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By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 16
A older gentleman was frustrated with a religious group that kept coming to his door week after week.  So, he asked a friend what he should do to get them to quit coming by.  He didn't want to be rude, but he was tired of seeing them on his door step week after week. His friend said, "Oh, I know ...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 26
Every time my dog gets up from a nap he does something that is a lesson for us smarter, but sometimes unaware humans.  He stretches.  It's good for his body, and it gives him a few seconds to become aware of his surroundings.  Scripture tells us that "The heavens declare the glory of God" (Ps 19....

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 13
Something was about to happen.  Troops had been massing south of Middletown for a couple days now.  Winchester was half a day's march down the road.  Strasburg was nearby.  The Belle Grove plantation could be seen off in the distance. The smell of frying bacon mixed with hardtack wafted through t...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 36
I'm convinced that if I have a guardian angel he has probably put in for a transfer more than once.  Over the years when my sons were small, they never got rushed to the emergency room for an injury.  In that, I feel very blessed.  One the other hand, I've been rushed in for emergencies too many ...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 12
While I'm sitting here in my office waiting on a client, I've been pondering what I'd like to blog about today.  I have a number of local issues that I want to get out to the blogosphere, but there is one thing that keeps coming to mind.  I can't seem to shake it, so here it goes.  I'm thankful. ...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 33
I tend to be a pretty lighthearted person.  Actually, I think life is pretty funny, and I generally find humor in most things, but there is one thing I’m totally serious about.  It’s Realtor safety.  Realtors are a uniquely vulnerable group of professionals when it comes to safety.  Think about i...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 22
Last night I caught a glimpse of one standing in the yard, and I wondered, "Who is that?"  He was clothed in all white, motionless and silent.  It was a little uncomfortable, but I assumed he was just passing through.  The next time I peered out the window there were two.  Now I was really starti...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 38
  Finding a lead generating system for your real estate business can be daunting, but it really isn't that difficult.  I had a mentor when I was in seminary that used to say, "The bible is so easy to understand, you have to have help to misinterpret it."  He was so right, and real estate lead gen...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 8
There is an old saying in Virginia that says, "Napa is for auto parts, Virginia is for wine producers."  Well, I think that saying is catching on because Virginia Wine Sales have reached an all time high!  Virginia wine sales increased 11.8% since June 2010.  Governor McDonnell's office just rele...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 10
OK, cyclists, it's time for the Valley Rally Bicycle Ride benefiting the local Boy Scouts of America.  The ride is open to riders of all fitness and experience levels.  You can do the "Family Route" of 10 miles, or if you'd like a little more of a challenge you can do 25, 50, 65 (metric century) ...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 114
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...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 4
One of the great things about Winchester, VA is that there is always something to do.  The Shenandoah University offers an array of talented productions including plays, musicals and a variety of other events.  The Winchester Little Theaterand the Wayside Theater provide some of the finest talent...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 0
While the national economy continues to struggle, Winchester, Virginia is beginning to show signs of life.  The construction and opening of new businesses in the area has given hope to locally unemployed workers looking for jobs.  According the Virginia Employment Commission, the Winchester-Frede...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 16
A few years ago I was teaching in the Ukraine, and I had lunch with a pastor and his family after services.  It was always a special time.  Unfortunately for me, my Russian was marginal at best.  So, I always traveled with interpreters.  If not, I would probably still be wondering around the coun...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 16
Being a business owner who has seen recessions come and go, I always get a warm fuzzy feeling when I see national chain stores and restaurants show up in my community.  I recently posted about our two new restaurants, Carrabba's and Longhorn Steak House that are being finished right now.  That's ...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 32
About a decade ago, I made a commitment on January 1st to read one book every week on investing and finance.  I actually read more than 52, but who's counting.  It turned out to be my most prosperous year ever.  Go figure.  One of the books I read was a little book called, "The Instant Millionair...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 5
One of the signs that an economic recovery is in the works is the presence of new construction projects.  When those construction projects are retail it's even better news.  When a company has done enough research to trust that the economy will support its business, that's good news for that comm...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 11
If you listen to the nightly news you would think the country is in the final spirals down the drain, but not in Winchester, VA.  In our community, business is booming.  The local area is seeing a rise in new businesses.  Two restaurants are joining the Winchester community. Carrabba's, an Italia...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 10
I left a short sale meeting this morning, a rare event for me on a Sunday morning, and I returned to the office to get a listing agreement together.  When I fired up my computer I ran across Dick Greenberg's blog, "A Modest Proposal Concerning Short Sales."  Dick offers sound advice about his res...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 0
In an interesting twist of fate, I had a showing on one of my listings Friday night with a Russian couple.  What a treat.  My Russian is only marginal, but it was so exciting to have someone to communicate with.  This is one of those times where I got a chance to not only offer advice, but I also...

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