6 Important Things That Most Home Buyers Regret Overlooking

It was the perfect home—until it wasn’t.

Sadly a great number of buyers swoon over a home in Arlington, only to realize shortly after moving in that they overlooked something major, causing them serious buyers remorse.

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We know that buying a home is not an easy task, there’s just so much to check out with so little time. But, unless you want to be one of these disillusioned buyers, make sure that you check out these six important features in your new home and neighborhood. Though they might not necessarily be deal-breakers to you, you’d still want to be aware of them so they don’t surprise you.

  1. The neighborhood at night– Seeing your new home in Arlington at different times during the day and night gives you a clear perspective of what to expect in the neighborhood. You might learn that the neighborhood may not be safe at night or that the neighbor’s dog barks nonstop.
  2. Daily commute– You’ll never know how the traffic is in your new routes unless you do a road test. So as to be sure, get into your car and drive your morning and evening routes and any alternates.
  3. The bedroom-to-bathroom ration– As a general rule, most homes in Arlington should have a master suite and at least one additional full bathroom.
  4. The CC&Rs – If your new home in Arlington is located in a community with a homeowners association, you will get a copy of its bylaws, which are the conditions, covenants, and restrictions. These bylaws regulates what you can do with your property. Take your time to carefully review them to avoid future conflicts.
  5. The resale value– When buying a home, think about the future. What will your home sell for in a couple of years? Many things including improvements to the property, age, and condition of the home can affect its resale value.
  6. Room to grow– In order to make a profit off your home, logic dictates that you have to live in it for several years. So, you should consider if the home provides the things you might need in the future such as an office space in case you or your spouse decide to work from home or an extra bedroom if you are starting a family. While you shouldn’t buy more house than you can afford, you certainly don’t want to outgrow your house too soon.

Properties in Arlington County

$329,900: 1300 Army Navy Dr #225

1300 Army Navy Dr #225

BedroomsTotal: 1 / Bathrooms: 1 full baths / Living Area: 900 sqft

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$735,000: 2608 2nd St S

2608 2nd St S

BedroomsTotal: 2 / Bathrooms: 1 full, 1 half baths / Living Area: 1,328 sqft

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$379,995: 801 S Greenbrier St #207

801 S Greenbrier St #207

BedroomsTotal: 2 / Bathrooms: 2 full baths / Living Area: 1,100 sqft

Gorgeous 2BR/2BA condo in the heart of Arlington * Shows very well * Best Price * Move in...

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$349,000: 1300 Army Navy Dr #907

1300 Army Navy Dr #907

BedroomsTotal: 1 / Bathrooms: 1 full baths / Living Area: 900 sqft

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$415,000: 3810 9th Rd S

3810 9th Rd S

BedroomsTotal: 2 / Bathrooms: 2 full baths / Living Area: 1,090 sqft

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$767,900: 3625 10th St N #310

3625 10th St N #310

BedroomsTotal: 2 / Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half baths / Living Area: 1,178 sqft

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$1,900,000: 3011 N Trinidad St

3011 N Trinidad St

BedroomsTotal: 6 / Bathrooms: 5 full, 1 half baths / Living Area: 6,092 sqft

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$1,598,000: 1700 Clarendon Blvd #138

1700 Clarendon Blvd #138

BedroomsTotal: 2 / Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half baths / Living Area: 1,882 sqft

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$2,188,888: 3081 N Pollard St

3081 N Pollard St

BedroomsTotal: 6 / Bathrooms: 5 full, 1 half baths / Living Area: 6,095 sqft

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$1,059,000: 1304 N Danville St

1304 N Danville St

BedroomsTotal: 3 / Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half baths / Living Area: 1,612 sqft

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$860,000: 4838 1st St S

4838 1st St S

BedroomsTotal: 4 / Bathrooms: 4 full baths / Living Area: 2,696 sqft

Location is key! Arlington Forest -less than 5 miles from Washington DC, The Pentagon and...

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$499,900: 3841 9th Rd S

3841 9th Rd S

BedroomsTotal: 3 / Bathrooms: 2 full, 2 half baths / Living Area: 1,324 sqft

Welcome to this beautiful 3 level townhome style condo. Located in the heart of Columbia Pike,...

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$375,000: 2835-A S Wakefield St #A

2835-A S Wakefield St #A

BedroomsTotal: 2 / Bathrooms: 1 full baths / Living Area: 755 sqft

Run to this perfectly maintained one level living townhome/condo. Beautiful new neutral paint,...

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$535,000: 1111 19th Street St N #1805

1111 19th Street St N #1805

BedroomsTotal: 1 / Bathrooms: 1 full baths / Living Area: 660 sqft

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