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Friday, June 5, 2009

Reston Real Estate: The High-Low Game, pt. 11

It's time once again to play the home edition of everyone's favorite earth-toned game of real estate wheeling and dealing, the Reston High-Low Game! So grab your favorite Realtor and get ready to hit the road in search of bargains!

Property_Photo-2.aspx.jpegFor a mere $1,290,000, you could own this well-camoflaged house on Birdfoot Lane, just off the new bike expressway Lawyers Road.

Unique 5 BR/4BA home designed to accommodate wide variety of lifestyles, comfortable family living and/or gracious entertaining. Idyllic setting on 1.84 wooded acres backing to parkland. Hickory kit. cab., Subzero,Jennaire, Corian. Mstr. BR retreat-skylit Jacuzzi tub for 2, separate shower. Orig. owners. One year warranty, 6,000+ sq/ft. fin. Tax Records inaccuarate.
That's good, because we do enjoy a wide variety of lifestyles and/or gracious entertaining. Sometimes both! Also, we'd like a little more "elbow room," and this deck appears to be bigger than our entire house:


Just always remember and never forget: the tax records are inaccurate. Those lying bastards.

Property_Photo-1.aspx.jpegOn the other end of the price spectrum is this charmer on Emerald Heights Court, which could be yours for a mere $150,000 -- less than the cost of two rec center market studies!
Townhome in the heart of Reston. Hardwoods on the main level with updated kitchen, three bedrooms on upper level and finished rec room. Deck and fenced rear. Property strictly sold "as-is", no exceptions. Lister to hold EMD. Buyer to pay termites and home warranty. PRE-APPROVAL LETTER, COPY OF EMD AND (PROOF OF FUNDS REQUIRED IF CASH OFFER).
Well, lots of stuff is being sold "as is" these days, and most of us are now keeping our extra $100,000 bills stuffed in the mattress, so no worries about that whole "proof of funds" thing. And who wouldn't want to come home to this awesome color scheme?


We bet with a little sweet-talking, you'll be able to get the hula hoop to convey. But "buyer to pay termites?" What, do you need to bring bundles of small bills to "convince" them to pack up and start chewing on the subfloor of the unit next door?


  1. "Just always remember and never forget: the tax records are inaccurate. Those lying bastards."

    Can you explain this further. Is this because the tax records don't list the seller subsidy? Or are there other issues with the tax records?

  2. The living quarters and the lot are the same size as the next property which is assessed at 738K, of which 413K is assigned to the value of the house and garage. The listed property has a 2nd smaller garage and a deck. That obviously doesn't result in the structures on his land being worth more than twice that of the neighbors. The realtor also lists the estimated property tax as applicable to the "inaccurate" value.

  3. The Convict in Gulag 4June 8, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    I guess they didn't have the sonogram before delivery because that room is painted both pink and blue. I think it would have been better, though, to paint one room pink and the other room blue, like Mrs. Convict and I did. (We chose a lighter shade of blue though.)


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