- Assessments are up, again. They've been going up for about a decade.
- Read this for more context on market value & assessments.
- Real estate assessments do not necessarily equate market value
- Increasing assessments are financially painful for a lot of people.
- Great discussion thread at Read More
Talking about the Charlottesville - Albemarle real estate market with Matt Hodges & Rick Moore has become an annual tradition, and is a great way for Matt and me to start the year. We each research and prepare for way more than we are able to get through. This year, as always, we covered an awful lot of ground in a fast 60 minutes, and candidly, it's a great conversation with information and insight for buyers and sellers in Read More
Does your doorbell work? Are you sure? How often do you ring your own doorbell? I remember visiting an unrepresented seller many years ago to discuss marketing her home She was surprised when I noted that she ought to fix her doorbell as it wasn't working. She never rang it, as she was one of the rare homeowners who parked her car in her garage. Pretending you're seeing your home for the first time is one of the best things you can do. Stand on the front porch. Look around for a minute or two, as if the Realtor is opening the Read More
Here we go. Another year begins of representing clients, helping to grow Nest Realty, and producing the best, most relevant, and interesting content possible that I can. This Month's Note
From Matt Hodges with Presidential Mortgage. (Bolding is mine) This is a story from Matt discussing things buyers need to be doing as they prepare to buy a home. The Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) raised the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (collectively conventional loans) loan limit to $484,350 on Read More
Reupping this story from April. This encounter has stuck with me. In early January I was returning a gift, and tried to get it put back on my wife’s credit card, which I didn’t have. The young girl working at the counter tried to make it work, but could not. She sought out the manager, who tried as well, went back to try something else, while the girl at the counter kept valiantly attempting to process the return. They were understaffed and Read More
The Charlottesville real estate market showed signs of moderating (which is a good thing), driven by a few factors
- Affordability continued to be a challenge for many buyers
- Prices continued to rise.
- While I think we're going to continue to see appreciation continue (broadly), 2019 may look and feel a bit different with some properties staying on the market longer (weeks and months vs days and weeks)
- The "right" inventory remained a bit of a challenge for many buyers
- Waiting for Read More