What people are saying about us
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!
My wife, Carol and I had an opportunity to work with Cloud Farrow on the condo we just purchased at Phoenix 6. Cloud was absolutely wonderful to work with. He was professional, courteous, informative and any other adjective you would want to use. I was impressed with his knowledge of the real estate business, but the most impressive thing to me was, he did everything he said he was going to do. His temperament and demeanor is outstanding. I appreciate everything he did to help my wife and I fulfill a dream. Thank you Cloud. You have a bright future young man. I would consider Cloud now a personal friend and I just met him for the first time in November. That speaks volumes of him. Charlie Coleman
Just a note to let you know how pleased we were working with Cloud Farrow. He assisted in getting the unit ready to sell and was always proactive throughout the sales process. The condo sold in approximately two weeks and closing was two weeks after that. Cloud did an excellent job particularly in the area of technology which is so important in these times. I would recommend Cloud to anyone in your area who is selling or buying property.
My family and I LOVE the beach. After being to a few different ones, we fell in love with Gulf Shores/Ft. Morgan. After vacationing there for 5 years, I finally convinced my husband to buy us a vacation home. Although I would have preferred a house, my husband was adamant on a condo as he did not want to worry about grounds keeping. So I emailed around 5 realtors for information and the only one to get back to me was Mindy Kaiser Jones. This is how I chose my realtor. I figured if she could take the time to answer an email, I would give her a shot. And I am soooo blessed that I did. SHE IS AMAZING!!!! I instantly enjoyed talking with her when we met. Well, we finally found our condo. Gulf Front….. It was a short sale but Mindy stayed on top. After 5 long months, the deal finally went through. Now most realtors will be done after closing and you may hear from them once a year with a flyer but Mindy stayed in touch and still does. We renovated our condo and her and her husband have gone WAY BEYOND the call of duty. I live in TX which is a good 8 1/2 hours away on a good day. So deliveries, setting things up, whatever I needed, I was able to count on her to get it done. I know that should I need something or if I decide to sell my condo, I will definitely have her as the agent. I just pray she doesn’t move out of state. I wish there were more realtors like her. SHE IS GREAT!!!! Highly recommend that if you are in the market of buying or selling, you should contact her.
I recently purchased my first condo in the Orange Beach area. Mindy Kaiser Jones contacted me after I had visited the Remax Paradise website and offered her services should I need a realtor. I returned to Orange Beach unannounced during the mullet toss weekend and took a chance in contacting Mindy to see if she could show me some condo units. I gave her the parameters I was interested in and within two hours she was showing me condos that met my requirements. We found the one we wanted, put in an offer and closed inside of 30 days. I am could not be more happy with Mindy and Remax Paradises assistance and professionalism. Since the closing Mindy has followed up to see if she could be of any more assistance in helping and or directing me to the proper utility services. From dream to reality Mindy helped it come true. Thanks so much!
-Thomas M. Vordenbaum
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
Cloud Farrow was amazing to work with on a recent sale of a condo in Orange Beach. He is friendly, considerate, and very knowledgeable of the condo market in Orange Beach. He was always prompt in his responses, and went above and beyond in seeing to our needs and requirements during the long-distance closing process. Always professional, he sees to the best interests of his client. He will be someone we call upon in the future. We recommend his services without reservation.
WOW….THREE days after listing our condo with Cloud Farrow we had a contract! We previously had our condo listed with someone else for well over a year and we had almost given up! Cloud contacted us after our previous listing ran out and requested that he take some professional pictures of our condo. He was not overbearing or pushy. As our conversation continued, we felt very comfortable and agreed for him to list our unit. We cannot say enough about the professionalism of Cloud! He attended to all of our requests and looked after OUR BEST INTEREST. We will definitely use Cloud Farrow again in the future!!! Thank you, Cloud!
-A and W Palmer
We recently had the opportunity to meet and work with Mindy Kaiser Jones from Re/Max Paradise, and the experience was phenomenal. My husband and I decided to purchase a condo in Gulf Shores for our enjoyment, as well as an investment property. We corresponded with Mindy via email and phone until we could arrange a visit to view properties. Mindy was very knowledgeable and informative regarding the current market conditions, as well as the different condo complexes in the area. After our initial visit, Mindy remained in constant contact regarding any new properties that came on the market that met our needs. She even went the extra mile to preview properties and video them for us, and this is how we found the perfect condo unit. We actually purchased the condo without ever stepping inside, based on Mindy’s recommendations. The transaction was very smooth, and Mindy was there every step of the way!! We visited the condo for the first time recently, and it was everything that we had hoped for!! As fellow Realtors, we would definitely recommend Mindy as your agent for life!!
-Jon & Elisha Stevens
I recently purchased a home on west beach, Mindy set up a few showings (40-50) for me and my wife; she was great to work with and very responsive in answering all my text and email. I will use her again in the future , very professional.
-Marvin & Teresa Jenkins
When we decided to look at some properties in Gulf Shores we contacted Mindy after reading some rave reviews on the job she does for her clients. It’s all true! Mindy helped us find what we were looking for in a very short time. We were only there for 4 days and Mindy was on the task every day. She handled everything expertly and efficiently. I highly recommend her and her team. What could have been very stressful she made sure went smoothly all the way to the closing!!
-Craig & Sherry
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
I recently purchased a vacation condo with Mindy’s help. Mindy was the perfect partner for me, she listened to my needs/wants, she lined up several condo’s for me to look at and very conscious of my sister’s mobility disability – by either letting her out at the door or ensuring we got a parking spot very close to the building. Mindy has gone out of her way, even after the sale, to make sure she can support me in every way. She has gone above and beyond in every way and she has my full endorsement.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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