Looking to Sell Your Home….Don’t Miss These 2 Tips

February 12th, 2014 categories: Uncategorized

Short Checklist to Help Your Home Sell

Of course you could make a really long checklist of things to do to sell your home.  Most of those things have some level of importance, but let’s focus on the majors.

Recently, I was talking with John Coley of Lake Martin Voice Realty and he emphasized the three areas to focus on when selling a home.  Taking care of these 3 areas is no guarantee to selling you home, but it certainly will improve your chances of selling your home quickly.  Let’s take a look at the first two areas to consider when selling a home.


1)  Pricing–  It is hard to argue with price.  I like the local Ford dealership’s motto which states “Price sells cars”.  I agree.  Price sells houses as well.  There are different strategies on pricing a home.  Some people stick to the theory that people are going to negotiate my price down, so I need to start high to give room to negotiate.  That is a valid point.  The problem with that reasoning is that pricing a home too high can scare away people from even looking at a home so you do not get as many offers.

In my opinion, there is a better strategy.  While it is true that negotiating is part of selling a home, I believe you are better to leave just a little negotiating room.  By pricing your home at a fair market value, you are more likely to get offers.  Buyers know when a home is a good price and they are more likely to give you an offer.  Wouldn’t you rather have offers coming in that you can accept or counter, than to have you home sitting waiting on the perfect offer?  I am not suggesting pricing your home below market value.  I am simply suggesting that a fair price that will attract buyers without letting your home sit on the market.


2) Staging–  You fill in the blank.  “You never get a second chance to make a __________  _____________”.   First impressions are very important when meeting people and also in the world of real estate.  For example, if you home is on the market and a potential buyer walks in and is immediately hit with a whiff of pet odor, it immediately creates a hurdle to overcome.  Staging is so important that now there is an industry of professional stagers to help homes sell.  Even without a professional staging company, a little bit of effort can help your home make a good first impressions.

Here are few things to keep in mind when staging your home.

Odors–  As mentioned, stinky homes are harder to sell.  If you home smells from smoke or animals, then carpet cleaning and air freshener are simple steps that can help.

Paint colors–  Painting is a little more work than spraying air freshener, but it your home has some unusual colors tones throughout, it would be a good idea to make the switch to more neutral colors.  Remember, it is time to think of what is going through the buyer’s mind.

Clutter–  Make sure you rooms are not filled with too much furniture which can make rooms look smaller.

Family photos–  It is not necessary to remove all photos, but it you home is loaded with them or other personal artwork, removing them make help the buyer see the house as a future home for them and not just someone else’s home I am viewing.

Fan memorabilia–  John Coley of Lake Martin Voice Realty helped me realize the importance of this one, especially in the state of Alabama.  If your home is painted orange and blue with Auburn logos all over the house, you probably have made a bad first impression on half of the state.  The same is true if you have Nick Saban statue in the front yard.  Football rivalries are fun, but let’s not lose a potential buyer over them.

If you are looking to buy a home, whether it is our first home or last home, Pike Road is a great choice.  Pike Road was recently name one of the top 12 zip codes in Alabama .  If you are looking to buy…or for that matter sell a home in Pike Road or East Montgomery, call 256-853-0357 or email [email protected].  To take a video tour of neighborhoods in Pike Road, visit the Neighborhoods page. 

Pike Road School Groundbreaking is January 10, 2014!

January 4th, 2014 categories: Pike Road, Schools

The Town of Pike Road is breaking ground for the Pike Road School on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:00 am.  The public is invited to this historic event at The Waters, near the site of the new school.  See the flyer below or call the town hall at (334) 272-9883 for more information.

Pike Road School Groundbreaking January 10 2014For those of you who are current Pike Road residents, these are exciting times!  For those of you who have been waiting to see if this school is really going to happen – well it is!  Give me a call and let’s talk about getting your family settled in a Pike Road home in time for the 2015 school year.  I’m a realtor and a Pike Road resident, and I’d love to hook you up with the right people to make it happen.  Call me at (256)853-0357, or click here to contact me.

This video below of the November 5, 2013 Pike Road school meeting Q&A has excellent information about the nuts and bolts of a new school project.  If you want to be inspired and encouraged about the new school, spend just a few minutes watching it.  I attended this meeting, and as always, am blown away by the  caliber of the people involved, the vision of the team, and the intricate level of detail they cover.


Pike Road’s New Butcher Block & A Catered Affair

January 2nd, 2014 categories: Dining, Pike Road

It’s gotten even more fun to live in Pike Road.  We now have a gem of an addition to the Pike Road Station shopping center:  No more trudging across town to buy good beer and wine.  The Pike Road Butcher Block is a new store along the lines of Derk’s Filet and Vine, but a whole lot closer.  It’s smaller, for sure, but if you’re looking for craft beer, a nice wine selection, gourmet gifts, steaks, and a place to eat lunch or dinner, you are going to love this.

The Butcher Block is owned in conjunction with A Catered Affair, so catering is their gig, too.  I’ll be honest – I’ve been there a good bit this holiday season.  The food is awesome, the beer selection is great.  Everyone I’ve talked to has agreed – these folks know what they’re doing.

Here’s a look at the Fried Green Tomato BLT and the meatloaf we ordered at lunch recently:

Butcher Block Fried Green TomButcher Block Sandwich Pike Road, ALButcher Block meatloaf Pike Road, ALThey also have good beer on tap (Mama’s Little Yella Pils and Back Forty’s Truck Stop Honey, for example), but they are not a bar.  They’re open Monday-Saturday, from 9:00am to 7:00 pm.

Butcher Block Beers on Tap Pike RoadIf you haven’t been yet, you’re in for a treat.  It’s another great example of the good stuff going on in The Town of Pike Road.

If you’re interested in buying a home or lot in Pike Road, give me a call:  (256)853-0357.   I’m a realtor and a Pike Road resident, and I’d love to share my knowledge of the area with you.  You can also click here to contact me. 

Step Back in Time: Town of Pike Road’s Christmas Tree Lighting

December 5th, 2013 categories: Activities, Neighborhoods, Pike Road

Attending the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Pike Road Town Hall is like taking a step back in time.  It’s a small crowd, it’s a simple ceremony.  They light the tree, sing Christmas carols, and pause for reflection.  And the holiday season begins!

Pike Road Christmas Tree Lighting 2013Pike Road’s Town Hall, located on Vaughn Road,  is the hub of the community activities.  Throughout the year meeting and events are held here, and the people of Pike Road can gather and get to know one another better.  I’m always surprised by the familiar face of a friend whom I didn’t realize also lives here.  The Christmas tree lighting is usually around the first Sunday evening of December, so check it out next season if you missed it this year.

If this small town atmosphere sounds appealing to you, let us show you around.  Check out our Neighborhood pages and search the River Region MLS through this site.  Give us a call and let us help you get to know Pike Road, and hopefully make it your home, too!

2013 Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair a HUGE Success!!!

November 15th, 2013 categories: Activities, Pike Road

Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair

If I told you thousands of people are gathering for an huge event in November in the state of Alabama, you would think Alabama or Auburn football.   But if it was the first Saturday in November, in the Town of Pike Road, then the place was the Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair.  Did I mention the 47th annual Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair.   And it was huge this year…. (if you don’t believe me see the picture with unbelievable amount of cars).

Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair

With 47 years of experience to get the formula right, it had every appearance of a roaring success with a sold out list of over 250 vendors.

So did you not make it to the event this year?  Here is what you missed – tents galore from vendors near and far sold everything from the popular live turtle in a cage, the coolest birdhouses around (I bought 3 from Bill Perry’s birdhouses), impressive artwork from the Old Town of Pike Road, homemade tire swings, deer antler lamps, goat’s milk soap, Alabama/Auburn décor, and a laundry list of other crafty things that you would expect to see.

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IMG_20131102_104221Events like the Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair are what make Pike Road, AL a special town.  With the upcoming attractions like the movie theater on Chantilly Parkway and the new Pike Road School System, growth is on its way.  But for a town like Pike Road, the past is not to be forgotten.  Events like the Arts and Crafts Fair serve as a great reminder as to the history of Pike Road and the families who have lived there for generations.  Pike Road truly is a great town to live.

If you’re interested in homes for sale that will be zoned for the upcoming Pike Road school, you need to know that the Town of Pike Road will always be the authority on school zoning.  If you would like to know about homes for sale in Pike Road neighborhoods, CLICK HERE for our Neighborhood pages.  Here you’ll find pictures, neighborhood video tours, and most importantly, a current live feed of homes for sale in each neighborhood from the MLS.   Check out neighborhoods like The Waters, Lochshire, and others on these Neighborhood pages.

We love to talk Pike Road real estate.  Give us a call at (334) 221-5862, or CLICK HERE to contact us, and get connected with Realtors who specialize in the Pike Road area.

A Not-So-Extreme Pike Road Home Makeover

April 5th, 2013 categories: Buyer Tips, Neighborhoods, Pike Road

Location, location, location.

When the owners of this home were house hunting, they knew 2 things:  1) They wanted to buy a home in Pike Road, AL, and 2) they wanted to buy in a specific neighborhood within Pike Road.  So when they found this Pike Road house for sale in their target neighborhood, they scooped it up.

Pike Road Home Makeover Before

The home was built in 1998 and had a great floor plan, but the exterior was not all they had hoped for.  Since they planned to stick around for a while, they enlisted the help of Jones Pierce Architects in Atlanta to rethink the exterior and make it pretty.

To keep costs down, the owners sent pictures and measurements to the architect, and the architect returned a drawing with suggestions.

(Note to homeowners from a real estate agent: When planning a home renovation project, spend a little extra money on an architect and get the details right.  The results are WELL worth it, and it is often far more affordable than you think.  It usually helps with resale as well;  while buyers cannot often verbalize this, the remodel done by an architect just looks like it’s done right.)

Here’s the architect’s marketing for this service, using the Pike Road house as one example:

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Contractor Doug Fuhrman of Southern Traditions Construction (a Pike Road resident) was hired to manage the makeover which included a new front portico, new windows,  a new landing with brick pavers, and new paint colors for the entire exterior.

Here’s a sneak peek at the almost finished facade –  a refreshed, updated exterior.

Pike Road Redo After
Advice from these homeowners?  They would tell you that the location has pleased them more than they could have imagined, so slowly updating the home’s appearance has been a pleasure.  As a realtor, I remind buyers that they can’t change the location of a home, but they can change the home itself.  Make sure you are sold on a home’s location before you buy.

If you, too, are looking for homes for sale in the Pike Road area,  give us a call (John (334) 221-5862), or CLICK HERE to contact us via email. We’ll connect you with an experienced Realtor who knows Pike Road and Montgomery well, and can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

And if your River Region home needs a little facelift, consider these fine professionals below:

Jones Pierce Architects

Southern Traditions Construction – Doug Fuhrman (334) 531-3914 or [email protected]

Kocher Building Materials – windows, doors, trim, etc.

Town of Pike Road School Update: It’s a Go!

February 3rd, 2012 categories: Pike Road, Schools, Uncategorized

Home Buyers: It’s official – The Town of Pike Road is getting its own school system.

Screen shot 2012-01-17 at 12.51.05 PMOn October 11, 2011, Pike Road residents voted to raise property taxes to support a new, independent Pike Road school system.  Plans for this school have been in the works since 2006, and the approval of a 16 mill property tax increase means construction of a K-8 facility will begin in 2014.  Grades 9-12 will be phased in, one per year, thereafter.

The Town of Pike Road’s website is a great resource to find out more about the new school.  Here’s the short version of what it’s all about (for the longer version, click here):

The Pike Road School will be a Professional Development School, or PDS.  This means it will partner with 4 universities in this area to help future teachers learn alongside veteran teachers and university faculty.  The goal is a win-win environment for students in Pike Road, for the universities, and for other students in Alabama who will benefit from the resources and research done at the school.

The school will be within Montgomery County, but independent of the Montgomery Public School System.

But this is a real estate websiteWhy all the talk about a new school?

If you currently live in Pike Road, in my estimation, you’ll likely see property values rise.  Think of other independent school systems in Birmingham, for example, and the demand for housing in those zones.  This is merely anecdotal evidence, but since the vote in October, developments that have been ghost towns since the recession are booming: Bon Terre, Providence – have you been by in the last few months? Whoa.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a Realtor about properties in Pike Road, give us a call.  We’d love to help you find your piece of Pike Road and take advantage of the new school system. Call John at (334) 221-5862, or contact him by clicking here.

House Hunting in Wyndridge: What to Expect

April 14th, 2010 categories: Montgomery, Neighborhoods

Loving your neighborhood is as important as loving your home.  If you’re relocating to Montgomery, AL, you might hear of a neighborhood or see a house online, and you want to know more about the area.

That’s why ThreeRiversRecon takes pictures and video to give you out-of-towners (or across-towners) a close-up look at East Montgomery.

I drove through Wyndridge today and took pictures of some homes that are currently for sale (not all the homes for sale – this is a big neighborhood!).  I didn’t do this to sell you a particular house, but to aid in the broader process of honing-in on a neighborhood.  These homes are listed by many different Realtors in the Montgomery area, and some are FSBO’s.

These pictures are meant to answer questions like:

  • Do I like the style of this neighborhood?
  • Does this size home meet my needs?
  • Could I see my family living in a home like the ones I see?

For even more Wyndridge info and neighborhood amenity pictures, click here.

We’d love to help you find your home in Wyndridge, or any home in the Montgomery Area MLS!  Let a ThreeRiversRecon real estate agent do the legwork for you.  Give us a call or contact us using the yellow “Contacts” tab.

Check Out the New Wilson YMCA in East Montgomery

March 11th, 2010 categories: Activities

I took a fun tour of the new Wilson YMCA in the New Park neighborhood of East Montgomery today.  For those of you who have yet to see it, I’ve posted a few pics below.

Where I grew up, the YMCA wasn’t a huge program, but the YMCA in Montgomery is a big part of daily life.  There are 15 locations in the River Region offering facilities for group exercise, athletic fields, water parks,weight rooms, gymnasiums – and the list goes on.  A lot of youth sports (football, soccer, basketball, etc.) are played through the YMCA, and childcare (“Childwatch”) is offered at some locations.

So what’s the new Wilson facility like?  The first distinguishing factor is that it is part of the new development, New Park, off of Ray Thorington Road.  It is right behind the new Wilson Elementary School, and shares its gym with Wilson students during the morning hours.

Right now it has a gym, a weight room, a group exercise room (one class per day, M-F), and a Childwatch area.  It sits on 16.5 acres so there is room to expand – in the lobby are the site plans for other phases of development that include a pool and water park area.

Childwatch hours at the Wilson Y are 8:30-10:30 am and 4:30-7:00 am.  You can let your young children play in this area while you exercise. Y basketball teams are meeting in the gym on weeknights for practice.

One of the reasons the YMCA is such a big deal in Montgomery is the membership fee:  a family membership costs $59 a month ($100 sign up fee), and members can use all 15 facilities.  Members pay only 1/2 of the registration fee for sports programs, too.

For more information about a YMCA membership, go to ymcamontgomery.org.

Not all Pike Road is Pike Road: Do Your Research

February 15th, 2010 categories: Buyer Tips, Montgomery, Neighborhoods, Pike Road

Just because you’ve driven past Chantilly Parkway on Vaughn Road does not mean everything that lays before you is part of the Town of Pike Road, AL.  Even passing through the light at CVS on Vaughn and Pike Roads is not a clear threshold to the municipality of the Town of Pike Road.

It’s just not that simple.

Pike Road Town Limits Map

The map above (from the Town of Pike Road website, click on it to enlarge) shows the patchwork that is east Montgomery County.  The map below (from the City of Montgomery website) details city trash pickup days, and on the lower right hand side of the map the patchwork of Montgomery City/Montgomery County/Town of Pike Road is evident here, too.

City of Montgomery Trash Map

How does this affect the east Montgomery house hunter?

For example, you could research a home on Saw Tooth Loop in the Woodland Creek subdivision.  The neighborhood is across Vaughn Road from Bridle Brook, which is a Town of Pike Road community.  The street address for homes in Woodland Creek say “Pike Road, AL.”  But this home is actually zoned for City of Montgomery amenities: sewer, trash, schools.  Unless current zoning changes, it would not be zoned for a future Pike Road School.  Confusing?  Sure.

symbol for Pike Road zoning

In 2008, in the neighborhood of Merry Station, all but one of about 20 homes were incorporated into the Town of Pike Road.  One home was zoned Montgomery County.  How did the homeowners figure this out?  They had to do a little research.  That home has since been incorporated into the Town of Pike Road.

So why does it matter? Different reasons for different buyers.  Some might prefer City of Montgomery services?  Some might want to be zoned for the possibility of a future Pike Road school system? And designations can sometimes be changed . . .

The main point if that if you have a preference, you’ll need to do a little digging.  Looking at the street address alone will not suffice.

The folks at the Town Hall in Pike Road are a big help.  So is having a knowledgeable Realtor working for you.  Give us a call and let us do the digging for you.

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