'Accidental agent' with a purpose: Lana Stansbury has become a 'dream Realtor' and a 30A expert

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Special to The Sun | Desiree Gardner Photography
Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 15:18 PM.

Lana Stansbury laughs and refers to herself as "The Accidental Real Estate Agent."  Accident or not, this real estate agent has had quite a long and very successful career. 

“I think you would be a great real estate agent,” a friend told Lana Stansbury after she sold her successful Louisiana  business in 1999. As a gift, Lana was given the real estate course tuition and has been an agent from that point forward.

Stansbury left New Orleans in 1994 and moved to the Emerald Coast . While New Orleans will always hold a special place in her heart, Lana is happy to be away from the hustle and bustle of a city.

“I love the casual lifestyle here,” she said. "There is nothing like a solitary walk with my dog on the beach.”

This walk has become a Christmas tradition for Lana over the years. Recalling a time when she had to leave the 30A area and drive to Destin to get groceries, Lana is sure this is something that other locals remember as well. 

“I’ve watched the area grow tremendously over the years,” said Stansbury. “Sometimes I miss the solitude, but mostly I appreciate the growth.” 

And growth is what she is seeing. 

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