I have the privilege of being the principal broker and active real estate agent at Cornerstone Business Group, Inc., based in Winchester, VA. I’ve been in the real estate business since 1990 when I entered the field as an investor. My investing business covered Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Petersburg, Basye, Winchester, and Frederick County, VA. Over those years, I bought many properties which became rental properties and the ultimate birth of Cornerstone as a real estate management company. Cornerstone later evolved into a real estate brokerage and rental property management company. In 2019, Cornerstone will expand again with the advent of Cornerstone Real Estate Services, which will provide cleaning, lawn care and maintenance for homeowners, including our clients.
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.
A few things you may not know about me:
Multi-Million-Dollar Sales award winning REALTOR for the past 7 years
Contributing Member – Professional Development Committee – Virginia Association of Realtors
Principal Broker for Cornerstone Business Group, Inc., in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland
Director and Instructor at Cornerstone Real Estate School
Virginia State Contractor 1984 to present
Freelance Writer, Seminar Instructor, and Blogger
I have been an adjunct college professor teaching classes in three different colleges on two continents.
Cornerstone Business Group, Inc., and I personally support numerous charities with yearly commitments. We would be very thankful if you would consider these charities as potential recipients of your support.
Habitat for Humanity - My electrical contracting company, Quality Electric Co. LLC, has done electrical wiring on numerous Habitat houses.
Briggs Animal Adoption Center- cycling fundraiser
Courage Classic - Denver Children's Hospital - cycling fundraiser
Tour de Cure - American Diabetes Association - cycling fundraiser
Susan G Komen Foundation - Breast Cancer Research - cycling fundraiser
Real estate is just a small part of my life. I have been an ordained minister since 1982. The years since then have included 16 years working with prison inmates overlapping 20 years pastoring and 5 years teaching in a college in the Ukraine. I have been a freelance writer, co-authoring two books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. I retired from pastoring in 2006, and I entered the fulltime real estate business at that time.
My most important and most enjoyable job has been being a husband (39+ years) and a dad of two amazing sons. Both sons have gone on to find their own way in life, but we are in constant contact as they nagivate their way. And, if I haven't been blessed enough, I now have my first grand-daughter. She is the joy of my heart.
Blue Ridge Board of Realtor's Chairman's Award for Sales
Blue Ridge Board of Realtor's Director's Award for Sales
Blue Ridge Board of Realtor's President's Award for Sales
Top VA Agent Award from Trulia - 2015
I have been a Virginia state contractor since 1984. I am able to bring my contracting expertise to both my buyers and sellers.
|Mike was very professional and helpful (sacrificial even) in assisting us with the sale of our condo. It was truly a blessing to work with Mike, and I would recommend him to others without hesitation. He excels at developing genuine relationship with the client that has their best interests in mind.
|L & M
|Mike was more than a realtor for us- He was and still is a good friend. He helped us way beyond his job description. He is a VERY good person to work with and we would highly recommend him!
|VS - Winchester, VA
|Mike was referred to my family as someone who would be understanding and compassionate during a difficult time and decision - the need to sell our Mother's home after she passed away. He was very considerate and knowledgeable about the area. He was able to immediately connect us with the right buyer for our house and easily moved us through the process. A win - win for both sides.
|Mike grew up in Winchester and knows it and the surrounding counties very well. You would be hard pressed to find another realtor who knows this area like Mike. He showed me many homes before he found the perfect fit for me to live in. He was amazingly kind, patient, and responsive throughout the home buying process, even in spite of my numerous questions and hang ups with many of the properties we viewed. He is also an electrical contractor so he's got the experience to spot potential problems with homes. He's not only the realtor to find the home you'll live in, he's also a savvy real estate investor who can help find investment opportunities. I'm working with him now on such a deal, and I am impressed with his knowledge and commitment to finding the right place. He's also got the contacts you'll need in the construction, banking, and the legal fields to get the project done. Thanks for the great service Mike! If I could give six stars I would!
|Never had such a smooth and pleasant home sale. I called Mike to look over my home and suggest any improvements I might need to make before listing the house. Not long after talking with Mike, and before we could even get the house listed, he called to say he had a buyer who might be interested in the house. Mike brought his buyer over and we had a sale. Just like that! Mike not only understood what his buyer was looking for, but also understood what I was looking to get for the house. We both got what we wanted and Mike was very careful in his role as a dual agent to represent both of us in the way the rules were designed to work. Could not ask for more. It was a pleasure working with him.
|J & S
|Mike was exceptional in helping me with my very first home purchase! Everything I needed to know was explained in a way I could very easily understand. Mike was patient with me every step of the way and kept searching until we found the perfect home for my family! Mike was very honest, and always had my best interest in mind! I would recommend Mike to anyone looking to buy a new home! Thank you!!
|Finding the right Realtor is always important, finding Mike was a bonus. Not only is he knowledgeable about every aspect of buying a home but also about the sale of my land. Mike has experience as a contractor and checked for common electrical problems and other issues.
|Mike knows the Winchester real estate market. He knew the details of each home we visited and what each should sell for. Mike also knows construction. There were some problems uncovered in the engineering inspection. Mike made sure each was resolved. Mike is patient and always available. Our home search took zigs and zags and Mike was always with us, always supporting us. With his guidance, the closing went smoothly. We'd recommend him to anyone wishing first class service.
|Excellent doing business with someone who keeps your best interest foremost in his mind. Mike treated me like I was his ONLY client; always answering my calls; getting me answered to questions and keeping me informed. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is thinking of buying or selling their home.
|I have dealt with real estate people before but Mike Cooper is the cream of the group. My house sold faster than expected and he found the right people to take good care of it. I am really impressed with his knowledge and interest in pairing people with the homes they are seeking. Thanks Mike.
|EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE from the CONSUMATE PROFESSIONAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Yes , I'm shouting.) Had the good fortune to meet Mike Cooper during a very trying personal situation. His knowledge of the local real estate market was very helpful to someone like me relocating to the area. Mike put me in touch with a mortgage lender to discuss my options. He also provided names and numbers of other service personnel to help renovate the condo. How fortunate I am to have met Mike Cooper. He has the best interests of his clients at heart and it is wonderful to know that HIS WORD IS HIS BOND!!!! Jan
|Mike Cooper is an excellent agent. I highly recommend him. He makes you feel at ease and enjoys looking at the houses as much as you do. He helped me to evaluate the houses from perspective of repairs needed. I could not have been so at ease with this process with anyone else!!
|Mike was very patient with the whole process of selling my home. It took us little over 2 year to get it sold. He was there every step of the way and stayed on top of all the paper work that need to be done. I would highly recommend him to everyone who is buying or selling there home.
|K & M M
|Mike was knowledgeable about the area from his lifetime of experience there. He was patient with us as we waited for the right house to come on the market and understood our unique desires. When the right house came on the market, Mike checked it out for us right away and gave us solid advice about how to offer on the home.
|S & P T
|Mike Cooper helped my wife and I purchase a home in Winchester. We were purchasing a foreclosure which was a first for us. Mike helped get us a great deal and he clearly set our expectations at every stage of the process. Mike is patient, flexible, and responded quickly to even our most off-the-wall questions. We had heard horror stories about home foreclosure purchases from other folks, but our purchase went much more smoothly that I could have hoped. We firmly believe that our pleasant experience was due to Mike's able shepherding us through the hoops.
|Mike is wonderful! He always had my best interest at heart. If a house wasn't up to not only my standards, but his as well, he wasn't afraid to let me know. I could tell that he would steer me in the right direction and he did! Mike helped me buy my first home and I love it!
|I would like to start by saying that I would highly recommend Mike Cooper for anyone purchasing or selling a home. I was introduced to Mike at a very difficult time through a mutual acquaintance. Mike was very prompt in meeting with me. I needed to sell my home quickly. Mike told us exactly what we needed to do to sell the house. The home was listed and within two days there was a contract on the house. Mike has many contacts and connections in the area. He handled the sale process every step of the way. I can't say enough great things about Mike Cooper. Again, Mike made a very difficult situation much easier. Mike is a wonderful guy and a true professional. LO
|Mike was so helpful when I needed to find a home to rent quickly and within my price range. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing help in the Winchester VA/ Frederick County area! AR
|J & P
|Mike assisted me in purchasing an investment property in the Winchester area, and I was exceptionally pleased with his knowledge and skill. He knows the community very well, and was even familiar with the construction history of some of the houses I looked at. He knew when a property was priced competitively and when it was overpriced. He listened to me when I described what I wanted in terms of price range, age, and other factors, and did not waste my time showing me properties that were not a match. When a property came up that looked just right, Mike was quick to respond and showed it to me that morning; I came out the next day for a second look, and he had a contract ready within the hour. In addition, he is ethical, honest, and direct in all he does. Last but not least, as a female investor, I have found over the years that not every real estate agent takes women as seriously as they should. Mike was invariably respectful, attentive, and professional in his dealings with me. I have already recommended him to the tenants who live in my property when they are ready to buy a place of their own, and would recommend him to anyone else looking for property in the greater Winchester area.
|T.J. and Crystal Landis
|I can't say enough great things about Mike. My husband and I were first time homebuyers who were scared and delirious. Although we drug Mike from house to house without fully knowing what we wanted, Mike stayed patient and helped us locate our home. Although the process was painstaking at times (we purchased a short sale), Mike kept us focused on the prize and we got through the process with ease. His ability to network with others in the area was amazing as well. He was able to help us locate a great home inspector, carpet cleaning business, etc. and half the price of the big dogs. I can't thank Mike enough for what he has done for me and my husband. I'll never forget his saying, "Don't fall in love with something that can't love you back!" Thank you so much, Mike! - T.J. and Crystal Landis
|B & P R
|We were planning a long distance move from Illinois and started working with Mike last summer to locate a home. We had very specific criteria that unfortunately had to change part way through the search process. Mike helped us locate the prefect property. He stayed focused on our criteria and he took the criteria change in stride without missing a beat. I highly recommend Mike to anyone who is looking to buy property.
|Mr. Mike is great person. He helped me at each step of home buying process. Because of him, I was able to close the deal even after Wells Fargo bank declined loan application on the day of contract expiration date. My credit score is 783. Wells Fargo bank had declined loan because occupant ratio requirement. Mr. Mike arranged contract extention nad the suggested to work with PrimeLending Mortgage. We close the deal before time. Every thing ended well and credit goes to Mr. Mike Cooper and Mr. Mark Lynch local branch manager of PrimeLending. Thanks to Mr. Mike Cooper From : Kaushik Dave
|Zach and Ashley
|Mike is a great great guy. His knowledge of the area and of everything else really helped my girlfriend and I find our perfect house. Not only is he a good realtor, he also owns his own electrical company and his expertise in that area is also extremely helpful. Being that he's a local, he has several connections to many people in the area and is always able to point you in the right direction for anything you may need. highly recommended.
|Tom and Rhonda C
|Mike was a pleasure to work with. The first thing we were impressed with about Mike was that he honored our request not to be pushy when we were just casually entering the house market. Then, when we started looking seriously, he was always available to us weekend or weekday. He most often answered his phone whenever we called, but on the couple of occasions that we had to leave a voice mail, he got back to us right away. When Mike would show us a house we were interested in, we appreciated his hands off approach while still being extremely knowledgeable to answer all of our questions. He was never overbearing or in your face about selling us a house, rather he stepped back and let us make up our own minds while always being there to guide us when we needed it. We would highly recommend Mike Cooper as an excellent agent to work with!
|Mike has been wonderful. He helped with electrical work on a couple of our rental homes last year and most recently took over property management of our rental. We live out of state so Mike took care of everything and found quality tenants for our home. He is very professional, knowledgeable, and gives personalized service. We are very pleased with Mike's business acumen and thankful we have someone who has our best interests in mind. Thank you Mike!...we look forward to a long business relationship.
|Rick and Susan B
|From our first conversation with Mike Cooper, we knew we had chosen the right realtor for our home search. Mike's guidance helped my husband and I to realize which home truly suited our needs. I relied on Mike's knowledge and referrals and those contacts have been excellent as well. Mike is an honorable, professional realtor and we are grateful to have had him in our corner. We love our new home!
|Dr Doug and Sarah D
|We found Mr. Mike Cooper to be knowledgeable, friendly, easy to work with, and a get the job done kind of guy. We most respect his being a man of integrity. He has expertise in electrical engineering a well as real estate. He has the ability to work with a diverse number of people to close a deal. He will give you his best and deliver a straightforward, honest, and best approach to getting your house sold. He performed well in a tough market and my wife and I most enjoyed working alongside Mike. In short, we highly recommend him across the board to be your Realtor and we would certainly use him again.
|Mike helped me through the process of buying a property when it came up for sale. The process couldn't have been easier. I really appreciate his expertise and willingness to go the extra mile.
|Shawn and Nancy Jo C
|Mike's experience and knowledge of the real estate market helped us to sell our home in record time. His honesty and integrity promotes a respectful work ethic that is truly hard to fine. His positive approach helps to create a stress free experience. We highly recommend Mike for any real estate transactions. Shawn and Nancy Jo
I love what I do. Every real estate transaction is personal with me because it affects the lives of the people on both sides of the deal. I want every transaction to be successful and smooth.