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Montgomery AL Home For Sale: 7143 Knoll Loop

by The Hat Team

Montgomery AL Home For Sale:

7143 Knoll Loop, Montgomery AL 36116
MLS# 323524

Rolling Hills Beauty!

7143 knoll loop
Looking for a spacious four bedroom home in Pike Road school district? You have found it! From the eat-in kitchen with granite counter-tops overlooking the den with cozy brick fireplace and ceiling beams, to the updated bathrooms (master has double sinks, tub and separate shower and walk-in closet)this house is not your typical ranch. Featuring brand new HVAC, 4 year old roof, fresh paint, new kitchen back-splash, like-new laminate floors, a big laundry room with half bath, two car carport, patio and nice sized back yard, this Rolling Hills beauty is move in ready and waiting on its next family. Check it out today, what a deal!

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtors Sandra Nickel Hat Team.

Midtown Montgomery Market Report for 2015

by The Hat Team


The headline from for its Housing State Of the Union is “We’re Back, Baby!” 2015 was a great year of growth and improvement—one that sets the stage for a return to normalcy in the months and years ahead.

Here are highlights from the report which is bases on data through November 2015:

  1. new-home sales were up 13% and existing-home sales were up 7%
  2. strong household formation (1.4 million households formed in the past four quarters ending in September)
  3. year of solid job creation (an average of 210,000 jobs per month through November)
  4. distressed sales declined
  5. home prices rose 5% to 7% nationally
  6. lower inventory levels and faster-moving inventory every month
  7. affordability remains strong with only marginally higher mortgage rates

See how this relates to our local housing market in 2015…

2015 Midtown Montgomery Real Estate Market Update

Midtown Montgomery real estate sales statistics for the year 2015 show the number of homes sold increased 9.56%. The average sales price decreased by 7.68% to $131,622. The median sales price decreased by 2.25% from the year 2014. Market times decreased by 14 days.

Midtown Montgomery  2015    2014
Homes Sold 424 387
Average Selling Price $131,622 $142,574
Median Selling Price $114,700 $117,339
Days On The Market 145 159
Highest Selling Price $900,000 $870,000
Lowest Selling Price $1 $6,500

For the latest Midtown Montgomery real estate market conditions in your area, please call me at 800-HAT-LADY or visit

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

Midtown Montgomery Home For Sale: 2152 Meadowlane Drive

by The Hat Team

Midtown Montgomery Home For Sale:

2152 Meadowlane Drive, Montgomery AL 36106
MLS# 323509

Room To Spread Out In Midtown!

2152 medowlane dr

You will have lots of room to spread out in this spacious Midtown Montgomery home! Main floor boasts three bedrooms, well-appointed living and dining rooms, and updated kitchen that opens to a large den/family room with fireplace and built-in bookshelves. Added in 2005 is an addition with 2 spacious bedrooms, each with walk-in closet, and true Jack-and-Jill bath. Relax on the 2nd floor balcony overlooking shady back yard. Great covered parking with covered breezeway to back door, all on a quiet cul-de-sac street.

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtors Sandra Nickel Hat Team.




Best Realtor Blog Awards 2016

by The Hat Team

best real estate blog

Sometimes you just have to pat yourself on the back and crow a little about your accomplishments! We are proud to announce that we have won an award for one the Best Realtor Blogs 2016 according to the Coastal Real Estate Group. The Coastal Group are Realtors in Newport Beach, CA who wanted to highlight the best of the best. With over 1.3 million Realtors in the U.S. alone, there are an outrageous number of Realtor blogs to choose from. Here is what the Coast Group has to say about our blog:

"Sandra Nickel and her team area service the Montgomery Alabama market.  Sandra has over 30 years of experience and brings a wealth of knowledge that is reflected in her posts.  One reason I like Sandra's blog is she showcases a lot of investment properties in her market.  Its always good to see what the rental market is for your properties.  In addition Sandra and her team give lots of practical tips for buyers and sellers such as "How to raise your Credit Score" or "New Kitchen Trends" and of course lots of local market data.  If you are in Montgomery Alabama this is a blog for you."

Thank you to the Coastal Group Real Estate Team for the recognition!

Midtown Montgomery Home For Sale: 2351 Fernway Drive

by The Hat Team

Midtown Montgomery Home For Sale:

2351 Fernway Drive, Montgomery AL 36111
MLS# 323229

Ideal For Entertaining!

This lovely home in desirable McGehee Estates in Midtown is not your typical ranch. This house is ideal for entertaining and perfect for a large family. The fifth bedroom has its own entrance and would be great as a mother-in-law suite or for that mom or dad that works from home. It offers pristine hard wood floors, a spacious kitchen, a den with vaulted ceiling, plantation shutters on every window and tons of closets and storage space. Meticulously maintained with beautiful landscaping and brand new HVAC, put this at the top of your list to see today.

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtors Sandra Nickel Hat Team.

Tips for Settling Into Your New Home

by The Hat Team


Congratulations! You’ve survived the process of leaving one home and finding another and the onus of packing everything up and then unpacking the same boxes.  You’ve found a new bank and a new doctor; you’ve investigated trash pick-up times, licensing requirements, and car registration; and your mail is being forwarded on a regular basis.  So far so good, but now that you’re somewhat settled in your home, it’s time to become familiar with your new environment.

The following tips are designed to help you become part of your new community and re-create the sense of belonging you had in your previous location.

  • Go online to learn about the new area and what it has to offer. Look at the city or chamber of commerce website. Research religious facilities, cultural opportunities, parks and outdoor activities, and so much more!
  • Acquire a regional map and drive around. Explore shortcuts and pinpoint the location of shopping malls, medical services, libraries, the post office, city offices, etc.
  • Talk to neighbors. Ask advice about home maintenance companies, babysitters, doctors, or the civic league or homeowners’ organization association.
  • Take a walking tour of your neighborhood. Introduce yourself to and initiate conversations with neighbors who are outside. Compliment their yard or ask directions, for starters.
  • Attend garage/yard sales in the vicinity of your home. Shoppers at these events are generally friendly and gregarious, so talk to them.
  • Read the local newspaper to discover places of interest and happenings in the area. Look for clubs or group meetings that focus on your interests--art, gardening, books, sports, crafts, e.g.
  • Join a recreation center or gym. Attend classes there or work out with a group that you know will share your interests.
  • Volunteer. Check with a church or synagogue, a hospital, library, or school near you. Volunteering is a terrific way to meet people and to make you feel an integral part of the community.
  • Give a house warming party and invite all your neighbors. Such an occasion is a good reason to finish unpacking and decorating your new home and a wonderful way to make friends..

Before long you will become familiar with your new environment and be comfortable there. Best of all, you’ll “belong” once again! 

Courtesy of Montgomery AL Real Estate Experts Sandra Nickel Hat Team!

Commercial Property in Montgomery AL

by The Hat Team

Commercial Property in Montgomery AL For Sale

1536 E Ann St, Montgomery AL 36106
MLS# 322661

Great Value, Location, Opportunity!

1536 e ann street

Awesome location near I-85, heavy traffic count on nearby Zelda Rd. Lot goes from E Ann through to Ann St. 10 parking spaces. Was last used as a hair/nail salon. Sold as is but a great value, location and opportunity!!

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtors Sandra Nickel Hat Team.

Tax Rules for Gifting Real Estate

by The Hat Team

gift house

Did you give the gift of real estate this holiday? If so, you need to be sure to abide by the tax rules that are associated with giving such a large gift. 

  • It may be a good idea to give the cash for your loved one to purchase a house instead of purchasing a house for them.  You may think you know your relative or friend better than anyone but you may not know all their secret hopes and dreams because they may not tell you every little detail about themselves.  If you give cash to your loved one to buy a home you need to keep the amount at $14,000 or less.  The gift tax limit for a yearly gift called the annual exclusion allows you to give $14,000 cash or less to as many folks as you would like each year tax free.
  • Another great way to give the gift of real estate without disobeying any tax rules is to give the gift of a cash down payment. You will want to make sure that the loan officer knows that this is a gift and not a loan.  You will need to fill out the appropriate paperwork so that the fact that the down payment monies is a gift will be well clarified, otherwise you risk your friend or loved one losing out on getting their mortgage. 
  • If you would like to sell your children’s childhood home to them you may do so but be sure that you are careful how you do it.  Seller financing your home to your children is a great way to avoid being taxed to the max.  In this type of sale you basically will be given a small down payment and you will hold the note on the property.  This type of real estate gifting is great as long as you can trust your loved one to pay down the mortgage. 
  • Selling your home to your loved one at a low ball price is another way to give the gift of real estate all the while abiding by tax rules.  Of course the IRS may think you are crazy but once they see you are selling to a family member they will understand. 

Remember if you do decide to give the gift of real estate to abide by the tax rules and regulations and you will be sure to have some excited recipients! 

Courtesy of Montgomery AL Real Estate Expert Sandra Nickel!

Montgomery AL Home For Sale: 3711 Marie Cook Drive

by The Hat Team

Montgomery AL Home For Sale:

3711 Marie Cook Drive, Montgomery AL 36109
MLS# 323023

An Incredible Renovation!

3711 marie cook dr
Another incredible renovation by Highpoint properties. Located in the Dalrada school distinct! NEW energy efficient windows, roof, HVAC, flooring including hard tile, refinished hardwoods and carpet! New appliances, new double-wide driveway, new seamless gutters and too much more to list. Completely updated kitchen with granite, new cabinets, tile back splash, and stainless appliances. Baths (three of them) all newly remolded. Large den with wood burning fireplace overlooks private backyard. Interesting old brick patio at back of lot, with BBQ pit, could be unique entertaining area. Four bedrooms one featuring the real wood, pine paneling that connects this great home to its 1950's roots. If you're looking for a like new home in beautiful Old Dalraida for less than $150k, this could be your opportunity!!! Easy to show and comes with a one year American Home Shield warranty. Call us or your favorite agent to view!

Marketed by Montgomery AL Real Estate Experts Sandra Nickel Hat Team!

Montgomery AL Home For Sale: 4679 Conti Lane

by The Hat Team

Montgomery AL Home For Sale:

4679 Conti Lane, Montgomery AL 36116
MLS# 323010

Great Opportunity!

4679 conti lane

Lender's loss is your gain! Disabled veteran can no longer afford to stay, so home is priced below market for quick sale. Just blocks to elementary and junior high schools. Great corner lot with fruit trees. Established area. Even a carport! Short sale, so please allow extra time for the process to work.

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtors Sandra Nickel Hat Team!

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