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Home Buyer Resources, Buying A Home in Virginia, Finding the Right Neighborhood

Home Buyer Resources, Buying A Home in Virginia, Finding the Right Neighborhood

Home Buyer Resources, Buying A Home in Virginia, Finding the Right Neighborhood
Finding the Right Neighborhood

When you think about your dream home, are you seeing the house, or the neighborhood it’s in?

It’s easy to get caught up in bedroom and bathroom counts when you’re shopping for a new home, but the biggest choice you’re going to make in the process is of course the ‘where’ question. So how do you find the home that’s going to be the perfect fit for your whole lifestyle?

Here are three of my favorite tips to see if an area or a particular area is right for you:

  • Check out the basic stats.
    What is the median sale price of homes in a given neighborhood? How do the local and nearby schools perform? What amenities are nearby? How popular is the neighborhood in today’s market?
  • See what the neighbors are doing.
    Get a sense of local activities, and see if it looks like a place with frequent block-parties or if people may keep more to themselves.
  • Learn the traffic patterns.
    Knowing that you’re close to the highway or a public transportation center is one thing. You should find out if there are frequent jams at key commuting times, or if a nearby farmers’ market limits road access during weekends. You may also want to consider how much parking is available, both for yourself and for when you want to entertain.

Give me a call anytime you’d like to discuss which neighborhoods you’re considering. I love to talk about local real estate issues and market conditions you should consider as you’re building your home buying plan.

 
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New Federal Measure Would Offer Tax Deductions to Millions of Homeowners

New Federal Measure Would Offer Tax Deductions to Millions of Homeowners

U.S. Representatives Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) have introduced a measure that would allow homeowners in community associations who earn $115,000 or less in annual income to deduct up to $5,000 of their community association fees and assessments from their federal tax liability.

Expressing support for the bill, Community Associations Institute (CAI) says the legislation will benefit many of the more than 66 million Americans who live in homeowners associations, condominium communities, cooperatives and other planned communities.

The bill—Helping our Middle-Income Earners (HOME) Act—”recognizes that millions of middle class homeowners are struggling to keep up with rising household expenses like child care, college tuition, health care, mortgage and community assessments,” Eshoo says. “The Home Act can go a long way by providing relief from this tax burden on millions of middle class families.”

This bill recognizes the financial unfairness facing homeowners in community associations, as they pay their fair share of local property taxes along with their community assessments, and receive many municipal services from their community association, such as street and sidewalk cleaning, trash removal, snow removal and other services.

“CAI applauds Rep. Eshoo and Rep. Thompson for their efforts to make homeownership more affordable and for recognizing the inequity of double-taxation faced by homeowners in America’s community associations,” says CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas M. Skiba, CAE.

“We look forward to working with Eshoo and Thompson to ensure this legislation is a net gain for millions of Americans who live in community associations,” Skiba adds.

While there hasn’t been a Senate companion bill introduced, CAI expects members of the House of Representatives in states with a large number of community associations—such as Florida, California, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, New York and Massachusetts—to support the legislation and continue a dialogue that leads to inclusion of the tax deduction in comprehensive tax reform legislation.

For more information, visit www.caionline.org.

This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for top real estate tips and trends.

For more real estate information, including a FREE Home Market Analysis and Market Area Statistics, please contact me at Kim@KimKroner.com or on my mobile phone at (703) 946-2526.

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