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Real Estate Agent - Dawson Ford Garbee & Co., Realtors, Lynchburg VA
Earlier this year I took a survey at  They were asking for stories about a home crush.  I filled out the survey and the next thing I know I'm interviewing with Sanette Tanaka, a journalist at The Wall Street Journal.  She was doing a takeoff on the traditional Valentine's Day love st...
I am excited about doing an open house tomorrow in Concord which is approximately 20 miles from Lynchburg VA.  It is an EarthCraft House which means that it is more energy efficient than a standard home and it is built with sustainable materials. For example: The insulation used is more than requ...
Lynchburg VA will host its annual loft tour next Saturday February 26th.  You can get information online at  I have not participated in the tour itself but have viewed many of the lofts searching for a couple who were interested in living in downtown Lynchburg.  Most ar...
I opened up a newsletter from the NAR this morning and found information on tax credits for certain home improvements and on common tax preparation mistakes.  One of my goals this year is to have more and better communication with past and future clients.  I thought the articles would be great to...
The January issue of Realtor magazine includes the latest data on the value of undertaking various home remodeling projects.  Data is also available at  The article points out that the cost recouped over the past year was lower overall due to lower home values.  I just emaile...
Several sellers have asked me why my firm can't list for the same low amount.  What I tell them is that our commission covers both the compensation for our firm listing the property as well as the compensation to the selling broker.  I don't believe the $2995 covers both.  There seems to be a lot...
This idea came to mind after I read Tni LeBlanc's post.  I have paid my dues.  Before I went into real estate, I had spent over 20 years in other financial services industries.  I went with Dawson Ford Garbee in Lynchburg VA because of the training offered.  At the time, we had a full-time traine...

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