Albemarle County Seeks to Increase Property Taxes

Albemarle County is seeking to raise real estate taxes and the City may be looking to do the same next year. The Albemarle Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to advertise a real estate tax rate of 82.4 cents per $100 of assessed property value, a 2.5-cent increase over the county’s current rate and a cent and a half higher than the rate that had been recommended by the county executive. ... Because Albemarle property values have risen, the county Read More

Zillow Becoming “More Righter” Than Ever

I'm going to just humbly place here what I wrote in 2006: … what if Zillow’s reach becomes so great, their data become so vast and inclusive, that their Zestimates significantly impact what is fair market value? What if the purchasing and selling population refer to Zillow as the end-all, be-all estimator for their homes’ valuations? What if “close enough” is “good enough”? What if they become the de facto standard for home valuations? Perfection with regards to a Read More

How On-Time is Charlottesville’s Amtrak?

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Great transit is darn near a necessity for a lot of people, particularly those moving to Charlottesville from cities within the US and from Europe who are accustomed to, and dependent on, trains. Living in the City of Charlottesville without a car is doable, with the combination of bicycles, Zipcars and taxis (and you know, walking). Amtrak runs from Charlottesville to DC and New York, but how on-time is it? I've taken it a couple of Read More