Testimonials

Zach,We don't know how to THANK you, Zach.You performed what we believe is considered a MIRACLE!!!!Seriously, we were losing hope that our house would EVER sell.You truly know how to manage housing sales!!!Please, also, thank Kristy for her professional intervention and for helping to expedite the closing.THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!!!!!!!Pat and Don

Zach Childs is one of the most knowledgeable realtors that I have ever worked with on a real estate transaction. He knows Mexico Beach/Port St. Joe/Cape San Blas inside and out. He was helpful with knowledge of flood zones and permitting. He even met us after hours to show us some property.

Zach Child's with 98 Real Estate made our entire selling process a great one. He was great to work with, easy to get a hold of if we had any questions or concerns, and was very knowledgeable of the area. I feel like he got us the best deal possible and I'm so glad we chose 98 Real Estate to work  with!

Zach and his staff @ 98 Reality was very helpful during our purchase. This was a not an easy transaction but Zach took all the worries out for my family. I really enjoyed working with Zach and his staff. They absolutely have the best knowledge of property and how to get things done in our area. I  would highly recommend anyone looking at purchasing or selling property in this area to reach to Zach for assistance!

Well, we simply had an unbelievably great experience with Zach Childs, the owner of 98 Real Estate Group, who acted as our real estate agent for the recent sale of our vacation home in Mexico Beach, Florida.  Zach did a very quick and efficient job of getting our home listed, with very good photographic work, including a virtual tour, and an innovative drone photo showing the near proximity to the beach.  I think it was Zach’s excellent work which got us a full price offer within THREE DAYS of the listing going live. We closed on schedule, and completed our... read more.

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From one Real Estate professional to another, I highly recommend Zach Childs as your Beach Realtor. He covers a wide range of areas to his expertise.Brought me a Buyer within 4 weeks. His marketing skills are excellent. Thank you, Zach Childs!

"I couldn't be more pleased with the way Zach handled my recent purchase at Mexico Beach. At every stage of the process, he showed excellent knowledge of the business and the upmost professionalism. He was all together a great agent and will be the person I contact for any future real estate transactions."

"Five Stars All the Way! We used Zach Childs to purchase a beach getaway house along the Forgotten Coast in 2015. Up until the point we made our first call to Zach, we did not know him at all. After working with him for nearly two years it's easy to give him five stars in all of the following qualities a real estate agent should posses. Knowledge of his marketplace: Zach has lived and worked in Mexico Beach for more than 13 years. When we began our search for a house along the Forgotten Coast, he took the time to... read more.

"These are ALL true facts about you. Thank you so much for everything you have done. We couldn't be happier with our new home and couldn't have done it without you. Zach helped us find our PERFECT home! During the whole process, he was patient, professional and knowledgeable. He was always punctual to all of our appointments and helped guide us in our decision process. Our home was a short sale home and we were really nervous that something would go wrong. Zach was always there to give us updates and any progress on the house which was very helpful.... read more.

"To say the least, we were not disappointed in our choice. Zach was knowledgeable and could immediately and accurately answer just about any question we had on the spot. If he was not sure on an issue, he would make the necessary calls and have us an answer in record time. During our search, offering stage, and closing, we could not have been happier with his services. Even after closing, he has kept us posted on local information and answered several questions for us. We are so very happy to have worked with Zach Childs!!!"

"Zach was the best from start to finish. He helped us find our home, he has lived in the area his whole life, he knows everything about the area, which area is best, flood zones etc. He knows all the local contacts, bankers, adjusters and inspectors. He was available anytime we had a question and he help us through they entire process of buying our home. I highly recommend Zach, he was very professional and friendly the entire process."

"Zach was excellent to work with and available anytime I called. Each question or concern was quickly handled. He even made trips to the attorney's office for me in order to expedite the process. I would recommend him to any prospective buyer or seller."

"Zach was great assistance to Lisa (my wife) and I as we sought purchase of our first home. His efforts were tireless and he never failed to follow through or answer our questions. He showed us home after home and proved exquisite knowledge of the local market. As a developers attorney I come into contact with Realtors every day. Zach is the one I recommend."

"Nancy and I were very satisfied with you and your firm's efforts to sell our lot. While we were sad to leave PSJ, and we took quite a loss on the sale, we think you were honest with us about the market and what it would take to get some interested buyers. We were somewhat surprised about how quickly we received an offer, and were almost reluctant to act on such a quick offer after of no activity (on and off) over the last several years. Nonetheless, it sold, and it's probably the maxim nothing will sell unless and until... read more.

"Last summer I purchased a foreclosure listing through Zach. It was a house I have eyed my whole life vacationing in Mexico Beach. After contacting Zach about it, he was extremely helpful in guiding me through the process of purchasing "The Blue Barn". All I had ever heard were horror stories of purchasing foreclosures that go through a bidding process, but Zach was very instrumental in explaining the process. Without his guidance, I would have never been able to purchase my ideal vacation spot. Even after the contract was secure and signed, Zach continued to be very diligent and helping... read more.

"Zach; on behalf of the entire Norton family, I just wanted to say "thank you" for all of your help and shared real estate advice. As a family, we have benefited tremendously from the real estate deals you've advised us on. Since you arrived in Mexico Beach/Port St. Joe, you've become a valued asset and great addition to our community, and to mention, a close personal friend. Again- thanks, and we look forward to more great opportunities with you in the years to come.

"My wife and I used Zach for the sale of our vacation home in Mexico Beach, and are very thankful we did. Real estate transactions are daunting enough already, but from seven hours away and with several restrictions on showing the house, it was not the most ideal situation. That being said, Zach made us feel extremely comfortable with the handling of our sale, and he managed me, insisting on being overly-involved, very well at each request and inquiry. I felt informed and in control throughout the process, which was my biggest concern when we decided to list from afar.... read more.

"Zach; THANK YOU! from the Walden family. For years we have wanted to find a vacation home at the beach. After looking at Zach's web site and reading his blog in the early summer we knew Mexico Beach was where we wanted to be. On our visit on Sunday of Labor day weekend Zach was able to show us several properties, some that needed work and some that were move in ready. Later the next week we had found "the one for us".Zach stayed in touch with us and responded promptly each time we called which was several times. Once... read more.

"Zach, we would like to thank you for the outstanding service that you provided to us. You responded within a few hours after I contacted you and had a list of potential properties within the first day. We did not have a lot of time to come down to look at houses however you made the time to meet with us - even on Thanksgiving weekend!! The property we bought was not listed locally and you made the effort to show it to us with the forethought that it would be something we would be interested in. We are glad... read more.

"Mexico Beach has been our family's sandy, saltwater slice of heaven for more than 50 years. The white, sugary-sand beach, breathtaking orange and blue sunsets (Go Gators!), and quiet, small-town feel are addictive to anyone looking to leave behind the stresses of everyday life. When the late afternoon breeze picks up and the sea grass sways, all your troubles melt away with the tide... if you imbibe, a cold beer helps, too. So it's no wonder when my husband and I decided to purchase a second home, we quickly settled on Mexico Beach. The trouble however, was that we weren't... read more.

"Zach, Thank you very much for helping me find a great getaway home in Port Saint Joe. I have looked all over Florida and dealt with a lot of realtors, I found you knowledgeable, professional and very responsive. Your patience while I looked and your attention do detail during closing made the purchase a pleasure. I would recommend you to any of my friends." 

"Zach Childs is great to work with. He is easy going and fun, very patient and will really work to find exactly what you need and want. Any time we ask for information or help he gets right back to us."

"Zach is a hard worker. When I was ready to sell my house, he did it in a timely manner, and kept me posted on all showings of the property, as well some suggestions on how it might sell quicker. I don't have to worry about my property during bad weather, either, Zach gladly checks up on it and lets me know of any damages. He is honest and dependable, and simply the best in Mexico Beach!"

"Zach, I would like to thank you for all of your help with our real estate transaction. I was realy empressed with your professionalisn and knowledge during the whole process. Looking forward to working with you again."

"Zach, we just wanted to say "thanks" again for helping us find the perfect home in Mexico Beach. You helped our dream of moving to the beach come to fruition. We were both nervous about this transition in our lives. Thanks to you, it was a great experience. We were extremely impressed with your knowledge of the local real estate market, your desire to get us the absolute best deal possible, and your ability to 'make things happen' when we needed them to." 

"Zach has proven to be a very well informed, tuned-in agent for the Mexico Beach area. He send out a very useful report via email to clients and potential clients, whereby he disseminates what has been happening in the market and adds his own editorial of what he expects to happen in the future. Along with these pluses he's also a very nice guy.

We are now closed and our money has been transferred!   Needless to say we are very excited.  This last year has been an emotional roller coaster for us and we are glad to finally have some closure on this very complex situation.   We wanted to thank you personally for all your hard work and the wise advice you gave us!  All the best!

Thank you for selling my lot on the canal in Mexico Beach. You will come highly recommended from me. I know a lot of people in your area. Thanks again

"When Teresa and I started looking for our dream beach property we contacted Zach Childs. He was instantly likeable, friendly, always courteous, extremely knowledgeable, and most willing to invest the time to help research our interests. We worked with Zach in person, over the internet, and phone. He did not try to sell us on his favorites or push his point of view, but rather helped us think through pros and cons of what we wanted. He showed us properties that were new, old, waterfront, water view, secluded, wooded, rentals, and helped us understand the value and tax consequences of... read more.

"We contacted Zach to help us identify investment property on the coast. He provided us with the information we needed to not only identify potential properties, but evaluate, compare, and decide on the specific property we purchased in only a few days. That saved us considerable time and money. His specific knowledge of the market and surrounding area allows him to continually bring us any opportunities that may arise with our property or other potential deals. We try to stay in touch with Zach for that specific reason and plan to do other deals with him in the months and... read more.

"My name is Ruskin R. Shipp and I am the president of Macon Mortgage, Inc in Macon, Georgia. I have been working with numerous realtors for 15 years. Zach recently handled a personal transaction for me on the sale of my beach house at St Joe Beach. Zach did a fantastic job throughout the entire process. I was happy, the buyer was happy and the whole process was just as smooth as silk. He is by far the most hands-on and experieced realtor I have ever known, and folks when you own a mortgage company, you know quite a few... read more.

"Zach, I would like to thank you for your hard work in selling our property. As a realtor I know how difficult these market conditions are, and I was extremely impressed in your ability to market our property. It was very enjoyable to work with you as our realtor and we felt confident in your market knowledge as well as your ability to work hard on our behalf. We would like for you to list two other properties that we have in Gulf County, due to the excellent service that you provided our family. Thank you again for all of... read more.

"Hey Zach, We would like to thank you for all of your hard work, knowledge of the Mexico Beach and Cape San Blas areas, and especially for your honest answers to every question we asked you. You always explained the pros and cons and let us make our own choices with great help from your complete knowledge of the areas you work. We would highly recommend you to any prospective buyers or sellers of real estate in the Mexico Beach and surrounding areas. On top of all of the above you are a really nice and fun guy to work... read more.

"Zach worked diligently to sell our home in a down economy. We could not be happier with the effort he put forth. We would and do recommend him for any real estate needs, whether it be buying, selling, or consultation. There are few realtors with as much local knowledge and information. Zach can be trusted to help you do what is the right thing for you, even if it may cost him a sales commission." 

"Not knowing any real estate agents in the area, I found Zach through his website and decided to take a chance. Best decision I could have made. Zach knows the area inside and out, actually listens to your needs, works hard to find the property that is best for you and your budget, and goes the extra mile to make sure that all of your questions / concerns are answered. Plus, Zach is a good guy and fun to spend time with. He found a great Tier 1 lot for me on Cape San Blas and I closed in November.... read more.

"Zach Childs and 98 Real Estate Group helped me sell 2 pieces of property even in a down market at prices I could live with in Mexico Beach where two other Company's had failed.Alway's received immediate response to questions and closings were a breeze even being out of state. Thank's Zach."

"Cape San Blas Houses-Good working with you Zach.You did a great job for us!Thanks for getting both homes sold quickly."

"Lisa and I began looking for a gulf coast beach property three years ago. We always had a few factors that prevented us from finding the perfect property at the perfect price. First, as out-of-state buyers our search was often limited to holidays, long weekends, and business trips. Second, although we were familiar w/ the gulf coast, we certainly were not experts when it came to waterfront versus water view; seasonal rental versus long term rental; and the associated tax and insurance benefits and consequences of each. Just as we were going to postpone our search, we came across Zach's... read more.

"Zach truly exceeds expectations. His knowledge of the local area real estate market saved us thousands. A true professional that you can trust. We closed and had furniture delivered all in one weekend. What an awesome experience."

"My husband and I knew we wanted to purchase a vacation home in the Mexico Beach or St. Joe Beach area, but we weren't very familiar with the area or the market. We just happened to find Zach online and were so pleased with his quick response to our question about one of his properties that we decided to use him as our agent. Zach ended up spending hours, make that days, ok so it was more like months being patient with us, the indecisive buyers. He listened to everything that we wanted and showed us countless houses over several... read more.

"WHY I CHOSE ZACH CHILDS TO MARKET MY HOUSE IN MEXICO BEACHAny realtor can list a house but it takes a true professional who is willing to work at least six days a week to understand the local real estate market, know what's selling and what's not and the reasons for each, has insight as to how a property needs to be positioned and packaged, and of utmost importance to work with the seller and /or buyer so that they have reasonable expectations especially in this market. Zach, a good friend of mine, is truly this type of professional who... read more.

"Zach walked us through the entire process of buying our condo. He was very responsive and kept us updated on almost a daily basis. The best part of the experience was that we contracted to close in 30 days and we were right on time."

"We meet Zach through our son and are appreciative that we did. Zach listens to us and then tells us (particularly me since I am a little hard headed) what we should be doing and he has always been correct in our case. He helped us purchase one vacation home and also to purchase a lot in WindMark Beach where we will be building a new home in the very near future. He presently has our vacation home on the market and we are very pleased with activity at this time. Should we need a Real Estate professional again in... read more.

"Zach Childs is the best by far realtor I have ever dealt with. I have probably bought or sold over 10 places in my life. He went beyond on just selling me a house from 4 insurance quotes to getting the power switch over and much more. He knows Mexico Beach and the surrounded area like the back of his hand. He works in the community harder than anyone I know. He is not just my realtor he is my friend."

"Zach Childs has been and continues to be unfailingly helpful and knowledgeable. My wife and decided to buy a home on St Joe Beach at thanksgiving last year. Zach took all the time needed to show us around the entire area, and when we found a home we were interested in, Zach proceeded to save us thousands of dollars on the home during negotiations with the seller. He has been incredibly helpful in providing help and information with everything we needed from hiring local contractors, to finding the best deals on insurance. We signed a contract at Thanksgiving last year,... read more.

"I recently purchased a townhouse in Mexico Beach and worked with Zach Childs as my realtor. He handled everything including, Financing, insurance, getting information on turning water and power on to having the place sparkling clean when I arrived. I have closed over a month ago and I still call for advice. This was a great experience from start to finish. I would use no one else. He is professional and extremely knowledgeable on real estate in the area and his customer service is excellent. Thank You Zach!!!"

"Zach was extremely responsive to any questions and requests I had during my search, his customer service was outstanding! I also found his experience and knowledge of the local market extremely helpful to me. Zach was truly an asset for me and I would highly recommend him to any of my friends."

"Zach, glad to help you and feel free to use as you see fit. My wife and I have known the Childss family for over 25 years and have known Zach since he was a little boy. He was a good kid then and he is a good responsible young man today with a successful track record as a real estate broker. We found a gulf front home in late 2007 that we really wanted to buy but it was a little out our price range. In 2011 we heard it was in foreclosure and called Zach to follow it... read more.

"My husband and I moved from Rhode Island to Mexico Beach in late 2012 when I was offered my dream job at Tyndall Air Force Base. We started our home search about nine months after our move to town because we knew that Mexico Beach was meant to be our forever home. Our choice of who to use as a realtor was easy; Zach is my baby brother and I have had the pleasure of watching him grow into an astute business man as well as a proud citizen of Mexico Beach. We had fairly specific criteria and high standards... read more.

"My wife and I met Zach through a mutual friend who knew that we were interested in buying property in Mexico beach. I have bought and sold numerous properties in the past through a number of realtors and Zach out performed all of them put together. He goes the extra mile for his clients and does the little things that take the pain out of such a large purchase. He not only does the work up front for the sale but will assist with any problems or questions after the transaction. It was a true pleasure working with Mr. Childs."

"We had the opportunity to work with Zach on the purchase of a condo in Mexico Beach last year. I can't say enough great things about the experience. Zach goes above and beyond what any other Realtor would do. He is very responsive, honest, and a pleasure to work with. There is no doubt that Zach will be the only Realtor we will call for future transactions in the area."

"Zach, I just wanted to let you know how much Patti and myself enjoy having our Mexico Beach House. We know that it would not have been possible to be in the house without your effort. You were an excellent host on our initial visit and most importantly you took the time to understand what we were looking for. There was no attempt on your part to oversell properties that didn't fit. So when we got the call that the ideal house had come available we were able to react quickly. The buying experience proceeded along as you had described... read more.

"Zach, we are delighted with the service you provided when we recently sold our townhome in St. Joe Beach. Your suggestion for pricing was key just right and not too high or too low. The result was a steady stream of potential buyers that ultimately resulted in a very quick sale. You delivered in service as well, taking care of some needed repairs in our absence and, most important, assuring that the showings of the property were always done with sufficient advance notice so that we were not inconvenienced in any way. We owe a debt of thanks to our... read more.

"Need to sell your property - Call Zach Childs. Want to buy property? Call Zach Childs. I had a need for both the summer of 2014 and completed the buy and sale within 64 days. Zach is very knowledgeable, experienced and concerned about you when you are doing business with his company. He guided me in the right direction and kept me from making bad decisions. I appreciate all the help he gave me during this time and feel very fortunate that I chose to work with Zach at 98 Real Estate Group." 

"Very helpful, knowledgeable and patient realtor. Would highly recommend him to any buyer or seller!"

"Zach helped my wife and i find, negotiate and close on the home we purchased in St Joe beach. The home is exactly what we wanted, and not only did Zach accomplish all this for us, but managed to do it all on an extremely tight timeline. He has also always been available since the sale closed as a resource and offered any help and support we have needed. My wife and i would not even think about using anyone else in this area."

"From our initial contact via his web page Zach Childs and 98 realty exceeded expectations. We were traveling from out of town and he showed us property that matched what we were looking for. We were able to get an offer in that same day. Zach was very intuned to the market and I felt we got the best deal possible. Leading up to closing he even gave us sound recommendations to help us find decorations and furnishings for our condo. Personal, professional service." 

"Great Agent - A+++. NO surprises. A very fast, smooth and efficient transaction. Located exactly what I wanted and gave very good local advise a fast closing. I wouldn't consider another firm in the area."

"I decided to sell my Cape San Blas home with Zach Childs because of his excellent sales history. It was a good decision, within four months of signing with Mr. Childs, I had closed on my property. Zach was very responsive to my calls/texts/emails; he would always either answer immediately or contact me within a few minutes. He was very dedicated to showing the home even within times that might be inconvenient for most Real Estate Professionals. His advice on handling the offers I received was extremely valuable as I might have lost the sale if I had pursued negotiations... read more.

"You will not find a more genuine, knowledgeable or motivated realtor on the panhandle. Zach understands the area better than any other realtor and works tirelessly to ensure his clients' dreams are realized. Our family loves working with him and would recommend him to anyone!"

"I first met Zach Childs when I purchased my home in Mexico Beach. Later when I wanted to put it on the market I naturally thought of Zach and contacted him to handle the transaction for me. The purchase had gone so smoothly that I didn't even consider anyone else for the sale. As I had hoped, the sale went just as smoothly. Even more so than I had hoped because I received an almost full asking price cash offer. I don't think I those results would have been possible without the excellent marketing techniques he and his assistant, Kristy... read more.

"Zach has helped me both buy and sell properties in the area.. He has been, hands down, the best realty professional I have ever worked with. He is free with his knowledge even after a sale is complete and has a great office manager in Kristy Lee. 5 plus stars!"

"We have been following real estate listings and sales data on the Forgotten Coast of the Gulf of Mexico, especially Mexico Beach and St. Joe Beach, for several years. When searching on-line, we could clearly see that Zach Childs was a hard working agent with quite impressive stats. We continually migrated to his website or Facebook page to gather up-to-date information on listings and sales. His site seemed to be more informative and updated more than most. Once we were in the market to buy, we called a local friend who is in the property management profession to get her... read more.

"Zach is professional and very knowledgeable about the area, builders, etc. He is always prompt in response and happy to answer all of my questions - which can be a lot. He has handled both the purchase and sales side for me. I definitely recommend Zach and the great team he has put together at 98 Real Estate Group!"

"Zach did a great job selling our house! He made the process easy and was always available if questions arose. He brought all paperwork to our house making the turn around time during the negotiation process go quickly."

"Zach has been my agent for both the purchase and sale of beach properties, including the sale of a beach condo this year. His performance has always been excellent. He's experienced, has a good understanding of the market, is honest, and goes above and beyond for his customers. I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking to purchase properties in his area."