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The condo market on the gulf coast in Alabama and Florida continues to sizzle.  The number of clients ready to buy a condo now is up 17% over last year. The supply is down by 19% so if you have been thinking of selling your condo and want to receive top dollar for it, now is the time to sell.

Our agents have ready and able buyers that see the value in purchasing a condo here in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Perdido Key.  These buyers have specific criteria and less inventory from which to choose. This lack of supply plus increased demand is the perfect formula for a sellers’ market.

We can bring qualified buyers to you to purchase your condo.  If you list your property with us, we will send your condo listing to our database of over 10,000

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Just like the weather, the real estate market on the gulf coast in Alabama and Florida is hot! According to the Alabama Center for Real Estate, demand for new and existing homes and condos is up 40% over last year. And as demand increases so will prices. Now is the time to buy.

In June, 2017 sales rose 15% over the previous year and the selling price for condos and single-family homes rose 16.5% and 14.75% respectively over June last year.  With inventory down 9% for the year, this area could soon become a seller’s market.

Interest rates are still historically low and condo and prices are still reasonable. So, if you have been considering purchasing a second home or investment property, this may be the right time to take the plunge in to Gulf Coast

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You must see this condo!

Grand Caribbean 405 West in Perdido Key

1 bedroom, 1 bath condo with built in bunk beds that sleep 6, Gulf View 

Only $215,000!

 

Remodeled from top to bottom including new flooring, paint, granite counter tops, new cabinets and more. Professionaly decorated top floor unit with beach view. Don't miss out on the opportunity to own this great property for only $215,000. 

 23005 Perdido Beach Blvd | Orange Beach, AL 36561| 251-981-2266 | www.gulfshoresrealestate.com

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Can You Believe It’s Almost July 4th? Here are some places to watch the fireworks. 

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration
When: July 4, 2017 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Gulf State Park Pier, 20800 E. Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Fireworks will be shot from the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier beginning at 9pm.

Independence Day Celebration
When: July 3, 2017 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Main Street at the Wharf
Dress in your patriotic gear for an afternoon of fun with lots of children's activities with a small fee for some. Fireworks will begin at 8:45.Celebration at Perdido Beach Resort


When: July 4, 2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Perdido Beach Resort, 27200 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561
Enjoy a spectacular fireworks

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A big thanks to Vicki Lynn and her staff with Realty 1st for all the time, effort, hard work, expense and experience in selling our property in Orange Beach, Alabama  We thank you, Vicki for your professionalism and dedication to us as sellers.  It has been a blessing knowing you. You've gone above being a realtor. We are grateful.  You are a successful realtor and our prayers for you are continued success along with good health, much happiness, and many friends in the future.

We made many memories in our home and hope that the new buyers will love it as much as we did.

Thanks again,

David and Barbara S.  Hattiesburg, Ms

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Do Oil Prices Affect The Price Of Real Estate On The AL Gulf Coast? 

Let Us Analyze The Historical Price Of Crude Oil In Comparison To The Prices Of  Real Estate In Our Area At The Same Time.

When Reviewing Oil Prices vs Real Estate Prices, We Can See The Last Time Oil Was At $20/Barrel(see chart below) Our Market Was Really Starting To Pick Up. 

The Last Instance Oil Was At $20/Barrel Was Late 2001, Early 2002(The far left white shaded oval). This Is When Our Market Really Gained Traction, Then With The Help Of Hurricane Ivan, Seemed To Propel Our Real Estate Market Further Into The Stratosphere! If Hurricane Ivan Wouldn't Have Hit So Hard, Would The Market Have Went To The Heights It Did? Arguable And Debatable.

The Second Shaded Area Represents The

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Madi Gras is cranking up and getting into swing. Here on the Gulf coast we take our responsibility to party very seriously. As the title to this piece explains, "Let the good times roll!" You need some beads or want a parade full of cool floats to delight the kids? We got em. Dozens of them. Mobile, Fairhope, Gulf Shores, Bay Minette, Orange Beach, Dauphin Island, Pensacola all participate. Music acts are performing up and down the beach. Ft. Morgan is conducting tours and firing cannons. The dauphin viewing boats are plying the bays. The zoo is open and the animals are frisky. You get the point. We are OPEN FOR BUSINESS! 

A lot of folks think that the Gulf coast is only fun in the summer. Au contraire! There are things going on all over. And, the

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My wife is English. She decided after almost 15 years to get her US citizenship. First we had to go to New Orleans. Next we had to appear in Atlanta. Having lived in Denver for a good part of our lives, being in the "big" city was just normal for us. Heck, Jill had even lived in London and Paris at one point. But, on this last trip to Atlanta a sudden realization befell us. Simply put, we were done. Done with the insane traffic. Done with the clutter. Done with the noise. Done with the pollution. Done with the crowds. Done with life at 75 mph.

As we topped the Foley Expressway Bridge by The Wharf I said to Jill, "Honey, you're back on the island." She teared up and said "I've never lived anywhere else that gave me such a sense of peace as Orange

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Okay, so I won't bore you with all of the specifics, but here are some high-level things that will look differently next time you buy or sell a home (primary or secondary).

  • The ubiquitous HUD-1 form that has been used for years which shows both sides of the transaction is out, the new Closing Disclosure ("CD") showing only one side of the transaction is in 
  • The CD is prepared by your lender (not the title company) and you must receive it 3 days before scheduled closing (not 1 day like before)
  • Because the CD contains confidential personal information, your lender cannot share it with your agent
  • The information needed to prepare the CD must be provided to the lender 10 to 14 days prior to closing and is typically compiled by the title company
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In case you missed it, tripadvisor.com, the top travel Website in the world awarded Orange Beach, Alabama, it's prestigious 2015 Traveler's Choice Award as "Top Destinations on the Rise -- United States."

TripAdvisor stated "A great family beach vacation spot, the Alabama Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer wonderful dining experiences, dolphin siting cruises, championship golf courses, fishing charters and nature hikes. Choose from national hotel and motel chains, camping or a variety of beach houses for your stay. There are numerous options for nightlife, from family entertainment to rocking roadhouses, enjoy your pick of plays, free concerts, dancing or just listening to any number of musical stylings at a local hot spot." You can find the link here:

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