Rain City Guide has a good post this evening. This response from the founder of Propsmart.com, one of the featured companies, sums up what I believe to be the argument - Who ultimately owns the listings? Ultimately, imho, the home seller. I know this isn't the currently-accepted â€œlegalâ€ answer, but it's the â€œrightâ€ answer. This hyper-protection of MLS listings will not help their system survive the internet age. Given time, market forces will beat bureaucratic forces every time: listings will be de-fragmented and freely available to … [Read more...] about The future of real estate search (cont’d)
Archives for January 2006
Right here in Charlottesville. This is so cool. I wrote a bit more about the green movement when I was finishing up my Eco-Broker certification. I'm just glad to see C'Ville leading the way. The "best place to live in America" is on its way to featuring the "Greenest School in America." Charlottesville Virginia's new Charlottesville Waldorf School is in the midst of a $6.2 million capital campaign designed to help the school become the first LEED Platinum elementary school in the country. It will feature a completely integrated "green" … [Read more...] about “The Greenest School in America”
Inman has a simple question: If Zillow competes with Realtor.com, will (and how will) some of the folks at NAR ... position the Seattle company as bad for the industry?That is an interesting question. With such a vast number of innovative tools, which ones will survive and thrive? The MLS is one of the most valuable tools that we Realtors have. Rather than treat it as such and ensure that it is the comprehensive source of data, we have gotten comfortable and used to having a great source of information; complacency in any profession or … [Read more...] about The future of Realtor.com, etc.
Impact fees. Requires the Commonwealth Transportation Board to establish and apply an impact fee in any locality or region where pursuant to a comprehensive review, it determines that transportation needs are not being adequately met.Not a bad idea. Keep local tax money ... local. Amendment: B. The governing bodies comprising the transportation district may agree to impose a local tax to be used exclusively by the district in order to accomplish its purposes. Prior to becoming effective, the tax shall be approved by two successive governing … [Read more...] about Interesting transportation bills
Yet another apartment complex is being converted to condos. Is there even a market for rental apartments anymore? (If you are interested in buying one, please email me) … [Read more...] about Hollymead Condos
You'd think they'd have something better to attend to. Real Estate Board; educational requirements for licensure.Â Provides that as a condition of licensure as a real estate salesperson or broker, an applicant must have at a minimum a high school diploma or its equivalent. The bill also provides that it does not apply to any person holding a valid license as a real estate salesperson or broker issued by the Real Estate Board before July 1, 2006.Thanks, M. Kirkland Cox. Clarifying eminent domain. This bill looks ok on first pass ... … [Read more...] about Aim high and eminent domain.
Not THE Gas Tax, but a Gas Tax Increase Another Round of Tax Increases An Opportunity for Truly Smart Growth in VA "Over the long term," Kaine told the General Assembly, "the most important single change we can make is to reform the way we plan at both state and local levels." He added, "Our current system, in which local governments make land-use decisions and the state follows behind with transportation planning and funding, creates a situation where the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing." The bad news is that, while the … [Read more...] about Transportation news links