Charlottesville, VA Real Estate News

By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
PARADE of HOMES - Charlottesville, Virginia!   The 2007 Parade of Homes kicks off on Oct 6 & 7 and Oct 13 & 14   Every year our local builders step up to the plate and show off their fine homes! If you are in the market to buy a new home or just thinking about it, these two weekend are a must see. You can pick homes by price range, location or type of homes, whatever works for you.   To be brutally honest, my wife and I go to these tours to get remodeling ideas!!! Learn from the best and see what our builders have been doing!   Currently there are 74 homes on the Parade of Homes. One is right for you!  Visit http://www.blueridgeparadeofhomes.org/ for more details!   When you are ready to buy that perfect home, just give me a call and we can work out all the details.   Best regards from ...
Comments 3
By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
The MUDHOUSE presents:Living and Dying, recent works by Marcy Rampini October 1-30, 2007Opening reception is Friday, Oct 5th from 6-8pmMarcy is a good friend and neighbor, and we wish her all the best on this showing. My wife and I will be there and we hope you will too. Marcy's husband is an excellent local builder, Massimo Rampini with European Homes located in Charlottesville Virginia.To see some of this fine work visit: http://www.marcyrampini.com/and also for information visit:  www.mudhouse.com While in Charlottesville, call me to see the perfect home to go with your new painting!Best regards, Charles McDonaldwww.MyCharlottesvilleAGENT.com  
Comments 4
By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
Seems that the inventory is increasing and the sales are slowing. In Charlottesville the real estate market is very seasonal. We start in March and Peak in Aug. Then we start to slow into Fall and Winter.Then the cycle starts over again. This cycle is repeated over and over again. This is partially (and mostly) do to the fact that we are a University town. The University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson (our 3rd president) is our biggest employer and our biggest land owner.The cycle of the school year directly relates to the cycle of the Real Estate market in Charlottesville.So how do you sell your house in this market?There are just a few things to remember.1. Show well (consider using a stager)2. Be the deal (run the comps and be sure you are priced right)3. use a REALTOR! (th...
Comments 5
By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
I believe this is my favorite time of year! The "Fall Colors" are about to show up in Charlottesville Virginia! Be ready for some WOW moments.I want to thank all of my clients this year that bought or sold real estate in our area!Today I got to do one of my favorite things. I spent the day (with my wife) dropping off Pumpkins and MUMMS to all my clients. Well not all of them....Tomorrow I will be continuing because the list is a little long (I feel like Santa).... Errrr,,, I am starting to look like him too!Several clients where home and I got in a little visit, but the fun is when they get home from work and see this surprise on their doorstep!I know several of my clients read my BLOG and if you did not get your surprise today, do not worry it is on its way!Thank you my dear friends!Be...
Comments 24
By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
  Saturday is the game between The University of Virginia and Georgia Tech at Scott Stadium.  I am taking my son and my oldest Brother (who is visiting this week).   It is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Football, hotdogs, yelling for the team!   Clients are on hold - I hope they understand.   This goes back to Perspective - Keeping things in perspective is important. Spending time with my family is a priority!   I read posts from people who are blogging at midnight and then first thing in the morning. That is simply crazy...IMHO   Take some time off, go enjoy some time with loved ones and have some fun!!! Lets keep things in perspective.Go HOOS!!!   Best regards from Charlottesville   Charles McDonald
Comments 10
By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
So today I went to the doctor and had my physical. Dressed in sweats and a t-shirt (so I can do the doctor thing quickly). Of course no food or coffee since midnight....First off everything went fine at the doctors office. Then I decided to go to Starbucks. I open the door and I hear a voice...."Charles???" is that you??? I had to laugh!It was a good client of mine and she says "You are not in your usual attire" Isn't this the case, as agents when we go out in public, we will never see someone and the day we look like hell, we run right into a client!!!Way to start the day Charles!!! lol EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS??? 
Comments 37
By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
GREAT news!  I just found out, last night at 5:30 pm, that I was pregnant.  My husband and I are officially expecting our first child and the excitement is definitely there...but the "uh ohs" have already started sinking in.  My husband and I just moved to Charlottesville, Virginia the end of last month from Jacksonville, Florida.  Our home in Florida currently is being rented and we are living in a little cottage on my family's farm (may I emphasize the word "little"!).  My husband is still searching for a job...no health insurance...he is supposed to have an offer today on one of his final jobs, but what about preexisting?  Oh no!  I am so nervous that I haven't gotten started yet selling real estate in Virginia...no cash flow...no home!  Now we are going to have a baby!?  I am usuall...
Comments 17
By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
LONG LIVE THE KING!!Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Elvis' Death, Matt Lewis (one of the best impersonator of Elvis) will be live at the Charlottesville Paramount Theater!Backing Lewis are special guests for this concert, hometown favorites Big Ray and the Kool Kats. Friday, Sept 28 at 8pmIf you are a fan, this is for you!I may be there in disguise!Regards from CharlottesvilleCharles McDonald 
Comments 12
By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
Could the soft market possibly be due to a decline in housing affordability?  Possibly...  This coming fall will mark the one year anniversary of the housing markets fall from grace.  The more optimistic predictions had this fall as being the beginning of the road to recovery!  I sure hope so.  Most prognosticators, however, are saying that the housing market is not quite finished softening and nearly every week we hear something more about a further downturn, more subprime problems, woe to the real estate world...  The latest puts the bounce-back beginning closer to the end of 2008.One of the latest sob stories to be added to the mess is that of declining home affordability.  What!? you might ask.  Well, I agree.  This might sound counterintuitive...why am I stating that homes are LESS...
Comments 2
By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
What is green?  Currently there is no national green building standards for anyone to consult, and with interpretations all over the board in an industry as diverse as construction, that is a question that many have been asking as all things green have been soaring!     The National Green Building Standard has been aiming to set the record straight, at least by the standard and definitions of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council.  Since this past March, the two groups, with the aid of remodelers, builders, code/government officials, green suppliers and others (yes, this does worry me a bit!)...they have been putting together a point base system for certifying homes as green (of course with some flexibility for regional variations).  You can...
Comments 2
By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
I just recently moved from Jacksonville, Florida to Charlottesville, Virginia.  Florida is a FULL disclosure state.  Virginia...is not.  Virginia STILL allows dual agency, but they will not allow a licensed mortgage broker to sell a home and do the mortgage!  (They can in Florida)  In Virginia, there are no HOA disclosures, seller's disclosures, CDD fee disclosures...Nothing!  What the heck!?  I asked my broker here about it, and he said that no one in Virginia likes to disclose ANYthing.  The only way they disclose something is if there is a material defect that is obvious.  Otherwise they are mum.  Caveat emptore he says...  He believes that there is legislation that is going to require real estate agencies to come up with their own disclosures in the very near future.  Is this common...
Comments 5
By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
OPEN HOUSE TODAY FROM 1-4 pm!!!                                 Today is the day!  I am hosting an open house TODAY! at 1800 Jefferson Park Avenue in Charlottesville, Virginia.    Visit http://www.1800JPA.com/  for more information!  This is a condo conversion community with great potential and GREAT views!  HUGE swimming pool, great for Spring and Summer months!  This place is really going to be something special.  Stop by and see me from 1-4.  People with ties to UVA get a $5000 discount! 
Comments 0
By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
Charlottesville home under 199K???OK, now the correction has hit us in Charlottesville and it seems we are much closer to reality in terms of price. Of course this is a personal opinion!I watch every new home the comes on the market every morning in my area. This keeps me really up to date on our overall Real Estate condition in and around Charlottesville Virginia.This weekend I saw 2 listing that were "homes" under 200K. Not condos or town homes.... This appears to be closer to where are low end homes should be in our area. Best regards from Charlottesville!Charles McDonaldREALTOR, Licensed to sell Real Estate in the Commonwealth of Virginiahttp://www.mycharlottesvilleagent.com/     http://www.mycharlottesvilleblog.com/"Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve." - Na...
Comments 1
By Jeff Easter, Remodeling-Contractor - Charlottesville/Albemarle Virginia
(Jeff Easter Remodeling)
Did you know that you are supposed to remodel your home no more than 7 years from your last purchase/remodel?  After seven years, everyone needs to reevaluate how dated his/her property has actually become.  With homes going green, new insulation methods, seer ratings on HVAC units, new roofing materials etc. everyone needs to make sure that they stay on top of the ever changing housing market!  Remember those mirrored walls?  Full wall paneling?  Tab shingles?  Go textured walls!  Architectural or even metal roofing!  The options are endless.  If you wait much longer than 7 years, remodels can get much more expensive... systems can start failing and what was once just a thought all of the sudden becomes a necessity.  Everyone deserves to be in a nice home.  Why not remodel your current...
Comments 1
By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
                                 Sunday is the day!  I am hosting an open house THIS Sunday at 1800 Jefferson Park Avenue in Charlottesville, Virginia.    Visit http://www.1800JPA.com/  for more information!  Some of the condos have amazing views of the stadium or phenomenal views of Hilltop Farm.  HUGE swimming pool, great for Spring and Summer months!  This place is really going to be something special.  Stop by and see me this Sunday from 1-4.  People with ties to UVA get a $5000 discount!
Comments 0
By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
As many of you know, I recently moved to Charlottesville from Florida and have started my real estate career ALL over again. :)  With a new place, comes a new home.  I have been exploring the option of building a new home, as my father is a contractor.  See Jeff Easter Remodeling'sActive Rain blog...  We have researched prices, plans, lots, access etc. and have found the perfect lot to put our new home on (whatever model we so choose!).  New home prices can range from $200-$500 PLUS a square foot dependent on quality.  Guess what!  Modular only will run you, on average, from $40-65 A square foot!  They are actually better built homes AND can be customized to fit exactly what you want and need!  Also, if you find ANY plan that you just fall in love with, there are companies that can buil...
Comments 0
By Jeff Easter, Remodeling-Contractor - Charlottesville/Albemarle Virginia
(Jeff Easter Remodeling)
What a GREAT time of year for remodeling!  The housing slump and down market means more jobs for remodelers!  People realize that their dreams of selling their home and moving into their dream home are dashed.  What do we do now you ask?  Remodel your current home into your DREAM home!  Below are some examples of jobs we have done... **I apologize for the size of the bathroom pictures.  You can see them better on my website at http://www.jeffeasterremodeling.com/                     BEFORE                                                   AFTER                                BEFORE                                                  AFTER                    BEFORE                                                                       AFTERBathrooms... If you can't sell...like your location ...
Comments 1
By Jeff Easter, Remodeling-Contractor - Charlottesville/Albemarle Virginia
(Jeff Easter Remodeling)
 Below is an educational excerpt from an article featured in In The Kitchen.  Are YOU ready for your next remodel?? ***I interviewed remodeler Jeff Easter for the May issue of In The Kitchen.  In that issue, we talked about the role of a remodeler, and when and why one should consider remodeling. I was impressed with the quote he used from coach Lou Holtz, "If you want to be successful in life, give people what they want, better than anyone else can." This has been Jeff 's business mantra for over 25 years.  His vision as a remodeler is backed up by sound financial wisdom-"The return on a remodeled kitchen is 120% or more." He feels that with today's technological capabilities, clients deserve a virtual walk through; to that end, he uses a number of high-tech visual tools to present his...
Comments 3
By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
After a client has purchased a home, I feel that it is the beginning of a relationship.   1. We stay in touch with you and I am always there to answer questions or give you referrals.   2. Sure we give you an appropriate closing gift   3. I will send you periodic information about our area, your home, etc...    The Biggie! 4.YOU ARE INVITED TO MY YEARLY PARTY!!!   Food, Drink, Music, Singing! Meet new people!!! it is a great time for all!!!   Hope to see you there!!!                          NOTE: AR Associates - contact me for an invite!!!Best regards from Charlottesville!Charles McDonaldREALTOR, Licensed to sell Real Estate in the Commonwealth of Virginiahttp://www.mycharlottesvilleagent.com/     http://www.mycharlottesvilleblog.com/"Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can...
Comments 15
By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
                              Go Hoos!!!
Comments 2