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By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 15
Life is full of decisions.  Most of us make more decisions in a day than we likely  realize.  I had a situation this week that made me stop and think about one aspect of decisions that sometimes gets overlooked, consequences.  My experience this week wasn't a major issue, but it reminded me that ...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 46
One of the great privileges I've enjoyed in life has been teaching as an adjunct college professor in Zaporozhye, Ukraine.  When communism collapsed, a few US groups went into the Ukraine to set up colleges to help with biblical training for new ministers and children's church teachers.  I was in...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 31
So, a short sale means that the Realtor has to be under 5' 3" tall?  No, not really, but there are a lot of scammers out there that are trying to convince people in distress that they are short sale experts.  In the process, the home goes into foreclosure and the homeowner's life is wrecked.  So,...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 9
When I was a pattern day-trader, I had a saying that is relevant to real estate as well.  I always said, "You never try to catch a falling piano."  Why?  I think it's obvious that your chances of survival are very low.  My wife has a baby grand piano sitting in our living room, and I can tell you...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 27
My lovely wife is not the jealous type, but she does have a unique way of describing my former girlfriends in ways that don't reflect the girls I knew.  One in particular girlfriend seems to get the brunt of her humor.  I made the mistake of telling her that this particular young lady stuck a str...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 21
I realized something today that might be worth a little reflection.  I was at an REO I'm prepping for the market, and I decided to join in the fun by doing a little weed-whacking.  The property is nearly ready to launch, but the most recent rain caused the drought starved grass to spring up for j...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 8
Whew, what a week we've had around here.  First, we had a 5.8 earthquake that shook our houses and rattled the nerves of many residents, and just about the time the local community had stopped talking about that, Irene showed up.  The wind and rain begun to arrive in our little community late Sat...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 21
During a real estate class last year, I realized that Realtors speak in code.  The class was made up of mostly new salespeople.  As I watched the poor newbies in that class, I wondered if they felt like they had fallen into a black hole and popped up in some foreign land where they didn’t speak t...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 7
Hurricane Irene needs to head out to sea because Winchester, Virginia is going to be too hot this Saturday night to be inside.  The Second Annual Salsa Fest will be taking place at 126 N. Kent Street from 6-10 PM.  The event will include: Spicy Foods Best Tasting Salsa Competition Spicy Salsa Dan...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 22
  One of the great pleasures I have in life is having my sons around me.  Because I own my own business, I've been able to employ them since they started working.  My real estate company is broken down into three parts.  It's a brokerage that lists and sells property, a property management compan...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 16
  During the early part of the 2000s, our office was a selling machine.  Of course, most offices were like that, but when the market began to slide into recession things slowed down.  Our broker, who was a great guy, was managing two offices.  He spent the majority of his time at the other office...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 29
OK, I have a whole new respect for my colleagues in California.  Virginia just had an earthquake.  The epicenter was between Charlottesville and Richmond, but we sure felt it up here in Northern Virginia.  The earthquake has been reported to be from 5.8-6.0 on the Richter scale.  I was on an REO ...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 6
The state of Virginia keeps getting more good news.  CNBC released a report on Thursday, August 18, 2011, "McDonnell: Va. has nearly $545M surplus for FY11."  The state of Virginia was in the same financial situation as many states just two years ago; under water.   In the report, Governor McDonn...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 12
I was reading a blog by Marco Giancola, "Calling All Cash Buyers" this morning, and it dawned on me that a lot of Realtors may not have financing experience beyond banks and mortgage companies.  There are other ways to get good buyers into homes.  As I've said before, I started in real estate in ...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 27
I made it!  I reached my goal!  I'm a big goals kind of guy.  Today, I reached one of my most recent goals, 100,000 Active Rain points!  Along the way, I kept increasing the demand on myself.  After a while, it wasn't enough to reach 100K points.  I wanted to reach 20 features.  That's something ...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 11
Every morning, I receive a long list of online magazine articles related to the economy and the real estate industry.  And, every day I have moments that make me go, "Great!" and/or moments that make me go, "Uh oh!"  Today's headlines read this way: "Study: More Households Pay Bills On Time and L...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 12
There is still a great deal of anxiety when people approach the housing market.  One major reason we're having a hard time getting past this period in US housing is because people don't understand why the housing bubble burst to begin with, and that alone has them worried about it happening again...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 18
There are so many great kid movies that have amused and entertained me that I could highlight one in a blog every week.  The last one that I really loved was, "Despicable Me."  Ironically, I skipped it when it came out because I didn't like the title.  Titles are everything.  That's true of movie...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 61
First-time home-buyers are just that, first time buyers.  Because of that, there can be an assumption that they are not sophisticated enough to purchase anything other than fair market property, but is that true?  I try to make sure my first-timers have as much information about fair market, fore...

By Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 10
If you are a Realtor in the Roanoke-Salem, Virginia area you've got to be dancing a happy dance.  The Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors announced that home sales in the Roanoke Valley increased nearly 24% in July as compared to the same month last year.  Wow!  That is an incredible jump in s...

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