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.
Virginia's state legislators have gone home for the year, but not before approving a very thin budget and three homeowner-friendly bills that will help increase the value of your Virginia home in these ugly economic times. We've got the need-to-know information for homeowners in the latest installment of YOUR VIRGINIA, the official newsletter of the Virginia Homeowners Alliance.
Appalachian Power Co. wants to raise rates a whopping 12.8%. If the rate hike is permitted, a customer currently paying $105 per month would instead owe $118.44. The State Corporation Commission is recommending that commissioners consider limiting the rate increase to 3%.
Appalachian's 2009 profit from its full service territory, including parts of Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee, totaled $155.81 million.
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Things are looking good for the Realtor® Legislative Agenda as it makes its way through both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly. Read all about it in today's Capitol Connections newsletter.
VAR bills that have passed both houses:
Good news for first time homebuyers! Now, more homebuyers may qualify for a VHDA FHA Plus or Homebuyer Tax Credit Plus loan that offers an affordable fixed rate and help with the down payment.
Income limits increased in all areas of the state and sales price/loan limits increased in most areas.
Visit VARbuzz.com for a chart containing a summary of the new limits and VHDA.com/loanlimits for complete details.
A camera is one of the most important business purchases a Realtor® can make. With so many buyers starting their search online, poor-quality images just don't cut it. Digital cameras have come way down in price and offer some pretty amazing features. But how do you decide which camera to buy?