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History of Saraland, Alabama as written within official website: “The area that was to become the present day Saraland was included in a Spanish land grant to Don Diago Alvarez. Hence, descendants of Alvarez were the ones to give the community its first name – Alvarez Station. Later land squatters moved into the area and were able, legally, in 1800 to begin purchasing property. In 1807 a land office was opened in St. Stephens to handle all land transactions. Some of the pioneer families who seized the opportunity to buy up sections were named Alvarez, Rice, Hartley, Moore, LaCoste, Williams, Tool and Cleveland. Ultimately, Alvarez Station was called Cleveland Station. The present name of the city is reported to have been given by C.J. DeWitt, a retired minister editor who moved south in 1890 for health reasons. He opened the first post office on the Southern Railroad in 1895. The Community is purported to be the namesake of his beloved wife, Sara.

Saraland was sparsely populated during the first part of this century, until an industrial and population boom occurred in neighboring Mobile. Northward expansion of Mobile in the 1940’s and 50’s brought about the incorporation of Saraland in 1957. At the time of incorporation, the city reported only 125 residents. By the 1960 U.S. Census, annexations had swelled the population to 4,595. In 1980, census figures cited 9,844 Saraland residents. Current census records report that as of 2000, Saraland‘s population has grown to 12,288.”

Click Saraland’s web link, http://www.saraland.org/, to find out more information about this Mobile County area.

If you are needing to financially free yourself by selling owned real property in Baldwin County or Mobile County of Alabama, “the Mobile Bay Metro Area” and require a professional appraisal opinion before selling, contact Al Cheney, Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser, (251) 533-2424 to discuss your Saraland, Alabama real estate appraisal question and obtain free quotes on a typical fee within the local marketplace.

Al Cheney has over 35 years’ experience in “the Mobile Bay Metro Area” real estate industry. Al Cheney covers all of Mobile County which includes Bayou La Batre, Dauphin Island, Grand Bay, Irvington, Mobile, Semmes, Saraland, Satsuma and Theodore, Alabama.

This information provided by Al Cheney, a Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser within the Mobile Bay Metro Area, covering Baldwin County and Mobile County of Alabama. You may also contact Al Cheney at (251) 533-2424 and ask about my services and non-financial (personal use, i.e. property tax issues, for sale by owner purchases, thinking about selling) Summerdale home appraisal fees for only $275 and most small size land appraisals for only $200. More complex or difficult properties are quoted on a case-by-case basis. Web-links to Al Cheney: http://www.cheneyappraisalservices.com/ or http://buildingabrandonline.com/FinanciallyFreeYourself/.

Summerdale is a small community in Baldwin County only around 25 minutes from the beautiful sugar white beaches and Gulf of Mexico’s blue-green waters. READ more information on this small town here: http://www.summerdalealabama.com/.

“Summerdale, Alabama’s Official Website!”

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. For appraisal reports, call appraiser Al Cheney at 251-533-2424.

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Certified Residential Appraiser, Al Cheney, assists buyers and sellers by completing detailed, quality home appraisal reports for only $225 to $275 depending on complexity and location. Before buying or selling a home, call Al Cheney at (251) 533-2424 to find out more about the real estate appraisal process and the special appraisal fee requirements. Visit also http://www.CertifiedAppraiserNames.com/ to find other Certified Appraisers in other southeastern areas.

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Cheney Appraisal Services, Al Cheney, Real Estate Appraiser, (251) 533-2424, provides this information to assist clients and visitors with their real estate appraisal assignments and questions.

Al Cheney’s Comments and Opinions for 29 August 2010.

As a local, born and raised in the Mobile Bay Metro Area, I am sincerely happy that the bubbling crude has finally been capped after 90 days-after 90 days! It is worth repeating since this horrific ecological and environmental disaster should have never lasted this long if it wasn’t for the many faux pas by BP Oil and our own government. They say, the majority of the surface oil has dissipated and now can’t be found. Oh, really? The “on the surface” crude problem is only hiding in the depths of the sea-harming crustaceans, oysters and other seafood for years to come.

And, yes! I do realize that biological organisms will thrive on the raw crude and eventually remove it as a major threat but, this will take a very long time. The damage has already been done and its true damage is still hidden in the depths of the sea. Enormous amounts of crude, damaging dispersants, oil soaked wetlands and sea bottoms are here to stay for decades. A possible ecological disaster lurks beneath the sea and within the wetlands for years to come.

Furthermore, the inappropriate government overreach in shutting down oil rigs (overdramatic and very political), media sensationalism damaging our Gulf Coast tourism, and an already weaken real estate industry has created more negative affects upon Alabama and the other States along the Gulf Coast. Honestly, at this time, the affects of any significant real estate and tourism recoveries are unknown.

The fact is that, a fragile economy and a weakened real estate industry have been further exacerbated by the crude ecological and environmental disaster, and the crude politics of Washington. And, our tourism for this year has been damaged by irresponsible journalism by the media. Even so, the coastline of the Gulf States and its real estate will overcome this adversity and will eventually be less affected by the BP oil spill and the many missteps of Washington. The media needs to practice more responsible journalism and avoid the traps of sensationalism. Sensationalism is not journalism!

Well, our coastal properties along the beaches as well as other properties with gulf views and close to water tributaries will eventually improve over time. For now, the recent past spreading of crude through the Gulf of Mexico has resulted in a deeper real estate market slowdown affecting property values near and along the Gulf Coast. Whether legitimate, or not, many homes located well off water tributaries have also been affected to some degree. It is a real estate market slowdown caused by a fragile economy and the worse oil spill known in North America.

From my standpoint, the negative value affects for homes located off the beaches and the Gulf of Mexico should be negligible as time leads us into the future. When looking back in time, I believe, this catastrophe will reflect “a blip on the radar screen” when focusing only on the 90-day oil spill disaster. Then, there could be the possibility of a more normal level and slight positive return of property values; if a more normal level can be equated with a fragile economy under severe stress.

The fragile economy with high unemployment (9.5% but does not include the people who have given up) and uncertainty will be much more of a future problem for Gulf Coast property values than the BP oil spill. As time leads us into the end of 2010 and into the beginning of 2011, an even more fragile economy and real estate industry might be the result when continuing to implement recessive programs and tactics by the government while banks, entrepreneurs and small businesses mostly sit on the sidelines, “digging in their heels” or “going out of business” sales. Only deregulation and lowering taxes, the cessation of large government spending, small business incentives (get the oil riggers, shrimpers and other parts of the Gulf Coast seafood industry back to work) as well as “just plain honest positive talk” from the current Administration and our government representatives (most of them forget that they work for us) will improve the real estate industry– part of the backbone of America!

The marketing conditions in the Lillian, Alabama area indicates an increase in active listings and an increase in the months of housing supply (total listings/absorption rate) which could jeopardize local property values.

Over the past 12 months (13 June 2009 to 13 June 2010), there has been a reduction of 63% in sales (88 sales in the past 12 months), resulting in an over 20 months absorption rate (115+ active listings at this posting).

The active listings and housing sales primarily range from $29,900+ to $999,000+, including manufactured homes, colonial, contemporary, cottage, ranch, and other accepted local styles.

The median sale price percentage is 92.616% to 94.299% when comparing to asking list prices. Properties will move quicker if asking prices are competitive. So, unless competitively priced, be patient, a rising absorption rate will result in longer times when selling your home within Lillian, Alabama.

Contact Cheney Appraisal Services for additional information by telephoning (251) 533-2424 or email your comments and questions to Albert@CheneyAppraisalServices.com.

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 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.

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.

Appraiser 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 appraisal, real estate and related experiences!

Are you a homeowner and looking to sell your home in one of the listed neighborhoods below? Appraiser Al Cheney will complete a full real estate appraisal report for only $225! Call today.

  • 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

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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