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Today is the first day of 2017 and I stand with so many others contemplating the year that just passed.  Simultaneously, I stand looking forward in wonder about what the New Year ahead will offer us.  As every New Year becomes the year before, the days seem to pass-by progressively faster; and, I consequently try more intently to dwell in the present moment – grateful for the many gifts that lie at my feet.  Whether it is caring family, steadfast friends, good health or the wonderful opportunity to work with stellar co-workers and clients, the meaningfulness of being present with...

In neighborhoods across the country and clearly in our neighborhoods here in Metro DC, we have witnessed with every new day, new houses “popping-up” left and right.  The thing is, these new houses are routinely gigantic and often lack character and commonly do not respect their respective sites or neighborhoods.  While so many lament the ubiquity of huge, seemingly soulless, houses they still enjoy using the derogatory epithet and fast food allusion of the “McMansion.” In many ways, this phenomenon is wholly understandable; the land is where the value is.   As a result, lenders reinforce the notion that the market value...