After a year and a half of intense rehabilitation following a freak diving accident, Miramar Beach resident and realtor Danny Margagliano is marking his return to the local real estate scene with a new business partner. Margagliano’s mother Arlene Margagliano has joined his Destin Property Expert team by way of his long-time affiliation with Keller Williams Emerald Coast (Team Baranowski).
“I’m ecstatic to be returning to the workplace after such a profound life-changing accident,” said Danny. “Our local community has pulled together so much to show their love and support to me and my family. After being on the receiving end for so long, it feels great to be working again and to be able to give back.”
Before the April 14, 2012 accident that shattered his C5 vertebrae leaving him paralyzed, Margagliano was an active SWFD firefighter and paramedic, as well as an avid surfer and fisherman. After being hospitalized for three months and undergoing extensive physical therapy and training for an additional three months, he was able to gradually phase back into his real estate career while juggling the daily challenges of his road to recovery.
“The decision to partner with my mom was a natural one,” said Danny. “She brings extensive real estate investment experience to the table after having owned over 20 properties and currently owning and managing three investment properties. We both share a deep love for the Destin and South Walton area, and work really well together on a professional level.”
A realtor for over three years, Danny holds designations as both a Certified Distress Property Expert and Certified Investor Agent Specialist. While their focus continues to be beachfront and Gulf-view investment properties, they are branching out to include the residential homes division of Destin, Miramar Beach and Santa Rosa Beach.
“As a mother, you always think your children are smart, but working this closely with Dan these past few months has shown me just how motivated and knowledgeable he truly is,” said Arlene Margagliano.
Danny said that he continues to be deeply indebted to the countless number of generous people who’ve shown their support to him since the accident. Charitable efforts like Donations 4 Danny, the entire team behind his 6-month home renovation (making it wheelchair accessible), the annual 30A 10K, and many more have enabled him and his family to persevere to the place he is today.