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Home Buying in Santa Rosa Beach : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Dec 5, 2012
Shay Dassa answered:
According to the MLS, it does not state that the home conveys with furniture. If you would like to preview the property, I would be happy to assist. If you would like a direct email sent to you about this property or any other property on 30A, please contact me directly

Shay Dassa, Owner/Broker
RE/MAX Beaches
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Fri Jul 20, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
I dropped EQUATOR because I'm tired of waiting for them:
I've given them hundreds waiting a dripple; nothing!

It could be tomorrow, and it could easily be next year:
The Government is putting no pressure on them to release the inventory,
and you know that they work by incentives.
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Fri Jul 27, 2012
Kim Ryals answered:
There are less downpayment options but you must qualify for them. There is a loan that a few lenders have called a Homepath loan and you can get into properties using as little as 3% up to 10% percent down depending on the condition of the property. With the right credit, lender and a realtor with the knowledge to assist you can make all the difference. Hope that helps, call if you need the # for those lenders in the area. Coastal Kim Best # ... more
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Wed Jul 18, 2012
Mark DeSalvo answered:
Cypress Dunes is a great community. It is surrounded by state forest so your views will be there. The community has a shuttle service to get residents to and from the beach that is seasonal. The really low prices you see are for lots with houses selling for the lowest point they have ever been. The vacation rental income is somewhat limited since you are not closer to the beach but this would be an ideal retirement home. The amenity center with the pool and work out area is simply stunning. As you can tell I like the place. I live near there and bicycle through often.
If you would like me to send you MLS listings for the area, contact me directly and I would be glad to help. I have lived on 30-A for years and know all the great places to go especially places to eat.
Have a great weekend. Mark DeSalvo, Newman Dailey Resort Properties, (e-mail)
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Sun Oct 30, 2011
Will Palmer answered:
Good afternoon. Yes this home is available for purhcase and is a short sale. The list price is $999,000

Please call Will Palmer 850 687 9988 if you'd like to make an offer OR email me

The home offer 5,000 sq.ft 5 bedrooms, 5 baths
SHORT SALE...!! Beautiful Bayfront Home with Bayront Dock for your boats! Secluded home with 100 feet of Choctawhatchee Bay frontage. With approximately 5000 square feet of heated/cooled living space (approx. 6300 under roof), this home has 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 kitchens, 3 huge living areas and a 4 car garage. There are 2 master suites, each with views of the bay and their own access to a covered porch or balcony directly facing the water! The owners have recently rebuilt the 100 foot dock with plenty of space for both a boat and a wave runner.
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Kelly Klein answered:
There were referred to as NO DOC loans. These went away with the crash of the housing market. However, in Walton County you can look into USDA funding which is 100% financing when the funds are available. I have a lender you can speak to about this product if it interests you. Just let me know. ... more
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Thu May 19, 2011
Kim and Keen Polakoff answered:
115 Bay Magnolia Lane was sold as a bank owned property on 11/23/2011 for $160k. There are others in the neighborhood that are well priced. If you would like more information, please contact me directly at 850-368-6510 or by email:
~Kim Polakoff
30A Resorts
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Fri Mar 11, 2011
Will Palmer answered:
Hey Jim. Trades are difficult to work, but I have had success with them. Most recently I worked a trade deal on a Gulf front house for a larger home in Rosemary Beach. Is your current property listed for sale? Spring is right around the corner and now is a great time to get it on the market. Buyers are out looking and a lot of sales will take place in the early spring.

The three recent sales @ Gulf Place Cabanas are:
Unit # Sales Price Sales Date
408 126,000 11/5/2010
202 133,000 11/1/2010
211 155,000 10/8/2010

I would enjoy working with you on this. Please call 850 687 9988 or email me @ and I will be glad to send you some possible 3 br condo trade options.
Will Palmer, Beach Properties of Florida, LLC
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Fri Feb 11, 2011
Kathleen Price answered:
Not sure what house you are talking about, but a local agent would be a great place to start finding out what a resonable offer would be for the house you are interested in. They will have information about what other houses have sold for in the area. ... more
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Fri Aug 6, 2010
Missy answered:
As a first time buyer honest communication, being on time and knowledgeable are what I will look for in my next agent.
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Thu Aug 5, 2010
Dean Ladick answered:
Looks like nobody wanted to touch this one?!?! If you are looking for a home in such a community, I suggest going directly to the homeowners association or management company. I would guess that having a community pool would have been a bit factor in purchase a home in that development for many homeowners. It would also seem like that would adversely affect the value, appeal and financial stability of the entire complex. With so many associations already taking major hits as a result of forclosures and short-sales, their coffers may be dry and a pool might be an impossible expense. You should always, always examine the financial of a community prior to purchasing, and I said, ask someone who knows what options the board of directors is considering.


Dean Ladick
Broker - Owner
Beach Quest Properties, LLC
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
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Thu Aug 5, 2010
Racquel Morgan answered:
Good Morning As,

Regarding taxes, is there a specific home you are interested in as the price will vary depending on the property. For example, on a 5,000 square foot home in Alys Beach, the taxes for 2009 were $19,037.78. Below is an explanation of how taxes are calculated in Walton County.
If you have any further questions, please give us a call or send an email.

Real Estate Property Tax

The Real Estate and Tangible Personal Property tax rolls are prepared by the Property Appraiser's office. They determine the ownership, mailing address, legal description and value of the property.

The taxes are calculated by multiplying the property value less any exemptions by the millage rate, which is determined by the various County taxing authorities. A millage rate is the rate of tax per thousand dollars of taxable value.

2009 Millage Rates by Taxing Authority:




School – Required Local Effort


School – Disc


NW FL Water Management


NW Mosquito Control District


SW Mosquito Control District


SW Fire District 2






Each August Walton County property owners are mailed a Trim Notice by the Property Appraiser's Office. This notice provides land owners with an estimated tax bill. If property owners have any questions related to the Trim Notice, questions should be directed to the Property Appraiser's office upon receipt.
Walton County Property Appraiser, Patrick Pilcher
(850) 892-8123

Kindest Regards,
Christine & Racquel
Century 21 Beach Realty
850.420.3254 cell
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Mon Nov 29, 2010
Tony Grech answered:
Usually the buyer pays those costs, however you can always request the seller to pay when you write up a purchase offer. You should address this with your Realtor.
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Fri Aug 6, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
As far as the schools, keep in mind opinions are subjective and what may be good for one is not necessarily the case for another--consider a visit to the school district, ask for a tour of the facilities, speak to the principal, teachers, etc., and also check out their website--then make your own determination--will your needs be fulfilled. As far as being a resident--consider driving through the neighborhood more than once and at different times of day, chat with the locals if the opportunity arises and ask your questions. ... more
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Fri Jan 15, 2010
Clayton Bonjean answered:
There are so many great options. Feel free to email me at and provide me with your budget and number of bedrooms and I will run you a custom report. How old are your children?

Clayton Bonjean, Broker/Realtor
Mainsail Realty
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Tue Sep 15, 2009
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Hello Home Buyer and thanks for your post.

Although I've not personally been involved in an arbitration regarding a sales transaction, I have worked with plenty of arbitrators in my job as a homeowners association manager. When I do need an arbitrator, I contact the AAA or American Arbitration Association. There should be a branch in your state. Tell them the nature of your legal situation, and they can provide you with the names of qualified arbitrators in your area that know the law and can assist you in working out your problem.

Good luck!!

Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA
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Mon Jun 4, 2012
Deborah Orr answered:
Hi Robert, email me the MLS# or the property address and I'll email to you.
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Fri Jan 15, 2010
Susan Rood answered:
I am not sure what homes you are viewing but I am sure the sellers will be happy to hear that you feel they are inexpensive, I hope they are my listings! There are currently 275 homes for sale just in the South Santa Rosa Beach area, with many motivated sellers.
The commute from Santa Rosa will most likely be more than 30 minutes. If you would like me to send you maps and relocation information for both Walton and Okaloosa Counties, please feel free to contact me by email at:

We live in paradise and I am sure your family will enjoy the time you get to spend here.
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Sun Jun 21, 2009
Myke Atwater answered:
Terry--If you already own the home, we can list a fractional purchase on the MLS--if this is something you are interested in, give me a call.
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Tue Jul 29, 2008
Myke Atwater answered:
I am wondering if you are referring to the Villas at Santa Rosa Beach? Those bring considerably higher rental prices than the Inn at Gulf Place. For example, a studio apartment at Inn at Gulf Place will bring you around 504/week. 1bedroom, 1 bath about 889. The villas at Santa Rosa Beach bring considerably more, but your initial outlay will be more, too. Also take into consideration homeowner association or condo fees, because that will impact your income level as well. Contact me for additional information. ... more
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