nick t pappas: Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant Madison Alabama - 01/22/11 09:00 AM
Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant Madison Alabama
Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant Madison Alabama convenient to many of the subdivisions that I've reported on is quickly becoming a Madison and Huntsville Alabama staple with eight locations around the valley.  Last September I did a post on another Casa Blanca Location (140 Browns Ferry Rd) here in Madison and decided to give equal time to the one I stopped at today.  The Casa Blanca I visited today is located at: 
7830 Highway 72 W #230Madison, Alabama 35758Phone:  256 864-0360
This location may not be as attractive on the outside as the one on Browns Ferry, … (4 comments)

nick t pappas: Who Temps You...Diana Krall...I Could Get Lost In Her - 01/21/11 03:37 PM
Who Temps You...Diana Krall...I Could Get Lost In Her
This is my second Diana Krall post and it's long over due.  My first post of Diana's music featured "Peel Me A Grape".  If you like "Temptation", my post for this evening you should check out "Peel Me A Grape"...I think you'll like it.  I've been following Diana Krall for a few years now, have all of her CD's and looking forward to the next.  She's sexy, thoughtful, intense and I could get lost in those eyes...Elvis Costello you're a lucky man and we are all lucky to have her music.
Turn it up!

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nick t pappas: Sculpture Trail Huntsville Alabama II - 01/21/11 09:44 AM
Sculpture Trail Huntsville Alabama II
This is the second Sculpture Trail post, if you would like to see the first you know what to do here Sculpture Trail Huntsville Alabama I.
The below left photo is by Glenn E. Zweygardt titled "Bipolar Hydra".  Zweygardt is Kansas born and currently houses his workshop in Alfred Station New York.  The photo on the right is "Celestial Motion" by Hanna Jurban currently a Sculpture Professor at East Carolina University in North Carolina.
 

Bruce Larsen is the artist for the "Owl" above.  If you go back to my Sculptures I post you will … (9 comments)

nick t pappas: The Villas At Madison Condominiums Madison Alabama - 01/20/11 03:56 PM
The Villas At Madison Condominiums Madison Alabama
The Villas At Madison Condominiums Madison Alabama could be right for you if you are ready to down size or move up?   Is it time to let someone else do the yard work?  With a strong Home Owners Association maintaining the integrity of the community at The Villas at Madison this could be the place for you.  Included in the monthly HOA assessment are items that you would normally have to pay for and schedule separately, such as; exterior building maintenance, yard maintenance, common grounds, exterior insurance, trash removal pest control, exterior water and sewer.  Additionally there is a pool … (0 comments)

nick t pappas: Tallulah Bankhead Born In Huntsville Alabama - 01/18/11 02:11 PM
Tallulah Bankhead Born In Huntsville Alabama
I'm sure many who read this are saying "Tallulah" who???  But for those of us beyond a certain age know who Tallulah Bankhead is.  Tallulah Bankhead was born January 31, 1902 and died December 12, 1968.  She was born right here in Huntsville Alabama in one of the apartments of the Schiffman building across from the current Madison County Courthouse.  Her father was speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in the late '30's, she was the niece of Senator John Bankhead II and granddaughter of Senator John Bankhead so it's fair to say she came from … (9 comments)

nick t pappas: Sculpture Trail Huntsville Alabama I - 01/17/11 02:29 PM
 
Sculpture Trail Huntsville Alabama I
Artists from several states were asked to participate in The Sculpture Trail and the results are twenty five sculptures placed throughout downtown Huntsville and Madison County.  Sculptures can be found at six sites; A & M University, UAH, Lowe Mill, the Courthouse square, Huntsville Art Museum and the Von Braun Center. 

The above piece across from the county Courthouse is by Virginia Artist Charles Brouwer titled "And This Is Hope" and done in Locust wood.

Craig Wedderspoon, head of the sculpture program at the University of Alabama Department of Art Tuscaloosa created this … (5 comments)

nick t pappas: New Madison Hospital In Madison Alabama On The Way - 01/16/11 12:01 PM
New Madison Hospital In Madison Alabama On The Way
Construction of Madison Alabama's newest hospital is well under way and scheduled for completion late 2011.  Serving residents of Madison County, Madison Hospital is built by Huntsville Hospital and will be under it's operation.  The new 60 bed hospital will help fill the need of hospital care for current residents and the expected influx of people relocating to our area.  Madison Hospital is located in the Madison Medical Park east of Balch road on US Highway 72 (University). 


Construction of the Hospital will be incorporated into the existing Madison Urgent Care facility.


If you … (5 comments)

nick t pappas: Luxury Homes Clifts Cove Madison Alabama - 01/15/11 02:18 PM
 
Luxury Homes Clifts Cove Madison Alabama
Luxury Homes Clifts Cove Madison Alabama, the perfect location and perfect homes in an upscale community.  The homes in Clifts Cove feature many of the special attributes expected when living in such a fine community.  Homes feature multiple master suites, weight or workout rooms, circular staircases, private courtyards, safe rooms, drop down theater screens, out door kitchens and so much more.

Until the '50's and '60's when NASA attracted high tech aerospace companies Huntsville and Madison Alabama were quiet and relatively unknown. NASA continues to support our economic base and we are also very proud to be … (5 comments)

nick t pappas: The Village At Walden Preserve Madison Alabama - 01/14/11 03:16 PM
The Village At Walden Preserve Madison Alabama
The Village At Walden Preserve Madison Alabama is located adjacent to Lexington Subdivision the subject of my last neighborhood post.  With that said The Village At Walden Preserve shares the same amenities and convenience to local attractions, shopping and recreation.  Homes in The Village At Walden Preserve are surrounded by thirty eight acres of Nature Preserve lending a slightly country feel to this middle of Madison Alabama city.  There is a home owners association that provides clubhouse, pool facilities and common grounds upkeep and the dues are only $375 annually.

This is currently the … (3 comments)

nick t pappas: A New Virus Alert - 01/14/11 07:05 AM
A New Virus Alert
I think many of us have seen this or something similar and know better than to open emails with the subject being "Postcard" or such, but it doesn't hurt to repeat.  I received the following email from a NASA contractor just now who was made aware of this by their company.  Use this info as you will, I just wanted to put the word out.
  VIRUS  COMING !
         Hi  All,          I  checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are  gearing up for this  virus!          I  checked Snopes, and it is for real. Get this  E-mail … (18 comments)

nick t pappas: What Does Agency Mean In Real Estate - 01/12/11 02:23 PM
What Does Agency Mean In Real Estate
What Does Agency Mean In Real Estate...well the short answer is that it's the relationship between an agent and a principal or client in a transaction.  With some agency relationships there is a fiduciary element which not only implies, but is written into law a relationship of trust and confidentiality.
There are different levels of agency that may be implied or express.  The strongest or highest form of agency is the Universal Agent that can represent a client in any transaction.  Next, is the General Agent who represents a client in specific business activities.  A Special Agent represents a … (8 comments)

nick t pappas: Lexington Subdivision Madison Alabama 35758 - 01/11/11 02:17 PM
 


Lexington Subdivision Madison Alabama 35758
Lexington Subdivision Madison Alabama is located just off of Balch rd. on the west side of Madison Alabama.  As with most all of Madison subdivision's Lexington is central and convenient to shopping, employment, medical facilities and in great school districts.  The traveler is only ten minutes away from Huntsville International Airport and highway I-565.
Currently there are eight homes for sale in Lexington Subdivision Madison Alabama priced from $205,000 to $287,065 offering three bedrooms, three baths to four bedrooms, three baths and 2028 to 3060 square feet.  Seven homes have sold in the … (4 comments)

nick t pappas: Madison Band Supply Madison Alabama...Update - 01/11/11 12:17 PM
Madison Band Supply Madison Alabama…Update
 
Recently I did a post on Madison Band Supply a new business started by an agent in my office Robin Cotton and her husband Frank.  As Robin told me, Real Estate is what she is all about and Frank will be running this new adventure.  Today the doors opened for the first time amid snow and cold that we've been experiencing here in Madison Alabama.  Perhaps that timing could have been a little better, but it didn't stop many shoppers from seeing what the new shop was all about.  I even picked up a bust … (5 comments)

nick t pappas: Snow In Alabama - 01/10/11 12:00 PM
Snow In Alabama
For those of you who think that it doesn't snow in Alabama...think again.  Before I moved here my thoughts of Alabama were; it's hot and there are a lot of cotton fields.  Well yes there are a lot of cotton fields and it does get hot here.  This last summer saw many consecutive days in the nineties, but the average annual temperature is 64 F.  Alabama can actually have a wide variance in climate with the northern area occasionally receiving snowfall and the gulf is subject to hurricanes.  Alabama's annual rainfall is 56 inches. 
Okay this was not … (20 comments)

nick t pappas: Appraisal Valuation Process Income Approach IV - 01/09/11 09:35 AM
Appraisal Valuation Process Income Approach IV
This post follows three other posts in a series: What Is An Appraisal I, What Is The Appraisal Valuation Process Sales Comparison Approach II, and Appraisal Valuation Process Cost Approach III. 
In this appraisal approach the value estimate is placed on a properties ability to generate income.  Generally used for larger income producing properties such as office buildings or malls, larger apartment buildings, commercial properties.
There are five steps used in the Income Approach:
The potential gross income; this step estimates not only the expected rent, but also income from other sources on the property … (3 comments)

nick t pappas: Appraisal Valuation Process Cost Approach III - 01/07/11 04:47 PM
Appraisal Valuation Process Cost Approach III
This post follows two others; "What Is An Appraisal" and "What Is the Appraisal Valuation Process Sales Comparison Approach", describing an appraisers initial planning and preparation for an appraisal and the first approach used to estimate value by comparing other similar homes.
The Cost Approach used to estimate a properties value can be used for any property but is better suited to new construction and special more unique properties where fewer comparable sales of properties exist such as, warehouse, schools, buildings of worship or government properties.  The goal is to estimate value based on cost of acquiring similar vacant … (3 comments)

nick t pappas: Blog Photo's Getting Noticed - 01/07/11 01:22 PM
Blog Photo's Getting Noticed
I've always enjoyed photography, but lately have gotten into the routine of taking pictures for listings and shots around town to place in my blog posts.  While taking pictures for listings is necessary to our business it's not the most exciting activity around.  Photo's around town offer a chance for more creativity and usually present more interesting subject matter.

Last May I wrote a blog post about Rosie's Cantina, a Mexican restaurant here in Huntsville for Cinco De Mayo.  I've reported on restaurants around town before so...no biggie, nothing new.  But, today was a biggie for … (16 comments)

nick t pappas: Potters Mill Madison Alabama Homes For Sale - 01/06/11 03:42 PM
Potters Mill Madison Alabama Homes For Sale
 Potters Mill Madison Alabama Homes For Sale are within 5 minutes of Cummings Research Park, the second largest park of its kind in the nation.  Redstone Arsenal, a major employer in the area is only a short 10 minute ride away and Huntsville International Airport is within 15 minutes.
At the present there are five homes for sale in Potters Mill priced from$159,900 to $189,900 featuring three bedrooms, two baths and four bedrooms, two baths.  Homes for sale are nicely sized at approximately 1595 to 2070 square feet.  Four homes have sold in the last three months spending an … (8 comments)

nick t pappas: What Is An Appraisal I - 01/05/11 03:48 PM
What Is An Appraisal I
What is an appraisal?  The short answer is that it's an estimation and opinion of value.  The appraisal to some degree is a subjective opinion based on supporting data and is not considered an exact science.  It would not be unusual for more than on appraiser to arrive at a different value for the same property as there are many factors that can be considered and interpreted differently.  Another important thing to remember is that real estate may have more than one value depending on the use or purpose the property is being valued for.  Rental property, … (6 comments)

nick t pappas: Lease Option And Lease Purchase - 01/04/11 03:41 PM
Lease Option And Lease Purchase
Before anyone decides on using either of the below options they should consult with a real estate lawyer as laws may vary between states and I am not an attorney.  While the following is for general informative purpose it is not to be considered legal advice.
Lease option and lease purchase are two possible options for a home buyer.  While there is also simply an option to buy I rarely come across it.  When purchasing a home there are many options; FHA, VA, cash, conventional, seller financing, land contracts and others.  Not all are right or possible … (11 comments)

 
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Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Huntsville, AL

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