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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.
The Virginia Association of REALTORS® year-end 2015 Home Sales Report shows double digit annual growth in Virginia’s residential real estate market. The year ended with a transactional value of nearly $35 billion. Increased numbers of transactions and fewer days on the market are positive indicators. The combined factors of continued low interest rates and declining unemployment in Virginia suggest that the residential real estate market could show further performance improvement in the year ahead.