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Learn How To Water Ski

The water at Smith Mountain Lake may still be a little cold, but the warmth of spring brings anticipation of all the ways we will soon be enjoying the lake! One of the more popular water sports at any lake is water skiing, but I am told it is a bit more complicated than it [...]

By | 2013-04-20T05:00:12+00:00 April 20th, 2013|Smith Mountain Lake|Comments Off on Learn How To Water Ski

Newer Dock Technology

Lori Wolak at The Lake Channel, has compiled some great information about building docks with newer technologies. Having the right dock for your boating needs is important, and makes this information of great interest to many who are considering adding or rebuilding their own dock this year. If you are thinking about building a new [...]

By | 2017-03-15T18:49:46+00:00 April 20th, 2013|Smith Mountain Lake|Comments Off on Newer Dock Technology

“Boomerang buyers” in your region

Have you experienced the “boomerang buyer” yet?  This is a potential home buyer who was once foreclosed on for whatever reason, and is hoping to re-enter the real estate market and be a homeowner once again.  Many of them have waited the necessary 3-5 years since foreclosure before they can buy and have worked on [...]

By | 2017-03-15T18:49:46+00:00 April 20th, 2013|Real Estate|Comments Off on “Boomerang buyers” in your region

Better to buy now, sell later — and more from a new Trulia survey

A new survey from Harris Interactive — on behalf of Trulia — found that people think.A. It’ll be better to buy now than next year.B. It’ll be better to sell next year than now.“A” is probably true — more buyers are entering the market, and inventory is tight and getting tighter. Further, there’s no clear [...]

By | 2017-03-15T18:49:46+00:00 April 20th, 2013|Real Estate|Comments Off on Better to buy now, sell later — and more from a new Trulia survey

More people spending too much of their income to rent

“The rent is too damn high” — add that to the growing list of reasons we’re going to see a boatload of new buyers entering the market in the next few years. That’s a reasonable conclusion from new Census Bureau data.When the housing market collapsed, a lot of folks had to leave homes they could [...]

By | 2013-04-20T05:00:09+00:00 April 20th, 2013|Real Estate|Comments Off on More people spending too much of their income to rent

Earnest money deposits: the full story

One of the most important duties a REALTOR® has is holding a clients' funds for Earnest Money Deposits. VAR's Blake Hegeman updates viewers on EMDs by covering this info:     •    Release of EMD funds     •    Timeliness of releases    •    Can the absence of an EMD prevent a contract from being ratified?CLICK HERE to [...]

By | 2017-03-15T18:49:46+00:00 April 18th, 2013|Real Estate|Comments Off on Earnest money deposits: the full story

Here’s looking at … us

The following appears in the April/May issue of Commonwealth as “First Word.”The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers. -Dave BarryI challenged a friend of mine once, as we were beginning a [...]

By | 2017-03-15T18:49:46+00:00 April 18th, 2013|Real Estate|Comments Off on Here’s looking at … us

Tell us what you think of Commonwealth magazine (maybe win $100)

Can you take four minutes to tell us what you think of our magazine?Every two years we like to take a read on our readers — that is, you. We want to know what you think of Commonwealth magazine.We’ve put together a short survey that should take you all of about four or five minutes [...]

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Charlottesville Realtors help seniors fix their homes

Big kudos to our friends over at the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors. They’re working with the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program to raise money to help some senior citizens fix their homes — everything from plumbing fixes to roof repairs.According to the Charlottesville Newsplex . . . plumbing fixes, to patching roofs. Board of Realtors [...]

By | 2013-04-18T05:00:08+00:00 April 18th, 2013|Real Estate|Comments Off on Charlottesville Realtors help seniors fix their homes

Eastern Shore arsonist(s) caught

Quick follow up: Police have caught the Eastern Shore arsonists. (Last month we told you about a couple of Realtors raising money for volunteer firefighters out there.)Charles R. Smith III — a former volunteer firefighter himself — confessed to setting 52 fires in vacant and/or abandoned buildings up and down the Eastern Shore, and has [...]

By | 2013-04-18T05:00:07+00:00 April 18th, 2013|Real Estate|Comments Off on Eastern Shore arsonist(s) caught