April 2010 has felt like more listings have been coming on the market and more have been staying on the market than in previous years. But, feelings don't necessarily matter so I'd rather look at the data. Looking purely at the data, a greater percentage of active listings in the Charlottesville MLS have gone under contract this year versus 2009. I'm not spinning, I'm not evening opinionating today. Just putting it out there. Have we turned? I doubt it. Is this year better - in volume - than last year? Yep. Read More
Archives for April 2010
Daniel Nairn's Discovering Urbanism has quickly become a "must-read" for me, and I recommend you to spend some time at his site, too. He writes about transportation, transit, growth, growth politics, smart growth (not necessarily "smart" growth, but smart growth - as in, intelligent, thoughtful, considered growth), new urbanism, human settlement patterns ... all of which contribute to my insatiable need to learn about everything relating to real estate. I frequently find myself Read More
Thank Goodness. Now maybe the government will stop trying to prop up the market and let us try to find out what "normal" means.
Thanks to Jessica Jaglois at the Newsplex for calling me yesterday. Read More
From Steve Harney (great post): What does this mean to you? Don't make a decision based on the headlines over the next few days. If you are considering selling, realize your home is worth more today than it will be tomorrow or next week or next month. Well said. Buyers, be unemotional, considerate and thoughtful about your decisions. Read More
These Streets are Made for Walkin' (not fire engines) . I talked about Woolen Mills a couple years ago in my Charlottesville Neighborhoods series: Topography: Gently rolling hills, sidewalks in many places Housing Prices: Unfortunately, there is no good way to search for homes for sale in Read More
Charlottesville Tomorrow reports that, for several reasons, few members of the public have involved themselves in the current discussion about potential zoning changes. Nuts. Those who are elected and appointed to represent the public can't do this alone (nor should they). "What is the zoning here" is a frequent question I am asked by my buyer clients. It matters. Zoning determines what you can do with your property - from building a garage to what you can do with an accessory apartment (R1-S) to Read More