Bristow-Gainesville Real Estate News & Opinion

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The Importance of School Districts in a House HuntWhenever I meet a buyer with children, the house hunt will inevitably revolve around school districts.  The parents have researched the area and found the schools with the best ratings, test scores or specialty programs and decided that district i...
When Sharing Feedback Feels Like PoliticsPerhaps it is just the election season that has me taking all the crap swirling around in the news from the various talking heads and swirling them into skits that play only in my head.  I have come up with some humdingers, but being in the business of rea...
It Should Not Be a Hardship to Leave a Business Card at a ShowingEvery home that I list that is occupied by either the owner, or a tenant, there is one regular complaint that I could cue with a simple countdown.  Showing scheduled and that same day the phone rings with the occupant."Do you know i...
Fear of the UnknownRecently, I've had to undergo a few medical tests that I was unfamiliar with up to this point in my life.  One was last week and the other today.  I can not tell you the amount of energy wasted on the worry about how long the tests would last, trying to determine what they woul...
Another Centreville, VA Townhouse SoldWhen I meet with Sellers, they will often ask, "Is this a good time to sell?"  They want to know if they have missed the selling season.  If your home is priced right, it is always selling season.This renovated two bedroom, three bathroom townhouse at 14148 A...
Where to Find an Inexpensive Pumpkin for Halloween in Bristow, VAOne of my favorite seasons is fall.  I love seeing pumpkins and gourds around the shops and outdoor markets.  When it comes to buying a pumpkin to carve for Halloween, where is the best place to go?  Depends on what you want.If you ...
I May Unfriend You on Facebook If...November 9th can't get here soon enough for me.  Facebook has become an exercise in resistance training.  Not get sucked into political posts is something I have been doing pretty well.  In fact, I make very few, if any political posts.  However, after a friend...
A Cost Effective Way to Give Your Home a Clean SparkleOne of the most gnarley items in a home is the toilet seat.  No matter how clean you get an old one, it still looks worn and disgusting.  And this is an item that even someone as mechanically challenged as me can replace.It is nearly impossibl...
The Cleland House Perpetual Halloween DecorOctober is probably my favorite month of the year.  I love the beginning of autumn and the brilliant changes in foliage that happen.   Couldn't imagine a better time of year than October for Halloween.  The chill in the air and the smell of dried leaves ...
Bristow, VA Home Owners:  It's Time to Winterize Those Hose BibsOn Monday night, I woke up before the sun came up, shivering in my bed.   I didn't want to get out from the relative warmth of the covers to run to the thermostat and see the temperature.  Pulling the blankets tighter around me, I ju...

Chris Ann Cleland

Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
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