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Often, as a real estate broker we move through transactions like soldiers.  We do what we are trained to do:  solve problems, put out fires and (hopefully) make it look easy and all just part of the drill.  In my years of helping people buy and sell their properties, many of those experiences get tucked away when the property closes.  It is rare that I take the time to journal about the experiences that we have with the people we serve and the circumstances that take place along the way.  Some can be difficult, some painful, and some not-so-much.  What I can tell you is that they don’t all go so well and that this business is not for the faint of heart. In many industries, case studies are done to tell the story to readers who just might want to hear

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If you’re like us, then you love the fall time here on 30A! And nothing says fall like picking out that perfect pumpkin.

Sure, you can grab a pumpkin at your local grocery store — but if you’re looking for that full fall festival experience, then head over to Arnett’s Gulfside Farm & Stable for their 7th annual Pumpkin Festival. You can hunt down the perfect pumpkin at this charming farm, and enjoy tons of family friendly entertainment.

 This event kicks off October 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th and runs from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. There will be a plethora of activities like hayrides, pony rides, bouncy houses, and pumpkin painting. Not to mention all of the drinks, snacks, food and live music. 

 

For more information, Click Here.

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175 Songwriters, Over 225 Performances at More Than 25 Venues in South Walton County

The 9th annual 30A Songwriters Festival is coming back to the Emerald Coast this winter! Headliners have just been announced for the upcoming festival that will be taking place along Scenic Highway 30A from January 12th - 15th. 

Concert goers can go from stage to stage across the Gulf Coast to see some of music's best performers. A few of this year's headliners include Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, The Zombies, North Mississippi Allstars and Lee Ann Womack. Additional confirmed songwriters who will be performing include Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Patty Griffin, Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls with her solo Murmuaration Nation band, Shawn Mullins and

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Irma track Monday morning

We are glad to report that the worst of Hurricane Irma has passed by Sant Rosa Beach, Rosemary Beach and areas well to the east of us.

There was no storm surge and winds were strong enough to bring down some limbs but there does not appear to be damage to structures.  Rains thus far have been infrequent and relatively light, and we are monitoring radar for possibility of heavier bands throughout the day. 

Most Schools and businesses will reopen Tuesday.

Our prayers and thoughts are with those who have or may soon be impacted by this storm.  We have been amazed to see this storm dissipate like it has.  We are very thankful!

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Updating throughout the storm -Last update: 9.9.17 8am CST

Hurricane Irma Storm Track 

With Hurricane Irma knocking at our door, there is no better time to plan! Of course, if a category 3 or higher hurricane is approaching your area, we always advise that you evacuate immediately so that you are out of harms way. However, if you choose to stay and weather the storm — pun intended — then we have 11 tips to help prepare you for what's to come. 

1. Have a Plan
Stay informed and have a plan. If you know the hurricane is coming your way, don't wait until the last minute to prepare. Know which direction the storm is heading and where you are evacuating. Save yourself some stress and get ready in advance.

2. Prepare Plenty of Water
If your power or water goes out you will

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Design by Jordan Ferney

This year we are seeing less neutrals and more bright, bold colors schemes trending in home design — and right now we are living for Emerald Green across the Emerald Coast.

Deep and dark green hues are a big hit in the interior design market this year and we can't get enough. You can incorporate this accent color into your home with furnishings like a statement couch, a throw blanket or accent pillows. Want something a little more bold? Add a splash of green paint to your walls, choose some colorful cabinetry or incorporate this palette by choosing some deep green mosaic tiles.

For more ideas of how you can incorporate this trend, check out Studio McGee

 

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The fall is the best time to spend outdoors — the weather is cooling off, the trees change colors, the crowds begin to dwindle and time just seems to slow down. Enjoy as much of the outdoors you can this fall by spicing up your patio or backyard with five of our eco-friendly must haves. From lighting, to furniture, to bug repellant we have a list of trendy essentials that will help you go green.

Solar Powered Lights
Shed a little light on your backyard with solar powered globe string lights. You can string these trendy lights from a tree, your front porch or across your yard while saving energy. No need to worry about extension cords or plug ins, just make sure the solar pannels have access to sunlight and you're all set!

Mosquito Free Plants
Want

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A home office space should be work friendly and reflect your sense of style and personality. We've rounded up 4 tips to help you design your very own work space.

 

1. Office Space
You don't need an entire room or large master bedroom to setup a work space. A spare corner, extra wall space or even a large hallway can be your very own office.

2. Lighting 
Find a space that offers plenty of natural lighting to work by and toss in a stylish desk lamp so you can burn the midnight oil. 

3. A Room With a View
Setting your desk up with a window view is ideal, but not always possible. If you're work space is set up facing a wall, try hanging some framed pictures and bold prints for some inspiration!

4. Sit in Style
The chair may be the most

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Pairing swatches of bright white and off whites is a new color trend that we are loving!

Freshen your home up with a soft and sophisticated palette. Using white throughout your home not only brightens up your house, but also makes it feel larger and more open and adds a touch of glamor. We particularly love pairing a combination of cool whites, off whites and gray whites and polishing it off with silver accents for a modern feel. Try this look today and start small with a guest room of fresh white linens, or go big with an open living space and a bold white couch.  

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4th of July is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate this Independence Day than with a backyard BBQ! We've got some tips and tricks for hosting the perfect patriotic party!

 

Sparkler Party Favors
What’s the 4th of July without sparklers?! Sparklers are great party favors for people of all ages. Grab a few bundles and tie up in a red, white or blue ribbon to hand out to your friends and family.

 

Patriotic Décor
Celebrate this holiday in style! Streamers, paper lanterns, balloons, pin wheels -- and of course American flags are all festive, simple décor options to dress up your backyard BBQ!

 

Games
Entertain guests with some fun interactive games like corn hole, volleyball, or ladder golf. If you want to DIY your own

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