Charlottesville 2017 2nd Quarter Market Report (revised)

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2017 Second Quarter Market Report (REVISED) Revised reports are posted below for 2Q 2017, based upon a discrepancy in the current and historical inventory statistics. Upon review, a MLS data update in early June resulted in the inaccurate counts. While the current Greater Charlottesville statistic for "inventory of homes for sale" was previously stated as … [Read more...]

A Tour Around Charlottesville

A tour around our Charlottesville area Afton Afton straddles Albemarle and Nelson counties, and is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 20 miles west of Charlottesville.  Its highest elevation is 1,362 feet and one of the most beautiful vistas of the area can be seen at the lookout at the top of Rt. 64 as you cross over from Waynesboro heading east, near the Rockfish … [Read more...]

Jumping into Early Possession can be Risky

Early Possession - Is It a Good or Bad Idea? In a perfect world, moving into a new home is seamless for both the Seller and Buyer, and possession of a home typically transfers from the Seller to Buyer at closing.  But, when you factor in such events as the Buyer also selling a home or ending a lease before the settlement date, or the Seller building a new home that isn’t quite ready, Early … [Read more...]

How to Sell Your Home to Baby Boomers

Last week, we talked about what Millennials are looking for in a home, but now it’s time to look at Baby Boomers and see if their needs are changing. This group spans two decades, from 1946 to 1964, with the oldest nearing 70, and the youngest just passing AARP’s 50-year threshold. More than one-third are single females.  The United States currently has a population of 76 million Baby Boomers, … [Read more...]

Charlottesville 2017 1st Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2017 First Quarter Market Report Our Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors has just released the latest real estate market report showing stats for sales in our area, 2017 1st Quarter. This report comes out Quarterly and gives us a good idea of the current Real Estate Market in the greater Charlottesville Area. The specifics are pulled from our … [Read more...]

Home Trends for 2017

Charlottesville Home Trends for 2017 Every year, it’s always interesting to see what designers are looking at in the way of trends for the home. Although everyone has their own personal style, many trends do end up either coming back in style, expanding their reach or quietly going back into the past again, until the next time. We may see more color this year, as opposed to the white, grey and … [Read more...]

Best House Hunting Strategies

Best House Hunting Strategies Searching for your dream house can be a daunting task, and most of the homes you see won't be what you're looking for. Below are some great strategies to use to help you weed out the houses that are just not right for you and help you avoid common house hunting mistakes. Have your team in place While many house hunters think they will save money by not working … [Read more...]

Staging Mistakes

Staging Mistakes To Avoid So You Can Sell Your Home Faster When Sellers ask us here at Solutions for advice, it’s usually because they’ve read the latest magazines or watched HGTV and the many shows targeting fixer uppers or DIY projects, but just don’t know where to begin when it comes to listing their own home. The first thing to remember is that they’ll no longer be living there so Sellers … [Read more...]

Tips for a Smooth House Closing

Tips for a Smooth House Closing When it comes to finding your dream home, there are many steps along the way to a smooth closing. After you’ve identified your perfect house - negotiated the contract, applied and approved for a loan, inspected and agreed to repairs and/or credits - the last step is the most important: the closing. By knowing what to expect and doing some legwork, you can … [Read more...]

Your Home Stinks

How to eliminate odors in your home For Sellers, decluttering and staging a home are both incredibly important to presenting it in a flattering way, but it’s also important to make sure potential buyers don’t stop at the front door because of an unpleasant smell. We all have walked into homes that have the strong stench of something undefinable, whether it’s from pets, bad food or strong cooking … [Read more...]

Moving abroad?

Moving abroad - how complicated can it be? If you think moving across town or a few states over is hard, consider what’s involved with moving to another country. As exciting as a move abroad can be, it’s also complicated — with a seemingly endless number of issues thrown at you as you make your way from Point A to Point B across the globe.  You already know about the visas you need to arrange, … [Read more...]

Charlottesville 2016 4th Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2016 Fourth Quarter Market Report Our Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors has just released the latest real estate market report showing stats for sales in our area, 2016 4th Quarter. This report comes out Quarterly and gives us a good idea of the current Real Estate Market in the greater Charlottesville Area. The specifics are pulled from our … [Read more...]

Questions your Realtor may not legally be able to answer

As REALTORS®, we get asked many questions by Buyers. We’re happy to help answer as many as we can, ones like: how old is the roof on a house, or does it use gas or electrical heat?  Your Solutions agent can tell you pretty much anything you need to know about a home you’re hoping to buy (or at least find answers for you). But there are several questions that we (any REALTOR®) aren’t legally … [Read more...]

Charlottesville 2016 3rd Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2016 Third Quarter Market Report Our Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors has just released the latest real estate market report showing stats for sales in our area, 2016 3rd Quarter. This report comes out Quarterly and gives us a good idea of the current Real Estate Market in the greater Charlottesville Area. The specifics are pulled from our … [Read more...]

Why buy a Charlottesville Home in the Winter

Why Buy A Charlottesville Home in Fall/Winter? In a place where spring is one of the most beautiful seasons of all, it makes sense that our Charlottesville real estate market is also incredibly busy during that time  - with homes often selling within hours or days of coming on the market after fielding several contracts at a time. In spring, people who have been cooped up over the winter are … [Read more...]

​ 2016 Parade of Homes Charlottesville

53rd Annual Parade Of Homes - Oct. 1 & 2, 8 & 9 - Noon-5pm It’s that time of year again. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA), the now 53rd Annual Parade of Homes is a chance to see what’s new in the world of building, and it’s a free event. This year’s Parade features 42 homes from 18 builders, up from last year’s numbers of 12 builders and 32 homes, and … [Read more...]

How Many Natural Lakes are in Virginia Anyway?

How Many Natural Lakes are in Virginia Anyway? Here at Solutions, we often get asked this question - especially by clients who have already seen, or read about in one of our recent blogs, our local lakes at Chris Greene, Mint Springs, Sherando, Smith Mountain and Lake Anna, just to name a few. You might be surprised to hear that none of the ones mentioned above are naturally formed. All … [Read more...]

What to do with a Low Home Appraisal

What to do with a Low Home Appraisal In the home-buying process, there are several crucial steps along the way that Sellers and Buyers alike will have to navigate: the home inspection, radon test, title issues, getting a survey and negotiating when an appraisal comes in significantly lower than the accepted offer. When this happens both sides can go through many different … [Read more...]

Charlottesville 2016 2nd Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2016 Second Quarter Market Report Our Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors has just released the latest real estate market report showing stats for sales in our area, 2016 2nd Quarter. This report comes out Quarterly and gives us a good idea of the current Real Estate Market in the greater Charlottesville Area. The specifics are pulled from our … [Read more...]

Additional Way to Keep Your Home Safe

Summer is when many of us are excited about getting out of town for a much needed vacation, but it’s also a great time to think about ways to keep your home safe while you’re away. Alarms You don’t need to invest in an expensive home alarm system or install an unsightly barbed wire fence to keep out would be burglars. Sometimes a couple of easy steps are all you need to secure your … [Read more...]

FSBO Charlottesville

FSBO - Is It Really Better To Sell A Home Yourself? Here at Solutions we’ve touched on the issue of FSBOs (For Sale By Owner) quite often as we’re frequently asked by potential Sellers why they should consider having an agent versus selling their home themselves. Selling a Charlottesville home is easy, at least that’s what some people say. All you have to do is put a “For Sale” sign in the … [Read more...]

Tracy Mounts joins Charlottesville Solutions

Tracy Mounts joins Charlottesville Solutions Tracy Mounts started in Real Estate over 20 years ago. She is passionate about helping others and serving the Charlottesville community. For Tracy, working with clients is actually solving problems. She is quoted as saying "All of my clients have a challenge to overcome or a problem to solve" so this is her main focus, her clients. Unlike most … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate – CAAR 2016 First Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2016 First Quarter Market Report   Our Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors has just released the latest real estate market report showing stats for sales in our area, 2016 1st Quarter. This report comes out Quarterly and gives us a good idea of the current Real Estate Market in the greater Charlottesville Area. The specifics are pulled from … [Read more...]

Why your Home Appraisal is Low

Why your Home Appraisal is Low Many Sellers have been faced with this problem - after going through contract and home inspection negotiations, everything is waiting on the appraisal report, and then it comes back lower than the sales price - what to do next? First, don’t panic - this happens more frequently than you know and your Solutions agent will be able to talk you through the next … [Read more...]

Renting in Charlottesville

Renting in Charlottesville Here at Solutions we often get asked about rentals in the Charlottesville area. While many rental listings never make it into our local MLS, there are ways to find them. Two such resources for apartment rentals are: https://www.apartmentlist.com/va/charlottesville and http://www.brac.com/. While many of the listings tend to cater to UVA students and/or young … [Read more...]

2016 Charlottesville and Albemarle Tax Assessments

2016 Charlottesville Real Estate Assessment numbers are now out as I write this post. There are two areas that have the greatest impact on Assessments: the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, where Charlottesville is located.   2016 Charlottesville Real Estate Assessment The City of Charlottesville says that the released assessments are “an estimate of fair market value as … [Read more...]

House Hunting – Dos and Don’ts

House Hunting - Dos and Don’ts Searching for a house can be challenging and time-consuming, and most won't be “the one.” It's tempting to dive right in and start looking at every open house listed in the paper or online. But before you dedicate your weekends, you need to know what you're looking for. In order to prioritize your wants and needs versus seeing everything in case you feel … [Read more...]

Downsizing in Charlottesville

Downsizing in Charlottesville Whether you're an empty nester moving from a house into a condo, or a renter trading in a two-bedroom for a studio, downsizing is hard— a smaller place means you don’t have room for all of your current belongings. But downsizing is also an opportunity to refresh and start anew. If you get rid of the clutter, you can fill your new place with the things you really … [Read more...]

Want to Become a Landlord?

Want to Become a Landlord? Wondering if it’s time to get into rental real estate? With housing prices and interest rates at lower levels, and the possibility of rates rising again in early 2016, the opportunities for landlords are certainly tempting right now. Buying the right property at the right price allows you to generate long-term profits  - maybe even short-term income - with a … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate – CAAR 2015 Third Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2015 Third Quarter Market Report Our Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors has just released the latest real estate market report showing stats for sales in our area, 2015 Third Quarter. This report comes out Quarterly and gives us a good idea of the current Real Estate Market in the greater Charlottesville Area. The specifics are pulled from our … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate – CAAR 2015 Second Quarter Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2015 Second Quarter Market Report   Our Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors has just released the latest real estate market report showing stats for sales in our area, 2015 Second Quarter. This report comes out Quarterly and gives us a good idea of the current Real Estate Market in the greater Charlottesville Area. The specifics are pulled … [Read more...]

Do I Need a Home Inspection?

Here at Solutions, we often get asked by our new clients if they really need a home inspection when buying a home. As Virginia is a “Caveat Emptor,” or “Buyer Beware,” state, it’s really the only way to see if the home has any defects or hidden issues as most Buyers don’t have the necessary training to look for these. A home inspection is one of the best consumer protection services … [Read more...]

Spectacular 360-degree views on 21 acres!

Spectacular 360-degree views on 21 acres! 1248 Breezemont Drive - MLS#530391 Spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains in an idyllic country setting just three miles from Rt. 250/Pantops - close by to most everything that Charlottesville has to offer!   Ideally sited on a knoll with 21 acres, this property features a center hall colonial-style 4,032 sq ft … [Read more...]

Questions Agents May Ask You at an Open House

Questions Agents May Ask You at an Open House Now that the Spring Market has started in earnest you will start to see Open House signs sprouting up all over - especially on weekends. Prospective Home Buyers who are not quite sure they’re that serious about looking prefer Open Houses as they get to see a home and not ally themselves with a particular agent. But they should also be prepared for … [Read more...]

Spring Tips to Make Your Home Shine

Spring is the ideal time for Buyers to find their dream home, so Sellers can take advantage of this by getting their homes ready with these seasonal staging tips: Start with a Spring Cleaning Clean until your home sparkles - and don’t forget the windows, blinds, gutters, molding and ceiling fans! Then, turn your attention to getting rid of winter clutter - you don’t want to weigh down your … [Read more...]

Buyer Beware: Red Flags when Purchasing a Home

Top Things to Watch For When Buying a Home  Virginia is a “Buyer Beware” state when it comes to purchasing a home. While there are lead based paint and the standard seller disclosures included in most active area listings, Sellers don't always disclose the whole truth to potential Buyers, especially if they're motivated to sell. Having a home inspection done is a must when it comes to … [Read more...]

Make a Great First Impression – Agents call it ‘Curb Appeal’

Make a Great First Impression - Agents call it ‘Curb Appeal’ They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression - the same can be said when it comes to listing your home. Having great “curb appeal” has become the go-to way a great listing gets noticed over an okay listing, even if they’re in the same neighborhood, with the same amenities. Curb appeal is the initial appeal of a … [Read more...]

Can you live in Charlottesville without a car?

Can you live in Charlottesville without a car? Charlottesville has long been on many a Top Ten list for visitors and residents alike as one of the best places to live. One question that has come up, however, is whether it’s possible to live in town without a car. As many of you know, the University of Virginia doesn’t allow first years to live on campus and have a car so many students … [Read more...]

Some Home Tax Deductions You Might Forget!

Some Home Tax Deductions You Might Forget When it comes to the “owning vs. renting” debate, it appears that owning a home wins when it comes to tax time. Below are a few homeownership-related tax deductions and strategies to lower your tax bill: Mortgage Interest Deduction One of the best deductions itemizing homeowners can take advantage of is the mortgage interest deduction, which you … [Read more...]

Top Reasons Your Home Might Not Sell Quickly

Here are the Top reasons your house might not be selling as quickly as you would like: Here at Solutions we often get asked by both our listing and purchasing clients why a house isn’t selling. Selling a home in today’s market may turn out to be more than a real challenge. In order to best position yourself, why not ask the following questions. (These are important, because a Buyer will also be … [Read more...]

Should I Appeal My Charlottesville Tax Assessment?

It's Tax Assessment Time Again It’s tax assessment time again in the city of Charlottesville. Here at Solutions, we’ve taken a look at the recent press release from the city of Charlottesville and have found out a few things about this year’s assessments. Many residents get understandably nervous when their assessments go up as that means their taxes will be higher. First, we will look … [Read more...]

Spring is the Best Time to Sell Your Charlottesville Home

Now that we’ve passed the holiday season, our thoughts are already turning to when the weather will start warming up as we all want to skip right over winter, right? Here at Solutions, we know that spring is the ideal time to show off a house to its best advantage, and many of our listing clients are already getting their houses ready to list in the next few months. Buyers come out of the … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate – CAAR 2014 Year End Market Report

Charlottesville Real Estate - CAAR 2014 Year End Market Report Our Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors has just released the latest report showing stats for sales in our area, 2014 Year End. This report comes out Quarterly and gives us a good idea of the current Real Estate Market in the greater Charlottesville Area. The specifics are pulled from our local MLS and you have likely … [Read more...]

Getting to Know the Forest Lakes Neighborhood

Forest Lakes celebrated its 25th anniversary last year as Charlottesville’s first planned community of its kind. Developed by Frank Kessler and the Kessler Group, starting in 1989, Forest Lakes, at the time, offered Charlottesville a suburban experience just outside the city lines that it had never known before. Kessler wanted to create the “ultimate living community that would allow families … [Read more...]

The Pros & Cons of Owning a Home in a Rural Area

Many people come to the Central Virginia area because of the natural beauty in the form of the Blue Ridge and Southwest Mountains that surround the towns of Charlottesville, Ivy, Crozet, Earlysville, Afton, Earlysville, Free Union and Ruckersville, to name a few. Although you might be familiar with the challenges that living in a more rural area can bring, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re … [Read more...]

Relocating to Charlottesville?

Top Reasons Why Charlottesville Should Be Your Next Place To Live Charlottesville has been at the center of some much-deserved attention in the press - the most recent news was being named the “Happiest City in the Nation,” according to the Harvard Gazette.  Our area has drawn the attention of university students who stay after graduation, people in the medical field that choose UVA or Martha … [Read more...]

Eight Waterfront Homes near Charlottesville Virginia

Eight Waterfront Homes near Charlottesville Virginia Everyone loves the idea of having a lake house. Charlottesville is fortunate to be within a short drive of numerous larger lakes - Lake Monticello, Lake Anna and Smith Mountain Lake, to name a few - as well as hundreds of lovely ponds, and several rivers. Each of these areas offer several perfect weekend getaway home options. Although Labor … [Read more...]

Hidden Gem and Exceptional Value

Sorry, no longer on the market Hidden Gem and Exceptional Value in popular and quiet Baker Butler neighborhood - just 10 minutes north of town.Home is located off Proffit Road, and is a stone's throw from Rt. 29, Hollymead Town Center, Martha Jefferson Hospital Critical Care, NGIC/DIA & UVA Business Park and the Airport.This 3 BR/3 full BA, 2,392 sq. ft. (1196 sq. ft. on main level) one-level … [Read more...]

Why use a Solutions agent to help sell your home?

When it comes to selling a home - whether it be because you are moving for a job, downsizing or have finally found your perfect dream home and you need to sell the one you’re in to make it work - having your Solutions agent by your side to help you through the process can make all the difference between an easy vs. a difficult transaction and transition. Pricing and selling a home  There are … [Read more...]

How to Give a Neighborhood a “Test Drive” Before taking the Purchase Plunge

While your Solutions agent is going to provide you with all the available details on the home you are purchasing, there are a few items that cannot be shared as there are Fair Housing laws that any agent must respect. We talked about checking out a neighborhood in a previous blog, but now is the time to dig a little deeper if you want to find out answers to questions your Solutions agent is not … [Read more...]

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