Real Estate Advice & Insight

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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

98% Client

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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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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. (

At the Buyer’s Edge, our buyer

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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: 



 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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"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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Top 5 Tips - Fall Home Maintenance "To Do" Checklist

By Stephen Mercer, Exclusive Buyer's Agent with Buyer's Edge DC, MD, VA




Probably the most important system heading into winter. Have a HVAC company check or tweak your system $50 - $100. You can change air filters every couple of months or longer with better quality  filters.  If your HVAC includes a built-in dehumidifier make sure you or the service contractor changes that one as well. Radiant heat-radiators will have a circulating pump attached to the furnace- find the tiny oil cap and drop 10-15 drops of (3 in1 oil) to keep bearings lubricated. 

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Outdoor Faucets:  

Remove all garden hoses from

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October 1, 2016

Wendy Carpenter-Israel

When current and past clients of Buyer’s Edge are ready to sell their home, they frequently call and ask for "Selling Your Home Tips." 

As Exclusive Buyer’s Agents at Buyer's Edge, we can’t help them sell their home since we represent buyers 100% of the time. However, they still ask our advice since they know we work on a daily basis with some of the best seller’s agents in the area. We want our past buyer/clients to experience the same level of high quality, professional service that our Exclusive Buyer’s Agents gave them when they purchased their home.

Over the years, we’ve come to recognize what makes a good seller’s agent and we offer this insight to our past/buyer clients who seek our advice.

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