Before considering lowering your price you should always speak to a Realtor to see what is going on in your market. In some cases sellers panic and drop their price to quickly if for example your home has been on the market for 30 days but homes in your market are taking 45-60 days to go pending sale then lowering it after 30 may be too quick. Another aspect is perhaps there are minor cosmetic changes you can make that make the home more appealing before reducing price such as some paint, landscaping, pressure washing, removing some clutter, taking down unique decorations that you may like but perhaps buyers do not, a spring cleaning even if you are not in spring, changing appliances, changing your decor to something more neutral, etc. Also if you are about to host an open house or broker's open you may want to lower the price before to really attract some attention or wait until after to see the feedback, there is no standard strategy as it really depends on the market, condition of your home, etc. Lastly you will want to consider your original list price if it was high you may be more quick to reduce if it is at the market or low then perhaps price is not the problem. If you do not have a Realtor perhaps listing with a Realtor will get you the exposure you need to sell the home. I am NOT a realtor or an attorney, I currently only offer loans in Florida but hope this helps. God bless, Psalm 20:4... more
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We had a contract, that got kicked out due to the fact that the seller says the first buyer found a lender and wanted back in after they asked her to sign a contract release. Before and during this time we were in negotiating. This listing agent assured us that they wouldn't have a problem getting the contract released because the contract had expired and they had no problem returning their Earnest money. The listing agent sent my agent a message telling him not to tell us just yet if we could get the house, she wanted to wait to see if the first buyer loan would be approved. Is this legal?... more
It appears your question has gone unanswered for a bit. Although technically, FHA has no minimum score, lenders do require, in most cases, a minimum score. You can continue to work with the credit service, but it might be time to contact an actual lender to help you go over the report, see where you are, and help you strategize so you can buy a home sooner, rather than later. Best wishes, Jim, Southern Trust Mortgage, Leesburg, VA.... more
Ask your agent to investigate whether or not the second HOA (for the pool membership) is optional. If both are mandatory and you purchase the house, you will have to pay. There is no other way.... more
It can be kind of rough from Centreville, but lots of people do it. You might want to consider carpooling - Rt. 66 turns into HOV only inside the beltway, so you can stay direct to Pentagon in a carpool.
There's also metro, but you'd have to drive to a station then get on the train. There are some vanpools available as well, and there's 'slugging'. Slugging is when you park at a commuter lot and hop in the car with any random person w/room in the car. It can be quite an adventure!
On average, I'd say to count on about an hour each way during rush hour. If there's an accident, rain or snow, add an hour.
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A Realtor isn't an expert on inspections, your best bet is to hire a specialist in this case. In Fairfax Co, the house won't go into drywall unless it passes all the county inspections, so from a safety point of view you should be fine.
Sounds like the bigger issue here is communication. Your Realtor won't generally have all of the costs at the tip of her fingers - the settlement agent is the resource that will provide title fees etc. With new construction there is often a relationship between the builder and the settlement agent, and sometimes the lender as well. All parties have to collaborate to get you the estimates. Keep in mind, that's what they are - estimates. It's difficult to know the exact numbers until you're closer to settlement.
Have a conversation with your Realtor about expectations and what info you need communicated and how you're going to get it. Seems that there may just be some miscommunication happening.
Congrats on your new house - the process can be painful, but in the end you'll be living in your new home, which is cause for happiness.... more