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About Linda Quinlan

Linda Quinlan

Linda Quinlan, Broker
Cell: (850) 865-3500
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I first entered the Real Estate business in 1994 and specialized in the Crystal Beach and Destin markets. I listed and sold so many properties in Crystal Beach that I became known as “The Queen of Crystal Beach.” I fell in love with the area and like so many of my clients,’ I made it my home and purchased two other investment properties there. As time went by some of my clients began to show interest in other markets, Sandestin, Santa Rosa Beach, and the communities on 30A.  I spent my free time riding my bike on 30A, driving around all the areas to have a good knowledge of what was available. I have always been a boat lover, so my husband and I have boated many miles looking at waterfront areas. We now live on Buck Bayou.  It is important to know where large boats have access and sailboats must be able to get under bridges.  Our bays and bayous can be tricky if you don’t know the waterways.  There are so many enjoyable waterways from Destin to Panama City and it is much more fun to show them by boat.

I  believe in “Guidance with a little Southern Hospitality….  I want my clients to be selective in choosing properties that will either become their vacation or permanent home.  I want them to make affordable investments and not over extend themselves.  I counsel my clients with facts and figures to back up what they are purchasing; and above all I obey the Golden Rule.  There is no rush to purchase a vacation home so if it takes several years to find just the right home for you, I have the patience to help you.

As real estate has changed over my career, it has become necessary to change focus.  In the beginning I became an expert on 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges, then a Pre-construction Specialist, a Second Home and Vacation Home Expert and lastly a certified Short Sale and Foreclosure Specialist.  And I am ready to learn whatever else may come along.  I like to work with all the different age groups and have become quite handy with modern technology.  Some of my clients prefer the telephone, others like email, and my younger clients prefer to text.  So text I do.  I am willing to learn whatever a customer prefers.

In my spare time I love to garden, boat with family and friends and Plein Air paint our beautiful area.

My philosophy is that “real estate is all about relationships, not commissions.” I treasure my relationships with my clients and if you are looking for an agent that cares about you, please contact me.  I am happy to provide references.

About Greg Kohls

Greg at the golf course

Greg Kohls
Cell: (850) 585-4668
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Greg Kohls is a dynamic real estate sales executive with over a decade of experience selling properties in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.  As a longtime resident of Sandestin, Greg has an intimate and extensive knowledge of the resort and its market, achieving ‘Top Salesman’ in 2005 with a one year record sales volume of $49,750,000 on 72 transactions. He is still the top agent in our local area.  He has expanded his listings and sales to 30A neighborhoods.  A former All-American basketball player for Syracuse University, Greg channels the same intensity and focus when selling properties or guiding customers to their perfect home.  As a husband, father of two and grandfather of three, Greg understands the personal needs of his customers and enjoys helping them reach their real estate goal, whether buying or selling property.

In his spare time he loves to play golf; and with all the golf courses to choose from, it is hard to decide which course to play. He would be happy to tell you the features and benefits of all of them from Camp Creek to Indian Bayou.

About Ashley Kohls


Ashley Kohls
Cell: (850)333-7774
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Ashley has extensive experience in rental management and will be heading up the rental department.  Whether it is a short term or a long term rental, you will be pleased with the personal service that Ashley provides.  Her attention to detail, warm voice on the phone, and follow up will “exceed your expectations.”  Our rental program can be specially tailored to your special needs. If you only want to rent during the summer and use your property the rest of the time, that is fine with us.  If you want to do some of the rentals yourself, Ashley can coordinate a program for you.  Originally we  opened our rental program to assist our personal clients with whom we have a relationship.  We know their needs better than anyone and they know that Greg and Linda have their best interest at heart. Now we are expanding to take a few selected properties to offer the same exceptional service and programs.  Contact Ashley, Linda or Greg to let us know what you need.  On a personal note, Ashley is married to Greg, Jr. and they have a Reagan who is in elementary school and becoming quite an avid tennis player.

About Diane Scholz

Diane Scholz

Diane Scholz
Cell: (850) 227-6297
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Diane Scholz first invested in property along the Forgotten Coast in 1992 while still living overseas with her now retired military husband. At retirement in 1997, she and her husband, Russ, moved to Port St. Joe where she first began her Real Estate career as a licensed Florida Real Estate Sales Associate. She has since obtained her Brokers License and earned the GRI designation. She specializes in primary residences and investment properties along the coast, as well as inland properties along rivers and lakes. Her experience and knowledge for real estate has built lasting friendships with her customers.  The Forgotten Coast is the towns along Highway 98 like Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe Beach, Beacon Hill, Cape San Blas and Apalachicola.  Diane knows this area like the back of her hand.

About Missy Hooker

Missy Hooker
Cell: 850-217-4044
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I am Missy Hooker with Southern Beach Real Estate and Rentals, LLC. I am happily married to my husband Steve and we have 4 spectacular children and 2 grandchildren. After a 17 year career in residential building and real estate sales in Mississippi, we decided to move to Destin. I can remember coming to Destin as a young girl 3 to 4 times a year with my family. The beautiful water and beaches literally took my breath away every time, as it still does today.
I am so excited to have been in real estate sales and residential building for the last 29 years and to know that it is still my passion. I am driven by the excitement that it brings to myself and my customers on every real estate transaction. I am also a registered nurse.  I enjoy helping others in making their dreams come to pass and I look forward to the opportunity in working with you in all of your real estate needs.

About Ben B Carollo

Ben B Carollo
Cell: 850-217-4600
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I have been selling Luxury Real Estate along the Emerald Coast from Destin to Panama City Beach for over 16 years, including Emerald Grande, Silver Shells, Kelly Plantation, Regatta Bay, Crystal Beach, Emerald Lakes, Sandestin, Miramar Beach, Gulf Place, Santa Rosa Beach and 30-A. As a former Award winning Automobile Dealership Owner and Manager in the New Orleans area for over 20yrs, I understand that Professional, Sincere and Honest Client Service is a Top Priority. Please allow me and Southern Beach Real Estate the opportunity to assist you with the Purchase or Sale of Property here on the Emerald Coast.

Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award Recipient, Louisiana Automobile Dealer of the Year, Emeritus Member of the Sugar Bowl Committee, Former Director of First National Bank of Jefferson Parish and the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission. I attended LSUNO and served in the USMCR, Married to my Lovely Wife Lucille for 50yrs,  we have 2 Children and 12 Grandchildren have been 17yr Residents of Destin.sica walking Nicole, her rescued lab from Alaqua, around the resort enjoying the lifestyle of what a full time homeowner in Sandestin entails!

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