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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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Home Improvements: K-I-S-S (Part 1)

Home Improvements: K-I-S-S (Part 1)

By on 19 April, 2013 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

As 10 p.m. approached last Saturday, I was putting the finishing touches on the fresh paint in our back offices. (Yes, I do our painting. That’s the subject for another post!) As I spotted “misses” and covered them, I found myself wondering how many others in Midtown might be similarly engaged. After all, ‘tis the […]

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So … How’s the Market?

So … How’s the Market?

By on 6 March, 2013 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Whether I’m in line at the grocery or drugstore or at a breakfast downtown or at a charity function or wherever, the question I’m always asked remains the same: “So, how’s the real estate market?” The best answer I can give is: It all depends. If you want to buy a home in Midtown Montgomery, […]

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Real Estate: a Fair Weather Business

Real Estate: a Fair Weather Business

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

If you live anywhere near Midtown Montgomery, you know that the first five days of last week (through Wednesday) were abysmal! Rain, thunder, angry clouds and low light. Just downright gloomy. Fairview Avenue, our location, was deserted save the occasional brave soul seeking the comfort of a delicious pizza from Tomatino’s or a hot authentic […]

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Frank Powell: The MML Interview

Frank Powell: The MML Interview

By on 18 February, 2013 in Interviews, Real Estate with 0 Comments

Since last May, we’ve had a relative looking to buy a house in Montgomery. This has meant we’ve gotten to see inside a bunch of houses over the last year – some were just beautiful, others not so much. We wrote a little post about our experience this past summer. After another go-round in January, […]

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Mortgage Interest Deduction Is Good for Us All

Mortgage Interest Deduction Is Good for Us All

By on 26 November, 2012 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment

A lot has been written recently about the effect of possible regulatory changes on the residential real estate market. But none has greater potential to do great harm than the must-discussed elimination of the “sacred cow” mortgage interest deduction. With today’s mortgage interest rates at an historic low, it’s easy to forgot how this simple […]

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