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Last but not least...Reason #9  Location, location, location.  Today's buyers can find homes closer to work.  In the past buyers felt they had to move to beyond the city limits to afford a home.  In this market, reasonably priced homes are within biking or walking distance to schools, public tran...
01/18/2008
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We are almost there...These are the next two installments concerning reasons that it is a great time to buy a home in Richmond VA.Reason #7  Repair requests are welcomed.  After a buyer completes a home inspection, they are allowed to request a list of repairs.  In the past the seller might just ...
01/17/2008
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This is the third in a series of top ten reasons that it is a great time to buy real estate.Reason #5  Due diligence is welcomed.  In today's market buyers are encouraged to obtain an inspection and appraisal.  Two years ago these things were often waived in order to have an advantage with multip...
01/16/2008
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Continuing on with the top ten reasons to buy real estate now.Reason #3  You can make an offer.  And it is not over the asking price.  Today the list price vs the selling price is about 96% average nationwide.   Sellers are not insulted by offers anymore...if anything they are grateful.Reason #4 ...
01/15/2008
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Continuing on with the top ten reasons to buy real estate now.Reason #3  You can make an offer.  And it is not over the asking price.  Today the list price vs the selling price is about 96% average nationwide.   Sellers are not insulted by offers anymore...if anything they are grateful.Reason #4 ...
01/15/2008
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Are you ready for another top 10?  During the last few days we have been talking about selling your home and ways to make that more successful.  Now we are going to give you the top ten reasons to buy a home NOW.Reason #1  Inventory.  Regardless of the price range, there is a great selection of h...
01/14/2008
On December 16 we wrote a blog titled "Get out of the kitchen & Enjoy your family!!!". It was a tongue in cheek piece telling folks to enjoy their family and giving some great restaurant picks in the local Richmond area that Lynda and I have enjoyed over the years. One of our picks was a new plac...
01/13/2008
And now....what you've all been waiting for.Step #9  Visit open houses.  It is always a good idea to know the competition.  It is not easy to be objective, but is there something the other sellers are offering which might work as well for you.  Find out what your bargaining power is.  We almost a...
01/12/2008
We know you have been glued to your computer waiting for this moment so we won't prolong the anxiety.Step #7  Make sure your agent updates photos frequently.  Sometimes buyers will rule out a home on the Internet or on realtor.com by the photo of the front of the home.  We always like to one of t...
01/11/2008
Sorry we skipped a day.  So we will give you steps 3-6 today.We don't fully know what will  happen in 2008 but many markets have stalled.  Richmond VA however seems to be picking up.  For most long term owners selling in this marketplace should be fine because appreciation from the past years ass...
01/10/2008
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