Real estate signs positive in Gulf County

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM.

 “Now is the time to buy a lot and build your beach house,” said Newman.

He added that raw material and lumber costs are down, but fluctuate with the market, making for an ideal time to begin construction.

Of the projects completed in 2013 by Big Fish, 100 percent of buyers were also end users who planned to live in the home for at least several months out of the year. Newman said that 100 percent of homes were also within walking distance of the water.

“People go to Destin and Panama City and in the end they want that old Forgotten Coast style of living,” said Spring. “This is the Florida vacation they remember from their childhood.”

Newman and Spring both gave praise the Gulf County Tourist Development Council for their work in rebranding the area and helping to bring in tourists who ultimately decide to settle down in Gulf County.

“Our economy is driven by tourism and construction,” said Newman. “The TDC is doing a great job and what they’re pushing fits in with what we do.”

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