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!

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! 



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 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! 

(More Information : Here)


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! 

(More Information : Here


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!

(More Information : Here


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! 

(More Information : Here


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! 

(More Information : Here

June 30, 2017

Fourth of July Home Decor

How do you like to decorate your home for the Fourth of July? Whether you style your home from the front porch in or if you like to keep it simple with a backyard BBQ, we have red, white and blue ideas for you! We at Rob Brooks Realty love celebrating the Fourth of July! On the Emerald Coast, we are surrounded by Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and Whiting field. We love our men and women who sacrifice daily for our freedom! We also love homes, so the Fourth of July is the perfect time to combine them both!

Without further ado, here are a few ideas for your celebration!

1. A Laid Back Front Porch Vibe

We love this laid back front porch idea! This would be the perfect spot to sit all day with your family, sipping lemonade and watching fireworks from at night. Throw a couple of red, white and blue pillows on your outdoor patio for a festive look!

(Source : Pinterest)


2. Backyard BBQ

Are you planning a backyard BBQ for all of your friends and neighbors? These dogs in a blankets would be such a hit! 

(Source : Popsugar)


3. Make It Permanent


What better way to celebrate the Fourth than by adding a permanent fixture to your home? This red door adds curb appeal and a flare of patriotism! 

(Source : Pinterest)


4. An Elegant Draping 

We think this draping adds such a touch of elegance to any home for the Fourth! 

(Source : Pinterest)


5. Celebrate With Cake 

For the bakers in the home, how about inviting us over if you decide to make this! Just a slice will do! ;)

(Source : Sugar and Charm)


6. For The Kids

This "to-go" lemonade wagon decorated in red, white and blue is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained and also let them be apart of the celebration!

(Source : Pinterest)

Dec. 30, 2016

How To Increase Home Value In 2017

The New Year is among us! This time of the year comes with renewed vision and ambitions. You may be thinking about selling your home this year to buy the beach home that you have always dreamed of owning. How can you increase your home value before listing it? We have a few ideas just for you. 

1. Install Solar Panels. (Go big or go home, right?) All it takes is a quick Google search to find numerous supporting articles on how solar panels increase a home's value. In some cases, it can exponentially increase the resale value. Is there a catch? Well, we don't call it a catch, but the value could depend on if you own the system or if it is leased. Either way, we think that solar panels are the future!

2. Rip Up Carpet. Carpet tends to have a love or hate cult-like following. While carpet can be great for older pets, it can be horrible for younger ones. If you are thinking of selling your home or simply adding value to it, consider removing the carpet. Carpet can house unwanted smells, stains or pet hair. Hardwood, tile or decorative concrete may be the way to go!

3. LED Lights. Fluorescent lighting is a thing of the past. LED lights are in! Go through your home and update your lighting. Older fixtures may need to be entirely replaced, but we promise, it is worth it. Don't take our word for it, though; just ask a potential buyer.

4. Make A Statement. We should never take a book by its cover, but first impressions really do matter whether we want them to or not. An easy way to make a great first impression is by cleaning up the first extension of your home potential buyers see - your front porch! A fresh paint job or updated door goes a long way! Now, we aren't saying a door will make a significant impact on your home value, but if done in an aesthetically pleasing way, we do think it will catch a few more eyes that may have passed over your home. This goes for your front lawn landscape, as well! 

5. Kitchen Update. And if we had to choose only one room we would update to make for a higher home value, we would say the kitchen! The kitchen is of the most important rooms in a home, so do it right. 

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Dec. 2, 2016

Moving Tips 101

You selected your Realtor, sold your home and are now packing up your things for this new move! We have seen this process so many times that we have a few key tips for you when it comes to moving! 

1. Protect Your Photos. Photos are the tangible items of your story. They are worth protecting. We recommend backing up the photos off your computer onto a hard drive or maybe even two! When it comes to prints, invest in a good album or box to keep them from getting bent or discolored. 

2. Cords. Is this really necessary? For your sanity, we say yes! Ha! If you have a complex entertainment system, take a photograph of how the cords are placed before you begin to disconnect them. This is a great reference for when you go to plug everything back together. Next, label your cords by color; one color for the TV, one color for the computer etc.

3. Pet arrangement. This can be a stressful time for your pets. They understand that something is happening but they don't know what. They see you packing your things up and more unfamiliar faces in the home. Make arrangements for a family member, friend or boarding day care to look after these little family members until the majority of the moving is done. It will be less stressful on them, and on you, as well! 

4. Color code. Color code your packing boxes by room is a great way to keep rooms together! It never fails that when you need something unexpectedly, you don't know which box it is in. This is not the case if you keep rooms coded by color! You will thank us later. ;)

5. Keep your valuable items with you. We think that is self explanatory. 

For a more exhaustive list on moving tips, just email us at to let us know! :)