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Microspots Discussed as Possible Rural Internet Solution

As beautiful as our area is for everyday living, some people complain about the limitations when it comes to reliable internet. The hills and hollows make it difficult for signals to travel, and services like DSL have yet to make it out our way.

A new plan to install “microspots” in Culpeper, Orange and Madison counties  has earned Virginia Broadband a grant from Microsoft. Microspots are a series of utility poles that relay wireless internet service into isolated areas.

According to the Star Exponent:

The company currently uses about 30 of these mini-towers; the grant will allow the installation of nine more at a cost of about $10,000 each, according to Robert Sullivan, VABB’s CEO/president and an original founder of the company. Most of VABB’s Microspots are in the Northern Neck; however, Culpeper County currently has two.



New Video for United Country Piedmont Real Estate

We just produced this video to promote UC Piedmont. I think it turned out really well, and hope you think so, too!


Fauquier County to Spend Big on Broadband

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-5-20-46-pmOur area is blessed with natural beauty and a neighborly countryside manner, but soon we’ll also be able to offer faster, more reliable internet.

Fauquier’s board of supervisors could commit $20 million in next five years to expand broadband internet service to rural areas of the county.

“I’ve had discussions with the other supervisors” about using taxpayer money to fund broadband, said Supervisor Rick Gerhardt (Cedar Run District), chairman of the county’s broadband advisory committee. “It’s a priority for the county.”

Mr. Gerhardt called those discussions “extremely positive . . . . Unless something crazy happens, I don’t see a problem.”

Read more from Fauquier Now.

Schools, Kids Becoming More of a Factor In Real Estate

aboutiPhoneAppA new poll of millennial parents (aged 18 to 34) reveals that the well-being of their children is playing a much greater role in real estate decisions.

According to a Coldwell Banker Real Estate survey of 2,800 parents spanning three generations, sixty-seven percent of young parents said their child’s immediate emotional well-being was a more important factor than other things like career when considering a move. Compare that with 64 percent of Generation X parents (aged 35 to 49) and 54 percent of boomer parents (aged 50 to 69) who said their kids took precedence.

And a recent study by Redfin suggests homebuyers are often willing to pay steep price premiums for homes served by top-ranked schools.

It really pays to know everything about your real estate market, whether you’re looking at Virginia real estate or anywhere else. Most real estate clients with young children expect their Realtors to know a thing or two about local schools, their ratings and districts. Because these districts change often, it can be difficult to speak with absolute authority on local schools. Luckily there’s a free mobile iPhone/iPad/iTouch app makes it possible for prospects to research this information on their own.

The GreatSchools app allows you to locate and map nearby elementary, middle, and high schools or search listings across the U.S. You can also view detailed ratings, reviews, and test scores.

Key features include:

– Search the latest school information for more than 125,000 K-12 schools in the U.S., including public, public charter, and private schools

– Map and compare schools for any city, based on your current location

– Filter schools by public or private, grade level, distance, GreatSchools Rating, Community Rating or, enrollment size

– Browse parent reviews, recent test scores, and district info

– Save schools to your personal list of favorites for quick retrieval later

– Share schools with family and friends

So if you’re looking for Virginia communities in the hunt country or Piedmont areas, download the Great Schools app to see what it says about our areas great schools. It will show you the best schools in Virginia or wherever you’re looking.

Need a Little Motivation?

napoleonThis is not necessarily real estate oriented, but if you’re feeling a little slow or weary this week and need some inspiration, here are seven quotes on leadership. Believe it or not, Napoleon has a great one:

“A leader is a dealer in hope.” –Napoleon Bonaparte

and then there’s:

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” —Herbert Swope

I hope some of these help you to success.

Introducing: United Country Pride

One of the unique traits of United Country Real Estate as a business organization is the family environment we all experience everyday and speak so passionately about. To honor this tradition and to spread the word about our wonderful company, here’s a new image from a social media campaign sharing the United Country Pride!

Hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July!

Searching Online for Your Home? You’re Not Alone

Courtesy of Lockbox, here’s an infographic that shows how the Internet has become a major player in real estate searches.


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