Maps are Great for Directions-Not for Home Buying Decisions

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Real Estate Broker with CJ Realty Group, Inc.

Some of us are old enough to remember maps, the free ones that you picked up at the gas station and opened up wide on the kitchen table to plan out your vacation.  The fun was watching your parents trying to refold them and stuff them in the glove compartment.  Today most people bypass the old fashion map for on-line for directions and often overlook the fact that a map only contains a small amount of the information you need to know about an area.

For someone getting ready to relocate to Northern Virginia checking out the map can give you a sense of where you are going and put locations in perspective.  You can get an idea of distance and learn the names of the local towns but a map can't take you to the next level.  A map doesn't know the difference between neighborhoods or the best commuter routes.  A map doesn't know where the shopping centers are or help you research schools for your children.  This is where a knowledgeable local Realtor® comes into play.

A recent call from a family getting ready for a move to Fort Belvoir put this in perspective.  The family had been looking at listings on line and felt they had narrowed down the areas they were interested in.  Their requirements were specific and the areas they selected made sense to a point.  When we started talking in more detail it became clear though that studying the the map and knowing the areas they were considering as the top places to live didn't match  reality.  In fact some of the neighborhoods they had eliminated from their list based on where they were on the map were the ones I would have suggested they consider first. 

After talking for awhile they began to understand that 45 miles on a Northern Virginia map didn't mean a 20 minute commute.  That more expensive didn't necessarily mean better value and I-95 wasn't the only way to commute to Fort Belvoir or to DC.   So they put the map away and decided they would trust the  advice of a "local" and though we will look at their top choices, we will also look at some of my suggested neighborhoods as well.

So when you pull out your map to make a decision about your upcoming move to Northern Virginia, pair it with the knowledge Realtor® and you may find that the two of us make a great combination.

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©2008.  Cindy Jones  ""Maps are Great for Directions-Not for Home Buying Decisions"  All Rights Reserved

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If you are interested in learning more about the Northern Virginia Real Estate market including Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William Counties give Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group,  a call at 703-346-2213. 

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Rainmaker
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Pippa Mac
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Cindy ... how right you are!  Realtors have the specialized knowledge to help clients find the perfect home!

September 08, 2008 04:07 PM
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Cindy Jones
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Sheila-I haven't sucumbed to a GPS yet but the old fashioned maps are long gone.  However none of them can replace a Realtor when it comes to the real knowledge of a community

September 08, 2008 04:33 PM
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Grace Keng
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You are right. Map is good but local advice is not there.

 

September 08, 2008 06:02 PM
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You definitely need the advice of a local real estate agent when moving to the DC suburbs. Having lived in Northern VA for many years, I get where you're coming from. Here near Scott AFB in IL, we get a lot of people who move here from Virginia and they are always amazed at our lack of traffic problems here! When I tell people that they can live 15 miles away and be on the base in 15-20 minutes, they can't believe it!

September 10, 2008 09:11 PM
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Marisa-looks as if you are living the military life and getting to know lots of great areas to live across the country.  Glad you landed at a location where the pace of life is slower and traffic jams don't mean hours stuck on the beltway.

September 11, 2008 12:23 AM
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