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"And This Was Our Starter Home!"Yesterday, after some lender delay drama, my listing at 10646 Maple Street in Fairfax City closed.  It sold above list price after it had been through four offers.The seller signed a week in advance, and when the signing was done and title rep had gone to make copi...
12/16/2020
Doing Right By Your Sellers Without Jacking Around Cooperating AgentsYesterday I got news that my buyer-clients, who had submitted an offer in a multiple offer scenario, had lost out.  Not a shock. In the area they were looking, there were only two homes on the market in their price range.  And I...
12/15/2020
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Being a Good NeighborToday started out partaking in an unusual activity.  I attended the virtual funeral for my former neighbor and friend, Gary C. Mullen.  My husband, James, someone who met Gary and the rest of my childhood neighbors only briefly during our wedding reception, sat behind me pret...
12/13/2020
If You Are Going to Stage...If there is one thing you need to know about me, I am a stickler for details.  That attention to detail is what I bring to my sellers before we list their homes.  Things that incongruous, eye sores, or just dirty need to be dealt with before staging with furniture item...
12/12/2020
Working with What I've Already UploadedAt the moment, I am fighting frustration on top of what was already a dip into depression.  The holidays are emotional.  They bring some great memories, and some not so great memories.  They bring the chance to celebrate with friends and family....but wait, ...
12/11/2020
When a Buyer Finds "The One," There is No Stopping ThemThe year 2020 has been one of the most intense seller's markets ever.  In fact, having been licened since 2005, I can honestly say, I have never seen another market like this one.  The demand for housing is out of control.  Sellers were reluc...
12/10/2020
A Very Cheap Insurance Policy for Every Listing AgentYesterday I was reminded of why I insist on making duplicate key copies for my listings.  Obviously, I always get a copy for the lockbox, but I also make a copy to keep at my desk.  When sellers ask why, I tell them that the minute I don't make...
12/09/2020
Sending Out Christmas CardsSending out my Christmas cards to past clients, friends and family this year I am feeling a lot more joy than I normally would while doing the task.  Maybe it is the very strained year with the pandemic that is making me appreciate my relationships more, or maybe that I...
12/07/2020
Just Having a Back Up Plan Alleviates PressureYet again, for the umpteenth time in my career as a Bristow/Gainesville real estate agent, the words temporary housing came up today.  No seller ever enters the market, with the plans to move up and downsize, thinking they will have to move twice.  Th...
12/06/2020
It's Not Christmas Without Sugar CookiesThe other night I watched a Christmas cookie challenge or two on a cooking show.   The level to which these folks would go for Christmas cookie perfection was something else.  Made me feel like a slacker.  Then again, I don't have the tools of the trade to ...
12/05/2020
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