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North Arlington home sells in 24 hours. Are the listing agents geniuses?

North Arlington home sells in 24 hours. Are the listing agents geniuses?

North Arlington colonal style home for sale


Tom: I noticed that an "under contract" sign went up on 2005 Illinois Street N. on Saturday night. Didn't that house just come on the market on Friday?

Jan: Yes Tom, this home came on the market Friday evening and we had a ratified contract put to bed at 9:30 Saturday evening.

Tom: Are you guys real estate marketing geniuses?




the perfect living room, backed by family room


Steve: No Tom we are not geniuses. Selling a home is a collaboration between the Realtor and the home owner. The sellers in this case, purchased the home in a desirable location, added a well done addition that gave the home a large family room, master bedroom suite, and the 2 extra full baths that most North Arlington colonials built in the late 1940s were missing. This home was also beautifully maintained as you can see from the virtual tour below on the property website we built for this home.

Tom: Yes this home looks beautiful!






sweet shed and great back yard

Jan: It's a great property Tom and perfect for the new owners. Our job is to analyze the North Arlington market for our client and help them price the property in line with what is happening. As you know almost every home in the area has been modified over the last 50 years so we do a price per square foot analysis as well as a comparison using a ratio of sold price to tax assessed value.

When homes are so different you must do very detailed work including looking at the pictures  of  homes similar to the one you are marketing to see what upgrades they might have that you do not or vice versa. Do not hire a listing agent to help you who does not know how to do detailed market analysis.




We also like to take our selling clients to visit the homes they will be competing with if they are willing. This enables the seller to see what prospective buyers see when they take a tour of homes for sale in the area. It helps clients see how they compare in price, location and condition.

In addition to advising clients on staging, updating, and pricing, it is our job to make sure that news about this great property gets out to qualified North Arlington home buyers.

Nice iris at 2005 Illinois street North ArlingtonTom: What did you do?

Jan: In addition to the normal sign, outside brochure (for the sign box) and inside brochure with more pictures and specifications we created the property website you see below. This info goes to Craig's list and 35 other national home listing data bases. Steve also writes a real estate blog on Active Rain that goes out internationally where he featured this property.

He also went back through 5 months of North Arlington real estate listings and collected the email addresses of all real estate agents that had sold high end North Arlington single family homes. He sent the listing and the property website to all those agents as well as to all the Realtors that we respect in Northern Virginia.



We also attend a weekly listing exchange where Realtors from different companies get together and talk about the homes they have coming on the market in the days ahead.

The result of all this activity was a flood of visitors. So many agents with qualified buyers came that our clients gave up and just vacated the house for the day. The real result was a perfect offer in our email in box at 6 pm. Which is the true goal of all this effort.

Tom: What you do makes sense to me. Do you sell all your listings in 24 hours or just  few days?


Well cared for North Arlington home

Steve: No Tom we do not.... but we prepare and execute our plan with the intention of doing so. You cannot control what the market, interest rates, the economy or what prospective buyers will do. You can only control what you do.

Both the home seller and his agent need to do the best they can do to prepare the home for quality photography and viewing, price the property in line with current market conditions and market the home properly to qualified buyers and other excellent Realtors.


You must market well to other real estate agents because the majority of truly financially qualified, ready to act home buyers are already working with them. A good listing agent should never be unethical, rude, unkind, or plain annoying or the buyer's agents will not want to show their listings.

Tom: Could I talk to you guys about listing my home for sale?

Steve: Sure Tom. We are happy to provide a free market analysis of your home and chat about what you want to accomplish.

Tom: I will drop you an email.

Jan: Happy to help Tom


2005 Illinois Street, North
Arlington, VA 22205
Charming Colonial with 2-story addition!

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Jan and Steve Bachman

Office: 703-652-5782
Mobile: 703-943-6590
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Price : $745,000
Bedrooms : 4
Bathrooms : 3
Square Foot : 2,370
Lot Size : 6,969
Community : Leeway Heights
County : Arlington
Property Type : Detached
Year Built : 1947
MLS Number : AR7333162

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Property Description
This beautifully maintained home includes 3 levels, 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths and has a large, level, fully fenced back yard with a deck, patio and shed. Come enjoy this quiet neighborhood, wander down the sidewalks and take in the lovely views of homes with lots of mature trees. This charming, brick colonial is close to shopping, restaurants, entertainment, historic sites and provides easy access to Routes 29, 7, 50, 66, 495 and the metro. You can get to anywhere from here! This home has great curb appeal with a custom brick sidewalk and steps leading to the front door. It also features hardwood floors throughout most of the main and upper levels, custom draperies, crown molding in the living and dining room and chair rail around the dining room. The spacious two-story addition stretches across the full width of the house and features a family room, full bath and closet on the main level and a fabulous master suite with a full bath on the upper level. This home is a great value and provides all the advantages of close-in living! Don't miss this opportunity to live in this lovely North Arlington neighborhood! Call today to schedule an appointment to see this spectacular home!

Features List
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2072 Finished Sq Ft
  • Easy Commuting
  • 3 Full Baths
  • Basement Den/Office
  • Near Metro
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Built-In Bookcases
  • Close to 29, 50, 66
  • Crown Molding
  • Work Bench
  • Nearby Shopping
  • Chair Rail
  • Large Laundry Area
  • Tuckahoe Elementary
  • Custom Draperies
  • New Windows in 03
  • Swanson Middle
  • 3 Ceiling Fans
  • New H2O Heater in 06
  • Yorktown High School
  • Equal Housing Opportunity.
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    Why pay more and get less when selling your home? Jan and Steve Bachman of RE/MAX Gateway still create full color brochures, an individual property website for your listing that goes out to 40+ public real estate search sites including, Trulia, Zillow etc.


    We also create a custom photo tour that is sent to other agents and prospective buyers.



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    Comment balloon 8 commentsSteve and Jan Bachman • May 10 2010 11:27AM
    North Arlington home sells in 24 hours. Are the listing agents…
    North Arlington home sells in 24 hours. Are the listing agents geniuses? Tom: I noticed that an "under contract" sign went up on 2005 Illinois Street N on Saturday night. Didn't that house just come on the market on… more
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