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

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Manassas Real Estate News

Manassas FAIR MARKET VALUE


Setting the right price is an important first step in getting a home sold. Sellers often wonder if they should spend $200 to $400 for a professional appraisal of their Manassas real estate before placing it on the market.

WAYS TO DETERMINE VALUE IN Manassas


A professional appraiser's opinion of a property's market value is based on the recent sales of similar Manassas real estate. Different appraisers could come up with different numbers. Even if all of them agreed on a value, there is no guarantee that you would receive that amount for your property. An alternative to a professional appraisal is to ask a professional Realtor for a written market analysis of your property. This analysis will include information about recent home sales in your neighborhood, as well as how those homes compare to yours.

Manassas Real Estate Contract Options


Less common types of agreements include what is known as a One Time Show, and Exclusive Agency, and an Open Listing agreement. The One -Time Show and the Open Listing are similar and are often used by homeowners who wish to sell their Manassas real estate on their own but will agree to pay a commission to an agent who brings a qualified buyer for the home. A Manassas homeowner may agree to an Open Listing with several agents and also agree to a One-Time Show to any agent who has an interested buyer.

Manassas. How Much Should You Offer?


Comparable sales figures is a good guide for homeowners who are pricing their Manassas and a good guide for prospective buyers. Make sure you compare homes that are similar to the one your are considering...the same neighborhood, the same size, the same condition. Also, make sure you compare sales within the past six months.

Ask your REALTOR for a comparison of the list price and sales price of comparable Manassas sales. This information may give you a trend and a guideline for your offer. For example, maybe homes in the area have consistently listed for more than they actually sold for. If that is the case, find out what percentage of reduction occurred. Use this information as a basis for your offer.


Bitten by the Manassas Home Improvement Bug?


Unless money simply isnt an issue, the financial implications of remodeling are definitely something to consider. When it comes time to sell your Manassas home, the new buyer will usually not pay for over-improvements. This means that if you have the smallest home in an area of larger, more expensive homes, home improvements may make very good financial sense. However, if you already have the largest, most expensive home in Manassas, more improvements may make you more comfortable but may not bring you a good financial return. You may find that it is financially wiser to sell and move to a different home that already has the features you want to add.

The Benefits of Selling Manassas


In order to sell Manassas as your personal residence, you must have lived in it for two out of the five-year period ending on the date of the sale of the property. This means that you can buy a second home and live in it as your personal residence while renting out your first home. If, in a couple years you decide to sell your first Manassas personal residence you can sell it and still benefit from the $250,000 to $500,000 Capital Gain tax exclusion. The law says that the home must be your personal residence for at least two out of the past five years.



Manassas DEDUCTIONS


One of the advantages of home ownership is that while most other types of interest are not tax deductible, the interest you pay on your Manassas loan is deductible on your Federal and State income tax. This fact alone gives homeowners a distinct advantage over renters.