Alabama agent has best month in his 15 year career.
Have you ever heard of Orange Beach, Alabama? According to the locals, it was one of the most well-kept secrets in the entire country. Orange Beach is located just West of the Florida State Line. Boasting some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the world, the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area is becoming less of a secret.
Out of the Orange, Into the Black
In 2010, the BP oil spill brought unfortunate attention to the area. The infamous Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill speckled our white beaches with black tar. Orange (Beach) became the new black, so to speak. Scared of the oil and the chemicals used to dissolve the tar balls, most tourists decided not to vacation here that year.
Thankfully, the beaches were eventually cleaned and restored. Government sanctions and lawsuits followed. In response, British Petroleum began paying for 1000’s of commercials across the country, promoting the area. The ads aimed to bring more tourism to make up for what was lost by the spill. Well, be careful what you ask for. Tourism in our area has hit new record highs each year after that disaster was resolved. Numbers have been rising every single year in a row. 2017 is projected to be no different, according to the Alabama Department of Revenue.
Because of all the new attention that the Alabama Gulf Coast has received, developers are also paying close attention. Several new beach front condo projects are in the works, with one to be completed soon. Phoenix Gulf Shores is an 80 unit development scheduled to be completed by mid-2017. This gorgeous condo includes 3 and 4 bedroom units starting in the $600K’s, with over 1700 square feet in most units. Already, this newest complex on our Gulf Coast has sold out. But we are looking at approximately 500 new condo/hotel units in the area over the next 3-5 years.
Another huge attraction coming to the area this year is OWA, or “Big Water.” OWA is a $500 Million Dollar project located in Foley, Alabama, just north of Orange Beach on the Foley Beach Expressway. The Poarch Creek Indian tribe is developing the project to be similar to a Six-Flags amusement park but with hotels, restaurants, mall, theater, concert hall, RV park, etc. OWA will bring more positive change, attracting families who can enjoy the amusement park and our beautiful beaches all on the same vacation.
Over $100,000 in One Month
With these projects and dramatic increases in tourism in the last 5 years, you can imagine that the real estate market is heating up as well. My name is Ricky Carruth, a real estate agent with RE/MAX of Orange Beach. I just had my best time in the business in 15 years: $105K in gross commissions earned in a single month. I closed 104 transactions in 2016, and 14 so far in 2017. Those are tall feats for a small-town Alabama boy, but I’ve worked 7 days a week for over a decade building strong relationships with my clients and fellow agents. Honesty and dependability are key reasons behind my success.
These last 15 years, I’ve faced the highest highs and lowest lows of the real estate market. So harsh lessons—and grateful blessings—have been the theme for my career so far. I am extremely excited for what the future holds in this market and the world as a whole.
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