The Post noticed the uptick in March sales in Prince William County:
"After he had browsed more than 30 houses in Northern Virginia, the price and location of the single-family house off Liberia Lane made the first-time home buyer move to Manassas.
'There were a lot more options in Manassas than in other areas,' said the 24-year-old, who looked in Leesburg, Centreville, Ashburn and Alexandria before buying the $305,000 house. 'This was a bank-owned property at a good price. It was an offer I couldn't pass up.'
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Because of the number of foreclosures in Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park -- 659 in March -- a lot more affordable houses are on the market, real estate agents said.
Garvey, who moved from Tallahassee, said he was attracted to Manassas because real estate taxes are lower, the neighborhood is nice and it's close to his government job. Although Garvey said he didn't expect to buy a house at age 24, the prices here vs. in Florida made it a better option."