My New Client Was Frustrated With The Process. He said " All I want is a home within 5 miles of Ft. Belvior!"

Real Estate Agent with EXIT Realty Associates 0225018862

  New  Realtor Tools Help Buyers...

This past weekend I had the wonderful pleasure of assisting a couple who is searching for a home to buy.They've recently relocated to the Northern Virginia area and have heard the traffic can be a nightmare. He just wanted to be home early enough to have dinner with his family. "He said is that too much to ask?"  I said not at all. With that in mind they also had a few more specific's in mind. They only  wanted to look at single family homes for sale close to Ft.Belvior that's relatively new, backing to tree's and they want it priced under $500,000. It has to have four bedrooms,a two car garage and if it had a master bedroom on the main floor well they would be over the moon! They have VA Eligibility and want to buy with Zero Down Financing and they want the seller to pay all or most of the closing costs. I said, ok, then let's get started, right we are still in a Buyers Market so we should be able to get most everything you want. Let me show you what's available today.

The challenge...they do not want a commute more than 15 minutes from work!

The reality is shocking to them! They felt that with a $500,000 pre-apporval and given market conditions reported on the news they would have hundreds of homes to choose from.      

This is always a challenge.So here's how we can help folks. First I  show them online in my office the Realtors actual MLS Database. I ask some pointed questions about price range, and then I go to our mapping devise on MLS. This is a great visual tool that helps the buyers. We can search in three different ways. Polygon Search, Radius Search and Ruler Search as seen on the graphic below.  

By using one of these techniques, I am able to pin point all the homes and show them on a map just exactly where the homes are and what they look like. I can use the ruler to show them just exactly how far it is from the base.  This saves everyone a lot of time. It's a cool new tool we have at our disposal to help all buyers who are searching for a home.

Let me show you what happened when  I did the 5 mile search from Ft. Belvior for homes with garages. The search shows my client there are only 26 homes to choose from on that day. Check out the results here

They were in shock!

We looked at several homes, drove up to some and they did not want to go in. At this point, we are going to regroup next weekend. They have some soul searching to do. The ball is in their court...if they are going to find a new home they may have to make some adjustments and compromises to find their new home:

  1. Increase the radius,

  3. Increase the Price Range or

  5. Remove Features ( garage, take a look at garage townhomes)

"If your struggling trying to find a home or you have a specific type of home you are searching for let me help you." Come sit down with me and let's take a look to see if the house you want is out there. Or if you prefer you can set you up on a customized search. Every time a Realtor enters a listing into the MLS System that matches your specific search criteria you will be notified. If you want a house...and you want to take advantage of the $7500 Buyer Credit, now is the time to start looking. Tell us what your looking for

Opportunities Are Everywhere...We Can Help You Find Your Dream Home.

No Matter Whether Your Moving Across Town or Across The Country

"Relax We'll Treat You Like Family!"


Contact Peggy James or Erick Blackwelder of Erick and Company of Exit 1st Choice Realty,14029 Crossing Way, Woodbridge VA 22192.VA. Realtors®, call 703-851-3085(Peggy) or 703-590-2252(Office) to list your property for sale or to purchase a property in Lake Ridge, Westridge, Old Bridge Estates, River Falls, Middle County, Manassas, Montclair, Dumfries, Occoquan, Dale City, Gainesville area's


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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Great suggestions!

Jan 06, 2009 05:26 AM #1
Robin Scott
Robin Scott, REALTOR® - Austin, TX
Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, REALTOR® - Austin Texas

Peggy, what a great idea. Buyers do often have expectations of an area or the market that don't comply and showing is a great way to communicate the facts.

Jan 07, 2009 10:21 AM #2
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