July 22, 2020
WHITE-SPUNNER REALTY’S WOMACK EARNS BALDWIN CERTIFICATION
Tracy Womack with White-Spunner Realty recently earned a new classification as a Certified Baldwin Realtor Specialist for the Eastern Shore, according to a media release.
Selection for the inaugural program was through a competitive application process, which included analyzing customer and broker recommendations, volume of annual real estate sales and number of years in the profession.
To receive the certification, participants took part in three days of training, supplemented by online coursework covering, among other topics, Fairhope’s single tax colony, Baldwin County school districts and ongoing growth of Eastern Shore neighborhoods.
“We are very proud of Tracy’s latest accomplishment,” Matt White, president of White-Spunner Realty, said. “Her new certification involved rigorous training and she continues to display active dedication to her profession.”
A Daphne resident, Womack has been a member of White-Spunner Realty since 2008. She has 16 years of real estate experience and earned a degree in business from the University of Mobile.
June 25, 2020
Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce
White-Spunner Realty is pleased to announce that Katherine White-Spunner has joined the firm as a business analyst. She accepted a position with the real-estate team in June 2020.
June 18, 2020
Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce
White-Spunner Realty Expands Team with New Controller Clint Graben. Mobile, Al-based White-Spunner Realty is pleased to announce that Clint Graben has …
June 12, 2020
Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce
Tracy Womack of White-Spunner Realty is among the first class of seventeen real estate professionals who earned the designation as a …
It is 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1 and I am writing to give you an update on the City of Mobile’s efforts regarding COVID-19.
For the second day in a row, we participated in a lengthy meeting of the Mobile City Council to discuss an ordinance that would require the use of face coverings in the City of Mobile. The ordinance was approved by a 6-1 vote after nearly three hours of debate.
We are working to incorporate some of the amendments made to the ordinance, which will take effect Friday and remain in place for 30 days. We will have more details to share tomorrow, including a list of frequently asked questions.
Basically, the ordinance requires citizens to wear a mask when in public places where social distancing cannot be maintained. There are exceptions for children under the age of 10, for outdoor activities in parks and for people who may experience a physical or mental health risk as a result of wearing a mask.
A copy of the ordinance is available by clicking here. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reply by email and we will do our best to get you a quick response.
The ordinance carries a fine of $50 for a first offense and $100 for each subsequent offense. But our goal is not to write tickets. It’s to educate and encourage the use of masks. So, today I announced that the city is making masks available to any citizen who needs one.
We have 14,000 masks currently available at any of our police precincts or at Mobile Police headquarters on Government Street. We have another 10,000 masks on order and should have those available by the end of this week.
As we’ve all seen, there are too many instances of people disregarding the CDC guidelines, and as a result we are exposing too many of our citizens to the virus. This is the problem we are trying to solve.
I want to thank the City Council for their commitment to the safety of our citizens. This is the fundamental job of government.
Today, we recorded 62 new cases of COVID-19 in Mobile County, pushing our cumulative total to 3,725. We have a total of 299 who have been hospitalized and 136 who have died. There are 2,036 who are presumed recovered.
These are challenging and stressful times for all of us. It is natural for us to worry. But God tells us not to worry, to trust in Him knowing that He is ever present. His angels are there to guard us, and his Holy Spirit is there to guide us.
If you are worried tonight, I encourage you to spend a few minutes in prayer. Take courage that evil is ultimately conquered. We may experience strife and pain, but have faith that our future rewards are great.
Focus on helping those around you who may be vulnerable or in need. By loving our neighbors, we will emerge from this crisis stronger than ever as a community.
Mayor Sandy Stimpson
MOBILE, Ala. (JUNE 25, 2020) — White-Spunner Realty is pleased to announce that Katherine White-Spunner has joined the firm as a business analyst. She accepted a position with the real-estate team in June 2020.
A licensed real estate agent, White-Spunner previously worked as the Acquisitions Manager for Move it Management in Dallas, Texas, and assisted as the firm, formerly known as Watson & Taylor Real Estate, held an initial public offering (IPO).
“Katherine’s experience in both the real estate and investment market will be an asset to the White-Spunner Realty team here on the upper Gulf Coast.” said Matt White, President of White-Spunner Realty. “Her skills and abilities are a great fit for our firm as we continue to seek new investment opportunities for our trusted clients.” (Photo: Katherine White-Spunner)
While in Dallas, White-Spunner identified new business investment opportunities, sourced the projects then vetted the properties: “I learned and grew a great deal in my previous job. I was able to take ownership in my role as I took on more responsibility in the acquisition and disposition process,” she said. From 2013 to 2020, she facilitated in expanding the Texas-based company’s portfolio from 1,750,000 square feet to 5,264,000 square feet. White-Spunner also participated in the sourcing of more than $270 million of invested capital. She will continue to maintain ownership and relationship with her previous employer.
In her new position, White-Spunner will be charged with, among other responsibilities, strengthening investor relationships through increased communication, analyzing, and improving existing property performance, and vetting new investment opportunities for White-Spunner Realty clients and its investment division.
A certified real estate analyst (CRE), White-Spunner earned a degree in business administration and management from Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. Active in community service projects, she volunteered at the Wesley Rankin Community Center and the Stewpot Second Chance Cafe in Dallas. While attending the Upper Room church in Dallas, White-Spunner led a Bible study and is making plans to do the same on the Eastern Shore of Baldwin County.
FAIRHOPE, Alabama (JUNE 12, 2020) – Tracy Womack of White-Spunner Realty is among the first class of seventeen real estate professionals who earned the designation as a Baldwin Realtor Certified Specialist for the Eastern Shore.
Selection for the inaugural program was through a competitive application process, which included customer and broker recommendations, volume of annual sales and number of years in the profession. To receive the certification, participants took part in three days of in-person training supplemented by online course work to ensure that those who completed the program exhibited the expertise needed on topics including Fairhope’s single tax colony, various school districts and developing Eastern Shore neighborhoods. (Photo: Tracy Womack)
“We are very proud of Tracy’s latest accomplishment,” said Matt White, President of White-Spunner Realty. “Her new certification involved rigorous training. She continues to display active dedication to her profession and her clients that truly exemplifies the White-Spunner Realty commitment to excellence that began 66 years ago.”
Womack has been a member of the White-Spunner Realty team since 2008. As a relocation expert with 16 years of real estate experience, she specializes in residential resale and new construction, as well as commercial development, and sales in Mobile and Baldwin counties on the Alabama Gulf Coast. She earned a degree in business from the University of Mobile. A native of Baldwin County, Womack grew up in Spanish Fort and now calls Daphne home.
“The idea behind this certification is to enhance the level of professionalism within our field,” said Womack, an active member of the Baldwin Realtors association. “Professional development allows me to always provide the best service and skills to my clients. That is what they deserve and that is why they trust me.”
MOBILE, Ala. (June 17, 2020) — Mobile, Al-based White-Spunner Realty is pleased to announce that Clint Graben has joined the firm as controller on June 1, 2020.
An accountant, Graben previously worked in Birmingham, Al with Bayer Properties, LLC., a comprehensive real estate firm whose services include data-driven leasing, merchandising and marketing; property management; investment; asset management; development; construction and tenant coordination. He also served from 2012 to 2018 in the Alabama Army National Guard’s 1/167th Infantry Battalion as an infantry unit logistics and supply specialist based in Talladega, Alabama.
“We’re delighted to welcome Clint Graben to our team,” said Matt White, president of White-Spunner Realty. “His military background and previous experience as a property accountant will translate well into his new position. With 66 years of experience in commercial and residential sales and leasing, White-Spunner looks forward to the continued expansion of our staff to serve clients along the Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast.”
Graben earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016. He is a member of Shriners International, a fraternity that supports Shriners Hospitals for Children.
“White-Spunner Realty has an excellent reputation,” Graben said. “I look forward to continuing to build on the successful relationships the team has fostered during more than half a century in business.” (Photo: Clint Graben)
Graben and his wife, Kayla, have one son, Price. A native of Birmingham, Graben recently moved to Baldwin County’s Fairhope community. Making his home in south Alabama was a dream come true. “I’ve always wanted to live near the coast,” he said. “This is a wonderful place to bring up children.”
MOBILE, Ala. (July 9, 2018) – White-Spunner Realty is pleased to announce the expansion of its residential sales team with the addition of Wyndy Grice.
A licensed real estate agent, Grice is a former small business owner who believes great customer service starts with making the process of buying and selling property as stress-free as possible.
“We are delighted to welcome Wyndy Grice to our Baldwin County team,” said Bowen Weir, Managing Director, White-Spunner Realty – Eastern Shore. “Her background and personality make her a great fit for our company. With 64 years of experience in commercial and residential sales and leasing, we look forward to the continued expansion of our staff to serve clients along the Gulf Coast.”
MOBILE, Ala. (October 11, 2018) — White-Spunner Realty (WSR) is pleased to announce the addition of Emily Hatcher as an associate realtor with the Mobile, Ala.-based firm.
Hatcher graduated from the University of Mobile, working in banking for several years before transitioning to real estate. She also served in the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s membership division, gaining a deeper understanding of the city’s thriving business landscape.
“We are delighted to welcome Emily to our team,” said Mike Reid, WSR Qualifying Broker. “Her open communication style and ability to truly listen makes her a great fit for White-Spunner Realty.”
Community. It’s an idea that often means being part of something larger than ourselves.
As a relocation expert for more than 14 years in Mobile and Baldwin counties, I have strived to help families and professionals make a smooth transition into our community as they relocate from another state or another part of the country.
For some clients, it means finding the right home or condo in the right school district. For others, it means a personal introduction to members of a civic group, church or volunteer organization. It can also mean knowing who to call when a client needs a plumber, or a tailor or a tutor.
It takes an inquisitive spirit and the ability to truly listen to people to help them find what they are looking for in the relocation process and beyond. As a mother, wife, professional and volunteer, I draw from my experiences and network of friends, family and colleagues to foster positive and helpful relationships with our newest neighbors.
As a member of the White-Spunner Realty team, I am given the opportunity to draw from more than 60 years of experience from my colleagues and work family. As a company, we are active in professional groups, local chambers of commerce, youth sports and scouting organizations. It keeps us connected to the community and the people who call it home.
At White-Spunner Realty, we offer a full complement of relocation services for corporations and for individuals transitioning to new jobs in new towns.
To learn more about the unique ways we cultivate community and welcome newcomers, click here: http://white-spunnerrealty.com/services/relocation-services
ABOUT TRACY WOMACK
Residential and Commercial Sales/Development
A member of the White-Spunner team since 2008, Tracy is a relocation expert with more than 14 years of experience. A graduate of the University of Mobile, she is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Alabama Association of Realtors, Baldwin County Association of Realtors and the Mobile Area Association of Realtors.
You may reach Tracy at 251.370.3686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a greater demand for more residential lots on the Alabama Gulf Coast and Florida Panhandle, it stands to reason there will be more retail space needed with more rooftops in Baldwin County on Mobile’s eastern shore. Smaller grocery anchored centers will continue to locate around new neighborhoods along with smaller retail power centers.
Retail brick and mortar businesses continue to adapt to the new landscape Amazon has created in the U.S. The shipping giant has both the ability to deliver goods to the consumer and has the brick and mortar needed to serve its customer. Amazon continues to disrupt retail business plans and has the cash to do so. What seems to be working in retail is smaller developments with service-oriented tenants such as hair salons, nail shops, pet grooming, and cash advance storefronts. Restaurants are increasingly paying more rent for ideal locations, which has in turn increased the cost of land for development.
Despite the disruption to grocery retailers nationally by Amazon, Baldwin County could see up to eight more grocery stores locate in the area in the next five years. This will take shape with existing grocery providers locating a few typical-sized stores in the county as well as newer, smaller prototypes along with new grocery entrants to the market. Because the residential growth in the county shows no signs of slowing, residents will want the services and other items they need located conveniently close to where they live. Research shows that the median income of households moving into Baldwin County supports the additional community shopping centers that will emerge.
There will be demand for Class A office space along the Eastern Shore. When construction on the new bridge connecting Mobile and Baldwin County begins, more professionals will desire offices on the Eastern Shore.
INDUSTRIAL – MANUFACTURING
The Baldwin County Economic Development Association reports 11% growth in jobs in the manufacturing sector and 56% growth in Transportation & Warehousing sector.
We’re going to see a continuing development of distribution facilities on both side of Mobile Bay, particularly in close proximity to the port, rail and interstate system. Walmart is building one million square feet of warehouse space in west Mobile County and Amazon is building 400,000 square feet of warehouse space nearby just off Interstate 10. Similar projects will continue to be opportunities for commercial growth in Baldwin County.
More than 60% of the Baldwin County Economic Development Association’s 2017 projects have facility needs of more than 50,000 square feet. Over 40% of BCEDA’s 2017 projects have facility needs of over 100,000 square feet. The mega site project in Bay Minette will yield dividends in due time. If you look at where the Department of Transportation is spending its money on this end of the state, Baldwin County has received fund allocations to build new roads in the county and has money allotted for new major roads.
THE BIG PICTURE
Four of the five fastest growing Alabama cities are located in Baldwin County. The valuation of Foley’s commercial and residential building permits alone increased from $41 million in fiscal year 2016 to more than $137 million in fiscal year 2017. That’s at least a 232% increase in the value of residential and commercial projects permitted in Foley between 2016 and 2017. Baldwin County is projected to become the fourth largest county in Alabama by 2040. The growth here will be nothing short of transformational in the next five years.
As we look ahead to Thanksgiving, I am reminded again of how grateful I am to live in a country where people are free to make their own choices. We have the freedom to get out of bed each morning and go to jobs that we choose. Our children can go to the schools we choose for them. We can freely choose to worship wherever our hearts lead us without fear of persecution. Here in America, our freedom is an awesome gift that should not be taken for granted.
At White-Spunner Realty, our mission statement sets the tone for everything we do. It states “We are committed to the Christian principles of honesty and integrity, which lead to successful relationships with our clients.”
Fortunately, we have been blessed to work alongside professionals who are rooted in the core values of honesty and integrity. As a part of the team for 18 years, it is inspiring to see what happens when good people come together to serve our clients and community in a positive way. It’s something else I will continue to be grateful for.
President, White–Spunner Realty