Pocket listings in Charlottesville

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My buyer clients know about pocket listings; they rightfully expect me to find them, and I do everything I can to track them down. I was talking to an agent the other day, trying to find a house in the City of Charlottesville for buyer clients. Her response? “I don’t have anything; I’m selling everything before I can put it on the market." I’ve seen more pocket listings this year than I can remember. “Pocket Listings” = a listing that a real estate agent markets quietly without putting it into the MLS. (Read More

Charlottesville’s New Northside Library

Albemarle's new Northside Library

The Northside Library opened today at noon, and people were arriving about 30 minutes early, in anticipation of its opening, some with books in hand. I was able to stay for about twenty minutes, but this from Supervisor Brad Sheffield echoes something I've been saying (and feeling) for a couple years. Brad Sheffield is talking about a resurgence in demand for community spaces-for human interaction. Libraries matter. The Library is located in the old Phillips Read More

Zillow Becoming “More Righter” Than Ever

I'm going to just humbly place here what I wrote in 2006: … what if Zillow’s reach becomes so great, their data become so vast and inclusive, that their Zestimates significantly impact what is fair market value? What if the purchasing and selling population refer to Zillow as the end-all, be-all estimator for their homes’ valuations? What if “close enough” is “good enough”? What if they become the de facto standard for home valuations? Perfection with regards to a Read More

How On-Time is Charlottesville’s Amtrak?

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Great transit is darn near a necessity for a lot of people, particularly those moving to Charlottesville from cities within the US and from Europe who are accustomed to, and dependent on, trains. Living in the City of Charlottesville without a car is doable, with the combination of bicycles, Zipcars and taxis (and you know, walking). Amtrak runs from Charlottesville to DC and New York, but how on-time is it? I've taken it a couple of Read More