Murray Balkcom, GRI is a Realtor with The Premier Property Group, the top brokerage in South Walton, at the beaches of South Walton, Florida, specializing in real estate sales in Rosemary Beach, Seacrest, Alys Beach, WaterSound, Seagrove, Seaside, WaterColor, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Dune Allen, and Point Washington. If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate, please contact Murray for prompt assistance.
Director of Sales, The Premier Property Group
-Realtor with The Premier Property Group
-National Association of Realtors
-Florida Association of Realtors
-Emerald Coast Association of Realtors (ECAR)
-ECAR MLS Committee Chair 2012 – 2013
-ECAR MLS Committee 2008-present (2009 – 2011 Co-Chairman)
-Graduate of Realtor Institute
-Graduate of University of Georgia
Additional Certification Courses from:
– Michigan State University
– Georgia State University
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 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 down the river systems and into the Gulf of Mexico, over millions of years, from what is thought to once have been the tallest mountains in the world – the Appalachian Mountains.
Much like the fluidity of the seemingly-permanent mountains, changing into the sand on our beach, I too, am dynamic and see every moment as different from the last. Everyone and everything is unique, including my customers and properties which I represent. Working in real estate, there are no two days alike, and that serves as a helpful reminder that we are constantly changing, just like the tiny remnants of quartz from the Appalachian Mountains which continue to form the sand on our beautiful beaches.
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 living in the mountains of Western North Carolina (Asheville), I decided to move to the beach here in South Walton, and reinvent myself. I have never felt more at home. An avid outdoors-man, I feel a great connection to this area, where 40% of the land is state-owned forest and parks. On the rare coastal dune lakes in South Walton, I also feel at home, and often spend time on my kayak, leading tours as a kayak and nature guide. Some of my community involvement includes volunteering and serving for the Seaside REP Theatre Board of Directors, the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (NW Florida College), and Florida Lake Watch (University of Florida). Some of my other serious interests include anything associated with creativity, including photography, drawing, painting, pottery, graphic arts, knitting, and free-lance writing.
My interest in real estate probably 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, looking at 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.
“Although the lot I purchased was small and inexpensive, Murray handled it with the same care as the larger properties he was working on at the time. With my lot, came a lot of questions and Murray quickly identified what needed to be done, followed through and kept me updated on his progress – not to mention making it fun and informative along the way. It was truly a pleasure to work with Murray!” — Kendall H.
“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
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