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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 

I came to real estate through the side door rather than the front door. I was a pastor of a church which I started in 1986, and I wanted to find a way to give more money to missions. The only place to pull money out of our budget for more missions was to cut my salary.  I decided I would begin in...
06/30/2014
When you marry the farmer's daughter it's hard to feel comfortable planting anything with confidence. My father-in-law is a agricultural wizard. I don't think I've ever asked him a question that he couldn't answer. It's great having a resource like that, but it can be intimidating when you want t...
06/29/2014
Winchester, VA Real Estate Market: 1st Six Months 2014   The Winchester, Virginia real estate market is shifting away from distressed properties to fair market sales, and that's good news for home sellers. Distressed sales dropped 42% from the same period in 2013. The first six months of 2014 did...
06/29/2014
I rarely take listings, but I recently had a woman who asked me look at her home with the thought of selling it. We met up this week and I previewed her home. At the end of our time together, she asked if I would reduce my commission.  I declined. Later, she sent me an email asking why should hir...
06/28/2014
Sometimes, buyers just need a little more hand-holding than others. As a parent, I'm not shy about touting my sons' accomplishments. I love watching them set goals and then achieve them, and most of my friends are the same with their kids. I guess it's a proud parent thing, but what about those p...
06/27/2014
I wrote a blog a couple years ago about my tendency to collect people. That hasn't changed any and this week has been a great example. It's pretty rare that I don't gain a great affection for my clients. We spends days, weeks and sometimes months together, and then a very anti-climatic day comes ...
06/26/2014
Did you know you can use your role as a Realtor to help other people find work? Of course you did, and you probably already do it, but you can go further than you realize. As our local economy slowly climbs out of recession, many talented workers are still struggling to get back on top of things....
06/25/2014
For years, the license plate on my Volvo said, "BPashn8."  I put those tags on my car because I wanted to plant an idea in the heads of everyone who looked at them.  Be Passionate!  If there is one word that best describes my life, it would be passion.  I have a lot of things I'm passionate about...
06/24/2014
I spent most of my life in the spotlight, and on this end of my life I prefer to be out of the spotlight. I don't have any problem giving someone else the kudos even if I was the source behind their idea. I had a call the other day from one of my technicians asking about a wiring project he was e...
06/20/2014
I received a panicked call from an agent tonight. She and I have gotten to know each other recently, and I've found her to be a pleasure to deal with. Today, she found out she made a minor mistake on a contract and the broker on the other side called yelling at her and threatening her license. Sh...
06/19/2014
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