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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 

 When I first blogged about this in April 2013 I was concerned that it might seem a little over the top to some, but in reality, the best time to prepare for an assault is before it happens. Workplace safety is one of those things I would rather never talk about, but I've been in a lot of hot spo...
09/30/2014
I'd like to welcome Ekatrina Vasilyeva Wood to the Cornerstone Business Group, Inc., team. Ekatrina, or Katya as we call her, is an investor turned real estate agent. She brings a keen eye and years of investing experience to the table for her clients.  Having been a real estate investor, she has...
09/28/2014
I've noticed a trend on TV lately that has me a little worried.  Let me give you an example.  There is a commercial of a middle-aged lady who can't find her car in a parking lot because she can't remember where she parked it.  Been there, how about you?  Fortunately for her there is a wonderful c...
09/27/2014
September is Realtor Safety Month, and it's a good time to reflect on how we conduct our business. I tend to be a pretty lighthearted person. Actually, I think life is pretty funny, and I generally find humor in most things, but there is one thing I’m totally serious about. It’s Realtor safety.  ...
09/25/2014
Don't get offended if the house you're willing to pay for is a dump. I've had a lot of bargain hunters in the market this year. It seems like everyone wants that $50000 flip that will generate $100000. Who wouldn't. What amazes me is the way many of these buyers respond to the condition of the pr...
09/25/2014
Isn't it impressive when you see another agent's profile with a long string of initials behind his or her name?  It might be GRI, or ABR, or SFR, CDPE, CHS, CFS, TRC or a host of other alphabet soup characters.  Being one with multiple Master's degrees, I am a big fan of education.  Not only shou...
09/23/2014
Like many businesses, real estate has a seesaw affect that takes place each year. In our market, business picks up around the second week of January and steadily gains momentum until around mid-May. Schools are slowing down and getting ready to close for the summer. College students are heading h...
09/19/2014
A chunk of my week was spent working with the Virginia Housing Development Authority. Saturday was dedicated to a group of first-time home-buyers. During that time, I realized how easy it is to forget what it's like to be a first-timer. The students in the classes were like sponges. For some, thi...
09/13/2014
When two people get married a lot of negotiating comes in to play from the moment they say, "I do." And, it's not always the big stuff you might think that couples negotiate over. Sometimes it's very small but important stuff.  Such as, which way does the toilet paper roll off the hanger? Does th...
09/13/2014
Sometimes, you've got to tell it like it is. Typically, my electrical company does not do work for maintenance companies that businesses hire to take care of their facilities. When they call, and they call often, I normally grill them on a number of issues before I even consider taking them on as...
09/11/2014
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