Author Archives: Andrew Kantor

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.

Virginia is a cat state

According to data from the American Veterinary Medical Association, Virginia is slightly more of a cat state than a dog state. Make of this information what you will.  

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Drone no-fly zones

We explained earlier that the FAA forbids commercial use of drones (sorry, “unmanned aerial vehicles”) without a license, and — in its interpretation — that includes Realtors. But there are also some places where it’s illegal to fly a drone … Continue reading

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VAR CEO Terrie Suit attends NAR Environment Summit

VAR CEO Terrie Suit attended the NAR Environmental Summit in Washington, D.C., on July 29 and 30. The conference was created to help Realtors understand and deal with the “wide variety of environmental risks that could impact the real estate … Continue reading

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Zillow to acquire Trulia for $3.5 billion

The rumors are true: Zillow is acquiring Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock. “The combined company will maintain both the Zillow and Trulia consumer brands” according to the press release. Click here for the Inman News story.  

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Realtor Linda Terry appointed to Auctioneers Board

Congratulations to Linda Terry of Richmond, a broker/auctioneer/partner with Tranzon Fox (which specializes in auction sales of property) and 2013 president of the Richmond Association of REALTORS. She was appointed to the Virginia Auctioneers Board by Governor McAuliffe. You can … Continue reading

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Buyers want financial info — here’s how to help them

A new report from Discover Home Loans finds some important info for Realtors. Take these three bits of information from the company’s poll. 1. “Despite feeling financially prepared when entering the process, many homebuyers don’t know what purchasing a home … Continue reading

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Richmond, Charlottesville, Norfolk top list of happiest cities in U.S.

Disney World can call itself the Happiest Place on Earth™, but when it comes to actual data, Richmond and Charlottesville take the crown (at least in the U.S.). Richmond is America’s most contented city according to a new report from … Continue reading

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US home sales down in June, but still moving up; inventory improves

Existing-home sales were down slightly in June according to the latest data from NAR, but are continuing their long-term upward climb. From the press release: Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, … Continue reading

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FHA will allow dual agents to work on pre-foreclosures

After initially saying that it would not allow dual agents to work on pre-foreclosure sales, the Federal Housing Administration has agreed to change that policy after working with NAR. The original no-dual-agents policy was put in place by the Department … Continue reading

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Looking to buy a rental property? Think Spotsylvania

Spotsylvania County is one of the best places to buy a single-family home to rent out, according to a new report from RealtyTrac. With an annual gross rental yield of almost 12 percent, Spotsylvania was the No. 5 market in … Continue reading

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