Oops! It is Tuesday afternoon and I am just now getting around to posting my menu planner. Sorry about that....I have been busy with these wonderful new listings that just came on the market! They are all fabulous and you can get more details here.
Michael helped with the meal planning this week. I will go ahead and post the meals we have already had for inspiration!
Saturday....Taqueria Style Tacos (Note....Michael says this is his favorite dinner....it is really good)
Sunday....Pizza Margherita with homemade crust
Monday - Tilapia Piccata and Risotto
Tuesday - Chicken Caesar Salad
Wednesday - Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
March 2, 2014
Yesterday, Michael had to get some work done to his car near Virginia Center Commons so we headed up to Bass Pro Shops while we waited. I had never been there and man o man that place isn't messing around. I am not sure what I was expecting but I know it wasn't an aquarium, restaurant and every hunting, fishing, boating, camping thing you can imagine. It was impressive and very entertaining.
After Bass Pro Shops, I took C & C to Chuck E Cheese. I deserve a metal for that one...not recommended on a Saturday!
I am doing an open house today for an agent in my office. Come by at see me at 3910 Patterson Avenue today from 1-3 pm.
After my open house, I am meeting with some clients to discuss staging. I am so excited about this listing coming on the market mid-March in the Tuckahoe School District. Stay tuned!
I am trying Blue Apron again this week. You can read my review here.
Here goes with this week's menu planner.
Sunday - BBQ (from the freezer) & french fries
Monday - Fish Taco Bowls
Thursday - Night off!
February 28, 2014
Today, I am focusing on Area 20 for real estate statistics in Richmond, VA. Area 20 is in the City of Richmond and includes the popular Libbie & Grove Avenue area. It does not include the Fan or Museum District. See map below.
First up, close price to list price ratios. Fairly high for most of last year with April 2013 coming in at 100%.
In comparing list price per square foot with Henrico and Chesterfield, the City brought in a much higher price per square foot. When looking at January 2014, Area 20 in the City of Richmond brought in an additional $46 per square foot over Area 22, Henrico County and an additional $68 per square foot over Area 64, Chesterfield County.
Active listings in the City of Richmond were at 41 in January of this year, the second lowest number since January 2009. It is a seller's market...now is the time to to list.
You can read more statistic on Henrico County here and Chesterfield County here. Call me if I can be of any assistance with your Richmond, VA home buying and selling needs. Also, contact me if you would like me to pull specific data for your neighborhood. Click here to view my real estate website with further information on my listings and sales.
February 26, 2014
More real estate sales stats coming your way! Last week, I featured sales data from Area 22 in Henrico County. Today, I am looking at Area 64 in Chesterfield County. As a review, here is the map of the areas in Richmond. Area 64 is not limited to but includes the neighborhoods up and down Robious Road.
Similar to Area 22, the price per square foot is up tremendously from January 2013 to 2014. This slide also shows that Henrico tends to be a more expensive county with an average list price to square footage figure of $143 in January 2014. It has been said you can "buy more house for your money" in Chesterfield County.
Ratios are definitely up from 2009 and check out last July with a 100% close price to list price ratio! Woohoo!
As mentioned in my previous post, inventory is low and there are many buyers out there looking for homes. This is leading to bidding wars and high close ratios. I believe we will continue to see more and more homes come on the market as we move into spring. It is a seller's market....now is the time to get your home ready to sell.
Call me if I can be of any assistance with your Richmond, VA home buying and selling needs. Also, contact me if you would like me to pull specific data for your neighborhood. Click here to view my real estate website with further information on my listings and sales. Next up, area 20 in the City of Richmond.
February 24, 2014
Have you heard of Peach Dish? It is a meal delivery service that ships dinners that are "southern infused and seasonally inspired." The kind folks at Peach Dish sent me a week of complimentary meals to try. So last Thursday, two dinner meals showed up on my front door step. I plan out our meals weekly and definitely get into a rut, so it is nice to have Peach Dish as an option on those weeks when you are sick of making the same old thing!
I definitely liked the packaging and all the ingredients were divided into three mesh bags. One for our first meal of Cornbread with Cilantro Butter and Sweet Potato & Chicken Quesadillas, one for our second meal of Bread & Honger Farm Mediterranean Garlic Olive Oil and Curried Lamb with Green Lentils & Maple Glazed Parsnips & Blood Orange with Pistachio. A third insulated bag held the chicken and ground lamb.
On Thursday night, we made the Cornbread & Quesadillas meal. It was pretty tasty and the recipe was easy to follow. We did think it was a little carb heavy with cornbread and these huge tortillas. I also wish my sweet potato has been a little larger. I felt like once mashed it barely covered the tortillas. I would never have thought to put mashed sweet potato on a quesadilla....but I really liked the combination with the cheese and chicken.
We had plans on Friday and Saturday night, so we didn't make the Lamb Lentil meal until Sunday. All of the ingredients were still fresh on Sunday with the exception of the parsnips. I am not very familiar with parsnips but they didn't seem to be as crisp as I would have thought. Also, we were given two parsnips and would have liked to have a couple more. I liked the lamb & lentil portion of the meal but Michael didn't seem as crazy about it. We both really liked the Blood Orange & Pistachio side and may try to recreate that in the future. What I really like about these meal delivery services is they take you out of your comfort zone in terms of trying new things. I would have never served lamb for dinner on a weeknight...this was actually only my second time having lamb.
As an added bonus, Peach Dish sends a dessert to go with one of the meals and an appetizer to go with the other. For dessert, we received dark chocolate covered pomegranates. On first taste, I wasn't sure I liked them but then I found myself drawn to them. :) Our appetizer was bread with Hongar Farms Mediterranean Garlic Olive Oil. Michael and I both really loved this olive oil and we even have some leftover for another night.
Overall, we were really happy with Peach Dish meals. They were tasty, took us out of our comfort zone and made meal time a little easier with step by step instructions. The meals were pretty simple to create. I don't love the meals arriving on Thursday and that is only delivery option right now. We eat out a lot on the weekends so weekday meals are better for our schedule. But that is just personal preference.
Check out Peach Dish's menu for this week here. And you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Many thanks to Peach Dish for providing me with a week of complimentary meals. All opinions are my own.
February 23, 2014
Camille's favorite animal is an elephant and Clyde's is a giraffe. It was Clyde's lucky day as he got to feed giraffes. Unfortunately, to the dismay of Camille (and Mimi, her elephant lovey), the Metro Richmond Zoo does not have elephants. Womp, womp.
We also booked our 10 year anniversary trip over the weekend. I am super excited! This July we will be headed to El Dorado Casistas Royale in Mexico!
Now on to my menu planner. The kind folks at Peach Dish offered to send me a week of complimentary meals. We had the first one on Thursday evening and we will have the second one tonight. Stay tuned for a review. We tried Blue Apron a couple of week ago and you can read that review here.
Sunday - Peach Dish Curried Lamb with Green Lentils & Maple-Glazed Parsnips, Blood Orange & Pistachio
Monday - Turkey Tenderloin, Risotto, Brocoli (carryover from last week)
Tuesday -Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Meatloaf
Wednesday -Chicken Fajitas
Thursday - Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce and salad
February 21, 2014
Historically, March and April are the biggest selling months of the year in real estate. So here we are about a week away from the start of the spring market. In Richmond, the market is strong and it is becoming more of a seller's market because of low inventory in some areas. I have decided to start featuring some real estate sales statistics on my blog. I will try not to bore you! First up is Area 22 in Henrico!
|Richmond, VA Real Estate Zone Map|
See below data from January 2009 to January 2014 highlighting the close price to list price ratio in Area 22 - Henrico. In particular, look at the near 100% ratios from June and July of 2013. I was in a few bidding wars last year, inventory is low and homes that are priced and staged appropriately are in many cases getting multiple offers therefore driving up the close to list ratio.
There are some areas in Henrico with much higher price per square foot ratios. This slide illustrates the fall from 2009 highs to back to nearly the same price per square foot in the start of 2014. Also, look at the jump from January 2013 to January of this year.
This slide further illustrates the low inventory. Hopefully we will continue to see more and more listings come on the market in the next few weeks. If you are thinking of selling your home, now is the time to get it ready.
Call me if I can be of any assistance with your Richmond, VA home buying and selling needs. Also, contact me if you would like me to pull specific data for your neighborhood. Click here to view my real estate website with further information on my listings and sales. Next up, area 64 in Chesterfield County. Stay tuned and have a great weekend.