Residents can find more online about Virginia Beach properties

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About 85 Virginia Beach students worked on this house for the past 2 years. (Kelly Kultys/Southside Daily)

A Virginia Beach home, shown in November, 2015. (Kelly Kultys/Southside Daily)

Searching for details on properties in Virginia Beach, like sales history and tax rates, just got easier and a bit faster, thanks to an to update to the city’s property-search tool.

The website is now also offered as a mobile app for iOS and Android. Visitors can retrieve property information not previously offered on the site, such as year-by-year assessments, annual taxes, year built and even more minuscule details like watershed, soil type and noise zones.

“The city’s old property-search tool provided access to a limited amount of information and was cumbersome,” Matthew Arvay, the city’s chief information officer, said in a release. “With this new search tool, our development team built a user-friendly site with significantly increased functionality and new mobile apps to provide a wealth of information that was previously unavailable.

Users also can search by neighborhood or zip code or draw a selection on a map to seek information. Other newly available information on the site includes trash-collection days and listings of the nearest libraries, recreation centers, parks, fire stations and police stations. Voting locations and districts for the City Council and state legislature are also included.

The additional information will help online real-estate database companies, such as Zillow, and others that request this information from the city monthly, Ron Agnor, assistant real estate assessor for the city, said in a phone interview.

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