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We are heading north to CT in a few days.  The last time we tried to do this on Christmas we were flying and delayed by a local ice storm.  We walked into JD's mother's home at 10pm ( should have been there at 5) and everyone was headed to bed.  As most of you know, driving this time of the year ...
12/19/2007
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I received an e mail today from Clay Brown at RBC Centura Bank.  It said that in a landslide vote of 93-1 the Senate passed FHA "modernization" legislation on 12-14-2007.  If enacted, it would increase loan amounts FHA could insure, cut down payments in half and provide more counseling to potenti...
12/17/2007
It's the HOLIDAY'S and the whole family is here stay for the week, OH BOY!!!  O.K. fast forward 3 days: You still have to go to work, if for no other reason than to afford the tons of food these locusts, who share your last name, can eat in a 24 hour period. Now it's 5:30 and your heading to Ukro...
12/16/2007
Why is that the housing market in some areas is booming and tanking in others.  According to CNNMoney.com it is the simple principle of supply and demand.  But the bottom line is this, if the economy is okay then your market will be too.  Housing prices will not decline if local industries are do...
12/15/2007
Finally...the Richmond Times Dispatch has some good real estate news.  In the November11th edition there was a report tht Richmond housing appreciated 4.2%.  They also reported tht the most expensive area here is Goochland with sales prices averaging $540,000.  However, the average price per squa...
12/14/2007
Are you scratching your head for a last minute holiday gift?  Go to www.walgreens.com and see their photo section.  You can put a photo on anything from throw pillows to pajamas.  We had a puzzle made for our families of large family gatherings.  Good luck and have fun creating something special.
12/12/2007
We received an e mail this morning from Pillar to Post home inspectors.  They had several tips for fire safety in the home which we would like to share.  Always check electrical devices for frayed cords and loose or broken plugs.  Never run electrical wires under carpet or rugs.Wood burning firep...
12/11/2007
We found it very interesting today to see how the market in Richmond Va has done in 2007 compared to 2006.  The average sales price according to the MLS service in 2006 was $281,494.  In 2007 so far the average is $290,222.  Now that isn't a huge increase but it certainly isn't a nose dive like t...
12/10/2007
Because of this unpredictable market we have had to brainstorm to come up with some eye catching ideas.  A couple of months ago we created a DVD of a home we had listed and hand delivered it to the top producers in that area.  The home sold in less than 2 weeks.  We currently have two homes liste...
12/09/2007
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The one thing that seems to be a better bargin than a new car this time of the year is a new home.  Builders are offering tons of incentives.  One local builder is offering you your choice of 6 month free mortgage or free upgrades.  Other builders are offering thousands of dollars towards closing...
12/08/2007
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