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Midtown Montgomery Real Estate Market Trends August 2016

by The Hat Team

Midtown Montgomery Market Trends

Midtown Montgomery Market Update


Being a homeowner means that your home is yours – even the things that need fixing. Is a faucet leaking? Are floor boards squeaky? Is a light-switch not working? Those issues are all yours to tackle. But what projects can you do yourself and what ones require the help of a trained professional? Taking on projects yourself can save you time and money. But taking on the wrong projects can lead to unending amounts of stress or end up costing you more money than if you had hired someone in the first place. NAR’s consumer website,, lets you know which projects need a seasoned hand and a beginner can undertake.  

Take a look at how many families decided to become homeowners in our local market in August…


Midtown Montgomery real estate sales statistics for August 2016 show the number of homes sold increased 5.26%. The average sales price increased by 4.06%. The median sales price decreased by 5.23%. Market times dropped by 47 days.

Midtown Montgomery August 2016    August 2015
Homes Sold 40 38
Average Selling Price $161,464 $155,167
Median Selling Price $126,000 $132,950
Days On The Market 92 139
Highest Selling Price $750,000 $790,000
Lowest Selling Price $6,000 $7,130

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

Courtesy of Montgomery AL Real Estate Expert Sandra Nickel.

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

Tips to Assure Your Pre-Approval is Valid

by The Hat Team

Assure your pre-approval is valid

If you are in the market for a new home then the very first step you need to take even before you begin your search for the perfect place is to receive a pre-approval on a loan.  Most Realtors won’t take you serious about looking for a home until you have your pre-approval.  There are a few things that need to take place to assure your pre-approval is valid.  If your lender tells you that you are pre-approved within just a few minutes you may want to do some investigation to find out if it’s legitimate pre-approval.   Below are a few suggestions about what you need to do in order to receive a pre-approval.

  • Submit an application with the lender of your choice
  • Provide all documentation that the lender requires of you
  • Given the go ahead and approval for the lender to pull your credit
  • Your lender must have found that you meet all the credit guidelines. They will look at things such as your debt-to- income ratio as well as your assets. 
  • The lender will have talked with you about what money you need to have together for closing costs as well as what your mortgage payment will be monthly.  Your lender will also go over any or all programs that you may qualify for. 
  • An automated underwriting must be made by your lender before you can move forward with your loan.

If you have a good lender, he or she will talk with you about the different requirements to get a pre- approval and they may even determine that you need to work on a few things first and give it a bit of time before you apply for a pre-approval.  Good lenders will spend the time needed with you to figure out where your finances are so that you don’t end up getting in over your head with a home you cannot afford.  Take your time looking for a lender so that you have a good match and one that you can trust.  After all, buying a home is a big deal and you need to be able to trust those who are leading you into your future and home ownership.

Courtesy of Montgomery AL Real Estate Expert Sandra Nickel.

Montgomery AL Home For Sale: 63 Marlborough St

by The Hat Team

63 marlborough st

Montgomery AL Home For Sale:

63 Marlborough St, Montgomery AL 36109
MLS# 407178

Great Montgomery Heights home with 4 bedrooms! Well-maintained and move in ready. Split plan has three bedrooms and a bath on one side of the house and recently updated master bedroom and bath on the opposite end. Good sized living room/dining room combo PLUS a breakfast room off the kitchen. Low maintenance wood floors in most of the house and hard tile in the kitchen, with beautiful tile counter tops! Large fenced yard out back features a covered patio, mature shade trees, a detached storage shed, and additional parking. A good value in this desirable neighborhood!

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


Montgomery AL Home For Sale: 730 Mary Ann Dr

by The Hat Team

730 mary ann dr

Montgomery AL Home For Sale:

730 Mary Ann Dr, Montgomery AL 36109
MLS# 407140

3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 1,863 Square Feet | Johnstown

This immaculate Johnstown charmer just might be your dream home! Pristine does not begin to describe this property with comfortable living spaces and great flow for entertaining. The bright kitchen affords plenty of cabinets and counter space (with CORIAN counter tops) and is open to the sunny breakfast area with more storage in the built-in pantry. The family room is the perfect place to gather and relax around the fireplace, with plenty of built-in shelves for your books and collections. A well-proportioned master bedroom leads to a wonderful split plan master bath with separate vanities/dressing areas and his/hers walk-in closets PLUS a garden tub and walk-in tiled shower. For those who love spending time outdoors, there is a great screened porch (accessed from the family room AND the master bedroom) as well as a covered patio for grilling and chilling. The backyard is a gardener's dream with beautiful landscaping in several beds and natural areas throughout. Mature trees offers plenty of afternoon shade, and the underground sprinkler system ensures you will have the prettiest lawn on the block. The large workshop out back is wired and makes a great place for household projects and has a side roll-up door making easy access for lawn equipment. An additional concrete pad is adjacent to workshop & is perfect for mini basketball court, boat or trailer parking, or could accommodate additional building if desired. If you are looking for a lovely, WELL-maintained move-in ready home...look no further. Call us or your favorite agent today for a personal tour of this showcase home!

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

3 Tips For a Successful Yard Sale

by The Hat Team

yard sale

Summer is officially over and that means it’s time to clean out your house and get rid of things you don’t need.  This is the time of year that yard sales abound.  Some yard sales are more profitable than others and there are many reasons why that is so.  Below are a few tips for a successful yard sale. 

  1. The first thing you should do to make sure that your yard sale is successful  is to advertise it.  There are many ways you can advertise your yard sale.  One way you can advertise your yard sale is by word of mouth.  Tell everyone you know when your yard sale will be and the items you plan to have in your sale.  Another way to advertise your yard sale is with signs.  Be sure to put out a few signs in different locations so that everyone can see that there is a yard sale coming soon.  Lastly be sure to advertise your yard sale in your local paper.  This is a great way to get the word out that you have an upcoming yard sale.  This needs to be done about a week in advance. 
  2. Another way to have a successful yard sale is to be sure to price your items right. By this I mean do not over price your items but also be sure not to under price them either.  Many times folks make the mistake of not pricing their yard sale items at all.  This makes for a very long day telling everyone how much things are when they ask.  It also leaves them a chance to haggle the price with you and no one wants to deal with that all day. 
  3. A quick way to make a bit of cash during a yard sale on a hot summer day is to offer drinks for $1.00 each.  This may be something that you have your children do so that they can feel included in the day’s festivities.  You might be surprised at just how many people will pay for something cold to drink when they are hot. 

These are just a few ways to help your yard sale be more successful than it might otherwise be.  There are many other great ideas you can put into practice.  Do what works for you and leave the others behind.  Happy Selling! 

Courtesy of Montgomery AL Realtor Sandra Nickel Hat Team.

Midtown Montgomery Home For Sale: 356 Cloverdale Road

by The Hat Team

356 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery, AL

Midtown Montgomery Home For Sale:

356 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery AL 36104

MLS #406555

2 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 1,589 Square Feet | Garden District

Enjoy life perched on this wonderful covered front porch in historic Midtown Montgomery. It’s the best room (in the house) so to speak. Walk to restaurants, shopping, and parks! Watch your investment grow as time passes. If you can overlook some wallpaper, some bumps and bruises this could be the bargain with a great location you have been waiting for! Historic covenants in place! Two bathrooms, two bedrooms and small room in rear of home off hall would make a wonderful office, nursery or guest room. Nice size formal living/dining. Hardwood floors, French doors, and an old fashion swinging door from dining to kitchen add to the old house charm. Kitchen offers some custom built-ins and a nice sized pantry for the cook in the family. Private side deck for more intimate parties and a great small sized rear yard for planting or play. Original garage remains as perfect spot to store your yard equipment. Call us or your favorite agent to see this great Cloverdale cottage before it’s gone.

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

Midtown Montgomery Home For Sale: 3357 Lebron Ave

by The Hat Team

3357 lebron ave

Midtown Montgomery Home For Sale:

3357 Lebron Ave, Montgomery AL 36106
MLS# 406811

4 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 2,366 Square Feet | Cloverdale/Idlewild

See this terrific Tudor in Cloverdale/Idlewild home in Midtown Montgomery with four bedrooms and two baths for under 130k!! If you can overlook a few bumps and bruises this could be the bargain you have been looking for! Beautiful hardwood floors in formal living and separate dining! Covered front porch with arches to sit and watch neighbors pass. Kitchen features an island and French doors opening to a large deck. Two bedrooms and bath down. Two bedrooms and bath up have a retro 1950s look you can add to or make your own! Good size bonus room opens to living room for whatever need you desire Crown moldings, wide baseboards, Plantation Shutters and 2" blinds. Each upstairs bedroom has a heating and air-conditioning window unit. This home has all the charm and convenience that you would expect and want in a Cloverdale home. Original garage on property of no value, but great for storing yard equipment! Put this 1st on your list to see with your favorite agent or give us a call!!

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


Buying Big Without Breaking the Bank

by The Hat Team

Buy big without breaking the bank.

We have all seen the tiny houses that are flooding the internet lately, but let’s be honest; do you really want to live in a space so small that you barely have room to move around in your own home?  In all likelihood we can all agree that we really want more space for less money.  Let’s take a look at a few ways to buy big without breaking the bank. 

  1. One way that you can buy big without breaking the bank is by going in together with a family member to purchase a home.   You may not like the idea of having someone living with you but if you can afford to buy a large enough house together you might not even be bothered by them as much as you think you will.
  2. Another way to buy big without breaking the bank is by buying an older home.  Older homes are typically built well and have quite a lot of character.  If you don’t have to have everything new then consider buying an older home so that you can get more bang for your buck.  New is not always better. 
  3. A great way to buy big without breaking the bank is to bid on a home that is not completely built yet.  You may have  a bit of negotiating room when it comes to the floor plan and if larger is what you want larger might just be what you can get without dishing out a ton of money. 
  4. If the home you have your eye set on is the one you really want but it just doesn’t seem big enough for your taste, why not aim for renovating and opening up some of the rooms?  This is a great way to make a smaller home feel larger than it is without having to spend a lot of money in the process.  If you don’t have enough cash to do it all right now, you can always open it up a little bit at a time. 
  5. Finding homes that have been on the market for a while is a great way to get more for your money.  Homes are flying off the market these days, so you showing an interest in a home that isn’t having as much luck as the others is a great way to get more.

These are just a few ideas of how you can get more for your money when it comes to buying a home.   Now that you are aware of how you can get a bigger home without breaking the bank you are well on your way to finding the home for you and yours.  

Courtesy of Montgomery AL Real Estate Expert Sandra Nickel.

Nursery Decorating Ideas to Welcome Your Little One

by The Hat Team

nursery decorating

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 Realtor Sandra Nickel, Sandra Nickel Hat Team!

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