Whether you're improving your home for your own interests, or you're beginning the long process of getting ready to sell, selecting which upgrades to make can be a tough choice. You don't want to spend too much, but you don't want to spend too little either. You're excited to see the possibilities of your finished product, but you're worried buyers won't see the value of your investment. Granted, there's no way to guarantee that your renovations will secure you a better price for your property, but if your home is in need of some TLC, there are a few enhancements with which you're more likely to see a return on your investment. Even if you don't profit from your remodeling work, upgrades can certainly give your home an edge on the market. Before you even…

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Looking for an unbeatable way to celebrate Independence Day this year? Head on down to The Wharf in Orange Beach, a sleek and state-of-the-art entertainment district that's home to upscale and boutique retail, extensive dining options, and a wealth of fascinating events year-round.

At this friendly location, you'll have so much to do any day — never mind the festivities you'll experience for a special event like this! This year's 4th of July celebration will actually take place on July 2nd; a Saturday makes much more sense than a Monday. Pass the time leading up to the 8:45 PM fireworks show by enjoying the open-air dining, refreshing beverages, and music. The kids will love the petting zoo, face painting, and bounce castles, and attendees of all…

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It's something we've all thought about, but only a lucky few actually go through with it. Now that summer's rolling around, the thought of investing in a vacation home has probably crossed your mind yet again. Maybe you wish you could drop everything and head to the beach without planning your accommodations. Maybe you're looking for another source of income — but you're limited on time. Or perhaps you're thinking of retiring in a few years and want to save up so you can relocate to a stunning coastal location. Whatever your reason, you should know that buying a second home doesn't have to be a far-off dream. That being said, you should be informed before making the decision, and you should conduct your home search equipped with the right knowledge —…

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Condo Buying Tips

If you're planning to buy a condo in Orange Beach or Gulf Shores, Alabama, there are certainly many fantastic options to choose from! Each building will have a different combination of recreational amenities and features, its own unique views, and various degrees of waterfront and beach access. If you are downsizing or retiring, or maybe buying a condo as a rental investment property, here are a few important things to know and review as a smart condo buyer! 

1. The most important thing when buying a condo is to read and understand the condo association by-laws, covenants, restrictions, and regulations. You will be provided a copy of the "condo docs" to review as a buyer. These are the be-all and end-all when it comes to life in a…

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Gulf-front in Gulf Shores, Island TowerIsland Tower Condo in Gulf Shores, AL

Island Tower is a truly exceptional condo community on West Beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Condos in Island Tower have floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a truly stunning view of the Gulf of Mexico. Many condos boast high-end finishes, including stainless steel appliances and beautiful granite countertops. In addition, the condos are typically sold fully furnished! The complex features both indoor and outdoor pools, along with fitness facilities. It comes with plentiful covered parking and a wonderful central Gulf Shores location.

Great Amenities Nearby

Island Tower is in a fantastic location within walking distance o many shops and restaurants. Also close by are several spas, and even a water park. Many…

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The Grander Townhomes in Orange Beach

For those looking to live in a boater's paradise, you will love The Grander townhomes. These luxury units are located bayfront on Terry Cove. The Grander is a fabulous gated marina community that's right on the water. Each unit comes with a private, covered boat slip located within the upscale complex. You'll quickly find The Grander Townhomes have all you need to live a great coastal lifestyle.

The Grander Townhomes feature three bedrooms with three-and-a-half baths. Each unit is approximately 2,400 sq. ft. with an elevator and 2.5 car garage with a storage area. In addition, these fine homes feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and tankless water heaters. Just call it maintenance-free…

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2013 in Gulf Coast sandDespite a very cold winter, I am happy to report that 2013 was a great year for our beautiful island! The local business community is enjoying yet another year of record sales as more and more people discover our beautiful Gulf Coast.

2013 Highlights

  • Meyer Real Estate and other management companies reporting 10% + growth in rental income for the 3rd year in a row
  • RE/MAX Sales increased 40% in 2013
  • Average buyer spending $350,000 vs. $250,000 in 2012
  • Average property appreciation was 3% vs. 2.6% in 2012 – Some developments are seeing much higher appreciation
  • New Construction is popping up all over the Island in the form of Single Family Beach Homes, Condo Developments, Restaurants, and Shops
  • Record Sales to Permanent Residents 30%…

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Welcome Snowbirds!

Condos in Gulf Shores, AL

Every year, thousands of snowbirds "flock" to Alabama's Gulf Coast to escape the long and dreary winter months up north. Coastal cities like Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer residents and visitors a sun-soaked oasis with mild, welcoming temperatures that average in the 50s and 60s from November to March.

With luxurious white sand beaches and stunning turquoise waters, the Gulf Coast offers an ideal respite for those looking to avoid the winter blues.

Things to Do in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

The Gulf Coast has everything you need to keep your days as busy or relaxed as you like. In addition to the famed beaches, you'll find tennis courts, golf courses, day spas, fine dining, shopping, nature trails, rec centers,…

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The Beach Club in Gulf Shores

View of the Gulf from The Beach Club in Gulf Shores

As a member of the renowned Spectrum Resorts family, The Beach Club in Gulf Shores is sure to impress. Beach Club condo owners can choose between two living options: a charming beachside cottage or a luxurious Gulf-front condo. All condos enjoy a direct view of the Gulf of Mexico and access to the sugar sands right at the resort's doorstep.

Beach Club Cottages

The Beach Club Cottages are located among the white sand dunes of Gulf Shores and provide everything you could want in a seaside home. Each cottage offers a spacious floor plan, with plenty of room for families or those who just need to spread out a little. All cottages feature fully-equipped kitchens, private outdoor living space, and sizeable bedrooms,…

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The Shrimp Fest in Gulf Shores

Alabama is known worldwide for its fresh, delicious seafood, and for many, the jewel of the Gulf's mouthwatering bounty is, without a doubt, the shrimp! This tasty crustacean — plentiful in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico — has been an integral part of the area's economic and cultural heritage for hundreds of years.

The Annual National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Every year, the people of Gulf Shores honor this delightful seafood with four days of fun and festivities. The Annual Shrimp Festival is always a major event on the state's calendar, but this year, the event will be even bigger and better than ever as it celebrates its 40th year. Initially conceived as a one-day event to attract tourists to the region outside the peak vacation season, the Shrimp…

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