The One South Blog


New or Used Homes // What is the Value Difference

In a brief departure from the Back to the Future Series (Fan and Midlothian have been studied thus far), this...
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Good Faith Estimate // Understanding The Process

What is a Good Faith Estimate, anyway?   A good faith estimate (or GFE) is a 3 page document which...
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What’s in a Name? // One South Realty Group

‘Where did the name come from?’ The name ‘One South Realty Group‘ is a direct extension of our mission to...
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The Emrick Flats | The Signature Project

In many ways, Emrick Flats is the signature One South project. Located in Jackson Ward along the intersection of Broad,...
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Looks Matter // Our Print Materials

Looks do matter if you are in marketing. Our stuff looks really good and that was always our intention. By bringing...
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RVA in the Year 2033

I recently had the pleasure of driving an old friend around Richmond.  It was the first time he had seen...
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Ants + Megaphones // The Market Speaks

In the must read book of this century, The Long Tail, author Chris Anderson (former editor of Wired Magazine) writes...
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Citizen 6 | Floyd Ave

Citizen 6, located along Floyd Avenue, is a unique opportunity for 6 home buyers to own not only a new...
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A Look Inside…

The MLS (Multiple Listing Service) is the database Realtors use to find properties. We us it to find properties currently...
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Company Profile

If you really want to know what it is what we do and how we are different, you can download...
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Rules of Thumb

Rules of Thumb. Back-of-the-napkin math. Smell tests. Gut feelings. Field tests. These are all terms we have heard used to...
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The Reserve | The Quintessential OSR Project

In 2007, Tom Rosman of Spotts and Carneal, a boutique commercial brokerage in Carytown, called Rick Jarvis with an opportunity....
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The Angry and Frustrated Life of the Expired Listing

For what it is worth, I have been an expired listing before. We attempted to sell a property we owned...
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Market Statistics // We LOVE Stats!

We love statistics. While we do not wear pocket protectors and use slide rules, we sometimes pride ourselves that when...
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Being #99

The Richmond VA Region just became the 99th largest ‘City’ in the US in 2014.  Apparently, we just passed San...
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Does Size Really Matter?

When the question ‘does size matter?‘ is uttered, many things come to mind (and yes, you may snicker now if...
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Building a portfolio, especially when cash is scarce, means sniffing out good deals.

Growing Your Portfolio…Where to Begin?

[ This article was written by Tom Rosman, Commercial Partner at One South ] Recently, I had coffee with one...
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Analytics // The Skills We All SHOULD Possess

Analytics is the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data (or so says Wikipedia.)  At One South, it amazes us...
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If I Were a Buyer…

Sometimes I wonder how I would be as a buyer. If, for some reason, I moved from Richmond to another...
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The Video Channel

We have been experimenting with video. It is not an easy thing to learn. As Realtors, we are used to...
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A Progressive Southern Firm

Richmond, Virginia is an interesting place. Richmond has a history as full, amazing and diverse as any city in America. ...
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Appraisers and the ‘Green’ Question

Each of us probably has a slightly different interpretation of being ‘Green.’ For some, it is simply being more responsible...
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Professional Designations // Our Committment to Education

A hallmark of any professional is a commitment to self-improvement that is over and above required continuing education. A partial...
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Why We Write // 100,000 Words Later…

I have had more fun writing this past year than I ever could have imagined. Editor’s note…the number now exceeds...
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Who is this One South Group, Anyway?

Our signs went up almost overnight back in 2008 and the market started asking….’Who are these ONE SOUTH people??? I...
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Our Projects // 2008 to the Present Day

Since we opened our doors in January of 2008, we have been involved in numerous projects.  A partial list is...
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Branding 101 // Why Do You Matter???

Who are you? What do you do? WHY DOES IT MATTER??? If you keep those three things in mind (especially...
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Luxury Housing in Richmond…Historic or New?

It is not a secret that Richmond VA is old. As we still have many structures which predate the US,...
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An Open Letter to the FSBO

OK, first a disclaimer… This post is not a one-sided argument written by an agent to try to convince everyone...
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Commercial // A Mixed Use Firm

Commercial and Residential are two different animals. We agree….but it doesn’t mean that they don’t belong together. There are few...
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Features and Benefits // Sales Skills Matter

Bellevue Homes builds an amazing house. Spend a few minutes with builder Jon Rasich and you will understand that he...
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The New Glossary // Real Estate Terms for Today

In the post-bubble Google-dominated world of real estate brokerage, the terms used have changed.  These days terms such as ‘AVM...
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A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words // The Photos

At One South, we have a reputation of being a very ‘visual’ company. In order to be recognized as such,...
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Zillow and Trulia // Do They Work?

Zillow and Trulia are pretty amazing sites with amazing amounts of information.  The depth of available information and the other...
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The New Office

On July 16, 2013, we moved into the new One South Realty World HQ at 2314 West Main Street in...
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Investment Property in Richmond VA

When searching for investment property in Richmond, VA, you need to keep several things in mind.  If you are considering...
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New Homes // We Love New Homes

Well, we like OLD homes, too, but a well done home that is new and fresh and crisp and clean….well...
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They Just Don’t Build Them Like They Used To

I really don’t like the statement. As a Realtor, I hear it all the time.  When out with clients looking...
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Logo Creation is Fun // The Logos of One South

We love logos. Here are some of the ones we either helped on (most) or came with the projects we...
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Feedback // Data Points or Trends??

‘One is a data point and two is a trend’ is a statement oft heard at One South. As staunch...
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The Old Stone Row complex is a part of an urban infill sight in Richmond's Shockoe area. A property of this nature would be considered to be 'Class A' due to both its age and location.

Richmond VA Apartments, Briefly…

The Richmond VA apartment market can be broken down into 3 basic classes. Class A Apartments in Richmond VA A...
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Understanding Agent Tendencies // The SMART System

Did you know…. 9 out of 10 real estate transactions involve at least one Realtor. 9 out of 10 of...
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When Speed Kills // Selling a Home FAST??

Agent: “We are going to sell your home fast!” Seller: “Maybe that isn’t the best strategy” Selling your home fast...
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I Am Afraid I Cannot Value That Home, Dave…

I, Robot. The Terminator. The Matrix. Tron. 2001, A Space Odyssey. War Games. What do all of these movies have...
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Syndication of Listings

The following graphic illustrates how One South leverages all of the available tools to best promote your listing. With one...
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Manchester and the Southern Movement

2003 is a year that should be given a posthumous award for ‘The Year that Richmond Changed Forever.’ Huh? In...
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Commercial Lending // Credit Lines with Several Commas

Company building is one of the most thrilling and satisfying endeavors that any entrepreneur can undertake.  Having the opportunity to...
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Better Ingredients // GOOD DEALS!!!!

If you are reading this it means that you have an interest in finding the best deals in the marketplace....
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