Real Estate Advice & Insight

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Heard of the Ripple Effect in Real Estate?

March 21, 2015

Wendy Carpenter-Israel



307 Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA $3,995,000

We've all heard of the ripple effect. I like to think that homeowners nurture and care for their properties while they live in them. Whether we live in a home for a few years or for many decades, we all leave our imprint on them and then we pass them on. Recycle, renew and reuse... Here's a great story by the Washington Post that shares a ripple effect of a home being loved and enjoyed before it's sold and shared with another family. At Buyer's Edge, we love what we do.




The Ripple Effect of Love

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 Why Do I Need a Buyer's Agent at All?

March 20, 2015

Wendy Carpenter-Israel 

Steve Carpenter Israel, President and Broker with Buyer's Edge Company, Inc. 

Potential clients come to Buyer’s Edge all the time that are trying to determine if they need to use a real estate agent when they want to buy a home in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia. These are often tech-savvy homebuyers who are heading out on Sundays and are going to open houses without buyer representation. They may feel more comfortable searching the newspaper the “old school way” or using modern technology to determine which homes are open each weekend. These kinds of buyers are confident that they will be able to negotiate a strong deal with the listing agent

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Pretty Much A No-Brainer. Top 8 Tips When Selling Your Home!

March 18, 2015

Wendy Carpenter-Israel

At Buyer's Edge, all our real estate agents are exclusive buyer's agents. We work with home buyers, never sellers in Maryland, DC and Virginia. Our buyer brokerage real estate company never takes listings. None the less, our past buyer clients often ask us to share our top selling tips when they are ready to sell their home. We've worked with hundreds of buyers in our 23 year history. With over $1 Billion of home purchases under our belts, we can honestly tell folks what selling tips can make a HUGE difference. It's a no-brainer!


 No-Brainer Selling Tip #1: Find the Best Listing Broker

Interview a minimum of three listing agents and

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How Much Cash Will I Need, When Do I Need it and Who Gets it?

March 9, 2014



John Sullivan, Vice President and Associate Broker with Buyer's Edge, created an easy chart to give to homebuyers a simple picture of how much money they'll need during the home buying process. Buying a home or condo shouldn't be daunting. With an exclusive buyer's agent by you side, we have one focus and such an obvious job to do. We only work for homebuyers. Our buyer brokerage firm never works for sellers or lists property for sale. This eliminates the inherent conflicts of interest that most traditional real estate companies have since they work for both buyers and sellers. At the Buyer's Edge, our objective is to help consumers get educated about the

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Top 10 Signs – My Real Estate Agent is a Dinosaur 

March 2, 2015

Wendy Carpenter-Israel


In the last few years, many boutique real estate company start-ups have been launched in order to cater to the tech-savvy home buyers and sellers. These dynamic entrepreneurs are trying to completely integrate the Internet and all electronic technology currently available into the home buying process. At the Buyer’s Edge, we think that this is an excellent trend. It is exciting and important to see these young professionals start up new real estate firms that are catering to the tech-savvy real estate investors.


When the Buyer’s Edge launched our business in 1992, we were the first real estate company to work for the home buyers exclusively in

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Original Contemporary Art Work Reflects the Creative Spirit of Buyer's Edge

February 25, 2015

Wendy Carpenter-Israel

Last year when Buyer’s Edge moved to our new location in the Washington, DC metro area, we decided to create an office environment that reflected our positive, innovative and creative spirit.  Since our buyer brokerage firm offers homebuyers a bright alternative when buying a home, we wanted our new office space to mirror that upbeat opportunity. Buyer’s Edge has never been a traditional real estate company, so we had no desire for our offices to look like one.

Since our buyer’s agents represent homebuyers 100% of the time, we hoped to design an office that was eye-catching, sleek and modern. The corporate offices of Uber,

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Buyer’s Edge-Winter is the Best Time to Prune And Cut Down Trees in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC

February 9, 2015

Wendy Carpenter-Israel


Recently past clients called Steve Carpenter Israel, President and CEO of Buyer’s Edge - Buyer Brokerage, to get his advice on when was the best time to trim their trees. The homebuyers had worked with Steve and bought a beautiful piece of Virginia real estate a couple years back. During the home inspection process, it was determined that some of the large trees on the property would need some major pruning to protect the home. Another tree on the property also needed to be removed due to age. After negotiating with the sellers, the homebuyers received a substantial credit at settlement for the

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Maryland Real Estate May Not be Impacted by Lower Gas Prices this Spring

February 9, 2015

John Sullivan - Vice President and Associate Broker with Buyer's Edge - Buyers Agents for the Home and Condo Buyer in MD, VA & DC

I was recently asked my opinion of the effect lower gas prices on commuting distances and home sales, and if lower fuel prices would significantly impact the 2015 spring market. Here’s how I responded:

”I would not expect lower gas prices to impact the spring market. Reputable lenders are not going to revise their income requirements and smart agents are going to advise their clients that the drop is only temporary. If fact, a report on February 2, 2015 indicated that fuel prices remained unchanged since the previous

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Real Estate Buyers May Decide to Rent after Seeing The Harrison in Reston, VA

January 29, 2015

Susan Rosenblum, Exclusive Buyer's Agent with Buyer's Edge


Not a real estate buyer at this time?  My clients who have been looking for turnkey condominium units in buildings with amenities such as 24 hour concierge, pools, gyms, and entertainment spaces, might change their minds about buying and decide to rent when they see what is happening at The Harrison at Reston Town Center Apartments! Within walking distance to Reston Town Center’s shops, restaurants and movies, this brand new apartment building offers a combination of easy living coupled with fun and lively activities. 

Opening early February 2015, The Harrison in Reston, Virginia has

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Looking for a getaway place less than 45 minutes from DC?

203 days on the market, this 3BR, 3BA, turnkey condo is located on the Chesapeake Bay with a community pool, tennis courts and marina!



Take a look at the Listing Broker's Video.

At Buyer's Edge, our exclusive buyer's agent work on the home buyer's behalf 100% of the time. Only buyers, never sellers!

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