Updated: January 13, 2016

Wendy Carpenter-Israel

When homeowners decorate their houses in the Washington, DC metro area, the finishing touch for many is a vase full of flowers that will greet them on a table by the front door. It's a wonderful treat that you can give to yourself, your family and your friends as they enter your home. Depending on your budget, flowers around the home can be done extravagantly or simply. Here are my Top 6 Favorite Ideas for decorating with flowers and plants in the home.

Stems Vases

I found these wonderful vases at a Sugarloaf Crafts Festival a number of years back when I was looking for a housewarming gift for one of our buyer/clients at Buyer's Edge. They are handmade by Maria & Jan Schultz out of

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Deck the Halls... With Home Decor Ideas

From Other Women! Fa la la la!


By Wendy Carpenter-Israel

Updated December 21, 2015



Where do creative ideas come from when decorating your home? With websites like Houzz and Pinterest, the possibilities are exciting, inspiring and endless. At times however, the abundance and often the absurdity of the images available on the web today can make the creative process a little overwhelming. That's why when a home decor idea comes to you from out of the blue, it often ends up being the creative idea that brings a homeowner the most pleasure overtime.  Though it's a bit convoluted, one of my favorite home decor ideas came when I least expected it. I started collecting sterling silver sugar

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Don't Buy a Home with Any Tom, Dick or Harriet 

A focused business model and a clear-cut agency relationship has convinced many homebuyers to work with an Exclusive Buyer's Agent when buying a home.

What's an Exclusive Buyer's Agent?

Updated December 16, 2015

Wendy Carpenter-Israel

Exclusive buyer’s agents who work for Buyer Broker Real Estate Companies in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC are a unique kind of Realtor in that they represent homebuyers 100% of the time. Never sellers. It's as simple as that. Exclusive buyers agents and their brokers haven chosen not to list or sell properties. Instead, they make their living by representing only buyers, earning their client's trust as true

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One Magical Free Stock Photo Website You Need to Visit Today|

Wendy Carpenter-Israel

December 9, 2015

Writing a blog for an exclusive buyer’s brokerage Real Estate Company in the Washington, DC Metro area can be challenging. With most SEO websites recommending that a minimum of 10 articles be written and shared each week to keep your company brand on the first page of Google search, the whole management of a webpage blog can be overwhelming for a small company.

Luckily, in the last few years the “blog-enabler” industry has exploded on the web! Unique, small companies along with enormous corporations have access to the same tech-savvy tools to keep their blogs interesting and creative at little or no costs.

One of the

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29 Photos from Alexandria, Virginia that

Prove Choosing Exterior Paint Colors for the Home can be a Snap

October 14, 2015

Wendy Carpenter-Israel



For most new homeowners, selecting exterior paint colors for their home can be a daunting process. Steve Carpenter-Israel, President and exclusive buyer’s broker of Buyer’s Edge in the Washington, DC metro area says, “For many of my buyer clients after an exhaustive home search, they’re fully aware that the exterior colors of a property is the making or breaking of a home’s curb appeal.”  Not only is it an expensive undertaking for the majority of folks, it’s a commitment that they have to be live with for many years to come.  

Steve recalls an occasion when he was working with

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Buyer’s Edge Takes on the Real Estate Industry

with a Unique and Powerful Move....

No Dual Agency 


 Unsure how Dual Agency can have a detrimental effect on your home buying process? Listen to home buying tips...



Here's a quick introduction to "Daily Home Buying Real Estate Tips" with Stephen Carpenter-Israel from Buyer's Edge on

"Hi this is Stephen Carpenter-Israel. I am the President of Buyer's Edge. We are a completely different kind of real estate company that exclusively represents homebuyers in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. We're a unique and very consumer oriented real estate company. At Buyer's Edge, our exclusive buyer's agents believe that our job is to help homebuyers evaluate

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What Happens if My Client Refuses to Consent to Dual Agency Representation?

September 8, 2015

Wendy Carpenter-Israel

At the Buyer’s Edge our buyer clients will never be asked to consent to dual agency representation.  Never! For 23 years, our non-traditional real estate company has been successfully serving home and condo buyers exclusively in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. We never represent the seller, so we are never in the sketchy position of “representing” both the seller and the buyer in the same real estate transaction. We believe that this is the true value of our service. This is what makes us unique.

Imagine our visceral reaction when one of our Buyer's Edge exclusive buyer's agents shared a slimy handout that they had

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Learn How to Keep your Gutters Clean

May 29, 2015

Kelly Thiede


“Cleaning out the gutters can be a tedious task and even dangerous for those who are uncomfortable with heights or climbing ladders,” says Steve Carpenter-Israel, Broker and President of a Buyer’s Edge, a buyer brokerage real estate company in the Washington, DC Metro area. To help make this task more manageable we suggest using gutter liners. Gutter liners are a great way to simplify the task of cleaning out gutters. They are a cost effective way to gutter maintenance and are available at any Home Depot. Gutter liners are effective because leaves and other debris lay on top of the liner instead of gathering in the gutter, which enables them to blow off the gutters

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Welcome to the Buyer’s Edge| Real Estate for the Home Buyer| 100% Honest

May 18, 2015

Wendy Carpenter-Israel


The moment that you walk through the front doors at Buyer’s Edge, we hope you can tell that you will have vibrant, exciting and completely different home buying experience. Buyer’s Edge is a consumer-oriented, tech-savvy buyer broker real estate company with over $1 billion dollars of home buying experience in our 23-year history. Steve Carpenter-Israel and his wife, Wendy, established the company in 1992.

Through conversations with friends and family, Steve and Wendy realized that homebuyers were not being fully represented when they were purchasing their homes. As a result, Steve organized a team of exclusive buyers agents

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5 Top Things You Should Know About Egress Windows Before You Start a Basement Renovation

May 12, 2015

Wendy Carpenter-Israel

Many homebuyers in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland working with the exclusive buyer's agents at Buyer’s Edge often anticipate that they may have to do some renovations on their new home after they buy it. Sometimes a new home may only require a few minor changes like new paint colors, window treatments or refinishing wood floors.  Other properties may require large-scale projects like complete kitchen and bathroom renovations. One of the most popular upgrades is a basement renovation.  There’re a lot of things to consider when calculating the costs and benefits of doing such a renovation.  One important safety issue

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