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  3018 Cloverdale Road Montgomery, AL 36106



Don't let the outside fool you! This cottage is unassuming at first glance, but when you get inside you will find plenty of living space. Spacious formal living and dining rooms with all the classic details you expect in a Cloverdale home, plus an updated kitchen with breakfast bar open to family/keeping room. Guest bedroom with private bath downstairs plus master bedroom with updated bath and 5th bedroom converted to closet/dressing area/study. Upstairs are 2 more large bedrooms, each with its own private bath and tons of storage space. Almost 2,000 sq feet of unfinished basement has endless possibilities for storage, work and play areas. Enjoy the maintenance free rear deck made with TREX and the extra wide side yard large enough for pool or tennis courts! Out back is a self contained guest cottage with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room.


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Montgomery Real Estate Sales Statistics - September 2009

by The Hat Team

Pending home sales have increased for seven straight months, the longest in the series of the index which began in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in August, rose 6.4 percent to 103.8 from a reading of 97.6 in July, and is 12.4 percent above August 2008 when it was 92.4. The index is at the highest level since March 2007 when it was 104.5.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said not all contracts are turning into closed sales within an expected timeframe. "The rise in pending home sales shows buyers are returning to the market and signing contracts, but deals are not necessarily closing because of long delays related to short sales, and issues regarding complex new appraisal rules," he said. "No doubt many first-time buyers are rushing to beat the deadline for the $8,000 tax credit, which expires at the end of next month."

Let’s take a look at the September sales statistics to see how the Montgomery AL real estate market looks: 

Montgomery AL real estate sales statistics for September show pending sales decreased by 30% in 2009 compared to September 2008. The average sales price decreased by 39% to $89,614 while sold listings were down 8% from 2008.  Market times remainded consistent with 2008. 

It is important to note that 15 of the closed sales were foreclosures at an average price of $33,853.  With these 15 sales removed from the total, September 2009's average sales price was $148,394, a slight increase over 2008.




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Investors are snapping up foreclosures because they believe that prices have hit bottom and they are eager to build their portfolios before the anticipated recovery.

Remember, there are only a few weeks left to benefit from the $8000 first-time home buyer tax credit. Give us a call to make your dream home a reality!For the latest Montgomery AL 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. 

   Montgomery Homes For Sale:

   1272 S Lawrence Street, Montgomery AL 36104

   MLS #265600



Classic Garden District bungalow with a punch! This home's large light filled rooms boast hand burnished Venetian plaster on the walls and ceilings. Gleaming rich looking hardwood floors throughout make it pet and allergy friendly. Never worry about painting or replacing rotten wood...the siding is metal and the front porch is concrete! Nicely landscaped back yard has patio, plenty of parking and turn around space, and USABLE detached 1 car garage. Come see this one before it gets bought out from under you!


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Montgomery Real Estate For Sale: 1314 S Hull Street

by The Hat Team

   Montgomery Real Estate For Sale

   1314 S Hull Street Montgomery, AL 36104

   MLS# 263041



Potentially wonderful and currently acceptable triplex in Montgomery's historic Garden District. 1314 occupies entire first floor and is over 1500 sq ft including living room with decorative fireplace, formal dining room, breakfast room, modern kitchen, sunroom, laundry room, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Each charming upstairs unit (1316A&B) has living room, breakfast room, modern kitchen, 1 bedroom, 1 bath. All have front porches and rear balconies--just the kind of thing historic neighborhood tenant’s desire. And a wonderful place to enjoy the peal of the church bells from The Ascension, just down the block. Off-street parking at rear for 4 or more cars. Tenants pay all utilities except water/trash for 1 bedrooms, paid by owner. Price reflects bare minimum we believe lender will accept on short sale.

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Montgomery Real Estate for Sale: 2185 Woodley Road

by The Hat Team

Montgomery Real Estate for Sale:

2185 Woodley Road, Montgomery AL 36111
MLS# 268951

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Buy this lovely lot and get a house for free! While most of the value is in the land, your purchase will include a 3000 sq ft Cape Cod that could become a lovely home. Bring your architect, designer or contractor and see how you can make your dream come true!


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Montgomery Homes For Sale: 3603 Sir Michael Drive

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Montgomery Homes For Sale:

3603 Sir Michael Drive, Montgomery AL 36109
MLS# 268955

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Picky about condition? Your heart's desire awaits you in this adorable Forest Hills home with a makeover straight out of HGTV! New roof and paint, new carpet in the bedrooms. Gleaming hardwood floors in the living and dining areas and kid-proof hard tile den and kitchen. And it's a kitchen you'll have to see to believe. Smart L-shaped continental bath provides privacy for the master and great access to other bedrooms. Exactly the kind of house everyone wants to own, so don't delay making this one your own!

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Are the Increasing Interest Rates Rushing your Closing Date?

by The Hat Team

Buyer's often find themselves watching a property for a price reduction. Although getting the best deal possible when purchasing Montgomery real estate is important, it is not the only factor that determines monthly payments on a home. Rising interest rates nearly diminish the positive aspects of waiting for prices to drop. montgomery real estate

Most people are familiar with the basic trends in real estate that have been affected by the United States economic crisis. The listing prices of homes have been steadily declining over the past couple years. This has put people looking to purchase Montgomery real estate at an advantage over those trying to sell. People have best described this as a buyer's market due to the low property prices and reasonable interest rates. However, the decline in prices is stabilizing while interest rates are beginning to inch up. It is becoming more and more popular for investors to make offers on properties, sometimes sweeping the property away from home buyers. Could buyers begin loosing their advantage? Today, properties that are correctly listed at a reasonable asking price are not being reevaluated and reduced as often. These are some of the factors that prove lower Montgomery real estate prices are not always worth the wait. 

Buyer's should not be waiting for interest rates to continue declining, especially since real estate and economy experts are predicting that the lowest rates have come and gone. This is not necessarily a horrible thing. Rates are still lower than historical highs, which exceed 6.00%. With the new administration trying to bring back the economy, many analysts see a period of severe inflation in our future. Meaning interest rates are likely to jump even higher. The Federal Reserve introduced a program to help control interest rates on home loans. For example, the rates for a thirty year fixed-rate loan have been consistently ranging from 4.50% to 5.00%. Now, rates for this type of loan and the rates of other types of real estate loans are beginning to exceed their more reasonable range. Therefore, increasing interest rates may start rushing your desired closing date. 

At the end of May buyers, who have been procrastinating by waiting for lower interest rates or price reductions, learned their lesson the hard way. At the end of the month interest rates went up about .50%-1.00%. Increasing interest rates defeats the purpose of waiting for [city] real estate prices to drop. Higher interest rates decrease the overall affordability and increase the monthly payments, especially when the price of the desired home does not budge. 

Bottom line, it is not a time to be waiting around. Time is running out to take advantage of the current real estate market and loan programs being offered by the government. For instance, first time home buyers have until December 1st, 2009 to close on their home if they want to be eligible for a maximum tax rebate of $8,000 dollars. Since interest rates are expected to increase, waiting for real estate prices to drop is not worth the wait. Don't procrastinate. You might unintentionally pass up a piece of gold trying to find a diamond. 

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Montgomery Real Estate For Sale: 2804 Windsor Ave

by The Hat Team

  Montgomery Real Estate For Sale:

  2804 Windsor Ave Montgomery, AL 36109





 Your payments will be small in this remarkable home. Enjoy the newly refinished  oak floors and freshly painted walls. Stay comfortable with central heat and air, low maintenance brick exterior, and cool covered front porch. Vintage light fixtures, hardware, transoms, and retro hard tile kitchen counter tops are just a few things this home offers to make your guest green with envy. Terrific patio at rear of property and incredible fenced landscaped lot. Take advantage of the almost new stove and the updated bath. Use your detached garage with washer/dryer connection as a workshop, storage area, or even to store your car. Solid built 1946 construction in beautiful Morningview.


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Montgomery Real Estate For Sale: 3410 Ridgefield Drive

by The Hat Team

   Montgomery Real Estate For Sale:

   3410 Ridgefield Montgomery, AL




Feast your eyes and pamper your pocketbook! This up-to-date Vaughn Meadows beauty boasts gorgeous views virtually everywhere you look. And generously proportioned rooms make it ideal for entertaining friends or extended family. Cook up a storm in the well-designed kitchen with double ovens for that holiday feast. Grill out on a shady covered patio overlooking the lushly landscaped yard. Empty your rented storage into two immense walk-in storage closets. Save time, too, because you're only moments from shopping and the interstate. All for less than you'd pay in rent so put this one on your must-see list!


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It Isn’t Easy Being Montgomery FSBO

by The Hat Team

Selling your own home might sound like a good idea at first, but many Montgomery FSBO (for sale by owner) sellers quickly realize they've gotten in over their heads or may have sold their home for much less than they would have had they worked with a Realtor®. montgomery fsbo

The 2008 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that two-thirds of "For Sale By Owner" (FSBO) sellers found some aspect of the home sale to be difficult

Twelve percent of sellers who knew the buyer thought that getting the price right was the hardest task. Among FSBO sellers who didn't know the buyer, 16 percent found it difficult to sell within the time planned, 15 percent found fixing up the home arduous, and 12 percent found it difficult to get the price right. 

Statistics also show 25 percent of FSBO sellers took no action to market their home and 72 percent didn't offer incentives to attract buyers? 

If you are a Montgomery FSBO seller and want to discuss other missteps FSBO sellers risk when attempting to go it alone, give me a call. I am glad to talk with you. 

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