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Thu May 5, 2016
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Sat Jan 16, 2016
Clare Grana answered:
You could make a lot of money for the trust. The answer is yes, unequivocally. There are lots of opportunities to do just the sort of thing that you were mentioning. The prices on some properties in Great Falls are very depressed at this time, and there are some great buying opportunities there. I have been in this business for almost 30 years. Contact me if you would like a consultation. Clare Grana Senior Real Estate Consultant with RE/ALLEGIANCE ... more
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Wed May 27, 2015
April Martin answered:

Great Falls is my area of expertise. It is truly a family friendly area and it has some of the best schools in the county. Additionally, many of the neighborhoods in McLean have children within the above age range that you mentioned. Not to mention, being within close proximity to Tysons Corner is a plus! Contact me at (202) 503-6429 for additional information if needed. Thanks. ... more
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Sat Oct 11, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
It looks like you've done what you can to market it, but if that's not working ask why not? Are you the best looking, best marketed, easiest to see and priced appropriately for your market? If not, fix whatever isn't right and wait for results.
Are other comparables selling and you are not? What did they do that you didn't?
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Sat May 31, 2014
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Thu Mar 20, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
In Pinellas County Fl there are 3815 single family homes for sale.
311 had open houses last Sunday.

IN Palm Harbor FL there are 283 single family homes for sale
21 had open houses last Sunday

In Dunedin FL there are 147 single family homes for sale
9 had open houses last Sunday.

As you can see, depending on open houses is NOT a practical method to find a home.
You can however, have your REALTOR to schedule home viewings, for the homes in which you have interest and at your convenience.

Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, Fl
727.420. 4041
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Thu Mar 20, 2014
Diana Watson , Coldwell Banker answered:

i can certainly help you with your rental needs. i have included a link to what is active right now in the price range of 1000-1800. Let me know if can help you further if you haven't been helped.

Diana Watson, Realtor®
Avery-Hess, Realtors®
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Fri Jul 26, 2013
Jeff Jones answered:
Bahareh, I have to agree with the rest of the posts below. Interest rates are still very low, and depending on your financial situation, buying can be much cheaper than renting, especially if you plan on staying in the place for 8-10 years. It doesn't sound like your friends are in the real estate business, which tends to lead to bad advice. Would you listen to your doctor about legal advice?

Going off the basic principal of buy low, sell high, why would you wait until prices have appreciated to purchase a home? My advice would be to talk to a real estate professional about your goals and they can help you determine what would work best for you.

Jeff Jones
Long and Foster
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Tue Mar 19, 2013
John Ginty answered:
I am happy to assist you. There are many people doing what you would like to do. It's a great investment and great time to do it. As Dina explained below, there are several steps involved in this. Call me at 703-307-3449 and we can discuss further. I look forward to hearing from you. ... more
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Tue Sep 18, 2012
Terry Bell answered:
You didn't say whether you ever went and discussed it with your neighbor! You have to see your neighbors all the time, and so I encourage you to try and handle it with your neighbor first. Obviously it will be costly to change something permanent like a fence, so if you are going to go ahead and file a complaint with the HOA you need to start getting your paperwork together to support your complaint. ... more
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Tue Jun 26, 2012
John Fitzgerald answered:
Hi. I'm a retired builder and developer, and I bought a few properties sight unseen. It appears that you have already got an offer. Some questions follow.

Was your property already on the market, and listed with an agent? If not, the first thing you need to do is to hire an agent for a fee to do a market analysis for you. I will be happy to help you in that way. Second, again, if you don't have an agent, you need to hire an agent who, for a fee, will review the offer for you to point out both standard industry practices and what, from an informed seller's viewpoint, should be deal-killers. Again, I would be happy to share my experience with you.

If you already have an agent, then you will have to go the more expensive route of hiring an experienced real estate attorney, who is familiar with standard industry practices. Martindale-Hubbell on-line is a useful resource. Whatever you do, before discussing your offer with an attorney, make sure that he has no conflicts of interest and is willing to sign a statement to that effect.
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Sun May 6, 2012
Erik Weisskopf,ABR,CDPE, answered:

Excellent answer by my esteemed colleague Mr. Fitzgerald below. The question one might ask to be better able to answer your why do you ask that specific question?

Then a truer picture may be painted to answer your question.

Anything I can do..let me know.

Kind Regards,

Erik J. Weisskopf,ABR,CDPE,CRS,GRI
Re/Max Distinctive Real Estate, Inc.
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Sat Nov 12, 2011
Janet M Lange answered:

In answer to your question, Yes, the assessed values have typically gone down in your area for the past couple of years. That is a delayed reaction to the values falling and homeowners object when they have to pay taxes based on negative values. In recent months, however, the market values have increased in your 22066 zip code area. When that happens, you can be assured that taxes will rise at some point.

The previous answers regarding market values vs assessments cannot be stressed enough. Many homeowners erroneously think that assessed value = market value. It does not. Market value depends on much more criteria.

For a market evaluation, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to offer a complimentary market evaluation of your investment.

Most sincerely,

Janet Lange
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Tue Sep 13, 2011
Kelly Putz answered:
Hi there,

The ones closer to McLean are more sought after because of their proximity to the schools. The farther towards Loudoun County you go, they seem to be less desirable, but it's all subjective and depends on what the buyer really wants. Prices in Great Falls range anywhere from the $800s to multi-million dollar properties, and there are some places you can find these two prices right next to each other. So, if you are looking for an investment, the lower dollar ones could be a good investment, if you are willing to put in the money to do lots of upgrades and possibly expansions. That's mostly why they are priced lower.

Hope that helps!

If you need any help, I have offices in both Great Falls and McLean.


Kelly Putz
Buyer's and Seller's REALTOR®
Keller Williams McLean-Great Falls
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Mon Jan 10, 2011 Buyer Rebate answered:
Banks want to deal with professionals, and so do other professionals. However, the pro's in our network reward the buyer with up to half of the commisison for knowing what they want while the pro does the work. Let us know how we can help... ... more
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Sun Jan 9, 2011
Margo Lockard answered:
Mr. Spilkin:

You bet an appraiser needs to know an area, but they also need to understand the residential market and many other elements that surround a purchase. If you need the name of one of the best professionals in Northern Virginia, let me know.

Margo Lockard, Associate Broker
ERA Elite Group, Realtors
703-359-7800, x 310
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Mon Dec 27, 2010
Kay Bal asked:
VA rental lease. Has anyone gotten a letter from embassy for waiving diplomat status of a tenant? I see that the new lease has an updated version of this clause.
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Thu Sep 2, 2010
Jay Seville answered:
Just started using Trulia more, William. I assume I'm late to chime in. But for what it's worth I've been showing a lot of property in GF and am shifting the focus of my blog to great falls virginia real estate.

check out this video on the process for breaking down a foreclosure and deciding how much to offer, etc. The blog covers the market data, new listings, etc.
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Wed Aug 25, 2010
Jay Seville answered:
One of the risks in buying a home outside of Great Falls and Mclean for the Langley high school district is that the zoning for school districts could change. The first areas to lose their langley school district status are probably further out.

I have a Herndon listing that is in the Langley district, but the owner tells me it will lose its langley district status in the future even though that news is NOT at the county website. But is it worth the risk???

There is a reason that when you google "langley high school district homes for sale" you find my website #1.

Some good observations and answers were given by several agents here as well.
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Sun Jul 11, 2010
Mack McCoy answered:
- I'd like to have a way to vet that out in a home buying situation.

The consensus may not provide the best answer for your particular circumstance.

- There are serious limitations to this "buyer agency model" which are difficult for a lot of people to admit and even more difficult to discuss publicly.

Such as?
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