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Good Buy for the "Regular Guy" -- Median Priced Homes in Northern Virginia

good buy FOR THE REGULAR GUYWelcome to Good Buy for the "Regular Guy" -- hey, it rhymes and it's a direct ripoff from the once popular Bravo! series "Straight Eye for the Queer Guy."  In this post we'll be taking a look at some of the more affordable options for residential living in Northern Virginia.

 

 

 

 

MoneyThis morning I posted Isn't that Rich?: Northern Virginia Counties Top List of Richest in U.S. where I detailed that
6 Northern Virginia counties
were selected by Forbes Magazine as the Richest Counties in the country ranked by median household income.  That post went on to highlight a selection of currently available homes priced at over $1 million in each of those counties. 

Through a comment that I received on that post, I realized that I may have inadvertently created the impression that housing costs are out of reach for everyone but the most affluent in the metro-D.C. area.

While it is true that Northern Virginia real estate is much more expensive than in many parts of the country, prices here lag far behind many other metro areas, including San Francisco, New York City, Boston, and Honolulu.  In some areas of Northern Virginia homes prices have held steady or gone down slightly, while in other areas, most notably Prince William County, home prices have dropped steeply in the past year, making homeownership more affordable for some Northern Virginia buyers.  See a chart detailing increases or decreases by location.

 

So, what's a regular guy (or gal) to do

Regular Guy

 

First of all, we need to define "Regular Guy."  Let's go with median household income.  For the counties examined, the median incomes ranged from about $80,000 to $100,000.  Thus, a "Regular Guy" in Northern Virginia makes a lot more money than the median or "regular U.S. guy" who had a median household income of about $48,000 in 2006.  Bottom line -- jobs pay well in Northern Virginia.

 

There are lots of variables in considering how much of a monthly payment and how much mortgage a Northern Virginia "Regular Guy" will qualify for.  These factors include credit scores, other debt, investments, cash on hand, etc.  We won't go into all those details here, but suffice it to say that the "Regular Guy" with a median household income should be able to afford a home between about $265,000 and $425,000 depending on these factors.

 

Good Buys for the Regular Guys

Here's information on median household income, median home prices (February 2008 data), and some samples of available homes that the "Regular Guy" can buy.  

 

FAIRFAX COUNTY:                   Median Household Income: $100,318                   Median Home Price: $405,000

SPRINGFIELD 3 BEDROOM TOWNHOUSE      

BURKE 3 BEDROOM SPLIT LEVEL SINGLE FAMILY HOME     

MONTEBELLO CONDOS 2 BEDROOM 2 BATHROOM

RESTON TOWNHOUSE ON GOLF COURSE

 

LOUDOUN COUNTY:                  Median Household Income:  $99,371                    Median Home Price: $374,950

3 BEDROOM ASHBURN TOWNHOUSE          LEESBURG SINGLE FAMILY 3 BEDROOMS 3 BATHROOMS

STERLING SINGLE FAMILY HOME 4 BEDROOMS  2.5 BATHROOMS


ARLINGTON COUNTY:               Median Household Income:  $87,350                     Median Home Price: $425,000

1 BEDROOM CLARENDON CONDO           1 BEDROOM LUXURY ODYSSEY CONDO

FAIRLINGTON MEWS TOWNHOUSE 


STAFFORD COUNTY:                 Median Household Income: $85,014                    Median Home Price: $309,000

FREDERICKSBURG 4 BEDROOMS 3 BATHROOMS SINGLE FAMILY HOME 

FREDERICKSBURG 5 BEDROOM 3 BATHROOM ALL BRICK HOME 

STAFFORD HOME 5 MILES TO QUANTICO MARINES CORPS BASE 


PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY:    Median Household Income: $80,738                Median Home Price: $275,000

GAINESVILLE 4 BEDROOM TOWNHOUSE       DALE CITY 3 BEDROOM CAPE COD

LAKE RIDGE 3 BEDROOM TOWNHOUSE          MANASSAS PENTHOUSE CONDO 


CITY OF ALEXANDRIA:           Median Household Income: $80,449                    Median Home Price: $414,000

DEL RAY TOWNHOUSE          STONEGATE 2 BEDROOM CONDO      

NORTHAMPTON PLACE 2 BEDROOM CONDO

 

So, you see there are plenty of available single family homes, townhouses, and condos out there throughout Northern Virginia for first time buyers, regular guys, and people who missed the AOL stock option bonanza.

 

I'm a regular guy but a great Real Estate BrokerI'm a regular guy just like you.

 

However, I'm not just a regular agent.  I'm an experienced, educated, and award winning Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Allegiance.

 

Let me help you find the home that's right for you in any price range, regular or extraordinary.

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Comment balloon 26 commentsBrian Block • March 20 2008 07:57PM

Comments

Brian-  I love your ending of this post, I am just a regular guy like you but I am not the regular agent! What a great line! This post is extremely creative! We get the same comments from consumers about our area too. And our area medium income is high like your area. But there are still great buys! 
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) about 10 years ago
Brian...agree with Katerina!  I liked the entire post, but the ending was very effective.  It's always interesting to hear about the differences in income across different parts of the nation. 
Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) about 10 years ago
Hi Brain, thanks again for another Great Post.  You are educating me in many areas and I greatly appreciate you for this.
Posted by Sonya Rosser (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers) about 10 years ago
Good point, Brian, regular people CAN live in N. Virginia... Now, my daughter would say "not where she WANTS to live" but...  I like your ending, too, but I like the whole thing, starting with the title.
Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 10 years ago
Great post!  Maybe some of the "regular guys" will realize they can, in fact, buy a home!
Posted by Rick Tourgee, Provincetown and Cape Cod (Robert Paul Properties, Inc.) about 10 years ago
This is a masterpiece.  Time for buyers to realize that they can buy a home. 
Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 10 years ago
Hey, Brian!  I don't know many people who would call you a "regular guy"!  An amazing guy, a special guy - and really on top of the market!  
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 10 years ago
Great advice and I think many buyers will appreciate knowing there are opportunities out there for them. PS: Love the title!
Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) about 10 years ago
This is very good because everybody is not looking for a million dollar home.
Posted by DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones, The NorthernVARealEstateLady & DMVRealEstateChick (Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc.) about 10 years ago
Brian - Excellent - Finally someone who defines his terms - stats and figures mean nothing with out the definition behind them - a regular guy is different everywhere. You have made it very clear to whom you are talking and how you arrived at the good buy for regular guy.. 
Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) about 10 years ago

KATERINA:  Thanks for your comment.  I'm glad that you like this post and I hope that people will realize that they can buy a home.  I like to tell people that their 3rd home will be their dream home.

Home #1 -- stop renting.  Get into the market with a place of your own.  Start building some equity.

Home #2 -- move up from the condo or small home to a larger one.  

Home #3 -- the dream home. 

Hopefully, they'll work with me to buy and sell all 3. 

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
LOLA:  Thanks for your comment.  Incomes vary widely across the country and what's average in one place may be high or very low elsewhere.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
SONYA:  Thanks for your very kind comment.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
MARGARET:  Thanks for your wonderful comment.  There are opportunities for every buyer out there in Northern Virginia, especially in today's strong buyer's market.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
RICK:  Thanks for your comment.  Here's hoping!
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
LENN:  Your brief comment means a lot to me.  Thanks!
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
PATRICIA:  Thanks for all the accolades.  You've made me blush.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
COLLEEN:  Thanks for your comment.  I thought it was important to clear things up a bit after writing a post about all the million dollar homes.  People can afford homes here in Northern Virginia.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
DEE DEE:  I agree.  In fact, most of my clients are "regular guys (and gals)."
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
KATHY:  Thanks for your comment.  I guess it's the lawyer in me that makes me define my terms carefully and precisely.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
Brian,  Well, I guess that clears that up.  I assume you had to calculate all the median prices since MRIS statistics are the average price.  That took a lot of work and you are to be complimented,  Karen
Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 10 years ago
KAREN:  Thanks for your comment and compliments.  Of course, it was your original comment that inspired this post.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago

Katerina's comments are indeed correct - you are indeed not a regular agent! But the entire DC area is indeed expensive -

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 10 years ago
BARBARA JO:  Thanks for your comments and compliment.  While D.C is relatively expensive compared to many parts of the country, you have to remember the average jobs here pay very well and living near the nation's capital and indeed the epicenter of world politics does have its cost and benefits.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago

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