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In My Neighborhood in Alexandria : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Jun 18, 2013
ronb answered:
I have lived in 22306 since 1974, and have loved being surrounded by Huntley Meadows Park and
Lee District Park. My community is Vantage Kingsbrook and since we have only one way in or out
crime has not been a problem. The community has changed over the years by the the people are all
very friendly and helpful. 22306 is a great place to raise your family or retire like me.
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Thu Nov 8, 2012
Mallard Realty Group answered:
If you are talking about Seminary Hill Apartments here are some reviews of the complex:
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Mon Nov 5, 2012
Will Nesbitt answered:
Fairfax County in general is one of the safest places in the world to live. While agents are prohibited from talking about the people who live in certain neighborhoods, they can speak to the houses found in particular neighborhoods.

22309 is found in the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County. Homes here are among the most expensive and luxurious in Northern Virginia. In the same zip code, you'll find some of the most affordable real estate in Northern Virginia. Northern Virginia has a highly efficient market with well-informed and well-educated buyers and sellers. Generally the prices you see that are low ... are low for a reason. And the prices you see that are high . . . are high for a reason.

I highly recommend you pick a local expert to help you on your home search. You can read more about Mount Vernon at the link below.
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Sat Nov 3, 2012
Ann Ryan answered:
Many condos will have backup power generators for these situations. However, during an emergency, you should always be able to evacuate via the stairs. If you can't go down multiple flights of stairs, it's probably smarter to live on the first or second floor.

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Tue Jul 17, 2012
Robert Lepelletier answered:
If you would provide me with your parents name, then I will see if there information is in the current Fairfax Couinty land records. Also it would help it if you could provide the year in which they sold the property. For example in 1985 a Robert & Barbara Yablonski sold their property at 8116 Pinelake Court, Alexandria, VA to the Cobeys.
Sincerely yours - Bob Lepelletier - Associate Broker - Keller Williams Realty
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Thu May 24, 2012
Nanci Sale answered:
Essex House Square Condominiums are located in the Manchester Lakes area of Kingstowne. They are off the Manchester Lakes Blvd. If you would like additional information please email me your information to ... more
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Sun Oct 23, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
If unfamiliar with the area, do visit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. For any safety/crime concerns contact/visit the local police department with all all your questions, hear all there is to hear firshand; real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
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Mon Sep 5, 2011
Deeley Chester answered:
Hi Ray,
Great question. How bad do you wanna sell it ? always sprucing up a place with fresh carpet and or paint always has a better chance of a quicker sale. Make sure you sit down with an agent and get listings that will be your competition that's currently on the market. This will also help in making your decision.
Deeley Chester
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Thu Aug 11, 2011
Melissa Barkalow answered:

You need to be more specific about which neighborhood you are are talking about.
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Tue Apr 5, 2011
Marcy Covarrubias answered:

There is another single family home in that zip code. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths listed at $7500 less than the one you inquired about.. Hardwood floors, traditional sale (not a short sale or bank owned). Let me know if you'd like to see it.

Marcy Covarrubias
Long & Foster
400 King St.
Alexandria, VA. 22314
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Mon Sep 27, 2010
Joan Stansfield answered:
Hi Bob,

No, currently that home is not for sale, however I could check another site I have a subscription to and research whether or not it is pre-foreclosure or up for auction? In the meantime, if you want me to search for a comparable home for you in that area, I'd be happy to do so.

Thanks, and have a great day!

joan stansfield
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Sun Aug 15, 2010
Andres Piedra answered:

Let me know which property you are speaking of. If you would like an email of listings near the Academy, I can send you some based on what you're looking for (house, town house, number of rooms, etc) within a certain distance of the Academy.

Just let me know.

Andy Piedra
Keller Williams Real Estate
Alexandria, VA
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Mon Nov 16, 2009
Delaine Campbell answered:
Dear Angeline:

Well 1st off you should shop around enough and visit enough homes in the area to understand what things are going for of similar size/sq. footage.
2nd, before writing the offer you should go over the recent comps with your agent to determine the neighborhood market and determine if it’s increasing, decreasing, or what situation is. Next, if it’s not big enough now, and you need that expansion, you should go to the City of Alexandria and give them the address so that they can tell you if an addition can be added and if so, what shape and size. You’ll be surprised to find there are a lot of restrictions on expansions here in the city and one home buyer I learned about, bought a house and found the addition couldn’t be added. They “assumed” it could.
You should do such due diligence before you write the offer and take that additional money into consideration for resale. Or you can write an offer contingent upon due diligence period to find out about the addition and about the cost. You assume it’s fine lot, however, what if there are water issues so additional grading is neede? Tree issues? Marine Clay? I’d get a builder in there to do a preliminary discussion so that you know what you are getting into before you buy it.

The other Realtors below, have brought up other very good points and information. Bottom line though is buy what works for you now without having to put another $100k in it to make it what you want. There are other good houses, larger, more space, and if you up your mortgage amount, over 30 years, the difference in that mortgage and another one (if you add the cost of financing the addition) may come out as a wash. Down the parkway are some much larger homes in similar price ranges. Also other “nooks” of Alexandria.

Caveat emptor – proceed with that in mind.

Delaine Campbell, CRS, ABR, e-Pro, MBA
Certified Residential Specialist
Accredited Buyer Representative
(703) 932-6542 cell/text
(703) 518-8740 Direct/Office

Helping Buyers Achieve Their Dreams One Home At A Time

Long and Foster Realtors
Historic Old Town
400 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

“Because I’m ALWAYS At Work For YOU!”

U.S. Commerce Small Business Association “Best of Alexandria 2009” Award Winner.
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Tue Sep 15, 2009
Daveusa: This is the part of Alexandria where the "rubber hits the road" in my opinion. An eclectic mix of blue collar families, mid-middle class, and just blocks away from Belle Haven, the GW Parkway, and the conveniences these areas provide. Great parks, good schools, and some great starter homes. Although the Route 1 Corridor can be a bit dicey, I guess, can't any main thoroughfare? You are within walking distance of the Metro, and I have had several friends buy homes in that area. They had no issues and were actually sad when they moved from this area. Good luck in your home buying experiences, I hope these comments helped you! Jim ... more
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Mon Aug 24, 2009
Susan & Mindy Team, Realtors answered:
I would not worry about it, either. To be honest, a lot of folks are understandably nervous about the state of appraisals these days and while I have had a couple appraise lower than they should have, I have had one appraise way higher than I expected, too. In both cases, appraisers took comps from unexpected places. At the end of the day, if you are happy with your new property and with the price, I would crack open a bottle of bubbly and celebrate! It sounds as if you had some nervous sellers, is all, and since it worked out in the end, I wouldn't give it another thought. You never know what is going on in other people's lives, but it does not appear to affect your purchase, so enjoy. ... more
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