Larry was born in Cullman, Alabama and raised in Birmingham. He attended Auburn University on an athletic scholarship, and graduated with a BS in Business Administration. He was Consensus All American in football in 1970, and played professionally with the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals and the WFL’s Birmingham franchises.
Larry began in real estate in 1976 and later moved into procurement in the engineering and industrial field with Rust Engineering in 1980. After 10 years with Rust Engineering, he moved into industrial sales. When the opportunity arose to move to Gulf Shores and re-enter his first profession of real estate sales, he jumped at the chance.
“Whatever the profession and especially in sales, if you don’t provide the service your customers and clients expect and deserve, you won’t be a success,” says Larry. That’s why he has always been successful, and he treats his customers the way he expects to be treated.
How Long have you sold Real Estate? 15 Yrs (4 from 1976 to 1980 and 14 in 2004 to present)
What do you most enjoy about being a real estate agent? EVERYTHING! The Interaction with people, The not knowing and anticipation of each day...
What are the biggest changes you have seen in real estate over the years? From MLS in a paper catalog the size of a phone book, to computer based searches. I’ve seen 20% interest rates in 1980 to 3% a couple of years ago.
Advice for anyone interested/new in Real Estate? BE prepared not to be WEALTHY immediately! Have some financial backing prior to becoming an agent. It takes several months to a year to establish yourself as an agent.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Auburn Football games ( at least 2-3 games a year) Golf, Fishing, and some boating
If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be? North West of the US. Would love to see Yosemite, Yellowstone, etc. A road trip alone to explore some of those places I haven't seen. I went to Phoenix a couple of years ago for Auburn’s National Championship run and the places I visited there were more entertaining than the game.
Favorite Band/Music? Allman Brothers
How would your friends describe you? Personable, Strong Willed, but Flexible, good sense of humor, and honest
When was the last time you had an amazing meal? Fresh home cooked snapper that was fried, from yesterday catch
What is something new you have learned in the last week? How much I value my friendships. A dear friend of 52 years old and a Vietnam vet is in the hospital in bad health. Something that makes you think.
What is your favorite movie/tv show? News
What is your favorite Holiday? Christmas
What is something people don't know about you? I played in the NFL, was in the All-American 1970, Member of the Alabama sports Hall of Fame.
Professional Affiliations and Designations:
Member Baldwin County Association of Realtors
Member National Association of Realtors
Member Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce
MLS (Multiple Listing Service)