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

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2012 

Fortune Cookie Real Estate:  Don't Be Too Picky or Indecisive Tonight I treated my husband and myself to Pei Wei for dinner.  I was out all day and into the evening with clients.  I was not about to even contemplate cooking dinner, so I called in an order and took it home.  After my Mongolian Bee...
06/13/2012
What to Expect When You Become a Real Estate Agent So you've taken the pre-licensing courses and you passed the licensing exam.  You've chosen a Brokerage to affiliate with and you are officially a Real Estate Agent.  What's next?  That exciting life of luxury you dreamed about begins now.  Tuesd...
06/12/2012
Things That Don't Make Sense:  Short Sales and Beyond There are plenty of things that don't make sense in the world of real estate.  One of them is Bank of America Cooperative Short Sales.  They are GREAT programs.  Unfortunately, you can't get the third party vendors like REDC to actually WORK o...
06/11/2012
How Are You Going to Market My Listing? Being a Listing Agent that specializes in the areas of Bristow and Gainesville, I am often asked by prospective sellers what makes my marketing any better than another agent's in the area.  I am always glad when they ask.  Before entering the world of real ...
06/09/2012
When Can I Transfer Utilities In to, or Out of, My Name? Transferring utilities is something that can easily get overlooked in the hustle and bustle of packing up the home you are selling, or in the excitement of getting ready for the home  you are buying. In Northern Virginia, the Regional Sales...
06/09/2012
Where Can I Find a Good Home Inspector? Home buyers should always take the opportunity to include a home inspection contingency in their contracts.  Having a chance to have a professional look over the home's systems is worth every penny to a buyer's piece of mind. Sometimes the news is good.  Th...
06/08/2012
Just Sold in Parks at Piedmont:  Three Bedroom Condo for $185,000 This one car garage condo in Gainesville's Parks at Piedmont South Condominiums hit the market priced at $194,900 on April 18, 2012.  It immediately appealed to down-sizing and first-time home buyers.  The problem is that every one...
06/07/2012
How Long Will Settlement Take? So you've made it to the end of your real estate transaction and you wonder, "How long will settlement take?"  You have to know how much time to block off on the calendar.  I'm sure settlement is not the only thing happening that day.   In Virginia, most title compa...
06/07/2012
Can a Seller Escrow Funds at Settlement for Home Inspection Repairs? If you are a buyer of a home and want the seller to pay for home inspection repairs, but want to oversee them yourself, you may be asking this question.  The answer is easy if you have an FHA or VA loan.  No!  No escrows for rep...
06/06/2012
How Long Does it Take from Getting an Offer Accepted to Closing? One of the most frequently asked questions I get from buyers is how long it takes from the point of getting their offer accepted to the point of closing.  And what they usually trying to figure out is how far out they should be sche...
06/06/2012
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