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    Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over Again

    By Andrea Torbert | April 6, 2019

    Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over Again Last week, realtor.com released a survey of active home shoppers (those who plan to purchase their next home in 1 year or less). The survey asked their opinion on an impending recession and its possible impact on the housing market. Two major takeaways from the survey: 42% believe a recession will... Read More

    People are Talking

    By Andrea Torbert | July 18, 2018

    As home sales in Alabama continue on an upward trend, the Baldwin County market continues to be the topic of much buzz, both regionally and nationally. Alabama News Center recently shared an Alabama Center for Real Estate report stating “Year-over-year increases in both building permits and projected housing starts are encouraging news, as they hint... Read More

    Finding the Right Agent: Top 7 Questions to Ask

    By Andrea Torbert | July 18, 2018

    There are lots of real estate agents out there. Finding an experienced agent with extensive knowledge of the market is essential. Finding one who understands your goals, budgets and needs can have a huge impact on your experience. Here is our recommendation of the top seven questions to ask when you are considering working with... Read More

    Is Rental Management for You?

    By Andrea Torbert | July 18, 2018

    If your investment property, condo or beach home provides rental income, there are business decisions to make in order to maximize that income. Do you want to be a hands-on manager or would you rather hire someone else to handle the day-to-day needs? You can lessen your expenses by managing the rental yourself but being... Read More

    What Are Those Condo Dues For, Anyway?

    By Andrea Torbert | July 18, 2018

    You’ve found the right location and a condo you love. You and your agent have negotiated a purchase price. This is usually when buyers start asking, “What are those condo fees for?” with hesitation in their voice. We’re here to tell you, those fees aren’t a bad thing. When purchasing a condominium, you’ve got lots... Read More

    So Many Reasons . . . Why We Love It Here

    By Andrea Torbert | July 18, 2018

    What’s not to love about some of the most beautiful beaches in the world? Soft, sugar-white sand and blue Gulf of Mexico waters. And with the popularity of those beaches comes an impressive host of amenities and services – seafood restaurants, outlet and boutique shopping, marinas, attractions – not found in many small towns, coastal... Read More

    Is A USDA Loan Right for You?

    By Andrea Torbert | April 12, 2018

    Did you know that 100% financing is available for home loans through the USDA? These loans are issued through a program known as the USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan Program, by the United States Department of Agriculture. They also offer low rates and affordable payments. Since properties in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and much... Read More

    Realtor or FSBO: Do You Really Have to Choose?

    By Andrea Torbert | March 27, 2018

    There are lots of reasons to work with a realtor. They know the location and the market conditions. They act as a buffer for negotiations. They have fiduciary responsibility to you. They are knowledgeable about regulations and legalities. They’ll handle the paperwork and sweat the details. So, when you find a condo, home or piece... Read More

    Orange Beach Moratorium on Rentals? Don’t be Afraid.

    By Andrea Torbert | March 22, 2018

    Short term vacation rentals can be an excellent source of income and, in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, have fueled a huge amount of condominium investment over the years. That is still the case today and with a strong and growing tourism market, it isn’t likely to change any time soon. There are, however, some... Read More

    Interest Rates and Purchasing Power

    By Andrea Torbert | March 15, 2018

    If you’re considering a home purchase, chances are you’ve discovered there are many factors, in addition to the price of the home, that come into play. With things like closing costs and home inspections, along with moving expenses and taxes all affecting your budget, it’s smart to use one factor to your advantage: the interest... Read More

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