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Cemeteries - 02/28/07 03:00 PM
Many years ago, while in the US Army and stationed in Germany, an officer in the German Air Force was talking to me about his youth in Nazi Germany. He told me that he had seen Adolph Hitler when he was a child. As time went on, he shared many other stories about growing up during World War II. He was a few years older than I; as such he was too young to be in the service too. He did, however, watch for aircraft from the roofs of houses in his hometown. He had even been trained to fire anti-aircraft (4 comments)
"It's Incredible" - 02/22/07 06:21 AM
Remember going to a class years ago when the instructor suggested that we always respond with "It's incredible" when asked how the real estate market is. The questioner then has to determine what you really mean. The state of the real estate market in each of our areas probably differs a great deal. As a matter of fact it may even vary so much that asking you that question today may get a different response than it would tomorrow. Lots of variables enter into the equation! If two of your listings got contracts on them and you made an appointment to show homes (2 comments)
Fredericksburg Virgina Landmark For Locals and Military Families - 02/20/07 10:44 AM
Two days ago, one of historic Fredericksburg Virginia's landmarks opened for business again. No, it's not a museum. It's not an historic shrine either. It isn't a new store in a new mall. It's Carl's. Never heard of it? Well our friends, Jim and Ellen Crawford down in HotLanta are big fans of Carl's and they asked me to post something about it on Active Rain. When we first moved to the Fredericksburg area, everone told us about the must "go to" places here. Carl's was one of them. They were quick to tell us that Carl's served the best frozen custard in (5 comments)
My Life As A Mole - 02/18/07 06:27 AM
Mole 1 : any of numerous burrowing insectivores (especially family Talpidae) with tiny eyes, concealed ears, and soft fur2 : one who works in the dark3 : a machine for tunneling4 : a spy (as a double agent) who establishes a cover long before beginning espionage; broadly : one within an organization who passes on information From the definitions above, to which do you think I am referrring? Previous postings have described numerous aspects about living in historic Fredericksburg Virginia. Even think that I have posted pictures of the home in which my wife and I live. Briefly, it is an all brick (6 comments)
Tell It Like It Is - 02/16/07 02:25 PM
Somewhere out in blogosphere there is a force working to determine how the real estate market is in the United States of America. Read a great piece with nice graphics by Caleb Mardini; Caleb is a great contributer (or is it contributor) to AR Network. He presented some different "spins" on the market and each is worthy of some thought. With your permission I will add a spin from my observation of the Fredericksburg Virginia area. We are located midway between Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. For many years we felt we were pretty well insulated from the mercurial movement of home sales (1 comments)
Historic Fredericksburg Virginia - Churches - 02/13/07 10:15 AM
Historic Fredericksburg Virginia survived despite two major battles of the Civil War being fought on its territory. Union forces shelled the City heavily and many buildings were totally destroyed. Many of the surviving buildings were used as hospitals for both sides. Many of those were churches. Through the years churches were built to meet the requirements of the growing population. Today there are many churches within the city limits. With the growing number on new homes for sale in Fredericksburg, I suppose that new churches are on the horizon. Interestingly enough, I have never seen a church included in a planned unit (2 comments)
Historic Fredericksburg Virginia - Charles Street - 02/11/07 08:56 AM
As in many cities throughout our great nation, Fredericksburg has some streets that have some beautiful homes and some whose homes are not as impressive. As a matter of fact, some streets have some wonderful old homes and in another part of town the homes are not as wonderful. Such is the case with Charles Street. As I mentioned in a previous article on this network, Fredericksburg Virginia has an historic district. The district is a 40 square block in the downtown area plus a few homes on Washington Avenue. Washington Avenue is several blocks outside the original historic district but (0 comments)
Historic Fredericksburg Virginia - Caroline Street - 02/10/07 03:02 AM
Fredericksburg Virginia is not a very big place. It is midway between Richmond Virginia (50 miles to the south) and Washington DC (50 miles to the north) and sits astride Interstate 95. Many people come here to visit the Civil War battlefields that are located within a 15 mile radius of Fredericksburg. In addition to the Fredericksburg National Military Park (administered by the National Park Service), there are parks in Spotsylvania Courthouse, Chancellorsville, and the Wilderness. Thousands of visitors are drawn to those parks annually. Others come just to see what Historic Fredericksburg is all about. One of the things I find interesting (12 comments)
Real Estate Teams - 02/08/07 03:57 PM
Back in the mid and late '70's my wife and a friend decided to work as a real estate team; Carol and Elise was formed. Both were mothers with young children and were working with the same firm. They became very productive and successful. It was much easier for them to have the support of a team mate when scheduling appointments that might have conflicted with teacher conferences or the like. In 1991 two of us from a local real estate office (Mount Vernon Realty) were interested in a new real estate company that was forming in the Fredericksburg Virginia area. It (2 comments)
What Kind of Tree is This? - 02/07/07 05:13 AM
Less than a block from my home office in downtown Historic Fredericksburg Virginig there is a very interesting tree. Coincidentally, it is just around the corner from the hybrid tree we wrote about yesterday. Not being a botanist, I have no idea what kind of tree this is. One thing I do know is that there is a fine historic home in the backgrouind.Anyone out there know? Remember as a child looking up into the sky and trying to see what forms you could make out in the clouds? Now just in case you are not a botanist either, what can you see in (5 comments)
Believe It Or Not - 02/06/07 01:23 PM
My apologies to Mr. Ripley. This afternoon, when returning to my home office in downtown Historic Fredericksburg, I suddenly stopped my car on Lewis Street. Am sure that my passenger thought that the old boy had lost it (again). She asked "What are you doing?" "Taking a picture of that tree." I replied. "What tree?" "The one in front of that old house there." When she saw me pull out my trusty Nikon Coolpix L4 and start shooting (after tugging on the stem of the "mutant", she saw what had piqued my curiosity. Here it is, and you have to trust me on this one. This is not staged (7 comments)
Interested in Civil War History? - 02/05/07 07:00 AM
The other day I was driving from my home in Fredericksburg Virginia to preview a home in Spotsylvania County. I decided to drive through the Fredericksburg Battlefield. I had driven through it several times in the past and every time I take the trip I it from a different perspective. It was a cool day (lower 30's) and there were joggers and cyclists sharing the road with me. With the trees gone you can get a better view of the terrain; particularly noteworthy were the trenches which had been dug by the Confederate soldiers. The drive through the park terminates in a small parking lot which (3 comments)
OK, So How's the Market Changed Over the Years - 02/02/07 10:42 AM
Yes, Virginia, computers can do a lot to describe the real estate market. To begin with, I am not a mathematician. I know very little about statistics. I know even less about economics. Coming up with the data presented below is a result of my daughter's ability to use Excel and a multiple listing service that provides its members with too much statistical data. I thought that if I paid a dollar for a can of soup and sold it for three dollars I would make a 300% profit. Nope, it was a 200% profit. Shows how much I know. If you (1 comments)
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