Birmingham commercial real estate’s in the national spotlight thanks to these three guys

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Chip Watts and Tim Blair are both leaders in Birmingham's commercial real estate scene
Chip Watts & Tim Blair. Photo via Watts Realty

As we get ready to welcome the world in 2022 with The World Games, three Birmingham commercial real estate leaders are working to put our Magic City on the map. We spoke with Chip Watts, President of Watts Realty and President-elect of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), to learn more. 

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We got the inside scoop on how homebuying in Birmingham is different now

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Michael Murphree of ARC Realty in front of a house for sale
Michael Murphree of ARC Realty. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Buying a home in the Greater Birmingham area in the time of COVID has changed a lot. We reached out to Michael Murphree and Scott Heath, both Realtors at ARC Realty’s Vestavia office in Cahaba Heights, to get the inside scoop on what you need to know if you’re in the market for some new digs. 

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Brokerlord, a brokerage podcast by Derek Waltchack, available now

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Derek Waltchack, the host of Brokerlord and founding partner at Shannon Waltchack. Photo courtesy of Shannon Waltchack

Did you know that 90% of commercial brokers in the United States never end up owning real estate properties of their own, despite being experts on the subject? Derek Waltchack, founding partner of Shannon Waltchack, does—so, he reached out to dozens of experts across the country to learn more. Now, he wants to share that knowledge on his new podcast, Brokerlord.

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Working from home in Birmingham? 5 updates you need now with Closets by Design

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I think Murphy beds are kind of cool. Photo via Closets by Design’s Facebook page

Now that working at home is normal, who hasn’t noticed their space could use some love? We reached out to Closets by Design of Central Alabama to find out which five updates would delight home-workers today. Keep reading to discover what we found. 

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Zoe’s Vintage, a Forest Park landmark, to close after 23 years

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The home for Zoe’s in Forest Park. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

After 23 years, a Birmingham favorite is closing its doors. Now, it is time for us to say our farewell to Zoe’s in Forest Park. The beloved thrift & consignment shop will be closing in early September, but there is still time for one last visit.

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Have you seen what Trussville’s new Entertainment District is gonna look like? [PHOTOS]

Pavilion in Trussville's new Entertainment District
I want to eat in that pavilion. Rendering via TURNERBATSON

We’ve been watching the developments in Trussville and the growth of entertainment districts across the Greater Birmingham area for some time now. That’s why we were so excited to get ahold of the gorgeous renderings for the Trussville Downtown Entertainment District. Keep reading to take a look and to learn more.

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3 influential Birmingham women and their involvement in women’s suffrage

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Women’s suffrage booth at state fair, Birmingham, Alabama, 1914. Photo via Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Nearly 100 years ago, Tennessee became the 36th State to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 18, 1920. On August 26th, the Nineteenth Amendment was officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution, marking the end of a three-generation struggle to for women’s right to vote. We took a look at three influential Alabama women and their mark on history.

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New $250m skyscraper, The Block, proposed for 2nd Ave N Birmingham

Dansby Tower. Rendering via The Ultimate Fan – TUF, Inc.

The Block could be coming to Birmingham: a proposed $250m mixed-use entertainment destination development planned for 2nd Avenue North, between 19th and 20th Streets in the city center. It’s slated to tie together the Downtown Birmingham Retail and Theatre Historic District and The Switch, our new innovation district. Keep reading for all the details. 

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Old Town Helena is now an entertainment district—here’s what you should know

Main Street is full of cute shops in turn-of-the-century buildings. Photo via Shelby County Tourism

If you’ve ever driven through Old Town Helena, you’re familiar with the picturesque restored buildings from the early 1900s filled with specialty boutiques and delicious restaurants. The area is now an official entertainment district. Here’s what it means.

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Sloss Real Estate’s Cathy Sloss Jones featured in Forbes and national podcast

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Thupten Jinpa and Cathy Sloss Jones, photo by Pat Byington

If you are looking for a good read and podcast this weekend, check out the August 10, 2020 Forbes interview featuring Sloss Real Estate CEO and Birmingham native Cathy Sloss Jones, developer of Pepper Place and countless projects around the Magic City.

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Keep the spirit of summer alive with these 4 stunning beach properties

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This could be your new view 🤩. Photo courtesy of LAH Real Estate

Have you ever returned from a relaxing weekend getaway at the beach and thought, what if I owned my own vacation condo? Well, you’re not the only one. Beachfront properties are super popular, and it’s no surprise why. We spoke with an agent from LAH Real Estate who specializes in beachfront properties to learn more. 

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5 iconic historic homes in Birmingham’s Anderson Place Historic District [Photos + History]

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The J. Cary Thompson house in the Anderson Place Historic District. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Did you know that the Anderson Place Historic District, just outside of Five Points South, features some of the oldest (and in my humble opinion, prettiest) residential houses in Birmingham? We took a stroll through the neighborhood to learn more!

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5 homes with gorgeous pools on the Birmingham market right now

Whoever moves in here, feel free to invite your favorite Bham Nowers over for a pool party. Photo via RealtySouth

It’s hot, y’all. An Alabama August is no joke, but neither are these stunning pools in Birmingham. Whether you’re in the market for a luxury home or you just enjoy sitting in the air conditioning and drooling over gorgeous photos, you’re not going to want to miss these.

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