The market is certainly picking up in our area and there is a bit of a difference between Waynesboro and Charlottesville areas. In fact, they are served by two different MLS systems, Greater Augusta Association of REALTORS (or GAAR) and Charlottesville Albemarle Association of REALTORS (or CAAR). As a member of both associations, I am able to provide useful information about the local market. I have worked with Jim Duncan (we refer business to each other) and I'm sure he would agree, real estate is "local" and can be very different here than in GA. Not to discourage you because I think Central Virginia is a beautiful place to call home, but there will likely be some "sticker shock" when it comes to the price difference.
Best of luck to you! Feel free to contact me if there's anything I can do to help you in your home search.
What are you looking for? Where do you need/want to be close to? What is your comfortable price point? How familiar are you with the area?
Please feel free to contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org - I'll be happy to help in any way I can.
I suggest speaking with/contacting Jim Duncan. He's a Realtor in the Waynesboro, Crozet, Charlotesville area. He's a very cool guy, great Realtor and a great resource for the entire area. I refer anyone moving to those areas to him. His web site is http://realcentralva.com.
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