The (Sticker) Shock of Moving to the Washington, D.C. Area

house decorated for ChristmasI once had a prospective client email me a picture of her beautiful, storybook home – it looked like the cover of Southern Living magazine. Seems she wanted the same kind of home, with an open floorplan, hardwood floors throughout, water view, all the bells and whistles, at least 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and oh, yes, a 3 car garage. She made it clear she expected the best.

Hey, no problem, I said, as an ALEXANDRIA, VA REALTOR, I can definitely help you find that.  It’s what I do!

There was a catch, though – a budget that would get her a 3 bedroom townhome with 2 bathrooms. With a one car garage.  Outside the Beltway.  Way outside.

townhomesI didn’t have it in me to tell her via email that it simply was not gonna happen.  So I called her and said I was calling  because I didn’t want to break her heart in an email, BUT….we needed to chat about her expectations for housing in the WASHINGTON, D.C. area. To say she had sticker shock was an understatement, but after a number of phone calls back and forth, she calmed down and started concentrating on the positives of her family’s upcoming move.

I know from experience it can be surprising –  heaven knows, I had the same reaction when we relocated from Atlanta, GA to ALEXANDRIA, VA. For folks coming from higher priced markets, this area seems like a relative bargain, but for home buyers coming from many other markets, well, it can be an adjustment.

I still marvel my agent didn’t die laughing when I naively told her what I was looking for in a home. As an ALEXANDRIA, VA REALTOR, I understand the sticker shock.  I’ve been there.

king st shoppingAnd that’s something I always try to keep in mind when working with folks who are relocating here from markets where a half million dollars will still buy you one of the finer homes in town.

So, if you are relocating to the ALEXANDRIA, VA area and are a little apprehensive about what to expect, don’t worry…once you get here, you too will soon be caught up in the excitement of living in this always vibrant and often exciting area which offers an endless array of great restaurants, sidewalk bistros, Farmers’ markets, trendy shopping, cultural festivals, parades, historic homes and celebrations of all kinds…and eventually, you will find it hard to imagine living anywhere else.

festival Washington DC skyline at night

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The (Sticker) Shock of Moving to the Washington, D.C. Area

house decorated for ChristmasI once had a prospective client email me a picture of her beautiful, storybook home – it looked like the cover of Southern Living magazine. Seems she wanted the same kind of home, with an open floorplan, hardwood floors throughout, water view, all the bells and whistles, at least 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and oh, yes, a 3 car garage. She made it clear she expected the best

Hey, no problem, I said, as an ALEXANDRIA, VA REALTOR, I can definitely help you find that.  It’s what I do!

There was a catch, though – a budget that would get her a 3 bedroom townhome with 2 bathrooms. With a a one car garage.  Outside the Beltway.  Way outside.

townhomesI didn’t have it in me to tell her via email that it simply was not gonna happen.  So I called her and said I was calling  because I didn’t want to break her heart in an email, BUT….we needed to chat about her expectations for housing in the WASHINGTON, D.C. area.   To say she had sticker shock was an understatement, but after a number of phone calls back and forth, she calmed down and started concentrating on the positives of her family’s upcoming move.

I know from experience it can be surprising –  heaven knows, I had the same reaction when we relocated from Atlanta, GA to ALEXANDRIA, VA.  For folks coming from higher priced markets, this area seems like a relative bargain, but for homebuyers coming from many other markets, well, it can be an adjustment.

I still marvel my agent didn’t die laughing when I naively told her what I was looking for in a home. As an ALEXANDRIA, VA REALTOR, I understand the sticker shock.  I’ve been there.

king st shoppingAnd that’s something I always try to keep in mind when working with folks who are relocating here from markets where a half million dollars will still buy you one of the finer homes in town. 

So, if you are relocating to the ALEXANDRIA, VA area and are a little apprehensive about what to expect, don’t worry…once you get here, you too will soon be caught up in the excitement of living in this always vibrant and often exciting area which offers an endless array of great restaurants, sidewalk bistros, Farmer’s markets, trendy shopping, cultural festivals, parades, historic homes and celebrations of all kinds…and eventually, you will find it hard to imagine living anywhere else.

festival  Washington DC skyline at night

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