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Joe Jones, Home Buyer in Fairfax, VA

Can I extract price concessions if affordable housing goes up near me?

Asked by Joe Jones, Fairfax, VA Wed Sep 26, 2007

I'm interested in purchasing a beautiful $1.5 million SFH, two blocks from light rail transportation in a happening yet well-heeled neighborhood (terrific restaurants, excellent schools--although mine go to private schools of course, tree-lined streets, etc.). However, some land a block from my house was donated for the express purpose of building mixed-income housing, with a majority of the units set to be "affordable". All this despite the awful consequences this will have on people's investments. I'm really concerned about living near these people, but if I can get a substantial (say 20%) price reduction I'm willing to chance it as the house truly is gorgeous.

Can I gain price concessions for being stuck living near these people? Oh, and if this goes through, what tips do you have to get this development switched to market-rate? I just hate the notion that someone can be "charitable" and ruin other people's investments in the process.

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Mr. Jones, are you for real?

"although mine go to private schools of course"

"Can I gain price concessions for being stuck living near these people?"

"I just hate the notion that someone can be "charitable" and ruin other people's investments in the process."

I'm not sure you realize how incredibly snobbish and offensive your question comes off.

Truthfully, your question could have some valid concerns underlying it in terms of property values and the impact a development can have on a neighborhood in general, but you know what? It's pretty hard to offer counsel to such a seemingly hateful person.

One last word of warning: Watch out. You never know when one of "these people" will end up as your neighbor, living in a million dollar house just like you and sending their children to private school, of course. GASP.
5 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 26, 2007
Frankly, I find your question totally offensive. "...stuck living near these people?" But of course, you'll force yourself to have to live with "these people" for a 20% discount! And thank GOD we live in a country where you can send your kids to private school so they won't have to mingle with "these people" and especially there children. This type of question should be struck from Trulia and you and your profile sent packing. The public nature of this forum stops me from really telling you what I think of you!
5 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 26, 2007
Mr. Jones,

The best person to answer your question is the homeowner. Make an offer on the home, at the price you propose and see how they respond.

Also, if you don't want to read hostile opinions and answers to your questions, then don't communicate your elitist and offensive views in your question.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 28, 2007
Well, "those people" probably think Joe is one of "those other people" and probably don't want to live near him either. :)
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 28, 2007
LOL. Are you a spotter, Joe? :)
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 26, 2007
Patti, You took the words out of my mouth: ARE YOU FOR REAL?
You should go buy somewhere there is real money--where the homes go for 10's of millions. That way you can be "one of those people" and see how it feels.
Where's Patrick when we need him?
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 26, 2007
On the off-chance that you're real and your question is legitimate, my advice would be to pass up on the property. You sound as if you'd be uncomfortable living near "these people" and no "price concession" will make it comfortable enough for you. Find a neighborhood you'd be happy in, then look for properties there. Yes, a home is an investment, but it's a place to live, first.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 30, 2007
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I have to assume that "Joe Jones" isn't for real. I'd like to believe that there aren't people as shallow as this guy! If he is for real then all I can say is that "those other people" are the ones that should be concerned that this guy may become their neighbor.....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 28, 2007
I won't dignify the responses of those who can't seem to understand the very dilemma I face. When the Gospels wrote about Joseph, Mary & the Baby J, where did they live? In a barn with a bunch of animals and other livestock. In other words, people are supposed to pay their own way, pay as they go. No excuses for race, age, gender or "doing good deeds". No affirmative action, but rather, affirmative ACCESS. You get to live anywhere you can afford. If you're not good enough to afford anything beyond a straw manger next to a donkey, a cow and a sheep, then make it the best straw manger next to a donkey, cow and sheep that it can possibly be. Don't encroach on my 300-thread Egyptian-cotton sheets back in the Inn.

As for the topic at hand, I'd like to respond to Perry's wisdom: "It is a scam that subsidizes rich kids out of college. Where else can someone that makes $30K buy a $200K home with a 20% down payment. Only daddy's money can make this happen. Affordable housing... what a joke."

I agree with all of this except the fact that it's rich kids in affordable housing. When my favored candidate for County Board ran against a "proponent of affordable housing", my candidate sent out a targeted mailing that dispelled the notion that it's the younger generation of people I respect who will be living in these places. Did the mailing have some sort of fresh-faced college kid who aspires to work on the Hill? Did it feature some young darling who wishes to teach in the inner-city? Did it feature some handsome firefighter who stepped off the pages of a calendar? No, no and no.

It featured a slovenly, overweight female bundle of polyester looking up at a cold, foreboding 1970s red brick nine-story vision of ugliness! That's what "affordable housing" means--I saw it with my own eyes, in a picture, and I know it's true because it's illegal to mislead in a political advertisement.

So let's try to answer the original questions: Can I gain some price concessions, and can I get this development switched to "market-rate" (preferably after I buy so I can clean up)?

Thanks for your empathy and your thoughts.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 27, 2007
A little known fact about this mirage they call affordable housing.... It is a scam that subsidizes rich kids out of college. Where else can someone that makes $30K buy a $200K home with a 20% down payment. Only daddy's money can make this happen.

Affordable housing... what a joke.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 26, 2007
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