Mountain Brook Living offers insightful stories about the Mountain Brook real estate market drawing on Mike and Hayden Wald's three decades of experience as two of Mountain Brook's most trusted real estate experts. Get updates on the market, coming soon listings, pricing trends, recently sold listings, staging and listing techniques, marketing strategies, home buying strategies, and much more.

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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Under Contract! 4245 Old Leeds Lane

This beautiful spacious Colonial consists of 5 bedrooms, 4 baths with elegant features and details throughout. Offering a mix of formal and informal living and entertaining spaces you’ll find a large living area with 2 closets and a brick fireplace, formal dining room, and an open kitchen with all stainless-steel appliances and range hood, stone countertops, exquisite tile backsplash, ample cabinet storage, gas stove, and new refrigerator. Spacious bonus room is perfect for a gym or media room. The sizeable master suite boasts 3 walk-in closets, a generous private bath with walk-in shower, and graceful pedestal sinks. Additional bedrooms are roomy, and all feature walk-in closets. Situated on a 1.3-acre lot with a…

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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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You know you've probably bought a well constructed home when the builder lives just a few houses down the street. That's certainly the case with this gorgeous home on Hillard Drive in Mountain Brook. Elan Berman, one of the best custom home builders/remodelers in Birmingham, lives with his beautiful wife and kids on the same cul de sac. He built all the houses on the Mountain Brook section of Hillard Drive and all the neighbors still speak highly of his skills as a builder. They say he's a great neighbor, too.

You will love this immaculate 5 bed, 6 bath home located on a low traffic cul-de-sac. Boasting 2 master suites, and multiple living and sitting areas you will find all the space you need for entertaining or relaxing. Large open kitchen…

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This beautiful 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home located in the highly sought after Abingdon neighborhood is situated on over 1 acre & is perfect for those looking for space, convenience, & a move in ready home. The master bedroom & bath are located on the main level, featuring a stone fireplace, seating area, a vaulted ceiling with wooden beams. The master also features a large walk in closet, double vanities, a soaking tub & walk in shower. Also located on the main level you will find vaulted ceilings that allow for natural light, a half bath, the beautiful white kitchen featuring counter seating, high-end stainless steel appliances & an open flow floorplan. Also featured on the main level are a formal dining rm, living rm, den & wet bar area. Upstairs you…

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