Charlottesville, VA Real Estate News

By Prue Shockley, Charlottesville Virginia Real Estate
(Real Estate III)
HiThe 3rd quarter market report came out to-daylooking at sales of homes in the area.  The report was written by Dave Phillips, CEO of Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors.   I'd like to share someof his comments with you.  In his overview of the 3rd quarter he states, "The current real estate market is muchmore complex and variable than in past years. The definingmeasure of this market is not the slower pace of sales: rather the most dominating factor is the record level of homes for sale.  As of early October, we have almost 3,500 homes listed for sale in the CAAR MLS system- 3 times the inventory of 3 years ago."   He also notes, "High inventory levels have kept the prices low, Days on market high, and sellers reaching fort he Maalox."We are currently selling our home in Wint...
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By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
Well, for everyone that read my first post...Pregnant...Unemployed...Uninsured HELP!...and left GREAT comments.  I have an UPDATE!  Thank you for everyone's suggestions and words of encouragement.  TRUST me!  I needed it! (and still do)  I have been napping a LOT per Sarah Cooper's advice.  Morning sickness hasn't been bad at all (knock on wood).  I wish someone would have told me to hide all of those baby books until my second trimester though!  My morning sickness has definitely been psychological. YIKES!  :)  On the good news front, my husband just accepted a great job and insurance starts at day one and his first day is this coming Monday.  Whew...that was close.  I am almost finished tying up all of my loose ends in Jacksonville so I can get started here in Charlottesville.  Right ...
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By Rick Sergison, Durham Region Real Estate Blog
(EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage)
On October 16th the Planning Commision in Albemarle County will meet.The Discussion will be the "Village of Rivanna Master Plan". Location: The auditorium of the County Office Building on McIntire Road.Meeting starts at 6pmNOTE: It is important for the residents of Charlottesville to take an active role in our Government. Please spend a little time to learn about our area. 
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
 This Bathroom was remodeled by our TILE and GRANITE contractor in Charlottesville.     BEFORE - Note the counter, sinks and the wall on the left of the sink. Our contractor removed the Wall and extra door.                  AFTER- Our contractor installed a new granite countertop, 2 new sinks and a new tub. They topped if all off with tile to the ceiling and around the walls; And then they tiled the floor on the diagonal!Notice how open the bath is by removing the wall!I Love Granite!!!Total cost of the project : $3,500.00!I highly recommend our tile and granite contractor to my clients. Feel free to drop me an email or call if you need a referral. As a Real Estate Agent in Charlottesville I love to have connections with my contractors and recommend them highly!What are your thoughts on...
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By Becky Reid
(Canopy Insurance, LLC)
Due to budget cuts, there is an immediate need for volunteers to assist with the driving simulator portion of the driver's education classes in the Albemarle County School system.  Initially, the organizers put out a plea to insurance agents, and a few of us have agreed to assist, but it would be nice to have a few more folks who could be called upon to cover all the dates and locations.  If you'd like to speak with the organizer, contact me and I'll put you in touch with her... we sure would appreciate it!
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By Rick Sergison, Durham Region Real Estate Blog
(EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage)
Albemarle Market statistics for September 2007. We are seeing a slow down and the Number of Homes sold this moth is : 84The Average Selling Price is $395,286 and the Median Selling Price is $325,000Average Days on the Market this month is 90and as of 10/8/2007 at 3pm we have 993 active listing.Call me for any details!    
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
  Yesterday, I was out with clients all day in various parts of Albemarle County. It was a beautiful day after the morning fog burned off. We saw several areas, homes and even some land. It occured to me that it would make a lot of sense to get out of our vehicle and walk the pavement. So we did just that. There were 3 homes in a wonderful neighborhood that we wanted to see. We stopped at the first one and walked to the other 2. By the time we got back, it became apparent that we loved (or should I say my clients loved) the neighborhood.Sure this took a little longer but my clients enjoyed it and so did I,Sometimes it just makes sense to get out of your vehicle. Next time Bring the Tennis Shoes!It's good for the heart too! 
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By Rick Sergison, Durham Region Real Estate Blog
(EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage)
Our next school board meeting will be at the Lane Auditorium of the County Office Building on McIntire Road!Thursday, Oct 11, 2007 starting at 6:30 pm. Here is a link to our schools website: Albemarle County Public SchoolsI feel it is important to be involved in the education of our children. Please consider attending our school board meetings.Best Regards, Charles
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By Rick Sergison, Durham Region Real Estate Blog
(EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage)
Albemarle County, VDOT (Virginia Department of Transportation), the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, citizens have all gotten together. they formed a vision for the Growth area north of Charlottesville (route 29). Here is what they hope will happen:Encourage new developments to:Have Vibrant, mixed use centers including a choice of housing typesPed-Friendly neighborhoods with walking trails and biking trailsHave the communities linked to transit optionsPreserve the exisiting neighborhoodsOn Tuesday, Oct 23 at 6pm at the County office building, the Albemarle Planning Commission will take Public Comments..... My guess is there will be a lot of "Public Comments"
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By Rick Sergison, Durham Region Real Estate Blog
(EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage)
 Just the facts about the city of Charlottesville! The City of Charlottesville is located in the Surrounding County of Albemarle in wonderful Virgina.Out city has a Population of  39,800The Median Household Income is  $31,768Total Land Area: 10.3 square milesTax Rates: Real estate 95 cents per $100 assessed valuation; personal property $4.20 per $100 assessed valuation.Elementary Schools: 5Upper Elementary Schools: 1Middle Schools: 1High Schools: 1Technical Education Center: 1www.ccs.k12.va.us/If you want more details visit: www.MyCharlottesvilleAGENT.com regard, Charles McDonald
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By Rick Sergison, Durham Region Real Estate Blog
(EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage)
A-mail is Albemarle County's electronic news service that will notify you via e-mail about services, programs and events that are important to you. Recieve up-to-the-minute updates on a variety of topics:Land Use and Development Rural Areas  Board of Supervisors Pantops Master Plan Places 29 Master Plan Crozet Master Plan Village of RivannaVisit the website and sign up! www.albemarle.org/a-mailI signed up and as a resident of Albemarle County you should too!Regards, Charles McDonald  
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
This is just what we are doing with a traditional water heater! ((Keep reading this is good stuff))The tank holds water, which we keep at a constant temperature until we turn on a valve. This was ok for a long time. But times are changing and so is the McDonald house!!!We are installing a "Tank-less Water Heater". These units are Energy saving, Earth friendly and budget conscious. There is a dramatic reduction in electric or propane costs. They use a fraction of the energy to operate and thus they are earth friendly. Statistics say that you will recoup the cost of the unit within 3 years. My unit has a 10 year full replacement warrantee!If you are retrofitting a unit into a home it is a little more difficult to get "instant" hot water. But in new construction, just be sure they plumb fo...
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By Tara Savage
(RE/MAX Assured Properties)
Wednesday, October 3, 2007Currently the market is slower here than it usually is.  Our inventory is higher than it has been in quite a while, and we've returned to a more "normal" market.  We're just not used to things being slower than it has been in the last 5 years, so to most realtors, it seems painfully slow.  However, when I got into real estate 10 years ago, it was a normal market, and nobody really complained about...thats just the way it was.  While it is true that we have more homes for sale now than we did back then, you have to remember that there are thousands more homes existing as there were ten years ago, so it would make sense that there are more homes for sale.  Last week I watched that strange fellow, Kramer, on the Today show telling people that they were crazy if th...
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By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
Bentley is my baby!  (he's going to be SO jealous of the baby that's on the way though!)  I have had him for 5 years and he has helped me through SO much!  I got Bentley after a terrible car accident in March of 2002.  I fell asleep at the wheel and was ejected 227 feet in FRONT of where the vehicle stopped.  I was pronounced dead and two police officers were sent to my parent's house to inform them of my death...BUT I wasn't dead!  Just not my time yet.  The EMT removed an obstruction from my wind pipe and I came back! (and no I don't remember ANYthing)  I broke my back (shattered T6), fractured my skull, broke 7 ribs, bruised my spleen, broke my jaw in 2 places, shattered my orbital, punctured and collapsed my left lung...  It was TERRIBLE!  I had to RE-learn to read, write, walk and ...
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By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
Good Day Everyone!  Well, it's that time of year again.  Apple Butter, Clogging, Bluegrass Music, Hayrides, Pumpkins...  MY FAVORITE!  What a great time to spend with your significant other or family!  I have compiled a list of the latest and greatest apple festivals going on in and around the Commonwealth.                                                  Flippin-Seaman Orchard (yes...that's the name) has always been a favorite of mine as I have frequented there the past couple of years.  The drive is so beautiful...especially when the leaves are chaning!  This year I wont be able to make it because I will be attending the Belmont Boil at my mother's coffeehouse on Saturday.  Maybe next year!  Below is a list of festivals and you should make at LEAST one!  Hope to see you there!     Oct...
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By Judy Savage
(REMAX Assured Properties)
One of the other big topics at the VAR convention is the Quality Service Certification.  This was also a top at the Mid Year Education and Legislative meeting last February.  After that I signed myself and all of my team members up to take the course when it was offered at VAR last spring.  So, all of the Savage Team, myself, Tara and Heather Savage, Lee Ann Cope and Lucy Watkins all have the QSC designation.  Quality service isn't something we have just started it has been part of our business from the beginning.  But, in this Internet world how is one to determine who is a good conscientious Realtor and who is not? We decided as a team that we had nothing to fear having our clients "rate" us.  We have  for a long time sent surveys to past clients and asked for their feedback on their ...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
Money Magazine (April 2007) came out with their top 10 best place to retire young. Charlottesville Virginia ranked #2 and I know why, do you?In the article they tell how they pick the best places... Pop GrowthNear major metropolitan areaHousing costsCost of livingEconomic healthCollege presenceRecreation and arts! Take a look at the article and see what other cities made it: CLICK HERETwo cities in Virginia made the list, One city in ID, UT, VY WA, FL, NH, KS and IA.After living in Charlottesville for over seven years, I can tell you that they can not figure this stuff out on paper. There is a culture here that is not easy to determine or dissect. People here in Charlottesville have a true respect for each other and each others property. Our schools teach our children what they call th...
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By Judy Savage
(REMAX Assured Properties)
I am here at the VAR Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia where blogging is all the rage.  I sat is a meeting the other day where several experienced bloggers tried to bring the rest of us into the 21st century.  I'm 57 but the guy next to me must have been 70 and he hardly knew what a computer was and this was all new stuff to him.  He just didn't see the point.  I must admit I haven't been able where some folks find the time to read all this information and then to write comments and their own in depth analysis of what's happening in the real estate world.  I have a daughter who is 24 and works as an advertising manager for an Internet based company and she spends her days reading blogs about advertising and then comprises a newsletter monthly for their clients based upon what she rea...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
New Construction! Love it!!! I get involved in a lot of new construction in my area and I wanted to share interesting techniques with you.My sister is building a home and these photos are of the process.These walls are Foam stacked together kind of like "LEGO's" easy enough right?Notice the steel construction to support the next level. This is obviously built into a hillside.This level will have radiant heating tubes installed prior to pouring the cement floor!Notice this is ground level?This type of construction is energy efficient and extremely strong. By the way this home is in California (think earthquake safety)! But these techniques are being used all over. Some additional data you might find interesting:The walls end up being 12 inches thick (4"of Styrofoam and 8" of cement)The w...
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By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
Just wanted to invite everyone to join us at La Taza next Saturday! My mother owns La Taza Coffeehouse in Charlottesville, Virginia and she is holding a benefit for the Sustainable Farmers in Guatemala!  Should be a great time.. AND its for a good cause, what else could you ask for!?See you all then!Thanks,Valorie Ford - Real Estate III Charlottesville                    Belmont Boil In support of the Sustainable Farmers in Guatemala At La Taza Coffeehouse                                                                  Saturday October 6th                                                        An All Day Music Festival Noon - 10pm                                                                                      Music from....                                                          ...
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