gainesville va real estate agent: Can a Gainesville, VA Buyer Find a Home Their First Day House Hunting? - 07/18/19 06:27 PM
Can a Gainesville, VA Buyer Find a Home Their First Day House Hunting?
If you are a buyer in the Gainesville, VA marketplace, you know that there is not much inventory.  This is a seller favored market at the moment.  However, that doesn't mean that a serious Gainesville, VA buyer can't find their home on day one of the house hunt.
On June 4th (2019,) I first met buyers who were relocating to the Gainesville area.  We had spoken on the phone, but scheduled our first day out house hunting  that day.  We saw seven houses that day.  The third house we saw … (5 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: If Your Gainesville VA Home Has Been Listed More than Three Weeks - 09/15/18 11:34 AM
If Your Gainesville VA Home Has Been Listed More than Three Weeks
Yesterday I received a text message from a Gainesville seller whose townhouse has been listed with me for over fifty days.  She was really nervous about the fact that her home was still listed and had been finding agents online telling her home was essentially worthless if it was listed longer than three weeks.
Initially, my seller's townhouse went under contract after five days, but the week of closing, the buyer's loan was denied.  Long story short, the lender had assumed that he could get a better worded offer letter from … (11 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: Monday Morning Consult the Professional - 06/05/17 09:14 AM
Monday Morning Consult the Professional
Monday morning is not something anyone looks forward to arriving.  Back to work.  Back to school.  Mind you, loving my job as a Bristow Real Estate Agent, I actually look forward to Mondays and work.  However, this Monday morning did bring some dread as I had an appointment with my dentist first thing.  And it wasn't for anything routine.  Nope.  I'd noticed a tooth ache around the area where I had just had a crow done about three months ago.  And the toothache was immediately preceded by my chewing a bit of omelet two weeks ago and having … (11 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: That Was Fast: Gainesville 3 Bedroom Home Under Contract in 1 Day - 04/22/17 03:57 PM
That Was Fast:  Gainesville 3 Bedroom Home Under Contract in 1 Day
Seems like just yesterday I was telling you about 14346 Broadwinged Drive in Gainesville, listed for $385,000.  Actually, it was two days ago...April 20th (2017) to be exact.  That was the day this three bedroom carriage home in Morris Farm hit the market. 
With nothing available in the way of a three bedroom single family home in all of Gainesville, VA, priced at $400,000 or less, it is no surprise that within twenty-four hours of hitting the market, this three bedroom carriage home had four offers.  And I can tell you … (6 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: Are Bristow, VA Home Prices Back to Pre-Crash Levels? - 12/28/16 05:54 PM
Are Bristow, VA Home Prices Back to Pre-Crash Levels?
Near the end of November 2016, Case Schiller reported that national home prices had surpassed their pre-crash levels.  You can read the interpretation of that data by clicking this link.  Unfortunately, that is a national look at real estate prices.  If you want to know what's happening with home values, ask a local real estate agent.  
Since I can only speak about the market in which I work, I'm going to tell you about that state of Bristow, VA home values. What we discuss will hold true for Gainesville and Haymarket as well. … (7 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: The Year in Reviews: Taking Care of Everyone in the Family - 01/10/16 08:29 AM
The Year in Reviews:  Taking Care of Everyone in the Family
Last year (2015) was the year I dedicated myself to beefing up my Zillow profile.  I had a few online reviews, but nothing major. Wasn't exactly a check list item after a closing to ask for a review.  You better believe it became one in 2015.
One of my favorite reviews was the last one that was posted in 2015 from a family that I helped sell their Bristow home and find another in Gainesville.  I still remember how excited their young daughter was that they would be moving from a three bedroom … (13 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: Thank Goodness a Real Estate Expert Called Me Yesterday - 06/04/15 09:21 AM
Thank Goodness a Real Estate Expert Called Me Yesterday
One of the most frustrating things you can experience when checking your voice mail is a rambler who doesn't leave their number until they have nearly exhausted their allotted time on your voice mail.  It was a lady who said she was walking past one of my listings, lived in the neighborhood, yet couldn't seem to spit out an address number or street name.  That struggle went on for probably thirty seconds...which felt like an eternity.  I knew which house she was calling on the minute she said Gainesville townhouse.
When I called her … (36 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: Another Gainesville, VA Townhouse Goes Under Contract - 05/19/15 11:15 AM
Another Gainesville, VA Townhouse Goes Under Contract
It was a hectic weekend.   Not only did this Bristow single family home go under contract, but this Gainesville townhouse went under contract the next day, leaving yours truly with no active listings to sell.  Time to get new listings, which I accomplished on Monday.  That's the life of a busy Bristow-
Gainesville Real Estate Agent.
I think that the Gainesville townhouse that was the last of my available inventory to go under contract illustrates perfectly the difference between listing in late January versus early April. 
In late January, I listed the townhouse four doors down from … (15 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: Gainesville Townhouse, Just Sold for $318,000 - 03/16/15 07:12 AM
Gainesville Townhouse, Just Sold for $318,000
On January 30th (2015) I had the pleasure of listing this townhouse in Gainesville, VA's community of Carterwood.  After looking at comparable sales in the last few months, the Sellers decided to list for $315,000.  We walked through the townhouse and they took notes on what to do to get the home ready for market.  And boy did that make a difference!

At the time that this end unit townhouse hit the market, the average marketing time in the neighborhood was about ninety-nine days, and the shortest marketing time was about a month.  We … (13 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: Why Would You Wash Your Hands with Windex? - 02/11/15 10:37 AM
Why Would You Wash Your Hands with Windex?
The best part of my job as a Bristow-Gainesville real estate agent is that I can do the majority of my work from home.  The fourth bedroom in our home is my home office.  It even has an attached full bathroom.  My mother-in-law got a little bent that of the additional three bedrooms we have in our home, my husband and I chose the one with the attached bathroom as an office.  We did it because it's located down a separate hall away from the the other bedrooms.  Besides, we work at least … (37 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: Gainesville, VA End Unit, Garage Townhouse Under Contract in 6 Days! - 02/05/15 10:14 AM
Gainesville, VA End Unit, Garage Townhouse Under Contract in 6 Days!
On January 30th I had the pleasure of putting this end unit, garage townhouse in Carterwood on the market.  The Seller had done a phenomenal job getting the home ready for market.  They took my de-cluttering and staging notes as a to do list and made the home look as much like a model home as they could.  They also picked a very reasonable list price of $315,000.  

After only two days on the market, they received their first offer.  The third day, a second offer.  And the … (19 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: Beware the Things You Know Nothing About - 07/27/14 05:04 AM
Beware the Things You Know Nothing About 
When it comes to the world of Bristow-Gainesville real estate, there isn't much I don't know.  Want to know something about our sales contract?  Ask.  I'll tell you.  I deal with it every day of the week.  Want to know why you don't get your money the same day you sell?  That's easy and revolves around the two days that title companies have to record the deed having transferred THEN make disbursements, like the money you made on the sale of your home.
While I have become well versed in all things real estate, I … (21 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: How Long Does it Take to Sell a Home in Gainesville, VA? - 02/25/14 10:04 AM
How Long Does it Take to Sell a Home in Gainesville, VA?
As with most real estate questions, the answer depends. As of right now, the last ninety days of real estate activity in Gainesville, VA shows that single family homes that sold during that time went under contract in an average of fifty-five days.  Those that went under contract during  the same time period were under contract in an average of fifty-seven days.  That would suggest that it takes an average of nearly two months to sell a Gainesville, VA home.
On February 21st (2014,) I listed a Gainesville single family home for … (6 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: Another Gainesville, VA Home Sold! - 09/27/13 09:14 AM
Another Gainesville, VA Home Sold!
This Sheridan model by Ryan Homes in Gainesville's community of Somerset hit the market on July 11, 2013 priced at $439,000.  It was under contract just three days later on July 14th, but that transaction did not close.  The appraisal came in a little low, which normally isn't a deal breaker.  It becomes a deal breaker when the appraisal contains erroneous information that negatively affects value.  That particular appraisal had the home as four years older and not having updates or upgrades.  Nevermind that all the bathrooms had been renovated with large ceramic tile and updated … (0 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: Gainesville, VA Single Family Home Under Contract in Just Three Days!! - 07/14/13 11:58 AM
Gainesville, VA Single Family Home Under Contract in Just Three Days!!
This four bedroom, three and a half bathroom single family home in Somerset hit the market on July 11th (2013) at about 11pm.  It was priced at $439,000.  So its first official day on the market, it was in the MLS for one hour.  The very first showing we had on July 12th brought an offer on July 13th.  It was the kind of offer that the Sellers couldn't refuse.  It was ratified on July 14th.  So really this home was under contract in two days and one hour, but … (7 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: Fortune Cookie Wisdom: Over Deliver, Under Promise - 02/23/13 09:27 AM
Fortune Cookie Wisdom:  Over Deliver, Under Promise
While my fortune cookie message seems to have transposed the order of these actions, I whole heartedly believe and practice the message.  Under promising and over delivering is what I do regularly.  When someone feels you have gone "above and beyond" for them, this is why.  You have probably under promised and over delivered.
I definitely did some over delivering today.  I am whipped.  When a buyer in Gainesville wants to see property, you have to be able to do it THAT day.  No waiting or the darn thing will be under contract.  My buyers … (8 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: Greenhill Crossing Townhouse Under Contract in Two Days!! - 02/03/13 09:20 AM
Greenhill Crossing Townhouse Under Contract in Two Days!!
I was going to title this post Gainesville, VA Townhouse Under Contract in Two Days!!  Then I realized as my browser auto-completed the title that I had already done one with that title back in October 2012.  Clearly, buyer demand in Gainesville has not ceased at all.  
While some may expect a regular sale to go under contract quickly, they may not expect a Gainesville Short Sale to go under contract in two days.  I'm here to tell you, not only did this one go under contract in two days, but it … (2 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: The Art of a Real Estate Transaction: Timing & Order of Events Matter - 12/22/12 05:24 AM
The Art of a Real Estate Transaction:  Timing & Order of Events Matter
Last night, as I sat in the Hylton Performing Arts Center listening to the American Festival Pops Orchestra perform holiday favorites, I found myself tapping my toes and swinging my shoulders, and at times, humming or singing along.  There's something about music that moves people like nothing else.  How cool that these folks have the skill to have such an occupation.  Talent and practice.  Lots of practice, I'm sure goes into a great performance.
What was amazing to me was how still some members of the band had … (32 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: Grand Exaggerations and Misleading Statements of Real Estate Agents - 01/10/12 06:25 AM
Grand Exaggerations and Misleading Statements of Real Estate Agents
Seems like nothing brings out the half truths, misleading statements and blatant lies like the topic of production when it comes to real estate agents.  Pick up your own local paper and maybe you'll see an ad like I saw in one of mine that made me do a double take.  There was a huge number of closed sales for the year in a particular geographic region, say 300 sales, and some smiling faces underneath it.  I'm a hard working real estate agent.  I sold 23 homes this year and I can … (14 comments)

gainesville va real estate agent: Can You Trust a Northern Virginia Short Sale Agent to List Your Regular Sale? - 12/28/10 06:29 AM
Can you trust a Northern Virginia Short Sale Agent to list your regular sale?
By the advertising that comes through my mailbox from Realtors® in the Bristow-Gainesville marketplace, you would think that Short Sale Agents are one trick ponies.  That we can only list and sell Short Sales.  That somehow we have fallen out of step with the pricing of the marketplace and marketing properties for sale.  Let me assure you that nothing could be further from the truth.
The notion that a Short Sale Agent is someone that throws a listing in the MLS (mutiple listing service) and walks away … (15 comments)

 
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