Information About Buying & Selling:

Home Buying – Home Buying Articles & Advice, A Tutorial
Home Selling -
  Home Selling Articles & Advice, Home Prep, Listing/Marketing
Mortgage Articles and Advice
Credit Articles and Advice
Real Estate and Mortgage Glossary/Definitions
Mortgage Calculators
RGS’s Homebuyer’s Guide – The process, Loans, Sample Contract, Closing
RGS Online Closing Cost Calculator
HUD Settlement Cost Book  -
 Facts about Settlement Costs, Sample HUD1
HUD Mortgage Comparison Booklet – Comparing/Looking for the Best Mortgage
VA Toolkit Booklet – Link to Info about VA Loans (the VA)
FHA Loan Booklet – Overview of FHA Loans (written by a private company, not the FHA)
Traditional/Conventional Mortgage  - Mortgage Types, Info from Mortgage Bankers Association
HUD Buying a Home –  homebuying programs, rent vs buy, shopping for a loan
Short Sale Info for Purchasers
Short Sale Info for Sellers
HAFA Program Website – Making Home Affordable webpage – Loan Modifications and Short Sales, HAFA Program


Information About Renting Your Property:

Fairfax County Handbook For Tenants and Landlords (60 pages)

Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Office  - information about being a landlord in FFX

Virginia Residental Landlord and Tenant Act  - important laws to know about

HUD – Tenant Laws, Rights, and Regulations



Northern Virgina Schools

Fairfax County Schools Boundary Finder
Fairfax County Public Schools -
- includes info about each school, special programs, enrollment number, test scores, demographics, locations, accreditation rating
Alexandria City Public Schools
City of Falls Church Public Schools -
- includes Profiles, links to the Virginia School Report Card (very detailed information), and Test Score links
Arlington County Public Schools
Virginia Department of Education School Report Cards -
 very detailed information by County and Individual Schools
Prince William County Schools
Loudoun County Public Schools
Fauquier County Public Schools
Greatschools – website with school reviews, information
National Center for Education Statistics -
 search for schools, colleges, libraries
Washington Post School Guide


Property Research Information

Fairfax County Information

Prince William County Information

Alexandria City Information

Arlington County Information

City of Fairfax Information

City of Falls Church Information

Loudoun County Information

Town of Vienna Information


Fairfax County Real Estate Assessment Site

Arlington Real Estate Assessments

Alexandria Real Estate Assessments

Loudoun County Real Estate Assessments and Public Record Search

Fauquier County Real Estate Online

Prince William County Real Estate Assessments


NVAR Market and Sale Statistics - provided by MRIS

Property Disclosures and Virginia


Virginia Sexual Offender Registry – allows searches within a radius of an area

DEA National Clandestine Lab Register – list of drug lab seizures (many missing)

MethAlert Kit - DoItYourself mail in test

Virginia Contractors - Check for Licenses 

Fairfax County RPA - Fairfax County Chesapeake Bay Resource Protected Areas (RPA) Info and link to Map (to see properties and areas affected) at bottom of page

Fairfax County Historic Overlay Districts - info on specially zoned historic areas of Fairfax county

Fairfax County Historic Overlay District Map     

Alexandria Historic District – click on links at bottom for design guidelines and historic district map

Homefacts - enter address for aggregated info on underground tanks, geological



Neighborhood Information


Fairfax “My Neighborhood” – Fairfax County Land Use and Development Info

Where We Live Column, Washington Post

Washington Post Local Explorer - Area neighborhoods, recent home sales, schools

Local Patch News websites - mini local “newspapers”, good for finding out local news and info on particular areas

Inside NOVA - local news for Prince William County

Northern Virginia Magazine - 50 Great Neighborhoods

Shirlington Village Blog - lots of good info regarding Shirlington

City-Data - Profiles of Virginia Cities, zip code maps

City-Data Northern VA Forums - helpful to search opinions on neighborhoods




Commuting Information – Car/VanPooling/HOV Links and Resources
Commuter Connections – network of organizations providing free commuter assistance/guaranteed ride home program, commuting resources
Slug Lines – unofficial carpool gathering areas... Info, rules, existing slug lines
HOV Lane Information - HOV schedules, hybrid vehicle exemptions, violation fines
Virginia Railway Express  -  VRE commuter rail stations, maps, schedules
METRO - Washington area metro bus and rail info, maps, trip planners, fares
Fairfax Connector Bus - bus schedules, route maps, fares - Fairfax County
Arlington ART Bus - bus schedules, route maps, fares - operating in Arlington County
Alexandria DASH Bus – bus schedules, route maps, fares - operating in City of Alexandria, connects to Metro bus, rail and VRE
Virginia HOT Lanes
Van Pool Services, Inc. (VPSI) – Van Pool company in the DC metro area
Park and Ride Lots in Metro Area


Moving to Northern Virginia

Beltway Movers - 703-595-4916
American Moving & Storage Association -  certified movers, quotes
US Post Office - Change of Address
Virginia DMV
Fairfax County Vehicle Registration/Taxes - Personal Property taxes (car tax), registering motor vehicles in Fairfax
Arlington County Personal Property Tax/Vehicle Reg - Personal property + decals
City of Alexandria Personal Property Tax/Vehicle Reg
Prince William County Personal Property Tax/Vehicle Reg
Local Tax Rates – A handy chart from VA Dept of Taxation summarizing all the counties and the local tax rates (Real Estate & Personal Property)


Military Move Information

Short Term Furnished Rentals

Oakwood Worldwide - 1-877-902-0832
Suite Solutions - 703-448-0505



Homeowners/renters Insurance

Geico - insurance quotes from several companies, helpful info
USAA - for military families



Home Warranty and Closing Information


AHS Warranty (American Home Shield) – Warranty Company BROCHURE CLICK HERE

2-10 Home Warranty - Warranty Company -- FOR BROCHURE CLICK HERE

Old Republic Home Warranty – Warranty Company  -- FOR BROCHURE CLICK HERE

Republic Title Closing Company – they provide a free home warranty at closing

Monarch Title – several locations in Northern VA

RGS Title – locations throughout NoVA

MBH Settlement Group – locations throughout NoVA




Dominion Virginia Power - Electricity for Northern VA 888-667-3000
Northern Virginia Electric Coop – Prince William County  electricity
Washington Gas -
 Northern VA 703-750-1000
Columbia Gas - some areas of Fairfax, Prince William
Verizon - phone and internet service
Cox Cable - Cable/internet/phone for Fairfax County, Falls Church
Comcast Cable - Cable/internet/phone Prince William County, Arlington, Alexandria City, Loudoun
Fairfax Water Authority - Water/sewer for Fairfax County
Virginia American Water - water/sewer for City of Alexandria
Fairfax County Trash Service Options for Fairfax County
Arlington Trash Service 
Fairfax City Trash Service


Fair Housing Information

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