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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 16
All in a Week's WorkIt's been an eventful week for this Bristow Real Estate Agent.  And the most important thing that happened this week had nothing to do with real estate, but was how it all got started.  My elderly mother nearly collapsed while at the grocery store with me on Sunday evening, so...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 11
The Best Review a Bristow, VA Real Estate Agent Could Ever GetSelling homes in the Bristow-Gainesville marketplace is something so much more satisfying than I could have ever imagined it would be.  And since 2005, when I first started my Bristow-Gainesville real estate career, I have deepened my ...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 29
It's that time of year again, and time to get ready for the seasons ahead, so these are Jay's 2017 Fall/Winter Maintenance Recommendations While not intended to be exhaustive, and you may have things you personally like to take care of, you might consider the following! * Winterize the exterior ...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 21
True or false - you don't need a home inspection on new construction?So, what do you think?This is what you hear from the builder or builder's Realtor:-->   We only employ the best subcontractors to work on your house.-->   We have a supervisor on site, every day.  He is making hundreds of regula...

By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Executives)
Comments 2
 In Colonial Virginia the location of the county courthouse was the county government center.  When a courthouse and jail was built in Brentsville in 1822 it fulfilled that role for Prince William County and did so for many years.  Both have been restored and are the centerpieces for the Brentsvi...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 17
The Effects of Irma Even Stretched to Bristow, VAHow can a hurricane, swirling so many states below Virginia have an effect on anything going on in Bristow, VA?  Well, it was certainly not a widespread effect, but certainly had this Bristow Real Estate Agent on edge from Friday into Sunday.It all...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 31
Doing more than the client expects.  The slight edge business model. What is your business model?  Do you create a slight edge?I think exceeding expectation is an important business model.  Or should be.Clients have expectations in every business.  Are we, as business providers, doing less than t...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 13
Why this hose bib shut-off valve replacement is incorrect.Apparently the old hose bib shut-off valve in this house broke and needed replacement.It's always best to have a professional do such work, or, if one is capable of doing one's own work, at least know what products to use. Do you know why ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Braemar Property Values:  July-August 2017 (Heritage Series)What a crummy day.  Nothing but dreary skies and rain.  Of course, these crappy weather days are great for putting together local real estate market reports.   Today I am working on the Braemar Property Value Report for Heritage Series h...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 2
Braemar Property Values:  July-August 2017 (Courtyard Series)While the fall solstice may not be until September twenty-second this year, it certainly felt like fall as soon as we entered September.  The chill in the air reminds me of back to school time, even decades after graduating high school....

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 2
Braemar Property Values:  July-August 2017 (Carriage Series)For some reason, this doesn't feel like a holiday weekend to me.  Maybe it is because I haven't fired up the grill and done the American classic holiday weekend meal--hot dogs and hamburgers.  The sunshine outside today is certainly invi...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 2
Braemar Property Values:  July-August 2017 (Arista Series)Labor Day weekend certainly didn't get off to a sunny start yesterday.  The drizzling rain made it fairly miserable.  Seems you will have a chance to enjoy the last days of the Braemar pool season today and tomorrow though.  Right now, it ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 15
What it Takes to Sell Your HomeAny home can be listed as it is, or for any amount of money.  Getting a buyer to choose your home takes some preparation and analysis on where you fit in price-wise in the current market place.  Thanks to HGTV, more and more buyers in the marketplace are expecting m...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 12
Faux stone has been around a while.  So why am I still seeing this?Over the years I have had many posts about faux stone, and the improper installation thereof.  When not installed well it becomes a problem.  And it's not a matter of if - improper installation will eventually result in problems, ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 49
Highest and Best Offers:  What's Not to Understand?Reading blog posts from agents across the country, it seems that a lot of markets are experiencing conditions that strongly favor sellers.  In markets like those, buyers often have difficulty getting away from the "reality" TV shows depicting hom...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 15
Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017 (Bristow, VA)So much hype about the Great American Solar Eclipse today, August 21, 2017.   Unfortunately, when I was making myself available for August floor duty at the my office last month, I didn't keep it in mind.  So my shift was 3pm -6pm.  Turns out I would be ...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 24
Warning- sarcasm to follow.  Is this a pro job or not?To be truthful, I saw the brick work from the parking lot and knew it would be a thermal camera issue inside.Is it a pro job?  Probably not.What happened? Likely the front hose bib was not winterized and it froze.However, to repair that you do...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 15
When staircases are lemons.From my Oxford Dictionary of English -Lemon - informal - an unsatisfactory or feeble person or thing.In this 21 year old townhouse, three levels, when walking up and down the staircases, all of them, that is ALL OF THEM, bounced, sagged, squeaked and felt unstable.  Som...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 20
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...

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