Survey says: what surveys reveal about your local real estate market

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Real Estate Agent with Jefferson Properties 0225213983

 

I'll admit it....I'm a sucker for all those surveys on Facebook.  No, not the ones asking "how redneck are you" or "which character are you on Orange is the New Black".  I'm talking about the surveys that reveal interesting little nuggets about the  towns and cities where we live, work, and play.  Recently my hometown of Richmond, VA has racked up all kinds of interesting kudos and feathers in its cap, such as:

 

RVA is...

  • One of the happiest cities in the United States 
  • The fourth fastest growing real estate markets in the country  (CNN Money, 2014)
  • A vibrant street art scene (who knew we had so many famous murals on the sides of buildings?)
  • The best place for budding entrepreneurs to launch start up companies
  • An endless playground for those who love the outdoors 

 

Some of these things I've known about for a long time; for example, the parks and trails surrounding the James River are always teeming with joggers, dogs, and paddle boarders.  However, the claim from CNN Money magazine that RVA is one of the ten hottest real estate markets in the US caught my attention.  It makes sense that with so many economic and educational opportunities in Richmond, and its success as a "happy" place to live, it's no wonder more people are looking to call Richmond home.

 

What's filling up your Facebook feed (or the front page of your newspaper) regarding your hometown?  I'm hoping the news for your neck of the woods is, as the song says, "happy."

 

Thanks for reading my blog!  I hope you'll take a moment to follow me here on Active Rain and tell me about YOUR Richmond, VA real estate needs!

 

Buying a home in Richmond, VA? Richmond has city living AND country views. Downtown Richmond near VCU, The Fan and Museum District, as well as surrounding areas like University of Richmond, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Mechanicsville, Short Pump, Glen Allen, Chester, Powhatan, Goochland, and Midlothian make RVA a diverse and desirable place to call home. Describe your dream home and I'll do my best to find it!

 

Selling your home in Richmond, Va?  My job is to make you the most money in the shortest amount of time. I can help you sell your home with professional staging, professional photography, and internet marketing beyond your wildest dreams.  You are in the right hands for Richmond homes and Richmond real estate  You will receive consistent communication throughout and after the transaction....I'm your agent for life!

 

I am committed to my clients and serving their best interests.  Real estate is not my hobby, it's my passion and full time profession.  I welcome the opportunity to serve you as we locate and negotiate your "best nest" in Richmond, VA estate.

Comments (20)

Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Thanks Jenn, I don't think I noticed what is said about my hometown on Facebook. Maybe I should check it out.  :)

Welcome to ActiveRain!

Jul 25, 2014 06:49 AM
Jenn Hart
Jefferson Properties - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997

Thanks, Tom!

Jul 25, 2014 10:43 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Good to see how different states rank on various variables. I am so happy to be a part of New Hampshire - twice chosen as the best place to live in America! :)

Jul 25, 2014 12:09 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

You need a sign hanging on your real estate posts that say "This is MY Happy Place"

Jul 25, 2014 12:33 PM
Jenn Hart
Jefferson Properties - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997

❤️Love that, Evelyn

Jul 25, 2014 01:41 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It really is crucial to get a great sample of surveyed folks.

 

Love and light,

Laura

Jul 25, 2014 04:10 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I haven't noticed any blurbs about my town -- I'll have to keep an eye open for them!

Jul 25, 2014 08:40 PM
Suzie Townley
Diamond Partners, Inc - Gardner, KS
Relaxed Professionalism

Great blog!  And a really great way to use the information!  

Jul 25, 2014 09:24 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I use surveys all the time, of course they have to be positive. In some cases surveys can contradict surveys so you wonder what parameters they are using. It threrfore becomes a case of spin and localized reality testing is important. Since most of my clients are investors living outside of Oklahoma stats like OKC being the 7th fastest growing metro area over i million is important and is the entry point, but then my own stats about low vacancy rate, rising rents, are even more important and is the call to action. The surveys lead them to water and the reality check makes them drink. 

Jul 26, 2014 12:41 AM
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

Congrats on a Feature, Jenn! Right out of the gate!

We do live in an awesome place! Richmond VA offers so much!

Jul 26, 2014 03:55 AM
Jenn Hart
Jefferson Properties - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997

Thanks for introducing me to Active Rain, Shannon.

Jul 26, 2014 04:06 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Congratualations on the very positive award for Richmond, Va.  One of our main communities in Central Florida received the distinctionion of being awarded one of the top 10 towns ito llive in Floridaa - WINDERMERE, Florida- TOWN AMONG the LAKES.  Excellence - Number #1 place to live for the professional, families and children. These awards are appreciated. Our Windermere is situated on the well know Butler Chain of Lakes and surrounded by awesome Orlando amenities.Reach out an touch the nightly fireworks at DISNEY. Jenn, can understand your enthusiasm about Richmond Va. In addition Richmond is so note worthy for its history

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Jul 26, 2014 12:47 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Nice, Jenn. It's a big deal to get a feature on your first effort. That's a good sign for the future. My son was in your lovely city today competing in a weight-lifting competition. He'd move there in a minute if he didn't have 5 dogs. Welcome to Active Rain.

Jul 26, 2014 12:54 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

It is good to see how a state ranks on facebook and according to other surveys.  Nashua NH, my hometown has been ranked that best place to live in America twice!

Jul 26, 2014 01:32 PM
Claude Labbe
RLAH / @properties - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

I saw some of those Richmond stats also recently.

Washington DC often makes the suveys, but not often ones that really speak well to the r.e. market.  Sure, 4 of the surrounding counties are among the top 10 in income in the US, which is great if you're relocating here from NY or SF.  An interesting one lately was our gender mismatch.  Very few single woman in town, which I guess means it's a very difficult dating scene.  Maybe I should send people down to Richmond, where the single people should, accordingly, be happy.

Jul 28, 2014 01:24 PM
Whitney Watson
First Heritage Mortgage - Henrico, VA

Hi, Jenn! I have to agree, as a fellow Richmonder, that it is a great place to live! Welcome to AR!

Jul 29, 2014 06:19 AM
Jenn Hart
Jefferson Properties - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997
Thanks so much, Whitney! I think we are in the same building! Small works. Hope to meet you in person one day!
Jul 29, 2014 06:31 AM
Jenn Hart
Jefferson Properties - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997
Thanks so much, Whitney! I think we are in the same building! Small works. Hope to meet you in person one day!
Jul 29, 2014 06:31 AM
Jenn Hart
Jefferson Properties - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997
Thanks so much, Whitney! I think we are in the same building! Small world. I hope to meet you in person one day!
Jul 29, 2014 06:32 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Survey says "ding ding ding" ... always wonder how many were polled, from where and also the way questions are phrased, the agenda can come out loud and clear. Make it black and blue not black and white helpful. Happy. It is an inside job.

Aug 05, 2014 11:09 PM