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Real Estate Agent - Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - VA License # 0225089470
It's No Big Deal...Only a Matter of Hours Before We Own the House Filling in for other agents is part of the business.  If you want to be able to ever take time off, it's nice to have a reciprocal arrangement with a trusted agent to watch over each others clients, transactions and so forth while ...
When a Bargain Costs You More Than You Thought it Would Some days, particularly sunny ones when you have little work to do, it's not a bad idea to do a little window shopping.  Any new purchase, like that of my new kitchen table yesterday, sparks ideas for complimentary new things.  In today's ca...
The Kitchen Table Discussion Does Not Always End with a Listing If a week gets too monotonous, I tend to lose track of the days.  One after the other without anything to tell them apart is not my style.  It is one of the reason I love my job as a Bristow-Gainesville Real Estate Agent.  Usually, n...
If You Can't Find the Lockbox, Maybe Someone Took It Reading Michael Jacobs' post today "Find That Lockbox," I remembered some photos I've had on my phone for a year now of unusual lockbox situations. Let's just say, the purpose of a lockbox is to have a secure place for a seller's house key that...
You Are Never Going to Make Everyone Happy, But Always Do Your Best This has been a very good summer for my business.  My time has been spent with a lot of repeat clients and clients that found me as a result of my hyper-local marketing efforts in the community of Braemar.   Practicing to the hig...
Real Estate Rules of Engagement:  Do SOMETHING About  three weeks ago, I had Buyers that fell in love with a particular home.  My Buyers also happened to be Sellers.  We had already placed their current home on the market.  The ideal was to be under contract to sell their existing home and have a...
Every Settlement Table Has a Star... This One Had Mr. T. Usually the attorney is the one that gets all the attention at the settlement table.  Not this morning.  Bright and early at 9am I was honored to be in the presence of Mr. T.  Mr. T.'s parents were selling a home and moving out of state.  H...
Just Sold:  New Construction by Ryan Homes in Brookside Whenever I am around a new agent, I encourage them to take tenant clients.  Of course, the hope is that they will eventually buy, but I've always felt that if they didn't, and you did your best to help them, you would reap referrals.  In the...
Should a Bristow or Gainesville Seller Offer Sub-Agency Compensation? In order to answer that question, let's first talk about the listing process and the different forms of agency.  If you are hiring an agent to list your home, you are hiring them to represent YOUR side of the transaction.  That...
Blown Off By a Builder This afternoon I went out to preview what was supposed to be an immediate delivery home in a large, gated golf course community that my buyers have decided is on their short list.  In fact, they know exactly the model home they want.  They found it in a resale, but the sell...

Chris Ann Cleland

Associate Broker, Northern VA
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