As a followup to one of my last posts, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors has voted to decrease the Roanoke County real estate tax rate by one penny to $1.11 per $100 valuation.
You can read the full Roanoke Times story here.
As reported in The Roanoke Times, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors will not be raising the Bedford County real estate tax for the upcoming year. Bedford County will continue to use the current rate of $0.65 per $100 of the assessed value of a home.
According to the Virginia Association of Realtors, Roanoke in 2005 published impressive numbers in real estate sales. Our MLS area was well ahead of other areas in the state but we naturally lagged behind other areas as well, but overall I believe our numbers look great.
Roanoke Virginia Real Estate (2005)
Average Days on Market – 67
Homes sold – 5,831
Average price (on sold homes) – $201,185
Median price (on sold homes) – $156,200
According to the Los Angeles Times, the three largest credit-reporting firms in the US- Equifax, Inc., Experian, and TransUnion, have collaborated on establishing a standardized credit score with the intent to make it easier (yeah right!) for consumers to understand their credit scores. They are calling it VantageScore.
Although the big three have worked together on this initiative, they will continue to collect their own credit data individually, and in my opinion, this will continue to make repairing errors in your credit file 3 times more difficult than it needs to be.
The ratings will be from a baseline of 501 to a max of 990. Consumers with a credit score of over 900 will receive an “A” rating. Borrowers can continue to keep their credit good by making timely bill payments, keeping credit balances low and showing a history of paying different types of debt.
You can get a free copy of your credit report by visiting this website- https://www.annualcreditreport.com/. It’s important to note, this is the only authorized website for a truly free credit report. Click here for more information.
Interestingly, 3 out of the 10 fastest growing counties in the US are in Virginia. Two, as one would expect are in Northern Virginia (Loudon County and King George County). The other, Caroline County, is near Richmond.
Here is the full list according to Reuters–
1. Flagler County, Fla., north of Daytona Beach
2. Lyon County, Nev., near Carson City
3. Kendall County, Ill., outside of Chicago
4. Rockwell County, Texas, near Dallas
5. Washington County, Utah, 120 miles north of Las Vegas
6. Nye County, Nev. 100 miles north of Las Vegas
7. Pinal County, Ariz., near Phoenix
8. Loudon County, Va., suburban Washington, D.C.
9. King George County, Va., suburban Washington, D.C.
10. Caroline County, Va., near Richmond
As I reported before, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors met to consider the proposed sale of National Forest land by the Bush Administration.
The Board unanimously voted to oppose the sale of the National Forest land within the boundaries of Roanoke County.
From The Roanoke Times-
The resolution said “this proposal would reverse decades of hard work to protect through public stewardship and management the vulnerable ridgelines and mountainsides, and would eliminate public open space and recreational uses.
“The resolution also asserts that “if this property were sold and developed it would have the following harmful effects upon the County: harm to the viewsheds from the Catawba community and the Appalachian Trail, and potential for soil erosion, soil loss, water runoff, flooding and loss of forested lands.”
The resolution will be forwarded to U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, who chairs the powerful House Agriculture Committee that oversees the Forest Service, and Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, and Virginia Sens. John Warner and George Allen.
The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors at their meeting on Tuesday heard a request from a citizen to lower the real estate taxes on Roanoke County real estate and homes. The citizen noted that Roanoke County receives increased real estate revenues every year when real estate tax appraisals are increased. The Supervisors have not given any indication as to their decision on this matter.
According to The Roanoke Times Botetourt County has recently rezoned several agricultural zones to accomodate a nine-home subdivision and restaurant. They also rezoned another agricultural area off of Stonegate Drive for four single-family homes.
South Botetourt County continues to grow by leaps and bounds!
Roanoke County residents will be able to have their say tonight regarding the proposed new Roanoke County real estate tax rates.
The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors will be meeting tonight’s at 6 p.m. in the Roanoke County Administration Center, 5204 Bernard Drive S.W. (Tanglewood Mall area).
For more information, read the article by Cody Lowe at The Roanoke Times.
I drove down to Goodview today to preview a listing. I must say, already there is a lot of real estate on the market in the Smith Mountain Lake area. Both on the lake and off, some pretty good deals too. The house I was previewing today is a fixer-upper. If you’re looking for a home with access to Smith Mountain Lake at a real good price, let me know, I’ve got one in mind for you.
The Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS today released our new FlexMLS system. It is a much more flexible MLS system as the name suggests, and allows Roanoke real estate agents to more easily navigate the homes for sale in Roanoke and surrounding areas. Bottom line, it’s easier than ever for me to help you find that perfect home you’re looking for!
My wife and I were driving through Botetourt County this evening (with the windows down, what a great day we had!) and in surround sound we often heard the spring peepers singing their chorus! What a great thing!
If you’re in the market for some real estate in Botetourt County and like spring peepers, I have several locations in mind for you. I’m sure Franklin, Roanoke and Bedford counties have them too and I’d be glad to find some real estate for you there as well, spring peepers included.