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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.
I love writing this blog; I have for the past eight years. This year, I’ve started writing a monthly note, or essay, to a few of you. The first month, there were a few, the second month, a handful, I’m hoping April a few more of you will choose to subscribe. I try to keep these notes brief – usually about 1,000 words or so (no, it’s not an email with just a picture … but if it was just one picture, it’d probably be something from the Charlottesville flickr pool )
This month’s outline looks like I’ll be addressing a couple things -
- Evaluating the A-Team
- The impact one agent can have on the entire real estate industry
- A brief market update (summary: It’s weird and inconsistent)
- The value of emotional detachment in real estate (and some of the associated challenges)
- I’m going to pull one or more things out of my story file.
If you’re so inclined, I’d really appreciate your choosing to subscribe and read.
Last month’s note was fun to write, and I sincerely appreciate the few of you who subscribed and read. I’m finishing up the second note and will be publishing/sending it tomorrow morning. Working title: Seeking Better Realtors, Population Controls, The Market & Realtors -v- Zillow
After years of intending to write a monthly newsletter, I’m finally committing to doing one, because I’m writing what I want to write, not necessarily what I think I should write. Matter of fact, writing this note excites me … so much that I’d love to hit “send” right now.
If you’re able to tolerate reading one note a month (of stuff that I’m not going to publish anywhere else) please subscribe to receive the note via email. Once a month. No more. No less.
If you happen to subscribe in the next month or so, I’ll send you this month’s note when I can – it’s a manual process, so I’ll send out the notes once a week or so.
(and please feel free to share my notes should you be so inclined)
If you’re feeling like the past month of real estate data releases hasn’t satiated your need for real estate information and analysis, you’re invited to listen to Matt Hodges and me this Sunday morning at 11am on WNRN radio. Whenever we do this, it’s a lot of fun – talking for an hour about real estate, mortgages, the market and often times quite a bit more generally leads to a useful and informative conversation.
If you’re local, tune in to 91.9. If you’re not local (or don’t have a radio) the interwebs have you covered.
We tend to prep for four hours’ worth of radio, talk for about and hour, and get through 20% of what we have available. Live radio is always a bit nerve-wracking as the conversation is largely unscripted, but the resulting hour podcast is something that:
1) Usually generates inspiration for at least five stories
2) I tend to refer to frequently as I typically learn something from all of the prepping and resulting conversation.
So … in prepping for the show, we’re tentatively planning on talking about:
- The Charlottesville real estate market (naturally) – how it’s doing, how it might do in 2013
- When buyers and sellers should start their respective processes. (now)
- Real estate assessments (they’re coming out very soon) and their impact on actual market value
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent rules (800 pages of them) and their potential impact on the market.
- Qualified Residential Mortgages (see above)
- New construction in Charlottesville
- Shadow inventory
- Redfields’ buying open space
- More quality inventory
After some more thought, I ‘m thinking we might talk about the coming Wegmans and Fresh Markets, energy efficiency in homes, realtor productivity … one of the best parts of these shows are the recap posts I write that afternoon or next morning, replete with links, research, supporting information and more. Continue reading
Topics such as number of homes sold, current inventory, the biggest factor in the real estate market (confidence) and more.