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Real Estate Agent - Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - VA License # 0225089470
Finding a Contractor You Can TrustAs a full-time Bristow, VA Real Estate Agent, I get plenty of referrals requests for general contractors.  When I come across good ones, they are often overloaded with work and don't return calls.  That's frustrating.  In my community, there are plenty of contrac...
FAQ:  When Will I Get the Money From the Sale of My Bristow, VA Home?Selling a home in Virginia is not exactly like selling a home in any other state.  I often read blog posts authored by agents in California that go on and on about the many disclosures that sellers must make.  Just out of the ga...
I Don't Want a Listing Agent, But You Can Bring Me a BuyerWhen I first got my license I remember vividly talking with acquaintances who wanted to sell, but didn't want to hire me to list their home.  In their mind, I could still get a piece of the action by bringing them a buyer.  They had no ide...
FAQ:  What is an Earnest Money Deposit and Why Do I Need to Make One?When I work with buyers, be they first time buyers, or repeat buyers, the need for an earnest money deposit (EMD) can come as a surprise.   Let's face it, most people don't run around with check books anymore. An EMD is a check ...
FAQ:  Where Can I Buy to Guarantee That I Have Equity in Five Years?There are two types of real estate buyers in the world.  Those that are looking for home and those that, while they may be looking for a primary residence, are really focused on the investment aspect of buying that home.  The lat...
Online Yard Sale Lesson in Communication and NegotiationThe other day I went into the Facebook marketplace with an item that I move would sell quickly. a forty inch Samsung LED TV that was used for one week, while my larger TV was fixed.  Since the end of the last year, I have decided that rather...
Monday Morning Consult the ProfessionalMonday morning is not something anyone looks forward to arriving.  Back to work.  Back to school.  Mind you, loving my job as a Bristow Real Estate Agent, I actually look forward to Mondays and work.  However, this Monday morning did bring some dread as I ha...
FAQ: Can I Wait to Sell My Home Until I've Found One I Want to Buy?Timing the sale of your current home with the purchase of the next one is something that troubles move up and down sizing sellers.  Every so often I meet a seller who qualifies to carry two mortgages, meaning they don't have to se...
FAQ:  How Do I Get the Highest Sales Price When I Sell My Home?No matter the condition of the market place in terms of buyer demand, sellers always want to know how they can sell for a record setting sales price.  Rightfully so.  The sale of a home is the probably the single largest financial tra...
Braemar Townhouse Report:  March-April 2017After days of cloud cover and rain, I can honestly say that I would never last in the Pacific Northwest climate.  Sunshine is essential to my existence.  And I'm so happy to see the sun shining away in Bristow today.  Makes it very tempting to go outside...

Chris Ann Cleland

Associate Broker, Northern VA
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