Posted by Amanda Colocho | 20 August 2018| Blog
Richmond, Virginia’s Very Near West End – A Neighborhood Guide

RVA Neighborhood Guide - Very Near West End If you’re looking to buy, here’s why you should consider living in the “Very Near West End,” according to Sara Woznicki of @AsToldOverBrunch and @RichmondBrunch. I moved to Richmond, Virginia five years ago after coming south from Connecticut to go to college at James Madison University. After living in the Fan for three years with several different roommates, I wanted to live alone. I scoured the area for a reasonably priced one-bedroom home and realized that buying a place would be more cost effective than renting (especially since I didn’t see myself...

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Posted by Amanda Colocho | 17 August 2018| Blog
Richmond, Virginia’s Fan District – A Neighborhood Guide

RVA Neighborhood Guide - The Fan If you’re looking to buy, here’s why you should consider “The Fan,” according to Cazey Williams of @AsToldOverBrunch, @FanDistrictRVA and @RichmondBrunch. I relocated to Richmond, VA five years ago for graduate school at VCU. The first apartment that I ever toured was in the heart of the Fan District, and I didn’t look at a single other place before signing (maybe don’t do that?). And while I’ve moved apartments twice, I have yet to leave the Fan because of a number of different factors– the walkability, the bars, the restaurants, all the beautiful row...

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 15 August 2018| Blog
Richmond, Virginia’s Forest Hill – A Neighborhood Guide

RVA Neighborhood Guide – Forest Hill If you’re looking to buy, here’s why you should consider the "Forest Hill" neighborhood, according to Sydney Lester of @ChicStripes. My husband and our three cats moved to Forest Hill in 2012. During our home search, we looked at several different neighborhoods including North Side and Church Hill and ending up loving everything about Forest Hill - it was close enough to the city to have easy access to everything (literally a 10 minute drive or 15-20 minute bike ride!) but also had a neighborhood feel with big backyards and ample parking (unlike a...

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 15 August 2018| Blog
Richmond, Virginia’s The Museum District – A Neighborhood Guide

Photos in this guide were provided by Brittanny DeRafelle. RVA Neighborhood Guide - Museum District If you’re looking to buy in Richmond, Virginia, here’s why you should consider living in the “Museum District,” according to Brittanny DeRaffele of @SunandSelene and @TheBrunchMarket. Hey hey RVA! My husband Stephen and I have lived in the Museum District for just over 4 years now and recently moved into our new home, just 4 doors down from our first apartment together! We fell in love with the neighborhood because of how quiet and convenient it is and the charm of a historic Richmond homes....

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 15 August 2018| Blog
DADO: New Way of House Hunting, Without the Camera Crew

While I wish I was on House Hunters… with permission from Breakfast With Tiffany Marie blog I was actually working with DADO, a new house hunting mobile app. Alex and I got to check out some open houses this weekend in Pittsburgh and give you the entire scoop on how to use DADO and why you should download it asap. This app isn’t your usual search for houses with edited photos or realtor descriptions, it is more transparent with the ability for anyone to review the house, add their own photos, and easily share with your friends and family. DADO is...

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 28 June 2018| Blog
Getting Started with your DADO Insider House Hunting app

Introduction to #nofilter house hunting! Welcome to the future of house hunting where you now can see way more than the home seller’s marketing materials! Here is a quick overview of the main features on our insider house hunting app plus we made sure you can always share everything with your formal and informal circle of friends and family on this house hunting journey with you.  All in real time. But First!  Creating your personal house list... Adding Properties to your personal list There are three ways to add a property.   First option is to type in the address directly when...

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 22 June 2018| Blog
Welcome to Bloomfield, Pittsburgh, PA’s Little Italy and more. DADO Neighborhood Spotlight.

A twilight home walk introduction to Bloomfield We recently joined Tim Gyves, a local Pittsburgh real estate agent with Coldwell Banker and a transplant from Brooklyn, NY, on a Twilight Home Walk through Bloomfield.   During our Open House Walk, Tim shared some great insights into why folks love this part of Pittsburgh. Neighborhood History Bloomfield has been a classic working class neighborhood for generations.  The main thing that has changed through the years is which country the immigrants came from.  Very much like Carol Gardens in Brooklyn.   Today, Bloomfield has evolved to be a very diverse and blended neighborhood from...

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Posted by Tom Mangas | 14 June 2018| Blog
House Hunting Intelligence 101 – Of course you can take your own pictures!

Taking your own pictures of houses you tour... You are considering making a several hundred-thousand-dollar purchase of a home, of course you can take your own pictures. Don’t let someone like the seller’s agent tell you that you cannot. Your Own Pictures About What Matters Most to You With our mobile phones in hand, we take more pictures of everything than ever before, and we love to share them with others. How can you remember that green bathroom that was not pictured in Zillow or the beautiful wood detail around the fireplace if you don’t snap a picture? DADO makes...

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 06 June 2018| Blog
Value vs. Bargain – how should cost per square foot impact which house you choose to buy?

Cost per square foot.  Comparing different houses on this one metric can be tricky. A common tool for trying to equalize comparisons between homes you are considering buying is comparing cost per square foot.    However, there are two different perspectives on this comparison factor you should keep in mind when you are deciding which home is the better choice. Bargain!  or Bargain??? If you are comparing same size homes and one has a lower cost per square foot, consider this:   Is this really a bargain or a bigger renovation project?   Certain renovations are the same cost regardless of the size...

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 30 May 2018| Blog
How great are the schools near your next home? DADO Insiders always know.

Introducing GreatSchool Ratings for every property on DADO! With every home you review on DADO you will see the ratings of local elementary, middle and high schools close to that home.    We have partnered with GreatSchools Rating to give you objective and transparent access to the ratings of each school.  This is how GreatSchools Ratings defines its scale: “…ratings follow a 1-10 scale, where 10 is the highest and 1 is the lowest. Ratings at the lower end of the scale (1-3) signal that the school is “below average,” 4-7 indicate “average,” and 8-10 are “above average.” Each rating has...

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