basically everyone.Growth and Development update with Brian Wheeler – learn more about Bundoran Farm, the Water Supply (and increasing rates), Meadowcreek Parkway and how our infrastructure is catching up with us.Can Poor Writing Skills Overshadow Good Content?…Â The consequences – intended and unintended of this development – may be enormous.Virginia’s attempt to (temporarily) forestall foreclosures (for some)The HooK has an extensive story on the Charlottesville/Albemarle water supply solution….Â Dredging it, however, will cost millions, mostly for trucking away the dirt.Meanwhile, just a couple of miles away lies the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, which wants to expand its runway and plans to spend $15 million of its $50 million budget to……Â And dredging supporters allege the company that told the local waterworks to dam its way out of disaster might have a conflict of interest.Our region has a deserved reputation for studying everything ad nauseum, and I’m tempted to just be grateful that something is going to be done.Videos of the General Assembly are up at Richmond Sunlight.
But the markets that are identified by Wells Fargo as being “Distressed” – as opposed to “Soft” (not that bad) and “Severely Distressed” (really bad) – are creeping …Aleandria (City) Arlington County Clarke County Fairfa County Fairfa (City) Falls Church (City) Fauquier County Fredericksburg (City) Loudoun County Manassas (City) Manassas Park (City) Prince William County Spotsylvania County Stafford County Warren County Note that none of the Central Virginia markets are broadly identified as being distressed or declining.I heard a remark this week that Prince William County had been described as Virginia’s Miami – and not because of the comparable weather patterns.Â This news reinforces my opinion that if you are a buyer who is well-qualified and planning to be in the area for at least several years, now is the time to buy.Â If you’re a seller, price your home aggressively and do not do anything to discourage showings of your house.Â Moving forward ….
And the prizes can’t be beat.Those prizes being a firm handshake, a pat on the back perhaps and the ever-lasting glory that comes from winning a Blog Brawl.For those of you reading who have 30 seconds to spare, I’d appreciate your submission at the Virginia Association of Realtors’ blog.Â Just type in realcentralva.com, click submit and then bask in the satisfaction of helping me achieve the afore-mentioned ever-lasting glory.Candidly, I’m quite proud that our state Realtor Association is reaching out to the next generation of members.Â So, thanks.Go here to submit realcentralva.com.
Thanks to Larry for the comment:Local buyers are aware of the national trend, and are acting accordingly.Local sellers are starting to get a clue, too: many have dropped their prices by 15-20%, which translates to 25K to 75Kâ€¦and the houses STILL arenâ€™t moving.Thereâ€™s many months of backlog on the market here in Câ€™ville/Albemarle, which doesnâ€™t include houses pulled OFF the market for the winter.Â Itâ€™s a glut, and will get worse in two months.BUYERS are waiting for the market to go lower, especially first time buyers, so they donâ€™t make the same mistake that plagues many current homeowners: an inflated property value that will go down 15% in 2008 and 10% more in 2009, if the Merril-Lynch report is accurate.Agents should inform sellers who really need to move their properties that they need to price accordingly.Â THIS is what will make the local market move again.
2 – Don’t call the Realtor with qualified buyers back for nine hours.Â 3 – Don’t show the house until after 5pm.The above are two reasons that unrepresented sellers frequently have a harder time selling their properties….Â The property is going to have to be mighty special and unique to make us alter our schedules.In a buyers’ market (which we’re in, if you didn’t know) – I advise my sellers to do (almost) whatever it takes to get buyers through their house.Â You just never know when the “right” buyer is going to walk through the door.
It may be over for Realtor.com.Â I’d love to see this functionality for our local MLS.Â Google announces neighborhood refinements:Fortunately, finding the best places just became a lot easier with the addition of user ratings and neighborhood refinements to Google Maps….Â All you have to do is look for the “Refine by” link, click on a neighborhood or user rating, and the new results will appear immediately.And Drew is trying to stir the creative juices regarding Zillow’s Neighborhood information and API:While there are certainly some great WordPress plug-ins for real estate sites, I havenâ€™t seen any that address the desire of local buyers, sellers, and owners to learn more about the neighborhoods and cities in their area of interest.I wish I had more time to put my ideas into action.