JOYFUL JOURNEY

What's Important to Our Clients When Selecting an Agent?

In an effort to continue to provide leading Exclusive Buyer Brokerage Services, Buyer's Edge conducted a survey of our clients in 2017. Though our objective was to find out what we were doing right and how we could better serve our clients, it also provided our team with insight into what qualities matter most to homebuyers when picking an agent.

So what did we learn?

When selecting an agent, key factors for our clients were:

  • Finding an agent they could trust to protect their interests...
  • ...that had deep knowledge of the home buying and negotiation process...
  • ...who was well positioned to offer them deep local knowledge...
  • ...and responsive client service

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Guest Blogger - Richard S. Sloan

Last September, Steve Israel and I spent two days touring houses ... along the Coast of Maine. We had walked through hundreds of homes together over the last two decades and he had helped our family purchase three properties. But this was different. Steve was tagging along as a trusted family friend and not a buyer broker. I had already signed an “Exclusive Buyer Representation Agreement” with a local realtor. And that individual had been incredibly helpful setting up appointments to see properties, researching public tax records and prior sales in the area.

Strikingly, that agreement said that the agent owed “the client, fiduciary duties, which include among other things, the obligation not to reveal

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Is The Traditional Real Estate Model Under Pressure?
Asked to comment on changes affecting the traditional real estate model, Stephen Carpenter-Israel, President and Broker of Buyer's Edge, said that the increased use of house hunting websites as well as a recent California Supreme Court ruling on the practice known as "dual agency" are shaking the industry to its core.  

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Tech Has Led to Increased Demand for Transparency
 
 
Over the past decade, consumers' widespread embrace of technology spurred the creation of firms such as Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin.  "These online databases disrupted the 'cartel' of the old brokerages that used to monopolize access to
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Celebrating Earth Day with the World

 

Earth Day is a worldwide annual event that takes place on April 22nd. It is celebrated in over 193 countries and coordinated by the Earth Day Network. Activities are focused on the environmental issues that the world faces. 

14 Reasons to Celebrate!

From Buyer's Edge, Exclusive Buyer's Agents:

1. Today we honor the Earth and the concept of Peace.

2. It's a special day where we look at the environmental issues our World faces.

3. It's about the ones we love and the friends we cherish.

4. We are not alone in this. It impacts us all from sea to shining sea.

5. If we treat the Earth respectfully, our homes will be our "castles" where ever our homes may be.

6. On Earth Day, let's

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How to Buy a Home In the Washington, DC Metro Area

By Wendy Carpenter-Israel

When you're ready to buy a home, hire an Exclusive Buyer's Agent . It doesn't matter if you are looking to buy luxury real estate in DC or you are a First-Time Home Buyer in Maryland. Buyer's Agents who work for a large, traditional real estate companies can and do not provide the same level of service, commitment, representation or guarantees as an Exclusive Buyer's Agent who works for a Buyer Brokerage Real Estate Company. A Buyer's Agent and an Exclusive Buyer's Agent are two different animals. Luckily, for homebuyers in VA, DC, MD, there are a number of reputable and experienced Exclusive Buyer's Agents to choose from. (NAEBA.org)

At the Buyer’s Edge, our buyer

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On April 6, 2017 at the Buyer's Edge's Bethesda, MD office, we are pleased to have Jayme Barrett come from Los Angeles, CA to share her Feng Shui expertise with you. Jayme is an authority on Life Enhancement and Feng Shui. She works with clients to help them improve the positive energy in their homes and work-spaces. Ms. Barrett leads retreats throughout the world and she has appeared on "The Today Show", E!, HGTV, and NBC. She has written an amazing book about how to "Feng Shui Your Life." The book is both beautiful and full of simple and practical tips on how to breathe positive energy into your home or condo. It's easily purchased on Amazon.

We look forward to seeing you on April 6th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm! It should be a fun event as we Sip, Laugh

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Buyer Beware - Flipped Homes Can Be a

Homebuyer's Worst Nightmare

  

Stephen Carpenter-Israel, President and Real Estate Broker of Buyer's Edge Washington, DC, MD, VA, warns homebuyers of the potential pitfalls of buying a "picture-perfect flipped home" without doing your homework in this CNBC article by Diana Olick.

After you have finished reading Ms. Olick's article, please take a look at CNBC's informative video on how to buy a home that has been flipped. At 2:15 minutes into the TV broadcast, Stephen Israel shares his: 

FLIP HOMEBUYER'S CHECKLIST



 

 See Stephen Carpenter-Israel with Diana Orlick with CNBC at 2:15 mark. 






Accurate and Timely MLS Search Homes for Sale in the Washington, DC Metro 

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Buyer's Edge Promotes Valerie Winebrenner to Vice President

"I am thrilled for Buyer's Edge and for the Washington DC Real Estate community to have Valerie Winebrenner accept the position as Vice President," said Stephen Carpenter-Israel, President of Buyer's Edge. "Her twenty plus years of exclusively representing home buyers and heartfelt dedication to the consumer is extraordinary."

Exclusive Buyer Brokerage firm, Buyer's Edge is pleased to announce that Valerie Winebrenner has been promoted to Vice President.  She has been one of the top residential real estate specialists providing buyer services in the Washington DC Metro area since joining the firm over twenty years ago.

"I am privileged to work with a talented team of individuals

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By Wendy Carpenter-Israel 

 At Buyer's Edge, We Simply Love What We Do

WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY

the Best DC Realtors

Working with Homebuyers 100% of the Time

 

Search for MLS Listings with an Exclusive Buyer's Agent Now

 Together, We Have Helped Change

the Way Consumers Buy Homes

in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia

 

Search DC Luxury Homes for Sale

 Happy Valentine's Day 2017!!

Love the Colors of the World

Photos from Unsplash.com

 

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