Governor McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bolling, Attorney General Cuccinelli, and House and Senate Republican Leadership announce joint agenda for 2011 legislative session.
From Governor's press release:
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli discussed individual property rights and their importance to the people of Virginia, stating, “There are legitimate reasons the government utilizes its power of eminent domain – for the construction of roads, schools, jails and utility easements,” Cuccinelli said. “However, we have to stand up for families and businesses to prevent government from using this extraordinary power when there is not a legitimate public need. A shopping mall or tourism information center is not a core public need.”
On February 9 we need you to tell your legislator...
... to stop re-taxing people -- no more recordation taxes on refis!
... not to hold you responsible if public records are wrong!
... that toxic drywall needs to be disclosed!
...to pass agency laws that protect you and your clients!
It's our best chance all year to get our message across -- and we need bodies to do it. We want to crowd their offices with Realtors® so it's crystal clear: We care about property rights, the economy, and our industry.
Got a strong military clientele? The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) has a website just for you and your clients.
Keep up on the trends that count, including the future of retro-fitting and green features for new construction. Most importantly, learn how to sell, appraise, and finance these homes.
Session topics include:
- Evolution & cost of green building
- Selling the green home & marketing yourself as a green Realtor®
- Simple green improvements for conventional homes
- Using MRIS to market green features
- Case study of NVAR's new headquarters
Pending approval of 3 hours elective CE credit.
$39 advance or $49 onsite
Virginia's economy stands to take a heavy blow if Secretary of Defense Robert Gates's proposal to cut the Pentagon's budget goes ahead as planned. And there's little recourse for the Commonwealth's political leaders who are obviously concerned about the proposed cuts: Congress doesn't need to approve them. Here's what's at stake in the Commonwealth.
President Obama is arranging a Conference on the Future of Housing Finance in August 2010, but NAR isn't waiting to represent the Realtor position to federal officials. In comments submitted to the US Treasury Department and HUD, NAR went on record to state that reforms to the secondary mortgage market, widely anticipated to be created by Congress in late 2010 or early 2011, should meet two requirements:
An audio recording of today's press conference (right-click to download 7 MB mp3 file) with commentary from some of the state's leading brokers about VAR's second quarter home sales report is now available for download. The brokers in the call are:
Virginia officials are working to lay the groundwork for the state to become a national hub for wind technology. If they are successful, it could mean an estimated $80 billion to the Commonwealth and more than 5,000 long-term jobs.
"We have the potential for not only wind turbines off the coast of Virginia, but for Hampton Roads to become the silicon valley of wind development for the entire east coast," said Bob Matthias, assistant to the Virginia Beach city manager.
Learn more at WAVY-TV 10....
CNBC released its ranking of best states for business, placing Virginia second. The Commonwealth topped the list 2009 and 2007, the first year of the network's ranking.
Virginia's still first on Forbes magazine's list of best states for business -- and has been for the past four years.
Virginia's favorable business environment is paying dividends in this economy, to the benefit of its residents, as evidenced by Virginia's low unemployment rate relative to the rest of the nation. The real estate market is expected to rebound as the economy improves.
Read more in The Washington Post....