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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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2014 

In a recent blog, I talked about some of those things parents tell their kids when they're growing up. Once the kids finally sprout their wings and moved out the real learning begins.  During the fall of 2013, both of my sons moved out on their own. One got married, and the other one rented a tow...
02/24/2014
Buyers, skip the pre-qualification letter and go straight to the pre-approval letter. A pre- qualification letter is the minimum you will need to put a contract on a house, but you would be wise to skip that process altogether and sit with a lender and get pre-approved for a loan. In the post-200...
02/24/2014
When you're 12 to your 20s, you have a view of what it means to be an adult that is formed by watching your parents. My parents were typical in most ways. We lived in an average house, in an average neighborhood and in an average community. I always thought we were poor until I left for college a...
02/23/2014
When I work with a client, whether it's a buyer or seller, there are certain promises that I can make that I never deviate from. Real estate, like any profession, has its high points and its low points. There are companies and agents who operate like true pros throughout the entire process, and t...
02/22/2014
Before you list your house, let me challenge you to a test. One of the biggest difficulties to selling a house is emotion. Over the course of living in a home, memories are formed, events take place, upgrades are completed and the house becomes a part of who you are. You tend to associate your ho...
02/22/2014
If you've read my blog, you know that I've spent time in the Ukraine teaching in a college. Each trip was more enjoyable and more eye opening. On an early trip, I met with the church leaders of the largest Baptist church in Zaporozhye.  During that meeting, one of the older (60-70+) church elders...
02/21/2014
Many of us have been promising ourselves we were going to add video to our website forever. For one reason or the other, it just hasn't happened. I know, I'm one of those people. I ran across a company, Market Videos, who can create market update videos for your site. I experimented with the vide...
02/20/2014
A couple years ago, I had a young man join my indoor cycling class.  He had a goal of entering the military, but his weight/height ratios were off enough that he kept failing the weigh-in.  I assumed the military would just say, "No problem.  You'll sweat that off the first week of basic training...
02/18/2014
Has auto-correct become your worst emema? Mimi Foster's husband, David Feith, posted a photo on Facebook today that made me laugh not only because it was funny, but because the idea has actually cost me clients.The sign said, "Auto-correct has become my worst enema?" If you're part of the texting...
02/18/2014
Recently, I was out with a first-time home-buying couple. When we found a home they fell in love with we stood around the kitchen island talking about the process of buying a house. They didn't have any idea what the process was. They asked, "So, what is the process now?" They had gone to a lende...
02/17/2014
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