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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 …

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Reading Real Estate Listings with a Contrary Mind

Admit it, when you are looking at house listings you like to see: Pictures Video School Info Transportation Info Square Footage So good listing agents put this info in their listings.  More buyers look and the houses sell for more.  But do you want to pay more? To save money on your next home, look for listings that: Have no (or few, or poor) pictures …

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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5 Highest Priced Home Sales in Northern Virginia in 2010

Here is a list of the 5 highest priced homes to sell in Northern Virginia in 2010. – 1. $10,200,000 This Chateau is top of the list. The artistry is amazing. 2. $9,000,000 This home has a 5 car garage among its many features. 3. $8,250,000 The former home of President Kennedy, this home boasts 12 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms and 9 fireplaces. 4. $6,500,000 This …

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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 …

Ben’s Great Plan for buying a House

Sorry for the poor video at the beginning of this.  The content is excellent, however. Watch Video on YouTube If you found this post interesting or informational, you can subscribe to future posts by RSS or Email. Written by Jeff Royce of Frankly Real Estate, Inc. Fairfax, VA,  703-585-5663 Related Posts:Reading Real Estate Listings with a Contrary MindHouse Searches for Walkers, Bikers, Boaters and CheapskatesHow …

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Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Report through November 2009

When you look at long term trends in the Real Estate Market here in Northern Virginia, one thing has consistently remained true over the last couple of years.  The number of listings on the market has consistently gone down.  In the Northern Virginia area, the number of houses on the market was down 28% from November 2008, which itself was down 14% from November 2007. …

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 …