first time home buyer information: Have Home Values In Lake Ridge Virginia Increased In The Past Few Years? - 10/11/11 12:15 PM
For those who are upside down, who purchased in the height of the real estate market, home values seem to be rising so slow. However for those who purchased in 2008,and 2009, well they  are reaping the benefits of their decision to buy!
Let me give you an example. A first time buyer, school teacher purchased a home in September 2008 when the $8000 tax incentive was being offered. All of sudden on a school teachers salary she was able to purchase her first home. She purchased the three level town house here in Lake Ridge Virginia for $159,900. Back then she could rent a similar townhouse for … (2 comments)

first time home buyer information: Speechless Sunday- Sunny Reflections... - 10/02/11 08:16 AM

When visiting new homes yesterday. I snapped this photo with my iPhone. I find it so interesting looking at the accessories decorators choose to fill model homes with. The light bounces off the base of this lamp so you can see the entire room. 
                       Do you need real estate help?  Have a question?  contact me by email 
Contact Peggy James or Erick Blackwelder  of Erick and Company  of Exit 1st Choice Realty, WoodbridgeVA. Realtors®, call 703-851-3085 (Peggy) or 703-590-2252(Office).Give us a call and we can "GET YOUR HOME SOLD FAST"to list your property for sale we service Woodbridge,  Lake Ridge, Westridge, Old … (3 comments)

first time home buyer information: This Week's Caller Asked " Peggy, If It Costs $4750.00 To Get a Rental Home...Am I Better Off Buying?" - 09/29/11 02:17 AM
The phone rang, it was a person relocating to the Prince William County Virginia area in a few weeks and they have been searching for a nice rental home in Lake Ridge, Woodbridge, Lorton and Dumfries Virginia area. They  quickly realized nice rentals are hard to come and you need a bank loan just to pay for the first months rent, security deposit and pet deposit.  The caller said, it is so expensive here.  " In order to put in an application to try to rent a  little single family home, the agent  they talked to said they need certified checks for the application processing fee ( $50 … (4 comments)

first time home buyer information: Wordless Wednesday: Huge Flat Level Fenced Yard Can Be Yours - 09/28/11 03:19 AM

Don't let this one pass you by, if you are looking for a Single Level Rambler with three bedrooms, two full  baths, vaulted ceilings, skylights and two car garage. The perfect downsize home or starter home on a quiet cul-de-sac lot! Call Peggy James for more details... 703-851-3085.
 
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Contact Peggy James or Erick Blackwelder  of Erick and Company  of Exit 1st Choice Realty, WoodbridgeVA. Realtors®, call 703-851-3085 (Peggy) or 703-590-2252(Office).Give us a call and we can "GET YOUR HOME SOLD FAST"to list your property for sale we service Woodbridge,  Lake Ridge, … (5 comments)

first time home buyer information: If you ask me this week "How's the Real Estate Market in Prince William County Virginia", I'm going to say.. - 09/27/11 12:23 AM
This week has been a week brisk and it is only Tuesday!
I meet a young couple in Gainesville to house hunt on Sunday. They had several homes to look at. Three were promising however one really captured their attention. It was a single family home with a two car garage on a nice lot that had just come on the market the day before. The owners had only purchased in 2010 and were selling already for a (break even price!) My recommendation was make a full price offer, ask for some closing costs. The reason is  inventory levels were low. Get the … (6 comments)

first time home buyer information: Battery Backup Sump Pumps Work Wonders With Heavy Rains.. - 09/09/11 12:59 AM
Yesterday many  homeowners who live in the Prince William County Virginia area, learned quickly sump pumps cannot keep up with "twelve inches" of rain. This included me!
I was shocked to see how fast the water started to rise in our welled exit. Thank goodness we were prepared. Are you?
Welled Exit. This is were a home has a basement below grade and the builder installed a stairwell for easy access from basement to the rear ( or side ) yard of a home.  There is drain at the bottom of the exit attached to a sump pump. The sump pumps automatically … (5 comments)

first time home buyer information: It's Bad News Friday...."The Caller Thinks They Are Dropping a Bombshell....." - 08/12/11 01:42 PM
They don't know me! I consider all challenges when you are buying or selling  a home a speed bump. Nothing more, nothing less. Now that doesn't mean my blood pressure  doesn't  goes through the roof, I've just learned to manage it well.
My job as your agent to handle all the bad news, challenges and road blocks and pave the way to settlement. For me this type of call just means one more thing that needs to be negotiated or added to the "TO DO LIST"
That said, two Friday's in a row is a little disconcerting. I hope this isn't … (4 comments)

first time home buyer information: This Weeks Caller Asked: "I Know I Can Buy a Home Using My VA Loan. Is It True I Don't Have To Put Any Money Down?" - 07/27/11 05:40 AM
This week's caller asked :"I Know I Can Buy a Home Using My VA Loan. Is It True I Don't Have To Put Any Money Down?"
We get this question a lot. The answer is yes!
Best of all since  Prince William County Virginia is located near Quantico, Fort Belvoir and within an hour of the Pentagon, the Navy Yard and Ft. Meyers real estate agents typically prepare sellers to expect this type of offer.
Now let me share some even better news with you. In the current market conditions, our real estate team has been able to help many VA Home Buyers get most if … (3 comments)

first time home buyer information: Right In The Middle of An Ordinary House Hunting Trip...... - 06/12/11 01:39 AM
Right In The Middle of An Ordinary House Hunting Trip. I realized that the purchasers I was working with could not agree on style and size. When they found the front they liked, the inside didn't match their expectations. That's when I said " would you two just humor me". I said, I know the market well, and I know where your house is. 
 Watch the video to learn how I was able to help them. 
 

To view more information about this home visit ML#PW7514111

 
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first time home buyer information: Are You Looking For The Biggest Home You Can Afford? Does Size Matter? - 05/26/11 11:53 PM
 Does Size Matter?
 Is bigger always better?

 I personally have found that many home buyers today, believe that "Bigger is Better" when they have a pre-approval in hand. 
 Is it?

When you set out to purchase a home, you have your wants, needs and desires. It seems lately because of the low, low prices on homes in Prince William County Virginia, so many buyers are attracted to the  "big house" . Even the first time buyers are looking at monster homes of four and five thousand square feet. My take on this is simple. It is your budget, you know what … (5 comments)

first time home buyer information: Just In...The Seller of This Lake Ridge Virginia Home Called and Said "Drop The Price!" - 05/16/11 03:17 AM
If you are searching for a single family home in the Lake Ridge Virginia area, don't miss this stunning home. The owners have lovingly renovated the home from top to bottom!
This home boasts four finished levels, a walkout basement, two and half baths, a fenced rear yard, deck and garage all for the price of a townhouse!
Best of all you can walk to Antietam Elementary School from this home. 
 
 
To learn more about this home go to
http://11937cottonmilldrive.canbyours.com/
Contact Peggy James or Erick Blackwelder  of Erick and Company of Exit 1st Choice Realty, Woodbridge VA. Realtors®, call 703-851-3085 … (0 comments)

first time home buyer information: Experienced Buyer Agents Can Help You Save Money When You Buy a Home.. - 03/11/11 12:19 PM
When it is time for you to buy a home, make sure you are aligning yourself with a top local  Realtor who is plugged in and knows what's happening not only in real estate but with all the changes with getting a loan.
For example Erick Blackwelder my real estate partner explains in a video below all the new changes that will impact all home buyers who are going to be using an FHA Loan to purchase a home here in the Prince William County Virginia area.On April 18th, 2011 is when all the new changes take effect.
Listen...to how these … (0 comments)

first time home buyer information: It's A Great Day When A Realtor Finds a Review Online From A Happy Homebuyer! - 02/10/11 11:48 PM
Every morning my day start with blogging. Yesterday my post was about the newest Zillow Statistic's and reprots for the 22191,22192, and 22193  zip codes and a USA Today report about how many homeowners are upside down in America. . As I was gathering the information to put in a post, Imagine my surprise when I came across this review ( see below) on Zillow.com  I thought I would share with any of you who have been following my blog and have been thinking about buying. This may help.

The review above is from a home buyer who in the beginning felt buying a home was going to be easy. He … (0 comments)

first time home buyer information: This Weeks Caller Asked-"Do I Have to Pay the Closing Costs?" - 01/30/11 11:45 PM
So many home buyers ask this question. I saw this blog post attached below by a local lender Markita Aldridge Woods of Westar Mortgage here in Lake Ridge Virginia.  She said home buyers are asking if they need to pay closing costs.The great news is, right now here in the Prince William County Virginia area sellers are still paying closing costs. 24 out of 203 closed sales in the Woodbridge, Lake Ridge Virginia area since December 1st, 2010, selles paid on average $6000 or more closing cost on behalf of home buyers!
Let me share a real situation and why home buyers really need … (2 comments)

first time home buyer information: Homebuyers In Prince William County Virginia....Be Prepared For Multiple Offer Situations This Spring. - 01/18/11 12:38 AM

 
Yesterday, while showing homes to several different people everywhere we went, their were other buyers in front of us or behind us. It comes as no surprise to Realtors however it was an eye opener for the prospective buyers we ran into yesterday. Even the new home subdivisions were very busy.
Late in the afternoon, I met up with customers who wanted to see a resale home being offered as a short sale. 
What I found interesting is, the home had No Sign, No Lockbox, No Photos and  it was Call Owner for Access Only Showing. I took my clients at four in the … (0 comments)

first time home buyer information: Peggy James Explains With Video How You Can Find Homes Where You Want To Live-Faster. - 12/14/10 03:40 AM
Searching for homes on the Internet can be so infuriating. So many times you know exactly where you want to live, however none of the websites allow you to actually pin point that area. Well, problem solved!
Here at Erick and Company we understand and want to help you as much as we can. Not only can you search the map by drawing lines around the streets your interested in, this tool allows you to visualize exactly what the current inventory is. Imagine the power of this tool, if you know the boundry lines for the school district you want to live … (1 comments)

first time home buyer information: 50% Of Homes Sold In Past 7 Days Were Only On The Market One Week In Woodbridge Virginia? - 11/06/10 12:42 AM
You read that correctly! This is exciting news for many homeowners and not so exciting for prospective home buyers.
Sixty five homes went Under Contract in the past seven days in the Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dale City, Dumfries area in the past seven days. The highest price home was $549,900and the lowest price was a condo in Occoquan for $64,000!
Here is the entire list of homes that went under contract in the past seven days in the Eastern Prince William County Virginia area. See List Here 
In the past two weeks, I have clients who have missed opportunities because they … (0 comments)

first time home buyer information: Check Out This Tool For Figuring Out Your Closing Costs When Buying A Home or Refinancing - 10/20/10 01:09 AM
When you're thinking of buying a home or even refinancing your home, the biggest concern for most folks is "How much is this going to cost me?"  With that in mind,maybe this wonderful estimate tool provided by Ekko Title here in Lake Ridge, Virginia can help take those concerns away or at least help you be better prepared. The last think anyone wants is a surprise at the settlement table.
 Cost Caluclation Online.
Ekko Title  located in the Ried's Prospect area just off the Prince William Parkway.
4545 Daisy Reid Avenue, Suite 100Prince William, VA 22192703-497-EKKO (3556)Fax: 888-445-EKKO (3556)Office Manager: … (1 comments)

first time home buyer information: At What Interest Rate Did You Purchase Your First Home and Why? - 09/03/10 02:04 AM
I have questions for anyone who has ever purchased a home.
When did you purchase your first home? Do you remember what the interest rate was at the time? What was your motivation to buy a home back then?   


My twin sister Patty and I purchased our first home in our mid 20's. The newspaper clipping to the right, is the townhome we purchased in the early 80's as first time buyers when we relocated to Northern Virginia from Upstate New York.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Below is a graph from Money Cafe, that … (12 comments)

first time home buyer information: Choosing A Home Size When You Buy A Home In Woodbridge Or Manassas Virginia - 08/16/10 02:34 AM
 
How do you go about looking for a home in today's real estate market?
Are you looking for the best deal?
Are you looking for an awesome neighborhood?
Are schools important to you?
What about neighborhood services?
How about the cost of utilities and lawn care and upkeep?
How will your lifestyle change based on the home you choose?
 
Both myself and Erick Blackwelder are committed to helping home buyers find the best home for their needs. If you think you need help and you don't want to sold. You really need help and guidance then please us at 703-590-2252 or … (4 comments)

 
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Woodbridge Virginia Area Real Estate Specialist

Woodbridge, VA

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Peggy James has been awarded as a Top Local Real Estate Blogger by Active Rain for the Lake Ridge Virginia and surrounding area.Peggy services the area's Lorton, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries and Manassas down to Fredericksburg Virginia.


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