Happy New Year: 2012 Recap from Christina and Andy Meinen

WaterSound Beach, FL

Thank you for all of your continued business and referrals. 2012 has been an incredible year, and we are looking forward to an amazing 2013.

In 2012, Christina and I sold 59 properties worth a total of over $24.5 million. This is an increase from 50 properties the year before!

We are seeing many exciting things happening along 30A, Sandestin, and Destin, and the market is busier than ever. Inventory continues to dwindle, and buyers and sellers continue to move the good properties quickly. Properties that are priced right are placed under contract within days of being listed on the market.

We see fewer and fewer short sales and foreclosures and find that the great deals are sold from sellers who are motivated to do the next thing – whether they are looking for a different property within the area or life brought them to make a different change completely.

Currently, there are only six foreclosed homes and three foreclosed condos on the market on all of 30A!

The good news if you are a seller is that properties are moving! The key is to be priced right so your property does not get stale. Our average days on market is 5% less than the market average and sales-price to list-price ratio is better than the market average.

The good news if you are a buyer is there are some great deals out there. The key is to act soon, as inventory is dwindling and have a Realtor working with you to keep their eyes peeled on the properties that fit what you are looking for.

The rental market has also increased. January and February are busy months for rental properties being booked for Spring and Summer. Now is a good time to secure your new property so it can start to get booked.

If you have not visited the area lately, we encourage you to make a trip – you will not believe all of the construction!

We are here to help you and listen to your unique situation.

For more information, call Christina Meinen at 850.974.9704 or Andy Meinen at 850.419.4777.  Andy and Christina are Realtors, who specialize in listing and selling real estate along 30A, Destin and Sandestin, as well as Seacrest Beach, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Grayton Beach, The Retreat, Blue Mountain Beach, Dune Allen Beach, WaterColor and WaterSound.



Under Contract in Seagrove Beach, FL

Property Description

Seagrove Beach, Florida real estate in the gated neighborhood of Summer’s Edge is popular for its location south of County Road 30A near the Gulf of Mexico.

This pristine home is only a few feet from one of two fabulous neighborhood pools, and steps from the beach! Beautifully furnished interiors give way to wonderful porches with privacy as well as Gulf views. This is the perfect property for a beach investment or second home. Immediately, your spirits are brightened upon entering the sunny living areas of this home, highlighted by two stories of windows.

The living room, kitchen and dining room are in the back of the home overlooking a private deck. The master bedroom is also conveniently located on the first floor.

All furnishings convey with a small list of exceptions.

For more information, call Christina Meinen at 850.974.9704 or Andy Meinen at 850.419.4777.  Andy and Christina specialize in listing and selling real estate along 30A, Destin and Sandestin, as well as Seacrest Beach, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, WaterColor and WaterSound.

Just Listed in Seacrest Beach, FL

This amazing three-story furnished vacation home has excellent Gulf views and is in the much sought after Seacrest Beach community along Scenic 30A.

This four-bedroom – plus loft and office – home is a great vacation rental with a gross rental income for 2012 of $43,235 and projected to reach $50,000 by the end of the year. Rental rates have been raised and the home is projected to gross $59,073.75 in 2013 by 360 Blue Properties. The home can sleep 14 guests.

The first master bedroom and bathroom are on the first floor, along with the kitchen, living and dining areas. The second floor has a bedroom and a bunk room, as well as an entertainment room with a pullout sleeper queen sofa. The third floor has a office/bonus room with great Gulf views and the second master bedroom.

Owners and guests have access to Seacrest Beach’s 12,000-foot lagoon pool, deeded beach access, and a convenient tram service. Seacrest Beach is also ideally located between Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach so you’re close to shopping and dining, all within walking distance. All room dimensions and square footage are approximate and should be verified by the buyer.

Call Andy Meinen at 850.419.4777 or Christina Meinen at 850.974.9704 for more information.

Just sold in Seacrest Beach, FL

This amazing home just sold in Seacrest Beach, FL.

Seacrest Beach’s 12,000-square-foot pool, deeded beach access, convenient tram service, and central location between Alys and Rosemary Beach make the Seacrest Beach community a great investment opportunity.

For more information, call Christina Meinen at 850.974.9704 or Andy Meinen at 850.419.4777.

Property Description

This amazing home in Seacrest Beach features hardwood floors that carry throughout. The first floor offers one bedroom with a private bath, and is joined by open living room, dining room and kitchen areas, which make it great for families and entertaining. There is a laundry room off the kitchen.

The back porch is a great spot for grilling and relaxing. The second floor features a bunk room with two bunk beds, an additional guest bedroom and the master suite. The bunk room and guest bedroom share a full bath in the hall.

The master suite features an ample walk-in closet and large bathroom complete with double vanity, separate tub and shower, as well as a private porch.

The third floor features a lounging area with closet and wet bar that doubles as an additional guest bedroom. The open, wrap-around porch on the third floor features great views of Seacrest Beach!

Owners and their guests enjoy access to a 12,000 square-foot lagoon pool at Seacrest Beach, deeded beach access, on-call tram service, as well as enjoy convenient shopping and dining only a short walk away in Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach and the Village of South Walton.

Pool Lot – Just Sold in Seacrest Beach, FL

Great location on Seacrest Beach’s 12,000 square-foot lagoon pool.

Only on the market for 2 days and closed in 4 days. Whether you are looking to buy or sell, we are here ready to help you be the most prepared to find that special deal or sell in a timely manner. Don’t delay, now is the time.

For more information, call Christina Meinen at 850.974.9704 or Andy Meinen at 850.419.4777.

Property Description

Build your dream home close to the front of Seacrest Beach on its 12,000 square-foot lagoon pool! Other amenities include deeded beach access, on-call tram service as well as shopping and dining in nearby Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach and the Village of South Walton.


Just Sold – Gulf Front, Best Priced 3 BR on 30A

This Gulf-front condo just sold in Seacrest, FL, along 30A.

Best priced 3 bedroom on the Gulf…don’t delay…the deals are moving quickly!

For more information, call Christina Meinen at 850.974.9704 or Andy Meinen at 850.419.4777.

Call us today to buy or sell your piece of Paradise!

Inventory is dwindling so if you are considering selling, please call us for a free Comparative Market Analysis.

Property Description

Each bedroom in this Gulf-front unit offers its own private bath. The living room features a vaulted ceiling as well as a spiral staircase to a sleeping loft with full bath. The balcony is a great spot for a cocktail and taking in the sunset. Capistrano is close to Camp Creek Golf Course, Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach.

Under contract in Secrest Beach, Florida


This wonderful home in Seacrest Beach, Fl., is under contract.

This incredible home in Seacrest Beach, Florida, is the perfect vacation get-away or full-time residence. Situated on one of the largest lots available in Seacrest beach, measuring 50 by 100 feet, in an unbelievable location backing up to nature preserve with even more room to build your very own private pool or carriage house, this beach house includes an enormous two-car garage as well as a very spacious, livable floor plan.

The large and open space consists of a beautiful fireplace in the living area and an open dining and kitchen area as well. The huge gourmet kitchen has granite countertops accented with a tumbled stone backsplash. Enjoy the strategically located built-in bar with wine cooler, ideal for entertaining. Rich Cherry cabinetry features a sophisticated coffee glaze. The opulent features of this home also include extensive crown and base molding throughout, a central vacuum system for easy clean-ups, 10-foot ceilings on both floors adding an are of openness, as well as Kohler brushed nickel fixtures in the kitchen and all bathrooms for a lavish touch.

The bathrooms feature granite countertops, stone details and custom sinks. The roomy master bedroom is complete with a fireplace, vaulted ceiling and French doors which open onto a private deck overlooking the backyard and nature preserve. The home is pre-wired for security and a home entertainment system.

Seacrest Beach amenities include a 12,000 square-foot lagoon pool, deeded beach access, on-call tram service, as well as shops and dining in nearby Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach and Village of South Walton. This property is a short sale.

Christina Meinen is a Realtor specializing in selling and listing property and real estate in Destin, Sandestin and along Scenic Highway 30A. Call Christina today at 850.974.9704, or check out her new Real Estate Web site.

Just sold in Seacrest Beach


Just sold in Seacrest Beach.

Just sold in Seacrest Beach.

This spacious condo with floor to ceiling windows offers a Gulf view. This three-bedroom unit also offers a bunk alcove. Ideally situated between Alys Beach and Seacrest Beach, The Alexander at Palm Court is within walking distance to The Village of South Walton and Rosemary Beach. The interior is finished with tray ceilings, granite countertops, tile floors and has never been rented so it is in pristine condition. Owners at The Alexander will enjoy access to the 12,000 square-foot lagoon pool at Seacrest beach, as well as deeded beach access.


Christina Meinen sells and lists real estate and property in Florida along Scenic Highway 30A. Call her today 850.974.9704 or visit her new real estate Web site.

Buyer’s agents help cut through the clutter

Christina Meinen, Buyer's Agent and Realtor with Destin Real Estate Company.

Christina Meinen, Buyer's Agent and Realtor with Destin Real Estate Company.

Creating wealth through real estate investing is the name of the game and the buzzer is sounding NOW! Who do you have on your team?

The buyer’s agent is a no-cost tool that everyone should use. Whether you are looking to buy this week, next month, or next year, it is never too early to gain from the benefit of your own buyer’s agent.


Specializing as a buyer’s agent in Florida along Scenic Highway 30A, Sandestin, and Destin for the last five years, Christina Meinen knows how to navigate the rough waters of successful real estate investing. Christina’s passion gives a refreshing spin on real estate investing and her commitment to finding each buyer the best deal to fit their wants and needs.


Christina moved to the Emerald Coast to help buyers invest just two days after graduating from Mississippi State with a degree in Real Estate and Mortgage Appraisal Financing. Her zeal paid off as she quickly established herself as one of the area’s up and coming Realtors and her sales volume has steadily increased ever since. Last year Christina sold $8.9 million in real estate. By April 10 of this year, she has already sold $4.5 million – with an additional $5.6 million under contract as of May 1.


Recently married in July 2008, Christina changed her last name from McAllister to Meinen. Not only did she marry her bestfriend, but her husband Andy is now part of the team and his former journalism/Internet marketing background has been very beneficial in moving Christina’s career to the next level.


To ease your search and not waste your valuable time, Christina offers virtual window shopping right from the comfort of a private conference room along 30A. It is a great way to preview properties with Christina on a flat screen TV to grasp the feel for interiors of homes, areas to consider, and price ranges available before you head off on your tour of properties together. This will help leave time for you to hit the beach!


Keep a lookout for Christina’s new real estate Web site, which will be up and running by mid summer. Plus, find her via social networking on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. These assets are crucial to keep Christina competitive and on the cutting edge of her industry.


Honesty, communication and professionalism are the hallmarks that Christina stands by. She’ll guide you through the inventory of condos, homes and properties now available along the Emerald Coast. Knowledge is key. What is the rental history of a home? How does a particular property compare to what’s around it? What area should you buy in? How can you trade properties and get a break on taxes?


Christina’s knowledge and expertise will ease your search and help you pinpoint your ideal piece of property along the worlds’ most beautiful beaches. From looking through beach homes, to making an offer, to cutting through the red tape, Christina will be there for you. She’ll push for the very best deal and make sure you know exactly what is what with your choice of vacation real estate.


The shimmering sugar sands and the calm emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico have lured many from the hustle and bustle of urban areas. The area’s beachfront communities are as unique as each buyer. Why get lost in the haze of inventory in Rosemary, Alys Beach, WaterSound, Seaside or WaterColor when you can have a professional Realtor by your side protecting your interests and assuring that you’re getting the best deal possible and getting shown all that is available.


Call Christina Meinen today for an appointment – (850) 974-9704.

The Beautiful Beaches of South Walton Beckon


It’s 80 degrees and the flawless blue sky allows the Florida sun to cast it’s warm glow upon lovely South Walton. The sugary white sands are soft underfoot and the lapping emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico call you to submerge yourself and let the soft waves carry your worries away.


Sound nice? Well, Christina Meinen is a Realtor with Destin Real Estate Company, and she can find you that that perfect piece of paradise. Christina specializes in finding investment and dream property along Scenic Highway 30A


Christina has worked as a Realtor for five years and focuses on Destin, Sandestin and South Walton. Christina moved to the Emerald Coast two days after graduating from Mississippi State with a degree in Real Estate Mortgage Appraisal and Financing.


Christina focuses as a buyer’s agent. Since prices have dropped and inventory has increased, a buyer’s agent is a no-cost tool that every buyer needs to help cut through the clutter. Christina will oversee every aspect of successful real estate investing from looking at property to closing. Her keen eye and experience will assure that you’re getting the best deal and everything with your new vacation home is up to code. Christina is a motivated and tenacious Realtor, who will be at your side every step of the way.


Since prices have fallen, many new listings have come onto the market. And if a home or condo is priced right, that piece of real estate will move and move fast. Christina is always looking for motivated sellers who understand current market trends. She has the full resources of Destin Real Estate Company’s marketing machine behind her. Your property will be in the very best hands and will get in front of quality and qualified buyers.


Let Christina show you the unique communities along 30A. The beachfront stretch of roadway is filled with first-class examples of new ubranism. And idyllic Seaside started it all. Quaint and charming beachside towns like WaterColor, WaterSound, Seacrest Beach, Seagrove, Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach hug 30A on it’s 17-mile jog along the clear emerald waters of the Gulf. Christina’s experience gives her an edge at searching through these beautiful communities to find you a piece of real estate that fits your budget and needs.


So call Christina today at 850.974.9704 and let her show you paradise or log onto her new Real Estate Web site.