News & Views 2.16.2012

Real Estate Related News Real Estate Weekly Celebrates 20 Years  In September 1997, I approached Mary Sproles Martin, editorial coordinator for the then five-year-old Real Estate Weekly, about a freelance writing job. I had been in Charlottesville for a little over two years and was working part-time as an assistant to a local builder but […]

Adding a Fireplace

Adding a Fireplace

Let’s say you like everything about your house—location, size, sunlight, yard, floor plan, and so on. Maybe you’ve lived there for years, or maybe you’re about to buy it. But it has no fireplace. Can you add one? How difficult is it, how much does it cost, and how much resale value does it add? […]

Small is Beautiful

Small is Beautiful

The average size of a new single-family house in the United States grew from less than 1,000 sq. ft. in 1950 to 2,521 sq. ft. in 2007, according to the United States Census Bureau. That was the peak year. By 2010, the average size shrank to 2,392 sq. ft., and experts in the industry predict […]