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)

sandra nickel: Precious Pumpkins - Fun Ways to Decorate with Pumpkins for Halloween - 10/24/18 11:51 AM
Halloween is just a week away, but with unusually warm temperatures this year it hasn’t exactly felt like pumpkin season.  If you’ve been waiting to decorate your porch with pumpkins for Halloween, it’s not too late. Here are some unique and fun ways to get your craft on and welcome trick or treaters with pumpkins on your porch!
Speckled Pumpkins - This simple project allows you to create whimsical pumpkins in various colors.  Paint a pumpkin white and then dip another paintbrush into the color of your choice and splatter paint on it to create different sized speckles and blob of color. Want smaller specks? … (1 comments)

sandra nickel: 357 Felder Ave: Classic Style with Updated Features! - 10/19/18 08:37 AM
357 Felder Ave Montgomery, AL 36104
MLS# 442316
3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | 2,808 sqft | Garden District
You get the best of everything...classic style and updated features! This elegant Federal style 2.5 story home boasts both formal living and entertaining spaces as well as more casual living areas. The cook in the family will delight in the custom designed kitchen with high end appliances. Spacious den/family room is large enough to spread out in or have several more intimate seating/lounging/reading areas. Out back you will enjoy a big covered deck overlooking private back yard with in-ground salt water swimming pool. Master bedroom … (6 comments)

sandra nickel: How to Pack Like a Pro! - 10/17/18 11:29 AM
Congratulations!  You have successfully sold your home!  What a relief, right?  Now comes the hard part. Moving.  Moving is one of the 10 Most Stressful Life Events along with job loss, death of a loved one, divorce and major illness. Sounds fun, huh?  That’s why it is important to go about moving in a thoughtful and organized manner.  The more prepared you are, the less stress.  Packing up your house can be overwhelming, but you can make it easier by spreading it out over several weeks rather than trying to do it all right before you move.  Here is a general timeline for … (1 comments)

sandra nickel: 967 Green Forest Dr: Immaculate Home in the heart of Dalraidia! - 10/17/18 09:07 AM
967 Green Forest Dr, Montgomery, AL 36109
MLS# 442245
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,980 sqft | Dalraida
Great home in the heart of Dalraida on a quiet street. This lovely home is in immaculate condition. Plenty of living space with a living room/dining room and huge family room/den across the back with a "Sunsetter" shade to keep the room cool in the afternoon sun. Entertain in style in the updated kitchen with granite counter tops, large island, bamboo floors and breakfast room that opens to the family room. Tons of storage including large laundry room and attached storage off the screened porch. Speaking of the … (6 comments)

sandra nickel: 1904 Norman Bridge Ct: A Southern Colonial That Will Steal Your Heart! - 10/16/18 01:30 PM
1904 Norman Bridge Ct, Montgomery, AL 36104MLS# 442027
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2,639 sqft | Garden District
Situated on a large corner lot in the historic Garden District, this Southern Colonial charmer will steal your heart! Catch a summer breeze on the wide front porch while enjoying the mature landscaping including azaleas, crepe myrtles, and Japanese maples and majestic magnolias. Entertain on a grand scale in the ample sized living room and formal dining room. Butler's pantry features built in storage and a large pantry for storage, and the cook's delight kitchen has plenty of cabinet/counter space, newer appliances, and work island. Relax … (4 comments)

sandra nickel: Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Home - 10/10/18 06:32 AM
Have you been thinking about redoing the floors in your home?  There are so many flooring options available that it can be confusing and overwhelming trying to decide what you want.  Floors are a significant part of what defines the style and function for every room, so it’s important to make sure you choose something that you not only like, but that will hold up and look good for years to come.  Here are some current flooring trends you may want to consider:
BAMBOOBamboo flooring has been around for a couple of decades now, but recently advances in manufacturing have strengthened its … (0 comments)

sandra nickel: 1827 Ridge Ave, Unit 7: One-of-a-Kind Converted Carriage House! - 10/07/18 07:57 PM
1827 Ridge Avenue, Unit #7, Montgomery 36106
MLS# 440081
2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,845 sqft | Cloverdale
Simplify Without Compromise!
Cut down both on space and yard work (NONE if you choose) but still live surrounded by custom-designed beauty, you’ll be proud to call your own.  A condo that’s free-standing!  This early twentieth century carriage house was converted into a family home in the 1960's by noted architect and designer Arthur Joe Grant with meticulous attention to detail. Over the years it has been lovingly maintained and updated by several notable owners, all with exquisite taste. Though a small cottage with modest upkeep, its rooms … (3 comments)

sandra nickel: 662 Ponce de Leon: Craftsman Style Starter Home in Cloverdale! - 10/05/18 07:44 AM
662 Ponce de Leon, Montgomery, AL 36104
MLS# 440381
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,992 sqft | Cloverdale
If you are looking for a charming Cloverdale Craftsman style starter home, this one is a must see. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has 1992 sq ft full of 1930's architectural appeal and is situated on a 90x190 lot. Both the living room and the dining room have fireplaces, original hardwood floors and crystal chandeliers. The large kitchen has a breakfast bar and room for a big table or make it your family room/den. Outside is a wonderful front porch, a covered side and back patio, as well as a … (4 comments)

sandra nickel: Cleaning Your Home After Selling - 10/03/18 09:52 AM
SOLD!  What a relief!  Your house is sold and soon you will be moving out.  Pride in ownership means that you will likely want to leave your house in good shape for its new owners. In some states, the Real Estate Purchase Contract may stipulate that the home is to be “swept clean”, meaning the seller should at least sweep the floors and leave walls and ceilings bare.  But the language can often be vague.  Here is a list of cleaning tips for home sellers to help you leave the house reasonably clean and to create a feeling of goodwill toward your buyer:
Cleaning … (0 comments)

sandra nickel: 3418 Wellington Road: Charming Cloverdale Home filled with Character - 10/01/18 06:11 PM
3418 Wellington Rd Montgomery 36106
MLS# 440417
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2,013 sqft | Cloverdale
Full of character, this Cloverdale home will steal your heart and please your senses! Living room has cozy fireplace and wonderful built-ins to display your books and treasures, and the bay window lets in lots of light. Cooking is a joy in the updated kitchen with granite countertops and ample storage in the large pantry. Just a step down you will find the once-carport turned into big laundry/craft/utility room. Central hallway makes a great spot to highlight artwork and even has room for a few pieces of furniture. … (6 comments)

sandra nickel: Surprise! You Don’t Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a House! - 09/25/18 01:59 PM
You are ready to purchase your first house.  Your credit score is great.  You know you can afford a monthly mortgage payment based on your budget.  You are sure you will be approved for a mortgage loan.  But that down payment!  How the heck are you supposed to come up with 20%?  Don’t despair, because the truth is, you don’t need a 20% down payment to purchase a house!
Saving for a down payment on a house can seem overwhelming for many people.  Keep in mind that it can come from various sources.  Funds can come from bank accounts, stocks or mutual … (0 comments)

sandra nickel: Creating a Fabulous Fall Landscape! - 09/20/18 08:06 AM
First impressions are crucial to successfully selling your home.  The first thing potential buyers notice when they drive past your house is your lawn and landscaping.  If you’re putting your house on the market this Fall, here are some tips for sprucing up your yard to make a fantastic first impression!
Rake, rake, rake.  Fall foliage is beautiful and can serve to make your property more attractive to buyers, but a lawn covered in leaves looks sloppy.  Keep up with raking so people notice the beautiful leaves ON the trees, not the dying leaves on the ground. Plant Fall flowers.  A … (0 comments)

sandra nickel: 909 Portland Ave: Move In Ready Brick Ranch! - 09/14/18 06:09 PM
909 Portland Ave, Montgomery Al 36111
MLS# 439561
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,675 sqft | Normandale
Move in ready ranch near Cloverdale perfect for a first time home buyer or an Investor. Fresh paint and beautifully refinished hard wood floors throughout. Lots of living space with the living room/dining room, a cozy den that is open to the kitchen, family room with gas fireplace and sun room. Relatively newer roof, newer HVAC, new cooktop and all appliances are included. Check it out today! 

sandra nickel: Home Closings - What Can Go Wrong - 09/12/18 08:12 AM
Closing on a home is the final step to the home selling/buying process.  It can feel stressful and overwhelming, especially to first-timers.  Here are some things that most often go wrong with home closings, and how to avoid them!
     WALK THROUGH - A walk through of the home is done before closing to confirm that everything is as it was when you signed the purchase agreement.  It’s also the time to make sure any repairs that you requested were completed.  If you get to your walk through and discover that the owner took the washer and dryer they had agreed to … (0 comments)

sandra nickel: 4624 Wares Ferry Road: Beautiful Home with ALL the Bells and Whistles! - 09/12/18 07:24 AM
4624 Wares Ferry Road, Montgomery, Al 36109 
MLS# 439979
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,624 sqft | College Grove
Even on the approach to this home, you know it is something special...unlike any of its neighbors. Custom additions and renovations abound like the fencing in the front yard, landscaping, and tilework on the covered front porch. Once inside, the foyer with shiplap accent wall welcomes you into a cozy living/dining room combo. If you are an HGTV fan, you will flip over the custom kitchen with hickory soft close cabinets, roll-out shelving, and a lazy susan to optimize storage. The two-drawer Fisher-Paykel dishwasher is a Godsend … (1 comments)

sandra nickel: 1438 Crenshaw: Low Maintenance Home on Quiet Cul-De-Sac - 09/12/18 05:42 AM
1438 Crenshaw, Montgomery Al 36106
MLS# 440038
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2,960 sqft | Crenshaw Place
Looking to downsize yet stay in Midtown? Looking for literally LOADS of storage in a low maintenance home, Crenshaw Place might just meet your needs! Soaring vaulted ceiling makes a grand statement in the oversized great room, which has open views into the dining room. Fully updated kitchen has upgraded appliances and a large storage pantry off the ample laundry room. First floor master bedroom means you don't have to climb the stairs every night, and your guests/family will have their own space on the second floor. … (4 comments)

sandra nickel: 2085 S Hull St: Spacious Brick Ranch in Historic Garden District - 09/10/18 08:20 AM
2085 S Hull Street, Montgomery, Al 36104
MLS# 439937
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2,133 sqft | Garden District
If you have dreamed about living in the beautiful historic Garden District, here is your chance! This spacious brick rancher has been lovingly maintained and thoughtfully updated to meet your needs. Large living room and dining room work well for entertaining and more formal living, while the cozy eat-in kitchen and den/family room is where you will find yourself most of the time. Split plan bedrooms offer adults privacy from guests/kids. Large back patio overlooks expansive back yard with lots of privacy. Located minutes from Downtown and … (4 comments)

sandra nickel: 443 Clanton Ave: Perfect Updated Bungalow in the Garden District - 09/07/18 08:53 AM
443 Clanton Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104
MLS# 439901
2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | 1,428 sqft | Garden District

This charming updated Garden District bungalow can be yours for 0% down if you qualify! Within walking distance to Cloverdale's hippest dining and entertainment districts and minutes from downtown, this one is sure to fill your want-list. Deep front porch is perfect for entertaining and relaxing with friends. And, with spacious, well-proportioned rooms you will not have to compromise on space inside. Updated kitchen and bathroom, great hardwood floors, and neutral color palette makes it move-in ready. Sunroom off kitchen makes great home work space, … (2 comments)

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