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  • Q: After retiring last year, my wife and I decided to move permanently to our favorite snowbird stop, the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I’m an avid golfer – so I want easy access to a great course – but I don’t necessarily want for stray balls to land in my backyard. Where is my best bet for the amenities I want and the privacy I need?

    A: The Coast has many excellent golf courses and with our climate you can enjoy year round! There are several golf course communities like The Oaks in Pass Christian; Timber Ridge, Windance,Diamondhead, Sunkist, Shell Landing, but you don’t have to limit yourself to those. If you are worried about stray balls, try to find a house or lot as close to ... read more

  • Q: My husband was just reassigned to Keesler, so we’ll be moving to the Mississippi Gulf Coast soon. Although we want to be close to the base, we also want to raise our children in a friendly neighborhood. What are the best communities for young families like us?

    A: That is what is great about the Mississippi Gulf Coast..we are almost one community!  Biloxi boasts Keesler but it is a short drive to Ocean Springs, DIberville, Gulfport and even Long Beach and Pass Christian. There are several areas like Traditions and Florence Gardens that are planned communities that many young families enjoy.Once you visit ou... read more

  • Q: I was drawn to the Mississippi Gulf Coast because of the beautiful beaches and coastal lifestyle, but I’m worried about the price of flood insurance. What’s the real deal on making sure that my home is both protected and affordable?

    A: Insurance is a hot button for any coastal area right now, due to the Biggert Watters Act.  There has been a short reprieve on it but on our contract for purchase there is a built in contingency for due diligence time for insurance. It is best to shop around and ask questions about insurance even before an offer is made. It is recommended to ask at... read more

  • Q: We’re planning on selling our family home, but haven’t found our new house yet. Can we put our house on the market while we’re still living in it?

    A: You can work on both at the same time! While  you start searching the internet looking for your next home, you need to get yours on the market. ( If you find the right home, and cannot purchase without selling your home, then a seller will want to know that you are actively marketing yours for sale.) If you have a lot of equity in your present hom... read more

  • Q: I’m thinking about selling my home, but I know that it has seen better days. What do you recommend?

    A: I am glad that you realize that preparing your house for sale is important to get top dollar. First simply get rid of clutter!  Since you plan to move, get a head start and pack at least 3 boxes from each room! Your rooms will appear larger with less in them. That goes for closets too! Then clean your house and replace all burned out light bulbs s... read more