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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.
On any given day I may be showing houses, taking listing photos or saving a house from burning down. Today was the burning down day. The photo below shows a receptacle that Jon (my electrician son) and I discovered when a past client complained that her lights weren't working on her screened in p...
The digital world has changed the way we do the real estate business, and I love it. With that said, let me encourage you to not completely ignore older forms of media. About a decade ago, I started sending the local newspapers a blog on a quarterly basis that explained what happened the previous...
Winchester, VA 1920s. This was just too much fun to pass up. This is my entry in the Getting to Know "Mike Cooper" post.1. What was your first job and what did you learn from it?I was a paperboy. What did I learn? Discipline. The paper had to be delivered no matter what my day was like.2. How lon...
Shenandoah Valley, VA 1st Quarter Real Estate Report 2022The Shenandoah Valley, VA real estate market showed a series of conflicting numbers for the first quarter of 2022. Sales prices were up in all the localities, including Winchester City, Frederick County, Clarke County, Warren County and She...
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 ...
If I could offer any advice for you to build a successful life, it would be "Be a sponge." The one thing a sponge is known for is it's ability to absorb. The world around you is full of teachers who are sharing information for you to absorb. Not all information is good information, but you can al...
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 while y...
This license plate was on my Volvo for 8 years. When I gave that car away I kept the tags as a souvenir. I was thrilled that the DMV allowed me to keep them. I put these tags on my car because I wanted to plant an idea in the minds of everyone who looked at them. Be Passionate! If there is one wo...
OK, if you've been in real estate for a month or more, you know that a home inspection (which I encourage) can destroy a deal in a heartbeat. I can't tell you how many deals I've seen blow up because of the language in a home inspection report. Today, I was doing a final walk-through on a sale th...
If there is anything I've learned in life, and in real estate, it's that sometimes life erupts.  I tend to warn my buyers  and sellers that all will be well and we will get to and across the finish line, but we may have to climb over some rocks on the way.I came to a vivid understanding of this p...

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