Category Archives: Real Estate Partners and Vendors

Information on partners and vendors who help with various steps of buying, selling, leasing and owning real estate.

Why have 3rd party energy efficiency certification?

Home Buyers and Home Owners continue to focus on energy costs as part of the total home ownership cost.  A National Association  of REALTORS (NAR) study shows buyers will pay more for a 3rd party certified energy efficient home! Is … Continue reading

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Call before you Wire

If you’re participating in a real estate transaction, don’t get burned with your wire transfer!  Anytime you’re going to wire money, please call the recipient prior to executing the wire transfer to verify the wiring instructions.  I’ve talked several Central … Continue reading

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Drones & Real Estate Photography/Marketing

  Recently VA Home Pics, my real estate photographers, started offering areal photos using a quadcopter.  This week we took photos of a 35+/- acre Prince Edward County, Virginia farm. I like the perspective gained from areal photography. The quad … Continue reading

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Septic Tank Inspection and Maintenance

Many country homes and a few city homes feature septic systems for sewage disposal. The 1st home I sold back in the early 1990’s was in Charlottesville, Virginia and had a septic system instead of being connected to the municipal … Continue reading

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Whole House Generator Replacement Time

Here’s the latest in our 10+ year adventure of having a Whole House Generator.  After 10+ years of use, our current generator began experiencing starting challenges during outages.  The last thing you want to hear after the power goes out … Continue reading

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The Chesapeake Bay Act & Lake Anna, Virginia

If you know me, you know I love relaxing with family and friends at Lake Anna!  When I was asked to attend a recent meeting on The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act and residential development on Lake Anna hosted by the … Continue reading

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Underground Petroleum Storage Tanks & Home Sales- UST’s

What happens when we find Underground Petroleum Storage Tanks (UST) at a home for sale?  Sometimes nothing; sometimes a lot!  Some lenders don’t care while other want the tanks tested for leaks and any soil contamination cleaned up prior to … Continue reading

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To much e-coli bacteria in the water, what to do?

When we have a loan involved with the purchase of the property, the lender usually requires the water to be tested for various contaminates.   Often the owner/seller will “shock the well” prior to an independent party taking the water … Continue reading

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Mold Remediation & the Real Estate Transaction

During the last six months I’ve seen a few challenges to selling real estate in Central Virginia (baby copperhead snakes in the closet; after providing loan approval, lender deciding not to fund the loan on the day scheduled for closing; out … Continue reading

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Cleaning Services in Charlottesville, Virginia and Surrounding Counties

You never get a 2nd change to make a 1st impression!  Keep your home clean and uncluttered remains important during the marketing of your home.  Some sellers use a cleaning service.  Also, once you’re under contract, moved out and ready … Continue reading

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