How do you search for homes? In Charlottesville or anywhere else? I got a call recently from a buyer who was searching homes.com and found one of my listings. Unfortunately, the listing was actually under contract (and had been for a while). I first thanked her for telling me that one of my listings was inaccurately displayed on Homes.com and asked how I could help. She expressed her frustration - that she had been searching online for a home for a while; that whenever she found a home she was interested in, she would call the agent to go see … [Read more...] about You’re Going about It all Wrong – Or How to Search for Homes in Charlottesville (Without a Realtor)
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I randomly and fortuitously met some potential clients last week. As I was finishing a showing, a couple drove by and asked if we were having an open house. My client assured me that we were finished, she introduced me to them, (as a "great Realtor," thankyouverymuch) and we had an interesting conversation about their impending move to the area. One of the best things that came from the discussion was this - they had asked several people in Virginia this question - "if you could live anywhere in Virginia, where would it be?" The repeated … [Read more...] about Moving to Charlottesville?
Last week's article in the Daily Progress was good (edit: now-broken link), but as I told the journalist at the time - there is so much more I wanted to go into that article, and newspapers are so limited by what they can offer in print. They deal in inches, and for better or worse, bloggers don't have those limitations. With that preface, this is one of things that didn't make it in the article due in part to space limitations - My advice to buyers in the Charlottesville area - Choose the right representation Choose the right buyer's agent. … [Read more...] about Choosing the Right Buyer’s Agent in Charlottesville
"curious if you are familiar with the fifeville neighborhood in charlottesville. and if so what you think about the huge price tags on houses in a neighborhood that is clearly still in the early stages of gentrification" Thank you for the question. For starters, I wrote about Fifeville last year. From a market perspective, I like Fifeville. I like its location between the Downtown Mall and University of Virginia's Main Grounds and its proximity to the restaurants that have sprouted up along West Main Street (cVillain has started using the … [Read more...] about Reader Question – What do you think about Fifeville?
I am intrigued by Lawrence Yun. He even has his own Lawrence Yun Watch site, following his predecessor's own "Watch" site.Â If only because watching him painstaking try to regain the credibility that was squandered by David Lereah is a monumental task. I have written about him several times, at least once positively! If you had the chance to ask him one question - what would it be? Here are some I would like to ask - - Where does he (really) see the housing market going? - What's it like to step into the role filled by someone so widely and … [Read more...] about If you could ask Lawrence Yun a question, what would it be?
Question from a reader: Jim, I'm interested to hear the thoughts of Realtors on how best* to market lots in a new/proposed residential subdivision. The methods being employed in Fluvanna and Louisa at present are: (1) Make all lots available for sale to anyone (via standard marketing tools, i.e., MLS, print ads, etc.)...Simply market the hell out the thing in every way possible. Of course there should be architectural standards for the subdivision, but basically sell any/all lots to anyone for the desired price. They can sit on it, build, … [Read more...] about How to market new construction
A bit of a take-off of the "ask the agent" feature that some of the other real estate blogs have been doing of late - I have taken some of the more interesting or pertinent search phrases that have led visitors to this blog. Should you get title insurance? Yes, in most cases. Penny-wise, pound foolish. In most cases, title insurance costs a percentage of the sales price. If you choose not to purchase owners' coverage (lenders' coverage is required by the lender) think about the hassle and cost that would come from having to hire an attorney … [Read more...] about Questions answered