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Huntsville Real Estate Market Report

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on July 7, 2007

Huntsville June Real Estate Summary and Current Market Conditions 
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant, Huntsville Real Estate Agent

Madison County Real Estate Update

WOW is all I can say!!  It seems like just yesterday I was posting a farewell to May and giving a big hello to June.  Now June has come and gone and we are into July and the year is half over.  I can hardly believe it. 

Here we are ready to recap our Huntsville statistics for the month of June as of today July 5, 2007.  I am very excited to report that there were 320 homes sold in Huntsville during June!!!  This was the majority of the 617 homes sold in Madison County last month.  There are some parts of the country that are really experiencing sluggish market conditions right now but Huntsville has kept a steady pace.  We are above the 299 homes sold last month and we have also seen an increase from the 309 homes sold this month last year.

Huntsville saw an increase in the number of homes sold in each area of the city in the last month.  The sold homes of Huntsville can be broken down into the following areas:

  • Northwest Huntsville: 61 sold homes
  • Northeast Huntsville: 31 sold homes
  • Southwest Huntsville: 96 sold homes
  • Southeast Huntsville: 75 sold homes
  • East Huntsville: 57 sold homes 

The average number of days on the market for Huntsville for the month of June was 67 days.  This is slightly lower than last month when the average time on the market was running at about 73 days.  The average price of sold homes in Huntsville for June was $203,731 and the median price was $162,000.

I am excited as we prepare for another summer season in Huntsville.  The Huntsville real estate market is very dynamic and it is being watched by observers across the country.  I think we live in one of the best cities in the nation for a number of reasons and the current state of our real estate market is one of them.

Currently there are about 1,100 Huntsville Homes for Sale.  If you are interested in buying, selling, or investing in Huntsville real estate, please feel free to utilize any of the following links:

As always, you are welcome to contact me with any questions or if you need assistance with your real estate needs.  Just give me a call and experience Exceptional Service GUARANTEED!

Kimberly Grant
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
Mailto:KimberlyGrant@exitrealtyhsv.com

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Tips on Saving Water

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on July 7, 2007

Huntsville Home Owners — Tips to Save Water
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant,
Huntsville Real Estate Agent
Huntsville/Madison AL Real Estate Blog

As many of you know, in the midst of drought and all that is going on in our area, Huntsville Utilities has been encouraging local residents to try to be conservative in our water and utility usage.  We have been getting an increase in rain lately but we are still far below where we should be at this point in the year.  Huntsville Utilities has been encouraging Huntsville residents to conserve water so that our water usage will not have to be restricted.  I have been encouraging you to try to save in any way you can.  I tried to find a way to see how I can help spread the word about water conservation.  I have found these tips on how we can save water during the drought.

INSIDE WATER SAVING TIPS

  1. Check all toilets for leaks. Leaks into the overflow pipe and through the flush valve are the most common and wasteful.
  2. Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers.
  3. Don’t let water run continuously while shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.
  4. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  5. Install energy efficient shower heads. You will save on energy, water and sewer bills if the new shower head reduces the flow to less than two gallons per minute.
  6. Install aerators with flow restrictors on faucets. New replacement faucets should have aerators and flow restrictors built-in.
  7. Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of the load you are washing.
  8. Hand wash dishes wisely. Wash dishes in soapy water in one sink and rinse in clear water in the other sink.
  9. Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.
  10. Insulate water pipes. You will get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.

OUTSIDE WATER SAVING TIPS

  1. Don’t over water your lawn. Generally, lawns only need watering every 5 to 7 days in the summer and every 10 to 14 days in the winter.
  2. Water lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces loss from evaporation.
  3. Position sprinklers so that the water lands on the lawn and shrubs, not on the street, driveway or sidewalk.
  4. Install sprinklers that are the most water-efficient for each use. Micro and drip irrigation and soaker hoses are examples of water-efficient methods of irrigation.
  5. Regularly check sprinkler systems and timing devices to be sure they are operating properly.
  6. Avoid overfertilizing the lawn. The application of fertilizers increases the need for water. Apply fertilizers that contain slow-release, water-insoluble forms of nitrogen.
  7. Mulch to retain moisture in the soil. Mulching also helps to control weeds that compete with plants for water.
  8. Raise the lawn mower blade to at least three inches. A lawn cut higher encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.
  9. Use a broom to clean driveway or sidewalks. Using a hose to clean a driveway can waste hundreds of gallons of water.
  10. Outfit the hose with a shut-off nozzle which can be adjusted down to a fine spray so that water flows only as needed. When finished, turn it off at the faucet instead of at the nozzle to avoid leaks.
  11. Use hose washers between spigots and water hoses to avoid leaks.
  12. Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended.
  13. Check all hoses, connectors and spigots regularly.

I hope these tips have been helpful for you.  During the time of water conservation, Huntsville’s Director of Landscape Management has asked for Huntsville residents to reduce lawn watering times by at least five minutes per day.  It is estimated if just 10,000 households in our area will reduce sprinkler systems by only five minutes per day it could save 4.5 million gallons of water per day.  Just implementing a couple of changes can make such a big difference.  Don’t think that you are just one person because everyone making small changes can equate to big changes for all of us.  We can all work together to help us make it through these hot, dry days!

 

Kimberly Grant
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
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Selected Huntsville and Madison July 4th Events

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on July 3, 2007

Huntsville / Madison July 4 Events

July 4th Holiday in Huntsville and Madison Alabama
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant, Huntsville Real Estate Agent
Huntsville Real Estate Blog

4TH OF JULY IN MADISON
The city of Madison is celebrating its 150th birthday with a special event. Bring your blankets & enjoy free inflatable rides for the children with hulu hoop & sack race contests, free SnoCones, popcorn, cotton candy, drinks & water will be available. Attention cooks: enter your best apple pie in the Apple Pie Contest beginning at 2 PM.Huntsville July 4

Start Date: July 4

Hours: 1-5 PM

Admission: No admission charged

The fireworks display has been canceled due to the drought

Location: Dublin Park

  

EXCHANGE CLUB 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
 
Bring a folding chair or blanket & enjoy food & drink vendors, children’s area, sound stage, skydivers, “giveakidaflagtowave” & other activities.Huntsville July 4

Start Date: July 4

Hours: Gates open at 6 PM, program at 7:30 PM

Admission: $10 per car

There will be a shuttle from the parking area to the viewing area for those who need a ride.

Location: Ditto Landing

HOMECOMING-MADISON

http://www.madisonis150.com/

 
Everyone is welcomed back to Madison to celebrate our town’s birthday. Former residents, alumni of Bob Jonees High School, friends & relatives of residents are invited to come home again. Fireworks at Dublin Park, community picnic & best of potluck dishes contest.Huntsville July 4

Start Date: July 4

Hours: 9 PM

Admission: No admission charged

Location: City of Madison & Dublin Park

THURSDAY EVENING CONCERTS AT THE LIBRARY

http://www.hpl.lib.al.us/

 
Join the music that formed an important part of our cultural heritage. Performing a variety of salsa, merengue, boleros & other Latin styles is “Soft Note Latin Combo.”Huntsville July 4

Start Date: July 5

Hours: 6 PM

Admission: No admission charged

Location: Huntsville Public Library, 915 Monroe Street


THURSDAY NIGHTS AT THE MUSEUM

www.spacecamp.com/museum

 
Meet Major Jill “Raggz” Long. She will speak informally with a question & answer period. There will be hors d’ oeuvres and a chance to explore the Museum.Huntsville July 4

Start Date: July 5

Hours: 6 PM

Admission: Admission charged

Location: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base

BURRITT KIDS’ CAMP: STOP BUGGING ME!

http://www.burrittonthemountain.org/

 
Hands-on experiences & close-up investigations will allow your child to become familiar with some of the flying, crawling creatures that many people fear-INSECTS!Huntsville July 4

Start Date: July 5

End Date: July 6

Hours: 9 AM-1:30 PM

Admission: Admission charged

For ages 5 & 6

Location: Burritt on the Mountain, 3101 Burritt Drive

Huntsville July 4I hope you and your family get the opportunity to participate in some of the wonderful activities that are planned around our city.  During the holiday, please take a moment to remember those that are giving their lives to defend our country and may be separated from their family for extended periods of time.  Remember, rocket and missle type fireworks have been banned due to the drought.  Be careful when using fireworks because the dry grass can ignite into fire very quickly.  I hope you and your family have a happy and safe Independence Day 2007!!

Kimberly Grant
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
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Huntsville Utility Savings

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on July 3, 2007

My Huntsville Utility Bill Cut in Half!!

Consumer Tip of the Week:  Savings on Your Utility Bill
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant, Huntsville Real Estate Agent
Huntsville Real Estate Blog

Huntsville UtilitiesAs many of you know, in the midst of drought and all that is going on in our area, Huntsville Utilities has been encouraging local residents to try to be conservative in our water and utility usage.  I have been encouraging you to try to save energy and I decided to see what I could do to be more conservative in my daily routine.

Lately, I have been doing a little experiment with my utilitity usage.  I would like to share the results with you!!!  I have been making little changes and in the course of one month I cut my utility usage and ultimately my utility bill IN HALF with just four easy steps.Save Utility Bill

So here are the easy simple things that I did to save on my utility bill. 

  • I set my thermostat on 78 degrees and left it set on auto.  I made myself promise not to touch it!!
  • Turn off any lights I’m not using especially in bathroom, closet, etc.  I also stopped leaving my outside lights on all day.
  • I unplugged my appliances in the kitchen (except for the stove and refrigerator) and only plugged them in when I needed to use them.
  • I put all my major electronics on surge protectors and I turn the surge protector off when they are not in use.  (After a couple of days I got used to the blinking time on the DVD/VCR player.) 

The third one was the hardest for me to remember.  But I just got used to hitting the button on the surge protector after I finished.  Pretty much other than my major appliances, the only thing that I leave plugged in are my computer and my clocks.  THAT’S IT!!  I wish I could take credit for the idea but I actually got it from Oprah.  Until I saw that Oprah show, I really did not realize that electronics continue to draw on your utilities as long as they are plugged in even when they are not on.  But these three things are all that I did and when I log onto Huntsville Utilties website and view my usage it is almost half of my usage from last month.  Consequently, my utility bill is half the amount it was last month. 

I found all of this very interesting.  If you would like more information on the Huntsville Utilities including rates and news, please feel free to utilize the following resources: Huntsville Utilities

I will continue to try different things and let you know the results.  My next goal is to try the flourescent light bulbs that seem to be growing in popularity now.

I hope this was helpful to you,

Kimberly Grant
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
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Featured Huntsville and Madison Homes

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on July 3, 2007

Featured Huntsville / Madison Homes

Featured Huntsville Madison Homes
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant, Huntsville Real Estate Agent
Huntsville Real Estate Blog

There are so many great homes out there but I found one outstanding home that I wanted to feature on this real estate blog…

2501 Bonnie Oaks Drive ~ $151,999

Bonnie Oaks Drive Autumn Ridge SubdivisionThis is the featured Huntsville Home for this week!!  It is a lovely family home located in the Autumn Ridge Subdivision which makes it VERY convenient to Redstone Arsenal.

Here is some additional information about our Home of the week:

  • Directions: South on Memorial Parkway, Right on Hobbs Road, Left on Bell Road, Right on Bonnie Oaks
  • 4 Bedroom / 2 1/2 Bathrooms
  • Isolated Master
  • Corner lot with fenced backyard
  • New roof October 2006
  • New dishwasher, stove, and disposal remain
  • One yeah home warranty provided by owner
  • School district: Elementary/Middle School – Farley Elementary (K-8); High School – Grissom High School

Huntsville House For SaleThere are currently nine homes for sale in the Autumn Ridge subdivision.  Current available homes are 3 and 4 bedrooms, 2 to 2 1/2 bathrooms, and 1300 to 1945 square feet.  To receive more detailed information on available Autumn Ridge homes for sale or any other Huntsville and Madison homes for sale, request home listings by email NOW!

Feel free to browse our local MLS to search Huntsville and Madison Homes for Sale.  If you or someone you know are interested in buying, selling, or investing in Huntsville real estate, please feel free to utilize any of the following links to resources that may help you:

As always, you are welcome to contact me with any questions or if you need assistance with your real estate needs.  Just give me a call and experience Exceptional Service GUARANTEED!

 

Kimberly Grant
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
KimberlyGrant.info
Mailto:KimberlyGrant@exitrealtyhsv.com

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Red Cross Requesting Blood Donations

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on July 3, 2007

Red Cross Requesting Blood Donations

Red Cross Requesting Blood Donations
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant, Huntsville Real Estate Agent
Huntsville Real Estate Blog

Huntsville Blood Drive

Alabama’s Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood donors.  They are estimating that their reserve is less than a day’s supply.  A representative from the Red Cross has stated they are unsure if they have enough to ensure that local hospitals have what they need.  In some cases, hospitals are having to postpone some elective surgeries.  Residents are encouraged to come out to donate because one pint of blood can save as many as three lives.  Also, blood collected in the Huntsville area goes to help hospitals in Alabama, the Mississippi coast, and the Florida panhandle.  The Red Cross needs all blood types but there is a special request for type O and type B.

Surprisingly, I found that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently restricted gifts to blood donors such as gift cards, sports tickets, and similar things of value.  Tammy Barnes, the North Alabama district director of LifeSouth, says this has really hurt the number of donors in the area.  There are movie tickets and free t-shirts available to local donors, but no more restaurant or shopping gift cards.  The summer vacation season has also hurt the number of donations with an estimated 20% of donors coming from high school and college students (who are now on summer vacation).

I encourage you all to try to assist the Red Cross with a blood donation.  Remember, just ONE PINT can save as Huntsville Blood Drivemany as THREE LIVES.  One little deed can do so much to help others.  With the upcoming holiday, there can be an increase in accidents and injuries and you just don’t know what type of difference you can make.  So if you are able to donate, please go out and support the Red Cross and give blood.  You never know it might just save a life!!

 

Kimberly Grant
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
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