10 Years of Blogging

10 years ago today, I wrote the first post here on RealCentralVA. It’s been an interesting 10 years. Here’s to at least one more.

Changing Writing Progams: a Big Little Change


It’s funny how a seemingly small shift can have a big impact. For the past few weeks, I’ve been using Desk and I highly recommend it. I’d used the same blogging platform for nearly 8 years, since my blog looked like this (which wasn’t a bad look for the time). Another change – Recently, I moved […]

Crozet in 2013

The more I’ve thought about this, the more I hope to make time to got back and do a wrap up for 2012, 2011, 2010 …

If you’re interested in what happened in Crozet, I went through the 2013 archives and chose what I thought to be the best and most relevant stories in 2013 . I’m posting this for two reasons:

1 – I think it’s a useful story.

2 – It’s an example of why I continue to write on this and that blog; putting together this type of year end summary as efficiently as I did would be impossible on any other platform (Facebook, G+, Twitter, etc)

Thanks for Reading RealCentralVA in 2013 – and Hopefully 2014

Thank you. Thank you for reading this year. Your time, your insight – on and offline – is a huge part of why I do what I do here.

I’m planning some stories for 2014 – obviously a bunch of new stories but also quite a few that have never made it out of “draft” status in my moleskin or my writing program.

The wonderful thing about real estate – both as a career to practice and as something about which to write – is that every year is different and interesting. Having written well over 4,000 stories since January 2005 here (some of which are pretty good) there remains plenty to write.

Some of the things that are on my list for 2014 -

- Unemployment and its affect on the housing market

- New construction – more is coming – what will its impact be on infrastructure and the resale housing market?

- The impact of new mortgage rules – Qualified Residential Mortgages are finally being implemented, and while the rules haven’t yet been finalized (or written) this new wrinkle will affect the housing market.

- The new proposed legislation that affects real estate stuff

- I’ll continue to localize national real estate advice. This is a wonderfully useful overview of the home buying process, with at least one detail that doesn’t apply to the CharlAlbemarle area – when buying a home, you wire the money.

- What do you want to read about? What interests you?

And next-to-lastly, a request:

If you want to stay informed every time I write a story, I’m asking you to consider subscribing; you can do so here (it’s the second option).

If that’s too much email (and for me, it probably would be) – you can subscribe to my monthly note , which is where I write some of my best (and definitely my best-edited) stuff.

This is a Test – A Google Plus Test

As much as anything, I’m testing Google + embedding, but also prefacing an upcoming post preliminarily titled “The Troubling Transience of the Web”

(click through if you’re curious)