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Christmas Day - 12/25/06 06:18 AM
Santa Claus has departed Fredericksburg Virginia and other points on the east coast. He has probably completed his trek across North America by now. Soon little people will awaken (if they have not already) and begin urging moms and dads to join them at the Christmas tree. Oh how well, and fondly, we remember those days. Many interesting (to us at least) tales to tell about those Christmases past while our five children were growing up. Today things are much more subdued. Our children all have children (aged from 26 to 6) and today their homes will be full of excitement and happiness. (10 comments)
Diversity - 12/23/06 07:38 AM
Perhaps some of the AR community have seen the news about one of Virginia's congressmen commenting on a Muslim congressman-to-be expressing his intention to take his oath of office using the Koran rather than the Bible. The longer I listened to commentaries on the subject, the more confused I got. The image of people being sworn in with one hand in the air and the other on a book is what I think of when I hear of someone being sworn in. However, when I recall taking oaths myself, I never had my hand on a book of any kind. Then I heard (1 comments)
The Real Estate Market Is Always Slow This Time Of The Year - 12/22/06 09:22 AM
Ever heard it said that the real estate market is always slow this time of the year? It there any truth to it? How do you determine if it is true? What are the signs you look for? Well, since we are not up to our ears in showing and listing property right now, we thought that we might like to examine whether or not our market (City of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, King George County, and Caroline County) in Virginia is typical for the holiday season this year. Truthfully, we never knew whether or not it was always slow in November and December. We think we (1 comments)
Foreclosures - are there bargains out there? - 12/22/06 07:00 AM
My friend Brett Ellis in Ft Myers Florida had a posting on his blogsite about the increasing number of foreclosures in his marketing area. I mentioned to Brett that we were not seeing many in the Fredericksburg Virginia yet. A few weeks ago my daughter Dawn and I were curious about a listing we had seen that appeared to be priced well below the market value for homes in the area in which it was located. Somethings in the listing piqued our curiousity. "Septic report pending" "Needs work"or words to that effect. Not really uncommon in this area for foreclosures. Off we went. Many miles off the (4 comments)
Idlewild in Fredericksburg Virginia - 12/20/06 06:53 AM
A few minutes ago I read a very interesting blog posting by Sharon Simms of St Petersburg Florida. Sharon had written a very short piece on the Kenwood neighborhood in her hometown. Sharon is a very clever writer and superior real estate professional. She is also a caring and sharing lady. All of those nice words are not meant to offset the feelings she may have with my piggybacking on her innovative idea of describing a community/neighborhood in a blog. Fredericksburg Virginia is often thought of as a historic city on the east coast (which it is) and not one that has grown immensely (13 comments)
What? - 12/17/06 06:42 AM
Just read through a series of responses to Kristal Kraft's posting on REO propterties. Read a very interesting response that stimulated me. The comment had something to do with the grass being in need of cutting and the agent being responsible for it. What? If one of my non-REO clients' grass needed cutting would I be responsible for that too? Linda Davis noted that she told a REO client to take a listing and shove it. She wrote that she felt much better after having done it too. Many, many years ago I was asked to do a BPO for a property that had been abandoned (1 comments)
The Holiday Season - 12/15/06 04:36 PM
Last night (I think it was) there was a survey being take by Lou Dobbs of CNN fame. The question was something like this "Do you object to someone saying 'Merry Christmas' or 'Happy Hanukkah' to you?" The results were quite overwhelming - about 97% if I recall correctly, had no objection. Lou Dobbs followed up that survey with an article that I found quite interesting. You may read it at this link: http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/12/12/Dobbs.Dec13/index.html Personally, I take no offense with anyone wishing me "Happy" anything except for "Happy Birthday." At my age, following the advice of our eldest son, I am satisfied with only "Birthday." So next (5 comments)
A Closer Look at the Real Estate Market - 12/15/06 03:20 PM
There has been a great deal of talk in professional journals, national newspapers and on national TV about the state of the real estate market. Just today, one of my clients told me that her friend in Northern Virginia told her that the market was getting better! My client asked me if the real estate market here was getting well. My reply to her was that while there was a 1.44% improvement in the average sold price between October 2005 and November 2006, the number of total units sold for the month saw a 31.63% decrease. If that is getting well . (2 comments)
Christmas Season in Historic Fredericksburg Virginia - 12/15/06 09:21 AM
This past weekend the holiday festivities began in Historic Fredericksburg Virginia! An annual highlight is the Candlelight Tour of selected homes in downtown Fredericksburg. This year the weekend included an added attraction. The National Park Service had a commemoration of the 144th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg. Entire blocks of downtown Fredericksburg were closed to traffic so that thousands of visitors could view homes featured in this year's tour. Homeowners opened their doors to those who desired to view the homes that had been professionally decorated for the season. This year the tour featured homes not far from downtown Fredericksburg. The tours are arranged by the (0 comments)
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