First we brought independent local news to Prince William and Stafford counties. And now we’ve launched the region’s most powerful locally-maintained and insightful real estate tool.

Prominently featured at in the top main navigation section of our website, the Potomac Local Real Estate section features listings for home sales and rentals, commercial properties, land, as well as market trends and statistics for Prince William and Stafford counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

It’s easy to use, includes up-to-the-minute data from professional real estate listings, and it allows private sellers and Realtors to add their listings directly to our site. With this new tool you’ll know the second something new comes onto the local market.

Being a local news site is much more than just bringing you the headlines. It’s also about providing a place for the community to gather online, to comment, to connect with neighbors, and it’s place for soon-to-be residents to learn more about our community and why we call it home.

This week, we’ve done more than just launch a new real estate section – we’ve made the news you’ve come to rely on us for easier to find by placing our content in a popular scrolling format on our homepage. We’ve reduced clutter on our site after you told us you wanted more local news and content and less noise.

We’re not done improving our site, either. In the coming weeks you’ll notice more obituary information on our site because we know it’s not good enough to cover the people in our community right now — we also need to remember those who came before us who worked hard to make our neighborhoods what they are today.

You will also see a greater commitment to community news as new editors will begin covering specific neighborhoods to find details on the news that impacts all of us. Their goal: Continue our tradition of telling good stories about the people, places, and local issues that impact our lives. I’m sure you’d expect nothing less from your award-winning local news source.

Thank you for your continued support of independent news. I look forward to continuing to serve you in 2014.