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Last Build Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:46:47 +0000

 



Professional (real estate) Photos Matter

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:46:47 +0000

*this is a marketing post It’s amazing that bad MLS photos are still a thing, but they are. Sellers: if you’re hiring a professional real estate agent, it’s reasonable for you to check to make sure the photos they are using to market your home are good ones. Example … don’t look at the captions. […]



No One Cares about Albemarle’s $400 MILLION Budget?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:38:09 +0000

*Yes, it’s a deliberately antagonistic headline. I know. Alison Wrabel at the Daily Progress wrote a great story on Sunday about the lack of engagement/participation in the Albemarle County budget process. I wonder … why are people not participating? (bolding mine) Three community meetings about Albemarle’s fiscal year 2018 budget have attracted a total of six […]



Economic Development in Albemarle County?

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:34:16 +0000

I remember many years ago, a former Supervisor of Albemarle County said something to the effect, “we shouldn’t incentivize companies to come to Albemarle County; they should already want to come.” Sadly, I think many within Albemarle believe their own press. That’s not good enough. This should be a good, and at the very least, much-needed, meeting about […]



Quick Followup on a Marked-Up Home

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:07:35 +0000

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how a home is a series of marks, and those marks are memories that make the home a home. A client sent me this the other day, and I thought I’d share I was lamenting my water damaged floor in a friend who referred me to your blog […]



Charlottesville’s Micro Real Estate Markets – in Pictures

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:38:06 +0000

Micro markets matter … in all markets. Take the top level real estate data with a grain of salt. The Charlottesville – Albemarle regional market is no different than any other market. When you read market reports, take them as a guide, but know that your market – whether you’re buying or selling a home in the Charlottesville area […]



Homebuyer Seminars in Charlottesville

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:20:56 +0000

I don’t often post email forwards, but knowledge is a good thing; I’ve had client take these classes who have found them useful and fruitful. Piedmont Housing Alliance will be hosting a VHDA Homebuyer Class in February at Carver Rec Center at the Jefferson School in Downtown Charlottesville. Class details are below and the link […]



Charlottesville Real Estate Boom + Low Inventory = High Stress, Price Increases

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:14:11 +0000

Two stories this week of note in the Charlottesville press Alison Wrabel writes in the Daily Progress – Real-estate report finds low inventory, high competition in Central Virginia “I think that the localities need to bring in more jobs and more employment centers that will be able to provide good incomes for families and individuals […]



Alexa – Where are the Sellers Moving?

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:10:03 +0000

A simple tip for owners of Amazon’s Alexa (or Google Home) – consider pressing the “silence” button before you leave in the morning, before your house is shown. And … require a code when ordering things from Amazon. You don’t want someone coming in and ordering 20 bags of dog food, right?   This is […]



A Home is a Series of Marks

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:49:02 +0000

I know which of my kids make the hole that that not-yet-sanded spackle is filling. I think I know why it’s there, and I know when. That hole is part of what makes my house a home. Recently, I asked a client how she was doing in her new home. Her response reflected something that […]



NAR Says Experience Doesn’t Matter

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:49:41 +0000

  This isn’t a political post, it’s one about the NAR advocating for expertise on one hand, and advocating the complete opposite with this endorsement. The National Association of Realtors, in their Endorsement of Ben Carson for HUD Secretary, throws aside the notion that experience matters. Leaving aside the fact that Dr. Carson is against the […]