What is Radon? Every few years I run a radon test on my own home. Last month I got a reading over the EPA recommended level and this caused me to take action. We had a remediation system installed this week and now our radon level is safe. What is Radon? This is one of […]
Charlottesville Real Estate and our history
This is one of the best kept secrets in Virginia. If you went to the University of Virginia or just passed though our city, you felt the impact.Charlottesville Virginia is located just east of the Blue Ridge mountains in central Virginia. With incredible mountain views, about 45 minutes to skiing and just a few hours […]
A Charlottesville Home Buyer speaks out
Charles, Just wanted to let you know that we finally have a contract on our Fairfax house. Rob and I were really missing your technical expertise throughout the contract process — our realtor e-mailed me the contract, then I had to print it out to sign and scan it to e-mail it back, and every […]
Where is Charles?
You may have noticed an uncharacteristic lack of blogging on my part over the last week … there is a good reason for that. I am dictating this post for my wife to type from my hospital bed at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville Virginia, where I am recovering from an unexpected surgery. Last Monday […]
Real Estate and Baseball
Baseball and Real Estate I remember reading an article in our local paper about how our Area’s high-priced homes are harder to sell. Well it got me to thinking about our local Association of Realtors – CAAR and how many agents are having a tougher year than in the past. Why baseball popped into my […]
I want a Paperless Real Estate Office in Charlottesville…. am I wrong?
Working with Charlottesville Real Estate Contracts can often lead to an overwhelming amount of paper. I try to go paperless as much as possible. This week I sent an HOA package that was 160 pages with a simple link to the PDF file. My home inspectors now do their reports totally on-line (or I would […]
The Real Estate Handoff
Why did I refer you to another agent? When you contacted me you were looking for a specific type of property in a certain area. Well I want you to know that that is not my expertise. However I know the agent you need to work with. We have agents that specialize in certain types […]
Can an Agent sell anywhere in Virginia?
Can an AGENT sell anywhere in the State? The answer is YES, But should they is the real question. To me the correct answer is that an agent should sell where they are the expert. I am licensed to Sell Real Estate in the Commonwealth of Virginia but that does not mean, I will sell homes […]
Top 20 Safest Places to Live
Farmers Insurance Group of Companies has released its third annual ranking of top 20 ‘Most Secure U.S. Places to Live’. The top 20 safest places to live among mid-size cities are: 1. Las Cruces, New Mexico 2. Rockingham County-Strafford County, New Hampshire 3. Huntington, West Virginia.-Ashland, Kentucky 4. Bellingham, Washington 5. Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont 6. […]
New Construction – Wear clean socks!
Clean Socks? When looking at new construction there are always a lot of things to consider. On a Home Inspection with my clients in Old Trail, we were greeted at the door with this sign: Please Remove Shoes Now this brings up a very good point. When you go out to show property (new or […]
Biscuit Run 2009
State Park Biscuit Run has officially been transferred to the state of Virginia to become a State Park. Prior Plans The previously planned residential development is a large piece of property in Albemarle County near Old Lynchburg Road and Route 20. After much debate, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved plans a few years […]
A Clients Place at a Home Inspection
A message for Clients When we do a home inspection we want you to be a part of it. But the truth is that it could take 2-4 hours for an inspection and it just slows down the inspector if you are looking over his shoulder. Good idea Here is the best way to handle this. […]
We will miss you Rocky…
Who is Crozet?
What is Crozet or should I say who is Crozet? The community of Crozet began as a whistle stop on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in 1876 that was established at the request of the Miller Manual Labor School (the Miller School), which had been founded a year earlier. It was named for Colonel B. […]
Some agents make me laugh
I have been on a little trip and one of my associates and I were just talking on the cell phone about Buyer Agent Bonuses while I was driving through Tennessee… buy Wobble: The Weight of the Truth Old Joy dvdrip Frankie and Johnny We both agreed that it is rediculous to offer a “Bonus” […]
Crozet is concerned over growth
The Unforgettable Benny Hill movie Phantasm trailer Book of Love video Crozet residents will soon have a chance to weigh in on their concerns over growth in western Albemarle County. It seems that some long time residents are concerned. New residents to the area, do not see much change so they are not as concerned […]
Charlottesville Fifty Thing to do!
#1 4th of July Fireworks in McIntire Park There are two places in the country that must always celebrate the 4th of July – Philadelphia and Charlottesville. In the shadow of Thomas Jefferson’s home, Charlottesville hosts a fantastic 4th of July Festival at McIntire Park. The show is put on by the all-volunteer Save the […]
Charlottesville New Construction
Working with new construction and builders is a big part of my business. Many of my clients choose to build their dream home in Charlottesville and there are some excellent builder to choose from in our area. As your buyers agent I will help you though the process of finding the perfect building site and […]
Relocating to Charlottesville?
Relocating to Charlottesville? You may have just found out about Charlottesville or maybe you went to the University of Virginia and have decided to move back to this fine area. What you need to know is that you are in for a treat. Charlottesville offer something for everybody. We have a lot of young families […]
It Feels so Good!
Today is a good day This morning I got to attend the closing of a client who was a “First Time Home Buyer” FTHB. Working with a FTHB is always a bit of an adventure. More Detail First of all we have to “usually” go over things in greater detail. This is actually good for […]
DUAL AGENCY-STOP IT
Ok, this, I know is a touchy subject but here it goes… I do not believe that we should allow Dual Agency. Here is how Dual Agency is decribed in Virginia: Dual Agency Occasionally a buyer will wish to make an offer on a property listed by the buyer agent’s firm, or even by the […]
Why is my Agent so Vague?
Schools – It may sound vague when an agent talks about schools but Buyer and Listing agents can not “steer” a client to or from a school. Crime – I hear it all the time, how is the crime in this area. Again an agent will be vague and refer you to a website […]