Date Archives May 2006

Question to ask your Realtor

When interviewing your Buyer’s Agent, ask him/her whether he/she will accompany you for the home inspection.  I had a “Buyer’s Agent” tell me today that he had left the home inspection because he had “better things to do” than stick around for a home inspection and that they were a pain in the a**.  How does one represent a buyer when one has no idea what is being referenced in the home inspection report?  Sadly, this was a “seasoned” agent rather than a newbie.

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A thought on the Blogger’s Summit

Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is a moderately respected institution.  They have put together a pretty impressive lineup of speakers….  And inviting everybody.There has been an awful lot of discussion about who was consulted and who wasn’t.  There’s more out there; just click around a bit….  One reason that people blog is to express voices and opinions.  This second Summit is an opportunity to expand that voice, to expand and develop credibility and influence – to contribute.  This is an opportunity to demonstrate that bloggers can rise above the typical partisan flaming that has created so much division and distrust in today’s political environment….  I’ll bet you would have been interesting in person.For what it’s worth, these are my two favorite musings on the “situation” – Craig’s and Charles’.

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What will it take?

Talking to one of my clients last evening, discussing why his property has not yet sold, we discussed how I, despite having been in the business for almost five years (a grizzled veteran based on the number of new agents out there), have seen only the “boom” in the market.  I have lived through the slower times, as both of my parents are Realtors, but have not experienced first hand.The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.  Winston Churchill (source)Incentives are being offered that have not been seen before.  Buyers’ agents commissions, incentives to pay buyers’ closing costs …  This – from a national builder in the area – From a local Realtor – My sellers ……  They will also pay $2000 toward buyer’s closing cost (w/ acceptable offer.)  This home is the BEST QUALITY HOME IN THIS PRICE RANGE (this was also 24 pt….  is offering a 4% broker/agent referral fee for the first customer, 5% for the second customer and 6% for the third, fourth, fifth …

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Roundabout in Ivy

Following up on the Hook’s report in March, WINA notes today that:(Supervisor Sally Thomas) believes a roundabout might work at the intersection of Owensville Road, Morgantown Road, and 250 West.  Thomas contends a roundabout is a good idea when roads at an interchange, such as those three, don’t align themselves precisely.The data from VDOT (please excuse my lack of possible correct data interpretation) shows that Ivy Road has 46,000 vehicle trips a day.  Unfortunately, I could not find specific data showing how many vehicle trips the roundabout at the airport manages (which Sup.  Thomas cites as the successful reference), but I cannot believe that it is anywhere near 46,000.  If Crozet does end up growing to 12,000 (or 24,000) people and the speed limit through Ivy is (if I recall correctly) 35 MPH, how big would this roundabout have to be?Below is a picture of “The greatest roundabout ever built in the US. It carries up to 58,000 vehicles per day and 8,000 pedestrians per day.”  That looks a little bit bigger than Ivy.Bacon’s Rebellion loves roundabouts….  I do drive Ivy Road at least twice a day (four times today).Note: How does this impact real estate, the primary function for this blog?  It impacts quality of life and the desirability of an area – thus, property values.

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