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Home Buying in 22180 : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Sep 12, 2015
Misty Mount answered:
It's no longer an option in VA. There is a date that is filled in which is negotiated by you and your agent.

The new law is explained here.

Misty Mount
Long and Foster
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Fri Aug 30, 2013
Don Stewart answered:
Not enough info to give a good estimate.. How many feet is "nearby" Is there existing utility easements to the property? What jurisdiction are we talking? Tap fees vary from system to system. What is the size of the main? How far will it need to be extended? Does it need to travel under currently paved streets and or sidewalks? How far from the street to the house?Depending on your answers here it could be as low as $40,000 or a bit over $100,000 ... more
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Fri Aug 10, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
Private lenders are used for short term loans uuslaly to build or ix homes and then sell. They can haveinterest rates 12-18% and charge high points if you do not pay it off within teh specified time of usually 6 mo to 1 yr max. You should meet with a localand trusted lender to get prequalified for mortgage, personal loans are very rare these days without something to out up for security. ... more
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Wed Nov 2, 2016
Sally Grenier answered:
You don't need to disclose anything you don't want to. However, a buyer's agent will need to know if you've talked to a lender yet to get prequalified. The lender IS going to ask for LOTS of personal info about your finances. All your agent needs to know is what type of loan you qualify for, how much you'll be putting down, and that you can afford the monthly mortgage payments. All of this he/she can get from your lender. ... more
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Mon Apr 30, 2012
Azmi Alkurd answered:
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Fri Dec 3, 2010
Don Tepper answered:
Well, there's only 1 currently listed for sale and 1 for rent.

Location is both a pro and a con. Being right outside the Beltway close to Route 7 and Tyson's on one side and close to I-66/495 on the other, the location is very convenient. On the other hand, there's going to be construction going on for years at both ends--the Metro extension, HOT lanes, and more.

The property for sale--as well as the one for rent--looks gorgeous. Some folks might consider it expensive for a townhouse--though I didn't run the comps and it may be a very good value in the community. You would be paying for location, and for a property with lots of bells and whistles.

I like that general area, though I'm a bit more familiar with property just inside the Beltway--the West Falls Church area. But--other than potential traffic problems and making sure that it's a reasonable value for that community (which you should do in any case, regardless of price or location)--it has a lot going for it.

Hope that helps.
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Fri Mar 26, 2010
Don Tepper answered:
I think you're mistaken. The "someone calling himself George Pappakostas" is, in fact, George Pappakostas. He's not posting those prices. Trulia is indicating those came from the public record. I did check, and some of them are incorrect. But that's very likely the feed that Trulia has from Fairfax County, not some evil plot by George. In fact, it appears that George just is paying Trulia for his profile to appear on those pages.

Further, this doesn't skew the numbers in favor of sellers. You think a seller's going to see that some homes in Vienna sold for $3,500 a square foot? And that that's the value he assigns to his own property? Let him do it. The house will sit there unsold for the next 15 years.

Hope that helps.
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Wed Jun 30, 2010
Lauryn Eadie answered:

As a buyers agent, my fee is established with the buyer, they are in fact who is hiring me to work for them. Every agent decides what their fee is. It has been customary for the seller to offer compensation to the buyers agent, on the buyers behalf. This is decided between the listing agent and the seller. However, the buyer agents fee is not determined by the seller, but the agreement the buyers agent and the buyer have made in advance. Whatever fee the seller decides to offer goes towards the buyers agents fee. If the fee is not fully covered by the offered compensation than the buyer would be responsible for the remainder.

Remember, regardless of whether the seller is willing to cover your buyer agents full fee, you are still paying for it in the sales price. This is just standard and has been worked into market value since the time buyer agency came to be. This is why it is important to have your own representation. In reality, you are paying for it regardless!

I hope you find this helpful. I am happy to answer any additional questions you may have regarding buyer agency. If you are not currently working with an agent, I would be happy to work for you. Please contact me at:

Lauryn Eadie
licensed in Virginia.
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Wed Aug 11, 2010
Johnny Yankoviak answered:
Hello Ss:

How are you doing?

Yes, there are some townhomes that fit your criteria, however it will be a challenge.

My search for Vienna and Falls Church only came up with 6 "active" listings in that price range, and 4 were condo/coop ownership with the $400-$682 fees that come along with it.

The 2 remaining "active" townhomes were both located in the Lakeford Subdivision near Rt. 50. One was priced at $318k, with 20 days on the market, and the other $335k, with 39 days on the market. Both homes have 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, and 1 half bath. One is on a cul-de-sac, and the other backs to trees.

The townhome on the cul-de-sac, has been updated with ceramic tile in the bath, and the town that backs to trees has a walk-out basement. Both include lake access, walking path, tennis courts and tot lot. The HOA is $55/month.

Is that something you are interested in?

I will be showing homes in Prince William County, until late afternoon, have you got a chance to talk to a lender?

Just let me know. I am a 35 year resident of the area.

Hope this helps,

Johnny "Culdesac" Yankoviak
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Tue Jul 14, 2009
Don Tepper answered:
Sure. There are hundreds of them. I just did a search and there are 139 active properties for sale in Falls Church, Vienna, and McLean listed for $250,000 or less. I bumped the search up to a minimum of 2 bedrooms, and there are still 49 active listings.

Here's the link:

Just one note, though. While as a Realtor I'm not allowed to comment on quality of schools (which school is "best," for instance), it's true that Falls Church City has a reputation for good schools. So, in fact, does most of Fairfax County, in which Falls Church, Vienna, and McLean are. However, on the one hand, do your due dilligence. There is enough variation that you should check the individual school, even in Falls Church, Vienna, or McLean, to make sure it meets your needs.

And on the flip side, there are some excellent schools (whoops--I should say that there are some schools that some parents consider to be excellent) outside of those areas. I attended Woodson High School many years ago; you might wish to check Woodson out. Also, my son just graduated from Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax. I would encourage you to at least include Robinson in your initial considerations.

Including Fairfax in your search produced 62 actives. Here they are:

Hope that helps.
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Fri May 8, 2009
Vicky Chrisner answered:
Hopeful - I regularly do business in your area, and am very familiar with auctions. Feel free to contact me in the morning by phone and I am happy to discuss this with you. I am also linking you to a post about auctions, it may help you.

To answer your question, however, YES. But, you'll likely need more than 2 weeks... I say likely because I don't know your specific situation or the home. If you contact me, I can put you in contact with the right people to help you.

Vicky Chrisner
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Wed Mar 2, 2016
Doug Francis answered:
This is a long-time issue with science from the power industry showing no effects, to those from environmentalists showing cancer risks. If you don't like what you read, then move on to another property. I have never let a client buy a home that they felt unsure about future issues; such as road construction, aircraft noise, underground oil pipelines, or power lines.

I have friends with lines in their back yard... everyone is healthy.

My observation with sub-stations is that they seem to "hum" and I like peace and quiet when I open the windows. So that would bother me and I would move on.

I have put in a link, but if you google even your current power provider (we have Dominion Virginia Power) then we will see reports based on science that it isn't an issue. Good luck.
-doug francis, abr, vienna
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Sun Apr 26, 2009
Dana Schuster answered:
Trac is not a listing site. They publish notices of default & foreclosure from the public records. many of these homes have not yet completed foreclosure and are not yet on the market. When foreclosure is complete the home will be listed at market value which will be determined at that time. if you are interested in purchasing a foreclosure,your best option is to work with a local agent who has access to the MLS. That is the only truly accurate source of information as it is updated constantly. ... more
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Fri Apr 17, 2009
Michael Hammond answered:
You should be able to find a good inspection company to do all of that for a flat fee, Mike. I advise (read almost insist) that all of my buyers enlist the help of a professional to give them a detailed report of the property's condition, whether it's new or a re-sale. Good Luck! ... more
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Thu Oct 14, 2010
Glenda Cherry answered:
7.36 is the current market absorption rate for those zip codes (combined). For more detailed information, please feel free to contact me.
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Wed Mar 18, 2009
Glenda Cherry answered:
Are you talking about an appraisal or the tax assessment? If you're referring to the tax assessment, it has nothing to do with the market value of the property. The tax assessment is just a mass estimation based on sales within the last year. So not only are the assessments a year out of date, they have no bearing on the market value. Ask your agent to prepare a CMA showing you the recent sales and active listings of comparable properties - that's the best way to know what the property is worth ... and what you should offer. ... more
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Wed Mar 18, 2009
Bob Georgiou answered:
It sounds as if you are in good hands with your agent. 4 days is getting long in the tooth bet there could be good reasons for a seller not responding. I personaly have had situations where one of the sellers was 100% sure they could get more money and would not accept what i thought was a reasonable offer. I have had sellers disappear on vacation at the last moment and not tell their agent. If the sellers let the expiration on your offer makes it unenforcable at YOUR discretion. Go and keep looking and write other offers. If the sellers come back to you, accept or not. You are in control! ... more
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Sat Mar 14, 2009
Bill Eckler answered:

The fact that you are inquiring about this is an indication of certain future concerns. Factors such as road sound, airport noise, railroad etc. most definitely will impact this properties resale value and impact your quality of life there. ... more
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Fri Mar 11, 2011
Lena Zaky answered:
There are few single family homes and townhomes for rent in that area. The rent in the area runs about $2300-2500/month.
Should you have any questions please feel free to contact.

Lena Zaky
The Gold Standard of Service and Results
Weichert Realtors,
156 Maple Ave, Vienna

Serving people in Virginia and Maryland moving into, out of and around the DC area by Referral. A Referral is sending someone you care about to someone you respect and trust!
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Tue Feb 24, 2009
Monika Kumar answered:
Seller can't sell it until it is released so if you are in time - frame of notice they need to release the escrow. So property be just sitting ansd waiting if your case is correct then they may have to pay attorney fee and all that stuff to sign the release but MUST read your contract first and see you stay in time frame snd discuss with right authorities!! ... more
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