Under Contract Before It Ever Hit the Market!

Under Contract Before It Ever Hit the Market!

This year the Braemar, and surrounding Bristow-Gainesville real estate market is on fire.  Sellers are loving short marketing periods, but buyers are feeling the frustration of being in multiple offer situations and losing out on houses before they ever got a chance to see them.  In this market, the buyer’s agent you hire makes a HUGE difference.  If they are well connected and well respected in the industry, you are far more likely to have success landing previews of Braemar homes before they hit the market.  This is one of those cases.

It was at the last Braemar Annual Board Meeting that I first meet one of the home owners of 12171 Hopper Lane.  As soon as he introduced himself to me I recognized the name immediately.  He had reached out to me online for information on prepping his Braemar home for sale a few weeks earlier.  I remember the conversation we had about what level of prep he had to do.  While I give generic advice, the best advice comes once I have seen your home.

While no seller is thrilled at the things that need to be done to get top dollar for your home, getting them done makes a huge difference.  De-cluttering, painting a neutral shade and installing new carpet are usually the biggest impacts.  In this case, those three things, along with a new kitchen light fixture, some gussying up of the front sidewalk,  a new range hood  and some staging and the home was ready for pictures.  Then, through the power of networking, a well known agent among Braemar listing agents texted.  She had a desperate buyer and heard I had some properties coming up.  That night, we arranged showings of both.  While one was too small, this one fit like a glove.

The buyer made the sellers an offer they could not refuse.  About six hours after the professional photo shoot, and the day before it hit the market, the sellers were signing the offer.  While the sellers could have hit the market as planned and seen a flurry of activity and multiple offers, odds were strong that the offer they got was still going to be the best.  Accepting it was what the sellers chose to do.

You should take a look at the virtual tour for 12171 Hopper Lane.  Of particular interest to me was the solar tube installed in the second bathroom, making that windowless room come alive with light.  These sellers could now give lessons on de-personalizing a home and getting it ready for market. They also did a phenomenal job of updating the things that often go unnoticed like windows, roof, HVAC, appliances…you name it.

When you are ready to sell your Braemar home, or buy one for that matter, having a well respected and well connected agent on your side makes all the difference.  You know my motto.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com





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