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Scott Kirkman

Residential Properties
At The Office Building Strategy

Scott has been a Panama City resident since 2008. He is married to Kimberly and is dad to 3. Scott grew up in Greenville, Illinois and attended Millikin University where he received a bachelor’s in music business. He then received a Master of Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from Florida Atlantic University, and a Specialist in Education Degree from The University of West Florida.

Prior to working in real estate, Scott was a Professor at Gulf Coast State College where he taught music, Digital Media and managed 90.7FM WKGC. In 10 years at GCSC, Scott built solid relationships with many students and faculty, who he has now helped to get their first home or help them to sell their home and purchase another.

Scott has been licensed since 2018. He was just getting his real estate business underway when Hurricane Michael struck. Through that tragedy, Scott began to help the community by working with investors and homeowners in the purchasing and selling of damaged homes. That experience has helped Scott to develop a segment of his real estate business that focuses on the purchase, renovation, and resale of repaired homes.

When not busy buying and selling properties, Scott enjoys hanging out with his family and playing music. Scott also serves as the Interim Music Minister at First United Methodist Church of Panama City, where he leads worship and directs the church choir.

In 2020 Scott was the 2nd highest producer at Think Real Estate at over $6,000,000 in sales. In 2021 Scott looked to continue to scale his business and created the Kirkman Group. He ended year as the top producer at Think Real Estate, selling over $13,000,000. His focus is elite customer service from beginning to after the sale is completed. Scott sums up his core values with one word - TRUST, and he has built his brand around the idea of Trust Matters.

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Buy Land and Build A Home or Buy An Existing Home in Bay County

Your future home awaits and we are here to help.

Are you in the process of locating your next dream home? If you are, you may be considering the differences between buying land and building new versus buying an existing home. Both of these options can be great, but each has a different journey to completion.

Fortunately, the real estate market in Bay County, Florida is still activity pushing along. And while there is not as much inventory, compared to 2020, there are still land & homes for sale across our wonderful community.

You can buy a neighborhood lot in a beachy or in-town community, or possibly find acres of land in the northern part of Bay County to start your own farm. Lynn Haven has become a very popular community to call home and the Cove has long been a wonderful community for those seeking to be near downtown Panama City. Lots and lots of choices to create a future that is uniquely you.

It is far more complex to buy land and build a home than it is to buy a home that is already built and move-in ready. Someone has to be available to make the continuous decisions that go along with such a project. And it is often times more expensive, too. Land costs, architectural design, permits, foundation work, framing, site work, exterior finishes, interior finishes, mechanical rough-ins— the details can add up rather quick. When building a custom home, $350,000 doesn’t build a palace in Bay County in 2020. Here is an example of what a $350,000 build budget would look like:

  • Architectural Design: $17,430.00
  • Site work. Design, Permit fees, inspections, etc.: $7,810.00
  • Foundations. Excavation, concrete and retaining walls: $38,685.00
  • Framing. Sheathing, trusses, etc.: $44,930.00
  • Exterior finishes. Roofing, windows, and doors, etc.: $75,245.00
  • Interior finishes. Drywall, flooring, insulation, paint, lights, appliances, etc.: $77,840.00
  • Major systems rough-ins. Electrical, HVAC and plumbing: $35,445.00
  • Hardscapes and softscapes. Driveway, fencing, landscaping, shed, etc.: $49,490.00

In contrast, the same budget of $350,000 can buy an existing home or condo, land included, that is move-in ready and waiting to welcome you home. And with the inventory in the Bay County Real Estate MLS, you can likely find your new home or investment project without too much effort.

Whichever your choice may be, Think Real Estate has two convenient offices in Bay County, Florida to serve your real estate needs. Our beach office is on Middle Beach Road, just east of Shipwreck Island Water Park, and our in-town office is on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., about one mile north of the mall. Both of our real estate offices offer the same high-quality service and personable, professional, dedicated Realtors. Contact us today to get started.

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