2011: Challenging Your Tax Assessment Gets A Little Easier - 06/18/11 12:27 PM
Aha! An interesting little legal change going into effect July 1 (which will impact local real estate tax assessments beginning Jan 1 of next year):  The burden of proof in Assessment Appeals will be lower.  After January 1st, localities will have specific burdens to provide you with evidence of their reason for reassessment of your VA properties.  Further, if you appeal an assessment you no longer have to provide "clear and convincing" evidence (80%+ convincing) of a lower valuation... you only need to provide a "preponderance" of evidence (51% convincing).  If you've ever challenged your assessment you probably know it wasn't too … (1 comments)

2011: Buyer Beware (Part 2: Chinese Drywall) - 06/14/11 10:55 AM
Drywall made in China and put into homes here in America between 2003 and 2009 has caused serious issues.  It erodes wiring, copper pipes and can make you sick.  You'd want to know if you were buying a home that had chinese drywall wouldn't you? Of course you would. There's a tiny bit of good news here.  A newly passed law (Senate Bill 942) addresses this exact issue.  It requires real estate agents involved in a transaction who have actual knowledge of defective Chinese drywall in a dwelling unit to disclose that information to the prospective buyer or tenant. But, would a real … (0 comments)

2011: Is Your Loudoun County Home Listed Yet? - 03/30/11 12:57 PM
I am often asked about what our local seasonal cycles are for real estate, so I thought I'd pass along this chart (thanks MRIS) for real estate sales volume in Loudoun County since 2006.  Despite fluxuations due to weather, tax programs, loan programs, interest rates and many other things, this chart shows a definitive cycle for our area.  Lowest sales have been occurring in January and February and the highest number of sales usually in June of every year.  Keep in mind, this chart represents closed sales.  Most residential contracts are 30-60 days in contract (of course, with short sales that … (0 comments)

 
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