Checking Internet Connectivity before you Buy a Home

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Believe it or not, not everywhere in Charlottesville has hardwired, broadband internet available. Wouldn't be great if "maximum download/upload speed" was a searchable field in the MLS?  My clients - like 98.64% of my clients - require broadband internet. Broadband internet, for this story, and most people = Fiber, Cable, DSL and not a satellite or a 4G connection (although 4G can be pretty darn fast). Check and Verify Internet Connectivity Check that you can actually have internet access at a home before you buy - Read More

Looking at Numbers in the Charlottesville Real Estate Market

Some segments are moving, some are slowing, some are stagnant in the Charlottesville area real estate market. Start with this caveat - these are broad numbers that should be taken broadly. I'm going to write about this in more depth in this month's note. Looking at: - Charlottesville + Albemarle - Single family, attached, condos - Not specifically looking at new construction data, as these contracts are not necessarily entered - 1 January - 24 March, 2014 vs 2015

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