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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 

Well, we made it. One more year comes to a close, and a new one with new opportunities and ventures begins. I have a closing today and I'm writing one more contract for 2014, but when that's done, it's all done for the year. So, how did it go? What were the highs and lows of your year? Lows: (not...
12/30/2014
Business is like a merry-go-round. You hop on for the ride, but when the gold ring comes around, you've got to grab it and ride on. A lot of riders will go round and round and they'll be as happy as they can be, but for some riders, the turning of the merry-go-round is just a transport to the nex...
12/26/2014
The Christmas holiday has a very special place in my heart for a variety of reasons. It is full of family, friends and of course those relationships that are made at Active Rain. I hope that each and every one of you have the best Christmas ever. Thank you for your support through out the year. T...
12/25/2014
The one thing I love about this time of year is the sense of hope that is born in the hearts of people both near and far.  Sure, there are those who decide to act like total morons by beating each other at a local store or by spraying shoppers with pepper spray, etc., but I see a much greater and...
12/24/2014
I've always heard that it's easy to eat an elephant. You just do it one bite at a time. That makes sense, but it's still an elephant. An African elephant can weight from 8,800 - 15,000 pounds. That makes a Thanksgiving dinner seem like a snack.  I'm a big goal setter, but I'm also a big goal fail...
12/23/2014
In the process of clearing emails, checking out Active Rain and glancing over Facebook I came across a very disturbing Facebook post. It was written by a man who said, "2 down. 49000 to go. Not 'an execution' just a minor insurrection and a bit of humble revenge." The post included a copy of the ...
12/22/2014
I grew up in a family where you were encouraged to get a job and stay there until you retire. I was told from an early age that you should count yourself lucky if you found that job, and you would be crazy to give it up. When I left my first good job after 5 years, my family thought I had lost my...
12/19/2014
I showed a property recently that was on the market for most of this year at approximately 35% over the current market for a similar property.  Of course, it didn't sell.  It came off the market, and then came back on at 25% over the market. The second agent has fluffed up the description to make...
12/18/2014
Sometimes you can have a lot of balls in the air, but that doesn't mean things won't work out. I'm closing two sales this week that are very intertwined. I listed a house for a great family, and I also helped them find a new home. Ironically, I also found a buyer for their house. My sellers had t...
12/16/2014
The subject of home inspections has come up numerous times recently, and it's good to discuss things that impact the real estate business. I have three companies I use to do home inspections. Each one does a good job, and I have a lot of confidence in each one. With that said, I don't have a lot ...
12/15/2014
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