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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.



In this week between Christmas and New Years, I tend to lay low and only get involved in real estate when a need pops up. That's been my tradition since the early 2000s, and it has been a good time to reflect and recharge before the new year fully launches.  This week, my son, Jon, was wiring a b...
My Ten Tips for a Balanced Healthy Life in 2014 1. Focus - Determine what your distractions are and eliminate as many as possible. Some things are just that, distractions, and they cheat you out of moving forward. 2. Get Healthy - Eat foods that don't rob you of energy and good health.  Sleep wh...
When I first started blogging, I had no idea how far reaching it could go. It seemed more like Facebook on steroids in the early days. You know, "Tell us what you're thinking." What I learned over the first year at AR is that a blog is also a great business tool. I've had a lot of people contact ...
The Christmas holiday has a very special place in my heart for a variety of reasons. It is full of family, friends and of course those relationships that are made at Active Rain. I hope that each and every one of you have the best Christmas ever. Thank you for your support through out the year. T...
One of the really fun sides of dealing with so many different people in business is that they come with baggage. Furry baggage. I'm a huge dog lover, and so many of my clients have great dogs. It is always a pleasure to meet the family dog, and they end up being a big part of the process. Seamus,...
This time of year always makes me thing of the movie classic, "A Christmas Story." You know the one, where Ralphie, a nine year old from Hohman, Indiana wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Ralphie comes up with all kinds of schemes to get his Red Ryder BB gun, but his parent's response is typ...
Our family had a great Christmas with lots of loved ones around, and throughout Christmas day I realized that there were many lessons to learn. For instance,  No matter how old you are, you're still your parent's children.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, but they do tend to want to take care...
One of the things our company does when we sell a house is to give the seller or buyer a thank you gift. Many agents do the same thing, and it's a good practice considering a client decided to trust us with one of their biggest purchases. But, what is an appropriate gift? I have a simple criteria...
Buffy, the first wife, and I were out shopping this evening, and she made a remark about our older son. She said, "I don't know if it was your influence, or her car door was stuck, but I saw Jonny opening Rachel's car door when they left yesterday."  I take that as a compliment, but there is a de...
Realtors often depend on contractors to give them estimates of repairs, as well as do repairs and maintenance on properties. Realtors and contractors make good partners in this business, but there are some issues Realtors should consider before calling a contractor. I have a unique role in that I...

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