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Old 06-16-2010, 12:54 PM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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how big is your current property?

I am genuinely confused when you say that you think NoVa does not have yards. I live in a modest sized end of group TH, and we have a small yard.

SFH's usually are on a quarter acre. That means a good sized yard, unless the house is huge, which with your budget, it wont be.

I am not a dog person, so I do not know how much land you need for 3 large dogs.

There are also houses on larger properties, but that probably means going far out or paying a lot, though sometimes you find small older houses on large lots close in. in 2004-2006 those were being snapped up to be torn down, but with the bubble collapse, that seems to have stopped.
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Under $300k isn't going to get you a house with a yard anywhere close to DC. I live in 22151, which for some reason has some really cheap (for the area) houses, and still the minimum is $300k. Average is more like $350-400k. Commute to DC would be 45 minutes to an hour, depending where you're going. If you want to metro and avoid the hassle, you'd have to add 20 minutes to get to the station and park.

I'd rent if you can find a place willing to accept 3 dogs. You don't know the area, don't want to commit to buying in a place you find inconvenient, and don't know if you'll want to stay here long term. You should be able to find a home with a yard within 45 minutes of DC for under $2200/month.

Seriously though...if you both have decent, stable jobs in Buffalo, weigh the pros and cons. The high salary on paper might not turn out to be as good as you think when you factor in housing and commuting expenses (parking in the city, tolls, gas), etc.
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Old 06-16-2010, 01:02 PM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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You can definitely rent a SFH in say North Springfield for under 2000 a month, or at least you could a few months ago. Thats a tad over 45 minutes depending on where in DC you are going, and its only going to be a quarter acre, if thats enough. And I don't know how much harder to find a place 3 dogs will make it.
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