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Nursery Decorating Ideas to Welcome Your Little One

by The Hat Team

Decorating your home can be fun but no other room is more fun than decorating the nursery for the arrival of a new little one.  Nothing brings more happiness than welcoming a new baby into the world and what better way to welcome your new bundle of joy into your home than by fixing the nursery up for them.  Below are a few nursery decorating ideas to welcome your new little one. 

  1. A little baby is nothing more than a miracle from above so why not decorate your new baby’s room like the royalty that they are.  Decorating the nursery  in a royal theme is a perfect idea whether you are welcoming a tiny prince or a princess.  You can keep the décor unisex by adding some rich colors to the wall or adding a chandelier to the ceiling.  Adding a few decorative pillows maybe in the shape of a crown might be a good idea as well. 
  2. Another cool idea for decorating your nursery is to make it extremely colorful with balloon décor.  This type of room can be unisex as well if you stick to the primary colors of yellow, blue, green and red.  If you want to get really creative you could paint a balloon mural on the wall and perhaps an outdoor scene to go along with it. 
  3. If you like country décor you could use painted pallets to add a touch of southern sass to the room.  This type of country décor can be unisex if you want or you can make it more of a cowboy feel or a cowgirl feel depending on which you have been blessed with. 
  4. Yet another great decorating idea to welcome your new little one into their new room is a Hollywood glitz and glam room.  Sheer curtains hung throughout the room with walls painted pink is a great way to get this particular look and feel.  Yet again, a chandelier may be appropriate for this type of room. 
  5. If you want another gender neutral idea for your baby's room  you can use colors such as grey and yellow.  These colors are not only unisex they are timeless as well.  

Courtesy of Montgomery AL Real Estate Expert Sandra Nickel.   

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Pristine home situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in Green Acres. Move in ready with new carpet and fresh paint. Lots of living space with living room, family room/den and a huge bonus room addition. Bedrooms are spacious and bathrooms have new vinyl tile floors. Lovely covered patio perfect for relaxing and good size back yard with two storage sheds. Home has been very well cared for, check it out today!


Many Blessings to You and Your Family!

by The Hat Team

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
Henry Van Dyke

Did you know?:

-    The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days. Many historians believe that only five women were present at that first Thanksgiving, as many women settlers didn't survive that difficult first year in the U.S.

-    Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until over 200 years later! Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who actually wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after writing letters for 17 years campaigning for this to happen.

-    No turkey on the menu at the first Thanksgiving: Historians say that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving! What was on the menu? Deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish. They probably ate pumpkins, but no pumpkin pies. They also didn't eat mashed potatoes or cranberry relish, but they probably ate cranberries. And no, Turduckens (a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken) were nowhere to be found during that first Thanksgiving.

-    Thanksgiving was almost a fast — not a feast! The early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food, which is what they planned on doing to celebrate their first harvest, that is, until the Wampanoag Indians joined them and (lucky for us!) turned their fast into a three-day feast!

As you gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, take time to remember all that you have to be grateful for.  

Wishing you and yours a day filled with joy. 


Courtesy of Montgomery AL Real Estate Expert Sandra Nickel.   

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Charming Cloverdale Idlewild cottage tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac. This home is move-in ready with fresh paint, pretty hard wood floors, a lovely updated kitchen with stainless appliances and super cute updated bathroom. The nice sized bedrooms have ample closet space. Relax on the awesome front porch or screened porch that overlooks the huge back yard. Conveniently located within walking distance to restaurants and entertainment. Check it out this Midtown Montgomery home today!

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Things to Hide When Selling Your Home

by The Hat Team


If you are currently trying to sell your home, you need to make sure you are doing all that you can do to make the sale a priority.  There are many things that people tend to leave out during a home showing that should definitely not ever be seen by a prospective buyer.  Below is a list of a few things you should totally hide when in the process of selling your home

  1. Taxidermy is awesome to avid hunters and their wives but when someone is coming to view your home, you don’t want to leave it out.  Dead animals hanging on the walls of your home are not what folks typically have in mind when coming to look at a potential home.  You don’t have to get rid of your taxidermy obviously but perhaps take it off of your walls and gently place them in the closet until after the showing.
  2. Another thing that you should likely hide when folks come over to your home to take a tour of it in the hopes of buying it from you is your shotguns and other weapons that you may use.  This type of thing being displayed throughout the house is likely to scare any potential buyers away in a hurry.  Do your part by placing these items out of sight during a showing. 
  3. If you collect dolls or anything that can be seen as creepy in any way, put them away until after the showing.  Better yet, put them away until after your house sells.  Collections may not only be creepy to others but they tend to collect dust as well and don’t look nice during a showing. 
  4. If you have political signs in your yard, especially right now and you want to sell your house, by all means take them down!  This election was a big one and folks have very big opinions about who should be elected.  Seeing a sign in your yard for the opposite candidate that your potential buyer wants may actually lose you an offer even before the folks make in inside of your house to look around. 
  5. If you have a ton of family photos around your house, you may want to hide them during a showing as well if selling your house is your top priority.   Folks want to picture themselves in your house and having your family pictures all over the place can make that task more difficult.  


Courtesy of Montgomery AL Real Estate Expert Sandra Nickel.   

Thank You, Veterans!

by The Hat Team


Courtesy of Montgomery AL Real Estate Expert Sandra Nickel.   

Tips To Avoid A Reverse Mortgage Nightmare

by The Hat Team

Many times folks hear about a reverse mortgage on the television and they think it sounds like the best thing since sliced bread.  There are a few things you need to know about reverse mortgages before you decide to move forward with one and below we have listed a few tips on how to avoid a reverse mortgage nightmare.  

  1. One way to avoid even thinking about doing a  reverse mortgage  is to not wait until you simply don’t have any other option.  Do not go into something like a reverse mortgage without counseling with a HUD-certified housing counselor.  If you make huge decisions such as getting involved with a reverse mortgage during a time of financial stress, you will likely end up worse off than you started. 
  2. Another tip for avoiding a reverse mortgage nightmare is to search around for all that is offered.  You don’t have to settle for a reverse mortgage just because you think it’s the only thing you can do.  Talk to a financial counselor and find out what all of your options might be and then make an informed decision based off of the facts and not just what you think the facts might be. 
  3. If the lender you have chosen to move forward with suddenly starts telling you that your home needs a ton of repairs, be sure to find a new lender as quickly as possible.  HUD insures over 95% of reverse mortgages and they only require that the home be safe and functional.  Any small issues that your home might have shouldn’t even come into play during a reverse mortgage consultation. 
  4. If you feel pressured at all to sign on the dotted line to receive a reverse mortgage, do your part and do not sign the papers.  You don’t want to end up in a reverse mortgage nightmare just because you felt like you were being pressured into signing the papers.  Again, get up and leave the room if you feel any kind of pressure to sign on the dotted line for a reverse mortgage.
  5. Be sure to show up for the closing if you do decide to do a reverse mortgage.  If you are not present things may go astray and you might end up with a raw deal in the end. 

These are just a few tips to avoiding a reverse mortgage nightmare.  Do your part to pay close attention to detail so that you don’t end up living in the middle of a real nightmare.  

Courtesy of Montgomery AL Real Estate Expert Sandra Nickel.   

Montgomery AL Home for Sale:3225 Audubon Road Montgomery AL 36106

by The Hat Team

Montgomery AL Home for Sale


Welcome to Petite Provence, a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath hidden oasis in the heart of historic Cloverdale-Idlewild. Built in 1965 by noted Montgomery architect John Shaffer for his family, this exquisite home incorporates reclaimed elements from some of Montgomery's grandest historic homes including rustic wide-plank heart pine floors, patinated copper shingle roof and antique beams. Now offered by the second owners who completed a thoughtful renovation designed by McAlpine architect Lida Cunningham Sease and using the highest quality materials, this home is one of the most unique properties in Montgomery. Situated on a private keyhole lot with nearly an acre of beautifully landscaped land full of lush mature foliage and flocks of beautiful song birds, one feels as if they are deep in the quiet country but with the convenience of Cloverdale's trendy shops, restaurants, playhouse and movie theatre just a short walk away. The ground floor of the 1.5 story main home features a large en-suite master bedroom with walk-in closet; a powder room with antique garden wall sink; formal living room with fireplace; formal dining room with murals depicting the grounds hand painted by local artists; a cozy bookcase lined library with fireplace; large, bright eat-in kitchen and charming screened porch. The second story includes two large bedrooms, a luxurious chromotherapy and sound soaking tub room and an additional full bath. The attached sunlit guest house boasts a bedroom, full bath, kitchen and large living area complete with fireplace and beautiful mural by local McAlpine architect and artist David Braly. Do schedule your appointment to experience this retreat-like home today, you will be enchanted!

Don’t Forget to Fall Back!

by The Hat Team



Courtesy of Montgomery AL Real Estate Expert Sandra Nickel.   



Surprise someone this holiday with a Letter From Santa!

by The Hat Team

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As people around the world prepare for the joys that the holidays bring, one person has been preparing since last December! Santa Claus has been busy assembling toys and making changes to that famous list. After Thanksgiving, things really get busy up at the North Pole. Santa and his crew of elves have to get all the toys and gifts ready for the big day, or shall I say night, Christmas Eve. Yes, there is no doubt no one works harder than Santa. However, even though Santa is very busy, there is one thing he especially looks forward to—writing letters to all the good little boys and girls...regardless of their age. Santa sits down at his desk every evening after dinner, takes out his special pen and starts writing¬-- Dear Michael, Dear Sarah... This season, you can give your loved ones the joy of receiving a personalized letter from Santa Claus! It will even be postmarked from the North Pole. OH! This isn’t just for children – remember, everyone is a child at heart at Christmas so please feel free to fill out the form for children and adults alike. Simply click here and provide the needed information, no later than Thursday, November 17, please. This is free to our friends and clients, and we’re happy to add a little more joy to everyone’s holidays. So please respond today to ensure that your letters are sent! Happy Holidays!!

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