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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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2016 

When I was a young man, I had a beautiful German Shepherd named Tessa. She was the light of my life. She was a gorgeous red, black and tan shepherd. who was given to me as a gift from a dear friend. While I was at work, she had to stay in our back yard on a chain. I always hated that, but in our ...
01/29/2016
A chalkboard was placed in New York City encouraging people to write down their biggest regret. It stood there all day. As the day went along, people began to write down their biggest regrets on the board. That took a lot of courage because it is natural to push our regrets down into a secret pri...
01/28/2016
Marketing is all about consistency. I've been in  business for a long time, and I've marketed every business I've ever owned. One thing I learned a long time ago, when newspaper advertising was the key to local success, was the length of time necessary for an ad to gain momentum.I ran an ad in ou...
01/26/2016
Drum roll please . . . I finally slipped across the 1,000,000 point line. It seemed like it took forever, and yet it happened overnight. Recently, there has been a discussion about the value of the point system at Active Rain. I'm sure the points brings out some low quality content, but I truly b...
01/25/2016
I get a dozen unsolicited buyer/seller calls each week. There was a time when my heart would race when they called and I would happily run out to show property to complete stranger. I'm still excited to get calls from unsolicited buyers or sellers, but I don't run out on a whim anymore. Now, I in...
01/25/2016
I'm a huge proponent of heart-rate training as a means to get fit and stay heart healthy. Many years ago, I was a body-builder. I was probably in the best shape of my life with an 8% body fat content. To look at me, you would have thought I was about as fit as I could be. I was not. How do I know...
01/24/2016
In 2015, I took a new approach to selling real estate. I decided to be more selective in who I worked with and what I did. That doesn't equate to discriminating against people based upon Fair Housing laws, but rather, it is discriminating on who is capable of completing a deal? I had high-end buy...
01/24/2016
The storm of the century is just about here, and we're getting ready. Amelia is practicing her snow readiness with her new snow bibs and the rest of us are hoping it's really just a skiff and we'll be back to business quickly. There are things to remember when you're heading into a big storm. Of ...
01/21/2016
It has been a long time since I had little ones around the house, but I have a granddaughter now, and it's all starting over again. I was following her around today and I realized something. She is a great source of information for sellers showing their homes to potential buyers.Every time I take...
01/18/2016
It has been a long time since I had little ones around the house, but I have a granddaughter now, and it's all starting over again. I was following her around today and I realized something. She is a great source of information for sellers showing their homes to potential buyers.Every time I take...
01/18/2016
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