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Today was an interesting radio show - some real estate and more community, community building, and becoming part of the community. Iâ€™m going to update this post with detailed show notes, but in the meantime, the podcast is here.
Enormous thanks to those who responded so quickly on twitter to my question - how do you assess/define community? (Iâ€™d say community is something that helps answer a question about community quickly!)
A few stories we discussed:
- As Uber expands to Charlottesville, cab drivers speak out
- America is rapidly aging in a country built for the young
- The above led to this a particularly interesting part of the conversation in which we discussed exurbs, proximity to stuff, demographics of folks moving to the Charlottesville area, where theyâ€™re moving and more. These stories I wrote a few years ago are quite relevant - The Slums of Tomorrow Might be Here Today and Are People Really Moving to Cities? and Living Large, by Design, in the Middle of Nowhere and The Fear Factor in Americaâ€™s Growing Exurbs.
- Using Google to find your Triangles
- When buying a home, what do you want to live or not live next to/nearby?
Iâ€™m aiming to publish by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. Curious or interested in reading some stuff Iâ€™ll likely never publish elsewhere? Too many posts in a month and you want just one email a month in which I recap some of the better stories from the previous month? Two clicks and you can subscribe.
Working on Januaryâ€™s Note. I'm going to do everything I can to keep this one under 1500 words.
This should be a fun note.
If youâ€™re interested, Iâ€™d welcome your subscribing. (note that subscribing is a two-step process)
I received this soon after I sent out my monthly note:
As always, thank you for writing and publishing this note. Even though, thanks to you, we are happy where we are I love learning more about the market and area.
To which I say: Thank you. I write these for the real estate consumers - the buyers, the sellers, the curious voyeurs who might be or are thinking about moving back to or within the Charlottesville area.
Many people know how much I dislike using testimonials to market my services - I find unsavory using the kindness and thanks of my clients to market, even though I know that most wouldn't mind at all.
I've said several times this year that I write my best stuff in my monthly note, and each month I'm proud of what I produce there - in spite of the beat-my-head-against-a-wall errors I've made.
If you're interested, I'd gladly send you December's note (and every subsequent one). Just ask here .
In February of this year, I wrote my first monthly note. Iâ€™d like to think that Iâ€™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 â€œblog recapâ€ in which I summarize some of the better posts from RealCentralVA and RealCrozetVA. Above all, Iâ€™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 thatâ€™s enormously gratifying.
With that preface, the early outline of Decemberâ€™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 â€œbestâ€ 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 yearâ€™s notesIf you find subscribing to my blogs by email cumbersome (three-four emails a week from one site would be cumbersome for me too) - please consider subscribing to my monthly note. Update: published late last night; at 2,000+ words, it's the longest ever (and I'll return to sub-1500 words in January). My monthly note really is where I write my best stuff.