|Real Estate Agent
|Chris Ann Cleland
|Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
— Long and Foster Real Estate
Long & Foster Companies
|VA License # 0225089470
|web Bristow-Gainesville Real Estate News & Opinion
In February 2005 I started my career as a Realtor®, having no idea what was in store for me. I had graduated with a BA in Communications from George Mason University in 1993 and spent years in the newspaper and radio industries, so I was certainly stepping into an unknown world. The satisfaction I have found in my real estate career is beyond anything I could have imagined. Helping my buyers and sellers navigate the transactions that involve their largest financial investment is rewarding each and every time.
Since beginning real estate in 2005, each year has been better than the last. Because the real estate market in 2005 was just teetering at the top before its rollercoaster dive that followed, I gained skills that many Realtors® have avoided. For instance, I delved head first into the world of Short Sales and began helping homeowners who were facing foreclosure. All of this, and the skills that I learned in my previous career in media marketing, have given me an edge when it comes to selling residential real estate.
Education is something in which I strongly believe. I served in the Prince William Association of Realtors ® (PWAR) Education Committee as Committee Co-Chair. It is here that I helped to further my own education, and the education of the Realtors® in the Prince William County community. In November 2007 I became a GRI (Graduate of the Realtor ® Institute) and have become a VREB (Virginia Real Estate Board) approved instructor for PWAR on the topic of Short Sales and Technology.
In October 2012, I added the distinction of being a Mentor to new agents affiliating with Long & Foster Gainesville and Manassas. My enthusiasm for the real estate industry is something that I love to share. Helping other agents to grow and reach the highest level of professionalism is a duty I take very seriously.
I pride myself on my professionalism, determination and commitment to customer service. Be aware, I also have a strong sense of humor and don't enter into any transaction without it. You never know when you'll need it. Buying or selling a home is a serious matter, but it doesn't have to be void of fun.
Climbing my way up through the roughest real estate market known in recent history to become a Top Producer has given me invaluable lessons. Those lessons have become the foundation of my business and will continue to serve my clients well into the future. Whether you are a first time buyer, selling your third home, or facing foreclosure, I am here to be your Trusted Adviser.
GRI (Graduate Real Estate Institute)
SFR (Short Sale/Foreclosure Resource)
2013 Top Producing Agent, Long & Foster, Gainesville, VA
2011 Top Producing Agent, Long & Foster, Gainesville, VA
NORTHERN VIRGINIA SHORT SALES
Since 2007, 100% of my Short Sale Listing Contracts have received Short Sale Approval.
Successful in personally negotiating and closing short sales with Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Countrywide, Chevy Chase, Capital One, HSBC, Citibank, ASC, Ocwen and more.
Certified VREB instructor on Short Sales for Virginia Realtors®.
Featured in Elizabeth Weintraub's Book The Short Sale Saviour.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS
Patient and knowledgeable in areas that concern First Time Buyers. No first time buyer of mine ever feels rushed or that they don't know what they are signing when they make an offer.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESIDENTIAL LISTING AGENT
My media marketing background gives me a special edge when it comes to selling your home. I know how to market your property for maximum effect to get it sold quickly and for as much money as possible.
BRAEMAR COMMUNITY EXPERT (BRISTOW,VA)
As a resident of Braemar since 2004, and the President of the Tartan Hills Village Board of Directors since 2007, I have an insider's knowledge of Braemar and its various sub-assosications. I have been tracking Braemar Property Values since mid-2005 and the average values can be found on my website: www.nvarealestate.net.
ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITIES
In the Gainesville, VA area we have three well-known Active Adult communities. These are communities that are designed for residents ages 55 or better. If you are thinking of buying or selling in Dunbarton, Heritage Hunt or Regency, I have the knowledge to help you.
|Todd & Sarah Price
|WOW! We are just so thankful and relieved! Thank you so much for leading us through this short sale process once again. You're the best!! You can be sure we will continue to recommend you as a realtor to anyone we can!
|Dwayne & Cathy Squires
|Chris Ann: Thank you just doesn't seem like enoug! We TRULY appreciate what a great experience you gave us during the sale of our home. We said it before, but you are truly a gem in your field of Real Estate!
|Dear Chris Ann (also known as the woman with the patience of Job): I just wanted to thank you for all of your hard with my short sale. Your knowledge of the process and guidance through the process was outstanding. I truly appreciate your professionalism and patience. Thank you for keeping a cool head in all the chaos.
|Paul & Robin Mack
|Thank you for your tireless work and dedication selling our Braemar home. You are the BEST, and made everything come together for us!
|Dear Chris Ann, Thank you so much for helping me with my house search. You were so patient and understanding. I really felt comfortable working with you! The next time I am ready to buy, you will be the first one I call.
|Chris Ann, I want to thank you for being such a wonderful agent. You are really the best!
|Karen Griner & Jason Leidy
|We are so grateful, Chris Ann, for your focus and commitment to getting us successfully into our home. We are pleased with the outcome, but even more pleased with the treasured experience we had along the way in working with you.
|Chris Ann, This card doesn't express my gratitude enough! Thank you for your communications to me on this not so fun short sale. You've been great to work with.
|Mike & Clenor Raynor
|Thank you...again and again for all your hard work. You are always on our good list. Job well done....again! Thank you a bunch.
|Heidi & Ron Warner
|Dear Chris Ann, Just a quick note to let you know how much we appreciate everything you have done for us. We had such a blast with you and can't imagine doing all this with any other REALTOR®.
|James & Nikki Howell
|Dear Chris Ann, Thank you so much for helping us find our first home! When James and I moved to Northern Virginia, we thought that we would never be able to own a home. With your help, our dream of home ownership has come true. Some of my co-workers who graduated from college with me last year always ask, "How were you able to buy a house in less than a year of graduating college?" My answer is, "I have an excellent real estate agent." You have grown from just our real estate agent, to our friend. For that, we are grateful.
|Dear Chris Ann: Thank you for all your help in my home search and purchase. Working with you was definitely enjoyable. You are very patient, kind, informative and pleasant. Every time we went out to look at homes, you were prepared. You had done your homework, making what could have been an overwhelming process, easy. You are extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about your job. You better believe that I will be calling you when I am ready to sell my new home and move up to another. And I will not hesitate to send my family and friends to you, as I know they will have an outstanding agent working for them. Thanks again for all your hard work.
|Dear Chris Ann, As our journey together comes to an end, I want to take this moment to thank you for all that you have done. I was at a point that I felt I wouldn't sell my house. I had been through several real estate agents and I wasn't getting even one bite on my house. Then you came along with your expertise, creativity and your consistent positive attitude. I started to hope again. You got people to notice and become interested in my house. Eventually it sold and now is becoming a home again. I have to also thank you for your patience. My personal life was a big part of why I had to put my house on the market. Unfortunately, at times, you were in the middle. Your mediation skills were put to good use and you went above and beyond your real estate agent role. Chris Ann, you were not only my real estate agent, but you became my a friend. I can't thank you enough for all that you did.
Associate Broker, Licensed in VA, serving Bristow, Gainesville & Haymarket, VA. Whether your home is a Short Sale, or Equity Sale, I have the skills to get you the most money in the shortest time.