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Real Estate Agent - Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - VA License # 0225089470



I've often heard stories from agents in my area about the new home builders doing their best to cut out the Realtors from new home transactions.  I must admit I thought a lot of this was just sour grapes on the part of the agent who got left out.  Seemed no different than an unfaithful buyer drop...
We all know that 2007 wasn't a great year for real estate.  And yet, many Realtors were having their best years ever.  I was one of those agents with more business than I'd had in my prior two years.  For starters, I had a business plan put together for 2007 before Thanksgiving of 2006.  I didn't...
Yesterday I ranted about a scenario I was experiencing where I, representing the sellers, got a phone call from the buyer's lender who had gotten a hold of the Seller's Negotiator.  These two got their heads together and discussed lowering the sales price by $10,000 as a result of the appraisal b...
A friend alerted me to this website.  It is a selection of THANK YOU cards, drawn by children, to say thanks to the troops serving overseas.  You pick one, type in your name and hometown, and it is printed and sent by Xerox. Or if you are more of a Christmas Card person, see...
I have a listing that is under contract, awaiting 3rd party approval from my seller's mortgage company.  I knew this process would make me want to rip my hair out, but I didn't expect this..... This afternoon I received a phone call from the BUYER'S LENDER (same company as my seller's mortgage ho...
As we all prepare our holiday cards for family, friends and clients, there is one person we should all be adding to our Christmas Card List:  A RECOVERING AMERICAN SOLDIER. These young men and women have given of themselves on behalf of our country, and will be spending the holidays away from th...
I had no idea at the beginning of 2007 that I would be working with these things called "short sales".  Yet, there seems to have been a baptism by fire of Realtors in my area, and I'm sure elsewhere around the Country, to the ins and outs of a short sale. Dealing with a short sale scenario is lik...
My final sale of 2006 was a lovely family that was moving from out of state and into Virginia.  They had been hosed by the Realtor who sold their home.  A really sad situation in which they very likely could have taken action citing several ethics violations.  Long story short, I gained their tru...
I have a duplex in the heart of Fairfax City, within one mile of George Mason University, the County Courthouse complex, the CUE bus route(which takes residents to GMU and the Vienna Metro station) and the revitalized, historic district of Fairfax City.  This duplex definitely offers the convenie...
 I am really excited to be listing this one year old Foxfield model by Toll Brothers in the Active Adult Community of Regency at Dominion Valley.  It is priced at $225,000 and offers two bedrooms and two full bathrooms.  The Master Bath is luxurious with ceramic tile, garden tub, separate shower ...

Chris Ann Cleland

Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
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