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Market Activity

Charlottesville Real Estate Market – Third Quarter 2014

October 13, 2014

The Charlottesville Real Estate Market Report for the third quarter of 2014 can be found here.

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Luxury Homes Days On Market Trend

September 30, 2014

According to Realtor.com,  sales of high-end and luxury homes nationally have improved from a year ago.  Their measurement began with a consideration of days on the market time for all price points at an average of just 82 days on the market.  Naturally, higher priced homes take a bit longer to sell because the pool of potential buyers dwindles […]

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Real Estate Market Report Second Quarter 2014

August 5, 2014

A bit late posting this, but here is the Second Quarter Charlottesville Area real estate market report.

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An MLS Gives Dollar Value For Sellers

April 23, 2014

When a Seller decides to sell, there are various ways to go about it.  Hire a Realtor and feature on their MLS?  For Sale By Owner and save the fee?  Limited Service listing and pay a fee-for-service?   All of these choices have worked for some sellers, depending upon their particular circumstances. But one of those choices will […]

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Central Virginia Real Estate Market Report First Quarter 2014

April 14, 2014

Despite the unusual winter, Charlottesville area real estate sales continued to stay steady and even improve in some areas. See the latest Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors’ first quarter of 2014 market report.

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Cost and Value of 2014 Home Improvements

April 10, 2014

If you could ask thousands of Realtors about which home improvements seem to really help a seller, you’d have a great cross-section of opinions based on firsthand knowledge.  Well that’s exactly what Realtor Magazine did.  And their most up-to-date responses might assist you in preparing your home for the today’s market. If you’re considering the addition […]

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Head Games About Tub Games

March 20, 2014

Over the years we’ve noticed that homebuyers have seemed divided … along generational lines … about the desirability of a bathtub in the master bath.   Granted, great looking tubs can always draw an ooh or an ahhh.   A clawfoot tub, a setting near scenic window views, a deep therapeutic tub, or an ‘organic setting’ with lots of candles […]

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Actual Comparison of Rent Vs. Buy

March 20, 2014

Go ahead and give it a try.  The NY Times has published a fairly sophisticated calculator so that you can compare the total costs of renting vs. buying over a number of years.   Unlike other calculators, this one takes into account whether home values will rise or fall, what is the cost of missed opportunities, […]

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New Construction in Albemarle County

March 18, 2014

Depending on how you want to crunch the numbers, new construction makes up anywhere from 10 to 15% of the Charlottesville real estate market when looking at the number of listings sold through the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors. Of course, custom builds generally are not included in these numbers.  There are several new developments in […]

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Student Loans Vs Home Ownership By Young Adults

February 23, 2014

Lately the press has taken up the issues regarding student loans as they affect a young generation of potential homebuyers.  This isn’t a silly issue.  It impacts you and me right now, regardless of whether we have loans or children.   Did you know that the largest source of non-home-mortgage or home-equity-debt right now…  is student loans?  The […]

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