Horn named ECAR's Realtor of the Year

Deborah Wheeler | 315-4432 | @WaltonSunDeb | dweeler@waltonsun.com
Realtor of the Year Nina Horn. SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Emerald Coast Association of Realtors announced their new Realtor the Year recently and she is South Walton's own Nina Horn.

Horn has held a Florida Realtor license since 2005. She currently works for Scenic Sotheby's Realty.

ECAR CEO Keith Dean said Horn was chosen by an awards committee to receive the award.

"She was recommended by her peers and judged by her commitment to the community and leadership, and Nina came out on top," he told The Sun.

"I'm a joiner and I like to give back and be on different committees," said Horn.

Horn is a member of the community's Ecumenical Choir, she sits on Walton County's Planning Commission, she is a member of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors South Walton Chapter and has served on the Board of Directors since 2013, she serves on the Women's Council of Realtors, she has served on the Cultural Arts Alliance Board of Directors for four years, has worked with Coastal Dune Lakes on how to answer questions of new homeowners about Council Dune Lakes, and she was recently nominated for an award by the Council of Southern Realtors.

"It's been a year of surprises and awards," said a happy Horn. "Anyone can nominate, and I've had three people nominate me for the past three years. I was honored and thrilled to get it. It has nothing to do with how much property you sold."

Horn has lived in the area since 2001. She was a Realtor and builder in Mississippi and came here as the first female builder that St. Joe hired. She oversaw the Coastal Living Idea House at WaterColor.

"I was raised in the building business," she said. "My dad was a builder. I followed in his footsteps. He taught me to become an entrepreneur."

Although her background was in building, Horn's heart was in real estate.

"I really wanted to sell real estate," she said. "In 2005, I prayed that God would give me a sign. I got my Florida license and Mr. JB Hunt was my first client. He closed two days before Hurricane Dennis hit. That's when I went into it full time."