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The Secret to Finding a Great Home with Little Hassle

The type of home you can afford depends greatly on your financial obligations and your income. There are a lot of great tools online that will give you an idea of what you can afford, but the only way to know for sure is to meet up with a lender and go through the pre-qualification process. Doing this before starting a home search will ensure you don’t go out and find a perfect home, only to learn later that you can’t actually afford it. Additionally, a pre-approval makes your offer a lot stronger in the eyes of a seller. 

Once you’ve been pre-qualified, you need to start thinking about how you’re going to go about selling. Can you sell your current home and buy a new one at the same time? Obviously, the goal is only to move once, but making it happen is a tightrope walk. If you go ahead and purchase a home before you’ve sold your current one, you may over-extend your finances and put yourself in a tight spot. The other option is to sell first, but then you have to find a place to rent until you find a new home. Of course, you always have the option to put a moving contingency in your offer, but often sellers are not drawn to those types of offers.

A question that comes up a lot has to do with how many homes should be viewed before putting in an offer. Obviously, every buyer is a little different, but the average home buyer looks at about five homes before making a decision. The key is understanding what your needs and wants are, and also sharing that information with your agent. 

Once you’ve found the perfect house and your offer has been accepted, it’s important to get a home inspection. You have a right to a 10-day period where a professional will come out and take a look at all the major aspects of the home to take note of any defects. Buying a home is one of the largest, if not the largest, purchases you’ll make in your life, so the least you can do is invest a little bit of money in a home inspection.

FAQ for Home Sellers in Orange Beach

Today, we have our listing specialist with us to answer some common questions that home sellers have in Orange Beach.

  1. How much needs to be done before listing a home? A lot of sellers have anxiety about this, but really a home just needs to be cleaned, organized, and staged. The best thing that you can do is get the opinion of a Realtor to tell you what might need to be done to the home to sell for top dollar.

  1. How long will it take my home to sell? This depends on a number of things. The condition of your home, your neighborhood, and your asking price will all be major factors in how quickly you sell. Nationally, the average is 100 days.


  1. How much is my home worth? On average, the median home price is $228,000. But again, your home price will vary according to your area and the condition that it is in. A real estate agent can run a comparative market analysis in order to gauge your home’s market value.

  1. What is the agent’s commission? On average, an agent will take home 4-6% of the sale price. This is usually split with the buyer’s agent. We recommend interviewing several different agents to see what they will do to get your home sold. An agent with a strong marketing plan is essential in today’s market.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

What Are Buyers Looking for in Orange Beach?

The spring selling season is upon us, and buyers are out searching for good homes in Orange Beach and the Gulf Shores. We’ve done some research, and we have found that buyers are looking for a specific type of property right now.

Buyers are looking for 2 and 3 bedroom condos right now. There are not many of these available currently and buyers are waiting in line to see them once they become available.

Demand is sky-high for these properties, so if you know anyone that owns one or wants to sell one, please get them in touch with us. It could be a very lucrative time to sell.

We look forward to hearing from you!