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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.

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

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

– Albert Einstein

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

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

– Steven Schussler

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

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

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

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

– Thomas Dunn

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

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

– Groucho Marx

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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

– Optimism rules

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

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

– Lord Chesterfield

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

– Carlos Castaneda

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

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

– Jimi Hendrix

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

– Virginia Woolf

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison