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What We Wished We’d Known

What We Wished We’d Known

You’re buying a house for the first time. Everything seems like a dream: the crown molding, the old floors, the large yard. You can’t believe that someone will help you by lending money to make this your home. If you choose wisely, your home will make you happy every day. You can drink coffee in […]

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In Praise of a Clean Slate

In Praise of a Clean Slate

By on 11 January, 2017 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

The New Year always excites me. I see it as a “clean slate,” and an opportunity both to start anew and to start new things. 2017 is no different. Last weekend I purged my closet of years’ accumulation of miscellaneous stuff. This past Friday our Hat Team met with a facilitator to brainstorm how better […]

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Help Wanted: Crafting the Real Estate Experience of the Future

Help Wanted: Crafting the Real Estate Experience of the Future

By on 1 June, 2015 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Just because we live and work in the older and historic parts of town, don’t assume that Sandra Nickel Hat Team, REALTORS, is stuck in the past. On the contrary, we spend a lot of time talking about the future and how to make buying and/or selling a house a more pleasurable and satisfying experience. […]

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The Death of the Midtown Middle Market

The Death of the Midtown Middle Market

By on 29 January, 2015 in Historic Midtown, Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

I don’t usually write “hard” real estate information for this publication, but today I’m making an exception. It’s worth making a rare detour because it’s really important for Midtown property owners to understand that there is no longer a “middle market.” There was a time (like when my husband and I were first time homebuyers) […]

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Shattering Some Misconceptions about Homebuying

Shattering Some Misconceptions about Homebuying

By on 27 October, 2014 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

It’s fascinating to me how stuff gets passed off from person to person “as the Gospel truth.” And fictions about the homebuying process are among the most widely spread mis-truths going around today. So if you — or someone you care about — is thinking about buying a home this fall, listen up! Misconception: If […]

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Gone Fishin’

Gone Fishin’

By on 1 October, 2013 in Legal Issues, Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 3 Comments

So a lot of federal employees are out of work as of today. “I’m not headed to a National Park,” you may say, “so it matters not to me.” Or perhaps your response is that you think a lot fewer federal worker bees is really a good idea. Chances are, you see little (if any) […]

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When the Media Got it Wrong. Dead Wrong.

When the Media Got it Wrong. Dead Wrong.

By on 20 June, 2013 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

This week, WSFA reported on an article in a business publication called Kiplinger. The local media was covering this national magazine’s piece putting Montgomery squarely number one on a list we don’t want to make at all: the American cities where home prices have fallen the most. According to the report, in the past 12 […]

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I Believe in Hilda Dent

I Believe in Hilda Dent

A few months ago, we wrote about our adventure going before the Architectural Review Board. We were seeking permission to renovate our sunroom. The room almost certainly was once open to the elements — or perhaps screened in — and once featured a rear-facing door (long since bricked in to make a nice bookcase). At some […]

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Home Improvements: K-I-S-S (Part 2)

Home Improvements: K-I-S-S (Part 2)

By on 1 May, 2013 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Note: This is the second part of a series of posts on making improvements to your (often historic) Midtown Montgomery home. Read part one here. The 24/7 Wall St blog recently did a long feature on 11 home features buyers will pay extra for. The article contained this specific warning: “But they may not be […]

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Old House Expo Month

Old House Expo Month

By on 24 April, 2013 in Carole King, Historic Midtown, Real Estate with 1 Comment

For those of us die-hard Midtown Montgomery residents, the first Sunday afternoon in May of each year is permanently marked on our calendars for Old House Expo. The Expo was the 1985 brainchild of historic preservationist Marilyn Sullivan, who wanted to showcase the plight of the Brittan-Dennis House located at 507 Columbus Street. The Brittan […]

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