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Every Tuesday and Friday starting at 4:00 PM, you can get in on some of the best of the local flavor by visiting the Staunton Union Stockyards just off of Statler Blvd for the largest local livestock auction around. Every type of livestock is traded here, but In Augusta County, BEEF is king, and that is the main focus of Staunton Union Stockyards. They also have special announced sales from time to time of hogs, lambs & sheep, goats, and also special whole farm liquidation sales. Horses are rarely, if ever, sold here. There is also a great restaurant/snack bar inside. Spittoons are provided on the sales floor. Come as you are!
For more information, call the Staunton Union Stockyards at 540-886-5131
For information on horse sales, Contact the Virginia Horse Center in Lexiington. Visit their website at: www.horsecenter.org
I get involved with you personally. I want your purchase of a farm or home here in the Shenandoah Valley to be a life-changing personal event, like it was for me over 20 years ago. I get to know you, and your personal interests and what it is that you are looking to achieve with your purchase, and direct my efforts to that end.
As much as possible, I get you right out on the land you are buying - to every part of it, so that you know how it feels and how it relates to you, and your interests. If we can't drive there in an SUV, I have a 4-wheel drive rugged terrain vehicle that I bring along that can get us almost anywhere. (Click on the following link to see if one of these would be right for you) www.kubota.com
Lastly, I take a long term approach. I know that if you buy something here in the Valley, you'll be my neighbor for a long time, and I want you to feel confident about recommending me to other people. Therefore, I'll always try to give you the best, most informed advice I can, and connect you to the right folks here in the valley that will make your decision to live here the best and happiest one you have ever made.
What are the differences between "land-use" taxation and regular taxation?
In Augusta County, Virginia, all land is taxed at the assessed rate based on fair market value. The tax is then calculated using a millage rate of .48 cents per $100 of assessed value. By the way, this rate of .48 cents has recently been lowered from the standard .58 cents that has been in place for many years.
However, farmers and certain other land owners that receive agricultural income from their land annually can apply to have their land taxed under the land-use regulations. This means that the land assessment will still be based on fair market value, but the tax will only be calculated as if the fair market value is much less per acre. For instance, a farmer who has 100 acres may have an assessment on his land at $5,000 per acre for a total of $500,000, but the tax may only be based on say, $100 per acre. Then the tax is calculated by multiplying $10,000 by .0048 for an annual tax bill of $48, rather than $2,900 if the land was not in land-use taxation; a significant savings! This, however, is only an example. For more information on Land-Use Taxation, visit the Augusta County Land-Use Taxation website at this link: www.co.augusta.va.us
You may also call the County Taxation Office at 540-245-5660.
Staging Your Home For Sale - Is It Worth The Investment?
Getting your home ready to market is no small task, and it needs to be looked at with a fresh set of eyes and ideas, as if you had never seen the house before. After all, almost everyone who comes to see your house hasn't seen it ever before!
Therefore, you don't need to just open your home, you need to "stage" it; as if it's being put on display on a TV home improvement show. Here are ten secrets of selling that I have found helpful over the years:
Freshen up the home by painting walls a light, neutral color, such as antique white. Lighter colors appeal to a wider range of buyers and make each room look larger. Wild colors almost always turn people away.
Take a close look at the floor coverings in each room. If you have hardwood floors under the carpet, you will always make money by removing it, even if the floor is not in perfect condition.
Allow as much light as possible to enter the room. Open up or remove all draperies, blinds, shades or other window coverings.
Removing the clutter of everyday life - all utilitarian items, stacks of paperworks, toiletries, kitchen utensils, electronic equipment and television sets. Store things that you don't often use away, so the rooms seem larger.
Remove furniture from each room that does not go with the decor, such as items that stand out too much and items that are worn or of an unappealing color.
Place the remaining room furnishings in a way that makes best use of the character of the space. A room should be balanced so that people do not focus on one particular piece of furniture.
Now that you've removed the clutter from your home, adding some nice but inexpensive accessories will greatly elevate the perceived value of the home. Plants are a great way to add vitality and freshness to your home.
Clean, clean, and clean again! Every crevasse within the home should be spotless and gleaming. Even your normal weekly cleaning can not come close to the quality of clean you need. If you have pets, clean even harder. Nothing turns people off more than the stench of an unkept cat box, or stinky dog bed.
You can't go wrong fixing things. No one likes to buy a house that has obvious things to fix. If you know that something is in dis-repair, chances are people will see it as they view your house. Money spent on a plumber, electrician, or carpenter beforehand almost always pays off later. Afterall, would you go out and pay top dollar for a house that needs fixing?
Go on vacation! The houses that sell for much higher prices are homes that do not have the slightly disheveled look which comes with showering in the morning and cooking dinner in the evening. Being gone also will lower your level of stress and make the house easier to sell. Think of it this way: Your vacation will actually make you money.
Selling your house can be hard work, and stressful on your family, but it can pay big monitary rewards. Try to view the sale of your home from the standpoint of working a second job. If you work hard at it, the result can bring you in a lot of extra money. And remember, there is always a lot of competition, and most folks will always choose a clean inviting place before a sloppy, dirty one.
USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the State of Virginia have agreed on a plan to implement a Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) to improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay.
This voluntary program uses financial incentives to encourage farmers and ranchers to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in contracts to remove lands from agricultural production. CRP is a CCC program implemented through the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
The Virginia enhancement program consists of two projects: the Chesapeake Bay CREP and the Southern Rivers CREP. When fully implemented, these projects will collectively restore up to 30,500 acres of riparian habitat and 4,500 acres of wetlands. One project will target 25,000 acres within the Bay watershed, while a second project will target 10,000 acres in non-Bay drainage basins.
For more information, please visit the USDA website by clicking on the following link: www.fsa.usda.gov