Date Archives March 2011

Taking Vacation. And Stock.

I’m taking a vacation soon. I tell my clients that I am “grudgingly” going; but … after reading my friends’ Kris’ and Jay’s posts, I’m striving to readjust my priorities. I have systems in place, an extraordinarily competent agent poised to cover for me while I’m gone and I will have internet access. As much as I love, love, love what I do, I love my family more.

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Real Estate (Dual) Agency in Virginia – Now Updated with a little Reason

HB1907 is law . ( this is me discussing the bill a few months ago ) From the General Assembly’s site (pdf): (boldings are mine) “Dual agent” or “dual representative” means a licensee who has a brokerage relationship with both seller and buyer, or both landlord and tenant, in the same real estate transaction

…That following the commencement of dual standard agency, the licensee will be unable to advise either party as to the terms, offers or counteroffers ; however, under the limited circumstances specified in subsection C, the licensee may have previously discussed such terms with one party prior to the commencement of dual standard agency ; 2. That the licensee cannot advise a buyer client as to the suitability of the property, its condition (other than to make any disclosures as required by law of any licensee representing a seller), and cannot advise either party as to repairs of the property to make or request; 3. … Such disclosures shall not be deemed to comply with the requirements set out in this section if (i) not signed by the client or (ii) given in a purchase agreement, lease or any other document related to a transaction Translated : 1 – The agent can’t tell you about price, terms, etc, but may have already (and probably has) advised the opposing party 2 – The agent can’t tell you anything about the property that’s useful or isn’t something you don’t already know.

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Charlottesville’s Retail Relay raises Nearly $3 Million

The online grocery retailer took in $2 million from an equity offering, while raising $959,836 from an offering of convertible notes. Retail Relay is a pretty fascinating concept that speaks to the growing locavore movement that is so prevalent in Charlottesville, as well as the busy schedules of many people. … C-Ville had a nice description recently of what Retail Relay does : The way Relay works is simple: you log on to their website, select from an extensive list of groceries (and gifts, cleaning supplies, etc.), pay with your credit card, select a pick-up location (or home delivery), then go get your necessaries in one easy trip. They even put the bags in your car (bring your own reusable totes for extra greenie points)!

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How do People Commute in Charlottesville and Albemarle?

Mostly by car .

The American Community Survey, conducted from 2005 to 2009, shows that 59 percent of Charlottesville residents drive by themselves to work, as well as 77 percent of Albemarle workers.

On a related note, I’ve been looking for updated Journey to Work data for a couple years now, but haven’t been able to locate it anywhere . The most recent datasets are from 2000 , and I have a feeling that human settlement and commuting patterns have shifted since then.

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