The Value Of A House Is One Thing, The Value Of A Community Is Another

Wow. I am writing this one day after multiple deadly tornado’s travelled across several states, including my own state of Alabama, and which resulted in a record setting number of deaths and amount of destruction.  We will not know the total number of lives lost until days or months from now.Birmingham, AL area tornado

I write a lot about the value of houses on my blog, but today I wanted to talk about the value of another kind, and that is the value of a community.  The Birmingham, Alabama area, and the other areas affected by this devastating storm will reveal their true value in the coming days and months by how they respond to this tragic event.  In 1998, several years after I had moved to the Birmingham, Alabama area, another similar tornado struck the Oak Grove area.  This area responded by pitching in and rebuilding the homes and communities that were lost.  It was a collective effort from local churches, the Red Cross, and many other groups.  I don’t think this time will be any different.

Already, as I listen to news coverage on local radio, there are throngs of people who want to donate money and volunteer their time to help in the clean up effort.  If you would like to give money, the best thing to do right now is donate to the local Red Cross by going here.  If you want to donate your time, most churches are putting together crews to help out when needed.  You can check with your own church, or if you don’t have one, a  neighborhood church would be more than glad for you to help out.  Thanks to all those in other states for keeping this area in your prayers.

If you have any real estate appraisal related questions you can call me at 205.243.9304, email me, or connect with me on facebook.



  1. I’m so glad to hear you’re okay. Prayers for Alabama. Keep us posted, Tom.

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