What is your doorbell's password? Is TFA an option? Do you have two-factor-authentication turned on? You should. Even on your thermostats (see: Family Says Hacked Nest Cam Terrorized Them With Fake Ballistic Missile Alert) In 2018, I represented sellers with solar systems installed, Read More
Q: What is a blockchain? A: “The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.” I admit; I don't yet fully grasp blockchain. But I know it's going to change/effect how we practice real estate. Open data is changing Read More
The Open Data workgroup last night put on by Smart Cville (disclosure, I'm on their board, and I spoke briefly) was fascinating, not only for the insight provided by the City of Charlottesville folks demonstrating the tools available, but also the depth of information available at the City of Charlottesville's Open Data portal. Did you know you can search crime stats (with some interesting exclusions), Read More
I remember several years ago showing a house, as we do, making honest and critical comments about the house (my folks ended up buying it), when we looked up, saw cameras, and realized we were being recorded by the sellers. We stopped talking. Being able to be in a home unaccompanied is a critical part of the home shopping/evaluating experience. Lots of stuff is said when inside someone else's house ... Stuff a buyer might not want a seller to hear ...
- The house smells (possibly true, seller could be offended)
- Their Read More
A simple tip for owners of Amazon's Alexa (or Google Home) - consider pressing the "silence" button before you leave in the morning, before your house is shown. And ... require a code when ordering things from Amazon. You don't want someone coming in and ordering 20 bags of dog food, right? This is a great article (read the whole thing) Read More
I don't know the answers, but it's worth the conversation and awareness. How are Charlottesville/Albemarle/Central Virginia planning for self-driving cars? They're coming.