Tag Archives: new construction

SO Much More than a Hole in the Ground

"From the perspective of the rest of the world: one random hole in the ground. For our family on February 8, 2012: the greatest looking slice of earth we have ever seen!!!"

My client posted the above comment on the site I created to help them and us track the progress of their new home. Lots of people buy and build homes; to each

Over the past couple years, I have helped quite a few clients build new homes … it's a fun, occasionally stressful and ultimately very rewarding process to see the finished product - both my clients and the house.

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Belvedere Pioneers Celebrate One Year

A fascinating and insightful post from Kate at Belvedere that is clearly heartfelt and one she may have struggled to write. She highlights some of the ups, downs, surprises and disappointments. As I represented them and they are friends, I’m delighted with her closing: "but overall, my expectations have been met and even exceeded."

Sitting down to write this blog entry has been hard. I dragged my feet to this spot. I have been thinking about it for at least a month. I kept telling myself, it will be easy. But it hasn’t been. I could easily cite

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Where is Albemarle Growing?

Nowhere really, says a new report by Albemarle County and reported by Charlottesville Tomorrow:

Albemarle County Building Permits 1st Quarter 2009

And this, in my mind, qualifies as a “good thing” – with fewer new construction properties in Albemarle (and elsewhere), buyers will focus more on existing inventory.

Right now, two of the market’s primary opponents are price and inventory.

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Belvedere is Moving Along

Kate says that clear, definite and positive progress is happening in Belvedere:

And then joy of joys, we learn a family with kids is moving in next door, one is a boy my son’s age! I mention this to my son and he says, Don’t obsess about it mom.

The other day, the four of us (Bret, myself and our two kids) hopped on our bicycles after dinner and cycled all around Belvedere and Dunlora. As we arrived back in our garage, I lifted up a tennis racket and said, Tennis Anyone? My son yelped with delight. Well, it

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Hauser Homes offering Huge “Discounts”

A sign of the times ... Hauser Homes in Charlottesville offering huge "discounts" on Homes in new developments in and around Charlottesville Note the "Realtor Bonus" being offered ... These types of bonuses (bribes) are why I negotiate my fees with my buyers up front.
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If You’re Planning to Buy New Construction in the Charlottesville Region

Or any area for that matter, please read these three articles first. ... Ten Tips for Buying New Construction - read the comments, too.
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Are Green Homes the new “Trophy” Homes?

The market is moving beyond individual green products and into the realm of green developments - because the market is demanding LEED-certified Neighborhood Developments (although I'd argue that LEED-ND has not yet reached mainstream vernacular) Courtesy of the National Association of Realtors' On Common Ground magazine * - Experts interviewed for this article were unanimous on one point: collecting green-certified houses into a conventional subdivision on a former farm fi eld at the edge of the metro area would not a green neighborhood make. ... For proof that "Smart" Growth is mainstream, check out this partnership that defies presumptions about Realtors always wanting to build, build, build at all costs - Those are some of the results of the 2007 Growth and Transportation survey sponsored by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and Smart Growth America.
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Why take a Buyer’s Agent to new construction?

Jonathan has the answers.And my take from last year on "Default Position."
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