about Murray

Murray Balkcom, Luxury Realtor |  Broker Associate
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Murray Balkcom, Luxury Realtor | Broker Associate lives at the beaches of South Walton and specializes in luxury residential real estate sales in Rosemary Beach, Seacrest, Alys Beach, WaterSound Beach, Seagrove, Seaside, WaterColor, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Dune Allen, Point Washington, Miramar Beach, Sandestin, and Destin. If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate, please contact Murray for personal and prompt assistance.

Murray has brokered just under $1 BILLION in real estate sales in the Destin and 30A market and continues to provide the personal touch for each customer.  With a proactive stance, Murray strives to find solutions to potential contractual problems, before they ever arise, making transactions as smooth as possible for the buyers and sellers.

When you are interested in selling your luxury property in Destin, Miramar Beach or 30A, call Murray to schedule time to learn about the value of your property and the proven process he follows to sell your property. If you are uncertain whether your property meets the “luxury” definition, call Murray to learn more about the possibility of selling.

Murray also works with many luxury buyers in the 30A, Miramar Beach and Destin markets. If you, or anyone you know, is looking to purchase a vacation or investment property, or considering relocating, call Murray to start your search.

-Luxury Realtor | Broker Associate

-National Association of Realtors

-Florida Association of Realtors

-Emerald Coast Association of Realtors (ECAR)

-ECAR MLS Committee Chair 2015 – 2016

-ECAR MLS Committee Chair 2012 – 2013

-ECAR MLS Committee Co-Chair 2009 – 2011

-ECAR MLS Committee 2008-present

-Graduate of Realtor Institute (GRI)

-Graduate of University of Georgia

Additional Certification Courses from:

– Michigan State University

– Georgia State University

my story:

The first vacation to the beach which I recall from my childhood included a trip to Panama City Beach. I never dreamed that I would one day, return to the beach nearby and call it home. The beach in South Walton has a strong pull on me, just as it has on the tiny particles of quartz which have flowed from the Appalachian Mountains down the river systems and into the Gulf of Mexico, over millions of years, to form what we know today as the Beaches of South Walton and Destin.

After graduating from the University of Georgia, I worked in the private Country Club management before deciding to get out and see the country, by foot! When my body ached from walking about 1500 miles on the Appalachian Trail for several months, followed by exploring nearly every national park west of Colorado, I felt the need to settle down. After briefly living in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, I felt the need to be near water and moved to the beach here in South Walton and quickly called it home. An avid outdoors-man, I feel a great connection to this area, where 40% of the land is state-owned forest and parks. Being in the great outdoors is part of the attraction to this undeveloped area. Some of my community involvement includes volunteering and serving for the Seaside REP Theatre’s Board of Directors, the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (NW Florida College), Florida Lake Watch (University of Florida), as well as assisting Seaside’s Escape to Create. Some of my other serious interests include anything associated with creativity, including photography, drawing, painting, pottery, graphic arts, knitting, and free-lance writing, and of course those now take a backseat to spending time and seeing the world through my children’s eyes.

My interest in real estate began as a young child, when my parents would load us into the car on an occasional Sunday afternoon, and we would ride around looking at property. I’m not sure that we were ever shopping for property, but I have fond memories of those times, exploring real estate. When I moved to South Walton, my primary interest was naturally real estate. Quickly, I connected with many people in our community, and within four years, I ranked in the top 7% of REALTORS® (world-wide) in my international company. Currently, I serve on the Emerald Coast Association of REALTORS® (ECAR) MLS Committee as Chair, and am a member of ECAR, Florida Association of REALTORS®, and National Association of REALTORS®. I am also a graduate of the REALTOR® Institute. As often as possible, I attend Walton County Commissioner meetings to stay informed and try and shape our community. For more information and regular updates on the local real estate market on 30A and in South Walton, go to MURRAYon30A.com, where you can subscribe (FREE) for email updates.

Testimonials:

“Murray is a rare person with integrity and intelligence.  He is hard working, diligent and really researches all properties for his clients.  He is one of the few Realtors we met who truly understands the market in South Walton as well as the benefits and drawbacks to certain properties and will be completely honest with you.  I personally felt confident embarking on any purchase he had researched and recommended.” — Amy H

“Dear Murray,
Thank you for all your hard work and professionalism in selling our property. You made a difficult decision for us much easier and the transaction virtually stress free. You went up and beyond the call of duty and we appreciate it. Please do not hesitate to use us as references and without any hesitate to use us as references and without any hesitation, we would refer anyone to you!” — Donna and Chris B

“Recently I started looking for property to purchase to build a home on. I was interested in a certain area but was not knowledgeable of prices and restrictions. The help that Murray gave was tremendous. Not only was he informative of the area I was interested in, but he had answers to all questions. Never once did Murray suggest I look at any properties that he suggested. He would put the info out there and let me decide. It was a very stress-less experience dealing with Murray and in no time, actually a couple of weeks, I decided on the land I wanted and purchased. I would recommend Murray Balkcom in a heart-beat to assist you in finding your new place.” — Bob F