From the category archives:


State of Virginia Income Tax Rates

September 29, 2014

Newcomers often ask us what they will need to pay for their State of Virginia portion of their income taxes.  As with many states, it’s not as simple as saying ‘you’ll pay “x”.   Virginia has a formula to determine the taxation rate for various incomes and you can see the State of Virginia Tax Rate Table HERE to calculate […]

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VDOT Hosts Potential Employees

September 23, 2014

Frequently folks will ask us for updates about any possible jobs or employment opportunities in the area. As an update, the Virginia Department of Transportation is sponsoring a career fair on Sept. 25th 2014.  They want to recruit possible employees for their company, and there will also be sessions teaching about the hiring process and application […]

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Virginia Tidbits

June 2, 2014

We’re only weeks away from celebrating the birth of our nation and to get in the spirit of things we’re beginning by sharing some information about our own state of Virginia.  Virginia’s history is rich in interesting tidbits of local color.  Of the 4,000 battles that were fought during the Civil War, 2,200 of them […]

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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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Henry Ford On Personal Choice

November 25, 2013

        “People can have the Model T in any color …  so long as it’s black.”              ~ Henry Ford  “If I had asked people what they wanted …  they would have said faster horses.”              ~ Henry Ford “Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government […]

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The Old Guy With The White Hair

October 6, 2013

Even though we all have been educated in various schools and circumstances, it’s likely that most Americans have heard something about George Washington and a cherry tree.  Or did George Washington have a kite and it was actually Ben Franklin and a cherry tree?  Was Ben Franklin a president and is his face on a dollar bill?  […]

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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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Charlottesville’s JAG Law Center and School

July 16, 2013

As Realtors, a favorite part of our introductory tour of Charlottesville involves the military Judge Advocate General (JAG) program.  These military lawyers are unique in many ways, first being their dedication to a legal career in the military justice system.  They focus on areas such as civil law, international law, criminal litigation, rules of engagement and detention. But […]

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Historical Documents Made Public

June 13, 2013

Today the University of Virginia has announced its plans to make public many documents from our nation’s Founding Fathers.  In collaboration with the National Archives, UVa has gathered nearly 175,000 documents from presidents like Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.  They’re now accessible to the public at the Founding Father’s site (links below) .   This marks the first time that the public […]

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