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How Virginians Think About Virginia

Sep. 23, 2011
Categorized in: Miscellaneous

I still can't figure out where this study or the underlying data comes from so don't make any big lifestyle changes based on this, but here's some information on how we feel about ourselves.

This survey asked people how they felt about their state in six areas: Natural Beauty, Things to Do, State Economy, Environmental Friendliness, Education and Medical Care. Here are the grades for Virginia:

  • Natural Beauty                      B
  • Things To Do                        B
  • State Economy                      C
  • Environmental Friendliness   D
  • Education                              C
  • Medical Care                         C

Overall, people seemed fairly pessimistic. That's not surprising given the overall economic gloom and doom we're all living with at the moment.

I do think Virginians were a little hard on themselves regarding the State Economy. While it may not feel this way (especially if your house is under water) our economy in northern Virginia actually looks pretty good compared to most of the country.

How would you grade us?

P.S. My home state of Minnesota fared pretty well!

Rough Times in Real Estate

Jan. 11, 2010
Categorized in: Business of Real Estate

Most of the pain of real estate practitioners in this market is hidden away. Most of us don't talk much about the realities of doing this for a living in the worst economy in my lifetime. It's not just your average consumer losing their home to foreclosure.

But sometimes there's an amazing, honest, articulate agent with a story to tell. Matt Stigliano has a story worth listening to.

(How am I doing? Better than 2008! Not as good as a few years ago!)

Plant A Row

Feb. 26, 2009
Categorized in: Eating Local

                                    

 

The good news is that spring is coming! You can see it in the buds on the trees and the bulbs poking their shoots above the ground!

The bad news is that the economy is likely to make it a rough spring and summer for a lot of people locally and around the country. 

The good new is: you can help!

Fauquier County is going to participate in the Plant a Row campaign. This is a nationwide effort started about a dozen years ago. Local gardeners are asked to plant one extra row to feed local hungry families.

I'll be coordinating the local effort here in Fauquier. Most gardeners produce more than they can eat in a good year. Why not do it deliberately this year and help your hungry neighbors?

The guidelines are simple. Clean off the excess soil on vegetables but don't wash them. This helps them stay fresh longer. Keep in mind that these vegetables will need to stand up to some local travel and handling. The fresher they are, the better. Please don't donate the damaged, rotting fruit and vegetables.

Signing up to help is simple! Just send me an e-mail at Julie@JulieEmery.com and let me know you're participating. I'll add you to the e-mail distribution list and get you some information on where to drop off the fruits and vegetables. 

Once you drop the produce off it gets delivered to local food banks, pantries and distribution centers.

If you don't garden we can still use your help! You can help us get the word out! We'd be happy to give you flyers you can distribute or post in places where lots of people can see them. We'll also need volunteers to help transport and sort produce during the growing season. Let me know how you'd like to help and we'll put you to work!

We can't fix the entire economy. But maybe we can make sure no one in Rappahannock goes hungry this year!

 

Piedmont Real Estate Blog

Blog by Julie Emery
Amissville, Virginia

An ongoing dialog on real estate news, opinion and trends in Northern Virginia and the greater Piedmont area. Julie is an Associate Broker at Frankly Real Estate Inc, 6304 Crossroads Circle, Ste 102, Falls Church, VA 22044

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