Gainesville, VA Home Gets 26 Offers After Three Days on the Market

Gainesville, VA Home Gets 26 Offers After Three Days on the Market When I first put 15124 Santander Drive as a Coming Soon listing on January 8th (2021,) I knew it was going to be a heartbreaker. Before there was a really good professional photo of anything, we had about eight showings. The day that Read More …

Buyer’s Agent Reputation & Network

Buyer’s Agent Reputation & Network The other day I saw a buyer on a local Facebook group looking for a Buyer’s Agent. Apparently, the rebate agent she had hired was not doing her any good, probably because the firm she hired works differently than traditional brokerages. They pay agents by the hour to show homes. Read More …

Boiling Decisions Down to Dollars and Cents

Boiling Decisions Down to Dollars and Cents In a competitive market, buyers are often having to forego a home inspection with the right to ask a seller for repairs. Instead, most are having to do with a Right to Void Only home inspection. So how does a buyer evaluate whether or not they should void Read More …

Home Inspections Are Not Pass/Fail

Home Inspections Are Not Pass/Fail There is a common misconception among buyers, as well as sellers, that there either a pass or fail outcome from a home inspection. Many times home owners that are listing their homes with me will ask, “What if our home fails inspection?” My answer is always, “There is no such Read More …

What It Takes to Be Successful in a Multiple Offer Situation

What It Takes to Be Successful in a Multiple Offer Situation It only took until the 10th of January for this Top Bristow Real Estate Agent to get her first ratified contract of 2021. I’m sure there are agents out there bemoaning the fact real estate is slow right now. It is not. Buyers are Read More …

Parental Involvement When Buying Your First Home

Parental Involvement When Buying Your First Home As a Top Bristow/Gainesvillle Real Estate Agent, I have encountered varying levels of parental involvement when it comes to first time home buyers. To start, not all first time buyers want their parents’ opinion or input. Sometimes, parents withdraw themselves from participating because they know some opinions they Read More …

The Best Laid Plans…

The Best Laid Plans… Life has a way of pushing us past our plans. Whether you have planned to list your home and are experiencing personal delays, or your plan to live in a particular area changes suddenly due to personal or professional circumstances, it can be hard to role with the changes. Stress has Read More …

Earnest Money Deposits

Earnest Money Deposits When dealing with real estate offers and contracts, there is a difference between a down payment and an earnest money deposit. The down payment is the amount of money a buyer is putting down out of their pocket to pay for the home, while the rest is financed with a mortgage. The Read More …

The Last Day of 2020

The Last Day of 2020 It is finally here–the last day of 2020. Time to put this one in the books or take it to the curb for trash pick up. A year filled with anxiety inducing moments thanks to a virus is not going to be missed. However, not everything in 2020 was bad. Read More …

How Listing Agent Business Practices Affect Buyers and Their Agents

How Listing Agent Business Practices Affect Buyers and Their Agents Being a top Bristow/Gainesville listing agent myself, my expectations are fairly high when it comes to professionalism from other listing agents. This year (2020) has been a barn burner in real estate. And while there are only two days left in the year, things are Read More …