From the category archives:

Economic Trends

Thanksgiving Expense

November 26, 2014

Preparing a Thanksgiving meal can be time consuming, challenging and expensive. Ever wonder how your Thanksgiving Day expense breaks down or how it compares to other parts of the country? Grocery stores are audited every year by the American Farm Bureau Federation. to help learn the true cost of a Thanksgiving meal around the United […]

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Apps & Smartphones

October 31, 2014

Interested in buying or selling a house? It’s a complicated process and there is a lot of information to help you achieve your goal. In today’s world, technology is at the edge of our fingertips, so here are some top apps available on most smartphones to help you gather facts and make the process much easier. […]

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Charlottesville Real Estate Market – Third Quarter 2014

October 13, 2014

The Charlottesville Real Estate Market Report for the third quarter of 2014 can be found here.

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Virginia Real Estate Taxes

October 9, 2014

If you are living in the northeast and it has not crossed your mind yet, you might want to move to Virginia to save on your real estate taxes! Here is a chart that shows how all 50 states rank in regards to real estate taxes and property values.

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Central Virginia Real Estate Market Report First Quarter 2014

April 14, 2014

Despite the unusual winter, Charlottesville area real estate sales continued to stay steady and even improve in some areas. See the latest Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors’ first quarter of 2014 market report.

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New Construction in Albemarle County

March 18, 2014

Depending on how you want to crunch the numbers, new construction makes up anywhere from 10 to 15% of the Charlottesville real estate market when looking at the number of listings sold through the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors. Of course, custom builds generally are not included in these numbers.  There are several new developments in […]

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Millionaires Like Real Estate

February 16, 2014

There was an old Steve Martin routine that began in effect…. “You too can be a millionaire.  And not pay taxes.  First, get a million dollars….”   And it went on from there as only Steve Martin can do.     I thought of that routine when I read this recent Bloomberg article about how millionaires are […]

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Land Prices Could Signal Market Stability

November 4, 2013

According to estimates quoted by the Wall Street Journal, you can figure that the cost of your land will amount to approximately 40% of the overall price of building a new home.  When… and how… builders invest in land, is central to a builder’s economic survival.  Each geographic region has unique dynamics and different builders […]

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Mortgage Loan Applications During Government Shutdown

October 1, 2013

It seems to be here.  The U.S. government has officially entered a funding shutdown.  So what’s to become of prospective homeowners who need a government-backed loan in order to purchase a home? First …. Freddie and Fannie loans will continue as usual, because they are funded by fees and not by government funds. But in […]

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Virginia is Forbes Favorite For Business

September 27, 2013

What do you get when you combine business-friendly government, a highly trained tech workforce, a stable economic climate, stunning natural beauty, and a great quality of life? You’re right.  You get Virginia. Virginia has been ranked #1 Best State for Business in a recent review by Forbes Magazine.  Many large corporations receive incentives to be based in Virginia and […]

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