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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.
Virginia Square   Virginia Square, a high-rise condominium in North Arlington, takes its name from the area that sits just between Ballston and Clarendon: "Virginia Square."  Built by The Dittmar Group in 1999, it offers three elevators, an exercise room, an exterior pool, a fiesta/meeting room, ...
Top 10 Reasons Properties Fail FHA Appraisal Inspections   It's that time again: the top ten at ten! Or maybe I'm on my second cup of coffee. Either way, you benefit.   Here they are in no particular order:   10 - The home, which was built before 1978, has peeling paint on the exterior. 9 - The h...
Weltman Estates - A Neighborhood in Centreville, Virginia On the western edge of Centreville, Weltman Estates is a large cluster of large, detached homes built in the late 80s.  Route 29 leads out of Weltman Estates east to Washington, DC, and Pleasant Valley Road leads north to Chantilly.  Nearb...
Don't Be This Agent!The other day I received a request from a bank to provide an appraisal of a house in nearby Edsall Park.  I immediately called the listing agent and introduced myself to her as the appraiser.  I ascertained that the house was occupied and that she would meet me the following m...
A couple of weeks ago I was looking at some comps in the local MLS (MRIS) and was surprised shocked to notice a new column item: Living Area.  Ever fearful of lawsuits, the MRIS is careful to lable it "Tax Living Area," so as to point the finger in case of any problems: "Hey, it wasn't me!  It wa...
Randle Heights - A Neighborhood in Washington, DC At the far eastern edge of the DC county line in the southeast quadrant lies Randle Heights.  Largely a residential neighborhood, it has increased in popularity in recent years as houses around Capitol Hill have become increasingly expensive and a...
Long Branch - A Neighborhood in Annandale, Virginia Long Branch is an older neighborhood of detached homes south of Route 236 at the western edge of Annandale, Virginia in Fairfax County.  Fairfax lies just to the west and Burke is south across Braddock Road.  Long Branch State Park offers its re...
Edsall Park - A Neighborhood in Springfield, Virginia Edsall Park is an older development of single-family, detached homes at the northern edge of Springfield in Fairfax County.  Annandale is just to the north, and Alexandria is to the east, on the other side of Interstate 395.  Houses here are t...
Cameron Station: A Neighborhood in Alexandria City, VA Cameron Station is a newer development of detached homes, townhomes, and condominiums on the far west side of Alexandria City.  This self-contained neibhorhood sits in what was once Alexandria's industrial section.  While it is not a gated, t...
New Baltimore is an area of east Fauquier County on the "commuter side" of the town of Warrenton.  It is about half way between Gainesville and Warrenton on Lee Highway (Route 29).  Recent efforts have been made by the county to bring public water and sewer systems to the homes there; however, mo...

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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.