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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.
Thanksgiving me is my favorite holiday throughout the year. It's that one time of the year where most of us take a little time to reflect on what we're thankful for. Wouldn't it be a great if we did that daily, weekly, monthly throughout the year? There is much to be thankful for in life.This Fal...
OK, I've sunk to a new low, and quite frankly, it was fun. In our community, rural residents have few options for trash pickup, and some have none at all. That means you have to deliver your trash to the landfill yourself. I've done it for nearly 40 years. So, in my case, it's no big deal.At the ...
I have become a serf in the Kingdom of Stuff. I've come to realize that my stuff isn't serving me, I'm serving it. Ironically, I started this post 8/25/2016. This post has been sitting in my draft folder for three years, and sadly, I'm still a serf. In August of 2016, I had just gone through a lo...
I have a pretty simple routine most days. Not much changes, and I'm fine with that. This past weekend, I had to show property in another town about an hour away. Fortunately, I have a second home in the same community. So, I retreated to my house and waited for my new clients (*thank you Amanda D...
I have been saying for years that I'm going to clean out this or that, and here I am years later, with those areas of my life still cluttered with stuff. Today may have finally given me the incentive I need. I was gathering up tools from our "tool room" when I noticed two boxes under a table saw....
I'm a real results kind of guy.  I'm not big on excuses and blame shifting.  I don't like whining and complaining.  I just want to see results.  If you can't do something, or if you need help doing something, just ask and I'll help you if I can.  A good while ago I wrote a blog about helping a fr...
I've posted this before, but on this sacred day, it bears repeating. On this 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...
I showed a property that was on the market for most of the year at approximately 35% over the current market for a similar property. Of course, it didn't sell. It came off the market, and then came back on at 25% over the market.The second agent fluffed up the description to make it sound like it...
I'm a Realtor, and I know stuff. Actually, all of us know stuff that is not real estate specific. Some of that stuff can be valuable information to staff and clients and it would be great to share. For instance, many years before I entered the real estate business, I worked for General Electric. ...
OK, I had a slow day last Wednesday. My office administrator was off to a class, and I had caught up on all of my calls and real estate related duties for the morning, and then a robo call came in. If you're like me, you get so tired of them. It's not unusual to have 20 or more a day at the offic...

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