Category Archives: Shameless Self Promotion
In February of this year, I wrote my first monthly note. I’d like to think that I’ve shared some useful knowledge and insight about the Charlottesville real estate market, the practice of real estate and other, tangential subjects. I know this – one of the most clicked-on parts has been the “blog recap” in which I summarize some of the better posts from RealCentralVA and RealCrozetVA. Above all, I’ve loved writing these notes and I hope I’ve been able to convey that through my writings. Aside from the writing, the best part has been the one-on-one interaction readers have shared – the format of the note is such there are no comments, but a lot of readers have chosen to reply to the note, and that’s enormously gratifying.
With that preface, the early outline of December’s note (lamentably, I suspect this will exceed my goal of no more than 1500 words)
- The market (I start all the notes with this)
- An interesting home inspector update
- A great builder anecdote
- Agent reviews (the current hubbub about AgentMatch) – determining the “best” real estate agent for you entails more than data.
- Life after being on the Realtor Board of Directors
- Brief recap of some of my favorite stories from this year’s notes
October’s Note – Contrasting buyer experiences, neighborhoods, Nest party and what happened on the blogs
My once-a-month note is 99% ready and I’ll be sending it out today. If you’re interested in stuff I don’t publish elsewhere or if the posting schedule of my blog is too frequent, this could be just the read you’re looking for (and don’t know you’re missing!)
The only consistent feature is a quick market roundup; everything else is varied – some real estate, some not.
If you’re interested, you can subscribe here. (remember – it’s a two-step process)
Update: It’s done. If you’re interested, sign up and I’ll send it to you asap. Continue reading
Choosing to not publish archives in my monthly notes is one of the more difficult decisions I’ve made this year.
I wanted to focus on the moment, the content and the reader. Not being able to link back to last month’s note forces me to focus on writing right now and to write more descriptively and concisely; I don’t have “see last month” or ” … in February I noted” as a literary crutch.
That said, I’ve found great enjoyment in writing these monthly notes – target audience being my readers here, consumers, and admittedly other real estate professionals (but I have yet to think about writing for that segment other than, “I better not write that – other Realtors read this.”
If you find subscribing to near-daily emails from my real estate blog too much (I probably would) you might find that my monthly notes, including a summary of the more notable posts of the previous month, valuable.
If you’re inclined, you can subscribe to my monthly notes here (it’s a two-step process).
Brief outline of September’s note:
- Market Update (a monthly feature)
- Lead and septic
- Nest Party
- Recap of August on my blogs
- a couple other things
Once a month, I publish some of the best stuff I write. I talk about the market, the area, and provide insight that I don’t provide anywhere else – and I don’t publish the notes’ archives either – so this is a unique audience and note.
I’ll be publishing the July note tomorrow and some of the subjects I’ll probably be writing about are:
- The state of the Charlottesville real estate market
- Recapping June on RealCentralVA (and maybe RealCrozetVA) – I know that many don’t want to read ~15 posts a month, but one note a month is just right.
- How a Facebook post almost got out of hand (and how I couldn’t and haven’t figured out how to close comments on a Facebook post)
- Shifting to bicycling – reasons and consequences
- A buyer’s recounting of the process
- Hoodies followup
There are a few other things I’m debating including, and I strive to keep these notes efficient – no more and 5 topics and less than 1,000 or so words.
If you’re interested, I’d greatly appreciate your registering.
This month’s note is going to be a fun one. I’m going to be talking about an ethical challenge I’ve been teasing for a few months (keyword: “hoodie”) , a brief update on what’s been happening in the Charlottesville real estate market, a “wish list” for GIS applications for real estate research, and a bit more insight into the results from last week’s post about what buyers look for in neighborhoods.
I don’t ask for much from the few of you who read this little real estate blog … but … if you have a few moments, I’d greatly appreciate your voting for me as “best real estate agent” in Charlottesville in the C-Ville Weekly “Best of” Primaries.
That is all, and thank you.
If you’re interested in reading what I never publish here, I’ll be publishing my monthly note this week; this note is a bit more personal as it’s to a deliberately limited audience. I write about real estate, ethics, insight I don’t publish here (or anywhere else).
I’m having a lot of fun writing this note, have received some of the most thoughtful replies I’ve ever received, and I’m truly grateful for the growth in readers every month. If you sign up today (or tomorrow) I’ll send you last month’s note.