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Real Estate Tidbits and Links

Popular Kitchen Details

May 16, 2014

When folks select a new home they’re nearly always anxious to put their own stamp or personality on it.  One common remodeling project is the upgrade of the existing kitchen and in fact … of the remodeling done within the first 3 months of owning a new property… nearly 50% of the renovations are to the […]

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An MLS Gives Dollar Value For Sellers

April 23, 2014

When a Seller decides to sell, there are various ways to go about it.  Hire a Realtor and feature on their MLS?  For Sale By Owner and save the fee?  Limited Service listing and pay a fee-for-service?   All of these choices have worked for some sellers, depending upon their particular circumstances. But one of those choices will […]

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Cost and Value of 2014 Home Improvements

April 10, 2014

If you could ask thousands of Realtors about which home improvements seem to really help a seller, you’d have a great cross-section of opinions based on firsthand knowledge.  Well that’s exactly what Realtor Magazine did.  And their most up-to-date responses might assist you in preparing your home for the today’s market. If you’re considering the addition […]

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Head Games About Tub Games

March 20, 2014

Over the years we’ve noticed that homebuyers have seemed divided … along generational lines … about the desirability of a bathtub in the master bath.   Granted, great looking tubs can always draw an ooh or an ahhh.   A clawfoot tub, a setting near scenic window views, a deep therapeutic tub, or an ‘organic setting’ with lots of candles […]

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Actual Comparison of Rent Vs. Buy

March 20, 2014

Go ahead and give it a try.  The NY Times has published a fairly sophisticated calculator so that you can compare the total costs of renting vs. buying over a number of years.   Unlike other calculators, this one takes into account whether home values will rise or fall, what is the cost of missed opportunities, […]

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Student Loans Vs Home Ownership By Young Adults

February 23, 2014

Lately the press has taken up the issues regarding student loans as they affect a young generation of potential homebuyers.  This isn’t a silly issue.  It impacts you and me right now, regardless of whether we have loans or children.   Did you know that the largest source of non-home-mortgage or home-equity-debt right now…  is student loans?  The […]

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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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Valentine Love Story For Home Buyers

February 14, 2014

If you and your spouse are looking for your next home, you might be among those who will “know it when you see it”. We get it.   A home will tug at your heartstrings…. or not…. despite our best attempts to meet a Wish List of criteria that are necessary features. We all select the number of bedrooms, or […]

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Charlottesville Real Estate Tax Update

February 2, 2014

There are always people looking at this as either good news… or bad news.   Half full or half empty?   On the one hand, it’s nice to see ‘value’ rise in local properties.  On the other hand, who wants to pay higher taxes? Regardless, Charlottesville real estate tax information for the past year has been released,  new […]

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County Real Estate Taxes in Central VA

December 1, 2013

Each local county or municipality in Virginia sets its own real estate property tax rates.  The rates are measured as “cents per 100 dollars” of assessed value.  The City of Charlottesville sets its own rates, independent of its surrounding Albemarle County.  The county supervisors or commissioners can decide to change the tax rates by a […]

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