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What Improvements Add Value to Your Midtown Montgomery Home?

What Improvements Add Value to Your Midtown Montgomery Home?

By on 28 October, 2011 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

I am asked almost weekly what improvements add value to homes in our Midtown Montgomery neighborhoods. Unfortunately, my answer often sounds something like, “How long is a piece of string?” No such thing as a simple answer Simply put, there is no simple answer to the question. First, the value of your home — or […]

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What Should I Do to Get My Midtown Home Ready for Sale?

What Should I Do to Get My Midtown Home Ready for Sale?

By on 12 October, 2011 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

That’s a question we hear all the time here at the Hat Team. And unfortunately, the answer we must give today — the one sellers-to-be really don’t want to hear — is everything! Thirty years ago when I entered the real estate profession, most Midtown homebuyers were couples. And it was not at all unusual […]

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But I Thought You Just Showed Pretty Houses to Nice People

But I Thought You Just Showed Pretty Houses to Nice People

By on 6 September, 2011 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

The above sentiment neatly describes how many naïve folks regard the life of a REALTOR — one of “working the hours you choose” and having a wonderful time doing it. Today I’d like to share you with bits and pieces of a real week in the life of a working real estate agent. Then you […]

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Demolition of History: Shepard Building

Sometimes, you play the hand you’re dealt. Most people think of Montgomery as a city with a wide variety of historical elements, whether you’re talking Civil War, state government, Hank Williams, or the Civil Rights Movement. And that’s cool — except that we don’t live in a history book. No matter how interesting it is […]

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Old Man Winter

Old Man Winter

By on 20 July, 2011 in Historic Midtown, Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment

With temperatures near triple digits and the heat index considerably higher than that, July in Alabama seems like an absurd time to be thinking about winter. Yet, there may be some validity to the mental exercise of beating the heat by thinking about frigid conditions. It’s all in your mind, man. Well, that and the […]

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Shop Cloverdale Now

Shop Cloverdale Now

By on 17 May, 2011 in Kate and Stephen, Real Estate, Shopping with 1 Comment

People talk a lot about “community.” It’s certainly an easy concept to profess enthusiasm for. Even in an era where selfishness seems to be celebrated in every venue, most people can agree that it’s good to create (and be a part of) a community – whether you define the term as a neighborhood or some […]

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Old House Expo: Another Big Win for Midtown

Old House Expo: Another Big Win for Midtown

Take nine homes in some of Montgomery’s beloved Midtown neighborhoods:  Old Cloverdale, Cloverdale-Idlewild, Edgewood, South Hull District and Capitol Heights. Add well over a hundred old house aficionados. Combine with a breathtakingly beautiful Montgomery spring afternoon (Sunday, May 1). And the predictable result:  another home sold during Montgomery’s 26th annual Old House Expo! Since the […]

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Anatomy of an Old House Tour

Anatomy of an Old House Tour

For many of us Midtowners, attending historic home tours ranks among our very favorite spring weekend activities. They provide, variously, entertainment…insight…inspiration. A great way to see “how the other half lives,” as well. Even for me, a REALTOR who sees houses all the time, local house tours are a real treat — rather like a […]

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Idea Factory

Idea Factory

In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote that inhabitants of our new nation were living in “times that try men’s souls.” For those interested in the future of our city, we’re living in times that try our consciences. It’s hard not to look at the city’s ever-unfolding ambitious plans and wonder if they aren’t part of some […]

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Meet the Candidates: Jenny Ives

Meet the Candidates: Jenny Ives

By on 1 March, 2011 in Government, Legal Issues with 0 Comments

On March 8th, much of Midtown will go to the polls to elect a new representative for District 7 of the Montgomery City Council. Now that Martha Roby has gone off to Washington to represent Montgomery in Congress, eight candidates qualified for the special election to replace her and seven remain in the race. Midtown […]

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