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Beth Wilson Voted “Best Real Estate Agent” IN SW Roanoke County

May 6th, 2010 The Wilson Team Comments off

Beth Wilson, CRS, GRI

Beth Wilson of The Wilson Team and RE/MAX Valley, REALTORS was voted the Best Real Estate Agent in SW Roanoke County by the readers of the Roanoke Times, SWOCO edition. The readers vote for their favorite things in SW Roanoke County and Beth was Number 1. You can check out the entire list at the following link:

Real Estate is on the Upswing! Buy Now!

April 5th, 2010 The Wilson Team Comments off

Read this great article on Inman News about the positive outlook for real estate. Click Here.

New Lead Paint Renovation Rule Will Increase Costs of Repairs and Renovations

March 15th, 2010 The Wilson Team Comments off

The new EPA Lead Paint Renovation rule goes into effect on April 22, 2010. This ruling requires that all renovations, repairs, or painting on pre-1978 housing units or facilities regularly occupied by children be conducted by contractors that are licensed in safe lead handling practices. If the area disturbed in greater than 6 sq. ft. in the interior or 20 sq. ft. on the exterior, the lead safe rules apply. Even using a paint scraper on a wall where paint is peeling causes the rule to be applied. There are few exceptions, such as, a homeowner can do repairs and renovations themselves as long as it is “not for compensation”. A tenant can paint in a rental unit under the same rule, but if the landlord reduces the rent for the work, the rule applies. Failure to follow the rules can result in a fine of, up to, $37,500 per occurrence.
One of the most frequent and cost effective upgrade to a home has been replacement windows. These are specifically covered and must be done by a certified contractor. Remember that the fine is $37,500 per occurence and that means you could be fined $375,000 for ignoring the rules in replacing windows in a typical home.

In testimony March 11, 2010 before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Connecticut remodeler Bob Hanburystated that roughly 79 million homes constructed before 1978 are subject to the Lead Renovation, Repair and Repainting Rule. Renovations on these homes, including energy-efficiency upgrades, must be done by contractors who have been certified by EPA in lead-safe work practices. EPA has estimated that more than 236,000 remodelers, window installers, painters, heating and air-conditioning specialists and other trade contractors must be trained to ensure compliance with the rule. These contractors must complete eight hours of training, pay a certification fee, and employ lead-safe work practices in homes built before 1978 where children or pregnant women are present. However, EPA has been slow to approve trainers to offer the courses, and in some states there are still no approved trainers. As a result, only about 14,000 people have been certified to date.
With only 135 firms throughout the country approved to offer the training courses, it will be impossible for the remaining contractors to complete the required training before the April 22 deadline.

This new rule is very complicated so watch here for more updates on this new rule that could add $100’s to $1000’s of dollars renovation jobs. For a look at the EPA’s new booklet, “Renovate Right”, click here.

Budget Situation in Virginia is Dire!

February 19th, 2010 The Wilson Team Comments off

I just returned last night from a lobbying trip to Richmond for the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS. After hearing the briefings from our state lobbyists and talking with several of our local legislators, it is obvious that Virginia and all the localities are is for a very tough time. The words that were used by the legislators were: “tsunami”, “catastrophe”, “massacre”, etc. Gov. McDonnel issued his proposed cuts to the budget on Wednesday and it was as devastating as expected. There were numbers being thrown around of 25-50,000 teachers being laid off, medicaid cuts (which doesn’t make a lot of sense, since there are matching dollar form the federal government for these funds), furloughing state employees 5 days per year, more cuts to the higher education centers that help the more rural areas without multiple universites (like Richmond), and so on and so on and so on!
There are no proposals for increasing state funding (read that as taxes) since the Govenor and many of the legilators used the “No Tax” pledge in their campaigns. It seems that we can fund re-opening of rest stops(another campaign pledge), but not school breakfasts. If you would like to see a list of all the proposed cuts, you can read them here from an article in the Washington Post.
With the “no tax” pledges that have been used in many campaigns, there is no real and lasting solution to the budget crisis. And, yes, it is a crisis.
The consensus from the Democrats in Richmond that we talked with was that tax increases are the only way to get out of this mess. The Republicans continue to propose cuts in spending and hoping that the economy will improve. I don’t know which group is right, but it would be nice if our legislators would worry more about the citizens of Virginia than just their re-election campaigns and try a little bi-partisanship to look at solutions to this problem. Oh well, maybe the state should just buy more of its own lottery tickets!

Real Estate Investors Returning to Market

January 7th, 2010 The Wilson Team Comments off

According to this article by Broderick Perkins on Realty Times, Savvy investors are always the first to jump in a potentially profitable housing market and a new survey indicates things are heating up.
More than 12 percent of homebuyers today plan to purchase a home as an investment, compared to less than half, only 5.6 percent, just seven months ago,…..More

IRS Publishes Answers about the Homebuyer Tax Credit

December 9th, 2009 The Wilson Team Comments off

The IRS has recently published clarifications of the Homebuyer Tax Credit. This article explains some of the gray areas in the law. There is also a great Q&A section that goes through some scenarios that help clarify even more.

The Wilson Team – Roanoke Real Estate Experts

November 30th, 2009 The Wilson Team Comments off
Let us help you buy or sell your next home in the Roanoke, Virginia area. We specialize in giving superior service to all our clients whether you are moving to Roanoke, relocating to another area, or moving around within the area. Call us today at 540.309.8000.The Wilson Team is proud to be the exclusive listing agents for Colonial Green. It offers dramatic views of distant ridges, a close-to-everything location within the City of Roanoke, and a variety of home options including cottages, row houses, condominiums, and unique live/work spaces in the nearby commercial/retail center.

We have also been named as the exclusive listing agent for

Poplar Springs, an estate homesite neighborhood in SW Roanoke County. Poplar Springs offers magnificent view, privacy and a pristine area with 2-5 acre home sites.

Beth Wilson, CRS, GRI, Assoc. Broker

Beth Wilson, CRS, GRI, Associate Broker

Beth has over 24 years of experience in residential real estate sales and was just named as the Certified Residential Specialist of the Year by the Virginia Association of REALTORS, was the 2004 President of the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS, and was named REALTOR of the Year by the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS in 2007. Beth’s sales have consistently been in the top ten percent of REALTORS in the Roanoke Valley. She specializes in relocation, new construction, and residential home sales. Most of Beth’s business comes from repeat business and referrals from past customers.





Tom Wilson, GRI, e-PRO, Assoc. Broker

Tom rejoined Beth and Becky in 2005 to create The Wilson Team. Tom has been a REALTOR for 22 years and currently serves on the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS Board of Directors, was the 2002 President of the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS, served on the Virginia Association of REALTORS Policy Board of Directors and was named REALTOR of the Year by the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS in 2004. Tom has been specializing in new construction, condominium and patio home sales for the last eight years and is ready to help you find the perfect home.



Becky Fields, ABR, REALTOR

Becky has been a REALTOR for six years and has completed courses that have earned her the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT Council (REBAC) of the National Association of REALTORS® who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria. Becky is very active in the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS and in her church.



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Tom and Beth have lived in SW Virginia for over 30 years and have been helping people find their dream homes for over 20 years. Beth graduated from Radford University with a B.S. in English; Tom with a B.A. from Murray State. Beth taught English at Blacksburg High School for four years prior to her career in real estate. Tom was with Corning Glass, ITT, and Alcatel prior to entering a real estate career. Becky joined the team in 2003 after an 18 year career in insurance. We live in SW County and love our careers. Can we help you find a home today?

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