Alabama real estate is still appreciating!

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Alabama real estate is appreciating!

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) produced a report in November that indicates Alabama real estate has been appreciating, even though most areas of the country are still experiencing a troubled real estate market.  Alabama was number 4 in the list of US states that are appreciating.  The report shows almost 3% appreciation which is a result of the local economic successes of the Mobile, Huntsville, and Decatur areas. 

In this area of the country, there are federal tax incentives for investment.  Known as the "Go Zone," investors that meet certain requirements get huge tax breaks for investing here.  Couple that with the state's pst efforts to attract new companies to the area and the result is local businesses are growing.  With over 1/2 of the states in this report showing decreases, the Alabama example is worth study.

The Florence real estate appreciates over 8% in the third quarter.  Mobile, Decatur and Huntsville all had more than 4% appreciation in the third quarter.  Tuscaloosa, Anniston, Oxford, Auburn, Opelika, Dothan, Muscle Shoals, Gadsden and the Birmingham area also appreciated.  While the "GO Zone" tax incentives were created after Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Mobile and other Alabama cities already had economic plans in place to attract new jobs.  I made a few trips there myself to research opportunities and look at real estate. They had already attracted thousands of new manufacturing jobs before Katrina hit.  Now, those jobs are helping the area grow as they continue to rebuild.

Some of the towns in the rrpoet are: Mobile, Decatur, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Hoover, Montgomery, Anniston, Oxford, Auburn, Opelika, Dothan, Florence, Muscle Shoals, and Gadsden.

There are some statistical issues with the report, as with all statistical reports.  For example, the fact that the information/data for the report only comes from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might have more weight from problems than if the data included smaller regional institutions across the country.  Of course that data would be more tedious to collect.

This version of the report only covers the third quarter of 2008.  The next report, which may include a summary of the whole year, should be even more interesting.  The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) produced the report for the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO). 

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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Well, that just bears out the old adage that real estate is truly a regional item, underneath the global trends.  

Dec 13, 2008 03:14 AM #1
Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Heath, how nice to hear some positive good news. Your great state of Alabama is certainly one of the very few who can claim such victory. Great place to buy and invest, that's for sure.

Dec 13, 2008 03:49 AM #2

The GO Zone benefit will only apply to people who close on a property and put it in rental service before the end of this may want to drop the "GO Zone" as part of your spiel.

Dec 13, 2008 11:11 PM #3
Tracy Miller
Canton, MS
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Heath, I enjoyed reading your post.  I was so glad to finally be able to come across some positive news about the real estate market for a change.  Thanks so much for sharing this uplifting information with us.

Dec 16, 2008 12:01 PM #4
Deidre Berry
WOW Real Estate - Florence, AL
Realtor - Florence, Alabama

Woo've just backed up everything I've been saying!  And you aren't even in Alabama, correct?  Thanks for the info...

Dec 16, 2008 12:25 PM #5
Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker & - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA

Go Alabama!  Talk it up guys.  There are more places that are good real estate areas!

Dec 18, 2008 02:53 AM #6
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