Mike Cooper - Winchester Real Estate Sales

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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 Winchester VA, local events, market reports, neighborhood data, business profiles and personal stories. I hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to drop a note.



August 2012 home sales in Winchester, VA are showing a new trend in short sales and foreclosed properties.  The total number of closed sales in August 2012 was 117.  Of that number, 25 were foreclosures and 16 were short sales.  Distressed properties made up 35% of the total closed sales for the ...
I have a lot of business going on, but in the process of doing a variety of deals, four seemed like they were hanging by a thread almost from day one.  I have a deep belief that I should never count commission checks until they are cashed.  These four all had great potential, but all four looked ...
I spent a lot of my youth pumping iron in the gym.  When I became an adult, I had less time, but I still continued to lift weights as much as time and life demands would allow.  One of the major changes I have noticed as I've aged is that injuries sustained over a lifetime of playing rough have s...
It's time to pass another milestone.  400,000 points!  I missed the 300K milestone, but today it's more obvious so I'm engaged.  It seems like I just started blogging, but it has actually been 18 months.  A full year and a half has gone by and it has been very fruitful. Of course, I love the poin...
I'm in the process of a complicated negotiation with a buyer.  The buyer's agent has sent addenda to my office asking the sellers to sign off on this and that, but in each addendum some of the language was vague.  There was no real specific detail as to what the buyers were asking the sellers to ...
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon.  It was a magical moment in human history.  Today, Neil Armstrong has taken another step into the heavenlies.  Commander Armstrong took his final flight today.  God bless you Commander.  Go with God.  You have inspired...
"Whatever happens in vagueness stays in vagueness."  I don't know who the original author of that quote is because I found dozens of Google results on a search, but what a great thought it is.  Clark Whelton of City Journal is often sited as the author.  If that is true, I applaud Mr. Whelton bec...
There is an old saying that says, "The little foxes spoil the vine."  The idea is taken from the biblical story in Song of Songs 2.15.  The picture is that big foxes were destroying the vineyard.  So, the vine-dresser built a fence.  That stopped the big foxes from getting to the vines, but the l...
I am officially certified.  That's not certifiable, but rather, certified.  I did my bi-annual CPR certification renewal today.  The renewal is always full of new information relating to the latest trends in CPR delivery, and today was no different.  CPR is one of those things that most of us in ...
I had to re-blog Andrea's beautiful pictures of my neck of the woods.  Please drop by and give her a kudos on her great work.  She'll really appreciate it.We just spent a week in the Shenandoah Valley in VA and were simply in awe of the gorgeous scenery and spectacular views ... here's just a lit...

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