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2019 Harvest Wine & Food Festival in Watercolor October 24 - 26th!

2019 Harvest Wine & Food Festival
in WaterColor!

October 24th to October 26th

Take in the sights & sounds of this year's Harvest Wine & Food Festival!
Make your reservation today to attend the Celebrite Winemaker Dinner and eat with the stars! 
Al Fresco Reserve Tasting offers a selection of library wines that feature a rare vintage you can't normally find!
Enjoy a Seminar, attend the Festival's main event, "Grand Tasting" at Cerulean Park or attend the Silent Auction featuring rare wines & more!


Flutterby Arts Festival coming to WaterSound Origins!

Come celebrate with us at the 
Village Commons Lawn
October 19th & 20th
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

There's plenty of fun for the whole family with art activities, Live Music, Theatre and Dance performances, Art Exhibits, a butterfly parade and more!

This event is FREE & parking is available onsite!

CLICK HERE for more information & directions!


19th Annual Navarre Car, Truck, Bike Show & Craft Fair Coming Soon!

19th Annual Navarre Car, Truck & Bike Show
and Craft Fair

Where:  Navarre High School @ 8600 High School Blvd. in Navarre
When:  Saturday, October 12, 2019

This Navarre annual event is sure to be the biggest show yet!  This event has something for everyone from over 100 tricked out cars, trucks & bikes to the craft fair and food vendors.

Be prepared to spend the day and find out who were the winners!

Click Here for details!


11th Annual Run for the Reef on Navarre Beach!

It's Time for the 11th Annual Run for the Reef
on Navarre Beach!

10K Run & 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mild Kids Fun Run

Join us Saturday, October 12th at Juana's Pagodas

Race Start Time - 7:30 am
Click here for more information & print out the Registration Form

Take in the sights and sounds of Navarre Beach and the Gulf of Mexico as you run the course along Gulf Blvd.

Benefitting Navarre Beach Sanctuary - Snorkeling & Diving Reefs


41st Annual Destin Seafood Festival Coming in October!

41st Annual Destin Seafood Festival
Friday, October 4th to Sunday, October 6th
Hours of Operation:
Friday - 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday - 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come join us for this Family-Friendly FREE event
with over 100 vendors, Live Music, Kids Fun Zones with a Petting Zoo, Pony Rides & more!

Click here to find out where to park, taking the shuttle and More!


12th Annual Baytowne Beer Festival Coming Soon!

12th Annual Baytowne Beer Fest at Sandestin

October 11th & October 12th
at the Baytowne Wharf

Featuring over 200 Domestic & International Beers

Time to put your taste to the test & find your new favorite craft beer!

Enjoy live music, join us at the VIP Event with beer tastings and great food!

To find out more click here!


Federal Reserve Lowers Rates

*NAHB - by Robert Dietz - Sept. 18, 2019

Fed Lowers Rates in September

The Federal Reserve reduced the key, short-term federal funds rate by 25 basis points to a top rate of 2% at the conclusion of its September Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. This was the second cut in 2019, partially reversing a set of increases enacted in 2018. The more dovish stance of the Fed is good for housing and home building, as forecasts for slow growth continue to be a headwind for additional construction growth.

The Fed also reduced the interest rate it pays on bank reserves. This was a technical move aimed to improve the ability of the Fed to target the federal funds rate in markets. The Fed’s ability to manage this rate weakened this week due a number of liquidity concerns. The Fed posses the tools to increase its efficiency in this area, but such short-term interest rates bear watching in the coming months.

There was notable disagreement among the members of the FOMC. Three Fed regional presidents voted no on today’s move, with two arguing for no rate reduction and one a supporter of a more aggressive 50 basis point reduction. This disagreement, in opposite policymaking directions, is reflective of the greater amount of economic uncertainty that currently exists. These three dissents were the highest number since 2014.

Despite the uncertainty, the Fed’s economic outlook remained relatively unchanged. The Fed characterized the labor market as “strong,” with economic activity rising at a “moderate” rate. This mirrors the home building...

4 Things NOT to Do When Putting Your Home on the Market

*Posted on December 29, 2016 - 10:27 am by Zoe Elsenberg on Housecall

4 Things NOT to Do When Putting Your Home on the Market

Editor's Note: This post was originally published on December 29, 2016. Housecall continues to share this piece due to ongoing requests and reader interest.

So you've decided to put your home on the market. Congratulations! Hopefully, you've brought a rockin' REALTOR® on board to help you list your spot, and together you've done your due diligence on what to ask for. As you start checking things off your to-do list, it's also important to pay mind of what not to do. Below are a handful of things to get you started.

Don't over-improve

As you ready your home for sale, you may realize you will get a great return on your investment if you make a couple of changes. Updating the appliances or replacing that cracked cabinet in the bathroom are all great ideas. However, it's important not to over-improve, or make improvements that are hyper-specific to your tastes. For example, not everyone wants a pimped out finished basement equipped...

Start Preparing Your Home for Fall & Winter Now!

**Portions of this Article from Reader's Digest - https://www.rd.com/home/improvement/prepare-your-home-for-fall-and-winter/**

Now that the kids are back in school, the last Summer Holiday has passed, it's time to start thinking about getting your home ready for what the Fall & Winter could bring.

  1. Make sure your gutters are cleaned out
    Remove leaves & any other debris that has fallen into your gutters throughout the Spring & Summer.  If you live in cold weather climates any weight of snow puts undue pressure on your gutters.  They could break away from your home and your gutters wouldn't work properly in the future.
  2. Clean the Fireplace & Chimney
    Clean out all ash and charred wood from the fireplace, but if it has been awhile since you had the flue cleaned out you'll need to call a professional who'll know the best way to clean it and check the damper.  If soot builds up in the chimney it could possibly cause a fire in your home.
  3. Check out your heating system
    If it's been awhile, make sure you change out the filters, check all heating vents to make sure they're clear and not blocked or covered to help your heating be at it's best in the most important...