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There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel and This Time it Wasn't a Train

Light at the End of the TunnelIt's been another busy week in real estate.  It is officially "hump" day and after thinking the only light coming through the tunnel on my closing in Lake Ridge was a train we managed to go to settlement today.

It shouldn't have been a hard transaction.  The seller is active duty military using the Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) and the buyers were well qualified.  However whenever you are dealing with HAP you have to be prepared for surprises.  In this case it was a "misplaced" file which meant scrambling to come up with additional documents.  Meanwhile the sellers moved overseas necessitating a Power of Attorney.

Normally a Power of Attorney isn't a big deal either however when the buyer's title company "misplaced" the original POA we thought for sure the  train was picking up spped and it was ready to destroy the deal.  Fortunately putting the heads of two title companies together with the Prince William County Clerk determined what would be acceptable to file the deed and we were finally ready to close.

Fall Day-Get Out and Enjoy!As always the end result was positive, we backed the train out of the tunnel and now all we have is a beautiful sunny fall day staring us in the face.  This is my third closing in the Lake Ridge neighborhood this year and it was certainly the hardest in terms of dealing with the details but it is a part of what Realtors® do every day.  Solve problems and sell houses.

If you live in the Lake Ridge neighborhood or anywhere in Northern Virginia and are looking for a Realtor® who understands how to handle difficult transactions in today's marketplace then give me a call at 703-346-2213.  Lets talk about whether now is the right time for you to sell your home.  No hassle, no pressure just straight talk about today's real estate market.

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If you are interested in learning more about the Northern Virginia Real Estate market including Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William Counties give Cindy Jones and Integrity Real Estate Group a call at 703-346-2213.

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Comment balloon 24 commentsCindy Jones • September 15 2010 04:54PM

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We had two POA deals this year - one was similar to yours. It got a little complicated, but like yourself, we solved the problem and pushed through. Thanks for the share - Love your writing style :)

Melynda

Posted by Gary & Melynda Wolter (CRS) 480-269-1164, Relentless, Reliable, Premier Personal Service (Evenson/Fisher Group-Revelation Realty) over 8 years ago

Phew, those are quite some hurdles to jump. The "missing" documents situation is a big concern. Congrats on getting it done.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Cindy:  Congrats on the Lake Ridge closing.  What a great community.  Your ability to keep things movng forward is what makes you a great Woodbridge Realtor®.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 8 years ago

A great job getting that train backed out of the dark tunnel.  I'm sure the sellers and buyers are very pleased with the outcome.

That's a beautiful Fall picture and reflection off the water.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) over 8 years ago

Great job Cindy.  Another new neighbor for Lake Ridge, compliements of Cindy Jones.  Feels good, doesn't it?

Posted by Anne Clark (Metro Referrals) over 8 years ago

Cindy congrats to you and your sellers.  They are fortunate that they enlisted a professional like yourself to get the transaction completed.  It's not easy but you did a great service to your clients. 

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 8 years ago

Cindy, Congratulations on clearing the hurdles (like we'd ever doubt you could!). :)  okay, the hair doesn't match... but it's the best we could do!

Cindy Superagent!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 8 years ago

Great job Cindy, you must be a magician!!

Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) over 8 years ago

Melynda-I've had a few with POA's this year however when I heard the buyer's title company had misplaced the original POA it sent everyone into a panic.  Fortunately it all worked out at the end.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Ellie-it was unbelievable this deal was delayed by multiple sets of missing documents.  It seemed as if it was jinxed.  Whew is all we can say at this point.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Chris Ann-as always it is a team effort and the buyers agent had to also keep their clients from jumping ship when all seemed lost.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Robin and Sue-this is one time when the train got to close for comfort. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Anne-yes I would say it does.  Thanks.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Lee and Pam-I'm always happy with a positive outcome for everyone involved in a transaction.  The hard ones make us appreciate the times when everything goes smoothly.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Liz and Bill-oh flying through the air, how fun would that be.  Thanks for the vote of confidence.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Michael-it took some fancy footwork at the end but everyone is a winner.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

I do not think people realize all of the problem solving we do to get a transaction to the closing table, especially these days.  You did a great job, Cindy and the photos are gorgeous.  Where was the waterfront one taken?

Posted by Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate, SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL (RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest) over 8 years ago

Debra-hopefully being able to articulate to buyers and sellers that our roles are far more than putting a sign in the yard and waiting for the phone to ring.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Congratulations on your third closing in Lake Ridge this year.  I know this one had a surprises along the way but it is truely shows how hard you will work for a successful outcome.

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) over 8 years ago

"Solve problems and sell houses" that's exactly what we do.  And you know what? Solving problems is the driving force behind "why" we do what we do. We fight real estate fires.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Pat-thank you each one closing is a chance to learn something new.  Not always what we wanted but the final outcome is what is important.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Charia-I enjoy solving problems and when everyone works together for a positive outcome it is well worth the effort.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Great job Cindy. When the listing agent stays calm and help his/her client understand what the options my be.

Cal

Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) over 8 years ago

Thanks Cal.  Sorry I missed your comment before.  Must have been a Zen moment :-)

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 8 years ago

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