Is a Real Estate Investment and Property Management business that began in 2002 in the suburbs of Chicago. We consulted, taught, purchased and managed apartments, condos, single family residences and commercial properties. In 2017 we sold all of your Chicago based investments and moved to the Florida panhandle. We are strategically rebuilding our business in a more condusive location while enjoying the benefits of ownership on the Gulf of Mexico Islands and Intracoastal. We became a registered LLC in the State of Florida in 2018.(doc #M18000007454) EIN: 20-2370078Feel free to contact Erling or Lisa Smedvig with any questions.


Currently managing the condo known as Island Haven at Emerald Isle, on Okaloosa Island, located at 770 Sundial Ct. #500, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548. The condo is right on the beach. The 5th floor (really 4th floor because first floor is below ground level), allows for magnificent views of the Gulf of Mexico. The height allows you to see the dolphins and ships and horizon but is still low enough to holler at the kids in the pool or husband at the grill. Literally 5 ft from the pool or the grill is the powder sugar white sands on the Gulf of Mexico. We are known and documented as having some of the whitest sand beaches in the world. This condo is just 6 miles from Destin, FL, close enough to enjoy their HarborWalk, restaurants and entertainment but far enough away to escape the hussel bussel when you want to sit with your feet in the Gulf, using the FREE beach chair service. You don't sit multiple rows back from the water, because your sharing the space with 15+ stories of other renters, you sit right on the beach with toes in the water. Okaloosa Is. residents have a max building height of 7 stories, so you can get up close and personal with the beach. The Gulf is 100 ft from the pool, grill, public restrooms and a few floors up to the condo.
If you walk 1.5 miles east you reach the Okaloosa Island Pier which includes the Gulfarium and restaurants from several 5 star seafood places to burgers, tacos, ice cream and everything in between. There are a variety of shops for kites to gifts to apparel The Public Pier allows you to walk out nearly a quarter mile into the Gulf to sight see or catch more than 100# fish. If you walk a half mile to the West of the condo you get to the Gulf Islands National Seashore, where there are no buildings for more than 30 continuous miles. Just pure, rarely walked, white, sand beaches to explore and collect your souvenirs. To learn more about the condo and see pictures, we encourage you to click on the link to the condo through "Vacation Rental By Owner" ( or through Home Away ( or any of their affilitiates like Vacation Rentals (, Stayz ( or 6 other International affiliates. You can also access the condo from Emerald Coast By Owner: www.iVacationonline.comProperty ID: 6927

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Ariel view of the Gulf of Mexico, where you can see the cluster of buildings around the public pier near the Brooks Bridge to the mainland. As you head west (left) down the beach it gets less and less populated. A few buildings West of us, the buildings stop and for more than 30 miles it is Gulf Islands National Seashore, pristine white sand beaches for as far as the eye can see. Island Haven condo location is marked on the map. The waterway behind the island is the Intracostal Waterway that goes from Destin to Pensacola, the two outlets to the Gulf for big boats. The huge body of water is the navigatable waters of Choctawhatchee Bay.
sand dunes to the beach
see the Okaloosa Is pier from the condo beach and watch the storms roll by or stroll the 1.5 miles to the Pier and Boardwalk.
sit and relax on the balcony with your favorite drinks and watch the dolphins or the fishing boats as they cruise the fishing spots on the Gulf.
the pool, grill area and entrance to beach and FREE chair, umbrella, and table service
view from Island Haven Condo balcony
grilling area: 3 new professional grills, chimney to start charcoal and grilling tools
Island Haven Condo, both Living Room and Master Bedroom have sliders to the balcony
Island Haven condo is on the 5th floor but really 4th floor (because the first floor is below grade).
red highlights the exterior windows for Master and second bedroom so both bedrooms have a view of the Gulf and can hear the waves rolling in.
Fully equipped kitchen, with Kurig & capachino and regular coffee makers.
All premium appliances, large microwave, stove top and oven, dishwasher and Frig with door ice and water.
open floor plan
dining room for casual or formal dining (table leafs available)
Large screen High Def 4K Smart TV with Cox Cable and NetFlix or streaming capabilities and 4K Sony BluRay/DVD player
Stereo iPhone docking station in Living Room and Master Bedroom, which is just to the left in the hallway to private, secluded, Master Bedroom enSuite.
2 Huge Closets, 42" HD TV with Cox Cable and NetFlix or streaming capability and disc player.
King size premium bed with iPhone docking station for music, or use radio to wake up to your favorite tunes.
Master Bedroom has a double slider door to the balcony facing east and a large window facing the Gulf on the South and a side window facing West down the Gulf.
Master Bedroom enSuite includes a separate walkin ceramic tile shower and a dressing area with sink and good lighting.
The second Bedroom includes a queen size bed and a huge closet You can see the Gulf and sand beach from laying in bed and looking out the window.
Second Bedroom includes a 42" HD TV w/Cox Cable or Netflix and streaming capability.
The Second Bedroom bath is right outside the bedroom door, down a separate hallway from the main living area so each bedroom has complete privacy.
The triple slider doors open to a spacious balcony, equipped with 1 high top rectangular tables and 4 high top swivel chairs for a lovely dining experience while everyone faces the Gulf.
Come and enjoy the powder sugar, white sands, of the Gulf of Mexico, while watching the dolphins by day and gaze at the expansive heaven and stars at night.
This shows where Okaloosa Island is on the State of Florida mapGoogle Earth- St of FL
Emerald Isle is the buidling in the foregound, you can see the pool right near the beach and you can see where the buldings stop to the West and it becomes Gulf Islands National Seashore for the next 30+ miles.Google Earth Island Haven on Okaloosa Is
Ariel view with a marker where the condo is located. Walking distance to Okaloosa Pier and Board Walk one way (E) and unlimited Gulf Islands National Seashore for 30+ miles the other way (W). Click on the Google Earth link on the main page, to virtually explore the area. Google Earth-Emerald Isle

Drone footage of

Okaloosa Is Area

NEWS & MEDIA JULY 22, 2020 Top U.S. Area to Buy a Vacation-Rental Home? The Panhandle


Weiss Analytics: Fla.’s Panhandle offers the best returns on vacation-home investments in the U.S., while Siesta Key and the Miami Beach metro also made the top 20 list.

NEW YORK – Real estate investors are scrutinizing second-home markets as they hunt for growth opportunities, even during the pandemic. After all, “travel doesn’t stop when the economy weakens – it changes where people travel,” a new report from rental management site Rented Inc. and Weiss Analytics notes.

“In 2020, travelers want to stay closer to home, and they are seeking genuine experiences. High on the list are Instagram-worthy, outdoor locations, and the highest returns come from homes that enhance the guest experience,” the report states.

Rented and Weiss note a “dramatic shift” in drive-to destinations and markets within two to five hours of major metro areas, which are seeing some of the highest returns in vacation home rentals.

Rented Inc. and Weiss Analytics’ fifth annual analysis of top vacation rental markets looks at properties based on the highest return on investment. The rankings use a three-bedroom, two-bath stand-alone home rental as a base and then compare this vacation housing across hot spots based on homeownership, short-term revenue potential, cost to acquire, annual appreciation and projected changes in asset value.

Overall, the report found that Florida’s Panhandle is the top vacation-home investment area in the U.S. with an index score of 98.7, though Siesta Key and Miami Beach also made the top 20. Out of 100 cities rated, El Paso, Texas, came in last with an index score of 13.9.

Top 20 U.S. vacation-rental investment spots

1. Florida Panhandle – 98.7 (index score)

2. South Jersey Shore, N.J. – 93.4

3. The Poconos, Pa. – 93.0

4. Smoky Mountains, Tennessee – 77.8

5. Central Texas – 77.7

6. Phoenix Metro Area, Ariz. – 77.0

7. Ocean City, Md. – 74.4

8. Siesta Key, Fla. – 74.2

9. Charleston Metro/Coastal, S.C. – 73.5

10. Hampton Roads, Va. – 73.3

11. Hudson Valley, NY – 72.9

12. Leavenworth, Wash., D.C. – 72.4

13. Inland Empire, Calif. – 72.1

14. The Adirondacks, NY – 71.3

15. Chattanooga, Tenn. – 70.6

16. The Hamptons, NY – 70.2

17. Columbus, Ohio – 69.9

18. Portland, Maine – 69.4

19. Miami Metro Area, Fla. – 68.6

20. Omaha, Neb. – 68.5

Other Florida metro area rankings

26. Tampa Bay Area – 66.1

36. Orlando Metro Area – 61.6

38. Cape Coral – 60.8

51. Jacksonville – 56.8

68. Daytona Beach – 52.2

75. Cocoa Beach – 49.4

89. Marco Island – 41.8

Source: “100 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Rental in 2020,” Weiss Analytics and Rented (2020)

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