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We lusted after the status accessory (a cellphone, with a 2-megapixel camera) Today, the iPhone X has dual 12-megapixel cameras. Back in 2005, the cutting-edge MM-A800 phone was the first 2-megapixel camera in the United States. This pink Motorola Razr was released in October and by November was considered the first ‘fashion’ phone.

At the movies... It had just been announced that Daniel Craig would be cast as the new James Bond replacing Pierce Brosnan. The news was met with significant controversy with many fans organizing boycotts of the franchise claiming Craig was too short and too blond.

100TH ISSUE What we were doing in November 2005

Special effects were the rage then and that trend is still true today. The top-5 movies were all special effects centered. On November 6, 2005, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire premiered. It went on to become most successful film of the year, earning almost $900 million worldwide. The remaining four were Star Wars 3: Revenge of the Sith, The Chronicles of Narnia, War of the Worlds and King Kong.

We were in the eye of a record breaking hurricane season. “Absolutely, as far as we know, this was unprecedented,” said Keith Blackwell, a researcher at the University of South Alabama’s Coastal Weather Research Center in Mobile in a November article for National Geographic News. He was referring to three hurricanes — Katrina, Rita, and Wilma — which reached Category Five status on the Saffir-Simpson scale (a new record at that time).

Diedre Downs was Miss America In 2005, Alabama native and Samford graduate Diedre Down was Miss America. Today, she is a board-certified OB/GYN at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Her wedding to attorney and writer Abbott Jones was covered earlier this year in People magazine, and was held at the Museum of Art. She is the first Miss America to have a same sex marriage.

We were a divided city.

November 19th was the 70th Iron Bowl. Auburn defeated Alabama 28-18 in Jordan-Hare Stadium to win for the fourth consecutive time. Tide quarterback Brodie Croyle was sacked 11 times in the game. Auburn jumped off to an early first quarter lead of 21 points. Texas won the national championship that year with a legendary performance by Vince Young over USC.

We were watching SoHo Square emerge. The innovative project was a first for Alabama and Homewooda mixed-use complex combining retail, residential and government sectors. ABOUT

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Matthew McConaughey was crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive in the 2005 November Issue.

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Do you know Lacey Bacchus? In 100 issues, no one has appeared in more pictures than Lacey. How many? 51 times. We love you Lacey!

We were listening to …. 1. Mariah Carey - We Belong Together 2. Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl 3. Mario - Let Me Love You (from the Billboard Top 100)

On the rumor front A few years ago, someone swore to us that they had a friend who saw a girl in About Town that he didn’t know, and figured out a way to meet her. (He wouldn’t tell us who it was.) They are now married. It’s not stalking if it results in a marriage is it?

We were watching... American Idol - In its fourth season when Simon Cowell was still our favorite villain and Carrie Underwood officially became America’s sweetheart. On November 15, 2005, Underwood released her debut album “Some Hearts.” That album went on to win the 2006 Billboard Album of the Year. ‘Pulling the cord’ continues today, as people continue to drop cable. Last year Netflix surpassed cable with more subscribers. According to last year’s report from eMarketer, there were 22.2 million cord-cutters ages 18 and older last year alone. – a figure that was up 33.2 percent over 2016.

Have you played the About Town game? How many people do you know in each issue? Sit down. Get a Sharpie and circle everyone you know. Who ever knows more people wins.

If you bought Amazon …. If you bought a share of Amazon stock on November 1, 2005, it would have been $39.97. It’s worth almost 40 times as much now. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 10,100. It’s now around 24,000, but has been a roller coaster over the last 13 years. After hitting around 14k in 2007, the market crashed in ‘08, and fell in value by over half to under 7k in ‘09.

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Writer, Speaker, Radio & Television Contributor, Dr. Misty Smith is the Founder and Managing Director of the Birmingham, Alabama based Mind, Body & Heart Wellness Clinic. She is an ASSECT Nationally recognized Certified Sex Therapist (CST), as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) of more than 15 years, who focuses on assisting individuals and couples to achieve their optimal emotional, relational, and sexual health through a results-oriented counseling process tailored to the needs of the individual or couple. In addition to being ASSECT Certified, Dr. Misty has a PhD in Counselor Education from Mississippi State University and her EdS in Counseling from the University of Alabama. She can be reached by email at mistysmithphd@mbhwellnessclinic.com or mbhwellnessclinic.com.

>>> Is it wrong to give an ultimatum to my boyfriend? Part of me thinks it’s wrong, but part of me feels after 3 years it’s time to expect a wedding proposal. He tells me he loves me. He says we’ll get married. But we need to either get married or break-up in 2018. It’s always interesting to me this “ultimatum” concept. An ultimatum is by definition “a demand which, if not met, will end a relationship or otherwise result in some serious consequence.” When speaking of dating, aren’t we trying to determine what we want, don’t want, and dealbreakers? Why shouldn’t you be able to give an ultimatum? It should merely be relayed in a gentle... maybe firm...manner. An ultimatum is simply you sharing a fact...one you might have already shared on multiple occasions without seeing changes or results. Example: “I am going to have to move on from this relationship, if we aren’t planning to get married before the end of 2018. I have spent 3 years of my life with you, and I feel ready to be married to you. I do not want to be in a dating relationship for an indefinite amount of time. I feel we should move on to the next phase, if you do not feel the same about me.” It’s a statement of fact. Ultimatum...sure. I suppose it is that as well. However, the alternative is to stay in a relationship and not have your needs met or your wishes honored. If you aren’t willing to sacrifice, sometimes an “ultimatum” becomes necessary. Ultimatums should probably not be given too soon, unless they are one of your big deal breakers! I would then try to determine, if having to give an ultimatum too soon, whether or not this is the right person. On the other hand, your boyfriend has the right to take as much time as time as he needs to be emotionally and financially ready to make a life decision as important as a marriage proposal. Have you asked what is holding him back? Is there some underlying reason he is hesitant to move forward?

Many couples take part in premarital counseling. Maybe the two of you should consider “pre-engagement” counseling. It could be helpful to have a third party ask those intense questions to determine why this relationship seems stagnant. It is important not to push someone into a decision for which they aren’t prepared. I see a lot of couples take that next step, and find themselves in counseling or the middle of a divorce 5, 10, or 15 years down the road. If this is a person you have dated since high school or college, assess whether it is time to take the next step because the two of you are growing in the same direction or because society says “once you date for 3 years you are supposed to get engaged and get married.” Something to also consider is whether your push forward has anything to do with what your peers are saying and doing. What is right for one person might not be right for you, and that same thing applies to relationships.

>>> How can I tell if my younger brother has a drinking problem? He’s going though a lot of stress and never has a bad attitude when drinking, and doesn’t ever seem ‘drunk’. No problems at work. But he will have at least a giant (big gulp sized) rum and coke everyday after work. (And that’s just what I know about). How much is too much?

Beyond that, being there and being supportive is your best option. Sometimes interventions with other family members work, while other times those interventions cause irreparable damage to the relationships. Be cautious about how you approach the situation. You are an older sibling. It doesn’t need to come across to him as though you are trying to parent him. Only you know those family dynamics though. Now let’s address the amount so you can be clear on what actually represents a possible problem. It’s often times difficult to know when someone has a drinking problem because alcoholics are very good at hiding things until it is really late in the game. Most guidelines follow certain limits. “Healthy adults drinking more than these singleday or weekly limits are considered “at-risk” or “heavy” drinking- Men: more than 4 drinks on any day or 14 per week; Women: more than 3 drinks on any day or 7 per week.” Also, it’s important to remember how much alcohol equals a “drink.” The following chart is helpful in understanding “how much is too much.”

I think it is wonderful you are concerned with your brother’s drinking. However, alcoholics and addicts decide when they want to get sober or clean. No one else can decide for them! You can be supportive. You can be sure you are not enabling your brother by encouraging events where alcohol is a large part. You can remove the alcohol from the time spent with your brother and maybe even request this from other family members. You can also mention your concerns to him in a loving manner.

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>>> How will I know if I’m ready to proceed with divorce? A skillful lawyer can help you sort through whether or not divorce is in your best interest. Before you run headlong into divorce, it might be time for a reality check. Take a break from social media. Ask yourself some tough questions about why you’re feeling discontented. Then schedule some face-to-face time with a therapist, marriage counselor, spiritual advisor, or family law attorney to explore your concerns and options.

>>> Does divorce have to be contentious and competitive? Divorcing couples actually have a number of choices about how to approach their divorce. Just because your best friend went through months of litigation, doesn’t mean that you will. If you and your spouse prefer a less contentious approach you may want to investigate a different type of representation. Based on your personal criteria, you have a number of choices about how to proceed. Will this be a “kitchen table negotiation”? Or would your interests be better served by a Collaborative Process, or Mediation? When required, litigation may be the best approach.

>>> I have heard that Alabama is a “no fault” state, what does this mean? Several decades ago, a person seeking a divorce had to have specific grounds or reasons, in order to qualify, when fault could be proven (i.e. adultery, abandonment, imprisonment etc.) Alabama has since adopted the grounds of “incompatibility” and “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage”. Alabama courts still consider “fault” and misconduct as a factor in determining alimony and property division, as described in answer related to those issues above.

>>> How much does it cost to get divorced? If money (or the lack-thereof ) has been holding you back from ending your marriage, mapping out a monthly budget and longrange financial goals will help you face those fears. Married or single, there will be bills to pay, mortgages due, and children who need child care, new clothes, and orthodontia. We recommend that people start thinking about the financials as early in the process as possible. That means meeting with a financial adviser, talking to lawyers and writing down what this is going to cost.

Have more questions about the divorce process? Learn more about the different approaches to divorce at nolanbyers.com. Nolan Byers, PC was founded by Frances Ross Nolan and Leigh Reynolds Byers to provide exceptional legal assistance to clients facing family law disputes.

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$600k WHERE: 1530 Sutherland Pl WHAT: 4 Beds, 3 Baths HOW MUCH: $599,900 SETTING: This 1920’s home offers charm but also function that a family home needs. Hardwoods throughout both levels with builtins in the dining and living room. INDOORS: Great floorpan that includes 2 bedrooms, including the master, and 2 baths down and 2 bedrooms with a jack-n-jill bath and bonus room upstairs. OUTDOORS: The backyard has new sod, privacy fence, shed, deck with pergola off french doors leading from the dining room.

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WHERE: 4266 5th Ave S WHAT: 4 Beds, 5 Full Baths//1 Half HOW MUCH: $595,000 SETTING: Dream home in the historic Forest Park/South Avondale neighborhood. INDOORS: Chef’s kitchen with walk-in pantry, farmhouse sink, double gas oven, marble countertops, wine refrigerator and custom cabinets. Master bedroom has his and her custom walk in closets and steam room in the en-suite bathroom. OUTDOORS: Completely rebuilt with all new electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and insulation.

WHERE: 3409 Springhill Rd WHAT: 4 Beds, 3 Full Baths//1 Half HOW MUCH: $589,900 SETTING: Amazing 4 bedroom/3.5 bath home in Brookwood Forest. INDOORS: Kitchen recently gutted to the studs and built back to perfection. Master bathroom updated too. Home is very open, airy, neutral colors and hardwoods throughout. OUTDOORS: Great deck and screened porch off the kitchen make living and entertaining in this home a dream.

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Pops of Emerald by: Shelby Davidson

Emerald green is here, and if we’re lucky, it’s here to stay. The bold, but poised color has quickly made its way onto this year’s hot color’s list, especially when it comes to interiors, more specifically, the interiors of Birmingham’s elite. Likely, you’re intrigued by its mysterious demeanor, but maybe you’re intimidated by its potential? A color so bold can be quite difficult to maneuver, but don’t fret. My advice? Opt for small, yet daring pops to pepper throughout your home, without overdoing it. If you’re feeling more adventurous, the sky’s the limit!

Wallpaper Target $29.99 Wallpaper is back! My favorite looks typically involve an accent wall, covered with a statement wallpaper. It adds depth, color, and a little bit of attitude, for just a small price. This Opal House one will add a moody flare to any space.

Tray Ethan Allen $299 Spice up a neutral coffee table or ottoman with a decorative tray, perfect for placing flowers, coasters, magazines and more. If you’re a bit skeptical of the emerald trend, try a small pop of color to test out the waters a bit.

Fiddle Leaf Tree Charlie Thigpin’s Garden Gallery. Price dependent on size. Fiddle Leaf’s are all the rage right now. Add natural pops of green throughout your space with these trees. Or, if you’re lacking a green thumb like me, a faux tree has its perks – no watering, no chance of killing it, comes fully grown – see what I mean?

Lamps Target $121 Add color and charm to your side tables with these emerald green faux snakeskin table lamps. Pair them in the same room or spread them out for pops of color in multiple rooms or living areas.

Sofa AllModern $679 To me, there’s nothing more elegant than a pop of color from a velvet sofa. It sets a regal, refined tone for your space. If you’re ready to fully embrace the emerald look, opt for a chic sofa like this one, it’ll speak for itself.

Tea Cups Charish $75 These dainty tea cups add unique color to any kitchen. Serve your guests an afternoon tea, or opt for the less traditional use, and plant succulents to sprinkle throughout your space.


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NEW LISTING

3346 Panorama Brook Drive

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6274 New Castle Road

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1032 54th Street S

3 BR/1 BA – Homewood $325,000 SOLD

3 BR/2 BA – Crestwood $199,900 SOLD

1053 Lakeview Crescent

209 Rockaway Road

3 BR/3 BA – Highland Park $425,000

3 BR/2 BA – Homewood $414,900

2908 Cahaba Village Place 2 BR/2 BA – Mountain Brook $339,900

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4 BR/3.5 BA – Brook Highland $429,900

903 Highland Road

19 acres – Morris $129,900

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5 BR/4.5 BA – Vestavia Hills $589,000

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IS NOW THE TIME TO BUY AT THE BEACH? We Asked LAH’s Bryan Whitehead what trends he’s seeing this year at the beach.

Bryan Whitehead Qualifying Broker - Florida Office cell 205-937-7784 bwhitehead@lahrealestate.com

What areas are the hottest? The east end of 30A is always busy. High-end new construction is everywhere down there. Alys Beach, Paradise by the Sea, and anything beach-front are booming. The west end of 30A is picking up steam as well. There is a little more value on that end for now, but prices are catching up quickly. Do you see areas that may be under valued? The west end of Panama City Beach. You can buy a new construction 3/2 a few blocks from the beach for $300,000. Just 5 miles west, and that house would be well over $500,000. As far as an investment property, what kind of return on investment should buyers expect? The goal for most investors is to make a 10% gross return annually on the rental income. For example, if a home costs $1m, they would look to make $100k per year in rental income. Once you factor in management fees and cost of ownership, most investors will hope to net out around 7% annual return. There are some areas and properties that can exceed those numbers, but they are getting harder to find. What advice would you give property owners who want to rent their place? If they already own a home, interview several property management companies. Many have different structures that can impact the fee you pay. Most full service companies charge about 20% to book the property, clean between guests, and perform general maintenance. Major repairs and damage will cost more. If they are buying a property, they should also interview management companies. The biggest thing these buyers need to figure out is how much they intend to rent. Some homes are full time investment rentals, and some owners use them throughout the year. You can’t go in buying a full time rental and look at it like you would your personal home. They will live completely differently. Have an open mind and think like a vacation renter, not like a resident. ABOUT

How competitive is the rental market? Long term rentals (6 months or more) are very hard to find and expensive. Smart investors are buying homes and condos here and converting them to long term rentals. Your management fees are half of a vacation rental, and the tenants typically stay for a number of years. Are you seeing a lot of community/gov. restrictions on new construction and renovations? Walton County is growing like crazy. There are some restrictions along 30A regarding height. Nothing can be built higher than 50’, and in Grayton that goes down to 40’. There are restrictions on how much of your lot you can build on, but it can vary depending on location. Building on or near one of our coastal dune lakes is very restrictive. You can only build 40% of your lot, and that includes any impervious surface like driveways and pools. Anyone buying and planning to build needs to do some real due diligence before they buy. Where do you see property values heading? Values have been on the rise, but not at a point where it should scare anyone about the “bubble bursting”. The sharpest climb has been in the investment properties. Their values tend to follow the income. Rental rates and occupancy have risen over the last few years, and these values have gone up with them. What part of the country are buyers coming from? We always see buyers from Birmingham, Atlanta, Nashville and Texas. Lately we are seeing a good deal more buyers from northern states who have historically bought in South Florida. Our property values are much better here than in areas like Naples or Miami. It is also easier to get to our area than it has been in the past. The new airport in Panama City, and the addition of flights into Destin has really helped.

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80 MAGNOLIA STREET $1,650,000 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 • #794459

4 BED/5 BATH Brand new beach house with old bones! This house was purchased last July and taken down to the studs. Everything about this house is new except for the original framing foundation slab and roofing. Almost 900 sq ft of heated and cooled space was added...two bedrooms and a bonus room as well as two full bathrooms and a powder bathroom. The buyer has cleverly changed this small nonfunctional floor plan into a gorgeous beach house. Every room has been completely renovated and changed. The rear porch is now part of the deck that wraps around the pool. If you are looking for new construction ... you need to stop by and see 80 Magnolia as it goes through the transformation. Completion date is May 1st and new pictures will constantly be uploaded.

309 DEFUNIAK STREET $1,499,000 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 • #794232

5 BED/5 BATH Absolutely Grayton is Absolutely Marvelous. This professionally decorated 5 bedroom beach home with extra bunk room is a turn key investment for those looking to invest in Grayton Beach. Located on the main street, Defuniak Street, this home has plenty of parking and a giant heated pool. Completely furnished and rental ready through Rivard RentalsThe New York Times said: “ Grayton Beach is a Gulf Retreat for the upscale but unfussy”! Southern Living described it as: “The original beach town, very bohemian”! Long time resident’s here know it from days gone by when everyone was of the same economic strata. The same laid-back feel can be enjoyed with kids and dogs running through the streets and the beach beckons everyone to come down for sunset as the shadows grow long. This is Grayton Beach ... Nice Dogs, Strange People.

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LAH REAL ESTATE, headquartered in Birmingham, has an office on 30A. Unlike the faceless international behemoths in the area, LAH offers its local family feel with a genuine interst and knowledge of the area. LAH at the Beach 3648 County Rd 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 LAHRealEstate.com ABOUT

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Making Your Yard An Artful Garden by: Charlie Thigpen Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery at Pepper Place

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our yard should be an extension of your home. When you buy a house you are also paying for the yard so why not utilize it? A yard is just the property surrounding your house, but a garden can be made within these boundaries, making your home more valuable and usable. Create a landscape that will enhance your home’s appearance but will also make functional outdoor spaces or rooms. These could be play areas for the children, outdoor dining areas or resting spots like an outdoor “den” where you can go outside to unplug, read or relax. Front and Center

Strategically set out flowering shrubs, annuals and perennials for bright spots of color around your front entrance. Colorful pots next to your front door will draw guests up to your entryway and will show that your home is cared for. Change these plants throughout the year to embrace the seasons or holidays. Also, make sure whenever possible that your planters are located close to a water source so you wont have to drag a hose too far. Focus

With specific plantings, you can create focal points or enhance views within the landscape. For instance, if you have an attractive birdbath outside your kitchen window, plant a few flowers around it to enhance the site. When using flowering plants try to restrain yourself and don’t plant too many colors, which might look chaotic. Use the same few colors throughout the landscape for repetition. Enjoying the Great Outdoors

When the weather is right, there is nothing better than enjoying a fine dinner alfresco. An outdoor dining table may be placed on a deck, patio or a shrub-walled, outdoor room with a pea-gravel floor. This area might be enhanced by the sound of a babbling water feature or beautiful tones of a wind chime. In more rural or wooded areas you can enjoy hearing nature’s symphony of singing birds, crickets or frogs. To brighten these starlit areas set out torches or candles to create a flickering ambiance.

clockwise from top: Fountains are always a luxurious touch and have an immediate calming effect. These unique concrete seats are an inviting element to guests. This funky chartreuse colored bistro table set is both unique and practical, and perfect for outdoor entertaining.

A Garden that Reflects You

Inject your personality or look into the landscape. This might be by using items such as architectural artifacts, statuary, garden art or the style or type of planters you select. If you are artsy and like color, you might want brightly glazed pottery. If you are more formal you’ll probably chose classic concrete or cast iron urns. If you are looking for a more modern look you might select cube or clean looking bowl-shaped planters. For a whimsical or shabby chic look you might use an old wheelbarrow or a galvanized pale as a planter. Be bold and go for the look you want. It’s your yard and garden you should feel free to do with it what you please. A LITTLE MAINTENANCE GOES A LONG WAY It’s one thing to plant or create a garden, but it’s another thing to maintain it. If you don’t take care of your plantings they will quickly get out of hand. Try to walk through and around your landscape daily or as often as possible and pick up fallen sticks or pull a few weeds. A few minutes of grooming here and there can make a big difference, so working on your landscape isn’t just a Saturday morning burden.


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Sound Advice

How to Win in a Competive Market. How to Choose a Mortgage Lender Who Will Help You Win in a Competitive Real Estate Market. When it comes to competing in a hot Seller’s Market, you need to make sure you have the very best team in your corner – people who will help you have an edge over the competition. A Seller’s Market is loosely defined as limited inventory, which ultimately results in numerous Buyers competing for the same property. This can cause bidding wars and may leave a Buyer disappointed time and again. You’ll want to give yourself a competitive edge by first choosing the right Lender. Here are a few tips to help you find the right Loan Officer partner:

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GO LOCAL! You’ll want to make sure your Loan Officer has a firsthand

knowledge of the surrounding community – and a respected familiarity and working relationship with local Realtors®. A Loan Officer who is a member of the community has inherent credibility and will be invaluable when Sellers and their agents are reviewing multiple offers and comparing financing providers. If you want the ease and convenience of a fully automated online experience, don’t let that hold you back. A strong, local company will have the same technology that distant, digital lending empires advertise. If your Loan Officer’s name has become synonymous with fair lending practices and superior service within the local Real Estate Community, you’ll for sure be ahead in the game.

EXPERIENCE MATTERS There are many things best learned through experience, and loans are one of them! You’ll want to choose someone who is famous for their seamless, transparent, and enjoyable Borrower experience. Plus, working with an experienced loan professional means challenges associated with your loan are more likely to be identified early, ensuring a smooth process and an easy path to the closing table. Always ask to see recommendations and referrals from previous customers to get an idea of the depth of knowledge a Loan Officer holds.

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GET A FAST PASS APPROVAL! Now that you’ve found an experienced, local Lender, you’ll need to make sure your loan approval is rock solid before you begin shopping for a home. Gold Star Mortgage, one of the nation’s premier lenders, for example, has pioneered the FastPass Approval, which leaves no stone unturned and provides you with the greatest measure of confidence when you’re ready to start looking at houses. FastPass Approval is backed by complete underwriting of the loan file, with only property-related financing conditions remaining, such as the appraisal and clear title. This means you can buy with confidence and close on your home in record time. Both Real Estate Agents and Sellers love the security on these types of offers, therefore, having a FastPass Approval in hand can be the difference in your offer being accepted over another one!

COVER ALL BASES Some Lenders will issue a preapproval letter based on your credit score alone without ever seeing your income documentation, which may actually have pertinent information that can make or break your financing. Make sure your Lender reviews these documents thoroughly and will base your preapproval on your entire financial profile – not just the snapshot provided by your credit report. Failing to have an accurate preapproval can result in investing in services, such as appraisals, home inspections, and surveys, on a home you cannot even purchase. On the other hand, an accurate approval may allow you to find out that you can qualify for even more than you initially anticipated. ABOUT

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Interior decorating tips from Shea Bryars.

Shea graduated from Auburn University in 1997 with a degree in Interior Design. Realizing she enjoyed the process of designing kitchens and baths, she quickly began her career as a NKBA designer for firms in both Atlanta and Birmingham. Her success was fueled by the love of her work and in 2002 she became Southern Accents and Southern Living Magazine’s Idea House manager. It is through this exceptional opportunity that Shea experienced the intracacies of interior design through building and furnishing the Idea Houses. Excited about the knowledge she had gained, Shea began her own firm, Shea Bryars Design, in 2014. Her contact info and portfolio can be found on her website- sheabryarsdesign.com.

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something that is sentimental to them. In this case, the homeowner owned old cypress hardwood from the home she grew up in, in which we used on the ceiling and in a supporting beam. This tells a great story and looks beautiful and warm.

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7 Lighting and finishes make all the difference in a space. Warm woods and creamy cabinets create a more traditional space.

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Alabama Women’s Specialists, PC

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Girl of the Year

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The RailYard, AL ALL STAR Candidate, Whisk”d Café, Cumulus Media and The High Point Market Worship Center

Special thanks to our Co-Chairs Shelle Henderson and Daniel Snyder and our Executive Leadership Team: Cindy Hodo, Ashlee Barnes, Paul Henderson, Amy Cain, Kevin Collins, Whitney Henderson, Valerie Thomas, Liz Pittman, Chris Thomas, Taylor Henderson, Ashley Pittman, Sarah Cutler.

Our Grand Finale Gala will take place on June 15, 2018 at The Grand Bohemian Hotel from 6:00-9:00 pm. Visit Man & Woman of the Year website (www.mwoy.org/al) to support a candidate and/or attend the Grand Finale. For further info please contact Julie Moon, Campaign Manager, at 205-460-4941.


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Most Expensive Homes For Sale in Bham

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$6,995,000 6 Greenbriar Ridge

2 Bedrooms, 3 Full, 4 Half Baths

What to Know: Set amidst a quiet forest overlooking meandering Shoal Creek as it threads through the 6th green & 7th Tee of the famous course, this home offers the best of everything. The home includes a guest house, resort-quality pool, pool house, artists’ studio, elevator, exercise room, billiard room, theater, and a 2,500 bottle cellar.

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$5,600,000

What to Know: This Folk-Victorian style farmhouse comes with a working barn, tennis court, vegetable garden and a Civil War era log barn. The charming guest house includes a relaxing front porch, updated kitchen with marble countertops, dining area, den with fireplace, two bedrooms, one bathroom and a back porch.

5 Bedrooms, 4 Full, 1 Half Baths

5400 Saddlecreek Lane 2222 Lake Heather Circle What to Know: This Italianate designed estate was originally built by a prominent artist. The home sits on a five acre peninsula, circled by a 100 acre private lake. The house includes a domed skylight, a marble and an a terrace with views of the exquisite pool and views of the lake on all sides. The full size elevator reaches all four floors.

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$4,950,000 2832 Balmoral Road

What to Know: Originally built in 1928, the beauty of this historic home has been lovingly maintained throughout the years, while recent extensive renovations provide every modern amenity you can expect for luxurious living. The home has four bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms in the main house plus a guesthouse with a bedroom and full bathroom adjoining the three-car garage, which has been converted into a workout studio, also offering an additional half bathroom.

5 Bedrooms, 6 Full, 3 Half Baths

$4,395,000

What to Know: In addition to the main house, hit up the outdoor space with a pool, floating rock wall, hot tub, diving board, outdoor kitchen. The club level includes a basketball court, gym, sauna, and custom wine cellar, and a 12 person theatre with raised seating.

5 Bedrooms, 6 Full, 6 Half Baths

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4 Bedrooms, 6 Full, 1 Half Baths

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3562 Saddlecreek Road

6 Bedrooms, 5 Full, 1 Half Baths

What to Know: This private equestrian estate is set amidst the fine and friendly neighborhood of Greystone Legacy. Truly a rare opportunity to own 10 level acres, fenced pastures, a four stall barn, pool, charming guest house and a home which has been lovingly enlarged and updated. No expense was spared in the selection of finishes which include wide plank dark oak floors and mahogany paneling.

$2,999,000 3012 Southwood Road

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6 Bedrooms, 5 Full, 3 Half Baths

What to Know: The historic detail built into the home is magnificent, hand carved crown molding, 90 year old wood floors in perfect condition, Italian marble fireplaces, mantles from the 1600’s, leaded glass windows, crystal chandeliers, European kitchen hardware, a butler’s pantry. The addition was done to match the detail of the original home producing a spacious first floor master suite, a modern kitchen and 5 sets of French doors that open to spacious terrace overlooking a formal sunken garden and the guest house.

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$2,985,000 1015 Greystone Crest

4 Bedrooms, 4 Full, 2 Half Baths

What to Know: This unique custom-built estate is designed for entertaining at its best with a salt-water heated pool, spa, exercise room, gazebo, flat level rear yard with golf putting green and waterfall.

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6225 Cahaba Valley Road 4 Bedrooms, 4 Full, 1 Half Baths What to Know: This fabulous 72+ acre Equestrian farm includes an indoor with The indoor arena has a special footing--crushed limestone, then crushed limestone/sand, then Equestri-foot rubber The outdoor arena has a crushed limestone base with a special slope for drainage then covered with crushed limestone and sand and then rubber. Beautiful home and caretakers home also onsite.

3748 Dover Drive 7 bedrooms, 7 Full, 1 Half Bath What to Know: This exquisite estate is a 7 bedroom 7.5 bath home, with a giant in-law home. The domed foyer opens to a dining room and a formal sitting room with gilded ceilings. It is also open to the great room which boasts a two-story vaulted ceiling, a wet bar, a fireplace and a wall of custom designed arched windows and French doors opening onto the terrace.


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TULIPANO GRAND OPENING Tulipano Boutique hosted their Grand Opening in their Mountain Brook location with family and friends welcoming the new neighbors to town that featured catering by Kathy G. & Co. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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Kick Up Your Curb Appeal! 8 tips for turning heads and making an impression this Summer. The pollen has come and gone, foliage is in full bloom and it’s officially time to start getting your yard ready for a new season! Whether you’re looking to list your home soon or simply maintain a manicured look, it’s important to keep up your home’s exterior. If you’re unsure of where to start, here are eight tips for small changes that can pack a punch. 1. Give your yard a haircut.

For immediate results, pull out that dusty lawn equipment, and get to work! A Saturday spent in the yard can yield a BIG impact. Be sure to mow and edge the grass, bag up leaves and other debris and trim up trees and hedges to get the full effect. 2. Add a splash of color.

6. Wash your windows.

Clean, sparkly windows are easy and inexpensive to achieve. With some Windex and good, old-fashioned elbow grease, you can knock out this task in just a couple of hours. For maximum results, don’t forget to clean your windows from the inside, as well.

Spring and summer are the seasons in which to experiment with color. To brighten up your front yard, try planting seasonal flowers, adding a colorful wreath to the front door or even repainting your front door a vibrant, unexpected color.

7. Freshen your fixtures.

3. Get the grime off.

8. Fix up the roof.

Remove dirt and grime from your home’s exterior and driveway through pressure washing. Don’t have a pressure washer? Rent one from a local hardware store, borrow from a friend or purchase one from a home improvement store; some retail for less than $300. 4. Have a paint party.

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders, especially for the exterior of your home. Try a new color, or simply freshen up your current look. If you don’t want to commit to the cost or labor of painting your entire home, try switching up the color of just your shutters, if you have them. 5. Upgrade your mailbox.

Mailboxes can suffer major wear and tear over time. If yours is sporting dents, rotting wood or just looks tired, get a new one! Home improvement stores carry relatively inexpensive mailboxes. Make sure to purchase modern mailbox numbers to add to your updated look.

If you’re hanging on to outdated lanterns, light fixtures or hardware, it may be time to replace them. Home improvement stores offer an array of stylish, attractive options at affordable prices. In addition to cleaning out your gutters, blowing off your roof is also a simple way to clean up the exterior of your home quickly. If your roof appears to be on its last leg, take a look at your home insurance policy to see if your provider may cover the cost, and under what circumstances. READY TO BUY OR SELL A HOME?

Now’s a great time to do so, and I’d love to work with you! Call, text or email me for more information on my services. Cell: 205-253-7529 Email: bbrown@realtysouth.com GET SOCIAL WITH ME!

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The beautiful brickwork and arched fireplace opening (which mimic the other archways throughout the home) help to anchor the large family room that leads to the backyard.

The entranceway alludes to the Colonial grandeur of yesterday but also provides a welcoming shelter from the elements. The original, curved beadboard ceiling beckons friends and family into the house in a traditional but unpretentious style that easily makes you feel at “home.”

The kitchen is not only the hardest working room in the house, but it’s also the hub of conversations and gatherings. We wanted to be true to the traditional feel of the home which is why we updated and stained the cabinets, while the beautiful Triton Stone marble makes it feel fresh, clean and light. However, the La Cornue stove is the real showstopper. It’s a little like wearing a statement necklace with a more traditional gown -- it makes the room. The large picture window overlooks the backyard and provides a lovely backdrop of green. PHOTOS: ANGIE DAVIS

A House with History Ketcham & Co. takes you inside their latest renovation. We love a house that has history. Our latest project is a nearly complete Colonial style home in Homewood. It has great bones and is a true charmer. There is plenty of natural light, and, while the kitchen and bathrooms needed some updating, it was the addition of a master suite and large closet that gave it the space today’s families want and need. The large, gracious rooms and comfortable floor plan make it ideal for entertaining but the arched doorways, old hardwood floors and other details make it cozy and inviting. Making an older home work for today’s modern family does not always mean major changes. ABOUT

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Sometimes a tweak here or there is all it takes. There are some really beautiful details and influences that you find in older homes that cannot be recreated today. We want to build on the good that is already there and make it better, if needed. We think this 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home with extra bonus room, 2 car covered parking and garage workshop beautifully blend today’s space and amenities with the historic charm and feel of Homewood. Being within walking distance of restaurants, shops, schools and church is the icing on the cake. 34 T O W N


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The master bath is not only beautiful, but also functional. All of the wet elements (the shower and the tub) are contained in one place while the marble provides a gorgeous background for the double brass shower heads and dark marble floor tiles.

The sunroom with its blue-green trimmed walls and windows is the perfect spot to relax. And, the fact that it is just off the dining lends itself to dinners around a table that easily move to cozy conversations in the sunroom. The landing at the top of the stairs is accented by an old telephone nook. While it easily could have been removed, this is one of those “charming details” that gives the house its special personality and reminds us of its great history.

The master suite boasts a large closet which has been styled almost like an upscale boutique. Clothes, shoes, handbags and jewelry easily become the “artwork” in this room.

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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK The 13th annual Schoolhouse Rock event was held at Regions Field where guests enjoyed live music by 2nd Coming, an online auction, cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and event giveaways. All proceeds directly benefit the students of Cornerstone School. This charity event has been voted Best of Birmingham two years in a row by About Town readers! To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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IGNITE AWARDS CEREMONY Hands on Birmingham (HOB), a United Way program, presented the second IGNITE Awards Ceremony at The Club. The one-day community celebration was designed to honor volunteers who do not receive public recognition for their service to others. HOB recognized nearly 60 unsung heroes who created social change through selfless actions in a room filled with nearly 300 attendees at the first IGNITE Awards Ceremony. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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Vanessa Vargas, Teresa Odom

Lisa Higginbotham, Jordan DeMoss

William Bell, Benja Harrison

Patricia Stephens, Darlena Battle, Dorothea Crosby

Koko Mackin, Jennifer Sanders, Randall Woodfin, Benja Harrison, Drew Langloh, Alice Gordon Holloway

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Are You Market Ready? IS THE PRICE RIGHT? ALL homeowners think their house is worth more than it is, and their hope is that they’ll make a big profit when they sell. That is why many sellers nudge that price even higher regardless of real world demand. If the price is too high, you risk being perceived as unrealistic and prospective buyers will pass right over your home. Based on studies, the first two weeks on the market are the most crucial to your success. You have one shot to grab buyers’ attention, so price it at or just below market value. With such high demand and low inventory as we are experiencing right now, if buyers see that your home is listed at a “good and fair” price, today’s highly informed buyer will likely sense they are getting a deal and often bid up a property. If the price is right, you will ultimately sell your home quicker and make more money.

SET THE STAGE Staging can help you sell your home much quicker and possibly for a higher price! The way you live in your home is much different than how you market your house and, since 90% of buyers cannot visualize your house beyond what you show them, staging your home helps potential buyers mentally “move” into your house. Some people confuse staging a home with decorating a home. In fact, they are quite different. Decorating a home involves tailoring your rooms to uniquely present the individual you to the world – your personality, your interests, your passions. With staging a home, however, the goal is to present your home in a way that others can see themselves and their unique personality, interests, and passions living within the walls of your house.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE IMPORTANT Sellers only have one chance to make an unforgettable first impression with potential buyers. A well maintained home exterior and lawn is just as important as the interior of the home. Curb appeal can often help make or break a deal. It’s important to spend some extra time revitalizing the exterior – including the front porch and landscaping – to breathe fresh life into the property. Adding beautiful bright flowers, trimming the shrubbery and keeping a manicured lawn will only help increase the value of the home and bring a buyer in no time!

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BATTLE OF THE BRAINS Creative Montessori School announced an exciting new fundraiser at WorkPlay called “Battle of the Brains”! Guests enjoyed a fun, casual evening of music, great food, complimentary beer & wine, a trivia competition, and silent auction. Trivia was hosted by Reed Lochamy of Birmingham Mountain Radio. This year’s silent auction included some fantastic vacation destinations to the Bahamas, mountains, beach, and more! To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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Crispin Piazza, Micah Hamilton

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Rachel Patterson, John Henley, Clabe Dobbs

GREENHALGH INSURANCE RIBBON CUTTING Greenhalgh Insurance Agency, Inc., celebrated their ribboncutting ceremony for its new building located at 3148 Cahaba Heights Road. The Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce facilitated the ribbon-cutting ceremony and representatives from the Vestavia Hills Chamber, local officials, employees, friends, and family, were present to congratulate Greenhalgh Insurance Agency. The new Greenhalgh Insurance Agency structure is a beautiful addition to the growing community of Cahaba Heights. Jan Ware, Laura Henriksen, Adam Greenhalgh

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HERO FOR SIGHT Sight Savers America’s 5th Annual “Hall W. Thompson Hero For Sight Award” was presented to Edwina Taylor, Founder and former Executive Director of Cahaba Valley Health Care, for her tireless efforts in bringing increased awareness to eye care in Alabama. The award is named after Hall Thompson who was a business leader in our state, served on the board of Sight Savers America and had a profound impact on the organization Schelli Francis, Matt Ennis

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RED CARPET RENDEZVOUS Red Carpet Rendezvous was presented by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama’s Junior Board. The party was hosted at WorkPlay with their chosen Stars of Birmingham, as they competed to raise the most for RMHCA! Each of the eight stars planned a oneof-a-kind experience that guests could bid to win (and accompany them on!) in their live auction. They also auctioned off memorable vacations, and exciting experiences guests couldn’t pass up. Guests enjoyed food provided by Zoe’s, drinks, and live music! All proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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Wilson Landers, Tommy Kelley

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BENEFIT FOR THE BEND The Benefit for the Bend event was hosted by The Jox of 94.5 at Cahaba Brewing Co with catering by Happy Catering. Tons of great items were featured in the silent auction along with a raffle and wine auction. Principal for a day was also auctioned off in the live auction as their beloved principal, Mrs. Bell will be retiring after this year. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

Rachel Frerman, Brandie Hunter, Gracie Johnsey

Julie Rediker, Sarah Butler, Anna Powell

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Anna Gresham, Holly Young

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Mary Ann Mathewson, Lance Taylor

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Alli Jordan, Michael Jordan, Elizabeth Anne Jordan, Jane Jordan

Beth Howland, Christian Papaeyda, Kimberly Jones, McKay Cleaveland

SHAMROCK SHINDIG The Arc of Central Alabama Junior Board hosted the 6th Annual Shamrock Shindig. This fundraising event was on March 16th at Iron City. There was live music from The Divines, dancing, a balloon drop and games. Additionally, there was a grand prize drawing of $1,000. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io. Sarah Grace Buckley, Mandy Antwine

John and Claire Derosa, Meredith Carter

Ryan Flemming, Sarah Cole

Richard and Lucy Sanders

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Brent and Robin Griffis, Trey and Betsy Goldstein

Pete and Erin Donohoo, Carla and Joey DuMontier, Kristy and Duke Hinds, Tiffany and Jeremy Slocum

THE SERVICE GUILD GALA The Service Guild black-tie Gala was held at The Club, atop beautiful Red Mountain. Organizers promised this year’s event as one of the most exciting, especially since it was the organization’s 30th annual Gala. This year also marks the 60th anniversary for The Service Guild, which has been giving back to the community since 1958. In fact, the Service Guild is the organization that started The Bell Center, back in the 80s. Since then, hundreds of children at risk for developmental delay have benefited from the handson therapies needed to help them reach their greatest, individual potential. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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THE FOUNDATION BALL The Rotaract Club of Birmingham and area young professionals held their annual gala, The Foundation Ball. The 2018 Foundation Ball was hosted at B&A Warehouse. The Ball was a celebration for the continued success of their signature service projects, Ready 2 Read, Ready 2 Succeed, and Achieve Alabama. Each ticket included live music from Groove Factor, light hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and a signature cocktail sponsored by Avani Rupa Fine Jewelers. All proceeds went to benefit the Rotaract Club of Birmingham Foundation. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

Brandon and Kristin Williams, Elizabeth Ballew, Alex Green

Kimberly Piazza, Nick Koe

Cole and Christianna Rudder

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Ellen and Jacob Darty, Jennifer Mayerhofer


Gage Smith, Allison Sidbury

Jonas and Giuli Williams

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Dylan Scrogfins, Lorenzo Johnson

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Rachel and Zach Dailey, Brian Fullwood, Mary Jane Dickey

Gayle Meyers, Julia Meyers, Margie Davidson, Laura Ann Daly, Christian Daly

PAUL MEYERS MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Started in 2013, the Paul Meyers Memorial Golf Tournament is geared toward young professionals who sometimes take the costume contest more seriously than the golf scores. In addition to the glow-in-the-dark golf game, non-golfers are invited to join the party for a barbeque dinner, silent auction and live music. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Paul Meyers Medical Mission Trip to Haiti. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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Nicholas Peters, Colby Hanna, Jeff Hardwick, Jeb Pittard

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