Charlottesville, VA Real Estate News

By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
 Forbes is known for it top 10 lists and this year Charlottesville is #9 on their Best Smaller Metros.Here is the top ten list: BEST SMALLER METROS Sioux Falls SD Iowa City IA Bloomington IN Columbia MO Bismarck ND Morgantown WV Rapid City SD Greenville NC Charlottesville VA Blacksburg VA Well I have to say that I personally am glad we are toward the lower end of this list. We have been at the top of a lot a lists and it tends to cause a migration of people to our area. Sure that is good for my Charlottesville Real Estate business but on the grand scheme of things, I really love our quality of life!What are your thoughts?
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
Charlottesville Real Estate update (year to date) 3/31/08Let's Talk Charlottesville Real Estate! We are very fortunate to live in such a wonderful area. We have four season, Blue Ridge Views and the University of Virginia! Sales are starting to pick up in Charlottesville and our year is off to a good start. In Charlottesville City we have SOLD 104 HOMES. There are currently 392 HOMES on the market. Our average DOM (Days on the Market) is at 123 Days . Our Average selling price is $333,936.NOTE: These are just homes in the city of Charlottesville   Click Here for a link to see Great Neighborhoods in our area!Please visit my website for details about our area and other homes on the market in Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the surrounding counties like Nelson, Greene, Madison, Fluva...
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By Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
How can we tell that the market has reached bottom?  Because the smart money is moving in.The savy buyer has realized that now is the perfect time to buy and in Charlottesville, Virginia real estate we are seeing an upswing in activity.  The current market presents a once in a generational opportunity: prices are the lowest that they have been in a long time, interest rates are low and the selection has never been greater.In a blink of an eye it could all change.  Once the market is publically perceived to be turning around sellers will be less apt to deal, prices will rise or at least stay firm, the selection will be bought down, and interest rates will not stay this low forever.The smart buyer will buy now!Pam Dent, e-PRO, SRESCharlottesville, VirginiaReal Estate IIIwww.JumpintoGreene...
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By Rick Sergison, Durham Region Real Estate Blog
(EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage)
Mark Lorenzoni of the Ragged Mountain Running Shop joins Coy Barefoot for a preview of the Charlottesville Ten-Miler. This race/run is to be held today, Saturday, March 29, 2008. This posting includes an audio/video/photo media file: Download Now Approx 2300 runners are on the streets of Charlottesville, this is a kickoff to Spring and the Dogwood Festival. This is the largest sporting event in town where people participate!!! A side note: The Lorenzoni's who you can see running around town almost every day, live very close to my home and I see them blazing the roads of Charlottesville often. If you are a runner you need to know about the Ragged Mountain Running Shop near UVA!  In my younger days I ran a lot of races and when I see an event like this it makes me want to go put my runni...
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By Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
(RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA)
McIntire Park, Charlottesville, Va to be updated. One of the great things about Charlottesville, Virginia is that the City really values it's residents opinion.McIntire Park (west side) is due for an improvement project, so as the slogan goes, Charlottesville Cares, they want our opinion on what changes to make. What a great city this is to live in.The goal is to update the park along with nearby growth in the area and reflect the values of the community.  We also want to protect as much natural areas as possible.McIntire Park Master Planning CalendarApril 12th - Design MeetingMay 6th  - Public Meeting 3:30 to 7:30 pmMay 19th - Presentation to City CouncilFor more information, check out the City of Charlottesville's outstanding City website:www.Charlottesville.org known as Charlottesvil...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
When you are coming to school at UVA there is a lot of things that you need to take care of and one of them is Housing! We offer some great options (for buyers) to purchase a home or condo close to UVA (The University of Virginia). The critical thing when looking for University Housing is location. You need to be close to classes, many times you want to be within walking distance. We will be sure to work with you on budget and location. You have some very exciting times ahead and we are looking forward to your joining the Charlottesville area. You are in for a treat! Give us a call and we will help to locate the perfect place in Charlottesville to live!Your Agent and Friend in Charlottesville VirginiaCharles McDonald434-981-1585Charlottesville Real Estate  
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By Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
(RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA)
Advertising your home for sale-Sellers - One way that you can promote your own home to sell is to get the word out with some very important folks, your neighbors. Go door to door, pick up the phone, give everyone you know a home information sheet. Invite the neighbors over for an open house, home preview or a brunch. Why not have a quick and easy ice cream cone event. Who wouldn't come over for an ice cream cone? Keep it simple. Who better to promote the area that you live in? Neighbors can be some of the best promoters because they already live in your neighborhood and know all the best hi-lights. It's not just your neighbors, they tell everyone they know that a great home in their fantastic neighborhood is ready to sell. For more great information on Charlottesville Real Estate visit:...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
They call this: "THE TOUGHEST SPORT ON DIRT" Can you beleive it, professional Bull Riders will be at the John Paul Jones Arena (JPJ) for an InvitationalThey will be here for one night only March 29th, prices from 5-40 dollars.   We have seen Monster Trucks, The Harlem Globe Trotters and now Bull Riding at JPJ!!!   What a place to live!For tickets or more information: click hereCharlottesville may be a small town but we sure do get some great event! YEA HA!!! 
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
Sometimes I think that Charlottesville is a big town and then I get a little perspective. Take a look at this photo:Notice how night is shifting across the United States and the concentration of lights in the major cities.Well, Charlottesville is just a little spec of light from this perspective. But when you visit our area you will see why we shine brightly!Sometimes we just need to stop and takes things in Perspective.I am looking forward to your visit!Your friend and agent in Charlottesville VirginaCharles McDonald
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By Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
(RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA)
Plastics.We hear how they last forever and will never decompose.  I was wondering just how long is forever and what really happens when we throw it way.If you are recycling, the plastics in your bin go to a recycling center where it is processed into a bale.  From here is will be processed and melted into yarn, pellets or sheets.  Down the road it could end up in clothing, rugs, or even remade into bottles again.If you are not recycling, your trash can wind up in many places.  From the landfill to the waterways.  Even at the landfill, plastic will slowly fall apart.  How slowly?  Try about 1000 years and contaminates the ground water.  What if it winds up in the ocean?  Plastic now accounts for up to 80%of all the debris in the ocean. There are massive piles of trash floating in both th...
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By Rick Sergison, Durham Region Real Estate Blog
(EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage)
Today is the day!March 20th is "National Resident Match Day" for New Doctors There are thousands of medical students who will receive assignments for residency programs accross the nation. Many of you will be coming to Charlottesville and enjoying one of the finest areas in the nation to live! UVA (The University of Virginia) School of Medicine, located in Charlottesville Virginia is a Top 10 U.S. Public Medical School.  I want to personally welcome all new residents to Charlottesville and when you are considering looking for that perfect place to call home, feel free to give me a call.  We have several fine locations to choose from and as your buyers agent, I want you to see all the choices available!Welcome to Charlottesville!Charles McDonald434-981-1585
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By Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
Charlottesville Virginia horse farms are not your usual Charlottesville real estate listing.  Albemarle County is in the middle of Virginia horse country.  As a REALTOR who is also a professional in the horse business, I pay particular attention to listings that come on the market stating that they are horse properties or potential horse properties.  What I often find is a detailed description showing the features of the house and very little about the equestrian facilities. Many agents do not realize that you are not dealing with your usual client.  Equestrian buyers looking at Charlottesville Virginia horse farms for sale are primarily interested in the horse ameneties and the home is secondary.  In order to find exactly what they want for the horses, they will often sacrifice feature...
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By Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
(RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA)
 Charlottesville Pavilion on the east end of the Historic Downtown Mall is ready to get a new year of musical entertainment underway.  The 2008 Budweiser Concert Series &  first half of the Fridays After Five has been announced.Here's a peak at some of the names we can expect to perform this year at the outdoor Pavilion. Crosby, Stills and NashWillie NelsonB.B. KingGary AllanGladys KnightEmmylou HarrisPhil Lesh and FriendsThe Black Crowes More shows are expected to be announced in the upcoming future.  Last year the Pavilion hosted 42 events with over 90,000 people attending.Fridays After Five, which is a free summer concert, kicks off it's 21st season on the mall this year.  There's always something going on at the Downtown Mall.To learn more, visit www.charlottesvillepavililionon.com ...
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By Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
(RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA)
        Spring is in the air and that means it's a great time to explore Charlottesville's Historic Downtown Pedestrian Mall with over 8 blocks and hundred + shops.. From April to October on Saturdays, you will find the City Market which hosts an outdoor farmers market.  You can find everything from fresh produce to hand made items to flowers.           Come on out.  Plan to spend the day.  Spend the night at the Omni Hotel located right on the mall. Shopping, sight seeing, walking the historic area, bring a book to read or a pad to draw, try a great new dessert and don't forget to express your thoughts on the Freedom of Speech Wall.  The Freedom of Speech Wall is a one of a kind "chalkboard like" wall where anyone is allowed to express their views or draw a picture.  Great places to di...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
Yesterday I was driving down the road here in Charlottesville Virginia and (while driving) put my camera out the window to get a picture of this line of trees:This is an amazing sight to see (I believe these are Bradford Pears) and what is more amazing is that this is in town and in front of a row of apartments. They must have been planted years ago and are obviously well cared for. I love to see these little surprises all around Charlottesville. (did you notice the traffic? lol)You will too, when you come and visit! 
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
Charlottesville Real Estate update (year to date) 3/17/08Let's Talk Charlottesville Real Estate! We are very fortunate to live in such a wonderful area. We have four season, Blue Ridge Views and the University of Virginia! Sales are starting to pick up in Charlottesville and our year is off to a good start. In Charlottesville City we have SOLD 81 HOMES. There are currently 355 HOMES on the market. Our average DOM (Days on the Market) is at 117 Days . Our Average selling price is $358,073.NOTE: These are just homes in the cityClick Here for a link to see Great Neighborhoods in our area!Please visit my website for details about our area and other homes on the market in Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the surrounding counties like Nelson, Greene, Madison, Fluvanna, Orange and Louisa....
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
In honor of St. Patrick's Day I have a "GREEN" QuestionDoes "Green" Sell?  Is it important to the consumer that a home be certified as a "green" home? We have Charlottesville Homes that are "certified" EarthCraft homes and we are considering adding a "green" category to our local MLS.  Agents: Do you currently have this option in your local  MLS? Is a Green home a better home or is it just better for the environment? I personally feel that a well built and well insulated home may in fact save energy but I also feel strongly that it is truly a better investment.What are your GREEN Thoughts? 
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By Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
(RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA)
Welcome to Mill Creek in Albemarle county off Avon Street Extended.  Just minutes to the Historic Downtown Mall of Charlottesville and easy commute anywhere.                                       Breathtaking views and nature setting means the best of being close to the city and the feel of country living.  Shopping near by with grocery store, restaurants, coffee shop, hair salon, car wash, bank and more. Within walking distance of several schools including Monticello High and the nearby Monticello Fire Department.                                  Planned community made up of two parts, second section called Mill Creek South, just a little further down Avon Street.  Great area with walking trails and family friendly.  Low yearly HOA fees that cover outside maintenance of home and yard a...
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By Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
(RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA)
Everyone knows that Charlottesville, Va is the home to the historic Downtown Mall, but we have many more malls here.  One of the malls is an indoor mall called Fashion Square Mall located at the intersection of U.S. Route 29 North and East Rio Road. The Fashion Square Mall has two Belk stores, one for Men and Home, and the other for Women's Fashions both located across from each other in the middle of the mall.                                                                                                                                                                                      On the right end of the mall is a JC Penny store with salon.                                                                             On the left hand side of the mall is the Sears with attached aut...
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By Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
(RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA)
Today's Monticello area, City of Charlottesville and Albemarle county all share the influence of Thomas Jefferson's style in architecture.  You will see it all around from the UVA area to the Historic Downtown Mall and beyond.Don't be surprised at all the brick and column buildings here.  Even today, many of our local shopping malls are also designed to flow with the Jefferson designs.It is certainly amazing to see these buildings withstand the tests of time.  The statue of Thomas Jefferson was placed there in 1915. For more great infomation on Charlottesville and local real estate, visit my website at: http://www.charlottesvillebuyhome.com/ 
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