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When the Real Estate Market takes a SHIFT it can offer a great opportunity to the HOME BUYER that would like to BUILD  their DREAM HOME!  It use to be that "LOCK and KEY", where the home buyer selects a lot and floor plan and the home is constructed according to their specifications and decorator...

By Toni Bird
(Coldwell Banker Preferred Properties)
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I know where I will be this weekend - the third annual Moss Rock Festival at The Preserve in Hoover, Alabama.  I have been every year so far and I'm really looking forward to it.  The weather should be beautiful and it will be great to walk around the large park outside the Town Hall and take in ...

By Toni Bird
(Coldwell Banker Preferred Properties)
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What a morning!  Temperatures in the 30's here in Hoover Alabama are absolutely exhilarating.  These are the kind of temperatures we need to have the fall colors at their best.  Maggie and I went for our morning walk around 7:30.  There was FROST everywhere. The sun was starting to shine, but had...

By Toni Bird
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Next Tuesday, November 4th is the Big Day.  Election Day. No matter which of the 6 (yes 6) presidential candidates you want to see leading this great country, it is imperative that YOU go to cast your vote. Every vote counts.  I find it really irritating that the news channels will predict a winn...

By Jason Secor, Birmingham Alabama Real Estate - Hoover Homes for Sale - Property MLS
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Birmingham Couple Buys Their Dream Home Using Strategies and Tools Taught at a FREE, ALL NEW HOME BUYER CLASSBirmingham, AL– Buying a home is a complex process. Title Insurance – inspections – negotiations – mortgages.  To help ensure that your home purchase is profitable and problem free, six a...

By Toni Bird
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Most roofs come with a life expectancy - people say "this is a 30 year roof or a 20 year roof".  That means you can expect the roof to start leaking by the time it hits that timeframe.  There are things that can cut the life of your roof, like having branches from trees lying on the roof (I don't...

By Toni Bird
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Every year on the 3rd Saturday of October, the Hoover High School Band hosts the Hoover Invitational Marching Band Festival.  I have been to many of these festivals in the past and the atmosphere is warm and inviting as the spectators cheer on the various students. I am really looking forward to ...

By Toni Bird
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The numbers are in for September 2008. Russet Woods and Southwood are neighborhoods conveniently located near I-459 and South Shades Crest Rd. in Hoover Alabama.  Students attend Hoover High, Bumpus Middle School and either South Shades Crest or Deer Valley Elementary. There were 4 homes that sol...

By Toni Bird
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I was out in the backyard watering my garden today and was noticing how many of the plants are starting to look weary now that fall is here.  I guess some of the mornings have been a little cool and the sun is going down sooner so it is more difficult for them to flourish. My roses love the cool ...

By Toni Bird
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Last year we had a terrible water shortage and people were doing all kinds of creative things just to be able to water their plants.  Now that the drought has passed, are we back to old habits? Well, if you have noticed it didn't rain much in September and October is not much better!  But the big...

By Christina Rickey, When Experience Counts...Count the Experience!
(ARC Realty)
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Fall has arrived in Birmingham and the weather is perfect.  Today was a beautiful, sunny day with temperatures in the low 80's and almost no humidity.  I decided to enjoy the Bluff Park Annual Art Show in Hoover.  This art show is always held on the first Saturday of October and promises to be o...

By Toni Bird
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I've written before about saving up to buy a house in Hoover, Alabama.  The down payment on FHA loans went up from 3% to 3.5% on October 1st, so for an FHA at least, you have to save a little more to get into that home.  This means that if you want to buy a $100,000 house, you will need $3500 for...

By Toni Bird
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The other day I was showing a house and my client and I walked out onto this wonderful deck that overlooked a nice wooded back yard.  A cool breeze was blowing and we were talking about how great it would be to sit out on the deck and eat dinner.  We were talking about the bar-be-cue and how much...

By Toni Bird
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The last week has been wonderful.  Evening temperatures have been down in the 50's on some nights.  The cooler temperatures are causing the leaves to start turning, although we are going to need to see the 40's before we get the real vibrant colors. I've had my windows open to let in the cool air...

By Toni Bird
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  What Can We Do With Our Homes ? We keep hearing about Global Warming and the fact that we need to do things to help the environment. We can cut down on the number of miles we drive on I-459 every week, and buy a more fuel efficient car. We can turn the thermostat up (in summer) and run a fan to...

By Toni Bird
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I had someone call me the other day about one of my listings.  She said she didn't like her landlord and wanted to buy a house instead.  She told me all the promises the landlord had made that never came to reality and I really wanted to help her find a house.  In talking to her though, I learned...

By Toni Bird
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When getting your home ready to sell in Hoover Alabama, you want it to look warm and inviting.  Just like curb appeal on the outside - you want your home to appeal to the buyer on an emotional level on the inside.  Now I'm not talking about putting out tons of stuff so the house looks cluttered,...

By Toni Bird
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  I woke up this morning and heard an incredible amount of chatter in the back yard.  There was so much noise I had to look.  There, on top of the shed were two cardinals and one was feeding the other.  They were both good sized birds, but on closer examination, one was a baby - just a little sma...

By Toni Bird
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Wow, Interest Rates are Great Today. There is a lender in town who sends me the interest rates on a daily basis.  I really like this becasue it keeps me up to date with what is going on in case someone wants to know.  Well, today the rates dropped BELOW 6%.  His company was showing 5.875 with NO ...

By Toni Bird
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The High School football games are finally here.  All that practice for the football team, band, cheerleaders and mascotts is finally paying off.  Parents and students from all over the county gather to watch their local team fight for victory. To read what the Birmingham News had to say about th...

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