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Cam Ward’s Shelby Co. Economic Update

We just never know who’s going to walk in the door around here.  But I’m not complaining!

It’s always enjoyable and educational to sit and talk with Republican State Rep. Cam Ward, who is a candidate for the Alabama State Senate.

Most Shelby Co. and Birmingham area civic, business and legislative leaders know Cam well, in part, for his track record as a State Representative.  He’s also Executive Director of Alabaster’s Industrial Development Board.

With so many jitters about the national economy, what’s Cam’s take on the economy closer to home here in the Shelby Co. and Birmingham area?

That’s one of the questions we put to Cam, who’s the guest in our latest netcast.

Click the player just below to listen now…

…or click here to download.

We hope you enjoy … and thanks, Cam, for stopping by!

David Black

Metro South: Shelby County’s New Key Real Estate Team

Phil Taylor says it best: “We choose not to participate.” Taylor is referring to the general climate of economic doom so prevalent right now. But those aren’t hollow words.

Taylor and 39 other Shelby County area real estate agents officially began backing up their words with actions shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, November 14th. That’s when the ribbon was cut on Metro South, Keller Williams’ fifth office in the Birmingham area, and the first real estate office in Alabaster.

Instead of dwelling on negatives, members of the Metro South team maintain a decidedly upbeat outlook on the Birmingham and Shelby county real estate market. They know that real estate is cyclical, and that the future looks promising.

You can listen to some of these agents for yourself, by watching a short video from the ribbon cutting ceremony:

By the way … to back up what the Metro South agents say, if you want to hear someone very knowledgeable discuss what’s happening in the real estate market, we had a great interview with Dave Jenks, one of the top people in Keller Williams Realty, last month–if you missed our interview with Dave, you can click here to listen.

Talk with any of the Metro South agents about the Shelby Co. real estate market, and you might hear a few surprises. Houses are still selling. Lenders are still lending. And buyers are still buying. While the Birmingham and Shelby Co. real estate market is experiencing a slowdown, it’s nothing near the scale many people have been led to believe.

While the Metro South office may be ‘brand spankin’ new,’ some of the people involved are long time Birmingham area agents with many years experience, giving them a superior knowledge of housing inventory and availability, neighborhoods, pricing trends, quality of life and the market in general.

Come by and say hello. Kathy Wheeler is Metro South’s Team Leader. The office is located a few doors south of the movie theater in the Colonial Promenade Shopping Center, off I-65 at exit #238. Click here for a Google map.

Many thanks to Alabaster Mayor David Frings, Alabaster Industrial Development Director and State Rep. Cam Ward and State Sen. Hank Erwin for taking time out to join us for the ceremony. Also attending was Keller Williams Operating Partner Elizabeth Raines, one of the driving forces behind turning the Metro South dream into reality.

So why would all these agents take a chance? Why would they make the commitment to gather under one roof and serve the Alabaster and Shelby County real estate market at a time when there’s so much negativity and pessimism all around?

The answer lies within the people themselves. They are professional. They are confident. They are optimistic. It says a lot, I believe, about the people themselves. It’s one of the reasons Colleen and I are proud to be a part of the new Metro South team–you know, the one that chooses not to participate.

David