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By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 6
My little electrical company has taught me a lot about business.  As a matter of fact, the lessons I've learned as an electrical contractor have made me a better real estate broker.  Quality Electric Co., LLC is a small, high octane electrical contracting company.  The thing that makes us unique ...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 15
My electrical contracting company has been doing an electrical project inside a brand new Walmart that is coming to our area.  During the times that I was in building, I noticed a couple things.  It takes a lot of people and a lot of work to open a business of this size and scope.  Nobody was abl...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 22
A few years ago, I was in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico doing a canopy glide.  If you've never done a canopy glide, it's a blast.  You are riding on a 3/4" - 1" cable over, or through, a forest.  You are hanging below the line.  So, it feels like you're suspended in the air.  It is a blast. The first c...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 16
During the hot days of the local real estate market, our area had 1400+ agents competing for listings and sales.  Now, with the market in a stagnant and unstable place, we have approximately 500 agents.  That's a 74% drop in agents.  Even still, that's probably 50% more than is necessary. Buildin...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 24
I have a piece of advice for you, "Never burn your bridges in this business."  I've blogged about a listing I have that has had issues.  The house is beautiful in so many ways, but it was unfinished and then vandalized by the owners on their way out the door.  So, it has a lot of issues.  It make...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 18
There is an old saying that says, "If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time."  What could be more true?  I'm a big goals kind of guy.  I realized early in life that without solid recognizable and quantifiable goals, I could drift around forever and never really know if I was making any leg...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 49
I have been watching an epic showdown near my home.  This past week, I was driving home and saw a hawk swooping down to the left of my car.  At the same time, I saw a squirrel running down the sidewalk.  The hawk had him in his sights.  Within seconds the squirrel was going to be lunch!  Just as ...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 34
My house looked like we were hosting a wake yesterday.  The Internet network went down.  What?  How could that happen in this day of technology?  Shouldn't someone sitting somewhere starring wide-eyed at a screen have seen this coming and fixed it before we were inconvenienced?  Surely, this shou...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 14
Alright all you fitness enthusiast in the Mid-Atlantic area, do I have a great opportunity for you.  November 5th, Valley Health Wellness and Fitness will be hosting a Susan G. Komen Pedal for the Cure indoor cycling ride.  It's a 12 hour ride, but don't panic, you don't have to do it all.  The g...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 18
"Local Broker's Head Explodes at DMV.  Brain Goo Everywhere!  More at 11 P.M."  OK, that was the headline I dreamed about while napping, but it could happen.  Why I saved my trip to the DMV for Friday is a mystery.  Oh, yeah, it's the DMV (Death March Victims).  I would save it for an hour before...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 6
Grab your spoon and join us for the 15th annual Exchange Club Chili Challenge.  It seems that everyone has the world's best chili recipe.  Now is the opportunity to prove it.  The competition is always fierce, but there is always room for a challenger. Local restaurants compete, but there is alwa...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 0
Are you looking for something to do this weekend?  Do you have a camera?  Do you have a great eye for photography?  Well, if you are, and if you do we want you this weekend.  Winchester, Virginia, along with 1108 other locations will be taking part in the fourth annual "Worldwide Photo Walk" even...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 19
Is it just me, or did those of you who have been involved in the September 30 Day Localism Challenge just learn a whole bunch about your community?  Wow!  I had no idea that so many things are going on in my community. Sure, I knew about all the market reports, sales, listings and pending closing...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty)
Comments 5
Just listed- Great End Unit TH!! New appliances within the last year. New washer/dryer, new kitchen floor. Wood floors in living room. Carpets just cleaned! Private deck! Close to the pool! Rent includes lawn maintenance, pool access during the summer and trash removal! Close to I-81, RT 7, & She...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 16
I showed a property today that was on the market for most of this 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 has fluffed up the description to make it...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 5
I have two companies.  One is a real estate brokerage, and the other one is an electrical contracting company.  When I started my electrical contracting company in 1984 I did it out of my own personal frustration with the caliber of electrical contractors in my area.  I was on an academic sabbati...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 121
I have another confession to make.  I'm a big Mel Brooks fan.  I love clever humor.  Brooks was a master of clever humor.  He packed so many great one-liners in his movies that most people I know can immediately respond to a line with a following line.  OK, I'm a nerd.  I admit it. In the movie, ...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 4
Like most parents, I have always dreaded the thought of rushing to hospital with one of my kids.  My poor parents spent a lot of time making that trip, but I've been fortunate.  No trips, until yesterday.  My oldest son, 21, finally had his first rush to the emergency room. He works for my electr...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 2
The downturn in the real estate market has affected homeowners, buyers, sellers, real estate agents and just about every business associated with the real estate industry.  It has been a tough period in the Winchester/Frederick County, Virginia area, but there are signs of life beginning to appea...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 13
I've spent the majority of my adult life in a suit, behind a desk, writing, speaking and directing traffic for both business and non-profit organizations.  When my wife's car went in for inspection a week ago it failed for ball joints.  I hate ball joints.  For a small window of time, I was able ...

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