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I hope you'll find my news items interesting and helpful to your real estate needs. Let me share my knowledge of the Perdido Key area with you! Check in for updates and news.

Looking forward to talking with you!

Dawn Marino

Feb. 5, 2021

569 Downhaul Dr

Build your dream home in Leeward - one of Perdido's finest subdivisions. This lot is one of the largest in the community and is close to NAS Pensacola, shopping and the beautiful Perdido Key Beaches!


Nov. 17, 2020

COMING SOON 794 N 11th Ave

Charming East Hill home with commercial zoning for the ability to be an office or great AirbnB. This place is perfectly located on 11th Ave convenient to shopping and all the wonderful amenities that Downtown Pensacola has to offer. Beautifully renovated and absolutely turn-key!

Sept. 24, 2020

1204 Parasol Pl, Pensacola, FL 32507

Beautiful lot in Parasol, Perdido Key's only gated beachfront subdivision!


Aug. 26, 2020

24114 Perdido Beach Blvd #404

Better Act Fast! Two Bedroom with Bunks directly on the Gulf now available at Four Winds in Orange Beach. Priced to Sell!

Aug. 5, 2020

13500 Sandy Key, #105W

Cozy and fully-furnished condo for a second home or investment property, located on the ground floor for easy access to the pool, hot tub, and the beach! No rental restrictions, and deeded beach access!




July 24, 2020

12400 Lillian Highway

Great property on Perdido Bay, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with a 2-car garage on an acre lot. Watch the dolphins play and the beautiful sunsets from your pier.


June 8, 2020

Beautiful Lakefront Home In Grande Lagoon / Perdido Key

This beautiful recently renovated lakefront home in Grande Lagoon West is ready for its next owner! New Kitchen, New LVT flooring throughout and newly remodeled bathrooms. Check it out now before it is gone!



April 18, 2020


In this age of science and technology, it is difficult to wrap your brain around a global pandemic. Yet, here we are living a scene of what would appear to be straight out of a movie. There is no doubt, the world is full of uncertainty and is experiencing unprecedented times. In every situation, there is a silver lining. This one is no different. There is much good that has come from this ordeal. We have pulled together as a community, as a state, and as a country. Our front-line workers are getting recognized for the heroes they’ve always been. We have all realized the importance of our family and friends. We have a better understanding of what’s important. We have a newfound appreciation for taking the time to enjoy a bike ride or a walk with your dog. We have adapted and survived. It is amazing how fast life can change. Enjoy the moment, whatever the moment may be.

From my family to yours, stay healthy, stay happy, and stay safe.


Dawn Marino

Boat near shore

Video Call

Time at the park

Blue Angels

Flora-Bama beach

Time at home on the deck



Perdido Bay

Palms on the bay

Sunset on the bayou

Posted in Real Estate News
April 17, 2020

How Social Distancing Might Delay a Home Sale

How Social Distancing Might Delay a Home Sale

Real estate traditionally has been more a "people" business than a technology business, but with advances in recent years, tech has certainly established its place in the industry.

During trying times that require social distancing or sheltering in place, those tech tools can be saviors. Buyers can virtually tour homes via the internet, make offers, and apply for home loans online. All parties involved can sign documents electronically and sometimes even get documents notarized remotely.

All those things are components of most home sales. Having the means to do them online allows for real estate deals to continue, even during social distancing. But that doesn't mean it's all going to be smooth sailing. Here are some ways social distancing could delay a home sale.

Reduced staffing and hours of operation

When companies are attempting to keep fewer people in the office, or workers are out for extended periods of time, or even if a business just cuts its hours, work can take longer. It's a matter of fewer people doing the same amount of work with less time each day to do it. Backlogs can happen.

A good example might be the mortgage business. When very low interest rates hit, there are surges in demand for refinancing that can come right as companies find themselves shorter-staffed. As long as fewer people are working, or working shorter hours, in banks and title companies, there could be delays in home sales.

Home inspections

Home inspections are especially tricky during a time of social distancing. Unlike a buyer on a virtual tour, a licensed home inspector is required to physically be in the home they're inspecting. That can cause some hiccups.

For example, a seller might not want a stranger in their home. On the other hand, maybe not every home inspector wants to go poking around in a stranger's house, which may or may not be properly sanitized.

Most real estate agents have pre-written addendums - some issued by the state - that cover any delays in a sale related to public health or social distancing. Some homebuyers might forego their right to a home inspection, and some sellers might agree to one so long as the inspector is the only person in the home and is properly equipped with safety wear. If not, a delay in the sale can be addressed with an addendum to the contract with neither party penalized.

When a home inspection is done, the inspector could do a virtual walkthrough with the buyer and/or provide them with more visual results (pictures and video) in their report than they would in normal times.


Real estate appraisals are typically done in person as well, but there's more leeway for appraisers than there is for inspectors.

For one, the Federal Housing Finance Agency in March 2020 allowed for appraisals without necessarily requiring an appraiser to look at a home's interior. The term "drive-by appraisal" has been around for years, but it's more literal when people are under stay-at-home orders.

And even in normal times, not every appraisal includes an interior inspection. In markets that are very active, it's not difficult for appraisers to ascertain a home's value using mostly a computer, because there are plenty of comparable recent sales. But in slower markets, or for homes with unique features, an appraiser or lender might not be comfortable with an appraisal that doesn't include an in-person look at a home. That sort of circumstance could also delay a sale's closing.

Again, a proper addendum to the sales contract should be able to satisfy all parties involved should such a delay occur.

The bottom line

Technology has advanced enough in recent years to help real estate adapt to a period when face-to-face interaction is limited. While not every step in the home process can be automated, the result during social distancing could be delays at certain steps in the homebuying process, but safety measures alone should not grind a home sale to a halt.

Posted in Real Estate News
April 3, 2020

Beautiful Gulf View Condo - Perdido Key

This beautiful 1 bedroom condo with a Gulf view will be on the market soon! Fully updated and rent ready!