Directory of Award Recipients
Through its annual award and certificate process Broker★Agent™ Advisor identifies and distinguishes the best in real estate based on achievement, potential, leadership, ethics, community value, experience, capability and trust.
With no cost or fee required for qualified professionals, this honor is one of the most genuine in the industry towards identifying those truly worthy of special recognition and distinction. Discover more or apply here.
If you’re in the market to buy, never fear, there’s also a special type of agent trained to hold your hand no matter how scary things get. The ABR accreditation is awarded by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council, which in turn is a subdivision of the NAR. The buyer’s agent coursework is just as rigorous as that provided to seller’s agent specialists, and ABR candidates must also document several successful closings in which they’ve acted as in the role of buyer’s agent – no dual agency allowed.
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
CRS is a title awarded by the Council of Residential Specialists to only the top real estate agents (less than 4%), managers and brokers. In fact, the CRS designation indicates a triple threat – on average, these agents have been in business three times longer, have three times the amount of transactions, and generate three times more sales revenue than the average agent.
Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource (SFR)
In the unfortunate instance that your home is facing foreclosure or the dreaded short sale, a real estate agent with the NAR Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certificate will be able to connect you with the finance, tax and legal resources to help you make the most of a bad situation. Should you be contemplating the purchase of a distressed property, an SFR-certified Realtor® can help to protect you and limit any risk you may face as you navigate through this tricky process.
Throughout the 1980s to the present, I have also been a Virginia State Contractor. I started Quality Electric Co. in 1984 and it continues to provide services and jobs in the Northern Virginia area. The electrical contracting company is often involved with my clients who list and who buy homes through Cornerstone. It is my commitment to make sure a home is safe electrically before a client takes ownership, and if I am the listing agent, I look at the electrical system prior to listing the home to make sure there is nothing wrong that will cause a home inspector to cite an issue and possibly kill the deal.
During the 1980s through the mid-2000s, I returned to college to gain more insight into the job I held at the time. I also added learning in new fields to aid me in the work I would do after I retired. In 2006, I retired from my previous career and started the real estate brokerage. Real estate had been a major part of my life up to that point and it continues to play a major role in my life today. I did manage to acquire four master’s degrees and a PhD through the education years, and the addition of an MBA has helped me in my second career. For me, education is simply a great way to keep my brain engaged and sharp. In the real estate business, you need to have all your synapses firing to keep ahead of the competition.
The combination of decades of real estate investing and construction experience, combined with a great education, make me uniquely qualified in the real estate business. I make sure I put all of those benefits to work for my clients on every sale.