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William L. Beale Is Named
to Represent Realtors
of D. C. at Parley.
With a national conference on real
estate taxation called for Chicago
April 6 by the Committee on Taxation
of the National Association of Real
Estate Boards, Joseph W. Catherine,
Brooklyn, president of the association,
today announced appointment to the
national committee of William L.
Beale, who will represent the Wash
ington Real Estate Board, Mr. Beale
is real estate officer of the American
Security and Trust Co.
Former Gov. Myers Y. Cooper of
Ohio, chairman of the committee,
states that the conference,' in which
the American Farm Bureau Federa
tion, the National Grange and the
National Association of Building
Owners and Managers have been in
vited to participate, will center on the
question of best present action to
achieve readjustment of the real estate
tax system to a just and economically
sound basis.
"A system which levies three-fifths
of the total costs of local, State and
national governments against a com
modity which produces only one-fifth
of the total national income is mani
festly illogical, unfair and dangerous,"
he says. “Yet that is the position of
real estate today.”
Legislation Urged.
To furnish a fulcrum on which leg
islative levers can shift the entire tax
structure to a broader base, the Na
tional Association of Real Estate
Boards, after six years of study of the
tax structures of the 48 States, adopted
a program of suggested action for
every State outlined in a statement
just issued by the committee, as
1. We propose that each State and
Territory adopt a constitutional
amendment specifically limiting the
tax on real estate for all purposes to a
fixed percentage of its true value.
We suggest that the limit should not
exceed l'/2 per cent. This, in effect,
would be equivalent to an income tax
of approximately 25 per cent, which is
surely all that real estate should, in
equity, be called upon to pay. The
average real estate tax at present is
nearly three times this amount.
2. We propose that in valuing real
estate for tax purposes its income
should be the basis for computing its
assessed value.
At present the general practice in
tax assessing is to consider three fac
tors to arrive at the "value'’ of the
property: cl) Reproduction cfsts
minus depreciation: (2) comparable
sales in the neighborhood: (3) how
much money do we need to raise? We
suggest that the important factor is:
How much money did that piece of
real estate earn? Both the United
States Supreme Court and State Su
preme Courts have upheld the prin
ciple w-e advocate.
Assessments Opposed.
3. We propose the drastic restriction
of the use of the special assessment as
a means of financing new public im
provements and the ultimate abolition
of the special assessment laws.
We suggest that before any improve
ment to be paid for by special assess
ment shall be undertaken there shall
be required the uTitten consent of a
majority of the property owners and
representing more than half of the
real estate area which it is proposed
to assess.
4. We propose that the costs of
maintaining State minimum require
ments in public schools shall be trans
ferred from the local units of gov
ernment to the State government, and
that Federal financial aid be Invoked
to accelerate such action.
The educators themselves have
taken the lead in this movement. In
some States, and one of our territories,
the entire cost of State-required
schools has been assumed by the
State or territorial unit of government.
• A report is now before Congress
from President Roosevelt's Advisory
Committee on Education recom
mending expenditure of $855,000,
000 by the Federal Government in
the aid of schools in the various
Until recently real estate has borne
90 per cent of the cost of education
In most of the States.
Gasoline Tax Uses.
5. We propose that funds obtained
by State governments from gasoline
and motor vehicle taxes should be
used for the maintenance and con
struction of streets in municipalities,
as well as for rural highways.
This principle is now coming into
general acceptance. We suggest that
the allocation of such funds to city
streets should be made first to the con
struction, improvement and mainte
name of arteries and subarteries which
co-ordinate with county and State
highway systems.
6. We propose that there shall be
vested in a State agency the right
upon appeal to review any proposed
tax levy or bond issue and to revise
these downward, or, in the case of
bond issues, to veto them entirely;
such findings to be binding upon the
A Beautiful Vista in the Fourth Silver Star Home
This vieiv in the Silver Star Home at 2901 Forty-ninth street
N.W., Wesley Heights, shows a portion of the living room from
the spacious entrance hall. This house was built by Frank S.
local authorities unless reversed by a
direct vote of the people.
We strongly favor careful local
budget making, but the intricate over
lapping of our taxing units calls for
the interposition of a central agency ;
to make budget control by local tax- ;
payers a practical possibility. New
York, North Carolina and Indiana
are States that have put the principle
we advocate into practice. In In- i
diana the direct savings to the tax- '■
payers in bond issues and tax levies !
amounted to an average of $7,700,000
annually in the first 10 years of the !
plan's operation.
A group of 24 low-priced homes are
under construction in North Woodside,
Md., it was announced today by Louis
B Schneider, builder. The homes, five
of which have been completed, are
Califomia-style bungalows, with each
of different design.
The new houses are a result of a
country-wide search by Mr. Schneider
for a quality type of 'dwelling at a
price which persons in the lower
income groups can afford to pay. The
builder inspected low-cost develop
ments in all portions of the country
before deciding upon the California
bungalow as the kind to reproduce
The houses are located on Glen
Ross road, three blocks west of Geor
gia avenue. They are situated on
lots that vary in width from 50 to 80
feet. They have full cellars and attics,
with garages built in beneath. Each
house contains large living room, din
ing room, kitchen, two bedrooms and
bath. There are two porches to each
home. The best equipment and ma
terials are used throughout.
When completed the Schneider de
velopment will contain 42 homes.
Chevy Chase, D. C.
6400 31st
St. N.W.
Priced for
Quick Sale
A practically new detached
brick home of charming
appearance, situated on a
large wooded lot. The price
is far below the sale price
of slightly over a year ago.
There are six rooms, 2
baths, automatic heat and
all ultra modern conven
iences. Vacant and in per
fect condition.
Open Saturday, 3 to Dark
Sunday, 10 to Dark
Floyd E. Davis Co.
Exclusive Agents
733 12th Nat. 0352
5 Sq. South Columbia Country Club; Vi Sq. West of Connecticut Ave.
•—that challenges comparison. Modern to the minute; finely
built, beautifully designed and decorated. 7 rooms (4 bedrooms,
2 boths), center hall, living room 15x24Vi, game room, large
cttic, screened rear porch, 2-car garage. Lot 60x120. Lovely
surroundings. Drive out Conn. Ave. to Virgilia street ond west
to house.
One or two thicknesses of a gooH
quality building paper between the
sheathing and exterior siding makes
good, tight, windproof walls. Matched
sheathing which fits tightly, because
of its design and manufacture, is also
excellent in preventing penetration of
outside air through the joints. Build
ing paper laid over this type of sheath
ing. with the edges of the paper over
lapping, gives excellent protection.
Air Conditioned
' Oil Heat
Six Large Rooms
Two Baths
Built-in Garage
Large Lot
High Elevation
You Are Invited to
Inspect This Lovely
New Home
Out Wisconsin Ave. to Brad
ley Lane, left to Qlenbrook.
Road, right to Manning Drive.
Built by
5211 Wi*. Ave. Cl. 5371
Phillips and is attractively furnished and decorated by Biggs
Antique Co. The house is ntw being shown to the public.
—Photo by John Mueller, Star Staff.
exhibit home ** aglow with Spring
The NATIRA'L REALTY of this charming
57 I Q suburban community Is enhanced as the
first buds and blossoms herald the coming
York la ftf* of a nf " season Here you will find living
■“ ■"II® a more delightful experience ... in an
rlir_;,|,,j L„ ENVIRONMENT without a peer. DRIVE
rurmsnea oy oct TODAY and inspect this exceptional
fully decorated bedroom*—3 baths—maid's
OPEN DAILY room—l-car garage—complete oil burner
unit. The finest construction—vet PRICED
TO REACH:—Only 20 minutes drive from downtown. Out
Connecticut or Wisconsin Are. to Bethesda Bank. Lett on
Old Gcoraetown Road to Wilson Lane. Then i blocks to
Greenwich Forest.
Phona Wisconsin 5204
We will Design. Finance end Build te suit your Individual Reauirements.
Per Month Includes
Taxes and Insur
ance, Interest and
Principal on F. H.
A. Plan
TO XSACH: Cron the Key Bridge and turn right on Lee
Highicav to Glebe Road (next traffic light); turit left 10t
feet to the property.
The Fastest Moving Project in
the Washington Area, and Hero
Are Several Reasons Why:
★ NOTE THEIR SIZE—Five big rooms, ample tpoee
for the overage family and carefully arranged
for utmost convenience. 5 convenient closets.
★ A BEAUTIFUL TILED BATH with shower and
fixtures of the most modern styling.
★ IDEAL KITCHEN with efficient built-in cabinets
and the last word in equipment.
★ AUTOMATIC OIL HEAT and air conditioning—
full basement, an extra value in. homes of mod
erate price. Convenient to stores and schools—10c
bus transportation right at your door.
Cuett Haute Furnithed by HECHT CO.
D. C. Realtor Is Speaker at
Forum—Knowledge of Facti
Is Stressed.
Touching upon the characteristics
of the several types of commercial
leases used in Washington, H. Clifford
Bangs, Washington realtor, spoke be
fore members of the Real Estate Board
at the forum being conducted by the
local organization. Mr. Bangs stressed
the fact that the qualified commercial
leasing broker must be thoroughly
familiar with all of the conditions
surrounding the property which he is
offering and also know the facts con
cerning similar types of property in
the area.
During his talk Mr. Bangs referred
to an article published by Mark Levy,
Chicago leasing expert and treasurer
of the National Association of Real
Estate Boards, covering 100 per cent
retail districts, in which such retail
districts were defined as “a definitely
circumscribed area in a community
where the women do most of the shop
On Tuesday, March 29, the Real
Estate Board’s forum will have two
speakers, according to Joseph A.
Herbert, jr., chairman of the Com
mittee on Education, which is spon
soring the forum. J. O. Wilmot, sales
director for the North Washington
Housing. Corp., will discuss ‘•Closing
the Sale,” and Don M. Bernard, busi
ness manager of the Post, will talk
on “Real Estate Advertising.” The
sessions are held in the United States
Chamber of Commerce Building.
Hfew Chevy Chase Homes
*750 CASH n“i
. .—-— i -
Sample—5323 29th St. N.W.—Open
• Six new homes • Two baths
• Lots 40x143 to alley • Large modern kitchen
• Bry°nt Gas He°t • Wonderful location
• Large Electrolux • Convenient to schools,
Refrigerator churches, stores and Rock
• Fine gas range Creek Park
• Four large bed rooms • Large new style porches
Drive out to 29th and Military Rd. and thence south 14 square or take
Conn. Ave. bus to 30th and Military Rd. and walk east one square.
1418 H St. N.W. District 7877
It s Cherry Blossom Time
in Kenwood
THE developers of Kenwood take great pleasure in extending to
you their annual invitation to visit Kenwood this week-end and
enjoy the glorious spectacle of more than 3 miles of flowering
Cherry Trees. The Kenwood cherry blossoms have become nationally
famous, and when you have seen them it will be a treasured remem
brance for the rest of your life. Every street is lined with them,
making a panorama of beauty no pen could describe. The archi
tecture of Kenwood's beautiful homes is greatly enhanced by these
clouds of fragile loveliness in the foreground.
THE CHERRY TREES are only one of the many unique and de
sirable features that make life worth living in this superb and
rigidly restricted residential community. If you are going to
buy or build a home, you can enjoy ail these advantages for less
money than you would have to pay in a community of somewhat
similar restrictions.
DO NOT fail to see the two new homes for sale to approved pur
chasers. They are—
116 Woodlawn Avenue—6 Bedrooms, 4 baths
300 Brookside Drive—4 Bedrooms, 4 baths
FOR details of Kenwood's Second Cherry Blossom Photographic
Contest see first page of today's Real Estate Section.
Kennedy-Chamberlin Development Co.
Kenwood Office: Kennedy Drive and Chamberlin Avc.—Wise. 4425
Drive out Connecticut Avenue to Chevy Chase Circle, west on Grafton Street,
through Somerset to Kenwood, or out Wisconsin Avenue to Dorset Avenue, west
on Dorset Avenue, through Somerset to Kenwood, or out Connecticut or Wis
consin Avenue to Bradley Lane and west on Bradley Lane to Kenwood.

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