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Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 25-31 will provide Virginians with an opportunity to buy emergency equipment and supplies tax-free. All Virginia retailers participate in the holiday. Among the items that are exempt from sales tax are batteries including cell phone batteries, flashlights and lanterns, bottled water of all types and sizes, first aid kits, coolers, NOAA Weather Radios, portable generators and many other useful items.
The 2015 class of the Virginia Leadership Academy is spearheading an effort to support the charitable organization Homes for Our Troops in providing homes for disabled Virginia veterans. Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit organization that builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans.
October residential real estate sales indicate sustained market improvement, with a rise of over five percent from the same time period last year. Higher volume coupled with a higher median sales price accounts for the bump in overall transactional value from $2.59 to $2.72 billion. According to the October 2015 Home Sales Report released by the Virginia Association of REALTORS (VAR), sales each month this year have exceeded the sales for the corresponding months in 2014. A continued trend of year-over-year increase indicates sustainable market improvement.