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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.
This business never fails to amaze me. Just about the time I think I've seen it all, a series of days come along and prove that I haven't seen anything yet. I have a few home inspectors who call me regularly to ask questions about electrical things they run into. A recent call dealt with a Push-O...
I always encourage my buyers to have a home inspection. The inspectors who work with me are a very select group that I've hand picked based upon certain criteria in they put in their reports. I've fired a few in the past when they deviated from that criteria, but overall, I'm very thankful for th...
I have a property that I'm getting ready to list, but it has been held up by nearly everything you can imagine. It's my property. So, that makes it a little easier to deal with, but that also makes it a financial drain when it should have been sold already. Initially, my painter had a heart-attac...
In my past thirty years of real estate experience, I've learned so many things. One thing I continue to learn is to never say, "I've seen it all." Just about the time I say that, I can hear a distant voice off in the shadows say, "Here, hold my beer."This week, my selling client received a letter...
Endre Barath, Jr., challenged us to recount the things we did or changed in the past year or two that worked for us. I'm not sure I could put all of the changes in a single blog, but let me share a few things that have changed for the better.One, I took a blow torch to my marketing over the past ...
I wrote this post in 2013. I would offer the same encouragement in 2020. Have an incredible year. Be blessed. Be a blessing and make the world a better place.  1. Focus - Determine what your distractions are and eliminate as many as possible. Some things are just that, distractions, and they chea...
The one thing I love about New Years is that it is a time to start over. OK, you failed at your diet. Instead of weight-loss it was weight-found, no problem. Start over. You didn't make the top ten agents in the US, your State, your office or your solo brokerage, no problem.  You get another cha...
There has been some discussion about the value of Active Rain lately, and not just on the form. I was in a state conference in September and a certification class prior to the conference. In both cases, the question came up, "Does anybody use Active Rain anymore?" About 99% of the class said, "No...
Carol Williams and Anna "the top banana" Kruchten have challenged us to write about the craziest real estate sale we've ever had, and I had to stop and think for a minute. Which one should I choose? I've had a few pretty crazy sales in the past five years.One stands out, and even though it ultima...
When I first started mountain biking I learned real quickly that it's not like cruising around the neighborhood on a beater bike. There are two key components of mountain biking and how they relate to real estate. Those two keys are 1. Equipment, and 2. Technique. I bought a pretty good entry lev...

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