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Sally Grenier, Real Estate Pro in Erie, CO
Sally Grenier answered:
Who normally pays the closing costs and agents fees?
Are you asking as a buyer or seller? You should contact a Realtor in your area who can give you a better answer.

For agent commissions: Typically the seller pays the listing agenc ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 2, 2015 Home Buying in Orange Beach
Dan Tabit, Real Estate Pro in 98074
Dan Tabit answered:
If I am a resident of Texas and own my primary residence in Texas, do I have to pay Alabama income tax if I own a vacation home in Alabama?
Rdabbot,
I wouldn't trust any answer you didn't get from an accountant licensed in Alabama.
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 2, 2015 Home Buying in Orange Beach
Dave Harbour, Real Estate Pro in Orange Beach, AL
Dave Harbour answered:
Want to purchase beachfront/ocean view condo or a town home for occasional vacation and rental rest of the year.
I can't answer it all in here; there is a lot of information! But, most of the beach condo owners rent the condo out. In any decent rental program, even if you do it yourself, you sh ... more
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Christine Es…, Home Owner in Orange Beach, AL
Christine Esteves asked:
how do you upgrade photos to your property?
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Leigh Dillon…, Real Estate Pro in Orange Beach, AL
Leigh Dillon McPherson answered:
What is the meaning of Insurance assessment and the Master assessment ?
Dear Lisa,
Different condominium associations break down fees in different ways. Most common way is to include the common area (building exterior, grounds, amenities) insurance in the ... more
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Mary McNair, Real Estate Pro in Fairhope, AL
Mary McNair answered:
what are h.o.a. fees at this unit
I don't see a property referenced with your question. If you'll give me a call or send me an e-mail via my profile, I'll be glad to research it for you.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 21, 2014 Home Buying in Orange Beach
Niki Walker, Real Estate Pro in Orange Beach, AL
Niki Walker answered:
For a given Condo Complex, which rents better in general: Gulf Front, 1 BR, 2BR, or 3 BR ?
It will all depend on the furnishings, amenities available at that particular complex. I am the sales agent at the Caribe, which is located across from the beach. We are bayfront, and n ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 23, 2014 Home Buying in Orange Beach
Ray Stevens, Real Estate Pro in Naples, FL
Ray Stevens answered:
currently disabled on disability after brain aneurysm rupture. first time home buyer. cani get financing anywhere to purchase homei been renting? help
Tammy,

Depending on how long your disability payments are due to continue, you can use that income, plus and extra 25%, to qualify for a mortgage.

If the disability payments are d ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 17, 2013 Home Buying in Orange Beach
Coate Connec…, Real Estate Pro in 36561
Coate Connection answered:
Which is Better for Permanent Residence? Pros & Cons: Orange Beach/Perdido Key, AL vs. Perdido Key/Pensacola Beach FL
Depends on your needs, Florida property taxes are significantly higher but Florida has no personal income tax and no sales tax on food items. Alabama has some of the lowest property ta ... more
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Coate Connec…, Real Estate Pro in 36561
Coate Connection answered:
Do realtors in Orange Beach, AL also work in the Perdido Key, Fl area ?
They do if they hold a Florida real estate license as my wife and I do. In all I would guess about half the agents in Orange Beach also work the Perdido Key market.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Aug 17, 2013 Home Buying in Orange Beach
Coate Connec…, Real Estate Pro in 36561
Coate Connection answered:
What is the slowest month for condo sales in Orange Beach, AL ? Does anyone have a month by month sales history chart ?
My experience has been that December is the slowest month for me primarily because of the Holiday season. The 2nd slowest month is usually July for partly the same reason and also beca ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Aug 17, 2013 Home Buying in Orange Beach
Catherine Mc…, Real Estate Pro in Orange Beach, AL
Catherine Mcinnis answered:
I would like to retire to Orange Beach AL in about three years. I want to buy a house now and rent it for the next 3 years.
Our rental market is fabulous if you are renting, not so much if you need a nice rental. Very high demand here for rental units. I have sold several homes to people planning on retiring ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 28, 2013 Home Buying in Orange Beach
Catherine Mc…, Real Estate Pro in Orange Beach, AL
Catherine Mcinnis answered:
Why do you have to sign up for forclosure information? It makes it look like some type of scam. Does anyone list them without strings attached?
baldwincountyrealtors.com is the public mls site, might want to search there. Or you can email me at catherinemcinnis@yahoo.com and let me know what you are looking for and I won't make ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 28, 2013 Home Buying in Orange Beach
Mary McNair, Real Estate Pro in Fairhope, AL
Mary McNair answered:
Is propane or natural gas available? I've noticed the lack of information regarding the availability of LPG or natural gas.
When it comes to utility availability, you need to research each property specifically, as some can be available on one street and not on the next because those property owners didn't a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 28, 2013 Home Buying in Orange Beach
Mary McNair, Real Estate Pro in Fairhope, AL
Mary McNair answered:
What is the average cost of home owners insurance in Orange Beach?
I totally agree to the previous advise. The age, condition and building materials in a home also come into play.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 26, 2013 Home Buying in Orange Beach
Mary McNair, Real Estate Pro in Fairhope, AL
Mary McNair answered:
I notice there is a 400 sq ft restriction for structures. Are mobile homes allowed in this area of Bear Point?
This property is under contract, so not currently for sale.

However, in case there's another parcel in the subdivision that might also interest you, my research shows that there are ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 5, 2013 Home Buying in Orange Beach
Tesa Morgan, Real Estate Pro in Orange Beach, AL
Tesa Morgan answered:
In your opinion what represents a better deal......a foreclosure .....or........a short sale? Let the debate begin :)
In my opinion, the better deal is the one priced at market with the most amenities that fit your needs. Lenders are well aware of the market and are pricing at market value. So are mo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 10, 2013 Home Buying in Orange Beach
Tesa Morgan, Real Estate Pro in Orange Beach, AL
Tesa Morgan answered:
I'm considering buying a condo in Orange Beach at Tradewinds.Does anyone have first hand experience at?
Not only have I sold several condos in Tradewinds, I have owned in this complex. There are one bedroom two bath units in this complex that sleeps six making it a great rental for the e ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 9, 2013 Home Buying in Orange Beach
Mary McNair, Real Estate Pro in Fairhope, AL
Mary McNair answered:
What is a 30 day rent restriction?
The advantage of a 30-day rental verses something longer is that it is at that point it is considered a long-term instead of a short-term rental. Lodging taxes have to be collected on s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 4, 2012 Home Buying in Orange Beach
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