Birmingham, AL Real Estate News

By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  Fun Stuff To Do Around Birmingham! CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF THE ADVENT NEW TRINITY BAROQUE and GEORGIA TECH CHAMBER CHOIR     The Cathedral Church of the Advent is delighted to present New Trinity Baroque and Georgia Tech Chamber Choir in concert Sunday, March 6th at 4:00 in the afternoon.  They will be performing J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor.    New Trinity Baroque is based out of Atlanta and has gained recognition as one of the leading baroque orchestras and early music ensembles in the nation.  Led and founded by Artistic Director Predrag Gosta, the orchestra performs using period instruments, with care to preserve the historical style of the music as it may have been performed during the mid-18th century, with one addition.....women's voices.   Admission to the concert is free!  This is...
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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 March 2011 Events       Here's a look at what's coming up next month at the BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS.  More details can be found by clicking on specific events.   Salon Talk: Why Do We Botanize? - Thursday, March 3rd Early Bird Violet Show and Sale - Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th Floral Design 101: Basic - 4 Thursdays beginning March 10th JASA Cherry Blossom Festival - Saturday, March 19th Alabama Birds - 6 Mondays beginning March 21st     * * * * * * *   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 ...
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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! ALDRIDGE GARDENS   BUTTERFLIES OF ALABAMA: GLIMPSES INTO THEIR LIVES     Aldridge Gardens is offering another fun and educational class!  This one will explore some of the varieties of butterflies native to Alabama and plants that you can add to your garden that will attract these beauties.   Come join authors Paulette Haywood and Sara Bright Sunday, February 27th from 2:00 - 3:30 and discover Butterflies Of Alabama: Glimpses Into Their Lives.  The cost is $11 for members and $15 for non-members.  Children 8 and over are welcome to attend for free with an adult.    Paulette and Sara's book will be available to purchase, and Aldridge Gardens will be selling some of the plants that butterflies love.     Call Audry Ann Wilson to reserve your spot! 205-6...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  Michael Maher - Generosity Generation Event Birmingham AL   The Marriott on Highway 280 was the place to be this morning!  Michael Maher was in Birmingham to present his Generosity Generation Event to a sold out crowd of over 200 real estate industry professionals.  Michael shared how it is possible for anyone to build a thriving referral business and have fun doing it!  Last year he received over 500 referrals and closed over 200 of them....doesn't that sound like fun?  Everyone in attendance received a copy of his book, The Seven Levels of Communication: Go From Relationships To Referrals as well as some great ideas to quickly increase business.  It's all about being genuine and coming from a giving heart.   Many thanks to my friend Genny Williams for hosting this event!  Genny is a...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  FIRST STAGE PLAYERS Present NUNSENSE The Musical Comedy   Don't Miss Out On The Fun!   The First Stage Players of Birmingham's First United Methodist Church are excited to bring you three performances of NUNSENSE, a hilarious musical featuring the music and lyrics of Dan Goggin.  There will be dancing and singing and a whole lot of laughter!  Great fun for all ages! Reserve your tickets online Friday, March 4th at 7:30 PM  Saturday, March 5th at 7:30 PM Sunday, March 6th at 2:30 PM   All performances will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of the 2nd floor of the Christian Learning Center of the First United Methodist Church in Downtown Birmingham.  Parking is available in the lot on the corner of 18th Street and 6th Avenue North.    The First Stage Players have a new Facebook page fil...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  January 2011 Market Statistics for Homes Sold in Crestwood, Birmingham AL (Single Family Residences)   Units Sold:  2 Average List Price:   $91,900 Average Sold Price:  $96,950 Average Days on Market:  53   Compare January 2010: Units Sold:   6 Average List Price:  $131,066 Average Sold Price: $124,483 Average Days on Market: 269   There are currently 103 homes for sale in Crestwood (per Birmingham MLS).  Both of the homes that sold January 2011 were foreclosure properties.         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!         Cou...
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By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(eXp Realty)
Birmingham Home for Sale In less than 60 days, this home is currently pending. But not to worry we've got more.  Check them out and give us a call at 205-321-1200 before it's to late. Spread the love this Valentine's Day
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  Things To Do In & Around Birmingham This Weekend - February 11-13     Goodbye snow!  Hello sunny skies and warmer temps!    * * * * * * *   On your mark, get set, GO!  The Mercedes Marathon is this weekend, with the 5K and Kids Marathon on Saturday at 8 AM and 10 AM, respectively.  The Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 5-Person Relay begin at 7:03 AM Sunday morning at Linn Park in Downtown Birmingham.   * * * * * * *   In the mood for some R&B, jazz or blues?  Ona's Music Room has reopened at Pepper Place and is featuring a Saturday concert with a Valentine's Day theme.  Come enjoy some cool sounds and check out Ona Watson's new club....same great live music and dancing with even better acoustics than before.   * * * * * * *   FREE Concert at Cathedral Church of the Advent!  The Chenau...
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By Stephen-Michael Washington, FHA and VA Mortgage Loans Alabama
(Pre-Approval, First Time Buyer, Fixed Rates)
FHA Loans Birmingham, AL More and more people are refinancing and purchasing a new home with FHA loans, and there is a reason for that. FHA is a great way to maximize your buying potential. With Low down payments, extremely low interest rates and flexible underwriting guidelines. Because an FHA Loan is backed by the Federal Government, it allows lenders to offer low rates. FHA Loans do not require a large down payment, and in some cases, down payment assistance is available to those who qualify. Even if you are "upgrading" your home you can take advantage of the 3.5% down payment that is required by FHA, these funds may also come in the form of a gift. Also, sellers can contribute 6% towards your closing costs, which reduces out of pocket expenses. FHA Loans can also be used to refinanc...
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By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(eXp Realty)
Flyer w/Tear Off Tabs at Bottom Produced via Ebay Classified by Way of RealBird I know I've written 2 post about RealBird today, but sometimes I forget to use RealBird and when I remember to use it, I don't know how I could have ever forgotten. 3297 Pike Avenue, Birmingham (Minor), Alabama  
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  BLOOD NEEDED! Special Blood Drive at UAB Please Donate!     The American Red Cross is hosting a special blood drive Wednesday through Friday of this week to replenish low blood supplies that have resulted from winter weather and related closings.  If you or a loved one have ever received blood you know how precious the gift of blood is.    WON'T YOU PLEASE HELP?   UAB Hospital North Pavilion, 2nd floor lobby 1802 6th Avenue South Wednesday & Thursday, Feb. 9th & 10th ~ 10 AM - 5PM Friday, Feb. 11th ~ 7 AM to 2 PM   THANK YOU!        * * * * * * *   Looking for a local expert for to help with your real estate needs?   Google one here!         Courtesy of Ann Allen, e-Pro, SRES, ASP 205.902.4868 Keller Williams One Chase Corporation Drive, Suite 150 Hoover, AL  35244   © 2011 Ann Allen,...
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By Scott Battles
(Keller Williams Realty-Metro North)
Vulcan Park on Birmingham's Red Mountain is home to the worlds largest cast iron statue "Vulcan".  Vulcan was created by Giuseppe Moretti in 1904 from 50 tons of local iron.  Vulcan is 56 feet tall and stands atop a 125 foot pedestal where he commands the local skyline with spectacular views of downtown Birmingham, Alabama. This beautiful statue is now a local icon and considered to be one of the most beautiful works of civil artwork in the United States.  Vulcan Park was created on 10 acres and features an interactive museum and a beautiful park for visitors to enjoy.  The museum tells the story of Vulcan along with the history of Birmingham's rise as the iron and steel giant of the South.  Vulcan Park also has a 1 mile trail where hikers can get some exercise while taking in the scen...
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By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(eXp Realty)
Bham WIiRE Realty Welcomes New Agent Miles P. Garrison I'm very proud to announce that Miles P. Garrison is Bham WIiRE Realty's (BWR) latest recruit.  Miles previously worked with the same brokerage as Demetrius Heard (who joined BWR in November). Miles is a humble man and I feel that's his greatest attribute.  He's naturally likeable and it's important to him to be well informed.  It's also important to him to be able to serve people well and provide them with the ultimate in customer service. Miles and I are currently working together on his first listing with Bham WIiRE Realty.  I'm very excited and so is he.
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  GET MOTIVATED! Business Seminar Coming to Birmingham AL     Wondering what can you do to jump start 2011 and enjoy your most successful year ever?   The GET MOTIVATED!  Business Seminar is coming to Birmingham's BJCC Arena Monday, February 7th and features these dynamic speakers!   RICK BELLUZZO * LAURA BUSH * GENE CHIZIK KRISH DHANAM * RUDY GUILIANI GENERAL COLIN POWELL * NICK SABAN * ZIG ZIGLAR     You'll spend the day being coached by these great leaders who will inspire and motivate you to achieve your very best!  It's not only about motivation....you'll gain new business skills and learn about communication, leadership, relationships, goal setting, finance and investing and many other areas that are integral paths on the road to your success.   There will be some very nice door p...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  My Dad Is One Of God's Miracles!   It's been a while since I've written an update about my Dad's progress.  Some of you know, but for those that don't....Dad spent 7 long months in the hospital.  He was in SICU at Trinity Medical Center for 46 1/2 days, then 4 months in acute care at Select Specialty Hospital to wean him off the respirator, and another 4 weeks at Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital before finally getting to go home in late October, just a couple of months after his 83rd birthday!    I took these photos Friday when we went to the hospital for a swallow test (this time he was cleared to have any foods he wants....with caution).  While he was there he went back to the 9th floor and got to visit with some of the staff that cared for him when he was really sick.  They were a...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  Things To Do In & Around Birmingham Last Weekend in January 2011     NO SNOW IN OUR FORECAST!  It's going to be a great weekend to get out and have some fun!   * * * * * * *   How about a little magic?  Spencers Theatre of Illusion will be at 8 PM Friday at the Alys Stephens Center.  The Spencers have been named International Magicians of the Year and put on an outstanding show!  Adult tickets are $37 and kids are $17.   * * * * * * *   The Polar Plunge will be Saturday morning at Oak Mountain Lake.  The Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run is raising money for Special Olympics and this should be a lot of fun for participants and spectators alike!  Costume contest is at 9 AM and the plunge begins at 10 AM.   * * * * * * *   Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus is in town!  Sunday will b...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  Great Dining Spots In Birmingham! WHERE TO FIND ROMANTIC VALENTINE'S DAY MEALS     Trying to decide on a special way to celebrate Valentine's Day with your sweetie?   A romantic meal at a fine restaurant is hard to beat, and Birmingham offers some great choices for a special evening that you both will enjoy.  These are some of my favorites but I'm not sure which I would pick.....they are all so good!  Check out their websites for menus and reservation information.   Highlands Bar and Grill   Hot and Hot Fish Club   Chez FonFon   Bottega   Ocean   Cafe Dupont       HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!     * * * * * * *     Looking for a local expert for to help with your real estate needs?   Google one here!         Courtesy of Ann Allen, e-Pro, SRES, ASP 205.902.4868 Keller Williams One Chase Corpo...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  2010 Market Statistics for Homes Sold in Crestwood, Birmingham AL (Single Family Residences)   Units Sold:  86 Average List Price:  $162,752 Average Sold Price: $154,175 Average Days on Market: 179   Compare 2009: Units Sold:  117 Average List Price:  $166,952 Average Sold Price: $158,555 Average Days on Market: 135   There are currently 93 homes for sale in Crestwood (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 for to help with your real estate needs?   Google one here!         Courtesy of Ann Allen, e-Pro, SRES, ASP 205.902.4868 Keller Williams One Chase Corpora...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  Great Dining Spots In Birmingham! OCEAN     Where is the best place to enjoy fresh seafood in Birmingham?  According to readers of The Birmingham News that would be Ocean in Five Points South!  Over 6,400 people voted and the majority chose Ocean as Birmingham's Best Seafood Restaurant (2010).     They aren't the only ones that think so.  Others awards include Best Chef, Winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, as well as the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.   Ocean serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 5:30 PM and offers complimentary valet parking.  Reservations can be made online or by phoning 205-933-0999 (ask about catering and private parties).  Walk-ins are accepted too, but I recommend you make a reservation and avoid a wait.   ...
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By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(eXp Realty)
Don't Sell Yourself Short: Consider a short sale instead.  Years ago when homeowners couldn't make their mortgage payments, facing foreclosure and actually having a home foreclosed were the only options. In the process, homeowners felt stigmatized. Today three things have clearly changed: If you are behind in your mortgage, chances are that foreclosure does not have to be imminent Because of the high rate and broad territory of foreclosures across the country, facing foreclosure no longer presents the stigma of days gone by Short sales used to be a well kept secret, but today it's a well recognized and widely accepted option that may prevent you from foreclosure What is a Short Sale? A short sale is when your mortgage company agrees to accept a payoff of less than the amount due on your...
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