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Real Estate Broker/Owner - Cornerstone Business Group Inc - 0225086119
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, and once in a while just some random craziness. I hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to drop a note.

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2013 

I started in real estate in 1992 as an investor.  For the next decade, I bought homes and managed our rental properties, but I would not take on client rentals.  In 2004, a family member talked me into becoming a real estate agent.  I continued managing my own rentals, but then I started adding c...
06/29/2013
A market like the one we've been in attracted new businesses and it ran others off.  What happens to the clients of the businesses that go under or close up shop?  They normally just find a new resource.  They might not even know for a year or two that their former business relationship is over. ...
06/27/2013
In today's crazy market, your connections might be just the asset you need to get a deal done.  One of the opportunities I've run across in the past few months is competing on properties that need work.  Those properties might need to have electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, an oil tank removed...
06/26/2013
You've heard the term, "burning the candle on both ends," I'm sure.  I starting to really understand that all of a sudden.  Our local real estate market has been a bit tenuous this year, but in the last two to three weeks it has taken off like a rocket for many of us.  That's a good thing for the...
06/24/2013
I'm a firm believer that life is full of providential moments.  Unfortunately, we miss many of them because we're so busy making a living that those providential moments slip right by.  I'm definitely guilty of that one at times.  Today, I was off to Harrisonburg, VA to teach about the importance...
06/22/2013
You don't have to read my blog very long before you'll know how terribly irritated I get when an agent won't answer his phone, return emails or respond to texts.  I'm moving at warp speed most of the time, so I really don't have time to chase self-important agents around.  On top of that pet peev...
06/20/2013
One of the benefits of living in the Shenandoah Valley is the daily views of the beautiful lush mountains.  They line the valley like a wonderfully constructed frame.  It tends to make you feel really safe.  The other-side of living in the Shenandoah Valley is the tendency to lose your  cell sign...
06/15/2013
I'm a terribly hard person to impress, but there is one thing that impresses me all the time.  I am always impressed by someone who is good at what he does when he performs consistently and at a high level.  Now, that's not to say that I would try to emulate his business model, but I find it fasc...
06/11/2013
Does your blog have a shelf life?  Yes, it does.  Much like pickles, coconut oil or a McDonald's cheeseburger stuffed under your car seat, your blog does have a long life.  One of the greatest ways you can use your blog is by blogging about local news, events, etc.  Last year, I blogged about the...
06/04/2013
I received a call tonight from an agent who was out showing property.  She had gotten my name from Zillow.  Zillow funnels clients to me nearly everyday, but once in a while, they also funnel an agent to me who needs information.  This agent was with an out of town client who was here today only....
06/03/2013
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