The short term rental ban for Florida was lifted on May 19 and we are booking for all dates after May 19. However, per the governor's order and Walton county comissioners, vacation rental properties are to refrain from checking in guests or making reservations for guests from the following hotspot areas till after July 4: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Louisiana.
Our Covid-19 Cancellation Policy: This is not easy to write. Just sitting down to write this acknowledges the dark times our nation faces right now. No one is immune to the affects this virus will have on our community, our finances and most importantly, our loved ones whom may be directly affected by this virus. When our company first started to hear reports of the impact this virus could have on our nation, it was important to lay the foundation of how we were going to respond to our guests in the event this virus directly affected their ability to travel. We also needed to discuss what affect that could have on our cancellation policies as well. Since we operate on behalf of our home owners, we could not simply cancel the existing agreements and cancellation policies we have with them but instead wanted to work through the challenges we faced and what cause and effect each decision could have and how it could impact us long term. Unanimously each of our owners, sharing our companies core Christian values, agreed that we needed to take care of our guests during this time even in spite of us losing that necessary income we have been awaiting all off season for. It pains us to see articles like the one to the right and below of other local management companies whom have tried to exploit their guests' losses through the litigiousness of their cancellation policies for their own gain. Putting ourselves in our guests shoes, we couldn't imagine the thought of possibly losing a much anticipated vacation as well as the money put down when it was at no fault of theirs that the trip would be cancelled. That is why from Day 1 since learning about the impact in Florida, Destin Dreamers has offered a no explanation 100% Refund on all bookings affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic and continue to maintain that policy for as long as it directly affects our valued guests.
Guest Response: The responses we have received from our valued guests have been truly inspiring to us all and validate the hard decisions we have had to make to support our guests as it impacts them from all across our nation.
How you can Support Us: In an effort to continue to offer these services for years to come, we simply ask that you reschedule your trip with us instead of cancelling. Allowing us the opportunity to serve you in the future versus outright cancelling helps us to alleviate the financial burden of the cancellation and simply defers those losses to our company for a later date.
The Bible says to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." What we can promise is proven in our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will treat your family the way we would want to be treated and will take care of you and your family if you choose to book your vacation with us. In support of our company and our efforts to do what is ethical over what is legal, we hope that you would support us by simply rescheduling your vacation. However, we are committed to keeping you and your family safe and if you need to cancel then know that we will accommodate your needs to the best of our ability. Please give us a call and allow us the opportunity to serve you and your family for your future vacations.
Knowing which properties in the market will be the most successful is our specialty. We find them, many times off market, and assist in purchasing these unique investment properties. Since we are licensed Realtors, we take the guess work out and can assist you throughout this entire process.
Once we are under contract for the property, we use our 18 years of design, building and architectural background to assist you with interior decorating and maximizing the homes full potential by discussing options for improvement. We will also oversee the construction process and manage the work performed, if needed.
Destin Dreamers completely covers all costs for professional photography and videography. This is a huge step in the process. Each guest has to imagine themselves here in these properties without ever stepping foot in them; our creativity in this area captures that.
We are the only Full Service Company that meets the guest at the property upon their arrival to welcome them and answer their questions. This ensures that we maintain our rules and also builds rapport with the guests. In addition, this allows us to validate that the guest of record is indeed at the property which can reduce the chance of renting these homes to a group of disruptive teenagers.
We offer additional insurances for every booking to cover damages and stolen items, eliminating the need to re-purchase these items each year. We also facilitate all claims processes, on the owners behalf, for replacement items that were damaged or in need of repair caused by the guests. These insurances are paid for by the guests, built into the package rate.
This isn't a typo! We completely maintain your property, in the condition you give it to us, for the duration of our agreement. We replace air filters, fix drywall repairs, paint touch-ups, etc...any damages caused by guests will be 100% covered within our management fee at no additional cost to the owners.
With Destin Dreamers you can have the peace of mind that when you come to town to enjoy your beautiful home, it is in the same condition you left it in and we are there to greet you back to our beautiful Emerald Coast.
Our motto is "Celebrate Life Dreaming Fully Awake" because for us, we truly live this way. Every day is a gift from God and we rejoice and are glad that we get to celebrate each day with friends and family. But it wasn't always like this for us. 4 Years ago our founder, Christopher R. Harper, was diagnosed with a degenerative nerve condition and the best doctors in North America gave him 8-10 years before he would be immobile and incapable of walking. Christopher gave away his multi-million dollar company to a Godly man in Colorado and moved his family to Destin without knowing how he would make an income or how God would provide but adamant that he would see those last days with his family to the fullest.
Our family was told, after the countless surgeries, that the ongoing pain would only get worse since the condition was degenerative. The most we could hope for, after a consistent regiment of pain medicine, was an ability to "cope" with life. Can I tell you that today Christopher is completely healed! After a year here in Destin, you can find Christopher on surf boards (falling more than surfing), running with his kids along the beach and fishing as though he was never affected by his condition. Having not taken a single pain pill in over a year and not even needing the surgically implanted device in his spine to help control his pain, God truly has healed Christopher. He refuses to allow a diagnosis determine his future when God is the author and finisher of his faith.
As simple as it is to write down, it is actually very difficult to Dream Fully Awake and is something you must consciously work toward to accomplish. Dreaming Fully Awake is simply allowing God to be in control of your Dreams. After all, He says in Psalms 37:4 "Find delight in the Lord: and He shall give you the desires of your heart." Our story is unique because God put us on this journey when we decided to put our finances, our jobs and our goals into His hands trusting that He would be here along the journey to help us when we fell. Your story will be unique to your own hearts desires. Be limitless with your Dreams and delight in the Lord in all that you do. Pray with expectancy, knowing that you pray to the King of Kings. Our last encouragement for you is that you would allow God the opportunity to take you beyond what is ordinary and into the EXTRAordinary as you go on your own journey Dreaming Fully Awake.
Our unique and inspired vacation rentals are designed and custom furnished by Destin Dreamers. Each one has its very own unique influences and creative design features that will impress anyone from the experienced world traveler, to the novice toddler only wanting to have a great place to have fun.
Each of our properties come with a complimentary 6 person golf cart, custom interior arcade system(s), custom unique amenities, and creative personal touches throughout.
You're on vacation and we want to make sure you stay on vacation throughout your stay with us. Prior to your arrival, we will send an easy to understand guide illustrating what you will need to bring with you. Our service doesn't end there, we love meeting each and every guest at the property to answer all of your questions, go over any features about the home, and recommend any local events or attractions you may want to experience during your stay.
Need help during your stay with us? We are on sight 24 hours a day to assist any way we can and can also assist you with setting up any services you may need while you are with us here in beautiful Destin Florida.
If you are new to the area...Welcome to Beautiful Destin, Florida!
Destin is a fun and exciting place to celebrate life with friends, family, loved ones and colleagues. Destin also presents, to the savvy investor, amazing opportunities in the marketplace for diversifying your portfolio with rental home opportunities and capitalizing on our upward market growth in long term investment opportunities.
Whether you are looking for an investment opportunity, buy or sell a primary residence or a second home, we want to be there with you along your journey and help bring that vision to fruition.
With our expertise in home construction, real estate investments, vacation rentals and architecture, we bring a unique perspective to buying and selling real estate.
Knowing the "Art of the Deal" is also a specialty we carry. We want to assure you that we understand and have fully developed our abilities to aggressively negotiate contracts and fight to get the best possible outcome for you and your family.
If you give us the opportunity, we will work hard to make your vision for this incredible place a reality.
Anyone can purchase a home and list it on VRBO or have a property management company oversee that property...so what makes Destin Dreamers so unique? Why is Destin Dreamers' properties Grossing almost twice what other neighbors and similar listings are producing in a year?
At Destin Dreamers, we put our clients first. Whether you are a property owner whom has entrusted us with your home to rent or renters coming to stay with us, we are dedicated to being honest and people of integrity. With our 18 years experience in building, we also have the unique ability to maintain the property over the years that others do not posses.
We are also EXPERTS in design and understand how to maximize a properties strengths to receive the highest potential in the marketplace. We spend an enormous amount of time and money into our marketing and have a full time dedicated marketing company whom constantly maintain our listings ensuring our homes are #1 online.
Whether you own an existing home and looking to re-decorate to capture a new audience or are wanting to purchase a new home needing all new furnishings, our company will assist you to get where you are wanting to go and for a price you're looking to spend.
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Our beaches, long revered for their white powdery sand and crystal clear emerald waters, is becoming recognized the world over for its serenity. Gaining incredible popularity in the US, Canada and over seas, the BOOM here will only continue to line the pocket books of the early savvy investor. Rated by U.S. news in 2018 as the best beach in North America, Destin, is deservingly getting world recognition for its incredible coastline, wonderful outdoor activities for the entire family all equating to a remarkable opportunity for the early investor.
Home Away and VRBO rated Destin, FL as the second highest Gross Producer in all of North America for the short term rental market. Seeing upwards of 10-20+% Gross R.O.I. due to the ability the average family has to divide one home between several families, short term home rentals are quickly becoming far more popular than hotels. Our property we placed on the rental market on February 2nd, 2019 had already over $50,000 in bookings by February 7th, 2019.
Still today 1 out of every 3 people visiting Destin Florida is a first time visitor to our coastline. With the BOOM of Social Media like Facebook and Instagram, people are "spreading the word" fast showcasing our incredible beaches, marine life, golf courses and celebrity interactions. The photo above was taken in the 1970's showing nothing here at all. Now with the backing of billionaires and many other large industries seeing the enormous potential for investment opportunity here, Destin, and its neighboring towns, are rising to the top of the charts for future short term and long term investment opportunities.
The Vast majority of our wonderful properties here, in and along the coastline, is owned by what is referred to as an "absentee owner" or someone whom resides somewhere else but purchased property here for investment or second home living or both. Florida has seen a massive increase in absentee ownership especially along the Emerald Coast because of the long term and short term benefits of ownership. Having the ability to visit, as often as you are able, a property that pays for itself is quite rewarding. It also provides a means to diversify your portfolio into a market that is growing higher than the national average and producing, as stated above, income higher than almost any other city in North America. Our understanding of the short term rental market here and how geographic location plays an ENORMOUS part in that spectrum will help you make a well informed decision should you be interested in potential ownership here. Call for more information
Destin offers something that most of the neighboring towns and cities just do not..."infrastructure!" While Pensacola and other similar cities have equally impressive beaches and coastline, why is Destin outproducing every major city and town in the Panhandle? It is our amenities, our attractions, our dining, golfing, family fun activities and local businesses that make Destin truly unique. We truly have something for everyone and in every Season of the Year. To cap that off, Destin Celebrates EVERYTHING with fireworks, festivals and parades. In a single year you can see over 60 different firework shows city wide celebrating our veterans to Christmas to music festivals and much more. We also throw some of the most amazing festivals in all of Florida. As a local now, I can truly tell you that in this part of Florida, we just like to
Won't you be a part of the celebration!
The overwhelming benefit that is widely overlooked by many not fully understanding the market is the Location of Destin and how that impacts our market. Destin Florida is only 5 hours or less drive time from 5 States and only a few more hours to 2 additional states. Not only that but over 30% of our guests here travel from Texas because of its close proximity to world class beaches without the need for airfare. With costs of traveling becoming higher and higher, more and more people are turning to more "local" nearby travel alternatives. None better than Destin, Florida. Furthermore, the ability to finance a property that is categorized as an "income producing property," will only strengthen the savvy investors' positions with the bank knowing there is less "risk" than the average second home. Factor in that the off season is now becoming more and more popular to avoid the large summer crowds, Destin will soon be a year round vacation destination and the city is quickly accepting this and marketing it with their off season parades and firework shows drawing more and more tourists.
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Reservations: (850) 733-7447
Christopher R Harper - (850) 225-8117
Keller Williams Emerald Coast
36008 Emerald Coast Pkwy #201,
Destin, FL 32541
Real Estate Office - (850) 654-2900