Monthly Archives: October 2008

Birmingham/Shelby County Home Sales Update

The Birmingham and Shelby county real estate market offers lots of styles, locations and prices to choose from

Birmingham and Shelby county offer a large inventory of homes, like this house on a lake in Chelsea.

Just how many choices do you have when it comes to finding a home in the Birmingham and Shelby county, Alabama area? The answer is: A lot!

Here’s a look at the number of homes for sale in a few different parts of Shelby and Jefferson counties, as of October 24, 2008, from the Birmingham Area Multiple Listing Service:

  • By City:
  • Alabaster: 391
    Calera: 264
    Chelsea: 244
    Helena: 267
    Hoover: 990
    Montevallo: 96
    Pelham: 339
    Vestavia: 331

  • By Neighborhood:
  • Old Cahaba (Helena): 43
    Ballantrae (Pelham): 65
    Riverchase (Hoover): 50
    Wild Timber (Pelham): 7
    Savannah Pointe (Calera): 31
    Saddle Lake Farms (Alabaster): 9
    Stonehaven (Pelham): 20

    Needless to say, the numbers certainly show that you’ve got a lot of choices if you’re thinking of buying a home in the Birmingham or Shelby county area. Whatever the style, whatever the price you want to pay and whatever the neighborhood you’d like to be in, there are options aplenty. Let us know if we can help…


    Bama Barkery: Healthy Treats For Alabama Dogs

    Michael and Johnna Mathews felt Gracie and Sister Sue, their two black labrador mixes, deserved better treats than they could find in stores around Birmingham and Shelby county. So, armed with cookie sheets, rolling pin and oven, the McCalla couple decided to try their hand at creating canine treats that are healthy as well as tasty.

    Bama Barkery owners Michael and Johnna Mathews (photo by Alisha Bamberg)

    Bama Barkery owners Michael and Johnna Mathews (photo by Alisha Bamberg)

    Their efforts led to the April, 2007, birth of Bama Barkery, a business that provides wholesome, homemade treats for dogs. And yep, you can take a bite out of a Pumpkin Paw or any of Bama Barkery’s other treats yourself, because all are made with ingredients safe for human consumption.

    We caught up with Michael and Johnna during Bark In The Park, a fun event for pet owners held in Alabaster’s Veterans Park October 3rd. Michael shares with us the tale (or should it be tail?!) of how Bama Barkery turned in to a lot more than just treats for Gracie and Sister Sue (who, by the way, are official taste testers for the company).

    Michael greets visitors interested in Pumpkin Paws

    Michael greets visitors interested in Bama Barkery Pumpkin Paws

    Right now, you can order Bama Barkery products on line, but who knows … it may not be long before you see PB & O’s, Love Me Slenders or some of their other treats in area stores, too. And in case you’re wondering, Fisbo, our five pound spoiled rotten poodle, has given his stamp of approval to Bama Barkery’s treats!

    Click the player just below to hear Michael — enjoy!



    Dave Jenks: Why Now Is The Time To Buy or Invest

    Let’s face it.  You hear Realtors talking all the time about why now is a good time to buy a home.  But with all the uncertain economic news we’re hearing these days, is that just optimistic talk designed to drum up business?  Or are there some solid reasons that support buying and investing right now?

    Dave Jenks is a best selling co-author and Vice President with Keller Williams Realty.

    Dave Jenks is a best selling co-author and Vice President with Keller Williams Realty.

    Ask Dave Jenks, and he’ll tell you why buying now represents such a good opportunity.  Dave is someone definitely worth listening to.  He’s Vice President of Research and Development with Keller Williams Realty and has co-authored several best selling books, including The Millionaire Real Estate Investor.

    Dave’s research clearly suggests that real estate markets across the country are correcting from so-called ‘false appreciation’ … this means that prices are returning to pre-“bubble” levels.  This, among other reasons, should give buyers confidence, Jenks says.

    The domestic real estate market is undergoing some interesting—and, many think, positive—changes right now, as we wind down 2008.  We caught up with Dave to get his assessment of how markets around the country have performed during the past decade, as well as what’s occurring now.

    Check out Dave’s comments in our latest Netcast by clicking the play button just below:

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    We hope you enjoy!