What You Get When You Hire Me, Chris Ann Cleland, to Represent You

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470
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What You Get When You Hire Me, Chris Ann Cleland, to Represent You

No two real estate agents are the same, so if you are looking to hire me, you may wonder what sets me apart from my competition.  Depending on whether you are a buyer or seller, what you see as value added may differ.

Having come to the world of real estate from radio marketing and retail sales, I know what it takes to get sold.  As a radio ad sales rep, you wouldn't get repeat business if you didn't know the rules of Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow-Gainesville Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037marketing.  And for each client I had to take a step back and see what I could differently to set them apart.  It's that background that sets me apart from other listing agents that believe in doing things like brochures and broker opens.  They do them because that's what people before them did.  I don't see the point in the digital age where everything about a listing can be found while a buyer is in their pajamas surfing the web, or in front of the listing with their smartphone.  

Attention to detail is something that both my sellers and buyers benefit from.  Sellers love my listing photographs and property write ups.  A lot of time and effort goes into making a great first impression with a listing.  And when it comes to offers and contracts, that attention to detail is critical.  Being a contract nerd helps as well.  You don't want to hire someone that can't navigate their way through the contract.

Honesty is something that runs in short supply in our industry.  It's not that real estate agents like to lie.  It's the inability to level with a client and tell them the price they want for their house is unrealistic, or that the offer a buyer is about to write is not going to fly that I find lacking in my industry.  Ultimately, you are hiring me to give you good counsel.  If I can't be honest and up front, then we are both screwed.  Telling you what you want to hear is not my specialty.

Everything in life is more pleasant if it is fun, and when it comes to work, I always have my sense of humor.  Buying or selling real estate is serious business, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself.  It is my job to keep your transaction as stress free as possible.  

So if you would like to work with a contract nerd, who thinks outside the box, has great attention to detail and has a good sense of humor, give me a call.

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Curtis Van Carter
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Only two words needed here, THE BEST. cheers cvc

Jun 29, 2014 09:41 AM #1
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William Feela
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So many people have no idea of what we do.A client from this year was surprised when I said I would be at closing.    Some are surprised I set up well and septic inspections.  They think we open a door and cash a check.

Jun 29, 2014 11:03 AM #2
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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Curtis:  Thanks!

William:  It's a complex job, but when we do it right, it does look like we have done nothing.

Jun 29, 2014 11:54 AM #3
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Belinda Spillman
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Chris Ann. A sense of humor keeps a smile on your face and makes your job fun.  I'm sure that shines through with your clients. 

Jun 29, 2014 12:14 PM #4
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Kathleen Daniels
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Chris Ann, Sadly, honestly is in short supply in our industry ... but I feel the lack of honesty extends beyond just real estate. We simply cannot be too cautious in deciding who to hire, for any task.

A sense of humor is a survival requirement.  If we don't know our contracts, then our clients will need a sense of humor too.  Great post!

Jun 29, 2014 12:41 PM #5
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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This is a good idea to let clients know what makes you different than the next agent they might be considering. If an agent can't quickly the top 3 things that make them different, I always say, maybe they are not that different. But fortunately, you will never face that kind of problem, LOL.

Jun 29, 2014 01:38 PM #6
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Suzanne McLaughlin
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I am certain that Chris Ann Cleland is one of the best realtors in the Bristow Virginia area.  If you need a realtor who listens and understands real estate, contact Chris Ann Cleland today!

Jun 30, 2014 02:32 AM #7
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Belinda:  It does make stressful times easier to have that sense of humor.

Kathleen:  Thanks!  Love your comment about clients needing a sense of humor if they hire someone who doesn't know the contract.

Elizabeth:  Knowing your strengths in this business is a must.

Suzanne:  Thanks for the plug.

Jun 30, 2014 02:47 AM #8
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Donna Foerster
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Chris Ann~ There's a reason for your Real Estate success, you are a complete package!

Jul 01, 2014 06:53 AM #9
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Donna:  Thanks!

Jul 02, 2014 02:54 AM #10
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Debbie Reynolds
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So you are a contract nerd. I like that and so will many clients. Thanks for participating in the contest.

Jul 04, 2014 10:17 PM #11
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Debbie:  Guilty!  The contract is the only thing that matters in the end when there is a question as to how something is supposed to happen.  

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