sandra nickel: Buying a Home in 2019 - Tips for Success - 01/23/19 10:23 AM
Are you planning to become a home owner in 2019?  If so, it’s important that you educate yourself about the real estate market so that you know what steps to take to successfully find and purchase the right home for you.
With the continued shortage of homes for sale, buyers need to be prepared for competition with other home buyers as homes will likely get many offers.  That being the case, it is vital that serious buyers put their best foot forward from the very start.  Their first offer will need to be their best one in a situation where there are … (0 comments)

sandra nickel: Smart Home 101: A Guide for Beginners - 01/16/19 08:50 AM
I remember watching The Jetsons when I was a kid and being fascinated by the idea of being able to actually see somebody when talking to them on the phone. And a robot maid? Who wouldn’t want one of those?!  I had no idea that in my lifetime, the things I saw on that cartoon fantasy would become a reality.  FaceTime and Skype allow us to see our loved ones no matter how far away they are. And while we may not have live-in robot maids (yet), things like Roomba have made house cleaning a breeze.  Technology moves fast and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with … (0 comments)

sandra nickel: Building Wealth by Investing in Real Estate - 01/09/19 09:25 AM
Investing in real estate is a time-tested way to successfully build wealth.  While there are many ways to invest your savings, investing in real estate is unique in that it offers cash-flow, liquidity, profitability, and tax and diversification benefits that other investments do not.  If you’ve been thinking about how to build wealth for your retirement, you would be smart to consider investing in real estate. Diversification and Real Estate Investing
There are four primary ways to make money in real estate:
Appreciation. When a property increases in value, you have real estate appreciation. Sometimes is happens due to changes in the market … (0 comments)

sandra nickel: Wallpaper - It’s Back! - 01/02/19 07:43 AM
Wallpaper has been out for a long time, but as most trends do, it is making its way back into homes everywhere.  Wallpaper designs have changed a lot and unlike the dark floral prints of the 80s and 90s, new wallpaper looks more like murals or custom wall art.  So, if you’re thinking about a new look for a room (or several rooms) in your house, you may want to consider using wallpaper instead of paint.  Here are some current popular wallpaper trends to choose from:
Eastern Influence - Think Japanese and Indian designs with hand finished patterns; the perfect backdrop for … (3 comments)

sandra nickel: New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners - 12/27/18 09:40 AM
The holidays are winding down and the new year is upon us. Chances are you are thinking about some personal goals you would like to achieve in 2019, but if you are a homeowner, you might want to add some resolutions to your list regarding your home.  Here are some homeowner resolutions for you to consider in 2019:
Do a HOME INVENTORY and put together a DISASTER KIT for your home.  You never know when disaster may strike, and while it’s no fun to think about, it’s important to be prepared.  Include your home inventory and financial documents in your disaster kit so that you … (0 comments)

sandra nickel: Design Trends that Will Make Your House Shine in 2019! - 12/18/18 10:43 AM
With new trends endlessly popping up, it can be challenging to decide what home design projects are worth your time and money.  It will serve you well to research what trends are timeless and what trends have gone by the wayside before investing in updating your home, especially if you are getting ready to put it on the market.  To simplify that process for you, here is a list of five of the hottest home design projects for 2019!
Vintage Lighting - Think less exposed lighting and more pendants and sconces. Brass and copper finishes will also be popular.  Changing light fixtures … (1 comments)

sandra nickel: 412 Arrowleaf Court-Spacious Home in Sought after Lake Forest! - 12/14/18 08:30 AM
412 Arrowleaf Court, Montgomery, Al 36117
MLS# 444529
4 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | 2,181 sqft | Lake Forest


sandra nickel: It’s a Wrap! Storage Hacks for Your Holiday Treasures - 12/12/18 12:39 PM
I know you probably just finished pulling out all your holiday decorations, but it’s not too early to start thinking about how you’re going to put it all away.  If you’re like me, every year you tell yourself “this year I will be super organized when I put my holiday decorations away!” Also, if you’re like me, by the time the holidays are over you are exhausted and just want to get the stuff put away as quickly as possible.  Then you go to pull it out the following year and you say,” this year…I will organize it all this year.”  … (1 comments)

sandra nickel: 519 THORN PLACE: LOW MAINTENANCE LIVING IN MIDTOWN! - 12/11/18 12:51 PM
519 Thorn Place, Montgomery, Al 36106
MLS# 444814
2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms | 1,589 sqft | Thorn Manor
The best of lock-it and leave-it living! This 2nd floor condo at sought after Thorn Manor in Old Cloverdale in Midtown Montgomery.  This home boasts charm and character with a spacious layout. Large living room is light filled and plenty big to entertain in. Cozy front sunroom has wonderful views and is great for morning coffee, relaxing, or reading a good book. Dining room has antique built-in china cabinet for displaying your collectibles. Open galley style kitchen has lots of counter space and great storage. … (5 comments)

sandra nickel: 3233 Audubon Road: Cozy Home in a Perfect Location! - 12/05/18 08:16 AM
3233 Audubon Road, Montgomery, AL 36106
MLS# 444515
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,469 sqft | Cloverdale South

Walk to concerts in the Park!!! Stroll to the movies, plays and restaurants - Better yet - walk home! New flooring, new paint inside and out!! Private lush landscaped lot with fenced yard for family and pets. Did I mention the location was great? It is!!!!!! Newer home built in the 1970's. 3 full bedrooms and 2 full baths. Eat-in kitchen, large living dining with built in bookcases. New roof in 2016!! Seller has painted entire exterior of home, addressed all rotted wood and made too many … (7 comments)

sandra nickel: Refinance Now and Save! - 12/05/18 05:42 AM
Sadly, one of the best mortgage programs in our country will cease to exist at the end of December, 2018.  An extremely generous government refinance program called HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program) is in its final days. It was launched by the US Government during the Obama administration in an effort to assist middle class home owners by offering lucrative access to lower interest rates and reduced payments amidst the Great Recession. Through HARP, you can not only get a lower interest rate, but you can also get a shorter loan term, or change from an adjustable to a fixed-rate mortgage. And guess what?  … (1 comments)

sandra nickel: Contemporary or Modern - What’s the Difference? - 11/28/18 06:57 AM

So, you think you like modern décor, or is it contemporary?  You may think the two styles are synonymous, but they are quite different.  If you are decorating your home, or if you’ve hired a decorator to do it for you, terminology matters!  It’s important to know the correct words to describe the look you are going for!  Here is how to tell the difference between modern and contemporary home décor styles.
Modern design was developed in the early to mid-twentieth century.  Highly influenced by Scandinavian and German Bauhaus Design, it created a distinct style focused on simple form and function.  Then, Mid-Century Modern  … (3 comments)

sandra nickel: On the 12 Days of Christmas My Realtor Gave to Me - 11/20/18 09:42 AM
On the first day of Christmas my Realtor said to me:
Buyers: if you’re looking to buy your first home, now is the time! There might be less inventory now, but there is also less competition and more highly motivated sellers. 5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall
On the second day of Christmas my Realtor said to me:
Sellers: if your home is for sale during the holiday season, feel free to decorate, but don’t go overboard.  You want your home to look its best while still enjoying your personal touch.  Avoid large decorations that can be overwhelming or distracting.  Remember that potential … (1 comments)

sandra nickel: How Can You Eat Pumpkin? Let Us Count the Ways! - 11/14/18 12:11 PM
Pumpkin is very popular this time of year. It seems “pumpkin spice” is everywhere.  But if you’re like most people, you have never ventured beyond the most common way to serve and enjoy pumpkin -  in a pie.  Don’t get me wrong!  Pumpkin pies are great!  But if you love pumpkin, you might be surprised to discover there are a lot of other ways you can enjoy it!  Check out these 6 ways to eat pumpkin (not in a pie):
Pumpkin Soup - If you’re looking for a simple way to enjoy pumpkin, then pumpkin soup is the way to go. Nothing … (1 comments)

sandra nickel: 24 Felder Ave: Updated Garden District Beauty! - 11/13/18 08:17 AM
24 Felder Ave, Montgomery Al 36104
MLS# 443966
4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2,584 sqft | Garden District
​Wonderful updated Garden District beauty awaiting it's next owner. From the moment you step onto the covered front porch, you will be amazed. A seldom used sun room off the main bedroom has been turned into a FABULOUS master bath! Also, the hall bath and kitchen have been renovated and beautifully updated. And, for you purists out there...don't worry! It still retains the built-ins, arched doorways, antique medallions, and beautiful mantles. The wing off the kitchen makes a perfect teen or in-law space with bedroom, bath, and … (0 comments)

sandra nickel: A Handy Guide to Hosting Guests During the Holidays - 11/07/18 08:33 AM
It’s that time of year again.  A time for friends and family to come together to celebrate the holidays.  Many of you will be hosting guests in your homes over the next two months and while you are surely delighted to spend time with your loved ones, it can be a stressful time as well.  If you are opening your doors to family members or friends this holiday season, here are some ideas for prepping your home so that you’ll be ready to welcome them with open arms.
Tidy up the house.  Use this as motivation to thoroughly clean your house.  Get rid of … (0 comments)

sandra nickel: 210 N Panama St: Stellar Starter Home with Living Space Galore! - 11/06/18 03:33 AM
210 N Panama St, Montgomery, AL 36107
MLS# 442030
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2,070 sqft | Capitol Heights
Perfect starter home or great addition to your investment portfolio! If you want large living spaces and a large lot with lots of detached storage, add this home to your list. Situated in Capitol Heights, the location is perfect for anyone who works downtown or at Maxwell/Gunter. With great bones, this diamond in the rough just needs cosmetics and kitchen/bath upgrades to be stunning. Great for an investor as a flip project or as an income producing rental. Don't miss out on this great deal!

sandra nickel: 3235 Wellington Road: Adorable Cloverdale Cottage! - 11/01/18 11:55 AM
3235 Wellington Rd, Montgomery, AL 36106
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,824 sqft | Cloverdale/Idlewild
This adorable Cloverdale Cottage will capture your heart! Whether one, two, or a family, this home fits all. Spacious living room with fireplace and lots of built-ins for books and collectibles, dining room for big family gatherings, PLUS cozy den/family room with classic coffered ceilings will satisfy all your living needs. Kitchen overlooks gathering room/breakfast room and allows grown ups to prepare meals while the little ones do homework or play. Elevated rear deck overlooks shady back yard, large brick patio with built-in firepit, and playground -grade jungle-gym for the … (4 comments)

sandra nickel: How to Raise Your Credit Score to Save Money - 10/31/18 10:47 AM
Want to buy a house but a low credit score has you down?  Don’t despair! There are ways to raise your credit score and save thousands on your mortgage.   A strong credit score can lead to better interest rates, additional loan programs to benefit homebuyers, and easy and quick approvals which will put you on the fast track to home ownership.  Here are some tips for raising your credit score:
Make sure your credit reports are accurate.  The first step toward improving your credit score is checking your credit reports.  You will find your credit scores on three different reports, one each … (0 comments)

sandra nickel: 210 E Fairview Ave: Craftsman Home Nestled in the Garden District - 10/30/18 06:57 PM
210 E Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36105
MLS# 442463
3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | 2,379 sqft | Pool | Garden District
Old world charm with modern conveniences. If you love nostalgia and are impressed with the craftsman style  prominent in the first part of the last century, this lovingly cared for home will make you zing! Offering both formal and more casual living spaces on the main floor, you can enjoy family time or entertaining on a grand scale. Upstairs the spacious bedrooms will hold lots of big cherished furniture, with a layout that will suite any style and taste. Looking for storage? Look … (2 comments)

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