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A Chat with Wendy Martin on… Urban Chickens??

A Chat with Wendy Martin on… Urban Chickens??

Urban farming, urban gardens, and... urban chickens?? As more and more people choose to live in the city, we've seen the emergence of some pretty creative ways to live organically without moving out to the suburbs. Urban farming has been a rising trend for some time now, but what a lot of people don't know [...]
Introducing our Team!

Introducing our Team!

You've made it to this post, so you must know by now that we've teamed up to create the Scott Garnett Team! New year, new website, and (you guessed it!) new us. We wanted to share with you the philosophy behind our team, how we got here, and most importantly, how our team can bring [...]
The Sneaky but Smart Winter Purchase

The Sneaky but Smart Winter Purchase

[two-thirds-first]The real estate market is one of seasons. Conventional knowledge says that the market heats up in the spring, chugs along through the summer, and starts to cool off as the temperatures drop and the holidays come into view. [/two-thirds-first] [one-third][/one-third]   That cycle has been especially true over the last couple of years, with [...]
Interior Design Tips From the Pro: Lesley Glotzl

Interior Design Tips From the Pro: Lesley Glotzl

It's everyone's favorite topic (or at least, it's ours!) - interior design! As a former home stager and current enthusiast for all things home design, it's no surprise that I was pretty excited to sit down with Lesley Glotzl, a Richmond decorator with dozens of homes— and kitchens and baths— under her belt. Her decorating [...]
Deal Breakers

Deal Breakers

  What's your deal breaker? When buying a home, you should make a very concise list of your absolute DEAL-BREAKERS. I give this homework assignment to all my new buyer clients. The shorter the list, the better. Home buyers, especially couples, need to be on the same page about what they are willing to sacrifice [...]
The HGTV Illusion

The HGTV Illusion

HGTV sucks you in. As a family in the real estate business, we are certainly not immune to its deceptive charm. We watch it. A lot. HGTV is addictive. But the fact that you could waste hours in front of the TV being riveted by befores and afters as if you were watching a true [...]
Historic Tax Credits as an Economic Development Engine

Historic Tax Credits as an Economic Development Engine

  The Historic Tax Credit Program saved our city. While some argue other reasons for Richmond’s incredible renaissance — the business community, VCU, demographic trends, City Hall, affordability, the economy of 2000-2008  — I firmly believe that the single greatest reason that the Richmond of today is completely different than the Richmond of the 1980’s [...]
For Sale By Owner

For Sale By Owner

Before I start, I should say this… This piece is not some kind of diatribe penned by some self-important Realtor meant to convince you that you’re about to make an astounding mistake by trying to sell your own home. As a Realtor, I have seen my share of these posts, and I don’t like them. [...]
Don’t Wait!

Don’t Wait!

I’ve heard it time and time again. “We want to buy, but we just need a little time to save,” or “In a year, we’ll have more saved. We’ll get serious then.” At first glance, these strategies seem sound. Of course you want to have more money to work with when buying a house. I [...]
Modern Preservation

Modern Preservation

  “Humankind’s greatest creation has always been its cities.  They represent the ultimate handiwork of our imagination as a species, testifying to our ability to reshape the natural environment in the most profound and lasting ways.”   The City, Joel Kotkin Historic preservation in America began in earnest with the movement to preserve George Washington’s Mount [...]