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RECENT BLOG POSTS
Man, it sure is hard coming back from vacation!  I spent last week in picturesque Bath County at Nimrod Hall, one of my favorite places in the world.  I was pretty much unplugged - limited phone, limited e-mail, limited computer access.  I have to say, it was heaven.  BUT....I have to get back to...
08/14/2009
Take THAT, all you naysayers and doom-and-gloomers!  Zillow has ranked Richmond No. 7 in the NATION in "Best Places to Buy a Home."  Now, I will admit I usually think Zillow super-sucks, but if I have to deal with all the negative stuff that comes with them - like oftentimes EXTREMELY inaccurate ...
08/12/2009
Well, this report was released a few weeks ago, I thought I'd post it, it is still pretty interesting.  I've included the ENTIRE 21-page report here, and the 2-page synopsis here.  The report is prepared by George Mason University, and contains some interesting information, like: Sales increased ...
07/31/2009
I don't think lots of buyers know that the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit EXPIRES November 30, 2009.  If your purchase isn't closed by that date, you are out of luck, do not pass go, and certainly do not collect the $8,000 tax credit the federal government is handing out to savvy first time hom...
07/17/2009
I know the article naming Church Hill as the 10th Most Dangerous Neighborhood in the U.S. has caused an uproar, especially among people who live there and love it.  And one commenter has noted that she feels much safer in her Church Hill neighborhood than she does in the Fan or Museum District.  ...
07/10/2009
The magazine "This Old House" has named Church Hill one of the best nine "old house" neighborhoods in the South.  [NOTE:  I am a little perturbed that Baltimore, Maryland and Wheeling, West Virginia  were included in "the South."  Hello, basic geography and Mason-Dixon line?]  I also have been to...
07/10/2009
Here are two articles which suggest that a slow, steady economic recovery may be in the not-too-distant future for Richmond.  For the ultimate impact of the recession, one article puts Richmond in the middle of the Top 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.  That means the recession...
06/17/2009
Being in real estate, and because I work primarily in historic urban neighborhoods, I found this week's Style Weekly cover story especially fascinating.  The title is "Neighbors In Waiting" and the subtitle is intentionally provocative - "The country's real estate meltdown hasn't just sparked a r...
06/09/2009
I am a little bit flummoxed.  Right now, housing affordability is the best it's EVER been, since the National Association of Realtors has been tracking the statistics.  Interest rates are at record lows, under 5% in many instances.  The Federal Government is still making 3.5% down payments, under...
05/18/2009
People who read my blog know how I feel about dual agency.  To define it yet again, dual agency is when one single real estate agent represents both the buyer and the seller in a real estate transactions.  As a general rule, I think dual agency is a joke, it shouldn't be legal, and the statutes a...
04/27/2009
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