Road closures planned on 30A Coming Up

30a on the Emerald Cost.

30a Upcoming Closure

The Walton County Public Works Department has issued a list detailing current road projects in the county.

County Highway 30A

Temporary road closures on County Highway 30A have been set due to the delivery and placement of the Western Lake pedestrian bridges. During the closures, both east and westbound lanes will be closed to vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Once the crane and bridge are in place, contractors will install barriers that completely block the entire right-of-way on 30A.

Road Closure Schedule:

Closures will begin 80 feet west and 100 feet east of the project. Traffic detours around the closures will be via US Highway 98.

County Road 285

Expect periodic lane closures as guardrail installation continues. Paving, striping, and grass installation are complete, and new mailboxes have been installed.

Sell your property using the amazing tools of the 21st century

If you’re looking to promote your properties in the Florida panhandle, you’re competing with many other properties in the marketplace. As increasingly prospective shoppers utilize technology to search for homes and property, why not use some awesome twenty-first-century tools that aid and draw attention to – and very almost certainly sell – your property? A Realtor in Atlanta, Jon Showe developed a 3D tour to help him quickly move properties in the Atlanta area. This technology set him apart from the other Realtors. In fact, Realtors and Builders have been wanting to make use of his technology after seeing the results. At, we have all of this technology and more!

The following are 2 of the new tools that could help you sell your properties:

3D Property Tours

The days of a few still photos or a simple “pan-and-scan” video may be going by the wayside. With 3D technology, you have the feeling of actually being in the room you are looking at.
“They’re literally walking through it from room to room,” he explained.
Instead of watching a video that shows only limited views, his technology allows potential buyers to look at the property in the way they want to, at their own pace. In fact, each buyer will look at the property in his or her own unique way, navigating to specific points of interest, he pointed out.

The videos can be utilized with online listings, and prospective buyers can access them on their computers, tablets or smartphones.
The technology can even show a “dollhouse” view, which has the visual effect of removing the home’s roof and letting the viewer peer down inside.

The 3D tour is helpful for any buyer, including those who live outside the area. International buyers are frequently looking for properties in Florida, this gives them the opportunity to get an accurate, immersive view of a property without even visiting it.

Aerial Photography

Drones can be used to help show off your home’s location with photos or videos. While they’re probably not very useful for a property located on a small subdivision lot, Showe said, drones can effectively highlight a property that has a large, interesting lot with impressive landscaping, a creek or expansive pool area.
A drone can also be helpful if you live on a lake, next to a golf course or have another nearby view you’d like prospective buyers to be able to see – such as a gorgeous neighborhood with impressive properties and amenities.
Since the Federal Aviation Administration has rules that govern the commercial use of drones, you’ll either need to file a petition for a permit – which takes about 120 days – or use a company like Your 3D Guy.


3D Glasses Will Give Your Doctor a Complete View of Your Entire Insides

Wearing 3D glasses, viewers can see an exact replica of the subject’s anatomy and use an accompanying stylus to digitally manipulate parts of the body projected on the screen.   Origin Aguirre, who has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Monterrey in Mexico, first tried to use 3D imaging for oil exploration but found more data available in radiology and other medical fields. Cost The company charges $25,000 a year for a subscription to its software, or $22,000 a year with a longer-term contract.

3D Organs

Form and functionEchoPixel’s software stitches together data from CT scans, MRI machines, and ultrasounds to generate 3D images that medical professionals and patients can examine and manipulate using 3D glasses and a stylus.

Innovator Sergio Aguirre Age 40 Title Founder of EchoPixel, a four-year-old, 18-employee medical-imaging startup in Mountain View, Calif.

Equipment The system has a desktop PC equipped with EchoPixel software and cameras that track a user’s head movements. Wearing 3D glasses, viewers can see an exact replica of the subject’s anatomy and use an accompanying stylus to digitally manipulate parts of the body projected on the screen.  Origin Aguirre, who has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Monterrey in Mexico, first tried to use 3D imaging for oil exploration but found more data available in radiology and other medical fields. He founded EchoPixel in 2012.

CustomersEchoPixel has about 20 paying subscribers, including Stanford and the Cleveland Clinic.

Use EchoPixel pitches its technology as a way to diagnose diseases, plan surgeries, and educate patients. For doctors, it can also take the guesswork out of converting 2D scans to 3D actions.

Next Steps “This interactive virtual reality really facilitates understanding,” says Ken Merdan, a senior research and development fellow at medical-device maker Boston Scientific. “When you are looking at something complex—and anatomy is complex and hard to understand—it’s easier to grasp in a short time frame.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved EchoPixel’s system, and the company says it’s working on refinements that will eliminate the need for 3D glasses, letting people view its images on standard mobile devices.

With more and more companies getting on board, you will see 3d imaging become more affordable. This will open doors for doctors and patients to diagnose things like tumors long before they are life threatening.


Drones Take Flight in Real Estate Industry

If there’s one real estate trend that’s surely taken flight over the last couple years, it’s drones (pun very much intended). Drones are leveling-up listing photos, turning basic from-the-ground house shots into aerial masterpieces that showcase the entire property—water features, landscapes, mountain views, and more. A recent panel at the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Conference & Expo in Orlando tackled the trend and highlighted some of the issues surrounding it in a 90-minute session, “Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) and How They Can Help You.” Moderated by Trey Goldman, legislative counsel for Florida Realtors®, panelists discussed regulation updates, safety, education and more, while providing specific examples of how drones can take listings above and beyond.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) forecasts that there will be over 1.3 million commercial drone pilots by 2020, with over 11 million commercial drones sold. Drones are a $2.6 billion market today, set to quadruple in 10 years to over $10 billion.

Goldman noted that much of the damage from the recent Hurricane Matthew in Florida was shot via drones and that Disney World just received permission to fly drones over their parks in the evening. Drones are here to stay and everybody wants in…even those with world-renowned mouse ears.


Winter Is Coming… 5 Reasons to Sell Your Home Now!

People across the country are beginning to think about what their life will look like next year. It happens every fall; we ponder whether we should relocate to a different part of the country to find better year-round weather, or perhaps move across the state for better job opportunities. Homeowners in this situation must consider whether they should sell their house now or wait.

The latest Realtors’ Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are in the market right now!

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

According to NAR’s latest Existing Home Sales Report, the supply of homes for sale is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market (which is 4.5-months).

This means, in most areas, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in that market. This is good news for home prices. However, additional inventory is about to come to market.
There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move, as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. Homeowners are now seeing a return to positive equity as real estate values have increased over the last two years. Many of these homes will be coming to the market soon.

Also, as builders regain confidence in the market, new construction of single-family homes is projected to continue to increase, reaching historic levels in 2017. Last month’s new home sales numbers show that many buyers who have not been able to find their dream homes within the existing inventory have turned to new construction to fulfill their needs.

The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until all this other inventory of homes comes to market before you sell.

Fannie Mae announced that they anticipate an acceleration in home sales that will surpass 2007’s pace. As the market heats up, banks will be inundated with loan inquiries causing closing timelines to lengthen. Selling now will make the process quicker & simpler.

If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by 5.2% over the next year, according to CoreLogic. If you are moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait.

According to Freddie Mac’s latest report, you can also lock-in your 30-year housing expense with an interest rate around 3.57% right now. Interest rates are projected to increase moderately over the next 12 months. Even a small increase in rate will have a big impact on your housing cost.

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.