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If you're considering downsizing to a new home, one that better suits your lifestyle, this could be the best year yet to make it happen! Here are 6 compelling reasons the timing may never be better.

Reason #1:  Your current home is probably worth much more than you think! Over-the-mountain homes are selling at historic highs. You might be surprised how much your home is worth in today's market. While most economists don't believe we're in a housing bubble that will lead to a crash in prices, most economists predict that the rate of increase in home prices is going to slow. So, selling your home this year will likely generate some pretty impressive gains. With that in mind, this could be the perfect time to sell.

Reason #2: Unlock the profits…

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If your search for the perfect house depends on being in a certain school zone, we've got you covered! The following is a step by step guide on how to search for listings that are zoned for a particular school.

Step 1. Here's a screenshot of our home page at www.FindThePerfectHouse.com. To start your search, click the navigation link at the top of the home page that says "SEARCH HOMES."

Step 2. You'll see a box open and you'll want to click on the link that says, "FIND THE PERFECT HOUSE." 

Step 3. Next you'll want to click the green button that says, "Filters."

Step 4. You can search by Elementary School or by High School. Just type in the name of the school you prefer. In this example, we're searching for homes zoned for Dolly…

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Clients that are concerned about the increasing price of residential real estate, often ask us if we are in the midst of a market bubble. Although the increase in home prices is exceeding the historical average, there is no indication that we are in an artificially inflated market that is on the verge of collapsing. If you want to sound really smart around your friends, or you're an economics nerd like us, we think you will really enjoy the attached article. This article will walk you through six different real estate metrics that show the 2021 real estate market is nothing like the early 2000's bubble market leading up to the crash. Remember the blockbuster movie The Big Short? Financial experts predicted and took advantage of the housing bubble,…

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The following is from an article that appeared in Over the Mountain Journal on March 11, 2021

In what ways has the pandemic affected the OTM real estate market?

The biggest impact from the pandemic is that it exacerbated the problem with low inventory. More sellers have been hesitant to list. So, prices in Mountain Brook, Homewood and Vestavia have increased at a faster pace than they would have otherwise. Those markets are so competitive that listings price appropriately and in good shape are getting multiple offers. Often, winning bids are significantly above asking price and some buyers are even waiving their contingencies on financing and inspections.

Over the past 12 months, have you seen any changes in what buyers are looking for?

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1624 Barry Avenue

Renovated to perfection this charming 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home offers a bright open space with a beautiful kitchen that opens to the living room. Kitchen features butcher block countertops, stainless steel appliances and solid oak cabinets. The roomy primary bedroom boasts an elegant ensuite with dual vanities and marble countertop. The spacious basement offers ample storage, full bathroom, bedroom, laundry area, and the perfect space for enjoying movie or game nights. Outdoor entertaining is a breeze on the large back deck and patio area overlooking the spacious level backyard. Additional highlights include Craftsmen Trim Details throughout, refinished oak hardwoods, Goodman HVAC System, Rheem Hot Water Heater, and Weathertight…

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1624 Barry Avenue, Homewood

Believe it or not, this beautifully remodeled Edgewood home lists for only $375,000! There are numerous reasons why Homewood is one of the over-the-mountain areas most beloved cities- great schools, walkable neighborhoods, architecturally appealing homes, popular restaurants, convenience to UAB, and friendly neighbors. No wonder home prices are skyrocketing. That's why it's so exciting to find a beautiful home with updates throughout for under $400,000, or for that matter under $500,000!  Thankfully, there are real estate entrepreneurs like John Mark Rives who possess the necessary skills and vision to buy and remodel homes in our market, make them beautiful, and keep them affordable. Now that's skill.

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2353 Huntington Ridge Road Sold for $513,000 or about $168 per square foot.

You will love this gorgeous, 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home located in the desirable Huntington Ridge Subdivision. Boasting 2 primary suites, and a bonus living area with kitchen in the full basement, you will find this home offers all the space you could possibly ask for. Gleaming Hardwoods on the main level and an abundance of natural light throughout. Large laundry room, formal dining room and a family room that opens to the kitchen with center island, tile backsplash and ample cabinet space. A great backyard with mountain views, and multiple areas for entertaining make it perfect for get-togethers around the fire pit. Upstairs find the 2nd primary suite, 2 additional…

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