JOYFUL JOURNEY

 By Wendy Carpenter-Israel


Yes, Washingtonians are ecstatic! After days and days of historic record making rainfall in the Washington, DC metro area, it's hard not to get excited about Memorial Day Weekend and the lovely weather we have been promised.  So go ahead and make some outdoor plans, but don't forget to include your dog in some of your excursions. Remember, they have been cooped up in your house or condo for most of May 2016 with you. It's supposed to be close to 80 degrees on Saturday, so it might be perfect day to take your dog for a swim. And if your dog is swimmer, you probably already know it’s not that easy to find a perfect place for dogs to swim in DC, MD, VA that doesn’t get the “Rules Police” all grumpy. However, there are

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May 6, 2016

By Wendy Carpenter-Israel

How Important are COMPS (Comparable Sales) when homebuyers in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia are ready to make an offer on that dream home? Pretty darn important! Working closely with your exclusive buyer's agent is key in this crucial step of the home buying process. Don't be tripped up by getting caught with your knickers around your ankles.

Home Real Estate Valuation Data is available for free from many website outlets. For example, Zillow.com offers homebuyers estimated home values on their website portal. Unfortunately, recent studies have been reported that these estimated real estate values on portals are often inaccurate. Kenneth R. Harney with the LA Times wrote that, "Zillow CEO Spencer

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Wendy Carpenter-Israel

April 28, 2016

 

Buying a home that needs work can be a lot of fun for many homebuyers in the Washington, DC metro area.  There may be a number of exciting benefits to buying a “fixer upper.” Typically, a home or condominium that needs major renovation and updating may have less competition from other buyers. The property may sit on the market for months before a homebuyer writes an offer, making sellers more receptive to accepting a lower price. Stephen Carpenter-Israel, President and Broker at Buyer’s Edge, explains “Our exclusive buyers agents find that in the right circumstances homebuyers can purchase a house with good “bones” at a significant discount in a more expensive neighborhood, just because it needs work.”

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Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2016

Wendy Carpenter-Israel

 

Happy Earth Day. We live on a beautiful planet. Sometimes it's nice to be reminded of that during the home and condo buying process in the Washington, DC metro area. With the hot, Spring real estate market in full swing, homebuyers find themselves running all over town looking at new real estate listings in DC, MD, VA with their exclusive buyer's agent. They frantically wonder, "Will we ever find our dream home? Will we ever win a multiple bidding war at our price point? Will we live in Arlington, VA, Bethesda, MD or Logan Circle, DC?  Will I still want to live with my partner after this process?"

Yikes! Time to take a deep breath and remember that there will be other homes and

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April 4, 2016

By Wendy Carpenter-Israel

 Are you a Crazy Bird?

Here are the Top 5 Questions to ask yourself before you buy a home or condominium in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland from the real estate agent at the Open House.

See fun video at the end of the blog.

 

#1 When you’re hungry and want to go out for a super, expensive dinner would you walk into a OPEN HOUSE, sit down, eat and share your entire life story with a stranger?

 

#2 When you want to build your dream home for hundreds and thousands of dollars would you walk into an OPEN HOUSE under construction and randomly hire the unknown contractor working on site? 

 

#3 When your child is sick would you carry her into an OPEN HOUSE of an unknown pediatrician and

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Top 6 Questions to Ask Your Buyer’s Agent

Before You Give Them the Green Light

Updated: March 25, 2016

Wendy Carpenter-Israel

 

Buying a home should be a joyful journey and the buyer’s agent that represents you in the exciting adventure will determine how happy and successful you believe you've been after you've purchased your home or condominium. Take your time, research your many options, and truly understand how real estate agency affects every aspect of a real estate transaction in the Washington, DC metro area. Make a thoughtful and educated decision.  Ask the tough questions. Find the right Realtor for you.

1. Do you or your broker take real estate listings or work for sellers?

    How do you represent buyers and sellers on the

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March 14, 2016

Wendy Carpenter-Israel

Buyer’s Edge Company Inc., an exclusive buyer brokerage real estate company with a clear-cut, single agency relationship in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia is pleased to announce the addition of searchable “Sold” real estate listing data on our website - BuyersAgent.com.  We are the first Washington, DC metro area Real Estate Company to provide searchable accurate, pertinent and timely Sold real estate listing data from the MRIS that is easily accessible to anyone who visits our website.

“Buyer’s Edge has been challenging the real estate industry status quo for over twenty-four years. We believe in doing real estate differently. Consumers have a right to unconditional protection and loyalty

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Updated:  February 29, 2016

Wendy Carpenter-Israel

 

  

It's almost hummingbird time! The most remarkable birds in the world (at least in our view) may be feeling the impact of climate change, and, happily, we can help. Around this time of year, these little beauties fly several hundred miles over the Gulf of Mexico, without food water or rest, in their “commute” north from their southern wintering grounds. They naturally strive to time their arrival to coincide the nectar-rich blooms they need to survive. But with climate patterns shifting it’s likely harder for the little guys to time it just right, according to the Audubon Society.

So what can homeowners in DC, MD, VA do to help them out?

Any or all of these three things:

1.

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11 Perfect Paint Colors for Homebuyers by Buyer's Edge Buyer's Brokerage

February 16, 2016

Wendy Carpenter-Israel

 

Homebuyers in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia, don't need to stress when selecting simply, lovely, paint colors for their new home, townhouse or condominium. For over twenty-four years, the exclusive buyer's agents at Buyer's Edge have collected a few tried and true colors that are easy on the eyes.  Don't reinvent the wheel when it comes to selecting paint colors for your new place. Whatever your personal style, you're bound to like one or two of our Top 11 Go-To Paint Colors.

These calming neutral colors are a great place to start when decorating a new home. They are clean, warm, crisp and elegant. They also

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Four Most Expensive Homes for Sale in Washington, DC Today

February 12, 2016

In 2016, why not consider investing in residential real estate in the Washington, DC metro area.... “Washington DC real estate continues to be a stable environment for home prices,” says Steve Carpenter-Israel, President of Bethesda, Maryland based Buyer’s Edge.

 “Foreign investors find Washington Metropolitan real estate inviting as the region has one of the highest levels of education and income per capita in the US, and many are within easy commuting distance of the city,” explained Steve Israel, President of Buyer’s Edge, an Exclusive Buyer Brokerage firm serving the Metropolitan Washington area.  “With the Federal Government and all its contractors located in

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