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December
27

How to Find the Right Real Estate Agent in 2022

Richmond Real Estate Agent

If you're planning on buying or selling a house in the coming year, you might be wondering how to find the right real estate agent to support your transaction. After all, so much of your success depends on the experience of the real estate agent you select to support you along the way. If you're selling your home, your real estate agent is key to securing the highest possible sale price. If you're considering one of these beautiful Richmond homes for sale, your agent's expertise in the market and negotiation experience can help you land a solid deal.

However, finding a good real estate agent with the right level of experience isn't as simple as you might think. With so many agents out there, you might have to do some work to really find one who is truly a good match for you and your family. To help you, below are some tips that can help you find the best real estate agent to support your transaction in 2022.

  • Seek Referrals From Someone You Trust
    If a friend, family member, or neighbor recently purchased or sold a home, you may want to consider asking them for an agent referral. An agent's past clients are the best source of information on the agent's expertise, character, and reputation. Just be sure to ask someone you trust!

  • Do Your Research
    Before choosing an agent, you'll want to do a good bit of research. Check out their online profiles, read reviews, and conduct an interview. During the process, look for signs that they're compassionate, patient, and knowledgeable about the industry. Set expectations around communication and timeframes, and see if they're willing to accommodate. 

  • Gauge The Agent's Responsiveness
    One of the most important characteristics of a real estate agent is responsiveness. In a hot market, you need an agent that's willing to quickly turn around offers and negotiations. When evaluating agents, pay attention to the time it takes them to return texts or calls. Also, look into the brokerage firm that supports them -- do they have a team behind them that can support if they're unavailable? Both buyers and sellers need to act quickly in today's market, and you don't want to miss out on opportunities due to an agent that is too busy.

  • Consider Their Experience
    It's always worth asking an agent about their track record of success. How long have they been an agent, and how many home sales or purchases have they supported? Ideally, you want an experienced negotiator in your corner, so it's perfectly acceptable to ask for examples of big wins and past client success.

  • But Experience Isn't Everything
    While experience certainly does matter, you also want to select an agent who is easy to work with and is the right fit for you and your family. Choose someone who is likable, relatable, and patient. If you're buying or selling for the first time, you'll likely want to work with an agent who takes their time and helps educate you on the process and the market. You're trusting your agent to guide you through one of the biggest financial transactions of your life.

Selecting the right real estate agent takes a bit of research, but it's well worth the time investment. A good agent can have a tremendous impact on the outcome of your home purchase or sale. Contact us for more tips or to speak with one of our real estate agents today.

December
20

Get Local Gift Ideas from These Richmond Shops

Richmond Shopping

'Tis the season to shop local! With the holiday season approaching, there are plenty of Richmond stores where you can shop for unique gifts and support the local economy while doing so. Here are a few key places our real estate agents recommend visiting.

  • Rosewood Clothing Co: 407 Cleveland Ave., Richmond, VA 23221
    If your recipient loves clothing and accessories, then Rosewood Clothing Co. is the perfect local shop to visit. The store celebrates creativity and self-expression. Their focus is on clothing that is comfortable, stylish, and sustainably made.

    Rosewood Clothing Co. also carries some vintage apparel and jewelry. Their apothecary section is a good place to pick up nail polish, soap, salves, and other small gifts for the loved ones on your list.

  • Gild and Ash: 5730 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    Gild and Ash carries a fine selection of men's and women's accessories, along with home goods and decor. If you're not sure what to buy for someone on your list, their consultants can help you out. They're experts in decor and fashion.

    Some of the more unique gifts at Gild and Ash include geode coasters, scented matches, and unique tea towels. Fill a stocking with these small items, or spring for a really special gift, like some gold hoop earrings or a multi-chain necklace.

  • Little Nomad: 104 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    For the youngest on your gift list, pay a visit to Little Nomad, a local shop for babies and kids. They carry sustainably made clothing crafted from materials like Peruvian Pima cotton.

    Along with clothes, Little Nomad carries illustrated picture books, sketch pads, and wellness essentials for little ones. Their Mommy & Me Skincare Gift Set is quite popular.

  • Paper Plus: 5804 Grove Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    Take a break from looking at Richmond homes for sale, and stop by Paper Plus. This local shop sells stationery, picture frames, and home accents. It's a lovely place to shop for someone who enjoys penmanship and art.

    Paper Plus has been a Richmond staple since 1978. The store has a very simple, welcoming vibe and is sure to put you in a good mood. You can even pick up an agenda for the new year while you're there.

  • Relics to Rhinestones: 5726A Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    If your recipient loves jewelry, then Relics to Rhinestones is the perfect place to shop. This store is a luxury boutique that carries everything from baby gifts to home decor, but their jewelry selection is especially vast. 

    The employees at Relics to Rhinestones are very helpful and can help you find the perfect gift for anyone on your list.

  • Sheppard Street Antiques: N. 1126 Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23230
    Sheppard Street Antiques is a locally owned antique dealer where you can find unique, vintage gifts for your loved ones. They have antique paintings, wicker baskets, wooden furniture, painted china, and so much more.

    Since the selection at Sheppard Street Antiques is always changing, it makes sense to stop by a few times during the holiday season and see what treasures you find.

Richmond has so many lovely, locally owned stores worth visiting. Those listed above are just the beginning. Have a great time shopping this holiday season, and don't hesitate to contact us if you're in need of real estate services. Our agents would be proud to help you find the perfect Richmond home.

December
13

Skip Cooking with These Richmond Catering Options

Richmond Catering

During the holidays, our real estate agents want you to spend less time cooking and more time socializing. Get out of the kitchen and into the family room with holiday meals from these wonderful restaurants and markets near Richmond homes for sale

  • Lemaire Restaurant - Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Enjoy a dinner of Southern-influenced holiday classics with dinner from Lemaire Restaurant. Herb-crusted prime rib comes with soup, salad, and an assortment of side dishes that includes their signature spoonbread. Top it all off with some luscious chocolate pecan pie. Dinners are offered for two, four, or six people at $100 per pair. Order by December 15 for pickup on December 23.

  • Big Herm's Kitchen - 315 N. 2nd St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Remember those holidays of your childhood, when the whole family gathered at Grandma's house for dinner? Big Herm's Kitchen does, and their holiday dinner features that same great home-cooked taste. All dinners include oven-roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham, stuffing, rolls, and cranberry sauce. Choose from additional sides, including green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and mac & cheese. The price is $25 per person, with a minimum order of 10. Order by December 17 for pickup or delivery on December 23 or 24.

  • Mosaic Catering + Events - 3001 Cutshaw Ave., Richmond, VA 23230
    Want to add a touch of the unexpected to your holiday meal? Mosaic Catering + Events has you covered. Their seasonal menu includes classic dishes with a modern twist. You'll have a hard time deciding between tasty choices such as everything spiced salmon, sage and goat cheese whipped potatoes, and cinnamon celebration meatballs. Vegetarians will love cheesy winter squash casserole, roasted cauliflower and root vegetable gratin, and other hearty but meat-free dishes. Vegan options are available on request. 

  • Libbie Market - 400 Libbie Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    In 2010, when Ukrop's grocery stores were sold, employees Buster Wright and David Taylor stepped up to preserve the specialty store location. Today, Libbie Market has the variety and convenience of a full-scale grocery store with the warm, personalized service of an independent shop. Their holiday menu features an extensive mix-and-match list of entrées, sides, and breads such as beef tenderloin, herb stuffing, corn pudding, and buttermilk biscuits. Place a $50 minimum order by December 17 for pickup on December 23 or 24. 

  • Nomad Deli & Catering Co. - 207 W. Brookland Park Blvd., Richmond, VA 23222
    Why wait for the main event? Start your holiday off right with a grazing brunch from Nomad Deli & Catering Co. Open gifts while nibbling on a spread of mini bagels, spinach and feta quiche, baked Brie bites, cinnamon roll pull-apart, and fresh fruit. Their dinner is equally spectacular, with spiral ham, roast beef, crostinis, and an assortment of spreads and cheeses. Top it all off with a dessert tray of brownie bites, apple blondies, pecan pie tarts, pumpkin dip, and cookies. 

  • Homemades by Suzanne - 101 N. 5th St., Richmond, VA 23210
    If it's not on the holiday menu at Homemades by Suzanne, you don't need it. Categories include Chicken & Turkey, Beef, Seafood, Cheese, Dips & Sauces, Quiche, and Dessert. Place your order, and they'll have everything ready for pickup, or delivery and set-up is available for an additional charge.

Use some of that extra time to find or sell a house in Richmond. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to get started.

December
6

Send Season's Greetings: 7 Holiday Card Ideas to Try

Holiday Card Ideas

After a while, holiday cards can get tedious, sending the same basic sentiment, year after year. This year, though, in addition to looking at holiday cards, you're also looking at Richmond homes for sale, as you prepare to move. That means your season's greetings will also serve as a new home announcement, to let people know about your amazing new place, and when they can visit. You need to make them extra special. Here are seven unique holiday card ideas you can try this year.

  1. Gingerbread House
    Get a thin piece of brown cardboard and decorate it to look like a gingerbread house - or better yet, a gingerbread version of your new home. You can even stick a piece of (wrapped) candy on it for the doorknob. Write your holiday message on the back. It's a great way to convey the holiday spirit and the news about your new home at the same time.

  2. Add a Family Photo
    If you like to send family photos with your cards, try switching it up this year. Take a full-body shot of each family member, individually, in some sort of fun action pose. Then, cut each of their figures out of the printed photos. Take the cutouts, string them all together with a piece of twine, and include it in your holiday card. As a bonus, combine this one with the gingerbread card above: now your cards have your family, living in your new house!

  3. Button Snowmen
    Get a bunch of white buttons of all different sizes. Stack them up three at a time, to look like snowmen, and glue them to the front of your cards. Add accessories, like a tie made from colorful yarn, or a top hat made from construction paper. You can just make one, or you can make several, each representing a different member of your family, with all different distinguishing characteristics.

  4. New Home Announcement
    Instead of the traditional holiday greeting, why not send out a card that tells people you've moved, and shows off your new home? Include a picture of the house (complete with lights and decorations), and your new address, encouraging friends to come to visit - for the holidays or otherwise. 

  5. Washi Tape
    Get a roll of washi tape with a colorful and festive design on it. Put pieces of tape on your card to make fun, holiday designs. Stack several pieces of tape on top of one another in decreasing sizes, to form a tree. Tie pieces of yarn into bows, and put them on top of tape pieces to make them into gifts. Use your imagination.

  6. Snow Globe
    On the inside of your card, draw or otherwise create a snowy, holiday scene. Cut a circle out of the front of the card, so part of the scene can be viewed through it. Get a small ziplock bag, and put sequins in it. Attach the bag to the inside of the card (left side) directly over the hole. When you shake it, the sequins will fall over the snowy scene, just like a snow globe.

  7. Book Card
    Take a book you don't mind sacrificing. Draw outlines of holiday figures and shapes on the pages, and cut them out. Paste the shapes to the front of your cards.

These are just a few creative ideas for sending holiday cheer and announcing your new home during the holidays. Our real estate agents can get you into a house you'll be proud to spread the news about this holiday season. Contact us to find your dream home!

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