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Rick Phillips, Jr., a certified residential appraiser, licensed in Virginia and Washington, DC, living in Fairfax County, provides an appraiser's point of view to Real Estate issues.
Tobacco Key - Old Town, Alexandria, VirginiaBelow Washington Street, Tobacco Key is a small cluster of townhomes, somehow hidden in the northern edge of Old Town, Alexandria.  The development appears to be condos at first glance; however, a home here is classified as "Townhouse in Ownership" and ...
A Neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia: Country Club Hills At the western edge of Arlington County, bumped up next to McLean, Country Club Hills is the scene of large, impressive homes packed into its narrow streets.  About 500 homes in all, they were built in the 1920s-1940s and follow no type of...
Crescent Hills: A Neighborhood in Arlington Hugging the western edge of the Arlington County line, Crescent Hills, and the few other small neighborhoods along Williamsburg Road, comprises a market area undergoing a period of revitalization.  One need only drive through the neighborhood on a Satur...
If you need an appraisal in Washington, DC or Northern Virginia (including Fairfax, Alexandria, and Arlington), please head over to and order one from this certified residential appraiser!   With regard to parcel maps... There are more tools available to appraisers (a...
I receive this question from time to time, so it's time to blog about it.  I'm going to use my own licenses as examples. In Virginia: 1) Visit the Appraiser section of Virginia's Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation: 2) Click "Li...
Why do appraisers need to see the sales contract?  An agent called me up this morning and asked me this question.  I didn't think 2 seconds before uttering a reply "because it's on the form."  Duh! "But why?" he pressured me.  "Why do I have to show the appraiser a number?  I want to know the val...
I run Appraisals Guaranteed,  a real estate appraisal firm in Alexandria, and often I'm asked about my coverage area.  So I'm posting a list here.And if you have any questions or need an appraisal, contact me (rickphillipsjr [at] gmail [dot] com) or visit www.appraisalsguaranteed.comI cover the f...

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Rick Phillips Jr. is a certified residential appraiser licensed in Virginia and Washington, DC. Living in Fairfax County with a location in Arlington, Rick appraises houses in all of Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. Rick writes about real estate appraisals, appraisal issues, seller and buyer issues, local neighborhoods and market areas, real estate agent tips, steps to understanding a home's value, and much more.