Raven Pointe Winchester VA – Fall 2012

The Raven Pointe subdivision in Winchester, VA, is a beautiful area made up of a variety of home styles.  The homes are spacious and boast of many high-end amenities.  From flowing floor plans to granite counters and gas log fireplaces, these properties are built for comfort, beauty and functionality.

The current neighborhood listings range in price from $359500 – $439000.  There is something for everyone.  All current listings have at least, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.  Many of the current listings have more, and all offer beautiful curb appeal and easy access to local services, schools and highways.  It’s a great place to live.  If you’re in the market for a new home, Raven Pointe might just have the home for you.  Call your Cornerstone sales agent today to get more information.

Raven Pointe Winchester VA – Fall 2012 

Cornerstone Business Group, Inc., Opens a Real Estate School

Cornerstone Business Group, Inc., has partnered with Moseley Real Estate Schools to become a real estate salesperson course provider.  Classes are held at 1437 Front Royal Rd., Winchester, VA.  The sessions are evening sessions to make it convenient for those who are working full-time day jobs.

The classes are 12 weeks long and last 4 hours each class night.  Sessions start at 5:30 pm and end at 9:30 pm.  Classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The format is informal with each topic of the book covered in class with class interaction and feedback.  Sessions are designed to help students learn the basics of the real estate industry while preparing them to take their Virginia state and National real estate exams.

Students wishing to take part in the Cornerstone real estate school should contact Moseley Real Estate Schools.  The course schedule for the Winchester, VA area is on their site, and the sign up is quite and easy.  Join us in 2013, and let us help you get your new career in real estate off the ground.

Cornerstone Business Group, Inc., Opens a Real Estate School

Is it just me, or has truth, honesty and integrity left the country?

Is it just me, or has truth, honesty and integrity left the country?

I’ve had a couple interesting experiences this week that have me wondering what has happened to our country.  I’ve been buying tires at a local company for 40+ years.  They’ve Mechanicalways been great, and I’m sure I’ve bought 500+ tires for the family vehicles and our company fleet of trucks.  I’m would imagine I’ve recommended them 100 times.

This Tuesday, I called to check on availability and price for a few replacement tires.  The sales manager gave me a price and said they definitely had the tires in stock.  Great!  I set up an early AM appointment and dropped the truck off.

When I returned, the bill was much higher.  I asked what happened, and he proceeded to deny that he ever quoted the price I had on my note pad.  I had the price per tire, and then I had the price per tire mounted, balanced, new values and the old tires disposed of.  Where would I get those numbers considering I have no idea how they price each phase of the tire installation.  Ironically, my numbers were exactly what their numbers are for the services beyond the tire purchase. Weird, right?  He said I made the numbers up.  That was a mistake.

The manager was so vehement that he never gave me price, that I said, “OK,” paid the bill and committed to never buy another tire from them.  That was my first local disappointment with a local business this week.

The second one was also a car repair shop.  This time, also on Tuesday, I called and received a quote for a specific repair.  I dropped the vehicle off last night with the sales person and restated the price and he confirmed it.  This morning, he called me to tell me what they found, which was exactly what was quoted, and the price was much higher.  Is this a trend?

I said,”Wait a minute. Just Tuesday, you said the price was . . . . Where is the discrepancy coming from?”  He stammered and stuttered a bit and then said, “Well, let me see what I can do to get the price down.”

Is it just me, or has truth, honesty and integrity left the country?  Friends often ask why I do most of my own auto maintenance.  There are two good reason in 2 days.  An honest car repair shop is hard to find in Winchester, VA.  If you know of one, let me know.  I’ve struck out every time.

What can I do to sell my house more quickly?

What can I do to sell my house more quickly?

Over all the years I’ve traveled into the Ukraine to teach, I’ve had one question asked over and over by my female students.  The college I teach in frowns on the use of too much makeup.  I get it.  They don’t want the beautiful Ukrainian girls distracting the easily distractable Ukrainian boys.

So, being that I’m a foreign teacher the students always want to know about my family first, but then they move right to the most important question on their minds, “Do you think girls should wear makeup?

I’ve always had the same response, “If the barn needs painting, paint the barn.”  Of course that is always met with laughter and a certain confirmation that they should wear makeup.

When a homeowner asks, “What can I do to sell my house more quickly?”  Tell them.  For instance:

  • Price it right.
  • Keep it clean and picked up.
  • Reduce the number of personal items sitting around.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need.  That might mean renting a storage container.
  • Keep the yard clean and well landscaped
  • Don’t take low offers personally.
  • Be ready to counter-offer.
  • Consider staging.
  • Make it easy to show.
  • Leave during showings (everybody, including pets).
  • Make necessary repairs before listing.
  • Don’t perfume the air.  Instead, air out the house and get rid of odor creating sources (such as overdue for a cleaning litter boxes, unwashed sports clothes, etc.).
  • Hire an agent you are willing to trust.

Selling a house is a lot easier when you remove all of the obstacles.  A homeowner should not blame an agent who has done a good job marketing a property that is not ready to be sold.  When you’re ready to list your property, cover all the bases that you can, and then trust your real estate professional to get the job done. 

What can I do to sell my house more quickly?