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Why Choose RealBama Local Realtors?

“We started RealBama as a small, family-run boutique firm that focuses solely on helping area individuals and families get in, get out of every deal as quickly and efficiently as they can. Too often, the hassles and the headaches of buying and selling homes take away from the value of the experience itself due to poor professionalism, lack of expertise, and lack of attention to detail on the real estate professional side.”Rebekah Polancich, Owner and Broker-in-Charge

About Us

RealBama is a local Tuscaloosa and Northport-area full-service real estate brokerage helping home buyers and sellers achieve better results through expert customer service, technology, and extreme attention to detail. We’re a boutique, family-owned and run firm that treats its customers like part of our family. Small brokerage, big results.

  • Responsive

    We always call back and always answer the phone. We take few vacations.

  • Detail-Oriented

    We always sweat the small stuff on every form, document or contract to keep you safe.

  • Tech-Savvy

    We use the latest tools to make things more convenient and hassle-free for you.

  • Friendly

    We like what we do and we care about helping people.

  • Tenacious

    There’s no other brokerage that will fight for you like we will. Period.

Our Brokers and Agents

Rebekah Polancich

NAME:  Rebekah Polancich, BROKER
LIVES:  Downtown Tuscaloosa, AL
SPOUSE:  Jason Polancich
KIDS:  Ben, Kara, Chloe
PETS:  Bear (Lab), Morse (English Springer), Gustav H (Little Kitty)
HOBBIES:  Hiking, Baking, Gardening, Canning, Sci-Fi Books, Wine, Craft Beers
FAVE MOVIE:  The Grand Budapest
FAVE TEAM:  The Alabama Crimson Tide (Roll Tide, y’all!)

NAME:  Jim Waltman, Salesperson (Licensee)
LIVES:  Downtown Tuscaloosa, AL (Born & raised!)
SPOUSE:  Susan Burch Waltman
KIDS:  Mary Catherine, Trip, Laura
PETS:  Nick (Chocolate Lab), Ruby (Lab mix), Cosette (Tortoiseshell kitty)
HOBBIES:  Family time, exercise, golf, craft bourbons
FAVE MOVIE:  Moonrise Kingdom
FAVE TEAM:  The Alabama Crimson Tide football, softball, volleyball, basketball

My Career Experience is Your Secret Weapon

Having spent over two decades working in software engineering and as an intelligence operative for the U.S. Intelligence Community and Department of Defense, I have a keen sense of what it takes to get an important, complex job done right – the first time.

As a successful serial entrepreneur and businesswoman, I also know that providing top-notch customer service and the highest quality product possible are the keys to business success over the long term.

Now, serving as a REALTOR for Tuscaloosa, Lake Tuscaloosa, Northport and surrounding areas, my sole aim is to provide a better brand of real estate services for local and outside buyers and sellers in the area I call home.

As a buyer and seller myself many times over, I became frustrated with what is typically a frustrating, error-prone, inefficient and impersonal experience. Buying or selling a home just doesn’t have to be so bad.

This is why, after building and selling businesses at the highest levels, serving as corporate CFO several times and with deep software expertise, it’s now my focus to offer a better kind of real estate experience. One that’s personal, friendly, and family-oriented with a big emphasis on efficiency, accuracy, professionalism and – most of all – value for my clients.

Get in touch today and find out what a good real estate experience feels like.

Why I’m Your Next Real Estate Agent

  • I'm a detail-oriented home shopper with an eye for value.


  • My high accounting acumen ensure your deal’s numbers are always spot-on.


  • I’m a professional communicator with years of entrepreneurial experience.


  • I can market your home in ways no other local agent can – guaranteed.


  • I’ll run your home deal from end-to-end like it’s my very own business.


  • I’m a specialist in the challenges of luxury home buying and selling.


  • I use every technological advantage to ensure efficiency and value.


  • I’ll analyze every aspect of your deal with solid data that helps you make better decisions.


  • I am relocation, vacation, and second/rental home expert.


  • My fierce competitive nature gives you an instant edge in your deal.



Let me get you the most value for your home.