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4507 Middlefork Rd-Main Level Living on Quiet Cul-De-Sac!

by The Hat Team

4507 Middlefork Rd, Montgomery AL 36106

MLS# 431824

4 bedrooms | 2 baths | 2,051 square feet | Heatherton Heights

It says Heatherton but it feels like Young Farm...this house is located on a quiet cul-de-sac and has a BIG open feeling. Large home with formal dining room. Kitchen/breakfast room open to large great room with fireplace. Main bedroom suite features double vanity area, garden tub, separate shower and large walk in closet. Three more bedrooms and a separate office are split on the other side of home for easy living. Convenient half bath near Great room. Double attached garage with storage area. fully fenced backyard with covered area for cook outs. Great layout with lots of closet space. Please give us or your favorite agent a call to see today.

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

Midtown Montgomery Home For Sale:

3117 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery AL 36106
MLS# 409910

3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 2,116 square feet | Cloverdale

Total renovation, across from concert park in Cloverdale/ Idlewild!!! Want a new house in an old skin? Want to walk to the movies, restaurants, playhouse? Hurry and see this beauty with huge main bedroom, two additional bedrooms, 2nd hall bath and 1/2 bath with unique wood walls and ceiling. Refinished hardwoods throughout, transoms, built in arched bookcases and glass door knobs. Kitchen features marble counter-tops, subway tile back splash, stainless appliances, island with seating area and custom open shelving. Separate laundry, covered parking and deck on rear off main sweet for coffee or cookouts. New plumbing, electrical and spray foam insulation. New roof, paint and flooring. Covered parking and a great old brick patio in back yard. Almost forgot to mention best room in house, front porch with a commanding view of the park!! See all the other custom features this home has to offer in an incredible location in Midtown Montgomery you will love! Call us or your favorite realtor to see this unique property today!

Marketed by Montgomery Al Realtor Frank Powell, Sandra Nickel Hat Team

Midtown Montgomery Home For Sale: 321 Felder Ave

by The Hat Team

321 felder ave

Midtown Montgomery Home For Sale:

321 Felder Ave, Montgomery AL 36106
MLS# 407861

3 Bedrooms | 3 Baths | 1,951 Square Feet | Garden District

Located in the center of Midtown Montgomery's vibrant historic district, this classic bungalow is within walking distance to some of the town's best eateries and drinking establishments. Covered porches and shady yards compliment outdoor living and exchanges with lovely neighbors passing by. If you appreciate old-world charm and vintage architectural details, you will absolutely love being greeted each day by the massive arched front door. Continuing that detail, three arched front windows flood the living room with light, and the stone fireplace will give warmth and atmosphere for cozy evenings. Grand or intimate dinner parties can be enjoyed in the formal dining room, while more casual meals suit the butler's pantry area with great built-in serving station (and doubles as additional counter space.) And, you won't have to scrimp on master bathroom space, as this one has plenty of room and has been nicely updated. Call us or your favorite agent for a private tour of this charming bungalow.

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


Things to Accomplish Soon After Moving Into Your New Home

by The Hat Team

Things to accomplish after moving to your new home.

If you were lucky enough to move into a new home recently then you need to know a few things that you should strive to accomplish soon after the move.    These things will get you set in the right direction for being comfortable in your new home for years to come.  A few of these ideas are listed below. 

  • Be sure to take pictures of each room in your new home before moving in. Sometimes the inspection takes place and then the previous owners come back to get a few last items of theirs moved out.  You never know, especially if the previous owners were forced to move due to a short sale, what they may have done to the house.  Take pictures before you move your furniture inside.  This way if any damage has occurred you will have full documentation of it and may be able to get things fixed more easily.
  • If you hire a moving company to move your belongings from one house to the other you will want to check all of your belongings to make sure there was no damage done to anything during the move.  You should have liability coverage in your moving contract and if that is the case if any damage occurs and you document the damage you should be able to get reimbursed for that. 
  • One of the most important things to accomplish as soon as you move into a new home is to change the locks.  You have no way of knowing how many folks have a key to your home from the previous owners and you surely don’t want to worry about someone being able to get inside of your home without your knowledge.  Get this task done right away. 
  • If you want to make the home have a nice new feel, painting is a great way to do that.  Painting an empty house is much easier than having to move the furniture around later. 
  • If you are a registered voter and you have recently moved into a new home that is in a different county, you will want to change your voter registration right away.  It’s not a good feeling to be turned away at the polls because your address is incorrect. 

These are just a few ideas of things you should strive to accomplish soon after moving into a new home. Hopefully they will be of some help to you and yours.

Courtesy of Montgomery AL Real Estate Expert Sandra Nickel.


Tips For Choosing the Right Counter-Tops

by The Hat Team

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, you likely will want to do a bit of renovating before doing so.  A great way to spruce up your home in order to sell it is by replacing the old kitchen counter-tops.  This is an easy upgrade that doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.  Here are a few different kitchen countertop ideas  to get you started in the right direction and weigh the pros and cons of each.  

  • countertopsGranite counter-tops are all the rage and it seems that everyone is putting these in their homes these days.  A good thing about granite counter-tops is that it is very hard to damage them.  Granite counter-tops are basically fool proof.  They will cost you around 2,000-6,000 but are well worth the money.  The only con I can think of when it comes to granite counter-tops is that you may need to reseal them every now and again because the edges and corners can chip.  This will need to be done by a professional.
  •  Soapstone and marble are some other good ideas for replacing your current counter-tops with as well.  These types of materials will cost you anywhere from 2,800-8,400.  If you have this kind of money to sink into your counter-tops you may find that your home will go for a bit more when it comes to selling it.  Soapstone typically scratches easily and may even stain although it is very beautiful.   Marble also can have these types of problems as well being easily damaged from heat.  If you are selling your home you may be able to get a higher asking price if you put marble or soapstone counter-tops in, but if you are going to be living in your house and you want maintenance free counter-tops you may want to stick with granite instead.  You are going to have beautiful new counter-tops not matter which material you decide to use, so whatever you choose to do will be a winning situation.  
  • Quartz is always an option when replacing kitchen counter-tops.  It looks a lot like stone but it won’t require as much maintenance.  You can get all sorts of cool colors if you choose quartz counter-tops.  If you are going to go with quartz counter-tops I would suggest that you have the edges rounded as they can sometimes chip and need to be repaired. 

Hopefully this blog has given you a few ideas if you are planning to replace your kitchen counter-tops.   Whether you plan to live in your home for many more years or you are planning to put it on the market, a nice new kitchen counter-top can do a lot for a home. 

Information courtesy of Montgomery AL Real Estate Experts Sandra Nickel Hat Team.


2 Questions Buyers and Sellers Ask About Real Estate

by The Hat Team

There are two typical questions buyers and sellers ask all the time about real estate…

leysSellers: “Shouldn’t I first start with trying to save some money by selling on my own as a “For Sale By Owner?”

Buyers: “Shouldn’t I just look around on my own and work with the listing agents when I find something I like?”

Both of those scenarios have hidden problems. The field of real estate is loaded with land mines. Real estate professionals “know the ropes” so you don’t need to. Here are some thoughts for you to consider!

  • Sellers need true expert guidance navigating the dangerous pitfalls that currently exist. Finding a buyer ready, willing and able to pay fair market value at a time when lending standards are so stringent is not an easy task.
  • Buyers are finding reasonable financing is not easy to come by. It can be very tricky when interest rates are volatile like they have been over the last several months. And underwriting standards are tight, meaning that you need special guidance getting pre-approved and assuring that your credit is clear.
  • Both buyers and sellers need to be hiring a talented negotiator who could save you thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars. Each step of the way – from the original offer, to the possible re-negotiation of that offer after a home inspection, to the possible cancellation of the deal based on a troubled appraisal – you need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes.
  • Sellers should also realize that when an agent is negotiating their commission with you, they are negotiating their own salary; the salary that keeps a roof over their family’s head; the salary that puts food on their family’s table. If they are quick to take less when negotiating for themselves and their families, what makes you think they will not act the same way when negotiating for you and your family?
  • Buyers should consider working with a buyer’s agent from the start. That should be someone who really tunes into your needs and wants. That’s so they can really pinpoint the search for the right property for you. They can save you hours of spinning your wheels and they are ultimately compensated by the seller at the closing table.

Both buyers and sellers should take to heart that old saying “You get what you pay for.” Just like a good accountant or a good attorney, real estate professionals will save you money when all is said and done.

Information courtesy of Montgomery Realtors Sandra Nickel Hat Team.

Get Ready to Garage Sale

by The Hat Team

A well-planned garage or yard sale can make room in your home, get rid of unused items and make some money but it needs some planning to be successful.

  • garage saleStart early to research and plan
  • Promotion is key
  • Display items attractively
  • Price items right
  • Organize checkout

Saturdays are generally the best day but there may be some exceptions.  Experienced garage-salers believe that a well-planned one-day event will do as well as a multi-day event.  Serious purchasers will look for the “new” sale and most people don’t come back multiple days.

Advertise in local newspapers and free online classified sites like craigslist.  If several families are going together for the sale, mention that in the ad; it will be a big draw.  Mention your bigger-ticket items like furniture, equipment and baby items.

Garage sale signs can be purchased or made at Staples, Fedex Office or Kwik Signs.  Signs need large lettering so they’re easy to read while people are driving. Most important info: Garage or Yard Sale, address, date and time.  Directional signs are also important.  Balloons and streamers to attract attention to the signs are very helpful.

Consider using the service Square so that you can take credit cards.  The cost is 2.75% per swipe and can be done on your smartphone or iPad.  You’ll need to sign up at least two weeks in advance to receive your reader.

Unless you’re having an estate sale, keep your home locked.  You don’t want people wandering through your home while you’re outside.  If you start to accumulate a lot of money, take some of it inside.  Don’t discuss how much money you’ve made during the sale or how successful it has been.

People will want to bargain; it’s the nature of the game.  Consider this strategy: less negotiations early in the sale and possibly, more toward the end of the sale.

Information courtesy of Sandra Nickel Hat Team REALTORS.

Montgomery AL Home for Sale: 521 Chatsworth Drive

by The Hat Team

Montgomery AL Home for Sale:

521 Chatsworth Drive, Montgomery AL 36109
MLS# 311868

You’ll Be Pleasantly Surprised!

521 chatsworth dr
Desirable Dalraida! This immaculate home doesn't feel like the typical 60's ranch. This one has beautiful hard wood floors (zero carpet!) and a nice open floor plan. The kitchen opens onto a great family room/den, the hall bath has a double vanity and plenty of counter space and the master bedroom has a huge walk-in cedar closet that you won't believe! Have more than one vehicle, then check out the 3 bay attached carport that can double as a covered patio too. Check out this one soon, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Marketed by Sandra Nickel, Sandra Nickel Hat Team Realtors, Montgomery Alabama.

What Younger Buyers Want In a Home

by The Hat Team

As a seller, you most likely already know that today's breed of buyers is unlike the generations that came before. home buyersTech savvy and always on the go, Millennial buyers—a blanket term that includes Generation Y and the Echoboomers—have different expectations from their parents when it comes to buying a Montgomery AL home.

  • A recent survey of Millennials (ages 18 to 34) by the home builder PulteGroup found that among the top home desires are an open layout for the kitchen and family rooms that allow for easy entertaining.
  • Ample storage is high on the “must have” list, and large, walk-in closets are coveted.
  • The next generation wants space for TV, movie, and sports watching.  Many buyers now prefer high-tech rooms with surround sound, large-screen TV’s, and the most up-to-date A/V equipment to the coveted formal dining room or living room of past generations.
  • In order to accommodate today’s fluid lifestyle, a Montgomery AL home with “flex space”--a room that can be converted into a home office, a guest room, or a nursery, eg,-- provides options for both current and future needs of the young buyer.
  • Nearly all young buyers prefer gleaming hardwood floors to make a space feel less confined and give it a new, clean feeling. 
  • Green” and smart homes are also high on the Millennials’ wish list.  Energy-efficient appliances and windows are expected, and these buyers are impressed by home automation systems.  Having grown up with smartphones, apps, and Google searches, they want to use technology not only in their search for a home but also throughout the home itself.  A spring survey by Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate shows that 77 percent of Gen X & Gen Y home buyers want their homes “equipped with the technological capabilities they have grown accustomed to.”
  • Also increasing in popularity are smaller living spaces and one-floor homes.  Likewise, urban residences are gaining appeal since active and social young buyers want to be near transit hubs and are looking for buildings with amenities. They often want a full-time concierge, a full-service gym, even an in-house spa or business center.

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Sandra Nickel and the Hat Team have distinguished themselves as leaders in the Montgomery AL real estate market. Sandra assists buyers looking for Montgomery real estate for sale and aggressively markets Montgomery AL homes for sale. Sandra is also an expert in helping families avoid foreclosure through short sales and is committed to helping families in financial hardship find options. For more information you can visit

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Montgomery Real Estate: Incredible Renovation!

by The Hat Team

Montgomery Real Estate: Incredible Renovation!

208 N Lewis St, Montgomery AL 36107
MLS# 307577

208 n lewis st

Incredible old house renovation has been recently performed on this cute 1922 Capitol Heights bungalow. If you want an old home in great condition without all the old house problems look no further. Generous size living and dining rooms for entertaining. Stainless steel appliances less than 3 years old. Eat in kitchen is adjoined by laundry, half bath and great rear deck for cookouts. Large front porch for visiting as neighbors pass by becomes an extension of the homes living space. You can buy this same concept at The Waters which is a wonderful area, but not for less than $77,000. Bring your landscape architect to make it your own oasis. Wired for cable.

Search all Montgomery AL Real Estate And Homes For Sale.

Sandra Nickel and the Hat Team have distinguished themselves as leaders in the Montgomery AL real estate market. Sandra assists buyers looking for Montgomery real estate for sale and aggressively markets Montgomery AL homes for sale. Sandra is also an expert in helping families avoid foreclosure through short sales and is committed to helping families in financial hardship find options. For more information you can visit

Interested in buying a bank-owned home? Get bank-owned listings alerts FREE!

You can reach Sandra by filling out the online contact form below or give her a call anytime.

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