Real estate assessments rose again in Albemarle County in 2016 nearly 2% in 2015 after about 2.5% in 2014; now Albemarle County wants to increase the tax rate by 2.5 cents. Sean Tubbs at Charlottesville Tomorrow writes (be sure to read the whole thing): Rising population and sluggish growth in property values have led Albemarle’s county executive to propose a 2.5 cent real estate property tax increase in his recommended budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. “The reality is, slow revenue growth in the face of consistently growing … [Read more...] about Albemarle County Seeking to Raise Property Taxes. Again.
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
https://twitter.com/JimDuncan/status/693933116180860929 The Subaru Outback may be the Ultimate Adventuremobile for City Dwellers, it’s a darn good real estate car - that allows for a bit of adventuring, too. My previous car was a black Subaru Outback. My new one is a Subaru Outback; it just works for how I live my life. Why I chose a Subaru as my real estate car. (twice!) It goes anywhere and everywhere I need it to go. 8.7 inches of clearance is the same as my Honda Pilot. Getting in doesn’t require climbing up - … [Read more...] about Why I chose a Subaru as my real estate car. (twice!)
I'm trying something new; while I'm not the first in Charlottesville to try marketing a house via Matterport, I'm one of the first. Sometimes cutting edge is better than bleeding edge. Thoughts on this Matterport walkthrough welcomed. The house is not quite ready for the market*, but will be soon. I'm not sold on the "dollhouse" view, but the walkthrough of the house definitely shows the layout. I thought the Matterport would be useful for this particular house as the layout is quite diverse. I like how you can see out the windows as … [Read more...] about Trying out a Matterport in Charlottesville
It’s all relative. One of the top criteria my clients (and most buyers/people) is safety/crime/neighborhood quality. And I never assume. I had a client years ago who had a (mostly hyperbolic) opinion on the safety of where they wanted to live, “so long as we’re not stepping over needles, we’re good." “Neighborhood quality” is relative. You can evaluate neighborhood quality/safety online, but the best way - truly the best way to evaluate - is to ask the neighbors. The City of Charlottesville has a darn good resource for looking … [Read more...] about “Safety” Is Relative When Evaluating Where to Live
A few stories of interest as we crest the middle of November 2016 ... - Some Universal Design design tips and advice. - What is Green Worth? - a new study evaluates the value of “green" - and the full report (pdf) How much does this house cost to run? - My clients have been asking this question for a long time. - A question - why, when buyers are looking for one level living, do they look at homes with multiple sets of stairs? I don’t understand. - Another new brewery in Charlottesville - Random Row Brewing Company. (and by … [Read more...] about Monday Reads – Energy Efficiency, Trains and a New Brewery
Local politics, Deschutes Brewery, Charlottesville real estate market update, new mortgage regulations, fair housing, new construction — just a few of the topics we covered in just under an hour of live radio. … [Read more...] about Radio Fun – Politics, Fair Housing, Market Update & More