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Midtown Montgomery Home for Sale:

3627 Southview Ave, Montgomery AL 36111

MLS# 420223

3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1,825 square feet | Edgewood

Move-in ready in desirable Edgewood! This Midtown Montgomery home has recent upgrades that include kitchen with Carrara Marble countertops, master bath with marble floors and countertop, guest bath with modern tankless toilet and walk-in shower. Special mix of old and new with huge carved mirror and moldings from the old Montgomery Country Club and three antique walnut doors from France (all courtesy of local architect Arthur Joe Grant). Other features include hard wood floors, two china/silver closets, sprinkler system and master bedroom walk-in closet. Kitchen has new double paned windows that look out onto the large brick patio and the beautiful football field sized back yard (that the owners will miss dearly!) Owner is agent.

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtor Lauren Layfield, Sandra Nickel Hat Team!














Midtown Montgomery Home for Sale:

4020 Ballentine Dr, Montgomery AL 36106

MLS# 420161

3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 2,089 square feet | Rosemary

Superior Garden Home in desirable Rosemary! Seemingly tucked away yet right in the middle of Midtown Montgomery is this pristine custom built garden home. Perfect for someone looking to downsize from larger family home and looking for very low maintenance. Formal foyer opens to large dining room so you can keep the big dining room set and breakfast room is large enough for a dinette and a small seating area. Open kitchen has breakfast bar with seating, plenty of cabinet and counter space, and a large panty for storage and dry goods. Great room has high ceilings and fireplace with gas logs. Master suite also has high ceilings and master bath with separate vanities, garden tub, separate shower, and BIG walk-in closet. Two other guest bedrooms and spacious hall/guest bath are located to the rear of the home, and both have walk-in closets. Wonderful brick courtyard off breakfast room provides outdoor/entertaining area as well as side patio. This unit even has a small grassy rear yard, perfect for pets, but simple to maintain. Attached garage and rear alleyway access. Entrance monitored by security cameras so you can feel safe and secure. Wonderful neighbors and active voluntary home owners’ association.

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtor Billy Young, Sandra Nickel Hat Team!


Midtown Montgomery Home for Sale:

1366 Woodward Ave, Montgomery AL 36106

MLS# 419914

3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 2,204 square feet | Cloverdale

Same family has owned this home in Midtown Montgomery  for the last 41 years! Not a quick flip, but a lovingly maintained and sensitively updated house that has always been cared for. Sturdy brick construction helps explain the absence of typical Cloverdale cracks. Huge living room flanked with fireplace and bookshelves. Light floods through bay window into formal dining room. Kitchen features granite, newer appliances and a nice eat in breakfast area. You will find a nice sized bedroom and full bath on the main level as well as a small office/den and a bright sun room off living room. Beautiful hardwoods throughout. Upstairs contains the main bedroom large enough for a sitting area, third bedroom and bath. Storage is close by with a good size walk in attic. Laundry is in the basement along with a storage area and a real wood paneled den with fireplace. Matching detached garage and patio in private backyard. Please give us or your favorite agent a call to see today!

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtor Frank Powell, Sandra Nickel Hat Team!


Midtown Montgomery Home for Sale:

1936 Norman Bridge Ct, Montgomery AL 36104

MLS# 419913

2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1,746 square feet | Garden District

Quiet Garden District cul-de-sac in Midtown Montgomery  is just minutes from all the action of the Cloverdale dining and entertainment district, as well as Downtown! All this and under 90K!! Spacious "L" shaped living/ dining room affords plenty of space for variety of furniture arrangements, and good sized den/family room is perfect for casual living. OR, use LR/DR area as one large living space, and utilize the den/family room (just off kitchen) for a more formal private dining space. Once a third bedroom with access only from middle bedroom, this space has been converted to a large master bathroom with endless possibilities for dressing/storage areas. Relax on the rear deck, and enjoy the peacefulness of this tucked away yet conveniently accessible location. And, with historic designation, your value will be protected. Affordability and practicality

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtor Frank Powell, Sandra Nickel Hat Team!






The Pros and Cons of Having an Open House

by The Hat Team

Is it really worthwhile to have an open house ? Some sellers will insist that having an open house is the best way to sell their home, while others will want nothing to do with having potential buyers traipse through their home.  Real estate professionals have different views on this topic as well.  Some feel they are critical to sales, while others never hold them and some just have them occasionally.  So, if you are trying to decide whether to hold an open house, consider these pros and cons:

Pro - You will attract people who are not sure how to start the home buying process. First time home buyers , in particular, will be curious to look at houses.  By having an open house, you will get the attention of those who simply want to start looking.  You may also find that a potential buyer driving in your neighborhood will see your sign and stop by.

Con - Slim chance of a sale.  Unfortunately, a very small percentage of homes sell because of open houses.  Your Realtor will benefit the most because open houses provide potential clients.  A private showing of your home is much more likely to result in a sale.

Pro - Additional exposure.  It’s your Realtor’s job to make sure your home is getting plenty of exposure.  Because open houses are advertised  through street signs, newspaper ads and internet ads, your home will get a lot of extra exposure.

Con - Unqualified buyers.  People who come to an open house have often not taken the steps to get pre-qualified for a mortgage loan.  Chances are, they don’t even know if they can afford your house.  It’s a waste of time for you and your Realtor to have unqualified buyers looking at your home.

Pro - Eliminates pressure.  Because an open house is a laid-back atmosphere, people will feel less intimidated looking around without a seller or Realtor hovering over them. It also provides potential buyers time to analyze the specific details of the home that will help them decided if it is right for them.

Con - Security issues.  Vandalism and break-ins are a sad reality.  The chances of these happening are increased when you are selling a home, especially if it’s vacant. Open houses give criminals the opportunity to look around your home with little supervision, giving them time to plan their crime.

Take time to carefully consider the pros and cons of holding an open house before making a decision about it. Consult with a real estate professional to determine if it is the right thing for your home sale!

If you want our personal viewpoint, Sandra Nickel Hat Team, REALTORS, believes an open house tour of homes is a great marketing technique.  We find that we may not sell the home we’re holding open AND we meet many buyer prospects to whom we will ultimately sell a home.  The buyer for your home may be someone we meet at another open house.

Midtown Montgomery Home for Sale: 3412 Wellington Rd, Montgomery AL 36106

MLS# 419431

2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1,671 square feet | Idlewild/Cloverdale

Investors and bargain hunters -  here is your opportunity to make some money! This Midtown Montgomery property needs a lot of repairs, but offers so much for so little! Great location in Cloverdale area! Beautiful tree covered lot contains one of, if not the largest, sycamore trees in the state. Open kitchen to den. Formal living room with fireplace has bay window that floods room with light. Two good size bedrooms and two baths. Hardwood floors and lots of built in bookcases. Huge deck on rear of home for entertaining. Garage with storage. Call us or your favorite agent to see today!

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtor Frank Powell, Sandra Nickel Hat Team!

Midtown Montgomery Home for Sale:

3011 Boxwood Dr. Montgomery, AL 36111

MLS# 420003

4 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2,081 square feet | McGehee Estates

Updated funky Mid-Century Modern in desirable McGehee Estates. If you are looking for an informal lifestyle and want a home that has been tastefully updated, this one will make the cut. Past owners have removed some walls turning cramped ranch style rooms into a LARGE family room. Galley style updated kitchen opens to informal dining area. Four spacious bedrooms perfect for growing family. Plantation shutters through out! Bright tiled original baths add to the history and charm of this fun open home! Wood burning fireplace features thin cut roman stack brick! The real jewel of this home is the expansive privacy fenced back yard with huge party deck and in-ground BBQ grill. Massive tree provides shade in the summer and is perfect for a rope swing! Roof is less than a year old. New Pella windows were added in 2010. Double carport protects your cars and makes grocery hauling a snap! Convenient to shopping, dining and all Midtown Montgomery has to offer! See it today with your favorite agent or give us a call.

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtor Frank Powell, Sandra Nickel Hat Team!

Midtown Montgomery Home for Sale:

3140 Rolling Road Montgomery, AL 36111

MLS# 419096

5 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 1 half-bath | 4,686 square feet | McGehee Estates

Looking for tons of space? This lovely McGehee Estates home in Midtown Montgomery is situated on a large private lot. It is in pristine condition and has everything you could ask for!  Freshly painted inside and out, you will find a beautiful marble foyer, elegant formal living and dining rooms; an eat-in kitchen with plenty of cabinets; a huge great room with vaulted ceiling, gas fireplace and dry-bar; cozy den and a sun room with Mexican tile - and those are just living space!  All of the bedrooms are spacious with great closets, including the upstairs Master Suite that has four.  There is also a guest suite downstairs with a private bath, a half bath and a nice laundry room with good storage.  Built by Loeb and Hannon, this home has only had two owners and has been meticulously maintained. Come check it out today!

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtor Lauren Layfield, Sandra Nickel Hat Team!





Montgomery AL Home for Sale:

7712 Wynlakes Blvd, Montgomery AL 36117

MLS# 419598

5 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1 half bath | Wynlakes

Are you looking for a beautiful 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home nestled beneath tall trees on prestigious Wynlakes Blvd? Welcome home! The living areas of this home include a wood floored formal dining room and formal living room with built-ins, and a separate family room with a gas log fireplace that is open to the breakfast room and spacious kitchen. The downstairs master suite has a sitting area with built-in desk, featuring a jetted garden tub, separate shower and a large walk-in closet. The remaining bedrooms, 2 baths, living area and bonus room (perfect for an office) are upstairs. This home is priced to sell and won't last long! Come check it out today!

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtor Lauren Layfield, Sandra Nickel Hat Team!


First Time Home Buyers and Unexpected Expenses

by The Hat Team

Buying your first home is exciting.  After getting approved for a mortgage loan, working with a professional REALTOR and finding your dream home, it’s time to settle in and start enjoying your new digs.  Then BAM!  The shock of an unexpected expense slaps you in the face.  Don’t let that happen to you.  Being informed about the possible expenses of being a homeowner will not make spending the money any more fun, but at least you will be prepared.  Here are some ancillary costs of homeownership that you should be aware of:

  • CLOSING COSTS - When closing on your mortgage you will be presented with a long list of costs: mortgage taxes, lender application fees, attorney’s fees, title insurance, recording fees and any potential real estate tax reimbursements if the seller has paid them up front.  Altogether, closing costs are an average of 2 to 5 percent of the total cost of the home.  They will vary state to state.  Closing cost information for Alabama can be found here.
  • HOME MAINTENANCE - Now that you are a homeowner, you are solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of your property.  Everything from yard work to cleaning; pressure washing to clearing the gutters…it’s all in your hands and on your dime.  Oh…and fixing things.  Yeah.  When the AC isn’t working or there is a leaky faucet, you will be footing the bill for repairs.  This all sounds a bit scary, but the key is to be prepared.  Go into your home purchase knowing that you will likely be spending about 1% of the purchase price of your home on maintenance annually.
  • PROPERTY TAXES - Property taxes vary by state and can also vary based on city, ordinance, and even specific house.  You can utilize a Property Tax Calculator to get an idea of what your taxes will be when planning for your expenses.
  • UTILITIES - If you’re coming from a rental where your utilities were included with the rent, you may not have considered how much you will need to set aside to pay for electricity, gas, water and sewage costs.  Added to internet, cable and phone bills, it can be quite a chunk of change.  Planning for utility costs is crucial to making sure you can afford to live in a home of your own.
  • HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE - When you get a mortgage, you must get homeowner's insurance as well.  Be sure to do your homework and shop around for the best possible price.  You can get discounts for things like security systems, working from home or bundling coverage for your home with your auto insurance policy.  Educate yourself on what your insurance policy covers so that you’re not left disappointed when you have to pay for something you thought would be taken care of.

Don’t let these expenses scare you off from purchasing a home.  Again, the key is to be aware of them going in so that you won’t be caught unawares when they come up.

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