Baldwin and Mobile County Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings and renovation projects. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

July 26, 2018

Curb Appeal on the Eastern Shore

First impressions are everything – at least when it comes to selling your home. The National Association of Realtors found that 63 percent of homebuyers will drive by properties they see online before taking a look inside and contacting a realtor. The exterior of the home is the first thing homebuyer's will see, and yours needs to be in tip top shape! When the front entry, yard, driveway and sidewalk look fantastic, buyers will want to come inside to see the rest! Read through to find out how to make a first impression.

1. Not all curb appeal can be seen from the sidewalk. A critical part of selling your home in Baldwin County or Mobile County is getting enticing photos posted online-- After all, 88 percent of homebuyers start the home buying process online. "Professional photos are an integral part of our strategic marketing plan for many properties we sell," said to Brittany Chandler, Marketing Coordinator at Shamrock Properties in Daphne, Alabama.  "Many times, these photos are what catch the eye of the buyer or real estate agent." Most importantly, try to de-clutter prior to taking photos. Even though you may love your kitchen filled with photos and memories, a potential buyer doesn't want to see where you have been on all of your vacations.

2. A budget friendly tip is to pressure wash dirty sidewalks, oil-stained driveways, siding and deck, as well as any faded walkways. This is an extremely cost-efficient way to increase the curb appeal of your home quickly! If you don't own a pressure washer, call us for information on our preferred pressure washing vendors to get it done quickly and professionally! We all know with this South Alabama Gulf Coast weather, the exterior of our homes can get grungy quickly!

3. The third tip is to always add some color! According to local Daphne, Alabama landscapers, there are several types of annual plants that are always in bloom, no matter what time of year. Add some potted plants on the porch, spruce up your window boxes & front beds, and lay some fresh pine straw which will also add color. 

4. Replace your house numbers if they are dirty, dingy or just look aged. This creates a fresh new look and can have tremendous impact on the curb appeal of your property. Don't forget to consider the style of your house when selecting the numbers-- modern or traditional.
5. And finally, always get a second opinion. As homeowners, we get used to certain defects in our homes. The chipped paint and cobwebs don't seem so bad when we see it on a daily basis. "A fresh set of eyes on your property can reveal many things you didn't necessarily see before," said Libby Thompson, Realtor at Shamrock Properties in Daphne. "You may not see that your shutters need to be re-stained, your light switch plates need to be replaced and trim needs to be touched up." 
Photos by ID360 Media
Posted in Curb Appeal
July 10, 2018

The Beginning- Lawnmower for Sale

I know what you’re thinking. What in the world does a lawnmower have to do with growing a real estate company in Daphne, Alabama. Many of you don’t know the story from the beginning, so I’ll take some time to fill you in…

Shamrock Properties was quickly growing out of our office space in Daphne. We wanted to purchase a space in Baldwin County within the Spanish Fort, Daphne and Fairhope areas known as the Eastern Shore. However, this is no easy task in a market that is as competitive as our real estate market is in Baldwin County.

We searched high and low for a new office space for Shamrock Properties across the Eastern Shore. Finally, we thought we found the jackpot renovation project. An older house for sale in a prime location on Highway 181 and County Road 64 right smack dab in the middle of Daphne, Alabama. Dreamy, right?

After knocking on the door and talking with the owner of the property, come to find out the house wasn’t for sale and the lawnmower on the side of the house WAS for sale. Utilizing his stellar negotiation skills from his lifetime career in real estate in South Alabama, David was able to purchase the home from the owner (including the lot next door) and find the owner a new home down the road in Fairhope.

This home needed an overhaul in order to be turned into a real estate office. We wanted to maintain the character and cottage feel that the property had while restoring it with traditional southern charm. The renovation took about 3 months and was contracted out by Shamrock Properties‘ preferred contractors. The home was gutted down to the studs in many areas in order for it to be renovated properly and the size and locations of each room were thought about in great depth. (even the light switch placement!)

After 3 months time, the renovation was complete and the former little Shamrock Properties office became a giant office for only 3 people with lots of room for expansion to accommodate more agents and managers. As we have been steadily growing, our new offices have been filling up with agents and staff members which we consider family. With the right people in place, Shamrock Properties holds the foundation for solid growth and progress, whether the Baldwin and Mobile County markets are quiet or booming.

July 31, 2017

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