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
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tl;dr - the National Association of Realtors likes the status quo; Zillow recognize that quality matters. … [Read more...] about Professionalism? Meh, says NAR
Buyers looking in Charlottesville already know that they should be starting their homebuying journey. A lot of Charlottesville sellers are asking, "Should I list now, or wait until Spring?" That's a question I'm trying to answer often right now. As with most things in real estate and life, the answer starts with, "it depends" What are you trying to accomplish, (yes, I know, "sell the house!" is primary), but what else? If nothing else, take exterior photos now. Is the house vacant now? If it's vacant, why not list? … [Read more...] about List Now, or Wait Until Spring?
Archives of my subscription-only monthly notes. The blog is more searchable. Interested in not waiting a few months to read it? Subscribe here. For these posts, I don’t do much formatting/changing as I’m more concerned about simply having the content here forever (because I own the blog, and I don’t own Tinyletter). This is a longer and market-heavy note; the exception being one of my favorite stories ... about telling stories. The Market This month, a bit of a deviation from my market update norm. Starting with … [Read more...] about Telling Stories, Market Shift, Assistance | Note from Jim | October 2018
"Life is a series of stories," a friend said to me once. I thought about that recently when driving around with new buyer clients, and I started telling some of the stories I always tell early in the working relationship with clients. This time, I was talking about roosters. I've thought about writing those stories and sending them to new clients to read before we go out, so that we've set the stage even further than we have by them filling out my insightful new buyer/client survey. But. One of the best parts of stories is the experience … [Read more...] about Life is a Series of Stories
Part Two, the Podcast. Part One is the blog post with links and background. The RealPodVA podcast is fun, with Dave Stipe of Rockfish Music and Bart Isely of Scrimmage Play. My one ask: give us a listen, and if you like it, listen again, maybe subscribe, and even tell a friend! tl;dr: climate change is real. Time to change habits – how we eat, build houses, transport ourselves and things, and where and how we live. 1. I’m not qualified to be an alarmist, but I can read. 2. With respect to climate change, your beliefs do not … [Read more...] about RealPodVA: Climate Change and Real Estate