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December
21

Tuscaloosa 2021

Tuscaloosa is a fast-growing city that's been drawing new residents from all over the United States. The vibrant real estate market means there are plenty of Tuscaloosa homes for sale for anyone who wants bright opportunities and a change of pace in "The City of Champions."

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November
16

Home Upgrades on Budget

If you're looking to upgrade your home, you'll want to look into projects that can be done on a budget. That way, for a minimal investment, you'll make a big impact that will improve the look or function of your home. Especially, if you are getting ready to list! 

Our real estate agents suggest the following 5 upgrades you can make even on a budget:

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October
5

Tuscaloosa Bakeries

October is National Cookie Month! As if Halloween didn't make October sweet enough, National Cookie Month makes sure that our sweet tooths are taken care of for 31 days straight! If you're ready to spend every night sharing a plate of cookies with your family or friends, our REALTORS® suggest that you stop by one of these Tuscaloosa bakeries for some of the city's best cookies.

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September
8

Buy Your First Home

If you're tired of renting and ready to own your first home, it's time to start looking at Tuscaloosa homes for sale. When purchasing your first home, following a few guidelines will help you lower your costs, minimize your stress, and make the experience as pleasant as possible. Here are some tips to follow when buying your first home. 

  1. Save More Money Than You Think You'll Need
    Most would-be homeowners know that there are expenses associated with owning a home. You'll likely need a downpayment (typically between 3.5 and 20 percent of the home's purchase price, depending on your mortgage), funds for closing costs (around 2 to 5 percent of the home's purchase price), and money for moving expenses. However, many first-time homeowners find that homeownership comes with a lot of expenses that they didn't even think about when budgeting for their new space. You might know that you'll need more furniture for a larger space, but things like outdoor furniture, yard equipment, and new organizational supplies might slip your mind. 
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August
17

Tips for a Spacious Home

Smaller homes can be efficient to heat and cool and easier to clean. They can also feel more cramped than cozy, especially if you're used to the decor and storage techniques better suited to larger homes. But no matter what size home you have, you can make the most of your square footage with careful planning. Buyers looking at Tuscaloosa homes for sale get to see homes of all sizes, but seeing how well you use your space will get everyone thinking big about going small. Make your home feel a little roomier with these tips below. 

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May
4

Move to Tuscaloosa

There are so many reasons people and their families love calling Tuscaloosa home. Thinking about moving to this wonderful Alabama city?

At Hamner Real Estate, we cherish all the features that make Tuscaloosa such a special place to live. Our real estate agents compiled seven compelling reasons why moving to Tuscaloosa is a great idea. 

  1. Low Cost of Living
    Sperling's Best Places gives Tuscaloosa a cost of living index of 87.9, with 100 being the national average. Tuscaloosa homes for sale are extremely affordable, while the city also rates favorably for low cost of groceries and transportation. In addition, a recent article in Forbes lists Tuscaloosa as having the fourth-lowest property tax rate out of 220 metro areas in the U.S. All in all, your dollar goes much further in Tuscaloosa.

  2. Shorter Commute Times
    Few things are more tedious than the commute to and from work. Over the last decade, the one-way commute time in the United States has grown to an average length of 26.4 minutes. In contrast, the average one-way commute time in Tuscaloosa is down to 19.5 minutes, which is a savings of 1.25 hours per week. 

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March
23

Agent VS Realtor

What is the difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR®? This is one of the most common questions our team fields from prospective clients. While both help clients buy and sell homes, some differences are worth noting as you start your search for a new home or to ask one of our real estate agents to sell your current property.

Whether a REALTOR® or real estate agent, both are required to obtain and maintain state licensure to purchase, sell, or rent a property. Each state has a different curriculum and requirements in this regard. States such as Alabama require 60 hours of formal education, while states like California require 135 hours or more. This coursework covers all the ins and outs of the real estate industry that agents need to know to represent their clients properly. 

REALTORS® take their training a step further. Members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) belong to an organization that has trained agents across the country since 1908. NAR training includes a heavy focus on ethics, and everyone who earns the title of REALTOR® is required to adhere to the organization's code of ethics. The bottom line is Realtors® maintain a high degree of professionalism, strives to protect their client's rights and best interests, and adhere to the "golden rule" in everything they do. 

There are seventeen articles that REALTORS® promise to adhere to at all times. These include:

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