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My blog covers whatever is on my mind. It travels the spectrum from Real Estate in Northern Virginia, local events, market reports, neighborhood data, business profiles and personal stories. I hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to drop a note.
Endre Barath, Jr., challenged us to recount the things we did or changed in the past year or two that worked for us. I'm not sure I could put all of the changes in a single blog, but let me share a few things that have changed for the better.One, I took a blow torch to my marketing over the past ...
I wrote this post in 2013. I would offer the same encouragement in 2020. Have an incredible year. Be blessed. Be a blessing and make the world a better place.  1. Focus - Determine what your distractions are and eliminate as many as possible. Some things are just that, distractions, and they chea...
The one thing I love about New Years is that it is a time to start over. OK, you failed at your diet. Instead of weight-loss it was weight-found, no problem. Start over. You didn't make the top ten agents in the US, your State, your office or your solo brokerage, no problem.  You get another cha...
There has been some discussion about the value of Active Rain lately, and not just on the form. I was in a state conference in September and a certification class prior to the conference. In both cases, the question came up, "Does anybody use Active Rain anymore?" About 99% of the class said, "No...
Carol Williams and Anna "the top banana" Kruchten have challenged us to write about the craziest real estate sale we've ever had, and I had to stop and think for a minute. Which one should I choose? I've had a few pretty crazy sales in the past five years.One stands out, and even though it ultima...
When I first started mountain biking I learned real quickly that it's not like cruising around the neighborhood on a beater bike. There are two key components of mountain biking and how they relate to real estate. Those two keys are 1. Equipment, and 2. Technique. I bought a pretty good entry lev...
I love technology. I always have. Many of my early studies as a young person were in electronics, their use and repair. As a teenager, I had a long line of neighbors bringing their TVs to our house for me to repair. Those were fun times. I was 15-16. Today, technology is just as exciting in my bu...
“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”                                                                ...
Writing four blogs on what I'm thankful for is a breeze. It's something that could be done everyday because in each day resides the possibility of something amazing to be thankful for. This morning, I had heat, and we needed it. I had food, and it was delicious. I have clean clothing and they wer...
I am even thankful for the negative things that have made me a stronger and better person. Joanna KrupaThat may seem like a strange quote about thankfulness, but there is a genuine truth to it that can be a game changer if you can see it. I'm not a big fan of negative things, but some of the more...

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