Buying a condominium home in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach AL

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Gulf Shores and Orange Beach: Buying a Condo 101

Beach Real Estate : Buying a Condo in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

  
Caveat Emptor, “Let the Buyer Beware”

Gulf Shores-Orange Beach Real Estate Investing, Condos

Alabama Property Owners are not required to
discover & disclose, unknown conditions.

   
Important considerations…
   

Homeowner Associations

Membership in the condominiuim Homeowner Association (HOA) is mandatory – HOA members are subject to special assessments by the Board of Directors (BOD).
   

Common Property

Poorly maintained components such as the roof, building-envelope, elevators, etc. can cost HOA members $1000’s.
   

Legal

Legal issues such as lawsuits & foreclosures can expose condo owners to significant financial liability.
   

Financial

Poor planning by the BOD can lead to a depleted Reserve Fund, requiring HOA members to fund the repair & replacement of common property via special-assessments.
    

Defects

A Home Inspection can save you money by identifying defects, while also documenting the age and expected life-span of the major components and systems.
    

Peace of Mind

A Home Warranty provides peace of mind, it makes sense for everyone – no one knows when a component will fail.
  

Lifestyle

The Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions (CC&Rs) and Rules may not fit your lifestyle – a variety of restrictions can control the use of your condo, and may include restrictions on decorating, renting the unit, pets, visitors, use of common areas, etc.

It’s important to work with a real estate agent that has experience with the various issues of owning a condominium. If you’re interested in buying resort real estate, I’m a consumer advocate with a lifetime of real estate experience – contact me.
 
Licensed Real Estate Broker, Home Inspector, HOA Manager
· Wayne Moore
· Licensed Real Estate Broker
· Licensed Community Assoc. Manager
· Reg. Environmental Property Assessor, NREP
· State Cert. PCO – Termites-WDO-Household
· Commercial Real Estate Inspector, FREA
· Licensed Home Inspector