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In My Neighborhood in 22306 : Real Estate Advice

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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
Anna M Brocco answered:
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors, read local print media, etc. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
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Tue Jun 18, 2013
Maridol Garcia-Joy answered:

Very subjective question... you may find statistical information about crime & other offences on the Fairfax Co site.

I personally had lived on zip code 22306 for the last 12 years and love my community and the surrounding Mt. Vernon area.


Maridol Garcia-Joy, Realtor
Ling & Foster
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Sat Nov 3, 2012
Robert Lepelletier answered:
Dear Drena:

I am surmising that you are asking on behalf of another party because I only Drena Lieberman that shows in the public records lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

My wife & I live a condo complex in Alexandria, VA. As the building security captain, I am asked to escrot parties up to their units if the power goes off. So ask a neighbor or your building security captain to assist you when this happens.

Note: I am a licensed REALTOR in both Virginia and Maryland if you wish to discuss placing any of your properties on the market. Sincerely yours - Bob Lepelletier - Keller Williams Realty - Alexandria/Kingstowne Office, 6408 Grovedale Drive #101, Alexandria, VA 22310 - Telephone (703) 310-7880 or email
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Tue Jul 17, 2012
jyablonski1 answered:
This is me (above again) -- my name was Janet Rogers and I AM ON FACEBOOK --- as are quite a few of our old neighbors --- PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LOOK ME UP IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in connecting again. If you own the home at 5428 Brookland Road, bless you for taking care of it!!! My parents' best friends relatives purchased it when we moved but I see it was sold again in 2004. I would do anything to own this home again. All have passed away now, unfortunately.
My email is in case you are interested in contacting me and not on facebook.
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Thu May 24, 2012
Maridol Garcia-Joy answered:

Off Manchester Blvd on the Kingstowne area of Alexandria..... Need your email to send you photos & complete listings. Feel free to email me. That specific condo is not available but there are two other currently available to purchase.


Maridol Garcia-Joy
Long & Foster Realtors
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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
Christopher Pagli answered:
Hi, It partially depends on how long you've owned it, the values in your area and what else is on the market. Typically kitchens and bathrooms bring the best return, you want to make sure you will make your money back. If you bought it a few years ago and still owe a large amount you should probably price it with the updates in mind. If you have owned it for a long tim and have a good amount of equirty the consider doing the updates if they include kitchens and baths. It may not make you any extra money but can most likely get you a quicker sale. I hope I made sense to you :o)

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Thu Aug 11, 2011
Sally Grenier answered:
What neighborhood are you referring to?
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Tue Apr 5, 2011
Melissa Barkalow answered:

I am sorry they have accepted another contract on this house and would only be taking back-up offers. Please let me know if you are looking in this area. I would be happy to email over some similar properties and help you find your home. Please feel free to contact me.


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Mon Sep 27, 2010
Nicky McDonnell answered:
Dear Bob,
This property was on the market in 2007 and was a short sale. It appears that they ended up renting the property. There is no current information in the MLS at this time. Did you see a sign on the property? Are you looking in this general area? I specialize in the Alexandria South corridor so I would be delighted to discuss your situation. Please feel free to contact me at 703-201-3318 or via email at I would be happy to answer any questions.
Nicky McDonnell
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Sun Aug 15, 2010
Jim McCowan answered:
Which property are you referring to?
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Mon Nov 16, 2009
Vicky Chrisner answered:
I don't know your neighborhood, and I wouldn't dare second guess your agent. However, there are some things to point out:
1) If you're not willing to pay it, then it�39;s not worth it to you. If it is a steal, and you have a different value of the market, then you'll become educated and change your mind... or you'll drop out of the house hunt until your opinion of value and the market are in sinc. Never, never, pay more than you think you should, because ultimately it is your decision and you need to deal with the long term pros and cons of that decision.
2) I always wonder why, if one trusts the agent they've chosen, why they would come here and ask for a second opinion? You must have an agent that is trustworthy in your eyes, and then you must actually trust them.

Best of luck.
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Tue Sep 15, 2009
Ramesh Chandra answered:
u r asking a loaded qs.
u really need to sitdown with ur buyer agent and discuss this and other issues in buying.
For crime issues , u should get a neighborhood crime report from the local police station.

If u donot have a buyer agent who can help u, u can call me at 703 635 8209.
Ramesh Chandra
Buyer agent
Saab Realtors
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Mon Aug 24, 2009
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Hello DG, and thanks for your question.

Part of the problem and the hysteria about appraisals has come from the new HVCC or Home Valuation Code of Conduct rules that were implemented on May 1, 2009, for all loans guaranteed by or to be sold to FNMA ("Fannie Mae") and FHLMC ("Freddie Mac"). Back in 2008, in return for agreeing not to pursue further prosecution of Fannie and Freddie for appraisal fraud, Fannie, Freddie and New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo along with federal offices agreed to implement the Home Valuation Code of Conduct to apply to all appraisals on conventional loans. The new HVCC rules have created havoc in the appraisal world since it has:

1. Limited the amount of money to be paid to qualified appraisers, so that the best appraisers are leaving the business
2. Forced the assignment of appraisers to appraisal jobs based on their position in a queue rather than knowledge of an areas, so that appraisers may be travelling hundreds of miles from their home to appraise a home in an unfamiliar part of the same state
3. Prevented anyone with an interest in the outcome of a loan from talking with, providing information to or influencing the appraiser. In the past, Realtors could provide comparables to the appraiser, but that is no longer allowed.
4. Changed appraisal reports to now require prediction of the future value of a home. In areas where home prices have been declining, such "trending" tends to force the sales price down.

For more information on the HVCC history and problems, please see my blog here on Trulia.

These new rules have changed appraisals so greatly that many homeowners have complained that appraisal prices are coming in tens of thousands of dollars lower than the sales price. At present, because an IVPI or Independent Valuation Protection Institute was never set up prior to instituting the HVCC, there is no one with whom a consumer can turn to file complaints about the inaccuracy of an appraiser. The only way to get another appraisal is to find another lender and start the process over again.

Many Realtors who have heard but about the problems with the new HVCC rules have been warning their clients that the sales price of a home may not be verified by the appraisal, so I can understand how the "horror stories" of vastly decreased pricing both here on websites and in person can give a seller nightmares. In many cases, the appraisals are coming in lower, so be thankful that yours was done correctly and in your favor.

At this time, unless you have reports or other documents that might cause you concern, I would feel thankful about the appraisal and proceed with your sale. Congratulations!

Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA
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