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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. I hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to drop a note.
Yesterday, I received a phone call from the local newspaper asking about our local real estate market. The reporter said he should tell people he checked in with data command to get the scope on the local real estate market. I love it.One of the best forms of advertising I've come across is funne...
Well, apparently my rescue dog, The General, has been making wine while I'm at work. He graciously shared his recent production with us for Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone. I hope your dog brings you lots of great presents this year. 
For those of us in business, hiring qualified employees can be challenging. When the economy becomes healthy, two things happen. One, finding qualified candidates for employment becomes difficult because so many people already have jobs. Secondly, candidates who are not working, may not have the ...
I've had a number of interesting conversations with business owners and potential business owners recently. In the one case, the business owner was expressing some of his frustrations and challenges. I doubt he will be in business in the next six months. He didn't go into business prepared for th...
You can always find data to confirm what you already believe, but like anything, that doesn't make it accurate. My mother-in-law has a saying when she's cooking. It goes like this, "When you don't have the ingredients you need, don't panic, improvise." I've seen her make some crazy dishes with so...
I typically enter the New Year with a lot of gusto and enthusiasm. For me, it's like I get to start my business all over again. I generally start the new year with fresh ideas and a commitment to not waste time with things that are not productive. Here are my 5 tips for your business in the New Y...
Don't be afraid to put yourself in a timeout if you need one. I realize that timeouts are typically reserved for little ones who are transgressing, but sometimes, we "big ones" probably need one too. Today, I received an offer for a listing I currently have. The offer was good. I sent a copy to m...
One of my all time favorite quotes is from Lewis Grizzard. Grizzard was a southern humorist who put his wit and wisdom to work on the printed page. Much like Mark Twain, he could capture the moment with the turn of a phrase, and sometimes, his comments, titles and writings were just plain laugh o...
It's that time of year when we start to reflect back on the events of the past year, and we turn our focus to new goals for the next year. One of my primary business philosophies is to set expectations, demand excellence, but be very forgiving of yourself. I don't want to enter any endeavor witho...
                                         Do's and Don'ts When Financing a HomeThere are some do's and don'ts when financing a home purchase that you'll want to abide by to make the process as painless and simple as possible. Buying a home is not complicated if you have a great Realtor, a solid le...

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