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September
19

The Differences Between Buying An Old vs New House

Choosing between an old or new home can be a tough decision. Here's how to decide.

Old vs. new house: which should you buy? Fact is, each one has some positives and negatives. If you haven't made up your mind which you prefer to buy from Tuscaloosa homes for sale, then allow us to be of assistance. Our real estate agents can help you make the best choice for your situation.

With fewer homes available just now, and prices up, some home buyers will be looking at older homes as a more affordable choice. Yes, they're likely to need updating, but that can be done over time with the savings you get from purchasing an older home.

Here are some tips worth studying as you weigh buying a new home or an older one. Happy house hunting!

Pros of a New Home

  1. Bigger, better layout
    Older homes were, in general, constructed to be smaller, with smaller rooms and fewer bathrooms. Today's homes have bigger rooms, more storage and closet space, more bathrooms, plus a family room that likely connects with the kitchen.

  2. Fewer or no renovations
    A new home likely needs little in the way of renovations or reconstructions unless it's just some feature you can't live without in an otherwise satisfactory home. With an old home, you may be buying it "as is" and will need to make some updates and renovations.

  3. New appliances
    The appliances — HVAC, fridge, washer and dryer, water heater, and dishwasher — are all new and should work well starting out. Be sure your new home warranty covers costs if they break down during the first few years of operation.

  4. Just the right amenities
    If you're shopping for a new home, then you're going to want to find one with the amenities you desire — be it a swimming pool, a gym, a pet cleanup area, outdoor cooking or entertaining space, large kitchen island, spacious cabinets, and more. Older homes often don't have these features or else no place to locate them.

Pros of an Old Home

  1. Vintage charm
    Well, not every older home can be considered "vintage," but you know what we mean. Older homes have character that is often missing in new home construction, where there may be a cookie-cutter effect going on to save money. Older homes are often unique in a neighborhood, having been constructed individually rather than as part of a development. They also may be built of quality materials that are missing in the marketplace today. Further, houses may be on bigger lots, farther apart, than the houses in many new developments with near zero lotline construction.

  2. Closer to the hub of town
    New home construction often takes place on the edge or out of town to save money on land costs when developing a housing community, so that you can reckon on driving farther to get to work or perhaps to take the kids to school or to events.

  3. Throwing shade
    Ever notice that bald, scraped look of new home construction? You'll be waiting decades for that single tree out front to develop shade. Older homes often have a generous growth of tree canopy (that is, shade), shrubbery, and even established gardens.

  4. Older homes with "good bones": ripe for renovation
    You may pay far less for an older home that was well built of quality materials — described as having"good bones" — than you would for a new home, but you can use the savings to renovate and update the house with all the amenities you might find only in a new home.

New or old, your dream home is out there waiting for you, and we can help you find it. Contact us today.

September
6

The Best Tuscaloosa Spots For National Cheeseburger Day

Who doesn't love a good burger? Here are the Tuscaloosa cheeseburger joints to stop by on National Cheeseburger Day.

Bet you didn't know Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day. Well, you do now, but you probably didn't need a reason to go for a juicy, mouth-watering cheeseburger. Oh, yeah, it has calorie overload with all that cheese and hamburger meat, but you can go for low-fat meat or even a meat substitute and low-calorie or fake cheese if you're worried. Or a ground chicken or turkey burger. Whatever you do, it's ok for the day. Just choose your favorite cheeseburger, chomp down, and celebrate the day in style — either at home or in one of the venues near Tuscaloosa homes for sale — where you got your beautiful home, in fact. 

New in town? You're in luck. Our real estate agents have some choice venues for you to try so you can find your favorite cheeseburger. 

  1. Baumhower's. 500 Harper Lee Drive or 4251 Courtney Drive, both Tuscaloosa.
    Founded by University of Alabama All-American and six-time All-Pro for the Miami Dolphins Bob Baumhower, Baumhower's started in Birmingham in 1981 and now has 10 locations throughout the state, with two in Tuscaloosa. Baumhower's is known for using fresh, local ingredients, for its distinctive sauces, and for keeping up with the latest food trends. There's nothing trendy about the traditional cheeseburger, but at Baumhower's, you've got a choice from several Gourmet Burgers, including the Hangover with fried egg, avocado, American cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, and onion bun, and the Victory, with a double stack of meat and applewood-smoked bacon — and several more.

  2. Mugshots Grill and Bar. 511 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa
    Mugshots is well known throughout the South, but aren't you lucky to have one near your Tuscaloosa home? The tradition at Mugshots is to submit a photo of yourself with Mugshots swag, and maybe you'll end up on the wall. Often honored for having the best burger around, Mugshots is known for its signature sourdough bun, countless toppings, and certified Angus beef.

  3. Avenue Pub. 2230 University Blvd. Tuscaloosa
    There's a new take on pub classics with the Avenue Pub's emphasis on "made-in-house" items from fresh, local ingredients. Open in Tuscaloosa since 2014, Avenue Pub is a great place for homeowners like you and local students to gather. Sample some of the distinctive appetizers, like Conecuh sausage and pimento cheese served on green tomatoes or Thai nachos, then go for the delicious Bacon Burger — with cheese, please.

  4. Milo's Hamburgers, 5020 Old Greensboro Road, Tuscaloosa
    For those who like their burgers straightforward, Milo's Hamburgers is the place to go. Founded by U.S.Army mess cook Milo Bowman in 1946, Milo's burgers feature the founder's secret sauces and come as double burgers, cheeseburgers, Mexi Burger, Bacon Cheeseburger, and other variations. Plus, there's chicken in several delicious iterations.

  5. Rama Jama's. 1000 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa.
    Breakfast is great at Rama Jama's with their slightly crunchy pancakes for game day, but it's lunch where you want to be in place for one of their signature cheeseburgers. There are lots of burgers and burger platters to choose from: the National Champ Burger, with 18 ounces of beef; the Touchdown Burger with a fried egg and hash browns; and the Swiss and Mushroom Burger. There's nothing fancy about Rama Jama's, but you'll love the sports-centric atmosphere and the friendly service. Just for fun, try the fried green tomatoes in place of fries.

So are you making plans to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day in Tuscaloosa? We can't wait. Be sure and call us with any questions about other great venues in Tuscaloosa. Planning on buying or selling a house? Contact us today.

September
5

The Best Breakfast Diners In Tuscaloosa

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here's where you can start your day right in Tuscaloosa.

Health experts regularly recommend that we eat breakfast to help our heart, digestion, bones, and ensure our cholesterol stays on the low side. So why not use breakfast as an excuse to get out and about in Tuscaloosa?

If you've been looking around for things to do and places to go near the house you chose from Tuscaloosa homes for sale, you're in luck when it comes to breakfast. There are so many delightful places to "break the fast" in this area, so even if you're not a big fan, you may find you've changed your mind and will welcome some bacon and eggs, waffles, or whatever.

So rise and shine, breakfast eaters. Let's see what our real estate agents have rounded up for our early morning delight.

  1. Historic Waysider Restaurant. 1512 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa
    Designated by Southern Living magazine as the best breakfast spot in Tuscaloosa, the Historic Waysider Restaurant has been serving up breakfast joy since 1951. You may have to wait a while for a table (you'll be sitting on an old church pew on the front porch), but it's worth it. Of course, in Alabama, football rules, so you can study the walls with pictures of football and other sports greats while you wait. Once you're seated, choose from Southern breakfast classics such as Steak with Two Eggs or Biscuits with Red Eye Gravy, or the Country Ham and Shortstack of Waffles. Don't miss the fluffy biscuits!

  2. T-Town Cafe. 500 14th St. Tuscaloosa
    As if the simple but tasty fare weren't enough, the T-Town Cafe also attracts with its friendly and welcoming staff. Expect to find your basic breakfast of eggs and breakfast meat, or Smothered Porkchop and Biscuits (smothered in Sausage Gravy), but you can counteract with a healthful option of three egg whites, bowl of oatmeal, cup of fruit, and dry wheat toast. There's also a nice selection of breakfast burritos. No matter what you choose, the price is right.

  3. Brick & Spoon. 2318 4th St., Tuscaloosa. 
    Brick & Spoon bills itself as an "upscale take on breakfast, brunch, and lunch," and we wouldn't disagree with that but we would add, it's worth expanding your horizons and giving it a try. What's for breakfast in Upscale Land? The scrumptious Beignet, for one thing, is served with powdered sugar and marmalade; follow up with Bananas Foster. But for the serious breakfast eater, we recommend the Garden Omelet with seasonal vegetables and feta cheese; or the Killer Creole Omelet,  with shrimp, tasso, onions, red and green bell peppers anf cheddar jack cheese, topped with housemade Hollandaise. Don't forget the Fire Roasted Corn Grits or Breakfast Potatoes on the side.

  4. Rama Jama's. 1000 Paul W. Bryant Drive,  Tuscaloosa
    Rama Jama's
    is all about your basic Southern breakfast in a sports-centric setting. Platters are substantial with various combos of eggs, pancakes, hashbrowns, and breakfast meat. Try the All American Omelet Platter, with eggs, cheese, breakfast meat, vegetables, and grits. Also, try breakfast sandwiches and sides of grits, oatmeal, or tater tots.

  5. Wright's Restaurant. 3750 University Blvd. E, Tuscaloosa
    Wright's Restaurant
    is the last word in Tuscaloosa family-style restaurants, with its traditional "meat and three vegetable" offerings for lunch. But if it's breakfast you're looking for, you can't go wrong at Wright's. Nothing fancy — just all the regular breakfast items, including eggs, meats, hashbrowns, grits, French toast, pancakes, and more.

Whether you need recommendations on where to eat out in Tuscaloosa, or you're buying or selling a house, our real estate staff can help. Contact us today.

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