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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 

Last week, I had to laugh when I was running sold comps to determine a sale price on another property. When I looked over those comps, I found one comp that was very interesting. That particular house belonged to a lady who has been grilling me for information for two years. She called every so o...
07/30/2015
I'll admit it, I'm a softy when it comes to babies, the elderly and animals, especially dogs. We had two geriatric rescue dogs until the last one passed in February 2015. They were a great source of joy in our house. They were wildly loved by all and shared an incredible amount of love with every...
07/29/2015
"Why are you avoiding my phone calls?" That's the message an electrical client left on my phone this morning while I was in the shower. Did the phone ring? I have no idea. I was in the shower. I rarely never carry my expensive smart phone into the shower. Call me crazy.Of course, since agents not...
07/29/2015
I like to blog everyday, but it doesn't happen. Some days are just too busy, and other days are too stressful. Some days, there is just too much too do and too little energy left at the end of the day. And, then there are days like today. Today was a closing day (that's normally a good thing). To...
07/28/2015
When I was about 22, I had a friend ask me to go flying with him. I turned him down a few times, and then finally one day I couldn't think of a good reason to turn him down, so I went. I hesitate to say I was afraid of flying, but I can't say I wasn't. I didn't know. I had never flown before. I a...
07/28/2015
Markets change on a cyclical basis.  It doesn't matter if it's the stock market or the real estate market.  They cycle.  Unfortunately for most homeowners - they don't see cycles.  They see blood, sweat and tears and dollar signs. Most market cycles are not as devastating as the recent one has be...
07/26/2015
There is a great deal of consternation in the media about why people are drawn to Donald Trump. Think about it. Whether you think he's a buffoon or a savior, you can't deny he's getting a lot of attention. Why?1. He's not owned by anyone.2. He says what he believes whether you like it or not.3. H...
07/26/2015
I'm not a big TV watcher, but I stumbled on a show early this Spring and I was hooked. It's the Blacklist. If you haven't seen it, it's about a top FBI fugitive (James Spader) who surrenders to the FBI and offers them a list of the World's most notorious, and sometimes unknown, criminals. Raymond...
07/25/2015
The Front Royal, VA real estate market had a slight pullback in June 2015 from the previous month. The drop in sales was 6.5% which sounds significant until you realize it was only 3 less homes sold month to month. June home sales were 43, while May was 46. The market shows higher distressed prop...
07/25/2015
The June 2015 Stephens City, VA real estate market had a 43% jump in sales over May 2015. That's a great sign of a growing and healthy change in the market. Short sales and foreclosures were consistent with the rest of Frederick County, VA at 9%. The area distressed sales have stayed a constant 9...
07/25/2015
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