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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. [...]
New vs. Used

New vs. Used

The shine ultimately wears off of everything. I want to talk about the new home market in suburban Richmond. There are countless questions we could tackle in that arena, but there’s one that feels particularly important: “How much more should someone pay for a truly new home versus a resale?” It’s impossible to look at the [...]
The Dangers of Zillow and Trulia

The Dangers of Zillow and Trulia

"What is the Zestimate?" the buyer asked... Well, we can be sure it is within 10% of the actual value about 65% of the time. I don't know about you but I am looking for a lot more accuracy than that. The rise of the AVM (Automated Valuation Model) has brought a new wrinkle to [...]
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 [...]