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When you are buying a home, it seems the paperwork is endless.  You must sign the buyer borker agreement, the offer, inspection clauses, buyer representation disclosures, affiliated business arrangement disclosures, estimated closing costs worksheets, home warranty disclosures, home inspection di...
Just got back from settlement.  This lovely single family home in Warrenton was a short sale.  There were two separate lien holders, a first and second mortgage.  The house would not sell for what was owed.  The owners contacted me and listed the home for short sale on February 26th.  On March 1s...
So I'm parsing through the MLS today.  Of course, you have to read remarks these days.  Who knows what the REAL status of a listing is.  Then I find this classic in the remarks: APPROVED SHORT SALE...QUICK CLOSING! WE ARE NOT GOING TO ONLY PAY YOU $1 IN COMMISSION. MRIS DOES NOT ALLOW US TO SAY T...
You may, or may not have heard about two proposed asphalt plants to be built in Manassas.  One will be located on Hornbaker Road in Manassas, near the new Target, Petsmart and Manassas Airport.  The second will be built on Contractors Court, a little further west of the first plant, maybe a block...
I understand that real estate is often thought to be a weekend activity.  That's when most folks are off work.  Makes perfect sense.  However, as a Realtor I can tell you that our weekend appointments fill up FAST!  They are in high demand. In the Spring and Summer house hunting season, it seems ...
A buyer entering the market these days is encountering a type of sale that so many before them never even knew existed.  It's called a Short Sale. A short sale occurs when a sellers owes more on the mortgage payoff, than they will get for the sale of their home.   The mortgage holder(s) must have...
It is time for another Braemar Townhouse Report.  A chance to look at sales activity in the months of March and April and find the average value of a Bramear townhouse.  Townhouse sales in this Braemar Tonwhouse Report, as always, are divided into two categories:  No Garage and Garage. The was ve...
I was out showing property yesterday to a buyer with limited means.  He has a specific location in mind, but the properties fitting his price range need help....often more than he dares to bite off.  Yesterday we saw a great townhouse.  It was two levels.  Great deck/backyard, which was key to my...

Chris Ann Cleland

Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
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