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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 

A lot of my clients are in that struggle between renting versus buying. They've rented for years and they're comfortable with the ease of it, but they also know they are throwing their money away. With home-ownership, they have to take over all the expenses and maintenance of a new home. That sou...
05/30/2014
There are a lot of really good photographers on Active Rain. So many of our members have a true eye for the perfect shot. They are truly F-Stop wizards. For those of us who are still learning and getting more creative, here are a few photography hacks that you can use to make your photographs mor...
05/29/2014
Not every client understands the process of selling or buying a house. They may shake their heads in acknowledgment when you talk to them, but until they're pressed for information, you may not know that they really don't understand. I've seen this a lot this year.  Put yourself in their place. H...
05/29/2014
Now you've gone too far. That was my first thought this morning when I saw this truck. We were waiting at a train crossing, and when the gates came down, the truck in the picture was over the line and the crossing gate came down on his hood.  The driver jumped out and realized that if he backed u...
05/28/2014
Agents, please don't call me and tell me you're going to be writing an offer on my listing. Feel free to call and see if it's still available, but I don't need to know that your client might write an offer. I would much rather have you send an offer and then call and let me know you sent it. I mi...
05/27/2014
When Harland Sanders was 65, an interstate highway diverted traffic away from his restaurant and caused him to go out of business. He struggled living on his social security check, but he didn't crawl into a corner and give up. No, he had a vision and a product he wanted to share with the world, ...
05/26/2014
Happy Memorial Day from a grateful nation.  I never come upon this day without thinking about the great cost of our freedom.  When you travel abroad, you soon learn that the United States is unique in so many ways.  Our uniqueness is the result of the great freedom we enjoy.  Our freedom gives us...
05/25/2014
I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but I may depend on Active Rain too much. As a matter of fact, I set my weekly routine by Kathy Streib's Sunday blog. Really? Absolutely.  I've been super busy this year, so I use things I can always depend on to keep me on schedule. For instance,...
05/25/2014
"We can take you to the doctor, or we can let you live." That was one of the quirky statements that greeted me when I was in another country a few years ago. My friends were partially kidding. I wasn't in need of a doctor, but they wanted to let me know what the health-care system was like in tha...
05/25/2014
 There are no trophies for showing up in the game of life.I am so glad my sons were older when the "here's your trophy for showing up" phase of childhood sports began.  I grew up at time when the team who won the game received the trophy, and the kids who didn't left the field mad, dejected and d...
05/22/2014
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