Pelham, AL Real Estate News

By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  Santa made an early appearance this afternoon in Pelham AL!   Each Christmas Eve he finds time to ride through every neighborhood in Pelham with a special Fire and Police escort, waving to all the kids and adults.   He rides with his sleigh on top of a firetruck, while his reindeer are back at Santa's Workshop at the North Pole getting ready for a long night of work!   Here is Santa visiting the Ivy Brook neighborhood.....         Courtesy of Ann Allen, e-Pro, SRES, ASP BIRMINGHAM AREA REAL ESTATE 205.902.4868 Keller Williams One Chase Corporation Drive, Suite 150 Hoover, AL  35244 Ann@AnnAllenTeam.com   © 2008 Ann Allen, All rights reserved   Photo taken by Ann Allen, and may not be reproduced without express written permission of Ann Allen, Keller Williams Realty, Hoover AL.  Please...
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  There are 13349 homes on the market in the Greater Birmingham area today and of those 1517 are foreclosed properties. Statistics show there are 6 major reasons for foreclosure                               1. Loss of Income                              2. Death of a Borrower                              3. Divorce                              4. Over Extended Credit                              5. Illness                              6. Gambling Understanding the Foreclosure Process could possibly help to prevent some of these foreclosures from ever taking place.  There are three types of foreclosure proceedings -           Non Judicial, Judicial, and Strict Alabama is a non judicial state which means that No Court Action is Required.  A Power of Sale clause is found in all trust deed...
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  30-YEAR FIXED RATES AT HISTORICAL  LOWS!!! According to the Primary Mortgage Market Survey®published today   at Freddiemac.com the average rate in the Southeast on a 30 Year Conventional Fixed Mortgage is at 5.24% and 4.95% for a 15 Year term. Of course these rates can vary a bit from lender to lender but these are incredible Mortgage loan interest rates! (The APR will vary on these approximate rates based on the amount of closing costs charged by the lender of your choice) According to The National Association of Realtors, the Federal Reserves lowering of the key interest rate will have a significant impact for home buyers and homeowners who need to refinance. This will impact our housing sales, home values, and the economy. Coupled with HIGH inventory, LOW prices, MOTIVATED Sellers ...
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During the Christmas holidays we always look forward to gift giving and Christmas dinners and spending time with family.  In the days leading up to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we typically gather together with our "WORK FAMILIES" to share in the holiday spirit.  It is a special time of year when we can take time from our busy work schedules and rejoice in the spirit of our friendships that have grown during the year while we are hustling and bustling with listings and showings and contracts and closings!  It is a time to relax from the hectic pace that is known to a Realtor and just enjoy being together while we share a wonderful meal of favorite dishes brought from our home kitchens. Now this is no casual affair!  Our "Queen Bee" broker Anita Latham pulls out the finest silver and...
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By Debbie Hutchins
                                                                                                                       HOME INVENTORIES ARE AT AN ALL TIME HIGH! NOW is the TIME to BUY a home.   HOME PRICES ARE AT AN ALL TIME LOW! NOW is the TIME to BUY a home.   SELLERS ARE MOTIVATED TO SELL!                   NOW is the TIME to BUY a home.   INTEREST RATES ARE AT AN ALL TIME LOW! NOW is the TIME to BUY a home.   THERE IS AN ABUNDANCE OF MORTGAGE LOAN PROGRAMS AVAILABLE! NOW is the TIME to BUY a home.     DEBBIE HUTCHINS WITH RE/MAX FIRST CHOICE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO ASSIST YOU IN FINDING THE HOME THAT YOU NEED TO BUY!                      NOW is the TIME to give me a CALL.   One of the largest monthly bills that the typical family has in their monthly budget is the Mortgage payment on th...
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                                 IF OWNING A HOME         IS ON YOUR LIST OF WANTS & DREAMS                      THERE IS NO BETTER TIME THAN RIGHT NOW TO TURN THAT DREAM INTO A REALITY!              Now is an ideal time to purchase a home!    High Inventory of Motivated Sellers.  We are in a market with a large selection of homes at prices that probably won't go any lower.  Go to www.debbiehutchins.com to view over 10,000 listings in the Birmingham Metro, Jefferson and Shelby County area alone!   Every Market is Different.  Real estate is local and all markets are different.  If you are willing to get out and look you will find that there are great opportunities available for buyers....RIGHT NOW!     Benefits of Home Ownership.  The great American dream not only provides you and your f...
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By Birmingham Alabama Real Estate, Stephen Wolfe
(LivingInBirmingham.com)
  Pelham, Alabama - We are nearing the end of 2008, and time to continue our look at the year of market statistics for Birmingham AL Real Estate. As we have always stated that as a homeowner, potential resident, potential seller, or as a real estate consultant, we think it is always important to know the stats about what is happening with Pelham Alabama houses. For this report we wanted to focus in on Ballantrae Real Estate in Pelham, Alabama Pelham - Ballantrae Houses for Sale Listed in September 2008 For the month of September there were 5 Newly Listed Ballantrae properties for Sale. The Average Price was $243,320. The Median Price was $217,900. Pelham - Ballantrae Houses Sold September 2008 For the month of September there were 11 Sold Ballantrae AL Properties in Pelham, Alabama. The...
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By Birmingham Alabama Real Estate, Stephen Wolfe
(LivingInBirmingham.com)
  Birmingham, Alabama - We are well underway with 2008, and time to continue our look at the year of market statistics for Birmingham AL Real Estate. As we have always stated that as a homeowner, potential resident, potential seller, or as a real estate consultant, we think it is always important to know the stats about what is happening with Birmingham Alabama houses. For this report we are focusing on Pelham AL Real Estate Birmingham - Pelham Houses for Sale Listed September 2008 For the month of September there were 27 Newly Listed Pelham properties for Sale. The Average Price was $233,125. The Median Price was $198,900. Birmingham - Pelham Houses Sold September 2008 For the month of September there were 35 Pelham Alabama Properties that sold. The Average Price was $254,760. The Medi...
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  The City of Pelham's Annual CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Monday December 1 Pelham Civic Complex on Amphitheater Road The Pelham Beautification Board members will be giving away 1,000 Pelham Christmas ornaments at the door, a wonderful collectible for those in attendance! The  pre-festivities will begin at 6:25 with singing by the Valley Elementary School second graders, at 6:30 there will be ice skating performances by the Pelham Skate School students followed at 6:45 with the Pelham High School Jazz Band. The tree lighting program will begin at 7:00 in the main arena. Pelham Fire Department Men’s Ensemble will sing the National Anthem.  Choirs from Valley Intermediate School, Riverchase Middle School and Pelham High School will provide holiday songs for everyone to enjoy.  The R...
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So, It is time for you to sell your home!       What is the first step in selling your home?  Preparing it for the market! Yes your home is just that YOUR HOME, and your home is the place where you live, that's right, the place where you have gathered all of your wonderful possessions around you to bring you joy to your day to day life.  And that is a good thing! But the way that we live in our homes and the way we sell our homes are very different from each other! Here are a few pointers of how to prepare your home for the market to make your home more salable and in the end to net you more dollars!  Try to think of it like going shopping at the mall.......in the world of marketing the store managers are trained to display the merchandise so that is appealing to the buyers eye.....to g...
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By Debbie Hutchins
This week I was invited to an Agent Appreciation Luncheon hosted by the Ballantrae Sales Team at Ballantrae, a beautiful Golf Course Community in Pelham, Alabama.  It was a nice way to say "Thank You" to the co-operating agents that had SOLD their listings.  It was a festive event with Turkey & Dressing and ALL the trimmings.   The agents had lovingly prepared ALL the food themselves and it was a feast beautifully displayed with the finest linens, candles and sparkling crystal.  Anita Latham the Broker at Re/Max First Choice is the "Queen Bee" of luncheons, parties and celebratory affairs and has a nice supply of party ware!  She is the greatest!  The weather was beautiful, sunny and bright and there was a very nice turn out. It was fun to talk to all of the other agents that had sold ...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  The Pelham Public Library is getting ready for one of their most popular holiday activities!   They are offering four sessions where you can bring your ideas and design your own Gingerbread House to take home and enjoy.         Register for one of these times:   Thursday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, December 6 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Monday, December 8 at 4:00 p.m.   The cost is $5 if paid in advance or $6 at the door.     For more information or to register call the Pelham Public Library at 620-6465.     Courtesy of Ann Allen, e-Pro, SRES, ASP BIRMINGHAM AREA REAL ESTATE 205.902.4868 Keller Williams One Chase Corporation Drive, Suite 150 Hoover, AL  35244 Ann@AnnAllenTeam.com   © 2008 Ann Allen, All rights reserved      
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  Give the Gift of Life by Donating Blood!     25th Anniversary IRON BOWL BLOOD DRIVE When? Friday, November 14, 2008 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 pm Where? Holiday Inn Express Highway 119 Pelham, AL   Ms. Cel Etheredge has organized this blood drive for the past 25 years!  Cel is a veteran of the American Red Cross, a much loved member of the community, and at a very young 90-something years of age, she is passionate about inspiring everyone to donate blood! Come donate blood and register for many prizes, including a pair of Alabama-Auburn tickets! Support your team, the community, and Ms. Cel!     Courtesy of Ann Allen, e-Pro, SRES, ASP BIRMINGHAM AREA REAL ESTATE 205.902.4868 Keller Williams One Chase Corporation Drive, Suite 150 Hoover, AL  35244 Ann@AnnAllenTeam.com   © 2008 Ann Allen, All ri...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
    The Ivy Brook Homeowners Association is planning a night of Halloween fun for the neighborhood Trick or Treaters!   There will be a Costume Contest….to participate you can visit one judge or all three….each judge’s house will be marked with a sign.  Visit between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.   In addition there will be a Pumpkin Decorating Contest.  The judges for this contest will be touring the neighborhood between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. to pick out the top 3 pumpkins!             With only one entrance and exit, Ivy Brook is one of the safest neighborhoods in Pelham.  There is a camera to monitor the activity at the entrance.  Please remember to drive safely as there will be lots of children walking around.  If you will not be home, the HOA asks that you turn off your porch lights to let the c...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
   Myers Plants & Pottery is bursting with Autumn color!   A fun place to visit throughout the year, it is especally colorful in the fall with the huge selection of pumpkins, fall flowers and pottery items. Be sure to visit their website at Myers Plants & Pottery to see the many items and services they offer!   2935 Highway 31 South Pelham AL 35124   ENJOY THE COLORS!                                                                              Courtesy of Ann Allen, e-Pro, SRES, ASP BIRMINGHAM AREA REAL ESTATE 205.902.4868 Keller Williams One Chase Corporation Drive, Suite 150 Hoover, AL  35244 Ann@AnnAllenTeam.com   © 2008 Ann Allen, All rights reserved        
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By Kelly Contorno
(REMAX Property Legends)
Last week I made the first steps toward blogging.  I have to admit that my first attempt was not bad.  Since then I have been stumped on what to follow up with on my next blog.  I have so many ideas going through my head, I am unsure where to begin and what to say.   When commenting to my daughter, who is a freshman in college, on her response was not what I expected.  She said that most bloggers are angry teenagers.  Thinking about this it bothered me that many people think that a blog is simply a angry rant that is looked upon not in a positive way but in a negative way. I would like to think that is more than that.  It is a conveying of ideas.  It is thoughts, perspectives and opinions on what is going on in the blogger's world.  I have read many of the blogs on this site and other s...
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By Birmingham Alabama Real Estate, Stephen Wolfe
(LivingInBirmingham.com)
  We are well underway with 2008, and time to continue our look at the year of market statistics for Birmingham AL Real Estate. As we have always stated that as a homeowner, potential resident, potential seller, or as a real estate consultant, we think it is always important to know the stats about what is happening with Pelham AL Real Estate August 2008 Listed Properties For the month of August there were 50 Newly Listed Pelham Homes for Sale. The Average Price was $232,375. The Median Price was $208,000. August 2008 Sold Properties For the month of August there were 18 Sold homes in Pelham AL Real Estate. The Average Price was $235,256. The Median Price was $201,000, with 85 Average Days on Market at 98% of list price. Currently active as of 9/13/08 Currently there are 263 Active Pelh...
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By Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
(RE/MAX Advantage South)
  The Pelham High School Lady Panthers Junior Varsity Vollyball Team played this weekend! The girls played in the Rebel Rumble, an all-day tournament that was hosted by the Vestavia Rebels.  It was held in the gymnasium at Vestavia Hills High School and was attended by teams from around the state, including: Bob Jones Grissom Homewood McGill-Toolen Mortimer Jordan Mountain Brook Oak Mountain Pelham Thompson Vestavia PICTURES FROM THE TOURNAMENT! Grissom......warming up   Some of the Lady Panthers between matches.....   Mortimer Jordan vs. Pelham.....   Panthers ready at the net......   One of the fans.....   Pelham vs. Bob Jones.......   More Lady Panthers.....   Courtesy of Ann Allen, e-Pro, SRES, ASP BIRMINGHAM AREA REAL ESTATE 205.902.4868 Keller Williams One Chase Corporation Drive,...
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By Birmingham Alabama Real Estate, Stephen Wolfe
(LivingInBirmingham.com)
  We are well underway with 2008, and time to continue our look at the year of market statistics for Birmingham AL Real Estate. As we have always stated that as a homeowner, potential resident, potential seller, or as a real estate consultant, we think it is always important to know the stats about what is happening with Pelham AL Real Estate. For this report we wanted to focus in on Ballantrae Real Estate in Pelham, Alabama July 2008 Listed Properties For the month of July there were 10 Newly Listed Ballantrae Homes for Sale. The Average Price was $264,400. The Median Price was 269900. July 2008 Sold Properties For the month of July there were 11 Sold homes in Ballantrae AL Real Estate in Pelham, Alabama. The Average Price was $281,214. The Median Price was $253092 with 73 Average Days...
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By Birmingham Alabama Real Estate, Stephen Wolfe
(LivingInBirmingham.com)
It's already time to look at a July market statistics for Birmingham AL Real Estate. As we have always stated that as a homeowner, potential resident, potential seller, or as a real estate consultant, we think it is always important to know the stats about what is happening with Pelham AL Real Estate July 2008 Listed Properties For the month of July there were 64 Newly Listed Pelham Homes for Sale. The Average Price was $287,245. The Median Price was $207,900. July 2008 Sold Properties For the month of July there were 44 Sold homes in Pelham AL Real Estate. The Average Price was $216,342, with 78 Average Days on Market at 98% of list price. Currently active as of 8/8/08 Currently there are 388 Active Pelham Homes For Sale with an Average Price of $265,143, with 96 Average Days on Market...
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