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Team Member Spotlight | Meet Madison

My name is Madison Young and I am Sasha Tripp’s Listing Partner! Like all of us at Story House, my overall purpose is to take care of our clients always in all ways. Unique to my role, I work with our seller clients specifically between the stages of the initial meeting and when their home goes under contract – doing


What Do Supply and Demand Tell Us About Today’s Housing Market?

There’s a well-known economic theory – the law of supply and demand – that explains what’s happening with prices in the current real estate market. Put simply, when demand for an item is high, prices rise. When the supply of the item increases, prices fall. Of course, when demand is very high and supply is very low, prices can rise


Downsizing for Seniors

For aging adults, retirement often comes with the difficult decision to stay at home or move to a senior care facility. While living in your own home provides freedom and privacy, there are medical and financial challenges that come with aging that makes it necessary to move. Downsizing is often the best option for seniors who want to cut costs


Tips for a Fast Sale

How to Sell Your House Fast: 5 Must-Know Tips to Move Your Property Some times from Realtor.com to help you get the house sold fast.  Don’t stress, we can help will all of these things to ensure that your home is sold on the timeline you choose! TIDY UP TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE STAND OUT! “Pristine houses are more attractive to


Don’t get Overwhelmed, Make These Improvements First!

Don’t get overwhelmed if you are gearing up to list your home – you don’t need to make a ton of improvements to get market ready.  Take a look at these hints for realtor.com below: Details HERE


Selling in the Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

A recent study of more than 7 million home sales over the past four years revealed that the season in which a home is listed may be able to shed some light on the likelihood that the home will sell for more than asking price, as well as how quickly the sale will close. It’s no surprise that listing a home for


How To Stage Your Home While Living In It

How to Stage Your Home While Living in It (Without Losing Your Mind) This summer, my husband and I decided to put our 1,200-square-foot Spanish-style bungalow in San Diego up for sale. Naturally, this involved meeting with a host of real estate professionals—all of whom agreed that in order to sell our charming little home for the price we wanted, we needed


Remodeling Cost vs Value for 2013

Before you spend thousands of dollars on a home renovation that you hope will add value to your house (and not just enjoyment), take a look at Remodeling Magazine’s annual list of remodeling cost vs. value for the mid-atlantic region first!  This list provides a national survey highlighting which improvements are the most valuable and will produce the highest return


Real Estate Provisions in the Fiscal Cliff Bill

For those of you wondering about what the fiscal cliff means for real estate, what is going to happen with the mortgage interest deduction, and what will happen with capital gains taxes and estate taxes, check out this very brief summary of the fiscal cliff provisions regarding real estate.  These are current as of January 1, when both the Senate and


Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report for 2011-2012 Released

Before you spend thousands of dollars on a home renovation that you hope will add value to your house (and not just enjoyment), take a look at Remodeling Magazine’s annual list of remodeling cost vs. value for the mid-atlantic region first!  This list provides a national survey highlighting which improvements are the most valuable and will produce the highest return


Appealing your Charlottesville Area Real Estate Tax Assessment

Many of the counties locally release their new real estate tax assessments in January. Many have a 30 day period following that release, when you can appeal your assessment if you feel that your tax value is too high.  There are certainly pro’s and con’s of appealing your tax assessment. Don’t know your current tax assessment? Email me and I am happy


Short Sale Thoughts

So about 4 months ago I was asked to represent a client here in Charlottesville on a short sale of a condominium unit that he had purchased about 3 years ago. Ever since then, we’ve learned a LOT of things about short sales and I’ve even been the source of short sale education/updates to other Realtors, attorneys, and potential sellers


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