Officials gathered last week to announce plans for a new aviation training center.  Training will take place in a brand-new 15,000-square-foot Fairhope real estate development located at the H.L. “Sonny” Callahan Airport.  The facility will train young people for careers in the aviation industry, a growing economic sector tucked into communities in the Mobile real estate market such as Fairhope.

Fairhope AL homesResidents of Fairhope homes and Baldwin County will greatly benefit as educational institutions partner with businesses and industry to help students gain the skills required by employers.  The Fairhope aviation training center will provide state-of-the-art career training in high-paying fields and in high-demand fields.  Graduates will be able to enter the workforce in the aerospace industry, a growing industry throughout the Mobile and Gulf Coast areas.

Educators acknowledge the need to shadow economic development in Baldwin County.  In the making for five years, the $2.5 million training center is a partnership between Faulkner State Community College, Enterprise State, Fairhope Airport Authority, and the Baldwin County Board of Education.  Courses will be offered as dual enrollment for high school juniors and seniors.  The program will be open for preparatory and college students as well as adults attending Faulkner State or Enterprise.

Baldwin County educators are enthusiastic to broaden the scope of education.  Airframe and power-plant mechanics are skill sets utilized by aircraft maintenance technicians called A&Ps.  Planned courses include industrial maintenance, welding, and other technical aviation skills.

Fairhope Airport Authority will build the facility along Baldwin County Highway 32 on the west side of the airport.  The building will then be leased to the Baldwin County School Board.  It will include three 5000-square-foot classrooms with plenty of room for expansion in the future.

For information about Eastern Shore properties, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

Leave the snow behind!  Come find a second home in Fairhope Alabama, a charming village of 13,000 on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay.  Fish and golf, ride bikes and boats, and hike and swim to your heart’s content all winter long.  When you discover perfect Fairhope AL homes, invite your northern friends for a grand tour the best properties near the Gulf Coast.

Fairhope real estate ranges from historic cottages downtown to fabulous Mobile Bay waterfront properties to exclusive homes in well-manicured neighborhoods.  Bay Haven, Lake Forest, and Riverside Farm Estates are just a few of the beautiful neighborhoods along the Magnolia-filled streets of Fairhope.

Known for its excellent cultural activities and top-notch services for seniors, Fairhope Alabama also provides wonderful recreational and educational programs.  The local Quail Creek Golf Course and Eastern Shore Trail offer great outings.

The vibrant yet cozy downtown Fairhope is the saying of friendly camaraderie, excellent festivities such as the annual Arts & Crafts Festival, and wonderful small shops and eateries.

For information about real estate on the Eastern Shore, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

Planned for construction on Mobile AL real estate at the Brookley Aeroplex, a recent announcement by representatives of Safran and Labinal captured the attention of city officials and Airbus suppliers. Labinal plans to break ground in April or May to house the first Airbus supply factory in the Port City. Area leaders are confident that Labinal’s decision will prompt other Airbus suppliers to relocate to properties in Mobile.

Other cities competed for the facility but the Airbus supplier felt at home in Mobile. Within a few years, Labinal’s new commercial real estate in Mobile will integrate high-paying jobs for 50 personnel. Mobile Mayor Sam Jones spoke of an average starting salary of about $70,000. In addition, Labinal plans to work with AIDT to build a workforce and eventually employ 1000.

Labinal produces wiring solutions for the global aerospace industry. It operates facilities in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, and Mexico. In addition to supplying Airbus and American Airlines to the facility in Mobile, Labinal supplies to Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Bombardier, Boeing, Eurocopter, Embraer, Dassault and Agusta.

Labinal is a division of the French aerospace company Safran Engineering Group. An aerospace and defense firm, Safran also builds engines and other important complements for aircraft. On December 7, 2012, Safran Group announced that its Snecma division was named as a “Top 100 Global Innovators” by the Canadian news agency Thomson Reuters.

The high-ranking company has a track record of excellence in research and innovation and a strong commitment to build solid foundations in the competitive aerospace market. Safran Group now has “an impressive portfolio of more than 25,000 patents,” according to information released from its headquarters in Paris.

For information about real estate on the Eastern Shore, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

First-time buyers searching for a home in Mobile Alabama will find it helpful to think about these mortgage tips.  Whether interested in Fairhope real estate or a home in Daphne, determine to to make this a sound Mobile real estate investment.

As a long-term plan, look for Mobile homes for sale in neighborhoods that are holding value and appreciating.  It is better to find a small home in a good neighborhood then to purchase a larger home in a neighborhood losing value.

Although many loan programs require minimal down payments, wisdom dictates that it is better to come to the negotiating table with larger down payments and fewer debts.  Make saving several hundred dollars a month and/or paying bills a fun temporary episode.  Perhaps a less expensive apartment rental or a relative’s guest house would help expedite the process.  Make it an adventure.

Speak with a few lenders to learn about mortgage packages.  Then get prequalified.  Mobile AL Area Mortgages include the fixed-rate mortgage, interest-only mortgages, current-account mortgages and combinations galore.  The latest types of mortgages allow the buyer to choose how many years the payments continue.  Monthly payments are lower for longer-term mortgages but they are also more costly over time—much more costly.

Find out the maximum amount a lender is willing to offer given the first-time home buyer’s circumstances.  However, do some soul-searching.  Decide whether owning a larger home with granite countertops is worth the trade-off in lifestyle.  Perhaps the first-time buyer would get by with a smaller primary home and eventually purchase a second home.  Perhaps other concerns such as the children’s educations could be factored into the decision.  Remember, monthly payment obligations continue for a long, long time.

For information about real estate on the Eastern Shore, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

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Baldwin Residential Summary Report – September 2012


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Mobile Bay Alabama BeachVisitors to the Annual Jubilee Festival often decide to buy real estate in Daphne Alabama. Some look to retire in the charming historic village, at least part time. Others purchase Daphne Al homes to raise a family after realizing why CNN/Money ranks the small city in its Top 100 Best Places to Live. Peaceful Daphne real estate interweaves historic buildings with desirable modern subdivisions in Baldwin County.

Eastern Shore residents of Mobile Bay homes, banded together by Southern hospitality, welcome over 30,000 people to the area for the Jubilee Festival. Over 75 exhibitors of fine arts and crafts offer unique hand-crafted wares.

The artistry on parade is enough to inspire or motivate the artist within. From beautiful jewelry such as leather strung pearls to painted lawn ornaments and ceramic bird houses to handcrafted furniture and driftwood fountains – the Jubilee Festival is one-stop gift shopping. Those who appreciate art will find beautiful displays of photography, oil paintings and watercolor of area scenery and wildlife, and fabulous dried flower Japanese-style arrangements.

All the while, the festival stage in front of Daphne City Hall is alive with music. Savory cuisine is served at the Festival Food Court. And sports fans can keep up with favorite college games on big screen TVs inside City Hall.

Scenic Daphne ALKids Art in the Park, a hands-on highlight for children at Centennial Park, is a great favorite. Children have options to make wood sculptures and jewelry, string beads, fish prints and other crafts. They also enjoy activities such as the Hamster Water Balls game.

Daphne’s Centennial Park, Main Street, and City Hall are adorned for the Jubilee Festival. The juried show offers cash awards and a special event is usually on tap. In 2010, organizers unveiled a historical marker proclaiming the city’s history beginning in the 1700s.

The Jubilee Festival combines business, tourism, and fun as it showcases the City of Daphne. It takes its name from a strange phenomenon on Mobile Bay. Jubilee occurs when certain conditions reduce the amount of oxygen in the Bay, causing the marine life at the bottom to quickly move toward the shoreline. People rush out with containers and literally fish by hand in the shallow waters.

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual festival at the end of September. The festival began as Antiques Alley in November 1989. A sister festival is held during March in Fairhope.

The 24th Annual Jubilee Festival will be held September 29 & 30, 2012 from 10 AM to 5 PM daily. The Jubilee Race for Life 5K will be September 29. Both events are held in Olde Towne Daphne. There is no admission charge.

For more information about property on the Mobile Bay and metropolitan region, contact Lucinda Briggs of Briggs Realty, RE/MAX by the Bay, at (251) 423-7127.

Fairhope AL homesThe 60th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival created a positive impact for the Mobile Bay suburb of Fairhope Alabama real estate. Fairhope experienced record attendance, filling 2,000 hotel rooms on the Eastern Shore. Many residents of Fairhope AL homes – along with other homeowners on the Eastern Shore and north to Mobile real estate – opened their hearths for the event.

Organizers estimate that approximately 300,000 festivalgoers milled around hundreds of exhibits and beautiful Downtown Fairhope properties during the vibrant event. About 275,000 attended in 2011.

Several elements contributed to the tremendous success. Thousands of azaleas in full bloom, lively music, great entertainment, unique cuisine and other special features set the backdrop a fun-filled long weekend. Over 230 exhibitors hailing from the South and throughout the nation transported their best works of art to exhibit and sell at the prestigious juried show.

Thousands of dollars in prize money and numerous honors were awarded. Categories for the awards included Best of Show Overall, Chairman’s Award, Chambers Award, Awards of Distinction, and Jury Award, Eastern Shore Art Award of Excellence, Alabama Bureau of Tourism Award, Merit Awards, and dozens of Patron Awards.

Mobile Alabama Skyline at NightThe Alabama Bureau of Tourism and the Southeast Tourism Society selected the annual Fairhope event as one of the Top 20 held in the entire Southeastern USA during March. Sunshine Artist Magazine voted the festival in the Top 100 Best Predominantly Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation.

Participants shared memorabilia such as the event poster, special T-shirt, and limited-edition signed print depicting the Festival artwork with friends and family back home.

The event is organized by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, the City of Fairhope, and the Festival Committee. It is presented by the master-plans community Fairhope Falls. The event began as a weeklong tour in February 1952 planned to coordinate with The Mobile Jaycees Azalea Trail and Mobile Mardi Gras celebration. All exhibits were indoors.

By 1965, the event expanded to include exhibitors and activities from Spanish Fort and Daphne with 41 artists and 4150 visitors participating. By 1997, the then-condensed 3-day festival was named one of the Top 200 in the United States.

During the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival, a variety of other complementary events are held nearby: Volksmarch Club’s Annual Outdoor Art Show; the 20th Annual Fairhope Train Show; the 34th Annual Spring Fever Chase and its 10K and 2-mile races; and pet adoption at The Haven.

Next year’s event, the 61st Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in Fairhope/Baldwin County, will be held March 15-17, 2013.

Mirror LakeMy wife Judy and I have had the pleasure of working with Lucinda Briggs as our selling and purchasing Agent on 6 different occasions over the past 9 years. She has to be not only the BEST but most professional Real Estate Agent in Baldwin County. Nothing gets past her. She not only represented us but on numerous occasions had to stay on top of other agents to see deals went through for us and the other client. Thank you for Jobs well done. We have in the past and would in the future highly recommend Lucinda as your selling or purchasing agent!!
M B… & J. B

Sell your home with confidence when you deal with Lucinda Briggs. I liked the fact that she walked in and was not afraid to tell me what I had to do to “stage” my home. She even rearranged my living room furniture and I have to say it looked great. She’s encouraging, yet very truthful when working to sell your home. She is our realtor but more than that, she’s our friend.
R. F. & F. F

Mobile Bay Alabama SunsetFor over a year we attempted to sell our home with little to no activity and what was in retrospect very poor pricing and marketing advice from our agent. As my contract was expiring with the initial agent, I hired Lucinda Briggs at the advice of a friend. She proposed a no nonsense pricing strategy, which admittedly at first, was difficult to accept, but she was exactly right on and she developed the most comprehensive marketing plan I have ever seen. Immediately we had increased activity and within 4 months, in this difficult market, we had the house sold. Lucinda was professional, flexible and honest. Most importantly, she did not attempt to inflate the value of our home in order to entice us to list the home with her. If you need to sell your home in these slow market times, you can trust Lucinda to get the job done.
D.D & V. D.

All I can say about Lucinda is “our realtor for life”. She is always helpful even after the sale. I call her for mortgage advice; refinancing, ECT and my wife had her come over to help pick out drapery fabric! You will not find a better realtor in Baldwin County or anywhere else for that matter. She’s great.

Fishing on Alabama Gulf ShoresLucinda handled a very difficult short sale for us. What we love about Lucinda is this: She is one the happiest outgoing people we’ve ever met (everybody loves her) but she can be (and is) aggressive when she needs to be. Our short sale would have never gotten done without her.

Lucinda has never been our realtor (as we have lived in the same home for 25 years); however we know her personally and have referred her to several people. All of them that used her could not say enough good things about her. They especially loved how she cared about them as people and not just a transaction. She is compassionate about her clients! You love giving a referral when you know people will be in good hands. We know a lot of realtors but she’s the name we can give out with confidence.
L.P & M.P

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