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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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2015 

I had no desire to be a Facebook follower. My wife set up my first page because I was so nonchalant about it. When I finally started to check out Facebook, it was exciting. I found old friends from decades ago. I linked to family members I haven't seen for a long time, and I discovered a way to k...
06/29/2015
I want to follow-up on my blog from yesterday, Builder Bullies and Other Adventures in Real Estate, because there has been a change. Our client and her husband walked away from the deal one day before closing. The seller gladly gave their EMD back. The potential for legal action on that one was h...
06/26/2015
Cornerstone Business Group, Inc., is a unique real estate brokerage in the north-western top of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. It is a unique brokerage in a variety of ways. The company began in 1992 as an investment company with a property management division. The only properties in the comp...
06/23/2015
Father's Day is an interesting time for me.  My dad left the house one day when I was four, and I didn't see him again for 13 years.  We ended up being friends when I was young man, but he was never actually a father. I enjoyed his company, and he was very entertaining, but he was just another ma...
06/20/2015
I think the greater part of wisdom is to never burn the bridge you're standing on. That makes sense to me. How about you? When a real estate market begins to heat up, it's not unusual to have multiple contract situations happen. Buyers will create crazy contracts to be the winning bid. Sometimes,...
06/20/2015
Good photos sell houses. I've convinced of that, but I've recently become convinced of something else. Good photos cause houses not to sell. Does that sound like I might be contradicting myself? Absolutely. Are both statements true? Absolutely. How could that be?Recently, I've been showing a lot ...
06/19/2015
The Front Royal, VA real estate market followed it's county neighbors over the month of May. The number of sold properties was up 8% year to year and 25% month to month.The average sold price was just above $200K and the average days on the market was up slightly at 3%. More properties made it to...
06/18/2015
That is music to my ears! That was my response to a new agent's comment. When he came in today, he said, "You are everywhere I search on the Internet." He shared how he had been doing searches online for multiple real estate related topics. In that search, I showed up on almost every page. That w...
06/18/2015
The Berryville, VA real estate market saw a drop in available listings in May 2015. The average list price was just under $400K, and the average sale price was just under $310K. Days on the market was up slightly to 107. The Berryville, VA real estate market is a smaller market in the northern Vi...
06/15/2015
The Winchester/Frederick County, VA real estate market for May 2015 shows continued improvement. Improvements have been small and incremental overall, but all improvements are welcome. The total number of housing sales in May were 151 with only 9% distressed property sales.Surprisingly, the numbe...
06/15/2015
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