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I Wish I Could Sell Units in Ashby PondsYears ago my brother and I had to coerce our mother to sell our family home.  She couldn't do stairs any longer and the only full bathroom was on the upper level.  When we discovered she had been sleeping on the sofa bed and practicing her hygiene from the ...
Life Lessons from My Kitty In the summer of 2003, you could not have convinced me that I would ever be a cat lover.  Years prior, I had some accumulated some bad experiences with hissy, grumpy cats.  It tainted my view of the species, which looking back, was really unfair.Going into Labor Day wee...
The Road to Settlement is Different for Every Buyer Today, February 13th, was when I got to register my first buyer side sale for 2018.  Believe it or not, our house hunt started late in the summer of 2017.  The buyer also happened to be a home seller of mine.    When I took her listing in Haymar...
What Quality Do All Great Real Estate Agents Have in Common?When I first became a licensed real estate agent in Bristow, VA in 2005, I had no idea the amount of things I would encounter in my newly chosen field of listing and selling homes.  Some bumps in the road to settlement are minor.  Some a...
Who You Gonna Call?It is always nice to see a past client appear on your caller ID.  It is especially nice when that past client is one you thought you would never hear from again because they happily settled more than halfway across the country from you when they moved.  Sure you are Facebook fr...
Gainesville Active Adult Condo SOLD in Heritage HuntOn November 29th (2017,) after weeks of prepartion, I listed my mother's condo for sale.  It was a third floor (top level,) two bedroom, two bathroom Barclay model with a southern exposure.  Because mom downsized, there was a lot that needed to ...
Encountering the Stark Difference Between NY and VA Real EstatePracticing real estate in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 2005 I have learned the various ins and outs of transactions in our state.  However, when you have someone selling in another state, whose home purchase in Virginia is conti...
Who Knew a Delivery Address Could Be So Hard to Locate on a Postcard?Thanks to Barbara Todaro I have been doing a lot more direct mail marketing, particularly when it comes to my listings.  And last year, I decided to step up my efforts and go with a jumbo postcard to get more attention.  My hand...
What Do You Do When You Know an Attorney is Wrong?Working as a real estate agent in Bristow, VA since 2005, I have learned so much more than how to market a home and get it under contract; or operate a lockbox, show a home and write up an offer.  That's the tip of the iceberg stuff.  The real nit...
"Tell the Buyers We Aren't Making ANY Repairs If We Take This Offer"When sellers feels worked over after purchase offer negotiatioins are over, hearing them say, "Tell the buyers we aren't making any repairs if we take this offer," is not uncommon.  It sounds reasonable to them. The sellers are n...

Chris Ann Cleland

Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
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