richmond virginia: Why Should We Fly the Low Cost Airlines based in Richmond, Va? - 10/12/10 08:18 AM
Yesterday I went to my first breakfast meeting of Henrico Business Leaders. The speaker was Jon Mathiason whose topic was "The Urgency of the Airport Traffic and its Impact on the Economic Growth of Henrico County and its Neighbors".
I moved to Richmond 27 years ago when RIC (Richmond  International Airport) was considered one of the most expensive airports to fly out of in the nation. Most of my neighbors would drive to Washington DC or other airports to get much cheaper flights. It was worth the time, drive, and effort for the savings in dollars. Flights were expensive because we … (0 comments)

richmond virginia: Thinking "out of the box" gets houses sold in Richmond, Va. ! - 10/11/10 11:33 AM
Richmond, Va is a town filled with history. From gorgeous Church Hill, where Patrick Henry made his famous "Give my liberty or give me death! " speech to Hollywood Cemetery where many political dignitaries have been laid to rest, Richmond overflows with homage to the past. But, when it comes to selling houses following what has been done in the past is not necessarily the way to advertise and sell houses today.
First I changed my signs. No need for brochures with the information on the sign for all to see!

Each listing gets their own sign and dedicated webpage which is clearly printed … (2 comments)

richmond virginia: Should I accept a First Right of Refusal when selling my home in Richmond, Va. ? - 09/02/10 10:30 AM
Here in Richmond, Virginia getting a contract on a home is the first thing a listing agent wants for their client! But,with the current market, many sellers are reluctant to allow purchase offers with a First Right of Refusal. I think this is "poppycock"! If a buyer must sell their house before they can purchase another this must be allowed to get current homeowners moving!
Buyers have more negotiating power if they have as few contingencies to place in a contract as possible. They understand the best possible scenario for them is to come to the negotiating table with a huge down payment, … (1 comments)

richmond virginia: Richmond, Va. Open House Etiquette - 03/09/10 11:55 AM
The signs of spring are appearing! Flowers are beginning to pop , birds are singing, and there is an Open House sign on every street corner in Richmond, Va. !  With so many Open Houses we  need a course on how to act in an Open House to make the day fantastic!
First of all lets look at  who stops to view an open house.
Serious buyers - people who are  looking at purchasing a home in the next 60 days or so Possible buyers - people who aren't really looking but if they find something may be spurred into action  neighbors people who … (1 comments)

richmond virginia: Lunchtime Open Houses! - 10/01/09 09:29 AM
I started something new today and I am excited about the future!
Thinking that more businesses are open seven days a week, making weekends difficult for some to come to open houses, I started my Lunchtime Open Houses. Starting at 11 and ending at 1 these are in different locations throughout the week, allowing people to come on their lunch hour! And today, first day out,someone loved the house and is bringing the spouse back to see it!
The reasons for coming to an open house during the week include:
Parents are often running around after work and on weekends with … (7 comments)

richmond virginia: How does a Realtor get paid? - 09/20/09 03:05 AM
One of my first time homeowners asked a really great question - How does a Realtor get paid? And another client, who had not purchased a home in quite a while, asked a similar question "Is a Realtor still paid by the seller? "
The majority of Realtor's work on commission. The rate of commission is determined, and agreed to in advance of a sale, or transaction, by the Realtor and their client. This should be a signed agreement so there is no confusion in the future!
Most Realtors are paid their commission by the seller's closing costs after the closing … (2 comments)

richmond virginia: Thinking of putting your house on the market next year? - 09/10/09 09:48 AM
I am beginning to get calls from people who are thinking of putting their house on the market next year. Their question is usually " What should I do now?".
Call a Realtor today. There are two reasons for doing this:
You can get opinions and suggestions on what needs to be done to get your house ready to sell. Your Realtor should go through your house with a fine tooth comb. Talk to you about what you are planning on fixing, and make you aware of problems you may have overlooked. 
You can get an idea of what your home might sell for today. … (0 comments)

richmond virginia: Buying a Home - Step 2 Should you buy or rent a home? - 08/30/09 02:54 AM
Now that you know what you are looking for in a home you need to ask yourself the next set of questions:
How long will I live in this home? Most people stay in their homes 5- 7 years before moving.  If you think you may be moving again in 2 years or less it may be better to rent than buy a home.
There are many costs incurred with purchasing a home. If you plan on moving sooner than 2 years you probably will not recoup many of these costs making it a questionable decision to purchase a home now.
What changes … (0 comments)

richmond virginia: Buying a house - Step 1 - 08/27/09 01:23 AM
Today I was watching Good Morning America on ABC. Nina Garcia was being interviewed by Diane Sawyer about her new book The Style Strategy. In her interview she said there were three questions you need to ask yourself before going shopping. Although speaking about clothes her questions can apply to any type of shopping. Applied to purchasing a home get out a piece of paper and write down the answers to the following:
What does  your current home offer that you like?                It may be location, it may be a first floor bedroom, or it may be a laundry room on the second … (0 comments)

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