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Getting on the Ladder to Homeownership

Getting on the Ladder to Homeownership

By on 6 August, 2018 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Recently I read a blog post about Millenials and their being largely absent from the ranks of homeownership. It delved pretty deeply into the factors that might contribute to that situation. “Settling down is being pushed further out,” the article observed. And that made me think of my two youngest nieces, Emily and Lilly, the […]

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Fixer-Upper TV Shows and the Unrealistic Expectations They’ve Created

Fixer-Upper TV Shows and the Unrealistic Expectations They’ve Created

By on 3 July, 2018 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Chances are you’ve seen, and may be a fan of, Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop and a host of other fix-up shows classified as “reality TV.” And like the Bachelor, Pawn Stars, Hell’s Kitchen and so many other iterations of reality television, very little “reality” is included in these highly scripted and edited […]

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Home Improvements: Know When to Stop

Home Improvements: Know When to Stop

By on 6 June, 2018 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

If you’re like a lot of folks in Midtown Montgomery, you spent last weekend—or plan to spend this weekend—visiting all the lovely properties open during the Greater Montgomery Homebuilders 2018 Showcase of Homes. And to do so may see you looking at your current home through slightly different eyes, eyes that focus on improvements you […]

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Historic Preservation – Economic Developer’s Friend

Historic Preservation – Economic Developer’s Friend

WACV, a local FM talk radio station, has periodically on its morning show a segment called “Did You Know…” Today on Midtown Montgomery Living we’re going to play that game. What do the (soon-to-be a boutique hotel) Murphy House, the train shed on the Montgomery riverfront, and the warehouses-now-office-buildings along Commerce Street have in common? (Cue […]

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What Price Progress?

What Price Progress?

By on 11 April, 2018 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Recently the City of Montgomery and ALDOT hosted a Public Involvement Meeting regarding the planned conversion of East Fairview Avenue from four to three lanes and the addition of sidewalks where there are none from South Court Street all the way to Narrow Lane Road. What on its face appears a simple and straightforward upgrade […]

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Finally … The Seats!

Finally … The Seats!

By on 7 March, 2018 in Art, Fun, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

As I watched the Oscars this past Sunday, it occurred to me that—for the first time in many, many years—I had seen almost all the nominees for the major awards. Yes, I had seen two while visiting my brother in Dallas. Frank sees virtually every movie released! But many of the others had been screened […]

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For the Betterment of the Community

For the Betterment of the Community

By on 10 January, 2018 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Christine (Saoirse Ronan) wants badly to put Sacramento and her teen-aged years behind her.  Like many teen girls, she feels misunderstood and has a stormy relationship with her mother.  So begins Lady Bird , now playing both on the east side and at Montgomery’s historic Capri Theatre in Cloverdale. If you were ever a teen […]

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The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift

By on 13 December, 2017 in Holidays, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

As I was reviewing my emails today, I ran across this quote by Henry David Thoreau: “That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.” And it struck me how very true that is, particularly at this time of the year when we are all tempted (and, everywhere we turn, encouraged) to spend, spend, spend. Frankly, […]

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A Trip to Wonderland

A Trip to Wonderland

By on 8 November, 2017 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Before embarking on my 36-year real estate career, I spent some time in the field of marketing and advertising. And it was during this time that I was introduced to and fell in love with the architecture variously identified as International Style, Minimalist and Modernist. A failed architecture student turned graphic artist came to work […]

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Memories of Simpler Times

Memories of Simpler Times

By on 11 October, 2017 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

When I began kindergarten in Kirkwood, MO (a suburb of St. Louis), John Pitman Elementary School was already set for closure. Built in 1914, it had served long and well. But closing was just not to be. The Baby Boom was in full swing, and every classroom in our little town was pressed into service. […]

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