Auburn, AL Real Estate News

By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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Builders Remain Confident in the 55+ Housing Market -http://bit.ly/1IQfm33 - Only ONE of the reasons we're offeringhttp://www.CaryCreek.com/The+Legacy   BY PAUL EMRATH on FEBRUARY 5, 2015 NAHB’s 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) shows that builders continue to feel positive about the market. The sentiment indices were higher year-over-year for all segments of the 55+market—single-family homes, condominiums and multifamily rental. The single-family index increased six points from the fourth quarter of 2013, to 54—the highest fourth-quarter reading since the inception of the index in 2008 and the 13th consecutive quarter of year over year improvements. There are separate 55+ HMIs for single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each measures builder sentiment based on survey that asks i...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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Arbor Day Tree Giveaway Feb. 21  Auburn, Ala.- The City of Auburn Tree Commission will host its annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Moore’s Mill Publix, Auburn Kroger, and Winn Dixie on South College Street. Members of the Auburn Tree Commission and Ambassadors from Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences will distribute 1,000 Dogwoods and 500 Nuttall Oaks while supplies last at each location. The Auburn Tree Commission is appointed by the Auburn City Council. The Commission, which is a part of the National Arbor Day Foundation, advises the City on proper tree care and planting. In honor of the Auburn Tree Commission’s efforts and the Arbor Day Celebration, Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. has issued an Arbor Day Proclamation formally decla...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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Katherine Haas | Opelika-Auburn News With every kilometer completed and every hole made under par, participants in an upcoming 5K run and golf tournament will know that their athletic efforts will help fill the bellies of Lee County children who are hungry. The Jason Dufner Charitable Foundation will be hosting its inaugural Dufner Dash and Bash at the ALFA Barn at Auburn University March 20 and its second annual Celebrity Golf Classic at Moore’s Mill Club March 23.   Former Auburn University golf team member and current PGA pro Jason Dufner and his wife Amanda started the foundation in 2009 as an initiative to end childhood hunger in Lee County. The foundation partners with the Blessings in a Backpack program to feed roughly 1,000 children currently in Lee County who qualify for the fr...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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By Connor Sheets | csheets@al.com  Alabama has a strong tradition of protecting property rights against incursions by government, but the usurping power of eminent domain has long played a key role in the statewide march toward development and progress. The legal power of eminent domain, by which a government or agency acquires privately-owned real estate in order to facilitate development deemed to be in service of the public good, has cleared the way for everything from highways to courthouses across Alabama, and it continues to do so to this day. But eminent domain and its place in society have undergone a fundamental reassessment in the wake of the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Kelo v. City of New London. The case pitted New London homeowner Suzette Kelo against the Connect...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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Associated Press | WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, resuming their downward trend of this year after rising slightly last week. Rates are near historically low levels. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage declined to 3.59 percent from 3.66 percent last week. The average rate is at its lowest level since May 2013. The rate for the 15-year loan, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, eased to 2.92 percent from 2.98 percent last week. A year ago, the average 30-year mortgage stood at 4.23 percent and the 15-year mortgage at 3.33 percent. Mortgage rates have remained low even though the Federal Reserve in October ended its monthly bond purchases, which were meant to hold down long-term ...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
By Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE)    Click here to view or print the entire December report compliments of the ACRE Corporate Cabinet. Lee County area residential sales totaled 101 units in December, an increase in sales growth of 14.8 percent or 13 units above the same period last year. 2014 sales increased 7.7 percent from the prior year. Forecast: December sales were 19 units above our monthly forecast. The Center's 2014 sales forecast projected 1,344 closed transactions while the actual sales were 1,378 units, a favorable variance of 2.5 percent. View full sizeLee County residential sales increase 15% in December from last year. Housing Inventory has been favorably reduced by 36% from the December 2010 peak. Infograph courtesy of ACRE. All rights reserved.Alabama Center for R...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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Katherine Haas | Opelika-Auburn News A phishing scam using text messages to prompt Lee County residents to give away personal information has affected many over the course of two weekends so far this year, according to a representative of Auburn University Federal Credit Union. Sharon Nichols, Assistant Vice President for Member Services, said that someone claiming to be Auburn University Federal Credit Union has been sending text messages, primarily to those with AT&T cell phone service, stating that customers’ banks accounts will be deactivated unless they call a given number. Once the number is called, an automated response asks customers for personal information including card numbers and PIN numbers. Nichols said the text messages have been sent to people who are both members of th...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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Allison Blankenship allison@auburnvillager.com On the evening of Feb. 12, the Auburn Public Library will get a little more enchanting as the Youth Services Center transforms into a magical landscape of castles, dragons and beanstalks for its inaugural Fairytale Ball. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and last until the clock strikes 7:30. Children from infants to fifth graders are welcome to attend and are encouraged to dress as their favorite fairytale character. "This is the first thing like this we've done for the young children, so we're really excited," said Eve Engle, Youth Services librarian at the Auburn Public Library. "We've been looking at ways to promote the idea of fairy tales." The library hosts its Fractured Fairy Tales story time, where traditional fairy tales are told with...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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A good real estate agent is always focused on delivering value to his or her clients. While different markets sometimes demand different things, ultimately the work of a Realtor revolves around some core principles based on how buying and selling real estate works. That’s why you will never hear your Realtor say things like: 1. “Buyers are going to love your Bull Mastiff!” Your agent may love your dog as much as you do, but he or she will ask you to remove it when showing the house. This is one of the hardest things for pet lovers to hear, but buyers probably don’t want to meet your dog. In fact, if you have pets in the house when people come to view it, you are not helping your sale. This is why you can expect any Realtor to ask you to remove the animal, preferably to another home. Mo...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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Allison Blankenship allison@auburnvillager.com The new and improved Auburn Mall will host a grand reopening celebration Friday, Feb. 6 beginning at 11 a.m. Hull Property Group, owners of the mall, will hold a press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off the grand reopening weekend. John Mulherin with Hull Property Group will speak at the ceremony as well as local Auburn leaders, such as Mayor Pro Tem Ron Anders and Auburn Chamber of Commerce President Lolly Steiner. The ceremony will take place in the center court of the mall, just inside the main entrance. Those who attend the ceremony will enjoy a catered breakfast by Chick-fil-A. Grand reopening activities continue in the mall's center court Saturday, Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with entertainment, family activities and...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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I'm so incredibly happy to be a part of the number 1 real estate team in Auburn!    PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ALL OF YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS IN THE AUBURN - OPELIKA AREA AT (334) 332-7263. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VIEW HOMES FOR SALE IN THE AUBURN - OPELIKA AREA PLEASE CLICK HERE.   IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONNECT WITH ME ON FACEBOOK PLEASE CLICK HERE. 
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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In this image, the area outlined in black shows the boundary of the proposed six-month moratorium, which is on the agenda for tonight's (2/3/15) City Council meeting. The meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. The image also shows the University Service-2 zone, which was denied in 2007. The US-2 zone could come back up for consideration in the near future. Thanks Auburn Villager for sharing this information.  PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ALL OF YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS IN THE AUBURN - OPELIKA AREA AT (334) 332-7263. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VIEW HOMES FOR SALE IN THE AUBURN - OPELIKA AREA PLEASE CLICK HERE.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONNECT WITH ME ON FACEBOOK PLEASE CLICK HERE.   
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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Yes, Punxsutawney Phil is at the wheel and driving us into six more weeks of winter. Bundle up and Stay warm my friends!       PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ALL OF YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS IN THE AUBURN - OPELIKA AREA AT (334) 332-7263. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VIEW HOMES FOR SALE IN THE AUBURN - OPELIKA AREA PLEASE CLICK HERE.    IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONNECT WITH ME ON FACEBOOK PLEASE CLICK HERE. 
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
The most perfect scenario would be to sell your current property at exactly the same time as buying your next one. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. There are people out there who could afford to pay two mortgages. However, the majority of us would be a little worried about having to do so. Therefore, most of us have to choose either one option or the other. So then the question is should I buy first or sell first? In general, selling first will most likely put you under time pressure to buy another house in a really short time. You may end up settling for less than you want or overpaying for your new house or you might even have to look for a place to stay until you can find a new home. If you decide to buy first, and then you can’t sell your current house, there is a possibility of ...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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Hope everyone has all their favorite foods ready and are as excited about the game as I am.  Will not be too much longer until all the fun and excitement begins.  May the best team win!!!!!     PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ALL OF YOUR REAL ESTATE NEED  IN THE AUBURN - OPELIKA, AL AREA AT (334) 332-7263.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VIEW HOMES FOR SALE IN THE AUBURN - OPELIKA AREA PLEASE CLICK HERE.   IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONNECT WITH ME ON FACEBOOK AND TO HAVE A CHANCE TO ENTER THE VALENTINES GIVEAWAY PLEASE CLICK HERE. DRAWING WILL TAKE PLACE ON FEBRUARY 10, 2015.
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal Alabama's residential sales were up 14 percent in December over the previous month. According to new data released by the Alabama Center for Real Estate, Alabama realtors closed on 3,494 units in December, up over 400 from November. That also represents an 8 percent jump from December 2013 and a 20 percent jump over the five-year average from 2009-2013. The median sales price for homes in Alabama was $129,176 in December, a minimal jump from November and virtually unchanged from December 2013. The average sales price was also unchanged from November at $154,680 and up only 0.5 percent from 2013. Total units on the market dropped 5 percent from November to 31, 2013 and was down 7 percent from the five-year average. Birmingham residential s...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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Allison Blankenship allison@auburnvillager.com@ac_blankenship on Twitter | 0 comments Work will soon begin on a new dog park in Town Creek Park on Gay Street and is estimated to be completed by March. Auburn Parks and Recreation Director Becky Richardson said the dog park is coming after feedback from residents. "We have been getting requests for an additional dog park for a while, and we have been looking at not just Town Creek, but other sites as possible places," she said. With restrooms and parking easily accessible, Town Creek Park arose as the best, most cost-effective option. The project will include clearing a 10-foot vegetated area and planting new evergreens for screening around the dog park. A 4-foot vinyl-coated chain link fence will enclose the area, opening at a double-gat...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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Allison Blankenship allison@auburnvillager.com@ac_blankenship on Twitter | 0 comments Beginning Saturday, Jan. 31, the City of Auburn's Parks and Recreation Department, partnered by Opelika Parks and Recreation, Auburn University and East Alabama Medical Center, will offer 10 weekly fitness events to encourage health in the community. The events are a part of Scale Back Alabama (SBA), a free statewide weight-loss program designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and have fun doing it. The city has participated in SBA since 2007, but this is the first year community events will be offered. "We tried to come up with different activities, so it's not just the typical 'go to the gym' or 'walk around your neighborhood,' which are both great activities," said Alison Hall, community and ...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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By Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE)    Alabama Year-End Residential Report: Sales up 3.4% in 2014; 68% of local markets improve from 2013 Click here to view or print the entire December report compliments of the ACRE Corporate Cabinet. View full sizeAlabama home sales up 8% vs December 2013. 2014 sales were up 3.5%. December sales up 32% from bottom in 2008. Infograph courtesy of ACRE. All rights reserved.Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE)  Alabama residential sales in 2014 improved by 3.4 percent from the prior year. This represents the fourth consecutive year of positive sales growth for Alabama's residential real estate industry. In 2013 sales grew 10.2 compared o the prior year. In 2012 sales grew 5.9 percent year-over-year. In 2011, sales grew by 2 percent ending a six-year...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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Real estate blog ranks the ’10 Best Places in Alabama’  The Movoto Real Estate blog is back with another list, this time ranking what they believe to be the “10 Best Places in Alabama.” While any list like this tends to be highly subjective, Movoto has attempted to lay out some measurable criteria used to come up with their results. The seven criteria they use in their rankings are: 1. Total Amenities2. Quality of Life (cost of living, median home price, median rent, median household income, teacher per student ratio)3. Total Crimes4. Tax Rates (sales tax, income tax)5. Unemployment6. Commute Time7. Weather (temperature, air quality) “With these criteria in mind, we looked at the U.S. Census data for places in Alabama with a population of more than 5,000 people, which came to 102 locale...
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