You might have heard. 6 November there's an election. Make sure you know where you're supposed to vote. Check the sample ballot before you go in. Here's the Charlottesville City sample ballot Here's the Albemarle County sample ballot You've studied the constitutional amendments, right? Right? Now's a good time for homebuyers to search out neighborhoods and try to discern if they might like the neighborhood. Featured image photo credit https://www.instagram.com/p/BpkZDjwlyjb/ … [Read more...] about 4 Things About Voting in Albemarle and Charlottesville on 6 November 2018
I'm no economist. But, I can read. And I can read people. Uncertainty is bad. Headwinds are bad. Perception is often reality and when materials costs are higher, costs to build are more expensive, homebuyers' prices will rise, and our community continues to want new homes "over there," the Charlottesville Albemarle community will continue to be an expensive, and more expensive, place to live. Think about this uncertainty in the context of the residential construction ongoing in Charlottesville and Albemarle, the big buildings proposed in … [Read more...] about Tariffs, Affordability, and the Charlottesville Real Estate Market
No one showed. https://twitter.com/NeilSWilliamson/status/851924538619305984 Now, you have another opportunity to express your opinion about Albemarle County property taxes. Mark your calendars, folks - 15 May 2017 via email: (bolding mine) The Board of Supervisors held public hearings on the Calendar Year 17 Tax Rate and the Board’s Proposed FY 18 Budget on Tuesday evening, April 11. Immediately following the conclusion of those public hearings, it came to the County’s attention that there was a defect in the posted notice regarding … [Read more...] about Public Hearing on Albemarle County 2017 Property Tax Hike
I remember many years ago, a former Supervisor of Albemarle County said something to the effect, "we shouldn't incentivize companies to come to Albemarle County; they should already want to come." Sadly, I think many within Albemarle believe their own press. That's not good enough. This should be a good, and at the very least, much-needed, meeting about necessary economic development in Albemarle County. Short and simple story - the County of Albemarle needs to do better at attracting businesses that will allow and encourage job and … [Read more...] about Economic Development in Albemarle County?
Two stories of note regarding the Charlottesville City + Albemarle County relationship Albemarle moves forward with study of courts relocation (December 2016) The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to hire a consultant to assist with a study on moving the county courthouses or the county’s main office building outside of Charlottesville. This would be such a massive change to not only the City/County relationship, but how real estate transactions in Charlottesville done. More on this later. And this ... Supervisors … [Read more...] about Albemarle’s Courts and Buses
"Only one person spoke during the public hearing and he said he was uncertain about the future roadways." One person spoke. Surely, more than one person is affected or cared. 2017 is a good year to get involved, locally. Pack the meetings ... even when something that doesn't affect your backyard is being discussed. I was talking to an acquaintance about public meeting attendance, and she recounted how she had attended meetings for years. Her husband would come home from work to watch the kid, sometimes, they'd get a babysitter, she'd … [Read more...] about Being a Citizen Takes Effort. And Sacrifice
This is not a post about Zillow vs the MLS. This is a post asking one question: Why is VDOT not marketing the homes they have for sale through the MLS? They are listed "for sale by owner" on Zillow. That's it. That's the question. Is this truly exposing the homes to the fair market? When the Western Bypass died, the Virginia Department of Transportation had to sell the homes they had purchased. Here's one of the homes VDOT has for sale; there are quite a few more for sale that were in the path of the planned/proposed Western … [Read more...] about VDOT Marketing Homes Through Zillow & not the MLS