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By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 12
Oh, boy, I've gone and done it now.  I set a challenge for my indoor cycling classes, and now I'm going to have to put or shut up.  I challenged my classes to fill 30 Spinner® NXT bikes for 12 hours. The plan is to fill those bikes for 12 hours with 30 students per hour.  The students will form t...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 12
My little hometown is just rolling in good news these days.  A month ago we were listed as one of the top ten cities for real estate investors.  Then, we were listed as a top business community, and now we are listed as one of the top 5 places for an affordable retirement. How great is that?  The...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 57
In the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, there is a scene where Kathy Bates is getting ready to pull into a parking space when two young girls pull up in a red convertible VW and take the space.  Kathy Bates tells them she was waiting for the slot, but they respond that they are "younger and faster". ...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 2
The third annual "A Taste of the Valley" is coming to Middletown, VA this weekend.  Stephanie M. Mangino, reporter for the Winchester Star, writes that it will be "food, crafts, music and wine aplenty." Eddie Richard, owner of Richard's Fruit Market, started the event three years ago to highlight...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 73
This is a test.  It's only a test.  If it were an actual event your arms would be burning and you would have a headache right now.  Here's the test.  Take two cans of soup, and stand with your arms extended straight out shoulder height with one can of soup in each hand.  OK, got it.  I'll wait wh...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 33
If you're a history buff, there is no better place to live than the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.  Every inch of the valley exudes history.  From the early settlers through the 1900s the valley played one important roll after another.  One of the more notable periods in US history was the Civil ...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 24
What does a fish in the market, Jimmy Hoffa and an overpriced listing have in common?  They're all deceased.   At least somebody wants the fish for dinner.  The FBI has spent a fortune trying to find Jimmy, but nobody wants an overpriced listing.  In their report today, MReport.com posted "Home S...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 116
A few years ago my locksmith retired leaving me wondering who would be the next candidate to work with our company.  Then I got to thinking about all the times I needed someone immediately, right now and not a week from Thursday.  My locksmith was pretty good about accommodating my REO schedule, ...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 9
Blues House 2011, Winchester, VA, July 16, 2011 We've got the blues.  Yes we do!  This Saturday, July 16, 2011 will be the 12th annual Blues House Music Festival in Winchester, VA.  The festival is the largest Blues festival in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia. The proceeds fr...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 10
There are lot of issues a potential buyer should consider when looking at a piece of real estate, but few are more important than the electrical system.  In the electrical system, there are different levels of concern.  A good home inspector will be able to identify these items for you.  The firs...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 55
Some days I just want to say, "Lighten up!" when meeting some people.  Life can be stressful.  So, if you haven't learned the fine art of laughter you're doing yourself a great disservice.  I once had a lady accuse me of never being serious, but I explained to her that I ascribe the philosophy of...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 49
I tend to see life from a humorous point of view, and I am convinced that you don't need to make things up because life is just funny.  There are so many comical things that happen throughout the week that I rarely need to go looking for something to chuckle about.  Today, a headline in the local...

By Natalie Langford, Winchester, VA Real Estate
(Realty Negotiations)
Comments 3
  A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, WE TRAVELED TO ENGLAND FOR MY BROTHER IN LAW'S WEDDING.  WHILE VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS, WE NOTICED ALL THE CHARMING SHEDS IN THEIR GARDENS.  HAVING NEVER HAD ANY INTEREST IN A SHED, IT BECAME OUR QUEST TO FIND THE PERFECT ONE UPON OUR RETURN TO WINCHESTER.       RATHE...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 22
One of the unique titles that I wear is "dual-business" owner.   Both companies cross over each other, but they are two completely separate companies.  Of course one is a new real estate brokerage which is the offspring of a real estate investment corporation I started in 1992 (The Cornerstone Bu...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 50
One of the problems with having children grow up is that you can't go to a children's movie without kids.  It looks creepy, and I think it freaks out the parents with kids.  So, if you're like my wife and me, you watch animated movies on pay-per-view.  This past week I caught the movie "UP."  If ...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 74
Keeping some buyers on track is like herding cats.  They're here, they're there, they're back, they're gone, they're, they're, they're.  With the advent of the Internet in real estate it can be challenging to keep buyers on track.  They might be focused about buying or renting a house, but how th...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 38
What can the Tour de France teach us about real estate?  A lot!  Being a cyclist, I can tell you that cycling in the 21st Century is not like cycling when I was a child.  If you're a serious fitness or performance cyclist you can't walk into Target or Walmart and pull a bike off the rack and hav...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 72
  Is the real estate industry dead?  No, it's only "mostly dead."  If you're a fan of the movie, "The Princess Bride," you've heard a line something like that before.  In the movie, Westley(the hero), who was masquerading as the Dread Pirate Roberts, was in hot pursuit of the love of his life, B...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 75
I had a client this past year who was stunned when I gave her the CMA for her home.  We were in the midst of signing a listing agreement, and I had prepared all of the things necessary to get her house on the market. She had talked to me the year before, but when I told her what her house would s...

By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 8
 For the past decade, my wife and I have had a tradition of watching "The Patriot" on July 4th.  I never get tired of watching the portrayal of sacrifice and courage that won this country its freedom.  The movie is placed in the southern colonies.  Growing up, I didn't learn much about the war be...

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