Friday, February 02, 2007

Montgomery Home Buyers Get Free Credit Report

One of the first steps a Montgomery home buyer needs to take when preparing to buy a home is to get their finances in order. This includes a credit report review to determine if there are any discrepancies and then to take the steps necessary to get the discrepancies corrected.

Under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, we are all entitled to a free annual report from all three major credit bureaus–Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion–available at

If you find an error, contact the bureau immediately (the address is on the report). By law, the credit bureau has 30 days to investigate and respond. The bureau must correct, or remove, inaccurate information and send a revised report to anyone who has requested your report in the past six months.

If you have any questions concerning your credit report or need a referral to a well-qualified mortgage lender, give us a call. We are here to help.

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Americans Migrating West & Southeast

United Van Lines has released its 2006 Migration Study. A strong mobility pattern continued in 2006 as many Americans packed up their belongings and headed to the West and Southeast parts of the country, while the Central Northeast region of the country experienced an increase in residents departing. The statistics are among the findings of United Van Line’s 30th annual “migration” study that tracks where its customers, over the last 12 months, moved from and the most popular destinations. The findings were announced by Carl Walter, vice president of United Van Lines, the nation’s largest household goods mover.

The report shows Alabama (57.5%) experienced its fourth year as a high-inbound location. Many Americans have learned what Alabamans have know all along. Alabama is a great place to live!

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Midtown Montgomery Housing Market Expected to Rise in 2007

"After bottoming in the fourth quarter of 2006, existing-home sales are expected to rise through 2007 and into 2008, while new home sales should turnaround by summer, according to the latest forecast by the National Association of Realtors." Is this an accurate forecast for Midtown Montgomery? Let's take a look.

The number of sold single family homes in Midtown Montgomery (Midtown consists of neighborhoods south of I-85 between Exits1 and 6) in December was down 25 percent compared to December 2005. The number of pending listings remained unchanged. December 2005 saw market times of 83 days compared to this December's 103 days, a 24 percent increase.

The average sales price in December increased 16 percent to a price of $148,942.

Now, let's take a look at the year end statistics for Midtown. Sales in 2006 were down from 2005 by 10 percent. A better stat than December's 25 percent, indicating the fourth quarter was not as strong as the beginning of the year.

Market times actually decreased in 2006 from 100 days on the market to 83 days on the market. This is a dramatic and very positive difference from the December figure.
2006 appreciation is 16 percent (same as December), with the average price being $151,018 compared to $129,851 in 2005.

Montgomery remains a strong market and avoided the price decreases experienced throughout much of the country. Based on buyer activity early in January (calls, walk-ins, open house attendance, etc.), 2007 will be a very strong year.

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Information is provided by the Montgomery Area Association of Realtors and is deemed accurate but not guaranteed.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Published by the Montgomery Advertiser

The Montgomery Advertiser has published my article, "Vacant Lots, Buildings Disappear with Infill Housing" which addresses development in Midtown Montgomery. The article was originally written for our monthly newsletter, Midtown Living, which was referenced is the previous post.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Infill Housing in Midtown Montgomery

We are proud to present the January/February 2007 edition of Midtown Living, featuring articles concerning:
  • Infill Housing in Midtown
  • What's Ahead for 2007
  • Predicting Midtown's Future
  • Heater Safety Inspections & Guarantees by Hans Heating & Air
  • Homes For Sale in Midtown
  • and more...

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Thursday, December 28, 2006 Reports Increase In New Home Sales

New homes sales increased, unexpectedly, in November according to November sales did not compare to the to the red hot market of 2005, but came in 7 percent higher than July sales which were the lowest this year. It looks as though sales have bottomed out and are on the rise again. Read the full story...

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Midtown Montgomery Housing Report

David Lereah, National Association of Realtors chief economist, said a fairly steady pace of home sales can be expected for the next two months. "It's important to focus on where the housing market is now - it appears to be stabilizing, and comparisons with an unsustainable boom mask the fact that home sales remain historically high - they'll stay that way through 2007." he said. "In addition, a temporary correction in prices distracts from the fact that it is primarily the number of homes sales that affects the economy, and the number for this year will be the third highest on record." How do local home sales stack up to this prediction?

The number of sold single family homes in Midtown Montgomery (Midtown consists of neighborhoods south of I-85 between Exits1 and 6) for November is down 11 percent compared to November 2005. The number of pending listings are, also, down by 29 percent. November 2005 saw market times of 115 days compared to this November's 85 days, a 26 percent decrease. A decrease in market times is very unusual in a slower market and is an indication the Midtown market will remain strong. The average sales price has decreased by $1,390 or 1 percent.

When thinking about selling your home, be sure to give us a call. We have the market knowledge and expertise needed to help you price your home correctly thus assuring a successful sale and putting the most money in your pocket.

Information is provided by the Montgomery Area Association of Realtors and is deemed accurate but not guaranteed.

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