Birmingham-Hoover Real Estate

Real Estate Agent - Keller Williams Vestavia
Insights into items of interest relative to the greater Birmingham-Hoover real estate market.



Karen Parsons writes an excellent piece about the role of true real estate professionals and what "sales" is really all about.  I wanted to pass this on to my readers as I believe that realtors are widely misunderstood and Karen clearly sets the record straight for the majority in our industry th...
It seems that everyone in the market to purchase wants to buy a foreclosure in Birmingham.  Even first time homebuyers seem to think they have to buy a foreclosure in order to get a great deal.  While there are certainly some great deals out there and foreclosures continue to represent a large se...
As realtors, we typically look at assessed tax values when representing a buyer or seller as another piece of information to serve our clients' best interest.  We know that doing a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) for a potential seller has little to do with an assessed tax value, but we still l...
One of the most important things for families looking to buy is to determine the best schools in an area.  Most people looking to buy in Hoover know that the school system is very strong.  In fact, when we moved to the area several years ago looking for the best schools, people told us that you r...
The best way to evaluate the expected impact of the homebuyer tax credit for this area is to look at the past two years in terms of composition of closed business. The past impact of the homebuyer tax credit for the Birmingham area can be seen in the sold terms categories of FHA, VA and Rural Dev...
The good ones go quick even in the current real estate environment especially for foreclosures priced right.  Contrary to popular opinion, there are actually some very good deals that come up from time to time that don't necessitate a huge discount.  While we are still clearly in a buyer's market...
To keep my readers informed, I provide a real estate market report periodically which is a snapshot of sales and inventory in the Greater Birmingham area.  Knowing what the trends show on a macro basis can give buyers and sellers some perspective on what the trends are and how their situation an...
4 bedroom 3.5 bath acreage in Hoover-Shelby County in River Highlands MLS #476797 price $329,900.  This 1.5 story, 3 sides brick home was quality built in 2001 and sits privately on a gorgeous sloping lot.  This quiet and spacious lot sits at a corner culdesac and adjoins acreage-sized lots on ea...
How do you decide which are the best areas to buy in Birmingham? This would seem easy and of course there are a number of criteria for buyers such as quality / location of schools. Given that a home is normally the single biggest investment for a family, the best areas to buy would be where you e...

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