Important thing before making a decision will be to try to rate both locations according to your priorities. Everyone has their own, most common are the following: commute time to work, schools and special educational programs, places of entertainment, proximity to close friends' and family's, health care institutions, etc. The ratings would be very individual. Analyze what you like and why. Enjoyment will be a big part of calling a place a HOME!
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As far a property value goes - that is a very dicey prediction. True, at this very moment there are more foreclosures farther from the Beltway, than closer in. But, historically, that is how it has been. Closer to D.C. has always been more "bullet proof".
Both Centreville and Manassas have some great values now, and do not be afraid of a distressed sale. Find a good agent who has worked with the banks, and you can open up a whole new world of possibilities.
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