Adding Value

Which items will add value to your home and help with resale when the time comes to sell?

The answer is: “Only the ones that future buyers will also want and be willing to pay for.”

As a general rule, choosing the functional over the merely cosmetic and choosing neutral over unusual or exotic will pay at resale. Taste and current trends can also affect the value of an update. Unusual colors have a limited appeal.

Which updates will add the most value to your home?

  • Update your kitchen and/or bathrooms. Whether you need a minor or major remodel, updating the kitchen or bathrooms in your home will yield a high return on investment. Stay timeless with your updates, but also pay attention to trends. 
  • Increase usable space. Add an extra bathroom, upgrade or expand your kitchen and/or master bedroom suite, add more closet space, or convert an unused space to a more functional space, like a spare bedroom to a home office or basement into the ultimate hangout space.
  • Lighten and brighten your rooms. Paint rooms white or with a light color paint to neutralize your space. Add skylights, windows, or French doors.
  • Revamp the exterior. Updated landscaping will draw in buyers before they even walk through the door. Keep your shrubs, trees, and grass trimmed and tidy. Add a splash of color with vibrant plants or by painting the front door an eye-catching color. Consider a focal point like a flagstone walkway or a water feature. 
We did not know a soul when we came down to Panama City and then we met Brenton. Our experience in finding our home with him was great. He jumped right in and lined up 11 houses on our first day. # 9 was the winner! The rest of the process went very smooth all the way until we got our keys. We cant thank him enough and would recommend him to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home.
Bay296
Brenton is very personable, professional, trustworthy, and conscientious. He first managed our out-of-state property for us for several years. He always responded quickly to any inquiry and handled things very efficiently. He remained level headed and stayed on top of things even in the peak rental seasons. We enjoyed a very positive relationship with him because of his stellar service. As our realtor, he was knowledgeable in negotiating harmoniously with the other party on our behalf, and timely in overseeing the legal transaction and sale of our condo. We highly recommend Brenton to handle your real estate needs!
Carol Bruce
Working with Brenton was the best! He made the whole buying process so easy! And he is so knowledgeable about the local market and anything else you may need! I would 100% recommend Hitchcock Properties in the PCB/St Andrews area!
Thank you Brenton
Morgan Boyne
Monica is absolutely top notch! She definitely goes the extra mile and then some. This was hands down our best and most informed, easiest, and best property purchasing experience
Thomas Frick
10/10 recommend Rose Abbott! Amazing lady to work with very informative and pleasant to be around! Takes her time to find you the property that best fits your lifestyle and family. Rose is on her game!! Makes the buying process way less stressful, would absolutely recommend anyone to work with her!!
Amiyah Weeks
I cannot think of anyone I would trust more to find a home that would meet my families needs than Stacey Ellis. She is a talented real estate agent because she takes the time to learn about your family and the details about your lifestyle that will help you find the home of your dreams. She is an incredibly kind person who truly has your best interest at heart when helping you find a home that you will be happy with and look forward to spending time with your family in each and every day.
Rachel Pethe
Stacey Ellis is the best realtor and makes the buying process easy and fun! She is professional, friendly, and so efficient. I appreciate her communication and answering all my questions along the way. I highly recommend Stacey to help you find your next home or any other of your real estate needs !
Kara Davis
The BEST Real Estate company in Panama City! I would highly recommend. They are always able to get the deal closed. Amazing costumer service. You won’t find a group of people more trustworthy and ready to work with.
Jon Manning
Joe Echols with Hitchcock properties was the best choice for our recent condo purchase. He was the epitome of professionalism and went above and beyond to meet our needs and address any concerns we had. From offer to closing the process with Joe could not have been any better!
Kimberly H.
Joe went above and beyond helping us with our home search from out of state! He was prompt with communication and thorough with pictures, videos, and house info. We appreciate so much all of the work that he did in helping our family!
Jeniffer Funk
We highly recommend Cindy Hadden with Hitchcock Properties for anyone interested in purchasing property in Panama City Beach.

Living in Tennessee, we were looking for a property in Panama City Beach that we could purchase for rental purposes. We contacted Cindy at Hitchcock Properties, and let her know when we were coming. She researched for the type of house we were looking for, and arranged a schedule for us to look at several that met our criteria. She spent two solid and busy days with us, and we finally settled on one. We signed a contract, and waited for the inspection process. Unfortunately, the house failed the inspection. But Cindy was not discouraged, and kept telling us she would find us the right house.

We had to go back to Tennesse, but Cindy said she would continue looking. A couple of weeks later, we returned to look at another list of houses that Cindy had scheduled for us. This time we found one that was perfect for us.

The whole time we were in Panama City Beach, Cindy was very persistent, patient, always helpful, professional, and a joy to work with.

Dave and Barbara Dorris
Dave Dorris
Stacey Ellis worked with us to find our condo. She was really great and took the time to show us several places. Stacey was always available when we wanted to see something and was great about keeping us informed! It was a pleasure to work with her and we found the perfect condo for us!
Amy Porter
Monica went above and beyond expectations for an agent! I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an agent. She made our experience feel more personable.
Paige Cupp
Cindy Hadden helped us buy our first home and was so helpful! She answered a million questions and helped us find the perfect home. We closed on Friday! I would highly recommend Cindy if you’re looking for an attentive realtor with fantastic and quick communication.
Jayson Roach
Happy! Happy! This is the best way to describe my experience with Hitchcock Properties and Realty. With expert Realty support, our agent, Cindy Hadden, showed my wife and I numerous properties in Panama City Beach. And we found what we were looking for ! We closed on this beautiful ocean front Condo within 2 weeks of finding it, and are enjoying the vacation home/condo with our family ! THANK YOU, Cindy ,for all your help and professional service. I would definitely recommend Hitchcock Properties for your real estate needs. The Pierce's
Duane Pierce
Happy! Happy! This is the best way to describe my experience with Hitchcock Properties and Realty. With expert Realty support, our agent, Cindy Hadden, showed my wife and I numerous properties in Panama City Beach. And we found what we were looking for ! We closed on this beautiful ocean front Condo within 2 weeks of finding it, and are enjoying the vacation home/condo with our family ! THANK YOU, Cindy ,for all your help and professional service. I would definitely recommend Hitchcock Properties for your real estate needs. The Pierce's
Duane Pierce
I pray that we are able to influence you (who is searching for Real Estate Agent) on choosing Hitchcock Properties and Monica Kubisz as your agent, we hope you read this well. Because if you know me, you know that I reserve my recommendations to only the best. Our recommendation is of the upmost, sincere and confidence for the professional performance that Monica and the Hitchcock Properties team executed to find our beach front investment property.

We can’t say enough of the Hitchcok Properties professionalism and efforts to assist us with our investment property.

As we searched for needle in the haystack, Monica was confident all the way and executed our needs to the T. She did a great job of listening to our needs and does not waste time showing properties which do not meet the our objectives. Her research to assist with assessing a fair market value of the property for the offer and then negotiates effectively with the opposing broker on our behalf was on point. She is extremely responsive to questions, often responding immediately to our late night emails and text after midnight. She demonstrated great attention to the details enabling the transaction to get done. I have the highest level of confidence in her and recommend the outstanding team to all of my friends and family.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to leave a comment and I will reply.

I would say good luck, but you only need it if you are not using the Hitchcock Properties Team.. ;-)
Carlos Perez
Brenton did an excellent job selling our Condo and finding us a single family home. It was a tough escrow and Brenton was able to make it feel easy. No Condos had sold in 5 months within our building and he was able to get us 2 offers. We also tasked him with finding us a home with a view and he came through in a short time frame. I would highly recommend Brenton and Hitchcock properties.
Matt Connell
I have worked with Brenton for over five years. He is a true professional, very responsive and very detailed. He makes all the processes very easy. I appreciate what he has done for me and my family. In buying and selling properties over the five years. Also, very good at property management.
Randy L.
These guys were fantastic to deal with! Very responsive and made the whole process simple. Would recommend them to anyone!
Eric hobson