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Local Lenders, Close Family, Googling Best Schools + the Charlottesville Market | Note from Jim

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:33:05 +0000

Archives of my subscription-only monthly notes. The blog is more searchable. Interested in not waiting a few months to read it? Learn more here.   For these posts, I don’t do much formatting/changing as I’m more concerned about simply having the content here (because I own the blog, and not Tinyletter) Discussed: Local Lenders, Close Family, Googling Best Schools + […]



This Market, Take 2. Blue Apron. Privacy. Pooping babies. | Note from Jim

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:22:19 +0000

Archives of my subscription-only monthly notes. The blog is more searchable. Interested in not waiting a few months to read it? Learn more here.   For these posts, I don’t do much formatting/changing as I’m more concerned about simply having the content here (because I own the blog, and not Tinyletter) Discussed: March 2016 – Stupid Market, Pooping Babies, and […]



This Stupid Market, Caring, MOVE is a 4 Letter Word | Note from Jim

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:15:50 +0000

Archives of my subscription-only monthly notes. The blog is more searchable. Interested in not waiting a few months to read it? Learn more here.   For these posts, I don’t do much formatting/changing as I’m more concerned about simply having the content here (because I own the blog, and not Tinyletter) I don’t know why, but this time, when I […]



What is It? 2015’s Over, 2016’s Ahead, and the MLS | Note From Jim | January 2016

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:05:53 +0000

Archives of my subscription-only monthly notes. The blog is more searchable. Interested in not waiting a few months to read it? Learn more here.   For these posts, I don’t do much formatting/changing as I’m more concerned about simply having the content here (because I own the blog, and not Tinyletter). This month: 2015 market roundup & predictions, ownership, thought […]



Note from Jim – Owning it, and a hypothetical | December 2015

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:20:44 +0000

Archives of my subscription-only monthly notes. The blog is more searchable. Interested in not waiting a few months to read it? Learn more here.   For these posts, I don’t do much formatting/changing as I’m more concerned about simply having the content here (because I own the blog, and not Tinyletter).   Discussed: Note from Jim – […]



Note from Jim | August 2016 | Apology, Market, Own it, & Lead

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:00:19 +0000

Archives of my subscription-only monthly notes. The blog is more searchable. Interested in not waiting a few months to read it? Learn more here.   For these posts, I don’t do much formatting/changing as I’m more concerned about having the content here. Discussed: Note from Jim | August 2016 | Apology, Market, Own it, & Lead […]



Would You Buy a House In (or near) a Flood Plain?

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:08:33 +0000

Buying real estate is (at least for many) a long-term decision. Right? Would you buy or build a house in a flood plain? My advice: don’t make a glaringly stupid decision. Would you buy a house near a flood plain? Possibly. Depending on the definition of “near.” Would you buy a house near what could be/is likely […]



Monthly Note – Market, Slack, & Soccer

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:09:41 +0000

Following up on last month’s note, I’m writing about Slack, innovation in real estate (and why it’s hard to disrupt), some thoughts about coaching soccer, and a bit more. Interested? Two clicks here and you get one email a month – real estate anecdotes, insight, and a round up of some of the best stories […]



Making a Rash Homebuying Decision

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:24:57 +0000

Getting my buyer-client to the point where they can make a rash decision. That’s my goal. The Charlottesville real estate market – in many ways, it sucks. Really. Sucks. *NB: This applies to a certain segment of the Charlottesville area real estate market – and cannot and should not be applied broadly across all market segments. Here’s […]



Market Street Plaza Renamed – Now West2nd

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:44:21 +0000

Downtown Charlottesville continues to evolve. No matter how you name or brand it, the West2nd, neé Market Plaza, is going to reshape Downtown Charlottesville. More information on the project is here. We noticed the sign yesterday morning when walking from Nest to a meeting; one of the benefits of walking and knowing an area is being able […]



A Disco Ball, House under Construction, and Trespassing

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:19:17 +0000

Well, this is scary.

Parents: do you know where your kids are?

New construction - not just new homes, new hopes, dreams, operating systems ... but opportunities for thieves to steal tools, vandals to start fires and parties and shootings, apparently.

From Richmond:

A house under construction in an upscale Chesterfield County neighborhood where three young people were shot, two fatally, may have been randomly selected as a party house after the gathering was promoted on Instagram and drew 200 to 300 people, police said today.

Relevant Charlottesville area story

 ... bolding mine.




(Urban) Planning for Self-Driving Cars

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 16:55:00 +0000

I don’t know the answers, but it’s worth the conversation and awareness. How are Charlottesville/Albemarle/Central Virginia planning for self-driving cars? They’re coming. Uber swallows self-driving truck startup Otto for $680 million Columbus’ smart city win may lead to autonomous trucks Local smart city planners want big government to butt out Jobs that can be performed by […]



HOA Docs Have some Interesting Things

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:14:20 +0000

Do you read your HOA documents? Your neighborhood Covenants and Restrictions? You should.



Monday Reading – AirBnB, Smart Homes, Affordable Housing

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:09:02 +0000

“Can I AirBnB this?” is a question a lot more of my clients are asking. Everyone wants to tax AirBnB. Here’s how to apply to be taxed at Charlottesville’s site. Albemarle County are considering (they will) taxing AirBnb. I wish they would date their documents. Interesting point from a County recommendation in November 2015: “Albemarle County […]



Fun Friday

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:16:09 +0000

My lead quote in this month’s note: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. ~ Ferris Bueller  



Killing Blog Comments – A Very Tempting Thought

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:13:09 +0000

No one comments anymore. I'm tempted to follow NPR's lead, and remove comments on RealCentralVA. As they noted, naturally, on Twitter:

Significant stat on comment retirement: Only .003 percent of visitors posted even once a month over three months.




Local Journalism Matters

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:34:34 +0000

I couldn’t do what I do in real estate (or in the community) without local journalism. Without Charlottesville Tomorrow, we would be a far, far less informed community.   If you can, help support Charlottesville Tomorrow. (I have)



Monthly Note August 2016

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:39:11 +0000

Last month’s note was fun; this one should be, too. Ask for the note here (it’s easy!) Value & Innovation in Real Estate – Part 2 Slack Owning it (one of my favorite stories) Market update Last month on the blogs Things I’m reading.  



Two Opinions on Growth

Sun, 07 Aug 2016 11:08:35 +0000

The Daily Progress have printed two editorials on growth in the Charlottesville - Albemarle (CharlAlbemarle) region. Take a few minutes to read them both.



Buy a home, Not an investment

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:31:19 +0000

Just putting this here so I can refer to it in 6 years.

Buy a home as a home first, as an investment second. (unless you're buying it strictly as an investment).