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Old 04-09-2013, 08:14 AM
 
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I'm not questioning reports that Fairfax is tops in health rankings, but this link appears to rank for overall health, not obesity.

I still think it's odd to state as one of two things you like about NoVA that there are fewer fat people than elsewhere in the state. But, to each his own.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:28 AM
 
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Mother nature right on schedule. Straight from winter to summer
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:37 AM
 
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Mother nature right on schedule. Straight from winter to summer
I was thinking the same thing, but starting this weekend we are due for a solid week of temperatures in the 60s and 70s. High tomorrow, though, is forecast for 90!
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:40 AM
 
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We've never paid a PMI and can't imagine buying a home that required one. If we needed a PMI that would mean we couldn't afford to buy the property. Most people a PMI by waiting until they've save the down payment.
We bought our first house in Arlington in 1987. Just out of grad school, we had very solid incomes and job security, but there was no way we could come up with tens of thousands of dollars for a down payment. Had we waited for several years, the rapid appreciation at that time would have priced us out of our starter house. So, IMO, there are times when it is perfectly rational to pay PMI.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:04 PM
 
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How many people, in Northern VA or elsewhere, save up $150k before age 40? ($100k for a downpayment on a $500k place and then $50k for emergencies/etc.) Or maybe $100k ($60k on a $300k place and $40k for emergencies.)
Considering that the median household income in this region exceeds $100K a year and that people routinely purchase homes far in excess of $500K houses, I'd say there is a large pool of those who apparently save $100-150K for a downpayment on a house here.

I of course personally know a sizable number of people with savings much greater than that, but that is likely selection bias due to my personal professional and social circumstances and wouldn't generalize that for the whole region.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:20 AM
 
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Considering that the median household income in this region exceeds $100K a year and that people routinely purchase homes far in excess of $500K houses, I'd say there is a large pool of those who apparently save $100-150K for a downpayment on a house here.

I of course personally know a sizable number of people with savings much greater than that, but that is likely selection bias due to my personal professional and social circumstances and wouldn't generalize that for the whole region.
I don't know if there's statistics available for the percentage of down payment brought to closing.

I know I personally have never brought the full 20% to closing -- in some cases I included PMI and in others I paid a 1/8% or 1/4% higher rate in lieu of PMI.

And yes, even amounts that seem trivial to Northern VA professionals, such as low four figures, are still large in most of America.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:12 PM
 
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the real benefit of living in this area? the fact you can say "i can't tell you what i do for work" has that been mentioned?

lived here all my life and honestly i think this area expanded way too fast too soon. 66 inside the betlway needs to be expanded (sorry arlington co ppl, but the majority > you in this case). you know traffic sucks on 66 when you remember when the extra lane on 66 was from 3pm-7pm. now it's 2pm-8pm (should be 1pm-8pm weekdays and 3-7 on weekends)
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:24 AM
 
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Don't forget about all the vets out there with VA Loans that don't need to bring 20% for a down payment but 3.5% for first timers and I believe 5% for all sales after.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:52 PM
 
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And yes, even amounts that seem trivial to Northern VA professionals, such as low four figures, are still large in most of America.
My occasional trips to WVA and less affluent parts of VA cure me of being fat, happy and dumb about our regions extraordinary affluence pretty quickly... that is if I weren't already aware of that from living in many other parts of this country from a small cattle and hog town in the Midwest to NYC.
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