This is my very FIRST Blog. I am going to share my latest settlement with everyone

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HS Select Realty

Rachel (not her real name) contacted me for the first time back in March 2010, just when

the $8000 tax credit was still the driving factor for First Time Home Buyers to come out and

buy their very first home.

Rachel and I emailed back and forth a few times, but she told me that she decided to wait. I emailed her back right away to find out what was stopping her. In my email I commented on the various loan programs available, the typical FHA , CDMP, and VHDA.


Rachel was actually referred to another agent at the same time she talked to me, and her pre-approval was declined due to a paid off credit card that gave her a low credit score.

My advice was to talk to the credit card company,  and get a pay off letter, and be able to get rescored. I informed her that we also work with lenders that can assist in getting credit issues resolved, and to contact me when she is ready.


Here it is June 2011:  got an email from Rachel. She wanted to finally get more information on the purchase process.  After referring her to a good lender she finally got APPROVED for up to $170,000, with the CDMP program.   Rachel was looking for a Townhouse in Woodbridge with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths for her and her two boys.


I sent her listings right away and we met for the first time after more than 1 year of keeping in contact.  On our first showing I provided her with more insights and information about the process and what to expect.  We connected instantly. 


We put our first offer on a nice remodeled Townhouse, and got out bid.  Rachel has been upbeat and patient throughout this process, and I was able to keep her motivated by giving her more information about the process in regards to multiple offers  on foreclosures vs. Short sales, traditional sales, and much more.  On to the next and another contract later, on what she felt was her favorite home, a completely remodeled townhouse, but we were outbid again.


We didn’t waste any time but continued to look. I also explained  her that sometimes contracts fall out some time, and come back as an opportunity.

Another week and a half later, and here came the call we didn’t really expect, but her favorite house came back on the market. Contract fell through.  Since we remained as a backup offer at the time, it was our chance to move forward and Rachel sure did!  The home inspection went well, moving right along to closing.


With a few hick ups along the way, closing was pushed back twice, she finally settled on her first home on Aug 12, 2011.  She was so excited and happy.




Rachel was one of my favorite clients. She stayed calm, upbeat, motivated, listened and made it to the finish line.


This proves, that with a little determination, staying focused, being educated on the home buying process and what to expect – Anybody can buy a home.   Don’t let a bad score stop you, a past short sale or foreclosure.  Keep your eyes on the ball and you will have your new home!


Congratulations again Rachel.  Great job!


Visit my website:

Jordana Adams



Exit 1st Choice



Call me today if you are looking to buy in Woodbridge, Manassas, Stafford, Lorton, Burke, Fairfax County. 


Your satisfaction is my success!


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Berkshire Hathaway HS Select Realty/ Berlin Realty Group

Certified Military Residential Specialist
Woodbridge VA. Realtors®, call 703.725.6179 .

Whether you are a First Time Home Buyer, or would like to sell your home, or you may be relocating via PCS orders to Ft. Belvoir, Quantico, Woodbridge, Manassas,  Southbridge, River Oaks, Newport, Rippon Landing, Dawson Landing, Port Potomac, Dumfries, Triangle  area's. or even Stafford, Virginia.

 Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia



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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Congratulations on the settlement and on your first blog post.  If you keep on posting, you'll love what it does for your business.  Buyer and Seller success stories are always ones that will make the phones ring.

Aug 14, 2011 01:44 PM #1
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Congratulations on your first post and the settlement.  May you have many more of both!

Aug 14, 2011 01:46 PM #2
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Jordana, very well put-together post to tell a great success story. You showed that you have all of the markers for being a terrific realtor and I really appreciated your can-do attitude, your persistence, and your ability to think creatively, thus boosting her new idea of ownership--there's nothing like that feeling when it all comes to pass and their dream comes true!  And they are SO grateful.

Congrats on all of it, and you are no longer a "first-time blogger" just like she's no longer a first-time homebuyer!

Aug 14, 2011 01:48 PM #3
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Congrats on your first blog and welcome to Active Rain.


Aug 14, 2011 01:49 PM #4
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Jordana,  Rachel must be very excited!  ( Realize not her real name... but to remain consistent)..  :)

You did an outstanding job and even though the closing was delayed twice, you got her there!  Word of mouth advertising is an awesome business builder and I bet she is going to be telling everyone. 

Moving here from Germany was quite a move.. that gives you the experience first hand of what some people face when they relocate somewhere.  We're glad that you're here.

So glad you got started blogging on AR.  Have you blogged elsewhere?  If I can help you with anything here, please contact me.. I'd be glad to help. 

Best to you.. ActiveRain is the BEST place to be with a real estate blog!

Aug 14, 2011 01:50 PM #5
Jordana Adams
Berkshire Hathaway HS Select Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Helping home buyers and seller achieve their goal!

Wow, thanks for all the great comments everyone. I am thrilled, and can't wait to see what's next. Good luck to all of you as well. A special thanks to Peggy James, with Exit 1st Choice, who got me over my fear of bloggin. You rock!

Aug 14, 2011 01:54 PM #6
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Welcome to ActiveRain Jordana, and congratulations on your first blog and your settlement.........that's very exciting.

You may want to join some groups.  You are allowed to post to five groups, that way your post will get more exposure than just in the general blog roll.  Best to you.

Aug 14, 2011 01:58 PM #7
Betty Knowles
Southwest Missouri Realty - - Springfield, MO
TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate

Welcoime to Active Rain Jordana. We look forward to reading your blogs.

Aug 14, 2011 02:00 PM #8
Scott Freedle
Metro Brokers Freedle and Associates - Centennial, CO

I am fairly new too, but congratulations on your first blog.   Buyers do have to have much more patience than previous years, and glad to hear her perseverance held through to closing and she achieved her goal.

Aug 14, 2011 02:04 PM #9
Peggy James
EXIT Realty Associates - Woodbridge, VA
Woodbridge Virginia Area Real Estate Specialist

Good Morning Jordana-Congratulations on writing your first blog post! I love that you told a story and then explained how you were able to help your client to a successful close. What many home buyers do not realize is that a good real estate agent will keep an eye on the market for them, that most of have systems to help them find not just a home, but the right home for them! Your hard work is proof. Rachel got her home! 

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