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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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RECENT MOBILE BAY METRO AREA STATISTICS: The 2013 estimate for Baldwin County’s population is 195,540. The 2013 estimate for Mobile County’s population is 414,079. The Mobile Bay Metro Area, Baldwin County and Mobile County of Alabama, has an estimated population of 609,619. The population estimate for a 60 mile radius around Mobile, Alabama is 1.2 million people. This information provided by Al Cheney, Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser in Alabama.

Cheney Appraisal Services’ primary Mobile MSA (metropolitan statistical area) coverage area for non-financial home (most only $225 to $275 depending on location) and undeveloped land (most only $175 to $225 depending on location) appraisal reports are within many communities (such as, Bay Minette, Daphne, Elberta, Fairhope, Grand Bay, Loxley, Robertsdale, Saraland, Satsuma, Semmes, Theodore) of Baldwin County and Mobile County, The Mobile Bay Metro Area, encompassing Historic Mobile Bay.

Cheney Appraisal Services’ website is More complex and waterfront residential properties are quoted on a case-by-case basis. Call (251)533-2424 today!


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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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The Gulf Tower Condo 14W Gulf Shores 02162010 [01]Gulf Tower Condominiums are located at 1051 West Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542-6225.

The directions are U. S. Highway 59 from Foley, Alabama, traveling south by car, entering Gulf Shores, Alabama, and ending at West Beach Boulevard. Then, take a right onto West Beach Boulevard (Highway 182) and travel about 1.4+- miles. The Gulf Tower Condominiums complex is located on the left (beachside with blue-green Gulf waters).

The Gulf Tower Condominiums project was built in 1984 according to available records. There are 49 units which have access to the general grounds, open & underneath parking spaces, exercise room, private balcony patios, barbeque grills, beach walkway, a beachside outdoor swimming pool, elevators, a white sandy beach & Gulf of Mexico views, recreation areas, etc. are most of the primary common elements.

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As of this writing, there are three active listings found within the Gulf Tower Condominiums. All three condo units have around 1,000+- square feet of living area with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The asking prices range from $235,000 to $285,000.

Most of the recent condo sales (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms) have ranged from $199,000 to $249,000 within the past year.

Gulf Tower Condo 14W Gulf Shores 02162010 [10]Contact Al Cheney at (251) 533-2424 if you require more real estate related information about The Mobile Bay Metro Area, Baldwin County and Mobile County of Alabama.

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The 2009 fourth quarter, 1st October 2009 to 31st December 2009, indicates at least 838 sales within Mobile County, Alabama according to online REALTOR information records. The total sales can be broken down into four property type categories: (1) condominiums & townhouses, (2) manufactured homes, (3) new construction homes, and (4) single family older homes. Also, the last quarter of total sales compared to the third quarter of total sales indicate a drop of 146 sales, or -14.8%.

The approximate 31 condominiums & townhouses had an average list price of $107,838, 69 average days on market (dom) and a sale price to list price percentage of 91.03%.

The approximate 13 manufactured homes had an average list price of $41,923, 61 average days on market (dom) and a sale price to list price percentage of 86.24%.

The approximate 131 new construction homes had an average list price of $179,631, 70 average days on market (dom) and a sale price to list price percentage of 99.39%.

The approximate 659 single family older homes (18.44% drop when compared to the third quarter) had an average list price of $142,956, 86 average days on market (dom) and a sale price to list price percentage of 95.8%.

The average days on market (dom) for the fourth quarter was around 82 days and the average per square foot was $78.

The fourth quarter indicates more new construction in west Mobile, south of the Mobile Regional Airport, Semmes, southwest Mobile County, Theodore, and the Tillman’s Corner area when compared to other areas of Mobile County. Most of the single family residential or home sales occurred in the areas north and south of Cottage Hill Road, Municipal Park area & city west central, west Mobile, Semmes, Midtown area near downtown historic Mobile, and areas east of Wilmer, Alabama.

The average sold terms for the fourth quarter was CASH (21%), CONVENTIONAL (27.3%), FHA (42.4%), VA (6.4%) and OTHER-ASSUMPTION, AUCTION, VENDOR LIENS (2.9%).

The above information has been provided by Albert Marshall Cheney, Cheney Appraisal Services, located in the Mobile Bay Metro Area, Baldwin County and Mobile County of Alabama. Albert Cheney is an active Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser and FHA Approved Appraiser with 35+ years experience in the real estate industry. Contact Albert Cheney at (251) 533-2424 or if you require more information about Alabama real estate and ordering a “Certified” real estate appraisal report.

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