DC METRO REAL ESTATE

Serving the Real Estate needs of the communities of Manassas, Bristow, Haymarket, Warrenton, Gainesville and Culpeper  in Northern Virginia


Dave Scardina  
Broker / Owner

703-829-SOLD

866-909-0900

Learn About Haymarket Homes and Condos

Haymarket Home Inspection


The purpose of a thorough home inspection is to ensure that Haymarket home buyers know exactly what a homes condition is prior to completing the transaction. A good Haymarket home inspection should include an evaluation of the foundation, framing, roofing, site drainage, attic, plumbing, heating, electrical system, fireplaces, chimneys, pavement, fences, stairs, decks, patios, doors, windows, walls, ceilings, floors and built-in appliances. All significant or pertinent findings should be reported in writing to the prospective Haymarket homebuyer. The home inspection report gives the Haymarket homebuyer the information he or she needs to determine whether to buy the property as is or to ask the seller to make repairs.

In most cases, when an Haymarket homebuyer makes repair requests, sellers usually agree to some if not all of the conditions.

Guidelines for Buying Haymarket


Lets say everything is a GO! You have found the perfect Haymarket home. You know you can afford it and it is actually priced below what you expected to pay. What a bargain! Yes there are bargains to be found in Haymarket. At this point it is fine to put in an offer on the property but only with a well-planned contingency. Of course, it the home is going to be financed, the lender will want a Home Inspection before agreeing to lend money on the property. However, you need to protect yourself by making an offer SUBJECT TO a clean bill of health from the Home Inspector of your choice. This kind of a contingency gives you an out if the inspector finds a problem with the roof, or foundation or other structural problem that was not apparent to the seller or to your agent. This does not mean you will not buy the house but you will have a good reason to renegotiate the price with the seller.


Haymarket: Art and Science


Buying a piece of Haymarket real estate is a science but buying your Haymarket home is an art. The science part involves getting the legal and financial parts down while the art is finding the Haymarket property that youll be happy with.

The total universe of possibilities within the universe of Haymarket real estate is quite diverse but narrowing your search ahead of time will help keep things in perspective.

In general there are two phases to any Haymarket real estate search. In the first phase, you get a feel for the different areas and an idea of what is being offered at what price. In the second phase, you search for the Haymarket real estate that meets all or most of your specifications.


Does Your Haymarket Have Curb Appeal?


Every prospective buyer who visits your Haymarket home is struck by a variety of impressions regardless of whether your landscaping is eye-catching or merely so-so. Plants that overrun the walkway, trees that badly need pruning and visible suggest to the prospective buyer that this home will take a lot of landscaping maintenance and yet if your yard is well-maintained, the prospective buyer is inclined to simply admire the fact and move on. If your Haymarket front porch or front door need paint, the prospective buyer is likely to notice the paint job inside and out and think about how much maintenance that will take on a yearly basis. The important message here is that things that look bad or run down call attention to all the work that needs to be done while things that are well maintained conjure up ideas of how pleasant it would be to live there.

When Haymarket Does Not Sell


The number one, main reason why a home remains on the market is PRICE. There can be other problems as well such as the homes condition or location and even overall market conditions but the major reason for the NO SALE sign is the Haymarket is over priced. In fact, proper pricing will often overcome most all obstacles.

Some people prefer to buy Haymarket that needs some work if the price is right. Investors look at the property, evaluate the cost of brining it up to speed and make an offer if they feel they can make a quick profit. These kinds of investors are looking to fix and flip. Others with limited budgets may see the fixer-upper as a way to get started with Haymarket ownership. They may spend years working on improving the home, making improvements as they can afford it. So, a homes poor condition will not prevent a sale if the price reflects the situation.


Haymarket SALES


When you are thinking of buying Haymarket, it may make sense to get a clear picture of the Haymarket market before you get too far into your search. It is important to know the current markets strengths and weaknesses so that you can make wise real estate decisions accordingly.