Know the Warning Signs!

By Chris Balzer, ECES I was recently asked: How do you know if I need insulation or improvements to make my home more energy efficient. Some ways we check is with a thermal camera. Thermal cameras can detect the slightest difference in temperature showing us leaks, missing insulation, poor seals...
By Maurice Stouse, Financial Advisor and Branch Manager Have you ever thought about what is meant by the various terms you hear and see about investing? We will attempt in this article to cover several terms and hope it covers a lot of questions or curiosities. In today’s markets –...
By Victoria Ostrosky Andrea had just opened her blinds to the morning sun when her phone rang. “Good morning, Jake! What can I help you with today?” “Hi, Andrea. Hey, I’m buying an investment condo to rent out to short term vacationers, and I need an insurance quote. Can you help...
Living on the coast is equally as challenging as it is beautiful. Weather conditions are often unpredictable, and homes and buildings in the area suffer damage as a result. Roofs are one of the areas to suffer most, as high winds decimate them all too quickly. Bel-Mac Roofing, locally...
By Victoria Ostrosky I can hear the entire Panhandle breathing a collective sigh of relief that the wet, windy, destructive month of September is over. Fall’s first month was too full of tropical storms and torrential rainfall and hurricanes. I experienced my very own personal flood. As did many of...
Residents across Northwest Florida know just how devastating a hurricane can be on a community. Unfortunately, worried homeowners trying to pick up the pieces can be easy prey for opportunistic scammers after a big storm. These storm-chaser roofing companies often follow bad weather events across the country. These con-artists...
By Rita L. Sherwood Ryan knows a good thing when he sees it. He grew up with his family vacationing down here from Chicago, and always thought he’d live here one day. After 9/11 happened, his thoughts turned toward getting out of the city, and soon he relocated to Destin....

Fall Energy Tips

By Chris Balzer, ECES The official first day of fall was September 22nd. We don’t experience fall like most parts of the country. It seems like most years we just jump right into winter. We choose to live in paradise for a reason—beautiful beaches and warm temperatures. Here are just...
By Matthew Vanderford, Claimology Hurricane Sally is one of those storms that took a lot of folks by surprise. Partly because it was due to hit further west than it did and partly because it just sat and sat, and sat out in the Gulf dumping massive amounts of water...
On Sept. 22, the Destin Chamber celebrated the graduation of 11 business professionals from its 12th Destin Forward class. Though typically held in May, the ceremony was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions, ensuring class members had time to finish their class project and other program requirements. During the event,...

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