A Northern Virginia Snowstorm May Just Be Just What the Motivated Buyers Ordered

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

A Northern Virginia Snowstorm May Just Be Just What the Motivated Buyers Ordered.

For the past two Fridays, this Prince William County Short Sale Agent has been in Broker pre-licensing courses.   During yesterday's class in Woodbridge, there was an excitement in the air.  Agents discussed the weather report.  In Northern Virginia, if there is a CHANCE of snow, there is a tendency toward total and complete panic.   A full day before a flurry hits the ground schools will cancel, or announce late openings, and check out lines in the grocery stores become unbearable.

So after my Broker class, I answered some emails, received a ratified a contract on my most recent Gainesville short sale listing, and finalized appointments for Saturday--two separate buyer clients, one of which, looking in Sterling, had been in some fierce mutiple offer situations and lost despite the strength of his offers.  I did a before bed check of the weather forecast.  We were only expecting one to two inches of snow.  My wish was it would snow more and keep some of our buyer competition home.

I DEFINITELY GOT MY WISH.

I was thirty minutes late for the first appointment due to the poor road conditions.   Prince William, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties were clearly unprepared for hours upon hours of snow accumulation.  I had to smile.  I had scheduled my Sterling buyer first and I knew this would keep most of our competition off the roads and give us that edge we needed.

As the roads were getting worse and worse, I felt no need to rush, not even after my buyer found the best home he'd seen yet.  And it wasn't a bank owned home.  We could get a quick answer.  We wrote up the offer, the buyer handed me a sizable earnest money deposit check, and I was on my way home.  What normally would have taken forty minutes to drive took me ninety minutes. 

The offer was submitted and we've already received some very positive feedback.  I think my Sterling buyer may have finally been given a bit of divine intervention.  Thank you, Mother Nature.  We really needed that!

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Sharon Lee
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Hi Chris Ann-Glad the snow worked in your favor. I am NOT liking this winter and this second snow fall. It has snow ALL day. I pray for Spring to come quickly. Have a super Sunday. <SMILE>

Jan 30, 2010 01:24 PM #1
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Sharon:  I'll take the assist this storannatom gave me, but I think after this one, I'm done too. 

Jan 30, 2010 01:27 PM #2
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Barbara Birinyi
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Can't say we get much snow here in NE Texas, but it sure has been cold this winter.  Where's the global warming when you need it?  Beautiful photo.  Congratulations on being a road warrior in the snow.  Lived in NE Ohio, so I know all about it!

Jan 30, 2010 01:41 PM #3
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Barbara:  It's great house hunting weather when there are too many buyers in the market and not enough homes.

Jan 30, 2010 01:52 PM #4
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Cindy Jones
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Congratulations for braving the elements.  Hope the sellers give you a double thumbs up before the day is over.

Jan 30, 2010 10:25 PM #5
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Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
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They are lucky to have you Chris Ann. It's amazing how we use the weather to be strategic!

Jan 30, 2010 11:12 PM #6
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Cindy:  I got the nod from the listing agent yesterday, but that doesn't mean a thing until the seller signs it.

Jackie:  Snow keeps most of Northern Virginia inside and shaking in their shoes.  For me, the perfect opportunity to get out there and get a leg up on the house my buyer just has to have.

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