It's going to be an interesting 2019. I noted in July of this year, (twice) Q: Is the Charlottesville Real Estate Market Turning? A: I don’t know. Yet. I’ve been saying for months that a turn may be coming, and noted it in the July monthly note. And, I’ve been saying for years that I’ll tell you in 18 months what today’s market is actually doing. Hindsight is key; reading current indicators is critical. The entirety of the data for the 3rd Quarter Charlottesville real estate market doesn't quite indicate a slowdown market-wide, but … [Read more...] about As the Charlottesville Market Turns – 2018 Edition
Update 10 September Looking at the 2017 market (a very active market) for some context: In Charlottesville + Albemarle, 2,379 homes sold via the MLS. 485 of those were new construction 1,894 were resales 737 of the 1,894 - 39% - were marked as vacant. Now I'm more curious - was the vacancy rate so high because sellers were so confident that they could sell? No answers yet, but curious. Funny thing about practicing real estate, and writing about it, for so long ... some stories become … [Read more...] about Vacant Homes for Sale in the Charlottesville Area – 2018 edition
Choosing the right home, neighborhood, part of Charlottesville or Albemarle area can be hard, time-consuming, and challenging. As I tell my clients, "you're making a decision that will affect the rest of your lives (and your kids' too, if you have them). My advice: take your time. So far this year, I have represented three or four buyers who started the search process between three and five years ago. Time and patience are key. For example I have clients who planned to move to the Charlottesville area from a larger, transient area to be in … [Read more...] about Process of Buying a Home is a Deliberate Process
Q: Is the Charlottesville Real Estate Market Turning? A: I don't know. Yet. I've been saying for months that a turn may be coming, and noted it in the July monthly note. And, I've been saying for years that I'll tell you in 18 months what today's market is actually doing. Hindsight is key; reading current indicators is critical. Housing Inventory Tracking "Watching existing home "for sale" inventory is very helpful. As an example, the increase in inventory in late 2005 helped me call the top for housing. ... … [Read more...] about Is the Charlottesville Real Estate Market Turning?
I live in Crozet; it's easy and natural to focus on that micro-market. https://youtu.be/jeVedaR0Ess The first half of 2018 is behind us, and we talked about resales vs new construction, home prices, where in Crozet homes are selling, what happened with home inventory over the past few years. Note that this is a longer video than typical; we covered a lot. Thanks to the Rooftop for letting us use their ... Rooftop. (Greg and I are getting accustomed to doing these videos together ... we will get better) Transcript … [Read more...] about Mid-2018 Crozet Real Estate Market Update
A friend shared with me his description of the Charlottesville area that he'd sent to a friend. This is part two; part one is here, and it's quite useful and good. Reading this has been interesting for me; I look at Charlottesville through the lens of a (relatively) very long-term resident, and as a (relatively) long-term real estate agent. A few things Realtor.com and Zillow are quite useful with their price and tax histories, sales history, which firm brokered a sale, etc. I don't often look at the home search/research process through … [Read more...] about Describing Charlottesville & Crozet to a Friend – Part 2
There comes a time in every home search process (and often the home selling process) where one says "this is good enough." Arriving the point of whatever you want to call it - concession, compromise, acquiescence, acceptance, or, to use a positively-connoted descriptor - satisfied - is hard. The home search process can be hard, even if you're looking at new construction in the Charlottesville area market, as you're seeking a home where you and your family will live for, usually, at least seven to ten years. Coming to the conclusion of, … [Read more...] about Buying a House that’s “Good Enough”