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People don't use libraries as a resaon to move into one county of another, but when you look at the Richmond Virginia area it may be something to consider! Henrico County Libraries are amazing. The local government spent millions of dollars on new libraries that offer everything you would find at...
09/18/2009
I am beginning to get calls from people who are thinking of putting their house on the market next year. Their question is usually " What should I do now?". Call a Realtor today. There are two reasons for doing this: You can get opinions and suggestions on what needs to be done to get your house ...
09/10/2009
One way to help your buyer's is by requesting the current title policy in the contract. Being able to reissue a recent policy may save your buyer several hundreds of dollars. But unless it is in the contract, the sellers do not have to provide it, and many may refuse.
09/01/2009
When listing your home ask yourself one simple question - Do I want to list my house, or do I want to sell it? Interviewing Realtor after Realtor until you find one that will list your house for the price you think it is worth will do several things: Frustrate you because you will not get an offe...
09/01/2009
Now that you know what you are looking for in a home you need to ask yourself the next set of questions: How long will I live in this home? Most people stay in their homes 5- 7 years before moving.  If you think you may be moving again in 2 years or less it may be better to rent than buy a home. ...
08/30/2009
Today I was watching Good Morning America on ABC. Nina Garcia was being interviewed by Diane Sawyer about her new book The Style Strategy. In her interview she said there were three questions you need to ask yourself before going shopping. Although speaking about clothes her questions can apply t...
08/27/2009
Finally! A house came back on the market that was in the right price range, and apparently offers everything my client wants! Checking the MLS I called the owner, as directed by the Listing Agent, to set up an appointment. When the answering machine picked up I excitedly requested showing the hou...
08/19/2009
There are a couple of sentences when talking with new customers inquiring about one of my listings that I don't like to hear. When asked if they are working with a Realtor they reply: We are working with my aunt (substitute any relative as needed) who is a Realtor in Timbukto. followed by She can...
08/18/2009
How often I have walked through a sellers home and said "maybe you should have a yard sale". More often than not they give the stuff away before having a sale. Now I understand why! This weekend my family held a garage sale at my parent's home. They have lived in this house for 22 years. With a f...
08/16/2009
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One of the things I give my buyers, after signing a buyers agreement, is a notebook. For each showing we do the following: They receive a printed copy of the listing with three hole punch to insert in notebook. Upon leaving the showing they write down their thoughts on the home on the listing Wit...
08/13/2009
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