201905.03
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Sales Procrastination? Consider Your Timing

So you know you need to sell your home.  The reasons are many.   The alibis for procrastination are also many. Sometimes procrastination works in your favor.   Low priority things that you ignore long enough may eventually become altogether unnecessary.    How high a priority is it to sell your home? Once you find the motivation and…

201901.30
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Looking for ways to SAVE MONEY on your next closing, LOOK ELSEWHERE (when it comes to TITLE INSURANCE)

Long gone are the venerable days when you hired an attorney for $1,000 and he actually visited the courthouse to search title to the property you were buying.     The closing industry has become so competitive that most settlement fees are 1/3rd to 1/2 what they were 50 years ago!   Attorneys had a monopoly in Virginia…

201901.23
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Equilibrium!

Everyone loves a close game, right!   The ratings and reviews on this past weekend’s Conference Championships in the NFL were a great example.   Both went to overtime.   Saints fans say the refs love a competitive game a little too much a refused to call a blatant pass interference foul and helmet to helmet illegal hit…

201704.24
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Reality and the Internet

Researching who you hire was once almost entirely a “word of mouth” affair.   Then came the Yellow Pages.  Mix in a little TV, print media, radio, mailers, and basically, any service provider could initiate their own “word of mouth”, self-aggrandizing recommendation. Fast forward to the age of the internet.  The emphasis these days is on…

201610.24
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Virginia Voter Information!

This year’s (11-8-16!!) ballot has the potential to be a little more complex than usual.   In my city there is a referendum on Light Rail, a question on exempting widows of First Responders killed in the line of duty from real estate taxes, and a constitutional amendment on keeping Virginia a “Right to Work”…

201605.25
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Essential and Non-Essential Insurance

Over a 36+ year career in the real estate conveyancing industry, I’ve had a chance to see insurance products that change lives for the better and some that absolutely disappoint. What got me thinking about this today was this “perk” for buying “Lost Pet Insurance”: “Found Pet Travel Assistance — Covers up to $500 to…