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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.



The City of Winchester, VA (22601) saw a substantial change in its real estate market in January 2015. The dollar volume of real estate sold within the city limits rose 37.81% over the same period in 2014. The median price range was $220,824. That is up from $187,000 just a year ago (a 31.54% inc...
I've had two months with particularly difficult closings. In most cases there were a lot of moving parts and the challenges just compounded. It has made it hard to keep up with my buyer opportunities while baby-sitting the current closing schedule.  Yesterday, a couple I've been working with fina...
It's rare that you find a community like Active Rain. Over the past year, I've had an unbelievably busy schedule and it has been frustrating being away from the site as much as I have. Why? I like keeping up with the people I've connected with, and the site is a source of inspiration and encourag...
The Winchester (city), VA real estate market is finding its balance. Much of the early 2014 market was hindered by excess inventory and bad weather. The January 2015 market is starting to show signs of seeking equilibrium.  The total number of listings are down. The days on the market have been a...
In my blog yesterday I talked about the perils of pulling a Brian Williams in business by lying to get ahead. Mr. Williams is really an insignificant player in the broad scope of things, but something that has come out of this story should cause all of us to pause and reflect on where we've gone ...
The Brian Williams phenomena that has recently taken over the airwaves is a sad sad story of an accomplished professional who allowed his success to inflate his ego beyond reality. Stories are surfacing daily of exaggerations Williams has made in an effort to make his experiences seem bigger than...
Don't be fooled by the language because scammers are still out there trying to scam Realtors. I had a call this past week from a company looking for an REO listing agent. The lady started out by saying, "I got your name from a lender who highly recommended you from their past experience." Now, wh...
I don't always feel like writing about real estate. I love what I do, but I do it nearly everyday, and once in a while I like a respite from it. On a blogging portal like Active Rain, a blogger has an opportunity to be himself/herself. If you don't want to write about real estate and you're afrai...
I've always heard that freedom is when the last child leaves home and and the family dog dies. I can say today that I'm not feeling very free. Our last fur-baby passed away this morning. Hoss, who has been the star around here for the past 9 years, slipped away this morning while I sat on the flo...

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