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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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Kingsbrooke Townhouses Mid-Year Review 2017When this Bristow Real Estate Agent faces a dreary weekend with not a lot to do, she chooses to jump into the multiple listing system and grab some data for a Kingsbrooke market report.  Probably not what most Bristow real estate agents would do.  What c...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Braemar Property Values:  May-June 2017 (Courtyard Series)When it comes to writing Braemar Property Value Reports, perhaps the hardest part is coming up with the opening.  Facts and figures are easy to discuss, but coming up with a snazzy open to a market report takes some inspiration.  Having sp...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Braemar Property Values:  May-June 2017 (Carriage Series)Happy Monday!  Did you know that Mondays are my favorite days of the week?  That hasn't always been the case.  It wasn't until I became a Bristow Real Estate Agent that I actually looked forward to the work week starting up again.   Funny w...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 5
Braemar Property Values:  May-June 2017 (Arista Series)As I sit here, about to type the most recent Braemar Property Value Report, I realize that I completely missed Casino Night at the Braemar Clubhouse last night.  If you went, I would love to hear about, so feel free to share in the comments b...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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Braemar Reflection Quarterly:  April-June 2017 (2nd Quarter)Hard to believe, but I was just reading about a school supply drive.  Say it isn't so!  The kids have been out of school only a month.  Summer goes by so fast.  Hope you all are enjoying every minute of it.Even though it is summer, which...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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A flat roof must provide a way for water to go.If not, water sits, and finds any small opening it can. Since we know gravity works, if water can go down, it will.  On a flat roof surface, that means eventual destruction.This is a 17 year old EPDM roof surface.  EPDM is a synthetic rubber surface,...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 3
Braemar Piggyback Quarterly:  April-June 2017 (2nd Quarter)Do you look forward to Friday?  If you have a Monday through Friday job, I bet you do.  Of course the kids enjoying their summer vacation (likely at the Braemar pools) are probably starting to lose track of what day of the week it is.  Fr...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Braemar Patio Home Quarterly:  April-June 2017 (2nd Quarter)The three words dreaded in Bristow, VA during the summer months are hazy, hot and humid.  That's our triple threat, making you want to explore indoor activities like cooking, watching TV, or surfing the Internet.  Today we are experienci...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 2
Braemar Condo Quarterly: April-June 2017 (2nd Quarter)We are well into summer in Braemar and I am sure that folks in the condos are happy with their proximity to the Iona Sound community pool.  Of course, that is likely with the exception of swim meet mornings when parking around that pool remind...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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Thermal imaging art.Thermal imaging can check a lot of things. It can be a precursor check for electrical issues.  Heating and air conditioning can be evaluated.  Roof and plumbing leaks are a given.  And the best way (the only way inside walls) to see the quality of an insulation installation or...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 48
A Thought Before Selling Your Home For Sale By OwnerAs is the case most weekends, when I am out and about, I have the local talk radio station playing in the car.  Weekend programming on big market talk stations like the one I listen to out of Washington, DC are often talk programs, whose hosts p...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 17
When any upper level is hot insulation is almost always the reason.And why else wouldn't it be?  It could be that the air conditioning does not reach or blow hard enough into the upper level.  But that air pressure is an easy check.When air is blowing well through a register I have my client feel...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 9
Should a Seller Call a Financing Contingency in Bristow-Gainesville?Whenever I network with fellow real estate agents in the market I am often amazed at how little they do to actually protect their seller clients.  Right now, I'm seeing listing agents fail their sellerswhen it comes to removing t...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 39
Getting Information You Don't Want to HearWhat do old cars and beat up houses have in common?  Let me tell you, it's more than you think when it comes to weighing your options as to whether to dump money into it or ditch it the way that it is.In 2002, I bought a new Mitsubishi Montero Sport that ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 13
Can You Make an Offer So Low the Seller Won't Even Counter?When a buyer is looking for a home, they certainly want to save every penny they can.  Who can blame them?  In the Bristow-Gainesville marketplace, an average purchase price can be near $400,000.  That's a lot of money.  Heck, even if som...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 12
When It Comes to Buyer Home Inspection Repair Requests, Offer MoneyLet out a big sigh.  Your home is under contract and you just know that the rest is going to be smooth sailing from here.  You've taken good care of your home and the buyer's home inspector won't find anything major.  And even if ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 52
How Important is Feedback When Listing a Home?Like most questions in real estate, the question about how important feedback is when listing a home is this--it depends.  If you looked on any real estate forum on social media in my Bristow-Gainesville-Haymarket area, you would see buyers agents not...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 10
My client asked if there was no insulation in the wall.Often during a home inspection my client follows me around when I do a thermal image sweep to check for insulation issues or roof leaks.  They like looking over my shoulder and listen to my explanation of what they are seeing.Sometimes I show...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 5
In new construction the thermal barrier in the attic should be verified by an attic insulation certificate.This house is supposed to be Energy Star compliant for Virginia standards.  As such there are criteria that are to be met.  For example, windows and doors should have certain U-factors and s...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 15
Finding a Contractor You Can TrustAs a full-time Bristow, VA Real Estate Agent, I get plenty of referrals requests for general contractors.  When I come across good ones, they are often overloaded with work and don't return calls.  That's frustrating.  In my community, there are plenty of contrac...

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