Moving to Gulf Shores

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Sep 13, 2011
 
wife and I been here 2 days, absolutely love it,
everyone has been friendly we have met, we were thinking of coming back next vacation!
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Sep 14, 2011
 
kytraveler wrote:
wife and I been here 2 days, absolutely love it,
everyone has been friendly we have met, we were thinking of coming back next vacation!
Yea, there are a lot of friendly Northerners down here who make everyone feel welcome.
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Sep 14, 2011
 
On my son's last trip down there with his family, he found everyone to be most kind. There did not seem to be any animosity toward new arrivals who choose to rent while they look around to buy. I think I will rest on his opinion of the good folk of Gulf Shores.

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Sep 14, 2011
 

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Give Me A Break wrote:
If you need to rent--stay where you are--we hate renters--they don't improve the property and usually don't even take care of it and the result is depreciated home values in the development for those people who own their houses. If you need to rent a condo while you are looking to buy a house--OK.
Give me a break, do you find that people avoid you?
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"Give me a break, do you find that people avoid you?"

All the time--I speak the truth but some people just can't handle the truth.
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Sep 15, 2011
 
I don't clump all renters in one group,but I hate seeing a great area be destroyed by some renting and can't really afford to live here,and on the other hand a Land Lord should always do a back ground check to assure the person's they are renting to can afford to live in the area, and this article shows you that and what some renters do, this is recent and concerns from residents are real.
http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/local_news/ba...
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Also, I can't understand--and frankly don't buy the line that some people profess and that is that they want to rent until they get to know the area and then they will buy. This is absurd. How many days does it take to drive around the area, counsel with a REALTOR and do some checking on anything else that one considers important before deciding to live here or not? This is just an excuse for the real reason someone comes here to rent and that is because they can't afford to buy and can't get a loan. The other problem is that they probably don't have a job here when they sign a lease and just hope that they can get a good paying job here before their savings run out and they have to pack up and go back to where they came from. Talk to any rental company and they will tell you that the turn-over in tenants is enormous and it is not because of all the tenants that have found a house to buy and stopped renting. I'm not talking about people who rent condos for their vacation or for the Snow Bird season.

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Cosmos is really good, and don't worry about that guy who's being a turd. He's from Foley and is just upset that he doesn't live on the island.
I, too, am from Foley and have a condo in Gulf Shores. Don't wish to live on the Island, with its traffic, tourist crowds and high prices.
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Renter is not a bad word. It all depends upon the the tenants. We have had property that we rented out to very good tenants for many years. I do not know why they chose not to buy, but they didn't. We were good landlords and they were good tenants. There are bad owners as well as renters. I know of people who let the property that they owned and lived in go to the devil. They didn't cut the grass, the yard got trashy and they were generally a nuisance. The good thing about renters is that if they do not comply with the expectations as outlined in your contract, they can be evicted. It's a little harder to get rid of owners. All you can do is call the city to complain to the codes and compliance people.
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island_fever wrote:
Renter is not a bad word. It all depends upon the the tenants. We have had property that we rented out to very good tenants for many years. I do not know why they chose not to buy, but they didn't. We were good landlords and they were good tenants. There are bad owners as well as renters. I know of people who let the property that they owned and lived in go to the devil. They didn't cut the grass, the yard got trashy and they were generally a nuisance. The good thing about renters is that if they do not comply with the expectations as outlined in your contract, they can be evicted. It's a little harder to get rid of owners. All you can do is call the city to complain to the codes and compliance people.
You are correct--there are good renter and there are good landlords. But, check the statistics--all and all, renters are a blight on a development in general even though a few renters are responsible, the majority are not. That's the truth of the matter and that is what homeowners in a development have to conern themselves with if they want to protect the value of their property and the quality of life within their development. Check in Florida since the housing bust. Lots of developments have really gone South because owners have had to relocate for personal or business reasons and could not sell their homes and were forced to rent them to help pay for their mortgages. Time after time, the renters have neglected the care of their rental homes to the detriment of the development and to the dissatisfaction of the other homeowners. Renters in general--in a single-family development are bad news even if some renters and landlords are responsible.
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I hope people don't think those other "two people" don't represent the way us locals think. We welcome good people to this area! WELCOME and come on down!
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lilly wrote:
I hope people don't think those other "two people" don't represent the way us locals think. We welcome good people to this area! WELCOME and come on down!
lilly probably works for the Chamber or Commerce or owns a local business.
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Give Me A Break wrote:
I have to laugh at all of these people who write-in wanting information on rental units. They all have the same story--"I just need to rent until I find a house to buy". Who's kidding who? They have no funds to ever buy and have no intention of buying. They just want to live near the beach and be beach-bums and let the rest of us support their 1/2 dozen kids. If they had good jobs, they wouldn't be able to just pick-up and move to the beach and if they had any money, they would be buying a house and not looking to rent.
Considering the fact that you live in Alabama, which according to statistics is near the bottom in education, has one of the highest poverty rates and one of the highest percentages of people on welfare in the country, you sure seem awfully elitist.
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Great I own a place in Foley.,,he is nobody I ever want to meet. I understand his concerns about renters trashing a rental place. We had renters do that to us. Callie did not deserve the bashing she got from you. You are a dick and you owe her an apology !
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XXX wrote:
<quoted text>Considering the fact that you live in Alabama, which according to statistics is near the bottom in education, has one of the highest poverty rates and one of the highest percentages of people on welfare in the country, you sure seem awfully elitist.
I own my own house in Kentucky,
this was my first trip, i rented for a week, i added about $2000 to your economy. Maybe I will just think about going elsewhere next time.
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I finally moved and I'm in Gulf Shores in a vacation rental for a month or two while I look around to buy or - heaven forbid - find a house to rent if I can't find what I want to buy right away...been here a week now and everyone is welcoming and wonderful...saw Jim "Dawg" Parks at the SF tonight and ate Alabama Wild shrimp. I have not met one mean person. Do not hesitate to move to Gulf Shores and look for a rental!
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Oct 15, 2011
 
"Considering the fact that you live in Alabama, which according to statistics is near the bottom in education, has one of the highest poverty rates and one of the highest percentages of people on welfare in the country, you sure seem awfully elitist."

Statistics are other people's problems--not mine.
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kytraveler wrote:
<quoted text>I own my own house in Kentucky,
this was my first trip, i rented for a week, i added about $2000 to your economy. Maybe I will just think about going elsewhere next time.
Don't think about it--just do it. We have locals who leave that much money in tips during a week.
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Oct 15, 2011
 
"I finally moved and I'm in Gulf Shores in a vacation rental for a month or two while I look around to buy or - heaven forbid - find a house to rent if I can't find what I want to buy right away."

Don't kid the kidder--you are a renter through and through.
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Oct 16, 2011
 
There are three kinds of lies, plain lies, damn lies, and statistics.

-Mark Twain
Give Me a Break wrote:
"Considering the fact that you live in Alabama, which according to statistics is near the bottom in education, has one of the highest poverty rates and one of the highest percentages of people on welfare in the country, you sure seem awfully elitist."
Statistics are other people's problems--not mine.

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