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.
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.
An affordable housing project built above a church sanctuary in Arlington County is nearing completion. The project has been contentious from the start, with residents of nearby neighborhoods objecting for six years to its placement atop a Baptist Church.
The latest attempt to halt the project was stymied on Monday, when Judge Claude M. Hilton said Peter Glassman failed to prove that the county, by partnering with the Church, is advancing religion or enriching the church.
Columbia Gas of Virginia is building almost five miles of new pipeline through Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk to increase capacity in and around the Churchland area. The company expects to to spend almost $8 million and complete the project in June.
The increased capacity will support development in the area, spurring growth that will benefit the real estate market.
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Bob Riley, Haley Barbour, Ed Rendell, Phil Bredesen, and Bob McDonnell -- governors of Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia, respectively -- call on the federal government to help fund the Crescent Corridor, a 2,500-mile rail route stretching across 13 states from New Jersey to Tennessee and Louisiana.
At its meeting this week, the members of the Virginia Real Estate Board elected a new Chair and Vice Chair. The results...
- Chair: Byrl Taylor, GRI, from Long & Foster in White Stone
- Vice Chair: Scott Gaeser, CCIM, from Eagle Realty of Virginia in Glen Allen
A small victory in Roanoke for property owners around the Commonwealth: The Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority has been ordered to pay Jay and Stephanie Burkholder $2.2 million for land seized under eminent domain. The figure falls between the $1.53 million the housing authority had offered to pay and the value of about $4.5 million given the Burkholders by two appraisers.
The Burkholders plan to continue their fight against the seizure, and say they hope to ultimately strengthen the rights of Virginia property owners.
When a Virginia Beach developer was asked to mow an overgrown 1/3 acre wetlands field by the local government, it complied. But the State Water Control Board considered the tract of land a protected wetland, and by mowing it, they say the developer altered and degraded the wetland, which should have been preserved as natural and open space.