Babin transitions from COO to broker at RE/MAX

Special to The Log/Sun
Marie Babin

RE/MAX Southern announced Marie Babin has joined its team of agents. After 20 years with the Southern family, Babin recently chose to transition from her role as chief operations officer to full-time broker associate.

“After being in the vacation rental and residential leasing business for 20 years, I feel it's time for me to shift into real estate," said Babin. "Property management and real estate go hand in hand, and moving into real estate will make the cycle complete for me. I am very excited, because real estate is my passion.”

Originally from Sweden, Babin relocated to Destin more than 20 years ago. She joined Southern during the early years of development and oversaw the growth of the company’s property management programs across Northwest Florida and Coastal Alabama. From August 1996 until July 2016, she has been part of the Southern family and has watched as the inventory increased to more than 2,000 properties. In 2016, Marie decided to leave her chief operations officer position and pursue her passion for selling Northwest Florida real estate.

“I'm proud to have Marie Babin on the RE/MAX Southern sales team,” said Kerry Veach, owner and broker at RE/MAX Southern Realty. “Marie has worked in management for Southern for 20 years, and it is great to see her make a career move to real estate."

RE/MAX Southern Realty has been a leader in the Northwest Florida real estate industry and member of Southern Rentals and Real Estate since its inception. Southern Rentals and Real Estate is a premier provider of vacation rental, residential leasing, real estate and property management services in Northwest Florida and Coastal Alabama. Established in 1995, the company is owned and operated by two sets of brothers, Brad and Mike Shoults and Kevin and Kerry Veach, along with Susan Carleton.

Together, the Southern family of companies, which includes Southern Vacation Rentals, Southern Residential Leasing, Southern Real Estate Sales, RE/MAX Southern and Southern Association Management, represent more than 1,000 vacation rentals, approximately 1,100 long-term rentals, 40 associations and countless real estate opportunities along the Gulf Coast. For more information, visit