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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 

Sellers, if you make your house hard to show, it will not sell. I have a client who is very interested in three properties in the center of Winchester. The company who has them listed requires 24 hours notice which is not a problem. Yesterday, I called early enough to get them on my showing list ...
07/31/2013
The life of a real estate professional is full of high dollar closings, beautiful cars and expensive clothing, fancy watches and jewelry and exotic vacations. "Mike, Mike, wake up, you were having that crazy Realtor dream again!" Shew, I break out is a cold sweat every time that happens.  If you ...
07/30/2013
What does it take to create the heart of a champion? Yesterday, I went to my son's first power-lifting competition. He had decided to compete in this one as a trial run, and ironically, he won 3rd in the Open session and in his weight class. I have a feeling he was more surprised than anyone, but...
07/27/2013
"Don't try to acquire my skill level, exceed it."  That is my heart's desire for my sons.  Both of my boys have taken on jobs and activities that I've had in my lifetime, and they very good at them. Jon, the older son, is an electrician with out electrical contracting company. He is better in the...
07/27/2013
When I started Cornerstone, I started to take on a bunch of Realtors from the former office I worked in that had closed, and then I realized that most of those agents didn't do anything then, why would that change now? So, I decided to go it alone. I had an opportunity to start a real estate scho...
07/26/2013
I just wrote a blog about a few Realtor friends who came to my assistance when my NAID expired without my knowledge. I had two HUD contracts that I couldn't submit because I needed that expired number. So, I did what any of us should be able to do. I called some colleagues from other companies, a...
07/24/2013
I received a letter from the attorneys for Integrated Asset Services this morning. It was a notice to all vendors who are owned money by IAS. It wasn't a notice of bankruptcy, but it was a notice that the company is doing a "wind-down". What the heck does that mean? It means you're not getting pa...
07/22/2013
Did you know that your blog is alive and well on the Internet? Yes it is. When you post something on the Internet is will be out there for others to see as long as the Internet lives. Yesterday, I received a call from a delightful woman from Washington State. She had one of my blogs in front of h...
07/18/2013
The Realtor community can be a team if you build it.  There are a lot of Realtors in our community. Of the 500+ agents, there are probably 12 I'd love to have working with me in my office.  We always work well together.  We'll go above and beyond the call to help each other.  Many times, it has b...
07/18/2013
Have you ever wanted to get home and snuggle up on the sofa with a favorite drink, but it was so chilly or so hot that it was uncomfortable?  You set the thermostat lower or higher before you leave for work, and by the time you get home, it's going to take a hour for it to catch up with your comf...
07/18/2013
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