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From each of us here at Realty 1st, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas. It's such a joy working with each of you and we look forward to what 2019 will bring!

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2019 is right around the corner and what better way to ring in the new year than the Marlin Drop at The Wharf in Orange Beach! Join us for all the shopping, dining, and fun you would expect, capping the night with the Marlin Drop and Fireworks. Admission is FREE! 

Entertainment: DJ Ramsey: 5PM to 7PM 

Kyle Daigle: 7PM to 9PM

Wes Loper Band: 9PM until midnight.

Kids activities (5pm-9pm): trampoline jumpee, mechanical bull, rock wall, surf simulator, face painting

Fireworks and Marlin Drop at midnight!


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Looking for something to do with the kids this holiday season? The Wharf has you covered. Check out all the activities below:


Ice Skating Rink- Grab a pair of skates and glide your way through paradise.

Where: Front Parking Lot next to Fire Station at The Wharf
When: Nov. 16 - Jan. 13, Regular Hours: Monday-Sunday 10AM - 10PM


Photos With Santa- Santa will be visiting The Wharf most weekends this holiday season!

Where: The Port at The Wharf 
When: Nov.16-Dec.24
Time: Fridays: 3pm-7pm | Saturdays: 10am-7pm | Sunday:12pm-6pm


Holiday Horse & Carriage Rides-

Where: The Wharf; across from Ice Skating Rink
When: 5pm - 8pm
Sunday, November 18
Sunday, November 25
Friday, November 30
Sunday, December 2
Saturday, December 8

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The annual lighted boat parade is right around the corner and we've got you covered with all the details!

The parade begins at 5:30 on December 8th, starting at Lulu's and travels east past the Wharf (a great place to view) and continues east to Bear Point, south to Ono Island, west to Perdido Pass, north into Terry Cove, doing a big circle and ending in Terry Cove. From here, the boats head to the Flora-Bama Yacht Club for a celebration!

This is a great annual tradition, fun for all ages! For more info on this event and all upcoming Christmas activities on the Alabama Gulf Coast visit

We'll see you there!!

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You will feel right at home in this beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo with Gulf Views! Featuring new flooring throughout, fully remodeled baths, updated kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances and quartz counters, new light fixtures, updated furniture, and so much more, you don't want to miss this one! The large master has gulf views and balcony access. The third bedroom has 4 bunks for sleeping extra guests. Great rental potential! Sold fully furnished. Grand Beach Resort is located right across from Gulf State Park and has unobstructed Gulf Views and easy gulf access.

For more info or to request a showing


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It's finally open! That's right, the Gulf State Park Lodge is now accepting visitors!

The lodge features 350 rooms (20 suites) that were designed with a contemporary flare. Every room has views of the gulf or state park. The facility also includes two delicious restaurants and a nice coffee shop, as well as a 12000 sq ft ballroom/ conference center. This is a one of a kind facility on the coast asnd we are proud to have it. 

For more info:

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Fantastic 5th floor direct gulf front corner unit studio! The units also has bunk beds perfect for a family getaway. The property has many amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, BBQ area, tennis/racquetball, laundry facilities and many more

This is a RARE gulf front unit under $160,000! Don't Miss your chance!

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Condo sales stabilized in October with 114 sales, exactly in line with the 5 year average. The median sales price of Baldwin County condos was $329,500, a 5.3% increase over October 2017, but only a 0.6% increase over September 2018- over 1% below the 5 year trend. Inventory is also down. From the Alabama Center for Real Estate- “Historical data indicates that October condo inventory on average (‘13-‘17) decreases from September by 2.2 percent. The current month's inventory increased .4 percent from the prior month."

What does this mean?

Well, maybe nothing.

There are so many variables it would be wrong to make any assumptions from one month of data. What we do know is in October things slowed down a bit, median price increase was below the

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You've heard it before, "A picture's worth 1000 words". 

Never has that been more true than in today's internet driven world, and never is it more true than in the world of real estate. 

A recent study by the National Association of Realtors showed that 44% of home buyers will look at property online before talking to an agent or lender and 95% will ultimately search for property on the internet prior to purchase. This is not likely to come as a surprise many of you but should serve to highlight the increasing importance of excellent internet marketing and photography. 

Unlike most companies on the Gulf Coast, we uniquely understand the impact top-notch photography can have on your ability to sell for top dollar.                                 

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