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Old 07-30-2013, 10:04 AM
 
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Hello All, I am hoping you can answer my questions!!

My husband has accepted an offer for a position in Herndon, VA. We are looking to buy - not rent - a house in the area within 30-45 minute commute - if not closer. I work from home - so we both will be working. Here are the facts, we make over $200K combined, are expecting our first child, have family working in DC. We are looking to buy, not rent- I know it is smart to rent, we are now, but we are ready to buy - so while I respect your opinions on renting, that is not the plan and not was I am asking about.

We want a single family home - no town home w/ 4+ bedrooms, 2 car garage, fenced in yard (or at least a big enough one where we can fence it in). Schools matter, because although we are just expecting our child and it will be sometime before they are in school--- you have to be smart and think about the resale value.

Where are some good areas to live that have nice houses w/in our price range, good school districts, and good restaurants/grocery stores within 10-15 commute...

Reston area? Stay in Herndon? What are some neighborhoods you suggest we see? Which areas should we stay away from? We plan on going this weekend to check the area out and would like to not waste times in areas that would not be good.

Thank you for your input!!
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:11 AM
 
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Hello All, I am hoping you can answer my questions!!

My husband has accepted an offer for a position in Herndon, VA. We are looking to buy - not rent - a house in the area within 30-45 minute commute - if not closer. I work from home - so we both will be working. Here are the facts, we make over $200K combined, are expecting our first child, have family working in DC. We are looking to buy, not rent- I know it is smart to rent, we are now, but we are ready to buy - so while I respect your opinions on renting, that is not the plan and not was I am asking about.

We want a single family home - no town home w/ 4+ bedrooms, 2 car garage, fenced in yard (or at least a big enough one where we can fence it in). Schools matter, because although we are just expecting our child and it will be sometime before they are in school--- you have to be smart and think about the resale value.

Where are some good areas to live that have nice houses w/in our price range, good school districts, and good restaurants/grocery stores within 10-15 commute...

Reston area? Stay in Herndon? What are some neighborhoods you suggest we see? Which areas should we stay away from? We plan on going this weekend to check the area out and would like to not waste times in areas that would not be good.

Thank you for your input!!
Tina - Why do you think you will get differnet answers than your husband?

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While I appreciate the opinions on here, all I am trying to gather is information about the different areas. I am not looking for a financial advisor and/or a life coach. Just because other 20 somethings don't live in a house, doesn't mean I cannot either. I'm doing research on here so that I DON'T buy in an area we regret. We fully plan on visiting numerous times obviously before buying, we just don't know where to start. Regardless of renting or buying, we are looking for a HOUSE, 3-4 bedrooms, decent area close to shopping, restaurants etc. Good schools are a must (even if I have a non-existent child). If anyone has USEFUL information on the surrounding areas, please feel free to contribute.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:12 AM
 
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Is the double post necessary?
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:22 AM
 
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Well geez! I thought I'd add more detail to help! Plus, I wanted better answers than "use RedFin". Come on, just looking for a little help here.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:31 AM
 
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With your combined salary, you can live pretty much anywhere you want in Northern Virginia, except for some exclusive neighborhoods like Woodlea Mill, or Langley Forest. Take a look at Vienna.

Do you have your 20% down payment saved up?
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Your husband indicated that you want to say under $500K for a detached home. Reston would be a great place for your family, but you will need to up your price range to between $550K and $650K and concentrate on the South Lakes and Hunters Woods areas.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:54 AM
 
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Well geez! I thought I'd add more detail to help! Plus, I wanted better answers than "use RedFin". Come on, just looking for a little help here.
Probably better to have combined the two but I didn't see the other post at first. I've replied on it.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:00 PM
 
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Looks like someone in Herndon is on a hiring spree (a lot of posts lately on jobs in Herndon)!

I would stay in Herndon and its surrounding areas. On the 20% down, you really need more, like 30-35%, if you really want to be in a strong position while competing with other buyers in certain locations.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:26 PM
 
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Looks like someone in Herndon is on a hiring spree (a lot of posts lately on jobs in Herndon)!
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Yes, Amazon is.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:29 PM
 
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Oakton! Oakton!! Oakton!!! :-)
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