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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. I hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to drop a note.
As we approach the anniversary of September 11, 2001, I have to reflect a bit.  On that morning, I had just returned from the gym and turned on the TV.  The first tower had just been hit and there was a lot of confusion about what had just happened.  Reporters were just starting to broadcast, and...
I've had a little time in the office today, and one thing I've discovered is that a lot of computers have found jobs. The human unemployment rate may be higher than we want, but I haven't heard a single computer complain about being out of work.How do I know they have jobs? Robo-calls. Over a 3 h...
I like to post and re-post Realtor Safety tips during Realtor Safety Month each year. You can never be too careful out there. Please read and use the following information. Early in this series, I talked about dealing with an assailant face to face. In this blog, I'd like to talk about safety rel...
I like to post and re-post Realtor Safety tips during Realtor Safety Month each year. You can never be too careful out there. Please read and use the following information.  The most recent world events have left many shocked, and some are fearful. I completely understand. We live in perilous tim...
Very few things concern me more than when one of my agents goes on a showing. There are ways to improve your ability to be safe in that environment. I've posted a few Realtor safety blogs over the past 8 years. This is an annual one.  September is Realtor Safety Month, and it's a good time to ref...
Living a life of expectation leads to success in business and in life.When my sons were little they were like most kids. They saw something, they wanted it.  Fortunately for them, they never did the screaming "I want it, I want it" in a store. I could look at them if they even got close to a tant...
"That was your decision, remember? You made that decision on XXXX." I had to say that to a seller this past week. I took a lot of listings in August. Of those listings, about 30% of the sellers listened to my advice, the data I provided and followed a solid marketing plan. The other 70% had their...
How's your day, darling? That's how the desk attendant addressed me tonight when I walked into my hotel. Some people would be offended by that. Some would consider that unprofessional and maybe a little intrusive. For me, I see customer service.Why didn't it bother me? There a lot of reasons, but...
Life is funny. I'm a big goals kind of guy, but I've learned in life that you have to hold your goals with an open hand and a light grip and not a tightly clinched fist. You still need to be focused, but not blinded to other opportunities. At this stage of life, I've accomplished more than I ever...
I'm always amused at the insane auto-corrected messages I send to clients. It's never intentional, but it does happen with some frequency. I have this image of a bunch of minions sitting around a table with assigned phone owners on a list. When the phone owner sends a text, they decide to either ...

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