Get ready for scooters, Charlottesville. Because they are coming. For some reason, I can imagine a gaggle of scooters heading into Woolen Mills. What are they? To my eye, they are souped-up motorized versions of those razor scooters kids ride. But really. Scooters have become enormously popular, and we're going to see them on Charlottesville city streets soon. Might as well accept them, and seek to leverage them to try to reduce car traffic, and encourage more walking to scooters rather than driving. And maybe even more walking to … [Read more...] about Scooters in Charlottesville
You might have heard. 6 November there's an election. Make sure you know where you're supposed to vote. Check the sample ballot before you go in. Here's the Charlottesville City sample ballot Here's the Albemarle County sample ballot You've studied the constitutional amendments, right? Right? Now's a good time for homebuyers to search out neighborhoods and try to discern if they might like the neighborhood. Featured image photo credit https://www.instagram.com/p/BpkZDjwlyjb/ … [Read more...] about 4 Things About Voting in Albemarle and Charlottesville on 6 November 2018
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?
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