Pittsylvania County crews offering free smoke detector installation
Thanks to a partnership between Pittsylvania County Public Safety, the Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Red Cross, they are offering free installation of smoke detectors in Pittsylvania County residences that do not have one already installed, their website said.
Roanoke approves grant, provides housing opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities
The Roanoke City Council is pushing an incentive forward to increase housing opportunities in the Star City – City leaders approved a $50,000 grant from the Virginia Housing Development Authority during their session Tuesday.
You paid HOW much over asking? Tell us your wild housing market stories here
We’ve all heard about it by now: Houses are selling like crazy (and they have been for quite some time), interest rates have been at all-time lows, and it seems like everywhere you turn, you learn of another wild real estate story.
Blacksburg to address affordable housing shortage with $1 million federal grant
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Blacksburg remains an in-demand place to live, but finding a home or rental in town has become a challenge due to a limited supply. The town hopes to remedy the situation with its annual round of Housing and Urban Development funding. Assistant to the town manager Matt Hanratty oversees those projects and said the need is crucial for more lower-income and middle-income housing. “We really need that non-student housing and it’s tougher and tougher to find in Blacksburg, especially with a market that is so tight,” Hanratty said. “I was seeing students that couldn’t afford housing or got kicked out because they couldn’t pay rent, and not having any options.”
Roanoke Valley home sales break records in 2020
ROANOKE, Va. – If you’re looking for a new a home in the Roanoke Valley, you’re far from the only one. The Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors said 2020 was a record-breaking year for realty, and the trends are continuing into 2021. The organization reports 6,398 homes were sold in the Roanoke Valley last year, with an average sale price of $265,544. Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors president Walter Grewe said the region only has half of the supply of available houses as they had in previous years. “We’re seeing multiple-offer situations or people coming in and paying full price right off the bat,” Grewe said.
Franklin County housing shortage problematic for buyers, renters, region’s growth
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – If you want to buy or rent a home in Franklin County, you might be out of luck. The county initiated the study to look at housing options in Ferrum and across the county. Franklin County resident and landlord Cindy Stiles has seen the shortage firsthand. You’ve got to have a place to put people of all economic levels.”Glynn Dudley and his family own properties in Franklin County and never have trouble finding renters. In Ferrum, Sandy said there’s a need for more senior housing options.
Hard times hitting home? Here are ways to avoid foreclosure amid pandemic
As soon as you realize you might have trouble making your mortgage payments, you’ll want to get in touch with your lender. You do not want to wait until you can’t pay your bills to contact your lender. If foreclosure is something you fear you might face, the following are options you may have available to you. Mortgage forbearanceAccording to USA.gov, federally backed home loans can get six months of mortgage help, and Federal Housing Administration reverse mortgages are eligible, as well. There are many options available to you, but the bottom line is: Contact your lender, and do not wait until it’s too late.