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By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 10
Every little league baseball player dreams of the big game, and no game is bigger than the World Series.  Winchester, Virginia will be hosting the Cal Ripken World Series August 13-20.  Ten teams will be vying for the championship game scheduled for August 20.  All ten teams have their eye on the...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 61
A few years ago, a friend who was intrigued with my day-trading prowess asked if I thought he could do it.  I received that question a lot, and I had a standard answer, "Would you hang-glide?"  Day trading is a challenging, if not financially dangerous game to play, but the rewards are amazing.  ...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 23
This afternoon I received a call from a client looking to buy a property in my area.  I actually missed the call because I was on the other line.  As soon as I got off, I returned the call.  The lady said, "I want to buy a house."  OK! I love it when a client calls and that is the first thing out...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 24
As Realtors, we're all familiar with mandatory CE credits.  All of us have to do it, and that's a good thing.  It's important to keep up on the real estate industry, but I have another CE credit you should keep up on.  What about continuing exercise?  A healthy strong body makes it easier for us ...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 11
Virginia is a historian's dream come true.  You can hardly walk a mile without running into a piece of ground that has some historical connection to our nation's history.  Virginians are a proud lot, but history isn't the only reason for Virginia pride.  No, we're also the home of numerous milita...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 61
Are you suffering from those low down blogging blues?  Ba-da-da-dum.  Those low down no ideas blues?  Ba-da-da-dum.   You're wracking your brain, ba-da-da-dum.  It's becoming a pain, ba-da-da-dum.  You're starring at a blank screen, ba-da-da-dum.  Everybody gets those low down blogging blues, ba-...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 86
I've worked with a lot of distressed homeowners in the past few years, and they all have one thing in common.  They all waited until the last minute to try to save their homes.  It breaks my heart when distressed homeowners call with the hope that I can perform some sort of magic that will ultima...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 18
I have never been a "reality" TV kind of person.  If I'm going to slow down long enough to watch TV, I don't want reality.  The news is the only real reality I don't mind watching.  Well, once in a blue moon I will watch Pawn Stars, but that's only because they have cool stuff that is interesting...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 35
While catching up on my blog reading I had a thought.  "Are we attracted to people who are like us, or do the people who are like us feel an attraction to us?"    I've had a lot of people involved in my life over the past . . . . well, good while.  One of the consistent things about the people wh...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 28
It's "Shark Week."  Actually, I never watch "Shark Week", but I see it advertised all over the place this time of year.  So, somebody is watching it.  But, I have my own shark story to tell. When my wife was pregnant with our first son, I was very protective of her.  I was so thankful for the who...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 156
If you were suddenly wiped out financially, what would you do?  In the Fall of 2008, a lot of Americans had the chance to face that question.  Let me tell you a personal story. In the 90s, I started a successful real estate investment company, but I also did other things that interested me.  Duri...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 17
"Whew, those guys are nice enough, but they are so hard to talk to."   Have you ever made a comment like that about a client, a coworker or an acquaintance?  Most of us have.  You know the type.  "Hi.  How are you today?"  "Fine."  "How was work?"  "Good."  "Have you lived here long?"  "No."  You...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 22
 If there is one question Realtors are asked over and over it would have to be, "How's the real estate market doing?"  I probably hear that three to four times a week.  And, I'd have to say, "Great" depending on where you're sitting.  You may not feel that way if you're under water on your home, ...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 11
Winchester, Virginia has many claims to fame, but one claim that is sometimes overlooked is that it is the home of country legend Patsy Cline.  Growing up in Winchester, I was aware of Patsy Cline, but I was too young to know much about her.  As I grew up, I learned that Patsy was a friend of my ...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 30
My dog loves routine.  We have a morning routine that goes like this: 1. I get up and read Active Rain (he really doesn't care about that). 2. Once I've been busy reading in the Rain for about 10 minutes, he shows up. 3. He dances around until I take him to his food bowl and fill it up.  If he ge...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 114
This has been a great week, and I am truly singing in the Rain!  It started out with a note from another Rainer with listing opportunities.  Shortly after that, I received a call and email from Bankrate.com asking if I'd be willing to be interviewed for their online newsletter.  They found me thr...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 20
When I first started blogging, I was totally clueless about content or style.  Thanks to some great Rainers, who I've mentioned before, I have been constantly cleaning up my act.  But, there was one thing that was driving the much beloved Mimi Foster crazy.  When she finally couldn't take it anym...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 33
When I first started mountain biking I learned real quickly that it's not like cruising around the neighborhood on a beater bike.  In a recent blog, "Two Important Keys To Realtor Success", I talked about the two key components of mountain biking and how they relate to real estate.  Those two key...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 58
I've been fortunate to have a good number of REO companies to work with, but I see a lot of my colleagues struggling to get their foot in the REO door.  It's frustrating, but it is what it is today.  There are a couple things you can do to help your chances of working with an REO company, but the...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 6
When our first son was born my wife had a best friend who was always at our house.  She nearly raised Jonny the first year.  Julie's husband was a professional musician, and he traveled a lot.  So, Julie traveled over the bridge to our house, and we loved her very much and we are always glad to s...

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