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2008 

It's always a wonderful day when you can help a first time home buyer achieve the dream of home ownership.  It's made all the more special when it happens near the holidays. Today I had the honor or representing one of the my most motivated first time home buyers as she signed the paperwork to pu...
12/31/2008
My husband and I were awakened this morning to the sounds of siding expanding and contracting with very strong and sustained sounding winds.  We knew from weather forecasts that we were expecting high winds today, but this is ridiculous.     This is only the beginning.  The winds will likely get ...
12/31/2008
This was a picture I took of my lovely five year old female cat, Minx.  I didn't remember taking it, but when I was reviewing some of my photos, I saw something different than what had actually happened. When you look at this photo, Minx may look like she's laughing.  Of cIt may have that cartoon...
12/30/2008
The holiday season is passing, and the New Year is right around the corner.  The shortest day of the year has gone.  Winter will be with us for at least a couple more months. Before old man winter retires for another year, I would love to see it snow.   One foot or more.  None of this barely cove...
12/29/2008
The Northern Virginia market is full of short sales* and bank owned homes (mopre commonly known as foreclosures).  These homeowners that no longer can afford their homes are becoming tenants, and yes, they are being accepted by landlords.  If you are finding yourself facing foreclosure, please be...
12/27/2008
This year Christmas was a little "light".  Not a lot of gifts under the tree.  And the things that were there, were not terribly expensive.  But one gift, that my Mother gave to my husband and I, as well as one to my brother, was almost embarassing when we opened it.  More embarassing was the tho...
12/26/2008
Chris Ann Cleland | Long & Foster | 703-402-0037 10024 Lord Lovat Way, Bristow, VA Just Reduced to $165,000! 2BR/1.5BA Condo offered at $165,000 Year Built 1999 Sq Footage 1,354 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 1 full, 1 partial Floors Unspecified Parking 1 Car garage Lot Size 1,354 sqft HOA/Maint $108 per ...
12/23/2008
While 2008 will be remembered by many for the doom and gloom economic and real estate headlines, I am here to tell you that it was never as bad as you may have thought. This year I have had the opportunity to further expand my real estate business, and experienced my best year yet.  And in so doi...
12/22/2008
An earnest money deposit is money that a buyer puts forth, to guarantee their contract on a property.  The earnest money shows that the buyer is serious...so serious they are putting their own money on the line. Earnest money goes toward closing costs or down payment at settlement.  However, if a...
12/20/2008
We are in a buyer's market.  Nine out of ten transactions in our area will include the seller paying toward the buyer's closing costs.  As a first-time home buyer, you may not understand how much closing costs run, or what they include. To begin, closing costs are typically 3% of the total sales ...
12/20/2008
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