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Storyteller Dolores Hydock delights Birmingham

I remember thinking years ago, “you’ve got to be kidding.”

After all, what could be more boring than to have to sit and listen to someone tell a story for an hour?

Renowned storyteller Dolores Hydock has taught me a thing or two about being too judgmental in advance.

No matter what subject she chooses, Hydock’s tales are engaging, informative and loads of fun.

Dolores Hydock

Dolores Hydock talks about what people will do for money while appearing at Peham's Public Library on 4/22/12.

Dolores makes it impossible for you not to be entertained.

Colleen and I enjoyed seeing Dolores perform over the weekend at the Pelham Public Library when she told some great stories about–of all things–money.

A featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival, Dolores has won numerous awards for her work.  If you go to see her, you’ll understand why.

We’re lucky that Dolores calls Birmingham home; she frequently makes appearances throughout the area.  If you’d like to catch one of her shows, check out her website by clicking here.

Dolores has several more appearances scheduled in the coming months, including in Crestline, Homewood and Hoover.

Just one warning if you wind up going to see Dolores:  You’ll get hooked, and will want to go back for more.


New Competition for Selling Your Home

Thinking of selling your home?

You already know there’s plenty of competition here in the Birmingham and Shelby Co. area.

But now, there’s a new force to deal with. Check out our video just below. This all started when we decided to pay a visit to a recently listed Foreclosure in Alabaster’s Lake Forest; you may be interested to see what’s happening inside…

We’re ready to help you with getting your home sold, successfully, and sooner, rather than later.

Give us a call at 205.677.8696…


October Birmingham/Shelby Co. Home Sale Stats

Getting your home sold in Shelby County is taking longer in some communities and less time in others, while prices have dropped, according to October statistics from the Birmingham Multiple Listing System.

The average number of days on market increased in Alabaster and Chelsea, but fell in Helena, Pelham and Calera:

Days On Market  JUN-OCT 2009
Click here to see a larger version of the Average Days On Market graphic

Prices continued a downward trend in October, and substantially so, compared to September:

Average Prices  JUN-OCT 2009
Click here to see a larger version of the Average Sales Price graphic

How many homes are selling?

Except for Calera, the number of homes sold in October dropped from September. Chelsea saw the sharpest one month drop, while more homes sold in Calera during October than in September:

Homes Sold  - JUN-OCT 2009
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Why the uptick in Calera?

Perhaps it’s the large inventory of low cost housing (both new and resale), making for some very attractive deals for first time home buyers, along with the fact that Calera qualifies for USDA financing (which means loans with no down payment required).

I think these statistics are giving us some important messages.

If you’re planning on buying a home, the market is continuing to work very much in your favor in the Birmingham and Shelby County area. Prices have dropped, inventory is in plentiful supply, and loans continue to be very affordable.

If you’re trying to sell, the message these numbers present is that it’s going to take a lot more than just putting a For Sale sign in the yard.

Marketing plays a more critical role than ever, and must be done in innovative ways if your home is to stand out among all the other properties for sale.

Pricing is no less important and will be a huge deciding factor in how quickly you sell, or if you sell, at all (believe me, we have seen examples of both!).

You may also benefit from an informed assessment of your property’s appearance and condition. With so many homes for sale right now, if your property doesn’t sparkle, Buyers will simply move on to another.

These are some very good reasons for trusting the sale of your home to an Agent who’s knowledgeable about the market here in the Shelby Co./Birmingham area and who knows how to achieve success in spite of challenging economic conditions.


Homes For Sale in Birmingham & Shelby Co. Area

As we start off May, here’s a look at current inventory for the Shelby County and Birmingham areas, as indicated by the Birmingham Multiple Listing Service:

Number of homes available:

Helena & Pelham area (Shelby Co.): 518
Helena & Pelham area (Jefferson Co.): 58
North Shelby/Hoover area (Shelby Co.): 776
Chelsea: 279
Altadena/Cahaba Heights area: 72
Liberty Park/Vestavia area: 492
Alabaster, Maylene & Saginaw area:  382

Calera, Montevallo & Wilton area:  346
Columbiana, Westover & Wilsonville area: 93

Number of homes with 3 or more bedrooms for sale:

Alabaster/Maylene/Saginaw area: 362
Chelsea area:  24

Number of homes with swimming pool for sale:

Alabaster/Maylene/Saginaw area: 116
Chelsea:  24

Bottom line:  There continues to be an excellent supply of homes in a wide variety of styles and price ranges.  The good time to buy rolls on!


Birmingham/Shelby County Homes For Sale

Here’s a look at current inventory for the Shelby County and Birmingham areas, as indicated by the Birmingham Multiple Listing Service:

Number of homes available:

Helena & Pelham area (Shelby Co.): 521
Helena & Pelham area (Jefferson Co.): 58
North Shelby/Hoover area (Shelby Co.): 701
Chelsea: 324
Altadena/Cahaba Heights area: 62
Liberty Park/Vestavia area: 446
Alabaster, Maylene & Saginaw area: 372
Calera, Montevallo & Wilton area: 356
Columbiana, Westover & Wilsonville area: 89

Number of homes for sale based on current selling price:

Alabaster, Maylene and Saginaw area:
$150,000-$200,000: 131
$200,000-$300,000: 86

Helena and Pelham areas (Shelby Co.):
$150,000-$200,000: 166
$200,000-$300,000: 124

Helena and Pelham areas (Jefferson Co.):
$150,000-$200,000:   2
$200,000-$300,000:  21

$150,000-$200,000:  99
$200,000-$300,000: 120


Birmingham & Shelby County Home Sales Update

Here’s hoping you had a Merry Christmas!

As we wind down the last few days of 2008, here’s a look at how many homes are for sale in the Birmingham, Alabaster and Shelby county areas. We did an update like this in November, and it’s interesting to see that—in nearly every case—inventory has dropped from the earlier update. The numbers in parentheses are how many homes were for sale as of the November update:

Alabaster – 372 (389)
Altadena/Cahaba Heights – 33 (50)
Calera – 297 (297)
Clanton – 171 (179)
Columbiana – 44 (52)
Chelsea – 249 (255)
Helena – 245 (269)
Hoover – 939 (982)
Indian Springs – 10 (32)
Inverness – 55 (56)
Liberty Park/Vestavia – 409 (452)
Meadow Brook – 7 (13)
Montevallo – 96 (100)
Pelham – 298 (333)
Vincent – 26 (27)

Source: Birmingham Area Multiple Listing Service

I suppose people are finally deciding that the opportunities to buy a home really are as good as they’re being told. And there’s no doubt about it: As the New Year gets underway, home prices and inventory will continue to offer buyers some of the best deals that have occurred in many years.