Mortgage Interest Deduction Circa 1913

by Karen Briscoe
September 9, 2012

“Calico Joe” is John Grisham’s first novel about baseball and debuted in April of 2012.  In the book, when one of the characters was going up to pitch, he is told to “go up there swinging”.  To “go up there swinging” in baseball means not to be the kind of player that just stands there and watches pitches fly by.  It means to be the kind of player that makes something out of the pitches the player is thrown.  Even if the pitches are not very good or are hard.  This player goes up to the plate and makes something happen.

Baseball is about as American as mom, apple pie and home ownership.   Being a top real estate agent I often find correlations in books and life that apply to my profession.  In this case, I saw the relationship between being an agent that is proactive and one that just sits back and waits for the business to come to him/her.  An agent that “goes up there swinging” actively pursues all leads, even if it requires a great deal of work.  An agent that “goes up there swinging” doesn’t just put a sign in the yard and the listing into the system and expects the house to sell by itself.  This proactive agent is aggressive and makes something happen.

The summer of 2012 my family attended one of the Washington Nationals baseball games and enjoyed this American pastime.   Another reason why we love living and working in the Washington, DC metro area.

A professional Realtors® is the best source for understanding the local real estate market.  Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy are active and experienced Realtors ® in the Northern Virginia, Washington DC market place and would be delighted to assist whether for home buying or selling.

The Huckaby Briscoe Group was recognized in September 2011 as one of the Wall Street Journal Top Real Estate Teams in the United States.  Please contact via the means most convenient for you:, 703-734-0192,

Karen Briscoe is Principal of the Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group (HBC) and author of "Real Estate Success in 5 Minutes a Day". She is an Associate Broker in Virginia, a Certified Luxury Home Market Specialist, and a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors. Karen began her real estate career developing residential lots with the Trammel Crow Company in Dallas, and in commercial real estate with The Staubach Company in the Washington, DC Metro area. Karen has a Masters Degree from Southern Methodist University and her BA from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri – her hometown.


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