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....
Guest post. Janice Burgess from the Virginia Housing Development Authority has some wisdom to share:
Take note—this June won’t be normal for end-of-month closings. Lenders and settlement agents across Virginia anticipate a very high volume of closings scheduled to beat the June 30 federal tax credit deadline. To make sure your homebuyers don’t miss out on their tax credit, be proactive.
The Martinsville School Board has passed a $20.1 million budget for next year. That's about $3.5 million less than the current budget. The spending plan calls for 52 positions to be cut, and 31 people will lose their jobs.
School budgets are of interest to homeowners because they directly impact property tax levels. They can also indirectly affect property values -- homes in school districts with good reputations are sought after by young families.
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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The number of Washington-area homes for sale last month was down 25% from April 2008, according to the most recent data from the local Multiple Listing Service.
The supply has fallen in nearly all of the region's counties and cities since that time. It was down about 30% in Fairfax and Loudoun counties; and 55% in Prince William County, including Manassas and Manassas Park.
Experts say that the drop in the number of houses for sale will benefit homeowners by bring supply back in line with demand, stabilizing prices.
Read more in The Washington Post....
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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....