JOYFUL JOURNEY

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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"There are First-Time Homebuyers out there who have always wanted to live in Takoma, Park MD, but can't come up with the down payment needed to buy their first home." explains Stephen Mercer, Exclusive Buyer's Agent with Buyer's Edge an Exclusive Buyer's Brokerage Real Estate Company in the Washington, DC Metro Area. As a Takoma Park resident, Stephen shares with homebuyers, "Luckily, there's a pilot program being offered in Takoma Park, Maryland that might help out First-Time Homebuyers, but they have to hurry. There're just 5 grants being offered." 


The Home Stretch:

Down Payment Assistance Program

 #1 Some of the Eligibility Requirements: 

    • First-Time Homebuyer 

    • Maximum Income Requirements

    • All Applicants Must

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By Wendy Carpenter-Israel       "The Trump Election has had a dramatic effect on prices of high-end, luxury Washington, DC properties for sale." says Stephen Carpenter-Israel, President and Broker of Buyer's Edge an Exclusive Buyer's Brokerage Real Estate Company in the Washington, DC Metro area.   Caveat Emptor "Buyer Beware"   Steve Israel found that "List Prices of properties above $3,000,000 compared to the values of properties that sold before the election have risen 31% in the Posh Neighborhoods of Georgetown and Kalorama."   There are currently 21 listings in this Buyer's Edge survey which includes fee simple properties (no condos or coops). The total combined prices of these properties is $131,934,900 according to…
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