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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 have always been a high extrovert. If you've ever taken the Myers-Briggs Temperament Inventory, you know that an extrovert isn't just someone who likes to be around people, but it is someone who gets energized by being around people. Of course, I like being around people. I have my lowest energ...
10/31/2015
Buying a Winchester, Virginia home can be exhilarating and horrifying at the same time.  It's the single largest expense most people will accept in their lifetime.  That alone could make you want to run the other way, but STOP!  I can help you buy your first home, and we'll have fun doing it.Ther...
10/30/2015
Today was my day to be a pallbearer for a client's mother. It was sad in so many ways, but that was to be expected. After the church service, the family gathered around the grave at a local cemetery and the committal concluded the memorial service.It was chilly with a strong wind blowing through ...
10/30/2015
First-time home-buyers are, well, first-time home-buyers.  I remember buying my first house.  It was actually terrifying to a young guy with no idea of what home-ownership was all about.  My first home purchase was a rental I bought as an investment.  Scary stuff at the time. I survived and went ...
10/26/2015
It would be hard to imagine that any Realtor could go through deal after deal without making a mistake. We miss a signature, a set of initials, a page sticks to another page in a scan and the email gets sent, etc., etc., etc. Things happen. I try to be gracious when I make a mistake and when I re...
10/24/2015
We were all newbies at one point. I'm sure it would be difficult to equip every newbie with all of the information he/she would need to have a smooth start without any hiccups, but there are some things that can help. Here are a few random thoughts to consider.  Not every client will be a match f...
10/21/2015
In his book, "How to become a Rainmaker", Jeffrey J. Fox gives a simple list of the "Rainmaker's Credo." What is a rainmaker? A rainmaker is someone who brings money into a business. Since Realtors are self-employed, every Realtor should be a rainmaker, but anyone who is self-employed should be a...
10/20/2015
Today is Gwen Banta's birthday! I don't normally post things like this, but Gwen Banta has given me so many belly laughs in the past five years you would think I'd have washboard abs. (Gwen, that's an idea. Maybe we could create an infomercial on washboard abs based on your zany sense of humor. I...
10/18/2015
In his book, "How to become a Rainmaker", Jeffrey J. Fox gives a simple list of the "Rainmaker's Credo." What is a rainmaker? A rainmaker is someone who brings money into a business. Since Realtors are self-employed, every Realtor should be a rainmaker, but anyone who is self-employed should be a...
10/18/2015
The Winchester / Frederick County, VA real estate market saw 150 sales in September 2015. Of those sales, 12% were distressed property sales. Six sales were short sales and 12 sales were foreclosures. The September number of total sales was down 17 sales from August, but that is consistent with t...
10/14/2015
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