I have *got* to get out of here
If $600k for an "average" home is the norm, I'm in the wrong area. I have no hope of breaking into a market like this.
2004 was another record year for home values, which went up 20 percent from last year
..."An average single family detached home in northern Virginia will now cost you around $600,000"
..."The average price of a condo in northern Virginia is now around $263,000 and is virtually guaranteed to increase in value, just like other single family homes"
Maybe it's just sour grapes. I sure wish I had a $600k house I could sell and move out into the country somewhere.