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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 

It's easy to plan to do something good. I find I always want to go to the gym when we have a foot of snow on the ground. I want to go on a diet right after a big meal. I want to read a new book 10 minutes before dropping off to sleep. I want to save more money right after the next big purchase. I...
09/30/2013
I showed a property recently that was on the market for the better part of a year, and it was approximately 35% over the current market for a similar property. Of course, it didn't sell.  It went off the market, and then came back on at 25% over the market. The second agent fluffed up the descrip...
09/24/2013
  My morning routine is pretty simple.  I get up, turn on the coffee, read Active Rain, scan the national news on TV, shower and head to the office or somewhere.  When I was scanning the news this morning I heard the exact same statement twice.  The commercials said, "You don't need to be afraid...
09/23/2013
In this business, there are lots of first. The first time you sell a house to a first-time buyer. The first time you sell a house because of divorce. The first move-up buyer. The first move-down retirement buyer. The first short sale. The first foreclosure, etc., etc., etc.  Today, I had a new fi...
09/20/2013
Buying your first Winchester, Virginia home can be exhilarating and horrifying at the same time.  It's the single largest expense most people will accept in their lifetime.  That alone could make you want to run the other way, but STOP!  I can help you buy your first home, and we'll have fun doi...
09/20/2013
I was standing on the balcony of a hotel today staring off into the ocean (one of my favorite things to do), and I realized that many famous explorers saw that same view and had to have wondered a lot of things. The horizon is a flat line. Does that mean I will fall off of it if I reach it? How f...
09/19/2013
If you're going to use the Internet to generate business, you need to have a thick skin. I get a lot of leads from the web, and a large portion of my closings over the past two years have been directly related to the world wide web. With that said, there is another side of the web that I don't li...
09/18/2013
It tis the season for nutty and wacky agents to come out of the woodwork. Reading Paula Hathaway's blog along with Pacita Dimacali and Bill Spear's blogs today, you can soon see that our business is made up of all kinds of people.   There are great agents who are ethical and moral who would never...
09/17/2013
Anytime I can travel with a bicycle, I do. Once I get accustomed to a location, I start laying out courses that normally span 12,15,20,25,30 and 50 miles. I was on the 12 mile run this morning and thought back to the process. I have a 12 mile run at home as well. The first time I did that run it ...
09/15/2013
Trying to determine what I've learned about business is easy. I've been in business most of my adult life, and business has changed dramatically from those early days. I've owned three companies over the past four decades. There is no way they would have succeeded like they have in today's econom...
09/13/2013
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