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Appanah, Home Buyer in Connecticut

I am interested in buying a single house within a 25 mile radius of Arlington, VA? 3 Bed, garage, 2

Asked by Appanah, Connecticut Fri Jul 4, 2008

Any Advice on finding a good deals?

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First, speak to a lender and get pre-approved for a mortgage. This will give you a good idea of your buying power and will help to narrow down your choices. The VanZandt Group at Prosperity Mortgage is execellent. You can get a no-cost, no-obligation pre-approval online or over the phone. Their website is http://www.TheVZGroup.com.

Second, narrow down your search area. The Washington Metro area is huge, and trying to sort through all the properties in a 25-mile radius will take up valuable time. If you can, drive around the area and decide which areas you like best.

Once you know how much you can afford and which neighborhoods you're interested in, this will make the search much more manageable. There are some good deals out there, you just have to look for them. There's no one magic website you can go to. Just be as specific as possible when you're doing your search. I have a link on my homepage that you can use which will show you every house that's listed in the local MLS based on your criteria. My website is http://www.TinyVarner.com.

Let me know if there's anything I can do to help!
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 11, 2008
My first piece of advice would be to narrow down your criteria a little. Arlington is within 25 miles of just about the entire greater DC metro area. You have hundreds, if not thousands of listings that meet the criteria you give here. You and your agent would be completely overwhelmed. Have you visited a lender yet to find out how much you can afford? If not, that's step number one. Having a good price range in mind will help you to narrow down your choices a lot. After that, you should probably come to town, if you haven't already, to take a look at some of the different neighborhoods, etc. What kind of lifestyle do you want? Are you willing to have a long commute? Twenty five miles might not sound like a lot by car, but if you are commuting from say, Manassas, to Arlington, then it's going to take over an hour.
As far as deals go, they can be had everywhere. Different places will have different kinds of deals. You really ought to focus your search criteria a bit first and then you can go after the deals in the particular place or places you want to live in.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 4, 2008

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 16, 2008
You are getting a lot of good advice, most of which comes from Realtors which should tell you something. Your best bet is to find a good Realtor and meet with him or her to narrow your search. The information available to Realtors will help you tremendously. You may contact me at ronfowler@ronfowler.com if you wish to discuss.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 12, 2008
We currently have a 5bdrm/3.5Ba/3800 SQFT for sale in Stafford. Commute to Arlington is about 30 minutes using VRE or van pools which can both be reached in less than 5 minutes from the house. If you would like more info contact Andy (540) 720-0199. Good luck in your search.......
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 11, 2008
Your 1st Step is to Decide How Much House You Can Afford which means You Must First Talk to a Mortgage Loan Officer to Get You Pre-Qualified so that You Can Make a Serious Offer on a House in Arlington. Also, where in Arlington Would You like to Live! There are many different Types of Neighborhoods in Arlington such as Ballston/Clarendon/Virginia Square/Rosslyn/Pentagon City/Crystal City,etc. You might later decide to even Shop for a Home in Alexandria, Va., which is right beside Arlington & just as Nice.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 5, 2008
Joshua and Vicky both provided excellent advice. You have to narrow down the area some more, and define your priorities--price, commute, type of neighborhood, and so on.

For example, if you're taking a job in Arlington and thus used that as the center of your 25-mile radius, then I'd suggest probably looking in Virginia. Areas of Maryland are well within your 25 mile radius (much of Montgomery County), but the commute across the American Legion Bridge might be a major concern. All of Washington, D.C., is in that radius, too, and the reverse commute might not be bad, but you won't find a huge number of typical suburban 3-bed single family homes. Many of the single family homes are expensive. There are also row houses throughout the city...if you're willing to forego a single family home.

Arlington is well-served by Metro, so you could look outward along the different subway lines--especially the Orange and Blue lines. Whether or not you're interested in Metro, those same areas should be considered: Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, and Fairfax County out to around Fairfax City.

As for finding good deals, there are good deals in all of those. However, the farther out you go, the lower prices get. You could go farther out and get some very good deals--Manasses is within your 25 mile radius. It's been pretty hard hit by foreclosures and the sub-prime meltdown. However, the commute would be tough.

So...there are a lot of options. Just narrow down your specifications a bit.

Hope that helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 4, 2008
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Agreed - you need more help figuring out where you want to live. Are you going to be working in Arlington? Traffic around these parts can be terrible. I've lived here my whole life.

There are plenty of GREAT deals. The hard part is going to be helping you find out the best place to live. Email me directly, or give me a call. We can talk about what you want in a house, what you want in a neighborhood, where & when you'll be commuting... the list goes on. You're talkin' about the Nation's

Some web sources you might enjoy:

Postings on buying (with a focus on REOs):

Route planner for Virginia agents (but I think its OK if you use it, too!):

Home Search option for our local MLS on http://www.ChrisnerRealty.com

Information on many areas within the Northern Virginia/DC suburbs:

Let me know if I can help you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 4, 2008
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