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October
24

The Best Tuscaloosa Halloween Events

Spooky season is here! Here are the Tuscaloosa family-friendly events you can look forward to.

These days there's a lot of scary — and safe — fun for those looking for an alternative to Trick or Treat. For parents who've found their dream homes in Tuscaloosa homes for sale and who are concerned about playing it safe on fright night, you can take your pick of fun — and Scary Lite — activities to indulge in on Halloween in Tuscaloosa. 

  1. Trek Tuscaloosa Halloween Ride. 1800 McFarland Boulevard East #418, Tuscaloosa
    Got bikes and helmets? Lights would also be helpful. This is one for the whole family. Trek Halloween Rides take place over the whole country on Halloween Weekend. Join up for Tuscaloosa's no-drop Trek Tuscaloosa Halloween Ride from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. Meet up afterward for tricks and treats at the Halloween party.

  2. Halloween at the Transportation Museum. 1901 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa
    The local community is invited to the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. to enjoy Halloween at the Transportation Museum. Come see costumes from 1905 on display in the "Threaded Through History" exhibit. The museum will be decorated with Halloween outdoor inflatables, with fall cut-outs on the lawn. Bring the family and enjoy Halloween music, candy, and light refreshments. It's all free!

  3. Tuscaloosa Academy Punkin' Knight 2022. 420 Rice Valley Road North, Tuscaloosa
    It's a real carnival of fun at the Tuscaloosa Academy Punkin' Knight 2022 on Monday, Oct. 24, starting at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Tuscaloosa Parents' Association, Punkin' Knight offers an evening of fun-filled activities: carnival rides, DJ, inflatables, raffle with prizes, petting zoo, costume contest, face painting, train ride, carnival games, and cake walk. There are also yummy concessions and an International Deli tent. All those young spooks age 3-18 need an armband to participate in the rides, petting zoo, and carnival games. (Price of the armband is $20 and increases to $25 on the day of the event.) Concessions require cash payment. Adults and parents enter for free (parents and adults do not need to buy an armband for entry or to ride with small children).

  4. Haunting at the Museum. Museum of Natural History. Smith Hall, University of Alabama campus, 427 Sixth Ave., Tuscaloosa
    Haunting at the Museum
    hosts spooky scavenger hunts throughout the week of Oct. 24-28. There will also be an after-hours Halloween event on Oct. 26 from 4:30-7 p.m., with spooky kids' stories, mad scientist experiments, crafts, and much more. Lighting will be by 2L7's Lyndell McDonall. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for K-12, and free for children 5 years old and under. During the week, families with kids in costume are free. The after-hours event on Oct. 26 will be free.

  5. Halloween Spooktacular Dance. Calvary Baptist Church Gym, 1121 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa
    Bring the gang along for the Halloween Spooktacular Dance on Oct. 27, 7-10 p.m. There will be a costume party, a contest, and a prize. The event is hosted by the Crimson Tide Ballroom Dancers.

  6. Other Halloween Events around Tuscaloosa:
    Horror Tuscaloosa, a haunted house, is ongoing through Halloween. 5477 Skyland E Blvd STE 5, Cottondale

    Ghost Hunting at the Drish House. Check out their Facebook page for this historic house's Halloween season events. https://www.facebook.com/DrishHouse/. 2300 17th St., Tuscaloosa

    Tech or Treat at the Gateway. Tuscaloosa Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center. 2614 University Blvd. E, Tuscaloosa. Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m. Gather candy at each table while learning about science and tech. Free to all ages.

It's no trick! Our real estate agents are experts at helping you buy or sell a home in Tuscaloosa. Contact us today.

October
10

Here's Why Some Home Sales Fall Through

On rare occasions, a home sale you thought was final falls through. Here's why it happens and what you can do about it.

If you've got your sights set on a house listed among Tuscaloosa homes for sale, the good news is that most home sales go through without a problem. In fact, Trulia announced in 2016 that fewer than 4 percent of home sales hit a snag. However, first-time buyers often run into some rocky situations because of inexperience.

But regardless of whether you've bought a home before or you're a first-time buyer, getting a handle on why sales fall through can help you avoid the pitfalls.

Our real estate agents have compiled a list of reasons why home sales commonly don't through.

  1. The seller has a change of mind.
    Sellers can change their minds for many reasons, but purchase contracts generally don't leave much room to back out -- not that you're going to want to spend time and money in court trying to enforce a sale. Most likely, your best option is to move on. Here's hoping you got something from the seller to cover expenses.

  2. Buyer has a change of mind.
    You, as buyer, may change your mind after you've signed a home purchase contract. If you've got some contingencies in the contract, you may be able to back out. For instance, one contingency might be that you don't get financing; another could be the inspection report may not be satisfactory. Yet another contingency might be regarding the buyer's home not selling, a contingency, by the way, that sellers don't like, although it's rather common. These contingencies sometimes allow the seller to receive backup offers, so the buyer may have to release the contingency if a better offer for the home in question shows up.

  3. Home inspection turns up problems.
    Most homes — even new ones — have some room for improvement. But if those improvements turn out to be serious, you can likely back out of a home purchase by invoking a contingency in the home purchase contract. You might also renegotiate the price.

  4. Sometimes, an appraisal comes up short.
    If your lending institution's appraiser declares the property you want to buy to be worth less than the asking price, what to do? A seller may agree to the lower valuation, but if the home is really worth what the seller is asking, they probably won't budge. You might appeal the appraisal with your lender, but you'll likely have to pay for a second appraisal. Or, you may switch lenders. You'll still have to pay for that second appraisal. But, if the home is really overpriced, the financing contingency in the purchase contract is likely your way out. Thinking about an FHA loan? These require an appraisal contingency so that you can get out of the contract.

  5. The buyer isn't approved for a loan.
    You should contact a lender to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage, so you will know how much you can afford to pay for a house. While you'll get a letter from the lender that they are willing to loan the money, it's not a guarantee of a loan. Your situation could change from loss of a job, more debt, or a change in credit score, and that could result in the loan being refused.

  6. The title isn't clear.
    Lenders want to be sure a home's title is clear of liens or judgments and that no one else has a right to the property. They may refuse the loan if there are other claims to the property or if back taxes are owed.

Enlisting the services of a qualified, knowledgeable real estate agent can help you avoid pitfalls in a home sale, whether buying or selling. Contact us today.

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