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It's the FOURTH Quarter!


October 1 - The Fourth Quarter of 2015 is Here


It is fall - and fall is for BEACHING!  2015 has flown by - We have been blessed with beautiful summer weather, record rentals, and a flurry of fantastic summer events.  Now as Labor Day is past, we look ahead to the Annual National Shrimp Festival. School has started,  but there is still lots of action on our beautiful Gulf coast.  And even as temperatures cool, the beach buys are heating up.  Take a look at a truly exquisite property....

Best Luxury Beach Buy on the Gulf Coast

And there is so much more... Preconstruction is available, and there is more planned.  Mortgage interest rates remain low, and there is still time to get your dream property.  Stay tuned for more information!

All the best,



A friend of mine commented at lunch last week that "It's a buyers' market."  Without thinking, I replied, "No, it's not."  
But as I gave it more thought, I thought about the dilemmas I had been facing recently when working with Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama beachfront buyers.  Everyone wants a deal - and there are still very, very good deals to be had. BUT - there has been a major shift in the past year. And my personal business experience in the past 3 months is a microcosm of our  beach market as a whole.  My points are listed below:

  • Inventory is WAY down.  For the past 5 years, we hav struggled with a glut of overpriced properties.  The numbers show that we only have about 5 months of inventory now - as opposed to 24 months worth just a couple of short years ago. 
  • Signs in my own business:  I have recently sold or put under contract listings that I have had for as long as 2 years - and the contracts went quickly and very close to list price.
  • Prices are steadily moving up - in a continuum - rising about 3%.
  • And happily for buyers who want to borrow money: Interest rates, for both primary and second homes, are still very, very low.
All these things point to one end:  If you have ever dreamed of buying a beach or bayfront getaway or profitable vacation property in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, or Perdido Key, Florida, the time is NOW!  The beautiful Gulf Coast is a wonderful place to vacation, escape, relocate, or invest in.  Call me today before the opportunity is gone.

A rainy day at the beach.....

Good evening, everybody. Still a little rainy, but nonetheless a great time to be on the Alabama Gulf Coast.  A rainy day at the beach is better than a sunny day anywhere else!


There are 336 active units currently listed in Orange Beach - priced from 82,500 up to over $4M. With interest rates still at historic lows, there are great opportunities available now.  Call or email  me to discuss investment or second home opportunities.  It is an exciting time to be a buyer.

GOOD BUYS as 2011 rocks on

Beach prices are still low - Under 200,000 for 2BRs on the beach? Yep, it's here!

GREAT buys still available

BEACHFRONT opportunities abound. It is possible to get a 2 bedroom, direct beachfront condo for about 200,000. Good buys in strong investment buildings, too. See my Featured Listings in Lighthouse, Crystal Shores West, and Phoenix West, as well as a duplex on West Beach - all rental powerhouses.

Oil Spill Brings Opportunity for Buyers

The oil spill brought a great opportunity for buyers. Record low interest rates and motivated sellers are making property a better buy than ever.  Call or email me to be added to foreclosure lists.  Some savvy sellers are motivated and they realize that buyers are back in the market.  A good time to buy just got better! 



Dear coastal inhabitants everywhere and all who know the joy of putting their toes in the ocean:

I cant remember when we have had a lovelier spring along the Gulf Coast.
In recent years, we have gone from crisp, clear mornings in February to tropical 90s temps by mid-March. But this year, it finally seemed that we were getting back to normal back to the easy, Southern rhythms of my childhood, with the winter season moving gently into a luscious spring.
Spring was taking its own sweet time unfolding before diving head-on into the desperate heat of summer.

Everyone could feel it. You couldnt help but notice the majesty and color of the coastal foliage bursting with brilliant pinks and purples, sounding the calls that we wait for all year long: "Lets go to the beach!" "The fish are biting at the Big Mouth!" "Lets take a boat ride!" "Tadpoles are out in the creek!"
That is how we live here on the Gulf Coast. Our love of the water the Gulf, the bays, the rivers, the estuaries and the way we enjoy it is absolutely holistic.

It transcends race, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender and political affiliation.
The Gulf Coast is where the everyday person can play. We love where we live and are proud of it.
We get amused sharing it and seeing the surprise on folks faces when they realize that a little piece of unlikely paradise exists smack at the bottom of this magnificent country of ours.

So imagine our dismay, anger, grief and absolute heartbreak over the ongoing catastrophe of crude oil continuously and arrogantly flowing into our beautiful Gulf of Mexico.
This is indeed a major challenge for us physically, emotionally, environmentally and economically.
Personally, I prefer to remain positive about the oil spills impact, because I know mountains can be moved with a positive attitude. Why wouldnt that work with a runaway well?
I do, however, live in a very real world, and I know that our corner of this world stands to be affected by the oil spill.

As we are called to action, we will respond with the dauntless spirit of coastal people, especially those born in the hurricane corridor. We will weather this storm as we have weathered the other monsters that have roared upon our shores in the past: by working hard, side by side, with dedication, compassion and a sense of community, and earning some fun in the process.

I am hoping that there will be little damage or interruption of beach recreation. Perhaps the oil spill will be just an inconvenience, much like too many jellyfish in the water or the occasional riptides.
If not, we are going to need everyones love, support and help. So I have a very special invitation for people to join us here in Gulf Shores and Perdido Key and Pensacola.
Dont cancel your plans or reservations. This could be one of the most memorable vacations you will ever have.

Most of you travel with children. What a great opportunity to teach our kids so many valuable life lessons from the beauty of volunteering to the importance of helping your neighbor during a crisis, learning about the fragile ecosystem that created the remarkable Gulf of Mexico, and meeting new friends from all over the country with the same purpose of keeping our beautiful shores safe for our children and wildlife.

Recently, I asked a friend of mines 6-year-old if she knew how many oceans there were. "One, Miss Lucy," she promptly responded. Then with a little hesitation, she added, "Dont they all touch?"
Out of the mouths of babes.

What is happening in our back yard could just as easily be happening in yours. But does it matter? We are all one. We all touch.

Am I outraged? Damn right! Is there a need for accountability? Damn right! But that is not my job. There are others who are trained and better equipped to master that task.
Im a fry cook. Im open for business. And so is the Gulf Coast.
We will take each day as it comes and make the best of it.
I am asking all of you who love this area as much as I do and love your own coastal areas to please not abandon us.

I promise you we will welcome you with open arms, some ice-cold sweet tea, an ocean of belly laughs, a plate full of scrumptious food and a humble, grateful heart.

Lucy "LuLu" Buffett is owner of LuLus at Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores and the author of "Crazy Sista Cooking: Cuisine and Conversation with Lucy

Another beautiful week winding down...

The Alabama Gulf Coast is still open for business.  Beautiful day - Capt. Don took  sond me happy anglers fishing yesterday. Beaches are clean and the weather is mild!  Weekend outlook for Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Perdido Key is good.
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