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April. Spring is upon us.
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“My friend told me that I should …” Is your friend in real estate? No. Does your friend live in the area? No.
But you trust your friend. You want to trust your friend. I get that. I want to trust my friends (and family) too. Yet … heed the advice of those friends in context of how it’s given, and the expertise of the giver.
I was thinking of how to structure this segment, and how to capture the jarring feeling when a new client actively mistrusts me (likely, they’ve read a story on the internets advising to “never trust your realtor” or something like that. And that jarring feeling is a reminder that I need to earn the trust of every single person with whom I interact – whether a new client recommended to me by another client, a long-time reader of one of my blogs, or someone who randomly came my way.
I don’t have complete faith in these numbers, for one simple reason – I perceive that a lot of transactions are happening without the MLS. I’d wager that Realtors are involved in at least 90% (admittedly, an arbitrary number) of the off-MLS transactions, but unless I were to scrub tax rolls with MLS transactions, I’m left making educational guesses.
When doing analyses for clients, Albemarle County’s tax site and the City of Charlottesville’s site are fairly functional when seeking to evaluate sub-markets. Example: in the City of Charlottesville, between $350K and $450K, from 1 January to 8 April 2017, the MLS shows 19 transactions and the GIS site shows 24.
Looking at Contracts in Albemarle and Charlottesville
New construction up 49% and resales are actually down 5%.
I wrote this to a friend last week
- These are the two active resale homes in your neighborhood, and countless new ones.
- Of the 9 homes that are under contract in your neighborhood, all 9 are new construction.
- Of the 7 in your neighborhood that have closed since 1 August, all 7 were new.
If you’re buying new, be aware of the future plans surrounding you, and be acutely aware of your own timeline. Life happens, as I say, and sometimes that happening hurts.
Questions about the market? Call or email me – firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-242-7140
When showing houses, sometimes buyers need to use the bathroom. It happens. Many years ago, I was showing a house with a client who had one of those tiny dogs with her – a pocket dog, if you will. I hadn’t even noticed. Until we get into the home, and I hear my client yelp, and I discover that the dog had pooped on the tile kitchen floor. I handed her paper towels so she could clean it up. She throws the poop in the toilet, and I hear another yelp. The toilet didn’t flush.
At this point, the fear in my stomach is real. How am I going to tell this woman to scoop the poop from the toilet?
Luckily, the solution was simple and less messy … the toilet was turned off, so I turned it on, flushed, and turned the water back off.
But that fear was real. And that, friends, is the reason when a client asks, “May I use the bathroom here?” I respond, “flush first.”
Not In It For the Money; Helping find Homes
Sadly, he’s quite productive.
I’ll gladly tell the rest of the story in person, but that story made me think about something I wrote ten years ago:
There are no little deals.
Every transaction is a huge transaction for the buyer, and usually the seller, too.
Dismissing the “little” deals as such is detrimental to everybody involved. We were all, at some point, a “little deal” ourselves.
What I’m Reading
- Russian-Owned LiveJournal Bans Political Talk, Adds Risk of Spying (another reason to love self-hosted WordPress blogs)
- The War on Drugs has failed; we are now heading on a proven dangerous path. Watch John Oliver deconstruct marijuana laws in America.
- North-south bike trail (in Charlottesville/Albemarle will take greater buy-in and political will
- Student Debt Bubble Sucks Even More Out of Economy and Ruins Lives, Yet Officials Keep Inflating It
- How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Local Real Estate
- Tiny homes: Improving carbon footprint and the American lifestyle on a large scale
- I bought a VPN; you should too. (these are two that I think might be good – Cloak & Nord
- Professional real estate photos matter
- Search for homes by noise level
- A view of West Main Street I’d not seen before
- The “Quiet (post-contract) Period” of the real estate transaction
- Recordings in houses (that are on the market)
- Crozet running out of water? (probably not)
- (Rightful) wariness of the Crozet Master Plan
- A roundabout is coming to 250/151; they’re starting with a signal
- Crozet Trails adding to Crozet’s Connectivity
- City of Charlottesville versus the County of Albemarle, or, how these governments arguing about trees and “the environment” seem to miss the forest.
- A value of community, and how it can be there when you need it most.
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Jim Duncan, Nest Realty, 126 Garrett Street Suite D, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Licensed real estate agent in Commonwealth of VA.