Finding A Home To Buy:
Central Virginia is a BIG area of the state. Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Nelson, Amherst , Augusta Counties… The City of Charlottesville and the towns of Ruckersville, Scottsville, Crozet, Madison, Palmyra, Lovingston, Nellysford… And lots of place names like Dyke, Nortonsville, Howardsville, Wintergreen, Belmont, Lake Monticello, Blue Ridge Shores… And many developments: Glenmore, Forest Lakes, Trailridge, Poplar Glen, Mill Creek, Lake Reynovia, and on and on.
Even if you lived here for a while you won’t know every location. But you may have a good idea about where you want to be and what you are looking for. An older home, a newer home or a historic home; renovated, a fixer-upper, or new construction; single family with a big yard or a small yard, an attached home or a condo (be careful about the latter); a farm or horse property; amenities & association fees… There’s lots to choose from and to think about.
If you are relocating here and are not real familiar with the area you will want to consider: why are you coming here (work, education, retirement), and how does that affect your decision of what type of property to purchase and its location?
Even if you already live here, let’s get in the car and talk while we’re seeing some properties. I can search for properties (listed by all realty companies & FSBO sites) based on your early assessment of what you want to buy, what you want to spend, and where you want to be. I refer to this as “doing homework”. As you see the different homes and their prices, condition and locations, you will start to refine your ideas about what you want and where you want it and what you can expect to pay for it. You will be developing a sense of the market. I can tell you a lot about the market, and I can show you the MLS sales record and the public tax record which is all very good information, but you setting your eyes on properties and locations is what makes it all real. Let’s get in the car and go see some properties.
And if you are not familiar with central Virginia, let’s cover some territory. Say you are taking a job at the university and you’d prefer no more than a 20 minute commute to work. A 20 minute driving time radius out from your work place at UVA covers a big territory. If you are unsure about where within that territory you want to be, the only way to find out is to get in the car and tour the area. And we’ll stop to see some properties along the way so you get a good idea about locations, property types and prices. Let’s get in the car and see some properties!