Bristow-Gainesville Real Estate News & Opinion

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First Time Buyers Find Their Home in Manassas In late July I was contacted by first-time, newlywed Buyers that had been referred by a past client.  Their apartment lease was up at the end of August and they wanted to buy a home.  Well, I counseled them on the process of house hunting and buying, ...
Another Haymarket Short Sale SOLD! This end unit, two car garage luxury townhouse in Haymarket's gated golf course community of Piedmont, hit the market on June 27, 2013.  Originally, it was priced at $375,000.  Unfortunately, the pay off of both the first and second trusts were more than that, p...
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Who Shoulders the Burden for Lack of Proficiency By an Agent? Buyers and sellers can be nervous about engaging the services of a real estate professional.  And they should be.  This industry is one in which the professionals responsible for providing guidance to their clients are ones paid soley ...
Another Braemar Carriage Home SOLD! When this Parkdale model with only two finished levels hit the market at $379,000 on August 25th (2013,) I knew we were up against the slowest time of the year.  We were also up against buyers who love three finished levels in their Braemar Carriage homes.  Non...
Being the Source of the Source As I type this, I am listening to an agent make a critical mistake.  A client had a question about whether or not a property they are interested in can be subdivided, and if so, into how many parcels.  This agent, rather than handing the buyer the phone number for z...
Finding the Right Northern Virginia Short Sale Agent is Critical Home owners facing financial distress, looking to the option of selling their Northern Virginia home in a Short Sale are overwhelmed.  There is a lot of bad news online about Short Sales.  And frankly, there are a lot of agents out ...
Justifying Value:  What is an Upgrade vs. Maintenance and Preference? The other day, I received an email from a Seller's Agent that was justifying value in a Western Prince William County, VA home that had appraised $40,000 lower than its sales price.  Mind you, the agent had met the appraiser at...
If You Haven't Done It Yet, It Is Time to Winterize Those Hose Bibs My husband and I learned the hard way why you should winterize your hose bibs.  Several years ago, we found a leak inside our wall, caused by a hose bib that had frozen water in it and split the pipes.  Let me tell you, after tha...
One of My Favorite Gainesville Views is in Meadows at Morris Farm Meadows at Morris Fam was a community that built up during the mid-2000s real estate boom in Gainesville, VA.  I remember second guessing my husband's and my decision to buy a few neighborhoods down in Braemar when I saw what was c...

Chris Ann Cleland

Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
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