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313 Springwood Cir Crestview FL Fannie Mae REO - 8/13/2014










708787 Full Agent Report - Residential Detached Single Family - Active
$82,500



























































Office File #:
Address:313 Springwood Circle Crestview, FL 32536
County:Okaloosa
Area:25 - Crestview Area
Sub Area:2503 - Crestview Northwest
Project Name/Subdivision:COUNTRY OAKS EST II
Zoning:City; Resid Single Family
Parcel ID:12-3N-24-055B-0001-0250
Elementary School:Northwood
Middle School:Davidson
High School:Crestview
Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled):1,302
Price/SqFt:$63.36






















































Bedrooms:3
Full Baths:2
Half Baths:
Design:Ranch
# Stories:1
Year Built:1987
Occupancy Status:Vacant
Immediate Occupancy:
Construction Status:Construction Complete









Directions: From the intersection of Highway 85 and Highway 90, go west on Highway 90 for about two miles, then turn right (north) onto Old Bethel Rd. Turn left (west) onto the first Springwood Circle. Property will be on the left.

Legal Description: COUNTRY OAKS EST II LOT 25 BLK 1









Remarks: Refreshed and renewed! This lovely wood-sided home with charming stone accents has been freshly painted inside with a modern color scheme to match any decor. New carpets have been installed throughout the home and a new range, range hood, and dishwasher are also ready for use. Large shade trees dot this level lot and provide plenty of shade in the summer. The covered front porch runs nearly the entire length of the house and there is a covered deck out back overlooking the fenced backyard. The living room has high vaulted ceilings and a dramatic stone fireplace. The galley-style kitchen offers lots of cabinet space and a breakfast bar facing the open dining area. The bathrooms and kitchen are tiled. Convenient location just off Old Bethel Road. Come take a look today!

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107 Fairway Ct Crestview FL Fannie Mae homepath approved property - 2/13/2014

MLS#:
608739 OfficeFile#:
ListPrice:
$174,900


Status:
Active
ApproxSF:
2,494 BG:


Address:
107 FAIRWAY CT
$/Sqft:
$78.14



CRESTVIEW, FL
Bedrooms:
4


Zip:
32536
Baths Full/Half:
2/0


County:
OKALOOSA
Stories:
2


MainArea:
25 Crestview Area
YearBuilt:
1993


SubArea:
02 CRESTVIEW SOUTHWEST
OccStat:
Vacant


Subdiv:
FOXWOOD ESTATES 1
ImmOcc?



ParcelID:
26-3N-24-0969-0000-0820
ConstrStat:
Construction Complete


ElemSch: NORTHWOOD Middle: SHOAL RIVER High: CRESTVIEW


Dir:
From Interstate 10, go south on Highway 85 to PJ Adams Pkwy. Turn right (west) onto PJ Adams Pkwy and continue for about three miles, then turn right (east) onto Eagle Dr. Turn left (north) onto Golf Course Dr. Turn right (east) onto Country Club Dr, then turn left (north) onto Fairway Dr. Turn left (west) onto Fairway Ct. Property is the first house on the left in the cul-de-sac.


Legal:
FOXWOOD EST #1 UNIT 82







This luxurious and spacious home sits on a lot that is approximately 1/3 of an acre and right next to the fairway of the 10th hole at Foxwood Country Club. This home is located in Foxwood Estates conveniently located just south of I-10, and minutes away from Highway 85. Brand-new carpets and vinyl flooring compliment the fresh neutral-toned paint throughout the home. The upstairs living area has 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths with a living room overlooking the fairway. The master suite offers a large walk-in closet and bathroom with shower and garden tub that is sure to provide some much-needed relaxation after a long day playing golf or enjoying the Emerald Coast. The two additional bedrooms and guest bath are across the hall from the master. The nearby stairwell leads down to the bottom level with three rooms that are perfect for adaptation into a den, storage space, gym, recreation room, or mother-in-law suite.

107 FAIRWAY ct Crestview FL Fannie Mae REO

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Search Homes - 7/1/2013

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Just listed Fannie Mae REO 6018 Sand Hill Rd Crestview FL 32539 - 7/1/2013

Crestview FL Fannie Mae REO

MLS#:
596507 OfficeFile#:
ListPrice:
$68,900




Status:
Active
ApproxSF:
1,045 BG:


Address:
6018 SAND HILL RD
$/Sqft:
$65.93


 
CRESTVIEW, FL
Bedrooms:
3


Zip:
32539
Baths Full/Half:
1/0


County:
OKALOOSA
Stories:
1


MainArea:
25 Crestview Area
YearBuilt:
1989


SubArea:
07 POVERTY CRK & DORCAS
OccStat:
Vacant


Subdiv:
METES & BOUNDS
ImmOcc?
 


ParcelID:
29-4N-22-0000-0001-0300
ConstrStat:
Construction Complete


ElemSch: BOB SIKES Middle: DAVIDSON High: CRESTVIEW


Dir:
From the intersection of Hwy 85 and Hwy 90 go north on Hwy 85, go to second red light turn right on Airport Road. Continue to Poverty Creek Road turn right. After turning on Poverty Creek Rd you will go over a small bridge Sand Hill will be up the hill on the left, house at will be on the left.


Legal:
COM SE COR SEC W732 FT N 360.7 FT TO POB N 141 FT W 280 FT S 184.33 FT E 72 FT N 76 DEG E

Affordable country living! 3 bedroom/1 bathroom all-brick home located on a full acre lot on a paved road. Large driveway with single-car attached garage. Newer vinyl flooring in the eat-in kitchen and bathroom and carpets in all other rooms. Appliances are also newer. This home is a blank slate just waiting for a touch of imagination. PROPERTY TO BE SOLD "AS IS".

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Beating out investors for REO properties - 2/25/2013

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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REO Resale Services - 10/18/2012

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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Properties I have Sold Part 1 - 1/23/2012

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I received the Coldwell Banker top sales associate award for the second quarter 2011 for Florida - 9/14/2011

I have received the Coldwell Banker award for Top Sales Associate for the first quarter and now the second quarter this year 2011. I had the top 10 most listing units for Coldwell Banker in the state of Florida for the first and now second quarter this year. The above is a JPG from a copy of the PDF file. This is now a multiple time I have received this award. Thank you to all of those who have chose me to help them with bringing to market their homes and properties.

Brandon Jordan Top 10 listing agent Coldwell Banker

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I am now a Coldwell Banker® Foreclosure Consultant (CBFC) - 5/8/2011


COLDWELL BANKER® FORECLOSURE CONSULTANT (CBFC) QUALIFICATION PROGRAM


Foreclosure asset management companies become leading providers of REO disposition services by the quality of the professionals in their network. "CBFC Qualified" participants are considered for selection based on level of experience, attention to detail, organizational skills, and ability to service multiple clients with specific requirements for servicing and report.



Sales Associate Foreclosure Consultant (CBFC) Qualification : The names of those sales associates who meet the qualifications will be incorporated into a database. This database will be made available to select asset management companies for their consideration. REO listings will be placed directly with the sales associates working within the markets where need exists for those entities.



 


COLDWELL BANKER® FORECLOSURE CONSULTANT (CBFC) QUALIFICATION PROGRAM



Among the many reasons foreclosure asset management companies become leading providers of REO disposition services is the quality of the professionals in their network. Participants are considered for selection based on level of experience, attention to detail, organizational skills, and ability to service multiple clients with specific requirements for servicing and reporting.


Most asset management companies require a direct working relationship between the sales associate and an assigned asset manager who provides support and closely monitors progress and performance.


Every affiliate company has exceptional sales professionals, many with extensive experience in relocation and inventory management. REO is a highly specialized and unique field and most asset management entities are not equipped to provide fundamental REO training in order to develop agent knowledge and expertise.



• A production history of 20 or more REO transactions closed;


• Controls or has access to an established vendor team for property maintenance and management;


• Controls or is provided access to sufficient working capital to pay invoices for expenses related;


• A minimum of six (6) months experience listing and selling REO properties in our Marketplace (from assignment to closing) with lender and/or outsource company clients;


• Ability to supply accurate and reliable valuations and provide relevant market suggestions to asset manager;


• Thorough knowledge of state and local eviction processes and requirements, personal property noticing;


• Ability to conduct and manage "cash for keys" transactions;


• Knowledge of title and code violation resolutions skills;


• Ability to attend court proceedings on behalf of clients (evictions, etc.)


• to maintenance and management (e.g., utilities, vendor reimbursement);


• Remains a constant member in good standing of the local Board of Realtors and Multiple Listing Services that apply to the markets served by the company;


• Is registered with Equator.com or other platform servers as required by certain clients (fees may apply).



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Economic Development and the Enviormental protection of Okaloosa county and vision 2015 - 11/6/2010

Economic Development
The EDC of Okaloosa County promotes economic strength and development. This includes the retention and expansion of existing industry as well as target industry recruiting. The military presence and its influence is the number one economic contributor for Okaloosa.

Military
Since the mid-90s Eglin Air Force Base officials have been looking for ways to prevent encroachment from development of land adjacent to area bases and within the existing military low-level flyway that could restrict the missions of the region's military installations and jeopardize their viability. Following the 2005 BRAC Commission, Eglin AFB created its growth management plan Vision 2015. Incorporated in this growth management plan is Eglin's air, land and sea buffering zones.

Environmental
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and The Nature Conservancy have long recognized the conservation value of lands in Northwest Florida with its immense biological diversity. It is known as one of the last great wilderness spaces in Florida.

Goals of the Northwest Florida Greenway

The Northwest Florida Greenway is a conceptual plan to help identify and prioritize land preservation and conservation opportunities that will protect the land and air space corridors

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Exxon called on to invest 10% of their profits to support other energies - 1/23/2012

Markey Chairman of the select committee on energy Independence and Global warming challenged the executives to pledge to invest 10 percent of their profits to develop renewable energy and give up $18 billion in tax breaks over 10 years so money could be funneled to support other energy and conservation. The executives said the companies already are spending billions of dollars - more than $3.5 billion over the last five years - on renewable fuels such as wind energy and biodiesel, but rejected any tax increases. "Imposing punitive taxes on American energy companies, which already pay record taxes, will discourage the sustained investment needed to continue safeguarding U.S. energy security," Simon insisted. "These companies are defending billions of federal subsidies ... while reaping over a hundred billion dollars in profits in just the last year alone," complained Markey, chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

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BP what would I ask an Oil company can you put your money where your mouth is - 1/23/2012

The big oil companies want to talk about what they are doing and give the appearance that they care about the enviorment but when it comes to putting money where there mouth is when put to the test the object to having been asked by the house to re invest just 10% of their upcoming years profit. Thats right not gross but profit what they net and take home, they are not even willing to do that.

Markey Chairman of the select committee on energy Independence and Global warming challenged the executives to pledge to invest 10 percent of their profits to develop renewable energy and give up $18 billion in tax breaks over 10 years so money could be funneled to support other energy and conservation. The executives said the companies already are spending billions of dollars - more than $3.5 billion over the last five years - on renewable fuels such as wind energy and biodiesel, but rejected any tax increases. "Imposing punitive taxes on American energy companies, which already pay record taxes, will discourage the sustained investment needed to continue safeguarding U.S. energy security," Simon insisted. "These companies are defending billions of federal subsidies ... while reaping over a hundred billion dollars in profits in just the last year alone," complained Markey, chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

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Shell listen to your own words and put your money where your mouth is - 1/23/2012

Shell Oil listen to your own words.... The big oil companies want to talk about what they are doing and give the appearance that they care about the enviorment but when it comes to putting money where there mouth is when put to the test the object to having been asked by the house to re invest just 10% of their upcoming years profit. Thats right not gross but profit what they net and take home, they are not even willing to do that.So enjoy..

Markey Chairman of the select committee on energy Independence and Global warming challenged the executives to pledge to invest 10 percent of their profits to develop renewable energy and give up $18 billion in tax breaks over 10 years so money could be funneled to support other energy and conservation. The executives said the companies already are spending billions of dollars - more than $3.5 billion over the last five years - on renewable fuels such as wind energy and biodiesel, but rejected any tax increases. "Imposing punitive taxes on American energy companies, which already pay record taxes, will discourage the sustained investment needed to continue safeguarding U.S. energy security," Simon insisted. "These companies are defending billions of federal subsidies ... while reaping over a hundred billion dollars in profits in just the last year alone," complained Markey, chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

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Chevron Big oil wont put their money where their mouth is - 1/23/2012

The big oil companies want to talk about what they are doing and give the appearance that they care about the enviorment but when it comes to putting money where there mouth is when put to the test the object to having been asked by the house to re invest just 10% of their upcoming years profit. Thats right not gross but profit what they net and take home, they are not even willing to do that.So enjoy...

Markey Chairman of the select committee on energy Independence and Global warming challenged the executives to pledge to invest 10 percent of their profits to develop renewable energy and give up $18 billion in tax breaks over 10 years so money could be funneled to support other energy and conservation. The executives said the companies already are spending billions of dollars - more than $3.5 billion over the last five years - on renewable fuels such as wind energy and biodiesel, but rejected any tax increases. "Imposing punitive taxes on American energy companies, which already pay record taxes, will discourage the sustained investment needed to continue safeguarding U.S. energy security," Simon insisted. "These companies are defending billions of federal subsidies ... while reaping over a hundred billion dollars in profits in just the last year alone," complained Markey, chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

2008-09-17T22:35:39-05:00

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What is the total amount being spent on renewable energy by the big oil companies - 1/23/2012

Top executives of the biggest U.S. oil companies are finally being pressed to explain the soaring fuel prices with huge industry profits why they were not investing more to develop renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.

The executives questions from skeptical lawmakers, said they understood that high energy costs are hurting consumers, arguing that their profits - $123 billion last year - were in line with other industries.

The biggest joke of all is being played on American families by Big Oil," Rep. Edward Markey, a Democrat, said as his committee began hearing from the oil company executives.

With motorists payin at the pump and global oil prices remaining above $100 a barrel, the executives were hard pressed by lawmakers to defend their profits.

"The anger level is rising significantly," said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

Irving-based Exxon Mobil and Houston-based Shell, BP America and Conoco-Phillipsjoined California-based Chevron in earning a combined $123 billion last year because of rising prices.

Exxon Mobil made a record $40.7 billion last year alone, reports CBS News correspondent Chip Reid.

Americans are very worried about the rising price of energy," said John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil Co., echoing remarks by the other four executives from Exxon Mobil Corp., BP America Inc., Chevron Corp., and ConocoPhillips.

The executives rejected claims that their companies' earnings are out of step with other industries and said that while they earn tens of billions of dollars, they also invest tens of billions in exploration and oil production activities.

"Our earnings, though high in absolute terms, need to be viewed in the context of the scale and cyclical, long-term nature of our industry as well as the huge investment requirements," said J.S. Simon, Exxon Mobil's senior vice president.

But Markey asked Simon why Exxon Mobil hasn't followed the other companies in investing in alternative energy. The four other companies reported spending as much as $3.5 billion in recent years on solar, wind, biodiesel and other renewable projects.

"Why is Exxon Mobil resisting the renewable revolution," asked Markey.

Simon said his company, which earned $40 billion last year, had provided $100 million on research into climate change at Stanford University, but that current alternative energy technologies "just do not have an appreciable impact" in addressing "the challenge we're trying to meet."

The prices are of concern, Hofmeister said at the time, adding a note of optimism: "Our industry is extremely cyclical and what goes up almost always comes down,"

Markey challenged the executives to pledge to invest 10 percent of their profits to develop renewable energy and give up $18 billion in tax breaks over 10 years so money could be funneled to support other energy and conservation.

The executives said the companies already are spending billions of dollars - more than $3.5 billion over the last five years - on renewable fuels such as wind energy and biodiesel, but rejected any tax increases.

"Imposing punitive taxes on American energy companies, which already pay record taxes, will discourage the sustained investment needed to continue safeguarding U.S. energy security," Simon insisted.

"These companies are defending billions of federal subsidies ... while reaping over a hundred billion dollars in profits in just the last year alone," complained Markey, chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

The House last year and again on Feb. 27 approved legislation that would have ended the tax breaks for the oil giants, while using the revenue to support wind, solar and other renewable fuels and incentives for energy conservation. The measure has not passed the Senate

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449 points down on the market today and Washington Mutual preparing for takeover - 1/23/2012

449 points down on the dow Asian markets open up tonight down some of them catching up with the loss we have seen.

85 billion dollars to bail out AIG did not work today to calm the market after yesterdays losses.

Investors lost an estimated 700 billion dollars today.

Morgan Stanley is in talks with Wachovia to ready themselves for a buyout.

Washington mutual preparing itself to be taken over if it may come to pass one thing is learned it will be costly to have to go to the GOV for a bail out.

These financial instuations are trying to figure out how to cope without any money.

I say Good time to buy Real Estate!

2008-09-17T22:15:14-05:00

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Highway 79 4 lane from Panama City International airport and beach traffic effects up to I-10 - 1/23/2012

wtvy news 4 local news report



Anxious property owners in northwest Florida are awaiting word on whether their land will be taken for a hurricane evacuation route.
The state department of transportation held a public forum in Vernon on the future four-laning of Highway 79.

Florida Department of Transportation officials along with their consultants presented aerial black-and-white pictures of the proposed four-laning. One section of the Highway 79 expansion goes through downtown Vernon.

For resident Cheryl Withrow and many others, they believe their hometown will be destroyed.

"Personally I believe it'll destroy our town. Basically, they'll be taking down the businesses on the westside of Highway 79, what the city will do for business tax revenue," said Withrow.

"It is still better than a bypass, because in other communities by using a bypass it essentially brings traffic away from town," said Jerry Brock.

Florida D.O.T. officials say it's imperative that the four-laning take place for hurricane evacuation, especially to the interstate.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist has made the four-laning of north, south hurricane evacuation routes a top priority of his administration.

Tommie Speights, with Florida Department of Transportation, said "We are getting everything in place so that the long anticipated four-lane project on the evacuation routes can take place"

Sometime next year would be the earliest the four-laning work would get underway. Florida officials are still trying to get the money for the Highway 79 four-laning project to Interstate-10.

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Rebuilding together capacitycorps - 1/23/2012

Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps

Rebuilding Together's AmeriCorps program, called the Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps is a high-impact National AmeriCorps program of 44 full-time AmeriCorps members serving in 26 Rebuilding Together affiliates in 16 states including, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Washington. RT CapacityCorps members will build the capacity of Rebuilding Together affiliates to serve additional low-income homeowners through volunteer recruitment, client outreach, direct repairs for low-income homeowners, new project implementation, community partnership development and program expansion.

We're Currently Recruiting CapacityCorps Members for the 2008-2009 Term!

To Apply, read the Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps Applicant Frequently Asked Questions then follow the link to apply online.



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Sears and Military Support - 1/8/2011

Home Press Releases Investors Corporate Governance Community Careers

Military Support

Sears Holdings Heroes at Home Program

Heroes at Home | Military Support | Sears | Kmart for Kids | Charitable Donations

Read about Sears Holdings Heroes at Home.

Awards

Department of Defense Freedom Award

MOAA Distinguished Service Award

Programs for SHC Associates

Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support

Military Pay Differential and Benefits Continuation

Military Recruiting Partnerships

Army Spouse Employment Partnership (ASEP)

Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS)

Department of Defense Fellowship Program

Transition Assistance Program

Community Outreach

Operation Purple

Keepsake Book: "A Tribute to Military Families: Letters of Thanks from Our Nation's Children"

HomeFront Cards

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The courage community and the Courage to Combat Addiction - 1/23/2012

COURAGE TO COMBAT ADDICTION
Web Seminar Series

The Courage Community is proud to announce its affiliation with Ken Seeley, and his team of Addiction Experts at Intervention 911.


We invite you to join Ken Seeley, founder of Intervention911, for in-depth exploration of veterans struggling with addiction. Ken examines the dark reality of drug and alcohol abuse, offering veteran-specific advice on how to beat addiction. Ken walks you through the steps in healing from addiction.

Read more...

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The courage community and National Pain Foundation - 1/23/2012

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The Courage Community - 1/23/2012

The Aftermath

PTSD: THE COURAGE TO COPE
Web Seminar Series

The National Pain Foundation

The Courage Community is proud to announce its affiliation with The National Pain Foundation, an organization that offers information, education, and support that connects persons living with pain to each other and to those who can help.


Join National Pain Foundation Board Member Dr. Albert Ray, and Dr. Maria Elena Collazo of Pain Medicine Solutions in Florida, for a web series that will explore ways to treat pain and PTSD. They will offer insight into EMDR and other treatment options available to veterans.


Read more...

Since 2003, over 1.6 million US soldiers have been deployed to fight the conflicts in the Middle East.

Returning home from battle does
NOT mean an end to the war.


DID YOU KNOW...

  • 1 in 3 Veterans suffer from POST TRUMATIC STRESS DISORDER! (PTSD)

  • 1 in 4 Suicides in the United States is a veteran from the recent conflicts



  • Over 40,000 have sustained permanent, life-altering physical injuries

  • 1 in 5 suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

  • Half of those returning live with chronic pain



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The Courage Community - 1/23/2012

The Courage Community named as the honored charity at 2008 CCIFF

The Courage Community is proud to announce that we've been named as the honored charity at upcoming The 2008 Cinema City International Film Festival star-studded benefit gala, to be held at Universal Studios and featuring A-list Hollywood celebrities, hot new filmmakers and industry professionals.

The festival runs from September 28th to October 2nd, at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City, California. Sponsored by American Airlines.

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Heroes at Home - 1/23/2012

Heroes at Home SM

Specialist Ryan Major
Sgt. Ryan Major

Heroes at Home is a program Sears Holdings has created in partnership with Rebuilding Together in response to an urgent need to assist military families facing hardship. Rebuilding Together, the nation's largest all volunteer home rehabilitation organization, is committed to bringing warmth, safety and accessibility to homeowners who do not have the financial or physical resources to complete home repairs and other necessary improvements.

By providing necessary repairs or adaptations to homes, Sears Holdings strives to improve the lives of military families across America. Heroes at Home is one of the many initiatives Donate to Heroes at Homethrough which Sears Holdings acknowledges the sacrifice made by our troops every day in the line of duty, while supporting and honoring those heroes who remain at home. Donate to Rebuilding Together or refer a veteran who may need assistance.

Sears Holdings has a longstanding commitment to those who serve in the military and is privileged to assist the troops and their families through several military programs and initiatives.

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Late summer great time to plant in Florida - 1/23/2012

The thermometer may be stuck on 90 degrees, but don't let the summer heat beat you out of a second crop of fresh summer veggies. Anyone who enjoys vegetable gardening should consider a second planting of the warm season species, and can begin preparing for establishing the cool season vegetables. Our climate is such that something can be produced in the vegetable garden during every month of the year.

The first round of summer vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, sweet corn, southern peas, snap beans, cantaloupes and eggplant were probably planted in March and April. The harvest on this spring planting is winding down. But with Florida's subtropical climate, the summer gardening fun has only just begun. You still have time for another round of summer crops before the first frost. The first frost usually occurs around late November in Northwest Florida. According to Terry Kelley, an Extension horticulturist with the University of Georgia, there are 110 to 120 frost-free days from late July until mid-November, so warm-season crops that mature in less than four months have time to produce, barring an early frost. Many gardeners make several plantings throughout the year at various intervals to have new crops maturing periodically throughout the summer. Others try to maintain the first planting and harvest tomatoes, squash and the like throughout the summer.

Rather than trying to keep the same plants producing indefinitely, it is often better to start over after the first planting plays out. This usually results in better yield and quality.

Don't, however, plant the same crop back in the exact same place. Rotate your garden space to reduce potential disease problems. For instance, plant tomatoes where you planted squash this spring. Gardeners should also rotate families of crops. Plant peppers, tomatoes or eggplant where squash, cucumbers or cantaloupes were planted. But don't plant cucumbers on the same ground where squash was most recently planted.

Lima beans, eggplant, okra, southern peas, peppers and tomatoes can be started again in July. During August plant snap beans, pole beans, sweet corn, cucumbers, southern peas, peppers, pumpkin and squash. All of these usually have plenty of time to mature and bear before the first frost. The cool season vegetables are often overlooked or planted too late to produce as well as they might. Newcomers, especially those from a cooler climate, tend to plant these vegetables in the spring - which is a mistake. In August plant broccoli, cauliflower, collards, bunching onions and turnips. During September plant all of the above in addition to beets, cabbage, carrots, endive, escarole, lettuce, mustard, onions and radish. Many gardeners who are unfamiliar with our mild winters seem to fear that the cool season vegetables will freeze if planted during late summer or fall. This generally does not happen. In fact, most of them thrive during our typically mild winter weather.

Onions are a prime example of the need for fall planting. They should be established by seeding or by transplanting so that plants are growing well by mid November. If spring planted, onions will either produce a small bulb or a plant that resembles a giant "green onion", with no bulb. Establishing the late summer crop will be more of a challenge than it was in the spring. There is more pressure from pests at this time of year, so insect and disease control practices must be implemented. Because of the intense heat, you'll need to keep the garden watered enough to reduce heat and drought stress.

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Science Basics - 1/23/2012

Science Basics

Global Warming: The Science


The science of global warming is not new. In 1859, British scientist John Tyndall discovered that carbon dioxide (CO2) can trap heat and in 1896 Swedish scientist Svante Arrenhenius calculated that doubling a the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere could raise Earth's temperature as much as 10°F. Since Charles Keeling began measuring atmospheric CO2 in the late 1950s, scientists have accumulated a wealth of evidence documenting the increase in CO2 and other global warming gases in the atmosphere, the consequent rise in global average temperature and the influence of human activities on the Earth's climate.

The Keeling Curve

What is Global Warming?

Global warming refers to the global temperature rise and subsequent impacts from the increase of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere from human activities, primarily the combustion of fossil fuels. This additional pollution enhances the so-called "Greenhouse Effect" and warms the Earth. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) declares that the evidence for warming is "unequivocal" and that most of the observed warming is very likely - greater than 90 percent certainty - due to the increase of global warming pollution from human activities. Over the last century, the global average temperature has increased 1.3°F, with almost 90 percent of the warming occurring over the last fifty years.

What is the Greenhouse Effect?

Just like the glass of a greenhouse traps warm air inside, certain gases in the atmosphere trap heat that would otherwise escape into space. The effect is not limited to Earth. Much of what we know about the greenhouse effect comes from observation of our planetary neighbors, Venus and Mars. The atmosphere of Mars has such a low concentration of heat-trapping gases that it is in a perpetual deep freeze, while Venus has so much, its surface temperatures is hot enough to melt lead! As we rapidly enhance the greenhouse effect on Earth by adding heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere, we are turning up Earth's thermostat to dangerous levels.

USGCRP

What causes it?

There are a number of gases that occur naturally and are the major contributors to the greenhouse effect - water vapor, carbon dioxide, and ozone (at high altitudes, not smog at ground level). Methane and nitrous oxide play a lesser role. Some man-made industrial gases, like chlorofluorocarbons (more famous for their creation of the ozone hole), also contribute to the greenhouse effect.

The impact of each gas on global warming is a combination of their abilities to trap heat, their concentrations in the atmosphere, and how long they stay in the atmosphere. For example, while one molecule of methane traps more heat than one molecule of CO2, the higher concentration and longer atmospheric lifetime of CO2 means it has contributed more to global warming than methane has. Most efforts to control global warming pollution have focused on the CO2 emissions from human activities because they have the most affect and we have the greatest control over them.

Since the Industrial Revolution, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased from 280 ppm to over 380 ppm. This 100 ppm change is the same increase as from the last ice age about 20,000 years ago until just before the 1800's. Human activities have changed the atmosphere as much in 200 years as natural variations changed it over 20,000 years.

Water vapor is different from the other gases produced from human activities primarily because of the much shorter time it stays in the atmosphere - days rather than years, decades or centuries. The amount of water vapor in the atmosphere is dependent on the temperature and is not a direct result of human activities. The warmer the world, the more evaporation occurs and the more water vapor the atmosphere can hold, thus increasing the amount of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere and increasing the temperature further.

How do we know the warming is caused by human activities?

For the heat-trapping gases with no natural source, the contribution from human activities is obvious. The other gases, especially CO2, also carry a human fingerprint. The analysis of carbon isotopes demonstrates that the majority of the increase in carbon dioxide comes from the combustion of fossil fuels. The geographic differences in concentrations of heat-trapping gases - higher concentrations over land in the more heavily populated Northern Hemisphere - also points to the combustion of fossil fuels and other human activities as the source of the globe's rising temperatures.

Scientists can model the temperature effects of natural and human-induced, or anthropogenic, changes in the global temperature. The results show that natural variations alone can not explain the observed temperature rise of the last decades. The changes from human activities are necessary to fully explain the observed warming.

The most recent report IPCC has estimated that of the processes that can change global temperature, what they call "radiative forcings", the components from human activities are cumulatively 10 times larger than the best estimates of the changes from solar activity. A recent paper shows that all the trends in the Sun's activity that could influence the temperature of the Earth have been in the opposite direction needed to explain the rise in temperature over the last 20 years.


What are the impacts?

Scientists have now observed impacts from global warming on all continents and most oceans. For a closer look at impacts in specific areas, check out the "Impact Zones" section of this website. The IPCC has also identified the likely impacts on crucial areas if global temperatures continue to rise.


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The Renewable Direction - 11/6/2010

New Direction for Energy Independence



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The Select Committe on Energy Independence and Global Warming - 11/6/2010

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Welcome to The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

Welcome to the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming website. This unique committee was established by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in early 2007 to add urgency and resources to the commitment of this Congress to address the challenges of America's oil dependence and the threat of global warming. Use this website to learn about how these issues are impacting America and the world, and what you can do to help solve these twin challenges.

The Select Committee will be working every day to make a difference, but it will also take concerned citizens to enact the significant changes we need to effectively address two of the most important issues of our time: global warming and energy security.

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    Art Galleries in Northwest Florida - 11/6/2010

    Zayszly Artz
    (850) 470-0101
    2701 N Twelfth Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503
    Art Galleries & Art Dealers
    King Peter
    (850) 438-3273
    2617 N Twelfth Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503
    ... a durable medium suited to exterior art. His work is site-specific, and always ...
    Art Galleries & Art Dealers
    www.peterkingceramics.com
    Stonehaus Pottery Gallery & Tile
    (850) 438-3273
    2617 N Twelfth Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503
    Arts & Crafts Schools & Lessons • Art Galleries & Art Dealers
    A Means of Expression
    (850) 434-6300
    215 E Zarragossa St, Pensacola, FL 32501
    Art Galleries & Art Dealers
    Gallery of Lovely Things
    (850) 434-9044
    Pensacola, FL 32501
    Art Galleries & Art Dealers
    Quayside Art Gallery
    (850) 438-2363
    17 E Zarragossa St, Pensacola, FL 32501
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    Artistic Framing
    (850) 479-7785
    5100 N Ninth Ave, Pensacola, FL 32504
    Art Galleries & Art Dealers
    Turner Antiques Gallery
    (850) 432-6434
    815 N Baylen St, Pensacola, FL 32501
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    P & P Cola
    (850) 437-0606
    15 Palafox Pl, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Art Galleries & Art Dealers
    Pink Picasso
    (850) 437-4669
    19 Palafox Pl, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Art Galleries & Art Dealers
    P & P'cola Gallery
    (850) 437-0606
    15 Palafox Pl, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Art Galleries & Art Dealers
    Blue Morning Gallery
    (850) 429-9100
    112 Palafox Pl, Pensacola, FL 32502
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    bluemorninggallery.com
    Artel Gallery
    (850) 432-3080
    505 S Adams St, Pensacola, FL 32502
    Artel Gallery is Northwest Florida's forum for experimental art exhibits, programs and education.
    Art Galleries & Art Dealers
    www.artelgallery.org
    Barbellas Studio and Gallery
    (850) 432-2020
    210 Church St, Pensacola, FL 32502
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    Framery & Gallery
    (850) 478-1414
    1801 Creighton Rd, Pensacola, FL 32504
    Custom Picture Framing in Pensacola Florida. We offer Custom made frames, matting services, framed and unframed art and conservation framing services. We have many sale frames in stock
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    Fattahi Fine Art
    (850) 435-2828
    43 Palao Rd, Pensacola, FL 32507
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    Air Land & Sea Art Gallery & Bookstore
    (850) 457-1232
    27 N Navy Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32507
    Art Galleries & Art Dealers

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    Local Art Talent in Northwest Florida - 1/23/2012

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    About Me

    Hello, my name is Eszra. I live in Navarre, FL with my wife and 3 boys. If you see me around be sure to say hi.

    I've been into photography for a long time but I didn't get into landscape photography until I moved to Florida in Oct of 2006. Its the colors I see in the sunrises and sunsets along the coast line that inspired me to start.

    The question I get most often about my work is weather or not the work has been enhanced. The easiest answer I've been able to come up with is "yes, I bracket shots and then blend them together digitally using layers". My technique is most often refered to as "blended exposure". Exposure blending is an art in itself that takes a long time to master. I am the only one I know who uses the particular style of blending you will see in my work.

    Recent Landscapes

    Check back on the 5th and 20th of every month for new landscapes

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    Raynell Williams from US boxing was cheated a medal no doubt - 1/23/2012

    http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/share.html?videoid=0815_BOXReview_JA234

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    I have watched the Roy Jones Jr match and I know that was scored incorrect and everyone has talked about that match for years. I think this we become one that is talked about in the same light all these years later and they cannot come up with a better scoring system. It is just wrong for someone to spend years training for this event to have the judges mistake cost him what he had worked so long for.They need a new scoring system maybe taking something from the tennis hawk eye scoring system?

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    National Register of Historic Places listed Crestview Florida Main Street - 11/6/2010

    FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF STATE -SUEM. COBB- SECRETARY OF STATE

    The National Register of Historic Places is an official listing of properties throughout the country

    that reflect the prehistoric occupation and historic development of our nation, states, and local

    communities. The Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the Secretary of the

    Interior. It is used primarily as a planning tool in making decisions concerning the development

    of our communities to ensure, as much as possible, the preservation of buildings, sites, structures,

    and objects that are significant aspects of our cultural and historic heritage. Sometimes there are

    misunderstandings as to what listing in the National Register will mean for a property owner.

    The following is an outline of what it will do and what it will not do.

    WILL DO

    . The National Register provides recognition that the property is deemed by the federal and

    state governments to be significant in our history at the national, state, and/or local levels.

    Most properties are significant because of their' local significance.

    . The National Register identifies the properties that local, state, and federal planners should

    carefully consider when developing projects. Projects involving federal funding, permitting,

    liqensing, or assistance and that may result in damage or loss of the historic values of a

    property that is listed in the National Register or is eligible for listing are reviewed by the

    State Historic Preservation Office and the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

    A similar review takes place under state law for state or state-assisted undertakings. A

    typic example of projects that are given such review is road construction or improvement.

    For more information, call the Compliance and Review Section of the Florida Bureau of

    Historic Preservation at (850) 245-6333.

    . Listing may make a property eligible for a Federal Income Tax Credit. If a registered

    property that is income producing undergoes a substantial rehabilitation carried out according

    to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, the owner may apply for a 20%

    income tax credit. The credit amounts to 20% of the cost of the rehabilitation. For more

    information, contact the Architectural Preservation Services Section of the Florida Bureau of

    Ristoriation Preservation at (850) 245-6333.

    . In 1992,the Florida Legislature passed legislation that allows counties or cities to grant ad

    valorem tax relief for owners of properties that are listed or eligible for listing in the

    National Register or in a local district. When a property is improved its value is increased

    and the assessment is raised accordingly. The ad valorem tax legislation provides that the

    increase in assessed value of the improved property will be exempted for up to 10 years from

    taxation for those portions of the tax bill affected by local option county or municipal

    exemption ordinances. This provision is available for both income and non-income

    producing properties. Contact your local property appraiser to see if this provision is

    available.

    . Listing may make a property exempt from certain Federal Emergency Management Act

    (FEMA) requirements and eligible for some American Disabilities Act (ADA) and

    building safety code adjustments. For more information, call the Architectural Preservation

    Services Section of the Bureau of Historic Preservation at (850) 245-6333.

    . Listing or being determined eligible for listing is not required for receiving state

    preservation grants. The competition for the grants is intense, however, and this official

    recognition adds weight to the argument that a property is significant and should be awarded

    a grant. For more information, call the Grants and Education Section of the Bureau of

    Historic Preservation at (850) 245-6333.

    WILL NOT DO

    . Listing in the National Register or being determined eligible for listing does not

    automatically preserve a building, and does not keep a property from being modified or even

    destroyed.

    . Unless an undertaking is state or federally funded, or regulated by local ordinance, private

    property owners may deal with their property in any way they see fit. Architects in the

    Bureau of Historic Preservation are available to provide advice concerning the best ways to

    approach rehabilitation needs while maintaining the historic character of a property. For

    more information, call the Architectural Preservation Services Section at (850) 245-6333.

    . Private owners are not required to open their listed property to the public for visitation.

    . The federal and state governments will not attach restrictive covenants to a property or seek

    to acquire it because of its listing in the National Register.

    Further information is available at the following Web sites:

    http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/publicationslbulletinslbrochure/

    http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/publicatonslbulletins/spanishbrochure/

    "My Property is Important to America's Heritage: What Does that Mean?"

    http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/publicationslbulletins/myproperty/

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    500 SOUTH BRONOUGH STREET -TALLAHASSEE,FLORIDA 32399-0250

    TELEPHONE (850) 245-6333 OR 1-800-847-7278

    FAX (850) 245-6437

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    HOME SALES - 11/6/2010

    Florida Realtors continued to report positive signs for the state's housing sector in the second quarter of 2008. Sales of both existing single-family homes and existing condos improved in the second quarter compared to first quarter 2008, according to FAR's latest housing data. A total of 35,178 existing homes sold statewide in 2Q 2008, up 38.2 percent over 1Q 2008. Nationwide, existing home sales rose from the first quarter in 13 states, according to NAR's latest survey.

    Read the full story:

    http://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/n1-081408.cfm

    Not to play half empty but How many were short sales out of this?

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    2007 Florida Home sales profile of buyers and sellers - 11/6/2010

    Study: Single person, non-child families trend in 2007 Florida home sales

    One in three Florida homebuyers is single, with 21 percent of 2007 home purchases made by single women and 12 percent by single men - just one finding from the newly-released Florida version of NAR's "2007 Profile of Florida Homebuyers and Sellers." Another highlight: Over two-thirds of Florida buyers (64 percent) had no children younger than 18.

    The 2007 Profile of Florida Homebuyers and Sellers describes the characteristics and motivations of recent homebuyers and sellers in Florida to help real estate professionals track the changing demands of consumers in a dynamic market. Here's a summary of the report's findings:

    Characteristics of homebuyers

    · The median age of homebuyers was 43 years old. Among first-time buyers, the median age was 32.

    · The 2006 median household income of homebuyers was $67,500 compared to $74,000 among homebuyers nationally.

    · Sixty-four percent of homebuyers reported that there were no children under age 18 residing in the home.

    · Fifty-nine percent of homebuyers were married couples, 21 percent single females, 12 percent single males, and 6 percent were unmarried couples.

    · Eighteen percent of Florida homebuyers reported they were born outside the United States, compared to 9 percent nationally.

    · First-time homebuyers accounted for 38 percent of homes purchased in 2007.

    · Forty-nine percent of first-time homebuyers were between 25 and 34 years old.

    · The median income of first-time homebuyers was $58400 compared to $58,600 among all first-time buyers nationally.

    · Sixty-five percent of homebuyers between 18 and 24 purchased a home because of their desire to own a home of their own and establish a household.

    · Thirty-eight percent of homebuyers reported using social networking Web sites, such as, MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Friendster. Among homebuyers aged 18 to 24, 76 percent reported using social networking sites.


    Characteristics of homes purchased

    · Twenty-seven percent of recent homebuyers purchased newly built homes.

    · Fifty-eight percent of homes purchased were detached single-family homes.

    · The typical homebuyer purchased a home 14 miles from their previous residence.

    · The median price of homes purchased was $230,000 compared to $215,000 in the U.S.

    · The typical buyer purchased a home that was 1,700 square feet in size.

    · Recent homebuyers plan to live in their home a median of 10 years.


    The home search process

    · Twenty-five percent of recent buyers reported that their first step in the home-buying process was looking online for properties for sale. Eighteen percent of first-time buyers and 24 percent of repeat buyers reported their first step was to contact a real estate agent.

    · Eighty percent of homebuyers used the Internet to search for homes.

    · The typical homebuyer searched for a home for a median 8 weeks and saw a median 10 homes.

    · Eighty-four percent of homebuyers used a real estate professional during their home search.

    · Among homebuyers, the typical Internet searcher was 40 years old and visited a median 10 homes. The typical homebuyer that did not use the Internet to search for homes was 53 years old and saw a median 5 homes.

    · Thirty-seven percent of homebuyers first learned about the home they purchased from a real estate professional; 19 percent first learned about the home they purchased through the Internet.

    · Seventy-two percent of buyers viewed the Internet as a very useful tool in their home search.

    · Real estate agents were viewed as a very useful information source by 67 percent of buyers, and as a somewhat useful information source by an additional 23 percent of buyers searching for a home.


    Home buying and real estate professionals

    · Seventy-one percent of homebuyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker.

    · Buyers searched for a median of two weeks on their own before contacting an agent.

    · A friend, family member, neighbor or relative referred 52 percent of first-time buyers to their agent.

    · Ninety-eight percent of buyers ranked honesty and integrity as a "very important" factor when choosing a real estate professional to assist with a home purchase.

    · When asked about their agent's performance on those qualities considered important, 80 percent reported they were "very satisfied" with the honesty and integrity of their agent.

    · Sixty-eight percent of recent buyers will definitely use their agent again, and an additional 19 percent will probably use the agent again or recommend to others.


    Financing the home purchase

    · Ninety percent of homebuyers financed their home purchase; 98 percent of first-time homebuyers financed the purchase of their home compared to 90 percent of repeat buyers.

    · Savings were the chief source of the downpayment for most first-time homebuyers (69 percent).

    · Fifty-three percent of repeat buyers used proceeds from the sale of their primary residence toward the downpayment; 46 percent relied on savings for a portion of the downpayment.

    · Forty-seven percent of all buyers believe that their home purchase was a better financial investment than stocks, and an additional 30 percent of buyers feel their home purchase was at least as good an investment as stocks.


    Home sellers and their selling experience

    · The median age of home sellers was 48 years; they had a median income of $83900.

    · Sixty-nine percent of home sellers were married and 61 percent had no children under 18 years old living at home.

    · Fifty-one percent of home sellers traded up to a larger home when purchasing their next home.

    · The typical home seller owned their home for 6 years.

    · Fifty-three percent of recent home sellers reported that they undertook home improvement or remodeling projects within three months prior to putting their home on the market.

    · The typical home was on the market for 10 weeks. 33 percent of home sellers did not reduce their asking price before their home sold.

    · Recent sellers typically sold their homes for 96 percent of the listing price.

    · Seventy-nine percent of sellers used an agent or broker to sell their home.

    · Sixty-seven percent of all sellers were very satisfied with the selling process.


    Home sellers and real estate professionals

    · Fifty-nine percent of sellers contacted only one agent before selecting one to help assist in the sale of their home.

    · When selecting a real estate professional, 36 percent of sellers received a recommendation from a friend, neighbor or relative.

    · The reputation of the agent was the most important factor when choosing a real estate professional for 39 percent of recent sellers.

    · Twenty-six percent of sellers used the same agent for their home purchase.

    · For 37 percent of sellers, their most important expectation is that the real estate agent will help sell the home within a specific timeframe.

    · Eighty-six percent of sellers reported that their home was listed or advertised on the Internet.

    · Eighty-two percent of sellers used an agent that provided a broad range of services and managed most aspects of the sales transaction.

    · Sixty-two percent of sellers reported they would definitely use the same real estate agent again.

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    Price is the key - 11/6/2010

    PRICE TRUMPS CREATIVITY

    Sellers nationwide want something that makes their home stand out from the sea of listings, but those who try some creative marketing generally find that only one thing counts in today's market - price.

    Two essay contests in Colorado and Oregon failed to attract enough contestants, and the homes are once again listed in a traditional way. Many sellers include traditional perks, such as the furniture or a car, but some have gone much further. A 42-year-old single mother in South Florida offered herself in marriage to some lucky homebuyer; and a couple in Pennsylvania offered to will the house back, upon their death, to a buyer.

    However, Ron Shuffield, president of Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors Inc. in Miami, says all the unusual incentives are crazy. He says the motivation to buyers is the same: price. "Of course you want to draw attention to your property any way you can," Shuffield says. "But free trips or cars, that's costing somebody somewhere, and a buyer would rather have a reduced price and decide what to do with their money."

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    FHA extending financing for immediate purchase of foreclosured homes - 11/6/2010

    FHA extends financing for immediate purchase of foreclosed homes

    In an effort to stabilize declining home values in certain neighborhoods, the Bush Administration today announced a temporary policy that will extend government-backed mortgage insurance and allow for the immediate sale of vacant foreclosed properties.

    For one year, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will insure foreclosed properties marketed and sold by property disposition firms on behalf of lenders. The properties, which must purchased by owner-occupants, will no longer be subject to the customary 90-day waiting period.

    "A glut of foreclosed and abandoned homes harms neighborhoods, frustrates homebuyers and delays a community's recovery," said Brian D. Montgomery, Assistant Secretary of Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner. "The action we take today will allow homebuyers to purchase these homes in much greater numbers and ease the excess supply of unsold homes in neighborhoods across the country."

    FHA's new temporary policy will help stabilize neighborhoods experiencing high rates of foreclosure by reducing the inventory of unsold properties. Many foreclosed properties remain vacant for months, inviting vandalism and reducing values of surrounding homes. To address that sizeable inventory, lenders have hired companies that specialize in the marketing and disposition of foreclosed homes. It's reasonable and appropriate that these firms have the ability to sell the properties to borrowers using FHA financing.

    With certain exceptions, FHA currently prohibits insuring a mortgage on a home owned by the seller for less than 90 days. This prohibition is intended to prevent property flipping, a predatory practice that strips a home of its equity before being quickly resold at an inflated price to an unsuspecting buyer. FHA's new policy will permit the immediate sale of foreclosed properties to legitimate borrowers wishing to use FHA-insured financing.

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    Free legal advise to Florida Homeowners - 11/6/2010

    Florida offers free legal advice to troubled homeowners

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - July 10, 2008 - Florida homeowners facing foreclosure have access to a lawyer and free legal advice through a program offered by the Florida Bar and Florida Legal Services.

    According to Florida Legal Services Inc., 77,000 state homeowners are in foreclosure, making Florida second in the nation only to California. And many others are at least 30 days past due on their mortgage payment, which places them at risk of having their loans foreclosed.

    Florida Legal Services and the Florida Bar Association have partnered in establishing a toll-free hotline - (866) 607-2187 - that consumers can call. They'll be asked a few initial questions about their situation to ensure accurate placement, and then be sent to a free attorney. The attorney will then negotiate with the lender on behalf of the client to keep the home from being foreclosed.

    "I applaud Florida Legal Services and the Florida Bar for offering this public service," says Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H.
    Bronson. "Any effort that helps families keep their homes in this uncertain economy is beneficial."

    More than 10,000 Florida attorneys have volunteered their services in the program, according to Florida Legal Services Inc.

    © 2008 FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

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    Outstanding Realtor Association Web Site - 11/6/2010

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    Outsanding Website Award Winner

    Could you use a pick-me-up in today's market? At the award-winning Great Time To Buy Florida Web site, you'll find moneymaking strategies, statistics highlighting market-positives and advice from veteran Realtors. Spread the good news!

    National Association of REALTORS® 2008 Best of the Web Outstanding Member Service Feature Winner.

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    Great time to buy according to study about Florida - 11/6/2010

    Economists: Housing declines to remain small

    Great Time To Buy Florida

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    WASHINGTON - Aug. 5, 2008 - A team of economists who created a variety of forecasting models concludes that predictions of further large housing price declines are greatly overblown.

    They point to the house price index of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise as most reflective of reality. Its data reveals that only four states - Arizona, California, Florida, and Nevada - have had declines of more than 4 percent in home prices over the past year.

    These economists, including professors from Columbia University and from the Center for Real Estate at Wichita State University in Kansas, discount more drastic figures from the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller housing price index. They say this index is faulty because it doesn't include data from 13 states and offers only partial coverage of 29 others, making its results an inaccurate reflection of middle-market homeownership.

    Using a model constructed from the OFHEO price index, foreclosures, home sales, permits and employment, the economic team concluded that declines in house prices are highly likely to remain small.

    "Our analysis reveals, unsurprisingly, that foreclosures and home prices have negative effects on each other over time, but this does not imply a vicious cycle of collapsing prices. Our models predict that as foreclosures continue to climb in many states, house prices will remain flat or decline in those states - but will not collapse.

    "One reason for this is that the effect of foreclosure shocks on house prices is small. Furthermore, other fundamental factors (such as employment growth and a slowing of the growth of the housing supply over the past year and a half) will cushion the impact of foreclosures," the economic team said.

    Source: The Washington Post, Charles W. Calomiris, Stanley D. Longhofer and William Miles (08/04/08)

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    Gov Charlie Crist talked on a plan as reported by AP to lower taxes - 11/6/2010

    It stands to reason that if the number of foreclosures are not going down we may want to help homeowners any way possible?

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Aug. 6, 2008 - Gov. Charlie Crist gave more lip service Tuesday to a plan that would lower property taxes and boost sales taxes, but again said he hasn't decided whether to campaign for the ballot proposal as he did on behalf of another tax-cutting measure that voters approved in January.

    For at least two months Crist has been saying he supports the proposed state constitutional amendment, which will be on the Nov. 4 ballot if it survives a legal challenge.

    He spoke out again for Amendment 5 at one of his periodic ‘‘Tallahassee Tuesday'' meetings with constituent groups, this time business people, but he remained noncommittal on his role in the campaign.

    ‘‘I'm evaluating it,'' Crist said. ‘‘I think the closer we get to November the better idea we'll have about our level of involvement.''

    Crist was the face of Amendment 1, stumping the state for the measure that's expected to cut homeowners' property taxes by about $240 a month - more if they move. The amendment passed Jan. 29.

    Amendment 5 would cut property taxes about 25 percent for all property owners, not just homeowners, by eliminating most school taxes. It would also require the state to replace that money - currently about $8 billion a year - through various means including a sales tax increase and spending cuts.

    Another provision would limit annual assessment increases on property.

    The very group Crist invited to the Governor's Mansion to talk about the state's sagging economy is sharply split on Amendment 5.

    Chuck Bonfiglio, president of the Florida Association of Realtors, thanked Crist for being ‘‘the catalyst'' for Amendment 1 and said Amendment 5 would be the second part of tax relief he promised.

    Crist reaffirmed his support but passed up a chance to commit to an active role. Instead, he noted that Florida Chamber of Commerce president Mark Wilson made it tougher to pass.

    The chamber two years ago led a successful campaign to require 60 percent voter approval, instead of a simple majority, to amend the Florida Constitution.

    Amendment 1 was the first to fall under the new requirement. It passed with 64 percent of the vote. Unlike Amendment 5, though, it had nearly unanimous support from the business community.

    The chamber is one of Amendment 5's leading opponents. Wilson said nothing about it during the meeting but later said the chamber agrees property taxes should be cut.

    ‘‘Our concern is where are we going to make it up?'' Wilson said. ‘‘The voters of Florida remember the lottery and they remember being told that we were going to put a lot of money into education.''

    Lottery money has gone to education, but the state has reduced its overall share of public school funding, which has contributed to local property tax increases.

    Robert Parrish, president of the Florida Home Builders Association, told Crist he expects his group to take a position on Amendment 5 in a couple weeks.

    Even more than Realtors, home builders need a stimulus. Parrish said his group expects to lose 25 percent of its membership this year and another 25 percent next year due to the state's housing bust.

    ‘‘We're basically a very unhealthy patient right now,'' Parrish said. ‘‘We're not getting any better. We could be getting sicker between now and next year. We're looking for the doctor.''

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    Going Green - 11/6/2010

    Florida: Helping Save Gopher Tortoises The Nature Conservancy has donated two sites and sold another totaling nearly 1,000 acres to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to help protect the federally threatened gopher tortoise. The lands will provide prime habitat for tortoises that need to be relocated from development sites. Learn More About Gopher Tortoise Mitigation


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    Florida: Finding Solutions for Climate Change In Florida and across the globe, The Nature Conservancy is implementing science-based solutions that will reduce carbon emissions from deforestation, mobilize governments to enact climate-friendly legislation and slow the pace of climate change, and reduce the severity of its impacts. Learn More About the Conservancy's Work in Florida to Combat Climate Change


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    Florida: Get Outside for the Last Days of Summer The long days of summer are winding down. Visit one of The Nature Conservancy's public preserves in Florida! Walk the beach at Blowing Rocks Preserve, hike at The Disney Wilderness Preserve, or catch a glimpse of animals found nowhere else on Earth at Tiger Creek Preserve.
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    Air Pollution: Not Just a Breathing Problem A new report co-authored by the Conservancy finds that air pollution is substantially harming every major ecosystem type in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States - damaging wildlife, trees and waterways. Find Out How Air Pollution Impacts Nature


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    The Conservancy in China: 10 Years of Success Saving a rare monkey species, combating illegal logging and transforming a nature reserve near Beijing - these are just a few of the creative ways the Conservancy is working to protect China's remarkable natural treasures. Explore How We're Helping Conservation in China


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    Natural Light: Photos from China Experience China's extraordinary natural beauty in August's Natural Light slideshow - a collection of stunning images from a Conservancy-held photo contest in that country. See pandas, snub-nosed golden monkeys, crested ibis and more! Watch Our Photo Slideshow!


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    Swimming with Sharks Is our lead scientist shark bait? Sanjayan dives into a shark rodeo as part of Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" - read his column about it! Find Out Why Shark Conservation Matters


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    Coldwell Banker Crestview Florida - 11/6/2010

    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 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.

    www.ColdwellBankerCrestview.Com

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    Now sold for sale Holt Florida 4509 Cooper lane - 1/23/2012

    Detached Single Family
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    ListPrice: $145,000
    Status: Active ApproxSF: 1,570 BG:
    Address: 4509 COOPER LN $/Sqft: $92.35
    HOLT, FL Bedrooms: 3
    Zip: 32564 Baths Full/Half: 2/
    County: OKALOOSA Stories: 1
    MainArea: 25 Crestview Area YearBuilt: 1995
    SubArea: 11 HOLT OccStat: Occupied
    Subdiv: HOLT ImmOcc? Y
    ParcelID: 05-2N-25-0000-0012-002A ConstrStat: ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: BAKER Middle: BAKER High: BAKER
    Dir: FROM I-10 TAKE CR-189 NORTH TO HIGHWAY 90; THEN HIGHWAY 90 WEST APPROX 2 MILES TO COOPER LANE. HOME ON LEFT.
    Legal: COM SW COR N ALG W LINE 1846 FT E33 FT TO E R/W CO RD N3 DEG E263 FT TO POB CONT 335 FT TO S R/W U.S. 90 N65 DEG E146 FT S3 DEG W S65 DEG W146 FT TO POB LESS ACQUIRED R/W

    Here is the complete package!! Country home with a fenced in 16x30 custom inground 1 year old pool that comes with automatic pool cleaner and LED lights. There is an RV hookup on the property. Home is located on the corner of Highway 90 and Cooper Lane with short travel to I-10, Baker and Crestview. Home boast the popular split bedroom floor plan. Both bathrooms offer oak cabinets, the second bath offers a skylight to bring in great lighting during the day. Dinning room has tray ceiling as well as oak chair-rail just to add that extra country touch. Kitchen offers solid oak cabinets as well with a computer desk upgrade. Large pantry off of kitchen to accomodate washer and dryer. Newer 12x12 metal storage shed conveys with property. HVAC is updated and only one year old. A basic AHS home warranty, $395 value is provided by seller at no cost to you. Many Extras and at a great price!! This quiet serene country cottage is on One full acre, and is a must see.

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    FMAP.ORG - 11/6/2010



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    We are a free referral service designed to match consumers, who cannot find property insurance, with Florida licensed agents and insurers who are writing new business.

    FMAP was created by the Florida legislature in 1985 as a service organization designed to assist consumers in obtaining property and casualty insurance coverage from authorized insurers in the private market.




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    The value of using Virtual Tours - 11/6/2010

    The Value of Using Virtual Tours

    Imagine a home tour beginning with an agent profile, cutting to a sweeping

    panorama of a gated community, and finally settling on shots of the home and its

    interior. Augmented by voice, text, and additional links, the virtual home tour could

    be the most significant visual marketing tool of all time. When compared to the onedimensional

    and very expensive photos in local newspapers, a real-time tour online

    is particularly attractive, especially when you can use advertising to drive people to

    view the tours. Add phone technologies that call the agent directly from the buyer's

    PC, and you have a compelling lead generation tool.

    Most real estate professionals now use the virtual tour as a part of their marketing

    strategy," observes J. L. Winn, vice president of marketing with VisualTour.com.

    "Today's sellers want immediacy. Showing them how soon you can have their

    property showcased on the Web can help capture the listing. Virtual tours are one of

    the best ways to show eager buyers what you have that's new today," says Winn.

    Why are virtual tours important, and what do they do?

    They stick

    Buyers usually look through many properties as part of a home search, so these

    homes may blend together without some sort of memory aid. Virtual tours add

    stickiness to the viewing by giving the buyer a simulated tour of the property.

    They amplify

    Complementing the textual descriptions written about a property, virtual tours

    provide a visual help for the buyer, giving something to link the written facts with.

    Virtual Tours also allow for professionally recorded text to combine with the tour,

    maximizing the impact and using content to draw the buyer in!

    They showcase

    Online virtual tours are beautifully interactive: they allow viewers to scroll, zoom or

    pause on a specific shot. Boasting 360° visibility, the tours give buyers a chance to

    tour your home without leaving their computer. In a unique way, they show off your

    home at its best.

    They compete

    Because virtual tours are growing increasingly popular in real estate advertising,

    they're becoming more and more necessary. Think about it: if you were a little

    interested in a home, what would tip you towards wanting to buy? A beautiful virtual

    tour, complete with spoken descriptions, or one with no other information

    whatsoever?

    According to a Borrell Associates Home Seeker Survey 81% of U.S. Homebuyers use

    the Internet and Virtual Tours as a resource when they are searching for a new

    home, and only 35% attend Open Houses. Once your virtual tour has been created,

    you have essentially created a round-the-clock online open house that buyers can

    conveniently experience from their home or office computer.

    Sitting in front of a computer while clicking and dragging the mouse, a buyer can

    take in 360-degree views of houses and inspect rooms from corner to corner and

    floor to ceiling, with descriptive text or audio accompanying them along the way.

    Without leaving the room, a buyer now spends far less time viewing far more

    choices. Buyers who don't use virtual tours spend an average of three times longer

    with an agent before making a purchase decision.

    While a virtual tour will never be a substitute for a personal walkthrough, it is an

    essential first step for helping a buyer hone in on the listings that fit their needs and

    taste. With a virtual tour, a buyer can very quickly determine if they are interested in

    taking the next step of making an appointment to go out and visit a listing, which

    saves your time and theirs.

    Does this necessarily mean that your listings will sell faster if you use Virtual Tours?

    Consider the benefits:

    Have more informed clients.

    According to the California Association of Realtors,

    the Average Internet Home Seeker spent 41 days searching online before contacting

    an agent, while the average Traditional Home Seeker (who didn't use the Internet or

    Virtual Tours), spent only 15 days searching before contacting an agent.

    Spend one-third the time with Buyers before closing the sale.

    The earlier an

    agent is brought into the home buying process, the more time the agent ends up

    spending with that buyer before a purchase decision is reached. An average

    Traditional Home Seeker will spend an average of 46 days consulting with an agent

    before making a purchase, while an Average Internet Home Seeker will spend only

    15 days.

    Show half as many homes to each buyer.

    The same study revealed that the

    average traditional homebuyer visited 14 homes with their agent, while the average

    Internet homebuyer visited only 7 homes. In the end, 72% of Internet Home Buyers

    found the home they ended up buying through an agent, compared with 63% of

    traditional buyers.

    By using Virtual tours and marketing your listings online, you may gain these

    benefits:

    Get more leads

    Spend less time with each buyer

    Show less homes to each buyer

    Virtual tours can help sell homes. Using them for every listing is a powerful way for

    you to differentiate yourself from other agents in your area, and secure more

    listings. Telling a prospective client that you will have a virtual tour of their listing

    created and posted online is a strong incentive for them to list with you.

    Including a virtual tour with every listing shows potential clients that you go above

    and beyond your competitors that only post ‘front of house' photos on their websites

    and in their print advertisements, and may entice them to think of you when it is

    time to sell their home.

    Sources:

    http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20010501_tours.htm

    http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Virtual_Tours_2006.pdf

    http://www.realtor.org/rmomag.nsf/pages/techwatch200306091?OpenDocument

    http://www.realtor.org/rmomag.NSF/pages/techwatch200507051?OpenDocument

    http://buyowner.com/learning/blog_article.asp?id=86

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    Effects of Zillow and Trulia - 11/6/2010

    users with how sales prices have been trending where it matters - in their county, city, ZIP code

    and neighborhood.

    While Trulia is neither run by agents nor brokers, and claims to make money through advertising

    rather than lead generation, ultimately the twin pillars that comprise its belief system are not too

    far afield from that of Zillow.com:

    • Looking for a home shouldn't be a miserable experience

    • Information should be made freely and easily available to everyone

    Access to information certainly can help a homebuyer make an informed decision. But if it isn't the

    right information, or could easily be misinterpreted - and comes without disclaimers - is access to

    it still a good thing?

    The National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a Washington, D.C. based non-profit organization

    that promotes equal access to credit and capital for underserved communities, doesn't think so.

    In a 12-page complaint against Zillow.com filed with the Federal Trade Commission in October

    2006, it says Zillow's "mechanism is highly inaccurate and misleading to consumers." The NRC

    also notes - citing its own audit - that Zillow's "zestimates" are "off the mark" more than twothirds

    of the time.

    While Zillow does disclose the accuracy rates for major markets where it values homes (for

    example, in the New York metropolitan area) it notes that just 52 percent of its estimates are

    within 10 percent of a home's selling price, one of its worst accuracy rates. In the Seattle area, 73

    percent of the company's estimates are within 10 percent of a selling price.

    David Berenbaum, an executive vice president at the NRC who revealed his home's appraisal was

    undervalued by Zillow by more than $30,000 said, "We are concerned about consumers relying on

    the inaccurate information and getting into a bad loan." He also said low-income homeowners

    have been targeted by predatory lenders who utilize the inaccurate information on Zillow to justify

    their lending practices.

    Still, as a real estate professional you know full well that the buying and selling of homes can and

    never will be "commoditized." While certainly the appraisal aspect of the transaction needs to be

    taken into consideration by all parties, it remains only a single step on the protracted journey of

    bringing buyer and seller together.

    In spite of "sell your own home" type enterprises, most homeowners have neither the time nor the

    wherewithal to handle marketing their homes and attracting buyers. Even in 2008, to give a

    property the highest chance to be sold, most people would recommend listing it in the Multiple

    Listing service, a service that requires the assistance of a real estate pro.

    Information on appraisals and valuation may indeed help both buyer and seller to come to terms.

    In fact, it may have the intended effect of arming the buyer with more negotiating power to lower

    prices while also helping to ensure that a seller is realistic in their expectations. As a real estate

    professional, however, you want to caution buyers and sellers alike that a website, - whether it's

    Zillow.com, Trulia.com or something else entirely - no matter how comprehensive and "marketsensitive"

    it appears to be, will likely always have its limitations and fine print.

    This article is for informational purposes only. Please refer to each respective website for the

    Terms of Service. As with any content posting you should consult your own attorney as to any

    legal considerations that should be contemplated prior to participation.

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    Zillow and Trulia are affecting the real estate industry - 11/6/2010

    How Sites Such as Zillow and Trulia

    are Affecting the Real Estate Industry

    It used to be that real estate sales associates were the only people who had the "inside scoop" on

    properties. They could tell you what a house sold for, what the neighbor's house sold for,

    estimated taxes, land size, year built, etc, etc. And most importantly, they knew the secret

    formula for finding the value of a home. With the introduction of sites such as Zillow.com and

    Trulia.com, those days are seemingly over, as almost any Joe Shmoe with access to a computer

    can put himself in the driver's seat of real estate. Or can he? We will explore these two new

    relatively newcomers to the Real Estate Industry below.

    Zillow.com

    is a website where you can go to find an instant online valuation of over 60 million

    homes in the United States. The brainchild of Richard Barton, who also founded Expedia.com a

    decade ago, Zillow.com is built on a similar model. Expedia.com helped leapfrog travel agents by

    giving consumers the same tools to book reservations that those agents had long controlled.

    Zillow.com, in turn, offers property information that heretofore has been beyond the reach of

    buyers and sellers alike, particularly those who, for whatever reason, decided against engaging a

    real estate sales associate.

    Practically speaking, buyers (or even sellers, for that matter), can go to www.zillow.com, type in

    an address and receive an instant valuation of one or all homes on a street or neighborhood.

    To extract that valuation, Zillow's software pores over public county records and other government

    data on more than 60 million homes nationwide. It then uses a proprietary computer analysis to

    come up with current values, which the company calls "zestimates." As found on their website,

    "When our statisticians developed the model to determine home values, they explored how homes

    in certain areas were similar (i.e., number of bedrooms and baths, and a myriad of other details)

    and then looked at the relationships between actual sale prices and those home details. These

    relationships form a pattern, and they used that pattern to develop a model to estimate a market

    value for a home." So, one part public data such as assessors' records, one part actual sales data,

    and a few parts speculation, create a zestimate. At one point, Zillow indicated their own

    confidence level in individual zestimates by providing a range of stars, much like a movie review.

    However, such guidance no longer exists.

    A complementary but unaffiliated site to Zillow.com is Trulia.com, a real estate search engine that

    helps buyers find homes for sale and provides real estate information at the local level. The site

    claims that buyers, through information found on their site as part of its five-step process to

    pinpoint specific zip codes and neighborhoods, can better understand real estate trends at the local

    level. For example, a buyer will understand how a potential future home stacks up compared to

    similar homes on the market, and similar homes that have recently sold. Additionally, it supplies

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    Twitter - 11/6/2010

    Twitter.com Twitter as a Tool in the Industry

    Twitter now changes all of that. It allows you to send text-based posts or micro-blogs (up to 140

    characters, about a sentence long) to the Twitter website, multiple cell phones, IM services, or

    Facebook. Twitter's technology now means that you can reach anyone that has a cell phone with

    text messaging capability. These micro-blogs, or "Tweets" in Twitter lingo, opens up new

    possibilities for real estate professionals.

    For larger real estate companies and brokers, it allows you to communicate information in real time

    via cell phone. Price and rate changes, new listings and sold properties in the market, or seminars,

    meetings and events can now be disseminated to every member of the organization with one

    message to any phone with text messaging capability. Team members can share tips and

    information on activities and accomplishments all without the need for a smart phone.

    But the individual real estate sale sassociate may benefit most by using Twitter. While individuals

    within a real estate organization may each have a smart phone with Web and email capability,

    many of your potential clients may not. The ability to communicate a drop in the asking price of a

    property, or a new listing to multiple potential buyers instantly to their cell phone is a good way to

    stay one step ahead of the competition. Plus, you can send an informational "Tweet" to clients with

    a link to a website, article or event. A simple text message with a link to a newspaper article

    describing plans for a new school in the community can pique a buyer's interest - and position you

    as a knowledgeable and responsive sales associate that's constantly investigating the best possible

    residence for their clients.

    Making Twitter Work for You

    To get started on Twitter, you can go directly to their website, www.twitter.com, to join and get

    information on what Twitter is and does. However, the best source of information on how to use

    Twitter as a marketing and informational tool comes from real estate professionals currently using

    it. There are a number of sites, articles and blogs out there, but four of the best are:

    • The WAV Group's article, "Twitterstate: Twitter for Real Estate Professionals"

    (http://waves.wavgroup.com/twitterstate-twitter-for-real-estate-professionals )

    • Union Street Media's blog, "Twitter for Real Estate or Business"

    (http://www.unionstreetmedia.com/blog/twitter-for-real-estate-or-business/ )

    • Daniel Rothamel's blogs on agentgenius.com, "Welcome to Social Media for Real Estate 101:

    Twitter" (http://agentgenius.com/?p=239 ); and "I Wish More Real Estate Bloggers Would

    Use Twitter" (http://agentgenius.com/?p=182 )

    • Joel Burslem's article on future Of Real Estate.com, "Using Twitter to Listen to Your

    Customers" (http://www.futureofrealestatemarketing.com/using-twitter-tolisten-to-yourcustomers )

    Each of these offers useful insights, evaluations and tips on how Twitter can be used by real estate

    professionals. Plus, the links included can provide additional valuable information on the uses of

    social media and networking. Read what others in the real estate market are saying, and then

    decide if Twitter can be a useful tool for communicating with your clients and peers. Before you

    know it, posting your daily "Tweets" may become as much of a habit as checking the MLS listings.

    This article is for informational purposes only. Please refer to each respective website for the

    Terms of Service. As with any content posting you should consult your own attorney as to any

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    Staying in Touch with Twitter - 11/6/2010

    Twitter.com

    Staying in Touch with Twitter-

    What's All the Buzz About?

    One of the most important rules for success in the real estate market is maintaining effective

    communication. As a real estate professional, it means finding the most useful tools that can help

    you communicate more effectively and help generate leads and sales. It also means keeping a

    watch on activity in the industry along with national, regional or neighborhood trends, and then

    being able to react to those trends.

    In past articles, we've talked about using the Internet to reach out to potential clients by creating

    your own real estate Web log, or, as they're commonly known, blogs. Your real estate blog can

    allow you to reach out to a wider customer base, position you as an expert in your market and

    establish a relationship with potential clients long before you ever show a property in person. Now,

    there's a new tool that's gaining popularity among real estate professionals called Twitter.

    So what is Twitter? It's a free, Internet-based micro-blogging social network service that was

    created in 2006 by the San Francisco-based company Obvious. Twitter is a type of instant

    messaging application that allows you to send a near real-time text message to many people at the

    same time. So what does all that mean, and what can it do for you? Let's break it down piece-bypiece.

    Social Networking and Media

    First, social networking on the Internet has been available for a number of years in a variety of

    forms - all allowing the user to connect and network with hundreds or even thousands of people

    from all around the world. The two largest and most well-known Web-based networks are MySpace

    and Facebook. You can post profiles, blogs, photographs, drawings, music files and videos on these

    networks, creating an interactive dialogue with any number of others that may share your

    interests.

    Another popular social networking service is Instant Messaging, or IM. The attraction of IM is that it

    allows almost real-time text-based conversation, or chat, between two or more users over a

    network. It differs from email because IM chat happens immediately in front of the user, and can

    include a number of different participants.

    All of the social networking options on the Web can be useful to real estate professionals as sales,

    organizational and communications tools. However, one of the limitations of those networks is that

    the target of your message must have a computer or an Internet-ready mobile device in order to

    view your messaging.

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    Coldwell Banker Advertising Campaign 2008 - 11/6/2010

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    Open house listing go to the top - 11/6/2010

    2008 Online Advertising Campaign

    Online marketing - an integral part of the Coldwell Banker® national advertising strategy.

    In addition to national television advertising, in 2008 we'll also execute a robust online advertising campaign. Our efforts will focus on web sites that are aligned with the various life events that prompt our target audience, to enter the real estate market.

    Given our target's affinity for home improvement projects, HGTV.com and our sponsorship of Designed to Sell continues to be an excellent fit for our brand.

    A co-branded sweepstakes will once again be a part of this online sponsorship package. Web banners and flyers will be available so that you can promote this sweepstakes to your existing clients and prospects.

    In order to connect with consumers who are planning for the birth of a child or have young children, the Coldwell Banker brand will also engage in an online sponsorship with Babycenter.com.

    As part of our sponsorship package, the Coldwell Banker will be the exclusive advertiser within the Baby Name section, the most highly trafficked area of the BabyCenter site.

    There's no doubt that MSN.com continues to be one of the most highly trafficked sites on the web. As a result, we'll continue to run our behavioral targeting banner ad program on this site.

    Behavioral targeting allows us to serve our banners to MSN users who have been identified as being interested in real estate information based on their web searching habits. This tactic is great for driving click through rates and qualified leads to local offices.

    In addition, throughout 2008, search engine marketing on Google, MSN, Yahoo and Ask will be an integral part of our online advertising program.

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    REALTOR Magazine - 11/6/2010

    Open House Listing Go to the Top!

    Open Houses Go to the Top of the List in coldwellbanker.com; receive additional exposure and be eligible to win valuable prizes on openhouse.com!

    Good Realtors® know that an open house is good business. It offers exposure to a listing that makes the seller happy, and creates activity in the market that shows consumers that yes, people are buying and selling, even in the summer months! But did you know that buyers searching for properties in coldwellbanker.com can elect to view properties with an open house first? If you want your property to rise to the top, be sure to schedule open houses for all your listing and post that open house information on coldwellbanker.com! To learn how you can post information about your open houses to coldwellbanker.com, click here.

    An added benefit to adding your open house information to coldwellbanker.com is the free placement the property will receive on openhouse.com. This website, one of the Coldwell Banker listing distribution partners sites, provides additional visibility on the Web for all listings with open houses and virtual tours. This is more great news for sellers looking to maximize their property's exposure to potential buyers. Listings with open house information and virtual tours are automatically sent to openhouse.com with no additional effort on the part of the sales associate or the office administrator! Just post the information on coldwellbanker.com and it will appear on openhouse.com, and a variety of other sites. Click here for a complete list.

    If exposure for your listings and happy sellers are not enough, from June 1 through September 30, 2008, any listing with open house information on openhouse.com will automatically be entered for a chance to win a Dell Inspiron computer and/or a $5,000 grand prize. One computer will be awarded each month during the contest, with the grand prize of $5,000 awarded at the end of the contest! All you need to do is post your open house information on coldwellbanker.com to ensure your open house listings are properly posted to OpenHouse.com and conducted during the contest perio
    REALTOR Magazine Wants You!

    REALTOR magazine, published by NAR is looking for agent success stories to share with readers for a new feature and would love to speak with an agent from your company.

    We are looking for sales associates or selling brokers who have:
    • Held a dominant position in a market segment, niche, or geographic area
    • An unusual niche - horse farms, golf clubs, retirees
    • Found a way to use a previous job or skill set to their advantage in real estate (not including sales), such as accounting, marketing, or business
    • Made a significant change - relocated, changed specialty or role (i.e. salesperson to sales manager) and been successful
    • Shifted careers from success in sales to become a successful broker, educator, trainer, author, or other
    • Had at least eight (8) closed transaction sides and $1.6 million in sales volume in 2007
    If your company has a "Success Story" for REALTOR magazine to feature, please contact Mariwyn Evans at mevans@realtors.org or 312-329-5965

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    Coldwell Banker and HGTV 15 K makeover - 11/6/2010

    Coldwell Banker® "$15,000 Makeover Money" Sweepstakes 2008

    Complete Official Rules
    NO PURCHASE OR LISTING NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING

    1. How to Enter: NO PURCHASE OR LISTING NECESSARY. The Coldwell Banker® "$15,000 Makeover Money" Sweepstakes 2008 (the "Sweepstakes") begins at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time ["ET"]) on August 1, 2008, and ends at 5:00 p.m. ET on September 30, 2008. You may enter the Sweepstakes in any of the following ways: (i) online by visiting the Home & Garden Television ("HGTV") Website (www.hgtv.com) (the "Website"), fill in the online entry form and submit it in accordance with the on-screen directions; (ii) via mobile phone by dialing into [44881] and submitting the following code via text message: [CB] (limit one (1) online entry per valid email address or mobile entry per phone number, per eligible person per day); or (iii) via regular mail by hand printing your name, complete address and phone number (including area code) either on a postcard or on a separate piece of paper no larger than 8½ x 11 inches, and mailing the postcard or paper to: "Coldwell Banker® $15,000 Makeover Money Sweepstakes," P.O. Box 53552, Knoxville, Tennessee 37950. Entrants using U.S. mail may enter as often as they wish. Limit one (1) entry per outer mailing envelope. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by September 30, 2008, and received by October 7, 2008. Mechanically reproduced entries will not be accepted. Incorrect, illegible, and incomplete entries are void. If entering via mobile phone, your mobile phone must be capable of sending and receiving text messages to participate via this method. You will be charged the standard text message rates under your provider. See your wireless provider for pricing plan details. Online entries are deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. The "authorized account holder" is deemed the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, service provider or other online organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. All online and mobile entries must be received by 4:59:59 p.m. ET on September 30, 2008. These official rules are also available on the Website or by writing to: "Coldwell Banker® $15,000 Makeover Money Sweepstakes" - Rules Request, P.O. Box 53305, Knoxville, Tennessee 37950. All entries submitted become the sole property of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC ("Main Sponsor") and will not be returned.

      When you enter at the Website, you may be asked to consent to receive promotional e-mails and reminders for upcoming Coldwell Banker promotions and information about the Coldwell Banker brand. Consenting to receive such e-mails is optional and does not have to be agreed to in order to be eligible to enter the Sweepstakes and does not improve your chances of winning. In the event you do consent to receive these e-mails, the use of such e-mails shall be subject to the privacy policy of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, which is available at: http://www.coldwellbanker.com/home/policy. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC as the Main Sponsor and Scripps Networks, LLC d/b/a HGTV ("Sweepstakes Host") (collectively, the "Sweepstakes Entities") their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, parent corporations, and their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees and agents, and any and all Internet servers and access provider(s) are not responsible for any of the following matters or issues: any incorrect or inaccurate entry information; human error; technical malfunctions; failures, omission, interruption, deletion, or defect of any telephone network, computer online systems, computer equipment, server providers, or software, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in this Sweepstakes; inability to access the Website; theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries; transactions that are processed late or incorrectly or are incomplete or lost due to computer or electronic malfunction or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website; printing or human or other errors; and any entries which are late, lost, incomplete, misdirected, stolen, mutilated, illegible or postage due, or any combination thereof. Proof of mailing, in person submission, or online submission is not considered proof of delivery or receipt. All entries become the property of Sweepstakes Entities and will not be returned. A purchase will not increase chance of winning.
    2. Eligibility: To enter the Sweepstakes you must be a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States (other than a resident of the District of Columbia or New Jersey), and be 21 years of age or older. This Sweepstakes is void in District of Columbia, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and where restricted or prohibited by law. The Sweepstakes, and any website pages and advertisements relating thereto, is intended for viewing only within the United States. Employees of Scripps Networks, LLC d/b/a HGTV, E.W. Scripps Company, Coldwell Banker LLC, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, Realogy Corporation, their affiliated companies, brokers, agents, parents, subsidiaries, website developers and administrators, and advertising and promotion agencies, (collectively, "Sweepstakes Entities"), and their immediate families and members of their households, are not eligible to participate in this Sweepstakes. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and Main Sponsor's and Sweepstakes Entities' decisions, which shall be final. Online entrants may also receive information from Main Sponsor regarding other promotional offers. By entering, all participants and/or entrants release the Sweepstakes Entities and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and their respective agents, advertising and promotion agencies, affiliated companies, sweepstakes partners and prize suppliers, and all of their respective affiliated companies, employees, officers, directors and shareholders, from and against all claims and damages arising in connection with each entrant's participation and/or entry in the Sweepstakes and/or their receipt or use of any prize awarded in this Sweepstakes. This Sweepstakes is governed by U.S. law and is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations.
    3. Drawing and Notification: The Grand Prize Winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries on approximately October 20, 2008 by Ritway, Inc., an independent organization ("Sweepstakes Administrator"), and will be contacted either in person or by overnight courier and phone on or about within approximately seven (7) calendar days of the drawing. If a potential Grand Prize Winner cannot be not be reached within seven (7) calendar days from the first notification attempt, then such person shall be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected. Administrator's decisions with respect to the Grand Prize Winner and other matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes shall be final. The odds of winning a prize depends upon the number of eligible entries received for the drawing.
    4. Prizes: One (1) Grand Prize Winner: One (1) Grand Prize Winner shall receive a cash prize of Fifteen Thousand United States Dollars ($15,000). Total value of Grand Prize: $15,000. The Grand Prize cannot be transferred or substituted except at Main Sponsor's sole discretion. Main Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if the Grand Prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason. All federal, state, and local taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Grand Prize Winner.
    5. Prize Conditions: The potential Grand Prize Winner will be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and, except where prohibited by law, a Publicity Release ("Affidavit/Release"). Such documents must be returned by the date and/or time indicated within such documents. If the potential Grand Prize Winner fails to return such documents within that time, or if an entrant is found to be ineligible, or if he/she does not comply with the Official Rules, then the potential Grand Prize Winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected. If the Grand Prize or prize notifications are returned as undeliverable, this will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Except where prohibited by law, the winner's entry and acceptance of the Grand Prize constitutes permission for the Sweepstakes Entities to use said winner's name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and city and state address on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without further compensation except where prohibited by law.
    6. Limitations of Liability: Grand Prize Winner and entrants also agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Sweepstakes Entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from and against any claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of the Grand Prize or participation in any Sweepstakes-related activity or participation in this Sweepstakes. Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, undeliverable or incomplete on-line entries due to system errors, failures or any technical malfunctions which may limit an entrant's ability to participate. If for any reason this Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including, but not limited to, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of the Sweepstakes Entities which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the promotion, then the Sweepstakes Entities reserve the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY'S FEES) FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.
    7. Winner's List: To obtain the name of the Grand Prize Winner, (available after October 20, 2008) send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: "Coldwell Banker® $15,000 Makeover Money Sweepstakes" - Winners List, P.O. Box 53305, Knoxville, TN 37950. Requests received after November 10, 2008 will not be honored.
    8. Main Sponsor: Realogy Corporation and Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, 1 Campus Drive, Parsippany, NJ 07054.
    9. Sweepstakes Host: Scripps Networks, LLC d/b/a Home & Garden Television, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.
    10. Sweepstakes Administrator: Ritway, Inc., 1463 E. Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, Tennessee 37909

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    JD Power 2008 Coldwell Banker - 11/6/2010

    J.D. Power and Associates recently released their 2008 Home Buyer / Seller Satisfaction Study and we are proud to announce that Coldwell Banker was rated very positively among consumers!

    The press release today noted that the study found that Coldwell Banker "performs particularly well in the services factor" and also "performs particularly well in the marketing factor." In addition, here is how Coldwell Banker stood out among the rest:

    • In the home-seller segment, Coldwell Banker ranked 2nd with only a statistically insignificant one-point difference from the highest ranked company, Prudential (792 and 793 respectively on a 1,000-point scale).
    • In the home-buyer segment, Coldwell Banker ranked 3rd, achieving a score of 816 on a 1,000-point scale with Keller Williams ranking the highest with a score of 831 and Prudential following at 820.

    Coldwell Banker was one of only two brands to be featured in the top 3 in each category. And, the brand has been well represented this decade with three wins over eight years.

    We are proud of our knowledgeable, professional and courteous Coldwell Banker broker/owners, managers and sales associates and the service that they provide. The results of this survey certainly prove that Coldwell Banker is making an impact and we hope you will agree that we will continue to provide the best service across the board now and in the future.

    Note: J.D. Power ranked seven real estate brands in this survey including, Coldwell Banker, Century 21, ERA, Re/Max, Prudential, Keller Williams and GMAC and it included 3,670 evaluations from 3,205 respondents who bought or sold a home between April 2007 and June 2008.

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    Property Styles - 11/6/2010

    Styles include:

    2 Story conventional Colonial Tudor

    Story modern Mansion Victorian

    Bungalow/Cottage Mobile home Modular/Manufactured

    Cabin Ranch Contemporary

    Cape Cod Split entry

    Single Family Detached

    A 2 story conventional home has 2 full

    levels above ground where the second

    level sits directly above the first. The

    two levels are approximately the same

    size. The garage can either be attached

    or detached.

    A 2 story modern home has 2 full levels

    above ground and the size of the upper

    level will differ from the lower level.

    Frequently a part of the upper level will

    be built above an attached garage. This

    style commonly has areas of vaulted

    ceiling or open areas on the lower level.

    Bungalow or Cottage is a small dwelling

    that typically has one story, few rooms,

    and a maximum of cross drafts, with

    high ceilings, unusually large window

    and door openings, and might have

    verandas on one or multiple sides to

    shade the rooms from the intense light

    and heat.

    Single Family Detached

    A Cabin is a small, roughly built house,

    usually with a wood exterior and

    typically found in rural areas.

    A Cape Cod home is traditionally

    characterized by a low, broad frame

    building, generally a story and a half

    high, with a steeply pitched roof with

    end gables or dormers.

    Colonial homes are square, symmetrical

    shape, with a central door, and straight

    lines of windows on the first and

    second floor. There is usually a

    decorative crown above the door and

    flattened columns to either side of it.

    These are sometimes called "Salt Box."

    Single Family Detached

    Contemporary home styles vary in their

    look and design but the most common

    characteristic is the artistic expression.

    Appraisers commonly use this style

    when none of the other styles fit the

    home.

    A Mansion is a large, stately house.

    Mobile Homes are housing units built

    in factories, rather than onsite, then

    transported to the site and usually not

    placed on a foundation. The axels are

    typically not removed and have skirting

    hiding the underside of the home.

    Single Family Detached

    Modular or Manufactured are houses

    that are manufactured in a remote

    facility, then delivered to their intended

    site of use. They sit on a cement pad,

    and/or occasionally have footings.

    A Ranch or Rambler house has long,

    low proportions an extended

    rectangular plan, sometimes with L- or

    T-shaped extensions at one or both

    ends. Rooms are clustered with family

    living spaces at one end and bedrooms

    at the other end, often with an integral

    carport or garage and low gabled or

    hipped roof.

    A Split Entry home has an entry area

    between 2 levels. From the entry, a

    short flight of stairs leads up to the top

    floor and another short flight of stairs

    lead to the bottom floor. Usually the

    upper level is cantilevered.

    This is sometimes called a "Split Level."

    Single Family Detached

    In modern structures, usually on estates

    or private houses, the Tudor style has a

    half timbered appearance. Typically a

    combination of boards and stucco is

    applied to obtain the desired

    appearance. Items such as steeply

    pitched roofs, high chimneys, tall

    windows, and dormers are often

    included.

    Victorian homes are characterized by

    massive construction and elaborate

    ornamentation.

    Mixed Use properties combine

    both residential and commercial

    properties. They are generally

    owned by the same person and

    have a single parcel number.

    Property Styles:

    2-Unit

    3-Unit

    4-Unit

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    Property Type and Styles - 8/8/2010

    1. Property Type & Style

    It's important that the subject property and the comp property type and style match

    in order to arrive at an accurate value. The following examples show the different

    types of properties and the styles associated with that type.

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    Single Family Attached dwellings consist of one building with a separate parcel

    number for each unit. Each unit might be owned by a separate individual or by the

    same person. The key is that each unit has its own Assessor's Parcel Number (APN).

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    Townhouse - A dwelling unit, generally having two or more floors, that is attached to

    other similar units. Within a townhouse each unit will have at least one common wall. If

    the unit only has one common wall it will commonly be referred to as a Row House. If the unit has 2 or more common walls it is commonly know as a Row House. Because of the common walls, the mid unit will normally be less desirable than an End Mid end unit. Therefore, the end units will typically be worth more.

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    Twin Home - A twin home is similar to town homes with only two units. Twin homes

    often have two or three stories and are connected to each other by an adjoining wall.

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    Condo - A structure of one or more units, where the interior space is individually

    owned. The remainder of the property is owned in common by the owners of the

    individual units.

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    2-4 Family Dwelling homes consist of one building with multiple units and only

    one parcel number.

    Styles include:

    Duplex - A building that houses 2 separate dwelling units.

    Triplex - A building that houses 3 separate dwelling units.

    4-plex - A building that houses 4 separate dwelling units.

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    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - 11/6/2010

    MORTGAGES

    If Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac collapsed, it would deal a blow to the mortgage market. But the federal government unveiled a broad program yesterday to bolster the troubled mortgage giants. Both companies said they were financially sound but grateful for the confidence-building efforts.

    Above is a sample of a story on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from Florida Realtor newsletter. This article sample does not get into the whole picture of the negative view on this status of things I have heard from many writters. I understand the negative view that here we go again with another GOV bail out. I would have to just say to that: what better place for all of us as a country to invest there here in the United States? The values have dropped prices are down but if the GOV is picking up shares in these private companies for the money that is going to be laid out. We all know prices could go down more but we all also know they will go back up, it is not a matter of if but when. When the elected officials hear from all of us that we need help with these banks we as Realtors could help the situation but there need to be rules in place that a short sale should be short the bank should have to answer within a certain amount of days and not months.

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    4945 Maxwell Drive Baker Florida Home for sale now sold - 1/23/2012

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    MLS#: 486960 OfficeFile#: ListPrice: $190,000
    Status: Active ApproxSF: 1,560 BG:
    Address: 4945 MAXWELL DR $/Sqft:
    BAKER, FL Bedrooms: 3
    Zip: 32531 Baths Full/Half: 2/
    County: OKALOOSA Stories: 1
    MainArea: 25 Crestview Area YearBuilt: 2000
    SubArea: 10 BAKER & MILLIGAN OccStat: Vacant
    Subdiv: METES & BOUNDS ImmOcc? Y
    ParcelID: 30-3N-24-0000-0002-002B ConstrStat: ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: BAKER Middle: BAKER High: BAKER
    Dir: Highway 90 west out of Crestview at 85 & 90 for apx. 3 miles. Turn north on hwy. 4 toward Baker. Follow for 1.5 miles and turn left on Keyser Mill rd, follow for 1.5 miles and turn left on Skeeter ln. Follow Skeeter ln. for 200 yds and turn right in the T in the road which is Maxwell. Follow maxwell for apx. 200 yds and the property is on the left side. **** Option 2 Travel North on Galliver Cutoff to Keyser Mill travel to the first Right off Keyser and to the dead end turn right you will see the home on your left.
    Legal: Lot 4, Section 30, Township 3 North, Range 24 West Okaloosa County, Florida Comm at the NW cor if Gov. kot 4, section 30, Twn 3 N, R24W, Okaloosa County, Fl: Thence S 76' 10' 54" E along the N line of said sec 30, 595.31 ft: thence S 01' 54' 21" W 479.53 ft to the point of beg; thence cont S 01' 54' 21" W 517.20 Ft; then N 88; 08' 57" W 497.21 Ft: thence B 00' 06'14" E 517.44 ft; thence S 88' 08' 57" E 513.48 Ft to the point of Beginning


    This newer home was custom built with upgraded brick work on the exterior. There are mostly tile floors inside with solid surface countertops, walk-in pantry, wood shelving in the closets and laundry room. The master bath has a whirlpool tub, cultured marble surrounds, seperate shower and a treyed ceiling in the master bedroom. There is a wood burning fireplace in the living room.The oversized garage has peg board on walls and overhead storage available. The large covered rear porch allows for peaceful evenings out back and a great spot for a cookout.The buyers are to satisfy themselves with all sizes, dimensions, schools and inspections prior to closing. Take a close look at this country getaway at a great price !

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    Acreage in Crestview Florida with Mobile home more pictures added 5375 Stallion - 11/6/2010

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    MLS#: 449087 OfficeFile#: 29243 ListPrice: $120,000
    Status: Active ApproxSF: 980 BG:
    Address: 5375 STALLION $/Sqft: $122.45
    CRESTVIEW, FL Bedrooms: 2
    Zip: 32539 Baths Full/Half: 1/
    County: OKALOOSA Stories: 1
    MainArea: 25 Crestview Area YearBuilt: 1989
    SubArea: 08 E SHOAL RVR-CNTY LINE OccStat: Vacant
    Subdiv: MARE CREEK ImmOcc? Y
    ParcelID: 14-3N-22-0000-0001-0210 ConstrStat: ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: NORTHWOOD Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir: Hwy 85 N, Right onto Hwy 90 East ,left on Hibiscus,Hibiscus turns into colt, follow around curve to Stallion. Take right on stallion look for sign.
    Legal: S1/2 OF N1/2 OF NE1/4 OF NE1/4

    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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    Room Type Lvl Dimnsns
    Dining/Kitchen 1 15x12 Design: Manufactured
    LivingRoom 1 15x16
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 10x10 Const/Siding: Siding Vinyl
    Bath: Master 1 9x4
    ExtFeatures: Deck Enclosed, Fenced Back Yard, Fenced Lot-Part
    IntFeatures: Fireplace
    Appliances: Dishwasher, Microwave, Refrigerator, Smoke Detector, Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities: Electric, Phone, Private Well, Septic Tank
    Energy: A/C: Central Electric, Ceiling Fans, Heat: Central Electric

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    Blackwater River State Forest Wiregrass Trail - 11/6/2010

    Blackwater River State Forest - Wiregrass Trail
    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.


    Blackwater River State Forest - Wiregrass Trail Map

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    for a printer-friendly version (PDF 364k)
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    Major Activities hiking

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

    Fee: None

    Counties: Okaloosa, Santa Rosa

    Nearby Cities: Munson, Crestview

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    Shoal River Canoe Trail - 11/6/2010

    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 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.

    Shoal River Canoe Trail
    The 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.
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    Blackwater River State Forest Jackson Red Ground Trail - 11/6/2010

    Shoal River Canoe Trail Map

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    for printer-friendly map and description (PDF 393 kb).

    Major Activities Paddling
    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

    1. SR 285 Bridge - 3.5 miles north of US 90 / SR 285 junction
    2. SR 393 Bridge - About 3 miles north of SR 393 / US 90 intersection. (10 miles)
    3. US 90 Bridge - 4 miles east of Crestview. (8 miles)
    4. 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.

    Blackwater River State Forest - Jackson Red Ground Trail

    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.

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    Blackwater River Canoe Trail - 11/6/2010

    Blackwater River State Forest - Jackson Red Ground Trail Map


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    for printer-friendly version. (PDF 420K)

    Major Activities hiking

    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 Rosa
    Nearby 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 www.florida-trail.org 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

    Blackwater River Canoe Trail
    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.
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    Blackwater Heritage State Trail in Northwest Florida - 11/6/2010

    Blackwater River Canoe Trail Map

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

    Major Activities Paddling
    Counties: Okaloosa, Santa Rosa
    Mileage: 31
    Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate
    Difficulty: Easy
    Usual 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

    1. 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.
    2. 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)
    3. Cotton Bridge, SR 4 - Four miles northwest of Baker. (5 miles)
    4. 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)
    5. 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 Heritage State Trail
    Blackwater 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.
    Blackwater Heritage State Trail Brochure

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    for the trail brochure (PDF 405 kb).

    Major Activities WalkingHikingBikingMountain BikingEquestrianInline SkatingWheelchair Accessible
    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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    Schumer vs IndyMac - 11/6/2010

    Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday the Bush administration is trying to "blame the fire on the person who calls 911" by suggesting he had a role in one of the costliest U.S. bank failures. The New York Democrat also said federal banking regulators missed IndyMac's "reckless" behavior.

    My thought was that if you had watched the reaction after Mr. Schumer did send his letter and made it public there was a large rush on the bank to draw out funds and close accounts with Indymac not to even talk of the stock price and cause of loss of asset capital. I just would think there may have been another avenue for him to go about the topic of high risk loans that may already be in place?

    What do you think?

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    CNN today has a suprise list of top 10 stolen cars - 11/6/2010

    This years list came out CNN said today with only one 2007 model on the list.

    1. '95 Civic

    2. '91 Honda Accord

    3. '89 Toyota Camry

    4. '97 Ford F-150

    5. '94 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Pickup

    6. '94 Acura Integra,

    7. '04 Dodge Ram Pickup,

    8. '94 Nissan Sentra

    9. '88 Toyota Pickup

    In just its first year on the road, the 2007 Toyota Corolla made its way to No. 10 on the list.

    Older models are bigger targets

    Older model Hondas and Toyotas consistently top the list, because of their popularity and reliability. In other words, there are just a lot of them still on the road, making them a bigger target.

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    Yellow River Canoe Trail - 11/6/2010

    Yellow River Canoe Trail
    The Yellow River Canoe Trail is officially designated as part of Florida's Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. Located in the western Panhandle near Crestview, this trail offers 56 miles of very pleasant paddling. The Yellow River drains the state's highest elevation. The current is faster than many other Florida rivers because of the river's steeper descent to sea level. The upper section of the trail is bordered by hardwood forests and high sandy banks. Further downstream, the river widens and becomes more placid as it meanders through cypress-gum swamps. Sandbars can be found on some of the curves. Long sections of the trail, particularly on the upper section, are undeveloped, offering the paddler a glimpse of the Florida early explorers might have seen. Observing wildlife, particularly birds, is an enjoyable part of paddling this trail. Look for turtles sunning on logs over the water, or the large, long-legged wading birds such as the great egret as it stands motionless in the shallow water.
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    Yellow River Canoe Trail Map


    Major Activities Paddling
    Counties: Okaloosa, Santa Rosa
    Mileage: 56
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Usual Current: Average (2-3 mph) on lower section to swift (3+) on upper section

    Notes and Precautions
    Motorboats are more numerous on the lower section. Be aware of overhanging branches and snags beneath the water that may require technical skill to navigate around. 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 Natural Resources, 107 Highway 85, Niceville, FL 32578.

    Access

    1. SR 2 Bridge - At Oak Grove 4.5 miles west of SR 85.
    2. US 90 Bridge - 4 miles west of Crestview. Launch from the graded road .25 mile southwest of the bridge. (17 miles)
    3. Boat Ramp - From Holt, take SR 189 south 2.5 miles to the river. Launch at private landing. (19 miles)
    4. SR 87 Bridge - SR 87 leads southeast from US 90, 6 miles west of Harold. Access is at SR 87 bridge 3 miles south of I-10. (20 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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    NAR Settlement - 11/6/2010

    Dear Fellow REALTOR®: I hope everyone had a very safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend. By now, most of you are aware that NAR reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to settle the lawsuit over our Virtual Office Website (VOW) policy. I have received a lot of questions from agents and brokers about the settlement – what it means and when it will take effect. We have just posted a new video edition of NAR President’s Podcast that explains the settlement in simple terms, and what you will need to do to comply when the agreement is finalized later this summer. http://www.realtor.org/about_nar/presidents_report/_podcast_archive/presidents_podcast_doj_20080708 Please take just a few minutes to watch this video and visit realtor.org/DOJ for more information on how you can comply. Thanks to all REALTORS® for your hard work to keep our businesses strong and the market competitive. Remember, there is nothing we can’t accomplish when we work “All Together.”

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    Giant Solar towers could power entire city - 11/6/2010

    Live Science has a story they covered on a company ENVIRO MISSION. This article talks of a solar tower and how it can power up to 200,000 homes and the basic design was displayed in Spain almost 20 years ago.

    http://www.livescience.com/technology/080702-pf-solar-tower.html

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    Current TV - 11/6/2010

    If you have Direct TV you should check for Current TV or their website Current.com. I would recommend DVR it and that way the stories they cover that dont interest you fast forward and they will provide some interesting facts like one they had on today.

    1997 in the U.S.A. there was 7,759 Sq ft of solar paneling.

    VS

    2006 in the U.S.A. there was 19,532 sq ft of solar paneling

    They do include where they get the information on all sources like this one was provided by the Energy Information Administration

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    The Greenway of Northwest Florida - 11/6/2010

    Protecting our military installations while preserving our natural resources...

    The Greenway Initiative!

    The Northwest Florida Greenway project is intended to protect and sustain existing military lands and airspace, promote continued target industry growth, preserve the environmental quality and biodiversity of the region, maintain the economic viability of the timber lands, and create additional recreational activities by protecting a corridor of undeveloped land between the Eglin Air Force Base Range and the Apalachicola National Forest.

    Recognizing their common interest in preserving the open land in Florida's Panhandle, the EDC of Okaloosa County, Eglin Air Force Base, the Department of Environmental Protection, and The Nature Conservancy are partnering on a project to define and protect the contiguous corridor of undeveloped land.

    Since 2001, with the assistance of state awarded grants, the Northwest Florida Greenway has evolved into an unprecedented partnership of military, government and non-profit organizations that will protect the military mission in northwest Florida while enhancing the Panhandle's economy and conserve critical ecosystems in one of the most biologically diverse regions in the United States.

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    Whale watching in Destin - 11/6/2010

    To all of you who didn't get to see the whale that was right off the beaches of Destin, here is an awesome video of it. I realize that there is a curse word in it (I think the person taping this was amazed that there was a whale here) but turn down your speakers - the video is pretty amazing! You can see how close to the beaches the whale really was! Everybody is saying our market is bad but it appears that there are some "new beings" that may have discovered our little secret here in the Panhandle and the best beaches in the world and it may help to contribute to growing our market!!!! Enjoy!!!!!

    Whale Watching

    http://emeraldcoast-speed.com/whale_watching_05-24-08.wmv

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    Florida number 2 for new residents - 11/6/2010

    FLORIDA NO. 2 FOR NEW RESIDENTS

    About 40 million Americans move each year, and Florida is the No. 2 spot for relocation, second only to California, according to a survey conducted by Relocation.com. The survey finds that 19 percent of those relocating went from owning their own homes to renting, with only 15 percent shifting the other way. Only 14 percent of the 1,237 respondents owned their previous residence and moved to a newly purchased home, and the majority (52 percent) went from one rental situation to another. The survey shows that most people relocate for a new job, a transfer within their current job or to seek a new lifestyle, including retirement. About half the moves were from one state to another. Two-thirds moved more than 100 miles and 54 percent moved more than 500 miles away. California is the number one destination state with 6 percent of the total sample moving there from another state, while 5 percent of all relocations move to Florida, followed by Texas (4 percent), New York (3 percent) and Georgia (2 percent).

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    Destin Florida Investments Blogspot updated - 11/6/2010

    http://DestinFloridaInvestments.Blogspot.com has new updates just done with a new RSS feeder

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    Destin Investments Blogspot updated - 11/6/2010

    http://DestinInvestments.Blogspot.com has new updates including Rss Feed Reader

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    Crestview Investments Blogspot updated - 11/6/2010

    http://CrestviewInvestments.blogspot.com

    has had new updated to the site Rss Feed has been added

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    Crestview Investments Blogspot updated - 11/6/2010

    http://CrestviewInvestments.blogspot.com

    has had new updated to the site Rss Feed has been added

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    Google Real Estate Blogspot updated - 11/6/2010

    New click to call me button has been added to

    http://GoogleRealEstateBlog.Blogspot.com

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    Northwest Florida Investments blogspot updated - 11/6/2010

    http://northwestfloridainvestments.blogspot.com

    New updated include new post and RSS Feed

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    Crestview Florida Investments Blogspot updated - 11/6/2010

    http://CrestviewFloridaInvestments.Blogspot.com

    Has a new look to it with updated RSS feed

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    Ford why no one can feel for you - 11/6/2010

    http://www.autofanblog.com/?m=200803&paged=2

    Went in to look at the new Ford Escape Hybrids I have been very happy with the one I have still gets 28 miles a gallon avg. I do miss having a sunroof and wanted to look at the new line since they have had those for some time out I thought shouldnt be a problem to be able to go get one. I got mine in 2005 when as soon as they were available I actually had to buy one from EBAY which I have to say turned out great. The reason I went to EBAY was not to save any money but to be able to even get one. I dont understand why the Board members at Ford cry about having to cut jobs and not making share holder profits and not coming in with a good earning$ in a quarter forever. How about they listen to what the customer says enough with the Larger than life Trucks no one needs that much space when 50 percent of the time you see these trucks there is one person in them. We have said and I have read hundreds of post just like this that say I want a hybrid and why do they not make more of them so here is my post.

    • Why do you not make what people want to buy " Hybrid Escapes" that you can walk to one of your many dealerships and find one. I could over look it when it first came out to not be able to keep them in stock
    • 3 years later come on to have none available in the whole gulf coast region and when I talk with your associates they say good luck getting one you only made 25,000 total and 90 % are shipped to New York and California?

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    Coldwell Banker Green Build - 11/6/2010

     

    Coldwell Banker and Habitat for Humanity Kick Off Green Build

    This month, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate CARES, the charitable arm of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, kicked-off a "green" build. The home represents Coldwell Banker's 17th Habitat for Humanity home sponsorship since 2005 and its first green certified in accordance with the Florida Green Building Council. Click here for more details.

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    Not lost in advertising - 11/6/2010

    With 12.3 million viewers, the highly rated television show Lost, on ABC, took the number one spot in the Nielsen Top 10 and we didn't miss a beat. Coldwell Banker proactively secured advertising time during what many anticipated to be the most watched season finale of the year. Click here to see the entire ratings list.

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    Its a smart time to buy - 8/8/2010

    Beginning June 16th, look for a new 15-second Coldwell Banker commercial addressing why it's a smart time to buy a home!  Using founders Coldwell and Banker to deliver a message that home affordability is the best in recent memory; the commercial also touts the Coldwell Banker brand's rich heritage and experience.  As Banker says in the spot,
    "It's déjà vu!"  The ad will run during the final weeks of spring programming on such shows as ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition on June 22nd and Dateline NBC on June 29th.  Preview the spot now by clicking here.

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    Charlie Talks - 8/8/2010

     
    Charlie Talks Tech

    Click here to watch a news clip featuring an interview with Charlie Young, chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker® Real Estate. The interview includes Charlie's take on real estate innovation through technology and the role Coldwell Banker plays as a leader in the industry.

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    Just sold lot in Niceville Florida on White Street - 8/8/2010

    Residential Land
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    MLS#:

    456496 OfficeFile#:

    ListPrice: $77,000
    Status: SOLD Lot Dim.: IRREG.
    Address: XX WHITE St Acreage: 0.340
    NICEVILLE, FL MinrlRts?
    Zip: 32578 WFFeet:
    County: OKALOOSA LotAcc: County Road
    MainArea: 13 Niceville
    SubArea: 04 SO OF 20 TO VALP BLVD Zoning: County, Residential Multi-Family, Residential Single Family
    Subdiv: BENTON S/D
    ParcelID: 09-1S-22-0250-0001-0010
    ElemSch: PLEW Middle: RUCKEL High: NICEVILLE
    Dir: GOING E.ON HWY. 20, TURN RIGHT ON EDGE (BEFORE RED LIGHT BY ROCKY BAYOU BRIDGE) AND VEER IMMEDIATELY RIGHT ONTO WHITE ST. LOT IS FIRST ON THE LEFT-OR FROM MID BAY BRIDGE GO WEST ON HWY. 20 OVER ROCKY BAYOU BRIDGE, JUST PAST THE RED LIGHT GO LEFT ON EDGE AND VEER IMMEDIATELY RIGHT-LOT IS ON THE LEFT
    Legal: BENTON S/D NICEVILLE LOT 1 BLK 1 EAST OF WHITE ST BEG NE COR LOT 1 S 123.98FT TO SE COR W 203.12FT TO E R/W WHITE ST N53 DEG E 210.01 FT TO N LINE LOT 1 E 33.73FT TO POB

    ATTN-INVESTORS AND BUILDERS!! THIS LOT IS ZONED MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL, ALLOWING FOR DUPLEX OR MULTI-FAMILY. DENSITY WOULD ALLOW FOR 5 UNITS(YOU WILL HAVE TO CHECK WITH AN ENGINEER FOR FEASIBILITY WITH SETBACKS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS). NEW SHOPPONG CENTER BEING BUILT JUST ACROSS THE STREET. TERRIFIC OPPORTUNITY FOR APARTMENTS OR POSSIBLE REZONING TO COMMERCIAL. AVAILABLE ALONG WITH MLS#439581 (SINGLE FAMILY @ $35,000.00) FOR DISCOUNTED PRICE OF $100,000.00. Listing Broker/Salesperson has ownership interest in the property.

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    Coldwell Banker awards - 8/8/2010

    Coldwell Banker awards agents
    Brad Humrighouse, Gulf Coast region manager of Coldwell Banker Commercial United, Realtors announced his company's 2007 award winners.

    Jeanne McKay, associate broker at Coldwell Banker Commercial United, Realtors has earned the 2007 Top Listing Agent Award.

    Larry Henderson, sales associate at Coldwell Banker Commercial United, Realtors has earned the 2007 Top Selling Agent Award.

    Kyle Knight, Sales Associate at Coldwell Banker Commercial United, Realtors has earned the 2007 Top Producer Award for Coldwell Banker Commercial United, Realtors Florida Division.

    John Fifer, sales associate at Coldwell Banker Commercial United, Realtors has earned the 2007 Charlie Bryant Award which recognizes a commercial agent for being an excellent team member and going above and beyond to help fellow sales associates in the promotion of commercial services along the Gulf Coast.

    Brendan Doherty, sales associate at Coldwell Banker Commercial United, Realtors earns Million Dollar Producer status for 2007.

    Coldwell's FWB office lists top sellers
    FORT WALTON BEACH - Coldwell Banker United, Realtors Fort Walton Beach office announced the following agents as their top producers for March.

    David Connors took honors for the top Listing Agent and Diane McCoach took honors for Top Sales Agent in March.


    Coldwell's Niceville office lists agents
    NICEVILLE - Coldwell Banker United, Realtors Niceville office announced the following agents as their top producers for March.

    Myke Triebold took honors for the Top Listing Agent and Sandy Jones took honors for Top Sales Agent in March.

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    Taking care of your estate planning and ungrateful recipients - 8/8/2010

    The University of California, Santa Cruz recently landed one of the great prizes in college fundraising: a treasure trove of Grateful Dead memorabilia. The collection spans 30 years, from 1965 when the band was formed, to 1995, when Jerry Garcia, the band's lead guitarist, vocalist and spiritual leader, died.

    The gift, as the Wall Street Journal noted, is expected by many to turn the Silicon Valley campus into "a mecca for scholars and ... `Deadhead' fans." And, of course, it should generate additional contributions.

    American colleges and universities are prodigious fundraisers. Most of the attention focuses on cash gifts and bequests, which exceeded $29.7 billion last year. But money is not the only prize.

    The Harvard University Art Museums and the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin, for example, both have been designated to receive 50 works of art from the collection of New York philanthropists Dorothy and Herbert Vogel. The donations are part of a national gift program, "Fifty Works for Fifty States," in which 2,500 works from the Vogel collection will be distributed during 2008 and 2009, with 50 institutions (one in each state) each receiving 50 pieces of art.

    The University of Michigan art museum also received a large donation of art this year, from the collection of retired UM professors Frances McSparran and her late husband, Ernst Pulgram.

    While donors may consider such gifts - everything from land and art to first edition books, historical maps, artifacts and papers - straightforward and safe, and may even receive substantial tax benefits from donating appreciated assets, tangible gifts have special risks. One of the greatest risks some have learned is that the recipient institution and presumed steward of the gift will sell it.

    Consider the case of Mattie Kelly. In 1992, Kelly bequeathed her 13-acre estate and $500,000 to Okaloosa-Walton Community College in (I kid you not) Niceville, Fla. The gift stipulated that a cultural and environmental institute and memorial garden be established on the property. Instead, the college sold the land to developers and pocketed both the proceeds and the $500,000.

    In Lynchburg, Va., Randolph College last year did everything but hang a "Garage Sale" sign on its Maier Museum of Art. Many paintings in the museum's nationally acclaimed collection had been donated by faculty and alumna, or bought with funds given for that purpose by local residents. One painting - "Troubador" by Mexican master Rufino Tamayo - was recently auctioned off by Christie's New York for $7 million. More are likely to be sold.

    Many other colleges - including Sewanee, University of the South, in Tennessee, St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Trinity International University in Illinois, and Tulane University in New Orleans - also have been involved in controversies over non-cash gifts.

    In the end, philanthropists should be wary of giving away the family jewels. And when they do choose to donate personal or real property they need to protect themselves.

    The best way to do that, for the benefit of donors and recipients alike, is to include clear language in all gift agreements spelling out the stewardship obligations of the recipient institution, circumstances under which the gift would have to be returned or repaid, and giving a third party legal standing to sue if the agreement is violated.

    There is no reason to believe that UC Santa Cruz acted in anything less than total good faith. Yet, commitments made today can easily be abandoned tomorrow.

    By coincidence, the Grateful Dead's first known record was the 1966 single "Stealin.'" To some of us that's what it is when a nonprofit institution, such as a college, accepts a valuable gift and then, without the donor's or a court's permission, sells it.

    © 2008, Center for Excellence in Higher Education

    Frederic J. Fransen is executive director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education (www.cehe.org)

    I can't comment on all of these cases but the one local mattie kelly case was a big deal with everyone around here as many of the older generation in our area have big hearts and watched this case carefully when looking at what to leave from there estates and how to go about it. It is a shame really.

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    NAR Commercial Profile Report - 8/8/2010

    According to the latest NAR Commercial Member Profile, commercial members experienced a 7 percent jump in median sales volume for 2006, reaching a median of $2.249 million in sales. Selling land was the single largest commercial specialty for respondents, accounting for 19 percent.

    WASHINGTON - May 21, 2008 - Reflecting a strong commercial real estate market last year, commercial members of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) surveyed for the NAR Commercial Member Profile experienced a 7 percent jump in median sales volume for 2006, reaching a median of $2.249 million in sales. Respondents closed a median of eight transactions, the report noted.

    Those members affiliated with one of NAR's affiliated commercial specialty groups achieved higher totals, led by members of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors®, who had a median of 25 transactions in 2006. Experience also played a role in increasing sales volume; members who had worked in commercial real estate for 26 or more years reported a median sales volume of $5.057 million.

    Selling land was the single largest commercial specialty for respondents, accounting for 19 percent of business activities among members. Other principal business activities for commercial practitioners included multifamily sales (11 percent), retail building sales (10 percent), and office building sales (8 percent).

    Accounting for 11 percent of total business activity among commercial members, office leasing was the only leasing or management activity that reached double digits among respondents. Commercial members involved in leasing activity saw a 12 percent increase in leasing activity during 2006. Median lease transaction volume for members was $183,300. As with sales, the dollar value of lease transactions increases with business experience, reaching $187,000 for members with 16 to 25 years of commercial real estate experience.

    A summary of the report's findings was presented last week during NAR's Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.

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    Just Reduced Niceville Florida Bayshore Subdivision - 8/8/2010

    Detached Single Family
    Click on Photo to Enlarge
    MLS#: 484913m OfficeFile#: ListPrice: $80,000
    Status: Active Last Change: 5/20/2008 ApproxSF: 980 BG:
    Address: 1010 EVERGLADES Dr $/Sqft: $81.63
    NICEVILLE, FL Bedrooms: 2
    Zip: 32578 Baths Full/Half: 2/
    County: OKALOOSA Stories: 1
    MainArea: 13 Niceville YearBuilt: 1977
    SubArea: 04 SO OF 20 TO VALP BLVD OccStat: Vacant
    Subdiv: BAYSHORE ImmOcc? Y
    ParcelID: 17-1S-22-3090-0005-0060 ConstrStat: ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: PLEW Middle: RUCKEL High: NICEVILLE
    Dir: From Val-p Blvd, turn on to Linden Ave. going south, make a Right on Everglade and its down on the Left. 1010.
    Legal: Bayshore Lot 6 blk 5 1002-564

    This is a unique mobile home park that is well maintained. Great Location in a Quiet Community.The community features a nice pool, laundry mat, and community center for entertaining. This lot is across from the community facilities. The lot has nice Oak Trees and a fenced back yard. There is an attached carport and the mobile home has a permanent roof this would make a great starter or retirement home.This area is convenient to Eglin Air Force base, Okaloosa Walton Community College, And it's a short trip to Destin or Fort Walton Beach.




    ParkingSpaces: Carport:2 Lot Dim.: 60X100 LotAcc: City Road WatFrnt:
    PrkingFeat: Other Acres: 0.14 Zoning: City, Mobile Home, Residential Single Family WatView:
    WFFeet: LotFeat: Covenants, Interior, Level
    ProjFacil:

    Room Type Lvl Dimnsns
    LivingRoom 1 14x14 Design: Mobile Home
    DiningRoom 1 14x7
    Kitchen 1 14x7 Const/Siding: Foundation Off Grade, Roof Metal, Siding Aluminum/Metal
    Bedrm:Master 1 15x14
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 14x10 ExtFeatures: Fenced Chain Link, Fenced Lot-Part
    UtilityRoom 1 14x5
    Bedrm:Master 1 9'7 IntFeatures: Floor:Vinyl, Floor:W/W Carpet, Washer/Dryer Hookup
    Bath: Full 1 8'1
    Appliances:
    Utilities: Community Sewer, Community Water, Electric, Gas:Natural, Phone, TV Cable
    Energy: A/C: Central Electric, Ceiling Fans, Heat: Central Gas, Water Heater: Electric

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    Price Reduced Crestview Florida home for sale now sold - 8/8/2010

    Detached Single Family .
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    MLS#: 482330m OfficeFile#: ListPrice: $125,000
    Status: Active Last Change: ApproxSF: 1,265 BG:
    Address: 15 COURTNEY LN $/Sqft: $98.81
    CRESTVIEW, FL Bedrooms: 3
    Zip: 32539 Baths Full/Half: 2/0
    County: OKALOOSA Stories: 1
    MainArea: 25 Crestview Area YearBuilt: 1995
    SubArea: 01 CRESTVIEW SOUTHEAST OccStat: Vacant
    Subdiv: HOLLYROD PARK PH 2 ImmOcc? Y
    ParcelID: 28-3N-23-2780-0000-0150 ConstrStat: ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: SOUTHSIDE Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir: 85 N. Right on Redstone (right after Hospital). Right at first stop sign onto Brookmeade. Left onto Covell. Left into Hollyrod subdivision. First left follow down to end of cul-de-sac. House is on left.
    Legal: HOLLYROD II S/D LOT 15

    Seller very motivated, bring all offers!!! Seller willing to pay closing costs upon acceptable offer!!!!Great neighborhood behind Crestview hospital! House is located in a cul-de-sac; this is a one-way-in, one-way-out subdivision. Close to shopping such as Walgreens and Publix and just minutes from bases. The new elementary/middle school is being built close by. The home features a split bedroom floor-plan with vaulted ceiling in living area. The home offers an open floor plan and a fireplace in the living room. The kitchen is roomy with lots of cabinet space and a long breakfast bar. Master bedroom is a nice size and offers a walk-in closet. Seller enclosed the patio that has windows which adds lots of square footage. Large back yard includes shed. HOME WARRANTY IS BEING OFFERED TO BUYER...A $380.00 VALUE!

    Room Type Lvl Dimnsns
    LivingRoom 1 17x15 Design: Contemporary
    DiningRoom 1 11x11
    Kitchen 1 11x8 Const/Siding: Foundation Slab On Grade, Frame, Roof Composite Shingle, Siding Brick Some, Siding Vinyl, Trim Vinyl
    Bedrm:Master 1 18x13
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 13x12 ExtFeatures: Fenced Back Yard, Fenced Privacy, Patio Covered
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 12x10
    Garage 1 24x20 IntFeatures: Breakfast Bar, Ceiling:Cathedral, Fireplace, Floor:Vinyl, Floor:W/W Carpet New, Pull Down Stairs, Skylight(s), Split Bedroom, Washer/Dryer Hookup
    Appliances: Auto Garage Door Opener, Dishwasher, Disposal, Oven:Self Cleaning, Range Hood, Smoke Detector, Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities: Electric, Gas:Natural, Phone, Public Water, TV Cable
    Energy: A/C: Central Electric, Ceiling Fans, Double Paned Windows, Heat: Central Gas, Insulated Doors, Ridge Vent, Water Heater: Gas
    Mbed/Mbath: Mbath Skylight, Mbed Carpeted, Mbed Sitting Area, Mbed Walk-In Closet

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    Dash GPS Device for Coldwell Banker - 8/8/2010

    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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    Market upturn - 8/8/2010

    CYRIL MOULLE-BERTEAUX
    May 6, 2008; Page A
    The Wall Street Journal

    The dire headlines coming fast and furious in the financial and popular press suggest that the housing crisis is intensifying. Yet it is very likely that April 2008 will mark the bottom of the U.S. housing market. Yes, the housing market is bottoming right now.

    How can this be? For starters, a bottom does not mean that prices are about to return to the heady days of 2005. That probably won't happen for another 15 years. It just means that the trend is no longer getting worse, which is the critical factor.

    Most people forget that the current housing bust is nearly three years old. Home sales peaked in July 2005. New home sales are down a staggering 63% from peak levels of 1.4 million. Housing starts have fallen more than 50% and, adjusted for population growth, are back to the trough levels of 1982.

    Furthermore, residential construction is close to 15-year lows at 3.8% of GDP; by the fourth quarter of this year, it will probably hit the lowest level ever. So what's going to stop the housing decline? Very simply, the same thing that caused the bust: affordability.

    The boom made housing unaffordable for many American families, especially first-time home buyers. During the 1990s and early 2000s, it took 19% of average monthly income to service a conforming mortgage on the average home purchased. By 2005 and 2006, it was absorbing 25% of monthly income. For first time buyers, it went from 29% of income to 37%. That just proved to be too much.

    Prices got so high that people who intended to actually live in the houses they purchased (as opposed to speculators) stopped buying. This caused the bubble to burst.

    Since then, house prices have fallen 10%-15%, while incomes have kept growing (albeit more slowly recently) and mortgage rates have come down 70 basis points from their highs. As a result, it now takes 19% of monthly income for the average home buyer, and 31% of monthly income for the first-time home buyer, to purchase a house. In other words, homes on average are back to being as affordable as during the best of times in the 1990s. Numerous households that had been priced out of the market can now afford to get in.

    The next question is: Even if home sales pick up, how can home prices stop falling with so many houses vacant and unsold? The flip but true answer: because they always do.

    In the past five major housing market corrections (and there were some big ones, such as in the early 1980s when home sales also fell by 50%-60% and prices fell 12%-15% in real terms), every time home sales bottomed, the pace of house-price declines halved within one or two months.

    The explanation is that by the time home sales stop declining, inventories of unsold homes have usually already started falling in absolute terms and begin to peak out in "months of supply" terms. That's the case right now: New home inventories peaked at 598,000 homes in July 2006, and stand at 482,000 homes as of the end of March. This inventory is equivalent to 11 months of supply, a 25-year high - but it is similar to 1974, 1982 and 1991 levels, which saw a subsequent slowing in home-price declines within the next six months.

    Inventories are declining because construction activity has been falling for such a long time that home completions are now just about undershooting new home sales. In a few months, completions of new homes for sale could be undershooting new home sales by 50,000-100,000 annually.

    Inventories will drop even faster to 400,000 - or seven months of supply - by the end of 2008. This shift in inventories will have a significant impact on prices, although house prices won't stop falling entirely until inventories reach five months of supply sometime in 2009. A five-month supply has historically signaled tightness in the housing market.

    Many pundits claim that house prices need to fall another 30% to bring them back in line with where they've been historically. This is usually based on an analysis of house prices adjusted for inflation: Real house prices are 30% above their 40-year, inflation-adjusted average, so they must fall 30%. This simplistic analysis is appealing on the surface, but is flawed for a variety of reasons.

    Most importantly, it neglects the fact that a great majority of Americans buy their houses with mortgages. And if one buys a house with a mortgage, the most important factor in deciding what to pay for the house is how much of one's income is required to be able to make the mortgage payments on the house. Today the rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage is 5.7%. Back in 1981, the rate hit 18.5%. Comparing today's house prices to the 1970s or 1980s, when mortgage rates were stratospheric, is misguided and misleading.

    This is all good news for the broader economy. The housing bust has been subtracting a full percentage point from GDP for almost two years now, which is very large for a sector that represents less than 5% of economic activity.

    When the rate of house-price declines halves, there will be a wholesale shift in markets' perceptions. All of a sudden, the expected value of the collateral (i.e. houses) for much of the lending that went on for the past decade will change. Right now, when valuing the collateral, market participants including banks are extrapolating the current pace of house price declines for another two to three years; this has a significant impact on the amount of delinquencies, foreclosures and credit losses that lenders are expected to face.

    More home sales and smaller price declines means fewer homeowners will be underwater on their mortgages. They will thus have less incentive to walk away and opt for foreclosure.

    A milder house-price decline scenario could lead to increases in the market value of a lot of the securitized mortgages that have been responsible for $300 billion of write-downs in the past year. Even if write-backs do not occur, stabilizing collateral values will have a huge impact on the markets' perception of risk related to housing, the financial system, and the economy.

    We are of course experiencing a serious housing bust, with serious economic consequences that are still unfolding. The odds are that the reverberations will lead to subtrend growth for a couple of years. Nonetheless, housing led us into this credit crisis and this recession. It is likely to lead us out. And that process is underway, right now.

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    Ge in the Green game - 8/8/2010

    Energy Star Expert to Hone Sustainability at GE Real Estate


    GE Real Estate has tapped former EPA Energy Star executive Stuart Brodsky as regional sustainability leader for its North America Equity unit.

    Brodsky's appointment comes as GE is ramping up green activities across its massive property portfolio of more than 385 million square feet. Its recent sustainable initiatives include broader commitments to LEED certification and energy benchmarking, leaning on customers and vendors to improve their environmental performance, and a partnership with Bill Clinton's Clinton Climate Initiative to cut energy consumption and emissions in cities.

    Brodsky, a familiar name in commercial real estate circles, will help GE develop and execute a sustainable business strategy that is both environmentally friendly and profitable. "Stuart has designed several energy efficiency programs for leading industry groups. His appointment is another step forward in achieving our goal of embedding sustainability into our practices to benefit the environment and our business," said Christian Blechinger, managing director at GE Real Estate.

    At the Environmental Protection Agency, Brodsky was national program manager for commercial property markets for the Energy Star program. He led the agency's outreach initiatives and partnerships to industry groups like the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the Real Estate Roundtable, and the Green Building Finance Consortium.

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    I like to see this - 8/8/2010

    RREEF, Advance Realty Endorse BOMA 7-Point Challenge


    BOMA has landed two new participants for its 7-Point Challenge green building program.

    Investment manager RREEF North America and New Jersey-based owner and developer Advance Realty Group both endorsed the voluntary program that seeks to cut energy consumption across property portfolios by 30 percent by 2012.

    Launched last summer, the 7-Point Challenge is one of the most popular green building advocacy initiatives created the industry trade group. More than 30 local BOMA chapters and 25 industry firms have joined the program, including CB Richard Ellis, Cushman & Wakefield, USAA Real Estate Co., The Irvine Co., Hines, Transwestern and Shorenstein. "Market transformation is achievable when organizations ... step up to the challenge," said Brenna Walraven, BOMA International's Chairman and Chief Elected Officer and an executive managing director with USAA.

    To decrease energy usage in buildings, the program taps EPA Energy Star benchmarking, education and training for building personnel, and energy audits to identify and implement low-cost energy efficiency strategies.

    Mike Kent, managing director of leasing and property management for RREEF, called the program a "natural next step" for the Deutsche Bank subsidiary. "We are committed to further developing our sustainable business practices and to fostering an eco-friendly community that involves our tenants and investors," he said.

    RREEF Real Estate has about $49 billion in assets under management worldwide.

    Advance Realty, the Peter Cocoziello-led firm that owns One Gateway Center in Newark, NJ, boosted its sustainable real estate platform in March by hiring energy management firm GSH Group to implement energy conservation practices across its Mid-Atlantic property portfolio of roughly 4.5 million square feet.

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    Liberty Mutual way to go - 8/8/2010

    Liberty Mutual Develops Green Building Insurance Policy


    Insurance provider Liberty Mutual has introduced new commercial property coverage tailored specifically for LEED- or Green Globes-certified buildings.

    The policy responds to the rising popularity of green buildings, Boston-based Liberty Mutual said in a statement. In the event of a covered loss to a green building, the policy would provide insurance for building recommissioning and re-certification fees, the installation of a "green" vegetative roof, debris recycling and the installation of green-certified products such as those under the Energy Star label.

    In the event of a re-certification, the cost to increase the property sustainability rating by one level (for instance, LEED Silver to LEED Gold) would also be covered.

    The policy also covers green retrofits to non-green properties. "Our endorsement encourages property owners to consider the environmental impact of their business and enables them to act responsibly regardless of whether or not they pursue green certification," stated Liberty Mutual President Tim Rose.

    The Liberty Mutual policy is similar to one created by Fireman's Fund in 2006, the first sustainable building policy issued by a major insurance provider. Fireman's Fund broadened that policy last year with increased coverage for loss of earnings, soft costs like re-registration or re-certification, and rental value.

    Liberty Mutual follows LEED guideline protocols at its 22-owned buildings and 9 million square feet of leased space. The company owns one LEED-certified building and has two buildings in the certification process.

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    St. Joe sees bottom of housing market - 8/8/2010

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - May 7, 2008 - Florida's biggest landowner, the St. Joe Co., believes the housing market may have reached the bottom, pointing to stabilization in the residential inventory.

    St. Joe Co. CEO Peter Rummell says buyers must be "retrained" to recognize the importance of making home purchases now. He notes, "We have trained people to expect that prices are going to be lower tomorrow than today if they just wait. So now people are going to have to learn that they've gotten to that point."

    Though the company posted a $32 million profit for the first quarter, only $9.8 million can be attributed to its residential operations. Much of the firm's profits can be tied to the sale of "nonstrategic" land parcels in the Florida Panhandle, including 57,435 acres it recently sold to a group of buyers including sportsmen, investors and conservationists for $91 million.

    Source: St. Petersburg Times (05/06/08) Thorner, James

    2008-05-09T11:52:45-05:00

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    Getting Better in Florida - 8/8/2010

    According to Realty Times, Florida real estate experts say the state's housing market is showing signs of recovery, despite falling residential prices and rising foreclosures and short sales. They note that inventory is expanding at slower rates, and home sales are on the rise in some markets. The Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers, for instance, reports an 85-percent surge in pending single-family home sales in its area during the past 10 weeks. Meanwhile, pending sales jumped 65 percent in February from January in Fort Lauderdale, and 30 percent in March from the prior month in Palm Beach County.

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    Mortgage problems - 8/8/2010

    Mortgage delinquencies are spreading beyond the subprime market, as new data shows that more borrowers with good credit have fallen behind on their house payments. About 2.3 percent of prime loans were 60 days past due in February, the highest level in at least a decade, according to First American CoreLogic LoanPerformance

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    Florida Rates - 8/8/2010

    Rates on 30-year mortgages edged down slightly to average 6.05 percent this week, but remained above 6 percent for the third straight week, according to Freddie Mac's weekly nationwide survey.



    2008-05-09T11:13:35-05:00

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    Real Estate Investing pickup - 8/8/2010

    REAL ESTATE INVESTING

    Despite the sluggish economy, investors this year are putting their money into funds that invest in real estate investment trusts (REITs), a turn-around of recent trends. A total of $1.23 billion flowed into domestic REIT funds in the first three months of the year, according to new research.

    People will feel more secure with the housing being fully backed and bailed out on bad loans that the Reit may have been part of whenever needed by the GOV. read about the Housing aid bills.

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    Housing aid - 8/8/2010

    HOUSING AID

    The House on Thursday passed a massive homeowner rescue plan to provide cheaper, government-backed mortgages to half a million debt-ridden borrowers and bolster an economy hurt by the housing crisis. The Senate now must consider the bill and President Bush has threatened a veto.

    My question would be why was this not done already and why would any veto this?

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    Insurance Bill for Florida - 8/8/2010

    The Florida Legislature has fixed its seal of approval on a property insurance bill and sent it to Gov. Crist, who is expected to sign it. Once approved, the new law, among other things, extends a freeze on Citizens rates, helps companies remove policies from Citizens, and requires insurers to pay any undisputed part of an insurance claim within 90 days.

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    Give Back - 8/8/2010

    Requests to serve on a 2009 FAR committee, council, forum or exchange are being accepted through July 31. In year's past, members could register at the annual FAR convention and trade expo; but starting this year, the forms can be accessed only from floridarealtors.org. All requests submitted through the online registration form (login required)

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    Interseer update for the websites - 8/8/2010

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    Short sale we Just Sold another Short sale 618 Risen Star Crestview Florida Short sale sold - 8/8/2010

    Contact Brandon Jordan
    cell (850) 758-1236

    Detached Single Family .
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    MLS#: 485717m OfficeFile#: ListPrice: $165,000
    Status: Sold Last Change: 5/2/2008 ApproxSF: 1,610 BG:
    Address: 618 RISEN STAR DR $/Sqft: $98.76
    CRESTVIEW, FL Bedrooms: 3
    Zip: 32539 Baths Full/Half: 2/
    County: OKALOOSA Stories: 1
    MainArea: 25 Crestview Area YearBuilt: 1999
    SubArea: 01 CRESTVIEW SOUTHEAST OccStat: Vacant
    Subdiv: STEEPLECHASE PH 3 ImmOcc? N
    ParcelID: 28-3N-23-2352-000B-0100 ConstrStat: ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: SOUTHSIDE Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir: FR I-10, TAKE HWY 85N TO REDSTONE. TURN RGT ON REDSTONE, TURN RGT ON BROOKMEADE, LEFT ON COVELL, RGT ON STEEPLECHASE DR & LFT ONTO RISEN STAR. HOUSE LAST ONE ON LEFT.
    Legal: STEEPLECHASE PH III LOT 10 BLK B

    Short sale.Great Location, Great Neighborhood!! Just N of I-10. This 3/2/2, 1610 sf, split bedroom design, is open, airy and has large family room, eat-in kitchen, ample closet & storage and interior utility room and located on large corner lot!!!




    ParkingSpaces: Lot Dim.: 68X125X131X125 LotAcc: City Road, Near Interstate Exit, Paved Road WatFrnt:
    PrkingFeat: Acres: Zoning: City, Residential Single Family WatView:
    WFFeet: LotFeat: Cleared, Corner, Irregular
    ProjFacil:

    Room Type Lvl Dimnsns
    Family 1 21x20 Design: Contemporary
    Breakfast 1 10x10
    Bedrm:Master 1 16x14 Const/Siding: Foundation Slab On Grade, Siding Brick All, Siding Vinyl, Trim Vinyl
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 12x13
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 12x13 ExtFeatures: Patio Open
    IntFeatures: Ceiling:Vaulted, Floor:Vinyl, Floor:W/W Carpet, Pull Down Stairs, Split Bedroom, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Window Treatment:All
    Appliances: Auto Garage Door Opener, Dishwasher, Range Hood, Smoke Detector
    Utilities: Electric, Phone, Public Sewer, Public Water, TV Cable
    Energy: A/C: Central Electric
    Mbed/Mbath: Mbath Carpeted, Mbath Double Vanity

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    5432 Lee Farm Blvd Crestview Florida home for sale is now Sold - 8/8/2010

    LstOff: ECU3 COLDWELL BANKER UNITED REALTORS-CVIEW Cntct Ordr Ph. Num SaleType:
    LstAgt: E3841 BRANDON JORDAN Agent Cell Ph 850-758-1236
    Detached Single Family
    Click on Photo to Enlarge
    MLS#: 464998md OfficeFile#: ListPrice: $200,000
    Status: Pending Last Change: 4/27/2008 ApproxSF: 2,000 BG:
    Address: 5432 LEE FARM BLVD $/Sqft: $100.00
    CRESTVIEW, FL Bedrooms: 4
    Zip: 32536 Baths Full/Half: 2/
    County: OKALOOSA Stories: 1
    MainArea: 25 Crestview Area YearBuilt: 2007
    SubArea: 03 CRESTVIEW NORTHWEST OccStat: Vacant
    Subdiv: LEE FARMS PH II ImmOcc?
    ParcelID: 12-3N-24-1110-000F-0160 ConstrStat: ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: NORTHWOOD Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir: HWY 85 North to HWY 90 turn left go 1.8 miles to entrance of Lee Farm turn right. Follow Lee Farm Blvd to Moore Loop, House is on the corner.
    Legal: Lot 16 Block F Lee Farm II

    This JERSEY Plan is a spacious 4/2 2000 SF BRICK home is a knockout!! Lovely Columns set this Living Room off. The Kitchen has a pantry and a large Breakfast Nook, & GRANITE counter tops. Master Bedroom is 18x12 to accomadate todays large furniture. Master Bath has an Heirloom Vanity. All additional bedrooms are 12x12. Don't miss the landscaped backyard!!! Builder to pay closing costs with preferred lender except pre-paids and origination &points.Hurry it won't last long. This is a great deal. Jersey model, It is on a beautiful corner lot. SAVE BIG BUCKS. WE HAVE COUNTY TAXATION.




    ParkingSpaces: Garage:2 Lot Dim.: 83X140 LotAcc: Paved Road WatFrnt:
    PrkingFeat: Acres: 0.26 Zoning: County, Residential Single Family WatView:
    WFFeet: LotFeat:
    ProjFacil:

    Room Type Lvl Dimnsns
    LivingRoom 1 16x24 Design: Contemporary
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 12x12
    Const/Siding: Siding Brick All, Trim Vinyl, Roof Dimensional Shingle
    Breakfast 1 12x10
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 12x12 ExtFeatures: Patio Open
    Kitchen 1 12x10 IntFeatures: Ceiling:Raised, Floor:W/W Carpet New, Split Bedroom, Pantry, Floor:Laminate
    FormalDining 1 12x12
    Appliances: Dishwasher, Microwave, Oven:Self Cleaning, Stove/Oven Electric
    Laundry 1 6x5
    Bedrm:Master 1 18x12 Utilities: Electric, Phone, Public Water, Septic Tank, TV Cable, Underground
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 12x12 Energy: A/C: Central Electric, Ceiling Fans, Double Paned Windows, Heat: Central Electric, Ridge Vent, Water Heater: Electric
    Mbed/Mbath: Mbath Walk-In-Closet, Mbed Sitting Area

    Hmstd: SaleSubjtoLease:
    LandLease/Year: MonthlyRent: AssmMrtTyp:
    Assmt Fees: $60.00 Annually LeaseExpDate: Financing: Conventional, FHA, Seller Pays Closing Costs, VA
    NewBuyerFee: ExistLeases:
    Assoc.FeesInclude:

    LstOff: EP12 PELICAN REAL ESTATE Cntct Ordr Ph. Num SaleType:
    LstTyp: ERS NmdExcpt? N
    Agency:
    ( Seller: OKLCO LLC
    Buy-Agt: SellPh:
    Trans-Brk: Non-Rep: Showing: CallListAgt, SupraIBox
    Dual/Var? N Lim.Service ?: Bnus: N BnusTrms:
    Comp Notes: Exp Date: N/A

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    Suburbans farming - 8/8/2010

    It was bound to happen. With high food and gas prices, water rates going up and available land going for biofuel, some suburbanite was probably going to plant over their lawn and azaleas with, dare we say it, crops. An April 22 report in The Wall St. Journal, by Kelly Spors, talks about the trend of moving the backyard tradition of growing a few supplementary vegetables during local growing seasons, to the front yard - and turning it into a business. The technical name is SPIN (small plot intensive) farming, and loads of folks are doing it. LawnsToGardens and PathToFreedom are but a few examples of web-sites with additional information about this interesting trend.

    This was an interesting article with the Wall Street Journal

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    Crestview Florida Home just listed - 8/8/2010

    SoldPrice: N/A BuyerName:
    CloseDate: N/A DUC: N/A NewMortType:
    ContractDate: PrjClsDate: SaleNotes: N/A
    SellingOff: ECU3 COLDWELL BANKER UNITED REALTORS-CVIEW SellAgt: E3841 BRANDON JORDAN

    Click on Photo to Enlarge

    Detached Single Family

    .
    MLS#:492067m OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$169,700
    Status:Active Last Change:ApproxSF:1,525 BG:
    Address:214 TIFFOT CT$/Sqft:$111.28
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:3
    Zip:32539Baths Full/Half:2/
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:2003
    SubArea:04 CRESTVIEW NORTHEASTOccStat:Occupied
    Subdiv:WILDWOOD GABLESImmOcc?
    ParcelID:09-3N-23-1000-0000-0390ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: WALKER Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:N on 85, Right on Hwy. 90 going E. to Valley Rd. , turn left on Valley to Kyle, turn right and go around curve, house on left.
    Legal:WILDWOOD GABLES

    Located in Wildwood Gables, one of Crestview's rural setting subdivision with city convenience. Beautiful 3 Bdr. 2 bath home, offers a lot of extras, large utility/ laundry room. Open floor plan with tile in kitchen and large breakfast bar. An office/study that could be converted to a 4th Bedroom, computer room, or formal dining room. Peg board and work benches in garage.

    Bedrm:Master112x14Design:Contemporary
    LivingRoom114x18
    Foyer14x8Const/Siding:Foundation Slab On Grade, Roof Fiberglass, Siding Brick All, Siding Vinyl
    Bath: Master112x11
    Office110x10ExtFeatures:Deck Open, Porch Open
    Garage121x20
    UtilityRoom110x7IntFeatures:Ceiling:Cathedral, Floor:Tile, Floor:Vinyl, Floor:W/W Carpet, Pull Down Stairs, Washer/Dryer Hookup
    Bedrm:Additnl112x10
    Kitchen112x10Appliances:Auto Garage Door Opener, Dishwasher, Disposal, Oven:Self Cleaning, Range Hood, Smoke Detector
    Bedrm:Additnl112x10
    DiningRoom111x19Utilities:Community Sewer, Community Water, Electric, Phone, TV Cable
    Bath: Full18x5
    Energy:A/C: Central Electric, Ceiling Fans, Double Paned Windows, Heat Pump A/A, Heat: Central Electric, Insulated Doors, Storm Doors, Storm Windows, Water Heater: Electric
    Mbed/Mbath: Mbath Double Vanity, Mbath Walk-In-Closet

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    NFL draft day - 8/8/2010

    I was happy to see Ohio state players going to teams that look like they could fit and get some playing time,Vernon Gholston went to the new York jets in the first round and on the second day Kirk Barton lineman and defense player c grant went to teams that should find a place for them. I was also glad to see colt Brennan getting drafted by the Washington Redskins he had a great career except before the last game and talking with him at the senior bowl he seemed like a nice guy,he knew all alot about Hawaii my partner Christen von dem Bach chatted with him about her time living in Hawaii and I was watching the skills competition when he said on ESPN if he does well he would like a nice place in Hawaii. That was good to hear with all the bad press you hear and how all the players waste their money and spend it all on five cars and cloths. This being said by Colt with a down market not too many talking about buying homes today but these new millionaire players will be buying homes very soon I believe if given good advice.

    Http:nflrealtor.blogspot.com

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    SHORT SALES COME UP SHORT - 8/8/2010

    Realtors across the country believe mortgage lenders make the housing downturn worse by taking months to make decisions on short sales and sticking to high internal target prices. As a result, more home buyers avoid short sale properties, forcing foreclosure sales that typically result in lenders accepting lower prices than they could have achieved in the short sale. "The only question banks should ask is can they make more in a short sale than in foreclosure," according to Lighthouse Point, Fla.-based Realtor Ron Rosen, who cites a "broken" system. "The answer is that in nine out of 10 cases, they will lose more money in a foreclosure." Some Realtors contend that lenders lack the appropriate systems and staff to handle short sale requests, while lenders insist the short sale process is complicated by the need for approvals from investors and mortgage insurers. Still, Realtors note that a more efficient short sale process would boost prices and reduce inventory.

    Source: Reuters (04/22/08)**********************************************************

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    Florida Association of Realtors - 8/8/2010

    Florida Realtors statewide reported slight gains in existing home and condominium sales from February to March 2008, according to FAR's latest housing statistics. A total of 9,142 existing single-family homes changed hands in March, a 10 percent increase over the previous month. Statewide existing condo sales totaled 3,145 in March, up 13.7 percent compared to February's sales

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    Just sold 197 VillaCrest Drive in Crestview Short Sale - 8/8/2010

    Contact Brandon Jordan Click on Photo to Enlarge
    cell (850) 758-1236

    Detached Single Family.
    MLS#:481088mListPrice:$169,900
    Status:Sold Last Change: 04/21/2008ApproxSF:1,755 BG:
    Address:197 VILLACREST DR$/Sqft:$94.02
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:3
    Zip:32536Baths Full/Half:2/
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1993
    SubArea:02 CRESTVIEW SOUTHWEST
    Subdiv:NORTHVIEW ESTATES 3RD ADDNImmOcc?Y
    ParcelID:31-3N-23-2813-0000-0240ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: ANTIOCH Middle: DAVIDSON High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:North on 85, left by the Tom Thumb onto PJ Adams Pkwy. First right onto Villacrest Drive. Approx. one block up, corner property on left side. Corner of Northview and Villacrest.
    Legal:Lot 24 Northview Est 3rd Add

    This is a must see at this price now also offering $ 2,000 flooring allowance (upon acceptable offer by seller). Desirable neighborhood below I-10 offers quick commute to bases. This home sits on a nice sized corner lot and offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. The curb appeal is very attractive and with a little imagination, and the fact that the square footage price is a 'wow' factor, the home can be transformed into a great find! As you enter the hallway, to the right is the formal dining that boasts a tasteful chandelier-like lighting where entertaining could be a delight; since the very large open kitchen is across the hall. The kitchen faces out to the front of the home with two windows that emit natural lighting and gives the kitchen flair. The kitchen offers a lot of cabinets and loads of work space since it has an island for extra room, there is also a skylight. Off the kitchen is a good sized extra laundry room that leads to the double size garage. The home has an open split bedroom floor plan. The living room features a fantastic view of the back yard beyond the screen enclosed patio to the above ground swimming pool.

    ParkingSpaces:Garage:2 Lot Dim.:68.8X47.1X113.8X74.4X140LotAcc:City Road, Paved RoadWatFrnt:
    PrkingFeat:Acres:0.32Zoning:City, Deed Restriction, Residential Single FamilyWatView:
    WFFeet:LotFeat:
    ProjFacil:

    Room TypeLvlDimnsns
    DiningRoom113x11Design:Contemporary
    Kitchen115x19
    Laundry18x6Const/Siding:Foundation Slab On Grade, Roof Shingle/Shake, Siding Brick All, Trim Vinyl
    LivingRoom117x17
    Bedrm:Additnl110x11ExtFeatures:Fenced Back Yard, Fenced Privacy, Patio Open, Pool Above-Ground, Porch Screened, Yard Building
    Bedrm:Additnl112x10
    Bath: Full14x7IntFeatures:Breakfast Bar, Floor:Vinyl, Floor:W/W Carpet, Pull Down Stairs, Skylight(s), Split Bedroom, Wallpaper, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Window Treatment:Some, Woodwork:Painted, Pantry
    Bedrm:Master116x14
    Bath: Master113X7Appliances:Disposal, Oven:Self Cleaning, Range Hood, Smoke Detector, Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities:Community Water, Electric, Phone, Septic Tank, TV Cable
    Energy:A/C: Central Electric, Ceiling Fans, Heat: Central Electric, Ridge Vent, Water Heater: Electric
    Mbed/Mbath: Mbath Double Vanity, Mbath Garden Tub, Mbath Walk-In-Closet, Mbed Carpeted

    Hmstd: NSaleSubjtoLease:N
    LandLease/Year:MonthlyRent:AssmMtgTyp:
    Assmt Fees:LeaseExpDate:Financing:Conventional
    NewBuyerFee:ExistLeases:
    Assoc.FeesInclude:
    ListOffice:
    LstOff:ECU3 COLDWELL BANKER UNITED

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    Pre-Foreclosure and short sales - 8/8/2010

    1 in 5 Transactions, New Study Finds

    (Washington - April 4, 2008) - The mortgage industry's ongoing attempts to reduce mortgage defaults and losses in the current depressed housing market have produced a big jump in the number of pre-foreclosure and short sales now taking place. Nevertheless, problems-ranging from delays in servicer action to home inspection issues-continue to result in many failed pre-foreclosure and short sales transactions.

    These are among the many revelations coming from a major new study of mortgage servicer loss mitigation practices and performance. The new research is based on a nationwide survey of real estate agents conducted by Campbell Communications in March that produced more than 3,000 validated responses. In addition to tracking important trends in how mortgage servicers deal with pre-foreclosure/short sales, foreclosures and real estate owned (REO), the study rates all major firms on their loss mitigation performance in various categories.

    One of the most significant findings in the new research is that pre-foreclosure and short sales now account for about one-fifth of completed home sale transactions nationwide. Pre-foreclosure sales are home sales that are initiated to avoid foreclosures while short sales are pre-foreclosure sales where the sale price is below the mortgage debt owed.

    According to survey respondents, about two-thirds of pre-foreclosure and short sales are home-owner-initiated while the balance or one-third is mortgage servicer-initiated. For homeowners initiating short sales, the most common reason given was "inability to make mortgage payments." But one-quarter of respondents also cited "decline in property value" as the primary factor behind a short sale.

    Despite the growth in pre-foreclosure and short sale activity, real estate agents reported encountering a lot of problems in successfully completing pre-foreclosure or short sales. In fact, survey respondents said on average one-third of these transactions fail-even though there is a signed purchase and sale agreement.

    One of the biggest obstacles cited by real estate agents in completing short sales is the delay in hearing back from mortgage servicers regarding a potential short sale. On average, home listing agents reported it takes servicers 4.5 weeks to provide an answer on a potential short sale, resulting in many potential buyers simply walking away while awaiting a response to their offer. In contrast, mortgage servicers are much faster in providing a "yes" or "no" on REO sale offers as survey respondents reported a response time of less than two weeks on average.

    Some of the delay in approving short sales appears to stem from a general reluctance by mortgage servicers to accept an up-front loss on a loan. "With rapidly declining prices, combined with 100 percent or greater financing, many of the sellers are so far in the hole that the mortgage companies are hesitant to accept what the market will bear, and end up forcing these [would-be] sellers into foreclosure. This results in months of lost time, huge legal fees and, in most cases, they get a home back in a much deteriorated condition, resulting in a net loss of thousands more than they would have had by agreeing to a short sale," complained one survey respondent.

    Respondents said the most common reasons for failed transactions are tied to problems with home inspections or damage to the property, seller refusal to sign a deficiency note and the seller's inability to pay a real estate commission or closing costs.

    The survey also asked real estate agents to rate mortgage servicers on a number of pre-foreclosure and short sales issues. In regards to "responds promptly to offers," a major obstacle to successfully completing short sales, respondents gave the highest marks to National City, HSBC Mortgage and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. The lowest grades were given to Washington Mutual, American Home Mortgage and Aurora Loan Services.

    Mortgage servicers also were rated individually by real estate listing agents in 15 separate categories related to their performance in handling pre-foreclosure and short-sales. In these company "report cards," Wachovia scored the best, posting above average ratings in 11 categories. Countrywide scored the worst, receiving above average grades in only two categories.

    When asked "In your experience, which incentive to the homeowner would most increase completed pre-foreclosure and/or short sales?" survey respondents most frequently chose "no adverse re-port to credit bureau."

    The new study was sponsored by Inside Mortgage Finance, a leading mortgage industry newsletter.

    For information on how to obtain the full study entitled "Loss Mitigation in 2008: Real Estate Agents Report on Lender Practices," contact John Campbell at Campbell Communications at john@campbellsurveys.com or (202) 363-2069.

    Significant Reasons Why Pre-Foreclosure/Short Sales Fail

    1. Home inspection/damage to property
    2. Seller would not sign deficiency note on short of mortgage balance
    3. Seller cannot pay real estate commission and/or HUD-1 closing costs
    4. Mortgage servicer attempted to reduce real estate commission
    5. Appraisal for buyer's lender lower than contract price

    I find this hard to believe as the top reasons for Short Sales to not close. The way the article reads one of the top five reasons for short sales not to close is due to Realtors not accepting a lower commission ? From everyone I have talk to that has dealt with short sales and looking at many post on active rain. I would have to change that top five to include" The response time that banks take to get back and allow Realtors to help to get buyers to stay on board with the purchase I have heard horror stories of a month and a half just to get an accepted offer response.

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    Coldwell Banker united advertising all now features agents personal contact info - 8/8/2010

    Connie Lewis [mailto:connie.lewis@cbunited.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 3:26 PM

    Subject: Agent Cell Numbers

    Now that we are up and running on Lead Router all future print ads will include agent cell phone numbers with the listing information.

     

    Thanks

    Connie

     

    Connie R. Lewis

    Director of Customer Services/Marketing

    Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS®

    Gulf Coast Region

    127 Palafox Place, Suite 200

    Pensacola, FL  32502

    850-429-8400

    850-434-6800 Fax

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    Coldwell Banker United closed transactions for 2007 - 8/8/2010

    REAL Trends 500

    The 500 Largest Brokers in the U.S.
    (Ranked by closed transaction sides for 2007)

    COMPANY 2007 SIDES

    1. NRT LLC

    Parsippany, NJ 326,323

    2. HomeServices of America, Inc.

    Minneapolis, MN 152,826

    3. The Long & Foster Companies, Inc.

    Fairfax, VA 86,574

    4. Crye-Leike Realtors

    Memphis, TN 28,849

    5. Coldwell Banker United, Realtors

    Bryan, TX 27,953

    6. Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors

    Devon, PA 26,766

    7. Hanna Holdings, Inc.

    Pittsburgh, PA 26,545

    8. Allen Tate Company

    Charlotte, NC 23,007

    9. RealtyUSA

    Orchard Park, NY 20,690

    10. GMAC Real Estate - Company Owned Operations

    Oak Brook, IL 19,844

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    Okaloosa County Begins Budget Process - 8/8/2010

    Okaloosa County will begin its 2008-2009 budget process with a budget policy workshop Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. at the county's Water & Sewer Building on Lewis Turner Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach. The budget workshops are the most important part of the budget process. Most of the decisions presented at budget hearings later in the year are made at these workshops. Members are encouraged to attend and offer input.

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    RPAC Auction Combines Fun and Fundraising - 8/8/2010

    One of the most enjoyed ECAR events is back. Thursday, April 17, members will meet at the Village in Destin to network, eat, and raise money for the Realtor Political Action Committee (RPAC). The event will include a silent auction, a live auction, entertainment, free food, and a raffle for a cruise donated by McNeese Title. Auction items include condo stays, dinners, and unique art. All proceeds, including a contribution at the door, will go to RPAC. RPAC uses these contributions to fund local, state, and national candidates and issues. The silent auction begins at 4:00 p.m. and the event will end at 8:00 p.m. The Village is located on the site of the old Destin RV Resort off U.S. Highway 98, across from Bass Pro Shop behind the Waffle House

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    FREC Reinstates 28 Hour Reactivation Requirement - 8/8/2010

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    Crestview Commercial meeting - 6/26/2010

    All Commercial Forum Members & Agents with an Interest in

    Commercial Listings and Sales

    Subject:: Crestview Commercial Forum

    The next ECAR Crestview Commercial Forum will be at Applebee's (on the north side of Hwy 10) Our sponsor for the meeting will be Bank of Bonifay and our speaker will be Jeff Santo with an update on BRAC realignment.

    Please come and join us. Bring a friend. The networking with other commercial agents is great!

    Meeting Agenda.... Standard Format:

    •1. Introduce everyone and please bring a business card.

    •2. Host to speak

    •3. Guest Speaker

    •4. Committee Reports

    •5. Commercial News Items

    •6. New Commercial Listings (must have handouts with you for at least 15 agents)

    •7. Have and Wants

    You must be present at the meeting to discuss your listing. Only commercial listings to be discussed.

    I encourage you to bring another agent and enjoy a light breakfast with us.

    Mark your calendars today! Any questions, contact Sandi Sears at erasandi@cox.net.

    Mission Statement

    Provide the best service possible to our clients and customers by __

    •· Representing our industry with character, integrity and professionalism.

    •· Being truthful and fair to all concerned.

    •· Maintaining a high level of personal competence

    •· Contributing to the advanced training of our fellow members

    •· Develop and maintain a business environment that advances financial opportunity for all members.

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    Spot Runner - 6/26/2010

    Ok this is to everyone on activerain how do these turn out?

    Get your TV Advertising & Search Engine Market Analysis from Spot Runner today.

    More and more ERA® real estate professionals are using Spot Runner's targeted, affordable, television advertising to showcase their businesses, attract sellers and drive buyers to their websites.

    Now Spot Runner is helping brokers and sales associates advertise on major search engines like Google, AOL, and Yahoo.

    As a special offer to you as an ERA real estate professional, we'd like to give you a free market analysis (a $99 value) to discover what television and/or search engine marketing can do for you. We'll talk with you about the specific needs you have in your market, and discuss how we can help you:

    • Develop the best strategy to reach your prospects.
    • Build a great television advertising campaign to drive traffic to you.
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    • Maximize your budget to make every one of your marketing dollars count.

    There's never been an easier way to find out how TV and Search Engine Advertising can work for you!

    Call us at 888-314-SPOT or click to register for your free account and market analysis.

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    Santa Rosa County Billboards - 6/26/2010

    Ladies and Gentleman, the Santa Rosa County Planning department is considering changing their spacing requirements to build new billboards from 2000 feet along the same side of the road to 1000 feet which is what the state of Florida allows. This change would greatly benefit small business owners and property owners in Santa Rosa county as well as make it easier for our company Freedom Media to build a few more signs in Santa Rosa County. If you could take a moment and write Ms. Beckie Faulkneberry an e-mail at this address beckief@santarosa.fl.gov and tell here that you support the counties proposal to change the current billboard ordinance to reflect the same requirements as the state of Florida's It would be much appreciated.

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    Main Topic for Crestview Florida - 6/26/2010

    Governmental Issues Committee Meeting

    What is going to be done to handle all the traffic in North Okaloosa County?

    What road improvements are scheduled in North Okaloosa County over the next five years? What traffic improvements has Okaloosa County done over the past several years? Where does the money for road improvements come from? If you want the answers to these questions you need to attend the next meeting of the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Government Issues Committee at 8:00am at the chamber on Tuesday October 23rd. Danielle Slaterpryce, Director of Public Works for Okaloosa County will be our speaker. She will have maps, charts and data to answer all of the questions above and more. ANY MEMBER OF THE CRETVIEW AREA CHAMBER is welcome to attend and be a member of this committee.

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    Fort Walton Beach and Niceville Tips on Water test - 6/26/2010

    Jennifer in her weekly tips from countrywide sent this over If anyone is ever searching for the information on having there water tested this sounds like a good idea.

    On a property which is not connected to public or city water, you will need to get a water test and a septic inspection.

    The water test can be done for about $30 very quickly by picking up a water kit from Analytical Services Corp in Niceville (678-5313). You can take the kit, test your water and return it to Analytical Services and they will have an answer within 24-48 hours.

    The septic inspection runs about $225 and can be obtained through almost any septic company.

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    Eglin Florida - 6/26/2010

    EglinFlorida.com has a new facelift to the site under way. The message Board has now been updated to provide a Free Relocation package to anyone in coming to our area if its Eglin Air Force base or surrounding areas. Eglin AFB has many things to offer newcomers visit our other site in the meantime http://eglinairforcebase.blogspot.com for some of the helpfull information about the Eglin and surrounding areas.

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    Eglin Air Force Base - 6/26/2010

    Eglin AFB covers 464,000 acres in Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties. An Eglin permit is required to access approximately 280,000 acres of the Eglin reservation conditionally open to public recreation. Outdoor recreation permits and a comprehensive map and regulation summary are available from the Natural Resources Branch office (commonly known as Jackson Guard) located at 107 Hwy 85 North, in Niceville. All or portions of the Eglin reservation are subject to closure during military testing/training operations. Eglin has many outstanding natural features and bountiful outdoor recreational opportunities. Popular activities include: excellent deer, turkey and feral hog hunting; mobility impaired and youth Special Opportunity Hunts; fishing Eglin's 21 ponds; primitive camping; canoeing scenic waters; mountain biking in the Timberlake Recreation Area; and hiking the Florida National Scenic Trail.

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    Walton County Industrial property now under contract - 6/26/2010

    Contact Brandon Jordan
    cell (850)-758-1236

    (from FAR's EarlyBird News - March 28, 2008) As of Monday, March 31, a change takes place for Florida real estate licensees who have been involuntarily inactive for more than 12 months but less than 24 months (but not anyone involuntarily inactive for less than 12 months). Years ago, the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) required these licensees to take a "28-hour reactivation course" developed specifically for that purpose. In 2004, the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee (JAPC), a joint standing committee of the Legislature, challenged the statutory authority for the 28-hour course but agreed that the commission could require 28 hours of education. The end result was that the commission required the licensees to take the 14-hour CE course twice (yes, same course) to reactivate. But March 31, 2008, is the last time the commission will accept two 14-hour courses to renew a license. Thereafter, these licensees must complete the 28-hour reactivation course

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    Good neighbor awards - 8/8/2010

    (from NAR's REALTOR.org Essentials - March 2008) REALTOR® Magazine is seeking nominations for the Good Neighbor Awards - a program that recognizes REALTORS® whose commitment to volunteer work has helped make their community a better place to live. The application deadline is May 23.
    Continue reading >

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    IDX MLS listings and real estate site - 8/8/2010

    If you have buyers who are not familiar with the availability of listing information on the Internet, tell them how to find the real estate sites, how to search for property, and how to contact you should they find a property they are interested in, would like more information about, or would like to see. Ideally, make this information available on your web site using local IDX solutions. You add value as a real estate professional by helping the consumer make sense of the Internet.

    see examples at http://www.OkaloosaMLS.com

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    534 Hyde Park Now Sold - 8/8/2010

    Detached Single Family Click on Photo to Enlarge.
    MLS#: 482656 OfficeFile#: ListPrice: $145,000
    Status: Pending ApproxSF: 1,141 BG:
    Address: 534 HYDE PARK Dr $/Sqft: $127.08
    CRESTVIEW, FL Bedrooms: 3
    Zip: 32539 Baths Full/Half: 2/0
    County: OKALOOSA Stories: 1
    MainArea: 25 Crestview Area YearBuilt: 2002
    SubArea: 04 CRESTVIEW NORTHEAST OccStat: Occupied
    Subdiv: WINDING CREEK ESTATES PH 3 ImmOcc? Y
    ParcelID: 09-3N-23-5235-000A-0340 ConstrStat: ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: WALKER Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir: Hwy 85 North, Right on Stillwell Blvd., Right on Hyde Park, House on left.
    Legal: Lot 34, Block A, Winding Creek Estates, Phase III

    Central location in Crestview, close to shopping and Walker ELementary school just up the street. Open and flowing floor plan in living room, dining area and kitchen. Home has great curb appeal and a great backyard with extra room. Great deck out back ideal for entertaining. Seller is offering a Home warranty through AHS for Buyer, a $395 value!




    ParkingSpaces: Garage:1 Lot Dim.: 70X136X104X148 LotAcc: City Road, Paved Road WatFrnt:
    PrkingFeat: Acres: 0.26 Zoning: City, Residential Single Family WatView:
    WFFeet: LotFeat:
    ProjFacil:

    Room Type Lvl Dimnsns
    GreatRoom 1 17X13 Design: Ranch
    Bedrm:Master 1 14X11
    Const/Siding: Foundation Slab On Grade, Roof Composite Shingle, Siding Vinyl, Trim Vinyl
    Kitchen 1 9X9
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 11X10 ExtFeatures: Deck Open, Porch Covered
    DiningRoom 1 11X11 IntFeatures: Ceiling:Cathedral, Ceiling:Trayed/Coffered, Floor:Vinyl, Floor:W/W Carpet, Pull Down Stairs, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Window:Bay, Woodwork:Painted
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 11X10
    Appliances: Auto Garage Door Opener, Dishwasher, Range Hood, Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities: Electric, Phone, Public Water, Septic Tank, TV Cable
    Energy: A/C: Central Electric, A/C: High Efficiency, Ceiling Fans, Double Paned Windows, NOT USED GC/BR, Heat Pump A/A, Heat: Central Electric, Heat: High Efficiency, Ridge Vent, Water Heater: Electric
    Mbed/Mbath: Mbath Double Vanity, Mbath Dressing Area, Mbath Walk-In-Closet

    Hmstd: Y SaleSubjtoLease: N
    LandLease/Year: MonthlyRent: AssmMrtTyp:
    Assmt Fees: LeaseExpDate: Financing: Conventional, FHA, VA
    NewBuyerFee: ExistLeases:
    Assoc.FeesInclude:

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    The Wave Trolley - 8/8/2010

    Get Ready to Ride the WAVE Trolley

    Get ready to "Ride the WAVE" trolley in its inaugural ride on Friday, April 6, 10:00 a.m., at the Emerald Coast Conference Center. The trolley, funded by a grant, is one of two that will take riders to downtown Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island. For routes, maps, fares or additional information about Okaloosa County Transit (OCT), visit our web site and select Public Transit in top menu at www.co.okaloosa.fl.us or call 850.833.9168 in Ft. Walton Beach, or 850.689.7809 in Crestview.

    Senior Driver Trainer Jimmy Bobbitt was recently selected as the Driver of the Quarter by the Okaloosa County Transit. A retired United States Air Force Veteran, Mr. Bobbitt has been employed with Okaloosa County Transit since October 2001. The selection criteria for Driver of the Quarter incorporate not only his personal work ethic and compliance to OCT policies and procedures, but also vehicle operation, accurate, legible record keeping and more.

    OCT now offers public transportation for every citizen of Okaloosa County, and connections have expanded to include routes between Ft. Walton Beach and Crestview. Not only can you avoid inflated gasoline expenses, but when you use public transit, you help our community and the environment by easing traffic congestion and reducing harmful emissions. WAVE buses and trolleys are wheelchair accessible and are equipped with bicycle carriers. OCT hours of service are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and bus fare is 50 cents and senior and disabled passengers ride for 25 cents. Additional funding is provided through the Florida Department of Transportation and Okaloosa County.

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    Crestview commission meeting - 8/8/2010

    Commission Meeting Tuesday, 6 PM

    The Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners will hold their next public Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 6, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Crestview Courthouse, 101 E. James Lee Blvd.

    Visitors entering the Crestview Courthouse will now pass through a security checkpoint, equipped with metal detectors. Additionally, visitors will be required to enter the Courthouse at the entrance facing Highway 90 and exit Main Street. Handicapped patrons enter and exit via the existing ramp. These new security measures are for the protection of all the citizens of Okaloosa County.

    For a more detailed agenda or previous meeting summaries, please visit our web site at www.co.okaloosa.fl.us. Board meetings are aired in their entirety on Cox Communication Channel 6 on Wednesday's at 7 p.m. and Thursday's at 10 a.m.

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    Take a break - 8/8/2010

    Take a Break, Take a Trip

    Are you ready for a break? A break from the cold, a break from FCAT and SATs? Are you ready for spring break?

    If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Somewhere warm, or take advantage of the snow? Whether you search for beautiful landscapes or history and culture, search no more - your local library can take you anywhere you want to go and it won't costs anything!

    The Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative (OCPLC), is the best ever, offering state-of the art facilities with a wide array of new services for library patrons. Search the county web site at www.readokaloosa.org, and you will find an internet search of each library's collection of books, videos, DVDs, newspapers and magazines, audio books and electronic books, in which you can actually view on your home computer.

    As a library patron, you have the ability to place books on hold, make renewals through the web site and check your own library records to see when a book is due or view your library history. Take a trip to your local library and see what they have first hand.

    Additionally, the Book Mobile serves those county residents unable to travel long distances or those without access to computers, videos, etc., and makes it a priority to help patrons find the materials they want and need. The bookmobile makes regular stops at rehabilitation facilities, daycares, schools and senior centers, as well.

    All these services are free at the following OCPLC Libraries. Members include the Destin Library, Fort Walton Beach City Library, Niceville Library, Mary Esther Public

    Library, Robert L.F. Sikes Public Library in Crestview, and the Valparaiso Community Library. Niceville Library just completed an expansion and the many libraries in OCPLC are new, renovated or expanded to better serve patrons.

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    Workshop - 8/8/2010

    Workshops Schedule (Tuesdays):

    Stormwater Workshop:

    February 13 9 AM

    Water & Sewer Bldg., Commission Conference Room

    1804 Lewis Turner Blvd., Ft. Walton Beach

    Feb. 20, 6 PM

    Board of County Commission Regular Meeting

    Impact Fees:

    Feb. 27 4 PM

    Crestview Courthouse - (For security purposes, enter Front Door facing Hwy.90)

    101 E. James Lee Blvd.

    Transportation 5-YR Plan:

    Mar. 13 4 PM

    Crestview Courthouse - (For security purposes, enter Front Door facing Hwy.90)

    101 E. James Lee Blvd.

    Capital Projects/Finance:

    Apr. 10 9AM

    Water & Sewer Bldg., Commission Conference Room

    1804 Lewis Turner Blvd., Ft. Walton Beach

    Budget Policy

    Apr. 24 9AM

    Water & Sewer Bldg., Commission Conference Room

    1804 Lewis Turner Blvd., Ft. Walton Beach

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    Commission Chair Recognizes Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Riemer - 8/8/2010

    Commission Chair Don Amunds Recognizes

    Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Riemer

    The Okaloosa County Board of Commission proclaimed Tuesday, January 16, 2007, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Riemer Day. Commissioner and Chairman Don Amunds, along with County Administrator Jim Curry, presented Maj. Gen. Riemer with the Proclamation on Thursday, January 18, following its approval at Tuesday's meeting.

    "Maj. Gen. Riemer put politics aside and demonstrated integrity, on behalf of the citizens of Okaloosa County," stated Commissioner Amunds. "He is always welcome to return to Okaloosa County, and we wish him well during his assignment at the Pentagon," he added.

    Commissioner Amunds serves as Chairman of the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners. Amunds was elected to his second term this year, and represents District 4.

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    Eglin AFB MLS - 8/8/2010

    We offer free instant access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) with complete real estate listings for the Eglin AFB area, including Okaloosa and Walton counties.

    http://www.EglinAFBMLS.com

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    Duke Field - 8/8/2010

    We offer free instant access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) with complete real estate listings for the Duke Field area, including Okaloosa and Walton counties.

    http://www.EglinAFBFlorida.com

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    Okaloosa Florida Enjoy all Okaloosa vacation spots - 8/8/2010

    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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    Today on Yahoo homepage - 8/8/2010

    Below is an article that was featured off of the Homepage on Yahoo today. I am not sure what the point would be to write an article where you admit you dont believe in Global warming but warn people not to buy because of Global warming.

    Beach-house bargains

    By Jon Birger, senior writer

    Mar 19th, 2008

    One market where both Ross and Keith see buying opportunities galore is Florida. The best Florida bargains are in condominiums. Kerry McNulty, a real estate agent in the Panhandle resort town of Destin, says Panhandle prices have fallen 25% to 30% since 2005. A two-bedroom beachfront condo that might have sold for $600,000 in 2005 can now be had for $425,000, he says.

    But before booking a flight to the Sunshine State to start your bargain hunting, consider the risks. The Florida market may have further to fall. Property taxes and insurance bills are soaring. And if you're a believer in the devastating impact of global warming (I'm a tad skeptical, but that's another column), an investment in property on the Gulf or Atlantic coast probably isn't for you.

    Not only is the hurricane risk higher, but the three-foot rise in sea level predicted by most experts would swamp most Florida beaches, according to real estate consultant Climate Appraisal Services. (The West Coast and the New England coast fare best in CAS's computer models, the Gulf Coast the worst.) David Purcell, an ex-banker who founded CAS in 2006 with a trio of University of Arizona scientists, views Florida beachfront as an incredibly risky investment. "Twenty years from now," Purcell says, "if you're looking to sell, you may find there's nobody willing to step into your shoes

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    Third annual Emerald Coast Home show - 8/8/2010

    DESTIN -- The Third Annual Emerald Coast Home Show Spring Edition 2008 will be March 29 and 30 at Destin Middle School.

    Non-profit organizations will be participating in the event. Vendor booth space and sponsorships are available now.

    The show is free to the public. It opens 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 29 and noon-5 p.m. March 30.

    The show will feature many business categories such as a Home Show section, Health Care section sponsored by the Younger You Institute, employment, a car show and sale by Sam Tailor Cadillac, furniture show and sale, and a retail section.

    A child safety area sponsored by ADT will feature McGruff the Crime Dog along with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, which will offer fingerprinting kits and other child safety information.

    It will also offer seminars, and entertainment events such as gymnastics, martial arts and a big screen TV to watch the NCAA basketball finals. The Adam Brack Golf Academy will provide free golf instruction.

    The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will be volunteer hosts and have a fund-raising booth, plus operate the food concession. The event is also a fundraiser for Destin Middle School, which will hold a bake sale

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    Coldwell Banker Nielsen Net Ratings - 8/6/2010

    New report out shows that the Nielsen/Net ratings ranked Coldwell Banker as the top full service real estate web site (through December 2007)

    you can go to coldwellbanker.com/franchise for more information

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    Mobile Text Address - 8/6/2010

    Does everyone know their text address mine is 8507581236@txt.att.net

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    Forum to give builders a chance to reverse their fortunes - 8/6/2010

    EGLIN AFB - Local home builders and property managers facing economic slumps have a chance to reverse their fortunes.

    Air Force officials are hosting a housing privatization industry forum at Hurlburt Field Soundside Club later this month.

    The forum will give businesses interested in building or managing some 1,300 housing units on Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt a chance to learn about privatization. Tours of base housing areas will be included.

    A tour of the housing area at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is scheduled for Feb. 28.

    Eglin, Hurlburt and Edwards have bundled their housing privatization initiatives to pool scarce dollars.

    "It makes better financial sense," said Kathy Lawhon, Eglin's housing flight chief.

    After a couple of fits and starts, the local privatization effort has regained momentum.

    It imagines mostly private funds being used to build homes in exchange for the Air Force letting the selected developer manage and collect rents for 50 years.

    The project has been scaled back; hundreds fewer units will be built than initially imagined.

    All of the construction will be on Air Force land, but the site or sites hasn't been selected yet. That decision will be made after an environmental impact statement (EIS) has been completed.

    A draft of the EIS should be released in the next few months. Sites in the running are on the bases and off the bases. Plans call for a request for proposals to be issued before the industry forum.

    Eglin environmental spokesman Mike Spaits said the housing program is open to any bidder, small or large, that meets qualifications.

    "This is an opportunity for our local businesses to network and try to get involved in the project," he added.

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    Northwest Florida Realtor RSS Feed new Widget - 6/26/2010

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    346 John king Road Crestview Florida Home for sale new blogspot - 6/26/2010

    Just set up a new blogspot site for 346 John King road here in Crestview at

    http://www.346johnking.blogspot.com/

    Friday, February 15, 2008

    346 John King Road Crestview Florida for sale


    Ideal for large family. 5 bedroom,3 bath. Home comes with nice size lot;South of I-10 totally remodeled all brick home. New appliances,new light fixtures,new carpet and tile throughout,and paint, security system, New 13 seer a/c heat pump system with new duct work,new "low E" vinyl windows,upgraded wiring,new outside doors,new 50 gal water heater, and more.Looking for low maintenance and high quality? This is the house for you. This is a must see.Call us today to take a look.***

    Posted by 346 John King Road Crestview Home for sale at 11:25 AM 0 comments Labels:

    Features of 346 John King home for sale in Okaloosa Florida


    Bedrm:Master 1 14.6X13.7
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 10.7X10.7
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 14.9X12
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 10X10
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 12.6X8.6
    Bath: Full 1 12X5
    Bath: Full 1 8.5X4
    Pantry 1 8.7X3.8
    Kitchen 1 10X20
    DiningRoom 1 11.5X10.5
    LivingRoom 1 18X15
    Foyer 1 5X8

    Posted by 346 John King Road Crestview Home for sale at 10:43 AM 0 comments Labels:

    Details on Home for sale at 346 John King RD


    Const/Siding: Foundation Slab On Grade, Frame, Roof Composite Shingle, Siding Brick All

    ExtFeatures: Columns, Deck Covered, Fenced Back Yard, Fenced Chain Link, Patio Covered

    IntFeatures: Floor:Tile, Floor:W/W Carpet, Plantation Shutters, Pull Down Stairs, Renovated, Split Bedroom, Wallpaper, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Pantry

    Appliances: Microwave, Oven:Self Cleaning, Range Hood, Refrigerator, Security System, Smoke Detector, Stove/Oven Electric

    Utilities: Electric, Phone, Public Water, Septic Tank

    Energy: A/C: Central Electric, A/C: High Efficiency, Ceiling Fans, Double Paned Windows, Heat Pump A/A, Heat: Central Electric, Water Heater: Electric

    Posted by 346 John King Road Crestview Home for sale at 10:41 AM 0 comments Labels:

    Directions to 346 John King Road home for sale in Crestview



    Dir:
    From I-10 Crestview exit take Hwy 85 south to left onto John King Rd to 346 on left side of John King.

    Posted by 346 John King Road Crestview Home for sale at 10:39 AM 0 comments Labels:

    Schools in Crestview for 346 John King Road home for sale


    ElemSch: ANTIOCH Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW

    Posted by 346 John King Road Crestview Home for sale at 10:35 AM 0 comments Labels:

    Home on Large lot south of I-10



    ParcelID:
    33-3N-23-2269-000B-0110

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    This home as shown on TV

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    Crestview Florida Home short sale - 6/26/2010

    Contact Brandon Jordan
    cell (850)-758-1236

    Detached Single Family.
    Click on Photo to Enlarge
    MLS#:485717p OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$165,000
    Status:Active Last Change: 2/7/2008ApproxSF:1,610 BG:
    Address:618 RISEN STAR DR$/Sqft:$102.48
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:3
    Zip:32539Baths Full/Half:2/
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1999
    SubArea:01 CRESTVIEW SOUTHEASTOccStat:Occupied
    Subdiv:STEEPLECHASE PH 3ImmOcc?N
    ParcelID:28-3N-23-2352-000B-0100ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: SOUTHSIDE Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:FR I-10, TAKE HWY 85N TO REDSTONE. TURN RGT ON REDSTONE, TURN RGT ON BROOKMEADE, LEFT ON COVELL, RGT ON STEEPLECHASE DR & LFT ONTO RISEN STAR. HOUSE LAST ONE ON LEFT.
    Legal:STEEPLECHASE PH III LOT 10 BLK B

    Short sale.Great Location, Great Neighborhood!! Just N of I-10. This 3/2/2, 1610 sf, split bedroom design, is open, airy and has large family room, eat-in kitchen, ample closet & storage and interior utility room and located on large corner lot!!!

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    My new member of my family - 6/26/2010

    My mom came down from Ohio after visiting a rescue shelter home for dogs. I had lost my rottweiler roxie after 14 years last year. So she brought me Jewel. Pictured below.



    Sent from my iPhone

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    This was an email my mom sent me from a chain email she got - 6/26/2010

    Instructions for properly hugging a baby.

    1. First, spy a baby.



    2. Second, be sure that the object you spied was
    Indeed a baby by employing classic sniffing techniques. If you
    Smell baby powder and the wonderful aroma of wet diapers this is indeed
    A baby.




    3. Next you will need to flatten the baby before actually beginning the
    Hugging process.

    **Note: The added slobber should help in future steps by making the 'paw
    Slide' easier.

    4. The 'paw slide'
    Simply slide paws around baby and prepare for possible close-up.




    5. Finally, if a camera is present, you will need to execute
    The difficult and patented 'hug, smile, and lean' so as to
    Achieve the best photo quality.



    Dogs, if this is properly done, it will secure you a warm, dry,
    Climate-controlled environment for the rest of
    Your life.

    MY comment Bull Mastif if you are looking for a perfect dog that is the breed for you.

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    Home Value loss protection - 6/26/2010

    This was an article I ran across lately has anyone had a client go thru with a claim?

    Unique Insurance Policy Protects Against Home Value Loss

    by Jeff Ward,

    Almost everyone in the real estate world has represented a client buying a new home or condo, where there is concern over the unknown as it relates to potential rezoning....or even eminent domain type decisions.... in their new community.

    Or how about the client trying to sell a house, where there's a pending controversial decision being made by local government to widen a highway or build a new shopping mall down the street, which will cause all kinds of noise and congestion issues. These types of concerns and conflicts occur routinely around the country. We hear and read about them daily.

    Now there's a unique and affordable policy of insurance available to new homeowners, which will protect the value in their home if there's a rezoning or re-planning type event causing their property value to drop. It's called Home Value Safeguard (HVS) and is backed by certain underwriters at Lloyds of London.

    This "Peace of Mind" protection was developed in response to the controversial 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on eminent domain in the case Kelo v. New London. That decision gave more power to governmental agencies to repossess or condemn land for private or public use. After additional research on the issues facing many homeowners and lenders, the HVS coverage was then broadened to protect homeowners for any type or re-planning or unforeseen redevelopment type events, which have negative consequences to homeowners in a neighborhood or community.

    Effective Jan 1, 2008, new homeowners or people refinancing their home or condo can purchase the HVS policy on line by visiting the HVS website...www.hvsinsurance.com. For less than $300 premium per year the policy provides up to $200,000 loss of market value when the home is sold....plus up to $50,000 in reasonable relocation costs...to help relieve the expense of moving.

    The HVS launch has been closely watched by the large realtor firms, mortgage lenders, title insurers, mortgage brokers and homeowner insurance carriers. It's not often we see new insurance products offered in the real estate market that have real value.

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    Bio-Degradable Vinyl BillBoard - 6/26/2010

    I am looking into this and wanted to know if anyone has ever used this. I figure I will change out my message once a year anyway and they are built to last a year and a half they say.

    PROLABdigital IMAGING: ECO-Friendly Bio-Degradable Vinyl Banners

    CULVER CITY, Calif., Jan. 9, 2008 - PROLABdigital IMAGING is proud to announce its capabilities to print vinyl banners on ECO-Friendly, BIO-FLEX, the newest BIO-Degradable Vinyl substrate. PDi specializes in the manufacture of small and large format quality visual graphics nationwide for advertising, events, retail chains, truck-sides, entertainment, corporate, fashion, cosmetic and food industries.

    Our wide selection of printing capabilities allows us to print up to 16 feet wide by any length, or tiled together to create even larger Mega-Banners, quantities from 1 to 1000's of units. The life expectancy of this material on indoor and outdoor use is the same as regular high grade vinyl and only decomposes in landfill conditions. Clients all over the world use our BIO-Degradable banners for trade shows, in-store, point-of-sales, special event and marketing collateral.

    Every year, millions of tons of banners are buried in the earth; taking 500 to 700 years to degrade in landfills worldwide, BIO-Degradable substrates are a step in the right direction to reduce this problem. BIO-Degradable banners will decompose in 3 to 5 years when exposed to conditions in a landfill (darkness, high heat and moisture), where microbes breakdown the BIO-Degradable PVC and turn it in into dust.

    PROLABdigital IMAGING produces a multitude of indoor and outdoor front lit-signs and banners. As reasonable stewards of this planet, we should be actively conscious of the environment and take every effort in reducing our carbon footprint at every opportunity.

    For more information on BIO-Degradable substrates and PDi's capabilities to print front lit-signs and banners, please contact:

    PROLABdigital Imaging 10325 Jefferson Blvd Culver City, CA 90232

    Joseph Hill Ph: 310-204-4608 http://http://www.prolabdigital.com/

    Company Information:
    Name: PROLABdigital Imaging
    Address: 10325 Jefferson Blvd
    City: Culver City
    State: CA
    ZIP: 90232
    Country: USA
    Phone: 310-204-4608
    http://www.prolabdigital.com/

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    534 Hyde Park I am happy to say is now under contract - 6/26/2010

    Detached Single Family.
    Click on Photo to Enlarge
    MLS#:482656 OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$145,000
    Status:PendingApproxSF:1,141 BG:
    Address:534 HYDE PARK Dr $/Sqft:$127.08
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:3
    Zip:32539Baths Full/Half:2/0
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:2002
    SubArea:04 CRESTVIEW NORTHEASTOccStat:Occupied
    Subdiv:WINDING CREEK ESTATES PH 3ImmOcc?Y
    ParcelID:09-3N-23-5235-000A-0340ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: WALKER Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:Hwy 85 North, Right on Stillwell Blvd., Right on Hyde Park, House on left.
    Legal:Lot 34, Block A, Winding Creek Estates, Phase III

    Central location in Crestview, close to shopping and Walker ELementary school just up the street. Open and flowing floor plan in living room, dining area and kitchen. Home has great curb appeal and a great backyard with extra room. Great deck out back ideal for entertaining. Seller is offering a Home warranty through AHS for Buyer, a $395 value!


    ParkingSpaces:Garage:1 Lot Dim.:70X136X104X148LotAcc:City Road, Paved RoadWatFrnt:
    PrkingFeat:Acres:0.26Zoning:City, Residential Single FamilyWatView:
    WFFeet:LotFeat:
    ProjFacil:

    Room TypeLvlDimnsns
    GreatRoom117X13Design:Ranch
    Bedrm:Master114X11
    Const/Siding:Foundation Slab On Grade, Roof Composite Shingle, Siding Vinyl, Trim Vinyl
    Kitchen19X9
    Bedrm:Additnl111X10ExtFeatures:Deck Open, Porch Covered
    DiningRoom111X11IntFeatures:Ceiling:Cathedral, Ceiling:Trayed/Coffered, Floor:Vinyl, Floor:W/W Carpet, Pull Down Stairs, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Window:Bay, Woodwork:Painted
    Bedrm:Additnl111X10
    Appliances:Auto Garage Door Opener, Dishwasher, Range Hood, Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities:Electric, Phone, Public Water, Septic Tank, TV Cable
    Energy:A/C: Central Electric, A/C: High Efficiency, Ceiling Fans, Double Paned Windows, NOT USED GC/BR, Heat Pump A/A, Heat: Central Electric, Heat: High Efficiency, Ridge Vent, Water Heater: Electric
    Mbed/Mbath: Mbath Double Vanity, Mbath Dressing Area, Mbath Walk-In-Closet

    Hmstd: YSaleSubjtoLease:N
    LandLease/Year:MonthlyRent:AssmMrtTyp:
    Assmt Fees:LeaseExpDate:Financing:Conventional, FHA, VA
    NewBuyerFee:ExistLeases:
    Assoc.FeesInclude:

    LstOff:ECU3 COLDWELL BANKER UNITED REALTORSCntct OrdrPh. NumLstTyp:ERS NmdExcpt? N
    LstAgt:E7375 CHRISTINE VON DEM BACHAgent Cell Ph850-305-1203Agency:TranBrkr
    Co-Off:ECU3 COLDWELL BANKER UNITED REALTORSOffice Ph850-682-4300Seller:BOLTON
    Co-Agt:E3841 BRANDON JORDAN

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    197 VillaCrest Drive in Crestview is now pending sale - 6/26/2010

    Detached Single Family.
    Click on Photo to Enlarge
    MLS#:481088 OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$169,900
    Status:Pending ApproxSF:1,755 BG:
    Address:197 VILLACREST DR$/Sqft:$96.80
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:3
    Zip:32536Baths Full/Half:2/
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1993
    SubArea:02 CRESTVIEW SOUTHWESTOccStat:Vacant
    Subdiv:NORTHVIEW ESTATES 3RD ADDNImmOcc?Y
    ParcelID:31-3N-23-2813-0000-0240ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: ANTIOCH Middle: DAVIDSON High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:North on 85, left by the Tom Thumb onto PJ Adams Pkwy. First right onto Villacrest Drive. Approx. one block up, corner property on left side. Corner of Northview and Villacrest.
    Legal:Lot 24 Northview Est 3rd Add

    This is a must see at this price now also offering $ 2,000 flooring allowance (upon acceptable offer by seller). Desirable neighborhood below I-10 offers quick commute to bases. This home sits on a nice sized corner lot and offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. The curb appeal is very attractive and with a little imagination, and the fact that the square footage price is a 'wow' factor, the home can be transformed into a great find! As you enter the hallway, to the right is the formal dining that boasts a tasteful chandelier-like lighting where entertaining could be a delight; since the very large open kitchen is across the hall. The kitchen faces out to the front of the home with two windows that emit natural lighting and gives the kitchen flair. The kitchen offers a lot of cabinets and loads of work space since it has an island for extra room, there is also a skylight. Off the kitchen is a good sized extra laundry room that leads to the double size garage. The home has an open split bedroom floor plan. The living room features a fantastic view of the back yard beyond the screen enclosed patio to the above ground swimming pool.


    ParkingSpaces:Garage:2 Lot Dim.:68.8X47.1X113.8X74.4X140LotAcc:City Road, Paved RoadWatFrnt:
    PrkingFeat:Acres:0.32Zoning:City, Deed Restriction, Residential Single FamilyWatView:
    WFFeet:LotFeat:
    ProjFacil:

    Room TypeLvlDimnsns
    DiningRoom113x11Design:Contemporary
    Kitchen115x19
    Laundry18x6Const/Siding:Foundation Slab On Grade, Roof Shingle/Shake, Siding Brick All, Trim Vinyl
    LivingRoom117x17
    Bedrm:Additnl110x11ExtFeatures:Fenced Back Yard, Fenced Privacy, Patio Open, Pool Above-Ground, Porch Screened, Yard Building
    Bedrm:Additnl112x10
    Bath: Full14x7IntFeatures:Breakfast Bar, Floor:Vinyl, Floor:W/W Carpet, Pull Down Stairs, Skylight(s), Split Bedroom, Wallpaper, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Window Treatment:Some, Woodwork:Painted, Pantry
    Bedrm:Master116x14
    Bath: Master113X7Appliances:Disposal, Oven:Self Cleaning, Range Hood, Smoke Detector, Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities:Community Water, Electric, Phone, Septic Tank, TV Cable
    Energy:A/C: Central Electric, Ceiling Fans, Heat: Central Electric, Ridge Vent, Water Heater: Electric
    Mbed/Mbath: Mbath Double Vanity, Mbath Garden Tub, Mbath Walk-In-Closet, Mbed Carpeted

    Hmstd: NSaleSubjtoLease:N
    LandLease/Year:MonthlyRent:AssmMrtTyp:
    Assmt Fees:LeaseExpDate:Financing:Conventional
    NewBuyerFee:ExistLeases:
    Assoc.FeesInclude:

    LstOff:ECU3 COLDWELL BANKER UNITED REALTORSCntct OrdrPh. NumLstTyp:ERS NmdExcpt? N
    LstAgt:E7375 CHRISTINE VON DEM BACHAgent Cell Ph850-305-1203Agency:TranBrkr
    Co-Off:ECU3 COLDWELL BANKER UNITED REALTORSCo-Agent Cell Ph850-758-1236Seller:GARY OPPER & ASSOC.
    Co-Agt:E3841 BRANDON JORDANOffice Fax850-689-1569

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    Destin Commons Concert and Snowbird Discounts - 6/26/2010



    All Concerts are FREE and take place in Destin Commons Center Plaza. The first 100 Snowbirds will receive a FREE Destin Commons Goodie Bag. Come with your lawn chairs and blankets and dance the afternoon away!

    BANJORAMA
    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2 - 4 PM
    Come hoot, howl, laugh, clap and be merry with the Ragtime Dixieland band, Banjorama. A special thanks to the Destin Snowbirds from Banjorama, whose support has been the backbone of their success.

    Click HERE for full concert listing

    SNOWBIRD DISCOUNTS 2008
    AVANTGARDE SALON:
    Receive $5 off a
    shampoo / blowdry


    BLUE POINT FISH CLUB:

    10% off entire purchase

    BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP:
    Receive $5 off a $25 purchase

    DESTIN SNO BIZ:
    Buy one food item get the second half off

    EYE GALLERY:
    5% off entire purchase

    HARD ROCK CAFÉ:
    Receive a complimentary Hard Rock souvenir with a $25 purchase. Not valid with other offers. One per person per visit

    HUGS & HISSYFITS:
    Take an extra 10% off all sale items

    JOS. A BANK:
    Qualify for our corporate discount and receive 20% off any item in the entire store
    PATCHINGTON:
    10% off the entire store. Excluding NYDJeans, Spanx, and clearance items

    SAINT TROPEZ:

    $25 off purchase of $250 or more

    SILVER SHOP:
    25% off entire store excluding candles

    SUSHI SIAM:
    Receive 50% off Makimono (sushi) rolls Monday-Thursday. For dinner only. $1 sushi from 4-7 pm everyday

    SWIM N' SPORT:
    Receive a free gift with a $75 purchase

    TONY'S RISTORANTE:
    10% off entire purchase

    TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFÉ:
    10% off entire purchase

    ZOE'S KITCHEN:
    Receive one free piece of Chocolate Cake with the purchase of two meals
    Corner of Mid-Bay Bridge & Hwy 98 Destin Florida
    850.337.8700

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    Final Phase of Construction begins on John Sims Parkway - 6/26/2010

    Final phase of construction begins on John Sims Parkway

    Chipley - A lane shift planned for this evening, Monday, January 28,
    will mark the beginning of the third and final phase of construction
    for the John Sims Parkway improvement.

    Construction crews from APAC-Southeast plan to shift John Sims Parkway
    eastbound traffic to the newly constructed travel lanes late this
    evening. The traffic shift will occur between Government Avenue and
    Armstrong Street. In addition, northbound traffic on Government
    Avenue will also be shifted to new travel lanes.

    Four lanes of traffic will remain open at all times, as will access
    to adjacent commercial properties.
    All work is weather dependent and may be re-scheduled in the event of
    inclement weather conditions.


    www.dot.state.fl.us

    Tommie Speights

    sent by: Donna M. Green
    District Three Public Information Office
    donna.green@dot.state.fl.us
    850-415-9661
    888-638-0250, ext. 661 (toll-free)
    850-260-5433 (Mobile)

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    NFL Network Senior Bowl - 6/26/2010

    Ladd Peebles Stadium

    NFL Network Senior Bowl 08

    Herm Edwards talking with the Cast from NFL Network many coaches on hand checking out the up and coming players for next year.

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    Senior Bowl in Mobile Bama - 6/26/2010

    Me and Christine went to the practice to check out future NFL players. Christine being that her husband is from Hawaii and she had lived there as well could not wait to strike up a conversation with Colt the Hawaii QuarterBack that has set all kinds of records while at the school.

    You could hear Mike Singletary from high in the stands teaching what he knows.

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    Windswept golf course - 6/26/2010

    Windswept golf course Inventory sale.

    I received an email today detailing lots for 75,000 in this nature preserve golf course subdivision.

    LOTS-photos

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    Real Estate Blog RSS Feed - 6/26/2010

    How many here are doing an Rss feed?

     

    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

     

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    Real Estate Blog feeds - 6/26/2010

    How many of you are doing your blog into a RSS feed

    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

     

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    Real Estate Blog feeds - 6/26/2010

    How many of you are doing your blog into a RSS feed

    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

     

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    Coldwell Banker welcomes Brandon Jordan - 6/26/2010

    The sign out front of our office Coldwell Banker United on Highway 85

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    Walton County School District - 6/26/2010

    Okaloosa County School District

    School Grades Population Address - click for map Phone
    Adolescent Substance Abuse Program 6-12 39 1015 Mar Walt Drive, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547 (850) 301-3090
    Milton Girls Juvenile Residential Facility 6-12 60 5770 East Milton Road, Milton, FL 32538 (850) 689-7117
    Northwest Florida Ballent Academie 2-3 30 101 Chicago Avenue, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548 (850) 664-7787
    Adjudicated Youth Facility 6-12 27 4448 Straight Line Road, Crestview, FL 32539 (850) 689-7800
    Owcc Charter High School 10-12 184 100 College Blvd, Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 729-4949


    Walton County School District

    School Grades Population Address - click for map Phone
    West Defuniak Elementary School K-5 707 815 W. Lincoln Avenue, Defuniak Springs, FL 32435 (850) 892-8230
    Paxton High School K-12 632 21893 Us Hwy 331 No, Paxton, FL 32538 (850) 834-2111
    Freeport Senior High School 7-12 332 12615 Us Hwy 331 So, Freeport, FL 32439 (850) 835-4212
    Van R. Butler Elementary School K-5 680 6694 W Co Hwy 30a, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 (850) 622-1100
    Walton Middle School 6-12 691 625 Park Avenue, Defuniak Springs, FL 32435 (850) 892-8220
    Walton Senior High School 9-12 676 555 Walton Road, Defuniak Springs, FL 32433 (850) 892-8200
    Maude Saunders Elementary School K-5 737 416 John Baldwin Road, Defuniak Springs, FL 32433 (850) 892-8210
    Freeport Elementary School K-5 641 15381 South Highway 331, Freeport, FL 32439 (850) 835-4700
    Walton County Vocational School 9-12 88 761 North 20th Street, Defuniak Springs, FL 32433 (850) 892-8240
    Seaside Neighborhood School 6-8 112 P. O. Box 4610, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 (850) 231-0396
    Freeport Middle School 6-8 288 360 Kylea Laird Street, Freeport, FL 32439 (850) 835-4327
    Bay Middle School (inactive 07/02 N/A 0 118 Gilmore Street, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 (850) 231-3848
    Wlc Intensive Halfway House (formerly Nafi Int 6-12 14 286 Gene Hurley Road, Defuniak Springs, FL 32435 (850) 892-8580
    Wlc Shop (formerly Nafi Sh 6-12 22 286 Gene Hurley Road, Defuniak Springs, FL 32435 (850) 892-8580
    South Walton High School 6-12 566 645 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 (850) 267-0429
    Walton Academy, Inc. 6-12 107 389 Dorsey Avenue, Defuniak Springs, FL 32435 (850) 892-3999

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    Okaloosa County School District - 6/26/2010

    Okaloosa County School District

    School GradesPopulationAddress - click for mapPhone
    Annette P. Edwins Elementary SchoolK-54577 Wright Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3333
    Baker SchoolK-1213531369 14th Street, Baker, FL 32531(850) 689-7279
    Bob Sikes Elementary SchoolK-5533425 Adams Drive, Crestview, FL 32536(850) 689-7268
    Clifford Meigs Middle School6-8726150 Richbourg Avenue, Shalimar, FL 32579(850) 833-4301
    Lance C. Richbourg Middle School6-8739500 Alabama Avenue, Crestview, FL 32536(850) 689-7229
    W. E. Combs School (formerly Combs NewN/A201720 Lovejoy Road, N.w., Ft Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3345
    C. W. Ruckel Middle School6-8952201 North Partin Drive, Niceville, FL 32578(850) 833-4142
    Destin Elementary SchoolK-5778630 Kelly Street, Destin, FL 32541(850) 833-4360
    Lula J. Edge Elementary SchoolK-5454300 N. Highway 85, Niceville, FL 32578(850) 833-4138
    Cherokee Elementary SchoolK-56182850 Gaffney Road, Eglin Afb, FL 32542(850) 833-4320
    Laurel Hill SchoolK-124318078 4th Street, Laurel Hill, FL 32567(850) 652-4111
    Niceville Senior High School9-122307800 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578(850) 833-4109
    Northwood Elementary SchoolK-5548501 4th Avenue N.w., Crestview, FL 32536(850) 689-7252
    Silver Sands School For Exceptional ChildrenK-12129349 Holmes Boulevard, Nw, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3364
    Southside Elementary SchoolK-5548650 S. Pearl Street, Crestview, FL 32539(850) 689-7203
    Valparaiso Elementary SchoolK-5464379 Edge Avenue, Valparaiso, FL 32580(850) 833-4120
    W. C. Pryor Middle School6-8852201 Racetrack Road N.w., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547(850) 833-3613
    Wright Elementary SchoolK-5591305 Lang Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547(850) 833-3580
    Shalimar Elementary SchoolK-55261350 Joe Martin Circle, Shalimar, FL 32579(850) 833-4339
    Oak Hill Elementary SchoolK-5584101 Chinquapin Drive, Eglin Afb, FL 32542(850) 833-4311
    Elliott Point Elementary SchoolK-5569301 Hughes Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3355
    Ocean City Elementary SchoolK-5493720 Essex Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547(850) 833-3556
    Mary Esther Elementary SchoolK-5575320 Miracle Strip Pkwy, E, Mary Esther, FL 32569(850) 833-3371
    James E. Plew Elementary SchoolK-5710220 Pine Avenue, Niceville, FL 32578(850) 833-4100
    Choctawhatchee Senior High School9-121884110 Racetrack Road N.w., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547(850) 833-3614
    Crestview Senior High School9-1218231250 N. Ferdon Boulevard, Crestview, FL 32536(850) 689-7177
    Kenwood Elementary SchoolK-558215 Eagle Street, N.e., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547(850) 833-3570
    Florosa Elementary SchoolK-55781700 Highway 98 West, Mary Esther, FL 32569(850) 833-4381
    Ft. Walton Beach Senior High School9-121940400 Hollywood Blvd., S.w., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3300
    Max Bruner, Jr. Middle School6-81112322 Holmes Boulevard, Nw, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3266
    Addie R. Lewis Middle School6-8631281 Mississippi Avenue, Valparaiso, FL 32580(850) 833-4130
    Longwood Elementary SchoolK-547150 Holly Avenue, Shalimar, FL 32579(850) 833-4329
    Crestview Vocational-technical Center9-12921250 N. Ferdon Boulevard, Crestview, FL 32536(850) 689-7177
    Okaloosa Applied Technology Center9-122741976 Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32457(850) 833-3500
    Walker Elementary SchoolK-56072988 Stillwell Boulevard, Crestview, FL 32539(850) 689-7220
    Bluewater Elementary SchoolK-57104545 Range Road, Niceville, FL 32578(850) 833-4240
    Okaloosa AcademyK-1223081 Roberts Blvd., Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 864-3133
    Antioch Elementary SchoolK-57184700 Whitehurst Lane, Crestview, FL 32536(850) 683-7540
    Davidson Middle School6-88826261 Old Bethel Rd, Crestview, FL 32536(850) 683-7500
    Destin Middle School/regatta Bay6-8670689 Regatta Bay Blvd., Destin, FL 32541(850) 833-7655
    Exceptional Student Education (inaN/A0120 Lowery Place, S.e., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3100
    Gulf Coast Youth Academy (formerly Gulf Coast6-121034448 Straight Line Road, Crestview, FL 32539(850) 689-7800
    Okaloosa Youth Development Center6-12644448 Straight Line Road, Crestview, FL 32539(850) 689-7800
    Okaloosa Youth Academy6-121024448 Straight Line Road, Crestview, FL 32539(850) 689-7800
    Okaloosa Regional Detention Center6-12784448 Straight Line Road, Crestview, FL 32539(850) 689-7800
    Emerald Coast Marine Institute6-1243207 4th Street, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 244-2711
    Gulf Coast Residential Care6-1223461 School Avenue, Crestview, FL 32536(850) 689-7433
    Liza Jackson Preparatory SchoolK-8609546 Mary Esther Cut Off, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3321
    Choctawatchee Academy (formerly Choctawatch9-1298110 Racetrack Road, Nw, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3614
    Fort Walton Beach Success Academy (formerly Ft. W9-1246400 Hollywood Blvd., Sw, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3300

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    Niceville Senior is National Finalist in Wendy High School Heisman - 6/26/2010

    In the midst of Niceville High School's A+ award ceremony, senior Jennica Hagberg was called up to the podium, where a representative from Wendy's informed her that she is one of six female finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman award. The award is given to student athletes who excel academically and devote themselves to community service. Over 32,000 students applied for the honor this year.

    "I was very surprised. I knew I was a state finalist, but I had no idea about the rest," stated Hagberg after the ceremony.

    Her mother and volleyball coach, Kris Hagberg, learned about her award Tuesday, but kept it a secret from her high achieving daughter, who is in the top 1% of her graduating class. Jennica is planning to attend Stetson University on a full volleyball scholarship next year. She has dedicated many hours to community service, including helping out with Desire Street Ministries, which relocated to Camp Timpoochee following Hurricane Katrina. She also tutored students from Lewis Middle School and played varsity soccer, managing to balance it all with a full load of stringent academic courses.

    "A better recipient couldn't have been chosen," stated NHS principal, Dr. Linda Smith. "She is an incredible young lady."

    As part of the award, Wendy's donated a $2000 check to Niceville High School in Hagberg's name, and officials informed her that she is invited to attend the National Awards Banquet in New York City, which will be filmed by ESPN-2. The male and female national winners will be announced at the banquet.jennica_check.jpg

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    Okaloosa Schools Continue the Tradition of Excellence with 32 A's and 4 B's - 6/26/2010

    Today the 2007 school grades were released by Florida Department of Education Commissioner Blomberg and Deputy Commissioner Pfeiffer. School grades are largely based on FCAT scores, but also include a formula that requires low performing students to make significant gains. This year, two additional criteria were added to the formula: science scores from grades 5, 8 and 11 and progress of students in the lowest quartile in math. These additions result in a total of eight criteria used to determine school grades. In other words the bar has been raised. Despite the increasing number and difficulty of the criteria, Okaloosa schools continue to excel.

    In Okaloosa County 32 schools earned an ‘A', with four schools receiving a B. All district charter schools achieved the highest school grade possible for their program. The fact that Laurel Hill School and Ocean City Elementary School received B's confirms the research that schools with higher percentages of economically disadvantaged students often demonstrate lower achievement. We are addressing this issue in schools and at the district level as we begin our work in closing this achievement gap of low socio-economic students.

    Fort Walton Beach High and Crestview High greatly exceeded the number of points required to earn an ‘A', but did not receive an ‘A' because the lowest quartile of students did not make adequate learning gains in reading. We have begun to address this issue by hiring literacy coaches in the high schools.

    Kudos go to Mary Esther Elementary School. We are proud of the efforts of those teachers and students as they moved from a ‘B' School last year to an ‘A' School this year.

    Okaloosa County has 90% of our schools earning an ‘A' rating and was second only to Gilchrist County, a district with only four schools, all of which achieved an A placing them at 100% and first in performance statewide. Of the eight school districts designated high performing by the state of Florida, Okaloosa County outdistanced them all with the exception of Gilchrist.

    Teachers, support personnel, administrators, district staff, parents and community leaders should all be proud of the distinguished achievement of our students in Okaloosa County. Accolades must be given to parents who send highly motivated students to our schools and our community who value education. Teachers of all grades levels and subject areas have toiled daily to provide individual instruction, complete staff development and implement new research based practices in their classrooms. School Board members have focused dollars on rigorouscurriculum and differentiated instruction. We are grateful to each of them.

    The FCAT is not the finish line, it is the start line. Students in Okaloosa County will continue to increase their skills in reading, math, science and writing due to the hard work of our amazing educators, parents, and community members who support our school system. The primary objective of our combined efforts is to assist our students in not only meeting graduation requirements but also to become better citizens, parents, lifelong learners and contributors to society.

    To view a chart of Okaloosa school grades from 1999 to today, click here.

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    Okaloosa Students outperform nation on SAT - 6/26/2010

    While the national* mean dropped five points on the 2006 Critical Reading SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), Okaloosa County School District (OCSD) students showed a four point improvement over last year. In math, Okaloosa's mean score rose six points, while the national mean decreased by two points.

    As a result of this improvement, Okaloosa students' mean of 525 for Critical Reading is now a full 22 points above the national figure. In math, Okaloosa's mean is 532, 14 points above the national mean of 518.

    The gap between Okaloosa students' SAT results and those of students across the state is even more pronounced. The mean for all Florida students is 496 for Critical Reading - 29 points less than that of OSCD students. In math, Florida students scored 497 -- 35 points fewer than those in OCSD.

    This was the first year of scoring on the writing section of the SAT, and once again, Okaloosa students outshone their peers. With a mean score of 506, they beat the nation by nine points and the state of Florida by 26.

    "We are proud of our test scores, even though we know there is always room for improvement," states Dr. Diane Kelley, Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction for the district. "Our goal is to increase the number of number of students taking the SAT and ACT, as well as to increase the number of scholarships to our students."

    Okaloosa students also fared well on the ACT (American College Test.) Their mean composite score was 21.8, which was fully 1.5 points higher than the rest of the state and 0.7 points higher than the national mean.

    "I am very pleased with the reports," adds Curriculum Specialist Shawnea Tallman. "But it is a whole new ballgame, where we are making global comparisons. In math and science, we are setting our sights well beyond the national average."

    * "National" scores actually refer to the scores of all test-takers. A small percentage of the test-takers are from other countries, such as Canada.

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    Niceville High School - 6/26/2010

    http://www.nicevillehighschool.org

    Niceville Senior High School (Also known as NHS) is a public high school in the city of Niceville, Florida. The school is SACS-accredited and considered to be the top high school within its high performing district. In 1996 NHS was selected as one of 226 secondary schools (private and public) to be designated as a Blue Ribbon National School of Excellence. NHS was also named a New American High School in 2001, one of only 13 in the nation to earn that honor. The State of Florida Department of Education rated the school an A+ in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005. [2] The school also received a rating of 10 for its restrooms in 2006[1]

    Contrary to popular belief, the current location of NHS atop a hill running parallel to John Sims Parkway was not the original site of the school, opened in 1964. According to various sources, NHS was initially located in a dance hall on Howell Avenue and once held classes at the present-day Edge Elementary.

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    [edit] Athletics

    Niceville High School has gained some notoriety from its Athletics department. In 1988 the Niceville High School Football team won the state championship winning 48-14 over Bradenton High School and in 2005 the NHS Football team won the 5A Regional Championship.[2] In addition, Niceville has in years past fielded highly completive baseball teams earning places in the 1989 Florida State Final Four and posting district championships in 1991, 2002, 2004 and 2005 and in 2007 was ranked 19th in nation.[3] In 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 the NHS wrestling team also posted district championships. [4] The boy's soccer team also has consistently posted district championships winning titles every year from 1995 through 2001 and 2004 through 2007. [5]

    [edit] Student Activites

    Beyond athletics NHS has won accolades among many of its student run activities. In 2007, a team from the school took honors at the Ocean Sciences Bowl. During the same year seven students from the school were sent to Tanzania to participate in Natural Geography of In-Shore Areas project sponsored by University of Kyoto, Japan.[6] In 2003 a team from NHS posted 43rd out of almost 200 teams in the Super Bowl of High School Calculus. [7]

    [edit] Principals

    • Dr. Linda Smith (2007-Present)
    • Janie Varner (2001-2007)
    • Dr. David Morgan (1994-2000)
    • Jeanette Rhodes (1989-1994)
    • Ashley Hutchinson (?-1989)
    • Colly V. Williams (1968-?)
    • Oris Kinney (1964-1968)

    [edit] Quick Facts

    • NHS's philosophy is, "teachers teach students learn" [3]
    • The school features a state-of-the-art IT Institute, headed by Dean Patti Bonezzi. Since the institute opened in 2004, students have been awarded 250+ certificates in programs such as Microsoft, Oracle Corporation, Cisco, and Adobe.
    • NHS won the state championship in football in 1988 and went to the state semifinals in 2005.

    [edit] Notable Alumni

    • Pam Oliver, Fox Sports sideline analyst
    • Cris Judd, music video director, choreographer, actor, and ex-husband of Jennifer Lopez
    • Kenneth Smith, Bassist in the band "Lancaster".
    • Alan Ritchson, Aquaman on Smallville and a previous contestant on American Idol.

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    Crestview High school - 6/26/2010

    http://www.okaloosa.k12.fl.us/crestview/

    Crestview High School is the only high school in the city of Crestview, Florida. It is the second largest in Okaloosa county[1], trailing only Niceville High School. The Mascot of the school is the bulldog. In January 2007 Ed Coleman replaced Andy Johnson as principal after serving as vice principal at Niceville High School.

    [edit] Crestview High School Band

    The Crestview High School Band, nicknamed 'The Big Red Machine', was organized in 1938 and has become a major organization in Crestview. The band has traveled to many locations across the United States, with recent trips including the 1997 Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona, the 2000 Marshall Field's Jingle Elf Parade in Chicago, Illinois, and the 2002 Hollywood Christmas Parade in Hollywood, California.

    In 2005, Director David Cadle, Assistant Director Joseph W. Dunn Jr., and Drum Major Jamar Woods led the Big Red Machine in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In honor of this event, December 6, 2005 was proclaimed 'Crestview High School Band Day' by Mayor George H. Whitehurst.

    Following the 2005-2006 school year, David Cadle retired from his position as Band Director at Crestview High School. His assistant, Joseph Dunn replaced him. David Cadle won the election as Crestview's new mayor in 2007.[2]

    During the summer of 2006, Dan Akins, from Davidson Middle School, soon took over Mr. Dunn's vacated assistant band director/visual coordinator job. Mr. Akins had for three years previous to his appointment been designing the halftime show for the band, a task which he still undertakes. Also included in the staff is Zarick Randalf, the percussion instructor.

    The spring band trip this year will be the biggest one yet- the band has been invited to play onboard the U.S.S. Missouri, one of the major battleships during WWII. This will be the band's first trip outside of the contigious 48 states.

    The current Drum Major (2007-2008 school year) is Micah Tolar. The current band president is Kimberly Johnston and the current vice-president is Jenni Salazar.

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    Private Flight Home - 6/26/2010

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    The Buzz around Northwest Florida - 6/26/2010

    Panama City International airport along with the Deep Sea Ports expect to come on the scene in the Worldwide US Trade Zone

     

    Port Locations

     

    Information provided by portofpanamacityusa.com

     

     

    Port Panama City.
    Located on the Gulf coast in Florida's panhandle, this port specializes in breakbulk cargo plus some dry bulk products. The Port has become a catalyst for industrial development in Northwest Florida.

    Governing Body: Panama City Port Authority

    Mission:
    Expand economic opportunities in the City of Panama City, Bay County, Northwest Florida, and the state by providing modern port facilities, promoting trade, and supporting industrial development.
    Major Goals and Objectives:
    •General cargo enhancements.
    • Bulk cargo facility enhancements.
    • Preparation for cruise operations.
    • Industrial Park development.
    Primary Needs:
    • Completion of the current south dock expansion.
    • Completion of the dredging project associated with the south dock expansion.
    • Additional property for cargo storage.
    • Additional warehouse space.
    • Funding to expand the Industrial Park.
    Hinterland Served:
    Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.
    Trading Partners:
    Central America, South America, the Far East (China), the
    Mediterranean and Europe.
    Principal Activities and Products:
    Break bulk and bulk terminal service, Industrial Park development, and Foreign Trade Zone operations.
    Exports:
    Linerboard, woodpulp, machinery, and miscellaneous general cargo.
    Imports:
    Steel plate, steel coils, lumber, copper and bulk aggregates.
    Current (FY 2003/2004) and Projected (FY 2008/2009) Throughputs:
    Cargo (tons): Current - .9 million. Projected - 1.5 million.
    Cargo (TEUs): Current - None. Projected - 40,000.
    Cruise (revenue passengers): Current - None. Projected - 150,000.

     

     

    We are pleased that you have expressed an interest in Port Panama City & Foreign TradeZone #65. Port Panama City operates in beautiful Bay County in the Florida Panhandle. Strategically located as the northernmost port in the Gulf of Mexico, Port Panama City is a relatively young port established in 1967 with one deep water berth and one 42,000 square foot warehouse. Currently, the Port has grown to six deep water berths consisting of 3,240 linear feet, with 32 foot draft, 600 linear feet of barge facilities, and 470,000 square feet of warehousing space. The Port is efficiently equipped with modem loading and unloading facilities for truck, rail, barge, container, RO-RO vessel and deep water vessel traffic. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is located adjacent to the Port, and offers intracoastal shipment capability via barge.

    The Port in the 1940's

    The maritime community of Panama City provides a self-contained infrastructure of services to benefit our many customers. These services are described as follows: longshoremen, steamship agents, freight forwarders , customs brokers, stevedore companies, and an in- house US Customs office. All of these together are fully committed to servicing the maritime community.

    Over the years, Port Panama City has established itself as a load center for forestry products. For over 25 years, linerboard and woodpulp have been the #1 commodities moving through the Port. However, during 1997 and 1998, the volumes of steel products exceeded those of forestry. Regardless of the industry being served, quality control (Q/C) is integrated into every step of the various processes--facility design, rate structures, handling methods. From the planning stages to actual production, the customer is assured of high quality standards as observed in our low damage ratio and constantly enforced safety measures. In terms of financial benefits, the Port offers extremely competitive rates, along with efficiently planned facilities to handle and store merchandise.
    More recently, imported copper cathodes have become an important commodity for the Port.

    FIRST SHIP THROUGH THE PASS

    The menu of services at Port Panama City is geared to benefit our customers or industrial park tenants, regardless of their product line or volumes. The advantages and benefits are readily available to those industries expanding or relocating in our area, whether in manufacturing, assembly, or transshipment of commodities in the Port area, or at any of the industrial park sites.

    Port Panama City rates among the most economical on the Gulf of Mexico or East Coast region, and combined with the incentives available through FTZ #65, plus Florida's number one business climate, it represents an attractive alternative to industries seeking to expand or relocate in this part of the State. Our marketing strategies are predicated on the concept of creating jobs through the implementation of personalized services to those companies who use our facilities.

    Bay County has three major industrial parks consisting of 560 acres: 1. The Port Panama City Industrial Complex (125 acres); 2.-Hugh Nelson Industrial Park (175 acres); and 3. Bay Industrial Park (260 acres). In addition, the Port Authority is currently developing a new 200 acre Intermodal Distribution Center. Port Panama City prides itself for personalized service, and strives for 100% customer satisfaction. The maritime community of Bay County also adheres to this concept. The total package of services provided by Port Panama City & Foreign Trade Zone #65 can provide significant benefits to both importers and exporters.

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    Private Natural Springs lake estate - 6/26/2010

    Contact Brandon Jordan
    cell (850)-758-1236

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    Farms and Acreage.
    MLS #:

    482878 

    OfficeFile#: Type: LA

    ListPrice:$2,600,000
    Status:Active Parcel Dim:
    Location:LOT 1 HILTON RDApprox Sq Ft:1,751
    BAKER, FLBedrooms:2
    ZipCode:32531Baths Full/Half:1/
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1988
    SubArea:10 BAKER & MILLIGANAcreage:70.00
    ParcelID:17-3N-24-0000-0004-0000PropType: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

    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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    The buzz continued Panama City Florida - 6/26/2010

    Port Locations

     

    Information provided by portofpanamacityusa.com

     

     

    Port Panama City.
    Located on the Gulf coast in Florida's panhandle, this port specializes in breakbulk cargo plus some dry bulk products. The Port has become a catalyst for industrial development in Northwest Florida.

    Governing Body: Panama City Port Authority

    Mission:
    Expand economic opportunities in the City of Panama City, Bay County, Northwest Florida, and the state by providing modern port facilities, promoting trade, and supporting industrial development.
    Major Goals and Objectives:
    •General cargo enhancements.
    • Bulk cargo facility enhancements.
    • Preparation for cruise operations.
    • Industrial Park development.
    Primary Needs:
    • Completion of the current south dock expansion.
    • Completion of the dredging project associated with the south dock expansion.
    • Additional property for cargo storage.
    • Additional warehouse space.
    • Funding to expand the Industrial Park.
    Hinterland Served:
    Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.
    Trading Partners:
    Central America, South America, the Far East (China), the
    Mediterranean and Europe.
    Principal Activities and Products:
    Break bulk and bulk terminal service, Industrial Park development, and Foreign Trade Zone operations.
    Exports:
    Linerboard, woodpulp, machinery, and miscellaneous general cargo.
    Imports:
    Steel plate, steel coils, lumber, copper and bulk aggregates.
    Current (FY 2003/2004) and Projected (FY 2008/2009) Throughputs:
    Cargo (tons): Current - .9 million. Projected - 1.5 million.
    Cargo (TEUs): Current - None. Projected - 40,000.
    Cruise (revenue passengers): Current - None. Projected - 150,000.

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    The buzz around Panama City Beach Florida - 6/26/2010

    We are pleased that you have expressed an interest in Port Panama City & Foreign TradeZone #65. Port Panama City operates in beautiful Bay County in the Florida Panhandle. Strategically located as the northernmost port in the Gulf of Mexico, Port Panama City is a relatively young port established in 1967 with one deep water berth and one 42,000 square foot warehouse. Currently, the Port has grown to six deep water berths consisting of 3,240 linear feet, with 32 foot draft, 600 linear feet of barge facilities, and 470,000 square feet of warehousing space. The Port is efficiently equipped with modem loading and unloading facilities for truck, rail, barge, container, RO-RO vessel and deep water vessel traffic. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is located adjacent to the Port, and offers intracoastal shipment capability via barge.

    The Port in the 1940's

    The maritime community of Panama City provides a self-contained infrastructure of services to benefit our many customers. These services are described as follows: longshoremen, steamship agents, freight forwarders , customs brokers, stevedore companies, and an in- house US Customs office. All of these together are fully committed to servicing the maritime community.

    Over the years, Port Panama City has established itself as a load center for forestry products. For over 25 years, linerboard and woodpulp have been the #1 commodities moving through the Port. However, during 1997 and 1998, the volumes of steel products exceeded those of forestry. Regardless of the industry being served, quality control (Q/C) is integrated into every step of the various processes--facility design, rate structures, handling methods. From the planning stages to actual production, the customer is assured of high quality standards as observed in our low damage ratio and constantly enforced safety measures. In terms of financial benefits, the Port offers extremely competitive rates, along with efficiently planned facilities to handle and store merchandise.
    More recently, imported copper cathodes have become an important commodity for the Port.

    FIRST SHIP THROUGH THE PASS

    The menu of services at Port Panama City is geared to benefit our customers or industrial park tenants, regardless of their product line or volumes. The advantages and benefits are readily available to those industries expanding or relocating in our area, whether in manufacturing, assembly, or transshipment of commodities in the Port area, or at any of the industrial park sites.

    Port Panama City rates among the most economical on the Gulf of Mexico or East Coast region, and combined with the incentives available through FTZ #65, plus Florida's number one business climate, it represents an attractive alternative to industries seeking to expand or relocate in this part of the State. Our marketing strategies are predicated on the concept of creating jobs through the implementation of personalized services to those companies who use our facilities.

    Bay County has three major industrial parks consisting of 560 acres: 1. The Port Panama City Industrial Complex (125 acres); 2.-Hugh Nelson Industrial Park (175 acres); and 3. Bay Industrial Park (260 acres). In addition, the Port Authority is currently developing a new 200 acre Intermodal Distribution Center. Port Panama City prides itself for personalized service, and strives for 100% customer satisfaction. The maritime community of Bay County also adheres to this concept. The total package of services provided by Port Panama City & Foreign Trade Zone #65 can provide significant benefits to both importers and exporters.

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    Exclusive Airport home pilots check this one out - 6/26/2010

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    History of Panama City Florida Ports - 6/26/2010

    We are pleased that you have expressed an interest in Port Panama City & Foreign TradeZone #65. Port Panama City operates in beautiful Bay County in the Florida Panhandle. Strategically located as the northernmost port in the Gulf of Mexico, Port Panama City is a relatively young port established in 1967 with one deep water berth and one 42,000 square foot warehouse. Currently, the Port has grown to six deep water berths consisting of 3,240 linear feet, with 32 foot draft, 600 linear feet of barge facilities, and 470,000 square feet of warehousing space. The Port is efficiently equipped with modem loading and unloading facilities for truck, rail, barge, container, RO-RO vessel and deep water vessel traffic. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is located adjacent to the Port, and offers intracoastal shipment capability via barge.

    The Port in the 1940's

    The maritime community of Panama City provides a self-contained infrastructure of services to benefit our many customers. These services are described as follows: longshoremen, steamship agents, freight forwarders , customs brokers, stevedore companies, and an in- house US Customs office. All of these together are fully committed to servicing the maritime community.

    Over the years, Port Panama City has established itself as a load center for forestry products. For over 25 years, linerboard and woodpulp have been the #1 commodities moving through the Port. However, during 1997 and 1998, the volumes of steel products exceeded those of forestry. Regardless of the industry being served, quality control (Q/C) is integrated into every step of the various processes--facility design, rate structures, handling methods. From the planning stages to actual production, the customer is assured of high quality standards as observed in our low damage ratio and constantly enforced safety measures. In terms of financial benefits, the Port offers extremely competitive rates, along with efficiently planned facilities to handle and store merchandise.
    More recently, imported copper cathodes have become an important commodity for the Port.

    FIRST SHIP THROUGH THE PASS

    The menu of services at Port Panama City is geared to benefit our customers or industrial park tenants, regardless of their product line or volumes. The advantages and benefits are readily available to those industries expanding or relocating in our area, whether in manufacturing, assembly, or transshipment of commodities in the Port area, or at any of the industrial park sites.

    Port Panama City rates among the most economical on the Gulf of Mexico or East Coast region, and combined with the incentives available through FTZ #65, plus Florida's number one business climate, it represents an attractive alternative to industries seeking to expand or relocate in this part of the State. Our marketing strategies are predicated on the concept of creating jobs through the implementation of personalized services to those companies who use our facilities.

    Bay County has three major industrial parks consisting of 560 acres: 1. The Port Panama City Industrial Complex (125 acres); 2.-Hugh Nelson Industrial Park (175 acres); and 3. Bay Industrial Park (260 acres). In addition, the Port Authority is currently developing a new 200 acre Intermodal Distribution Center. Port Panama City prides itself for personalized service, and strives for 100% customer satisfaction. The maritime community of Bay County also adheres to this concept. The total package of services provided by Port Panama City & Foreign Trade Zone #65 can provide significant benefits to both importers and exporters.

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    Deep sea ports in Northwest Florida - 6/26/2010

    Port Locations

    Information provided by portofpanamacityusa.com

    Port Panama City.
    Located on the Gulf coast in Florida's panhandle, this port specializes in breakbulk cargo plus some dry bulk products. The Port has become a catalyst for industrial development in Northwest Florida.

    Governing Body: Panama City Port Authority

    Mission:
    Expand economic opportunities in the City of Panama City, Bay County, Northwest Florida, and the state by providing modern port facilities, promoting trade, and supporting industrial development.
    Major Goals and Objectives:
    •General cargo enhancements.
    • Bulk cargo facility enhancements.
    • Preparation for cruise operations.
    • Industrial Park development.
    Primary Needs:
    • Completion of the current south dock expansion.
    • Completion of the dredging project associated with the south dock expansion.
    • Additional property for cargo storage.
    • Additional warehouse space.
    • Funding to expand the Industrial Park.
    Hinterland Served:
    Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.
    Trading Partners:
    Central America, South America, the Far East (China), the
    Mediterranean and Europe.
    Principal Activities and Products:
    Break bulk and bulk terminal service, Industrial Park development, and Foreign Trade Zone operations.
    Exports:
    Linerboard, woodpulp, machinery, and miscellaneous general cargo.
    Imports:
    Steel plate, steel coils, lumber, copper and bulk aggregates.
    Current (FY 2003/2004) and Projected (FY 2008/2009) Throughputs:
    Cargo (tons): Current - .9 million. Projected - 1.5 million.
    Cargo (TEUs): Current - None. Projected - 40,000.
    Cruise (revenue passengers): Current - None. Projected - 150,000.

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    New Starbucks sign just went up next door to our office in Crestview - 6/26/2010

    New starbucks sign up and looks nice.

    Starbucks sign in Northwest Florid just put up

    so what is your favorite starbucks drink?

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    Private Natural Springs Lake Estate - 6/26/2010

    Contact Brandon Jordan
    cell (850)-758-1236

    Click on Photo to Enlarge
    Farms and Acreage.
    MLS #:

    482878

    OfficeFile#: Type: LA

    ListPrice:$2,600,000
    Status:Active Parcel Dim:
    Location:LOT 1 HILTON RDApprox Sq Ft:1,751
    BAKER, FLBedrooms:2
    ZipCode:32531Baths Full/Half:1/
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1988
    SubArea:10 BAKER & MILLIGANAcreage:70.00
    ParcelID:17-3N-24-0000-0004-0000PropType: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

    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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    The Market doom and gloom - 6/26/2010

    The below site was sent to my inbox and I am sure it is just another spam to all agents in my region. What bothers me would be the point who is this guy to say what the market will or will not do in the next five years and to paint a broad picture for a whole area. The guys says he has no crystal ball but then tells you to come to him to see what will happen in the next years while that gives you some insight you do not know many key factors about all regions.

    There are always going to be section that are less likely to feel the effect and are safe guarded somewhat on a solid investment area sure everyone has felt a slow down but do I see anyway that the area in which I live with be valued at a lower price today than it will in five years no.Key factors the International airport within driving distance brings world exposure deep sea port brings trade like never before so save the doom and gloom for someone else. I know happy news does not sell and alot of people listen to the people that said the market was going to go down when everyone said it was going to go up. How long did it take the people to be correct about the market going down how many times multiple the value of when they started saying this did the property area reach before they started to be correct so my question would be now that they are getting this appraise will we as agents hold them accountable and remind them of how they were wrong when this market does go back up because what do they call it a real estate market so my prediction is that the market will go up in the next five years. You can real the whole article below.

    Mortgage Industry Slow Down.

    My name is Carlos Egea and I was the top Account Executive for Fremont Investment and Loan for over 10 Years!

    I just talked to my neighbor who came to Florida from Minnesota two years ago and he got caught up in the real estate investing and became a mortgage broker. Last year, he was on the biggest high I've ever seen. I just talked to him last week and he is trying to dump his properties and move back to Minnesota. The problem is he is upside down on every property and all he can do now is rent them out and take a monthly loss and wait it out. The only problem is that it will be 5 to 6 years before the market comes back. He obviously didn't get my memo about the real estate industry cycles. I really feel for the guy because he thought that the market would go up forever. You see, he's from Minnesota and the mid west doesn't cycle as hard as the east coast or west coast. When we in California are on a high, the rest of the country see a modest increase and when we are in a low, the rest of the country see a modest dip. But in California, we have mud slides, fires and earthquakes and the real estate and mortgage industry is having all three right now at the same time and will continue this trend for the next 5 years.

    Just so you know, I do not have a crystal ball in my hand, but I have watched the real estate and mortgage industry for the past 30 years and one thing is for sure is that they are in a decline and will continue to be for the next 5 years. Let's look at some facts.

    Just so you know, I do not have a crystal ball in my hand, but I have watched the real estate and mortgage industry for the past 30 years and one thing is for sure is that they are in a decline and will continue to be for the next 5 years. Let's look at some facts.

    In the early 70's there was a low, the late 70's there was a boom, in the early 80's there was a low, in the late 80's and into the 91, there was a boom, in 95 or 96', we were at a low again and from the late 90's to the mid 05's, there was a boom. Ask yourself this..What's next? A LOW! Of course. It has to...The market has to correct itself. It's been this way for 30 years and will continue this trend for the next 30 years.

    If you are looking for the next trend, I only have one word for you. It is called the "INTERNET". Bill Gates said it a decade ago at Comdex in 1997. He said.."If you are in business and not doing business on the internet, you will soon be out of business" For the latest trends on making money on the internet see..

    What:

    Free Internet Marketing Seminar and Marketing Opportunity for Professionals

    When:

    Tuesday, January 8 , 2007
    5:00 pm (PST) 8:00 pm (EST) 30 minutes

    Where:

    You must register for details

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    Seaside Beach MLS - 6/26/2010

    We now offer free instant access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) with complete real estate listings for the Emerald Coast, including Seaside Beach in Walton County. Are you looking to buy or sell a home or real estate in Northwest Florida? Give us a call; we can help with it all! Team Sold. We are now easier to find with http://www.SeasideBeachMLS.com

    Northwest Florida Realtor - Brandon Jordan of Coldwell Banker United Realtors represents real estate buyers and sellers in Crestview, Eglin AFB, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, and the South Walton Beaches.

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    Laurel Hill Investments - 6/26/2010

    We now offer free instant access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) with complete real estate listings for the Emerald Coast, including Laurel Hill Investments in Okaloosa County. Are you looking to buy or sell a home or real estate in Northwest Florida? Give us a call; we can help with it all! Team Sold. We are now easier to find with http://www.LaurelHillInvestments.com

    Northwest Florida Realtor - Brandon Jordan of Coldwell Banker United Realtors represents real estate buyers and sellers in Crestview, Eglin AFB, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, and the South Walton Beaches.

    Florida Real Estate with Brandon Jordan, your Northwest Florida Realtor and ActiveRain featured Realtor for Okaloosa County since 2007. We provide this information and much more on our site for you at no charge, so please remember us when you're looking to buy or sell real estate.

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    Fort Walton Investments - 6/26/2010

    Fort Walton Beach Investments

    We now offer free instant access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) with complete real estate listings for the Emerald Coast, including Fort Walton Beach in Okaloosa County. Are you looking to buy or sell a home or real estate in Northwest Florida? Give us a call; we can help with it all! Team Sold. We are now easier to find with http://www.fortwaltoninvestments.com/

    Northwest Florida Realtor - Brandon Jordan of Coldwell Banker United Realtors represents real estate buyers and sellers in Crestview, Eglin AFB, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, and the South Walton Beaches.

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    Fort Walton Beach Investments - 6/26/2010

    We now offer free instant access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) with complete real estate listings for the Emerald Coast, including Fort Walton Beach in Okaloosa County. Are you looking to buy or sell a home or real estate in Northwest Florida? Give us a call; we can help with it all! Team Sold. We are now easier to find with http://www.FortWaltonBeachInvestments.com

    Northwest Florida Realtor - Brandon Jordan of Coldwell Banker United Realtors represents real estate buyers and sellers in Crestview, Eglin AFB, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, and the South Walton Beaches.

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    Eglin Air Force Base Florida - 6/26/2010

    We now offer free instant access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) with complete real estate listings for the Emerald Coast, including Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County. Are you looking to buy or sell a home or real estate in Northwest Florida? Give us a call; we can help with it all! Team Sold. We are now easier to find with http://www.EglinAirForceBaseFlorida.com

    Northwest Florida Realtor - Brandon Jordan of Coldwell Banker United Realtors represents real estate buyers and sellers in Crestview, Eglin AFB, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, and the South Walton Beaches.

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    Destin Investments - 6/26/2010

    We now offer free instant access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) with complete real estate listings for the Emerald Coast, including Destin in Okaloosa County Florida. Are you looking to buy or sell a home or real estate in Northwest Florida? Give us a call; we can help with it all! Team Sold. We are now easier to find with http://www.destininvestments.com/

    Northwest Florida Realtor - Brandon Jordan of Coldwell Banker United Realtors represents real estate buyers and sellers in Crestview, Eglin AFB, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, and the South Walton Beaches.

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    5 Bedroom south of I-10 Crestview home for sale more pictures added - 6/26/2010

    Detached Single FamilyClick on Photo to Enlarge.
    MLS#:482137m OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$215,000
    Status:Active ApproxSF:2,024 BG:
    Address:346 JOHN KING Rd$/Sqft:$106.22
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:5
    Zip:32539Baths Full/Half:3/
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1987
    SubArea:01 CRESTVIEW SOUTHEASTOccStat:Occupied
    Subdiv:SOUTH I-10ImmOcc?N
    ParcelID:33-3N-23-2269-000B-0110ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: ANTIOCH Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:From I-10 Crestview exit take Hwy 85 south to left onto John King Rd to 346 on left side of John King.
    Legal:Shoal Creek S/D lot 11 blk B

    Ideal for large family. 5 bedroom,3 bath. Home comes with nice size lot;South of I-10 totally remodeled all brick home. New appliances,new light fixtures,new carpet and tile throughout,and paint, security system, New 13 seer a/c heat pump system with new duct work,new "low E" vinyl windows,upgraded wiring,new outside doors,new 50 gal water heater, and more.Looking for low maintenance and high quality? This is the house for you. This is a must see.Call us today to take a look.***

    Room TypeLvlDimnsns
    Bedrm:Master114.6X13.7Design:Ranch
    Bedrm:Additnl110.7X10.7
    Bedrm:Additnl114.9X12Const/Siding:Foundation Slab On Grade, Frame, Roof Composite Shingle, Siding Brick All
    Bedrm:Additnl110X10
    Bedrm:Additnl112.6X8.6ExtFeatures:Columns, Deck Covered, Fenced Back Yard, Fenced Chain Link, Patio Covered
    Bath: Full112X5
    Bath: Full18.5X4IntFeatures:Floor:Tile, Floor:W/W Carpet, Plantation Shutters, Pull Down Stairs, Renovated, Split Bedroom, Wallpaper, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Pantry
    Pantry18.7X3.8
    Kitchen110X20Appliances:Microwave, Oven:Self Cleaning, Range Hood, Refrigerator, Security System, Smoke Detector, Stove/Oven Electric
    DiningRoom111.5X10.5
    LivingRoom118X15Utilities:Electric, Phone, Public Water, Septic Tank
    Foyer15X8
    Energy:A/C: Central Electric, A/C: High Efficiency, Ceiling Fans, Double Paned Windows, Heat Pump A/A, Heat: Central Electric, Water Heater: Electric

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    346 John King Rd - 6/26/2010

    Detached Single FamilyClick on Photo to Enlarge.
    MLS#:482137m OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$215,000
    Status:Active ApproxSF:2,024 BG:
    Address:346 JOHN KING Rd$/Sqft:$106.22
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:5
    Zip:32539Baths Full/Half:3/
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1987
    SubArea:01 CRESTVIEW SOUTHEASTOccStat:Occupied
    Subdiv:SOUTH I-10ImmOcc?N
    ParcelID:33-3N-23-2269-000B-0110ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: ANTIOCH Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:From I-10 Crestview exit take Hwy 85 south to left onto John King Rd to 346 on left side of John King.
    Legal:Shoal Creek S/D lot 11 blk B

    Ideal for large family. 5 bedroom,3 bath. Home comes with nice size lot;South of I-10 totally remodeled all brick home. New appliances,new light fixtures,new carpet and tile throughout,and paint, security system, New 13 seer a/c heat pump system with new duct work,new "low E" vinyl windows,upgraded wiring,new outside doors,new 50 gal water heater, and more.Looking for low maintenance and high quality? This is the house for you. This is a must see.Call us today to take a look.***

    Room TypeLvlDimnsns
    Bedrm:Master114.6X13.7Design:Ranch
    Bedrm:Additnl110.7X10.7
    Bedrm:Additnl114.9X12Const/Siding:Foundation Slab On Grade, Frame, Roof Composite Shingle, Siding Brick All
    Bedrm:Additnl110X10
    Bedrm:Additnl112.6X8.6ExtFeatures:Columns, Deck Covered, Fenced Back Yard, Fenced Chain Link, Patio Covered
    Bath: Full112X5
    Bath: Full18.5X4IntFeatures:Floor:Tile, Floor:W/W Carpet, Plantation Shutters, Pull Down Stairs, Renovated, Split Bedroom, Wallpaper, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Pantry
    Pantry18.7X3.8
    Kitchen110X20Appliances:Microwave, Oven:Self Cleaning, Range Hood, Refrigerator, Security System, Smoke Detector, Stove/Oven Electric
    DiningRoom111.5X10.5
    LivingRoom118X15Utilities:Electric, Phone, Public Water, Septic Tank
    Foyer15X8
    Energy:A/C: Central Electric, A/C: High Efficiency, Ceiling Fans, Double Paned Windows, Heat Pump A/A, Heat: Central Electric, Water Heater: Electric

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    15 Courtney lane Crestview Florida Home for sale near Hospital and schools - 6/26/2010

    More Pictures just added

    Detached Single Family

    Click on Photo to Enlarge.

    MLS#:482330m OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$165,000
    Status:Active Last Change: ApproxSF:1,265 BG:
    Address:15 COURTNEY LN$/Sqft:$130.43
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:3
    Zip:32539Baths Full/Half:2/0
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1995
    SubArea:01 CRESTVIEW SOUTHEASTOccStat:Vacant
    Subdiv:HOLLYROD PARK PH 2ImmOcc?Y
    ParcelID:28-3N-23-2780-0000-0150 ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: SOUTHSIDE Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:85 N. Right on Redstone (right after Hospital). Right at first stop sign onto Brookmeade. Left onto Covell. Left into Hollyrod subdivision. First left follow down to end of cul-de-sac. House is on left.
    Legal:HOLLYROD II S/D LOT 15

    Great neighborhood behind Crestview hospital! House is located in a cul-de-sac; this is a one-way-in, one-way-out subdivision. Close to shopping such as Walgreens and Publix and just minutes from bases. The new elementary/middle school is being built close by. The home features a split bedroom floor-plan with vaulted ceiling in living area. The home offers an open floor plan and a fireplace in the living room. The kitchen is roomy with lots of cabinet space and a long breakfast bar. Master bedroom is a nice size and offers a walk-in closet. Seller enclosed the patio that has windows which adds lots of square footage. Large back yard includes shed.

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    New listing for sale Crestview Florida Home around Redstone area - 6/26/2010

    Detached Single Family

    Click on Photo to Enlarge.

    MLS#:482330m OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$165,000
    Status:Active Last Change: ApproxSF:1,265 BG:
    Address:15 COURTNEY LN$/Sqft:$130.43
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:3
    Zip:32539Baths Full/Half:2/0
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1995
    SubArea:01 CRESTVIEW SOUTHEASTOccStat:Vacant
    Subdiv:HOLLYROD PARK PH 2ImmOcc?Y
    ParcelID:

    28-3N-23-2780-0000-0150

    ConstrStat:

    ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: SOUTHSIDE Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:85 N. Right on Redstone (right after Hospital). Right at first stop sign onto Brookmeade. Left onto Covell. Left into Hollyrod subdivision. First left follow down to end of cul-de-sac. House is on left.
    Legal:HOLLYROD II S/D LOT 15

    Great neighborhood behind Crestview hospital! House is located in a cul-de-sac; this is a one-way-in, one-way-out subdivision. Close to shopping such as Walgreens and Publix and just minutes from bases. The new elementary/middle school is being built close by. The home features a split bedroom floor-plan with vaulted ceiling in living area. The home offers an open floor plan and a fireplace in the living room. The kitchen is roomy with lots of cabinet space and a long breakfast bar. Master bedroom is a nice size and offers a walk-in closet. Seller enclosed the patio that has windows which adds lots of square footage. Large back yard includes shed.

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    534 Hyde park dr new pictures added - 6/26/2010

    Detached Single FamilyClick on Photo to Enlarge.
    MLS#:482656 OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$145,000
    Status:ActiveApproxSF:1,141 BG:
    Address:534 HYDE PARK Dr
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:3
    Zip:32539Baths Full/Half:2/0
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:2002
    SubArea:04 CRESTVIEW NORTHEASTOccStat:Occupied
    Subdiv:WINDING CREEK ESTATES PH 3ImmOcc?Y
    ParcelID:09-3N-23-5235-000A-0340ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: WALKER Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:Hwy 85 North, Right on Stillwell Blvd., Right on Hyde Park, House on left.
    Legal:Lot 34, Block A, Winding Creek Estates, Phase III

    Central location in Crestview, close to shopping and Walker ELementary school just up the street. Open and flowing floor plan in living room, dining area and kitchen. Home has great curb appeal and a great backyard with extra room. Great deck out back ideal for entertaining. Seller is offering a Home warranty through AHS for Buyer, a $395 value!

    Crestview Florida home for sale

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    Crestview Florida 3 Bedroom affordable home in nice subdivision - 6/26/2010

    Detached Single Family .
    Click on Photo to Enlarge
    MLS#: 482656 OfficeFile#: ListPrice: $145,000
    Status: Active ApproxSF: 1,141 BG:
    Address: 534 HYDE PARK Dr $/Sqft: $127.08
    CRESTVIEW, FL Bedrooms: 3
    Zip: 32539 Baths Full/Half: 2/0
    County: OKALOOSA Stories: 1
    MainArea: 25 Crestview Area YearBuilt: 2002
    SubArea: 04 CRESTVIEW NORTHEAST OccStat: Occupied
    Subdiv: WINDING CREEK ESTATES PH 3 ImmOcc? Y
    ParcelID: 09-3N-23-5235-000A-0340 ConstrStat: ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: WALKER Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir: Hwy 85 North, Right on Stillwell Blvd., Right on Hyde Park, House on left.
    Legal: Lot 34, Block A, Winding Creek Estates, Phase III


    Central location in Crestview, close to shopping and Walker ELementary school just up the street. Open and flowing floor plan in living room, dining area and kitchen. Home has great curb appeal and a great backyard with extra room. Great deck out back ideal for entertaining. Seller is offering a Home warranty through AHS for Buyer, a $395 value!

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    PrkingFeat: Acres: 0.26 Zoning: City, Residential Single Family WatView:
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    If you are going out of town for the Holidays - 6/26/2010

    I heard a local service announcement that people that live in Okaloosa County could get on a vacation list so that officers will know you are on vacation and will check on your property (at least a drive-by patrol). I thought this was a good idea and I wondered if anyone else uses this.

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    Good idea for the Holidays - 6/26/2010

    I heard this on the local radio: "In Case of Emergency." This is the number you put into your cell phone in case you're ever in an accident. The emergency responders can find your phone and find out information from your point of contact that may help to save your life. Just save your contact's phone number with the name "ICE."

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    Coldwell Banker Realtor - 6/26/2010

    I have started a new group on Active Rain for my Coldwell Banker office and all other Coldwell Banker United Realtors' offices and members. If you are a Coldwelll Banker Agent please feel free to add your thoughts to the Forum. Click the link below to go directly to the board.

    Coldwell Banker United Realtors

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    Florida Commercial Real Estate - 6/26/2010

    Commercial real estate fundamentals sound - Okaloosa Blog

    WASHINGTON - Dec. 21, 2007 - The fundamentals in commercial real estate remain healthy with only slight increases in vacancy rates expected for the office and industrial sectors during 2008, although credit restrictions have recently slowed overall investment activity, according to the latest Commercial Real Estate Outlook of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).

    The report said commercial fundamentals are essentially sound. "Although vacancy rates remain relatively low for all sectors, they are expected to rise slightly in the office and industrial markets during the coming year because much of the space being absorbed is in high-quality buildings or is built-to-suit," says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. "As a result, there is a fair amount of older space on the market, particularly in the industrial sector where obsolescence is a factor, although industrial rents are showing healthy gains. Vacancy rates in the retail and multifamily sectors are projected to tighten in 2008 with rents rising in all sectors."

    Yun said the credit crunch has been impacting the market over the last few months, but 2007 is already a record for commercial real estate investment. "Tighter credit conditions will limit individual commercial real estate investment deals moving forward," he says. "Because capitalization rates are already very low, it is likely that commercial property prices will ease. The era of rapid commercial property price increases has ended."

    A record $325.0 billion was invested in commercial real estate in the first 10 months of 2007, up from $306.8 billion for all of 2006; that total does not include transactions valued at less than $5 million or investments in the hospitality sector, based on analysis of data from Real Capital Analytics.

    Patricia Nooney of Saint Louis, chair of the Realtors® Commercial Alliance, says commercial real estate investment is expected to stay historically strong. "Even with the credit crunch there's been no significant impact on institutional investors, and it's unrealistic to set new records every year in a cyclical business," she says. "There's been a shift in investment activity to foreign buyers, who are taking advantage of the dollar's decline relative to other currencies. With many areas showing favorable fundamentals, commercial property in the U.S. has become very attractive to foreign investors."

    The NAR forecast in four major commercial sectors analyzes quarterly data for various tracked metro areas. The sectors are the office, industrial, retail and multifamily markets. Torto Wheaton Research and Real Capital Analytics provided historic metro data.

    Office market

    With jobs still being created, the demand for office space remains positive and is helping to absorb the more than 30 million square feet of new space becoming available in the current quarter. Investment grade office properties with solid income streams will be the most in demand by institutional investors, equity funds and foreign investors.

    Since not all of the vacated space is being back-filled or leased, office vacancies are forecast to rise to 13.2 percent by the fourth quarter of 2008 from an estimated 12.9 percent in the current quarter; it was 12.6 percent at the end of 2006. Annual rent growth in the office sector should be 8.0 percent this year and 2.0 percent in 2008, after rising 5.2 percent in 2006.

    Projections for the fourth quarter show areas with the lowest office vacancies include New York City; Honolulu; Tucson, Ariz.; Long Island, N.Y.; Los Angeles; and Riverside, Calif., all with vacancy rates of 10.0 percent or less.

    Net absorption of office space in 57 markets tracked, which includes the leasing of new space coming on the market as well as space in existing properties, is likely to total 55.4 million square feet in 2007 and 43.0 million next year, but below the 81.2 million in 2006.

    Office building transaction volume in the first 10 months of this year totaled a record $173.5 billion, compared with $133.5 billion for all of 2006. So far this year foreign investors purchased $12.5 billion worth of office properties, with buyers from the Middle East and Germany accounting for half of that volume.

    Industrial market

    The weaker dollar is fueling an increase in exports, but leasing activity has declined in port distribution hubs, and vacancy rates in those markets are edging up; some users are building or renting in secondary markets.

    With abundant land and relatively low concerns regarding site remediation, secondary and tertiary markets are experiencing greater interest. So far this year, almost 16 percent of industrial investment has taken place outside of the 58 primary markets tracked.

    Vacancy rates in the industrial sector are projected to average 9.4 percent in the fourth quarter and 9.5 percent by the end of 2008; vacancies averaged 9.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2006. Annual rent growth will more than double to 3.3 percent by the end of 2007 and is seen at 1.3 percent a year from now, compared with a 1.4 percent annual gain at the end of 2006.

    The areas with the lowest industrial vacancies include Los Angeles; San Francisco; Tucson; Orange County, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and Las Vegas, all with vacancy rates of 6.1 percent or less.

    Net absorption of industrial space in 58 markets tracked is expected to total 127.4 million square feet in 2007 and 144.0 million next year, down from 205.4 million in 2006.

    Industrial transaction volume in the first 10 months of 2007 was $35.8 billion, compared with $38.9 billion for all of 2006.

    Retail market

    Even with a decline in consumer confidence, retail vacancy rates remain fairly stable. Declining production of new space will help improve fundamentals in this sector during 2008.

    Vacancy rates in the retail sector will probably rise to 8.9 percent in the current quarter from 8.0 percent at the end of last year, and then ease to 8.6 percent by the fourth quarter of 2008. Average retail rent should grow by 2.2 percent this year and 1.9 percent in 2008, after rising 3.9 percent in 2006.

    Retail markets with the lowest vacancies include San Francisco; Orange County, Calif.; San Jose, Calif.; Ventura County, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and San Diego, all with vacancy rates of 5.5 percent or less.

    Net absorption of retail space in 53 tracked markets is forecast at 18.6 million square feet for 2007 and 24.7 million next year, up from 10.5 million in 2006.

    Retail transaction volume in the first 10 months of this year totaled $52.9 billion, exceeding the $46.9 billion for all of 2006. The Southeast is the most sought-out region this year.

    Multifamily market

    The apartment rental market - multifamily housing - is experiencing increased demand from the slowdown in home sales. With a rising population and a growing number of households, vacancies are tightening and rents are rising.

    Multifamily vacancy rates are projected to average 5.4 percent in the current quarter, down from 5.9 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, and then continue to decline to 5.1 percent by the end of 2008. Average rent is likely to rise 3.1 percent for 2007 and 3.8 percent next year, following a 4.1 percent increase in 2006.

    Multifamily net absorption is expected to total 234,400 units in 59 tracked metro areas in 2007, below the 229,500 last year, but should rise to 245,800 in 2008.

    The areas with the lowest apartment vacancies include Northern New Jersey, Salt Lake City, San Jose, San Diego, Nashville and Philadelphia, all with vacancy rates of 3.3 percent or less.

    Multifamily transactions in the first 10 months of this year totaled $62.3 billion, compared with $87.4 billion for all of 2006. The sale of buildings originally constructed as condos are being sold to multifamily investors in markets like Washington, D.C., and South Florida. Many markets have seen condo "for sale" signs change to "apartment for lease" signs almost overnight. Some condominium complexes are being converted into office buildings, and others are becoming mixed-use projects.

    The NAR Research Division for the Realtors Commercial Alliance publishes the Commercial Real Estate Outlook. Organizations in the RCA include the CCIM Institute, the Institute of Real Estate Management, the Realtors Land Institute, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, and the Counselors of Real Estate. The RCA also provides commercial products and services.

    © 2007 FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

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    Coldwell Banker.com agent profile now updated - 6/26/2010

    Coldwell Banker.com I have finally updated my profile on there. This is my Coldwell Banker.com profile

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    Bedrm:Master 1 14X11
    Const/Siding: Foundation Slab On Grade, Roof Composite Shingle, Siding Vinyl, Trim Vinyl
    Kitchen 1 9X9
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 11X10 ExtFeatures: Deck Open, Porch Covered
    DiningRoom 1 11X11 IntFeatures: Ceiling:Cathedral, Ceiling:Trayed/Coffered, Floor:Vinyl, Floor:W/W Carpet, Pull Down Stairs, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Window:Bay, Woodwork:Painted
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    Appliances: Auto Garage Door Opener, Dishwasher, Range Hood, Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities: Electric, Phone, Public Water, Septic Tank, TV Cable
    Energy: A/C: Central Electric, A/C: High Efficiency, Ceiling Fans, Double Paned Windows, NOT USED GC/BR, Heat Pump A/A, Heat: Central Electric, Heat: High Efficiency, Ridge Vent, Water Heater: Electric
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    Crestview, FL 32536
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    New searches added to Eglin Air Force Base Florida.com - 6/26/2010

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    Price to sell Crestview Florida home for sale - 6/26/2010

    Detached Single Family.
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    MLS#:481088m OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$169,900
    Status:ActiveApproxSF:1,755 BG:
    Address:197 VILLACREST DR$/Sqft:$96.80
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:3
    Zip:32536Baths Full/Half:2/
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1993
    SubArea:02 CRESTVIEW SOUTHWESTOccStat:Vacant
    Subdiv:NORTHVIEW ESTATES 3RD ADDNImmOcc?Y
    ParcelID:31-3N-23-2813-0000-0240ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: ANTIOCH Middle: DAVIDSON High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:North on 85, left by the Tom Thumb onto PJ Adams Pkwy. First right onto Villacrest Drive. Approx. one block up, corner property on left side. Corner of Northview and Villacrest.
    Legal:Lot 24 Northview Est 3rd Add

    Desirable neighborhood below I-10 offers quick commute to bases. This home sits on a nice sized corner lot and offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. The curb appeal is very attractive and with a little imagination, and the fact that the square footage price is a 'wow' factor, the home can be transformed into a great find! As you enter the hallway, to the right is the formal dining that boasts a tasteful chandelier-like lighting where entertaining could be a delight; since the very large open kitchen is across the hall. The kitchen faces out to the front of the home with two windows that emit natural lighting and gives the kitchen flair. The kitchen offers a lot of cabinets and loads of work space since it has an island for extra room, there is also a skylight. Off the kitchen is a good sized extra laundry room that leads to the double size garage. The home has an open split bedroom floor plan. The living room features a fantastic view of the back yard beyond the screen enclosed patio to the above ground swimming pool. This is a must see at this price!!

    ParkingSpaces:Garage:2 Lot Dim.:68.8X47.1X113.8X74.4X140LotAcc:City Road, Paved RoadWatFrnt:
    PrkingFeat:Acres:0.32Zoning:City, Deed Restriction, Residential Single FamilyWatView:
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    Room TypeLvlDimnsns
    DiningRoom113x11Design:Contemporary
    Kitchen115x19
    Laundry18x6Const/Siding:Foundation Slab On Grade, Roof Shingle/Shake, Siding Brick All, Trim Vinyl
    LivingRoom117x17
    Bedrm:Additnl110x11ExtFeatures:Fenced Back Yard, Fenced Privacy, Patio Open, Pool Above-Ground, Porch Screened, Yard Building
    Bedrm:Additnl112x10
    Bath: Full14x7IntFeatures:Breakfast Bar, Floor:Vinyl, Floor:W/W Carpet, Pull Down Stairs, Skylight(s), Split Bedroom, Wallpaper, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Window Treatment:Some, Woodwork:Painted, Pantry
    Bedrm:Master116x14
    Bath: Master113X7Appliances:Disposal, Oven:Self Cleaning, Range Hood, Smoke Detector, Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities:Community Water, Electric, Phone, Septic Tank, TV Cable
    Energy:A/C: Central Electric, Ceiling Fans, Heat: Central Electric, Ridge Vent, Water Heater: Electric
    Mbed/Mbath: Mbath Double Vanity, Mbath Garden Tub, Mbath Walk-In-Closet, Mbed Carpeted

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    Just listed on Highway 90 - 6/26/2010

    Contact Brandon Jordan
    cell (850)-758-1236

    Detached Single Family.
    MLS#:480663m OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$115,000
    Status:Active ApproxSF:980 BG:
    Address:4061 HWY 90$/Sqft:$117.34
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:2
    Zip:32539Baths Full/Half:1/
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:2004
    SubArea:07 POVERTY CRK & DORCASOccStat:Vacant
    Subdiv:CRESTVIEWImmOcc?Y
    ParcelID:16-3N-22-0000-0001-036DConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: WALKER Middle: DAVIDSON High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:From Hwy 85 and 90 in Crestview take a right onto 90 going west. Just past Mt. Olive Rd. look for sign on left across from Shoal River Ranch.
    Legal:COM SE COR WOLFORD ACRES S121.80 FT N86 DEG E1202. 28 FT TO POB CONT NE125.30

    Grat location Close to town yet privacy; 5 minutes from the I-10 285 exit. This 2004 2 Bedroom piece of real estate is perfect for the family that loves the outdoors. Relax and feel the country on your front and back decks, This home has recent updates to the outside including New vinyl skirting,high-speed DSL availability. Come by and take a look today!

    ParkingSpaces:Lot Dim.:125 FRONTAGELotAcc:Paved Road, U.S. HighwayWatFrnt:
    PrkingFeat:Acres:1.50Zoning:Residential Single FamilyWatView:
    WFFeet:LotFeat:Cleared, Level
    ProjFacil:

    Room TypeLvlDimnsns
    Bedrm:Master114x12Design:Manufactured
    Family114x16
    Dining/Kitchen114x12Const/Siding:
    Bedrm:Additnl114x12
    ExtFeatures:
    IntFeatures:
    Appliances:Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Smoke Detector, Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities:Electric, Phone, Public Water, Septic Tank
    Energy:A/C: Central Electric, Ceiling Fans, Heat: Central Electric
    Mbed/Mbath:

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    New listing - 6/26/2010

    Residential Land

    .

    MLS#:480971p OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$14,900
    Status:ActiveLot Dim.:80X130
    Address:LOT 24 WHITE ROSE STAcreage:0.30
    DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FLMinrlRts?
    Zip:32433WFFeet:
    County:WALTONLotAcc:
    MainArea:23 North Walton County
    SubArea:10 DE FUNIAK SPRINGSZoning:Residential Single Family
    Subdiv:DEFUNIAK SPRINGS
    ParcelID:17-3N-20-28080-085-0240
    ElemSch: WEST DEFUNIAK Middle: WALTON High: WALTON
    Dir:From Hwy 90 in DeFuniak go west approx 6 miles to Valley View Rd. Turn right and to to White Rose St. Follow White Rose to sign second lot on the right.
    Legal:LOT 24 BLK 85 OAKWOOD HILLS UNIT 3 OR 2706-1407

    Easy access to Eglin AFB, Niceville and the beaches. Wooded .30 acre New homes are being built in the vicinity. New elementary school being built in the area.
    Waterfront:
    Waterview:
    LotFeat:
    ProjFacil:
    Utilities:Community Water Available, Electric Available, Phone Available, Septic Tank

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    Light up brochure boxes - 6/26/2010

    I have just ordered one of these has anyone, has anyone used this before I am looking to see how well the light stands out and if it catches your eye driving by.

    Solar Powered Brochure Box & Message Center
    Larger View Larger View

    Additional Views:
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    Stock # SPBB


    BRIGHTFLYER
    Solar Powered Brochure
    Box & Message Center
    Take full advantage of the 24 hour-a-day
    marketing power
    of our Brightflyer Solar
    Powered Brochure Box.
    The two AAA baterries are charged in sunlight by the solar panel on the box lid, then during low light, automatically
    power a bright LED lighting up the contents of the brochure box. The LED then automatically turns off and recharges during daylight.


    Holds brochures and your
    business cards also.
    Protect your brochures in foul weather.


    Brightflyer keeps working even when flyers are emptied with its unique built in message center!

    Mounting hardware & instructions included.

    · Bright LED automatically and brilliantly

    illuminates your brochures after dark

    · Manufactured using hi-tech, hi-impact

    ABS material - virtually unbreakable

    · Holds up to 150 8½" x 11" flyers

    and 50 business cards

    · Built-in panels to hold your messages

    once the box is emptied

    · Automatic, weighted drop shut lid is

    weather-resistant and protects flyers in bad weather.

    · NEW - front panel allows better viewing

    of your brochures

    · MOUNTING HARDWARE - choice of

    wood screws or nuts & bolts

    · Includes 2 premium grade rechargeable

    AAA Ni-Mh batteries

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    COLDWELL BANKER ONLINE - 6/26/2010

    The Coldwell Banker national website site had nearly 30 million site visits in 2006, generated 157,600 direct leads and linked to our local web sites 2,642,000 times! The Coldwell Banker public site is among the most visited real estate websites in the nation. During 2006, 51,000 consumers were receiving a personal e-mail from the Coldwell Banker Personal Retriever search service .

    NORTHWEST FLORIDA COLDWELL BANKER

    In 2006, coldwellbanker.com was named the Best Real Estate Web Site for the 2nd year in a row . Also in 2006, the Coldwell Banker website Implemented new Microsoft® satellite mapping technology and was first and only real estate company to offer overlay capability for restaurants, gas stations, schools, churches and other local services. Coldwell Banker.com is the first and only web site to offer consumers streaming video. These facts continue to demonstrate the tangible value of our national web marketing and lead generation programs and offer a meaningful listing tool.

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    COLDWELL BANKER ADVERTISING - 6/26/2010

    Our National Media spending is among the broadest in the industry with extensive high profile prime-time national television commercials, national network prime-time radio ads and extensive print advertising in exclusive luxury magazines targeted to affluent consumers. Our multi-million dollar combined advertising budget is insures that our buyers and sellers have compelling reasons to go to www.coldwellbanker.com. One of our "True Stories" commercials was ranked in the top 10 most memorable spots helping to keep the Coldwell Banker® Brand name in the forefront of people's minds with over 3.1 billion consumer impressions during 2006.

    COLDWELL BANKER ADVERTISING

    Potential sellers want to be convinced that the firm they select will do the best job of attracting buyers and our national advertising combined with local classified ads results in an unparalleled package designed to attract qualified buyers.

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    COLDWELL BANKER PREVIEWS - 6/26/2010

    Coldwell Banker Previews® International has been the world leader in marketing luxury real estate since 1933. During 2006, Coldwell Banker sales associates were involved in the sale of 26,391 transaction sides and more than $48 Billion of homes valued at $1 million or higher. The average sales price of a home sold by this exclusive division was $1,819,305. Independent studies confirm that our brand owns the "high end" designation.

    CB REALTORS

    The Coldwell Banker® luxury home Web site, http://www.coldwellbankerpreviews.com/, was named the Best Real Estate Web Site by the Web Marketing Association in its 2005 WebAward Competition. Our Brand has more credibility with sellers when marketing upper tier properties throughout the world due to our proven track record over 70 years.

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    Coldwell Banker Worldwide - 6/26/2010

    Coldwell Banker is a worldwide real estate sales organization, with offices in 31 countries on 6 continents with nearly 4,000 offices and 126,000 sales associates. Above and beyond, residential brokerage, the firm also is considered one of the leading Commercial brokerage firms in the United States. Consumers who select Coldwell Banker to market their home benefit from the worldwide exposure of an international firm.

    CB United Realtors

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    COLDWELL BANKER - 6/26/2010

    Of the 5 Realogy® Real Estate Brands, Coldwell Banker has the highest productivity per person, highest dollar volume and highest average sales price. Coldwell Banker Agents are among the most successful in the nation.

    COLDWELL BANKER UNITED REALTORS

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    CB United - 6/26/2010

    NRT Incorporated ("NRT"), a Realogy® owned company, owns and operates residential brokerage offices in the 35 largest US markets, and is considered America's largest real estate company (2). NRT sells 2½ times more real estate in terms of sides & 3 ½ times more sales volume than the next nearest competitor in the nation.

    CB UNITED REALTORS

    Being in the same business as our franchisees, results in an unparalleled business relationship with partners that understand each other's needs. Consumers should also be comforted to know that they are working with the nation's largest firm.

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    Coldwell Banker United - 6/26/2010

    Among the top 760 firms in the nation, the Coldwell Banker® brand collectively sells more real estate in terms of both transactions and dollar volume than any other firm including the nearest national franchise network

     . The result is that our brand is one of the leading sellers of real estate in the nation and buyers are attracted to our firm to find their home.

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    Coldwell Bankers oldest National Real Estate organization - 6/26/2010

    In 2000, the U.S. House of Representatives Issued a citation recognizing Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation as the nation's oldest National Real Estate Organization. Today, consumers are seeking the comfort of knowing that their service providers are stable and well-established and Coldwell Banker can affirm that "it has no equal"
    Coldwell Banker United

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    Coldwell Banker rated number one - 6/26/2010

    Independent studies confirm that Coldwell Banker is rated #1 by consumers in terms of a company you can trust and dependability. According to these studies, our brand is recognized by 96% of consumers in our target audience. Combining a local well-respected name with our brand results in proven competitive advantage because our brand has a prestigious image among nationwide Companies.
    CB United

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    Coldwell Banker Brand - 6/26/2010

    Value of the Coldwell Banker Brand to consumers

    1. The Brand has a 100-year heritage, predicated on ethical dealing, dating back to 1906 when our company was founded with a goal of protecting customers. Our unique history is a differentiating characteristic, which engenders trust and confidence to consumers and, ultimately, influences them to list their home or buy a new home with Coldwell Banker®. Our founders firmly believed in the importance of ethics, professionalism, honesty and above all, putting the customer first. To this day, our company has subscribed to these underlying principles. Coldwell Banker is known world-wide for its highly ethical beliefs and legendary history of fiduciary trust.

    CB UNITED REALTORS LOGO

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    Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners - 6/26/2010

    AGENDA

    Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners

    Special Meeting/Public Hearing

    Emerald Coast Conference Center

    Scheduled Items

    4:45 p.m. - Presentation "Regional Transportation Finance Authority" presented by Commissioner Gene M. Valentino, Escambia Board of County Commissioners

    6:00 p.m. - Public Hearing Consideration of the formation of the Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) for beach restoration for Okaloosa Island and City of Destin beaches. District: 5

    Public Hearing Consideration of a resolution amending the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Plan and imposing the Fifth (5th) cent of the Tourist Development Tax. District: All

    Okaloosa County adheres to the Americans with Disabilities Act and will make reasonable modifications for access to this meeting upon request. Please call the County Administrator's Office at (850) 651-7515 to make a request. For Hearing Impaired, Dial 1-800-955-8771 (TDD), and 1-800-955-8770 (Voice). Requests must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting in order for Okaloosa County to provide the requested service.

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    Okaloosa County Customers can now pay water bill with phone call - 6/26/2010

    Customers Can Pay Water Bills with a Phone Call

    A new computerized phone system is now activated at Okaloosa County Water & Sewer. The system will allow customers to hear information about their account as well as make a payment using Visa, MasterCard and Discover. "We strive to improve our service to the customer, and I want to reassure customers that they can transfer out of the system anytime, by simply pressing "O" for the Operator, if they would like to talk to a person," stated Director Jeff Littrell. "Additionally, we are working to include the American Express credit card in the near future."

    The system, which is programmed in English and Spanish, will also have the capability to call all customers and advise them of their past due balance, allow them to make a payment or call the office to make arrangements to avoid being cutoff.

    Water and sewer payments can still be made online from the Okaloosa County web site, www.co.okaloosa.fl.us. For more information, call 850-651-7171,

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    Okaloosa County new Vice Chair named - 6/26/2010

    Okaloosa County Commission Chair, Vice-Chair Named for 2008

    Commissioner James Campbell and Commissioner Bill Roberts are Chair-Elect and Vice-Chair-Elect, respectively, for the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners as of Tuesday, November 13, 2007. "I have great confidence in their ability to carry Okaloosa County forward," stated current Commission Chair Don Amunds.

    Commissioner Campbell, who served as Vice-Chair in 2007, represents District 5.

    Campbell was selected for the 2007-08 Edition of Who's Who in the national Heritage Registry for his service to local government.

    Commissioner Roberts is a native of the Okaloosa County, and he serves District 3. Roberts also has a history of public service, as a past councilman and mayor of Ft. Walton Beach.

    Commissioners Campbell and Roberts will assume their new roles at the first Board meeting in January. Commission Chair James Campbell and Vice-Chair Bill Roberts both have offices in the Water & Sewer Administration Building, and can be reached at (850) 651-7105. Commissioner Roberts also has an office in Crestview and can be reached at 689-5030. Both can be emailed from the Okaloosa County web site at www.co.okaloosa.fl.us.

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    Delta Airlines from Okaloosa now Flies Nonstop to Cincinnati and New York - 6/26/2010

    Did You Ask Santa for More Flights at Okaloosa Regional Airport?

    Delta Airlines Flies Nonstop to Cincinnati and New York for the Holidays

    On December 22, 2007, Delta Airlines will begin non-stop air service to Cincinnati. The flight will depart five times weekly (Thursday through Monday,) from Okaloosa Regional Airport at 12:30 p.m. and arrives at Cincinnati International Airport in just over an hour and a half.

    Also, for a limited time, Delta will begin non-stop air service to New York's LaGuardia International Airport for the holidays. The flights will begin December 22, 2007, and run through January 2, 2008, departing daily from the Okaloosa Regional Airport at 11:30 a.m. This flight offers a great opportunity for those from New York to travel home for the holidays or to spend New Years in Times Square. We hope to maximize the capacity of this flight in an effort to make it a more permanent air service destination offered by Okaloosa Regional Airport.

    The aircraft operated by Delta for these flights is a 50 seat Regional Jet. The addition of these non-stop flights will allow for more choices and convenience for our passengers and businesses and enhance the competitive advantages of flying Okaloosa Regional. For more information on Okaloosa Regional Airport, Destin Airport or Bob Sikes Airport,

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    Flyer of information for Airport Home - 6/26/2010

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    Panama City Airport ribbon cutting - 6/26/2010

    It's official!

    The ribbon cutting was this morning at the site of the new Panama City International Airport! While there were no bulldozers gearing up once the ribbon was cut, there was a promise that the ground would be broken at the beginning of December. This means GREAT news to our local economy, and to the real estate market in particular! An international airport brings with it many aspects that will help our market: employees (full time) that need to either buy or rent real estate, jobs, and the ease of travelers to visit our area without having to make the dreaded layover in Atlanta, New York, or Miami!

    There were no definitive answers as to when the first flights will take off and land at the new Airport, but most experts say that it will be 2 years. The contractor has a 2 year contract to get it built.

    If you are contemplating buying real estate in the local area, NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT! As we get closer to the airport's completion, the market should experience increases in pricing. Currently, pricing is at a 5 year low, rates are still low, and the credit crisis hasn't hit as hard as it may end up. We are still having mortgage programs dry up and go away and if you are looking for a stated income, no ratio or no doc loan, the time to get approved and get to closing is getting shorter!

    If you own real estate and are looking to refinance, we can assist with that, as well. We have also found an investor that will allow us to do 100% second homes - in the form of an equity line or 2nd mortgage! Their guidelines have tighted up a bit, but we can still do them

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    Looking to travel to Okaloosa for the Holidays - 6/26/2010

    Okaloosa County Images

    Airlines
    at Okaloosa Regional Airport



    The Okaloosa Regional Airport (*VPS), open daily at 4:00 AM and situated on Eglin Air Force Base, provides essential scheduled commercial air passenger service for a large proportion of the Northwest Florida area. It does not provide service for private aircraft, due to its location on Eglin Air Force Base.

    The Airport currently serves over 520,000 passengers each year with direct service to Atlanta (Delta / Comair), Dallas (American Eagle), Houston (Continental), St. Louis (American Eagle),Memphis (Northwest) and Tampa(Gulfstream).

    For questions or comments, please contact Airport Administration by e-mail or by phone


    American Eagle


    American Eagle Logo(800) 433-7300http://www.aa.com/

    Provides non-stop service to Dallas, TX.
    Call toll-free for reservation/pricing information.


    Continental Airlines


    Continental Airlines Logo(800) 523-3273http://www.continental.com/

    Express Jet provides nonstop service to Houston (IAH), TX, utilizing the 50 passenger RJ aircraft. Call toll-free for reservation/pricing information or the local phone number to speak to a local representative.


    Delta Airlines


    Delta Airlines Logo
    Delta Connection Comair Logo
    (800) 221-1212
    (850) 651-5929 Local
    www.delta.com
    http://www.comair.com/home/

    Provides nonstop service daily to Atlanta, GA, utilizing the 142 passenger MD-80 jet aircraft. Call toll-free for reservation/pricing information or the local phone number to speak to a local representative.


    Northwest Airlines


    Northwest Airlines Logo(800) 225-2525
    (850) 651-3465 Local
    http://www.nwa.com/

    Provides non-stop daily jet service to Memphis, TN, utilizing 100 to 122 passenger DC9 aircraft. Call toll-free for reservation/pricing information or the local number listed above to speak to a local representative.


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    Coldwell Banker United Realtors Buyer - 6/26/2010


    Request a free copy of the Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® Buyer's Guide and see listings in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

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    Relocation with Coldwell Banker United Realtors - 6/26/2010

    Relocating with Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS®

    Our Team of Relocation Professionals understands that you are not just moving, you are moving lives, hobbies, families, expectations and dreams. Our goal is to simplify the process, and we do it with the highest standards of ethics, attitude and work habits.

    Select the area where
    you want to relocate,

      - or -  

    Click here for assistance in
    relocating to another area.

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    Coldwell Banker united Realtors Concierge - 6/26/2010

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    Area covered with CB United Realtors - 6/26/2010

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    Get the Help You Need to Get Things Done!

    Managing the details of home buying and selling, Coldwell Banker Concierge was designed for Coldwell Banker United, Realtors® to assist you in this time. From utility hook-up to moving to home repair, these valuable services are at your fingertips or the end of the phone.

    Select an area from the maps where you need
    the help of our Concierge department.

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    North Carolina - Greater Charlotte Area, Concord, Denver, Huntersville, Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Mathews, Mooresville, Monroe, Pineville, Statesville, Union County, Waxhaw

    South Carolina - Greater Columbia Area, Blythewood, Camden, Chapin, Fort Mill, Irmo, Lake Murray, Lancaster, Lexington, Lugoff, Rock Hill, Sumter/Shaw

     

    Relocating     |     Concierge Services     |     Careers     |     Search All Coldwell Banker United Agents

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    CB United Realtors Homepage - 6/26/2010

    Get pre-approved!

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    Go to our Mortgage Center

     
    HomeRelocatingConcierge ServicesCareersSearch All Coldwell Banker United AgentsAbout Us
     

    Welcome to Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS®

    From Texas and Florida to North Carolina and South Carolina, sales associates at Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® focus on what's important to you. When you choose us to represent you or your property, you get the full support of the entire Coldwell Banker® team. Whether you're buying, selling, building, moving to or from the area, or if you need instant mortgage access, a home warranty or home services, you can rely on our knowledge and experience to guide you through the process. Just select an area from the map to begin your search.

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    Coldwell Banker Merry Christmas - 6/26/2010

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    Crestview Florida Coldwell Banker - 6/26/2010

    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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    Coldwell Banker on HGTV - 6/26/2010

    Here is some great information you can share with your associates.

    Today, we have a front page buyout of HGTV.com (See below.) This was an added value component to our upcoming sponsorship package of frontdoor.com, a sister site to HGTV.com.

    Frontdoor.com will officially launch to the consumer public in the upcoming weeks, but you can get a sneak peak of Front Door by visiting http://www.frontdoor.com/.

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    New member of Niceville Chamber of Commerce - 6/26/2010

    I am now teaming up with another associate Christine Von dem Bach in our Coldwell Banker Crestview office she was also with me at the ERA Crestview office and joined coldwell the same time as I did. I look forward to working with her you can find her on active rain here as well. I joined the Niceville Chamber to try to promote ourselves to our Military Niceville Area as she is looking to work with Military families as she was a Military brat and is looking forward to working with people coming to us from our site EglinFlorida.com and we can now better inform anyone we are going to work with as we can send one of our on hand relocation packages out as soon as we receive the request.

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    Starbucks Crestview Florida - 6/26/2010

    The above is a website I ran across while looking up the details on Starbucks that is going in right next door to us at Coldwell Banker United Realtors.

    They will be happy to know the building next to our Coldwell banker now sports the coming soon Starbucks Banner

    Bring Starbucks To Crestview, Florida <!------------------->View Current Signatures - Sign the Petition


    To: Starbucks Corporate Office

    1. Recognizing that to date the height of culture in Crestview, Florida is a Wal-Mart Supercenter and a Hooters;

    2. Recognizing that the majority of the population is military and that the military is a major consumer of coffee;

    3. Recognizing that Crestview, Florida has a large teen population that can be easily targeted;

    4. Recognizing that the only available cappucino comes from the local quickie marts and is a powder based beverage;

    5. Recognizing that this backwards town desperately needs a strong kick into the modern age;

    We the undersigned do ask and beg Starbucks Coffee to open one or more locations in Crestview, Florida as soon as possible.

    Sincerely,

    The Undersigned

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    Coldwell Banker Request - 6/26/2010

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    I'm selling my home, and I would like:
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    Home Buyers Guide Coldwell Banker - 6/26/2010


    Request a free copy of the Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® Buyer's Guide and see listings in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

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    Relocating Coldwell Banker United - 6/26/2010

    Relocating with Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS®

    Our Team of Relocation Professionals understands that you are not just moving, you are moving lives, hobbies, families, expectations and dreams. Our goal is to simplify the process, and we do it with the highest standards of ethics, attitude and work habits.

    Select the area where
    you want to relocate,

    - or -

    Click here for assistance in
    relocating to another area.

    Get pre-approved!

    Apply Now

    Learn about loan options that fit your lifestyle.

    Go to our Mortgage Center

    Get the Help You Need to Get Things Done!

    Managing the details of home buying and selling, Coldwell Banker Concierge was designed for Coldwell Banker United, Realtors® to assist you in this time. From utility hook-up to moving to home repair, these valuable services are at your fingertips or the end of the phone.

    Select an area from the maps where you need
    the help of our Concierge department.

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    Home page CBunited Coldwell Banker - 6/26/2010

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    Coldwell Banker Crestview Florida - 6/26/2010

    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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    Great Investment opportunity Crestview Florida - 6/26/2010

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    MLS #:478063p OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$364,000
    Status:Active Last Change: Property Type:
    PropName:DR. CHAN INVESTMENTSPrice/Sq Ft:
    Location:398 FIELD AVE Price/Unit:
    CRESTVIEW, FLPrice/Acre:
    ZipCode:32539Building Sq Ft:4434
    County:OKALOOSAFrontage:
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaWF Feet:
    SubArea:01 CRESTVIEW SOUTHEASTYearBuilt:
    ParcelID:Const Status:Existing
    Directions:398 Field Ave: Take Hwy 85 south to Cane stree,then right (after bank). Two blocks left onto Amos. House is on left on corner of Amos and Field.

    Great Investment opportunity. This is one of Five locations (See MLS # 474893,474889,474894)All located within Crestview City limits. Seller is selling all five locations together for 364,000. Four are presently leased. Fifth location is vacant. Homes are being sold As IS. Rare chance to buy this many investments in one.

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    Exclusive Florida Airport Home - 6/26/2010

    Detached Single Family .
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    MLS#: 479594 OfficeFile#: ListPrice: $575,000
    Status: Active Last Change: ApproxSF: 1,500 BG:
    Address: 502 TAILSPIN DR $/Sqft: $383.33
    HOLT, FL Bedrooms: 2
    Zip: 32564 Baths Full/Half: 3/
    County: OKALOOSA Stories: 1
    MainArea: 25 Crestview Area YearBuilt: 2007
    SubArea: 11 HOLT OccStat: Vacant
    Subdiv: YELLOW RIVER AIRPORT 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

    Land your plane right in front of your home.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.

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    502 Tailspin Lane Holt Florida Airport Home for sale - 6/26/2010

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    MLS#:478272m OfficeFile#: 30638ListPrice:$575,000
    Status:Active Last Change: ApproxSF:1,500 BG:
    Address:502 TAILSPIN LN$/Sqft:$383.33
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:2
    Zip:32564Baths Full/Half:3/
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:2007
    SubArea:11 HOLTOccStat:New
    Subdiv:METES & BOUNDSImmOcc?Y
    ParcelID:09-2N-25-0000-0024-0050ConstrStat: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.
    Information herein is approximate and not exact.


    ParkingSpaces:Lot Dim.:IRRLotAcc:Near Interstate Exit, Private RoadWatFrnt:
    PrkingFeat:Boat, Detached, Guest, Other, Oversized, RVAcres:1.75Zoning:Residential Single FamilyWatView:
    WFFeet:LotFeat:Cleared, Irregular, Level, See Remarks
    ProjFacil:Airfield

    Room TypeLvlDimnsns
    LivingRoom119'5x15Design:Contemporary
    Kitchen119'5x13
    Bedrm:Additnl116x11Const/Siding:
    Bedrm:Additnl116x11
    Bath: Full111x11ExtFeatures:Porch Covered, Separate Living Area, Guest Quarters
    Bath: Full111x11
    Other12000IntFeatures: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, See Remarks

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    Go Scout Homes Crestview Florida TV - 6/26/2010

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    Home Detail
    478063
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    5 Properties for one price
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    FL 32539
    Price
    $364,000
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    Brandon Jordan ERA American Realty of NW FL, Inc.

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    EPRO Agent Northwest Florida - 6/26/2010

    For Immediate Release

    Local REALTOR e-PRO® Agent Utilizing Technology

    To Provide Consumers With State-of-the-Art Services

    (OCTOBER 2007) - As more and more consumers begin their search for real estate-related information on the Internet, it is critical that real estate professionals are well educated in the use of technology to the benefit of both the consumer and the agent and/or broker.

    Realizing the importance of technology training, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) now offers its members the e-PRO certification course -- the only technology certification program offered by NAR. The program is designed to prepare real estate professionals to make the most of Internet technology and to identify, evaluate, and implement new Internet business models. The elite group of course graduates represents only one percent of all REALTORS in the country including (Brandon Jordan) of (Your ERA American Realty of Northwest Florida INC.).

    "The real estate industry has undergone a fundamental change over the past five years," (Brandon Jordan) said. "Today, more than 70% of all buyers and sellers begin their search online. As an e-PRO certified agent, I have knowledge and tools needed to provide my clients with the information they need and the customer service they demand. It's both hi-tech and hi-touch."

    The REALTOR e-PRO certification course is an educational program unlike any other professional certification or designation course available, comprehensive and interactive. It is specifically designed to provide real estate professionals with the technology tools needed to assist consumers in the purchase or sale of a home.

    The exclusive REALTOR e-PRO certification course is presented entirely online and certifies real estate agents and brokers as Internet professionals. The course is designed to help REALTORS stay at the leading edge of technology and identify, evaluate and implement new Internet business models.

    Once completed, the e-PRO certified real estate professional joins the ranks of a special community of highly skilled and continuously trained professionals who provide high quality and innovative online-based real estate services. Consumers can identify the e-PRO through the exclusive e-PRO Internet Professional logo.

    Both the content and the delivery platform were created by San Diego-based technology company InternetCrusade®. Graduates use the skills they've acquired to provide clients information on properties for sale, local communities, and the local real estate market.

    For more information, e-mail (Brandon Jordan) at (Brandon.Jordan@NorthwestFloridaRealtor.com) or call (850-758-1236.)

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    Brandon Jordan EPRO - 6/26/2010

    For Immediate Release

    Local Agent Earns REALTOR e-PRO® Certification

    (October 2007) -- (Brandon Jordan) of (ERA American Realty) has successfully completed the REALTOR e-PRO course to become one of a select few real estate professionals to earn the prestigious certification offered through the National Association of REALTORS.®

    The REALTOR e-PRO certification course is an educational program unlike any other professional certification or designation course available, comprehensive and interactive. It is specifically designed to provide real estate professionals with the technology tools needed to assist consumers in the purchase or sale of a home.

    With more than 70% of consumers beginning their real estate research on the Internet, e-PRO certified agents have the experience and expertise to meet the demands of today's buyer and seller.

    "The real estate industry has undergone a fundamental change over the past several years," said (Brandon Jordan) of (ERA American Realty of Northwest Florida INC.). "A majority of consumers are taking the time to conduct their own research prior to contacting an agent. In turn, real estate professionals must be knowledgeable of how technology can assist them in serving the needs of the buying and selling public."

    The exclusive REALTOR e-PRO certification course is presented entirely online and certifies real estate agents and brokers as Internet professionals. Because of its innovative design, students are able to complete the course at their own pace, when and where they want, via any Internet connection. The course is designed to help REALTORS stay at the leading edge of technology and identify, evaluate and implement new Internet business models.

    Once completed, the e-PRO certified real estate professional joins the ranks of a special community of highly skilled and continuously trained professionals who provide high quality and innovative online-based real estate services. Consumers can identify the e-PRO through the exclusive e-PRO Internet Professional logo.

    Both the content and the delivery platform were created by San Diego-based technology company InternetCrusade®. The course instructs participants in the professional use of e-mail, the development of an interactive Web site, and the use of online research tools. Graduates use the skills they've acquired to provide clients information on properties for sale, local communities, and the local real estate market.

    For more information, e-mail (Brandon Jordan) at (Brandon.Jordan@NorthwestFloridaRealtor.com) or call (850-758-1236.)

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    Destin Commons - 6/26/2010

    FROM THE EDITORHere in Florida, November's weather is impeccable, family and friend visits are abundant and life is exactly how we'd like it to be year-round. But for every social occasion, it's important to have a head-to-toe ensemble to match, and/or an ideal home entertaining element to impress every discriminating guest. And for every holiday, you must find those perfect gifts. Here, we share the best of what we're most thankful for at Destin Commons this month.
    IN THIS ISSUETrends
    Sometimes the best place to get some work done is away from work. That's why Destin Commons now offers free Wi-Fi high-speed Internet access throughout the entire center. You can have a place to get away from it all while staying connected to it all. We are the only outdoor lifestyle center on the Emerald Coast that offers wireless broadband Internet service free of charge. Just open up your laptop or PDA, and launch your web browser to connect and enjoy the many conveniences of Wi-Fi
    Struggling to find the perfect gift? Give the gift of shopping with a Destin Commons Gift Card.
    It's easy to give and always appreciated. Accepted at over 80 stores and restaurants. Available now at the Customer Service Kiosk at Center Court.


    TRENDS
    THE PLUSH, OVERSIZED SHAWL White House/Black Market (850-837-1392) is a one-stop shop where you'll inevitably find a head-to-toe ensemble to suit any occasion...
    SHIATSU ON DEMANDWhen it comes to inventive, useful gifts, it's hard to beat Brookstone (850-650-3408). One of the store's latest and greatest (sure to evoke that "wow! I never...
    A LUCKY FITLucky Brand Dungarees (850-654-2005) epitomizes quality and timeless style-evident from the looks of jeans like this season's popular...
    PICTURE PERFECTTalbots (850-650-7839) is synonymous with comfortable, classic, can't-miss styles, but is also an untapped source for unique gifts...
    OH, BABY!Baby and children clothier Hugs & Hissyfits (850-650-9509) is a delicious, adorable boutique for hip kid ensembles as well as...
    FRENCH RIVIERA STYLESt. Tropez (850-654-3131)-a designer men's and women's boutique that channels the glamorous European spirit of Brigitte Bardot-carries...
    WHAT TO DO: EAT
    Delectable Asian eatery Sushi Siam (850-650-5861) has a die-hard foodie following for its signature sushi rolls (try the $14 Grand Tsunami, with jumbo shrimp tempura, asparagus, spicy tuna and...
    WHAT TO DO: SEE
    In Bee Movie, Jerry Seinfeld's highly anticipated animated film, a bee (voiced by Jerry Seinfeld) graduates from college only to become disillusioned about his career choice...
    WHAT TO DO: HEAR
    Starbuck's (850-650-0333) has evolved so far beyond lattes it's hard to call it a coffee shop anymore. Sip a delicious hot chocolate as you shop here for...
    EVENTS
    Santa's Arrival & Tree Lighting
    "A Holiday to Remember" Song & Dance Show
    In true Destin Commons style, Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 9, in a fire truck with a police escort into Center Plaza where he will magically...
    NEW STORES
    A BRAND NEW WORLD AWAITS
    There's even more to enjoy with Destin Commons' new stores: Soma Intimates, Avantgarde Salon, and
    Glamour Girlz. Don't miss...
    COMING SOON
    Destin Commons will also be introducing many other stores very soon including Fresh Produce, Godiva Chocolatier, and Talbot's Petites. For a more
    complete list, please visit our website, What's New....
    WHERE TO STAY
    Let your vacation extend beyond your imagination at Emerald Grande, located in HarborWalk Village on the beautiful Destin Harbor. Emerald Grande offers more than just
    BASS PRO SHOPS-BELK-RAVE MOTION PICTURES-OVER 80 STORES 4300 LEGENDARY DRIVE DESTIN FLORIDA 32541

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    EPRO - 6/26/2010

    1 e-PRO matched your search criteria.

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    Jordan, Brandon

    e-PRO®
    Location:Crestview, Baker, Ft. Walton Beach, Eglin AFB,Destin, Defuniak Springs, Niceville,Freeport, Florida 32539
    Licensed In:Florida
    Company:ERA American Realty of Northwest Florida

    What is an e-PRO-- and why should you use one?

    A short guide for the Internet consumer

    When you're on the Internet, you don't have time to waste on endless searches for useful real estate information. You want to get things done quickly and without hassle. So chances are you'd like a real estate agent who

    • Answers e-mail promptly and professionally.
    • Respects your on-line privacy.
    • Offers home listings and other Internet tools to help you find or market a home.

    Enter the e-PRO.

    An e-PRO is a REALTOR® who has successfully completed the e-PRO training program for real estate professionals. Endorsed by the National Association of REALTORS®, the e-PRO course teaches professionals the nuts and bolts of working with real estate on-line: Web sites, e-mail, on-line tools, and most of all, what today's consumer really wants.

    What does all this mean to you? There are several benefits of working with a certified Internet professional.

    More privacy

    Are you reluctant to give out contact information through the Web for fear of being pestered or spammed? e-PROs understand. They've learned the Web isn't just a place to do business; you need information from someone you can trust.

    That's why e-PROs respect your privacy. They respond quickly to your questions, but don't send you unwanted communication. And they protect your personal information.

    Less hassle

    Tired of struggling to find information? e-PROs are more likely to have access to the latest Internet utilities, making your life easier. These tools may include:

    • On-line home tours
    • Instant access to comprehensive neighborhood data
    • Extensive property listings
    • Immediate e-mail notification of just-listed homes meeting your criteria
    • Referral networks and on-line forums, where e-PROs can quickly find information--even potential buyers--from other e-PROs
    • Newsletters on current real estate conditions in your area
    • Electronic faxes sent to you by e-mail
    • Advanced software, PDAs, and laptops to find you answers on the spot

    The result: you get more information, more easily. With electronic files, you have less paperwork to deal with. And since your agent uses e-mail, you can even eliminate phone tag. The e-PRO streamlines your entire transaction, from showing to closing.

    Less expense

    An e-PRO's access to advanced technology can save you considerable expense. You have more tools to find or market your home, so you're likely to get a better price. With on-line home tours, you reduce in-person showings--and the costs involved. And by using e-mail, you save money on long-distance calls and fax charges.

    Relocating? An e-PRO is ideal for you. With the tools to do your research electronically, you can make a decision on a home the first day you're in town--or without traveling at all. You and your family save on travel costs. And after you've decided to buy, monitoring the sale by e-mail saves you even more.

    Should you use an e-PRO? Yes--especially if you're an Internet user. In this fast-paced age, technology has become a necessity. An e-PRO is someone who has recognized and responded to the needs of the new consumer. If you choose an e-PRO, it's a safe bet you'll get the kind of service you want--and need.

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    No portion of this web site, including graphics or text, may be reproduced without the expressed consent of InternetCrusade® and NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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    Eglin Florida.com - 6/26/2010

    Ok trying this again here is the look of the site currently with the new updates.

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    Welcome to Eglin Florida.com!

    Welcome to our county! I am inviting you to tour my site so I can try and assist you with information about our Emerald Coast and the homes we have to offer.

    We understand the stress of a move and the military lifestyle. We can help you find the home you deserve!

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    If you would like to request a free Eglin Florida relocation package, simply fill out the brief form below and click "Submit."

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    Brandon Jordan
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    brandon.jordan@northwestfloridarealtor.com

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    Eglin AFB new hires - 10/17/2007


    Eglin has one of the largest civilian work forces in the Air Force with approximately 11,000 civilians assigned. The Civilian Personnel Office in Building 210, room 134 serves all appropriated fund employees assigned to Eglin. Customer service is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To find federal civil service employment at Eglin, Hurlburt Field, or Duke Field, contact the Air Force Civilian Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. The personnel center is the focal point for Air Force civilian jobs within the United States. The Web site address is http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/ Job announcements are posted on the Web site. There are specific instructions on how to fill out a resume on-line and submit it for jobs at Eglin, Hurlburt Field, or Duke Field.


    Applicants who believe they are eligible for the Military Spouse Preference program should contact the Civilian Personnel Office at 882-6337 for information.
    There are several departments within the Civilian Personnel Office to meet the specialized needs of the civilian work force. The Classification Branch can be reached at 882-6333. The Work Force Effectiveness Branch administers performance management, awards, employee discipline, labor relations, injury compensation, and other benefit programs. Their phone number is 882-4298. The Staffing Branch provides recruitment, and refers candidates for vacancies as well as processes new hires and personnel actions. They can be reached at 882-3203.

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    Eglin Air Force Base Website update - 6/26/2010

    Here is my new sites look let me know any suggestions you might have or opions.

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    Welcome to Eglin Florida.com!

    Welcome to our county! I am inviting you to tour my site so I can try and assist you with information about our Emerald Coast and the homes we have to offer.

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    Twelve step plan to make you feel better about this market - 6/26/2010

    For thirty-three years, I have either been selling or training other top agents to sell real estate at a high level. My real estate business has survived numerous market cycles. I have depended upon this twelve step plan to allow me in focusing, regenerating, and surviving differing markets. I hope these truths will help you become profitable and ride out any storms on your horizon.

    1. The National Association of REALTORS® and your state association will always have published reports that sound better than what you are personally experiencing in the market. Please understand that they support us. They know that whatever they say will end up in public press. We do not need any more negative press! When you read reports that we have reached the bottom or that the market has actually gone up, take it with a grain of salt. Their job is to permeate the world with good news about real estate.
    2. Here's a shocking truth for you - making money in a down market is always harder than making money in an up market. I know that other speakers say that agents get out of the business faster than the business goes down, but I also understand that there will be less competition. The fact remains that sellers are not as excited to sell when they are looking at lower prices, and buyers want to take much longer to make a decision when they believe there will be additional pieces of inventory appearing on the market at better prices.
    3. You have to fly against the conventional wisdom that buyers are good in down markets. Buyers take longer to make decisions, they "nibble" more, and they will actually eradicate your net profit if you continue to work buyers as a major part of your income flow. The only way to make money in a down market is to increase your listings at a much greater rate than your board's inventory increase. For example, in the sizzling California market of 1990, I had to have an inventory of at least ten listings at all times to net two million dollars a year. In the absolutely horrible California market of 1995, it took me 120 listings to maintain the same net income. The reason is simple - the only sellers who will sell in a down market are those who are motivated so I had to increase my sample size to obtain the correct number of motivated sellers. The more listings that I was able to obtain, the more buyer contacts who came into my office. If I aggressively pursued the most motivated buyers, I could keep my income up.
    4. It is time to cut expenses. If your assistant is not producing leads, fix the situation or let him or her go. If you are spending money on lead generation systems that are not producing, improve them or stop doing them. If you have an expensive boat parked out back that you haven't used in the past eighteen months, let someone else throw money into the boat! You do not need the most expensive cable or satellite package. You certainly do not need a $93,000 Range Rover. I became the top real estate agent in California while I was driving a diesel Rabbit.
    5. The only reason that you need to talk to a seller every week is for them to continue to like you, to obtain a price reduction, or to obtain a value enhancement. You will have to time-block your activity of calling sellers once a week. Make certain your sellers know that you are trying to achieve their goals, and let them know that the only reason a property doesn't sell is that it is price incorrectly. Once a week, you need to be requesting price reductions or value enhancements to make your listings more saleable.
    6. You are going to have to be more deliberate with your time. There is no more running around without a plan! A couple of years ago, everybody wanted to buy and sell! Now, you have to have schedules to keep. When do you generate leads through FSBOs, expireds, and out-of-state owners? When do you call your buyers in the "A" class, your sellers in the "A" class, and pendings? When do you go on office caravan? When is your day off? When is date night or family night? The only way you will survive a tough market is to utilize your only asset of time extremely well. Go back to the basics of time-blocking and make certain that you know what the perfect week looks like.
    7. Don't hang around with other real estate agents! Other real estate agents will not buy from you, and 95% of them are too negative now! You cannot listen to them. You do not need to listen to that negativity. Spend the time that you would normally listen to the other agents in generating leads.
    8. Only listen to real estate speakers who have sold real estate as a mega-producer or still sell real estate as a mega-producer. There are thousands of pundits out there, especially from the technology field, who have not even sold real estate. If they have never sold real estate, please take their suggestions lightly.
    9. Get coached! There are numerous expensive and inexpensive coaching programs offered by current agents and former agents. The rule above applies to this as well - if they haven't sold real estate, don't let them coach you on how to sell real estate! Seek those who had or have experience in selling in hot and cold markets but were still successful! Having your feet held to the fire, having your activities re-focused on the net-profit producing activities, and being held accountable are all important activities. Most of my coaching clients will double their income this year only because we have spent time re-focusing their efforts into the most profitable areas of tough markets.
    10. Don't forget your family! Time-block family night, date night, and personal time! Work when you're working, play when you're playing. There is no room in your life for working while you're "playing." It will only upset those you love.
    11. If you are doing less real estate, take some time to take better care of yourself. It is time to time-block visits to the gym. Balance your diet, too!
    12. Most importantly, get ready for the bottom of the market. You know what it looks like. It is when you can put 10% down on a piece of property. With a 40% expense factor, you can break even with a fully amortized loan. The times are exciting at the bottom of the market, and you should have money in the bank to purchase real estate. Every rich real estate agent from the '94 to '96 California market is financially independent, because we had money to invest at the bottom of the market. Quit speculating! There is no room for speculation. At the bottom of the market, buy real estate that will actually break even. Have the tenants pay off the mortgage. Watch the next cycle of appreciation take over and make you wealthy.

    Congratulations on being in one of the world's greatest businesses! I know that it is not like it was, but there is just as much money to be made (if not more) in a down market as there is an up market. You are going to have to be smart. Start a savings account. Accumulate a little bit of money. Buy at the bottom. Some day you will be able to say, "I love this business, but I don't have to go to work today!"

    Commercial Sales - Land .
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    MLS #: 474744m OfficeFile#: 30470 ListPrice: $1,250,000
    Status: Contingent Property Type: Industrial
    PropName: WILLOW INDUSTRIAL Price/Sq Ft:
    Location: 88 WILLOW LANE Price/Unit:
    DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FL Price/Acre: $40,000
    ZipCode: 32435 Building Sq Ft:
    County: WALTON Frontage:
    MainArea: 23 North Walton County WF Feet:
    SubArea: 10 DE FUNIAK SPRINGS YearBuilt:
    ParcelID: 19-3N-19-19360-000-0110 Const Status: Proposed
    Directions: Hwy 90 2 miles west of 331 North. Willow is on the south side of 90

    Industrial property 32 plus acres located on Highway 90 and Willow next to additional available 50 Acre Industrial property for sale that coulb be 82 plus acres in total see MLS # 418639 for more information.


    Information herein is approximate and not exact.


    Lot Dimensions: Vacant? N #Units/Pads: # of Rooms:
    Acreage: 32.06 Lot Sq Ft: ImmediateOcc? Y Vacancy Rate: Avg % Occupancy:
    Lot Depth: Office Sq Ft: # of Floors:
    Zoning: IND FutLandUse: Sprinklers? Rail?
    WF Description: Doors-GrndLvl: DockHigh

    LoopNet: 405-Industrial Manufacturing 402-Industrial Industrial-Business Park 415-Industrial Warehouse
    413-Industrial Truck Terminal/Hub/Transit Facility 503-Land Industrial (Land)

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    Defuniak Springs 50 Acre Industrial property now UC - 6/26/2010

    I am happy to announce that the 50 Acre Industrial property listed below located on Highway 90 Defuniak Springs Florida is now under contract.

    Commercial Sales - Industrial .
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    MLS #: 418639m OfficeFile#: 27680 ListPrice: $3,600,000
    Status: Contingent Last Change: Property Type:
    PropName: HWY 90 50 ACRES Price/Sq Ft:
    Location: 50 ACRE HWY 90 W Price/Unit:
    DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FL Price/Acre:
    ZipCode: 32433 Building Sq Ft:
    County: WALTON Frontage: 2426
    MainArea: 23 North Walton County WF Feet:
    SubArea: 10 DE FUNIAK SPRINGS YearBuilt:
    ParcelID: 19-3N-19-19360-000-0130 Const Status:
    Directions: Hwy 90 2 miles west of 331 North. Willow is on the south side of 90

    *******************Bank Owned *******************Zoned for Industrial use, consisting of three lots, with frontage on CSX Railroad tracks, Property has a 1400+ square ft home on it with a small pond on the s/w corner of property.State EDC incentives available.


    Information herein is approximate and not exact.

    Lot Dimensions: Vacant? Y #Units/Pads: # of Rooms:
    Acreage: 50.52 Lot Sq Ft: ImmediateOcc? Y Vacancy Rate: Avg % Occupancy:
    Lot Depth: Office Sq Ft: # of Floors:
    Zoning: FutLandUse: INDUSTRIAL Sprinklers? Rail?
    WF Description: Doors-GrndLvl: DockHigh

    LoopNet: 402-Industrial Industrial-Business Park 405-Industrial Manufacturing 408-Industrial Research And Development (R&D)
    413-Industrial Truck Terminal/Hub/Transit Facility 415-Industrial Warehouse 4151-Industrial Distribution Warehouse
    Site Information:
    Lease Information:
    Tenant Information:

    Scheduled Income: CAP Rate:
    Gross Income: GRM:
    Expenses: CAM: per
    Net Op Income: Exp/Unit: Exp/SqFt:
    Cash Flow: Expense Types:

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    AMERICAN REALTY OF NW FL INC Agent Cell Ph 850-758-1236
    BRANDON JORDAN Listing Type: Exclusive Right of Sale Co-Agent Cell Ph
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    Showing: Call listing agent or co-listing agent 850-758-1236

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    BP oil spill Information Center - 6/21/2010

    Projections from NOAA indicate weathered oil from the leading edge of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill could impact the Florida Panhandle as early as this week due to a shift in winds and currents.Any impact to Florida's shoreline will likely be highly weathered - tar balls, oil sheen, tar mats or mousse, a pudding-like oil/water mixture that could be brown, rust or orange in color.



    • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is tracking the oil spill's movement. For an update, visit the NOAA website at: http://www.noaa.gov

    • If you spot oil on Florida's coastline report it to the State Warning Point at 1 (877) 2- SAVE-FL (1-877-272-8335) or dial #DEP from most cell phones.


    Onsite actions


    A single website was created to coordinate federal efforts as well as BP initiatives: http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com


    State and federal actions





    • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted water and sediment sampling to use as a baseline for monitoring air quality data should it be affected by the oil spill. Read the reports and get updates as released at: http://www.epa.gov/bpspill


    Health effects


    There are no indications of any health risks due to the Deepwater Horizon incident so far. The Department of Health and DEP are monitoring health and environmental impacts to Florida's beaches and will notice an advisory if conditions become unsafe. To read more about the possible health effects from oil, go to (PDF): http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/files/faq_doh_051010.pdf


    Fishing and seafood



    • NOAA extended the boundaries of the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico to the state water line in Alabama and the western tip of Florida's Panhandle. The federal closure does not currently apply to any of Florida's waters, and it's called a precautionary measure. For the latest update, check the Deepwater Horizon website at: http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com. Scroll to "Current Ops" at the top and click on "Fish and Wildlife Report."

    • Fishermen who wish to contact BP about a claim should call (800) 440-0858.

    • Report oiled wildlife to the Wildlife Distress Hotline at (866) 557-1401. For the safety of the public as well as the safety of animals, trained responders should conduct rescues.


    Tourism



    • Florida's tourism website, www.VISITFLORIDA.com, posts up-to-the-minute information on the status of any city or region in Florida. Vacationers may also view live Twitter feeds of any changes. Learn more at: http://www.visitflorida.com/florida_travel_advisory/.

    • The Florida State Parks have not felt any effect, but updates on closings, if any, will be posted on their website: http://www.floridastateparks.org. Visitors can also get updates by calling 1 (850) 245-2157.


    Tips for homeowners



    Tips for businesses and consumers



    • The Attorney General's fraud hotline is open to receive reports of fraud or price gouging by individuals or companies trying to take advantage of the Gulf oil crisis. Call the hotline at: 1 (866) 966-7226.

    • The Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner gas price-gouging hotline is also operational. The toll-free hotline number is: 1 (800) HELP-FLA (1-800- 435-7352).

    • Coastal businesses should keep good records and make loss of earnings claims for damages incurred as a result of the oil spill. Businesses should file a claim with BP by calling 1 (800) 440- 0858. Learn more at http://www.myfloridacfo.com/oilspill/default.htm or by calling 1 (850) 413-3089 or toll-free at 1 (877) MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236).


    Volunteer opportunities



    • The Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is encouraging Floridians and visitors to become a Coast Watch volunteer. To help or to get more information about scheduled beach cleanups and other volunteer opportunities at: www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org.

    • BP established a volunteer program and set up a toll-free number for those interested in volunteering. Learn more by calling BP's community information line at 1 (866) 448-5816.


    Learn more about Florida's response



    • DEP launched a Twitter account, www.Twitter.com/FLDEPalert, dedicated to providing updates on Florida's response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

    • For a list of Unified Command, BP and Florida phone numbers, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/default.htm#numbers

    • The Oil Spill Information Line is available at 1 (888) 337-3569 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. seven days a week. Additional phone numbers have also been established for persons with disabilities: (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (voice).

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      Google Real Estate Blog - 6/6/2010

      http://www.googlerealestateblog.com/ I just updated a request CMA and Email listings to me link. Here is a scrren shot.

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      St. Joe Northwest Florida Innovations Results - 6/5/2010

      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
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      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

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      ST. Joe Innovations - 6/5/2010

      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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      MLS why to offer your buyers daily updates - 4/27/2010

      RISMEDIA, March 5, 2008-It's no secret that most agents are able to e-mail buyers daily updates of homes that match their criteria. This is easily done on most MLS systems across the country, so it's not the technology that makes this service unique. What is unique, however, is all in the way you offer it.

      Making the most of this existing technology is an easy, but important service. By offering to send your buyers daily updates of all homes that match their home-buying criteria, you provide them with a number of valuable benefits:

      · Your buyers have the ability to beat other buyers to hot new listings

      · Because they're there first before most other buyers, you can help negotiate the lowest possible price for them

      You won't waste the buyer's time showing them homes that don't interest them

      Buyers love this system because it puts them in control of the process. Each day, they get their buyer profile with pictures and complete descriptions of homes that are highly likely to interest them. With this information, they are able to pick the homes that are of most interest, and drive by them to see if they are interested in taking the next step of actually viewing them inside.

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      Silicon Valley in the Northwest Florida Area - 4/27/2010

      Business groups want to spark Gulf Coast economy

      PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - March 3, 2008 - Put the Pensacola Bay Area economy under a microscope these days and what you'll see isn't a pretty picture.

      There are some bright spots, but the anemic housing market, flat retail sales and a rising unemployment rate all signal a rocky road ahead to economic recovery.

      Zoom out, however, to a broader regional view of the central Gulf Coast - Mobile to Fort Walton Beach - and it's a much rosier picture, with Pensacola straddling one of the fastest-growing regional economies in the nation.

      Increasingly, local business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs are looking beyond county and state borders to find business opportunities and partnerships.

      That's exactly the idea behind iTenWired, the brainchild of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

      The group held its first-ever summit in Mobile recently, attracting 75 entrepreneurs, investors, business owners and academics. They heard from a panel of regional experts discussing everything from patent laws to attracting venture capital.

      So, what exactly is iTenWired?

      It's an effort by the Pensacola chamber to bring together entrepreneurs, ideas and capital to help launch startup, tech-related companies and create high-paying jobs.

      By partnering with economic development councils in Mobile, Baldwin, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties, the chamber hopes to cross-pollinate entrepreneurial ideas and investment capital among the growing tech companies along the Interstate 10 corridor between Mobile and Fort Walton Beach.

      That the event was held in Mobile, recently ranked as the fastest-growing mid-sized metro market in the country by Forbes magazine, was not lost on the northwest Florida audience. Just a 50-minute drive from downtown Pensacola, Mobile's stunning success over the past few years in attracting industry and high-paying jobs is garnering national and international headlines.

      Linking Mobile's industrial and academic assets with Pensacola's growing high-tech sector and the University of West Florida is one of the principal goals of iTenWired.

      "The idea behind iTenWired is to provide a forum for linking people, ideas, talent and capital so that we start to build a critical mass around our technology entrepreneurs, help them grow and connect with each other," said Charles Wood, senior vice president of the Pensacola chamber.

      Wood, one of the driving forces behind the creation of iTenWired, said the time is right to forge stronger economic ties between Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

      "The magnitude of the innovation and entrepreneurship going on along the Gulf Coast right now is very impressive," Wood said.

      For example, Wood said the fastest-growing tech company in Florida is AppRiver, a Gulf Breeze Internet security company with a substantial international client base.

      Niels Anderson, CEO of KAMedData and VeritasHealthCare, both started in Pensacola, said one of the most important aspects of iTenWired is the chance to network with other entrepreneurs, investors and academics.

      But beyond networking, Andersen said iTenWired provides a means to brand Pensacola as a nationally recognized tech hotbed, and a haven for entrepreneurs and startup companies.

      Wood wants Pensacola to become known as a great place to start, grow and maintain a tech company.

      If iTenWired advocates beat that drum long and loud enough, Andersen believes "we can create this technology superstructure. And I think it's something we can brand, like a Silicon Valley."

      University of West Florida economic professor Richard Hawkins said his reason for attending the event was to find out what is happening with the economies of Baldwin and Mobile counties.

      "I'm trying to find something to steal and take back home," Hawkins joked.

      The tone of multistate regionalism struck by this first iTenWired meeting - the second summit is set for May in Destin - resonated with Andrea Moore, regional manager for international trade development for Enterprise Florida Inc.

      "I'm a strong believer in regionalism," Moore said. "I don't see boundaries when it involves business opportunities."

      Moore said iTenWired is a way to leverage existing talents, ideas and opportunities in northwest Florida and "connect the dots" with Mobile and Baldwin counties.

      "I think this is a great idea," said Jay Massey, president and CEO of Coco Design Associates in Pensacola. "The idea behind iTenWired is that it's very strong on entrepreneurial development."

      Massey believes Pensacola is poised for an explosion of tech growth, fueled by progress on a proposed downtown tech park, and the start of construction of the new $31.3 million, 92,000-square-foot Science and Technology Building at the University of West Florida.

      Woods believes iTenWired's efforts to connect entrepreneurs and ideas is setting the stage to brand Pensacola as a major regional, if not national, tech center.

      "My goal for Pensacola is that it become of the center of everything along the Gulf Coast," said Wood.

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      Open house today airport home in Holt Florida - 4/27/2010


      MLS#: 478272m OfficeFile#: 30638 ListPrice: $575,000
      Status: Active Last Change: ApproxSF: 1,500 BG:
      Address: 502 TAILSPIN LN $/Sqft: $383.33
      CRESTVIEW, FL Bedrooms: 2
      Zip: 32564 Baths Full/Half: 3/
      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

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      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.
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      Green Building Grants - 4/27/2010

      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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      Kohl's approved for FWB - 4/27/2010

      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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      Study Military's impact strong and growing - 4/27/2010

      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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      Forum to give builders a chance to reverse their fortunes - 4/27/2010

      EGLIN AFB - Local home builders and property managers facing economic slumps have a chance to reverse their fortunes.

      Air Force officials are hosting a housing privatization industry forum at Hurlburt Field Soundside Club later this month.

      The forum will give businesses interested in building or managing some 1,300 housing units on Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt a chance to learn about privatization. Tours of base housing areas will be included.

      A tour of the housing area at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is scheduled for Feb. 28.

      Eglin, Hurlburt and Edwards have bundled their housing privatization initiatives to pool scarce dollars.

      "It makes better financial sense," said Kathy Lawhon, Eglin's housing flight chief.

      After a couple of fits and starts, the local privatization effort has regained momentum.

      It imagines mostly private funds being used to build homes in exchange for the Air Force letting the selected developer manage and collect rents for 50 years.

      The project has been scaled back; hundreds fewer units will be built than initially imagined.

      All of the construction will be on Air Force land, but the site or sites hasn't been selected yet. That decision will be made after an environmental impact statement (EIS) has been completed.

      A draft of the EIS should be released in the next few months. Sites in the running are on the bases and off the bases. Plans call for a request for proposals to be issued before the industry forum.

      Eglin environmental spokesman Mike Spaits said the housing program is open to any bidder, small or large, that meets qualifications.

      "This is an opportunity for our local businesses to network and try to get involved in the project," he added.

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      Florida Forever Buffers Florida Military Bases to Protect Economy and Ecosystems - 4/27/2010

      The $52 billion in economic benefits the military and defense industries provide in Florida face two major threats: development encroachment on bases and the loss of healthy habitats for native species throughout the state. To address these threats and grow the economic strength of the military, bases must be protected by acquiring conservation lands important to the military, The Nature Conservancy said today in response to a study released Feb. 1 that shows an $8 billion increase in military economic benefits over the past two years - or the equivalent of 9 percent per year.

      An invigorated Florida Forever program combined with federal dollars allocated for base buffering will help protect Florida bases from future realignments or closures, according to the Conservancy and officials from the Florida Defense Alliance, an organization created within Enterprise Florida in 1998 to ensure that Florida, its military bases and its military host communities are improving base efficiencies.

      "Our Florida military have been skillful managers of the wildlife and habitats on their properties allowing a multitude of plant and animal species to thrive alongside testing and training operations," said Jeff Danter, Florida director of The Nature Conservancy. "We are constantly looking to enhance the value of these sites by acquiring the important buffers and habitat connectors to these bases."

      For example, The Nature Conservancy and the state recently acquired 11,313 acres of the long-sought Yellow River Ravines Florida Forever project, which links outstanding natural areas in Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) with those in Blackwater River State Forest. The Florida Division of Forestry will manage the Yellow River lands as part of the Blackwater River State Forest. The protected area will continue to provide critical habitat for black bears and other rare species.

      "Our once-remote bases face increasing urban sprawl that restricts training and testing. Protecting adjacent conservation lands is an excellent solution and fortunately one that is still available in Florida. The Department of Defense recognizes and appreciates the need to work with partners such as Florida's highly successful Florida Forever program to share these costs," said Alex Beehler, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health.

      A 2007 RAND Corporation report commissioned by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and using Eglin AFB for an in-depth study of base protection needs, concluded that the base buffer program was effective in guarding against such restrictions. The RAND report warned that there was a narrow window of opportunity to address these concerns, and called for sharply increased funding to be made available for base buffering partnerships.

      "The United States Navy, and in particular Navy Region Southeast, has benefited greatly from the Florida Forever program in preserving biodiversity and in limiting incompatible growth adversely impacting Florida's Naval Bases," said Rear Admiral MikeVitale, Commander Navy Region Southeast.

      "The United States Navy committed $5.03 million for land acquisition that requires cost sharing from sources such as the Florida Forever program; without funding from such sources, the federal funding may be lost," Admiral Vitale said. "Navy Region Southeast believes it is vital that we preserve our ability to work together to ensure that we can continue our successful and important conservation and encroachment-prevention partnership."

      "Lights from development hinder night-vision training, some flight operations can create noise complaints, and housing near drop zones interferes with parachute training. To maintain our military readiness we need to protect our military installations and critical airspace. We greatly appreciate Florida Forever projects designed to link conservation lands and provide natural buffers against incompatible development that would adversely impact Florida's many military installations," said Robert Arnold, chairman, Mission Enhancement Committee, Eglin AFB.

      "The cost of not buffering is that the both the military and the ecological value of Florida's bases could be seriously compromised. The bases are a vital resource for the military, Florida's economy and for wildlife, and we all need to work together to protect these tremendous assets to our nation and our state" said Deborah Keller, The Nature Conservancy's Senior Policy Representative for Department of Defense Conservation Partnerships

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      Airmen at Eglin AFB bring Valentines to honor surviving spouses of enlisted - 4/27/2010

      Airmen bring romance and roses to Air Force Enlisted Village

      Airmen bring romance and roses to Air Force Enlisted Village
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      by Jodi L. Jordan
      Air Force Enlisted Village

      2/14/2008 - SHALIMAR, Fla. (AFPN) -- The champagne fountain gurgled and the dress uniform buttons gleamed in the candlelight at a very special Valentine's Day event Feb. 9. Airmen from nearby Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field were visiting the Air Force Enlisted Village to honor and escort the residents of Hawthorn House, the AFEV's assisted living residence, at their Valentine's Day Ball.

      The Air Force Enlisted Village, one of the four official charities of the Air Force, provides a home to the surviving spouses of enlisted Airmen. Most of the residents there are widows in their seventies, and for some of them, Valentine's Day can be a particularly sad holiday.

      "Our ladies loved their husbands so much," said Jennifer Carron, Hawthorn House administrator. "They often stop me in the halls to tell me stories about how their husbands would get dressed up in their uniforms and take them out dancing. Those dates are some of their most precious memories, and now they don't have that type of event to look forward to, so we wanted to give them an event like that here."

      Staff from Hawthorn House contacted senior NCO's at Eglin and Hurlburt and asked them to put the call out for volunteers to attend a Valentine's Day Ball at Hawthorn House. The requirements were simple: wear your service dress uniform or mess dress and be ready to dance and have a great time. More than thirty Airmen answered the call, and "An Evening of Romance and Roses" was off and running.

      For Monique Fouts, a resident at Hawthorn House, the ball and the Airmen's participation helped her get through a very tough day.

      "Today is the anniversary of my husband's death," Mrs. Fouts said at the event. "I was feeling very bad today, but I'm so glad I came tonight. The volunteers are so sweet. It's made me feel better."

      One of the Airmen attending the ball was Master Sgt. Brian Carron, an instructor at the 342nd Training Squadron at Hurlburt Field.

      "This event was a great way to link our military today to these spouses, and for us to hear about their experiences," Sergeant Carron said. "We wanted to give them a chance to reminisce and to let them know they're not forgotten."

      The Valentine's Day Ball was just one more example of the great support today's Airmen give the AFEV, said retired Chief Master Sgt. James C. Binnicker, AFEV president and CEO .

      "I can't say enough about the way Eglin and Hurlburt Field Airmen always support us. They are out here volunteering their off-duty time every week, my hat's off to them," he said.

      Chief Binnicker also was the 9th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.

      For more information, visit the Air Force Enlisted Village Web site or call 1-800-258-1413.

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      Northwest Florida Realtor - 4/27/2010

      I have added quick search links to the bottom of the page for Northwest Florida Realtor.com I had added similar sites to my Buy A Florida Vacation Home. They have seem to have been popular on there so I figured why not try them on here.

      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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      Natural Springs Private Lake Estate - 02/02/2008






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      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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      Crestview Florida Home short sale - 4/27/2010

      MLS#:

      485717p OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$165,000
      Status:Active Last Change: 2/7/2008ApproxSF:1,610 BG:
      Address:618 RISEN STAR DR$/Sqft:$102.48
      CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:3
      Zip:32539Baths Full/Half:2/
      County:OKALOOSAStories:1
      MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1999
      SubArea:01 CRESTVIEW SOUTHEASTOccStat:Occupied
      Subdiv:STEEPLECHASE PH 3ImmOcc?N
      ParcelID:28-3N-23-2352-000B-0100ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
      ElemSch: SOUTHSIDE Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
      Dir:FR I-10, TAKE HWY 85N TO REDSTONE. TURN RGT ON REDSTONE, TURN RGT ON BROOKMEADE, LEFT ON COVELL, RGT ON STEEPLECHASE DR & LFT ONTO RISEN STAR. HOUSE LAST ONE ON LEFT.
      Legal:STEEPLECHASE PH III LOT 10 BLK B

      Short sale.Great Location, Great Neighborhood!! Just N of I-10. This 3/2/2, 1610 sf, split bedroom design, is open, airy and has large family room, eat-in kitchen, ample closet & storage and interior utility room and located on large corner lot!!!

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      More pictures of Jewel has a ton of toys but her favorite is plastic - 4/27/2010

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      Jewel my rottweiler is a little over a year they say - 4/27/2010



      She loves her stuffed animals, she currently has ran threw everyone that I have given her she likes to rip the cotton out after tug a war with me.

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      My new member of my family - 4/27/2010

      My mom came down from Ohio after visiting a rescue shelter home for dogs. I had lost my rottweiler roxie after 14 years last year. So she brought me Jewel. Pictured below.



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      Dog Logic - 4/27/2010

      Dog Logic



      The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
      -Anonymous


      There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
      -Ben Williams


      A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
      -Josh Billings


      The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
      -Andy Rooney



      Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.
      -Franklin P. Jones


      If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise
      -Unknown

      My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money.
      -Joe Weinstein




      If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
      -Mark Twain


       If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.
      -Phil Pastoret


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      Home Value loss protection - 4/27/2010

      Unique Insurance Policy Protects Against Home Value Loss

      by Jeff Ward,

      Almost everyone in the real estate world has represented a client buying a new home or condo, where there is concern over the unknown as it relates to potential rezoning....or even eminent domain type decisions.... in their new community.

      Or how about the client trying to sell a house, where there's a pending controversial decision being made by local government to widen a highway or build a new shopping mall down the street, which will cause all kinds of noise and congestion issues. These types of concerns and conflicts occur routinely around the country. We hear and read about them daily.

      Now there's a unique and affordable policy of insurance available to new homeowners, which will protect the value in their home if there's a rezoning or re-planning type event causing their property value to drop. It's called Home Value Safeguard (HVS) and is backed by certain underwriters at Lloyds of London.

      This "Peace of Mind" protection was developed in response to the controversial 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on eminent domain in the case Kelo v. New London. That decision gave more power to governmental agencies to repossess or condemn land for private or public use. After additional research on the issues facing many homeowners and lenders, the HVS coverage was then broadened to protect homeowners for any type or re-planning or unforeseen redevelopment type events, which have negative consequences to homeowners in a neighborhood or community.

      Effective Jan 1, 2008, new homeowners or people refinancing their home or condo can purchase the HVS policy on line by visiting the HVS website...www.hvsinsurance.com. For less than $300 premium per year the policy provides up to $200,000 loss of market value when the home is sold....plus up to $50,000 in reasonable relocation costs...to help relieve the expense of moving.

      The HVS launch has been closely watched by the large realtor firms, mortgage lenders, title insurers, mortgage brokers and homeowner insurance carriers. It's not often we see new insurance products offered in the real estate market that have real value.

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      Bio-Degradable Vinyl BillBoard - 4/27/2010

      I am looking into this and wanted to know if anyone has ever used this. I figure I will change out my message once a year anyway and they are built to last a year and a half they say.

      PROLABdigital IMAGING: ECO-Friendly Bio-Degradable Vinyl Banners

      CULVER CITY, Calif., Jan. 9, 2008 - PROLABdigital IMAGING is proud to announce its capabilities to print vinyl banners on ECO-Friendly, BIO-FLEX, the newest BIO-Degradable Vinyl substrate. PDi specializes in the manufacture of small and large format quality visual graphics nationwide for advertising, events, retail chains, truck-sides, entertainment, corporate, fashion, cosmetic and food industries.

      Our wide selection of printing capabilities allows us to print up to 16 feet wide by any length, or tiled together to create even larger Mega-Banners, quantities from 1 to 1000's of units. The life expectancy of this material on indoor and outdoor use is the same as regular high grade vinyl and only decomposes in landfill conditions. Clients all over the world use our BIO-Degradable banners for trade shows, in-store, point-of-sales, special event and marketing collateral.

      Every year, millions of tons of banners are buried in the earth; taking 500 to 700 years to degrade in landfills worldwide, BIO-Degradable substrates are a step in the right direction to reduce this problem. BIO-Degradable banners will decompose in 3 to 5 years when exposed to conditions in a landfill (darkness, high heat and moisture), where microbes breakdown the BIO-Degradable PVC and turn it in into dust.

      PROLABdigital IMAGING produces a multitude of indoor and outdoor front lit-signs and banners. As reasonable stewards of this planet, we should be actively conscious of the environment and take every effort in reducing our carbon footprint at every opportunity.

      For more information on BIO-Degradable substrates and PDi's capabilities to print front lit-signs and banners, please contact:

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      534 Hyde Park I am happy to say is now under contract - 6/4/2010

      534 Hyde Park I am happy to say is now under contract


      MLS#:482656

      OfficeFile#:

      ListPrice:


      $145,000Status:PendingApproxSF:1,141 BG:

      Address:534 HYDE PARK Dr

      $/Sqft:$127.08
      CRESTVIEW, FL

      Bedrooms:3

      Zip:32539

      Baths Full/Half:2

      /County:OKALOOSA

      Stories:1MainArea:25 Crestview

      AreaYearBuilt:2002

      SubArea:04 CRESTVIEW NORTHEAST

      OccStat:Occupied

      Subdiv:WINDING CREEK ESTATES PH 3

      ImmOcc?Y

      ParcelID:09-3N-23-5235-000A-0340

      ConstrStat:ConstrCmpltstrong

      ElemSch: WALKER

      Middle: RICHBOURG

      High: CRESTVIEW

      Dir:Hwy 85 North, Right on Stillwell Blvd., Right on Hyde Park, House on left.Legal:Lot 34, Block A, Winding Creek Estates, Phase III



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      Central location in Crestview, close to shopping and Walker ELementary school just up the street. Open and flowing floor plan in living room, dining area and kitchen. Home has great curb appeal and a great backyard with extra room. Great deck out back ideal for entertaining. Seller is offering a Home warranty through AHS for Buyer, a $395 value!


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      ParkingSpaces:Garage:1 Lot Dim.:70X136X104X148LotAcc:City Road, Paved RoadWatFrnt:PrkingFeat:Acres:0.26Zoning:City, Residential Single FamilyWatView:WFFeet:LotFeat:ProjFacil:


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      Room Type Lvl Dimnsns
      GreatRoom 1 17X13 Design: Ranch
      Bedrm:Master 1 14X11
      Const/Siding: Foundation Slab On Grade, Roof Composite Shingle, Siding Vinyl, Trim Vinyl
      Kitchen 1 9X9
      Bedrm:Additnl 1 11X10 ExtFeatures: Deck Open, Porch Covered
      DiningRoom 1 11X11 IntFeatures: Ceiling:Cathedral, Ceiling:Trayed/Coffered, Floor:Vinyl, Floor:W/W Carpet, Pull Down Stairs, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Window:Bay, Woodwork:Painted
      Bedrm:Additnl 1 11X10
      Appliances: Auto Garage Door Opener, Dishwasher, Range Hood, Stove/Oven Electric
      Utilities: Electric, Phone, Public Water, Septic Tank, TV Cable
      Energy: A/C: Central Electric, A/C: High Efficiency, Ceiling Fans, Double Paned Windows, NOT USED GC/BR, Heat Pump A/A, Heat: Central Electric, Heat: High Efficiency, Ridge Vent, Water Heater: Electric
      Mbed/Mbath: Mbath Double Vanity, Mbath Dressing Area, Mbath Walk-In-Closet



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      Hmstd: YLeaseExpDate:Financing:Conventional, FHA, VANewBuyerFee:ExistLeases:Assoc.FeesInclude:LstOff:ECU3 COLDWELL BANKER UNITED REALTORSCntct OrdrPh. NumLstTyp:ERS NmdExcpt? N

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      197 VillaCrest Drive in Crestview is now pending sale - 4/27/2010

      MLS#:

      481088 OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$169,900
      Status:Pending ApproxSF:1,755 BG:
      Address:197 VILLACREST DR$/Sqft:$96.80
      CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:3
      Zip:32536Baths Full/Half:2/
      County:OKALOOSAStories:1
      MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1993
      SubArea:02 CRESTVIEW SOUTHWESTOccStat:Vacant
      Subdiv:NORTHVIEW ESTATES 3RD ADDNImmOcc?Y
      ParcelID:31-3N-23-2813-0000-0240ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
      ElemSch: ANTIOCH Middle: DAVIDSON High: CRESTVIEW
      Dir:North on 85, left by the Tom Thumb onto PJ Adams Pkwy. First right onto Villacrest Drive. Approx. one block up, corner property on left side. Corner of Northview and Villacrest.
      Legal:Lot 24 Northview Est 3rd Add

      This is a must see at this price now also offering $ 2,000 flooring allowance (upon acceptable offer by seller). Desirable neighborhood below I-10 offers quick commute to bases. This home sits on a nice sized corner lot and offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. The curb appeal is very attractive and with a little imagination, and the fact that the square footage price is a 'wow' factor, the home can be transformed into a great find! As you enter the hallway, to the right is the formal dining that boasts a tasteful chandelier-like lighting where entertaining could be a delight; since the very large open kitchen is across the hall. The kitchen faces out to the front of the home with two windows that emit natural lighting and gives the kitchen flair. The kitchen offers a lot of cabinets and loads of work space since it has an island for extra room, there is also a skylight. Off the kitchen is a good sized extra laundry room that leads to the double size garage. The home has an open split bedroom floor plan. The living room features a fantastic view of the back yard beyond the screen enclosed patio to the above ground swimming pool.


      ParkingSpaces:Garage:2 Lot Dim.:68.8X47.1X113.8X74.4X140LotAcc:City Road, Paved RoadWatFrnt:
      PrkingFeat:Acres:0.32Zoning:City, Deed Restriction, Residential Single FamilyWatView:
      WFFeet:LotFeat:
      ProjFacil:

      Room TypeLvlDimnsns
      DiningRoom113x11Design:Contemporary
      Kitchen115x19
      Laundry18x6Const/Siding:Foundation Slab On Grade, Roof Shingle/Shake, Siding Brick All, Trim Vinyl
      LivingRoom117x17
      Bedrm:Additnl110x11ExtFeatures:Fenced Back Yard, Fenced Privacy, Patio Open, Pool Above-Ground, Porch Screened, Yard Building
      Bedrm:Additnl112x10
      Bath: Full14x7IntFeatures:Breakfast Bar, Floor:Vinyl, Floor:W/W Carpet, Pull Down Stairs, Skylight(s), Split Bedroom, Wallpaper, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Window Treatment:Some, Woodwork:Painted, Pantry
      Bedrm:Master116x14
      Bath: Master113X7Appliances:Disposal, Oven:Self Cleaning, Range Hood, Smoke Detector, Stove/Oven Electric
      Utilities:Community Water, Electric, Phone, Septic Tank, TV Cable
      Energy:A/C: Central Electric, Ceiling Fans, Heat: Central Electric, Ridge Vent, Water Heater: Electric
      Mbed/Mbath: Mbath Double Vanity, Mbath Garden Tub, Mbath Walk-In-Closet, Mbed Carpeted

      Hmstd: NSaleSubjtoLease:N
      LandLease/Year:MonthlyRent:AssmMrtTyp:
      Assmt Fees:LeaseExpDate:Financing:Conventional
      NewBuyerFee:ExistLeases:
      Assoc.FeesInclude:

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      Destin Commons Concert and Snowbird Discounts - 4/27/2010

      LstOff:ECU3 COLDWELL BANKER UNITED REALTORS


      All Concerts are FREE and take place in Destin Commons Center Plaza. The first 100 Snowbirds will receive a FREE Destin Commons Goodie Bag. Come with your lawn chairs and blankets and dance the afternoon away!

      BANJORAMA
      SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2 - 4 PM
      Come hoot, howl, laugh, clap and be merry with the Ragtime Dixieland band, Banjorama. A special thanks to the Destin Snowbirds from Banjorama, whose support has been the backbone of their success.

      Click HERE for full concert listing

      SNOWBIRD DISCOUNTS 2008
      AVANTGARDE SALON:
      Receive $5 off a
      shampoo / blowdry


      BLUE POINT FISH CLUB:

      10% off entire purchase

      BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP:
      Receive $5 off a $25 purchase

      DESTIN SNO BIZ:
      Buy one food item get the second half off

      EYE GALLERY:
      5% off entire purchase

      HARD ROCK CAFÉ:
      Receive a complimentary Hard Rock souvenir with a $25 purchase. Not valid with other offers. One per person per visit

      HUGS & HISSYFITS:
      Take an extra 10% off all sale items

      JOS. A BANK:
      Qualify for our corporate discount and receive 20% off any item in the entire store
      PATCHINGTON:
      10% off the entire store. Excluding NYDJeans, Spanx, and clearance items

      SAINT TROPEZ:

      $25 off purchase of $250 or more

      SILVER SHOP:
      25% off entire store excluding candles

      SUSHI SIAM:
      Receive 50% off Makimono (sushi) rolls Monday-Thursday. For dinner only. $1 sushi from 4-7 pm everyday

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      Receive a free gift with a $75 purchase

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      10% off entire purchase

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      10% off entire purchase

      ZOE'S KITCHEN:
      Receive one free piece of Chocolate Cake with the purchase of two meals
      Corner of Mid-Bay Bridge & Hwy 98 Destin Florida
      850.337.8700

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      Final Phase of Construction begins on John Sims Parkway - 4/27/2010




      Final phase of construction begins on John Sims Parkway

      Chipley - A lane shift planned for this evening, Monday, January 28,
      will mark the beginning of the third and final phase of construction
      for the John Sims Parkway improvement.

      Construction crews from APAC-Southeast plan to shift John Sims Parkway
      eastbound traffic to the newly constructed travel lanes late this
      evening. The traffic shift will occur between Government Avenue and
      Armstrong Street. In addition, northbound traffic on Government
      Avenue will also be shifted to new travel lanes.

      Four lanes of traffic will remain open at all times, as will access
      to adjacent commercial properties.
      All work is weather dependent and may be re-scheduled in the event of
      inclement weather conditions.


      www.dot.state.fl.us

      Tommie Speights

      sent by: Donna M. Green
      District Three Public Information Office
      donna.green@dot.state.fl.us
      850-415-9661
      888-638-0250, ext. 661 (toll-free)
      850-260-5433 (Mobile)

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      NFL Network Senior Bowl - 4/27/2010

      Ladd Peebles Stadium

      NFL Network Senior Bowl 08

      Herm Edwards talking with the Cast from NFL Network many coaches on hand checking out the up and coming players for next year.

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      Windswept golf course - 4/27/2010

      Windswept golf course Inventory sale.

      I received an email today detailing lots for 75,000 in this nature preserve golf course subdivision.

      LOTS-photos

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      Okaloosa County School District - 4/27/2010

      Okaloosa County School District

      School GradesPopulationAddress - click for mapPhone
      Annette P. Edwins Elementary SchoolK-54577 Wright Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3333
      Baker SchoolK-1213531369 14th Street, Baker, FL 32531(850) 689-7279
      Bob Sikes Elementary SchoolK-5533425 Adams Drive, Crestview, FL 32536(850) 689-7268
      Clifford Meigs Middle School6-8726150 Richbourg Avenue, Shalimar, FL 32579(850) 833-4301
      Lance C. Richbourg Middle School6-8739500 Alabama Avenue, Crestview, FL 32536(850) 689-7229
      W. E. Combs School (formerly Combs NewN/A201720 Lovejoy Road, N.w., Ft Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3345
      C. W. Ruckel Middle School6-8952201 North Partin Drive, Niceville, FL 32578(850) 833-4142
      Destin Elementary SchoolK-5778630 Kelly Street, Destin, FL 32541(850) 833-4360
      Lula J. Edge Elementary SchoolK-5454300 N. Highway 85, Niceville, FL 32578(850) 833-4138
      Cherokee Elementary SchoolK-56182850 Gaffney Road, Eglin Afb, FL 32542(850) 833-4320
      Laurel Hill SchoolK-124318078 4th Street, Laurel Hill, FL 32567(850) 652-4111
      Niceville Senior High School9-122307800 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578(850) 833-4109
      Northwood Elementary SchoolK-5548501 4th Avenue N.w., Crestview, FL 32536(850) 689-7252
      Silver Sands School For Exceptional ChildrenK-12129349 Holmes Boulevard, Nw, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3364
      Southside Elementary SchoolK-5548650 S. Pearl Street, Crestview, FL 32539(850) 689-7203
      Valparaiso Elementary SchoolK-5464379 Edge Avenue, Valparaiso, FL 32580(850) 833-4120
      W. C. Pryor Middle School6-8852201 Racetrack Road N.w., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547(850) 833-3613
      Wright Elementary SchoolK-5591305 Lang Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547(850) 833-3580
      Shalimar Elementary SchoolK-55261350 Joe Martin Circle, Shalimar, FL 32579(850) 833-4339
      Oak Hill Elementary SchoolK-5584101 Chinquapin Drive, Eglin Afb, FL 32542(850) 833-4311
      Elliott Point Elementary SchoolK-5569301 Hughes Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3355
      Ocean City Elementary SchoolK-5493720 Essex Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547(850) 833-3556
      Mary Esther Elementary SchoolK-5575320 Miracle Strip Pkwy, E, Mary Esther, FL 32569(850) 833-3371
      James E. Plew Elementary SchoolK-5710220 Pine Avenue, Niceville, FL 32578(850) 833-4100
      Choctawhatchee Senior High School9-121884110 Racetrack Road N.w., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547(850) 833-3614
      Crestview Senior High School9-1218231250 N. Ferdon Boulevard, Crestview, FL 32536(850) 689-7177
      Kenwood Elementary SchoolK-558215 Eagle Street, N.e., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547(850) 833-3570
      Florosa Elementary SchoolK-55781700 Highway 98 West, Mary Esther, FL 32569(850) 833-4381
      Ft. Walton Beach Senior High School9-121940400 Hollywood Blvd., S.w., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3300
      Max Bruner, Jr. Middle School6-81112322 Holmes Boulevard, Nw, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3266
      Addie R. Lewis Middle School6-8631281 Mississippi Avenue, Valparaiso, FL 32580(850) 833-4130
      Longwood Elementary SchoolK-547150 Holly Avenue, Shalimar, FL 32579(850) 833-4329
      Crestview Vocational-technical Center9-12921250 N. Ferdon Boulevard, Crestview, FL 32536(850) 689-7177
      Okaloosa Applied Technology Center9-122741976 Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32457(850) 833-3500
      Walker Elementary SchoolK-56072988 Stillwell Boulevard, Crestview, FL 32539(850) 689-7220
      Bluewater Elementary SchoolK-57104545 Range Road, Niceville, FL 32578(850) 833-4240
      Okaloosa AcademyK-1223081 Roberts Blvd., Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 864-3133
      Antioch Elementary SchoolK-57184700 Whitehurst Lane, Crestview, FL 32536(850) 683-7540
      Davidson Middle School6-88826261 Old Bethel Rd, Crestview, FL 32536(850) 683-7500
      Destin Middle School/regatta Bay6-8670689 Regatta Bay Blvd., Destin, FL 32541(850) 833-7655
      Exceptional Student Education (inaN/A0120 Lowery Place, S.e., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3100
      Gulf Coast Youth Academy (formerly Gulf Coast6-121034448 Straight Line Road, Crestview, FL 32539(850) 689-7800
      Okaloosa Youth Development Center6-12644448 Straight Line Road, Crestview, FL 32539(850) 689-7800
      Okaloosa Youth Academy6-121024448 Straight Line Road, Crestview, FL 32539(850) 689-7800
      Okaloosa Regional Detention Center6-12784448 Straight Line Road, Crestview, FL 32539(850) 689-7800
      Emerald Coast Marine Institute6-1243207 4th Street, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 244-2711
      Gulf Coast Residential Care6-1223461 School Avenue, Crestview, FL 32536(850) 689-7433
      Liza Jackson Preparatory SchoolK-8609546 Mary Esther Cut Off, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3321
      Choctawatchee Academy (formerly Choctawatch9-1298110 Racetrack Road, Nw, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3614
      Fort Walton Beach Success Academy (formerly Ft. W9-1246400 Hollywood Blvd., Sw, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548(850) 833-3300

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      Niceville Senior is National Finalist in Wendy High School Heisman - 4/27/2010

      In the midst of Niceville High School's A+ award ceremony, senior Jennica Hagberg was called up to the podium, where a representative from Wendy's informed her that she is one of six female finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman award. The award is given to student athletes who excel academically and devote themselves to community service. Over 32,000 students applied for the honor this year.

      "I was very surprised. I knew I was a state finalist, but I had no idea about the rest," stated Hagberg after the ceremony.

      Her mother and volleyball coach, Kris Hagberg, learned about her award Tuesday, but kept it a secret from her high achieving daughter, who is in the top 1% of her graduating class. Jennica is planning to attend Stetson University on a full volleyball scholarship next year. She has dedicated many hours to community service, including helping out with Desire Street Ministries, which relocated to Camp Timpoochee following Hurricane Katrina. She also tutored students from Lewis Middle School and played varsity soccer, managing to balance it all with a full load of stringent academic courses.

      "A better recipient couldn't have been chosen," stated NHS principal, Dr. Linda Smith. "She is an incredible young lady."

      As part of the award, Wendy's donated a $2000 check to Niceville High School in Hagberg's name, and officials informed her that she is invited to attend the National Awards Banquet in New York City, which will be filmed by ESPN-2. The male and female national winners will be announced at the banquet.jennica_check.jpg

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      Okaloosa Schools Continue the Tradition of Excellence with 32 A's and 4 B's - 4/27/2010

      Today the 2007 school grades were released by Florida Department of Education Commissioner Blomberg and Deputy Commissioner Pfeiffer. School grades are largely based on FCAT scores, but also include a formula that requires low performing students to make significant gains. This year, two additional criteria were added to the formula: science scores from grades 5, 8 and 11 and progress of students in the lowest quartile in math. These additions result in a total of eight criteria used to determine school grades. In other words the bar has been raised. Despite the increasing number and difficulty of the criteria, Okaloosa schools continue to excel.

      In Okaloosa County 32 schools earned an ‘A', with four schools receiving a B. All district charter schools achieved the highest school grade possible for their program. The fact that Laurel Hill School and Ocean City Elementary School received B's confirms the research that schools with higher percentages of economically disadvantaged students often demonstrate lower achievement. We are addressing this issue in schools and at the district level as we begin our work in closing this achievement gap of low socio-economic students.

      Fort Walton Beach High and Crestview High greatly exceeded the number of points required to earn an ‘A', but did not receive an ‘A' because the lowest quartile of students did not make adequate learning gains in reading. We have begun to address this issue by hiring literacy coaches in the high schools.

      Kudos go to Mary Esther Elementary School. We are proud of the efforts of those teachers and students as they moved from a ‘B' School last year to an ‘A' School this year.

      Okaloosa County has 90% of our schools earning an ‘A' rating and was second only to Gilchrist County, a district with only four schools, all of which achieved an A placing them at 100% and first in performance statewide. Of the eight school districts designated high performing by the state of Florida, Okaloosa County outdistanced them all with the exception of Gilchrist.

      Teachers, support personnel, administrators, district staff, parents and community leaders should all be proud of the distinguished achievement of our students in Okaloosa County. Accolades must be given to parents who send highly motivated students to our schools and our community who value education. Teachers of all grades levels and subject areas have toiled daily to provide individual instruction, complete staff development and implement new research based practices in their classrooms. School Board members have focused dollars on rigorouscurriculum and differentiated instruction. We are grateful to each of them.

      The FCAT is not the finish line, it is the start line. Students in Okaloosa County will continue to increase their skills in reading, math, science and writing due to the hard work of our amazing educators, parents, and community members who support our school system. The primary objective of our combined efforts is to assist our students in not only meeting graduation requirements but also to become better citizens, parents, lifelong learners and contributors to society.

      To view a chart of Okaloosa school grades from 1999 to today, click here.

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      Okaloosa Students outperform nation on SAT - 4/27/2010

      While the national* mean dropped five points on the 2006 Critical Reading SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), Okaloosa County School District (OCSD) students showed a four point improvement over last year. In math, Okaloosa's mean score rose six points, while the national mean decreased by two points.

      As a result of this improvement, Okaloosa students' mean of 525 for Critical Reading is now a full 22 points above the national figure. In math, Okaloosa's mean is 532, 14 points above the national mean of 518.

      The gap between Okaloosa students' SAT results and those of students across the state is even more pronounced. The mean for all Florida students is 496 for Critical Reading - 29 points less than that of OSCD students. In math, Florida students scored 497 -- 35 points fewer than those in OCSD.

      This was the first year of scoring on the writing section of the SAT, and once again, Okaloosa students outshone their peers. With a mean score of 506, they beat the nation by nine points and the state of Florida by 26.

      "We are proud of our test scores, even though we know there is always room for improvement," states Dr. Diane Kelley, Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction for the district. "Our goal is to increase the number of number of students taking the SAT and ACT, as well as to increase the number of scholarships to our students."

      Okaloosa students also fared well on the ACT (American College Test.) Their mean composite score was 21.8, which was fully 1.5 points higher than the rest of the state and 0.7 points higher than the national mean.

      "I am very pleased with the reports," adds Curriculum Specialist Shawnea Tallman. "But it is a whole new ballgame, where we are making global comparisons. In math and science, we are setting our sights well beyond the national average."

      * "National" scores actually refer to the scores of all test-takers. A small percentage of the test-takers are from other countries, such as Canada.

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      Niceville High School - 4/27/2010

      http://www.nicevillehighschool.org

      Niceville Senior High School (Also known as NHS) is a public high school in the city of Niceville, Florida. The school is SACS-accredited and considered to be the top high school within its high performing district. In 1996 NHS was selected as one of 226 secondary schools (private and public) to be designated as a Blue Ribbon National School of Excellence. NHS was also named a New American High School in 2001, one of only 13 in the nation to earn that honor. The State of Florida Department of Education rated the school an A+ in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005. [2] The school also received a rating of 10 for its restrooms in 2006[1]

      Contrary to popular belief, the current location of NHS atop a hill running parallel to John Sims Parkway was not the original site of the school, opened in 1964. According to various sources, NHS was initially located in a dance hall on Howell Avenue and once held classes at the present-day Edge Elementary.

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      [edit] Athletics

      Niceville High School has gained some notoriety from its Athletics department. In 1988 the Niceville High School Football team won the state championship winning 48-14 over Bradenton High School and in 2005 the NHS Football team won the 5A Regional Championship.[2] In addition, Niceville has in years past fielded highly completive baseball teams earning places in the 1989 Florida State Final Four and posting district championships in 1991, 2002, 2004 and 2005 and in 2007 was ranked 19th in nation.[3] In 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 the NHS wrestling team also posted district championships. [4] The boy's soccer team also has consistently posted district championships winning titles every year from 1995 through 2001 and 2004 through 2007. [5]

      [edit] Student Activites

      Beyond athletics NHS has won accolades among many of its student run activities. In 2007, a team from the school took honors at the Ocean Sciences Bowl. During the same year seven students from the school were sent to Tanzania to participate in Natural Geography of In-Shore Areas project sponsored by University of Kyoto, Japan.[6] In 2003 a team from NHS posted 43rd out of almost 200 teams in the Super Bowl of High School Calculus. [7]

      [edit] Principals

      • Dr. Linda Smith (2007-Present)
      • Janie Varner (2001-2007)
      • Dr. David Morgan (1994-2000)
      • Jeanette Rhodes (1989-1994)
      • Ashley Hutchinson (?-1989)
      • Colly V. Williams (1968-?)
      • Oris Kinney (1964-1968)

      [edit] Quick Facts

      • NHS's philosophy is, "teachers teach students learn" [3]
      • The school features a state-of-the-art IT Institute, headed by Dean Patti Bonezzi. Since the institute opened in 2004, students have been awarded 250+ certificates in programs such as Microsoft, Oracle Corporation, Cisco, and Adobe.
      • NHS won the state championship in football in 1988 and went to the state semifinals in 2005.

      [edit] Notable Alumni

      • Pam Oliver, Fox Sports sideline analyst
      • Cris Judd, music video director, choreographer, actor, and ex-husband of Jennifer Lopez
      • Kenneth Smith, Bassist in the band "Lancaster".
      • Alan Ritchson, Aquaman on Smallville and a previous contestant on American Idol.

      [edit] External links

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      Crestview High school - 4/27/2010

      http://www.okaloosa.k12.fl.us/crestview/

      Crestview High School is the only high school in the city of Crestview, Florida. It is the second largest in Okaloosa county[1], trailing only Niceville High School. The Mascot of the school is the bulldog. In January 2007 Ed Coleman replaced Andy Johnson as principal after serving as vice principal at Niceville High School.

      [edit] Crestview High School Band

      The Crestview High School Band, nicknamed 'The Big Red Machine', was organized in 1938 and has become a major organization in Crestview. The band has traveled to many locations across the United States, with recent trips including the 1997 Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona, the 2000 Marshall Field's Jingle Elf Parade in Chicago, Illinois, and the 2002 Hollywood Christmas Parade in Hollywood, California.

      In 2005, Director David Cadle, Assistant Director Joseph W. Dunn Jr., and Drum Major Jamar Woods led the Big Red Machine in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In honor of this event, December 6, 2005 was proclaimed 'Crestview High School Band Day' by Mayor George H. Whitehurst.

      Following the 2005-2006 school year, David Cadle retired from his position as Band Director at Crestview High School. His assistant, Joseph Dunn replaced him. David Cadle won the election as Crestview's new mayor in 2007.[2]

      During the summer of 2006, Dan Akins, from Davidson Middle School, soon took over Mr. Dunn's vacated assistant band director/visual coordinator job. Mr. Akins had for three years previous to his appointment been designing the halftime show for the band, a task which he still undertakes. Also included in the staff is Zarick Randalf, the percussion instructor.

      The spring band trip this year will be the biggest one yet- the band has been invited to play onboard the U.S.S. Missouri, one of the major battleships during WWII. This will be the band's first trip outside of the contigious 48 states.

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      The buzz continued Panama City Florida - 4/27/2010

      Port Locations

       

      Information provided by portofpanamacityusa.com

       

       

      Port Panama City.
      Located on the Gulf coast in Florida's panhandle, this port specializes in breakbulk cargo plus some dry bulk products. The Port has become a catalyst for industrial development in Northwest Florida.

      Governing Body: Panama City Port Authority

      Mission:
      Expand economic opportunities in the City of Panama City, Bay County, Northwest Florida, and the state by providing modern port facilities, promoting trade, and supporting industrial development.
      Major Goals and Objectives:
      •General cargo enhancements.
      • Bulk cargo facility enhancements.
      • Preparation for cruise operations.
      • Industrial Park development.
      Primary Needs:
      • Completion of the current south dock expansion.
      • Completion of the dredging project associated with the south dock expansion.
      • Additional property for cargo storage.
      • Additional warehouse space.
      • Funding to expand the Industrial Park.
      Hinterland Served:
      Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.
      Trading Partners:
      Central America, South America, the Far East (China), the
      Mediterranean and Europe.
      Principal Activities and Products:
      Break bulk and bulk terminal service, Industrial Park development, and Foreign Trade Zone operations.
      Exports:
      Linerboard, woodpulp, machinery, and miscellaneous general cargo.
      Imports:
      Steel plate, steel coils, lumber, copper and bulk aggregates.
      Current (FY 2003/2004) and Projected (FY 2008/2009) Throughputs:
      Cargo (tons): Current - .9 million. Projected - 1.5 million.
      Cargo (TEUs): Current - None. Projected - 40,000.
      Cruise (revenue passengers): Current - None. Projected - 150,000.

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      The buzz around Panama City Beach Florida - 4/27/2010

      We are pleased that you have expressed an interest in Port Panama City & Foreign TradeZone #65. Port Panama City operates in beautiful Bay County in the Florida Panhandle. Strategically located as the northernmost port in the Gulf of Mexico, Port Panama City is a relatively young port established in 1967 with one deep water berth and one 42,000 square foot warehouse. Currently, the Port has grown to six deep water berths consisting of 3,240 linear feet, with 32 foot draft, 600 linear feet of barge facilities, and 470,000 square feet of warehousing space. The Port is efficiently equipped with modem loading and unloading facilities for truck, rail, barge, container, RO-RO vessel and deep water vessel traffic. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is located adjacent to the Port, and offers intracoastal shipment capability via barge.

      The Port in the 1940's

      The maritime community of Panama City provides a self-contained infrastructure of services to benefit our many customers. These services are described as follows: longshoremen, steamship agents, freight forwarders , customs brokers, stevedore companies, and an in- house US Customs office. All of these together are fully committed to servicing the maritime community.

      Over the years, Port Panama City has established itself as a load center for forestry products. For over 25 years, linerboard and woodpulp have been the #1 commodities moving through the Port. However, during 1997 and 1998, the volumes of steel products exceeded those of forestry. Regardless of the industry being served, quality control (Q/C) is integrated into every step of the various processes--facility design, rate structures, handling methods. From the planning stages to actual production, the customer is assured of high quality standards as observed in our low damage ratio and constantly enforced safety measures. In terms of financial benefits, the Port offers extremely competitive rates, along with efficiently planned facilities to handle and store merchandise.
      More recently, imported copper cathodes have become an important commodity for the Port.

      FIRST SHIP THROUGH THE PASS

      The menu of services at Port Panama City is geared to benefit our customers or industrial park tenants, regardless of their product line or volumes. The advantages and benefits are readily available to those industries expanding or relocating in our area, whether in manufacturing, assembly, or transshipment of commodities in the Port area, or at any of the industrial park sites.

      Port Panama City rates among the most economical on the Gulf of Mexico or East Coast region, and combined with the incentives available through FTZ #65, plus Florida's number one business climate, it represents an attractive alternative to industries seeking to expand or relocate in this part of the State. Our marketing strategies are predicated on the concept of creating jobs through the implementation of personalized services to those companies who use our facilities.

      Bay County has three major industrial parks consisting of 560 acres: 1. The Port Panama City Industrial Complex (125 acres); 2.-Hugh Nelson Industrial Park (175 acres); and 3. Bay Industrial Park (260 acres). In addition, the Port Authority is currently developing a new 200 acre Intermodal Distribution Center. Port Panama City prides itself for personalized service, and strives for 100% customer satisfaction. The maritime community of Bay County also adheres to this concept. The total package of services provided by Port Panama City & Foreign Trade Zone #65 can provide significant benefits to both importers and exporters

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      History of Panama City Florida Ports - 4/27/2010

      We are pleased that you have expressed an interest in Port Panama City & Foreign TradeZone #65. Port Panama City operates in beautiful Bay County in the Florida Panhandle. Strategically located as the northernmost port in the Gulf of Mexico, Port Panama City is a relatively young port established in 1967 with one deep water berth and one 42,000 square foot warehouse. Currently, the Port has grown to six deep water berths consisting of 3,240 linear feet, with 32 foot draft, 600 linear feet of barge facilities, and 470,000 square feet of warehousing space. The Port is efficiently equipped with modem loading and unloading facilities for truck, rail, barge, container, RO-RO vessel and deep water vessel traffic. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is located adjacent to the Port, and offers intracoastal shipment capability via barge.

      The Port in the 1940's

      The maritime community of Panama City provides a self-contained infrastructure of services to benefit our many customers. These services are described as follows: longshoremen, steamship agents, freight forwarders , customs brokers, stevedore companies, and an in- house US Customs office. All of these together are fully committed to servicing the maritime community.

      Over the years, Port Panama City has established itself as a load center for forestry products. For over 25 years, linerboard and woodpulp have been the #1 commodities moving through the Port. However, during 1997 and 1998, the volumes of steel products exceeded those of forestry. Regardless of the industry being served, quality control (Q/C) is integrated into every step of the various processes--facility design, rate structures, handling methods. From the planning stages to actual production, the customer is assured of high quality standards as observed in our low damage ratio and constantly enforced safety measures. In terms of financial benefits, the Port offers extremely competitive rates, along with efficiently planned facilities to handle and store merchandise.
      More recently, imported copper cathodes have become an important commodity for the Port.

      FIRST SHIP THROUGH THE PASS

      The menu of services at Port Panama City is geared to benefit our customers or industrial park tenants, regardless of their product line or volumes. The advantages and benefits are readily available to those industries expanding or relocating in our area, whether in manufacturing, assembly, or transshipment of commodities in the Port area, or at any of the industrial park sites.

      Port Panama City rates among the most economical on the Gulf of Mexico or East Coast region, and combined with the incentives available through FTZ #65, plus Florida's number one business climate, it represents an attractive alternative to industries seeking to expand or relocate in this part of the State. Our marketing strategies are predicated on the concept of creating jobs through the implementation of personalized services to those companies who use our facilities.

      Bay County has three major industrial parks consisting of 560 acres: 1. The Port Panama City Industrial Complex (125 acres); 2.-Hugh Nelson Industrial Park (175 acres); and 3. Bay Industrial Park (260 acres). In addition, the Port Authority is currently developing a new 200 acre Intermodal Distribution Center. Port Panama City prides itself for personalized service, and strives for 100% customer satisfaction. The maritime community of Bay County also adheres to this concept. The total package of services provided by Port Panama City & Foreign Trade Zone #65 can provide significant benefits to both importers and exporters.

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      Deep sea ports in Northwest Florida - 4/27/2010

      Port Locations

      Information provided by portofpanamacityusa.com

      Port Panama City.
      Located on the Gulf coast in Florida's panhandle, this port specializes in breakbulk cargo plus some dry bulk products. The Port has become a catalyst for industrial development in Northwest Florida.

      Governing Body: Panama City Port Authority

      Mission:
      Expand economic opportunities in the City of Panama City, Bay County, Northwest Florida, and the state by providing modern port facilities, promoting trade, and supporting industrial development.
      Major Goals and Objectives:
      •General cargo enhancements.
      • Bulk cargo facility enhancements.
      • Preparation for cruise operations.
      • Industrial Park development.
      Primary Needs:
      • Completion of the current south dock expansion.
      • Completion of the dredging project associated with the south dock expansion.
      • Additional property for cargo storage.
      • Additional warehouse space.
      • Funding to expand the Industrial Park.
      Hinterland Served:
      Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.
      Trading Partners:
      Central America, South America, the Far East (China), the
      Mediterranean and Europe.
      Principal Activities and Products:
      Break bulk and bulk terminal service, Industrial Park development, and Foreign Trade Zone operations.
      Exports:
      Linerboard, woodpulp, machinery, and miscellaneous general cargo.
      Imports:
      Steel plate, steel coils, lumber, copper and bulk aggregates.
      Current (FY 2003/2004) and Projected (FY 2008/2009) Throughputs:
      Cargo (tons): Current - .9 million. Projected - 1.5 million.
      Cargo (TEUs): Current - None. Projected - 40,000.
      Cruise (revenue passengers): Current - None. Projected - 150,000.

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      New Starbucks sign just went up next door to our office in Crestview - 4/27/2010

      New starbucks sign up and looks nice.

      Starbucks sign in Northwest Florid just put up

      so what is your favorite starbucks drink?

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      346 John King Rd - 4/27/2010

      482137m OfficeFile#:

      ListPrice:$215,000
      Status:Active ApproxSF:2,024 BG:
      Address:346 JOHN KING Rd$/Sqft:$106.22
      CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:5
      Zip:32539Baths Full/Half:3/
      County:OKALOOSAStories:1
      MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1987
      SubArea:01 CRESTVIEW SOUTHEASTOccStat:Occupied
      Subdiv:SOUTH I-10ImmOcc?N
      ParcelID:33-3N-23-2269-000B-0110ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
      ElemSch: ANTIOCH Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
      Dir:From I-10 Crestview exit take Hwy 85 south to left onto John King Rd to 346 on left side of John King.
      Legal:Shoal Creek S/D lot 11 blk B

      Ideal for large family. 5 bedroom,3 bath. Home comes with nice size lot;South of I-10 totally remodeled all brick home. New appliances,new light fixtures,new carpet and tile throughout,and paint, security system, New 13 seer a/c heat pump system with new duct work,new "low E" vinyl windows,upgraded wiring,new outside doors,new 50 gal water heater, and more.Looking for low maintenance and high quality? This is the house for you. This is a must see.Call us today to take a look.***

      Room TypeLvlDimnsns
      Bedrm:Master114.6X13.7Design:Ranch
      Bedrm:Additnl110.7X10.7
      Bedrm:Additnl114.9X12Const/Siding:Foundation Slab On Grade, Frame, Roof Composite Shingle, Siding Brick All
      Bedrm:Additnl110X10
      Bedrm:Additnl112.6X8.6ExtFeatures:Columns, Deck Covered, Fenced Back Yard, Fenced Chain Link, Patio Covered
      Bath: Full112X5
      Bath: Full18.5X4IntFeatures:Floor:Tile, Floor:W/W Carpet, Plantation Shutters, Pull Down Stairs, Renovated, Split Bedroom, Wallpaper, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Pantry
      Pantry18.7X3.8
      Kitchen110X20Appliances:Microwave, Oven:Self Cleaning, Range Hood, Refrigerator, Security System, Smoke Detector, Stove/Oven Electric
      DiningRoom111.5X10.5
      LivingRoom118X15Utilities:Electric, Phone, Public Water, Septic Tank
      Foyer15X8
      Energy:A/C: Central Electric, A/C: High Efficiency, Ceiling Fans, Double Paned Windows, Heat Pump A/A, Heat: Central Electric, Water Heater: Electric

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      15 Courtney lane Crestview Florida Home for sale near Hospital and schools - 4/27/2010

      MLS#:

    482330m OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$165,000
    Status:Active Last Change: ApproxSF:1,265 BG:
    Address:15 COURTNEY LN$/Sqft:$130.43
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:3
    Zip:32539Baths Full/Half:2/0
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1995
    SubArea:01 CRESTVIEW SOUTHEASTOccStat:Vacant
    Subdiv:HOLLYROD PARK PH 2ImmOcc?Y
    ParcelID:28-3N-23-2780-0000-0150 ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: SOUTHSIDE Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:85 N. Right on Redstone (right after Hospital). Right at first stop sign onto Brookmeade. Left onto Covell. Left into Hollyrod subdivision. First left follow down to end of cul-de-sac. House is on left.
    Legal:HOLLYROD II S/D LOT 15

    Great neighborhood behind Crestview hospital! House is located in a cul-de-sac; this is a one-way-in, one-way-out subdivision. Close to shopping such as Walgreens and Publix and just minutes from bases. The new elementary/middle school is being built close by. The home features a split bedroom floor-plan with vaulted ceiling in living area. The home offers an open floor plan and a fireplace in the living room. The kitchen is roomy with lots of cabinet space and a long breakfast bar. Master bedroom is a nice size and offers a walk-in closet. Seller enclosed the patio that has windows which adds lots of square footage. Large back yard includes shed.

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    New listing for sale Crestview Florida Home around Redstone area - 4/27/2010

    Detached Single Family

    Click on Photo to Enlarge.

    MLS#:482330m OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$165,000
    Status:Active Last Change: ApproxSF:1,265 BG:
    Address:15 COURTNEY LN$/Sqft:$130.43
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:3
    Zip:32539Baths Full/Half:2/0
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1995
    SubArea:01 CRESTVIEW SOUTHEASTOccStat:Vacant
    Subdiv:HOLLYROD PARK PH 2ImmOcc?Y
    ParcelID:

    28-3N-23-2780-0000-0150

    ConstrStat:

    ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: SOUTHSIDE Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:85 N. Right on Redstone (right after Hospital). Right at first stop sign onto Brookmeade. Left onto Covell. Left into Hollyrod subdivision. First left follow down to end of cul-de-sac. House is on left.
    Legal:HOLLYROD II S/D LOT 15

    Great neighborhood behind Crestview hospital! House is located in a cul-de-sac; this is a one-way-in, one-way-out subdivision. Close to shopping such as Walgreens and Publix and just minutes from bases. The new elementary/middle school is being built close by. The home features a split bedroom floor-plan with vaulted ceiling in living area. The home offers an open floor plan and a fireplace in the living room. The kitchen is roomy with lots of cabinet space and a long breakfast bar. Master bedroom is a nice size and offers a walk-in closet. Seller enclosed the patio that has windows which adds lots of square footage. Large back yard includes shed.

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    Crestview Florida 3 Bedroom affordable home in nice subdivision - 4/27/2010

    Detached Single Family .
    Click on Photo to Enlarge
    MLS#: 482656 OfficeFile#: ListPrice: $145,000
    Status: Active ApproxSF: 1,141 BG:
    Address: 534 HYDE PARK Dr $/Sqft: $127.08
    CRESTVIEW, FL Bedrooms: 3
    Zip: 32539 Baths Full/Half: 2/0
    County: OKALOOSA Stories: 1
    MainArea: 25 Crestview Area YearBuilt: 2002
    SubArea: 04 CRESTVIEW NORTHEAST OccStat: Occupied
    Subdiv: WINDING CREEK ESTATES PH 3 ImmOcc? Y
    ParcelID: 09-3N-23-5235-000A-0340 ConstrStat: ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: WALKER Middle: RICHBOURG High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir: Hwy 85 North, Right on Stillwell Blvd., Right on Hyde Park, House on left.
    Legal: Lot 34, Block A, Winding Creek Estates, Phase III


    Central location in Crestview, close to shopping and Walker ELementary school just up the street. Open and flowing floor plan in living room, dining area and kitchen. Home has great curb appeal and a great backyard with extra room. Great deck out back ideal for entertaining. Seller is offering a Home warranty through AHS for Buyer, a $395 value!

    ParkingSpaces: Garage:1 Lot Dim.: 70X136X104X148 LotAcc: City Road, Paved Road WatFrnt:
    PrkingFeat: Acres: 0.26 Zoning: City, Residential Single Family WatView:
    WFFeet: LotFeat:
    ProjFacil:


    Room Type Lvl Dimnsns
    GreatRoom 1 17X13 Design: Ranch
    Bedrm:Master 1 14X11
    Const/Siding: Foundation Slab On Grade, Roof Composite Shingle, Siding Vinyl, Trim Vinyl
    Kitchen 1 9X9
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 11X10 ExtFeatures: Deck Open, Porch Covered
    DiningRoom 1 11X11 IntFeatures: Ceiling:Cathedral, Ceiling:Trayed/Coffered, Floor:Vinyl, Floor:W/W Carpet, Pull Down Stairs, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Window:Bay, Woodwork:Painted
    Bedrm:Additnl 1 11X10
    Appliances: Auto Garage Door Opener, Dishwasher, Range Hood, Stove/Oven Electric
    Utilities: Electric, Phone, Public Water, Septic Tank, TV Cable
    Energy: A/C: Central Electric, A/C: High Efficiency, Ceiling Fans, Double Paned Windows, NOT USED GC/BR, Heat Pump A/A, Heat: Central Electric, Heat: High Efficiency, Ridge Vent, Water Heater: Electric
    Mbed/Mbath: Mbath Double Vanity, Mbath Dressing Area, Mbath Walk-In-Closet

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    If you are going out of town for the Holidays - 4/27/2010

    I heard a local service announcement that people that live in Okaloosa County could get on a vacation list so that officers will know you are on vacation and will check on your property (at least a drive-by patrol). I thought this was a good idea and I wondered if anyone else uses this.

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    Good idea for the Holidays - 4/27/2010

    I heard this on the local radio: "In Case of Emergency." This is the number you put into your cell phone in case you're ever in an accident. The emergency responders can find your phone and find out information from your point of contact that may help to save your life. Just save your contact's phone number with the name "ICE."

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    Coldwell Banker Realtor - 4/27/2010

    I have started a new group on Active Rain for my Coldwell Banker office and all other Coldwell Banker United Realtors' offices and members. If you are a Coldwelll Banker Agent please feel free to add your thoughts to the Forum. Click the link below to go directly to the board.

    Coldwell Banker United Realtors

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    Florida Commercial Real Estate - 4/27/2010

    Commercial real estate fundamentals sound - Okaloosa Blog

    WASHINGTON - Dec. 21, 2007 - The fundamentals in commercial real estate remain healthy with only slight increases in vacancy rates expected for the office and industrial sectors during 2008, although credit restrictions have recently slowed overall investment activity, according to the latest Commercial Real Estate Outlook of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).

    The report said commercial fundamentals are essentially sound. "Although vacancy rates remain relatively low for all sectors, they are expected to rise slightly in the office and industrial markets during the coming year because much of the space being absorbed is in high-quality buildings or is built-to-suit," says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. "As a result, there is a fair amount of older space on the market, particularly in the industrial sector where obsolescence is a factor, although industrial rents are showing healthy gains. Vacancy rates in the retail and multifamily sectors are projected to tighten in 2008 with rents rising in all sectors."

    Yun said the credit crunch has been impacting the market over the last few months, but 2007 is already a record for commercial real estate investment. "Tighter credit conditions will limit individual commercial real estate investment deals moving forward," he says. "Because capitalization rates are already very low, it is likely that commercial property prices will ease. The era of rapid commercial property price increases has ended."

    A record $325.0 billion was invested in commercial real estate in the first 10 months of 2007, up from $306.8 billion for all of 2006; that total does not include transactions valued at less than $5 million or investments in the hospitality sector, based on analysis of data from Real Capital Analytics.

    Patricia Nooney of Saint Louis, chair of the Realtors® Commercial Alliance, says commercial real estate investment is expected to stay historically strong. "Even with the credit crunch there's been no significant impact on institutional investors, and it's unrealistic to set new records every year in a cyclical business," she says. "There's been a shift in investment activity to foreign buyers, who are taking advantage of the dollar's decline relative to other currencies. With many areas showing favorable fundamentals, commercial property in the U.S. has become very attractive to foreign investors."

    The NAR forecast in four major commercial sectors analyzes quarterly data for various tracked metro areas. The sectors are the office, industrial, retail and multifamily markets. Torto Wheaton Research and Real Capital Analytics provided historic metro data.

    Office market

    With jobs still being created, the demand for office space remains positive and is helping to absorb the more than 30 million square feet of new space becoming available in the current quarter. Investment grade office properties with solid income streams will be the most in demand by institutional investors, equity funds and foreign investors.

    Since not all of the vacated space is being back-filled or leased, office vacancies are forecast to rise to 13.2 percent by the fourth quarter of 2008 from an estimated 12.9 percent in the current quarter; it was 12.6 percent at the end of 2006. Annual rent growth in the office sector should be 8.0 percent this year and 2.0 percent in 2008, after rising 5.2 percent in 2006.

    Projections for the fourth quarter show areas with the lowest office vacancies include New York City; Honolulu; Tucson, Ariz.; Long Island, N.Y.; Los Angeles; and Riverside, Calif., all with vacancy rates of 10.0 percent or less.

    Net absorption of office space in 57 markets tracked, which includes the leasing of new space coming on the market as well as space in existing properties, is likely to total 55.4 million square feet in 2007 and 43.0 million next year, but below the 81.2 million in 2006.

    Office building transaction volume in the first 10 months of this year totaled a record $173.5 billion, compared with $133.5 billion for all of 2006. So far this year foreign investors purchased $12.5 billion worth of office properties, with buyers from the Middle East and Germany accounting for half of that volume.

    Industrial market

    The weaker dollar is fueling an increase in exports, but leasing activity has declined in port distribution hubs, and vacancy rates in those markets are edging up; some users are building or renting in secondary markets.

    With abundant land and relatively low concerns regarding site remediation, secondary and tertiary markets are experiencing greater interest. So far this year, almost 16 percent of industrial investment has taken place outside of the 58 primary markets tracked.

    Vacancy rates in the industrial sector are projected to average 9.4 percent in the fourth quarter and 9.5 percent by the end of 2008; vacancies averaged 9.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2006. Annual rent growth will more than double to 3.3 percent by the end of 2007 and is seen at 1.3 percent a year from now, compared with a 1.4 percent annual gain at the end of 2006.

    The areas with the lowest industrial vacancies include Los Angeles; San Francisco; Tucson; Orange County, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and Las Vegas, all with vacancy rates of 6.1 percent or less.

    Net absorption of industrial space in 58 markets tracked is expected to total 127.4 million square feet in 2007 and 144.0 million next year, down from 205.4 million in 2006.

    Industrial transaction volume in the first 10 months of 2007 was $35.8 billion, compared with $38.9 billion for all of 2006.

    Retail market

    Even with a decline in consumer confidence, retail vacancy rates remain fairly stable. Declining production of new space will help improve fundamentals in this sector during 2008.

    Vacancy rates in the retail sector will probably rise to 8.9 percent in the current quarter from 8.0 percent at the end of last year, and then ease to 8.6 percent by the fourth quarter of 2008. Average retail rent should grow by 2.2 percent this year and 1.9 percent in 2008, after rising 3.9 percent in 2006.

    Retail markets with the lowest vacancies include San Francisco; Orange County, Calif.; San Jose, Calif.; Ventura County, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and San Diego, all with vacancy rates of 5.5 percent or less.

    Net absorption of retail space in 53 tracked markets is forecast at 18.6 million square feet for 2007 and 24.7 million next year, up from 10.5 million in 2006.

    Retail transaction volume in the first 10 months of this year totaled $52.9 billion, exceeding the $46.9 billion for all of 2006. The Southeast is the most sought-out region this year.

    Multifamily market

    The apartment rental market - multifamily housing - is experiencing increased demand from the slowdown in home sales. With a rising population and a growing number of households, vacancies are tightening and rents are rising.

    Multifamily vacancy rates are projected to average 5.4 percent in the current quarter, down from 5.9 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, and then continue to decline to 5.1 percent by the end of 2008. Average rent is likely to rise 3.1 percent for 2007 and 3.8 percent next year, following a 4.1 percent increase in 2006.

    Multifamily net absorption is expected to total 234,400 units in 59 tracked metro areas in 2007, below the 229,500 last year, but should rise to 245,800 in 2008.

    The areas with the lowest apartment vacancies include Northern New Jersey, Salt Lake City, San Jose, San Diego, Nashville and Philadelphia, all with vacancy rates of 3.3 percent or less.

    Multifamily transactions in the first 10 months of this year totaled $62.3 billion, compared with $87.4 billion for all of 2006. The sale of buildings originally constructed as condos are being sold to multifamily investors in markets like Washington, D.C., and South Florida. Many markets have seen condo "for sale" signs change to "apartment for lease" signs almost overnight. Some condominium complexes are being converted into office buildings, and others are becoming mixed-use projects.

    The NAR Research Division for the Realtors Commercial Alliance publishes the Commercial Real Estate Outlook. Organizations in the RCA include the CCIM Institute, the Institute of Real Estate Management, the Realtors Land Institute, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, and the Counselors of Real Estate. The RCA also provides commercial products and services.

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    Coldwell Banker.com agent profile now updated - 4/24/2010

    Coldwell Banker.com I have finally updated my profile on there. This is my Coldwell Banker.com profile

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    140 Old South Drive Crestview Florida Home for sale - 4/24/2010

    MLS#:480809 OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$499,900
    Status:ActiveApproxSF:3,500 BG:
    Address:140 OLD SOUTH DR$/Sqft:$142.82
    CRESTVIEW, FLBedrooms:5
    Zip:32536Baths Full/Half:3/1
    County:OKALOOSAStories:1
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:2004
    SubArea:03 CRESTVIEW NORTHWESTOccStat:Occupied
    Subdiv:ASHLEY PLACEImmOcc?
    ParcelID:02-3N-24-0066-0000-0350ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: NORTHWOOD Middle: DAVIDSON High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:90 West to Old Bethel Road,turn right, go to Sioux circle, turn left and go to the second 3 way stop, turn onto Lindley Road, then go to first right and turn on Old South Drive, home on the left near end of cul de sac.
    Legal:LOT 35, Ashley Place First Addition Phase II

    COME SEE THIS BREATH-TAKING CUSTOM BUILT HOME IN SECLUDED ASHLEY PLACE FIRST ADDITION. THIS HOME HAS IT ALL. YOU MUST SEE IT FOR YOURSELF. YOU WILL FIND HICKORY HARDWOOD FLOORING IN THE GREATROOM,KITCHEN,BREAKFAST,FORMAL LIVING ROOM AND FORMAL DINING ROOM, TILE AND UPGRADED CARPET FLOORING, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS IN THE KITCHEN, MARBLE VANITIES IN THE BATHS, STAINLESS APPLIANCES IN THE KITCHEN, CROWN MOLDING IN SEVERAL ROOMS, GAS FIREPLACE WITH GRANITE SURROUND IN GREATROOM, CUSTOM BUILT SOLID MAPLE CABINETRY IN KITCHEN, 6x6 WALK-IN PANTRY, FORMAL LIVING ROOM, GREATROOM, AND ANOTHER FAMILY/GAME ROOM, LOTS OF CEILING TREATMENTS, SPLIT BEDROOMS, LARGE SCREENED PORCH AND PATIO, 4 CAR GARAGE WITH ATTIC STAIRS, 80 GAL. GAS HOT WATER HEATER, 6 FOOT WORK ISLAND IN THE KITCHEN, AND MUCH MUCH MORE. YOU MUST SEE THE HOME TO APPRECIATE THE CUSTOM CONSTRUCTION AND LOVING CARE THE OWNERS HAVE GIVEN IT. BE SURE TO CLICK ON PICTURE ABOVE AND LOOK AT ALL THE OTHER PICTURES OF HOME.
    ParkingSpaces:Garage:4 Lot Dim.:320X259X400X100LotAcc:City Road, Paved RoadWatFrnt:
    PrkingFeat:OversizedAcres:1.00Zoning:City, Residential Single FamilyWatView:
    WFFeet:LotFeat:
    ProjFacil:

    Room TypeLvlDimnsns
    GreatRoom125 x 17Design:Traditional
    FormalDining113 x 12
    Foyer16 x 12Const/Siding:Foundation Slab On Grade, Frame, Roof Composite Shingle, Siding Brick All, Siding Stucco, Siding Vinyl, Trim Vinyl, Roof Dimensional Shingle
    LivingRoom112x11
    Bedrm:Master120x15ExtFeatures:Columns, Fenced Chain Link, Fenced Lot-Part, Patio Open, Porch Open, Porch Screened, Sprinkler System
    Bedrm:Additnl112x15
    Bedrm:Additnl112x15IntFeatures:Ceiling:Crown Molding, Ceiling:Raised, Ceiling:Trayed/Coffered, Fireplace, Fireplace:Gas, Floor:Hardwood, Floor:Tile, Floor:W/W Carpet, Kitchen:Island, Lighting:Recessed, Pull Down Stairs, Shelving, Split Bedroom, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Window Treatment:Some, Woodwork:Painted, Upgraded Media Wiring, Pantry
    Bedrm:Additnl116x12
    Bedrm:Additnl114x12Appliances:Auto Garage Door Opener, Central Vacuum, Dishwasher, Disposal, Microwave, Oven:Double, Oven:Self Cleaning, Range Hood, Refrigerator W/Ice Maker, Security System, Smoke Detector, Stove/Oven Electric
    Garage136x28
    Laundry111x 6Utilities:Electric, Gas:Natural, Phone, Public Water, Septic Tank, TV Cable, Underground
    Kitchen115x12
    Breakfast112x10Energy:A/C: Central Electric, A/C: Two Or More, Ceiling Fans, Double Paned Windows, Heat: Central Gas, Heat: Two Or More, Insulated Doors, Water Heater: Gas
    Screened Porch133 x 12
    Family115x12
    Mbed/Mbath: Mbath Cultured Marble, Mbath Double Vanity, Mbath Dressing Area, Mbath Garden Tub, Mbath Separate Shower, Mbath Tile, Mbath Whirlpool, Mbed Carpeted, Mbed Sitting Area, Mbed Walk-In Closet, Mbed Trey Ceiling

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    6145 Staff Road Crestview Florida Estate for sale - 4/24/2010

    MLS#:479448 OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$8,500,000
    Status:Active ApproxSF:4,500 BG:
    Address:6145 STAFF RD CRESTVIEW,FL$/Sqft:$1,888.88
    Bedrooms: 5
    Zip:32536Baths Full/Half:3/
    County:OKALOOSAStories:2
    MainArea:25 Crestview AreaYearBuilt:1985
    SubArea:03 CRESTVIEW NORTHWESTOccStat:Occupied
    Subdiv:STAFFImmOcc?N
    ParcelID:30-4N-23-0000-0009-0010ConstrStat:ConstrCmplt
    ElemSch: BOB SIKES Middle: DAVIDSON High: CRESTVIEW
    Dir:From intersection of Hwy's 85 and 90 in Crestview proceed north about 1.5-2 miles to Old Bethel Rd. (on left at Winn Dixie shopping center). Proceed on Old Bethel until you see Staff Rd. on right. Turn right on Staff and proceed to end, (just beyond where road narrows, and sign is on right.) Drive is to right, just past sign a 100 ft. or so.
    Legal:Metes and Bounds.

    A true "Gentleman's Estate" with 120 acres of rolling pastures, native woodlands and towering hardwoods. All this and beautiful 20 acre lake that, according to the owner "has always maintained it's shoreline, even in the worst draught". The parcel is high and dry except in a small area beyond the dam. The unique piece borders on three roads, two are paved, and one 19 acre piece borders an exclusive development on Lake Silver Rd. and may be separated if desired. The home has plenty of room with three bedrooms downstairs and two upstairs which includes the master suite and master bath. Both the upstairs bedrooms are huge and both open to a balcony and overlook the in-ground pool and jucuzzi, and the beautiful stocked, 20 acre lake. Downstairs, the kitchen and dinning area have been remodeled with elegant large tiles and custom granite countertops and new appliances. The living room is massive with 16-18 foot ceilings, a beautiful stone chimney and wood burning fireplace that overlooks the pool and lake on either side. That living room can be viewed from a birdseye view from a runway between the two upstairs bedrooms. The home has sustained only slight shingle damage from all the storms it has endured. Buyer to verify school districts, acreage, lake size, home and room dimensions. All appliances, and majority of furnishing convey. The conveyed items, pool, jacuzzi and equipment convey "as is". Owner financing considered with 25% down. Estimated 3/4 mile shoreline. Buyer should verify all home, parcel and lake dimensions, as well as school zones.


    ParkingSpaces:Lot Dim.:IRREGULARLotAcc:WatFrnt:Lake
    PrkingFeat:Acres:120.00Zoning:Agriculture, County, Horses AllowedWatView:
    WFFeet:LotFeat:
    ProjFacil:Dock, Fishing, Waterfront

    Room TypeLvlDimnsns
    Kitchen116.5x13Design:Traditional
    Breakfast116.5x11.5
    LivingRoom118x22Const/Siding:
    Bedrm:Additnl118x14
    Bedrm:Additnl114x14ExtFeatures:
    Bath: Full16x14
    Bath: Full16x14IntFeatures:
    Bedrm:Master217.5x18.5
    Bath: Master26.5x17Appliances:
    Bedrm:Additnl219x24
    Utilities:Community Water, Electric, Phone, Septic Tank
    Energy:Double Paned Windows, Heat Pump A/A Two Or More
     Another Great listing from Coldwell Banker United

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    Laurel Hill home for sale - 4/24/2010

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    MLS#:432376 OfficeFile#: ListPrice:$2,000,000
    Status:Active ApproxSF:2,700 BG: