Monthly Archives: April 2009
Hereâ€™s a look at current inventory for the Shelby County and Birmingham areas, as indicated by the Birmingham Multiple Listing Service. To help you with an idea of trends, the numbers in parentheses show the count as of March 9th, 2009 (one month ago today):
Single family, town homes and condominiums available:
Helena & Pelham area (Shelby Co.): 519 (521)
Helena & Pelham area (Jefferson Co.): 59 (58)
North Shelby/Hoover area (Shelby Co.): 739 (701)
Chelsea: 298 (324)
Altadena/Cahaba Heights area: 67 (62)
Liberty Park/Vestavia area: 492 (446)
Alabaster, Maylene & Saginaw area: 373 (372)
Calera, Montevallo & Wilton area: 360 (356)
Columbiana, Westover & Wilsonville area: 93 (89)
Number of homes for sale based on current selling price:
Alabaster, Maylene and Saginaw area:
$150,000-$200,000: 132 (131)
$200,000-$300,000: 90 (86)
Helena and Pelham areas (Shelby Co.):
$150,000-$200,000: 169 (166)
$200,000-$300,000: 127 (124)
Helena and Pelham areas (Jefferson Co.):
$150,000-$200,000: 2 (2)
$200,000-$300,000: 22 (21)
$150,000-$200,000: 82 (99)
$200,000-$300,000: 118 (120)
Ask any Realtor what the most important first impression is about selling your home, and you’re likely to get three answers: Curb appeal, curb appeal and curb appeal.
We’ve been sinking some cash and work into a part of our home many folks overlook. And that’s making the back yard look attractive (we already did landscaping work on the front yard a couple of years ago).
Jeff Lucas, owner of Perfect Lawn Inc., of Montevallo, has been planting Leyland Cypress trees and bushes in our back yard, from which we recently cleared a lot of privet that was taking over more and more each year. If you’re wanting to improve your yard’s look, Jeff says now is still a good time to work on it.
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I have to confess that—as much as I love the beauty of spring—this is one part of nature’s show I could do without.
No, I actually do, in fact, keep my Explorer clean, but you’d never know that from looking at it right now. I’ve had it parked under a covered area, and even though that’s good enough to keep sun and rain off of it, well … pine pollen is another story.
I did make an interesting discovery about this obnoxious stuff. The reason we notice it is because it’s so heavy that it falls to the ground, as opposed to floating through the air, as other pollens do.
And therein lies a fact I didn’t know: Because pine pollen isn’t something we typically inhale, people generally don’t get allergies from it. So, if you’re sneezing and wheezing at the same time you see a lot of yellow pine pollen around, you might want to check pollen counts in the area—chances are, some of the other pollens that do trigger allergies are high in concentration.
And yes, if you’re trying to sell your home right now, keeping it clean and presentable means probably having to wash the exterior because of this stuff, too. Actually, come to think of it, you probably better not stand still outside too long—or you may wind up covered in a yellow layer, as well!