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Fan Alleys

Fan Alleys

Recently, I was showing a gorgeous Fan house to an enthusiastic couple who had told me that ‘no off-street parking’ was the absolute deal-breaker for them in their search for the perfect home.  Their budget was around $535,000 and they wanted a renovated kitchen.  After spending considerable time looking in all the nooks and crannies [...]
What Do We Do With This Giant Dining Room

What Do We Do With This Giant Dining Room

  Dear Giant Dining Rooms…we’re just not that into you. This keeps coming up…buyers looking at old and historic homes in the Fan, Church Hill and Museum District wondering how to make it work.  In older homes, the dining room is usually the largest and grandest room in the house. It was the place to [...]
City Questions

City Questions

There's a reason that certain agents focus on certain neighborhoods, especially when it comes to the Fan or other older, historical, city districts. Working in those areas requires special skills and knowledge. Agents with that experience understand that they need to offer their clients different guidance and a different checklist of questions. Here are a [...]
What to Expect When You’re Inspecting

What to Expect When You’re Inspecting

When looking at a home to buy, typically buyers walk around and try to imagine themselves living in the space. Does it have the right layout? Are there enough bedrooms? Do we like the kitchen? Do we like the neighborhood? But, the down and dirty parts don’t really get looked at until inspection time. The [...]
Neighborhoods that Change with Families

Neighborhoods that Change with Families

Imagine the most panoramic of cameras, one that could somehow capture the entirety of your life. And what if it did it every day for five years? What do you think you'd see? Would life be that much different? I bet we could guess each other's answer. Life moves fast, we all know that. Kids [...]
Starting a Multi-Family Portfolio

Starting a Multi-Family Portfolio

"I have always wanted to own rental property, but it seems like such a daunting task" "I want to buy a rental but don't really know where to start." "My buddy owns some rentals and seems to be doing really well, but I have no clue what I am doing or what to look for." [...]
Living in The Fan District

Living in The Fan District

  I have always lived in the city. After graduating from UR many moons ago, my wife knew we wanted to live in the city and decided we would call The Fan our home.  Although we have moved a few times and renovated several homes, we have never really strayed. And while I find each neighborhood of Richmond compelling [...]
Building a Home

Building a Home

I renovated my first home back in the early 90's and with it began my decades long fascination with the process of designing, building and renovating homes.  From the initial 'back of the napkin' sketches to watching the footings get poured to the final punch list, every aspect I find fun and engaging. But to a [...]