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Danville's economy may be improving

Signs pointing to economic improvement in Danville include an uptick in building permits and retail sales tracking slightly higher than average for Virginia. That's good news for a city burdened by high unemployment -- 14.6% in March.

As the overall economy improves, homeowners can expect house prices to stabilize as more people look to buy homes.

Read more in the Danville News....

What do you get for your Realtor dues? Here’s the real answer.

Realtors® are in business to make money, not give it away. So, why do they pay dues year-after-year?

Get the real answers online in VAR’s 2010-11 Member Guidebook. This year’s Guide is one-stop resource for answers on the real return on Realtor® dues. Visit www.VARealtor.com/MemberBenefits to access the Guide as an e-book today.

 

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Arlington plans to update Crystal City

Arlington County will spend about $90 million to improve roads and parks in Crystal City over the next five years, according to budget documents.

Officials are planning improvements such as pedestrian walkways, bike lanes, and a streetcar at Potomac Yard. The funds will come from local, state, and federal sources, and from private contributions.

Homeowners benefit from improved infrastructure, as greater usability and aesthetic appeal raise property values.

Read more in the Richmond Times-Dispatch....

 

DAAR Education Day

Date: 
May 22, 2010 - 8:00am - 6:00pm
Location: 
Dulles Area Association of REALTORS®, 803 Sycolin Rd. #222, Leesburg, VA 20175

Register nowFun, Lively and Educational: Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks included; Door prizes; Mandatory, Elective and Informational Classes all day.  All this for only $99. 

Register and learn more.

Gov. McDonnell's development deals will create 3,100 jobs for Virginians

In Governor Bob McDonnell's first 100 days in office, Virginia closed more than 50 economic-development deals that together will create 3,100 jobs and generate $360 million in investments in the Commonwealth.

Jobs and community investments are key issues for homeowners. New jobs allow existing homeowners to pay the mortgage and stay in their homes. A strengthening economy also encourages buyers to shop for new homes, possibly driving up prices and holding down the number of days houses stay on the market before being sold.

Read more in the Richmond Times-Dispatch....

Commercial Council Meeting

Date: 
June 21, 2010 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 
Virginia Association of REALTORS | 10231 Telegraph Rd. | Glen Allen, VA 23059

Commerical Council Meeting

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Arlington's suit to force impact studies allowed to proceed

A lawsuit aimed at slowing the HOT lanes project planned for Interstates 95 and 395 in Northern Virginia has received an early vote of confidence.

A U.S. District Court ruled that a lawsuit filed by the Arlington County Board against the Virginia, the U.S. departments of transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration can proceed. The suit alleges that the agencies should have performed environmental and health studies, as well as traffic analysis, before moving forward with planed HOT lanes on Interstates 95 and 395.

Local homeowners will benefit from a swift resolution to the suit. Traffic congestion is an ongoing problem in Arlington, making it less desirable to commuters shopping for new homes.

Northrop Grumman just weeks away from choosing location for new headquarters

Officials say that Northrop Grumman is just weeks away from deciding where to establish its new headquarters. Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are all under consideration. The company plans to open the new 300-person facility in about a year.

Fairfax and Arlington Counties are both in the running to be the defense contractor's new home town. Landing Northrup Grumman would be a significant economic boost for either county - to the benefit of local homeowners, who could see a bump in property values along with the creation of highly paid jobs.

Read more in the Richmond Times-Dispatch....

Appraisers unfamiliar with improvements may hinder ROI on green retrofits

Improving the energy efficiency of one’s home is beneficial for a variety of reasons but one may not include improving the home’s value.  Most agree that energy retrofits are good for the environment and save homeowners on utility bills but a recent article by CNNMoney indicates that some appraisers are not well versed in valuing these features.

Hampton eliminates 78 positions to balance budget

The city of Hampton will eliminate 78 permanent full-time positions to make up for its $19 million budget shortfall.

About 55 of those positions are currently filled. City officials will try to move employees in those jobs to current openings. "We do have plans to try to place as many of those people as possible. We have over 106 positions that are vacant and open to try to place those folks into," said City Manager Mary Bunting.

Read more at the Daily Press....