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Getting top dollar for a home starts with the eye. Getting top dollar in a home sale starts with the eye. The buyer's eye. One of the initial things I do when meeting a homeowner about listing a home is I take a survey of the property. As a seller, you may think, "My property is perfect, it doesn...
One of the issues I run into with clients is the costs of upgrades for their homes. They want to sell at top dollar, but they have issues with outdated aspects of their homes or the expensive upgrades prohibit them from making the changes. It happens all the time.I just flipped a condo that had t...
I've posted this before, but on this sacred day, it bears repeating. On this anniversary of September 11, 2001, I have to reflect a bit. On that morning, I had just returned from the gym and turned on the TV. The first tower had just been hit and there was a lot of confusion about what had just...
If I could offer any advice to my colleagues, it would be don't set your head on fire. A number years ago (God bless my wife) I was working on one of our shop vacs and when I started it, it exploded and set my head on fire. Fortunately, I had on glasses and a baseball cap. The only real loss I ex...
I vaguely remember saying, "I can't wait for 2019 to be over." I was looking for a reset and little did I know how much 2020 was not the reset I was looking for. In 2019 and early 2020, I lost 13 friends and families members from July 11th forward. One of those included my mother. I did the eulog...
Shenandoah Valley Real Estate & Covid-19What impact did Covid-19 have on the Shenandoah Valley, VA real estate market in May 2020? Almost none. Does that surprise you? It did me. I expected to see a radical shift in the amount of homes sold and the prices of those closings. It didn't happen. Numb...
During this Memorial Day weekend, as with every Memorial Day weekend, I find myself humbled by the incredible people who have filled the ranks of our military. Many of those brave souls have paid the ultimate price for their commitment. That level of dedication is almost incomprehensible, but it...
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Has the Coronavirus Affected Your Real Estate Market?There is one question I hear every week, and nearly every day. Has the Coronavirus affected the local real estate market? My response is “it depends.” It depends on how you look at it, what you look at, and are the numbers sufficiently differen...
I would like to announce that I was out saving lives this morning. Yep, I entered Martins from the door on the total opposite side of the building from car. I almost made the mistake of entering through the door I parked by (because of an ankle injury), but thank God for the rent-a-cop yelling at...