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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.
  At the western edge of Annandale, just off Route 236, lies the small community of Johnsons Garden. It is marked by newer, bigger homes.   Businesses, restaurants, and condo and apartment-style housing lines much of Little River Turnpike (Route 236) which leads west to Fairfax and east to Alexan...
I turn fifty today! No.  Wait.  I'm only 42 (which is old enough)! But I think once I press the "Post Blog Entry" button at the bottom of my screen, I am going to have 50,000 Active Rain Points. What's that mean? Well, it's a lot, and it's not so much at the same time: There are only five apprais...
At the eastern edge of Falls Church, just north of Bailey's Crossroads, Glen Forest is a small neighborhood that consists of older, rambler and split-level-style, detached homes on quarter-acre lots. Arlington lies just to the north up Columbia Pike or Carlin Springs Road, and Falls Church's priz...
Lincoln Park is the area south of Braddock Road, in Fairfax County, near the Fairfax County Parkway.  It covers a tight area bounded by woods and still not complete with paved roads.  The broader market area extends north across Braddock and reaches as far south as Clifton.  The area is roughly b...
Clarendon is an area in North Arlington that enjoys the benefits of a big city: restaurants, high-end supermarkets, several Metrorail stops, high-rise condos, skyscrapers, and dance clubs, and at the same time maintains a quiet, suburban feel.  The main arteries of Wilson and Clarendon Boulevards...
Just north of Interstate 66 in Fairfax County, Oakton Ridge is a neighborhood of mostly larger, detached homes.  The neighborhood covers most of the area around Little Difficult Stream Valley Run Park between Vienna and Fairfax City.  Oakton Ridge, and the broader market area, are convenient to G...
Got another one ... Agent X writes "Not a short sale or floreclosure! Large brick colonial with family room and sunroom addition.  This is a solid home with a great location and alot to offer.  Priced $75,000 below tax assessment!  Shows well but could use a little TLC to shine." Now, let's be ho...
Woodford is a small town in Caroline County, Virginia, just north of Bowling Green.  Houses here range in age from the newer to those built before the Civil War.  It is largely rural, and it is not uncommont to find houses sitting on 10 acres of land or more. Property values in Woodford have rema...
  Fourth of July   Yesterday, I drove from Alexandria to Caroline County, in order to perform an inspection for an appraisal. Within the range of my coverage and expertise, Caroline, however, does illustrate the far, far end of it. And on a holiday weekend, while folks are traveling from New Jers...
I'm sitting here with my second cup of coffee, second breakfast, first cat, and a spinning wheel where my mouse cursor should be.  Spinning wheels are Mac code for "the computer is hung up."  Specifically, the MLS is off in outerspace at the moment.... Two weeks ago this happened to me during the...

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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.