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RECENT BLOG POSTS
Well, I think CarMax, the successful child of poor ole bankrupt Circuit City, is still doing pretty good.  For those of you not in the know, CarMax developed the model of "no haggle pricing" for the used car industry.  No annoying salespeople.  No back and forth to "the manager" to see if a deal ...
02/12/2009
This is something that both makes me crazy and makes me scratch my head in confusion.  Crazy, because I have to deal with the (usually extremely well-meaning, but clueless) agents from outside of the historic City neighborhoods where I do most of my work.  Scratch my head, because I do not unders...
02/05/2009
USING THE INTERNET IN YOUR HOUSE HUNT - HELP OR HINDRANCE? The Internet is a hugely important tool for home buying, and the rise of the Internet as a source of information in the home-buying process has been nothing short of meteoric.  Look at these statistics, on how many people use the Internet...
02/05/2009
Hmmm.....this is a tough one.  I think it depends on your personal temperament and preferences. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, here's the overview.  A Listing Agreement is the document between a Seller and a listing brokerage that governs the terms of the marketing and sa...
02/01/2009
Well, this just came across my e-mail and I thought it was valuable enough to post ASAP.   Download Refinance_Savings_Chart It's a pretty chart showing payments if an individual refinanced their existing mortgage.  A few notes: The chart shows only principal + interest ("P+I"), so to figure out y...
01/13/2009
Okay, so I just got lazy.  Google "Young and the Restless" and Richmond, Virginia and the report on the creative class popped right up.  Here it is.  Looks like the focus groups were conducted in March 2004.  I'm not sure when the report itself was generated, I just know I went to the kickoff par...
01/13/2009
HYPE Vision: If We Ran Richmond - Play King or Queen for a Day HYPE ("Helping Young Professionals Engage," or on more than one occasion I've heard it revised tongue-in-cheekily as "Helping Young Professionals GET Engaged") is hosting an event on January 21 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 at Toad's Plac...
01/13/2009
Well, I listed this a blog topic to come in my most recent posting.  While the outcome for me wasn't what I had hoped, I think it's a good road map for the "dos" and "don'ts" of dumping your real estate agent. Background is as follows:  A year or so ago, I was approached by a friend to list his h...
01/11/2009
Wow!  I'm pretty excited by the turnout for the Windsor Court condominium project at 1608-1614 Grove Avenue, especially considering it was a "soft opening" with no paid advertising (just post sign, street signs, MLS notice, Zillow notice, and Craigslist).  On both Saturday and Sunday we had agent...
01/04/2009
The December 21, 2008 Sunday Real Estate Section front page had an article about a "mini condo" development in Jackson Ward.  The developer is a gentleman named Ron Stallings of Walker Row Partnership.  Just for the record, I have never met Mr. Stallings.  However, I did see him speak at the Vent...
01/04/2009
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