Braemar (Bristow, VA)
About Braemar (Bristow, VA)
Braemar is Bristow, Virginia's largest community, located off of Linton Hall Road. It is home to 2,803 residences including condos, townhouses, courtyard homes, piggyback townhouses, conventional townhouses, carriage homes with detached garages and several sizes and styles of single family homes.
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You Are Never Going to Make Everyone Happy, But Always Do Your Best
Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)

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 highest ethical standard has given me a fantastic reputation.  When an attorney, known to hate real estate agents, praises you for your ethics and professionalism, you are doing something right.  In fact, said attorney insisted I send him some business cards for future clients that may need real estate representation.

Chris Ann Cleland, Braemar Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037You see, like most of the general public, this attorney believes that most agents are out there thinking only of their commissions.  I would love to argue that point, but I would lose.  Sadly, in my day to day interactions with agents, I hear more talk about commissions and money than discussions of the contract or agency relationships.  If it came down to losing a commission or keeping a client in a deal that didn't benefit the client, the commission would probably take precedence for 90% of agents practicing today.  Those are likely the 90% that produce 10% of the volume in this business.  You can't worry about yourself and expect to make money in real estate.  You only come out ahead when you put your clients first.  That's how you get referrals and repeat business...thus becoming one of the 10% in the industry producing 90% of the volume.

Unfortunately, while involved with a Buyer-client last month, a dual agency situation arose.  That Buyer was under contract to purchase a home with me as their Buyer's Agent.  After going under contract, they had second thoughts and identified one of my own listings as superior.  You may think that would be a great way to earn two commissions.  No thank you.  I avoid dual agency at all costs.  In Virginia, clients can not be fully represented in a dual agency situation.  Those shoulds that need answer, "Should I counter?" "What should I ask for in repairs?" are all questions we need to throw back to the client and say, "What do YOU think?"  That's not what we are hired to do, which is why when dual agency arises, I refer the buyers to another agent.  The money isn't important.  The best interests of the client are.

This Buyer ended up being my first semi-negative review on Zillow.  She felt that I referred her to an agent who did what I told him to do.  Nothing could be further from the truth.   I referred her to an agent who had fixer-upper knowledge, since the listing she was interested in needed some work. She felt I stood to make more money by getting her to buy my own listing.  Actually, I would have made
more money to sell her into a home I didn't list.  I insisted that if she wanted a larger home, like my listing, she act now and get out of the contract where I was her Buyer's Agent.  That's because as the Listing Agent on her preferred home I knew we had a high level of interest and other offers about to come in and if she didn't act fast, she would lose it.  When she felt negotiations favored the Seller in that deal, she drew the conclusion she was being forced into that home....a home she chose and wanted above another home. 

She was moving from a market where, I suppose, settlement dates are a suggestion.  At some point, she wanted to push back settlement.  She felt rushed to buy, mind you, after a month of moving forward to purchase my listing.  In Virginia, settlement date is the date the contract dies and a buyer can be in default if they don't show up with funds and sign their paperwork.  When this news was delivered by her agent, she blamed me for telling her agent how to handle the situation.  The contract dictated that, along with the Seller's unwillingness to delay settlement as there was no reason to do so.  

The last thing I ever want anyone to walk away with is an impression that I did something unethical or against my clients interests.  In this case, while this Buyer had been a client for about seventy-two hours, she became another agents' client when she wrote on my listing.  I had no more fiduciary responsibility for her.  I was working on behalf of the Seller.  She was, however, well represented by her agent.  Yet, she feels she was not and that her agent was merely an extension of me.  Not at all true.  Maybe the agent I referred her to was not as vocal about what he was doing to represent her best interests, but I can assure he was.  My Seller and I got tired of hearing the repair requests and renegotiation of items.  Nonetheless, my Seller did more than he ever planned to do when he took this Buyer's offer.

In her review she draws a dangerous conclusion based on a conversation she had with my Seller, when meeting him quite by accident at the property.  My Seller shared that he had only allowed thirty days for the home to be sold and he was thrilled to be selling to her.  In her mind, that was justification for why I "pushed" her to buy the house.  She had no understanding that the home she wanted was going to sell whether she  bought it, or someone else did.  There were multiple offers.  Furthermore, no one ever pushed her to do anything. She identified this home on her own and wanted it more than anything.  I connected her with an agent who could represent HER best interests.

It's a shame.  You are never going to make everyone happy, but that doesn't mean you don't try.  You do your best.  The one thing I am happy about is that she didn't name her Buyer's Agent in the review, who is even more upset about it.  Neither of us deserve to be thrown under this bus, but it seems someone has buyer's remorse and needed somewhere to lob her hate.   Leave it on my shoulders.  There are no shortage of positive reviews to make up for her hollow, misinformed accusations.

 

 

Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow-Gainesville Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

2013 Top Producing Agent & 2013 Top Selling Agent, Long & Foster REALTORS® Gainesville, VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.NVARealEstate.net, www.SpeakingOfHomes.net, www.SellingBraemar.com,

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The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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Bristow, VA - Homes For Sale - Braemar Home Supply Report - August 2014
Linda Coffey, Your Haymarket & Gainesville Area Expert (Long & Foster)

Bristow, VA - Homes For Sale - Braemar Home Supply Report - August 2014

 

Bristow VA MLS Search                                 

 

Braemar Bristow VA

Currently there are 21 Single Family Homes listed for sale in Braemar

 

  • 0 Foreclosures (0% of current homes)
  • 5 Short Sales aka Preforeclosure (24% of current homes)
  • 16 Resales (76% of current homes)

 

 

 

Based on current average homes sold in Braemar per month we currently have a 3.0 month home supply.

 

 

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If you have been waiting to put your home on the market now is a great time with inventory levels so low. For a free market evaluation of your home CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

Looking to Buy? With the right agent you can get a great home from the current available inventory of Braemar Homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Coffey, Realtor®
Long & Foster Realtors

7526 Limestone Drive
Gainesville, VA 20155

Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia


(703) 973-2676

LCoffey@LNF.com

 

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Townhome Supply Report - Braemar - Bristow, VA – August 2014
Linda Coffey, Your Haymarket & Gainesville Area Expert (Long & Foster)

Townhome Supply Report - Braemar - Bristow, VA –  August 2014

 

        Braemar Townhomes MLS Search


Braemar Bristow VA

Currently there are 8 Townhomes listed for sale in Braemar in August 2014.

 

  • 0 Foreclosures (0% of current homes)
  • 1 Short Sale aka Preforeclosure (12% of current homes)
  • 7 Resales (88% of current homes)

 

Based on current average Townhomes sold in Braemar per month we currently have a 1.81 month home supply.

 

 

 

 

If you have been waiting to put your home on the market now is a great time with inventory levels so low. For a free market evaluation of your home CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 Bristow, VA Communities

 

 

Looking to Buy? With the right agent you can get a great home from the current available Braemar Townhomes.

 

 

Has the Market Stabilized in Your Area? Get a Free Market Report to Find Out!

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Coffey, Realtor®
Long & Foster Realtors

7526 Limestone Drive
Gainesville, VA 20155

Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia


(703) 973-2676

LCoffey@LNF.com

 

Connect with me on:

 

All the real estate information you need—right at your fingertips. Download my IPhone/Android app today! 

 
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Another Bristow Townhouse SOLD!!
Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)

Another Bristow Townhouse SOLD!!

When I met the Seller of this Braemar end unit townhouse in Braemar, I agreed to something 13042 Shenvale Circle in Bristow sold for $305,000 on August 18, 2014.I wouldn't normally do...a thirty day listing agreement.  I took it on the condition of the agreed to list price and the fact that the tenants in the home would be out before the July 1st listing became active.  Despite the fact that the tenants were holding over until July 11th and the Seller deciding to list for a higher price, I pressed on.  

July 1st (2014) I put in the listing with the best photos I had and the property was listed for a price of $310,000.  Tenant occupied homes are very difficult to show and to photograph.  Tenants tend not to care about how a home is perceived by buyers.  There is nothing in it for them if the home sells or doesn't.  

When I was able to get into the property and update the listing photos on July 11th I was thrilled.  With twenty days left to get that home under contract,  I vacuumed,   cleaned and did what needed to be done to get that home to show well.  This townhouse was one of the largest in the community and had a great lot.  It had views of Bull Run Mountain and was situated on a ridger overlooking another community below.  However, inside the carpet needed to be replaced and the home repainted.  It needed some TLC.  With those improvements, listing at $330,000 would not have been a stretch.

Sure enough, the effort to get the home in as good of show ready shape as I could, and updating the photographs, paid off.  On July 20th my Seller got an offer and came to terms with the Buyers two days later.  On August 18th, this Bristow townhouse sold for $305,000.  The Seller generously agreed to $9,150 in closing cost assistance to the Buyer.

If you want a free market analyis of your home's worth in today's Bristow real estate market, call me and let's get to it!

 

 

 

 

Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow-Gainesville Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

2013 Top Producing Agent & 2013 Top Selling Agent, Long & Foster REALTORS® Gainesville, VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.NVARealEstate.net, www.SpeakingOfHomes.net, www.SellingBraemar.com,

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The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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Improved Price on This Braemar Carriage Home, Now Listed for $325,000
Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Great Alternative to Townhouse Living

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$325,000
Single Family Home
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
1 Partial Bathroom
Interior: 1,456 sqft
Lot: 0.16 acre(s)
Location
12443 Iona Sound Drive
Bristow, VA 20136
USA

Chris Ann Cleland

Chris Ann Cleland

Long & Foster REALTORS®
(703) 402-0037
chrisann@LNF.com
http://www.NVARealEstate.net

 
 


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Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow-Gainesville Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

2013 Top Producing Agent & 2013 Top Selling Agent, Long & Foster REALTORS® Gainesville, VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.NVARealEstate.net, www.SpeakingOfHomes.net, www.SellingBraemar.com,

Victory Lakes Blog

 

The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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Why Buy a Townhouse When You Can Have a Single Family for $335K?
Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Great Alternative to Townhouse Living

Overview
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Description
Neighborhood
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$335,000
Single Family Home
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
1 Partial Bathroom
Interior: 1,456 sqft
Lot: 0.16 acre(s)
Location
12443 Iona Sound Drive
Bristow, VA 20136
USA

Chris Ann Cleland

Chris Ann Cleland

Long & Foster REALTORS®
(703) 402-0037
chrisann@LNF.com
http://www.NVARealEstate.net

 
 


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Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow-Gainesville Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

2013 Top Producing Agent & 2013 Top Selling Agent, Long & Foster REALTORS® Gainesville, VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.NVARealEstate.net, www.SpeakingOfHomes.net, www.SellingBraemar.com,

Victory Lakes Blog

 

The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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Fantastic Find in Braemar: 4 Bedroom Single Family Home for $459,000
Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Single Family Home for sale in Bristow, VA

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$459,000
Single Family Home
Main Features
4 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
1 Partial Bathroom
Interior: 3,144 sqft
Lot: 0.18 acre(s)
Location
14004 Rora Moss Place
Bristow, VA 20136
USA

Chris Ann Cleland

Chris Ann Cleland

Long & Foster REALTORS®
(703) 402-0037
chrisann@LNF.com
http://www.NVARealEstate.net

 
 


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Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow-Gainesville Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

2013 Top Producing Agent & 2013 Top Selling Agent, Long & Foster REALTORS® Gainesville, VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.NVARealEstate.net, www.SpeakingOfHomes.net, www.SellingBraemar.com,

Victory Lakes Blog

 

The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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