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The economy doldrums have made all of us a bit skittish when it comes to spending money. But in the long run we want our money to work for us so we can have more for our retirement years. One of the best ways to do this is purchasing a second home, and renting it out. I have said this before but ...
10/21/2010
Yesterday I went to my first breakfast meeting of Henrico Business Leaders. The speaker was Jon Mathiason whose topic was "The Urgency of the Airport Traffic and its Impact on the Economic Growth of Henrico County and its Neighbors". I moved to Richmond 27 years ago when RIC (Richmond  Internatio...
10/12/2010
Richmond, Va is a town filled with history. From gorgeous Church Hill, where Patrick Henry made his famous "Give my liberty or give me death! " speech to Hollywood Cemetery where many political dignitaries have been laid to rest, Richmond overflows with homage to the past. But, when it comes to s...
10/11/2010
This is what is now becoming a common statement during a listing presentation. It can also be followed by: I paid this amount for this home and I won't accept less!! My friend, who watches houses all the time, looked up my home on Zillow* and they said it was worth much more than that! *You can c...
09/23/2010
Here in Richmond, Virginia getting a contract on a home is the first thing a listing agent wants for their client! But,with the current market, many sellers are reluctant to allow purchase offers with a First Right of Refusal. I think this is "poppycock"! If a buyer must sell their house before t...
09/02/2010
Clients become friends during the process of selling a home. We talk about lots of things from the weather to politics and over time the line between friend and client becomes blurred. There are questions that, as a REALTOR, the professional salesperson, and not the friend, jumps forward to answe...
06/17/2010
The signs of spring are appearing! Flowers are beginning to pop , birds are singing, and there is an Open House sign on every street corner in Richmond, Va. !  With so many Open Houses we  need a course on how to act in an Open House to make the day fantastic! First of all lets look at  who stops...
03/09/2010
After last weeks blog about Lunchtime Open Houses (11-1 during the work week) I wanted to follow up with what I have learned.It has only been two weeks and eight hours of my time, but I am going to continue to hold Lunchtime Open Houses. And since I have sold all of my listings this year I am usi...
10/09/2009
I started something new today and I am excited about the future! Thinking that more businesses are open seven days a week, making weekends difficult for some to come to open houses, I started my Lunchtime Open Houses. Starting at 11 and ending at 1 these are in different locations throughout the ...
10/01/2009
One of my first time homeowners asked a really great question - How does a Realtor get paid? And another client, who had not purchased a home in quite a while, asked a similar question "Is a Realtor still paid by the seller? " The majority of Realtor's work on commission. The rate of commission i...
09/20/2009
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