Welcome Ben Ward to Rulnick Realty

I am pleased to introduce Ben Ward, who has joined my team at Rulnick Realty. Ben has over 25 years real estate sales experience, has managed real estate companies in the Memphis TN area and is now licensed with us as Broker Associate! Welcome, Ben!

Email ben.ward@rulnickrealty.com Cell Phone 901-848-7245

Are You a Customer or a Robo-Caller? Excuse My Tone While I Answer the Phone

 

Ring, ring!! “Rulnick Realty, may I help you?”

PAUSE

“Hi, (stutter) this is Sarah from Travel Rewards, can you hear me ok?”

Ring, ring!! “Rulnick Realty, Wendy Rulnick speaking.”

“Hi, is this Wendy?”

“Yes, it is.”

“I’m calling from Fast-Loop Sales. We’re looking for aggressive real estate agents to handle leads in your area. Could you use more business?” 

Ring, ring!! “Rulnick Realty” (down tone)

“THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE (recorded voice). DO NOT HANG UP!!!”

If you are a business owner, you understand how interruptive these robo-calls have become. I get several a day. Oftentimes, there is no one there, they just hang up after you answer.  I’ve read this is a way to identify there is a live person at the number dialed, and thereafter, you will get another call from an actual salesperson robo-calling you.  A new ploy is to spoof a local number, so you think the call is legit before you answer. For example, my Destin Florida real estate office gets many calls from an “850” area code, but the company is somewhere else, maybe not even in this country.  One of the classic tricks is for a robo-calling salesperson to say, “Can you hear me ok?”  Don’t say “yes”! (read the article). That’s your clue to hang up. I typically say, “Take me off your list.”  I doubt that’s sufficient.  It’s gotten to the point where every call I get is suspect unless I know who it is from the caller id on my phone. It’s really sad. Being totally forthright, it’s hard to remain upbeat when answering the phone when every other call is either a computer, a hang-up, or a robo-calling salesperson.  I actually accidentally hung up on a real business associate once because I thought they were spammers! After realizing my mistake, I called the party right back and apologized, and we both laughed over it.  But, seriously, how much time is spent by businesses handling these calls, when it would be better served helping customers?

Here are some interesting articles on handling robo-calling telemarketers from USA Today:

Can the FCC really put the kibosh on robocalls?

More: How to stop those endless, annoying robocalls to your smartphone

More: How to beat robocallers and telemarketers on your landline

Finally, when you call me, I will do my best to answer with a smile… that is, if I haven’t had a dozen robocalls that day!

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

Mortgage Tool Kit if You Want to Buy a Home on the Emerald Coast of Florida

 

Are you thinking about buying a home on the Emerald Coast? Here is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Home Loan Toolkit.  This will help you understand the mortgage process, and required documentation from your lender and title company, called the Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure.

For more information, also check out “Owning a Home: Tools and Resources for homebuyers“.

We can help explain these forms and the process to you. It’s best to get pre-qualified before you start your home search, so you will look at the right properties to meet your budget. The seller will also require you to provide a pre-qualification letter from a lender along with your offer.

Call me for a list of lenders to start shopping a mortgage.  When you are ready to begin your home search on the Emerald Coast, start here.

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

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1307 Limestone Creek Cv., Swift Creek Elegant Home for Sale, Niceville FL 32578

Swift Creek

Beautiful Swift Creek home for sale at 1307 Limestone Creek Cv. in Niceville Florida (ranked Best Place to Live in Florida). The striking design provides openness and the refined touches a luxurious feel that highlight this 2818 square foot home.  Generous floor plan, high ceilings, formal dining with punctuating columns are to the right of the foyer, to the left, find a study with French doors. The private master suite is on one side of the home in its own wing with a large bathroom, whirlpool tub and two walk-in closets.  One of the four bedrooms could be an in-law suite or great place for overnight guests since it has a private bathroom. The kitchen offers much chef space and there are plentiful cherry cabinets, granite counters, newer appliances (2015) and a large breakfast spot overlooking the treed back yard. Brand new air conditioner July 2017. Brand new carpet July 2017. Take note of the elegant fixtures, recessed lighting, crown molding, chair rails.  There is a bathroom conveniently located and accessible from the covered rear patio. The master bedroom also has direct access to the patio.

Swift Creek is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Niceville, Florida, near Eglin Air Force Base, twenty minutes to Destin Florida beaches and shopping. Swift Creek has a community pool, tennis facilities, clubhouse, meandering trails for walking, jogging or biking and architectural requirements that elevate it to one of the finest on the Emerald Coast.

1307 Limestone Creek Cv. is offered for $442,700.

See the virtual tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

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Welcoming Showing – Buyer Agents into your Destin Florida Home for Sale

The other day I was showing homes in the Destin Florida area and had to schedule seven houses to show a couple.  This is an exercise in geography and timing. You see, you cannot just jump in the car and show up at people’s houses, knock on the door and expect them to let you in. Also, in my association – the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, you must even call to schedule appointments for houses that are vacant.  So to plan my showing timeline, I started with Google Route Planner (there is also Mapquest Route Planner) to show me which homes were most closely located.  I added my client’s current home, as I would be picking them up from there. From the map results, I picked the best order to show the homes.  I then had to guesstimate how long we would spend at each house and call the seller’s agents to schedule the showings and get instructions. Of course, the first house is the easiest to set a time to show. I still gave the listing agent a 30 minute “window” in case there was an unexpected traffic delay (and in Destin – there usually is). The next houses in order became a bit trickier to set up a window for arrival, as you never know how long a buyer will stay in a house. If they don’t like it – it could be five minutes. (Sometimes if they don’t like a house, they still spend time analyzing it). For each home, I gave about a 45 minute window for arrival, for example, between 11:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.  The last houses to show have the highest risk of being off schedule, so I may give those a one-hour time frame.  Interestingly, at one of the homes, I was met by the seller (it’s better not to be present at showings), who stated his agent said I would be there “at noon”. This was absolutely not the case, as I never give an “exact time” for arrival! My clients and I decided to leave and come back when they vacated the house, rather than wait in the driveway.

The other interesting Destin showing experience was the house with the piles of “instructions” in the foyer for the buyer’s agent. It was all typed in bold and numbered with items such as “1. Do not open any blinds 2. Turn off all lights 3. blah blah blah”.  I’m telling you, it was not a very friendly introduction to the home.  I called the listing agent later to ask a question about the home for my buyers and she asked, “Didn’t you see the packages I left?” Hmmmm, you mean there were packages underneath the pleasant instructions? I certainly wasn’t going to pick up one of those papers and cast a negative light in front of the buyers….

As luck would have it, my clients went to a couple of open houses the next day, and remembered to hand the seller’s representatives my business card. One of those homes was the one they bought.  I’m happy – they are happy!

Are you selling your home soon? Should you be present for showings? Also, check out my seller’s showing tips!

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

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Pazzo Italiano – New Destin Italian Restaurant

Pazzo Italiano Destin pizza restaurant

We just lunched at the brand-new swanky Italian restaurant, “Pazzo Italian”, in Destin Florida. “Pazzo Italiano” means “crazy Italian”. It wasn’t crazy at all – but it was posh and elegant!  The first thing that struck me was the sleek decor, suspended lighting and touches like the contemporary metal map of Italy on the wall.

Our waiter, Art, was very professional and attentive.  He explained that one of the owners, Alfonso di Bonito, was from Naples, Italy, and emphasized that that was the home of the original pizza (which it is!). The other owner, Levente Tischler, is from Romania, and the two created the restaurant of their dreams (dei loro sogni), according to the website for Pazzo Italiano. My lunch date ordered the white pizza porchetta for $16.00, which had artichokes and smoked gouda, along with the featured porchetta (roasted pork).  It was a large pizza, enough for her lunch and dinner! She thought it was excellent and definitely “artisanal”, which they tout as their specialty. While eating, we heard the banging of the pizzaiolo, which means “pizza maker” in Italian, in the open kitchen toward the back of the restaurant. It added quite an authentic atmosphere. I was healthy at lunch, ordering un’insalata cesare con salmone (salmon ceasar salad) for $11.00, but we will be back for cena (dinner) with our mariti (husbands) soon.  Then I will splurge on the rest of the fabulous looking menu, especially the pacherri della mamma (jumbo rigatoni with shrimp and gouda cheese).

Pazzo Italiano is located next to Barnes & Noble on Highway 98 at 34904 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin.  They are open Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Call 850-974-5484.

Lunch prices are between about $9.00 to $17.00 and dinner prices are also reasonable, between $9.00 to $18.00. There is also a separate menu for “Bambini” (children).

Non vedo l’ora di ritornarci. Buon Appetito!

(By the way, if you are interested in joining a local Italian speaking group, check out my Destin area Meetup Group Parliamo Italiano Emerald Coast!)

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

 

Sumptuous Island Green Sandestin Florida – Short Sale – Under Contract in 34 Days!

Sandestin short sale

Sumptuous home in Island Green short sale home in Sandestin Resort, Miramar Beach Florida just went under contract in only 34 days! Built to take advantage of views of the renowned Raven Golf Course. Sit on one of the covered porches – there’s one on the first and second floors and see endless greens, lakes and the dappling pool and hot tub. Want to know more? Watch the virtual tour.

Feature Summary: 1513 Island Green Dr., Miramar Beach, Florida 

General:
Marble tile floors
High ceilings
New carpet 2016
Crown molding
Dramatic gorgeous arched entry door
Palatial front porch
Sparkling completely refurbished pool and hot tub

Kitchen:
Granite counters
Tile backsplash
Window above sink to golf course view
Open to eat-in area with bay window facing pool and golf course
Breakfast Bar
Gas cooktop
Trash compactor
Open to family room

Dining room is open to formal living and wide halls, features large curved window for light

First Floor Hall contains granite counter work center

Formal living room with double doors to large covered patio, pool and dramatic golf course views

First floor lavatory with pedestal sink and door opens directly to patio
access from first floor lavatory to a former aquarium set-up in adjacent living room.

Master bedroom is enormous – opens to patio, glass block accent windows
Enormous master bathroom with whirlpool and separate shower
Master closet with custom shelving

Family Room:
Sony built-in television remains
Felt covered walls hide built-in speakers

Exterior:
Hurricane nets and Lexan storm panels. Hurricane net bolts are on front porch and rear patio
$200,000 Onan whole house generator

Views:
Number 2 Fairway of the Raven Golf Course
Second floor view of Number 2 Fairway, Number 3 Fairway, lakes

Second Floor enormous recreation room with wet bar, refrigerator and built shelves to the left
Quadruple sliders to oversized porch

1513 Island Green, Sandestin, Miramar Beach Florida is a short sale offered for $899,000.

Do you need help with a short sale anywhere on the Emerald Coast? www.shortsales-emeraldcoast.com

Contact me for a no-obligation consultation to see how we can help you.Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

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The Most Unique Waterfront Lot for Sale in Fort Walton Beach Florida

Introducing one of the most spectacular waterfront lots for sale in Fort Walton Beach or anywhere on the Emerald Coast of Florida. Located off Brooks Street at 208 Hood Avenue SE, this sound and bay front lot has three sides on the water, approximately 268 feet, with a new $100,000 six foot seawall and fence. Its unique shape and high fill, located next to a waterfront park, make it the one of the most desirable waterfront pieces on the market. An old dock portion remains in place for future rebuild and tap fees for water and sewer are paid. Property is fully fenced for privacy and mostly cleared and a brand new survey is  being provided to purchaser. This half acre lot can be the enviable site for a dream estate with views of the Brooks Bridge and up and down the coastline. Minutes to Destin Florida, Okaloosa Island beaches, shopping and dining, this parcel can be the beginning of your lifetime dream.

Watch the drone video below.

208 Hood Ave. SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida is offered for $499,900.
Wendy Rulnick, Broker/Owner
It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!
Rulnick Realty
850-650-7883 or 850-259-0422 direct
itswendy@rulnickrealty.com
www.rulnickrealty.com
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.
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iRobot Roomba 980 – My New OCD – Destin FL

My life has changed. I have a new obsession, a new pet, a new OCD. It’s the iRobot Roomba 980.  I’ve named it “Shuttlecraft” (Star Trek fan). How did this come about and what does it mean? A few weeks ago a friend and I were chatting at my house and I apologized that it was a mess with cat hair everywhere. I have three cats. It was neat, but there was cat dander and dust on everything!  My friend immediately grabbed his phone and told me he had a solution for that. He brought up an App and said, “Roomba 980”!  He raved that it cleaned his house, mapped where it has been and he can program it on his phone.  Having two dogs and three kids, he said you can now walk around barefoot with no worries in his house!  Pricey? Yes. But I had to have one.  I got the iRobot Roomba 980 at Bed Bath & Beyond with a 20% off coupon. They cost about $899.  Not kidding.

Was it worth it? Yes!

Now,  each morning I have the Roomba 980 clean my house at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 10:15 Saturday and Sunday (I know that’s so weird!). It goes over my wood and tile floors and low throw rugs with ease. It does have trouble on high plush carpet, transitioning from a flat surface. Those areas we just hand-vacuum.  The cleaning time is over three hours per day! It cleans up any litter that gets thrown by my cats out of their Litter Robots (I have those, too!). Sometimes I am bad and brush off a few crumbs on the floor because I know they will be eaten by Shuttlecraft. When I tell people I bought a Roomba, they usually say, “I hear those things’ batteries die fast.” This is not the case.  When its battery gets low after about two hours, it goes back to “home base” to plug in and re-charge for about an hour, then remembers where it left off and finishes the job.  If there are areas you don’t want the Roomba to clean, there are radio frequency emitters you can set up on the floor unobtrusively to electronically wall off zones. You can set up a straight line to wall off a room or a cone shaped area spanning 24″. I find the latter useful in my cats’ room behind the water bowl. I don’t want it pushing or knocking around the water! Normally, we keep our bedroom door closed to keep out the children, so if I want that room cleaned, I just pick up the Roomba and place it in the bedroom. It goes from there. You can set it up to “edge clean”, where it does a detailed cleaning around the edges of everything (cabinets, furnitures, walls). You can also set it to do a higher suction mode when it’s on carpet, or at all times. You can program the Roomba to make two passes at everything. I even get a map report about where it’s cleaned. I love it!  I spoke with a friend a few days ago who had one and didn’t like it. He owns a carpet cleaning company. He said his Roomba would get clogged with pet hair.  Mine doesn’t! I clean it out everyday! He never cleaned  his out. That just requires opening the lid and dumping it in the garbage, and shaking out the filter.

Does the iRobot Roomba 980 ever get stuck?  Yes. If I accidentally leave a cat toy on the floor it can get the little “mouse” tails twisted in it.  If that happens, I get an alert on my phone saying the Roomba requires my attention. Of course, I get frantic at the office and want to run right home to fix it.  I get entranced watching it. For the first several days I couldn’t get ready for work, I had to follow Shuttlecraft around the house. Do my cats like it? No.  They usually stay in the walled-off room while it’s running. I think they think it’s alive and they are jealous of my new pet. I actually found Nikolai sitting in front of it staring while it was parked at home base. He was waiting for it to move.

I’ve never been OCD about cleaning before. This has spurred on a new aspect of my personality.  If only they could automate a Swiffer!

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

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Enjoy the View on Henderson Beach, Destin Florida!

I thought I would share this lovely view from lunch at 790 on the Gulf in Destin, Florida!

Thinking of selling? Get an instant valuation at www.pricemyemeraldcoasthome.com.

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.