Fairfax Boundary Study and the Housing Market

The Fairfax County School Board is once again looking at the High School boundaries in an effort to alleviate the overcrowding at Fairfax High School.  Fairfax High School is a Fairfax City school. The building is owned by Fairfax City and they hire Fairfax County to administer the school. Because of this, all Fairfax City residents will stay at the City schools. County residents will …

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What you should know before moving to Fairfax County

1.  Fairfax County is BIG. Our county has a larger population that 8 US States.  Fairfax is estimated to have 1.04 million people, making it the 37th largest county in the US. 2.  Fairfax is rich. I write that knowing many in Fairfax will bristle at the idea.  But, Fairfax has the second highest median household income in the nation at $106,785 right behind neighboring Loudoun County …

House Searches for Walkers, Bikers, Boaters and Cheapskates

Finding the right house at the right price starts with finding the right homes to tour.  This is a list of searches that I’ve found useful for clients looking for houses in Northern Virginia.  Each of these is not meant to be good for everyone, but I hope you’ll find one that draws the RIGHT houses to your attention from the many houses on the …

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How’s the Market in Northern Virginia?

“It stinks to be you,” was the  response I got from people at Holiday parties I attended this month.  Everybody knew that the real estate market was down and that I must be having a hard time.  After responding “No, the market is great” a couple of times I realized that people thought I was one of those positive Realtors who liked ads generated by …

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How could School Redistriciting affect Home Values in Southwest Fairfax County?

UPDATED 1/19/11 Just when everyone was thinking that Option D was going to be what the Fairfax County School Board would be considering when voting on boundary changes, LOOK AGAIN! The staff has come forward with yet another recommendation. This is the staff recommendation that will be presented to the Board tomorrow, January 20th. I did not hear about this through Keeping in Touch or …

Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Update through October 2009

The Northern Virginia Real Estate Market continues to clip along at about a pace that would sell all the houses on the market in 3.5 months.  This is the type of market where prices would be expected to rise, and indeed have been rising.  In the spreadsheets below, you can see that in most jurisdictions, average prices are right around where they were a year …

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Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Update through August 2009

The real estate market cooled slightly in August from July.  This is typical of what happens each year as fall approaches.  In August, buyers had a little easier time finding a house that earlier in the summer.  Nonetheless, houses are moved a lot quicker this August than the previous three Augusts. We continue to see price recovery.  For the first time in several years some …

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Northern Virginia Market Update through March 2009

The Northern Virginia real estate market had homes selling more quickly in March than in any month since January of 2006.  The supply of homes in the Northern Virginia market, defined as Arlington and Fairfax Counties, along with the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax, was at a 3.5 month supply in March.  Prices ticked up a little bit from February, but are still …

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Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Report through January 2009

January saw sellers chances of selling their homes improve steadily.  In the official Northern Virginia area, defined as Arlington, Alexandria, Fairax County, Falls Church City, and Fairfax City the supply of homes on the market declined to under 5 months.  This was due more to an increase in sales than a decline in listings. This January showed once again that the conventional wisdom about it …