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Old 01-23-2008, 12:30 PM
 
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I went to a top University in Virginia for 4 year (and two summers). I never met a single person from Oz, OP, or SJHS. I knew many, many from Vienna, Mclean, Springfield, and Annandale/Fairfax. I believe that is one of those statistics that they don't want you to know. How many of their students get a four year degree within 6 years of graduation?
I'm a Stonewall graduate with a PhD.... !! Albeit, I graduated 10+ years ago. But yes, Manassas has a bad reputation, a ton of illegal immigrants, and many parts of it can only be described as a dump. I received a great education when I was there, but I have no idea how SJHS is now.
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Old 01-23-2008, 10:04 PM
 
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Wow, a townhouse in Fairfax County for 265K? Where? And how small of a townhouse?
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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Wow, a townhouse in Fairfax County for 265K? Where? And how small of a townhouse?
Take your pick...there are a few hundred townhomes in FC under 265k.
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Old 02-16-2008, 07:00 AM
 
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If you do a search in Manassas, you'll find many under 100K now. They're mostly in the Georgetown section.

We sold a rental home about 15 years ago in the Point of Woods section for 110K. Last night, I saw that there were homes in that neighborhood for $147K. I knew at one that the prices had tripled from where we sold but that bubble occurred in only about 2 or 3 years time. It was generally flat up until about 2002-2003 and now it seems to be reverting to what the real market and real incomes will bear.
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Old 02-16-2008, 04:51 PM
 
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There are many for sale units in Sumner Lake; several foreclosures. The surrounding area--Georgian Hamlet, Liberia, etc. stinks. Sumner is a very well planned, good looking community; the lake is beautiful at sunrise. There are some units that have been converted into duplexes. I think 250K--not 500K.
23.8 percent of the listings in PWC are foreclosures or short sales. So it has to be even higher in Manassas and Manassas Park.

McEnearney - Northern Virginia MarketWatch (http://www.mcenearney.com/tips/nova-marketwatch.php - broken link)
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:06 AM
 
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23.8%? Ouch!

Foreclosures, along with the new homes that builders are continuing to build, will only speed up the pace of this downturn.
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Old 02-26-2008, 01:02 PM
 
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I put three kids through SJHS - yes, it's a good school. What made it great was Dr. Constantino - who was principal when my boys were there - but he put some very good programs in place, which are still used.
By the way - my boys are now an aerospace engineer, a mechanical engineer, and a current GMU student - all reaped great benefits from SJHS.
You need a lot of good factors to create a good learning environment - from home, to teachers, to administrators. I have two more kids to put through high school, and they will also attend SJHS - and I will have no qualms about sending them there.
My 2 cents.
Elizabeth
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Old 02-29-2008, 04:39 PM
 
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Stonewall's a very good high school. The reality is there are no bad high schools in PWC, all 10 county schools, plus Osbourn and Manassas Park made Newsweek's top 1300 for last year. Stonewall was second only to Hylton in PWC. Freedom was last.
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Old 03-19-2008, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Default Some insight to the posts in this thread ...

All of Prince William County was hit hard with foreclosures (resulting in so many homes on the market) for a number of reasons. First, homes in Fairfax County are far too expensive for first time homebuyers which resulted in many new buyers to purchase homes in PW County. This drove prices up because there were more buyers than homes for sale in the first half of 2000. Prices by the end of 2005 were outrageous in the County - and thankfully the lenders stopped lending money out so freely which halted the ridiculous prices on these houses. From 2003 to 2005, lenders were dreaming up new ways to lend money to anyone who was breathing - and unfortunately many people who dreamed of homeownership were sucked into these "creative financing" loans without realizing what they were getting into. Too many mortgage brokers, real estate agents and settlement agents were not being upfront with their clients and were more concerned with making their commissions than the best interest of their clients. Hence - the record number of foreclosures.

Now for a comment on the one post I read about "ILLEGAL" immigrants. Prince William County freely invited the illegal immigrants into the County through 2006 - and they flocked to the County because there was work available for them. Are these immigrants at fault for wanting a better life? Why did PW County get so many illegal immigrants - because employers were hiring them. Now PW wants to "evict" all of these immigrants with their new racial proliferation law ... just my thoughts on this. And I'm sure you realize that I am adamantly opposed to this law.

As far as the schools throughout Prince William County - there is a direct correlation between the area where the school is located and how much income the families earn - and how good the school is. It's unfortunate that the schools on the eastern side of the County are significantly poorer than the schools on the western side of the County. Stonewall has gotten a bad reputation simply because it's racially and economically diverse whereas Brentsville and Battlefield are predominately weathlier and caucasian with significantly less attendance of the hispanic and African American students.

I am a realtor in the Prince William County area and I have seen the damage done by less than honest people in the real estate business. It saddens me when I see a family's dreams destroyed by foreclosure, job loss, illness.
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:02 PM
 
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I am a realtor in the Prince William County area and I have seen the damage done by less than honest people in the real estate business. It saddens me when I see a family's dreams destroyed by foreclosure, job loss, illness.
Sadden? You made a bucket load of money
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