National Press for the Emerald Coast – 2021
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The Abbott Team is on the 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

Inc 5000NEW YORK, August 17, 2021 – Inc. magazine today revealed that The Abbott Team is No. 2485 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000…

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2020 was our most successful year selling real estate on The Emerald Coast

Abbott Team EXP RealtyTo say we are proud of our team in 2020 is an understatement. Wow!! What a journey. Our team is small, but mighty!! We accomplished $108,000,000 in successful closings with another $45,000,000 in pending contracts. We continue to grow our team adding several amazing agents to our family based culture and have more joining us soon. We are super excited of our partnership with eXp Realty as the fastest growing real estate company in history…

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National Press for the Emerald Coast – 2020
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Abbott Team Partners with eXp Realty and Delivers Record-Breaking Sale on the Emerald Coast

Today, the Abbott Team is proud to announce its partnership with eXp Realty while delivering a record-breaking $16 million sale of a residential single-family home on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The newly formed partnership with eXp Realty allows the Abbott Team to expand their business and provide customers with even more resources to help them with their real estate needs, bringing more buyers to the Emerald Coast…

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Abbott Realty Services Launches New Military Division for Military Families

Mike and Cindy SakalauskiToday, Abbott Realty Services is proud to announce the launch of a new military division, called “Abbott Realty Military Detachment.” The new division is spearheaded by Michael and Cindy Sakalauski delivering exceptional real estate services to military families in Northwest Florida. “With a combined 29 years of military service, it is in our DNA to serve. Representing both the Active and Reserve components, we are in a unique position to help military and civilian families alike because we understand the dynamics of life in and out of uniform…

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Abbott Realty Services has been named in the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America.

Inc 5000Abbott Realty Services has earned the rank of 2851 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

This achievement puts us in rarefied company. The elite group we have now joined has, over the years, included organizations such as Microsoft, Timberland, Vizio, Intuit, Chobani, Oracle, and Zappos.com…

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National Press for the Emerald Coast – 2015
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Fodor's Go List 2015

The Florida Panhandle -The soft quartz beaches of the Florida Panhandle are more beautiful than what you’ll find on most Caribbean islands and undoubtedly among the best in the United States. Chilly winters limit year-round vacationers, but those who venture down will experience a region that feels more Southern than the Latin-influenced culture of South Florida. Fresh seafood is uniformly excellent, and the virtually unimpeded 100-mile stretch of beach from Pensacola to Panama City feels endless…

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National Press for the Emerald Coast – 2014
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The 10 Most Popular U.S. Beaches — Where Everyone Wants to Be Right Now

Destin Beach: Between Pensacola and Tallahassee, Destin is one of the most popular beaches on what is known as Florida’s Emerald Coast. Right on the Gulf of Mexico, Destin actually sticks out into the water slightly; the small town is situated on a strip of land that separates the Gulf from Choctawhatchee Bay. Originally a fishing village, Destin is now known for its clear water…

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Best Florida Beaches

Why go: Midwestern and Southern families flock to “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” for its white sands and frequent sunshine. Destin is one of Florida’s most affordable beach towns, though temperatures, visitor volume and room rates are at their highest in the summer…

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#5 Small Towns Americans Love Most

5. Santa Rosa Beach – White sand, blue waters, and a healthy dose of quirkiness add up to a winning combination for this artsy northwestern Florida beach town. Santa Rosa scored near the top of the survey for being family-friendly. Consider the WaterColor Inn and Resort, which offers paddle-boarding, kayaking, beach bonfires and outdoor movies. Readers also liked Santa Rosa for its design finds…

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The Best Travel Finds of 2014, Fall

1. Sandestin: You’ve probably done Miami, maybe even Tampa. But what about the Florida panhandle? You gotta know, some of the best Florida beaches are right here, and fall brings the perfect 75-degree weather to enjoy the white sand and turquoise water. If you need a break from all that relaxing, rent a boat and visit Crab Island, a sandbar with a waterslide and floating restaurants…

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Fish Out of Water Receives Wine Spectator's 'Award of Excellence'

Enjoy sipping a glass of wine while relaxing on the Emerald Coast? While there are many restaurants with beautiful Gulf views and wonderful wine selections, only one has been recently recognized in a national magazine for their wine selection alone. South Walton’s own Fish Out of Water at WaterColor Inn and Resort received an “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator magazine. Fish Out of Water is one of the less than 3,000 restaurants world-wide awarded for offering at least 90 quality wines…

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20 Safest Cities in Florida: Safest Places to Live in FL

6. Niceville, FL: With a population of 13,000, Niceville, FL is a northwest Florida town located on Choctawhatchee Bay. Only 20 minutes from white sandy beaches in Destin, Niceville offers the security of a small town, with low crime, minimal traffic and proximity to amenities like great shopping, cultural centers, recreation, restaurants and more. It is the only north Florida city to make our list…

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10 Best Places To Live & Boat

1. Gulf of Mexico – Destin, Florida: Destin is perfectly situated to celebrate in style the aquatic wonder known as the Gulf of Mexico. Located on Florida’s Panhandle midway between Pensacola and Panama City, Destin offers snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, light-tackle fishing, trolling and deep-sea bottom-fishing. Sugar-sand beaches and barrier islands are as abundant…

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10 Best: Beach resort kids' clubs

2. Club KZ, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort — Miramar Beach, Fl: From horseback riding to ghost-crab hunting, Club KZ has plenty of opportunities for kids who are fascinated by creatures big and small. Kids who are keen on climbing will be over the moon on Adventure Zone Thursdays when Club KZ visits nearby Baytowne Adventure Zone to take on the Baytowne Zipline, the Eurobungy, the Sky Trail Ropes Course and the Tower Climb…

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10 Best Beaches for Families in 2014

6 – Crystal Beach, Destin: At Crystal Beach, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and turquoise and the atmosphere is completely calm, with little crowds to be found. Several lifeguards are stationed throughout, though the water is delightfully shallow for little ones — you can walk fairly far out in the water. Restrooms and parking add to the appeal, as do nearby attractions, restaurants and shop…

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Better Sand, Calmer Waters, and More Beautiful Sunsets: Top Gulf Coast Beaches

3 – Destin: On northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin is famous for white beaches and emerald waters. Thanks to its harbor location in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s also called “the world’s luckiest fishing village,” and anglers consistently report the best catches of their fishing careers in this Panhandle town…

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Nine South Walton Eateries Featured on Emeril's Florida

SoWal local Emeril Lagasse just kicked off season two of Emeril’s Florida on the Cooking Channel, and our beloved South Walton takes center stage. This season, SoWal is featured in nine different segments, with the first airing Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. CST. Two episodes focusing solely on South Walton Beaches air Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. CST and Sunday, Mar. 2 at 1:30 p.m. CST.

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National Press for the Emerald Coast – 2013
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Google Names Santa Rosa Beach as Florida's Digital Capital

Google has announced Santa Rosa Beach in South Walton as Florida’s Digital Capital. Santa Rosa Beach is the postal city designation for most of South Walton and serves as a catch-all for most of the area south of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Determining the designation is a two-stage process based on data relating to Google adwords and the online presence of local businesses…

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Relax at Bern Yip's Florida Beach House

HGTV designer Vern Yip has dreamed of building a beach house for years, and he finally did it! HGTV Magazine got to take a tour through his ultimate family retreat. Long before he appeared on HGTV, Vern Yip was an architecture intern who fantasized about one day living in Rosemary Beach, FL, a resort town on the Gulf of Mexico with thoughtfully planned, pedestrian-friendly streets. Vern was so fixated on owning property there that he started collecting furniture for his…

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2013 Travelers' Choice - 10 Destinations on the Rise - United States

3. Destin: Destin is located on Florida’s Emerald Coast, which gets its name from its beautiful, clear green water. Beaches here have extremely fine, soft sand, so if you’re a beach-walker or your kids enjoy building sand castles, this could be a great destination for you…

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10 Least-Known Florida Beaches

4. Santa Rosa Beach: Is this the Bahamas? Nope. These turquoise swells come courtesy of Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, home of Santa Rosa Beach. With a shoreline this hypnotic, you probably won’t stray, but just in case, you might want to check out Santa Rosa’s upscale artists’ enclave of Gulf Place…

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10 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home

5. Destin, Florida: With the summer months behind us, many of us hold on to more permanent dreams of paradise by considering the purchase of a vacation home. According to the National Association of Realtors, this dream is increasingly becoming a reality for buyers with a 10 percent increase in the sale of vacation homes in 2013 vs. 2012. Many factors are at play when assessing…

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Best Weekend Getaways

2. Destin: Famous for its sandy white beaches and beautiful, clean waters, Destin is one of Florida’s best-kept secrets. More than a destination for sun, sand, and surf, Destin is home to some of the finest golf courses and amusement parks in the United States, and the city and surrounding area enjoy beautiful weather all year round…

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Best Beach Awards 2013: Family Beach

1. Destin with 43% of all votes: Located in the Florida Panhandle, Destin traces its history back to 1845, when Captain Leonard Destin settled in Northwest Florida. He pioneered the fishing industry. Today, this fishing town — known as “world’s the luckiest fishing village” — is a hot spot for trolling, jetty fishing and deep sea fishing. Charter fishing is very popular; so we suggest you book your family fishing adventure…

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Top Family Hotels in the United States - 2013

2. WaterColor Inn & Resosrt – Santa Rosa Beach, FL: WaterColor Inn & Resort in Santa Rosa Beach made the #2 spot for Travel & Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Awards for family hotels…

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