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Lake Forest Summer ’13 Sales Update

If you’re looking to buy a home in the Birmingham, Alabama, area, Lake Forest—a lake and sidewalk neighborhood in Alabaster—is a popular choice for several reasons.

It’s attractive, offers a great quality of life, and is in a convenient location.  A number of people who work in Birmingham choose to live in Lake Forest because they enjoy it so much.

Alabaster is also home to the city’s newly formed school system, which has many excited for the future.

Here’s a video update showing homes selling and available in Lake Forest (you can watch this video in high definition if you like—simply click the ‘Full Screen’ icon in the lower right corner of the video window below).

Whether it’s Lake Forest or throughout the north Shelby Co. and south Jefferson Co. areas, we’re ready to help with your home buying or selling needs.

Let us know if we can answer any questions; we’re reachable at 205.356-5412 (voice or text).  

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Germany Gains Two Cats From Alabama

You’re looking at what was almost a $2,500 cat.

Times two.Juergen & Helga Lauer

Colleen and I had a great time helping Juergen and Helga Lauer of Lake Forest in Alabaster sell their home.

The Lauers were moving to Germany.

Getting everything shipped overseas went pretty smoothly…until it came to the Lauer’s two cats.

The moving company said, ‘sure, we’ll ship them—for $2,500 each.’

We guess that was almost enough to put Juergen and Helga into a—pardon the pun—catatonic state.

Surely, the Lauers wondered, there must be a less expensive way to transport two cats from Alabama to Germany!

After some more research, the Lauers found their solution:  Delta.

$200 each, flown/done.

No word on what the cats thought of the trip…

Spring Sales Update For Lake Forest

Looking for a home for sale in the general Birmingham, Alabama area?

Here’s an update we’ve produced on market activity in Lake Forest, a popular Shelby Co. neighborhood that’s an easy drive into downtown Birmingham:

Let us know if we can help…

Lake Forest Sales Update

If you’re looking to buy a home in the Birmingham area, Lake Forest in Shelby Co. is one of the neighborhoods where you can’t go wrong.

Folks love this area because of its surroundings, which include a lake, walking track, playground and more.

Here’s a look at sales activity in the neighborhood during 2012:

If you’d like help with finding a home anywhere in the greater Birmingham or Shelby Co. area, let us know.

There are plenty of good opportunities out there…

Getting Lit for the Holidays

We always love seeing how festive some folks in the Birmingham area become when the holidays approach.

Michael Rice is a resident of Lake Forest in Alabaster.  For the third year in a row, he’s showing that—if there’s any competition for who can put on the most dazzling display of Christmas lights—Michael’s going to be tough to beat:

You can see Michael’s display for yourself by pulling up to in front of his home on Sugarberry Dr any evening between now and New Year’s.  Don’t be surprised if you see him outside, tweaking or adjusting, to try and make his assortment of over 40,000 lights even more impressive.

“It’s a process. You have to get it right, or you’re blowing fuses, popping breakers and having cords melting down,” Rice said, noting that he strictly follows national electrical code standards.

He has installed ten circuit breakers with 20 receptacles and estimates he’s using over 3,000 feet of extension cords.

“Power is my limitation,” Rice said. “You can’t plug in more than three sets of lights together.”

Rice doesn’t use any commercial lighting, but instead uses only off-the-shelf consumer lights. “I buy everything from WalMart.”

The lighting project grows every year, with Rice estimating he invests between $500 and $600 a year.



Late May Alabaster Area Home Sales Update

Thought we’d take a quick spin through some of the statistics about the Alabaster, Maylene and Saginaw areas of Shelby County, courtesy of the Birmingham Multiple Listing System.

The great deals for Shelby Co. and Birmingham area homes continue...

Can you say motivated sellers? The great deals for Shelby Co. and Birmingham area homes for sale continue...

It’s still a great time to buy, thanks to some tremendous deals out there (like a 4 Bedroom brick home in Lake Forest, originally $209K, knocked down to $180K, not a foreclosure)…

Single family homes with 3 or more Bedrooms for sale: 345

Number of homes for sale by price:

$100,000-$150,000:  62
$150,000-$200,000:  129
$200,000-$250,000:  58
$250,000-$300,000:  35
$350,000-$400,000:  17
$400,000-$450,000:  5
$450,000-$500,000:  4
$500,000+:   7

Current homes for sale by neighborhood:

Alabaster Highlands:  3
Ammersee Lakes:  0
Apache Ridge:  6
Applegate:  5
Autumn Ridge:  6
Bermuda Lake:  2
Buck Creek:  2
Cambridge Point:  7
Carriage Hill:  2
Cedar Grove:  4
Cedar Meadows:  2
Cross Creek:  6
Dogwood Forest:  1
Grande View:  32
Green Valley:  2
Ironwood:  2
Kentwood:  6
Lake Forest:  29
Lake Lane:  2
Meadow Green:   0
Meadowview:   3
Mission Hills:  1
Navajo Hills:  7
Oakwood Village:  3
Park Forest: 7
Park Place:  3
Portsouth:  5
Saddle Lake Farms: 10
Scottsdale:  2
Shalimar Point:  1
Shelby Farms:  2
Southwind:  2
Stagecoach Trace:  9
Sterling Gate: 29
Stoney Meadow:  4
Sugar Hill:  2
Summer Brook:  6
Tanglewood By The Creek:  3
The Meadows:  4
Weatherly:  21
Willow Point:  1
Windy Oaks:  2
Wynlake:  6

Highest priced property:
$1.3 million, 4BR, 20+ acre estate on Hwy 119

Single Family Home Sales from 4/24/09-5/24/09:  29
Average sales price:  $ 139,470

Thinking about buying or selling in Shelby County?  Give us a call at 205.356.5412 or click here to contact us by e-mail.

We’re ready to help!

Colleen and David