I bought a 1BR condo towards the end of 2007 in the West End/Landmark area of Alexandria, VA. Paid just

Asked by Holmesrun, Virginia Thu Mar 20, 2008

With all of the talk of the market and general panic about the economy, I've been obsessively worrying about about my decision to buy and the prospect of loosing the value of my home. I don't anticipate needing to sell until 2011 or 2012, but will I loose my money? I'm within the beltway, close to DC... I know no one has a crystal ball, but any insight would be really appreciated.

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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Thu Apr 3, 2008
If you're not selling until 2011 or 2012, you should be OK. (P.S.: It's "losing" money--"loose" is when something isn't tight. Just a pet peeve of mine.)

But you bought in a decent area. Prices aren't declining there they way they are in, say, Prince William County. And even though prices may decline through 2008 and 2009, they'll probably then stabilize and then rise.

Relax. You'll be fine.
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Danilo Bogda…, Agent, Reston, VA
Thu Mar 20, 2008
You may lose a few percent of value this year, but the market looks like it'll just go sideways beginning early next year and continuing for the next 3 to 5 years or so (just like it did in the mid-'90s).

Real Estate is a long term investment and should be treated as such. If you're here for at least 3, if not 5 years, you should be about even in market value. Longer than that and you should start seeing appreciation again.
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Will Nesbitt, Agent, Alexandria, VA
Mon Nov 3, 2008
You're safe ...

if you can afford your condo.

If you can't afford it, you'll need to get lucky for the market to bail you out. A lot of people at the tail end of the bubble (like all bubbles) paid too much because they thought things would keep going up. They found out the truth. Real estate usually goes up. It almost always goes up in value. But it doesn't ALWAYS go up.

Three years down the road you'll have options. You can rent your place out or you can sell it. Most likely you'll do a little better than break even. (Which means that you got the tax savings over the years of residence.) You bought in a great area. I'm sure you'll be fine.
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Jennifer Con…, , Windermere, FL
Wed Apr 9, 2008
buying a home or condo is never a bad investment , I can almost guarintee when you sell in 2011 or 2012 you will have equity , please follow up with me at that time , i would be interested to know i was more than right . Jennifer Connelly 253-330-4196
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