Six Steps to Selling Your Home



We are excited to introduce you to one of The Scout Guide Birmingham members, Brian Boehm.  Brian is a native of Birmingham with a passion for real estate and the Magic City.  He and his wife have been experiencing the joys of feathering their nest and will soon be welcoming a little addition to their home in a few months.  Brian’s knowledge of the Birmingham area and his life experiences have provided him with close to a decade of successful real estate expertise.



As a real estate broker for RealtySouth, Brian’s primary goal is to advise his clients in making informed and sound decisions about the most significant personal financial transaction of their lives, buying or selling a home.  Brian stays on top of current market conditions and focuses on taking time with each of his clients to understand their unique needs.



We sat down with Brian to get a behind the scenes look at a recent listing to find out what it takes to go from “For Sale” to “Sold”.  Brian recently listed renowned architect, Bill Ingram’s home, which we are featuring in this post, and it sold the first week on the market above list price with multiple offers. The following step by step outline provides a road map for how painless and quick it can be to sell (or buy) a home with the help of a seasoned professional like Brian Boehm.


Step 1: The Visit


Once you contact Brian regarding your home, he will pull comps from the area and schedule a site visit.  Communication is vital in the buyer-agent relationship so be sure to share as much information about the needs and dreams you have for your new home.  Focusing on a few geographic areas is also important in narrowing in on what you want.  Brian knows how neighborhoods are performing in the market which is great for out of towners as well as locals.


Step 2: The Plan


Brian creates a personalized marketing plan for each client so he can approach the sale in a way that will get it sold.  At this stage Brian meets with his clients to walk them through the process according to his plan which includes action steps for the homeowner.  It is critical that a home is in optimal condition for potential buyers. Think curb appeal, cleanliness, fresh scents and cutting the clutter for a home tour that will wow shoppers.  A little more work on the front end will typically pay off on the back end!


Step 3: The Showing


After the punch list is complete Brian comes back to document the home for online viewing.  This step cannot be overstated because in today’s real estate market online shopping is where potential buyers begin, also known as a home’s first showing.  Making a home look picture perfect is what will take a shopper from just browsing to scheduling a visit.  Edit your home like a magazine spread, less is more; let your home’s architecture make a statement.   The fact sheet goes hand in hand with the pictures, if there is anything that makes your home stand out from the competition this is the place where it will show.


Step 4: The Network


Brian Boehm knows his network and admits marketing to agents is just as important as marketing to buyers.  Connecting the dots is what makes Brian effective in his work.  Timing is key in real estate, certain times of the year or month are not ideal for a new listing but a realtor can draw interest by announcing “Coming Soon”. One of many strategies Brian discusses with clients during the planning phase.


Step 5: The Offer


The negotiation phase is probably the most important reason why you want Brian Boehm on your team.  A trained professional can guide you through the back and forth.  His patience and enthusiasm to get the job done right will save you time and money.


Step 6: The Closer


Brian’s goal for sellers is to sell your home as quickly as possible for the best price and for the buyer to meet your specific needs.  Why work with Brian Boehm? You will find your real estate goals exceeded which means more money than on the open market and minimal effort on your part, a win-win.

Contact Brian Boehm today for help in navigating what will be a rewarding investment experience and tell him SCOUT sent you.

Brian Boehm

Residental Real Estate at RealtySouth




Summer Sales: This Week

Is it the thrill of the hunt or is it seeing prices slashed in half that make us love a sale so much?  Whether you are a sale shopper or not, this week we have found something for everyone.  Now is a great time to start thinking about back to school, Christmas in July or a little happy for you.  We have seen some of our TSG Birmingham members prepping for their big sales and let us be the first to tell you, these are places not to be missed!

Today kicks off with deals and steals all over the city with the big finale this Saturday at Mountain Brook Village’s Market Day.  Follow our road map below to find the best of TSG Bham and make a plan to get out for a little competitive shopping.  Shop early for the best selection!


Mountain Brook Village



2402 Montevallo Rd

Birmingham, Alabama 35223

9:30am – 5:30pm

Storewide Discounts. Deeper Discounts on Saturday morning!  Opens at 8am Saturday!




2409 Montevallo Rd

Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223

10:00am – 5:00pm
Sale starts today! Opens at 8am on Saturday with Bargain Bins outside.  



2701 Cahaba Rd

Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223

9:30am – 5:00pm

Come in today to find great deals starting at 50% off on various decorative glassware pieces, wooden decor pieces and clocks.





2726 Cahaba Rd

Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223

10:00am – 5:00pm
Select fine jewelry, handbags, clothes and more starting at 40% off.  Selection grows as the week continues.  New Deals Every Day!

Paige Albright Orientals


2814 Petticoat Ln

Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223

Saturday, July 19th 8:00am – 4:00pm
Paige’s Deals for Market Day:

1. All Dash & Albert Rug Company in stock 1/2 price. Several 8.6 x 11 Diamond polypropylene available in platinum, fieldstone, graphite & charcoal. One 10×14 diamond charcoal, 5×8 wool zebra, 5×8 ocean ribbed, several 3x5s and all 2x3s. And polypropylene tote bags in platinum, black, & fuchsia!

2. Capel in stock 1/2 price. 8×11 grey wool chevron, 8×11 wool Moroccan in ivory or blue, 5×8 olefin Moroccan, lots of 3×5 Flatweaves including Genevieve Gorder!

3. All pillows 1/2 price.

4. In stock cowhides regular $850 will be $500 Market Day only. White, dark brindled, grey, olive & fuchsia over dyed, silver metallic zebra, black stenciled zebra available.

5. All accessories 20% off including poufs, stools & benches!

6. Turkish Yasticks 1/2 price. Yep. 1/2 price. Better come snap them up before they sell or I change my mind!


M. Lavender


2734 Cahaba Rd

Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223

10:00am – 6:00pm
Great deals on white clothing and much more on Saturday.

Take a Break & Recharge

Birmingham Botanical Gardens


2612 Lane Park Road

Birmingham, AL 35223

Sunset Yoga in the Gardens

This is a free event.  Join Liz Williams for a free power yoga class at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, July 16 at 6:30pm. Let’s get outside to celebrate the summer and each other with an energizing practice in one of Birmingham’s most beautiful spots. All levels are welcome, and 20 mats will be provided for those without their own.


Tonya Jones SalonSpa


English Village

2410 Fairway Dr

Birmingham, Alabama 35213

7:00am – 8:00pm

Plan ahead and book an appointment to top off your adventurous day of shopping.  Ask about their complimentary foot soaks, your feet deserve it!

Cahaba Village

2800 Cahaba Village Plz Suite 280

Birmingham, Alabama 35243

7:00am – 8:00pm

Cool off in the summer heat with complimentary refreshments and a moment of wellness at Cahaba Village Sidewalk Saturdays. 

Crestline Village

Ivory & White


55 Church St

Birmingham, Alabama 35213

10:00am – 6:00pm

Ivy & Aster trunk show July 18th & 19th!!  There is a special addition to this trunk show that will make your experience with Ivory & White even more perfect!


Laura Kathryn


61 Church St

Birmingham, Alabama 35213

10:00am – 6:00pm
There is always something new at Laura Kathryn so stop by while you are in the neighborhood for a little something unique and most definitely you.

Forest Park & Lakeview




3908 Clairmont Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35222
Friday, July 18th 10:30 – 8pm

Every third Friday of the month, the merchants of Forest Park and South Avondale are hosting an open house: dine, wine and shop late! 


Wildflower Designs


Inventory/Garage Sale

612 32nd St. S

Rear of Lakeview Storage facility building on 31st S between 6th & 7th Ave S

July 18 & 19 8am – 3pm

This will be a true treasure hunt so you don’t want to miss it!

Time to Unwind

Bottega Cafe


2240 Highland Ave S

Birmingham, Alabama 35205

11:00am – 10:00pm
After shopping with the girls there is no better way to end the day than with cocktails on the patio at Bottega.




 2825 18th St S

Homewood, Alabama 35209

9:30am – 5:00pm
JULY 15th-19th
Bella Bliss Trunk Show going on now.  Don’t miss this opportunity to view and purchase pieces from the entire collection!  Classic pieces for boys and girls from newborn to 14 years.  There are even great sweaters and tops for ladies! It’s Swaddle’s biggest trunk ever!


Eighteenth Street Orientals


 1808 29th Ave S

Birmingham, Alabama 35209

10:00am – 4:30pm

Now is the time to stop by Eighteenth Street Orientals for deals you wouldn’t believe if we told you.  


Now that you know where to find the deals, here are The Scout Guide rules for successful sale shopping: No Biting, No Hitting, No Kicking and Be Nice.  Oops, I got those mixed up with the kid rules, what I meant to say was SHOP LOCAL and tell them SCOUT sent  you.  Oh and be nice too, please!






Navy: The New Black

All aboard for Navy!  Luxury, elegance and classic style come to mind at the sight of this beautiful hue.  A color that knows no boundaries as showcased by its place among royals, past and present as well as sailors, near and far.  At TSG we love finding what’s new and especially things that last which is why Navy is our recommendation for now and always (sapphire lovers would agree)!


 Navy is the new black so stop by these TSG Birmingham spots to check out our favorites and more.


1.  This Proenza Schouler blue suede bag with fringe will take you from summer to fall.  ETC  205.871.6747

2.  It’s time to modernize; this Montblanc Villeret watch from Barton-Clay has it all.  205.871.7060

3.  Try on a little lapis comfort from Fresh Laundry at Full Circle.  205.202.5907



These Cotton & Quill pillows are perfectly suited for your home away from home or as a reminder of the sea in your landlocked abode.


 Escape today in this easy Joie neutral; ideal for travel.  Navy pairs well with summer brights as well as warm weather neutrals.

Laura Kathryn  205.870.5683

(ocean image: Kundan Ramisetti)


These navy patterns seem to tell a story of exotic and domestic travel, why not get inspired and do the same.

1.  This rich Kilim rug from Eighteenth Street Orientals is full of tales from far away.  205.870.3838

2.  These Mar y Sol bags from M. Lavender have one thing in mind and that is to head south.  205.870.7275

3.  The French are big fans and so are we, no matter where you go chambray and stripes will always work.  Suite Dreams  205.414.1922


MLavender This Ace & Jig stripe top from M. Lavender is a great look for night with its light to dark mix.  205.870.7275

(lightning image: Guillaume)

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An elegant affair from Mariee Ami for Louise and Billy’s wedding is classic and modern tied perfectly into one.  From the navy blue tent to the playful favors this was an evening like no other.  205.870.4205


This antique Turkish rug from Paige Albright Orientals is “fit for a king” with a color combination that will stand the test of time.  205.877.3232

American Cottage by Mary Evelyn

Mary Evelyn creates peaceful dreams in this space with shades of navy and antique white.  205.879.7544


Stay cool this summer and gracefully ease into fall with these new Navy finds.  Shop LOCAL and tell them SCOUT sent you!






July Loves

July Loves

Happy Independence Day!! Shop local this weekend and tell them SCOUT sent you!



Stars & Stripes

This week we celebrate America and how much it means to each of us.  At The Scout Guide Birmingham we love the USA for the freedom it gives us to do what we love each day.  By loving LOCAL and supporting small businesses we are apart of the American Dream.  So with that being said if you are feeling a little extra patriotic this week and want to bring a little of that style home then check out our local guide to the RED, WHITE & BLUE.  Our picks can all be found right here in Birmingham but each look is as diverse as this proud nation, “my Home Sweet Home.”



(America, my country tis of thee by Samuel F. Smith)



Sophisticated and modern selections of Red, White & Blue to carry you from summer to fall.  Get a little city style by adding these luxe favorites to your home and wardrobe.

We love these home team colored bags by Proenza Schouler from Etc.

Sleek porcelain bowls from Suite Dreams. Add these to a dresser as an elegant catchall for all the small stuff.  

Sterling silver basketweave and blue sapphire pendant enhancer by Slane from Barton-Clay.

This Ombre silk print top from Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent is available at M. Lavender.


(The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key)


All American style will always be in fashion and these pieces are classic examples of that look.  Make a statement in red!

Stripey Toobydoo dress from Swaddle.

For star studded elegance try these Montblanc studs from Barton-Clay.

Red love from Etc.  Fabulous designer handbags by Jerome Dreyfuss, Claire Vivier, Christopher Kon, Alice D, Annabel Ingal and scarf by Franco Ferrari.

Red stripe ceramic urn from Full Circle.


(The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key)



A little bit country and a little bit rock n roll, these must-have pieces will breathe confidence and comfort into your life.  Being patriotic is always cool!

Southwest inspired stripe maxi dress by Parker from M. Lavender.

Star doorknocker by Sun Valley Bronze from Brandino Brass.  Make a statement by putting this on a bright colored door.

An true American staple: Denim. Try this sleeveless denim shirt by Bella Dahl from Laura Kathryn.

Born in the USA? You will rock in this Nation flag tee from M. Lavender.

Perfect for the lake or beach try this place setting by Table Matters: Flatware by Sabre in Jungle Grey; Square Acacia wood charger by Pacific Merchants; Dinner plate by Juliska in Bamboo; Dillon napkin by Pehr in Cloud/Tomato railroad stripe; Braided jute napkin ring


(God Bless America by Irving Berlin)


From coast to coast, Americans agree that life by the water is a way to live simple and carefree.  Try one of these easy, breezy touches for a little coastal flair.

Stripe whale tee by Egg from Swaddle.

Mariee Ami Wedding Planning Studio knows coastal wedding style.  Hydrangea wreath by Neuvo Flowers and photo by A Bryan Photo.

A peek into seaside life, In the Spirit of the Hamptons by Kelly Killoren Bensimon from Table Matters.

Cheerful floral shirt from Swaddle.

Annie Griffin floral maxi dress from M. Lavender.

Mackenzie & Dave's wedding via Mariee Ami (photo: Rob Ingram)

Mackenzie & Dave’s wedding via Mariee Ami (photo: Rob Ingram)

Celebrate in style this week with TSG by shopping LOCAL.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!



ETC: What’s in the Bag?


We dropped by to see Meg at Etc. this week to get her pics for the perfect pieces to pack for summer travel.  Whether you are taking a quick trip to the beach or jetting off to an exotic locale, this is your go to packing list.


  1. Pack-able dress: This overdyed blue floral shift dress from Raquel Allegra is the perfect beach dress just slip on and go!

  2. Versatile statement necklace: Liz Legg’s wood bead and fossilized shark tooth necklace keeps the look grounded and won’t weigh you down as you relax.

  3. Classic wrap bracelet: Less is more when traveling so Meg loves a wrap bracelet because it’s easy and stylish.  This brown leather wrap from Hoorsenbuhs is the perfect complement to any outfit.

  4. Colorful clutch: As Meg told us, she always travels with a clutch; great for the airport and dining out.  Think of a clutch as a piece of statement jewelry so make it pop by leaving the neutrals at home and going for a pretty hue like this one from Proenza Schouler.

  5. Killer comfort: Espadrilles are a must have for the summer sun.  Elyse Walker combines comfort and style in these blue studded beauties.

  6. Sarong Scarf: Number one packing rule for travel: bring a scarf.  We got that but this one does double duty as a sarong!  Leigh & Luca you made out day with this fabulous accessory or is it a piece of clothing; let’s just go with two in one.

  7. Carryall Tote: A great bag will take you far, literally, and this is why you need an Annabel Ingall bag for your journey.  Whether you are a Type A traveler or a “throw & go” type this tote is perfectly suited for your needs.



2726 Cahaba Rd

Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223

(205) 871-6747

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Enjoy summer and travel light with a little help from Etc.

Stop by to see Meg and her talented staff and tell them SCOUT sent you!