South Riding Townhouse, Just Sold for $412,000

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

South Riding Townhouse, Just Sold for $412,000

42917 Golf View Drive sold on July 26, 2019 for $412,000

When I am going over listing paperwork with a seller, I will often get the point where we are determining when they would like to hit the market, by way of the MLS.  I have two choices in our listing agreement.  1) Within forty-eight hours of signing the listing agreement or 2) On or before (insert desired date here.)  Needless to say, ninety-nine out of one-hundred sellers will pick a date in the future.  Very few pick the option to hit the MLS within forty-eight hours. 

Kitchen/Family Room

With the seller of 42917 Golf View Drive, we had been discussing the listing as early are February.  I actually got the chance to meet the seller, who I had worked on a previous listing, on April 1st (2019.)  The amount of work needed to be done to get the top dollar for the home had us picking an on or before date for hitting the MLS of June 1st.  That date had to be adjusted a few times.  Two months wasn't enough time to de-clutter, do some plumbing and drywall repairs, put in new flooring (carpet and luxury vinyl plank) and have the home painted.  We finally hit the market on June 21st.  I had assured the seller that the delay was going to be worth it.  You only get one chance to make a first impression.  So we waited until the work was done, then I did some light staging, ordered professional photography and listed the home when the photos were in.  

Master Bedroom

It only took two days on the market before a buyer fell in love with the home.  They made a strong offer and the seller accepted.  We had actually raised the list price a bit from where we had originally antipated listing.  The seller got every penny of the new list price of $412,000 and sold on July 26th for that list price.

Master Bedrrom

The time to engage a listing agent is not when your home is cleaned up, renovated and ready to go.  It is more than acceptable to engage us early to get advice on what to prioritize in terms of listing preparation.  We know what makes a property desirable and will not waste your money on projects that won't produce a significant return.  In the case of 42917 Golf View, money was spent on flooring and paint.  There was no need for stainless steel appliances and granite counters.

Not sure where to start on your listing prep?  Give me a call and let's get started.



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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Chris Ann Cleland congratulations on another closed property.... keep those flowing.... 

Jul 27, 2019 04:29 AM #2
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Congratulations on your recent sale.  Nice house and nice job with your presentation. 

Jul 27, 2019 04:50 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Chris Ann... congratulations on the quick sale of this lovely townhome. Wishing you more of these sales to come!

Jul 27, 2019 06:01 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Chris Ann. For the seller it is advisable to get an early start with the agent of choice. Enjoy your day 

Jul 27, 2019 06:30 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Chris Ann Cleland -  the statement you only get one chance to make a first impression says it all.

Jul 27, 2019 06:51 AM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sounds like great advice. Congratulations to you Chris Ann. You're having a good year. Hurray. D 

Jul 27, 2019 08:11 AM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Chris Ann Cleland it's a fine art of knowing exactly what a home needs in order to prepare it property and give it top billing in the local market.  You have perfected the art.  And I've always said this as well.....


        You only get one chance to make a first impression!

Jul 27, 2019 10:43 AM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Congratulations on the closed transaction, Chris Ann.  I love the accent colors of the windows and shutters in the top photo.

Jul 27, 2019 04:48 PM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This one is quite a house at quite a price! What a wonderful sale you’ve made on this one!

Jul 27, 2019 06:47 PM #10
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

The accent colors alone on this when you do sell it very well! Myrl Jeffcoat Great call!

Jul 27, 2019 06:49 PM #11
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Chris Ann,  Congratulations on the sale of this fantastic townhome.  Your hard work as paid off with many happy people.

Jul 27, 2019 08:45 PM #12
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

This is a perfect example of why it's necessary to get the house ready to sell first. Great job!

Jul 28, 2019 03:15 AM #13
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Chris Ann, congrats on your sale! So true the sooner you get your agent involved the better. Sellers often go too far with improvements which may not be necessary depending on the home and market.

Jul 28, 2019 05:38 AM #14
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

You are so right... don't wait to call in a real estate professional... call us in early... we can help you decide what you need to focus on, and save you the effort on those things that are not important.

Jul 28, 2019 06:51 AM #15
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Congratulations on the sale and on doing such a great job for the sellers, Chris Ann Cleland.

You gave them great advice and follow through by making sure that the needed work was done and you adjusted to price to reflect how the market would appreciate the finished product. An experienced real estate professional can bring true value to a transaction. 

Jul 28, 2019 04:51 PM #16
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Congratulations on the feature and congratulations on the sale - a wonderful way to start the week! 

Jul 29, 2019 06:54 AM #17
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Chris Ann Cleland ,

Loved..Loved your well deserved featured post... It was so point on! The time to contact a listing agent is not when you THINK you are ready to go to market but meeting to see what needs to be done to present the home in its very best light!

Jul 29, 2019 04:06 PM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Chris Ann:

The sooner the agent is involved with the planning and execution, the better. We are required to enter the listing in the MLS within 24 hours unless we file a specific document signed by the seller to withhold the listing for a period of time, say for repairs and preparation. But once I have the contract I can start doing the work I need to do in preparation for going live!

Congratulations to you and your clients on the sale


Jul 29, 2019 10:22 PM #19
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Chris Ann,

Updating the home flooring and painting, as well as cleaning it thoroughly is worth the wait to put it on the market. It paid of nicely with very short marketing time. Congratulations to both of you!

Jul 31, 2019 09:44 PM #20
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition and another successful transaction.

Aug 01, 2019 06:32 PM #21
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