James Friend Dickerson
• Interview •
James loves the land in the Charlottesville area. His passion for the area translates into extremely satisfied clients as he works tirelessly to make them happy.
A native of Central Virginia, James lived in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and Louisa Counties before heading to Virginia Tech to study Forestry and Wildlife Management/Environmental Conservation. As a full time REALTOR since 1991, the Forestry background comes in handy helping buyers and sellers of homes, farms and land.
From the Blue Ridge Mountains to Lake Anna, James listens to his clients needs developing a personal plan to meet those requirements. From land acquisition and development, to 1st time home buyers to investors adding real estate, to sellers looking to downsize, James uses a variety of tools to educate & help his clients achieve positive results.
James, why Charlottesville?
Born here in 1960 so it's home! I've lived in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna and Louisa over the years. My family has returned to Central Virginia (sister & family live on Lake Anna and parents live in one of our great retirement communities).
Where is your favorite place to eat?
Other than Kamp Karen (my bride fries soft shelled crabs, makes pimento cheese, bakes sweet potato biscuits, and other southern staples while I grill & smoke venison, local Black Angus beef, fish & fowl), we enjoy the BBQ Exchange in Gordonsville and Paladio at Barboursville Vineyards (I cooked at Paladio a few times w/ their 1st chef!).
What is your favorite event or show you have seen?
Blessing of the Hounds in Keswick on Thanksgiving Day
What is your favorite time of year?
Central Virginia provides us with distinct beautiful seasons with lots of great activities. If I had to pick one, it would be winter (relaxing in front of a fire reading a good book; sharing a great home cooked meal w/ friends & family; hunting with the temperature below freezing; trout fishing in February; playing in the snow with children).
What about Charlottesville surprises you the most?
The number of Hokies working at UVA!
Charlottesville Hidden Gem?
A spring visit University of Virginia's Pavilion Gardens
Being Evan, Mason and Ava's Grandpa Jim
Why Real Estate?
When leaving the hotel/restaurant industry I was looking for a way to apply my Forestry and Wildlife Management Degree (Environmental Conservation) working outside with people. Since 1991 helping buyers and sellers of homes, farms, land and investment real estate provides the right fit.
2 weeks in the Scottish Highlands, Skye and Orkney
Favorite Tech Tool?
Favorite Place to Shop?
any of our local farmers markets
Advice for Buyers?
Ask questions. The only bad or silly question remains the one you don't ask.
• Testimonials •
Jim was my first and second Realtor when I bought and sold my first property in Albemarle Co. He was very good about explaining the process of purchasing and selling a property to soneone who was new to the process. Though it has been many years since our last professional interactions, I highly recommend Jim & his services. I would most certainly use him again should I return to the community he covers.
Jim is an excellent realtor but more than that he is a genuine person that will try and help you anyway he can. He will listen to your concerns and review your situation and provide you with a range of possibilities and/or alternative solutions. He is very knowledgeable about the local market and very easy to work with, he is committed to help you obtain your goals. In my situation I had to sell my house because I was being relocated to another state. He gave me the best advise to be able to obtain a new house in the new state while keeping my current home. Unfortunately I could not sell my house by the time I moved and because of the market situation but Jim helped through the entire time I had the house for sale and was always positive and eager to find a buyer. His persistence pay off and the house was sold with very little hassle. Thank you Jim!
James Dickerson, was in one word, excellent. From his flexibility in meeting with me, to his promptness in returning phone calls and emails, to his knowledge of the entire process. I came into the process a first time home buyer and am very glad that James there to help throughout.
Thanks Jim for all your hard work-it has taken several years but given the location of the property-no road frontage and the economy I was wondering if it would sell at all, so again Nancy and I really appreciate all your efforts!!!
Jim Dickerson sold our home this past summer in Charlottesville, VA. When everyone else was complaining about the slow market, Jim had offers coming in almost immediately. We think this was due to Jim’s pre-listing advice, his knowledge of our local market and his tremendous access to large numbers of people buying and selling their homes.
We want to express our sincere appreciation for all that you did to sell our home. Although we were apprehensive due to the current real estate market and past experiences, you addressed all of our concerns and helped us develop a realistic plan to achieve our goals. Your advice and recommendations proved invaluable to us as we prepared the house for listing. The marketing plan resulted in two contracts only ten days from listing and then we were fortunate to get more than the asking price! We were so grateful for the way that you continued to provide expert guidance through the closing process. Before you know it everything was completed and we were on our way to our new home in Pennsylvania! Looking back now we realize how blessed we were in our decision to partner with you for this process. It proved to be so much more than a business transaction as evidenced by the way that you responded to our questions and concerns and support us as we were preparing to leave behind so much more than a home. We felt so comfortable placing our trust in you and we will be forever grateful for your friendship. The care and concern that you demonstrated during this whole process has resulted in two extremely happy customers. Thank you, Jim!
George & Priscilla
Thanks for putting up with us the last 6 months while we searched… and searched…. and searched for a home. You were so patient and never once tried to talk us into something just to get the sale. I will continue to recommend you to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. I hope to never use your services again… but if we do decide to sell, I will definitely call you.