Wild Berry Season in the Backyard

We’ve always had a mulberry tree in our backyard. A couple of years ago we noticed wild raspberry too, which have now spread a lot. This year we have a new entry to our backyard berries – wild blackberries. And as of now everything is ripe! Here is a gallery of images from today. Click…

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Getting Solar Panels in Charlottesville

As I write this, our 6.9kW Solar Panel system is almost ready to go, pending Dominion installing a new meter. I’ve written before about the economics of solar power and how they make financial sense even in a state like Virginia with no incentives. I’ll talk about the power production from the panels a little…

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Construction Financing in Charlottesville/Albemarle

So you want to build your own house? Not a single large bank and no online banks that I contacted (and I contacted lots)  offer construction financing. I called almost every bank that I tried to refinance my existing mortgage with and none of them offered construction loans. I called up Wells Fargo, Bank of…

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Finding Land in Charlottesville – Part 1

Let me start by saying that the title is misleading. By Charlottesville I mean Charlottesville and the parts of Albemarle that are just outside Charlottesville (parts of Rio Rd, Pantops, Barracks Rd, Hydraulic etc.). If you’ve looked at the MLS to try and find land you’ll find that there is almost none available. The land…

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Photoshopped Real Estate Photos

Here goes my rant. As we have been passively looking for a new house we have found multiple occasions where real estate photos have been severly photoshopped. The photos were overly bright, very saturated and the photoshopping is plainly visible. We have even visited a couple of houses about a year ago just to see…

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