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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.



Charles Buell's challenge to write about what "my planet" would look like has been thought-provoking. Watching the news over the past few years, and looking at the state of the world has given me a great view of what my planet would look like.  On my planet, every country will be at peace with ev...
A MReport study shows one in 4 buyers have buyer's remorse. Do yours? Being a buyer's agent is my favorite part of real estate. I would be devastated to learn that 25% of my buyers are not happy with their purchase after the deal is done, but how can you stop it? I'm not sure you could stop it 10...
It's no secret that I think the Internet has changed the real estate market more than any asset in my lifetime. It has given all of us the ability to become mobile entrepreneurs. I really don't know how I could conduct business without it. The month of April is a perfect example. Throughout the m...
Rookie mistakes are the price of admission for any business professional. Hopefully, we make less and less as we get more experience. It's painful to do something that costs you money, time or both. I've heard horror stories of agents having to use their commission checks to buy refrigerators, st...
Remember, your sphere of influence has a sphere of influence.  I received a call this week from a delightful couple. They want to buy a house. Great! That's what I do best. I always ask how a new client found me, but before I could get that out the client said, "Tom recommended you, and he said y...
I was mowing my yard tonight, and I had a thought. My former neighbor was an amazing lawn-keeper. You might even say he had a black belt in obsessive compulsive lawn-care. I used to hate those busy weeks when I didn't have time to get my yard mowed early. My neighbor would stand on his front porc...
They were busy until late last night, but the Bicycle Outfitters team, family and friends pulled it off. They're open! I was in the shop around 7:30 pm on Friday night, and there was a lot of work to do, but boy did they accomplish a lot before midnight. The shop is stocked with every conceivable...
OK, I admit it, I have a few quirky habits. How about you? Most of the people I know do something that is unique. Let me give you a for instance. A little over two years ago a client got me to do something that has paid great dividends, but it grosses my family out. For decades, I have caught a w...
Three years ago when I first joined Active Rain, I had no idea what the whole blogging thing was about. It was a mystery. Active Rain helped me learn about the importance of blogging, SEO and web-based marketing.  I tried my hand at blogging after much trepidation, and much to my surprise, a few ...
Virginia Realtors, there is a new group being added to your Fair Housing list of discrimination candidates. No one should be discriminated against when it comes to housing. The list has grown since the Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibited racial discrimination. In 1968, the Title VIII of the Civil...

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