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Home Buying in Fairhope : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Oct 20, 2017
Msrdls answered:
DR Horton COULD build a decent home if they employed knowledgeable superintendents, and if they didn't overload the superintendents. THEIR HOMES LACK SUPERVISION! I purchased a DR Horton home in Foley, AL. I have 33 years experience in the commercial construction industry, so I know what is reasonable to expect. I was a tough customer. And being tough, I was able to achieve reasonable cooperation from DR Horton to address the major issues. Some issues were a result of sloppy construction and most resulted from a LACK OF SUPERVISION.

If you submit your punch list in writing, and if you cross off the items that are completed, then follow up consistently until all items are addressed, you will likely be successful. If you deal verbally with DR Horton, without benefit of written confirmation, you will not be successful.

I have uneven concrete floors, and in certain areas of the house it is so out of level that I swear I'm walking on a waterbed. But other than the uneven floors, I managed to get all my punch list issues resolved. But it takes persistence: daily calls, more followup, and more calls!

At one point, I threatened to travel to one of their active communities and set up an informational picket with a sign which would read: DON'T BUY A DR HORTON HOME UNTIL YOU TALK WITH ME. I didn't have to do that, but I let them know that I was willing to put the effort into the informational picket if it became necessary.

On a scale of 1-10, I would rate DR Horton as a 6/7. Not great, but some of their equals here in Foley are much worse, I'm told. Some of Horton's brick work is disgusting. In my neighborhood, I would not have accepted the poor brickwork if it had been done at my home. But my brick work is above average, with a few exceptions.

You won't get a perfect home. The best you can expect is mediocre, which is really what DR Horton builds, in my opinion.
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Fri Jun 3, 2016
Gigi4au answered:
I'm looking for a Mother-in-law suite to rent. I'm a retired RN. Not interested in having the whole home, just to rent the Suite !!
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Mon Nov 9, 2015
Liz Hoffman answered:
He's an excellent builder. Beautiful construction and floor plans. Good local reputation in Fairhope area.
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Fri Mar 7, 2014
Mary McNair answered:
This is the sort of thing that you can write into a contract as something the seller must agree to do before closing or to give you a credit at closing based on a written quote so you can take care of it after closing. However, depending on the type of loan and how picky the lender wants to be, I always recommend making sure it is done ahead of closing so the lender and you both know it's done.

Would you like to put an offer in on this property? If you're not already working with a Realtor and need assistance with this or any other real estate issues, I'd be honored to help. Just give me a call or send an e-mail from my profile.
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Thu Nov 7, 2013
Steve Samry answered:
We have a nice 2 bedroom 2 bath home for rent in Fairhope at 109 Spring Park Drive. The master bath has a walk in shower and there is a nice screen room in the back. All appliances are included, even a washer and dryer!

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Tue Sep 3, 2013
I agree with Jennifer - this question might be better in a survey. My team partner and I offer the services of a stager in our listing presentation; if the house and the owner appear to need it, we recommend it. ... more
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Wed Jul 10, 2013
Joyce Beall answered:
Please call me Mary Joyce Beall
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Wed Jun 12, 2013
trisha1926 answered:
Would you be interested in a condominium with full water view?
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Wed Mar 6, 2013
Hinespkl answered:
Why not buy a house with land & just put one in? There's a nice big house listed at 14073 State Highway 181, sitting on 10 acres with a barn in back giving plenty of land to put in a pool! The house is brick - all one level with 4+ bedrooms 3 & 1 half baths with lots & lots of extras. The master suite is to dye for & has a walk in closet the size of a nursery! The house price is unusually low for the value! That home would be twice as much money anywhere else in the US! ... more
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Mon Oct 1, 2012
Nicole Boothe answered:
Yes they seem to be using higher quality materials in these homes and we are seeing more of these homes here
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Sun Sep 30, 2012
Carlton Spinks answered:
I would, but I would require a $10K deposit and purchase within 2 years.

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Sat Aug 25, 2012
rstokesneeson answered:
The Alabama Redemption Law is possibly the most misunderstood law in Alabama. Foreclosed properties or property bought on the courthouse steps can be an exellent investment with downsides that can be minimized by prior research. The fear of redemption is grossly exagerated. Out of 1118 foreclosure deeds issued in 2010, there were NO redemption deeds issued on these properties that I could find. If you would like a detailed explanation of why foreclosures can be an excellent investment vehicle, email me at or call me at 251 591 2568. I'm not an attorney, but I do understand foreclosures.

Roland Neeson
Keller Williams Realty
Fairhope, Alabama
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Sun Aug 19, 2012
Beverly Michie answered:
Yes there are some available. Are you talking short term vacation rental orang term?

Beverly Michie
Better Homes and Land
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Mon Jul 9, 2012
Mary McNair answered:
It doesn't show as being listed with a Realtor. What has you asking?

Are you working with a Realtor yet to help you find something that is available that would be a good match for you? If not, I'd appreciate being considered to represent you at no cost to you. Read the recommendations posted to my provide to determine if I sound like the right agent for you.

Please give me a call to tell me what you are looking for and I'll get some listing details e-mailed for your consideration.
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Wed Feb 23, 2011
Julie Anne Young answered:
This is where trulia fails to stay on top of things and I have found many items on this site to be out dated or just mis information.
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Sat May 22, 2010
Sandra Harper answered:
Yes, give me a call. Sandra Harper, realtor in Fairhope Realty Group in downtown Fairhope AL.
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