On a regular basis the local press focuses on the negative aspects of the current market in Prince William County. Buyers call to ask about the area and say we have heard the Prince William County is a “bad place to live.” It is an assumption that keeps many people from making an exploration through the great neighborhoods and communities that stretch across the entire county.
For those that aren’t familiar with Prince William County, the first thing to realize is how big the county is. It stretches from the Potomac River at the eastern border and to the west the start of the Blue Ridge Mountains. That is a total of 348 square miles. To put this in perspective Prince William County is about ¼ the size of the entire state of Rhode Island. To try and say that the entire county is a bad place to live would be a stretch of grandiose proportions.
So how do you put a “bad market” in perspective in a county as large as Prince William is? You break it down into small and manageable sections and then you start to decide if the market is really bad or is it a great opportunity for a smart buyer to find a nice home at a reasonable price? Every buyer has a choice to make. They can wait for the market to “hit bottom” not knowing where the bottom is, they can stay closer to town and pay more for smaller space or they can decide that a deal is a deal and look past the press.
In the past few weeks my buyers have found great deals in Prince William County, in neighborhoods that have been overlooked by other agents because of the “stigma” attached to the county. Buyers are not only buying foreclosures but they are also buying new construction and waterfront condos too. It isn’t an all or nothing proposition when it comes to what you can find.
So in the case of Prince William County the bad press makes potential buyers relocating to the county think that the entire 348 square mile area should be avoided. This is as far from the truth as still believing that the world is flat. With its rich history, diverse neighborhoods and substantial commuting options buyers need to consider whether they may be shorting changing themselves by not taking a look around. Don’t let the press scare you away. It might not be the place you decide you want to live but you might be surprised by what you find.