7 Reasons to Own a Home

A quick run down of just 7 of the MANY reasons to own a home. 7 Reasons to Own A Home Tax benefits. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, and some of the costs involved in buying a home. Appreciation. Historically, real estate has had a long-term, stable growth in


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


Interest Rates on the Rise? What to do!

THIS IS A BIG DEAL! This may be the first time in FIVE years that we will see a PURPOSEFUL rise in interest rates.  This information is only important if I’m planning to buy right?  No, this is important for both buyers and sellers. As a buyer, an increase in interest rates could mean that you have WAY LESS affordability


Thinking of Buying or Selling in 2015?

Learn more about the market in our area!  In 2014, sals in the Charlottesville area were up 2.0% from 2013, and the number is expected to rise in 2015!  This is an ideal time to reach out and find out what your options are and how the Sasha Farmer Team can help!   Take a look here, and then give


CAAR Third Quarter Market Report Just Released!

There were some awesome highlights this time around! Charlottesville Area 3rd Quarter 2013 Highlights: Overall sales in Greater Charlottesville were up 25.9% over the same quarter last year and represented the highest 3rd Quarter sales total since 2007. The median sales price of $267,612 in the 3rd Quarter was up 11.6% from Q3-2012, the highest year-over- year price gain of


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


CAAR Third Quarter Market Report

CAAR has just released it’s 3rd Quarter Market report, and it has many figures that are quite positive for the Central Virginia region.  I know many agents have been “feeling” the uptick, but it’s great to finally see it quantified! CAAR Third Quarter Market Report


But Zillow says my house is worth…

It is actually quite often that people I run into have been completely misguided about their home values.  With the incredible technology and information online about real estate and home searches, people often feel that real estate websites are getting to the point where they are extremely accurate and reliable.  In some large cities, evidently this is true.  In Charlottesville,


CAAR 2011 Mid-Year Market Report

Click below to download the CAAR Mid Year Market Report for 2011. This is a hyper-local report that shows us exactly what to be expecting in the real estate market. Provided by the local real estate association, it gives us a great glimpse of the major areas served by CAAR agents, and the respective markets there. 2011 Mid-Year CAAR Market


We are really outgrowing out current home, but…

In the current market, there are many homeowners out there who would like to have a larger/nicer home but are patiently waiting for the market to improve. A frequently heard objection is that they can’t sell their home for what they think it should be worth, so they are trying to wait for the market to improve a bit and