Realistic Real Estate Goals For Your Interesting Unit In 22041 In Fairfax County

Alan Clerinx is a tireless Realtor that works hard every day in and around 22041 in Falls Church, Virginia. I like 3245 Rio Dr #608. This place in 22041 in Falls Church Virginia looks like a good value for several reasons. However, Alan Clerinx is not recommending you buy this property in particular. That's because, until I know your goals there is no way for me to know if this is the right home for you.

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I'd love to slow down to help you to determine exactly what your dreams are on your home purchase in 22041 in Falls Church. As a buyer, you have a lot of decisions to make about what's important to you.

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There are many options to think about. For example:

  • Does the hot-water heater matter to you? Do you prefer gas or electric? The most common hot-water heater at Barcroft Hills is natural gas.
  • How much space do you need? How much space do you want? The average sized home in Barcroft Hills is 1,152.
  • Do you need to think about resale value? Do you know what homes have sold for in Barcroft Hills? Here's what has Recently sold at Barcroft Hills.
  • Do you want the most expensive condominium in the neighborhood, like 3245 Rio Dr #801 or do you prefer the least expensive home like 3245 Rio Dr #608.

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What Subdivisions In 22041 Have Similarly-Priced Condominiums?

Skyline Plaza 2 Active
Skyline Square Condo 2 Active
Skyline Square 2 Active
Savoy Park Condo 1 Active
Barcroft Hills 1 Active

Similarly Priced

5505 Seminary Rd #713n

This is the condo to call home! Freshly painted and remodeled, this move-in ready 1b/1ba condo has it all: new kitchen top to bottom, stainless steel appliances, new quartz countertops, new deep kitchen sink, new carpet, new ceiling fan, two closets to include a walk-in closet, and more! Enjoy the included amenities of the condominium (outdoor pool, gym, billiard room, library) and the views of Skyline park from your private and spacious balcony. Walking distance to Skyline park, bus stops and restaurants. Short drive to Bailey’s Crossroads, Seven Corners, and shopping. Unit comes with 1 garage parking spot and a storage cage. [Skyline Square Condo$235,000]

12913 Alton Sq #217

Beautiful 1BR 1BA condo in secured building of World gate Condominiums. Completely upgraded with Granite CTops, stainless steel Appliances, 5 3/8 inch Bruce Hard wood Floors through out the unit, Bathroom with Upg Tiles, light fixtures, . Freshly painted. Unit inside secured building.
GREAT LOCATION CLOSE TO FUTURE METRO. [Worldgate$217,500]

3830 Lightfoot St #124

Enjoy 742 sqft of living space in this 1 bed 1 bath condo located on ground floor, which makes it convenient. This condo offers pergo flooring, gas cooking and gas fireplace. Washer/Dryer in unit. Microwave replaced (2020). This unit comes with 2 assigned parking (A-18 and A-29). A-29 is deeded and A-18 is additional assigned parking spot. Condo fee includes Water and Sewer. Walk to Swimming Pool and Fitness Center. Located in much sought after Chantilly and is walkable to shopping and restaurants. Schools: Lees Corner Elementary, Franklin Middle and Chantilly High. [Chantilly Park$230,000]

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New or Previously-Owned?

If you’re in the market for a condo, one of the first decisions you need to make is whether to by a newly built condo, or to by a previously owned condominium. Both have advantages and both have pitfalls. Here are a few thoughts to consider.

 

The majority of condos that are sold are existing condos. This is neither an advantage or a disadvantage—simply a fact. The majority of marketing materials and advertisements you will see for condos is for
new construction.  This means that it is easier to find ads, pretty pictures and floor plans for new condos.

One of the advantages of buying an existing condo is what you see is what you get. There will be no surprises, good or bad. There will be no change orders.   You won’t have to look at a model and a floorplan to get an idea of what you are buying. Instead, you can tour the property that you will actually buy.

You can move into an existing condo as soon as your loan and title work are finished. There will be no construction delays. Construction delays can be sizable and in today’s market it is even possible for
the builder to fold-up shop before the project is completed.

 

All properties, condos included, have kinks.  That is to say, there are unexpected problems with the construction, lay-out or plan.  In an existing condo, the owners have already discovered, identified and
usually solved those problems. In a new condo, you never know what the problems will be.  If anyone could have predicted that unexpected problem it wouldn’t exist!

Existing condos are in established neighborhoods. The traffic patterns are set. The views are what they will be.  Established neighborhoods have a tendency to have “enough” shopping outlets. Established neighborhoods have very predictable values in the future. New neighborhoods can have unexpected increases or decreases in value.

One of the disadvantages of buying an existing condo is that you might not have some of features you want. This can be simple things like have the cable wired on the wall where you prefer to put your TV.
You might have to compromise on your laundry room and be forced to share a community laundry. You might find that the layout is not exactly as you would like it. A newly built condo always has the latest
features and if it is brand new construction the builder can sometimes tailor the unit to your demands.

Let’s face, brand new buildings are often more appealing than old condos.The materials, the stylings, even the smell of a new condo is enticing. New condos are fun and bright and designed to appeal to the latest notion in the buying public. A new condo will not require any special assessments or repairs.  It’s in perfect shape.

 

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