Your second question, "Who has my best?" was cut short. I am guessing that you are asking who has your best interest?
I've sold many properties in Freeport and been all through Hammock Bay, even before it was Hammock Bay. It is a beautiful development with so much potential. One question you have to ask yourself is how sold are you on Hammock Bay? If you are somewhat interested, but not positive that Hammock Bay is where you want to be, do you think an on-sight agent will have any interest in telling you about other great potential developments, like Windswept Estates? On-site agents will typically sell you only on their property, so they may not have your best interest in mind, unless you care only about buying in that development.
If you are looking for unbiased assistance, you might consider a Realtor who isn't limited in the properties they are willing to show you. Good luck.
Hammock Bay is a great community, but be sure you are aware of hoa fees depending on where in Hammock Bay you are looking. I am an independent agent with Coldwell Banker, and I have a new listing in Horseshoe Bend Village that is completely furnished (if you are looking for a winter home). The difference really isn't "company rep" or independent--we all have to do full disclosure--it depends more on someone you work with personally that you trust. The agents that cover Hammock Bay are trustworthy and know the community, as are "most" of the other independent agents. Independent agents might give you a more complete look at other areas and comparisons here on the Gulf Coast. I have been working as an independent agent in the Freeport area for over four years, and know it well.
I also might suggest that you look at Marina Village (right next door), prices are great, and there are boat slips in this community if you are a boating enthusiast or hope to become one.
If you let me know, I would be happy to give you information on both of these communities and other communities in the area. I do have active listings in the Freeport area as well as in Niceville and Crestview. I would welcome hearing from you and wish you well in your search.
Myke Triebold, GRI, LMC
I agree with most of the answers below. You would be best served by interviewing not only the onsite agent but also a local agent familiar with the area.
I as well as many other Realtors here have sold homes in Hammock Bay, and would be happy to help you. We have access to complete list of homes for sale as well as the incentives the builders are offering. We are also familiar with the surrounding communities and what they are offering too!
Should you have any questions, please feel free to call, text or email me anytime.
Therefore, I suggest interviewing several agents (both onsite and off) and go with the one that is the most knowledgeable and the most helpful. There are extra certifications a Realtor can get for new construction and that is a good sign that the agent specializes in that area.