Bristow-Gainesville Real Estate News & Opinion

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



Given the nature of the Northern Virginia real estate market, the FHA 203K Renovation loan has been a much needed tool for home buyers.  Today, I had a family of Northern Virginia first time homebuyers successfully complete their home purchase with an FHA 203K Renovation loan.  It was a  long tim...
After another successful settlement this morning, I had a lunch appointment at a Bristow Chinese restaurant (Asian Garden).  My fortune  seemed to fit my job as a Bristow-Gainesville-Haymarket Realtor®.  People find it difficult to resist your persuasive manner. While that may be true, this morni...
Five weeks and a few days may have been what a Gainesville townhouse used to sit on the market for until chosen by a buyer.  Not anymore.  If you are priced right and marketed properly by your Listing Agent, your home can be Under Contract in two days like my latest sellers.  This townhouse hit t...
Since last Fall, I've been spending a great deal of time in Loudoun County.  In my duties as a Buyer's Agent, I've helped two buyers get great deals on homes in two different Ashburn 55+ Active Adult Communities.  One moved to a condo development by K. Hovnanian and another found a great attached...
Do you ever get the feeling that someone is hearing the thoughts that are going on inside your head?  I love Alan May's sense of humor and got a kick out of his blog this morning.  Thought I'd share his sense of humor with my readers too.  Don't you wish that LIFE came with an UN-DO button? You ...
As a Gainesville-Bristow Realtor®, I haven't had any time to reflect on life's mysteries these days.  The real estate market has been keeping me quite busy.  I work representing both buyers and sellers in the area, though representing both sides in the same transaction is out of my comfort zone. ...
Is That a Bank of America Short Sale Approval or a Hallucination Caused by My Migraine? This has been one of those weeks that tested my resolve as a Realtor®.   There weren't enough hours in the day for me to get all the things done that needed to get done, including hound Bank of America on appr...
The journey for the Fairfax County first time buyers that bought this beauty started when they began their preliminary home search online.  At the time they were focused on the Gainesville area.  And that's when they found me.  After months of searching in Prince William, Loudoun and Fairfax Coun...
As a Northern Virginia Short Sale Listing Agent, I am finding more and more Buyers Agents puzzled to the Short Sale process, and confusing their Buyers as a result.   In order to understand a Northern Virginia Short Sale, let me lay out two of the ground rules that all parties must realize.  The ...
Yesterday, on a trip to Wegman's in Gainesville, my husband and I noticed that there is a brand new Dunkin' Donuts in the Stonewall Shops plaza.  Just four days prior they had been prepping the store and had a Dunkin' Donuts Coming Soon banner up.  That was the first we'd heard of it.  And just f...

Chris Ann Cleland

Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
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