From yesterday's discussion with Maryann Haggerty and Elizabeth Razzi, Washington Post Real Estate editor and columnist:
"Arlington, Va: We bought our house three years ago and intended to stay for many years. Now my husband's job may be transferred to the south. Based on our zip code stats and our neighborhood's sales, it looks like we could probably break even or make 2-5 percent on our home if we sell, but then there's the issue of the Realtor's commission.
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Waldorf, Md: When we bought our home, the base price of the model we bought was $427,900. The builder has since lowered this price to $404,900. Additionally, other homes for sale in my neighborhood sit on the market for at least 6 months with multiple price drops.
Hyperventilating in Maryland...: I need to relocate for a job in June and need to sell my house. I went online to see what some of the houses in my area were selling for. To my horror, there are 3 houses in my subdivision listed at below what I bought my house for 3.5 years ago! All three are "pre-foreclosure" or short sell listings. How will that affect the price at which I can sell my house? My house has also been completely renovated, including new siding and roof. Will I be able to make any of that investment back?
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Falls Church, Va: Good afternoon, ladies. When can we expect to receive our tax assessment in Fairfax County? I've checked www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta but there's no information as to when the bills are sent. My husband and I are very curious to see what it says since we purchased the house last year for $35K below the '07 assessment and two houses down the street from us sold in the fall for even less than we paid."