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Matt Curtis Real Estate, Inc. was ranked as having one of the nation’s best real estate websites for 2018 by Real Trends. Real Trends is the industry leader in real estate rankings and a trusted source of news, analysis, and information for the residential brokerage industry. Receiving the the distinction as being ranked the #22 overall best website in the country is a honor.

Matt Curtis Real Estate, Inc also received distinction as #9 in the country for best property detail, which means that information on the website is user friendly and comprehensive. The company also received an award in the category of Best Design, coming at #10 in the country from all websites that were nominated from around the country.

Real Trends top ranked real estate

Matt Curtis Real Estate, Inc. was ranked as having one of the nation’s best real estate websites for 2018 by Real Trends. Real Trends is the industry leader in real estate rankings and a trusted source of news, analysis, and information for the residential brokerage industry. Receiving the the distinction as being ranked the #22 overall best website in the country is a honor.

Matt Curtis Real Estate, Inc also received distinction as #9 in the country for best property detail, which means that information on the website is user friendly and comprehensive. The company also received an award in the category of Best Design, coming at #10 in the country from all websites that were nominated from around the country.

Real Trends top ranked real estate

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Relocating to the Rocket City

Huntsville, Alabama - affectionately known as the Rocket City - is a technological town with a large presence of both engineers and creatives. The area has started rapidly growing over recent years and a large percentage of the population has relocated to the area from different states. This has given an eclectic and diverse feel to the expanding region.

The Rocket City is made up of two main cities, Huntsville (population of 193,079) and Madison (population of 47,959), with a number of surrounding smaller cities that make up the greater Rocket City region. Harvest, Athens, Meridianville, Hampton Cove, and Athens are small cities surrounding the metro area.

What’s there to do?

One of the best parts of the

Relocating to the Rocket City

Huntsville, Alabama - affectionately known as the Rocket City - is a technological town with a large presence of both engineers and creatives. The area has started rapidly growing over recent years and a large percentage of the population has relocated to the area from different states. This has given an eclectic and diverse feel to the expanding region.

The Rocket City is made up of two main cities, Huntsville (population of 193,079) and Madison (population of 47,959), with a number of surrounding smaller cities that make up the greater Rocket City region. Harvest, Athens, Meridianville, Hampton Cove, and Athens are small cities surrounding the metro area.

What’s there to do?

One of the best parts of the

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Fall is almost here, and that means cooler temperatures, pumpkins galore, and fun fall activities!

Huntsville Botanical Gardens hosts a yearly Scarecrow Trail, and their fall event kicks off on September 1, 2018 and runs through October 31, 2018. This year’s theme is “Mythical & Magical Scarecrows of Legend” and will feature themed scarecrows that are submitted by local businesses and creative groups.

Huntsville Botanical Gardens will also will offer weekend hayrides, and night hikes on certain nights of the season. The Children’s Garden will be decorated for Halloween in October and also will feature Mythical & Magical scarecrows decorated by area children.

This year’s theme coincides with the “Garden of Myth” exhibit which has been at

Fall is almost here, and that means cooler temperatures, pumpkins galore, and fun fall activities!

Huntsville Botanical Gardens hosts a yearly Scarecrow Trail, and their fall event kicks off on September 1, 2018 and runs through October 31, 2018. This year’s theme is “Mythical & Magical Scarecrows of Legend” and will feature themed scarecrows that are submitted by local businesses and creative groups.

Huntsville Botanical Gardens will also will offer weekend hayrides, and night hikes on certain nights of the season. The Children’s Garden will be decorated for Halloween in October and also will feature Mythical & Magical scarecrows decorated by area children.

This year’s theme coincides with the “Garden of Myth” exhibit which has been at

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Thinking a family pool is the perfect way to spend your summer and wondering how it will affect the value of your home?

The average cost to install, equip, and maintain a pool has an initial cost of around $30,000. Throughout the swimming season, you may spend upwards of $500-$600 on chemicals to chlorinate and keep the pool at the appropriate levels. Fences around pools are also required in the state of Alabama, so if your backyard isn’t fenced in - this would be another cost associated with installing a pool.

While considering these costs, you may be asking yourself, “So will adding a pool to our home, increase the resale value of the home?” This is a great question that a lot of homeowners have when considering the installation of a pool. The

Thinking a family pool is the perfect way to spend your summer and wondering how it will affect the value of your home?

The average cost to install, equip, and maintain a pool has an initial cost of around $30,000. Throughout the swimming season, you may spend upwards of $500-$600 on chemicals to chlorinate and keep the pool at the appropriate levels. Fences around pools are also required in the state of Alabama, so if your backyard isn’t fenced in - this would be another cost associated with installing a pool.

While considering these costs, you may be asking yourself, “So will adding a pool to our home, increase the resale value of the home?” This is a great question that a lot of homeowners have when considering the installation of a pool. The

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Homestead Exemption is a “tax break” offered by the state of Alabama to property owners. Property owners are entitled to homestead exemption if they own a single-family residence and occupy it as their primary residence. In Alabama, owners must live in the residence prior to October 1st of the tax year of which the property owner is applying.

Receiving a homestead exemption is important, because it can greatly reduce your tax liability. The deadline to apply is December 31st of the tax year in which you would like to receive the homestead exemption.

To apply for a homestead exemption, you need to bring proper documentation to your local courthouse and apply for the tax exemption.

Proper documentation includes:

  • Copy of Deed with

Homestead Exemption is a “tax break” offered by the state of Alabama to property owners. Property owners are entitled to homestead exemption if they own a single-family residence and occupy it as their primary residence. In Alabama, owners must live in the residence prior to October 1st of the tax year of which the property owner is applying.

Receiving a homestead exemption is important, because it can greatly reduce your tax liability. The deadline to apply is December 31st of the tax year in which you would like to receive the homestead exemption.

To apply for a homestead exemption, you need to bring proper documentation to your local courthouse and apply for the tax exemption.

Proper documentation includes:

  • Copy of Deed with

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Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce recently held their Small Business Awards night on August 14, 2018. Matt Curtis Real Estate, Inc. received the honor of being awarded Service Business of the Year out of a field of ten finalists. The company received the award based on the exceptional service given to their clients in northern Alabama, and volunteerism service of building a home in Nicaragua for every 100 homes sold here in the Tennessee Valley.

The Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce serves to foster economic growth in our local community and offers a number of programs to serve local entrepreneurs. This year was the 33rd Annual Small Business Awards and companies throughout northern Alabama took part. There were 13

 

Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce recently held their Small Business Awards night on August 14, 2018. Matt Curtis Real Estate, Inc. received the honor of being awarded Service Business of the Year out of a field of ten finalists. The company received the award based on the exceptional service given to their clients in northern Alabama, and volunteerism service of building a home in Nicaragua for every 100 homes sold here in the Tennessee Valley.

The Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce serves to foster economic growth in our local community and offers a number of programs to serve local entrepreneurs. This year was the 33rd Annual Small Business Awards and companies throughout northern Alabama took part. There were 13

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It's Huntsville Restaurant Week, and restaurants all throughout Huntsville are taking part in this special event! Huntsville Restaurant Week takes place August 10-19, 2018 and has a line up of special events to take part in each evening. Restaurant week is a great time to try out different restaurants in the Rocket City and see what they have to offer!

This year's schedule of events is:

  • August 8, Homegrown Huntsville's Dine & Dash
  • August 9 & 16, US Space & Rocket Center's Biergarten
  • August 10-19, Huntsville Restaurant Week Social Media Contest #DineHSV
  • August 10-12, Honest Coffee Roasters' Scavenger Hunt
  • August 11, Blue Pants Brewery's Fruit and Oak Festival
  • August 13, Rocket Chef at Merrimack Hall
  • August 15, Wine Down

It's Huntsville Restaurant Week, and restaurants all throughout Huntsville are taking part in this special event! Huntsville Restaurant Week takes place August 10-19, 2018 and has a line up of special events to take part in each evening. Restaurant week is a great time to try out different restaurants in the Rocket City and see what they have to offer!

This year's schedule of events is:

  • August 8, Homegrown Huntsville's Dine & Dash
  • August 9 & 16, US Space & Rocket Center's Biergarten
  • August 10-19, Huntsville Restaurant Week Social Media Contest #DineHSV
  • August 10-12, Honest Coffee Roasters' Scavenger Hunt
  • August 11, Blue Pants Brewery's Fruit and Oak Festival
  • August 13, Rocket Chef at Merrimack Hall
  • August 15, Wine Down
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8 Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Listing Agent

Selling your home is a necessity for many homeowners as their needs and preferences change or situations like relocation cause them to need to be located in a different area. The selling process is unique in each individual home situation based on the time the home is placed on the market, current market conditions, and what comparable houses are also on the market. Finding a real estate agent that can effectively market your home is key, to get maximum value from your home sale and get you moving into your next dream home.

There are 8 key questions you should ask potential listing agents to get the information you need to make an informed decision on who to list your home for sale with.

8 Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Listing Agent

Selling your home is a necessity for many homeowners as their needs and preferences change or situations like relocation cause them to need to be located in a different area. The selling process is unique in each individual home situation based on the time the home is placed on the market, current market conditions, and what comparable houses are also on the market. Finding a real estate agent that can effectively market your home is key, to get maximum value from your home sale and get you moving into your next dream home.

There are 8 key questions you should ask potential listing agents to get the information you need to make an informed decision on who to list your home for sale with.

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Buying a new home can seem like a daunting task. By breaking down the process into steps, and making a plan it can help ease how overwhelming it may seem. To more easily get you on the road to homeownership!

 

Here are 7 Steps to Buy Your New Home:

  1. Save for a down payment

The first step to owning your new home should be preparation. Getting in the best financial shape possible before starting your home search will allow your process to go smoother. Most financial advisors recommend you save up at least a 10% to 20% down payment for your new home. Other factors you can begin thinking about include whether you would like to do a 15 year, 20 year, or 30 year mortgage, which have different pros and cons.

  1. Get pre-approved for a

Buying a new home can seem like a daunting task. By breaking down the process into steps, and making a plan it can help ease how overwhelming it may seem. To more easily get you on the road to homeownership!

 

Here are 7 Steps to Buy Your New Home:

  1. Save for a down payment

The first step to owning your new home should be preparation. Getting in the best financial shape possible before starting your home search will allow your process to go smoother. Most financial advisors recommend you save up at least a 10% to 20% down payment for your new home. Other factors you can begin thinking about include whether you would like to do a 15 year, 20 year, or 30 year mortgage, which have different pros and cons.

  1. Get pre-approved for a

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A new movement is sweeping the nation, its creative, kind, and almost free!   Rocket City is no exception to this new movement, some call it painted rocks, or “Kindness Rocks”.   Here in North Alabama, we call it Rocket City Rocks. It’s pretty simple, paint a rock and hide it somewhere for someone else to find to brighten their day.  After finding the rock the idea is to continue spreading joy by either re-hiding the rock, or paint your own rock and hide it.

Rock painting is fun way to get out and explore the area to hide rocks you have painted or search for rocks hidden by others here in Tennessee Valley.  To get in on the fun in a digital way, you can even put a message on the back to “Post a Picture to Rocket City Rocks FaceBook Group”.  Some

A new movement is sweeping the nation, its creative, kind, and almost free!   Rocket City is no exception to this new movement, some call it painted rocks, or “Kindness Rocks”.   Here in North Alabama, we call it Rocket City Rocks. It’s pretty simple, paint a rock and hide it somewhere for someone else to find to brighten their day.  After finding the rock the idea is to continue spreading joy by either re-hiding the rock, or paint your own rock and hide it.

Rock painting is fun way to get out and explore the area to hide rocks you have painted or search for rocks hidden by others here in Tennessee Valley.  To get in on the fun in a digital way, you can even put a message on the back to “Post a Picture to Rocket City Rocks FaceBook Group”.  Some

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