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The Sweat Team, RE/MAX Paradise

The Intersection of Accountability and Professionalism

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In March of 2017 we decided to purchase a house for rental property in Orange Beach. The only person that I knew in real estate was Bevo Walker, who had recently gotten into the business and had not sold a house yet. I had met him through his previous profession as a bartender, and had found him to be a highly impressive, intellectual and credible individual. He found us a house to pursue locally, but was still leery of how smooth his first house sale would go. I was pleasantly surprise and amazed with how professionally he handled the back and forth negotiations on this house. It went extremely smooth and accurate with an on time closing after the inspection. He went out of his way to please us and the seller. He has an above average quality of people skills and is truly professional. That’s why I have recommended him to several of my friends and family and he will be my first contact on real estate transactions. I would highly recommend Bevo Walker to anyone without reservation.

D Anders

Reading through the many testimonials, I see that most of them come from buyers. Ballard is EVEN BETTER as a lising agent! I chose Ballard from a real estate magazine because I thought the picture of him and his kids meant that he had a pretty solid interest in the gulf coast area. But what happened when I met him was even better. I didn't think my condo could get the sales price that I needed at the time I contacted Ballard but I wanted to see what he would have to say about the market. When he told me it was not the time yet for me to try to sell it, I knew he was the one who would eventually be my agent -- he is incredibly honest! A few months later I talked to him again and he said "not yet." When the time was right, he put it on the market, and it sold very quickly. There were very few little problems, which he solved instantly, and the closing went smoothly. As with most of his customers, I live seven hours away from Orange Beach, but he handled everything quite easily. Thank you, Ballard, for taking care of me!


Purchasing a condo on the beach was always our plan when we retired, but we were apprehensive about making such a large investment. I contacted Missy Rowell. She was wonderful and made the process easy. Missy listened to us and found properties that met our needs. I would absolutely recommend Missy to anyone who's searching for properties!

B Bowles

Cindy went out of her way to get answers to every question we had. She made the process so easy, since we're located out of town. I consider myself lucky to have found someone as knowledgeable and helpful 24/7 as Cindy was for us. No matter the day or time, she would find answers out and get back to us. I'm sure she has many clients, but she made me feel as if I was the only one. We would definitely recommend her services to anyone looking to find the right property. Thank you Cindy for all the help and legwork.

J. Totherow

Cindy Grice presented 3 offers for me. She kept me updated constantly and quickly presented my offers even on the weekends. She communicated every single detail to me and answered all my questions. Cindy was very familiar with the area and knew which areas were desired by renters and vacationers. I made 3 visits to the area in a 7 month period. During in that period Cindy and I viewed approximately 30 properties. I changed my price range and location during each visit but Cindy always found properties that met my new requirements. She quickly retrieved any information I needed such as rental history, market analysis, property managements, etc. She walked me through the process of purchasing out of state. She also worked within my tight timeline. The buying and financing process went very well.

T. and K. Furlow

When my husband told me he wanted to buy a vacation house in Gulf Shores last year, I had to laugh. We live right outside Chicago and I had never even been to Alabama let alone Gulf Shores. Well, as you can imagine, he was persistent and luckily he found Missy Rowell who is an amazing realtor. She sent us listings everyday. We would look through them all in search of the perfect home for our family. Eventually, Missy helped us find our little piece of paradise and we couldn't be any happier. She went above and beyond to visit all the homes we were interested in and sent us a lot of pictures and videos so we could narrow our search. She always made time to talk to us and answer all of our questions. Believe it or not, we bought our place sight unseen but we had total trust in Missy. She helped us negotiate the right price and our closing was seamless, without any glitches, and everything was right on schedule. Two weeks after closing, we finally got to see our new home and Michael and I were speechless. It far exceeded our expectations and we couldn't be any happier because Missy made sure everything was perfect upon our arrival. If you are looking for a realtor, Michael and I both highly recommend Missy Rowell because she is a true professional who will exceed your expectations.

Michael & Debra Adams Gulf Shores, AL

Ballard Sweat with RE/MAX Paradise represented us on the sale of two Gulf front properties on West Beach Boulevard during 2017. With a little help from a strong real estate market, the first property closed in 95 days for 100% of the listing price. The second property closed in 87 days for 99% of list price. We are pleased with both transactions.

During the listing process and sale negotiations, Ballard listened to our concerns and worked diligently to find solutions. All along the way, he kept us well informed and never lost sight of whose interest he was representing.

Ballard is very professional and straight forward. His low key manner makes it a pleasure to work with him.

Rick and Nancy Eastman

This is the second property I’ve purchased w/ the help of Cindy Grice, and it was just as smooth and painless as the first. I loved working with her!

P Hellinga

Wonderful experience!!! We had the pleasure of listing and selling through Missy Rowell. She made the process of selling our condo painless. I would recommend her to anyone that is thinking bout selling. She went above and beyond and always answered questions within a matter of minutes. I've already recommended her to a couple planning on purchasing a condo this summer and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.

Debra and Argel Bowen

Missy was a wonderful agent. She went out of her way to accommodate me. Im in a wheelchair and she always made arrangements, so that I could view the houses I was interested.. I would recommend her to anyone looking to buy a house. I love my new home and will use her again if needed.

Jennifer R - Foley, AL

You need more agents like Cindy that provide great personable service. It was so enjoyable to work with her. She made us feel so comfortable from the very first day we met her. She listened and truly understood what we were looking for and saw to our needs. She worked very hard negotiating the contract for us with more than satisfying results. We highly recommend Cindy to others needing help with real estate.

C. and A. Phillips

I would be very happy to give Ballard and Tracie Sweat my highest recommendation for anyone desiring to sell or buy property.  We were in the market for a condo on the coast of Alabama/Florida. We worked with them for approximately two months.  They were very friendly and pleasant to work with which meant a lot to us. Being that we are “Cajuns” from South Louisiana and are very outgoing and friendly people ourselves, it was really nice to work with “like minded” people .   They went above and beyond any expectations that we had.  We had a slight bump in the road at no fault to them and they were immediately on it and fixed the problem.

Jack and Melissa

This summer my wife and I were blessed with the opportunity of being referred to Ballard Sweat as our new realty agent at Remax. It was a critical time for us. I had recently retired and needed to quickly sell a family property to secure our retirement. This was at a time and place when there was little market interest in the property.

The service and personal attention we received from Mr. Sweat far exceeded our expectations. His knowledge of the market, ability to evaluate the property and skills in making the necessary contacts were exceptional. These turned out to be of critical importance. He communicated with us and prospective buyers in a highly effective manner. He was always immediately responsive to everyone's needs which resulted in quick sale of the property at an excellent price. Through his proactive, creative approach and ability to deal with a variety of individuals he finalized the transaction much sooner than we would ever have imagined possible.

Regardless of whether you are buying, selling or seeking a true leader to head up a realty organization, I would highly recommend Mr. Ballard Sweat. This was a life changing experience for us and has resulted in greater financial security. I cannot emphasize enough how self motivated and effective he was. He is very gifted and we could not have asked for a better realtor to guide us through the process.

Marcus and Becky - NC

Living in Gulf Shores, Alabama for 15 years, and doing business in Gulf Shores since 1969, I have always been amazed at the lack of "initiative" among the the agents of the real estate industry in this market. Being in sales most all of my life, I recognize "salesmanship" when I see it. Well, I have finally found an agent who actually understands what "taking care of business" really means. His name is Ballard Sweat with Remax Paradise in Orange Beach, Alabama. I recommend his  talents and his knowledge of the area very highly.

D Stafford

Ballard Sweat was referred to us by a local contractor who was renovating a family condo we would be needing to sell. I was extremely impressed with his friendly, outgoing personality and professional attitude. He marketed our property very effectively and carried us through a successful and very timely long-distance sale. I highly recommend Ballard to anyone needing a realtor. He's the man to get things done!

Jan Cobb

When we decided to buy a condo in Orange Beach we had no idea who to contact or how to begin the process. By a great stroke of luck we contacted RE/MAX Paradise online and got a response from a guy named Ballard Sweat. Hey, that's his real name. We met with him a couple of times and he showed us a few units. He immediately assessed our likes, dislikes, and preferences. When a couple of units at Silver Beach went on the market he called us and said "I believe this is what you are looking for." We drove the 6 hours to look because we trusted his judgement and insight into our requirements. He negotiated the deal while we were on the road returning home and got it at the price we wanted. The closing and paperwork all went smoothly as you would expect from a professional. He was also able to give us lots of good information about local service people, merchants, etc. To this day we consider Ballard, Tracie, and their two boys good friends and we stay in touch. If we decide to sell this unit or buy another place we will of course use Ballard and Tracie.

Jimmy & Sandi

Ballard was fun and professional through the whole buying process. He steered us in the right direction in meeting our short term and long term goals and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Most importantly, we appreciate his assistance with all of the “bumps in the road” that we encountered, from referring a great mortgage company, retrieving keys from previous owners and the big one, great renovation guys that came through with massive renovations within a two week period!!

Karrie and Joe

I’m happy to share my thoughts about working with Tracie and Ballard. All real estate transactions have surprises, and managing buyer / seller expectations requires skill, knowledge, and experience. They exhibited all of these qualities and I can highly recommend them. Should I have any future needs in the area, they will be my first call.

B. Thomas

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

B. Thomas

Ballard has done a wonderful job of finding the perfect condo, helping us through the closing, but most important, finding the best rental managers, contractors, & interior design people to turn this condo into a fantastic rentable unit. For a first time condo owner, this was awesome! We've never had a condo or rented one before, so we had lots of questions & concerns, but Ballard helped us through all of it. He has a wide network of very capable people who really know their stuff. His advice has been right on target. He goes the extra mile as he's still helping us well after the closing. Wish everyone could be so helpful! We would recommend Ballard to anyone looking for real estate in this area.

Ben & Denise Wheeler

This summer was exceptional for us after meeting Ballard Sweat. Ballard is a very dedicated and knowledgable real-estate agent with a great deal of patience. He assisted us with our purchase this summer in Orange Beach. Ballard possesses a wonderful personality and has a gift with people. Not only are we extremely happy with our condo purchase at the Wharf but we are happy to have Ballard as a new friend.

David & Missy

We recently purchased commercial property with Ballard Sweat. He worked hard for us from beginning to end -- from finding the property that met our needs to the closing and everything in between. He does more than you expect and goes the extra mile. We will definitely consider doing business with Ballard in the future!

Ray and Connie

I have recently purchased a home in the Foley area, which I'm extremely happy with. Ballard went the extra mile to ensure that it was everything I needed and expected. His honesty about the properties was paramount. I feel every real-estate agent should have a straight forward attitude such as Ballard. I also appreciated his consistency, which is extremely important when purchasing a home. He was timely on all aspects of the buying process. I would highly recommend Ballard.

Matt Brust

Ballard did a fantastic job for us from beginning to end. He first helped us locate our ideal property, then managed the purchase process for us down to the smallest detail. If you are looking for someone responsive, informative and analytical, Ballard is the right choice. I would recommend Ballard to anyone needing a realtor in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Area.

Ted Laperouse

Ballard helped us find the perfect condo this summer. He was extremely helpful and went out of his way to show us listings...even during the wildfires and a power outage. His follow thru from beginning to end was outstanding. We will buy/sell from him again!

Rob & Donna

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