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Shep Saltzman and Barbara Balsamo

COLUMN = REAL ESTATE

Shep Saltzman has been working in the real estate industry since 1985. He began his career at the Mortgage Investment Corporation, where he became a partner and worked until 1999 when the firm merged with Access National Bank (now Access National Mortgage).

He also worked as an real estate agent with RE/MAX before becoming a loan officer and consultant with 12th Street Mortgage, which specializes in conventional, FHA, and VA residential loans.

In 1993, Saltzman and his wife, Barbara Balsamo, co-founded the Realty Investment Company. He is the principal broker, and the couple specializes in representing buyers and sellers of residential real estate throughout Northern Virginia.

For more information, visit www.realtyinvestmentcompany.com.

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert