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A native of Virginia's Commonwealth, John graduated from Virginia Episcopal (High) School and attended Randolph-Macon College where he received a BA in English and Minored in Studio Art. John's post-graduate studies took him to The Catholic University of America where he received his Masters of Architecture.
A licensed Architect (RA) as well as a REALTOR® & Associate Broker, John began his career in 1986 managing residential construction and development. Specializing in high-end custom residential homes and renovation, John has an extensive knowledge of the housing industry. Years of construction management and contract negotiation provide additional skills necessary to work in his client's best interest. John truly brings unique skills to the real estate industry, performing at the highest level of real estate sales.
Ann was born in Japan the daughter of an Air Force family. She settled in Virginia's Commonwealth as a child, living in the Northern-Virginia area. She graduated from Bishop O'Connell High School and attended Georgetown University where he received a BS in Psychology. Ann's post-graduate studies took her to George Washington University where he earned her MA.
A Licensed Therapist, Ann worked as a lead therapist for the DC Commission of Mental Health Services for five years. She relocated to Richmond, Virginia in 1993 where she immediately established a successful small business with an extensive focus in design and interior consultation that lasted for almost fourteen years. Ann's experience provides additional skills needed to perform at the highest level of real estate sales.
Uniquely Suited to Serve You!
Our Mission is to provide the highest level of professional real estate service to our clients while celebrating the notion of HOME as a distinctive lifestyle choice.
Ann & John VanderSyde established InSydeHomes as a real estate and architecturally design-centric partnership dedicated to the art of living well at HOME. Passionate about design and architecture, they have both a comprehensive understanding the marketplace and the ability to creatively assist clients in attaining their lifestyle goals through housing choices.
Ann & John VanderSyde bring years of knowledge and experience to the Central Virginia / Richmond real estate market. Their education and backgrounds in design, construction, architecture and planning offers a much more in depth level of service than one can expect to find in other REALTORS®. They have established a successful client-centered business by providing the personal attention to detail that one desires when buying or selling a HOME.
Members of the Virginia Properties/Long & Foster Real Estate family, they have a vast network of support and services at their disposal in order to further benefit their clients.
Our philosophy is to share excitement for the built environment by celebrating the notion of HOME as a distinctive lifestyle choice. We believe our choices define who we are, and this is certainly no truer than in where and how we choose to live. We take the time needed and provide the expertise necessary to make these decisions.
Our principles are founded on the need for communication, respect, ethics, & accountability in all our relationships, and are a testament to the value we place on each individual.
Our business structure ensures that we provide the highest level of service, because we measure our success through client satisfaction.
We wanted to thank you for everything you did to make our home purchase in Henrico, VA so pleasant. We are incredibly impressed with your knowledge, professionalism and amazing attention to detail. After just a couple of conversations with you, we had complete confidence in your ability to efficiently manage the purchase of our new home. You did a fantastic job keeping everyone on schedule (including us) and ensuring that we received all of the necessary information and paperwork to make our purchase smooth and painless. We appreciate how comfortable you made us feel during the whole process . . . we will definitely contact you for any future real estate needs.
John and Jessica
Thank you so much for all of your help with my house - from helping me find it and buy it, to then helping me find a nice family to live in it when my plans changed. I so appreciate all the hard work that you put into it. You have clearly won my love and approval - I absolutely loved working with you and can't even begin to thank you enough!
I wanted to call you after Sunday and say I was BLOWN AWAY (but not surprised) at the staging of the house. We had some friends over briefly on Sun night and they all loved it too and they are pretty selective in their tastes. You have fabulous taste and I wish I could bring you to every house I have and get your help decorating. Maybe I could fly you out to Chicago for the day sometime when we get settled into our next house and we can go shopping for stuff. My mother in law loved the slip covers you bought for the couch and chair. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am not worried at all about the house sale because I know you guys (including you, John, and Ty) have it under control and are putting our best foot forward! It is a huge relief!
Regards, Annika & Ty
We wanted to extend out thanks to you and John for helping us get in to our new home. Virginia Properties as a whole was a pleasure to work with. There were certainly things that you guys brought to the table that helped us save money in the long run. Your experience in the industry shows through your work and anyone who has the opportunity to work with you and John will surely be impressed. Thanks again for your help - it was a great and painless experience.
Charles and Whitney
John & Ann were simply amazing. We will without a doubt use them for each and every real estate transaction going forward. And will recommend our friends do the same. Knowledgeable, Accommodating, Perfect.
Kim and Jeff
The VanderSydes were great to work with. They were the key to our transaction in Richmond.
Jan & Michael
My fiancé and I were first time homebuyers and we knew that the incentives to purchase a home with the 2009 tax credits were going to make many realtors eager to work with us. When we met Ann, it was clear that her enthusiasm, dedication, knowledge, resources and work ethic we going to make our first home purchase not only stress-free, but also enjoyable. Ann was quick to hone in on our desired homes, set-up a database to pre-sort and email daily homes for our viewing, and work with our schedule, despite having a family of her own.
Ann was very validating and reassuring, and loved guiding us through every step of the process. We showed interest in a house on Sunday, viewed it on Monday and made an offer on Tuesday. To highlight her enthusiasm, dedication and work ethic with her clients, when we decided that we were "sold" on our house, Ann was quick to address her family needs and worked diligently with us for the house, staying until midnight so that we could secure the offer the following morning. Her work ethic and dedication to her clients doesn't go unnoticed and we were certain we were working with a consummate professional.
Throughout the process, there were numerous questions and concerns raised as first-time homebuyers. Ann has exceptional interpersonal skills and was quick to answer all questions. One of my biggest concerns was being overwhelmed with tasks of which I would not know whom to contact or when. Ann provided a plethora of resources, and to my delight, generally handled all of the tasks and paperwork for us. From recommending vendors to refinishing our hardwood floor, to locksmiths, inspectors, mortgage companies, attorneys and even allowing us to borrow her ladder to paint and hang are post-closing, Ann has an extraordinary relationship with her clients; enthusiasm for the process and profession; and work ethic that allows for an incomparable home buying experience. Working with Ann had been phenomenal and we will exclusively buy and sell homes with the assistance of Ann VanderSyde!
Sean & Layne
Ann - it has been a pleasure to work with you. Thank you for ALL of your efforts to make sure this deal got to closing. I'm sure [client names] will love their first home! Kelly (selling agent)
Ann - I wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for all of your (and John's) help with my first home purchase. This is the first evening that I will actually sleep at my new residence. I'm very excited . . . I've learned a lot about my city through you, and I appreciate your perspective - It's refreshing!
"John and Ann were GREAT! We could not have had a better experience, and are grateful to have had such competent agents help as we relocated to Richmond. They were very prepared and unbelievably helpful, professional and just made it all so easy."
Allie & Ralph
"John & Ann were attentive to our needs, very nice and professional. He sincerely cared about us as clients and people! John was GREAT!!!" "Thank you for all of the hard (and long) work you did to help me find my special dream house! I love every bit of it". Michelle
"I am very pleased and happy with my house. All the effort you put in getting the house that was right for me is appreciated. Your architectural expertise and consideration made the process less frustrating and inspired confidence". Mary Louise
" . . . you should know how unbelievably pleased we were with [John's] service every step of the way. He was very thorough in his initial property searches for us, showing us every type of listing in our price range and letting us decide what worked best for our needs. Being first-time homebuyers, we were very comforted by the fact that he was always available to answer our numerous lists of questions. When we finally found the right house, he acted fast and enabled us to be the first to put a contract down. We got the house we wanted, and he made closing a breeze. John made what we initially perceived as a scary and overwhelming process into a stress-free and successful venture". Dana & Eric
"John and Ann VanderSyde made the entire experience more enjoyable & Trouble free that I had a right to expect." Jim
"John was a perfect fit for our needs. He understood what we wanted. I will recommend John to all my friends. This was my first home-buying experience & it couldn't have gone any better thanks to him." Stefany & Andy
"We felt that John & Ann did an excellent job helping us find our house. He was very patient, understanding, knowledgeable in everything we needed to know. I would use him again and recommend him to friends and family." James
"Thank you so much for all that you have done for us over the past few months. We cannot begin to tell you how grateful we are to you for helping us find a house. We are so excited to begin our new life together at [address] and we owe much of that happiness and excitement to you. It has been a wonderful experience and we thank you for all your patience and knowledge. You have made out home buying experience so much better!! . . . it is very fulfilling knowing we have a place to call ‘home'." Victoria & Robert
"The [first] night we stayed in the house went really well. It wasn't until we walked into the house that it felt really REAL. It is our house! I even made Brian carry me over the threshold . . . Thanks again for all your help! Erin & Brian
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