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Real Estate Broker/Owner - Cornerstone Business Group Inc - 0225086119
My blog covers whatever is on my mind. It travels the spectrum from Real Estate in Northern Virginia, local events, market reports, neighborhood data, business profiles and personal stories, and once in a while just some random craziness. I hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to drop a note.
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Brokers, I have a challenge for you. I just had my annual review with my office administrator. Every November, for four years, I have had Lisa come into my office (coffee in hand) and we go over the past year of her high points and low points while working for me.I stole Lisa from my bank in Nove...
11/24/2021
One of the advantages of age and experience is that you learn over time that life is way too short and time too valuable to do things you don’t want to do. I guess in many ways, it is sad that it takes so long to learn those simple lessons. Owning two companies, I interact with a lot of people in...
11/17/2021
Don't panic; just improvise. I've heard that a thousand times in the past 40 years. My mother-in-law (my first broker) used that line whenever she was cooking and she was missing an ingredient or something was going wrong. Rather than give up, she produced a unique and often unusual solution. Of ...
10/18/2021
Shenandoah Valley, VA Third Quarter Real Estate Report – 2021The Shenandoah Valley, VA real estate market is a mixture of ups and downs that might make it hard for even the brightest data nerd to interpret. The valley incorporates Winchester City, Frederick County, Clarke County, Warren County an...
10/06/2021
There are a lot of reasons to keep client relationships aliveI'm a firm believer in keeping and developing relationships with current and past clients. Obviously past clients can be a great resource for new clients. If you've been in the business for a while, you've probably had the pleasure of a...
09/18/2021
“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”CHARLES F. KETTERING In the mid-1990s, I was on a mission. I had a plan, and a goal that was centered on academics and...
07/20/2021
Shenandoah Valley, VA Real Estate Report - Second Quarter 2021The Shenandoah Valley, VA real estate report for the second quarter of 2021 is good news for local real estate. Across the valley, home sales are up 12.57% over 2020. It would be easy to assume that is due to the Covid-19 lockdowns of ...
07/13/2021
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...
06/16/2021
Alright, it's pool season and with a 6 year old granddaughter, we have a renewed enthusiasm when taking the pool cover off. This year our enthusiasm went from excitement to complete confusion. About 70% of the water was gone when the cover came off. What? Where did it go? The water level was only...
06/13/2021
The pandemic was not good for me. I didn't get sick during the pandemic mania, actually, I had Covid-19 in February 2020 before all of the lock-downs and hysteria that followed. No, the lock-downs and miscellaneous periods of quiet gave me way too much time to think and plot future opportunities....
06/04/2021
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