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Webmaster logo for RealtorsWhen Zillow, Realtor.com, Trulia and other large real estate portals advertise "free" tools, there's a cost - a very big one.  While there may not be a place to enter your credit card number or a request for your billing address, these sites didn't reach the top of Google's search results by accident.  Although they're good sites, full of information and easy-to-use software with huge marketing budgets, their most effective marketing tactic isn't something they discuss.  In fact, unless you've read the fine print within their terms and conditions, you've probably never heard of how they take advantage of unsuspecting professionals.

Anytime a mortgage calculator,

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Over the next few months, thousands of feathery visitors will be arriving on the beaches of Fort Morgan and surrounding Gulf Coast. The spring migration peaks in April as over 300 species of birds travel from Central and South America to their breeding grounds in North America and Canada.  A majority of the birds use the Mississippi Flyway, one of the four North American migratory routes, to make their way northward along the Mississippi River.  The Fort Morgan peninsula, Dauphin Island, and nearby barrier islands serve as important stopovers for them to rest and refuel from their long, treacherous journey over the Gulf of Mexico.

This biannual phenomenon is studied by scientists and research groups all over the nation through the practice of bird

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Spring is here and it's time to enjoy warmer temperatures and the outdoors in beautiful Baldwin County!  We have been eagerly waiting for the days of long-lasting sunshine, colorful camellias and azaleas, and fun-filled activities with friends and family.  Over the next several months, a number of exciting events and festivals are in store for the area with many not costing you a dime to attend.  Check out our list of popular events taking place in Baldwin County and start making plans with your favorite people!  Whether it's a fish-throwing competition, a never-ending beach party with world famous musicians, or a downtown festival celebrating local artwork and culture - there is something for everyone, no matter the age, to enjoy!

MARCH EVENTS

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As temperatures start to warm up here on the Gulf Coast, we can't help but notice the increase in southbound traffic on Hwy 59 and the Foley Beach Express in route to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  Although the endless miles of sugar-white beaches draw in the majority of visitors, a large number of vacationers travel down to the area with their boats in tow to fish or sightsee.  The Alabama coast is covered in a variety of water bodies and with numerous places to launch from it's easy to explore the local waterways and take in the beautiful scenic views.  Orange Beach is famously known as a boater's haven encompassing 20 miles of back bays, bayous, and inlets meandering throughout the city all flowing out to the Gulf of Mexico.

Currently, Orange

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(Photo Credit - McGuire's Irish Pub)

The streets of Downtown Pensacola will be taken over by a green-hued crowd of 10,000+ this Saturday for McGuire's 41st Annual St. Patrick Day 5K Run.  Touted as one of the most anticipated events of the year, the downtown district will be booming with thousands of revelers dressed to impress with many sporting eye-catching outfits from Irish-themed wear to the kookiest of ensembles.  The 3.1 mile course is a prediction run meaning participants guess their running times beforehand and at the end of the race those with the closest finish times are declared the winners.  Prizes will also be handed out to the fastest female and male runners and the fastest teams.  The local event is kind of a big deal as it is the

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Moving right along schedule, the city of Gulf Shores is implementing the second phase of the Gulf Place Revitalization Project.  This massive effort will transform the city's most popular beach hangout, known as Gulf Place, into a pedestrian- and bike-friendly environment with aesthetic and facility enhancements along with improved traffic flow from West Beach to East Beach.  Originally called the 'T' by locals, Gulf Place is set in the heart of Gulf Shores at the Hwy 59 & Beach Blvd intersection and features a number of restaurants, retail shops, and the city's largest public beach.  The area serves as a lively entertainment venue and hosts several large events such as the National Shrimp Festival, NCAA Volleyball Tournament, and Hangout Music

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wharf-world-food-championshipsSomething big is cooking this weekend at the The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.  The renowned 2017 World Food Championships is the largest food sport competition in the world with 1,000+ contestants competing in a culinary showdown from all over the globe.  Taking place November 7 - 12, the five day event will be jam-packed with exciting activities including the World Food Games, giveaways, cooking demonstrations, seminars, and live musical performances.  Four chefs from local restaurant favorites, Flora-Bama Yacht Club, Flora-Bama Ole River Grill, Driftwood Steakhouse, and Ruby Slipper Cafe in Orange Beach, will be competing in this year’s tournament.  They will have the opportunity to win a 10,000 cash prize awarded to each of the following categories:

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Locals driving along Beach Boulevard may have noticed the Gulf State Park buzzing with construction activity. Alabama's governor, Kay Ivey, has just announced the Gulf State Park Lodge is on track to open in the fall of 2018. The original lodge was severely damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and to the dismay of locals and tourists, has fallen in a state of disrepair for over a decade. Using funds from the Deepwater Horizon BP settlement, the new complex will offer a gulf-front hotel, conference room, interpretative center, and a learning campus.

The Lodge is home to the renown Gulf State Park which preserves over 6,000 acres of longleaf pine and palmetto forests, freshwater lakes, wetlands, and miles of beaches. Drawing in hundreds of thousands of

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Looking for the ultimate beach vacation experience on the Emerald Coast? Turquoise Place is a premier gulf front resort in Orange Beach, Alabama offering guests world-class amenities and luxurious accommodations along with breathtaking views of the Gulf, Perdido Pass, and Cotton Bayou. It's easy to understand why first-timers are awestruck by the sheer size and grandiose architecture of the resort's two towers. Holding 400 units, these extraordinary condominiums showcase an opulent and distinctive design with contoured edges wrapped in steel and shimmering turquoise glass. The developer, whose projects include the Caribe Resort, received exclusive permission to build the 24- and 30-story towers surpassing the prior 14-floor height restriction in the

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The 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival is almost upon us! This four day festival is one of the Gulf Coast's biggest events attracting over 250,000 visitors each year, not to mention bringing in tremendous revenue for the area. The event is free to all visitors and will take place October 12-15 in the heart of Gulf Shores, known as Gulf Place, at the Beach Blvd & Hwy 59 intersection. Over 200 artist booths will be set up along the boardwalk showcasing an array of unique artwork and crafts. One of the event's main attractions is the Gulf Coast seafood, most notably shrimp, prepared into mouthwatering dishes. Take advantage of the free samples of seafood served up by festival sponsors and don't forget to treat yourself to a fest favorite, Cajun

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