Birmingham Real Estate and Community News

March 6, 2018

What to do in Birmingham this March

Butch Oglesby Photography Exhibit

@Aldridge Gardens

Now until the end of March

FREE

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Feb. 27, 2018

Protect Those Pipes

I have seen first hand the costs of digging up sewer and water lines from the house to the main supply. Every homeowner is responsible for this section of line whether it be sewer or water. Old clay lines crack, tree roots find water and are happy to invade your water lines. It is more common than you think.

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Feb. 21, 2018

Should I Wait Until Next Year to Buy? Or Buy Now?

Should I Wait Until Next Year to Buy? Or Buy Now?

There are a million reasons you may be putting off buying a home. This year should be the year that you finally take that jump. 

Should I Wait Until Next Year to Buy? Or Buy Now?

Per the Aspiring Home Buyer’s Profile. 80% of renters do not believe that home ownership is a not part of their future while 82% of those renters want to be homeowners one day. The 56% who believe that they cannot afford a home often are unaware of the programs out there today that are specifically created to help millennials purchase their first homes

Should I Wait Until Next Year to Buy? Or Buy Now? 

Rent is increasing in Birmingham as the city revitalization rolls along and this leaves millennials the position of having to finally make a decision instead of waiting until a major life event. 32% are putting off home buying until they have children or get married while only 30% are waiting for a better financial situation.

According to Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist, “Housing demand in 2018 will be fueled by more millennials finally deciding to marry and have kids and the expectations that solid job growth and the strengthening economy will push incomes higher.”

Before you spend too much of 2018 coming up with excuses not to sell your home, take a look at how that could cost you in the long run.

 

Should I Wait Until Next Year to Buy? Or Buy Now?

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Posted in Buying a Home
Feb. 2, 2018

Looking for some Valentine's Activity Ideas

Valentine's--Drinks on the Links

February 14th

5:30 to 7:00

$30--Reservation needed

1111 24th St. N

Birmingham

@ TopGolf

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Jan. 30, 2018

New Year’s Resolutions for Selling Your House in 2018

New Year’s Resolutions for Selling Your House in 2018

Repaint those walls and touch up your trim paint

You know who you are. You have talked about selling your house and dreamed about a different home, neighborhood, or city. You dream about newer windows, more character, or a better layout. However, you look around your house and realize that in order to sell your house, you have a lot of work ahead of you. Well, it is a new year, why not make this your New Year’s Resolution.

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Posted in Selling Your Home
Jan. 25, 2018

Neighborhood Spotlight: Hollywood

neighborhood spotlight hollywood

Neighborhood Spotlight:  Hollywood

Situated south of downtown Birmingham and just over Red Mountain, Homewood has its own local feel while convenient to Southside and Downtown Birmingham. It is central to hospitals, interstates and local universities notably UAB and Samford. This is just one of the reasons Homewood's home values have maintained their stability in tough times and continues to grow in these very good times. In addition to Homewood's central location, it also is one of the most charming, walkable cities in the Birmingham metro. Families are also drawn to the impressive Homewood city school system. This attribute has continued to be enhanced as the city has grown by careful design over recent years.

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Jan. 18, 2018

Critical Winter Home Staging Tips For Selling Your Home

 selling your house in the winter

When most people think about winter they think shorter days, cold temperatures and a blanket of dead leaves. Not ideal for selling a house, is it? While spring, summer and early fall do offer the best conditions for selling in Birmingham, there is still a demand for housing in the winter. So, if selling your home is a priority for you now, you can rest assured there are buyers who need to buy now.

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Posted in Selling Your Home
Jan. 16, 2018

Websites That Will Help You When You Are Buying a House in Birmingham : Part II Getting Right to Business

Websites That Will Help You When You Are Buying a House in Birmingham : Part II Getting Right to Business

One of the biggest investments we make in our life is our home. At each phase of our life, if we buy it right, that investment should serve our personal and financial wellbeing. Each home fundamentally should serve as a stepping stone for the next investment. Getting it right at each phase of your life is essential.

In Part I, I discussed websites to help you pick the area or areas you would like to focus your home search, now we need to get into the business of getting the home search started. 

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Jan. 11, 2018

Get to Know the Professionals Involved in Selling and Buying a House

Get to Know the Professionals Involved in Selling and Buying a House

A real estate transaction is a transaction with many moving parts all tied together by a group of professionals. While the majority of professionals are well intended, at times inexperience or insufficient systems can make the process more stressful than it needs to be. Below is a list of professionals that make up a real estate transaction.

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Jan. 9, 2018

Websites That Will Help You When You Are Buying a House in Birmingham Part I: Location

Buying a home in birmingham

Buying a home is one of the largest investments you make in your life. Before you take that leap, consider the importance of location. Location can have the largest influence on the value of your home years down the road than any improvement you can make.  

 

You may have your eyes on an area or a neighborhood that you would like to move to but you should consider all the factors about that location before getting your heart set on the area. Buying a home can be stressful but with the right information and a knowledgeable real estate agent, finding the right location to start your home search does not have to be.  

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