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Archive for May, 2007

Who wants an attic full of dead squirrels???

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on May 31, 2007

The Importance of a Home Inspection 
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant,
Huntsville Real Estate Agent

Home InspectionI got a call from a good friend and she told me a nightmare of a story she is having with her brand new home.  She is in a new subdivision and is only the third completed home on the block. She has been in the new house for about three months and recently she says she has been hearing noises and scratching sounds that appear to be coming from the attic.  This went on for a while and they eventually called a pest control company to come out.   As it turns out, they have an attic full of flying squirrels.   The company told them to call a wildlife company, but of course, still charged them for a service call.  They contacted the wildlife company who came out and gave them an estimate for $2000 to trap the squirrels and remove them.  They also told them that the squirrels got in through a hole where the roof was not completed and recommended they contact the builder.  It seems as trees and lots were being cleared in the new subdivision the squirrels made their way into the house.  My friend contacted the builder who tells them that they will not pay $2000 for wildlife company to remove the squirrels but they will come and patch the hole and put down poison in the attic.  So of course my question was, “Who wants an attic full of dead squirrels?”  The couple demanded the builder come up with a better solution since it was the incomplete roof that was the source of this problem.  Try to guess the builder’s response…. YOU SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN A HOME INSPECTION.  The builder’s position was that they were willing correct the situation but it their decision in HOW to correct it.  When my friend told me that I said, “But you did get a home inspection, right?”  She said no because her real estate agent and mortgage company told her it wasn’t required and really wasn’t needed since it was new construction.  She said she figured why spend $300 if it wasn’t necessary.  This was one of those time when I really wished I lived in her area so I could have represented her.  I was appalled!! 

Home inspections are not required by law, so it can be tempting to skip them. Inspections cost money and when you’re buying a house the expenses can add up quickly. Youmay feel that adding inspection fees on top of everything else is just too much. On the other hand, a thorough home inspection before you buy can end up saving you money in the long run. An inspection may uncover problems within the property that might give you leverage to negotiate a better price, or may discover problems so severe that you decide against buying the house at all. A home inspection will cost between $200 and $500. All things considered, it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.  Remember Inspectors are professionally trained to notice all the little details that are easy to miss to the untrained eye.

I guess a few squirrels are not as bad as having faulty wiring causing a fire, structural mistakes, or leaky plumbing causing flooding.  But then again with no home inspection how will you know you don’t have those problems as well.  I think $300 would be well worth just having a little more peace of mind.  And now just a few months later and my friend has paid more than that in service calls for different companies to come find out what was going on.  Additionally, this incident has cost her time and energy which cannot be measured.  Needless to say they are still in debate with the builder over how this situation is to be corrected.  All because they did not get a home inspection.  It really is in a buyer’s best interest to have a home inspection completed prior to purchase so you will not run into unexpected problems.   Anything man made can have flaws and new construction is no difference.  I really hope that real estate agents that represent buyers would not tell their client not to get an inspection but obviously it does happen.  Alabama is a “Caveat Emptor” state.  That means BUYER BEWARE!!  It does not matter if the house is 5 days old or 50 years old, you still need to get an inspection completed before a real estate purchase.  Whether you are in located in a buyer beware state or not, please GET A HOME INSPECTION prior to closing.  Would you purchase a stock without checking its past performance? Would you purchase a car without test driving it? Then make sure you don’t make a major purchase of a home without getting professional insight on the investment.

Kimberly Grant
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
KimberlyGrant.info

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Huntsville Alabama Road Construction

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on May 28, 2007

Huntsville Alabama Road Construction Update
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant, Huntsville Realtor

Huntsville Road Construction

Many people will be out on the roads during this week. Please be mindful of the road construction going on around town so you can plan your route accordingly.

Governors Drive will have planned closings in sections this week to try to prevent major traffic delays:

Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day: The contractor will close Harvard between Longwood and Governors drives.

Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: The contractor will close Princeton Boulevard at Governors.

Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day: Huntsville Utilities Gas Department will close Sivley Road between Governors and Turner Street.

Tuesday, one eastbound lane of Governors will be closed for three blocks, part of the Monroe Street intersection will be closed, and access to and from Vanderbilt Drive will be closed for at least six weeks.

The right, or outside, lane of eastbound Governors will be closed from Monroe to Harvard Road.

Tthe traffic signal at Governors and Monroe will stay green continuously during the closings for motorists going east on Governors.

Motorists going south on Monroe will not be allowed to turn left to go east on Governors, nor allowed to cross Governors to Vanderbilt. The turn lane for southbound Monroe motorists to turn west onto Governors will remain open.Access to and from Vanderbilt Drive and Vanderbilt Circle will be available via Monroe, which veers off the northbound Parkway access road. However, northbound motorists on the Parkway access road will not be able to reach Governors by taking the same route and passing by Vanderbilt Drive.

Brandontown Road between Oakwood Avenue and Jordan Lane is closed to through traffic until about Oct. 3.

The right-hand, northbound lane of Monroe Street between Holmes Avenue and Church Street is closed until early July.

The Jordan Lane/Alabama 53 widening project continues from north of Mastin Lake Road to north of Nick Fitcheard Road.

Madison: Shelton Road will be closed at the railroad track to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to rebuild the road at the crossing. This closure will be in effect until next Friday. Paving work continues on Hughes Road. While Sullivan Street is closed, traffic is diverted to Mill Road, Church Street and Main Street.

Upcoming Construction: Through the middle of June, traffic on the Interstate 65 bridge over the Tennessee River will be reduced to one lane weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for maintenance.

It is estimated that about 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States, which means about one death every 13 minutes. The financial costs of these crashes are more than 230 billion dollars. Please be careful while you are on the roads. The results of vehicle accidents not only affect you but others around you. The effects can be devastating from loss of your transportation to personal injury or even death for you or someone else. Be cautious of your surroundings and be sure to leave early whenever you can so you do not have to rush. Above all else, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not drink and drive especially during this holiday weekend.

Kimberly Grant
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
www.KimberlyGrant.info

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Huntsville 2007 Mercedes-Benz Cotton Row Run

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on May 28, 2007

2007 Mercedes-Benz Cotton Row Run

2007 Mercedes-Benz Cotton Row Run Huntsville, AL
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant,
Huntsville Realtor

Huntsville Cotton Row RunThe 28th annual Mercedes-Benz Cotton Row Run was held near Big Springs Park.  There was a 10K (6.2 miles) run that started at 7 am this morning.  There was a 5K (3.1 miles) that begain at 10 am and a 1 mile Fun Run aiming to attract children 10 and under and their adult companions that went through historic downtown.  Security, traffic control, and medical support provided for the safety of all the participants.  The Cotton Row Run is conducted by the Huntsville Track Club and for the past 27 years has drawn runners from all over the country.  Lodging was provided by Holiday Inn Downtown Huntsville and there were numerous local companies sponsoring the event.  Papa John’s provided free pizza to all the runners, Pepsi Cola provided soft drinks to all the runners, and Garden Cove Produce provided bananas, water, and Gatorade.

There are prizes for the 10K winners including: top seven overall male and female finishers, top 5 male and female finishers over 40, and additional cash and prizes for individuals that set course records.  Our very own Huntsvillian, David Riddle, was the top local finisher.  He finished in a time of 32:12 just 2 minutes and 10 seconds behind the first place male winner Alene Reta from Ethiopia.  The women’s dividision was won by Silvia Skvortsova of New York, who also broke the 2003 women’s course record with a time of 33:20. 

Be careful when traveling downtown and remember that many of the streets have been closed for the safety of the participants.  Leave early and be prepared for possible alternate routes.  Have a happy and safe Memorial Day.

Kimberly Grant 
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty 
www.KimberlyGrant.info 

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Huntsville and Madison County Real Estate Update

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on May 28, 2007

Huntsville and Madison County Real Estate Update
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant, Huntsville Realtor

Here is an update of the current homes for sale on the market in Huntsville and the surrounding areas. There are currently 2,405 homes on the market in the Madison County Area. These numbers represent residential single family houses, condos, townhouses, manufactured, and mobile homes on the market as of May 27, 2007. Different areas of the county experience varying statistics such as average days on the market and average selling prices. Below these numbers are divided into areas. The first area is Huntsville City, the second area is Madison City and surrounding areas, and the third area is the remainder of Madison County. Of course, these areas can be further divided to show even more detailed information but hopefully this will give you more insight as to what is happening in your general area.

Current Huntsville, AL Homes For Sale

Currently there are 1,018 Huntsville homes on the market. So far this month, there have been 246 homes sold with an average of 80 days on the market. The average selling price is $173,260 and the median selling price this month is $149,900.

Current Madison, AL Homes For Sale

Currently there are 754 Madison homes on the market. So far this month, there have been 118 homes sold with an average of 89 days on the market. The average selling price is $238,646 and the median selling price this month is $195,500.

Current Madison County Homes For Sale

Currently there are 633 Madison County homes on the market. So far this month, there have been 110 homes sold with an average of 113 days on the market. The average selling price is $156,251 and the median selling price this month is $139,900.

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If you are a home buyer currently searching for a home for sale, there are resources available to you so that you can make an informed decision when buying your next home. You can SEARCH HUNTSVILLE MLS LISTINGS to find a home matching your desired criteria or have the search completed for you by signing up to RECEIVE HOME LISTINGS BY EMAIL when they hit the market.

If you will be selling a home in the near future, you can receive a personalized HOME EVALUATION or receive a market update of your very own neighborhood with a COMPARATIVE MARKET ANALYSIS both completed by a professional Realtor.

I hope this information has been helpful to you. As always, I can be reached for any of your REAL ESTATE QUESTIONS or if you need assistance in buying or selling a home. Have a Happy Memorial Day and be safe on the roads.

*This information has been provided by Kimberly Grant, Huntsville Realtor for Exit Leon Crawford Realty and is not intended to solicit properties currently listed for sale.*

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Huntsville Memorial Day Service

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on May 26, 2007

Huntsville Alabama Memorial Day Service
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant, Realtor 

On May 28, 2007, there will be a Memorial Day Service at Maple Hill Cemetary.  The event begins at 10:30 am and no admission will be charged.  The program includes a Color Guard, Veterans firing squad, band & bugler as part of the ceremony. In honor and remembrance of our fallen members of the armed forces, American flags will be placed at every military gravesite in the cemetery.  Patriotic music will be performed before the program begins and local organizations have been invited to bring wreathes & their organizational colors for the ceremony.  The decorating has already begun for the event and should be a moving tribute to those that have given their lives for others.

202 Maple Hill St SE Huntsville, AL 35801

MapQuest Directions:

1: Travel on I-565 E toward HUNTSVILLE. 10.1 miles Map
2: Take the WASHINGTON ST / JEFFERSON ST exit- EXIT 19C- toward DOWNTOWN. 0.2 miles Map
3: Take the WASHINGTON ST W ramp. <0.1 miles Map
4: Merge onto WASHINGTON ST NW. <0.1 miles Map
5: Turn RIGHT onto PRATT AVE NW. 0.4 miles Map
6: Turn RIGHT onto WHITE ST NE. 0.3 miles Map
7: Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto WELLS AVE SE. 0.1 miles Map
8: Turn RIGHT onto MAPLE HILL DR SE.

Please be careful over the holiday weekend.  Roads may be dangerous so remember to drive cautiously for yourself and for others.

Have a very Happy Memorial Day Weekend,

Kimberly Grant, Realtor

Exit Leon Crawford Realty

www.KimberlyGrant.info

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Let Me Introduce Rocket City Real Estate Source

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on May 19, 2007

I love to go out about town and meet people. The real estate profession really provides a level of freedom that allows me to really get out and do many different things. While I am out and about in Huntsville, Madison, Decatur, and the surrounding areas, when I run into different people throughout the course of conversation there is one question that ALWAYS arises:

HOW IS THE REAL ESTATE MARKET IN OUR AREA?

No matter how the conversation starts, usually by the time it ends we touch on real estate in some way or another. With so much information about the real estate market in the news lately there were many people who were concerned about which way the real estate market in Huntsville was heading.

So I started sending out emails and different information to my clients letting them know about market conditions here in North Alabama. Some wanted to buy real estate, some wanted to sell real estate, and some just wanted to stay current on real estate market conditions just in case they wanted to buy or sale in the future. But I had an idea, if I could get one place on line where I could place real estate information about Huntsville and Madison, more people could see it and benefit from it. I did some research on forum and message boards, and I found that the best platform for getting out information was to start a blog.

I am so excited about Rocket City Real Estate Source. I have so many ideas that I barely know where to begin. I can inform people about the current mortgage rates, average days on the market, average selling price, and issues in real estate. This will give me another way in which to help my clients and the public at large. I am always open to suggestions for improvement and things of interest for Rocket City Real Estate Source. My wish is that it is useful, informative, timely, and above all helpful to those that want to stay up to date regarding information about buying or selling real estate in Huntsville and the surrounding areas.

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FEATURED MADISON HOME FOR SALE

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on May 19, 2007

For more information on this home or any other homes for sale in Huntsville or Madison, email us at info@HuntsvilleRealEstateInfo.com

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FEATURED HUNTSVILLE HOME FOR SALE

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on May 18, 2007

For more information on this home or any other homes for sale in Huntsville or Madison, email us at info@HuntsvilleRealEstateInfo.com

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Let Me Introduce Myself

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on May 18, 2007

I am a Realtor with Exit Leon Crawford Realty specializing in representation of buyers and sellers in Huntsville, Madison, Harvest, Toney, Hazel Green, Meridianville, Ryland, Hampton Cove, Owens Cross Roads, and Browsboro. For more information on the services provided, feel free to visit MY WEBSITE

Education:

Bachelor of Science and Master of Science received from Alabama A&M University
Currently pursuing Master of Business Administration from University of North Alabama

Certifications and Affiliations:

Member of the National Association of Realtors
Member of the Alabama Association of Realtors
Member of the Huntsville Area Association of Realtors
Member of the Real Estate Navigators of Huntsville
Member of the National Association of Scholars
Notary Public Alabama State-At-Large
e-Pro Certified Internet Professional

Services I provide:

Buyer and Seller Representation
Investor Representation
Marketing Analysis and Home Valuation
Real Estate Consulting
Notary Services, Including limited power of attorney, property conveyance, and document authentication

Resources Available to the Public:

Huntsville Real Estate Website
VIP Homebuyer Search
VIP Seller Program
Lists of Local Foreclosures, Bank Owned, and Distressed Properties
Free Online Homebuyer Class
Informative Reports for Sellers
Informative Reports for Buyers
Free Mortgage Pre-Approval
Mortgage Calculators
Find Out How Much Home You Can Afford
Real Estate Newletter By Mail

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