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By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 16
The walls were wet in the middle but not at the bottom?  Why?And that was the question.  I couldn't answer it!  I only knew what I found.During the thermal image sweep of this condo I found walls and ceilings wet, but only on the lower level. The areas were all under the kitchen.  The reason? Sti...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 7
Let Me Know Either WayBeing primarily a Bristow-Gainesville Listing Agent, I often go on appointments to talk with potential sellers interested in hearing what I have to offer.  I present what I will do, go over comps and we discuss anything left unanswered in the sellers mind.  Then, at the poin...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 40
One of the Most Important Lessons for Listing Agents and SellersWhenever I take a new listing, I counsel the sellers about making sure their home is show ready.  Often times, I advise painting a neutral color, or getting new carpet.  Not all sellers heed the advice, or quite frankly, have the fun...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 15
When What You Thought You Were Getting Reveals Itself to Be DifferentTwo weeks ago, on a happy whim, I bought a new frying pan.  Perhaps you've seen commercials for items that are titanium and ceramic and are ultra non-stick.  This particular product was Gotham Steel.  I bought a smaller frying p...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 6
Kingsbrooke Single Family Home Mid-Year Update 2017 It's a beautiful day in Bristow, VA.  As tempting as it is to be outside enjoying the milder temperatures, sunshine and blue skies, I have committed to doing one more Kingsbrooke market report.  This particular market report looks back at the fi...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Kingsbrooke Townhouses Mid-Year Review 2017When this Bristow Real Estate Agent faces a dreary weekend with not a lot to do, she chooses to jump into the multiple listing system and grab some data for a Kingsbrooke market report.  Probably not what most Bristow real estate agents would do.  What c...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Braemar Townhouse Report:  May-June 2017Not every agent that sells real estate in Braemar, keeps their finger on the pulse of the market.  One of the things I love about doing my Braemar market reports is that it keeps me informed of our neighborhood market to keep YOU informed about it.  And doi...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Braemar Property Values:  May-June 2017 (Ryan Homes)  The kind of heat wave we are experiencing in Bristow is one that makes you not want to eat.  Foods that normally favorites, like hamburgers, just sound too heavy.   One of my favorites for weather like this is a watermelon and cucumber salad. ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 5
Braemar Property Values:  May-June 2017 (NV Homes)The weather the last few days in Bristow, VA has felt sweltering.  High temps.  High humidity.  It makes being outside during the mid-afternoon unpleasant.  These are the dog days of summer and great days to spend at the Braemar community pools.  ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Braemar Property Values:  May-June 2017 (Heritage Series)May and June have traditionally been months seeing the most real estate sales activity in Braemar.  This edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, focusing on sales in the Heritage Series, is not breaking that tradition.  Before we get ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Braemar Property Values:  May-June 2017 (Courtyard Series)When it comes to writing Braemar Property Value Reports, perhaps the hardest part is coming up with the opening.  Facts and figures are easy to discuss, but coming up with a snazzy open to a market report takes some inspiration.  Having sp...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Braemar Property Values:  May-June 2017 (Carriage Series)Happy Monday!  Did you know that Mondays are my favorite days of the week?  That hasn't always been the case.  It wasn't until I became a Bristow Real Estate Agent that I actually looked forward to the work week starting up again.   Funny w...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 5
Braemar Property Values:  May-June 2017 (Arista Series)As I sit here, about to type the most recent Braemar Property Value Report, I realize that I completely missed Casino Night at the Braemar Clubhouse last night.  If you went, I would love to hear about, so feel free to share in the comments b...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 7
Braemar Reflection Quarterly:  April-June 2017 (2nd Quarter)Hard to believe, but I was just reading about a school supply drive.  Say it isn't so!  The kids have been out of school only a month.  Summer goes by so fast.  Hope you all are enjoying every minute of it.Even though it is summer, which...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 16
A flat roof must provide a way for water to go.If not, water sits, and finds any small opening it can. Since we know gravity works, if water can go down, it will.  On a flat roof surface, that means eventual destruction.This is a 17 year old EPDM roof surface.  EPDM is a synthetic rubber surface,...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 3
Braemar Piggyback Quarterly:  April-June 2017 (2nd Quarter)Do you look forward to Friday?  If you have a Monday through Friday job, I bet you do.  Of course the kids enjoying their summer vacation (likely at the Braemar pools) are probably starting to lose track of what day of the week it is.  Fr...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Braemar Patio Home Quarterly:  April-June 2017 (2nd Quarter)The three words dreaded in Bristow, VA during the summer months are hazy, hot and humid.  That's our triple threat, making you want to explore indoor activities like cooking, watching TV, or surfing the Internet.  Today we are experienci...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 2
Braemar Condo Quarterly: April-June 2017 (2nd Quarter)We are well into summer in Braemar and I am sure that folks in the condos are happy with their proximity to the Iona Sound community pool.  Of course, that is likely with the exception of swim meet mornings when parking around that pool remind...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 14
Thermal imaging art.Thermal imaging can check a lot of things. It can be a precursor check for electrical issues.  Heating and air conditioning can be evaluated.  Roof and plumbing leaks are a given.  And the best way (the only way inside walls) to see the quality of an insulation installation or...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 48
A Thought Before Selling Your Home For Sale By OwnerAs is the case most weekends, when I am out and about, I have the local talk radio station playing in the car.  Weekend programming on big market talk stations like the one I listen to out of Washington, DC are often talk programs, whose hosts p...

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