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Midtown Montgomery Real Estate Sales Statistics - July 2008

by The Hat Team

Existing-home sales rose from the first quarter in 13 states, largely from buyers responding to discounted home prices, according to the latest quarterly survey by the National Association of Realtors®. Nearly one-quarter of metropolitan areas showed rising home prices in the second quarter from a year ago, with greatly mixed conditions continuing around the country.

In the second quarter, 35 out of 150 metropolitan statistical areas1 showed gains in median existing single-family home prices from the second quarter of last year, while 115 had price declines. NAR’s track of metro area home prices dates back to 1979.
NAR President Richard Gaylord, a broker with RE/MAX Real Estate Specialists in Long Beach, Calif., said foreclosures are distorting the price data. “In many areas with large concentrations of foreclosure sales, homes are being purchased below replacement cost values,” Gaylord said. “Many buyers with long-term expectations are getting exceptional value in the current market. Once the inventory is drawn down, price pressure will return because the costs of construction are rising – today’s buyers are very well positioned to build wealth over time.” National Association of Realtors®.

Let’s take a look at the sales statistics for July 2008 to see how the Montgomery AL real estate market looks:

In Midtown Montgomery, pending sales decreased 18% in June 2008, compared against June 2007.  Likewise, the number of sold listings dropped 21%.  The average sales price decreased 9% to $131,446, and homes remained on the market for an average of 7 fewer days this June.

Market Times
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July 2007

Again, as Gaylord said and as these statistics show, real estate prices are declining in some areas, even within the same city For the latest Midtown Montgomery real estate market conditions in your area, please call me at 800-HAT-LADY or visit
nformation is provided by the Montgomery Area Association of Realtors and is deemed accurate but not guaranteed. 

Montgomery Real Estate Podcast-August 2008

by The Hat Team

The Montgomery Real Estate Podcast

This month's edition covers Montgomery real estate market activity and then we will discuss today's Short Sale programs.

Features special guest Terri Murphy of US Learning.

Also read:

Montgomery Real Estate: Short Sale Tips
Montgomery AL Real Estate Podcast
Montgomery AL Real Estate Podcast

Montgomery Homes for Sale: 2031 Fernway Drive

by The Hat Team

Montgomery Homes For Sale
2031 Fernway Drive, Montgomery AL 36111

Mediterranean Style Home with a Pool!
Love to entertain? Don't miss this awesome Mediterranean style Montgomery home in desirable McGehee Estates. Unique u-shape design's focal point is private salt water pool and cabana. Formal living room and dining rooms boast tall ceilings, open feel, unique windows, built-in bookcases, and fireplace. Cook's delight kitchen has lots of pantry space and a built-in Sub-zero refrigerator. Wonderful master suite has private sitting area, great views of the pool area, separate his/hers bath areas and walk-in closets. Office/exercise room off master with access to pool and cabana area. 4 car garage out back, greenhouse, and great outdoor living room.
For more information on 2031 Fernway Drive or other Montgomery homes for sale, visit or give us a call at 800-428-5239.
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Positive News For Alabama Real Estate Market

by The Hat Team

We hear so much doom and gloom these days, I wanted to share with you information from one of our most trusted lenders, John Herzog CMB, Vice President/Regional Manager:

Last week was a very good week for interest rates and this week has begun on a positive note. It would appear with lenders applying better credit standards and underwriting guidelines that we are regaining the confidence of mortgage investors from abroad as well as domestically.

I am very encouraged that we have seen the bottom of the housing slump in Alabama and in fact we are at the beginning of leading the nation back to stability in the real estate markets.

Some areas of the country will continue to decline for months to come, but for the vast majority of America, and especially Alabama, activity and new loan applications are on the increase. Stay positive and have a great week.

If you are ready to take advantage of the bottom of the real estate slump and buy a Montgomery home while prices and interest rates are low, visit or give us a call at 800-428-5239.

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Montgomery Real Estate: 3700 Everest Drive For Sale

by The Hat Team
Montgomery Home for Sale
3700 Everest Dr. Montgomery, AL 36106

Come inside this stately executive Montgomery home in Vaughn Meadows and check out all the amenities. From the formal living and dining rooms, and majestic staircase to the huge den and chef's delight kitchen. Outside you will find a beautiful pool with new liner and equipment along with a 2 car carport. The master bedroom is downstairs and features an oversized bath and plenty of closets. You are positioned on a corner lot but there is an extra lot to the south that puts plenty of space between you and your neighbor. We call it the bottom 40.
If you live to entertain or have a big family, this house would be perfect for you. There are too many upgrades to list here so you must get inside to appreciate. Put this one first on your list to see!
For more information on 3700 Everest Drive or other Montgomery real estate, visit or give us a call at 800-428-5239.

Montgomery Real Estate: Short Sale Tips

by The Hat Team
In the current Montgomery real estate market, there has been a lot of buzz around “short sales.” What is a short sale, exactly? A short sale is when a lender agrees to accept a mortgage payoff amount less than what is owed in order to facilitate a sale of a property by a financially distressed owner – in essence, the lender forgives the outstanding balance of the loan.
short saleThere are pro’s and con’s to short sales on both sides of the deal. For the seller, credit history is seriously damaged, but not as badly as it would be by foreclosure. Sellers also walk away with no profit, which makes it difficult to purchase another home. For the buyer, the property comes at a reduced price, but it also generally comes with its fair share of problems, and there is a considerable amount of “red tape” to get through to complete the purchase.
The short sale buying process can be a confusing one, especially for a first-time short sale buyer. Check out this helpful article from and see 10 Steps for Short Sale Buying below:
  1. Identify potential short sales
  2. View the property
  3. Do your research
  4. Find all liens and mortgages
  5. Figure out the financing
  6. Contact the lender
  7. Complete the lender’s short sale application
  8. Assemble the proposal
  9. Negotiate
  10. Close the deal
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Montgomery Real Estate: Waterfront Home For Sale In Lowndesboro

by The Hat Team

Waterfront Home For Sale

160 River Road, Lowndesboro AL 36752

Looking for the perfect Affordable waterfront getaway just minutes from it is! This custom built home sits on one of the widest parts of the Alabama River with literally more than a mile's view up and down this graceful body of water. With features such as real cedar siding, commercial grade steel roof, huge wrap around deck, and foam insulation underneath, your maintenance will be minimal. And, with extras inside like antique wide plank pine floors, vaulted knotty pine ceiling, and reclaimed bead board accents, you'll love inside just as much as the peaceful serenity and views outside. Plenty of room to entertain, the big open family room, dining room, and kitchen with endless breakfast bar make the mark! Throw in a master bedroom with french doors to covered deck, 2 guest rooms and additional bath and this is all you need for full time living or a perfect week-end get away. All this in the middle of 2 lots, so you have much privacy. New well provides fresh water!
For more information on 160 River Road or other waterfront homes for sale in Montgomery, visit or give us a call at 800-428-5239.

Montgomery Real Estate For Sale: 1754 Wentworth Drive

by The Hat Team

Montgomery Home For Sale

1754 Wentworth Drive, Montgomery AL  36106

Spacious Montgomery Home with a Pool!
Bring the whole family because there is plenty of room! Enjoy the spaciousness and storage of this lovely one-owner home at 1754 Wentworth Drive. There are 3 bedrooms downstairs, including the master and 2 up. 9' ceilings downstairs, crown moldings throughout, wood floors, brick floors, the works. Out back is a beautiful in-ground pool with a new pool liner. Wide concrete decks with gated brick and iron fencing. Also is a 2-car carport with extra parking space and large storage rooms. Covered patio and generously covered porches. Look on the kitchen counter for a wealth of information on the home. Almost every improvement has been documented for your perusal. The best feature of this home is CLOSETS, 11 of them plus great walk-in attic storage. You will be hard pressed to find another house in the area with this quality of construction so don't delay to see it.
For more information on 1754 Wentworth Drive or other Montgomery real estate, visit or give us a call at 800-428-5239.

Montgomery Real Estate: 2245 Allendale Road for Sale

by The Hat Team

Montgomery Real Estate for Sale

2245 Allendale Road, Montgomery AL 36111

One-owner Montgomery home that needs some TLC. Great floor plan with lots of possibilities. Huge lot, just right for a pool. The master bedroom has a dressing area, walk in closet and walk in shower. The other 2 bedrooms are very spacious and can accommodate any size furniture. The kitchen could use some updating but has good space and the laundry area is very large.
For more information on 2245 Allendale Road or other Montgomery real estate, visit our website, or give us a call, 800-428-5239.

How Does Housing Recovery Act Help Montgomery Home Buyers

by The Hat Team
President Bush signed into law this week The Housing and Economic Recovery Act. This is the most sweeping change to housing reform since the New Deal of 1934. It is designed to assist more Americans invest in home ownership and shore up the faltering housing and mortgage markets.

Like any legislation, it comes with the good and the bad. I encourage you to write your Congressmen to see if we can get legislation to revoke some of the bad.  For example, effective October 1, 2008, FHA will increase the minimum required down payment from 3% to 3.5% for Montgomery home buyers. The legislation also calls for the elimination of seller down-payment assistance programs such as AmeriDream and Nehemiah by October 1, 2008.

As of July 14, 2008, upfront MIP premiums became risk-based on credit scores and the annual premium increased across the board. Instead of the original plan of making FHA loans more affordable for potential Montgomery home buyers; the new legislation is doing the exact opposite and makes it more expensive.

Details of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act:
Here are some key provisions of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act that most affect Montgomery home buyers:
  • GSE Reform – including a strong independent regulator, and permanent conforming loan limits up to the greater of $417,000 or 115% local area median home price, capped at $625,500. The effective date for reforms is immediate upon enactment, but the loan limits will not go into effect until the expiration of the Economic Stimulus limits (December 31, 2008).
    View 2009 FHA and GSE loan limit estimates (PDF)
  • FHA Reform – including permanent FHA loan limits at the greater of $271,050 or 115% of local area median home price, capped at $625,500; streamlined processing for FHA condos; reforms to the HECM program, and reforms to the FHA manufactured housing program. The down payment requirement on FHA loans will go up to 3.5% (from 3%). The effective date for reforms is immediate upon enactment, but the loan limits will not go into effect until the expiration of the Economic Stimulus limits (December 31, 2008).
    View 2009 FHA and GSE loan limit estimates (PDF)
    FHA Reform Chart (PDF)
  • FHA foreclosure rescue – development of a refinance program for homebuyers with problematic subprime loans. Lenders would write down qualified mortgages to 85% of the current appraised value and qualified borrowers would get a new FHA 30-year fixed mortgage at 90% of appraised value. Borrowers would have to share 50% of all future appreciation with FHA. The loan limit for this program is $550,440 nationwide. Program is effective on October 1, 2008.
    FHA Foreclosure Rescue Chart
  • VA loan limits – temporarily increases the VA home loan guarantee loan limits to the same level as the Economic Stimulus limits through December 31, 2008.
  • Risk-based pricing – puts a moratorium on FHA using risk-based pricing for one year. This provision is effective from October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009.
  • GSE Stabilization – includes language proposed by the Treasury Department to authorize Treasury to make loans to and buy stock from the GSEs to make sure that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae could not fail.
  • Mortgage Revenue Bond Authority – authorizes $10 billion in mortgage revenue bonds for refinancing subprime mortgages.
  • National Affordable Housing Trust Fund – Develops a Trust Fund funded by a percentage of profits from the GSEs. In its first years, the Trust Fund would cover costs of any defaulted loans in FHA foreclosure program. In out years, the Trust Fund would be used for the development of affordable housing.
  • LIHTC – Modernizes the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program to make it more efficient.
  • Loan Originator Requirements – Strengthens the existing state-run nationwide mortgage originator licensing and registration system (and requires a parallel HUD system for states that fail to participate). Federal bank regulators will establish a parallel registration system for FDIC-insured banks. The purpose is to prevent fraud and require minimum licensing and education requirements. The bill exempts those who only perform real estate brokerage activities and are licensed or registered by a state, unless they are compensated by a lender, mortgage broker, or other loan originator.
It remains to be seen the overall effect the Recovery Act will have on both the individual home buyer and the housing industry as a whole.
From the Experts: 
“We’re going through a major financial crisis…let’s be clear: Fannie and Freddie can’t be allowed to fail. With the collapse of subprime lending, they’re now more central than ever to the housing market, and the economy as a whole.”
– Paul Krugman, Professor of Economics at Princeton and New York Times columnist, 7/14/2008

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