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Is It Better to Reject or Counter a Low Offer on Your Home? So you've got your home listed at, what you feel, is a reasonable price.  Traffic is good and your agent has informed you that you should get a quick offer, without much haggling.  Buyers will often ask for more than they expect to get. ...
Mistakes in the Kitchen Are Less Costly Than Mistakes in Real Estate It's Easter Sunday.  Last night, I chatted with my Mom, who I assumed would be joining my brother and his girlfriend for a gathering at the girlfriend's house.  Wrong!  That meant Mom would be alone on Easter.  Not on my watch. ...
Thank You Sleepy's in Manassas! Tuesday evening I while out with a friend, I convinced her to make a stop at Sleepy's in Manassas, located right off of Route 28.   We'd just  stuffed ourselves full of Mexican food and honestly the idea of lying on a comfy mattress sounded pretty good.  My husband...
Stacked Condos:  Is Being on the Top or Bottom Better? Stacked condos are cropping up from Centreville to Gainesville and Haymarket, to Manassas Park and down to Woodbridge.  They are a great way to offer townhouse style living to more buyers than a typical townhouse community would offer. Typica...
Can I Sell My Home in a Short Sale to an Investor and Rent It Back? When someone contacts me to list their home for a Short Sale, it's not because they want to move from the home.  It's because they can no longer afford it and that's a rough place to be.  Home owners in these positions don't want...
Help Me Welcome a Member Who Has Renewed Her Commitment to Blogging I have the opportunity to work alongside some really great people in our Long & Foster Gainesville office.  Caryl Dawson is one of those folks.  She's an Associate Broker, an animal lover and an adventurous traveler.  She and Dic...
Can I Do a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure Instead of Short Sale? When I speak with home owners in financial distress, the last thing they really want to contemplate is putting their home on the market.  Getting it cleaned up and ready for showings is stressful enough for a family excited to move to ...
Lists:  Good in Business, Bad in Music I noticed a few years ago that Alanis Morissette signs in lists.  Don't believe me?  Listen to her some of her most popular songs.  With the exception of her first hit, "You Oughta Know," the woman writes lists and puts them to music.  I noticed because my h...
How Google Can Help You in Negotiating an Offer or Deciding on a Home Sometimes we forget what an awesome tool the Internet can be.  Just about everyone and every entity has a digit footprint.  That can be helpful when you have questions when house hunting or during contract negotiations.  Below ...
Is There an Advantage to Being a Cash Offer? I must admit, the inspiration to write this post hit me when I read Cindy Jones' post No Matter What You've Heard Cash Is Not Always King.  Cindy definitely busts the myth that cash is not always the best offer in a multiple offer situation, which are ...

Chris Ann Cleland

Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
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