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Michael Cranston - AL / FL Sales
RE/MAX Of Orange Beach Toll Free: (877) 945-8555
Direct Phone: (251) 504-1121
Mike has lived in the area for over 17 years. He moved with his wife Dawn from the Midwest down to the beautiful Gulf Coast to pursue a career in real estate. They have since had two terrific children; Isabella and Gabrielle. Mike was part of one of the pioneer families of Real Estate, joining his father, Bill, and mother, Joanne, to form the Cranston Team; circa 1998. As a team, they achieved sales records never to be matched in the area or entire Southern District. Since moving to the Gulf Coast, Mike has gained experience in many ways. He has over seen hundreds of 1031 Deferred Tax Exchanges. In recent years, he has earned certification as a Certified Distress Property Expert and has navigated his clients into many successful short sale transactions. He is an expert in developing gulf front pre-construction condominium projects, as well listing and selling existing homes and condominiums. The Resort Property Market is his passion.
Mike brings many diverse talents and educational experiences to his clients. Mike has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Indiana University. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree from Tri State University in Business Education and Computers. Mike continues to rank as one of the area's top agents. Year in and year out he's gained numerous awards from both the Century 21 and Re/Max organizations. With his strong background in accounting and finance, Mike can provide the potential homeowner or investor with very precise, numbers oriented advise. He can help his clients make an informed and educated investment decision. In addition to "just" selling real estate, Mike personally owns seven different beach front condominiums that he maintains. He personally over sees every aspect of ownership, from the rentals, to management and occasionally buying and selling those units. This provides for a unique hands on approach and service oriented style for his clients. For Mike, the Realtor/client relationship doesn't end the day you buy your unit, it is only beginning!
Mike enjoys many interests and hobbies. They include spending quality time with family and friends, travel, sports and volunteering at his daughters school and church. He also really enjoys just the many spectacular attractions the Gulf Shores area has to offer:; such as the sugar white sand beaches, swimming , and dining out at the many popular restaurants.
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We entered the Gulf Coast market with a very specific set of requirements and limitations. Mike provided us with the tools to do extensive on line research then he filled in our knowledge gaps and guided us in making the best choice for our situation. He was able to quickly determine our preferences and streamlined the process showing us only properties that fit our criteria and personal taste. I would certainly recommend Mike Cranston as a Gulf Coast Realtor with extensive knowledge and experience in the rental markets.
-S. & K. F.
Mike was great. He knew the area very well, and his years of experience guided us to the best buildings and locations. He continued to send us new listings and called us when the Silver Beach unit went on the market so we were able to get in right away and make an early offer, which resulted in us getting the unit.Mike also connected us with a lender that worked well with us and kept the process flowing. We wouldn't hesitate to use Mike again to find another condo in the beach area.
In March of 2013, our family came down to Gulf Shores for Spring Break and had already decided that we wanted to buy a condo. We contacted Mike Cranston who eagerly took our call, and over the course of a couple of days showed us several condo’s before we headed back home. He also helped us look at what the financials might be as we definitely wanted to cover cash flow as quickly as possible. Although we had seen a unit in Crystal Shores, we never saw the unit we bought until we came back in May for our closing. We trusted Mike to look at the unit and help us make a good decision on the right property for us. Since then, we have become personal friends with Mike and enjoy a meal or a beverage with him when we are in the area. We highly recommend this team and look forward to continuing our working relationship as well as our friendship!