Birmingham, AL Real Estate News

By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(eXp Realty)
V Richards:  A Quaint Little Place With a Big Impact on the Neighborhood When locals think of V. Richards, here's what comes to mind: Grocery:  Speciality items that can't be found in traditional grocery stores (i.e. variety of fine olive oils to local hot sauces and chutneys) Produce: Jerusalem artichokes, exotic mushrooms and organic lettuces Meats:  Not only will you find the finest selection of meats in the city, but the butcher will personally offer up suggestions that will surely make your meal the talk of the table. You can visit the website and discover their variety of seafood, wine, cheeses and an unmatched bakery. Don't feel like cooking today?  That's fine too since V. Richards has a cafe as well.  You can take the day off. But the best thing about V. Richards is that you ge...
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By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(eXp Realty)
A.H. Parker High School Gets a Facelift My father graduated from Parker High School.  He played football there and sported jersey #49.  Growing up black and in Birmingham, AL prior to the 70's meant that you or your parents likely graduated from Parker High School too. Parker holds an indisputable place in Birmingham's Civil Rights History as well as history in general.  On Sunday, the doors were open to the public for a tour of the new building which opened this month.  Graduates from the 1940's to present were there for this grand event. Ninety year old Walter Floyd called the new building "a marvelous structure" according to the Birmingham News.  Although the neighborhood in which the school is located is in decline, kids from all around Birmingham still want to attend this historic ...
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By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(eXp Realty)
RENTED and Managed by Bham WIiRE Realty:  2 Bedroom Rental in Centerpoint: 2828 Sweeney Hollow Road  $570/mo Contrary to popular belief, not everyone wants or needs a 3 bedroom home with 2 full baths. For those one needed 2 bedrooms and one bath will do, I've got the perfect home for you. 2828 Sweeney Hollow Road, Birmngham, AL 35215 at $570/mo.  Perfect Size.  Perfect Rent. Schedule a showing
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
July 2011 Market Statistics for Homes Sold in Brook Highland, Shelby County AL (Single Family Residences)   Units Sold:   3 Average List Price:  $293,100 Average Sold Price: $280,333 Average Days on Market:   60   Compare July 2010: Units Sold:   3 Average List Price:  $465,966 Average Sold Price: $434,798 Average Days on Market: 325   There are currently 32 homes for sale in Brook Highland ranging from $189,900 to $665,000 (per Birmingham MLS)     Don't forget to join the Shelby County Community Page!   If you would like updated information or details for this or any community in or around Birmingham, Jefferson or Shelby Counties, please feel free to call or send me an email.  I would love to hear from you!       Looking for a local expert to help with your real estate needs?   Google...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
Fun Stuff To Do Around Birmingham! This Weekend August 26th-28th         LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO? THERE'S PLENTY GOING ON IN BIRMINGHAM THIS WEEKEND!   The Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival will enjoy it's 13th year this weekend with 8 venues located around downtown Birmingham.  Come check out new independent cinema August 26th-28th.   * * * * * * *   The Alabama State Fair opens today at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Pelham and runs through Septemer 5th.  Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for kids.  Come enjoy rides, animals, and all that fair food!   * * * * * * *   Birmingham Restaurant Week continues through Sunday.  This is a great time to try some of Birmingham's excellent dining as nearly 40 of the area's most popular restaurants are participating by offering specia...
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By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(eXp Realty)
Historical Markers:  A Home With a Place in History Everytime I see a historical marker, especially on a residence, I think how special it must be to own a piece of history.  So when I walked up to 4015 Glenwood Avenue for my listing appointment, I was thrilled to see this precious gem prominently placed.  I remember thinking, soon I'll be a part of Forest Park's history too.  I'll be among the agents that have sold homes in Birmingham's Historic Forest Park. Heck it's not quite as good as living in Forest Park, but the sometimes the little things count jus as much as the big things in life. Come home to Historic Forest Park in Birmingham, Alabama.  There's a home at 4015 Glenwood Avenue just waiting for you and you'll be greeted at the entrance by silhouette that is synomous with a pla...
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By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(eXp Realty)
Only 3 Days Left to Experience Birmingham's Restaurant Week Last year was the inauguration of Birmingham's first ever Restaurant Week.  Lauded as the "culinary event" of the year, it looks like a repeat of good eats across the city. Look who's participating.  You'll be licking your lips with every click. Check out the Birmingham Restaurant Week's website and see what the following restaurant's have got cooking. TwentySix Bottega Restaurant and Cafe And if you just happen to Live in Forest Park, you can walk to Silvertron Cafe. Flip Burger Boutique The Wine Loft Well you get the idea.  There's a pallet for everything that's cooking during restaurant week. See for yourself.  There will no no excuse for not satisfying that appetite through August 28th.  Enjoy!  
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
July 2011 Market Statistics for Homes Sold in Highland Lakes, Shelby County AL (Single Family Residences) Units Sold:  3 Average List Price:  $426,562 Average Sold Price: $399,166 Average Days on Market: 134   Compare July 2010: Units Sold:   6 Average List Price:   $392,283 Average Sold Price:  $377,244 Average Days on Market:  227   There are currently 70 homes for sale in Highland Lakes ranging from $257,900 to $1,600,000 (per Birmingham MLS)       Don't forget to join the Shelby County Community Page!   If you would like updated information or details for this or any community in or around Birmingham, Jefferson or Shelby Counties, please feel free to call or send me an email.  I would love to hear from you!       Looking for a local expert to help with your real estate needs?   Goo...
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By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(eXp Realty)
Birmingham's Mayoral Race:  Looks Like it Wasn't a Race Afterall. Well it's looks like Birmingham has staved off being known as the Mickey Mouse Club of the South.  Yesterday the citizens of Birmingham spoke loud and clear at the poles and I'm not even sure that Mayor Bell's victory can even be called a landslide.  Some how with almost 90% of the votes (15,942 out of 17,920) going to incumbent William Bell, "shoe in" just seems a bit more appropriate. From 1999 to 2010 the Mayor's office had been the center of controversy, tantrums, rants, bullying, theatrics, showboating and grandstanding.  But when the people cast their vote for Mayor William Bell in the special election held in 2009, what they actually found was a man they likely wished they had voted in years ago. It looks like  Wil...
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By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(eXp Realty)
Buying A Home in Birmingham's Forest Park is All About Lifestyle Birmingham's Forest Park is all about lifestyle, love of archectural detail and an appreciation of Forest Park's designation as a Historic Neighborhood. When buying a home in Birmingham's Forest Park, it's not all just about the house.  It's about unique architecural features that are found in these historic treasures.  Forest Park is an official Historic District. Such features as: Built-in cabinetry (wall units, bookcases, armoires, etc) Window seating (where one can sit for hours on end and gaze out the window or enjoy a good book, watch the sun rise and set from the best view in the house). Living in Forest Park means living among neighborhoods who enjoy walking to local shops and restaurants (Zoe's, V Richards,  not j...
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By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(eXp Realty)
Mickey Mouse and Traveling Shoes Run in Today's Birmingham Mayoral Race You heard it right.  Willis H. 'Mickey Mouse' Buddy Hendrix and Harry "Traveling Shoes" Turner are on the ballot today in an effort to unseat the current Birmingham Mayor William Bell. Other candidates on the ballot are more life like as opposed to "cartoon-like" characters and they include: Kamau Afrika a Birmigham activist and real estate investor who has unsuccessfully run for mayor in years past. Patricia Bell (no relation to current Mayor William Bell), a childcare provider T.C. Cannon, a local pub owner and of course incumbent, Mayor William Bell who was sworn in as Birmingham's 33rd mayor on January 26, 2010 after several unsuccessful bids for the city's top spot. Birmingham is already considered a political ...
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Want to know what’s great about the mortgage and real estate business?   Several people keep asking me “should I buy a house? Is this the right time to purchase?  Are the rates going up?  Can I get into a house with no money down?”   My answer is simple.  In regards to a purchase transaction – YES!  Go buy your dream house or move into a great bargain!  It’s practically impossible to find the “valley” of the housing market.  Every area and county is different.  I have noticed housing trends picking up.  If you follow simple economics, then the amount of houses being purchased are in much higher demand which means values will be going up.  Ask any loan professional about how busy they have been lately.  They should tell you that they are busy.  My company carries products for no money do...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  IT'S HERE!  BIRMINGHAM RESTAURANT WEEK 2011!     Birmingham has so many wonderful restaurants and right now is the perfect time to try something new or revisit an old favorite!     Back for it's second year, and after much anticipation, Birmingham Restaurant Week kicked off Friday, August 19th and will continue through Sunday, August 28th.      At least 30 of the area's most popular dining spots are participating in the event, offering specially priced meals at $10, $20 and $30 and even some special meals just for the kiddos!   There are so many great ones to choose from!  Highlands Bar & Grill, Ocean, Little Savannah Restaurant and Bar, Cafe de Paris, DoDiYos, La Paz, Rojo, Flip Burger Boutique, Sol y Luna, Nabeel's Cafe & Market, Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q and a bunch of other fun and ta...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
July 2011 Market Statistics for Homes Sold in Crestwood, Birmingham AL (Single Family Residences)   Units Sold:  11 Average List Price:  $185,631 Average Sold Price: $179,504 Average Days on Market: 233   Compare July 2010: Units Sold:   3 Average List Price:  $123,600 Average Sold Price: $114,916 Average Days on Market: 107   There are currently 95 homes for sale in Crestwood ranging from $32,500 to $369,500 (per Birmingham MLS).         If you would like updated information or details for this or any community in or around Birmingham, Jefferson or Shelby Counties, please feel free to call or send me an email.  I would love to hear from you!       Looking for a local expert to help with your real estate needs?   Google one here!     Courtesy of Ann Allen, CDPE, e-Pro, SRES, ASP205.902...
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By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(eXp Realty)
Got Questions About Back to School Basics? Since I am donating school supplies this year, I've been tinkering around on the internet for resources relating to Birmingham City Schools.  Much to my surprise, and I'm not sure why, but the Birmingham City Schools Facebook is a wealth of information. Parents and other inquiring minds are asking great questions, expressing genuine concerns and answers and feedback is being generously given. I don't have kids in school but I am interested in helping schools and this away for me to find out what those needs are. Got kids in Birmingham City Schools.  Check out their Facebook Page and hopefully you won't be as surprised as I was.
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By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(eXp Realty)
The Never Ending Need for School Suppies in Birmingham Area Schools The dreaded school supply list can wreck havoc on the purse strings even for parents and grandparents that are financially stable.  But what about the parents and kids that are less fortunate.  I've heard parents say that they've racked up as much as $400 in schools supplies for just one child. I don't have any children in school, but I know that their is always a need for school supplies, so I'd decided to donate school supplies where needed. I know that schools that are deemed to be Title 1 schools always has a need for any additional resources that they can get, but I've had a hard time finding out which schools are Title 1 in our area.  Last year I donated to the YMCA's Building Young Professionals program which has...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
Fun Stuff To Do Around Birmingham!  BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS  COCKTAILS IN THE GARDENS     Where:  Birmingham Botanical Gardens  When:  Thursday August 11th from 5:30-8:30 pm  Cost:  FREE for Members and $15 for Non-Members   The BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS will be hosting Cocktails In The Gardens this Thursday evening in the Hill Garden.  It's "Surf & Turf" night featuring an amazing menu provided by Imperial Catering and the signature drink....Sea Breeze.  Live music will be provided by Jon Black and War Jacket.  If you want to enjoy the best view of the Hill Garden,  even more great food and drink selections, 100 VIP tickets are available for only $25. Stay tuned for information on upcoming Cocktails In The Gardens scheduled for September 8th and October 13th.   * * * * * * *  ...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
Fun Stuff To Do Around Birmingham! BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS JAZZ IN THE PARK Free Concert!     MAGIC CITY COOL JAZZ is presenting a FREE CONCERT - "JAZZ IN THE PARK" from 5 PM to 9 PM this Sunday, August 7th at the  BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS!  Bring your friends and family to listen to the sounds of the Neo Jazz Collective, Keith Williams and Kim Scott and enjoy a relaxing evening of music surrounded by the lush beauty of the gardens.   * * * * * * *   Birmingham Botanical Gardens are located at 2612 Lane Park Road near Mountain Brook Village and only minutes from downtown Birmingham.  The Gardens are open every day from dawn to dusk and admission and parking is free.   There is something happening all the time at the Gardens!  Click here to see upcoming events or learn about th...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
Fun Stuff To Do Around Birmingham!  THE BIRMINGHAM ZOO  presents  $5 FUN DAYS AT THE ZOO     If you are looking for something fun to do this is a great weekend to visit The Birmingham Zoo!  $5 Fun Days At The Zoo began Thursday, August 4th and continues through Sunday, August 7th.  Admission is only $5, which is a great value considering the regular price of admission is $14 for adults and $9 for kids 2-12 and seniors 65+.  In addition to this savings, hotdogs will be just $1, PLUS there will be plenty of FREE ACTIVITIES like carousel rides, animal shows and more! There is always something fun going on at the Zoo!  Did you know members enjoy unlimited admission all year, free admission to special events as well as other discounts?  Click here to find out more about the benefits of Zoo ...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
June 2011 Market Statistics for Homes Sold in Brook Highland, Shelby County AL (Single Family Residences)   Units Sold:   3 Average List Price:  $434,266 Average Sold Price: $411,300 Average Days on Market: 369   Compare June 2010: Units Sold:   4 Average List Price:  $332,175 Average Sold Price: $301,875 Average Days on Market: 173   There are currently 33 homes for sale in Brook Highland ranging from $175,000 to $679,900 (per Birmingham MLS)     Don't forget to join the Shelby County Community Page!   If you would like updated information or details for this or any community in or around Birmingham, Jefferson or Shelby Counties, please feel free to call or send me an email.  I would love to hear from you!       Looking for a local expert to help with your real estate needs?   Google ...
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