The cost depends on the size, type, age, condition, and location of the pool. It depends on who will care for it. Would you hire a service or maintain the pool yourself?
I sold a few homes with pools and the cost varied. The indoor pool owner did not use a service. He bought the chemicals in pill forms and that was the extent of his effort.
A service company can open the pool in the spring and close it in the fall for you. Your cost would be only the chemicals, as long as you do not mind the work. I would call Dixon Pool Service and others maybe to check prices.... more
Simply put, term "mortgage" is used for the loan used to buy a home. Here in Idaho it is actually a deed of trust since a mortgage is used for property over 40 acres and a deed of trust for properties less than 40 acres.... more
Assessment values are used for tax purposes only and are not appraisals. In many areas of the US, tax assessments are far below appraised value and in other areas of the US tax assessments are far above appraised value. I am not sure about Montgomery County's exact guidelines for assessing properties, many counties use a straight formula that looks at lot size and living space and little else. Obviously, in the areas you specified location is going to play a major role in how much a property is actually worth.
To make sure you are getting the best deal, work with an agent who will provide you with a Competitive Market Analysis (CMA) for the properties you are interested in. It is not an appraisal, but it gives you a guideline of what the property is really worth, and then when you are ready to make an offer on a place you can include an appraisal contingency to make sure that if you offered $320,000 on a place that appraises for $315,000, you will not be required to continue at the price you offered.
If you are going to use an FHA loan an appraisal contingency will be automatic and you would only be able to purchase a property for more than appraised value if you were willing to pay the difference out of pocket.
If you are looking for a buyers agent I would be happy to help you in your property search and provide you with CMA's for property's you are considering.
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Carol - You should consider the security issues for the unit. Windows at ground level provide easy access for prowlers and predators.
Although you can find these properties for a cheaper price in Bethesda - you will have more trouble selling them when the time comes.
I have 3-4 listings in Bethesda - 1 block from Bethesda Row and less than 4 blocks from Metro's red line.
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Consider working with an agent of your own; he/she can locate properties that suit your needs, keep you informed as to market condition, provide any information needed, schedule showings, etc. In the meantime why not contact any local realty office(s) and inquire. Keep in mind that unless pre-approved, short sales are by no means fast sales, therefore don't overlook traditional sales as some may turn out to be much better bargains.... more
I'm not aware of any published research on the health effects of living close to a major highway. Or, to be more precise, nothing that would be useful.
See these representative studies (from PubMed)
DNA damage: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19729187
Infant exposure to fine particulate matter and traffic and risk of hospitalization for RSV bronchiolitis in a region with lower ambient air pollution http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19211100
Effects of long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution on respiratory and cardiovascular mortality in the Netherlands: the NLCS-AIR study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19554969
Long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution and lung cancer risk http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18633326
Risk of hypertension from exposure to road traffic noise in a population-based sample http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19188199
So, while there's plenty of research, none of it will be particularly useful.
As a practical matter, homes near the Beltway--when you can hear the traffic noise--will cost substantially less. I'm more familiar with the Virginia portion of the Beltway (around North Springfield up to around Tyson's), as well as stretches along I-66 near Fairfax, where there's the same problem. The louder the noise, the lower the price. Interestingly, there isn't a direct correlation between noise and distance. It also has to do with topology (are there hills or other buildings in between) as well as the sound barriers along 495.
There's also the issue of pollution and particulates. That, too, will lower the value of properties near the Beltway.
So, it's a trade-off. You should be able to get a home for much less if you can hear (or smell--or in the winter, with the leaves off the trees) see the Beltway. On the other hand, it'll be more difficult to sell. As for the health hazards--the concerns would be the particulates (the tiny dust-like particles) as well as the gases. There's no question that they're not good, but just how bad they are is likely still an open question.
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I have worked w/ Vicki Anoff, a licensed Interior Designer who lives and works in Bethesda. She has redone my own home and the home of friends AND has helped me w/ design decisions on a spec house I just built and I received two contracts almost immediately. She can work w/ any style and beautifully incorporates your own favorite pieces. She really listens to what YOU want instead of trying to impose her own tastes and she makes sure you are aware of the design principles involved in her suggestions. She has painters, carpenters, drywaller, flooring guys, etc that she uses regularly and she coordinates and schedules everything if you want her to. If you want to do some of that kind of work yourself, you can do that too.
She is very cost conscious and if you are on a budget she looks for bargains for you. She has sent me to Pier One for a lamp, to her framing store where I got a big discount, shown me items from magazines, from the internet etc. . If you are not on a budget, she has entree to the Design Center in D.C. and all the high end stores. She is great w/ colors and brings samples to you so your time doesnt have to be spent hunting for things. Her phone is 301-320-9100; email is email@example.com She has a website but I am not sure what it is called. When I saw her work at a friends house, I just knew she was the one I wanted to work with.... more
Location! Location! Location! What makes Promenade Towers in Bethesda great for residents and visitors also makes it great for business. The near proximity of the red Metro Line makes it one of the most convenient places to live. . walking distance to the metro!
The condos are NOT FHA approved.
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It is near the red line BUT not really walking distance UNLESS you like to walk. everyone is different. I have not done an FHA for anything esle outside of single family and town homes. I do remember a case study I recently heard about trying to go FHA and not being very successful. Wish you luck in your search and if you would like more info on another property Please let me know.
In my experience, zillow, BoA and other value sites can be RADICALLY off-based. It is not infrequent that those two sites are $100,000 different in value on a $250,000 house! Answer to your question is to find a broker you trust in your area who knows the neighborhood and any nuances that may play into value.... more
Kiraci - that's a great question. Without going analyzing the stats in detail, I believe that the values of these co-ops have gone up and down with the market. Still, it would be interesting to see if the numbers bear that out.
I haven't had a buyer make a purchase here, but several have looked. This development has a lot to offer.... more