As we move into 2022, both buyers and sellers are wondering, what’s next? Will there be more homes available to buy? Will prices keep climbing? How high will mortgage rates go? For the answer to those questions and more, we turn to the experts. Here’s a look at what they say we can expect in 2022.

Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist, First American:

“Consensus forecasts put rates at about 3.7% by the end of next year. So, that’s still historically low, but certainly higher than they are today.”

Danielle Hale, Chief Economist, realtor.com:

Affordability will increasingly be a challenge as interest rates and prices rise, but remote work may expand search areas and enable younger buyers to find their first homes sooner than they might have…

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The 30A Songwriters Festival returns to South Walton January 14-17, 2022, with a stellar group of artists on the schedule.

Headliners represent a range of music genres, including Brothers of a Feather featuring Chris & Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, and Rickie Lee Jones.

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Current lineup of artists for the 2022 30A Songwriters Festival
Brothers of a Feather feat. Chris & Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, Rickie Lee Jones, Rodney Crowell, Amy Grant, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle, Madison Cunningham, John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), Shawn Mullins, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Todd Snider,…

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Don't miss your opportunity to own part of Phase I of The Grove at Seascape, Miramar Beach's newest resort! For more details and to learn how you can be a part of this exciting development, click the link below.

https://www.thegroveatseascaperesort.com/


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As we head into the final days of 2021, make sure you know of the best spots to ring in the new year! 

 
Noon Year's Eve 

Friday, December 31 10:00am

Lulu's

Non-stop kid friendly fun for the whole family, there will be crafts, face painting, and more followed by kid safe "fireworks" and a beach ball drop!

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Baytowne Countdown

Friday, December 31 6:00pm - 1:00pm

 The Village of Baytowne Wharf 

Ring in the New Year with an evening to remember, with two breathtaking fireworks displays at 8pm & midnight. Enjoy our family friendly evening from 6pm-8pm with face painting, kids activities, and LIVE music on…

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we are celebrating all month long! Visit with Santa, shop at a local holiday market, or sit back and enjoy live Christmas music and entertainment all before before ending the year at one of the area's most fabulous New Year's Eve parties!


Merry Mainstreet 

Every Friday and Saturday Prior to Christmas

Downtown DeFuniak Springs 

Free to attend “Merry Main Street” boasts live music and theatrical performances, an outdoor market, food trucks, rides on the Choctaw Express Train, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, kids character appearances by The Character Clubhouse, and more family fun – all taking place along Baldwin Avenue in downtown DeFuniak Springs.

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Manatees should soon be on the move as their annual fall migration inland to escape cooler winter conditions along the coast. 

Their immune system can't deal with colder temperatures, and the sea cows can get cold stress illnesses once water temperatures dip below 68 degrees, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Coastal water temperatures are just a few degrees above that, according to the National Weather Service in Ruskin. 

"It looks like it's around 71 or 72 degrees off Fort Myers Beach," said Nicole Carlisle, a meteorologist with NWS. "It starts with the first big cool down of the season; and as we keep getting additional fronts, that will allow the water temperatures to slowly fall. So you can expect that…

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The natural beauty of Grayton Beach is known to draw visitors from all over the word and generations of locals to stick their toes in the sugar-white sand and relax in nature.

South Walton High School student Hannah Smith wants to empower beachgoers to help keep the place they love to visit clean and beautiful with a new pilot beach basket program. Six baskets are currently stationed nearby the trash receptacles at the end of the Grayton Beach public beach access boardwalk. Beachgoers are encouraged to grab a basket and use it to pick up trash, dispose of it in the nearby bins and then return the basket to the stand when they’re finished.

“I want to reduce the amount of litter in our water and on our beaches,” she said. “Overall, the main…

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2020 Best Decorated Home

The city of Destin’s Holiday Committee will be forming to survey and select the best Christmas holiday decorations within the incorporated areas of Destin in six major categories:

• Best Decorated Business: This will include restaurants, shops, department stores, schools, professional offices, etc.

• Best Decorated Condominiums: This category includes condominium entrances and property.

• Best on the Harbor: This category is for homes on the harbor.

• Best Overall Holiday: This category includes all homes, business, and organizations throughout the city limits that go above and beyond.

• Best Decorated Home: This will include single homes, duplexes (best side), mobile homes, etc.

• Best Decorated Organization: This category includes…

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Latitude Margaritaville Watersound

The first residents of Latitude Margaritaville Watersound have officially closed on their new homes and have been busy moving in and meeting neighbors.

Latitude Margaritaville Watersound is located on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast near Panama City Beach and the Scenic Highway 30A corridor. It is the third of the incredibly popular, award-winning Latitude Margaritaville communities for those 55 and better who are growing older ... but not up.

Becky and Jim Entrekin from Collierville, Tennessee, were the first to close on their new home. They began moving in on Oct. 25.

The sales and lifestyle team at Latitude Margaritaville made sure their closing was a celebration, complete with streamers, leis, a Fins Up! balloon sculpture and champagne…

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