Description:


    This luxurious "natural springs" waterfront acreage is set in an impressive position, with sweeping panoramic views over your own private lake. It makes a great impression! There is an all-brick home that boasts a large front porch overlooking the lake. The home has two master bedrooms, a large living area with a great view of your private natural springs lake. Ideal for entertaining and relaxing, it is a peaceful haven with a large reception area. The home was completed in 1998 and offers interior space of 1751 square feet, laid out on 70 acres. The beautiful living area includes, while outdoors, a lovely multitude of mature trees that add to the breathtaking surroundings.



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    Some of the area that I cover - 01/08/2008

    Beaches of South Walton South Walton Real Estate North Walton Real Estate 30-A Real Estate Freeport Florida Real Estate Inlet Beach Real Estate Dune Allen Real Estate Miramar Beach Real Estate Santa Rosa Beach Real Estate Seacrest Real Estate Watersound Real Estate Watercolor Real Estate Blue Mountain Beach Real Estate Rosemary Beach Real Estate Grayton Beach Real Estate SanDestin Real Estate Seagrove Real Estate Seaside Real Estate Sandestin Resort Real Estate Destin Condos Resources Destin Condos Destin Beaches Destin Homes For Sale Okaloosa Island Real Estate Fort Walton Beach Real Estate Mary Esther Real Estate Shalimar Real Estate Niceville Valparaiso Real Estate Bluewater Bay Real Estate Navarre Beach Real Estate Navarre Real Estate Holly By The Sea Real Estate Gulf Breeze Real Estate

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    Coldwell Banker United Realtors - 11/19/2007


    I am pleased to announce that I have joined the team at Coldwell Banker United Realtors, the largest Coldwell Banker in the nation. What does this mean for me? This means more exposure for anyone that lists a property with me to help them sell their property. Coldwell Banker United has offices in Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Mississippi. This gives instant access to the second-largest real estate website behind Realtor.com. Coldwell Banker United Realtors just seems to fit perfect with my direction as I have just been E-Pro certified. Coldwell Banker United Realtors does automatic feeds to all of the top realty search engines -- Trulia, Zillow, Homegain and all others, big or small. I look forward to offering my clients many new features that are just part of being with Coldwell Banker United Realtors.


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    Airport Home in Northwest Florida - 11/19/2007


    502 Tailspin Lane Holt Florida Airport Home for sale

    ListPrice:
    $575,000

    Status: Active

    ApproxSF:
    1,500 BG:

    Bedrooms: 2

    Baths Full/Half: 3/

    Zip 32564

    County: OKALOOSA

    Stories: 1

    MainArea:
    25 Crestview Area

    YearBuilt:
    2007

    SubArea: 11 HOLT
    OccStat: New
    Subdiv: METES & BOUNDS
    ImmOcc? Y
    ParcelID: 09-2N-25-0000-0024-0050
    ConstrStat: ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: BAKER Middle: BAKER High: BAKER

    Dir:
    From Holt Exit off I-10 go south on Log Lake Rd turn left on Tail Spin property is on the right.

    Legal:
    COM NE COR LOT 45 HILLCREST GROVE W870 FT TO POB W 145 FT S276 FT E145.& COM NW COR BLK G LAKEWOOD EST N229 FT N81 DEG E108 FT TO POB N81 DEG E230 FT


    Exclusive Airport home.As you enter,you'll immediately notice this home's open floor plan with cathedral-style ceiling and wonderful natural light from the large and numerous windows. Notice the wood cabinets and hardwood floors as you enter in the kitchen. The large island with bar features a stainless steel sink, brand-new dishwasher,ample counter space and recessed lighting above. The kitchen also features a brand-new refrigerator,stove,and microwave as well. The hardwood floors extend into the spacious living room with a wonderful view courtesy of the windows and french doors leading to a covered back porch that runs the entire length of the house.Both bedrooms are carpeted and contain enormous 11x11 private baths, both of which have glassed-in showers and are tiled in natural stone. The bedrooms also have large Hampton bay ceiling fans and large window ledges for plants and bric-a-brac. Adjoining the house is an airstrip, a large guest house, and an airplane hangar. The hangar is 2000 square feet and can accomodate two aircraft. It contains a sink,mini-fridge, plenty of shelving, and a full bath for those long days after flying your plane. Fly to your private air strip and park your plane in your own hangar.The airport home owner association has a 2500 foot air strip that is located just north of destin and fort walton beaches and minutes from Eglin Air Force Base.

    Lot Dim.:
    IRR

    LotAcc:
    Near Interstate Exit, Private Road

    PrkingFeat:
    Boat, Detached, Guest, Other, Oversized, RV

    Acres:
    1.75

    Zoning:
    Residential Single Family

    LotFeat:
    Cleared, Irregular, Level, See Remarks

    ProjFacil:
    Airfield

    Dimnsns
    LivingRoom
    1
    19'5x15

    Design:
    Contemporary

    Kitchen
    1
    19'5x13
    Bedrm:Additnl
    1
    16x11

    Bedrm:Additnl
    1
    16x11
    Bath: Full
    1
    11x11

    ExtFeatures:
    Porch Covered, Separate Living Area, Guest Quarters
    Bath: Full
    1
    11x11

    IntFeatures:
    Breakfast Bar, Ceiling:Cathedral, Guest Quarters, Kitchen:Island, Lighting:Recessed, Split Bedroom, Washer/Dryer Hookup
    Appliances:
    Auto Garage Door Opener, Dishwasher, Disposal, Microwave, Oven:Self Cleaning, Refrigerator
    Utilities:
    Community Water, Electric, Phone, Septic Tank, TV Cable, Underground
    Energy:
    A/C: Central Electric, Heat: Central Electric
    Mbed/Mbath: Mbath Shower Only, Mbath Tile, Mbed Carpeted, Mbed First Floor,

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    American home remodeling projections - 08/19/2007


    Americans will spend nearly $232 billion on home remodeling this year, according to the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) 2007 industry forecast. This represents a 1.9 percent increase from the record $228 billion spent in 2006, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. NAHB announced this forecast this week at a teleconference celebrating National Home Remodeling Month.
    "Remodeling continues to show strength despite the housing slowdown," said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Mike Nagel, a home remodeler from Chicago. "With more than 120 million homes in the United States plus $11 trillion in owner equity, the demand for remodeling will be there now and in the future." Remodeling currently accounts for more than 40 percent of the home construction industry by dollar volume.

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    RIS Media reports - 08/19/2007


    RISMEDIA- According to the latest Swanepoel Trends Report the industry has never before experienced as many new business models and competition as it has during the last couple of years as well as growing government interest in the industry.

    It seems that the Federal Government doesn't feel that the industry is doing enough and that real estate brokers and state regulators and legislators have impeded competition. Hence, in a new report by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ, it has decided to participate in the transformation of the industry by deciding that certain existing laws, rules and regulations need to be repealed.

    Although the FTC acknowledges that real estate industry has undergone a number of substantial changes in recent years it also states that competition has been hindered as a result of actions taken by some real estate brokers acting through MLSs and the National Association of Realtors and state legislatures and real estate commissions. The report points to various areas in which the diversity and power of these new models are already reshaping the way real estate is conducted.

    According to the report it's all about the consumer, of course, and making sure that their choices are not limited. The Feds especially want regulators to pursue a detailed study of commission rate and fee practices to better measure price competition in the industry. Their feeling is that as commission fees "do not vary in proportion to changing home prices," they are considered to be "relatively inflexible" and therefore have in real terms become too high.

    FTC chairwoman Deborah Platt Majoras said, "The FTC is committed to working with the industry and policymakers to ensure that competition is not inhibited and that consumers are well-informed about this important marketplace. Home ownership is the American dream, and real estate brokers have helped to achieve that dream for many. But when anticompetitive practices stand in the way, consumers lose."

    Real estate brokers and agents don't want consumers to loose, so that isn't the issue. The real debate is how to "ensure" that the consumer does not loose.

    The FTC is recommending that state "legislators and industry regulators" should consider repealing existing laws, rules and regulations like minimum-service and anti-rebate provisions that limit choice and reduce the ability of new brokerage models to compete. To date 12 states have enacted so-called "minimum-service" or "limited-service" laws; Florida, Illinois, Alabama, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Indiana, New Mexico, Virginia and Tennessee.

    At this point the minimum-service laws appear to accomplish little more than to add another level of disclosure to the growing stack of paper in a transaction that is already too complex. Many home sellers and buyers already struggle to grasp even the basic aspects of agency and this new addition seems to add no real value to the consumer. In some states, Tennessee for example, agents must spell out services they are not providing to the home buyer or seller - now that makes no sense at all.

    There is a broad consensus that the industry has too many licensed real estate agents today for the number of transactions. A former chief economist for NAR, John Tuccillo said in reference to the recent hot market, "There are large numbers of Realtors out there who have not participated in a transaction in months, or even years - and this during the best real estate market in history. The level of competence in the industry has fallen to its lowest point ever," he adds.

    So is the solution the implementation of impractical "minimum-service" levels or to follow the latest recommendation to repeal them? Wouldn't a logical argument be that the time has come to rather increase the quality and quantity of the education required to obtain a real estate license in the first place?

    The barrier to enter the industry in real estate is very low and when compared to other industries the licensing requirements are far too easy. The average real estate agent only needs to complete some 48 hours of pre-licensing training and pass a simple multiple choice exam to obtain a real estate license. According to research by Anthony Marguleas of A. M. Realty, a California esthetician requires 600 hours, a hair stylist 1,500 hours and a plumber 2,080 hours before they are licensed. The hours required to become a doctor, lawyer, engineer or CPA are obviously off the chart.

    So, back to the debate of not wanting the consumer to loose and it is surprising that the FTC Report in its Conclusion and Recommendations does not say one word about ensuring that the participants in the industry are better qualified.

    Isn't the logical step to improve the quality and level of service given to the consumer by first improving the quality and level of education and training of the brokers and agents tasked to serve the consumer? Surely this can't be anti-competitive.

    The current real estate pre-license education most individuals receive is primarily focused on gaining a better understanding of many of the terms and principles found in the industry so they can pass the exam. The course does little, if anything, to prepare them to become a successful real estate professional.

    Therefore, today's average new real estate agent has not been equipped with the necessary skills to properly serve today's consumer. Jim Sherry puts it very bluntly when he states that "Consumers have no guarantee that anyone calling themselves a Realtor actually knows what they are doing."

    If the FTC wishes to make recommendations, perhaps it should be recommending higher and better quality pre-licensing as well as ongoing education. This would help ensure that those people licensed to work with the most valuable asset the average family has will be competent in doing so - be he or she a "traditional," "new paradigm" or "online" agent.

    Either way, both the FTC/DOJ 2007 Report and the Swanepoel Trends Report 2007 point to the significant change continuing to take place in the real estate industry. For some agents that have been in the industry a long time the "gravy train" has come to an end.

    The real estate broker and agent of tomorrow will have to accept the fact that more of them will be fighting for fewer transactions - transactions that are likely to be carrying lower commissions. At the same time technology and new business models will continue to erode away certain functions or duties traditionally exclusively undertaken by real estate agents - again pointing to a decline in earnings per agent.

    Real estate has always been a fiercely competitive industry and it is only going to become more so.

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    A list of all my real estate blog feeds - 08/19/2007


    Here is a list of all of my Real Estate Blog Feeds:

    My Wordpress runs with a 2.0 RSS feed

    http://okaloosamls.wordpress.com/feed/

    My active rain running a atom feed

    http://activerain.com/blogs/okaloosamls/atom

    My typepad running a XML feed

    http://okaloosamls.typepad.com/teamsoldtv/rss.xml

    MY blogger running a atom feed

    http://teamsoldtv.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

    My space rss feed

    http://blog.myspace.com/blog/rss.cfm?friendID=185758128

    Add any of the above feeds to your blogs or your homepages.



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    What does the Walton County Government do - 08/19/2007


    What does the Walton county government do
    The department of corrections
    The construction management department
    Parks and Recreation
    GIS (Geographic Information System)
    The finance Division
    The human Resources Division
    The planning and development division
    Public Works
    Emergancy Response
    The citizen services division
    Find more information on each of the services divisions provided by Walton county Florida at there official website you can click here to go directly to the site www.co.walton.fl.us information provided by CO.Walton.FL.US

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    New stores coming to Panama city beach - 08/19/2007


    Panama city bost new stores opening just about every month. The new members coming include Target stores,Ron Jon surf shop,Panera bread,Starbucks,Southern Theaters,Ripley's believe it or not,Bonefish grill,Dillards,old navy,Back porch seafood house,jimmy buffets,barefoot beach club and many more. Not to mention a housing boom to support all of this new commercial acitvity. Including 5,000 new housing units from lake powell to the bridge flyover in various stages of development

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    Realogy corp has announced the appointment of vice president - 08/19/2007

    Corporation has announced the appointment of Marilyn J. Wasser as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. For the past two years, Wasser served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Telcordia Technologies, a leading global provider of telecommunications software and services. In her new role, Wasser will provide strategic legal direction and support for Realogy and its business units, including the Realogy Franchise Group and its five brand networks - Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Coldwell Banker Commercial, ERA and Sotheby's International Realty - as well as NRT Incorporated, Cartus and Title Resource Group. As general counsel, she will be responsible for Realogy's legal efforts in the areas of compliance, litigation and regulatory affairs, human capital, benefits and corporate services, as well as the company's government relations function.
    * NRT Incorporated, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage, today announced the promotion of Hal Maxwell to regional senior vice president of NRT's new Mid-Atlantic region. In this role, Maxwell will oversee a newly created region that comprises NRT-owned companies in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Maureen Passerini, formerly the regional senior vice president for NRT's Eastern Seaboard region, which included local operating companies in the Mid-Atlantic, will now oversee a new region to be known as the Northeast region, comprised of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage companies in New Jersey, Long Island, Pittsburgh, Connecticut/Westchester and New England. Maxwell most recently served as president and chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the Mid-Atlantic.
    * Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates, Inc. has announced that real estate entrepreneur Jenny Pruitt and real estate executive David Boehmig have partnered to form Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty. The company will serve consumers seeking to sell or buy homes throughout the Buckhead and North Atlanta markets. Pruitt will serve as chief executive officer and Boehmig as president. Pruitt left Jenny Pruitt & Associates earlier this year after fulfilling a five-year contract with HomeServices, which had purchased the firm in 2001.
    * David Franzetta has been named chairman and partner for Prudential Arizona Properties. Most recently Franzetta was a principal of Interchange Associates, Inc., an international think tank and research-based consulting firm.

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    Hud announcement - 08/19/2007


    U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced this week that thousands of communities around the country will receive nearly $1.8 billion to promote HUD's affordable housing and first-time homebuyers programs. The total national funding of $1.757 billion will support HUD's HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) in fiscal year 2007.
    HOME is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to produce affordable housing for low-income families. ADDI helps first-time homebuyers with the biggest hurdle to homeownership: downpayment and closing costs. The program was created to assist low-income first-time homebuyers in purchasing single-family homes by providing funds for downpayment, closing costs and rehabilitation carried out in conjunction with the assisted home purchase

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    TOP100 Builder list - 08/19/2007


    For the first time since 2002, the top three companies on the Builder 100 list traded places. While D.R. Horton remains on top, Lennar Corp. rode a 7,209-unit closings increase to become the new number two, and tightened the gap on the list leader to just 3,842 closings. Pulte Homes shiftd back to third, after its closings declined 9.08 percent, with Centex Corp. and KB Home rounding out the top five.
    D.R. Horton, with 53,410 closings, out-performed the entire combined next 100 (numbers 101-200), which closed 44,824 units in 2006. And Horton, the biggest of the big builders, almost surpassed the combined closings for Builder 100 companies ranked 51 through 100, which together closed a total of 54,070 units.
    With a tough 2006 in the bag, and a difficult 2007 ahead, the Builder 100 could see some shake ups this year. Merger and acquisition activity has been slow since the summer of 2005, with only Emaar Properties' May 2006 purchase of John Laing Homes as the exception. But with company and land values coming back to earth, merger and acquisition activity could pick up this year, leading to further shifts among the Builder 100. (At press time three large deals were in the works, with several more rumored to follow.) (Builder Magazine)

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    Wallstreet journal report - 08/19/2007


    There are several cities in the country where home values are climbing smartly. Portland (OR), Boise (ID), Seattle (WA), Salt Lake City (UT), Houston (TX), Austin (TX), Charlotte (NC) and Raleigh (NC), are among the cities bucking the national trend. Home appreciation there between the fourth quarters of 2005 and 2006 far exceeded the national average of 5.9 percent, according to the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight. In some markets, like Boise and Seattle, the appreciation jumped well into the double digits.
    There's no single secret to these cities' apparent success, but many of them missed the housing boom of the past five years. From 2001 to 2005, annual appreciation in these cities was between two and five percent, far slower than the seven to 12 percent national average, according to the OFHEO. Now they are playing catch-up. Most of the cities also have one or more strong industries to drive their economies - colleges and technology in Raleigh, banks in Charlotte, energy in Houston and aerospace in Seattle. And all have education levels above the national average.
    Today's declining prices nationwide are in part the result of an earlier explosion of short-term investors in Florida, California and other booming markets. Recently, both investors and long-term homeowners have been cashing in or cutting losses in formerly hot markets and settling in areas that avoided the boom, such as the Carolinas, parts of Georgia and Tennessee, areas of Texas, the Western mountain states and the Pacific Northwest. (RealEstateJournal.com)

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    NAR survey - 08/19/2007


    Realtors come from varied backgrounds, work mostly on commission and become successful over a period of time, according to a new member survey by the National Association of REALTORS. The typical member is 51 years old, works 40 hours per week and has been in the business for seven years. More than 1.3 million Realtors - about half of all real estate licensees - are characterized in the highly detailed 2007 NAR Member Profile.
    Median income was $47,700 in 2006, down from $49,300 in 2004, which had also declined from 2002. Members licensed as brokers earned a median of $73,700 last year, while sales agents earned $34,600. During the last two years, NAR membership increased 23.2 percent. Realtors in the business for two years or less earned a median of $15,300, while those with three to five years of experience earned $44,200. For six to 15 years, the median was $64,600, while members in the business for 16 years or more earned $76,200.
    One quarter of all business is from referrals or repeat business from previous clients, ranging from seven percent for newcomers to 41 percent for respondents with at least 16 years of experience. Seven out of 10 are compensated through a split commission arrangement, 17 percent receive a full commission and another three percent receive a commission plus a share of profits.
    Thirteen percent of NAR members have been in the business for one year or less, while another 13 percent have been in the business for 26 years or more. Only 10 percent work fewer than 20 hours per week and 30 percent work 20 to 39 hours per week, while 15 percent work at least 60 hours per week. Nearly six in 10 are women, and the typical respondent has been with his/her firm for four years. Five percent are under 30 years of age while another six percent are 30 to 34 years old; 12 percent are 65 or over.

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    Green Home building - 08/19/2007


    Green home building is poised to be the next great sales pitch in America's environmental renaissance. By 2010, half of new homes built are expected to be classified as "green" as more builders try to appeal to consumers worried about global warming, the environment and rising energy costs. Builders say green homes are more durable and tend to sell much faster than traditionally built houses.
    But how do you tell if a "green" home is truly green? There are some 80 different local and state green building organizations and at least two different national groups promoting their own rules on what constitutes a green home. The result: a contentious war over whose rules become the national standard for making a house sustainable.
    Perhaps the best known group in green building is the U.S. Green Building Council, or USGBC, a non-profit group that developed its own point rating system for green commercial projects and has certified 800 projects as green since 2000 through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, or LEED. The organization uses consultants under contract to certify projects according to USGBC rules.
    In 2004, the Green Building Council rolled out a pilot program for similar grading of residential projects, and today 350 builders are enrolled for 6,000 green homes to go through LEED certification. To get a home certified as green, builders would have to pay about $2,000 for the required inspection. An official program for green homes should be rolled out this fall.
    Meanwhile, the National Association of Home Builders, a trade group with 235,000 corporate members, is at work on its own green building standards. The process has been a long and arduous one, incorporating input from not only builders, but architects, interior designers and construction product manufacturers. The rules, being developed in collaboration with the International Code Council, will be written for accreditation from the American National Standards Institute, or ANSI.

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    Seniors housing market - 08/19/2007


    Opportunities abound for Realtors® who are ready to service the senior market
    By Brenda W. Casserly, President & COO, ERA Franchise Systems, Inc.

    Realtors® cannot ignore the impact that seniors are having on the business of real estate. Activity in the senior segment of the market is steadily increasing due to demographic shifts that have put a higher concentration of the U.S. population in an older age bracket.

    As a real estate professional, there's a lot that I find exciting about the senior market. First of all, it is big, and it is growing. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the number of households in the U.S. headed by someone between the ages of 55 and 64 in the market for a home was about one million in 2001. NAHB projects that figure to grow to approximately 1.2 million households in 2006. One forecast projects the number of baby boomers age 65 and over to increase nearly 80 percent during the next two decades.

    Another attribute that distinguishes the senior market is the broad range of motives for buying or selling a home. Many seniors wish to sell their homes because their family has grown and they are now seeking a low-maintenance property that frees them up to enjoy a more leisurely lifestyle. Selling a primary residence or a vacation property may free up equity that can be applied toward retirement. The changing interests and capabilities of seniors also influence the need for proximity to transportation, health services, shopping and other activities.

    Success in servicing the wide-ranging needs of senior homebuyers is achieved through the right combination of programs, training and marketing. Sales professionals who have built a strong referral network and practice sound prospecting techniques will have a leg up on capturing these diverse and demanding buyers and sellers. Realtors® who make the effort to secure specialized certification will distinguish themselves as especially qualified to service the needs of seniors.

    One characteristic that distinguishes seniors from first-time homebuyers is a lower tolerance for uncertainty. The ERA® system offers the ERA® Sellers Security® Plan (SSP), a program designed expressly for homesellers who seek that extra level of assurance. Simply put, the SSP guarantees that a seller who qualifies for the program will sell their home at a pre-determined price within 180 days of listing, or ERA Real Estate will buy it.

    According to the Senior Advantage Real Estate Council, 90 percent of seniors do not put their home on the market until they have settled on their new living arrangements, and Realtors® must be prepared to help seniors select a mortgage that meets their needs. ERA Mortgage offers buyers with unique financing requirements the opportunity to choose from more than 100 different loan products. A professionally staffed Agent Help Desk helps sales associates offer products that best match their clients' financial goals.

    Specialized certification programs are another means to assure seniors that Realtors® are capable of serving them. Late last year, ERA Real Estate became the first global real estate franchise to deliver the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation in a virtual classroom. The course, offered through the Senior Advantage Real Estate Council (SAREC), was developed to educate sales professionals about the special needs and concerns of senior homebuyers and homesellers.

    The transition into a senior lifestyle can be an exciting time. For Realtors® who are prepared to assist the growing community of seniors, it can be a rewarding time as well

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    Preventing Id Theft - 08/19/2007

    Could This Be Your Story?

    When Janet Romano opened her credit card bill, she got more than she bargained for.

    "I'm diligent about matching up my receipts to my bill," Romano said. (We've changed her name to protect her privacy.) "Several of the charges were mysteries to me."

    A call to her credit card company began a months-long effort to recover from identity theft and credit card fraud. First, Romano found thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges on her credit card bills. She disputed each charge but the finance charges kept growing. She even found a purchase of an Internet domain name on her bill. That domain name created a Web site that scammed people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    "Some people using the scam site knew how to look up the name of the site owner. A public directory listed my name and phone number. I actually got messages on my voice mail threatening to break my legs," said Romano.

    Romano thinks that identity thieves got her information when she replied to an email asking her to refresh her email account information. It looked like a real request-so real that even a cautious consumer like Romano replied with her personal and financial information. Such email tactics are called "phishing."

    Identity Theft is Growing

    Unfortunately, phishing is a growing way to steal someone's identity. And it's only one way. Identity thieves can take your personal information from your mail box or your home. They can steal your wallet or purse, or convince you to give out personal information. We all have to be on our guard.

    Identity theft is the fastest growing white-collar crime. It happens when an identity thief obtains some pieces of your personal information. The thief then uses the information about you-without your knowledge-to commit fraud or theft. The identity thief is disguised as you. The trail leads back to you.

    You Can Act Against Identity Theft

    In this course you will learn more about how identity theft happens. You'll see how thieves get and use your information. Then, you can take steps to be on your guard, so that what happened to Ms. Romano won't happen to you. As with any crime, you cannot completely control whether you will become a victim. But you can minimize your risk. You can be alert to how the crime happens. And you can manage your personal information cautiously.

    In this course, you will:

    Know what identity theft is
    Do a wallet check to protect yourself from identity theft
    Take steps to protect yourself from identity theft in your home and on the road
    Recognize early warnings of identity theft
    Take the first steps if you're a victim of identity theft
    Have the numbers to call to get help or more information


    Let's get started.

    Technical Requirements

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    Browser: Internet Explorer 6 and higher, Netscape 7.2 and higher or equivalent browser. Your browser must be JavaScript-enabled and must be set to accept cookies.

    Network Connection: The recommended minimum connection is 56Kbps. A faster connection is encouraged to take better advantage of the media elements in the seminar.

    Contributors

    AARP Consumer Protection Team
    This seminar is brought to you by the AARP Consumer Protection Team, which provides tools and education to help consumers protect themselves from financial fraud, abusive practices and other risks to their savings and assets. To support this goal, AARP is 1) developing a wide variety of print resources and messages; 2) partnering with other organizations that share this interest; and 3) advocating for federal and state requirements that protect consumers from identity theft.

    AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, http://www.aarp.org . AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Copyright 2005, AARP.

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    ERA Mortgage - 08/19/2007


    Tailor-made Mortgages
    It's true what they say - no two customers are alike. That's why we cater to each customer's unique financial situation. By offering over 150 different mortgage products, ERA Mortgage can meet the diverse requirements of all of your customers. And, if any of our programs fall short of your customers' requirements, just let us know. We'll work to create a custom mortgage product just for them.

    Tools of the Trade
    ERA Mortgage leads the industry in the application of technology to the loan origination process. Access to information is key to providing superior service, and we continue to invest in state-of-the-art technology to improve the speed and quality of communication.

    MortgageLoanStatus.com provides everything your customers need to track the progress of their loan before closing, and Mortgagequestions.com gives your customers access to a wealth of after-the-sale support. Both Web sites are available 24/7.

    * Mortgage loans are subject to qualification, receipt of satisfactory appraisal and verification of income, asset and debt information provided by the costumer.

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    ERA Mortgage information - 08/19/2007


    Special Financing Program from ERA Mortgage

    Interest rate buydown program benefits seller, and buyers

    Our Special Financing Program differentiates your seller's home in this competitive market and provides lower monthly payments for the buyer. This means a larger pool of buyers for listings, which can ultimately help sell homes faster.

    To learn more about our Special Financing Program, click answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the ERA Mortgage Special Financing Program! You can also read the ERA MortgageMatters article or contact your ERA Mortgage Advisor.

    Now Available: Special Financing Ads on the Mortgage Resource Center

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    Seller security plan benefits - 08/19/2007


    Program Benefits

    The Sellers Security® Plan Slogan "We Will Sell Your House, Or ERA Will Buy It!"® drives inquiries and interest. Often underlying that consumer question... "What's this deal about ERA buying my house?"... is skepticism and doubt.

    What are the benefits to a Seller?

    There are three unique core benefits of the SSP.



    Non-contingency status: Sellers that need to purchase another home but can't because their current home is not sold find this program of great value. The plan provides a guaranteed sale and closing date resulting in increased buying power.


    Increases the number of buyers for their home: when a Seller lists with ERA®, prospective buyers can often times take advantage of the SSP in order to sell their house to purchase that ERA® listing. In essence, we increase the pool of buyers for all our listings, especially a home that will attract a move-up buyer. This benefit is another reason to list with ERA® regardless of Seller's interest in the SSP.


    A multitude of options: If in the event a Seller needs a contract quicker than one can be market generated, by listing with ERA® a contract can be forthcoming to enable their next home purchase. And if in the event our optimism about their home selling is wrong due to economic conditions outside our control, by listing with ERA® they have the option at any time to proceed with our guaranteed sale program.

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    Seller security plan - 08/19/2007


    Let's Go Shopping!"

    Most other real estate companies can only sell their listings to a cash buyer or a homeowner whose current home is sold and ready to close. You have access to those buyers and more! There are potential buyers for your listings that own a house that would like to buy another but can't because they need to sell their current house first. In addition the down payment for this purchase is often tied up in their current home.

    By listing with ERA®, the SSP enables you to turn prospective buyers into qualified buyers for Sellers homes. I have a marketing program that exposes a your house to more buyers netting you more money.

    The "Let's Go Shopping!" campaign supports creating buyers for listings.

    The newly designed "Let's Go Shopping!" tagline adds another dimension to the exclusive ERA® Sellers Security® Plan program. Once you have listed a home it's time to go shopping. Call or email me for more details.

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    Seller security plan - 08/19/2007

    Let's Go Shopping!"

    Most other real estate companies can only sell their listings to a cash buyer or a homeowner whose current home is sold and ready to close. You have access to those buyers and more! There are potential buyers for your listings that own a house that would like to buy another but can't because they need to sell their current house first. In addition the down payment for this purchase is often tied up in their current home.

    By listing with ERA®, the SSP enables you to turn prospective buyers into qualified buyers for Sellers homes. I have a marketing program that exposes a your house to more buyers netting you more money.

    The "Let's Go Shopping!" campaign supports creating buyers for listings.

    The newly designed "Let's Go Shopping!" tagline adds another dimension to the exclusive ERA® Sellers Security® Plan program. Once you have listed a home it's time to go shopping. Call or email me for more details.

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    ERA Homeprotection plan - 08/19/2007


    ERA Home Protection Plan®
    Comprehensive, Insured

    Program Overview:
    The ERA Home Protection Plan is a fully insured home warranty administered by American Home Shield.

    With the ERA Home Protection Plan, you can increase your chances of selling your home faster and for more money, or can enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your new home comes with a home warranty for a full year. The plan covers repair and replacement costs on most major home systems and built-in appliances, including heating and cooling systems, duct work, electrical and plumbing systems, water heaters and much more. If a problem does arise, service is always just a phone call away. See the "Escalation Communications Process" should you need to report or follow up on an issue. Call or email me today for a free home warranty information package.

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    ERA Answers - 08/19/2007


    ERA Answers
    We know that ERA® professionals are totally committed to providing whatever it takes to help their customers through the home buying or selling process. ERA Answers is part of that ERA® commitment.

    The ERA Answers Book addresses nearly 100 of the questions on real estate customers' minds. It's handled in a clear and comforting way, helping you to see that an ERA Affiliate is the "answer" to buying or selling. The ANSWERS Book is intended to see ERA as the real estate expert and the most logical company to turn to for any potential buying or selling. Call me today for a free answers book.

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    The power of single homeownership - 08/19/2007


    The Power of One: Singles Opt for the Advantages of Homeownership

    By Brenda W. Casserly, President & COO, ERA Franchise Systems, Inc.

    It may surprise you to learn that a recent study completed by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University cited single-person households as one of the fastest growing housing markets in the country. In fact, nearly 5 million one-person households will be added in the coming decade.

    As real estate professionals, we must stay aware of emerging trends to best understand the unique lifestyles of our clients. To understand the motivations of single home buyers, we should first look at the experiences, wants and needs that shape their home buying decisions and review some of the leading factors behind this growing trend.

    According to the 2002 Census Report, between 1975 and 2002, the share of Americans who had never married increased from about 24% to 29%. Currently, about half of all adults are unmarried, and a single person living alone occupies one in four households. These figures are a sign of the times. Unlike days past, many people today have embraced a single life.

    Changing societal norms and expectations, improved personal wealth, increasing rates of higher education, and even longer life expectancies for women, have all contributed to the rise in single-person households. So what are the changing norms and demographics that have positioned this customer base to drive a significant portion of the housing market?

    Obviously, changing marriage trends and expectations are a leading factor in the increase in single-person households. Although between 80 and 90% of Americans will get married during their lifetimes, rises in personal wealth, length of education and changing attitudes regarding gender roles have resulted in both men and women delaying marriage until later in life. For example, one out of three men and more than one out of four women in their early 30s were unmarried in 1997, compared with fewer than one in 10 in 1900. Coupled with a divorce rate hovering around 50%, many single persons have grown accustomed to their lifestyle. They have the financial stability to live where they want and do not have immediate plans to marry (or remarry).

    Perhaps of greatest interest, women actually make up a large portion of single home ownership. Their role in the housing market is expected to continue to accelerate as women's success in the workplace continues to expand and personal income disparities continue to narrow. An article in Business Week Online in June of this year reported that on average, women ages 25 to 34 earned 82% as much as men in 2000, as compared to only 68% in 1975. As this trend continues, expect to see even more financially independent women become home buyers.

    Now that you have a better understanding of the characteristics and motivations of this emerging customer base, what are some factors real estate sales professionals need to remember to help these clients as they look to purchase a home? With only one set of hands at home instead of two or more, some singles opt for homes with lower maintenance features; including vinyl siding, brick, and vinyl windows to decrease the time devoted to maintenance. Others chose condos or town homes where exterior maintenance, landscaping, and snow removal are all handled by the homeowner's association for a monthly fee. In addition, some look for a tight-knit community that may be conveyed by having neighbors close at hand.

    For seniors who are single, many choose to move to active adult communities that are specially equipped to provide wonderful amenities for a lifestyle of one including golf courses, pools, and recreation centers. Other seniors consider proximity to cultural centers, medical facilities, public transportation or family when buying a home.

    Another factor sales associates should encourage single home buyers to consider is their future needs as well as the future resale value of a property. While a one-bedroom townhouse may be enough room now, it would not be if the buyer planned on marrying or having children in the near future. And while a single person may not mind having one bathroom, it could be a major detraction for a future prospective buyer looking at the house down the road. If they can afford it, buying slightly more house than they anticipate needing could very well be a wise investment decision for single home buyers.

    As with any unique home buyer, taking a few extra minutes with a prospective single client can help you to learn about their current living situation, as well as their future plans. This will allow you to create a customized plan, specific to their needs and set the tone for a successful business relationship.

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    Okaloosa County Website updates - 08/19/2007


    Local History Alive at Heritage Museum:
    The Lumber Industry Display at the Heritage Museum in Val-P.

    Depression Era Glass on Display:
    Sharon Cabbage Rose Design is currently on Display at Niceville Library, a member of the Okaloosa Co. Public Library Cooperative.

    Beach Safety:
    Spent 3 days in training for Heavy Surf Jet Ski Rescue.

    Beach Accesses Re-open!:
    Public Works has restored #1, 2, 3 & 7 for beach access.

    Niceville Library Adds New Wing:
    Niceville Chamber and Okaloosa Co. Co-op Library Committee cut ribbon for new wing.

    Marler Park Ribbon Cutting:
    Newly Renovated Marler Park Opens to the Public.

    See what's scheduled by Okaloosa Transit. Visit www.rideoct.org.

    Newly installed covered bus shelters for the WAVE public transportation system.

    Airport Art Exhibit:
    Visitors to the Okaloosa Regional Airport Enjoy the facility's new art exhibition

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    Walton County upcoming events - 08/19/2007

    Walton County Local Mitigation Strategy Group Meeting
    Freeport Old Post Office, SR 20 at Kylea Laird Drive, Freeport
    Janice Floyd, LMS Group Secretary, 267-1955
    This group meets as part of a voluntary program initiated by the Florida Department of Community Affairs to help local governments develop strategies to reduce or eliminate risks to people and property from natural and man-made hazards.

    THIS GROUP IS NOT INVOLVED WITH WETLANDS MITIGATION FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS. Walton County, its municipalities, and other entities participate in this program as an
    opportunity to save lives and protect economic and environmental resources from future disasters. Grants are often available from the state for local jurisdictions that have a Local Mitigation Strategy in place.

    The public is invited to attend and participate in these meetings.

    Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Board
    Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach Ann Haigh, Planning and Development Division,
    267-1955.

    The regular meeting will be from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. followed by a workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

    3:00 PM Okaloosa-Walton Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Niceville Community Center, 204 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
    Ellie Roberts, WFRPC Transportation Staff, (800) 226-8914 Ext. 218

    Commissioners Brannon, Comander, and Meadows, and DeFuniak Springs Council Member Roy McLeod are members of this Board.

    The TPO has three advisory committees: the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), and the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). The advisory committees also meet on the third Thursday of each month. The CAC meets at 9:30 a.m., the BPAC at 11:30, and the TCC at 1:30 p.m.

    See agenda for this meeting at: http://www.wfrpc.dst.fl.us/owtpo/agenda.htm.

    6:00 PM Code Enforcement Board
    Walton County Courthouse, 571 E. Nelson Avenue, DeFuniak Springs
    Sherrie Griggs, Code Enforcement Secretary, 622-0564

    Normal monthly meeting.

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    ERA Real Estate - 08/19/2007


    Advertising & Promotions

    Great customer service means taking care of the little things.

    At ERA Real Estate, we understand that when it comes to buying or selling a home, taking care of the little things can make a very big difference. That's why our national advertising campaign showcases our commitment to customer service and our focus on the details. Review the different components below that promote the message of the ERA brand both nationally and locally.

    J.D. Power Award Guidelines
    Consumer Confidence Campaign
    ERA On-Line Advertiser
    Print Advertising
    TV Advertising
    Radio Advertising
    Internet Advertising
    RealEstateJournal.com Web Advertising
    ERA Vehicle Marketing Program
    ERA Answers

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    Crestview Florida home for sale - 08/19/2007


    Detached Single Family

    MLS#: 461602 OfficeFile#: 29850 ListPrice: $230,000
    Status: Active ApproxSF: 2,573 BG:
    Address: 121 Villacrest Drive $/Sqft: $89.38
    CRESTVIEW, FL Bedrooms: 4
    Zip: 32536 Baths Full/Half: 3/
    County: OKALOOSA Stories: 1
    MainArea: 25 Crestview Area YearBuilt: 2004
    SubArea: 02 CRESTVIEW SOUTHWEST OccStat: Occupied
    Subdiv: COUNTRYVIEW ESTATES 10TH ADDN ImmOcc? Y
    ParcelID: 31-23-3N-056R-0000-0040 ConstrStat: ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: ANTIOCH Middle: DAVIDSON High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir: From Hwy 85 & I-10 go south to P.J. Adams take a right to Villacrest. Follow to # 121 Villacrest on your right.
    Legal: LOT 4 COUNTRYVIEW ESTATES 10TH ADDITION

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    If you're looking for a lot of house, look no further. 4 bedroom, 2 bath, south of I-10 2573 sq.ft. You can easily commute from this desireable location. This open floorplan is perfect for the growing family. Countryview sudvision located in Crestview Floirda.

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    ERA and MDA team up - 08/19/2007


    ERA Real Estate and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) have created the Home Grown Hero program, a new online fundraiser that makes it easier than ever for you to help support this worthy cause. The Home Grown Hero program gives all ERA® members the opportunity to participate in the network's fundraising activities for MDA on an individual basis. By creating your own Home Grown Hero profile you can send customized e-mails to your clients, business associates, family and friends to collect and track donations online using MDA's secure Web site.

    Using this program provides many rewards, not the least of which is the personal satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to "Home In On A Cure" for neuromuscular diseases. In addition, ERA members who collect a minimum of $1,000 for MDA during the course of the year through the Home Grown Hero Web-based program will earn the ERA/MDA Home Grown Hero designation and will receive:

    An ERA/MDA Home Grown Hero Award certificate
    Commemorative ERA/MDA Home Grown Hero pin
    Special recognition on TeamERA.com and in TeamERA magazine
    Invitation to the MDA Awards Reception at the ERA International Business Conference
    In addition to the recognition you'll receive from family and friends will admire your efforts to give back to the community.

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    Okaloosa County Transit Website for Northwest Florida area - 08/19/2007


    Visit the Okaloosa County Transit Website: www.RideOCT.org
    Whether you are commuting, shopping, or just visiting, let OCT get you where you're going. When you use public transit, you help our community and the environment by easing traffic congestion and reducing harmful emissions.

    Summer
    Memorial Day through Labor Day
    Monday - Saturday 8:00am to 7:00pm
    Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day
    *Shuttles Arrive at designated stops every 20 minutes.
    Winter
    September through May
    *Shuttles Arrive at designated stops every 45 minutes
    Monday - Saturday 8:00am to 7:00pm

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    ERA wins 3 years in a row - 08/19/2007

    ERA REAL ESTATE RECOGNIZED BY J.D. POWER AND ASSOCIATES FOR THIRD YEAR IN A ROW

    PARSIPPANY, N.J., - ERA Real Estate announced it is the recipient of the 2006 J.D. Power and Associates Award for "Highest Overall Satisfaction For Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms." This marks the third year in a row that ERA Real Estate has received an award from this prestigious organization.

    Last year, the company was the recipient of the 2005 J.D. Power and Associates Award for "Highest Overall Satisfaction For First Time Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms." In 2004, ERA Real Estate received the award for "Highest Overall Satisfaction For First Time Home Buyers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms."

    "Being recognized for customer satisfaction once again by a well-respected organization such as J.D. Power and Associates is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our sales associates and brokers," said Brenda W. Casserly, president and CEO for ERA Franchise Systems, Inc. "This award is a reflection of our promise to our customers to be 'Always There For You' throughout the homebuying and selling process."

    ERA Real Estate's host of products, services and materials dedicated to meeting the unique needs of sellers contributed to its award-winning satisfaction ratings. A customer favorite is the ERA Sellers Security® Plan, a unique, guaranteed sale program that offers sellers the freedom to close on their next home, even if their current home has yet to sell.

    About the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction StudySM.
    ERA received the highest numerical score among national full service real estate firms for repeat home sellers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction StudySM. Study based on 3,709 total responses measuring real estate firms and measures opinions of homebuyers and sellers. Study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in April through May 2006. Your experiences may vary. Study conducted for Realogy Corporation by J.D. Power and Associates.

    About ERA Franchise Systems, Inc.
    About ERA Franchise Systems, Inc. ERA Franchise Systems, Inc. is a global leader in the residential real estate industry with more than 30 years experience in developing consumer-oriented products and services. ERA Real Estate was recently named the recipient of the prestigious 2006 J.D. Power and Associates Award for "Highest Overall Satisfaction For Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms." The ERA® network includes more than 38,700 brokers and sales associates and nearly 3,000 offices throughout the United States and 29 other countries and territories. Each office is independently owned and operated except offices owned and operated by NRT Incorporated. ERA Franchise Systems, Inc. is a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation (NYSE: H), the world's largest real estate franchisor. ERA® information is available to consumers at ERA.com.

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    ERA welcomes new affiliate companies - 08/19/2007


    ERA REAL ESTATE WELCOMES 18 NEW AFFILIATE COMPANIES TO ITS GLOBAL NETWORK
    Network strengthens its presence in California with the addition of 9 new affiliate companies and 14 new offices in total
    PARSIPPANY, N.J., - ERA Real Estate announced that it has grown its global franchise network with the addition of 18 new companies during July and August 2006. In addition, 10 existing ERA® affiliate companies expanded their presence through new office openings or mergers/acquisitions during the same period.

    ERA Real Estate continues to strengthen its position in California, with the Golden State accounting for the largest area of growth within the ERA network with nine new franchised brokerage companies and four existing affiliates combining to open 14 new ERA offices. Year to date, ERA Real Estate has added nearly 70 companies and 130 offices to its global real estate network. The ERA network now has nearly 3,000 offices and more than 38,700 sales associates and brokers throughout the United States and 29 other countries and territories.

    "ERA Real Estate continues to expand our global network of dedicated brokers and sales associates through both external and organic growth," said Brenda W. Casserly, president and chief executive officer for ERA Real Estate. "During the past two months, we have increased our footprint in a number of key regions, led by our growth within California."

    New Company Affiliations
    Listed below are real estate companies that affiliated with ERA Real Estate during July - August 2006:

    Company Office(s) State
    ERA Consolidated Realty Group Simi Valley CA
    ERA Elite Elk Grove CA
    ERA Gold Key Highland CA
    ERA Home Professionals Daly City CA
    ERA Platinum Properties Walnut Creek CA
    ERA Promerica Realtors Santa Ana CA
    ERA Rocklin Real Estate Rocklin CA
    ERA Showcase Real Estate Yuba City CA
    ERA South Coast Realty Orange CA
    ERA Southern Exposure Realty Jupiter FL
    ERA Ammons Realty Samford NC
    ERA Compass Real Estate Barnegat NJ
    ERA 1st Independent Realty Newburgh NY
    ERA Glad Realty Services Uniondale NY
    ERA Anderson and Associates Real Estate Stroudsburg PA
    ERA Ritter Real Estate Smyrna TN
    ERA Legends Realty San Antonio TX
    ERA Terry Harper Real Estate Forney TX


    Expanded Operations
    Listed below are existing ERA affiliate companies that expanded their operations through mergers and acquisitions or by opening new branch offices during July - August 2006:

    Company Office(s) State
    ERA Home Traditions Real Estate Fairfield CA
    ERA Dream Team Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe CA
    ERA Shields Real Estate Colorado Springs CO
    ERA Tides Realty Group Mt. Pleasant SC
    ERA Faust Realty Group Lehigh Acres FL
    ERA Pacesetters Partners Murfreesboro TN
    ERA Preferred Properties Sacramento CA
    ERA Caporale Realty, Inc. Chicago IL
    ERA American Dream Chino CA
    ERA Real Estate First Grove City OH


    About ERA Franchise Systems, Inc.
    About ERA Franchise Systems, Inc. ERA Franchise Systems, Inc. is a global leader in the residential real estate industry with more than 30 years experience in developing consumer-oriented products and services. ERA Real Estate was recently named the recipient of the prestigious 2006 J.D. Power and Associates Award for "Highest Overall Satisfaction For Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms." The ERA® network includes more than 38,700 brokers and sales associates and nearly 3,000 offices throughout the United States and 29 other countries and territories. Each office is independently owned and operated except offices owned and operated by NRT Incorporated. ERA Franchise Systems, Inc. is a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation (NYSE: H), the world's largest real estate franchisor. ERA® information is available to consumers at ERA

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    Crestview History located in Okaloosa County in Northwest Florida - 08/19/2007


    The City of Crestview received its charter from the Florida Legislature and was officially incorporated in 1916. Crestview's name was chosen because it is located on the peak of a long woodland range between the Yellow and Shoal rivers, which flow almost parallel on the east and west side of the city. After Okaloosa County was formed by the State Legislature in 1915, from portions of western Walton County and eastern Santa Rosa County, Crestview became the County Seat in 1917 and remains so today.

    With a population of more than 17,000 citizens, Crestview is located at the junction of three major highways; U.S. 90, State Road 85, and Interstate Highway 10, which resulted in its acclaimed designation as the "Hub City" of northwest Florida. The City is 50 miles east of Pensacola, 120 miles west of Tallahassee, and 30 miles inland from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Crestview's elevation of 235 feet above sea level places it as one of the highest points in the state. It receives 65 inches of rainfall annually...the most in the State of Florida. Also, the city was designated as a main street city in 1997 by the Florida Department of State.

    The CSX, Inc. Railroad runs through Crestview. Parallel with this railroad is the Old Spanish Trail which extends from Jacksonville west to El Paso, Texas, thus being one of the great truck lines of the country and rich in tradition and history of the Indian, French, Spanish and English settlers in this nation.

    If one should wonder what has happened to make Crestview the thriving, friendly, fast growing city we know today, it might be said that it was a fabled fountain of gold or silver. In actuality, it was the dreams and visions of the staunch and sturdy few who were living here in 1915. These early residents realized the natural advantages offered at this particular site for the building of a city and they set out to provide the foundation for such an undertaking.

    The City of Crestview formally adopted the Community Redevelopment Agency Concept in 1995 for the expressed purpose of development and redevelopment within the Community Redevelopment area, which encompasses all of the downtown area. This organization adopted a Community Redevelopment Plan, which was sanctioned by the Florida Department of Community Affairs.

    In 1997, the City applied, and was approved, for a Main Street program designation by the Secretary of State. This program is embraced nationwide and encompasses the tasks of scheduling and promotion of events such as block parties, downtown days, street festivals, parades, sidewalk sales and cultural events to cultivate and enhance downtown redevelopment.

    In 1998, the City hired a full time Director and assisted in the establishment of the Crestview Main Street Association, Inc., whose membership consists of business owners, citizens and other interested parties desiring to revitalize the downtown area. Today, the organization boasts 90 members who are pledged to support the City in their development efforts.

    Starting in 1996, the City began a three-phase development effort to construct a major streetscape project in the CRA area. All three phases were earmarked for the restoration of Main Street to the tune of $3.7 million, funded by Tax Increment Financing Funds, grants and general funds.

    In 2001, the City Council designated a Historic Preservation District and applied for a grant funding to research and document the histories for 200 structures within the CRA area and district. The survey entailed having all structures surveyed, evaluated, and documented with their histories, qualifying them for a State or National historical significance designation. Properties classified on State or National Registries may seek grant funding for historical restoration as part of the redevelopment efforts.

    The Okaloosa County Veterans Memorial, Inc., an organization established to honor deceased veterans during wartime, a War Memorial adjacent to the County Courthouse was dedicated in March 2003. Meanwhile, business owners and merchants are busy restoring commercial properties to meet the new Florida Building Code. A new zoning code is being formulated to focus on downtown properties to compliment historic preservation efforts underway.

    Here in Crestview you will find an assortment of comfortable homes, churches, schools, recreational facilities, businesses, and industries all working together as a happy, growing city. The health, fire, and police departments, under a stable and prosperous city government working to make this city a wonderful place to live, protect all these things while the related services of the city ensure we uphold our commitment to provide services second to none.

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    History of Niceville in Northwest Florida Okaloosa County - 08/19/2007


    Evidence shows that perhaps up to 10,000 years ago Native Americans were living in the area now occupied by the City of Niceville. A number of projectile points have been found and burial mounds dot the area offering mute proof of times long past. Conflict arose between these native populations and the European explorers who began arriving in the area around 1500-1700. This was a time of proud Native Americans, conquering Spanish conquistadors, and thieving pirates.

    By the early 1800s the new American government had settled in, and established its own systems of politics, religion, and trade, much the same way the Native Americans had done centuries earlier. During these times the fishing industry thrived on mullet caught in the sandy-bottomed bays of the area. One such bay was called Boggy Bayou, named for a great deposit of peat discovered at the mouth of Juniper Creek. It wasn't long before a tiny fishing village was established along the shores of the bay. The village, named Boggy after the bayou itself, was the starting point for what would later become Niceville.

    In 1842 a cattleman from Louisiana named Jessie Rogers drove his herds to the head of Boggy Bayou and settled in the area. Permanent settlement began as the Civil War ended, and the war's victims left their devastated homes behind to find a new life. Boggy provided them with abundant sunshine, waterway transportation and inexpensive tracts of land. It was around this same time that a legislative act established two counties in the area, Santa Rosa, and Walton. It was from these two counties that the county of Okaloosa, in which modern day Niceville is located, would be created in 1915.

    The settlement continued to grow when a gristmill was established by John Nathey and his father, to serve the increasing number of farms in the area. Part of that mill still stands on what is now the Eglin AFB golf course. A general store and a sawmill further improved upon the primitive conditions the homesteaders endured, and a number of turpentine distilleries began operating in the area. As trade began to expand beyond the local community, the need for a postal service was realized. Dr. James C. White was named the first postmaster, and on August 17, 1893 the U.S. Postal Service officially recognized the city of Boggy. A few years later the residents decided that 'Boggy' was an unflattering name to represent a respected and growing community, so on November 5, 1910 the city was renamed 'Niceville.' Some residents still were not happy with the name, and on May 24, 1919 the city was again renamed, this time to 'Valparaiso' which is Spanish for 'Vale of Paradise.' One mile from the town, another community was developing, and it was dubbed 'New Valparaiso.' This created confusion among the residents of the two towns, and all but halted the mail delivery. After much discussion the town's name was changed back to Niceville on November 1, 1925 and it has held the name ever since.

    Over the next decade Niceville continued to develop their small, thriving community. Some type of local government was needed to represent the interests of its citizens. On July 7, 1938 a mass meeting of the qualified voters was held to organize a municipal government and to elect officers. They decided to incorporate the city using its official name of Niceville. The bounds of the territory limits were decided on, and a circular disk with the inscription 'City of Niceville, Florida' was selected as the seal. Two petitions were drawn up, one opposing the proposed incorporation, and the other in agreement with the proposal. Of the 329 registered voters who took part, only four opposed the incorporation. The chairman declared the name duly selected, the seal duly adopted, and the territory limits definitely designated by metes and bounds. J. M. Reynolds was elected the first mayor of the City of Niceville on July 15, 1938 and J. W. Windham was elected the first clerk. C. G. Meigs, Wallace Spence, Herman Anderson, Thomas Powell, and G. B. Anchors were the first five councilmen. Hughey Holmes was elected Marshall of the city.

    The first recorded school in Niceville was constructed in 1922. Two other schools, established in the 1920's close to the site of the present Edge Elementary, were demolished, the first by fire and then in 1936 its replacement by a hurricane. Classes were conducted in various locations such as the present-day Valparaiso Community Center and a dance hall on Howell Hill until 1938, when the school was again rebuilt. This school, constructed by the Works Progress Administration, consisted of only the front section of the present Edge Elementary School building. The auditorium and additional wings were erected later.

    In the spring of 1963, a high school was established in the City of Niceville. Prior to this time, high school age Niceville students attended Choctawhatchee High School with other students in the area. The first class of seniors graduated in the spring of 1966. One year later, the new Niceville Senior High School was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Over the next few years the school was expanded to include a gymnasium, an auditorium, a band room, a wing of classrooms and an industrial arts building. Another wing has been constructed that will house science labs, a home economics suite, general purpose classrooms and administrative offices.

    Today the municipality of Niceville remains a small, close-knit community of just under 20,000 with ever increasing public services. The population is served by one high school, a middle school, two elementary schools, a private center of education and a community college

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    History of Fort Walton Beach in Northwest Florida - 08/19/2007


    From a population of 90 in 1940 to over 175,000 in 2002, the Greater Fort Walton Beach area has enjoyed growth in many areas. Undiscovered for many years, the area abounds with both large and small businesses, beautiful residential neighborhoods, sophisticated condominium complexes, an active industrial park engaged in light, clean industry, and many opportunities for outdoor sports and activities. A civic auditorium, council chambers, library complex, and attractive parks give the city its core of activity. Fort Walton Beach has an unusual number of fine restaurants and entertainment facilities. A top rated educational system provides students with the opportunity of a kindergarten through graduate school education. The city has many churches of every denomination as well as numerous clubs and civic organizations. Situated on the beautiful white sands of the Emerald Coast on the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Walton Beach draws from a business area of more than 177,000 people.

    Many factors go into making Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa County the vibrant area it is today. However, there are five important areas that stand out: the military impact in the community, the high tech industry located here, the abundant educational opportunities, the cost of living and the life-style advantages. Browse through the community section to see things that make the Fort Walton Beach area such an attractive place to work, live and play.

    Fort Walton Beach is rapidly earning the reputation as the "Technology Coast." Dozens of small and mid-size companies designing and manufacturing a vast assortment of products for military/industrial use have chosen our area as their home. These businesses often keep a low public profile due to their military and defense connections, but their impact on Fort Walton Beach is great. Their presence means an influx of professionals who are highly skilled, highly educated and highly paid. As the "Technology Coast" grows - and by all indications it will do so by leaps and bounds - so will the Fort Walton Beach metro area.

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    History of Destin Florida located in Okaloosa County in Northwest Florida - 08/19/2007


    Located in the Florida Panhandle, the City of Destin has a rich historical heritage dating back to American Indian inhabitants as early as the 7th century A.D. Spanish explorers surveyed Florida in 1538. Don Francisco Tapia was commissioned to survey the Florida coast and in 1693, drew the first known map of East Pass and its shores. Destin traces its immediate history to a fisherman, Captain Leonard Destin, who moved here from New London, Connecticut, and settled in Northwest Florida in about 1845. Captain Destin pioneered the fishing industry and Destin has maintained this heritage to the present.

    With the growth and development of Destin from a small fishing village to a major tourist resort came the need for a local government structure. The City of Destin was originally chartered as a municipality under the laws of the State of Florida in 1984. However, the community of Destin, in existence for more than one hundred and fifty years, has a long history as a fishing village and premier resort destination.

    Known as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village", the largest and most elaborately equipped fishing fleet in the State of Florida docks at the Destin Harbor. In addition to fishing, recreational opportunities include golf, tennis and watersports, including diving and snorkeling. The 100 Fathom curve draws closer to Destin than any other spot in Florida providing the speediest deep-water access on the Gulf. The City of Destin is home to 11,119 full-time residents (2000 US Census).

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    Baker Florida located in Okaloosa County Northwest Florida - 08/19/2007

    About Baker
    Baker

    Electricity/Gas

    CHELCO Electric
    1-800-342-0990

    Gulf Power
    1-800-225-5797

    Okaloosa Gas
    (850) 729-4700

    Baker

    Water/Sewer

    Holt Water Systems
    (850) 537-4113

    Okaloosa County Water and Sewer
    (850) 651-7171

    City of Crestview
    (850) 682-6131

    Auburn Water Systems, Inc.
    (850) 682-1258

    Baker

    Garbage

    Waste Management
    (850) 862-7141

    Baker

    Telephone

    Sprint
    1-800-SPRINT1

    BellSouth
    1-888-757-6500

    AT&T
    1-800-222-0300


    Baker

    Satellite/Cable

    Cox Communications
    (850) 682-5131

    DISH Network
    Ask me about a gift card for free installation!

    DirecTV
    1-800-347-3288

    Baker

    Miscellaneous

    Department of Motor Vehicles
    106 Hollywood Blvd. SW
    Fort Walton Beach, FL
    (850) 833-9122
    (850) 833-9123 - appointments

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    Northwest Florida Commercial property located in Crestview Florida - 08/19/2007


    Commercial Crestview Florida Fast growing area over an acre Corner lot ListPrice: $230,000
    These four lots, all adjacent and totaling 1.13 acres, are on the west side of Bay street between Blakely Ave and Springhill Court. The three other Parcel IDs are 20-3n-23-0000-0043-0000, 20-3n-23-0000-0045-0000, and 20-3n-23-0000-0050-0000. Located in an area with lots of building activity. Convenient to Main Street Crestview and Hwy 85

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    Northwest Florida vacation spots located in Okaloosa County Florida - 08/19/2007


    Okaloosa Florida Enjoy all Okaloosa vacation spots
    River Parks

    Guest Lake Park Boat Ramp 3850 Yellow River Log Lake Road, Holt
    Milligan / Yellow River Park 5100 Ellis Road, Baker
    Oak Grove River Park 2751 Hwy 2, Laurel Hill
    Shoal River Wayside Park (Bill Duggan Jr. Park) 5999 Hwy 85 S, Crestview
    Cotton Bridge Park - 6301 Hwy 4 W, Baker

    Beach Parks

    James Lee Park 3510 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin
    John Beasley Park 1550 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach
    Newman C. Brackin Wayside Park 1460 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach

    Bayou Parks

    Longwood Park - 4 Bay Street, Shalimar
    Meigs Park - 45A Meigs Drive, Shalimar

    Boat Ramps

    Bryant Bridge Boat Ramp 100 Bryant Bridge Road, Holt
    Pocahontas Boat Ramp 565A Pocahontas Drive, Fort Walton Beach
    Ray Lynn Barnes Boat Ramp 3390 Hwy 90 E, Crestview
    Rickey Avenue Boat Ramp 165 Rickey Avenue, Fort Walton Beach
    Swift Bayou Boat Ramp 213 Edrehi Avenue, Niceville

    Neighborhood Parks

    Colonel Bud Day Park 185 Woodland Park Circle, Mary Esther
    Eagle Park 2980 James Lee Blvd E (Hwy 90 E), Crestview
    Lang Road Park 304 Priscilla Drive, Fort Walton Beach
    Leo Norred Park 48 Poplar Avenue, Shalimar
    Little Marler Park 1247 Siebert Drive, Fort Walton Beach
    Seminole Park - 1534 Cat-Mar Street, Niceville
    Sylvania Heights Playground - 311 Shirley Drive, Fort Walton Beach

    Beach Access ways

    Beach Access #1, Blue Dolphin Beachwalk - 372 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
    Beach Access #2, Emerald View Beachwalk - 399 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
    Beach Access #3, Seashore Beachwalk - 530 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
    Beach Access #4 - 600 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
    Beach Access #5 - 700 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
    Beach Access #6, Doris Jordan Freeway Beachwalk - 820 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
    Beach Access #7, Emerald Promenade Beachwalk - 900 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach

    Special Use Parks


    Baker Block Museum - 1307 Georgia Avenue, Baker
    Baker Park - 1450 Charlie Day Road, Baker
    Baker Recreation Area - 5503 Hwy 4, Baker
    Blackman Community Center - 7590 Hwy 189 N, Blackman
    Garden City Park - 6330 Garden City Road, Crestview
    Okaloosa Island Boat Basin - 410A Cobia Avenue, Fort Walton Beach
    Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier - 300 Pier Road, Fort Walton Beach
    Shalimar / Port Dixie Little League Ball Park - 75 4th Avenue, Shalimar
    Shalimar Elementary Park - 1340 Joe Martin Circle, Shalimar

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    10 Acres Northwest Florida land located in Crestview Florida - 08/19/2007


    10 Acres of your own private getaway! From the entrance by the road, down a winding tree-lined driveway...enjoy the wrap around drive for easy entrance and exit. Close to town yet secluded; surrounded only by 10 acre lots, in this subdivision you have plenty of privacy, yet this 10 acres sits less than 5 minutes from the I-10 285 exit. This piece of real estate is perfect for the family that loves the outdoors. Relax and feel the country on your front deck, or come inside and enjoy the cozy fireplace. This home has recent updates including new dishwasher, new stove, and a 2-year old well. New vinyl skirting, new vinyl siding and new vinyl flooring; new carpet as well high-speed DSL availability. Come by and take a look today! Watch the Virtual Tour now available. Listing Broker/Salesperson has ownership interest in the property.

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    Land in Northwest Florida located in Crestview Florida - 08/19/2007


    LOT 29 FALCON WAY CRESTVIEW, FL 32539 .25 Acre Pines Subdivision Lot 20,000

    Price Reduced!!! Listed price now at under most recent sold prices for this subdivision.Don't miss your chance to obtain a lot in the extremely fast-growing "The Pines" subdivision. Great place for a new home on this level lot(s) with adjoining lots available. New construction all around in this subdivision located just off Highway 90 East. Convenient to Crestview, easy commute to Eglin or Destin via Highway 285 3 miles away. Auburn Water available to "The Pines," High speed internet now available.Seller is a licensed real estate agent. Bring all offers

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    Northwest Florida Lakefront property in Defuniak Springs - 08/19/2007

    LOT 10 LAKE ROSEMARY ESTATES Acreage: 1.07 WFFeet: 140 ListPrice: $85,000
    Lovely lake front with view of two lakes 140 waterfront footage on the lake Don't miss this opportunity for lakefront at this price. One of the fastest growing subdivisions in the area. Right around the corner from the new sunlake subdivision.Owner is a Licensed Real Estate agent.city water available, electric is available, and you can put a septic tank on the property. Seller pays all closing cost.

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    Buildable lot in Paxton Florida - 08/18/2007


    Build your dream home on this wooded half acre lot, select which Florida native trees you want to keep for as much or as little privacy as you would like. The lot sits directly on county Highway 147 which provides you with paved road frontage.Located not far from the Crestivew or Paxton area . With all this it is priced to sell take a look at this affordable lot today.

    HWY 147 PAXTON, FL 32538 MLS#:457992 Acreage: 0.50 $15,000

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    2007 Bond money available Okaloosa County,Santa Rosa County Walton - 08/18/2007

    There is another bond issue for first time homebuyers now available in addition to the State of Florida issue. It is the 2007 Escambia County Bond Program. Here are the general parameters: -this issue is available in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties. -must be a first time homebuyer and have a contract to lock-in. A first time homebuyer is defined as someone who has not owned a primary residence in the last 3 years. -RATE-5.19% with 1.50 points. 30 year fixed rate only. -available for conventional, VA, FHA and Rural Development loans. -Maximum total family income-Okaloosa county - 1-2 members-$57,800 and 3 + members-$66,470. Santa Rosa and Walton counties-1-2 members-$54,800 and 3 + members-$63,020. -Maximum sales price limitations-Okaloosa -$281,137, Santa Rosa-$237,031 and Walton-$429,619. -owner occupied only. -no home buyer counseling required. -UP to $7000 in the form of a second mortgage to cover closing cost, prepaids and down payment. The Rate is 0% amortized over 10 years($58.33 per month). There is no monthly payment but the second is paid when the house is sold, or the borrower no longer resides in the property. This bond issue offers the lowest rate currently available on a 30 year fixed rate. If you are working with someone who is a first time homebuyer, please have them call me with any questions. 1-800-303-7010, or 651-5252 local. Thanks in advance, John Flournoy Mortgage Loan Officer

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    Revisit Some Past Episodes on TeamSoldTV.com Today - 08/18/2007

    We want to invite you to visit our site at http://www.TeamSoldTV.com watch, from the first episode, all properties that have been viewed to date. 5484 Highway 192, Defuniak Springs, Florida is now sold,we are happy to announce.

    However, many properties are still available. Watch the tours of: Lot 10, Eugene Court on Lake Rosemary, a great Florida lakefront lot in Defuniak Springs, Florida for sale on episode 2; Lot 29 and Lot 30, Falcon Way, The Pines subdivision, Crestview, Florida, both level, buildable lots that are a quarter acre in a subdivision for $30,000 with Auburn Water available;

    a 26-acre tract on Innsbrook Lane in Holt, Florida; a 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom John King Road home on an oversized half acre lot, south of I-10; commercial lots on Bay Street in Crestview, Florida, a corner lot over an acre in size; and 10-acre Stallion Drive, Crestview, Florida with an updated 2-bedroom 1989 in an all 10-acre-tracts subdivision for $125,000, all in episode 3.

    You can view these in-depth tours which are not normally seen online -- not just pictures but good information that may help you find your dream home. You can get a clear picture on many properties on our show today. We are airing new episode number 5 this Friday at its normal time. I want to thank Lisa Sanford for appearing on multiple episodes of Team Sold Real Estate TV that airs on the CW, FOX, & WEAR-3 after Jimmy Kimmel (Friday night). Just visit TeamSoldTV.com
    and click "Schedule" on the menu to the left to find out our airtimes. Or, if you are outside of our viewing area, we have you covered as well; all our episodes will be available at TeamSoldTV.com. Just click on the link under "Episodes" in the "Interactive" section on the front page to view the complete show. Email us your questions now at
    www.TeamSoldTV.com and we will answer them on upcoming shows. We will also be showing you many unique properties from Panama City to Pensacola as well.

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    Many Properties Covered on Our New Episode; Watch It Today - 08/18/2007

    Many Properties Covered on Our New Episode; Watch It Today
    I want to thank Kaylyn Knopes and Michelle Styron for appearing on episode 4 of Team Sold Real Estate TV that airs on CW, FOX, & WEAR-3 after Jimmy Kimmel (Friday night). Just visit TeamSoldTV.com and click "Schedule" on the menu to the left to find out our airtimes. Or, if you are outside of our viewing area, we have you covered as well; all our episodes will be available at www.TeamSoldTV.com. Just click on the link under "Episodes" in the "Interactive" section to view the complete show. Email us your questions now at www.TeamSoldTV.com and we will answer them on upcoming shows. We will also be showing you many unique properties from Panama City to Pensacola as well.

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    Watch Team Sold Real Estate TV at TeamSoldTV.com - 08/18/2007

    We are proud to present, as a service to everyone viewing our site, that we will be bringing you every episode of our brand new TV show called "Team Sold Real Estate TV" that airs on CW, FOX, & WEAR-3 after Jimmy Kimmel. Just visit TeamSoldTV.com and click on the link under "Episodes" in the middle of our page in the "Interactive" section. Our show will will be bringing you information that we hope you will find helpful, from many of the home industries' top professionals from title companies to loan officers. Our first two episodes feature Patrice Bobo-Miles with Countrywide Home Loans. Email us your questions now at www.TeamSoldTV.com and we will answer your questions on upcoming shows. We will also be showing you many unique properties from Panama City to Pensacola in upcoming shows as well. If you are outside of our viewing area we have you covered; all our episodes will be available right here.

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    Team Sold on TV - 08/18/2007

    We are proud to announce that now, as a service to everyone in our viewing area (all of the Emerald Coast), we will be bringing you our very first episode of our brand new TV show called " eam Sold Real Estate TV," starting January 5, 2007, on WEAR-3 after Jimmy Kimmel.

    We will be bringing you information that we hope you will find helpful from many of the home industries' top
    professionals, from title companies to loan officers.

    Email us your questions now at www.Teamsoldtv.com and we will be answering your questions on upcoming shows.

    We will also be showing you many unique properties from Panama City to Pensacola in upcoming shows as well.

    If you are outside of our viewing area we still have you covered; all our episodes will be available on YouTube. Stay tuned!

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    Saving money at closing - 08/18/2007

    Savings Tips
    Fees for some standard items, such as appraisal, credit report and title insurance should be almost the same at every lender. The same goes for payments to local governments, such as documentation stamps and recording fees.

    A bank or mortgage company may be willing to drop some of the fees if you opt out of a service. For instance, they may overnight documents back and forth for faster approval. If you are not in a hurry, you can ask that the documents be sent by regular mail and the overnight charges be dropped.

    Watch out for "junk fees" or additional charges. Most mortgage programs include them, but you should be able to negotiate them down or eliminate them.

    Other Ways to Save on Costs


    Try to close your mortgage near the end of the month. Because all mortgage loans are due on the first of the month, you will have to pay interest from the day you close until the end of the month. You can avoid or greatly reduce prepaid interest due by closing the last day of the month or near that date, and save yourself hundreds of dollars.

    As part of the sale contract, you can negotiate with the seller of the property to help pay for some of the closing costs, points or other fees.

    Plan ahead with your mortgage lender. Don't wait until the day of closing to try to reduce costs.

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    Qualified Intermediary receives Certified Exchange Specialist TM Recognition - 08/18/2007

    Destin, Florida: Old South 1031 Exchange Services, LLC, a nationwide 1031 Qualified Intermediary announces that Andrew Gustafson, a principal of the firm, is one of twelve business professionals in the state of Florida and less than two hundred nationally to earn the Certified Exchange Specialist (CES) designation, after meeting the examination and work-experience criteria established by the Federation of Exchange Accommodators (FEA). The FEA is a non-profit trade organization with a nationwide network of certified professionals accountants, attorneys, real estate brokers, and others to help investors handle the requirements of Section 1031 transactions.

    Section 1031 Exchanges are complex transactions that permit investors to defer capital gains taxes on the sale of certain types of business, investment, or income property, provided specific criteria are met, including the replacement of the property with one or more properties of "like kind." Investment real estate is the most common type of property exchanged in this manner, though many other types of property can be bought and sold through a 1031 exchange. Examples include construction equipment, easements, livestock, oil and gas, minerals, timber, water rights, airplanes, boats and yachts, and motor vehicles, among others.

    The FEA is encouraging taxpayers to consider using a Certified Exchange Specialist to act as a "qualified intermediary" for their 1031 for good reason. According to Andrew Gustafson, "Almost anyone can claim to be a Qualified Intermediary. The problem is that Section 1031 Exchanges are complicated and highly specific, so even a small mistake could completely wipe out the potential tax benefits. The FEA's certification program is intended to allow taxpayers to make informed decisions when selecting a Qualified Intermediary."

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    Fees on a mortgage - 08/18/2007

    Fees on a mortgage cover almost every cost associated with getting a loan. You've already encountered fees upfront for a credit report and a property appraisal.

    But there are many more fees that you will be expected to pay at closing or settlement, which is generally 30 to 60 days after finalizing the sales contract. These closing costs are outlined in the "good faith estimate." The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act requires every bank or mortgage company to give the buyer the estimate within three days of applying for the loan. It will list expenses related to inspections, taxes, title insurance and a host of other charges. You also should receive an information booklet, "Settlement Costs -- a HUD Guide."

    Tip:The best approach is to get a copy of the good faith estimate before you make a commitment to any lender.

    Typical Closing Costs
    Here is a list of typical closing costs. In general, closing costs amount to 3 percent to 6 percent of the sale price. Note items with an asterisk (*) are explained below. For an estimated price range, see the separate Standard Closing Costs.


    Loan application fees and credit report
    Title search and insurance fees*
    Lender's attorney fees
    Property appraisal
    Inspections
    Survey
    Recording fees
    Transfer taxes
    Buyer's attorney
    Documentary stamps on new note
    Points and origination fees
    Condominium application fee
    Escrow account balances/prepaids*

    Title Insurance
    This is a policy that insures against errors in the title search, essentially guaranteeing you and your lender's financial interest in the property. It checks for any defects, liens or encumbrances on the property that may affect the rights of ownership, possesion or use of the property. It is issued after a complete examination of the public records. It also insures against such things as forgery, fraud, missing heirs or divorce actions. Keep in mind that the required title insurance protects the lender. You may want to take out an owner's title insurance to protect yourself.

    Escrow
    At closing you may have to put aside money into special escrow accounts to cover other costs associated with buying a home, such as private mortgage insurance (PMI), property taxes and homeowner's insurance. This will ensure that taxes and insurance premiums on the property are paid on time. Federal law limits the amount of "cushion" to two months of escrow payments. Be sure to ask the lender what escrow payments will be required at closing. Some mortgage companies may waive escrow requirements if you pay more points or a higher interest rate.

    Savings Tips
    You may be able to lower the cost of title insurance if the home you're buying hasn't been owned for a long time by the seller. The insurer may be willing to give you a re-issue rate, hence lower a premium, if there have been no claims against the title since the previous title search was done. If both you and the seller are getting title insurance, you can save by using the same title insurance firm. The cost will be lower since the insuror researches the property only once for both of you.

    It is important to review the estimate of closing costs and to ask questions about fees that seem unfamiliar. Lenders differ and can get creative when it comes to other types of charges

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    Closing Cost Review - 08/18/2007

    Closing Cost Review
    How much money do you need to bring to the table on closing day?

    Reminder: Keep your copy of the "good faith estimate" and compare it to the final list of closing costs. Question any changes or additions. Your closing agent should allow you to review the settlement form one business day before closing.

    You may want to preview a sample of the HUD-1 Settlement Statement at the web site of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The site also has other helpful information about closings and settlement.

    At this point, having secured the mortgage loan, you already have paid for the loan application fee, the property appraisal and some of the down payment. At the closing, you will need to pay the balance of your down payment. There are other costs that still must be paid in order to close the sale, unless you already have arranged and paid for them. (If so, bring receipts and other documentation with you to the closing.) These costs can include:


    Title search and insurance
    Survey
    Termite or other inspections
    Homeowner's hazard insurance
    Flood insurance
    Taxes
    Attorney and closing agent fees

    Additional fees related to the loan:

    Loan origination fee
    Points, if any
    Private mortgage insurance (PMI)
    Balance of your down payment

    Reminder: Have separate certified checks for all closing costs. Some of the costs, such as points, are tax deductible. Also, bring your checkbook, so you can write a personal check for small miscellaneous expenses such as photocopying.

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    Florida's official web site recorded 74.5 million visitors - 08/18/2007

    Florida's official web site recorded 74.5 million visitors in 2005. Investors in Florida are growing financially successful by taking advantage of the growing preconstruction real estate market. Cities, such as Orlando and Panama City, make Florida one of our nation's strongest economic states. Florida also has many advantages, for instance theme parks, museums, beautiful beaches, and also a wide variety of military bases. As you search Florida's Investment Properties you will see a variety of listings for every major city in the Emerald Coast and various vacation hotspots. Why buy property that is more expensive and needs to be fixed-up, when you can invest in a preconstruction real estate opportunity? These real estate properties can act as your home away from home or can easily be rented out to other families during the year to provide a steady income.

    Florida is the acting central location for all preconstruction real estate opportunities at this time. Pensacola is more than just another city on a map and this tends to attract tourists from all over the globe. Various attractive hotspots surround this great city allowing for opportunities for investors to make money on pre-construction investments. Allowing for a great vacation spot for a diverse group of people.

    The preconstruction real estate market in Florida is growing rapidly. The average selling price for a property in Florida rose 17% over 2005. The average selling price for a preconstruction property rose 26% in 2005. As you can see, even the traditional real estate market in Florida is growing at 6% over the national average, and preconstruction real estate is strong. Developers will sometimes cut their preconstruction project into phases allowing for someone who invested in the project during an earlier phase to pay considerably less then someone who invested during a later phase.

    Thank you to the Real Estate Development Center for this article.

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    The Difference Between Real Estate Agent and Realtor - 08/18/2007

    The Difference Between Real Estate Agent and Realtor

    Though the two terms are often used interchangably, real estate agents and REALTORS have different connotations. While both types of real estate professionals help clients buy and sell property in a similar fashion, REALTORS are members of the National Association of REALTORS. Retaining membership to this prestigious organization requires a strict adherence to seventeen tenets of ethical behavior in real estate transactions.

    While evaluating the ethical behavior if each individual real estate professional would prove impossible and the morality of each REALTOR is not guaranteed, it is fact that unaffiliated real estate agents are not required to conform to these policies.

    The Seventeen Commandments of REALTORS

    1. Treat your clients, buyers, sellers, landlords, or tenants, fairly and honestly while protecting and promoting their interests.

    2. Do not misrepresent, exaggerate, or lie about any property. However, you are not responsible for latent defects or providing advice unrelated to real estate.

    3. Cooperate with other brokers, except when cooperation is not in your clients best interest.

    4. If you have any personal interest in the property (for yourself, friends, family, or co-workers), you must tell the property owner. If selling your own home, you must reveal this information to the buyer.

    5. Do not represent a property of which you have marked interest without disclosing this information to all affected parties.

    6. Do not take any commissions or additional fees for favors or recommendations without notifying the client when these costs are first mentioned.

    7. Do not accept compensation from more than one party per transaction without prior approval from all parties involved.

    8. Keep your personal assets in a separate account from your professional funds.

    9. Make sure all agreements and contracts are written explicitly in laymens terms that all clients will understand. After signing, give each party a copy of the contract.

    10. Do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

    11. Conform to quality standards of the specific type real estate transaction. Do not undertake a job if it is outside of your field without the assistance of a professional competent in said field.

    12. Represent yourself honestly to the public, clearly stating your professional status.

    13. Do not pretend you are a lawyer.

    14. Cooperate, be honest, and present all facts if you are charged with unethical practice. Do not disrupt the proceedings.

    15. Do not engage in slanderous activity against competitors.

    16. Do not interfere with other REALTORS exclusive relationships with their clients.

    17. In the event of a dispute, go to the REALTOR board for arbitration rather than going to a regular legal court.

    Information provided from Realtor.org.

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    Increased Internet Exposure - 08/18/2007

    ERA Has Increased Internet Exposure..."Always there for you

    As a company founded on technology, ERA Real Estate has always embraced the idea of turning innovative thinking into a competitive advantage for its agents and customers. With that in mind, I am glad to announce a unique marketing initative we have established with Google, the internet search leader, to provide increased online exposure for our sellers' property listings.

    We have become the first real estate network to make all of its national residential listings available through Google. This new service that allows content providers to submit detailed information to be incorporated into Google search results.

    This initative makes it easier for prospective buyers to discover your listings online and is an excellent example of how listings with ERA can help sellers best market their home online.With the internet playing an ever increasing role in our industry, it is vitally important that we take full advantage of the potential presented by this technology. We will continue to work on creating new marketing venues for you to utilitize as part of the ERA network.Thank you to ERA Franchise and Public Relations for their help.

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    Residential lot loan program - 08/18/2007

    Up to 30 year amortization
    Interest only payments available
    Up to 90% financing (based on appraisal or contract)(*land size restrictions)
    Mortgages modified for construction loan (reducing costs for construction loans)
    Plan
    1 & 1 ARM
    3 & 1 ARM
    5-Year Fixed Amort.
    Min. CashDown Payment
    25% 10%
    25% 10%
    25% 10%
    Maximum LTV
    75% 90%
    75% 90%
    75% 90%
    Start Rate
    6.95% 7.25%
    7.50% 7.75%
    7.95% 8.25%
    Total Points
    0 1/2
    0 1/2
    0 1/2
    Amortization
    Interest Only
    Interest Only
    15-Year(**20/30 Year)
    Maturity
    5 Years
    5 Years
    5 Years
    Caps
    2% Annual - 5% Life
    2% Annual - 5% Life
    N/A
    Index
    1 Year T-Bill
    1 Year T-Bill
    N/A
    Margin
    3.50% 3.75%
    3.50% 3.75%
    N/A
    AdjustmentFrequency
    Annually
    Annually beginningyear 4
    N/A(Note this program is only available in platted/recorded subdivisions and good sales histories.

    Areas that do not qualify, lower LTV and higher interest rates may apply.)
    A minimum of 25% down required on purchases of $500,000+.

    Investor loans - minimum 25% down, 75% LTC/LTV; increase above rate by a minimum of 1% and get a 1% origination fee.

    Non-purchase (refinance, renewal, cash out) add a minimum of .50% to above rate.
    Non-platted, rural, and without deed restrictions which limit homes to site built add a minimum of 1% to above rate. Minimum 25% down, 75% LTV.

    Add .50% to rate for loans qualifying for stated income program (purchased for primary residence only).

    Foreign National Program - minimum 25% down, 75%LTC/LTV: increase above rate by a minimum of 1% and get a 1% origination fee and a 6 month reserve account.

    All loans are subject to qualification.* Maximum lot size 3 acres
    (10 acre if in platted subdivision).
    ** 20 year available on loans above $35,000, 30 year on loans above $100,000.Rates and terms subject to change. For informational purposes only.

    Call Rena Gilpatrick of Peoples First at 850-609-3941 for more information. Thanks again Rena for the information.

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    Northwest Florida Local Lenders - 08/18/2007

    Access Bank and Mortgage 1-888-908-1994
    www.accessthebank.com
    AmSouth 1-800-374-5791
    www.amsouth.com
    Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union
    1-800-448-4096
    www.aacfcu.com
    Bank of America
    1-800-432-1000
    www.bankofamerica.com
    BankTrust
    1-800-689-7929
    www.banktrustonline.com
    Colonial Bank
    1-877-502-2265
    www.colonialbank.com
    Compass Bank
    1-800-239-4357
    www.compassbank.com
    Eglin Federal Credit Union
    1-800-367-6159
    www.eglinfcu.org
    First City Bank
    1-888-244-5151
    www.firstcitybank.com
    First National Bank of Florida
    1-800-277-0995
    www.fnbfl.com
    First National Bank & Trust
    1-866-395-0051
    www.fnbt.com
    Okaloosa County Teachers' Credit Union
    850-863-7041
    www.okaloosafcu.org
    Peoples' First Community Bank
    1-800-982-4940
    www.peoplesfirst.com
    Peoples' National Bank
    1-800-303-7010
    www.pnbon.com
    Regions
    1-800-REGIONS
    www.regions.com
    SunTrust
    1-800-786-8787
    www.suntrust.com
    TrustMark
    1-800-844-2000
    www.trustmark.com
    Tyndall Federal Credit Union
    1-877-747-4321
    www.tyndallfcu.org
    Vanguard Bank
    1-800-840-8440
    www.vanguardbank.com
    Wachovia
    1-800-922-4684
    www.wachovia.com

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    Free Credit Report - 08/18/2007

    Free Credit Report I have tried it and it is truly free: no charge!Have you ever been denied credit for a purchase even though you thought your credit was great? Have you ever wondered if you were a victim of identity theft? The answer could be in your credit report. Until now you could not access this information without a fee. However, with the passage of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act, consumers can now get a free credit report annually from each of the three credit reporting bureaus that supply businesses with information on customers -- Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.The address is http://www.annualcreditreport.com/.Thanks to John Flournoy at People's First Community Bank for faxing over the information some time back and for reminding me of this information. If you are thinking of buying property John would be happy to talk with you about all the lending programs that are available. Tell him you are working with Brandon Jordan of ERA American Realty and he will give you $250.00 off your closing costs.You can reach him at his office at (850)651-5252 or email him at johnflournoy@peoplesfirst.com.

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    First post on Northwest Florida Realtor - 08/18/2007

    Are you looking to buy or sell a home or real estate in Northwest Florida? We work in Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville, DeFuniak Springs, Eglin Air Force Base, South Walton Beaches, and surrounding areas. Give us a call; we can help with it all! Team Sold.

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