Virginia Horse Farms

Specializing in fine equestrian properties and estate homes in the Northern Virginia area, with referrals nationwide.

Equestrian Properties

As an equestrian property specialist, I enjoy working with those who want to buy or sell horse properties in the Northern Virginia area. If you are planning a move outside of Virginia, I can refer you to a qualified specialist anywhere in the country through my nationwide referral network. If you are looking for a home or horse farm in the area but need to sell property somewhere else, I can use the same network to help you find a qualified agent in your current area. You can contact me anytime by email at [email protected] or by phone at 703-400-1995 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm eastern time.

 

 

Free Offers

You can receive a free report on recent activity in your neighborhood. This will include any recent sales, houses that didn't sell, and those currently for sale or under contract.

You can also receive a report on the top improvements you can make to your home to help it sell faster and for more money.

The Free Buyer tips report will give you tips on what to look for and which questions to ask when you are preparing to purchase a home. Having this information could be the difference between owning your dream home or owning a nightmare!

The Free Seller tips report will tell you how to have your home looking like a model with just a few changes, many of which you may be able to do yourself. Why settle for less when you can get top dollar?

To receive any of these offers, send your email address along with the name of the free offer you would like to receive  to [email protected].  For more personal service you can reach me by phone at 703-400-1995.

If you are looking for personal service, customized plans, and excellent results, you have finally found the right place and the right agent! 

Working with Long and Foster has given me the opportunity to take advantage of the resources offered by the largest privately owned real estate company in the nation. As a Long and Foster agent, I can offer personal service on a one to one basis while still using the vast network of advertising   resources, internet options, and print media available to a large company. I never farm out my listings to an assistant after you sign with me. Whether you are  buying or selling, I have the ability to make it happen for you quickly and efficiently. You are always part of the plan, you always have the final say, and you will never be subjected to high pressure tactics to do something you don't want to do. 

Contact me for a free consultation

cell phone: 703-400-1995                                               

voice mail: 703-503-4181

email: janice.clar[email protected]

Specializing in fine equestrian properties and estate homes

6045 Burke Centre Parkway

Burke, Va. 22015

Your personal information is always considered strictly confidential.

Is This A Good Time To Buy?

This is an excellent time to buy, especially if you are a first time buyer. Prices are low, interest rates are low, and there are still plenty of good deals available. Many houses are sitting on the market for a long time, so owners are frequently willing to pay a portion of your settlement charges or make other concessions and repairs, leaving you with less cash needed to get into a house or farm. Check out the "find a mortgage" tab at the top of the page for more information about how to secure a mortgage.

 

 

 

Why Do I Need A Buyer's Agent?

Many people think that they will get a discount if they call the agent whose name appears on the "for sale" sign in front of a house. This is actually far from the truth. The agent on the sign has signed a listing agreement that promises the seller they will do everything in their power to get the best price and the best terms to benefit the seller. They have no such contract with a buyer. If the agent on the sign offers to sign an "exclusive right to represent buyer" agreement with you, run! This is a clear conflict of interest, and is not ethical. What will happen to the comission? Nothing! The comission is set in the listing agreement, and the only thing that happens if you use the listing agent to buy is that he or she does not have to split it with another agent. They still represent the seller, and not the buyer.

A buyer's agent will help you to find the exact property that you want, and will negotiate on your behalf to get you the best price and the best terms. Most buyer's agents also list properties, so they know exactly what the listing agent (the one on the sign) is trying to do. A buyer's agent can help you through the complicated process of filling out the contract, which in many cases is well over 20 pages long. If you have questions about the contract or any of the additional addendums, a buyer's agent can explain it to you. He or she will keep you informed all along the way about any additional decisions that may have to be made, deadlines that must be met, and changes that may occur during the process leading to settlement. Most importantly, the buyer's agent will represent you, not the seller!

 

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Buyer's Agent?

This is the best part of all. In most cases, there is no charge at all for you to use a buyer's agent. The total comission has already been set in the listing documents, and will be paid out of the seller's proceeds at settlement. The only exception to this is if you decide to buy a house that is offered for sale by owner, and the owner refuses to pay the comission. In that case, you would be responsible for the agent's fee, usually between 2-4% of the total sale price. Most owners today will agree to pay the buyer's agent in order to attract potential buyers to their home, but there are still some that will not. If you decide to look at a house that is listed by owner, ask your agent if the owner is prepared to pay comission or not.

Why Should I Hire An Agent To Sell My House?

Many people think that by selling their home themselves, they will be saving money. Statistics show, however, that using a realtor increases the net price of a property by about 10%. This is more than the average real estate comission in most places. Using an agent can increase your profit.

An agent can also help you decipher the lengthy and often complicated real estate contract. Many buyer's agents will word a request so that is seems perfectly reasonable, but leave a clause that could cost you thousands in the end. There are many deadlines, as well as state and federal addendums and notices that must be included in a contract. An agent will have ready access to those forms and will know how to fill them out. An agent licensed in your particular state will also have knowledge of any specific state requirements needed to complete the sale of your home.

Once you have signed a listing agreement with the agent of your choice, he or she will make arrangements to provide access to other agents so that your house can be shown to as many people as possible. Each of these potential buyers will be accompanied by an agent who will provide a certain amount of security for your house and possessions. No one will be able to get inside your house without an agent who has lockbox access. The lockbox will provide your agent with information about who has been in your house so that he or she can follow up with the other agent and answer any questions they may have.

All advertising will be the responsibility of your agent, so make sure you choose one who has access to multiple websites and publications. Your agent will provide a sign with the logo of a reliable real estate company, giving confidence to potential buyers that the sale of your home will be handled in a professional and competent manner. Your agent will either take photographs of your house or arrange for someone else to take them if they use a photography service. Be sure that your agent intends to include your home in the multiple listing service and to add as many photos as possible. Buyers want to be able to look at multiple pictures before they spend their time to come walk through your house.

Showings and open houses will be coordinated by your agent. You will never have to leave work to come home and show your house, nor will you lose a sale because someone who was only in the area for a day couldn't gain access. Your agent will work with you all the way through settlement, helping you decide where to draw the line on a buyer's requests, meet deadlines in a timely manner, and keeping the entire process on track. All you have to do is keep the house in good condition and wait for a contract.

 

What Do I Have To Do To My House Before I Put It On The Market?

This is another area where your agent can help you. In some cases it may be to your advantage to lower the price and not put money directly into repairs or upgrades. An offer of cash to replace an old appliance could actually be an incentive to a buyer who might decide to use the cash toward settlement and put the new appliance on their credit card instead. Other times, showing that you have taken good care of your home by making improvements can provide a more favorable impression. Painting and refinishing floors or replacing carpet are usually good ideas, and the easiest way to improve the appearance of your home. This is a tried and true way to improve the profit you receive for your home and is usually one of the most affordable. New appliances and countertops in the kitchen and baths will also increase the interest in nearly any home. Cutting the grass or adding some new plantings will give greater "curb appeal." Talk to your agent before making any improvements to find out what works best in your neighborhood.

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What not to do

If you are preparing to apply for a mortgage, please consult with a mortgage professional before making any changes to your financial situation. Paying off all your credit cards or making a payment on an old debt could actually lower your credit score!

How long will it take?

Preliminary loan approval usually takes only a few days. Your home search can take longer, but will be easier if you provide your agent with a list of "must have" and "would like" features. Once your contract is accepted, allow 30-60 days for the paperwork to be completed. If you are dealing with a short sale, the time frame could be considerably longer. Don't forget to make application for homeowner's insurance within 7 days of contract acceptance!

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