Key Realty of the Emerald Coast | Get to Know Our Team

Kendall Hood, Owner/Broker | 850-974-4556

An Alabama native, who grew up vacationing along the Emerald Coast as a young girl, fell in love with the beaches and the small town feel of the 30a communities. Little did she know those summer vacations were leaving lasting impressions on her heart that would eventually draw her back.

Kendall ventured off to college in Baton Rouge, LA as an LSU Tiger, to study Marketing. Her degree and time at LSU would open doors for her and lead her to the beginning of her career in the Big Apple. Kendall spent several years heading up the marketing efforts for the Waldorf Astoria hotel in NYC, but the big city lights and hustle and bustle could not compare to her love for the beach.

In 2006, Kendall found herself drawn back to coastal living, moved to Destin, FL and jumped feet first into the world of Real Estate. Kendall exclusively sold with the Emerald Grande for six years before obtaining her Broker’s License and building Key Realty of the Emerald Coast. Now, with over 15 years of Real Estate experience, Kendall has built a brand reputation that has given her the opportunity to sell all along the Emerald Coast, from the beautiful beaches of Navarre, FL to exclusive Gulf Front homes of the 30a community in South Walton.

Kendall has a true passion for Real Estate and serving her clients, she is happiest handing over the key to a new home, a beach retreat, or the perfect investment property. Her goal is to take care of her clients and to help them make the best Real Estate decisions of their lives.

In her free time, Kendall enjoys time with her family; husband Jim, and her two children, Trace and Annabelle. As a family, they love the outdoors, taking family trips, weekends at the beach, and time spent with friends. 

Sarah Svoboda, Realtor

850.585.1510 |

Sarah was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, attended Columbia College, earning a BA in Psychology. Sarah moved to the area in 2005 and began her career with the Walton Sun in Advertising Sales, where she was able to create long-lasting community connections and relationships.

Over the past 6 years, Sarah has immersed herself in the Walton County Community as both a volunteer and as a Board Member for the Children’s Health Network, Van R. Butler PTO, and the South Walton Youth Football and Cheer Association.

Sarah’s love and passion for this area and this community is the driving factor that lead her to jump into a Real Estate career with KEY Realty. She looks forward to helping families find the perfect new dream home or vacation home here in Florida.

Astrid “Ingrid” Patel , Realtor

727.412.2406 |

Astrid, a native of Guatemala, grew up sharing time between Guatemala and Brooklyn, New York. 

Astrid has a passion for both travel and culture, having the opportunity to live and work in some of the most beautiful places in the world. During her time living in Florence, Italy, she took on a Business Development role with an Italian woodworking tool company that gave her the opportunity to visit over 20 countries.

Upon returning to the States, Astrid began her Real Estate career in the Washington DC area for almost 7 years. Now living in Florida, Astrid is excited to join the KEY Realty team and is looking forward to providing exceptional service to buyers & sellers in the Emerald Coast area.  

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