Interested in learning more about foreclosures, homes for sale, buying and selling, communities or local events along the Emerald Coast? You have come to the right place!

We here at Rob Brooks Realty look forward to serving you by keeping you informed on everything Emerald Coast. By keeping you up to date on the best local restaurants, beaches, festivals and shows we hope to convince you of something we believe- there is no better place to live!

Welcome to the Emerald Coast!

Nov. 7, 2018

Thanksgiving & Charity

 

Here at Rob Brooks Realty, we operate under 4 core values: Honesty, Diligence, Charity and Joy.  As Thanksgiving festivities start to get into full swing, we begin to reflect on what we give thanks for this year and think more on one of our core values, Charity.

To the RBR team, Charity means the giving of our time and money for the benefit of others out of love.  We strive to give and show Charity to others throughout our work.  Outside of our careers, we can also show Charity throughout our communities.

The Emerald Coast offers several opportunities throughout the month of November for members of the community to come together for important causes and show Charity towards others.

Want to know what’s happening in your area?  We have a few suggestions of upcoming events in the Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and Destin areas.

 

Pensacola

Monthly Bay Bluffs Park Cleanup @ Bay Bluffs Preserve

Saturday, November 10 from 8:45-10:00 A.M.

Hosted by Ocean Hour, Scenic Highway Foundation & Earth Ethics

For more information: Click Here

 

Cheers & Chili For Charity @ First City Art Center

Thursday, November 15 from 5:00-8:00 P.M

Hosted by Epilepsy Florida

For more information: Click Here

 

8th Annual Pensacola Beach Turkey Trot 5K – Trot For Thought

Thursday, November 22 from 7:00-11:00 A.M.

Hosted by Premier Island Management Group

For more information: Click Here

 

Fort Walton Beach/Destin

39th Annual Toys 4 Tots Ride on the Emerald Coast

Sunday, November 18 from 8:30-11:00 A.M.

Hosted by: Emerald Coast HOG Chapter #3605

Sponsored by: Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson

For more information: Click Here

 

24th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Harbor Docks Restaurant

Thursday, November 22 from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Hosted by: Harbor Docks Restaurant

Sponsored by: Habitat for Humanity in Okaloosa County/Destin Harvest

For more information: Click Here

 

7th Annual 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day Races @ Rosemary Beach

Wednesday, November 21 from 12:00-7:00 P.M. & Thursday, November 22 from 7:00-10:00 A.M.

For more information: Click Here

 

Check out your local chamber of commerce website to see more events and causes scheduled for your area.

Oct. 30, 2018

Fall Home Decor Idea: Pumpkins

 

 

It’s the perfect time of year for all homeowners to put on their decorating hats and bring the fall season into their home.  Fall brings us cooler weather, the changing of the leaves and the beginning of the holiday season.  It also kick-starts the craving for the fall favorite: Pumpkin.  It’s everywhere from pumpkin-spice lattes and cooking recipes to candles and decorative signs.  But why stop there, why not take pumpkins to the next level?

Pumpkins can be incorporated into your fall home decorating that can last all through the season.  By using preservation techniques, which can be found through a simple Google search, decorative pumpkins can last between 2 to 3 months.

 

  

 

Welcome fall with open arms with a front porch pumpkin display by using different color and different size pumpkins to create visual depth.  A few tiny pumpkins can help transform a vase, tray or lantern into the perfect fall scene.  You can use larger pumpkins to fill empty spaces such as the fireplace.  If you don’t like the color orange, paint the pumpkins to fit the color scheme in any room.

Don’t just stop at carving pumpkins for Halloween, think outside the pumpkin and make it a part of different rooms in your home.

 

Source of Inspiration: Articles from Southern Living and Country Living magazines.

Aug. 8, 2018

Skopelos at New World | Pensacola, Florida

What is one of our favorite places to eat in Downtown Pensacola, Florida? Skopelos at New World, of course! Located on Palafox Street, Skopelos is one of the best places to eat for lunch or dinner! 

Greek history mixes with Gulf Coast cuisine to bring one of the best experiences in both atmosphere and taste! Don't just take our word for it. But if you do go for lunch, be sure to give us an invite or come see us at our Downtown Pensacola Rob Brooks Realty office right up the street! 

July 3, 2018

Fourth of July Celebrations On The Coast

Every year we all stop and ask ourselves, "What are we doing for the Fourth this year? Where should we watch the fireworks?" Look no further! We have a couple of ideas for you! :) 

1. Fireworks the Downtown Fort Walton Beach Landing - We love this celebration! It is free and perfect for the entire family! Not to mention, watching fireworks over the water never gets old. The event begins at 4:00 PM with bounce houses, local talent, food, live music and of course, fireworks starting at 8:45 PM. 

2. Pensacola Independence Day Celebration - Another community we love, another firework display along the Emerald Coast that you don't want to miss! This one is said to be the largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast! With events beginning at 11:00 AM, there is something for the whole family to enjoy! 

3. Niceville Boggy Bayou Fireworks Display - Are you interested in just seeing the fireworks after a good grill out at home with your family? The Boggy Bayou fireworks display may be just the thing for you! The show begins at 9:00 PM, so be sure to come early to get a good seat! 

4. HarborWalk Village Fourth of July Celebration - This celebration is a crowd drawer for sure! Live music along the Harbor, vendors and almost any kind of food you can think of! The fireworks display over the Harbor begin at 9:00 PM, but you want to come early to get a place! Parking is $10.00 on site but the event is free to the public. 

 

Most importantly, thank you to the people who have served and sacrificed to make this day one to celebrate. We owe so much to you. Have fun, Emerald Coast! 

June 26, 2018

We've Moved To Downtown Pensacola!

In case you missed the news - WE HAVE MOVED! Our Gulf Breeze office has moved to the exciting and beautiful Downtown Pensacola area! We love the Downtown area and are so thrilled to put our roots down in this thriving community! We are located at 700 S Palafox Street right down the road from some of our favorites like Jaco's Bayfront Bar & Grille, the Blue Wahoo's Stadium and the fantastic Eat Al Fresco airstream food trucks! 

Also, have you heard about the new Pensacola Ferry that takes you places like Fort Pickens and Pensacola Beach? Yep, we share a parking lot with those guys, so there is no way you can miss us! 

Come see our new office, take a ferry ride or indulge in the fantastic food options right around our new office! 

 

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Feb. 9, 2018

2018 State Of The Company Address

2018 marks our company’s 10-year anniversary and by God’s grace, our growth has continued.  Last year our sales grew by 30%, outpacing the market and producing for us again a higher market share.  It wasn’t easy.  In 2015 and 2016, we made some difficult changes to make our company better positioned to serve more sales customers with better customer service.  Those changes have paid off.  Our company agents now sell way more than the average agent in the rest of the industry. Our clients are very happy with our service.

The past several months we’ve been making similar difficult changes in our property management; we expect these changes will increase rewards to both our clients and our company in coming years.  The changes include hiring more staff and implementing systems of further improved service.  Adjusting the allocation of resources to best serve the customers & market is a part of a healthy growing company.

It’s always interesting to see where our business comes from.  Word of mouth has always been the main way people become our clients… it’s terrific advertising.  The internet has now changed some of how word of mouth is delivered.  Traditionally, word of mouth has usually been face to face.  Now, more and more, Google, Facebook, Zillow and other online review sources are making it very easy for people to give a wide audience either their rant or their rave about any business.  While such open communication is a fear for some businesses, it is a boon for us.  We are getting property management clients and home buyers contacting and choosing to do business with us from seeing our online reviews.   If you have a moment now, do an internet search of “Rob Brooks Realty reviews.”  The ratings (averaging 4.8 to 5 stars, depending on the website) and the accompanying written reviews from our clients and past clients are a great motivator for us to keep up the high level of customer service.  Our feelings for making it a great experience for the client were captured well by the ideas of Kaylie Becker as well as the producing & editing of Jeffrey Frame and Zack Kepner in a video last March… it can be seen on RobBrooksRealty.com and other places on the internet.

In preparing for the coming months of 2018 and Rob Brooks Realty’s next decade, we are proactively investing the resources of our time and money into making your real estate experience the best it can possibly be.

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Jan. 30, 2018

2018 Color Of The Year + Home Trends

Benjamin Moore has named its 2018 color of the year *drum roll, please* caliente AF-290. It’s vibrant, red hues are quite the contrast to the simply white color in 2016.

(Source - Benjamin Moore)

This got me thinking – how much stock should we place in the new trends or colors each year? Does it actually depend on your demographic location? Does it depend on your style of home? Does it even depend on your neighborhood aesthetic?

On the Gulf Coast, from Pensacola to 30A, you will find a lot of neutral tones, blues, greens and greys. For the most part, this hasn’t changed much over the years. In Rosemary Beach, the exteriors are comprised of punches of bold colors – but some of this could give way to its specific New Orleans inspired designs. If you walk through the front doors of many of those homes in the 30A area, though, you will find neutrals are the common palette.

So, what does this mean for us – the everyday people who like to have somewhat updated homes, but maybe aren’t willing to go full in?

Start small!

Throw the color in by buying a small vase, throw pillow or rug.

But be true.

If you don’t like a punchy red – don’t do it! If you live on the Coast where neutrals and blues rule the world, and you like it – stick with it!

Have fun with your home! Make it yours. Trendy, updated or just simply, “home, sweet, home.”

Dec. 27, 2017

4 Places To Celebrate New Year's Eve On The Emerald Coast

(and we dare you to do all four.)

Pensacola – What? No Pelican drop? For a moment there, the traditionalists and admirers of the NYE Downtown Pensacola Pelican Drop were trying to think of new ways to celebrate the night. But no fear! The Pelican drop has commenced but this time, at the Blue Wahoo’s stadium! From 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, the Kazoo’s NYE celebration will kick off with live music, inflatables, fireworks and the beloved dropping of the pelican thanks to Quint Studer and president of the Blue Wahoo’s, Jonathan Griffith. No worries, though! All of the surrounding restaurants and bars will be open for adults with a midnight fireworks show!

 

Sandestin – Baytowne Wharf is a local’s favorite place to go to celebrate New Year’s Eve! Festivities will begin at 6:00 PM and continue until midnight. Two fireworks shows will take place – one at 8:00 PM and another at midnight. There will be plenty of live music, dancing, eating, kid’s activities until 8:00 PM and more!

  

Destin – The HarborWalk Village is always a must be place for locals and visitors to celebrate New Year’s Eve! Walk along the harbor, listen to live music from bands such as Heritage, enjoy shopping, restaurants and two fireworks shows! We have to admit. We are huge fans that most people are doing a family friendly firework show at 8:00 PM this year and one for the all-nighters at midnight! Stay to watch the 10th annual ball drop over the beautiful Destin Harbor. It’s a sight you don’t want to miss.

 

Seaside – If there is one thing we don’t want to miss, it is street performers! The annual Countdown Seaside begins at 7:00 PM on New Year’s Eve with live music, kid’s activities, face painting, food, and you guessed it – street performers! There will be a fantastic firework show at midnight over the Gulf of Mexico. How is that for ringing in a new year!

 

Dec. 15, 2017

Downtown Fort Walton Beach Holiday Live Nativity

This past weekend, Rob Brooks Realty had the coolest opportunity to host a live Nativity scene at the Downtown Holidays in Fort Walton Beach! The Downtown Holiday at the Landing is an event we have looked forward to participating in the past few years! The Downtown FWB organization does such an excellent job putting it on! With many holiday markets, a Christmas tree lighting, bounce houses, cookie decorating and everyone's anticipation of Santa's arrival, this is a truly a family event you don't want to miss.

It is our honor to tell the Christmas story in its truest form by hosting a live nativity with Joseph, Mary, Angels, Shepherds, live stock and of course, baby Jesus. 

People loved seeing the animals and hearing the Christmas story! 

Thank you to Denny Evans for these photos! A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time on a busy Saturday to participate with us. 

 

July 3, 2017

2017 Fireworks On The Emerald Coast

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Wondering where the best places are to watch fireworks this year near you on the Emerald Coast? We have got you covered! From Pensacola, Florida to the gorgeous Sandestin, you are in luck! No two shows are alike and Northwest Florida knows how to celebrate the Fourth of July! 

Thank you to those who serve our beautiful Country sacrificially. We at Rob Brooks Realty never want to go without showing you our appreciation. Thank you, especially, to the families who serve at Eglin Air Force Base, Whiting Field, Pensacola NAS, Duke Field Special Operations and Hurlburt Field. You are our local heroes! 

 

1. Niceville, Florida - Niceville is known for drawing a crowd to watch their spectacular fireworks show over Boggy Bayou! Be sure to arrive early to enjoy the pre-show music and get a an up close seat! 

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2. Fort Walton Beach, Florida - A family event for all with music, entertainment, kids activities, views of the Choctawhatchee Bay and more! If you are in the area, you don't want to miss this! 

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3. Destin, Florida - If there are three things that go together well on the Emerald Coast for the Fourth it is fireworks, concerts and views of our gorgeous waters! The Harborwalk Village has all three! With a breathtaking fireworks show that draws hundreds every year, a variety of restaurants for everyone and concerts that bring the night to life, this is a great place to be! Be sure to come early for parking!

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4. Sandestin, Florida - Activities galore for everyone in the family, great food and fireworks at the Red, White and Baytowne celebration! There will be great food, face painting and plenty of room to watch the fireworks show! 

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5. Pensacola, Florida - Known for being the largest fireworks display on the Emerald Coast, this event starts at 11:00 AM and continues after the fireworks show at 9:00 PM. If you love the historic atmosphere of Downtown Pensacola, rock climbing activities, amazing food and a spectacular fireworks performance, this is where you want to be! 

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