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Real Estate Agent - Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - VA License # 0225089470
We Would Like You to Show Us...While sitting in the office today, I picked up a call coming into the office.  A nice enough sounding young man identified himself and said he would like me to show him a particular property.  The first question I asked, "Are you working with an agent to represent y...
That Was Fast:  Gainesville 3 Bedroom Home Under Contract in 1 DaySeems like just yesterday I was telling you about 14346 Broadwinged Drive in Gainesville, listed for $385,000.  Actually, it was two days ago...April 20th (2017) to be exact.  That was the day this three bedroom carriage home in Mo...
Possibly The Worst Title Company EVERThe Real Estate Settlement Protection Act gives buyers in a real estate transaction the right to choose any title company they want to close their transaction and provide their title policy.  Sellers in Virginia may choose to have a split settlement and close ...
Just Listed:  Gainesville,VA Three Bedroom Carriage Home for $385,000Earlier this month I shared a listing at 14347 Broadwinged Drive in the community of Morris Farm. That four bedroom home is still available for $448,000.  Today I'm here to tell you about yet another Morris Farm carriage home th...
Developing Good Agent Relationships Even in the Worst CircumstancesIn 1993, I graduated with a B.A. in Speech Communication from George Mason University.  At the time, I was expecting I would be working behind the scenes in radio or TV.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be a success...
Should I Inform Google That Their Calendar is Wrong?Today on my Google calendar there is a notation, pre-filled by Google, that today, is Thomas Jefferson's birthday.  Hmm.  Seems I was about to write about Thomas Jefferson last year when I saw that same notation because he is one of my favorite ...
How to Avoid Low Appraisals When Selling Your Bristow HomeWhen you are selling your Bristow, VA home at a time when prices are increasing, appraisers can be stingy.  They don't like to get overly optimistic since our real estate crash a decade ago.  They are very cautious and the result is that m...
Renting vs. Buying:  The Real Reason You Should BuyWhen you talk to a real estate agent about renting vs. buying, they usually launch into a discussion about how mortgage interest is tax deductible and how you can actually save money buying over renting.  Mortgage interest is tax deductible and c...
Get Real:  Is Being a Real Estate Agent Inconvenient For You?When I saw that Kathleen Daniels had a contest going in April asking for our biggest pet peeves in the industry, I found the hardest part was picking just one.  Then I realized that many of my pet peeves can be lumped into the category ...
Some Days Are Better Than OthersYesterday in Manassas and Bristow...heck, nearly the whole Northern Virginia region, there was extreme weather going on.  It started with morning thunderstorms, a rather odd occurrence in our area.  Most of our thunderstorms are late afteroon or evening in the summ...

Chris Ann Cleland

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