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Announcing New Page on www.realestatefairhope.com
all of the Baldwin County homes for sale with at least 3 acres of land.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRAVEL TO KEY WEST TO GET THAT RESORT FEELING IN THIS HOME ON THE BAY, WITH EARLY MORNING SWIMS TO CHAMPAGNE SUNSETS. ORIGINAL HOUSE BUILT IN 1955 WAS COMPLETELY GUTTED AND ADDED ON TO IN 1991. IN 2017 THE SCREENED PORCH WAS GLASSED IN AND INCLUDES A DUCTLESS H & A. NEW DISHWASHER, EXTERIOR ELEVATOR, ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOORS REPLACED THROUGHOUT EXCEPT MASTER SUITE, NEW PIER (NO DAMAGE FROM HURRICANES), BOAT HOUSE WITH LIFT, POWER AND WATER, CRABING PIER WERE ALL ADDED IN 2018. HVAC’S WERE REPLACED IN 2018, AND NEW COMFORT HEIGHT TOILETS INSTALLED. THE BULKHEAD WAS REPLACED IN 2020 AND THE INSURANCE COMPANY GAVE A GOOD RATING ON THE ROOF INSPECTION AFTER THE STORMS IN 2020. ALL APPLIANCES REMAIN, EASY TO SHOW, AND HOUSE IS MOVE IN READY. WHETHER YOU RELAX BY THE GAS LOGGED FIREPLACE IN THE WINTER OR ON 400 SQ. FT. OF PORCHES YOU WILL WANT TO CALL THIS HOME!
This home will sell pretty fast. Call John Fowler at 251-591-2386 for a private showing
Baldwin County is taking the steps ordered to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Some events have either been rescheduled, cancelled or are being held virtually or with other safety restrictions. All events listed below are subject to change.
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For several years there has been quite a bit of uncertainty regarding the future of the Rock Creek Golf Course and facilities. The Golf course has been for sale for over a year but it's future is now known. The Rock Creek Golf Course in Fairhope has officially sold to new owners. GolfCoPartners, Inc. of North Carolina purchased the course and clubhouse from Honours/Troon on August 16th, 2020. Brothers and business partners, Scott and Patrick Schneider, are excited to invest in and serve the Eastern Shore Community by providing a great place for individuals, groups and families to socialize. Their philosophy with Rock Creek is simple and transparent – to operate as a public golf course, restaurant, and social gathering center that serves the local community and surrounding Eastern Shore / Mobile Bay area. GolfCoPartners plans to improve the golf, dining, and social experience at Rock Creek. Already, within 2 days of this purchase, Rock Creek now has a new fleet of golf carts.
Here is A Letter from New Owners to the Community Members at Rock Creek that was sent on August 16
Today, we are happy and excited to assume ownership of Rock Creek Golf Club. We know it has been at least a year of uncertainty for the community as it relates to what might happen with the golf club. We are excited to be the new owners and look forward to serving the community through providing a great place for folks to play golf and enjoy social time together…even in these challenging times. We are especially excited for the community as we believe through working closely with the community, we can positively impact property values and community spirit.
To quickly introduce ourselves –
Scott Schneider – COO at Golfcopartners. Scott is a lifelong golf professional and operator of courses and clubs including municipals, semi-privates, resort, and high end private throughout the US. Scott is the former CEO of Ken Venturi Golf Academies where he delivered a high-end destination golf school at locations in the US and Caribbean. In 2016 he became a co-founder of Golfcopartners and focused on identification of acquisitions of golf clubs. Recently Scott served as the interim GM at our other club in Fernandina Beach, Florida, The Golf Club at North Hampton. Over the coming months, he will be spending his time at Rock Creek bringing our culture and approach to this club. This will include managing and enabling the current and new staff with what they will need to deliver a great experience for everyone and provide Rock Creek as a destination to play golf and gather socially.
Patrick Schneider – CEO/CFOat Golfcopartners. After retiring from a 35-year career as a partner with some of the world’s largest management consulting companies, Patrick co-founded Golfcopartners with Scott. Golfcopartners is a golf company focused on the acquisition and turnaround of golf clubs. Additionally, Golfcopartners offers a virtual business process outsourcing solution for other clubs in the industry. Patrick will focus mainly on the business and financial operations at Rock Creek making sure there is sound financial structure and discipline around the operations of the club and how capital will be allocated to projects to enhance the club.
Behind us are a cache of hand selected individual investors and Board members who support our vision and provide additional expertise to our operations as needed.
Our philosophy with Rock Creek is simple and transparent. Our intent is to operate as a golf course and social gathering center that serves the local community and surrounding area. The degree to which the local market financially supports the business will drive our ability to provide more value and preserve/enhance property values in the community. Ultimately, our mutual success depends upon each other. We have a proven model that works.
We recently met with representatives of the leadership of the 3 POAs that surround Rock Creek. There were many questions about what was going to happen and what the future of the club might be. The following summary illustrates our near-term focus:
Golf Course. Aligned with our philosophy of providing the right product at the right price point for the market, It will take some time to fully evaluate the course and prioritize projects to introduce areas of improvement. Scott will be working closely with the maintenance team through this process to develop a list of prioritized projects
General Manager. Steve Harris has graciously accepted the challenge of carrying forward as General Manager of the club. He brings a deep history of experience in the food and beverage industry and over the recent past has been building his understanding of the golf business. Most importantly, he brings an ‘ownership mentality’ which works well with the culture we like to instill in our teams. ·
Memberships. For the remainder of 2020, we will continue forward with the existing program that is in place. We will be evaluating the membership structure, offering, and pricing over the remainder of the year and introduce changes for 2021. We will be introducing new point of sale technology from day one which will handle the billings and collections of member accounts as well as provide new means to make tee times, research your account, communications, etc. ·
Carts. We intend on replacing the existing cart fleet shortly after closing. There will be a temporary fleet for the first few weeks while we wait on the arrival of new carts in September. ·
Maintenance Equipment. We will be working with the superintendent and our vendor partners to evaluate and prioritize replacement of antiquated maintenance equipment needed for the course. We know the current fleet is old and needs modernization. As critical pieces are identified for retirement, they will be selectively replaced. The desire and outcome is to implement improvements on the course. ·
Clubhouse. We know the clubhouse is tired. What we have not determined is which strategic direction to take given the current impact of the pandemic crisis. We have been working with a strategic partner to help us understand what other clubs in the US are doing, to evaluate the clubhouse/grounds, and determine next steps. We will be working on this over the next few months to inform decisions on how we will move forward. We would not expect any substantive change to the club house this year.
Staffing. All current employees will be offered positions. Those who accept to continue will be evaluated for the next 3 months to determine if there is a good fit moving forward for us, the membership, the community, and other customers. ·
Communications. We will prepare and distribute monthly newsletters and other weekly/daily communications via email to our members to inform them about activities and events at the club. We anticipate providing the same or similar content to the POA organizations to distribute within their respective community. ·
Programming. Scott and his team will begin to introduce programming for members as it relates to the golf offering. It may take some time to get things rolling, but be assured that new programming will be introduced to generate interest and fun for those to enjoy the club
Feel free to connect with either of us once we get on site. We probably have as many questions for you as you do for us.
Scott and Patrick Schneider
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The number of homes sold in June was 11.1% above the five-year June average of 605 sales. (iStock)
Sales: According to the Baldwin County Association of Realtors/Multiple Listing Service, Baldwin County residential sales totaled 672 units during June, down 8.7% from 736 sales in the same month a year earlier. June sales were also down 8.2% compared to 732 sales in May. Results were 11.1% above the five-year June average of 605 sales. Two more resources to review: Quarterly Report and Annual Report.
For all of Baldwin County’s housing data, click here.
Inventory: Total homes listed for sale in the Baldwin County area during June were 2,899 units, an increase of 1.2% from June 2018’s 2,865 units but a decrease of 2.5% from May 2019’s 2,974 units. June’s months of supply totaled 4.3 months, up 10.8% from June 2018’s 3.9 months of supply. June’s months of supply increased 6.2% when compared to May 2019’s 4.1 months of supply. June’s months of supply was 14.9% lower than the five-year average of 5.1 months of supply.
Pricing: The Baldwin County median sales price in June was $259,200, an increase of 6.4% from one year ago and an increase of 1.8% from the prior month. This direction is consistent with historical data (2014-18) indicating that the June median sales price on average increases from May by 0.6%. The differing sample size (number of residential sales of comparative months) can contribute to statistical volatility, including pricing. ACRE recommends consulting with a local real estate professional to discuss pricing, as it will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. The average number of days on the market (DOM) for homes sold during June was 83 days, unchanged from one year ago, and an increase of 6.4% from 78 days in May 2019.
Forecast: June sales were 51 units, or 5.8%, below the Alabama Center for Real Estate’s (ACRE) monthly forecast. ACRE projected 713 sales for the month, while actual sales were 672 units. ACRE forecast 3,577 residential sales in the Baldwin County area year-to-date, while there were 3,521 actual sales through June.
ACRE’s statewide perspective: Statewide residential sales increased slightly in May, extending the streak to 5 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains. Statewide residential sales increased 1.4% from 6,306 closed transactions in May 2018 to 6,392 in May 2019. Year-to-date, sales are up 3.2% from 2018. Home price appreciation in the state continued to climb as the median sales price in May increased 4.3% year-over-year from $165,688 to $172,864. The statewide median sales price is also up 3.4% year-to-date. Although nationwide inventory levels are trending upward, Alabama’s residential listings decreased 11.6% from one year ago. Low inventory levels were a significant factor contributing to rising sales prices throughout 2018 and in the spring buying season of 2019. With low inventory levels, it is not surprising to see homes selling more quickly than in previous years. Homes selling in Alabama during May spent an average of 88 days on the market, an improvement of 12 days from May 2018.
NAR’s national perspective: Existing home sales rebounded in May, posting their first year-over-year gain since August 2018. Nationwide sales increased 0.9% from approximately 535,000 closed transactions one year ago to 540,000 currently. The nationwide median existing-home price increased 4.8% in May, marking 87 consecutive months of year-over-year gains. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, said, “The purchasing power to buy a home has been bolstered by falling mortgage rates, and buyers are responding.”
Source: Alabama Center of Real Estate
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The following is a guest post by Cat Murphy.
Whether you’re trying to sell your home or update the one you recently bought, there are plenty of ways to modernize your landscaping and add a touch of refreshing curb appeal. The latest trends include homeowners stepping outside the box with landscaping designs that have Mother Nature’s best interest at heart. Here’s a list of this years most up and coming popular trends.
If you’re going to add plants to the garden, you might as well also grow something to eat. Planting edible options, like fruits and vegetables, is a great way to add interest and beauty to your landscaping that also offers plenty of health benefits. Growing food in your yard is a trending design that allows you and your guests to appreciate how food is grown. It’s also great for the environment and helps cut down on the weekly grocery budget. Choose fruits and vegetables that thrive in your community for an easier way to manage your garden.
Speaking of privacy, you don’t have to install an ugly wooden fence. Plant a quick growing hedge or shrub to provide an extra barrier between your outdoor living space and your neighbors. Even a low growing shrub, like a boxwood, can create a semi-private feel to an area without hindering the view. Planting trees is another excellent way to add privacy and natural beauty to compliment a house.
Shapes found in nature are rarely perfectly straight lines. Many homeowners now prefer the creativity of nature by reflecting curved or slanted lines in their landscaping. Slight curves on the outside edge of a garden bed and curved walkways are trending right now. These asymmetrical lines not only make your home more appealing, but they also create a softer overall look that embraces nature’s shapes. You can also include a free formed garden bed in the middle of a large lawn space that will add value to your home as well. Be sure to use a weed eater to properly trim all edges for the best look possible.
So you want a beautiful lawn and garden, but what if you don’t have time to keep it maintained? Xeriscaping is both a popular landscaping technique and design that incorporates plants acclimated to a specific region and decreases the amount of maintenance by using less turf. These plants are typically locally native plants that require little to no added water. They do well in the current climate conditions of the area and can be left alone for the most part.
Xeriscaping also encourages homeowners to replace lawn areas with non-organic mulching options, like stone, to create a truly unique look. While xeriscapes are more common in arid regions of the country, some homeowners use this type of landscaping in smaller portions of their yard that are either hard to access or have trouble growing other plants.
Adding any one of these landscaping techniques to your yard will help raise the overall curb appeal of your home. Consider changing a problem spot in the yard to a xeriscape or adding plants that provide nutritious food options. Creating privacy with quick growing plants as well as incorporating curved lines into your yard are other trends in landscaping design to try this year.
Source: Coldwell Banker Blue Matter
The Baldwin County median home sales price in February was $237,272. (iStock)
Sales: According to the Baldwin County Association of Realtors/Multiple Listing Service, Baldwin County residential sales totaled 472 units during February, up 15.1 percent from 410 sales in the same month a year earlier. February sales were also up 32.2 percent compared to 357 sales in January. Results were 3.4 percent above the five-year February average of 345 sales. Two more resources to review: Quarterly Report and Annual Report.
For all of Baldwin County’s housing data, click here.
Inventory: Total homes listed for sale in the Baldwin County area during February were 2,872 units, an increase of 2.6 percent from February 2018’s 2,798 units and an increase of 1.3 percent from January 2019’s 2,836 units. February’s months of supply totaled 6.1 months, a decrease of 10.8 percent when compared to February 2018’s 6.8 months of supply. February’s months of supply decreased 23.4 percent from January 2019’s 7.9 months.
Pricing: The Baldwin County median sales price in February was $237,272, a decrease of 0.4 percent from one year ago and a decrease of 5.1 percent from the prior month. This direction is inconsistent with historical data (2014-18) indicating that the February median sales price on average increases from January by 1.2 percent. The differing sample size (number of residential sales of comparative months) can contribute to statistical volatility, including pricing. ACRE recommends consulting with a local real estate professional to discuss pricing, as it will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. The average number of days on the market (DOM) for homes sold during February was 96 days, an increase of 1.1 percent from 95 days in February 2018 and an increase of 4.3 percent from 92 days in January 2019.
Forecast: February sales were three units, or 0.6 percent, below the Alabama Center for Real Estate’s (ACRE) monthly forecast. ACRE projected 475 sales for the month, while actual sales were 472 units. ACRE forecast a total of 901 residential sales in the Baldwin County area year-to-date, while there were 829 actual sales through February.
ACRE’s statewide perspective: After a strong 2018, statewide residential sales in January increased 1.1 percent year-over-year from 3,320 to 3,358 closed transactions. Home price appreciation in the state continued to climb as the median sales price in January increased 5.5 percent year-over-year from $143,152 to $151,015. Although nationwide inventory levels are trending upward, Alabama’s residential listings decreased 7.4 percent from one year ago. Low inventory levels were a significant factor contributing to rising sales prices throughout 2018. With low inventory levels, it is not surprising to see homes selling more quickly than in previous years. Homes selling in Alabama during January spent an average of 106 days on the market, an improvement of 10 days from 2018.
NAR’s national perspective: During January, total existing-home sales nationwide declined 9 percent from approximately 313,000 closed transactions one year ago to 285,000 currently. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, said, “Existing home sales in January were weak compared to historical norms; however, they are likely to have reached a cyclical low. Moderating home prices combined with gains in household income will boost housing affordability, bringing more buyers to the market in the coming months.”
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The Baldwin County Residential Monthly Report is developed in conjunction with the Baldwin County Association of Realtors to better serve Gulf Coast consumers.
Source: Alabama Center for Real Estate