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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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Why Should I Work For LESS, When I'm Doing MORE?I know I am not the only listing agent out there being tried by sellers who want major discounts because "it's so easy to sell homes these days."  The reality of the situation is this, we do the same amount of work for every listing regardless of ma...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 12
Have You Considered Leaving It For the Buyers?The Bristow/Gainesville real estate market is on fire.  Can you imagine a townhouse getting forty-five offers?  Happened this part weekend.  My buyer clients happened to be part of the madness.  It's so hard to be competitive in this seller's market. ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 6
Why Are Listing Agents Under Pricing Homes Right Now?Last night I had to deliver bad news to buyers that their offer on their dream home had not been accepted.  They went ten thousand over list price, had an earnest money deposit fives times higher than what would be considered typical, a home in...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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Getting a Handle on a Seller's Market When You Are a BuyerEntering a seller's market as a buyer can be trying.  Too much competition and too few homes can feel like you are pushing a boulder uphill.  In seller market conditions, prices are going up...FAST.  How do you get under contract with a pr...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 7
How Do You Handle Parental Involvement in the House Hunt?When you are buying your first home, the feeling to reach out to mom and dad may be stronger for some than others.  Should your parents be involved in the process?  Are they local?  Are they interested in being involved?  Do they feel they ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 12
When Reality is Just Too RealLooks like more of the same for buyers in Bristow and Gainesville to get under contract in 2021 as we saw for the majority of 2020.  Sellers are in charge and getting multiple offers.  Being a buyer's agent you fee like you can't represent a buyer's best interests to ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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Snow Days are Still Snow DaysDespite what the now virtual attendance, that I like to refer to as "Zoom school," being mandatory since the pandemic darkened our doors, snow days are still snow days.  Prince William County Public Schools, with the forecast of snow on December 16, 2020 canceled VIRT...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 46
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...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 35
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...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 11
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...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
The MLS is a Powerful ToolAny top producing real estate agent knows how to do quick investigations using the MLS.  Early on in my career when I would sit as the floor agent in the office, I would get callers with not nearly enough information on properties wanting more information.  I quickly lea...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 6
Professional Grade Camera or Professional PhotographerIn my local market of Bristow/Gainesville, Viriginia, I see more and more agents taking pride in their listings and hiring professional photographers.  I held out until 2017 to go with a pro, but once I did, I never looked back.  Truth is, I a...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 7
It May Not Be Important to You, But It's Important to Your Client Everyone has different criteria when they are searching for a home to buy.  Many times that criteria will include commute time to work, school districts for kids and sometimes, it will include features for their pets...like fenced ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 13
Just Because It Is a Seller's Market...The level of frustration for buyers in the current Bristow/Gainesville marketplace is through the roof.  So many buyers for every listing that comes up on the market means that there are often five or more buyers knocking each other out to win the home.  Clo...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
House Hunting in the Bristow/Gainesville Low Inventory MarketThe subtitle of this post could easily be, "The Downside of Coming Soon Listings."  Right now, I am working with a handful of buyers in the Bristow/Gainesville area and house hunting feels more like being on a scavenger hunt.  There is ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 6
Another Pandemic Era Closing in Bristow, Another Lesson in TechnologyWhen COVID-19 shut down businesses all over Virginia and changed our daily lives, I had no idea that the real estate market would shake off the effects.  The pandemic, while changing the way we market, meet clients, show propert...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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How NOT to Negotiate a Home InspectionThe mark of a great real estate agent is one that understands how market conditions can affect negotiations.  They also understand the importance of playing information close to the vest.  The less the other side knows, the less can be used against your clien...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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What's Cookin' in the Bristow VA Real Estate Market this Memorial Day?Our first cook out holiday during a pandemic.  Hard to believe we've been sheltering in place since mid-March.  St. Patrick's Day was a bust.  No restaurants were open and we were ordered to shelter-in-place.  Easter was a big ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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Bristow, VA Listing Appointment Options During a PandemicThere are probably a lot of folks wondering if sellers are still selling and buyers still buying in Bristow, VA in the days of COVID-19 and the ensuing lock downs of businesses.  Fortunately for buyers and sellers in Virginia, our Governor ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Why is the Real Estate Industry Considered Essential?A couple days ago, Governor Ralph Northam gave orders for no-essential businesses to shut down as Virginians shelter in place to try and stop the spread of COVID-19.  Essential businesses that were allowed to remain open and working, with amend...

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