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About Karen Butler

Welcome To Fort Walton Beach, Florida & The Beautiful Emerald Coast!

And 100 miles of beautiful white sandy beaches and emerald green waters from Pensacola to Panama City, with Fort Walton Beach and Destin in the middle. 

Fort Walton Beach is the proud home to Eglin AFB ~ Hurlburt Field ~ Duke Field~ 7th SFG and 9th RTB.

Buying a home is one of the most important financial decisions you'll ever make.  A home can be an excellent investment because most houses increase in value over the years. Together we will outline the steps you need to take and the terms you will need to know in order to select the home and mortgage that best fits your needs and desires.

Finishing my 20 year military career here at Eglin AFB , I've been assisting new homeowners just like you for over 20 years now.  After coming here from Korea, I went through the process of being a first time home buyer, and I knew how daunting the task could be when you don't have anyone to guide you.  When you know what comes next, and what paperwork you need to have available, it makes all the difference in the world! So I decided what better way to help people relocating to this area, than to assist them with the most valuable homebuying purchase or sale you've made in your life.  Whether your first home, new construction, or land to build your forever home, let my real estate experience and expertise be your guide and we will have fun in the process. 

While I have several designations behind my name, they don't mean anything unless I can make home buying work for you. I am a wizard assisting with mortgage financing, and can assist you with finding the right loan program for you and your family from 100% financing, VA, FHA, Conventional, Rural Housing, and downpayment assistance.  There are 100's of loan programs out there, let me help you find yours.  Not sure if you qualify, call me first and we'll see where you stand.

The real estate market is ever changing. So I stay on top of the market by attending the latest courses on home ownership, financing, technology and laws.  With over 1000 hours of continuing education behind me, let's make them work for you. Got questions?  I'm only an e-mail, text or call away.

One Stop Shopping For All Your Real Estate Needs!

Military & Relocation Specialist for Fort Walton Beach, Florida 20 years active duty USAF - retired

12 + years Real estate Experience


Military Relocation Specialist 1st time Home Buyer Consultant


Contract Negotiation Specialist - Certified (CNS)

International Property Specialist - Certified (CIPS)

Internet Specialist

Residential Relocation Specialist - Certified (RSS)

Real Estate Cyberspace Society (RECS)

Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)

Certified Distress Property Expert (CEPD)

Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)

Short Sales & Foreclosures Resource (SFR)

Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)


Women's Council of Realtors Emerald Coast Association of Realtors

Florida Association of Realtors

RE/MAX Coastal Properties

Karen Butler RE/MAX Coastal Properties

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ABR, Accredited Buyer Representative
Certified Distressed Property Expert Designation (CDPE)
CIPS, Certified International Property Specialist
CNS – Certified Neighborhood Specialist
CRS®, Certified Residential Specialist®
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)
SFR - Short Sales and Foreclosures
SRES®, Senior Real Estate Specialist
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