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Unfortunately, if you are refinancing or purchasing a home by obtaining a mortgage loan through a lender, your home appraisal fee will probably be $350-$500 depending on lender internal requirements as well as their choice of an Appraisal Management Company (AMC); since 21 July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act created significant financial regulation over mortgage lenders and has also been more detrimental to the consumer in regards to more documentation and higher costs. The mortgage lending red tape has harmed good real estate appraisers trying to adhere to all of the numerous and onerous new regulations for appraisal opinion reporting. The government’s creation of more and more red tape for mortgage lenders has not been helpful but a direct detriment to consumers, home appraisers and the real estate industry as a whole.

Al Cheney is a Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser in the State of Alabama who offers special “non-financial” appraisal opinion reporting primarily within Baldwin County and Mobile County. Most residential appraisal fees will range from $225-$275 depending on location; more complex properties and or waterfront properties are quoted on a case-by-case basis. If you are a consumer/homeowner requiring an appraisal opinion report for estate settlement, property tax reduction and or any other reason not requiring a mortgage loan, call Al Cheney at 251-533-2424 today and discuss your real estate appraisal problem.

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In the past 12 months, Wakefield Subdivision has had 9 home sales according the MLS records within the Mobile Area Association of Realtors website. These 9 sales range in property value from $146,000 to $205,000 with most gross living area ranging from 2,084 square feet o 2,450 square feet. All of the homes are 4 bedrooms with 2 or 3 full bathrooms. The days on the market (dom) are mostly under 120 days over the past 12 months. Currently, there are 6 active MLS listings with asking prices ranging from $159,900 to $229,000 and square footage ranging from 2,074 to 2,607 with 3 to 5 bedrooms. Wakefield Subdivision is located off the south side of Airport Boulevard, just past Snow Road, in western Mobile. The Mobile Regional Airport is located only minutes east from this residential development.

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Coffee County, Alabama Official Website

Billy Cotter Appraisals
531 Boll Weevil Circle
Enterprise, AL 36330

Cities and Towns within Coffee County, Alabama
Elba,  Enterprise Jack, Kinston,  New Brockton

Cheney Appraisal Services, Al Cheney, Mobile, Alabama Real Estate Appraiser, (251) 533-2424, http://www.AlabamaRealEstateAppraisals.com/, provides this information to assist clients and visitors with their real estate appraisal assignments and questions.

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Randy Mummert provides appraisal services in North Alabama for Colbert County, Franklin County, Lauderdale County, Lawrence County, Limestone County, Madison County, Marshall County and Morgan County.

Randy provides FHA, USDA and Conventional loan services including manufactured housing for Buying or Selling a home, Divorce Settlement, Estate Planning, Primary and Secondary Mortgages and Refinancing, Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) Removal and Property Tax Issues.

Call (256) 466-9597 and ask Randy Mummert for a quote on your appraisal needs! You may also email Randy at info@getanappraisal.com.

The mailing address is Appraisal Services, Post Office Box 352, 304 4th Ave SE, Decatur, AL 35602.

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The coastal properties in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas will be affected by this catastrophic oil spill for years to come. As of today, now 47 days and still counting, BP Oil has been ineffective in successfully stopping the flow of oil. Therefore, our Gulf Coast is faced with environmental devastation, loss of marine life and wildlife, further property devaluation (not that inept governmental and political faux pas were enough to damage), illusion of an economic recovery, businesses closing, and loss of livelihoods for longtime residents.

As a person who has lived in the Mobile Bay Metro Area (Baldwin County and Mobile County of Alabama) the majority of my life, this massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico conjures up so many emotions and thoughts inside me and, many unkind words (please forgive) towards all who have dragged this on for much too long. Also, the lack of expedience and nondisclosures which could be labeled lies has certainly not helped to comfort Gulf Coast residents. It is quite evident that many Gulf Coast residents do not believe BP Oil and the government have properly handled this oil spill catastrophe.

Anyway, this oil spill catastrophe will apparently be with us for many months and years to come. Our Gulf Coast area will never be the same and will definitely affect the United States as a whole and potentially have International negative implications. Also, unfortunately, coastal properties more than likely will be faced with further decline in value; not that government intrusions and regulations as well as poor and restrictive lending practices have already been enough to damage our property values and the real estate industry as a whole.

So, how will the coastal real estate marketability be affected within the Gulf Coast states? Whether true or not, the stigma of an oil spill catastrophe will, in my opinion, have a potential affect on the marketability of properties along the Gulf Coast. How much of an affect is still an unknown? The future selling of coastal properties should begin to hold the answers to these questions. So, “time will tell.”

Is your coastal property rich in oil? If so, it’s certainly not the way you want to discover oil on your property. Contact a professional you trust and get sound advice when the stigma of oil has knocked on your door. There are many good Certified Real Estate Appraisers and Attorneys in the Gulf Coast states. It is always important to understand the affects of this oil spill upon our coastal properties.

Information and opinions have been provided by Cheney Appraisal Services, Albert Marshall Cheney, a Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser for the state of Alabama, (251) 533-2424. Albert Cheney has over 35 years of real estate experience in the southern part of Alabama.

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On the 20th April, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig, operating off the coast of Louisiana, had a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This oil spill resulted in a blowout leading to an explosion. At this point in time, Gulf Coast residents were not fully aware of its severity but very concerned about their future.

Now, we’re twenty-eight (28) days and counting down to a potentially life changing event for Alabamians. We are all wondering about our beautiful Alabama beaches, our coastal waters, our wildlife and our livelihood. How severe will this oil spill affect our lives in Alabama? Are we counting down to an impending threat to the Alabama coastline? Will it be a disaster negatively affecting the Alabama coastline for decades to come? How will Alabama coastal properties be affected by this catastrophe? Will the marketability of coastal Alabama real estate be affected and labeled with the stigma as “oil spill property,” whether true or false? Will your property be worth more or less after the oil spill reaches the shores of Alabama? I think you already know the answer for many of these questions.

If your coastal real estate becomes affected from this oil spill, contact a qualified attorney for advice and remember Cheney Appraisal Services, Albert M. Cheney, (251) 533-2424, as your Certified Residential Appraiser.

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The midtown area of Mobile, Alabama now has over 300 active listings as of this writing. Asking prices are from $29,900 to $1,500,000 depending on amenities, location and square footage.

Albert Cheney is ready to assist you with all of your real estate questions about the midtown area as well as other historic Mobile information.

Below is a listing of some of the neighborhoods within Midtown Mobile. Please call Al Cheney at (251) 533-2424 for additional information. Al Cheney has over 35 years experience!

  • Ashland Place Historic District
  • Battery Heights
  • Bridlewood Estates
  • Brookwood
  • Church Street East Historic District
  • Cromwell Place
  • Dauphin Acres
  • Dauphin Place
  • Delwood
  • Demouy Place
  • DeTonti Square Historic District
  • DuBroca Tract
  • Ellinor Place
  • Flo-Claire
  • Floral Gardens
  • Glendale Park
  • Homer Place
  • Hunter
  • Indian Creek
  • Leinkauf Historic District
  • Lower Dauphin Street Historic District
  • Lynnwood
  • Meadowbrook
  • Mechem & Bixler
  • Midtown Historic District
  • Mount Island Place
  • Oakleigh Garden Historic District
  • Old Dauphin Historic Way
  • Rosswood
  • Silverwood
  • Stoneridge Condominiums
  • Touart Tract
  • Western Annex
  • West End
  • Westlawn
  • Windsor Warwick Condominiums

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BLOG-SPRING-HILL-BusinessCenter-02132010 [11]The neighborhood name Spring Hill was originally an early 19th century Spanish land grant settlement. Spring Hill is one of Mobile, Alabama’s oldest neighborhoods. Over 150 years ago, Spring Hill gained its prominence when Mobilians built summer homes to seek refuge from the semi-tropical heat of the city and the Yellow Fever epidemic carried by mosquitoes.

Spring Hill has a sense of community with good neighbors and wonderful neighborhoods with antebellum and majestic oaks covering many of the streets, such as, The Cedars, Dilston Lane, Tuthill Lane and WimBLOG-SPRING-HILL-BusinessCenter-02132010 [02]bledon Drive. Spring Hill is also an active area with many individuals and groups of friends cycling, jogging, walking and expressing their patronage for the local businesses along McGregor Avenue and Old Shell Road as well as other adjoining streets.

BLOG-CCofMobileAndFairway-02132010 [02]The Country Club of Mobile is located in Spring Hill and provides its members with fine Southern dining, swimming pool, tennis courts, 18-hole golf course and a short 9-hole course. In nearby Langan Municipal Park, Mobilians and its visitors can enjoy the various lake views, walking paths and the wonderful lakefront Mobile Museum of Arts which maintains a fine permanent collection as well as hosting prestigious temporary exhibitions throughout each year. And, just minutes west from the museum, you can enjoy the Azalea City Golf Course ($16 to $39 depending on time of day, cart or walking), the Botanical Gardens and the Mobile Tennis Center, one of the largest of its kind in the United States. Since 1930, Spring Hill College, the oldest school of higher learning in Alabama, has been serving the Mobile Bay Metro Area with a beautiful 18-hole golf course (available without membership) from $32 to $39 each, depending on mornings and afternoons, includes a cart, or Mondays and Wednesdays which also includes a lunch.

Spring Hill‘s retail area includes an active branch of the public library, dentists, doctors, grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, women’s & children’s clothing stores, and other professional services. Mary B. Austin, one of Mobile’s oldest public elementary schools, is located along Provident Lane, north side of Old Shell Road. St. Paul’s Episcopal and St. Ignatius schools located nearby provide parochial private education.

Springhill Memorial Hospital, physician’s offices and a fitness center are located along the south side of Dauphin Street, near Interstate U. S. Highway 65, and across from many restaurant facilities and retail shops, such as, Alabama Outdoors, Ann Taylor Loft, Atlanta Bread Company, Ballins, Claude Moore, Coldwater Creek, J. Jill, Jimmy Johns, Jos. A. Bank, Legacy Village at Spring Hill, Metzger’s, Talbots, The Wine Loft, Tropical Smoothie Café, True Restaurant and Zoe’s Kitchen.

BLOG-SPRING-HILL-HOMES-02132010 [17]In a tough economic climate, the property values within Spring Hill have done better than most other areas in the city of Mobile due to its desirability. With this stated, individuals and families can find many choices for housing, from a small condominium to a spacious home on a large lot. Currently, there are approximately 231 active listings from $44,850 to $3,300,000 asking prices. Recent housing saBLOG-SPRING-HILL-HOMES-02132010 [12]les, about 70 sold records, for the past six months ranges from $37,500 for a one bedroom, one bath condo to $950,000 for an over 6,000 square foot home with 4 bedrooms and four bathrooms near the Country Club of Mobile. Therefore, Spring Hill has housing price offerings to fit any budget!

BLOG-SPRING-HILL-HOMES-02132010 [14]For more information about Spring Hill or any other neighborhood in the city of Mobile, contact Albert Marshall Cheney, Certified FHA Approved Real Estate Appraiser, by calling (251) 533-2424 or visit the web site, http://CheneyAppraisalServices.com/. Al Cheney covers all of Baldwin County and Mobile County in The Mobile Bay Metro Area of Alabama.

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BLOG-SaengerSign02-2010 [04]“When Mobile’s Saenger Theatre opened on January 19, 1927, it was the sixty-first Saenger theatre of a chain founded by J.H. and A.D. Saenger of New Orleans. There were Saenger Theatres located throughout the South as well as in Cuba and Puerto Rico. Hailed as, “Alabama’s Greatest Showplace” and, “the most beautiful playhouse in all of Dixie,” the Mobile Saenger Theatre took a year to construct at a cost of about 500,000 dollars. Designed by renowned architect, Emile Weil …”

“The Saenger Theatre of Mobile now functions as a performing arts center and is the official home of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. The Saenger features an annual Summer Movie Series and presents numerous concerts, lectures and special events. The Saenger Theatre is a historic landmark, dear to the hearts of Mobilians for its architectural grandeur and ties to our cultural history as well as for the extraordinary caliber of entertainment it offers our community today.”

Read the entire history of the Saenger Theatre as well as its scheduled events and box office information by clicking this web-link, http://www.mobilesaenger.com/info.php.

Contact Information
Box Office Entrance
6 South Joachim Street
Mobile, Alabama 36602

Administrative Offices: 251-208-5600
Rental Info: 251-208-5608
FAX: 251-208-5607
Box Office: 251-208-5600
Email: saengertheatre@cityofmobile.org

Administrative Office Entrance
250 Conti Street
Mobile, Alabama 36602

Theatre Staff & Management
Nichole T. Loper, Operations Manager
Patty Thompson, House Manager
Mitch Teeple, Production Manager
Chris Penton, Settlement Agent
Kelly Somers, Box Office Clerk
Lorenzo Franklin, Custodian

VOLUNTEERING: The event support committee consists of community volunteers from all walks of life whose dedicated service is invaluable to the Theatre’s operation.

If you would like to join our event support committee, please call Patty Thompson at 251-208-5608. If you would like to become a CLA member, please call Jani Young at 251-208-5652.

(Photograph by Al Cheney, 7th February 2010, FHA Approved Residential Appraiser with Cheney Appraisal Services, 251-533-2424.)

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BLOG-CharlestonRidgeEntranceSaraland02262010 [05]Over the past several years in Saraland, Alabama, Celeste Road has been a popular area for home builders due to the availability of beautiful wooded land with interesting topography and vegetation.

Charleston Ridge is one of these newer residential subdivisions located along the northeastern side of Celeste Road, about 3.2 miles from U. S. Interstate Highway 65.

Charleston Ridge was developed with 38 residential building lots about 2 years ago. At the time of this writing, Gooden Homes, Inc. has built five Craftsman style homes. Residential lot values will generally run, in the opinion of Certified Appraiser, Albert Cheney, between $55,000 and $65,000 depending on its location within the development. There are about 60% of the lots available to purchase and build your dream home.BLOG-CharlestonRidgeHomeSaraland02262010 [03]

The most recent sale prices within Charleston Ridge range from $279,900 to $290,400 with most of the gross living areas around 2,800 square feet (minimum requirements) to 3,027 square feet. There is a two car attached garage requirement for the subdivision and an architectural review of all plans & specs. before building your home.

Call Albert Cheney, Certified FHA Approved Residential Appraiser, Cheney Appraisal Services, (251) 533-2424, for more information about real estate appraising in Baldwin County and Mobile County of Alabama. Click these web-links for even more information about Albert Cheney and the Mobile Bay Metro Area: http://www.CheneyAppraisalServices.com/ or http://www.MobileAlabamaFHARealEstateAppraisers.com. Albert is ready to answer your questions!

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