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Real Estate Broker/Owner - RE/MAX Gateway
Current Market news in Northern Virginia Real Estate.
The great leader and coach John Wooden once said, "Your reputation takes years to develop and only a minute to destroy".  Do the right thing every time and your reputation will lead you in a positive direction and it will also leave an indelible impression upon others which will carry you to succ...
•-          RE/MAX has formed a strategic alliance with Integrated Asset Management and will distribute leads to RE/MAX agents who are CDPE certified only.  IAM is affiliated with many big banks nationally.  If you are not yet certified, please get certified to enhance your business.  If you have...
What is the status quo?  As Webster's dictionary defines it, it is - the existing state of affairs (at a particular time).  What is wrong with the status quo in real estate?  The market is in a constant state of flux.  Interest rates change, inventory levels change, the market shifts between a bu...
Each month for over 4 years, we have gathered top real estate agents to discuss the market, trends and future of our business.  Here is what we discussed this week: Unprofessional agents are controlling a lot of the business out their today.  Lack of returned phone calls, delays in presentations,...
A question posed to me recently is, “Do you care more about your people’s success than they care about their own success”? After some deliberation, my answer was yes – at times I believe that we need to provide more to our agents to help them get over the hump or get them on their way to a succes...
In a conversation I had today with one of my agents, I was asked why would someone list their home FSBO (For Sale By Owner)? This was my response... Nationally, the average FSBO gets 29% less for their comparable property than a home listed by a Realtor and make up for only 7% of all recorded sal...
Pieces of the puzzle that lead you to success - what are they?  In today's market, one of the most important pieces is knowledge.  You need to know the numbers.  How many houses are available for sale?  How many months supply do we have today?  What are prices doing - going up, down or remaining ...
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At the AT&T National golf tournament yesterday, we watched Vijay Singh hit balls at the driving range.  He had obviously been there prior to our arrival as he had already worked up a sweat.  We watched him hit balls with precision for close to a half an hour and he was still on the range when we ...
Recently the key word in real estate has been stress.  Stress because of the other agent's lack of professionalism, stress of short sales and the process, stress because of appraisers, stress over underwriters, stress because of unrealistic buyers and stubborn sellers -it is mind boggling.  Exper...

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Current Market news in Northern Virginia Real Estate