Wednesday, March 19, 2014

These 11 Birmingham Foods Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

These 11 Birmingham Foods Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

1. French toast takes on a whole new meaning at Edgar’s Bakery.

Source: Edgar’s Bakery Facebook page
Edgar’s Bakery
Two Birmingham locations
3407 Colonnade Pkwy.
6801 Cahaba Valley Rd. Ste. 128
Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

2. And grits go classy at the Highlands Bar and Grill.

Source: Highlands Bar and Grill Facebook page
Highlands Bar and Grill
2011 11th Ave. S.
Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

3. What kind of burger would you expect from a chef so good they put him on reality TV?

Source: FLIP Burger Boutique Facebook page
(New Mexico burger)
FLIP Burger Boutique
220 Summit Blvd.
Yelp Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

4. The key lime pie at Full Moon BBQ isn’t award-winning for nothing.

Source: Full Moon BBQ Facebook page
Full Moon BBQ
Several locations throughout greater Birmingham
Southside location: 525 25th St. S.
Yelp Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

5. But pie doesn’t have to be sweet to be mouth-watering.

Source: John’s City Diner Facebook page
John’s City Diner
112 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.
Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

6. Slice puts all of the pizza posers to shame.

Source: Slice Birmingham Facebook page
Slice Birmingham
725 29th St.
Yelp Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

7. And El Barrio will make you forget about all other tacos.

Source: El Barrio Restaurante Facebook page
Image Source: El Barrio Restaurante Y Bar
2211 Second Ave. N.
Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

8. When you ask for a crab sandwich at Veranda on Highland, you’re going to get exactly that—and then some.

Source: Veranda on Highland Facebook page
Veranda on Highland
2220 Highland Ave. S.
Yelp Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

9. And if you don’t think a Snickers cupcake is a real thing, meet Dreamcakes Bakery.

Source: Dreamcakes Bakery Facebook page
Dreamcakes Bakery
960 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood
Yelp Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

10. There’s not much to be said about The Alabama Biscuit Company, other than it would practically be a sin not to stop by.

Source: The Alabama Biscuit Company Facebook page
Alabama Biscuit Company
4133 White Oak Dr.
Yelp Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

11. And if you’re dead set on some good barbecue, it’s Saw’s Soul Kitchen or nothing.

Source: Saw’s Soul Kitchen Facebook page
Saw’s Soul Kitchen
Several locations throughout greater Birmingham
Avondale location: 215 41st St. S.
Yelp Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Monday, March 17, 2014



Posted: 17 Mar 2014 04:00 AM PDT
Based on prices, mortgage rates and soaring rents, there may have never been a better time in real estate history to purchase a home than right now. Here are five major reasons purchasers should consider buying.
1. Competition is about to Increase
Every spring a surge of prospective purchasers enter the housing market. Like you, they will want the best home available in the best location at the best price. They will be competing with you for the ‘steals’ in the market. Don’t miss the opportunity to get that ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ buy available today that no longer be available as the market heats up..
2. Price Increases Are on the Horizon
Nationally, home prices are projected to appreciate by 4.5% in 2014 and by over 19% from now until 2018. First home buyers will probably pay more both in price and interest rate if they wait until the spring. Even if you are a move-up buyer, it will wind-up costing you more in net dollars as the home you will buy will appreciate at approximately the same rate as the house you are in now.
3. Owning a Home Helps Create Family Wealth
Whether you rent or you own the home you are living in, you are paying a mortgage. Either you are paying your mortgage or your landlord’s. The Federal Reserve, in a recent study, revealed that the net worth of the average homeowner is 30 times greater than that of a renter.
4. Interest Rates Are Projected to Rise
The Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Association of Realtors, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have all projected that the 30-year mortgage interest rate will be over 5% by the spring of 2015. That is an increase of almost 3/4 of a point over current rates.
5. Buy Low, Sell High
Most would all agree that, when investing, we want to buy at the lowest price possible and hope to sell at the highest price. Housing can create family wealth as long as we follow this simple principle. Today, real estate is selling ‘low’ compared to where it will be next year. It’s time to buy.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Buying a Home Less Expensive than Renting – by 38%!

Buying a Home Less Expensive than Renting – by 38%!

Buying a Home Less Expensive than Renting – by 38%!

House in Hands 
Trulia released their Rent vs. Buy Report last week. The report explained that home ownership remains cheaper than renting in all of the 100 largest metro areas by an average of 38%!
The other interesting findings in the report include:
  • Even though prices increased sharply in many markets over the past year, low mortgage rates have kept home ownership from becoming more expensive than renting.
  • Some markets might tip in favor of renting this year as prices continue to rise faster than rents and if – as most economists expect – mortgage rates rise, due both to the strengthening economy and Fed tapering.
  • Nationally, rates would have to rise to 10.6% for renting to be cheaper than buying – and rates haven’t been that high since 1989.
Buying a home now makes sense. You can lock in a mortgage payment before home prices and mortgage rates rise as experts expect they will. If you rent, your housing expense will only continue to increase.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

9 Signs You're in Love With Your House a RE/MAX HOUSING BLOG

9 Signs You’re in Love With Your House
9 Signs You're in Love With Your House
Fri, February 14, 2014
How deep do your feelings go for the place you call home? Here are some indicators you're completely head over heels.

You know you're in love with your house when:

1. You can't wait to see it at the end of the day. In fact, you catch yourself daydreaming about being there.

2. You have trouble sleeping when you're away too long, and your own bed is the only place you want to be by the time you return.

3. You sometimes put its needs ahead of your own – like cleaning the gutters instead of watching the game.

4. You manage to return from most shopping trips with at least one item just for the house. "Those outdoor lights would look great on the garage." Sound familiar?

5. You seem to have more photos of all the great projects you've completed than you do of the people who live there.

6. You lose track of time on the weekends and sometimes stay there for days at a time.

7. You do everything you can to protect it because you would be devastated if anything bad ever happened to it.

8. You appreciate every one of its quirks. The creaking floors might bother someone else, but they make you feel like the house is happy you're there.

9. You feel the chemistry, but you can't explain it. It just feels like home – plain and simple.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale by Owner

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale by Owner

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale by Owner

Do Not FSBOSome homeowners consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). We think there are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

Here are five of our reasons:

1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With

Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to FSBO.
  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value
  • Your bank in the case of a short sale

2. Exposure to Prospective Purchasers

Recent studies have shown that 92% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 28% looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

3.  Results Come from the Internet

Where do buyers find the home they actually purchased?
  • 43% on the internet
  • 9% from a yard sign
  • 1% from newspapers
The days of selling your house by just putting up a sign and putting it in the paper are long gone. Having a strong internet strategy is crucial.

4. FSBOing has Become More and More Difficult

The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people FSBOing has dropped from 19% to 9% over the last 20+ years.

5. You Net More Money when Using an Agent

Many homeowners believe that they will save the real estate commission by selling on their own. Realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they also believe they can save the real commission. The seller and buyer can’t both save the commission.
Studies have shown that the typical house sold by the homeowner sells for $184,000 while the typical house sold by an agent sells for $230,000.   This doesn’t mean that an agent can get $46,000 more for your home as studies have shown that people are more likely to FSBO in markets with lower price points. However, it does show that selling on your own might not make sense.

Bottom Line

Before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, sit with a real estate professional in your marketplace and see what they have to offer.