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Feb. 11, 2021

Pandemic's Effect on Lumber & New Homes

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many businesses throughout the nation including real estate.  Though it may not seem that way at a glance, as real estate sales are going strong with plenty of buyers in the market, the pandemic has left its mark on the industry, particularly on home building supplies.  One of the hardest hit supply chains is lumber and its effects can be seen with new construction homes.

Realtor Magazine published an article in its latest edition about the effects of the pandemic on the lumber industry and its relation to new construction homes.  Below are a few takeaways from the article.

The downside…

  • Lumber prices increased substantially due to U.S. lumber mills being closed down because of the pandemic; others factors including the tariffs with Canada & the wildfires contributed to the price hike.
  • Small home builders are having a hard time coping with the price increases compared to larger home builders.
  • DIY projects by homeowners made the supply and demand for lumber disproportionate.
  • Sales prices of new homes rose sharply to make up for the lumber prices, thus pricing out some buyers from purchasing new construction homes.

The upside…

  • The demand for new construction homes by home buyers is still high despite the higher prices.
  • For some contractors, there is an uptick in the remodeling business as remodeling does not need as many materials.
  • 2021 Outlook: Lumber prices to moderate and could possibly decline this year, especially if certain actions are taken such as the increase in domestic production and better negotiations on lumber agreements with Canada.

Click Here to read the full article.


Source: Realtor Magazine Article titled “Lumber Takes a Fall” – January/February 2021 Issue

Feb. 2, 2021

Pensacola International Airport Adds More Non-Stop Flights

Pensacola International Airport will add more non-stop flights in March 2021.  Southwest Airlines announced that they will add three non-stop flights from Pensacola to Atlanta, Chicago Midway & St. Louis.  According to the City of Pensacola, the new flights will begin March 11, 2021, through April 11, 2021.  The flights will start with one daily flight to Atlanta, one flight to St. Louis on Saturdays, and two flights to Chicago Midway on Saturdays.

View more information about the new flights here.


Source: City of Pensacola article "Southwest Adds Service to Atlanta, Chicago, and St. Louis from Pensacola International Airport"


Posted in Local, On The Coast
Jan. 11, 2021

Home Ownership vs Renting

"Should I Buy or Continue Renting?"

It is a question many people ponder each and every year and the answer may not always be clear in some markets.

Last week, ATTOM Data Solutions released its 2021 Rental Affordability Report, which looks at the affordability of renting compared to home ownership across various parts of the United States.

Buy or Rent in 2021 Graphic of US from Attom Data Solutions

Graphic Source: ATTOM Data Solutions


A few highlights from the article include:

1) Owning a median-priced three-bedroom home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 63% of the 915 U.S. counties analyzed for the report.

2) Median home prices have grown faster than average rent prices in 83% of the counties used in the report; prices have risen more than wages in two-thirds of the nation.

3) Home ownership is more affordable in suburban & rural areas while renting remains the most affordable option in the most populous urban markets.


For the Emerald Coast, it was cheaper to buy in Escambia, Santa Rosa & Okaloosa counties, while renting was the cheaper option in Walton county according to their findings.


Click Here to view more about the report and the article.


Content Source: ATTOM Data Solutions Article "Owning A Home More Affordable Than Renting in Nearly Tow Thirds of U.S. Housing Markets"

Jan. 7, 2021

2021 State of the Company Address


Rob Brooks Realty Logo

Earlier this week, Rob Brooks gave his annual State of the Company address and presented company awards.

Check out all of the accomplishments the Rob Brooks Realty team made this past year.



July 1, 2020

2020 4th of July Celebrations on the Emerald Coast



July 4th is upon us and though this year has been different from others before, some areas along the Emerald Coast are still celebrating the holiday with activities and firework shows.

As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, please remember to stay safe and practice social distancing when checking out the 4th of July events in your area. 



Navarre Beach Fireworks

Location: Navarre Beach Fishing Pier

Date: July 4, 2020

Times: Fireworks @ 9 PM



City of Destin – 34th Annual Independence Day Fireworks

Location: Fireworks seen over East Pass - Destin

Date: July 4, 2020

Times: Fireworks @ 9 PM


Red, White & Baytowne

Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Date: July 4, 2020

Times: Events starting @ 7 PM / Fireworks @ 9:15 PM


Feb. 3, 2020

2020 State of the Company Address

Dec. 26, 2019

New Year's Eve Celebrations

circle with gold & gray Happy New Year 2020

The New Year is right around the corner so why not celebrate by checking out the local fireworks shows and celebrations in your area.

Pensacola Beach

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Fireworks @ 12:00 A.M.

Location: Pensacola Beach Boardwalk (Pensacola Beach)


Fort Walton Beach

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Fireworks @ 8:00 P.M.

Location: The Boardwalk (Okaloosa Island)


Blingin' In the New Year 2020

Fireworks @ 8:00 P.M. & Midnight

Location: Fort Walton Beach Landing Park (Fort Walton Beach)


Destin / Seaside

New Year's Eve | 5 Parties on the Harbor

Fireworks @ 8 PM & Midnight

Location: HarborWalk Village (Destin)


New Year’s Eve Family Beach Ball Drop

Location: The Hub (Seaside)


Nov. 15, 2019

thanksGIVING on the Emerald Coast

donation box filed with food items


This year, put the GIVING in Thanksgiving!

Here are a few opportunities to give back and to engage with our Emerald Coast communities this Thanksgiving.  



Help neighbors facing hunger and homelessness by making a financial donation of any size -- DONATE HERE  

The Water Front Mission is need of volunteers year-round to volunteer, visit their website HERE



Help Fill the Mayflower on Nov 25 & 26 at Cordova Mall in Pensacola. Manna Food Pantry will be accepting monetary and non-perishable food donations to meet the needs of those in Pensacola, Milton and Jay.

Visit the Manna Food Pantry website for additional information.



3rd Annual Community Dinner for first responders on the job, those just passing through without a place to stay, and those that cannot afford a thanksgiving meal. Free Thanksgiving Day meal from 11am - 3pm on Nov 28th. Volunteers and food donations needed , visit the Navarre Chamber website for addition information.



Thanksgiving Dinner at Harbor Docks in Destin from 11am - 7pm on Thanksgiving -- Enjoy a FREE traditional Thanksgiving Day meal with turkey, ham, and all the trimmings served by Habitat volunteers and provided compliments of Harbor Docks Destin, no reservations required.

Donations are welcome and benefit Okaloosa County Habitat for Humanity and Destin Harvest.

Volunteer to help out during Thanksgiving at Harbor Docks (various shift and duties + you can still enjoy the meal) Volunteer here. 

Give Thanks at Harbor Docks Destin this year by eating, sharing, and volunteering!



Sharing & Caring of Okaloosa Co. is a non-profit organization that serves as a provider of emergency food for those in need. Organize a food drive for non-perishable food items or make a monetary donation to help them meet the needs of the community. 

Connect with Sharing & Caring of Oklahoosa Co. here. 



Tis the season for giving, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is Giving Tuesday. Connect with your favorite non-profit organizations online and show them some love this holiday season! 


Oct. 22, 2019

10 Ideas for Fall Fun on the Emerald Coast

photo collage with pumpkins, movie tickets, bike riders, donation box, the beach, smores, a tent on the beach, & storage box

Fall on the Emerald Coast is such a wonderful time of year! We encourage you to take some time to make this a fall to remember! We’ve compiled a fall bucket list to help you have an amazing fall and we’re happy to say that these activities cost little or no money and most can fit into even the busiest schedule.

1. RIDE A BIKE. Ride through your neighborhood or pack up the bikes and head to a bike trail or one of the many state parks in NW Florida. Topsail State Park is especially bike friendly.

2. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT. Watch a family-friendly movie under the stars at any one of these Emerald Coast venues: The Hub 30A, The Island Ft. Walton Destin by Hotel RL, Uptown Station in Ft Walton, Movies on the field in Gulf Breeze. If you prefer to stay in, whip up an autumn mix that is sure to please and put on a family-friendly feature or shorter films. If you have children at home, try out The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, both are based on children’s books and are available on Amazon. For a quick and yummy autumn snack mix, use microwave homestyle popcorn, mini pretzel sticks, and candy corn – just mix and enjoy.

3. VISIT THE BEACH. Take a leisurely stroll on the nearest fishing pier – keep an eye out for schools of fish, sea turtles, dolphins and other sea life. Check it out: The pier at Navarre Beach is the longest in Florida at 1,545 ft long and 30 ft above the water.

4.  HOST IT. Host a chili cook-off, mac and cheese bake-off or pie contest at your home or community clubhouse. Invite friends and neighbors and prepare for an evening of fun and fellowship. Along with an entry fee that will go towards prize for best and most original entry, consider asking each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item or a small cash donation for a local food pantry.

5. TREAT A NEIGHBOR OR SURPRISE A FRIEND with a fall treat such as these cream cheese pumpkin muffins or give a simple gift such as a fancy pumpkin adorned with a gingham bow.

6. SAY CHEESE. Take family photos for Thanksgiving or Christmas Cards. Consider a beautiful beach setting, pumpkin patch, Eden Gardens, a downtown area, or the front porch of your home.  

7. GO CAMPING. Fall is the perfect time to tent camp! If you like the idea of camping and don’t have your own gear, don’t be shy about asking friends or family to borrow a tent. If you’re a novice camper plan on going on a one-night trip for starters and do a trial run with tent set up at home.

8. GATHER ROUND THE FIRE. With a raised firepit you can build a fire to gather around with family, neighbors or friends. What’s a fire without s’mores??? Provide sticks, marshmallows, graham crackers, and Hershey’s chocolate bars. If you’re feeling adventurous, sub Reese’s Peanut Butter cups for chocolate bars or use just use fudge stripe cookies and marshmallows for a different kind of s’more.  

9. WALK THE BEACH. Connect with nature and take a long walk on the beach.  Help keep the beaches clean and protect our sea life by picking up any trash you find along the way.

10. GEOCACHING is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. It’s a fun and challenging way to explore your area. Here is a link to help you get started. Geocaching is a fun adventure for children and adults!

If you try out some or all of these ideas, we’d love to see some photos from your experiences!  Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and use the hastags #RobBrooksRealty #LiveECFL

Sept. 18, 2019

Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane

photo collage with a storm, a house, first aid bag, & a home insurance policy title Preparing for a Hurricane

When a hurricane is brewing, residents flock to the store to stock up on bottled water and fill their tanks with gas. While last-minute provisions like bottled water and gas are important, ideally, hurricane and emergency preparedness begins far in advance.  With some advance preparation, you can have peace of mind and a solid plan in place to protect your family and your home in the event of a hurricane or other emergency.

The helpful team at FEMA has provided the following list of resources to help you prepare for a hurricane or other emergency.

Did you know? September is National Preparedness Month and the peak of hurricane season. Share this blog post with your friends and family to help them get prepared too! 


Posted in Hurricane Prep