Celebrating One Year: Top 10 Article of Real Estate Alabama
August 27, 2018
One year ago, Alabama REALTORS® launched Real Estate Alabama, a weekly digest of all things real estate in sweet home Alabama. Whether it's association news, industry updates, consumer content, legal education, or public policy information, Alabama REALTORS® has you covered! Here are the 10 most popular articles published in Real Estate Alabama this year.
A Note From The Legal Helpdesk: Caveat Emptor for the Seller's Agent
As we discussed last week, caveat emptor limits a seller or seller’s agent’s duty to disclose issues with used real estate. This week we delve a little deeper into the seller or seller’s agent’s responsibility to disclose.
Governor Ivey Signs REALTOR® Bill Into Law
Alabama REALTORS® joined Governor Ivey for a ceremonial bill signing of the REALTOR®-backed Alabama Assistance and Service Animal Integrity in Housing Act on Thursday, April 19. Alabama REALTORS® President Sid Pugh, President-Elect Stacey Sanders, Treasurer Morgan Ashurst and Secretary Slade McElroy were all present for the signing along with the bill sponsors.
A Note From The Legal Helpdesk: Right of Redemption in Alabama
The right of redemption period is the period in which the former owner of a foreclosed property can buy back the property, regardless of whether the current owner wants to sell. The period begins on the date of the sale of the foreclosed property.
Top 20 School Districts in Alabama for 2018-2019 School Year
The 2019 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more.
15 Fastest Growing Counties in Alabama
Although most counties around Alabama lost residents during the past seven years, the state’s overall population ticked up slightly. Populations in 22 of the 67 counties grew from 2010-17, while some were stagnant and the majority declined.
Bathrooms Overtake Kitchens as Most Popular Remodeling Project
The kitchen is king among the spaces with the most impact on a home’s identity. But having a beautiful bathroom is just as, if not, more important for many home owners.
A Note From The Legal Helpdesk: Closing Disclosures – Sharing with Real Estate Agents
You found the perfect house for your client and are three days away from closing. You would like to see the closing disclosure, but your client’s lender refuses, citing privacy concerns. Can a lender or settlement agent do this? Well, the answer is complicated. Bear with me here – or just skip to the conclusion for the summary!
2018 Best Places to Buy a House in Alabama
Explore the best places to buy a house based on home values, property taxes, home ownership rates, housing costs, and real estate trends. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, and other data sources.
Lessons From a Bad FSBO Purchase
You and your agents may sometimes find it challenging to communicate the value of working with a REALTOR® to potential clients. There’s a good chance your agents will encounter a seller lead who decides to go the “for sale by owner” (FSBO) route ostensibly to save money. In fact, statistics from the National Association of REALTORS® show that about 8 percent of home sales are FSBOs. I’d like to share a little story that may help real estate pros clearly illustrate to buyers and sellers the benefits of working with an agent.
A Note From The Legal Helpdesk: A General Overview of Alabama’s Laws on Landlords and Tenants
Over the past several months, the Legal Helpdesk has received multiple questions on various landlord-tenant issues. This article provides highlights on Alabama’s landlord-tenant laws specifically targeted to issues that REALTORS® may face.