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CRS Sell-a-bration Guest Speaker - Sandra Nickel

by The Hat Team

Last week, I was a featured speaker at the 19th annual CRS Sell-a-bration® held last week in Las Vegas, NV.

The Certified Residential Specialist designation is held by the top 4 percent of Realtors around the world. Sell-a-bration®, held annually, was attended by 1,000 of these top producing agents.

My topic, Taking Your Business To The Next Level, included how to take your real estate business from 0 to 50 units and beyond, the importance of business planning, branding, and client for life programs.It was an honor for me to be invited to address one of the industry’s most exclusive gatherings. The annual Sell-a-bration® provides a forum for top agents and brokers in residential real estate to interact with and learn from one another. Sell-a-bration® features unparalleled education sessions, top keynote speakers, and social and networking opportunities, which provide attendees with ideas and techniques that will have an immediate impact on their businesses.

 

“My clients are continually complimenting me on the service, tools and technology I use to meet their needs. I owe that to my association with the CRS members and to the fact that we share among ourselves so freely.  In short, as s Certified Residential Specialist, I am surrounded by the best agents in real estate. I share with them, they share with me, and we all translate our newfound knowledge into increased services for our clients.”

HSBC Offers 6 Percent Interest

by The Hat Team

The Montgomery Advertiser has reported HSBC Bank USA is boosting the interest rate of its online savings account to 6 percent -- topping its competitors. The increase is an effort to attract deposits from people who are getting year-end bonuses or expect tax refunds.

There are new tax laws effecting charitable contribution deductions. For your convenience, we have put information concerning these new guidelines on our website. We hope you find this helpful!

The Power Of Two

by The Hat Team

The Montgomery Advertiser has an article this morning recognizing Blake and Bettie Field for their work in revitalizing neighborhoods in Camden and Montgomery. Blake and Bettie have rehabbed eight homes in Camden and one in Montgomery, helping both communities preserve their history.

Too often, little is done to preserve deteriorating buildings. As a result, once vibrant neighborhoods often become slums or low-rent districts. Many times it only takes one person, or in the case two, to go into a neighborhood and start to turn it around. One house is rehabbed, then another and another. Before you know it, the entire neighborhood has a new lease on life.

Older homes in older neighborhoods are wonderful investments, especially if you can get in on the ground floor of a neighborhood revitalization. If investing in older homes is something you are interested in, give us a call. We are glad to assist you in investing wisely.

 

Downtown Master Plan Unveiled

by The Hat Team

Victor Dover of Dover, Kohl and Partners, a florida-based development firm, presented the final plan for downtown development Thursday at Troy University Montgomery's Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. The plan, which is due to be approved by city council on March 6, incorporates the following principles:

  • Preserving and restoring historic buildings;

 

 

  • Improving the environment for private investment and development;

 

 

  • Expanding downtown green and civic spaces;

 

 

  • Incorporating land uses with building types and housing options, and

 

 

  • Promoting a better balance of transportation options and designs.

Copies of Dover Kohl and Partners' plan for downtown Montgomery are available through the city's Planning and Development office.

2007 Alabama Vacation Guide

by The Hat Team
The 2007 Alabama Vacation Guide is now available from the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel at (800) ALABAMA (252-2262) or www.800Alabama.com. You can cure the winter blahs by starting to plan this summer's vacation. The 160 page guide is free of charge.

Alabama Economy Catching Up

by The Hat Team

A new report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta shows Alabama's economy in 2006 brought the state's per capita income to 86 percent of the national average...the highest reading on record.

Other good news for 2006 was a 3.6 percent unemployment rate which is the lowest in thirty years, an expanded employment base of 1.5 percent and a bright outlook for 2007 with Kia Motors building a new plant in western Georgia.

A strong economy correlates to a strong real estate market, making 2007 a great time to buy or sell a home in Montgomery! Contact us for all your Montgomery real estate needs in 2007.

 

Old Cloverdale Christmas Celebration

by The Hat Team

The Old Cloverdale Christmas Celebration is a joint effort of Sandra Nickel, REALTORS and the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Old Cloverdale Christmas has been an annual tradition since 1999. Midtowners are invited to enjoy a free family-friendly movie at the historic Capri theatre, visit with Santa and whatever help he has with him, enjoy free refreshments and exceptional buys on unique gifts.

 

Also this year, attendees brought food for the Montgomery Area Food Bank and had the opportunity to adopt a kitten or puppy from local animal shelters. One puppy and one kitten found a new home, nearly 100 adults and children enjoyed seeing "Hans Christian Andersen."

The 2006 event saw beautiful weather--a real blessing since Joy Love Bubble the Christmas Fairy joined Santa to enchant all comers and help them to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas: love and giving. A "new favorite feature" is our gingerbread house decorating contest! Cafe Louisa sells the kits; and entrants can either buy and use a kit or do their own thing. A good time was had by all!



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail Development Booms In Montgomery

by The Hat Team

Retail development is booming in Montgomery and central Alabama. Building permits for Wal-mart, Target, and Bass Pro Shops, to name a few are in billions of dollars. Two medical center projects are also in the works – a $2.5 million building permit for the Montgomery Cancer Center and a $2.7 million building permit for the 21,000-plus square-foot Montgomery Cardiovascular facility.

Where there is building going on, there are jobs created and job creation causes home sales to increase. All good news for Montgomery residents!

Dove Tree Campaign Aids Cancer Group

by The Hat Team

The Montgomery Cancer Wellness Foundation is asking the public to pay tribute to cancer patients, caregivers and those that have lost their battle with the disease.

The Montgomery Cancer Center at 4145 Carmichael Road is taking donations for the commemorative Dove Tree. A minimum donation to the foundation of $5 allows donors to place a dove on the tree in honor or memory of that special someone.

Proceeds from the Dove Tree will benefit the Montgomery Cancer Wellness Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps cancer patients obtain necessary at-home medication they often cannot afford, assists with transportation to and from cancer treatments, and offers educational programs for cancer patients, their families, and the general public.

For information, call Susan Bruchis at 334-273-2279.

Prattville HS Wins Yearbook Award

by The Hat Team

The Prattville High School 2006 "Lion" yearbook has received a Silver Medalist Certificate from the Columbia (University) Scholastic Press Association. Congratulations to Prattville High and the yearbook staff!

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