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Montgomery Real Estate For Sale:3361 Montezuma Rd Montgomery,AL 36106


If you are looking for affordable, move-in ready Cloverdale style with updated features...look no further. This well cared for cottage has traditional elements like hardwood floors, arches, retro porcelain farm sink, and a covered front porch. Well proportioned living and dining rooms are perfect for entertaining and day to day living. Enjoy the deck out back and the fully fenced yard. Located within walking distance to a neighborhood park and minutes from Cloverdale's dining and entertainment districts. Become a part of Midtown by buying your own piece of Cloverdale! 

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Montgomery AL Real Estate Sales Statistics - December 2009

by The Hat Team

According to the National Association of Realtors®, pending home sales nationally are comfortably above year-ago levels, although the Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in November, fell from October levels. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said a drop was expected. “It will be at least early spring before we see notable gains in sales activity as home buyers respond to the recently extended and expanded tax credit,” he said. "We expect another surge in the spring as more home buyers take advantage of affordable housing conditions before the tax credit expires.”

Let's look at December real estate sales to see how the housing recovery is progressing in Montgomery AL. 

Montgomery AL Real Estate Sales Statistics - December 2009

Montgomery AL real estate sales statistics for December show pending sales have increased by 5% in 2009 compared to December 2008. The average sales price increased by 32% to $140,690 while sold listings were up by 7% from 2008.  Market times were 58 days more than 2008.




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Information is provided by the Montgomery Area Association of Realtors and is deemed accurate but not guaranteed.  

Montgomery Real Estate For Sale: 6656 Chaprice Lane

by The Hat Team

Montgomery Real Estate For Sale:

6656 Chaprice Lane, Montgomery AL 36117
MLS# 27114

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Why pay rent when you can own for less AND walk away with $8,000 from the IRS! If the tax advantage and the low maintenance of this home do not grab you, the open layout and volume ceilings will. Perfect for a roommate situation, there are two separate master bedrooms on opposite ends of the house. Each features a "nook" area perfect for computer desk or love seat and spacious walk-in closet. Rear parking and entry via fenced back patio area affords privacy. Fresh paint, fresh carpet, and like new roof PLUS a washer and dryer means you don't have to do anything but pack your stuff and move in.

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Help for Montgomery Home Owners to Avoid Foreclosure

by The Hat Team

We are proud to announce Sandra Nickel Hat Team REALTORS, Montgomery real estate specialists, have developed a marketing strategy and website that is focused on assisting distressed homeowners find information and investigate options to avoid the foreclosure process.

montgomery foreclosureA short sale is a real estate transaction option that banks will consider instead of foreclosure with specific guidelines. As a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) we are determined to provide essential knowledge to homeowners in Montgomery facing this unfortunate circumstance. 

Visitors to will find information regarding the process of foreclosure, what effects foreclosure has on a homeowner, and ways to prevent the foreclosure process from continuing. The website features easy-to-understand informational tools such as a list of frequently asked questions, a glossary of terms and free reports as well as resources that allow the homeowner to get their questions addressed in a confidential manner. In addition, the website offers the homeowner information regarding short sales, often a viable solution to foreclosure that can save a distressed homeowner from the damaging effects foreclosure has on their credit. 

It is important in today’s economic conditions for homeowners to know that they have options other than the foreclosure route. Statistics show that 50% of homeowners facing this stressful situation often ignore the issue and that doesn’t have to be. There are options such as a short sale, especially if the homeowner works with an experienced REALTOR® to provide them assistance in showing the lender the hardship situation and other real estate documentation.” 

Our new website provides visitors with a description of how the short sale process works, how it compares to a foreclosure, and how a homeowner may be able to qualify for a short sale. 

For more information about foreclosures and short sales in Montgomery, please feel free to visit the website at, or to contact us directly at 334-834-1500 and by emailing [email protected].


Tips For Montgomery First-time Home Buyers

by The Hat Team

Low listing prices, reasonable interest rates, and an abundant variety of homes to choose from are among a few of the reasons now is the perfect time for buyers to make a move in today’s real estate market. Current market trends and other factors have made conditions even more favorable for first-time homebuyers. Though becoming a homeowner comes with huge responsibilities and financial commitments, first-time home buyers should take advantage of the market over flowing with opportunities. The following tips will help ease the mind when considering the smart purchase of your first Montgomery homemontgomery home

1. Become familiar with the new first-time homebuyer federal tax credit.  

People who are considering the purchase of their first home, or have not been home owners for at least the past three years can gain great benefits from the first-time homebuyer tax credit. According to, qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence on or after January 1, 2009 and before May 1, 2010 will receive a tax credit of up to $8,000. Unlike past tax credits from 2008, the money received does not have to be repaid, unless the homebuyer sells the property with in three years. 

2. Determine what is reasonably affordable.  

Prior to beginning the hunt for the perfect home, it is important to find an affordable price range. Many factors such as money available for a down payment, eligibility for a loan, and monthly mortgage payments, all play a role in determining what the buyer can comfortably afford. Total monthly mortgage payments should be, on average, approximately 30 percent of one’s gross monthly income. Affordability or loan calculators found on the internet can give a good idea of what is affordable. Before seriously inquiring the purchase of your first Montgomery home it is important to have a consultation with a knowledgeable financial advisor.

3. Deciding where and what 

Once an affordable price range is determined, it is time to decide where you want to live and what you are looking for in a home. Whether staying with in the same general area, or looking for a new location, it is crucial to do a fair amount of research on the area and its demographics. For example crime rates, school districts, shopping, medical facilities, and travel, are all important factors have to be considered since they could affect your everyday life. It is also essential to know what you are looking for in a home. Separate lists of essential needs and wants should be carefully thought out towards the beginning of the home search. The list of basic needs should include things such as minimum square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, location, and price. The want list should be compiled of things that would be nice to have, such as pools, big yards, and gated communities.  

4. Find a knowledgeable Real Estate professional 

Finding and purchasing a home is a complicated, overwhelming experience, which should be nothing but exciting. Working with an experienced real estate agent can make the process run smoothly and be more successful. The chances of finding the perfect Montgomery home are significantly increased when put in to the hands of the right real estate professional. 

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Heating Tips For Cold Montgomery Moring

by The Hat Team

Baby, it’s cold outside! January has started out to be among the coldest on record. Below are tips for keeping warm and saving energy recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers Consumer Tips Web site and their Energy Savers booklet PDF.

montgomeryUse Furnaces and Heaters Wisely

  • Set your thermostat as low as it is comfortable. Each degree you lower your thermostat can cut your heating costs between one and three percent. A common strategy is to lower thermostat settings to 68 degrees. The lower you set it, the more you'll save.
  • Turn your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees during your sleeping hours or while you’re away, to save even more on your heating bill.
  • Use a programmable thermostat with your furnace to adjust the setting while you sleep or no one is home.
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month, or as needed.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • Bleed trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season. If in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.

Weatherize - air leaks waste energy dollars year-round

  • Caulking and weatherstripping keeps warm air in during the winter.
  • Add insulation around heat ducts when they are located in unconditioned spaces such as attics, crawl spaces, and garages.
  • If you see holes or separated joints in your ducts, hire a professional to repair them.
  • Check to see that your fireplace damper is tightly closed, when it is not in use.
  • During the heating season, keep draperies and shades on south-facing windows open during the day to allow sunlight to enter your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.

For Long Term Savings:

  • If your furnace is old, the new energy efficient models can help you save on heating bills. Your contractor should be able to give you energy fact sheets for different types, models,
    and designs to help you compare energy usage. Look for the ENERGY STAR®.
  • Adding insulation and sealing air leaks help your energy performance in the wintertime by keeping the warm air inside.

Everyday Tips to To Save Energy
These no-cost or low-cost tips are easy ways to save energy and money all year round.

  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights.
  • Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
  • Use a microwave oven instead of a conventional electric range or oven.
  • Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and VCRs, into power strips and turn power strips off when equipment is not in use.
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater; 115° is comfortable for most uses.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.

Many of these same tips are also applicable to savings on summer cooling costs.

Montgomery Real Estate Podcast - December 2009

by The Hat Team

Sandra Nickel of The Hat Team presents:

This month's edition covers Montgomery real estate market activity and then we'll share why buyers and sellers have some big reasons to celebrate!

Features special guest Terri Murphy of US Learning.

Program length: approximately 7 1/2 minutes

Montgomery Real Estate For Sale:

1203 S Hull Street, Montgomery, AL 36104



Turn-of-the-last-century bungalow converted many years ago for office use. Drop ceilings, etc. Has potential and "has been rode hard and put up wet." Highest and best use may be to convert back to residential as the block is re- gentrifying quickly. Also might be a great studio/gallery as Anton Haardt's Gallery is right across the street.

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  Montgomery Real Estate For Sale:

  1203 S Hull Street, Montgomery, AL 36104



Turn-of-the-last-century bungalow converted many years ago for office use. Drop ceilings, etc. Has potential and "has been rode hard and put up wet." Highest and best use may be to convert back to residential as the block is re- gentrifying quickly. Also might be a great studio/gallery as Anton Haardt's Gallery is right across the street.

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