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Steve and his team at Buyer's Edge have helped two generations in my family find the right home.
My wife and I were planning a switch from Bethesda to close-in Chevy Chase. Steve was patient with us as we whittled-down our options. He learned to anticipate what we would like and dislike about properties even before we got there.
At the end we were down to two similarly priced properties. On the first Steve told us that he could almost certainly knock the price down ~$50K.
On the second he said "I don't think there is much room left to bargain, they have come down once and the property will probably sell pretty fast at the new price. But the second one will appreciate faster than the first."
He was right. We paid the (reduced) asking price for property #2, moved in and loved it.
Based on comps on our street our new home appreciated 40% in the next three years. The other property sold at asking price and we saw it resold five years later at an increase of only about 10%. So 40% vs 10%.
The point of the story is that Steve Israel reads his clients well, has a keen sense of how much "give" there is in each seller, and has sharp grasp of price trends.
He is also a "fun guy". Both generations in our family who worked with Steve to buy a home enjoyed the process.
By John B.by John B.
I just worked with Stephen Carpenter-Israel at Buyer's Edge to purchase a home in Maryland. I couldn't be happier with the experience, it was wonderful. Stephen quickly understood what I was looking for and my budget. I was in a good place to be very picky about the home (no time constraint to move in/move out of my previous residence) and he showed me a tremendous number of homes until we found exactly the right one. There was no pressure to buy quickly or settle for a house that wasn't quite right, and in fact Stephen told me a couple of times, when I was discouraged with the homes on the market, that he was sure we could do better -- and we did! The mortgage broker, inspector, and settlement attorney recommended to me by Buyer's Edge were also excellent. I'm so thrilled with my new house and I feel great about the experience from start to finish. I would not buy a home ever again without having an Exclusive Buyer Agent represent my interest in the transaction and I can't imagine that there are better agents in the DC/MD/VA area than the people at Buyer's Edge. Also: Their Bethesda Office sometimes has a Very Cool Dog in residence.
My wife and I have really enjoyed working with Steve Carpenter-Israel. We're looking to buy our first house and Steve has patiently walked us through understanding the buying process. He took the time to explain the Buyer's Edge model to us, which made complete sense from our end. And he's repeatedly shown us around different neighborhood, although our search continues to be a bit all over the DMV area. We would thoroughly recommend Steve and Buyer's Edge for potential home buyers.
Client: Ben W.
I was home this morning to take the dog for a walk while an agent showed our house. I do this a lot these days.
Often, by the time I finish walking the dog, agent and buyers are gone. But today, when I returned they were in the basement. I could here the agent evaluating the systems and talking about the sump pump. Then they went upstairs, and I noticed them taking time in every room to get beyond a mere first impression.
Something felt qualitatively different from other showings of which I have overheard the tail-end. I sat in the kitchen fighting off the urge to tell the Buyer's, unsolicited, that they were fortunate to be working with such a good agent. Instead, when everyone came downstairs, I merely offered to answer any questions and thanked them for coming.
The agent then took the buyers on a complete tour of the exterior of the property, and they all stood in the driveway talking for a bit. I turned off the lights and got ready to meet Sara and the kids at the park.
The whole experience made more sense when I grabbed the agent's card on my way out the door. I should have realized it would be one of your colleagues. After all, you thoroughly evaluated each house we saw, paused to explain things we wouldn't have noticed, and steered us well into this house, which really is great. (We wish y'all wanted to come to Madison with us to find the right house there.)
I hope Dana's** clients liked the house and that they appreciate her and the rest of your team.
I know, five star reviews are easy to dismiss as over-enthusiastic or inaccurate, but we are finding it difficult to overstate the value of Steve Israel's assistance with our recent home purchase. We recommend him without reservation - not only online, but also to our friends, family, and colleagues. Steve is a buyer's broker - only representing buyers. If you don't know what that means, I encourage you to Google "buyer's broker" and do some research (Steve's site is a good starting point) before settling on an agent. More important to us, however, is that Steve knows the local market and his real estate. We depended on him to guide us through the wide variety of homes in the DC area. His ability to walk into a place and give you the low down is uncanny. He consistently highlights points about the house, construction, or maintenance issues that we couldn't have spotted after hours walking through it. He explained the purchase process from start to finish, answering all of our questions along the way. When it came to putting in our offer, Steve's friendly yet no-nonsense attitude really won the day. We were in a competitive bidding situation with other interested parties. Steve was able to read the situation, devise a strategy, and then keep positive communications with the listing agent until our bid was accepted. I have no doubt that Steve's involvement helped ensure we got this house at the price we wanted. How do I know? This is what the SELLER had to say after the bid was accepted: "The way you and your agent handled things really made an impact on me. I wanted to give you any close call because of …how great Steve was to deal with. You picked a good one." If you're looking to purchase a home in DC, Maryland, or Virginia, you should be working with Steve Israel”
“Working with the Buyer's Edge team was a fantastic experience! Steve Israel was extremely knowledgeable regarding the different neighborhoods' pros and cons and evaluating the value and likely repair, remodel and upkeep potential of each location. He emailed new listings that fit my specifications regularly and quickly responded to my questions or requests to view listings. As a first time home buyer, he helped me understand and feel comfortable with each step of the buying process and he and his staff responded quickly to each of my many questions. I would definitely recommend Buyer's Edge to anyone looking for a new home”.
Client: C Rodgers
“Stephen Israel is a consummate professional and his staff is courteous and attentive. We only visited homes that met my criteria. For every home we visited he quickly had a profile on the neighborhood and gave me on-point commentary about the advantages and disadvantages of the home and property relative to my specific needs. I was amazed about how in-depth his real-time observations were. He exceeded my expectations regarding serving my specific needs. He was instrumental in securing and negotiating a home I love; I otherwise wouldn't have found or wouldn't have been able to negotiate the terms of the agreement without him. I can not imagine a more effective and personable buyer's agent in this area and would recommend him to any of my friends or associates that need to find a home”.
Client: Gilles B
Steve Carpenter-Israel was recommended to us and after our great experience, we highly recommend him to anyone buying a home in the Metro DC area. We were moving from out of state and needed to find a home quickly. Steve took time to clearly understand the “must-haves” for the house we were looking for. His extensive knowledge of the area helped us narrow down our geographic choices. He then laid out the pros and cons of each of the houses we saw and his extensive knowledge of home construction allowed us to eliminate houses that were not up to standard. Steve found our dream house and we are so grateful to him. In addition, he negotiated such a great price for the house that our neighbors routinely grumble about what a “steal” we got. We recently recommended Steve to a friend who was moving from out of town and he did the same for them – finding an amazing home at an amazing price in less than a week!
Client: Teri and Tim K.
"One of the reasons we felt real comfort in dealing with Buyer’s Edge was because we knew there would not be a conflict of interest with Buyer’s Edge representing home sellers. It was important to us that your total focus was to find the right home and make the best deal for us."
Client: Jerry S.
"Buyer's Edge was great to work with. From the start, they made us feel very comfortable. Steve and Lisa found us a wonderful house and really worked hard to get the deal done. I highly recommend working with them!"
- took the time to understand our needs and desires, and quickly gathered examples of condominiums that met our criteria
- were always promptly responsive and made themselves always available to set appointments and show us units that met our criteria and those that we wanted to see
- had a great feeling for “value” and had an eye for seeing structural and design issues that needed to come to our attention
- opened easy and regular communication channels with sellers’ agents
- helped us develop realistic negotiation strategy that ultimately carried the day
- provided assistance with settlement that greatly eased the process for us"
Client: Jeff S.
"I bought just the right house for me thanks to Steve’s expertise. His patient, no-pressure approach gave me the confidence I needed to take the plunge. I would recommend Buyer’s Edge to any prospective homebuyer without reservation."
Client: Richard T.
"A word of thanks for all of your help. We truly love this house and the kids are thrilled with it too. The house is beautiful, the neighbors friendly, the location convenient and the local elementary school has been welcoming. All your hard work has allowed us to reunite as a family and give our children a great opportunity. Thanks for all your hard work and support. We feel like we won the lottery with this house..."
Client: Ellis and Ronna R.
"Steve, this is a long overdue expression of our appreciation for the help you gave us over and above what should be expected. We are finally feeling settled in the house and we love it! Thanks again for expertly guiding us through the process."
Client: Maureen and Jim
"Steve...I appreciate all of your help in finding our home. I know it was a long path but we are thrilled that our patience paid off. Again, many thanks for everything. It was a pleasure to work with you."
Client: George and Nancy
"Steve, thank you so much for all your efforts on our behalf during the process of buying our house in D.C. We were very fortunate to have your help, and we enjoyed meeting and working with you. We really appreciate all you’ve done. We hope you’ll stay in touch."
Client: Sherry and Decker
"John Sullivan worked with us and for us to secure the best price for a home we bought in the Greenbelt area. He was always available for our repeatedly asked questions via email or phone, we can't imagine working with anyone else."
Client: Barbie W.
John was incredibly patient with us when we were buying our first home. He was always available to answer our questions and showed us close to one hundred houses. We were confident he was giving us sound advice not only about finding the perfect house for us but also about making a good investment for our future."
Client: Sara S.
"John displayed a high level of customer service and real estate knowledge. He clearly explained the home buying process and all the details we needed to learn to purchase our first home."
Client: Matt and Debbie
"We know we couldn't have done all this without you. Your experience in the market and you willingness to spend so much time with us is greatly appreciated."
Client: Beckie and Jeff
"We can't thank you enough for you patience and guidance in getting us here and in your kindness in answering all of our mundane questions."
Client: Amanda and Eric
"We are thankful that you worked so hard on our behalf to come out with the best outcome - we never once doubted that you had our best interests at heart and felt completely safe in your hands."
Client: Sue and Alexis
"We are both very grateful to John for the effort he put forth for us. We have already referred two of our friends to him and will not hesitate to do it again as the opportunity presents itself. It is refreshing to know that top-notch service still exists in some places. Thank you, John. Thank you Buyer's Edge."
Client: Derek and Gina
"Buyer’s Edge helped us every step of the way in buying our first house. Our agent, Valerie, took the time to understand our needs and walk us through the process. She was very available to us and made buying a house much less overwhelming. Valerie was professional, very knowledgeable of her field, and was able to help us get the house for $14,000 less than the listed price. We’ve even kept in touch after moving in. We would definitely recommend Buyer’s Edge to anyone looking to buy a house in the area."
Client: Kevin and Allison
"I've hired at least six real estate agents in the past and Valerie is by far the best. I have yet to meet an agent that I liked and trusted as much."
"We enlisted Valerie's help when buying both of our houses, our starter home in 2001 and our latest this past May. She is professional, very personable, and helped us every step of the way, especially in finding out as much info as possible about the prospective house and seller, as well as negotiating the best deal possible. If we are ever in the market again in the DC area, she will be our first choice." Client: Diana and James
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"Valerie makes the daunting task of buying a home much easier than it otherwise might be, and she makes the time one spends looking for a home enjoyable. She is knowledgeable and honest, and she gives an honest assessment of a home and whether it fits with her clients goals and desires. She will not let you buy a home just out of frustration -- she'll make certain that you buy a home that is right for you.
"We hired Valerie Winebrenner as our Real Estate agent to assist us in finding and buying a house in suburban Maryland. This was a very challenging undertaking given our many criteria (price, schools, commutes, etc). The process took several months. Valerie's patience, professionalism, and knowlege of the real estate market in this area helped to make our house search ultimately successfully. We would recommend her without reservation and would use her again if we once again needed to relocate.
Client: Steve and Ann
"Valerie was referred to us by my wife's supervisor at the World Bank. We looked for our first home over the course of 18 months, starting with condos and eventually purchased a single family home in the Four Corners area of Silver Spring. Valerie was diligent in providing us with information on a daily basis. We were able to see any listing we were interested in and benefited greatly from Valerie's insight at each location. We liked the fact that Valerie only deals with the buying side of the transaction, a true advocate for her clients. I highly recommend Valerie when purchasing a home."
"My wife and I hired Valerie to help us with the daunting task of finding and purchasing a house. We didn't have a good idea about the type or location of our ideal home, yet Valerie was very accommodating about showing us houses all over Montgomery and Howard County. She gave very honest assessments of each house's strengths and weaknesses and helped us evaluate the best choice for our growing family. Valerie is an excellent negotiator and helped us buy our new home for $30K less than the original asking price. In her role as en exclusive buyer's agent, Valerie represented our interests and made sure we were happy with the outcome of every part of the transaction. We give Valerie our strongest recommendation. Working with her was a true pleasure.”
"Valerie has the patience of a saint! My husband and I had very specific parameters in our home search and worked with Valerie for nearly a year until we found just the right fit for our family. She has very deep knowledge of the real estate market in DC, MD and VA. At the time we were house hunting (2003), it was a seller's market and there were 6 offers on the house of our dreams. Valerie had creative solutions to help us craft the winning offer and surprisingly we were not the highest bid! If/when we decide to move within the DC metropolitan area, Valerie will be our first call - no question. In addition to our experience, Valerie has had repeated successes working with family and close friends over the years."
"My family and I want to thank you and your company for helping us with our move from Ohio to Northern VA. Ben was great in helping guide our house hunting tour and we are thankful he was able to squeeze us into his schedule for one last house after the tour ended in May. The last one was 'the one'. Ben is extremely knowledgeable of the area and helped point out items on the townhouse/area we did not think about. He worked very closely with Ramez on necessary paper work and communications. Thank you! Ben was great and we will recommend him if we have the opportunity. When the times comes to upgrade, we'll being calling Buyers Edge."
Client: Debra and Blaine B.
"Dear Mr. Israel:
"Buyer's Edge was great to work with. From the start, they made us feel very comfortable. Steve and Lisa found us a wonderful house and really worked hard to get the deal done. I highly recommend working with them!"
Client: Jeff S.
"Stephen Mercer made buying our first home in an unfamiliar city as easy and stress free as I could have imagined. He was exceedingly knowledgeable about every aspect of the process, from evaluating homes through the lens of a contractor to helping with the banking aspect of making the purchase. He never once pressured us to make a decision or hurry the process, and we felt confident that he had our best interest at heart. Lastly, it is worth noting that he always accommodated our schedule requests, which were erratic at best. (We had to make the move in <4 weeks and were doing so from quite a distance away.) Working with Stephen was akin to having a close family member who knows the ins-and-outs of home buying advise you along every steps of the process. I can say without reservation that I would recommend him to anyone in need of a friendly, unbiased, and knowledgable buyer's agent - he was fantastic!"
Client: Kelly and Coursen S
"A close friend referred me to Buyer's Edge, and I can say I'm glad I took her advice. I worked with Stephen Mercer, a knowledgeable ex-contractor and experienced buyer's agent. As a first-time homeowner, I will be the first to admit I was all over the place with the type of home, location, and even price. Stephen was incredibly understanding every time I changed my search criteria, especially since I had him driving all over northern VA when his office is in Bethesda, MD. He was especially open to the homes I found from independent research, and immediately organized home-tours when I expressed interest. Since my lease was ending and I was on a time-crunch, he helped me find a perfect home in less than two months (start to closing). Going forward, I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone else looking for homes in the DC/MD/VA region. Thanks Buyer's Edge for helping me find my new home!"
Client Justin S.
"My wife and I interviewed quite a few real estate agents before we decided that an exclusive buyer's agent was the best choice and would give us peace of mind that there would be no conflicts of interest to influence the largest purchase either of us had ever made. We worked with Stephen Mercer at Buyer's Edge and were very happy with him and with Buyer's Edge. We trust Stephen. He listened to us, drove all over PG county looking for homes with us, and was very knowledgeable about the entire process. He also has a great amount of knowledge about general home maintenance and construction and a great eye for detail. Just touring homes with him made us feel like we knew what we'd be getting into before ever going into the home inspection phase. Stephen was patient with all of our scheduling needs, and helped make our home-buying process as painless as possible. We recommend him for anyone looking for a home in the DMV." Client: James D.
I just worked with Stephen Mercer at Buyer's Edge to purchase a home in Maryland. I couldn't be happier with the experience, it was wonderful. Stephen quickly understood what I was looking for and my budget. I was in a good place to be very picky about the home (no time constraint to move in/move out of my previous residence) and he showed me a tremendous number of homes until we found exactly the right one. There was no pressure to buy quickly or settle for a house that wasn't quite right, and in fact Stephen told me a couple of times, when I was discouraged with the homes on the market, that he was sure we could do better -- and we did! The mortgage broker, inspector, and settlement attorney recommended to me by Buyer's Edge were also excellent. I'm so thrilled with my new house and I feel great about the experience from start to finish. I would not buy a home ever again without having an Exclusive Buyer Agent represent my interest in the transaction and I can't imagine that there are better agents in the DC/MD/VA area than the people at Buyer's Edge. Also: Their Bethesda Office sometimes has a Very Cool Dog in residence. Client: Catherine F.
So many things about buying a home are stressful, overwhelming, and scary, especially if it’s the first time. Lucky for us, we had Stephen Mercer to guide us reassuringly through the chaos. Stephen is not only a great real estate agent, but he also understands that the decision to buy a home is an emotional one. He is thorough, smart, patient, and funny. He is discerning and critical while also being supportive and positive. Our search for our first home had a few bumps and snags, but Stephen never doubted that we would find what we were looking for. When we found the perfect house for our growing family, he expertly advised us on how to make the best offer in a very competitive market. The best part about our journey with Stephen was that it didn’t end when we signed the closing documents. He recommended a reliable contractor to do renovations, and he checked in regularly to ensure we were getting what we paid for. He was genuinely interested in making sure we settled in, and he was crucial in helping us navigate a basement flood after a freak storm. Stephen was so much more than our real estate agent. He was our advocate, our mentor, our advisor, and our friend. We wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone buying a home.
Client: Ethan & Lauren
Our home buying experience with Stephen Mercer was outstanding! My wife and I were first-time home buyers and we wanted a home in what turned out to be a competitive market. At our initial meeting, Stephen listened to our needs and was extremely knowledgeable about the housing market and community in our neighborhood of interest. We found Stephen to have the perfect balance for suggesting properties that fit our needs, but allowing us to move at a pace that was within our comfort zone. As he had worked formerly as a contractor he was able to provide valuable insight into the quality of remodeling and maintenance previously done on a home as well as things that may be areas of concern in the future. Stephen draws from a great team of home inspectors and lenders which ultimately ensured we closed on time and without any unexpected issues, we feel that we could not have had a better home buying experience. Stephen was a wonderful advocate and we felt that our best interests were always his primary concern. We would highly recommend Stephen to anyone looking to purchase a home. Client: Riley & Sarah
- Melanie and Scott, first-time homeowners
From my recent experience in preparing to buy a home, it seemed as if all of the rules of real estate were stacked in the seller's favor. The more I educated myself, the more I was convinced that trusting an agent would be an issue, and that I would have to be on guard against divulging too much information to the person who was supposedly on my side. Then I read about exclusive buyers agency. The buyers agent has a fiduciary duty to keep my information confidential. That meant I truly had an advocate I could trust, and that makes a huge difference. Client: Nikki H.
I recently purchased my first home with Stephen Mercer. Just when I was ready to give up thinking we couldn't afford what we needed in this area, we found our dream home that exceeded all of our needs and desires. Our first offer was accepted and we closed in three weeks without a hitch. We really enjoyed the entire process, learning invaluableknowledge from Stephen's objective advice and guidance. Stephen was referred to us by dear friends; we have and will continue to refer Stephen to anyone we know thinking about buying!Buying a home is difficult enough without having these additional concerns. I appreciated having an agent that would not try to steer me towards properties listed with their firms, or towards properties that were unobtainable given my resources. My agent worked within my budget and let me decide on the properties to tour without any undue influence. Most importantly, I enjoyed the greater peace of mind knowing that my agent was truly on my side. I wholeheartedly recommend the exclusive buyer agency process, and publicly thank Stephen Mercer for his guidance, expertise, and patience in helping us obtain our new home.
Client: Mark B. & Lisa Z.
We came to Stephen Mercer after a disappointing experience with a realtor who was not an exclusive buyer's agent. Stephen's approach was different from the first meeting, throughout the process and even after we bought the house. He was there for us every step of the way. With care, patience and professionalism he helped us navigate the different stages of the process. As first time buyers we were uncertain about what to look for, what to avoid and even what questions to ask. Stephen explained everything, taught uswhat we should pay attention to and gave us excellent advice, while respecting our need to make our own decision. We could not have hoped for a better experience.
Client: Eyal & Pazit A.
We were incredibly lucky to have found Stephen Mercer as our real estate agent. He really took the time to listen to us and understand what we were looking for. We appreciated his sharp eye for sub-par renovations and understanding of the difference between different locations, for example if they were prone to flooding, or near power lines, etc., which we would have never thought of on our own. We were very pleased with the contacts he provided for financing, inspections and other services, all at very competitive prices, with impeccable service. Lastly, what most impressed me, was the coaching he provided to us regarding how to make a strong offer, which made us comfortable to set a number and stick to it, and which was eventually accepted, and we were and still are absolutely thrilled in our new home. We would feel absolutely delighted and confident in recommending Stephen to anyone in search of a new home.
Client: Itzbeth & Keith
Stephen Mercer is an excellent real estate agent. Stephen was a trusted advisor throughout the entire process of finding and buying our home. He provided invaluable guidance and advice and always had our best interests in mind. As first-time home buyers, we particularly appreciated his expertise in spotting potential issues with the homes that we visited and his insights into remodeling. We always felt very confident in his advice and never felt pressured or rushed. He took time to understand our preferences and helped us find the perfect home. We also valued Stephen’s patience, responsiveness, thoroughness, and genuine care, all of which were very evident as he answered all of our questions during negotiation, offer, and closing processes. We would not hesitate to highly recommend Stephen to any of our friends looking for a new home.
Client: Henrique C. Nino S.
I am pleased to be able to provide a letter recommending Stephen Mercer as a real estate agent. He ably represented me as a Buyer’s Agent during a recent real estate transaction.
During the transaction, Stephen learned as much as he could about me and my needs. I was unfamiliar with the DC market and relied on Stephen’s knowledge of neighborhoods, investment properties, and construction quality. His best asset was the instinct for and ability to find the right property for me. Stephen put in long hours reviewing listings to identify those that might be of interest to me. Furthermore, as a property investor himself, Stephen was able to advise me on good investments.
Stephen has a number of strengths, including confidence, dependability, patience, and creativity. He has extensive knowledge of real estate construction, investments, and the DC market. His main strength, though, is courage. When the going got tough, Stephen rolled up his sleeves, counseled me, and held the deal together. I respected his opinions, knowledge, and intuition and closed a difficult deal under tight deadlines. I now have a wonderful home in a great neighborhood, a successful rental property, and a good friend.
In summary, Stephen displayed the qualities that make a realtor successful. He is hard-working, motivated, knowledgeable, and in tune with the needs of his clients. He works well with colleagues and has an excellent team to support him. I highly recommend Stephen Mercer for a realtor. Client: Laura H
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John Sullivan - "Thank you so much for your help - again. You are a rock and I am so glad we can turn to you."
"I am a first time home buyer who did some research and went with an exclusive buyers agent, as I wanted someone who would be able to fully represent my interests in the largest financial transaction in my life.
Well I was lucky to get two great buyers agents on my side in Victoria and Marshall. My search for a home took me some time, yet they were very patient with me and didn't allow me to get too cynical about the process. They also protected my interests in the matter, and they were never pushy about a property. They also are full of knowledge on properties themselves, warning signs to look out for, and will even show up with you during the inspection (most importantly, they recommend the same inspector that others recommended to me. Use this inspector as they are extremely thorough).
If you are a Veteran and want to use a VA home loan, Victoria and Marshall are very knowledgeable on how those loans work in regards to your real estate search, which was very valuable to me.
I highly recommend them for your search, especially if you are a first time homebuyer. I needed someone on my side and I am extremely grateful for their services."
Client: Galvin G.
Client: Diane & Adrian
After spending four months wasting time and energy trying to find a house on my own, I realized that I needed a professional. Am I glad I turned to Susan Rosenblum. Within a few short days she had sourced multiple houses and immediately scheduled visits to see them. At each house she pointed out their particular strengths and weaknesses, reminding me that no house was perfect but that some were more perfectly suited to my needs. Susan helped me make a choice that was grounded in fact and practicality not emotional and irrational. As someone who grew up in the greater Washington area, Susan had extensive knowledge about neighborhoods, builders, and contractors. She was accessible and responsive and I felt that I had a real ally and advocate.
Client: L. Samet
My husband and I throughly enjoyed working with Susan. She was responsive, patient and thorough way beyond any other agent we have ever worked with. We found her gentle yet persistent way to work beautifully for what we needed to make our decision on a house and then bring it to closure. There will never be a detail overlooked or a problem left unresolved when working with Susan She is resourceful beyond anything I have encountered. She followed up on our geothermal heating for us and came up with exterminators and inspectors and the list goes on. She is the consummate professional and just the best! If you work with Susan you have found a true partner in your home buying process.
Client: L. Frear
My wife and I worked and Lynn Spiegel from BuyersEdge to purchase our first home. Lynn has been absolutely fantastic. She patiently took us to see quite a few properties we bookmarked, helped us through our decision, and got us from viewing to closing within 23 days. She was quick to respond to any help, always available, and a great resource altogether. I can't recommend the brokerage or Lynn herself highly enough!
I bought my house with the Buyer's Edge team by my side. Lynn Spiegel was with me every step of my way through the intimidating process of buying a home - all 6 months of it. She was patient, informative, and always available (literally, an email or a phone call away) for any of my questions or requests. She made the whole process easy, handling all the "gotcha's" - and did everything she could to make sure I was happy with my purchase before closing. This is a fantastic team and fantastic company. The amount of attention, care, and time they give to their clients is impressive and admirable. These are by far the people to call if you're in the market to buy.
Client: D. Tadin
"I purchased property with Lynn Spiegel from Buyers Edge. So many things can go wrong during the buying process. Lynn made sure I was always protected. I would not purchase real property without a Buyers Edge realtor looking out for my rights/needs!! What a great experience! This is the way to go!"
"My husband and I felt so lucky to have Lynn Spiegel from Buyers Edge by our side! As first time home buyers, she made the process easy, and was with us every step of the way. Thanks to Lynn, we were able to find and purchase our perfect first home. Working with Lynn was a pleasure, and if you are in the market for a home, I would strongly suggest using her as your agent." Client: Courtney D.
I didn't think it was possible, but we found my perfect home!!! Lynn Spiegel listened to what I wanted and to what I needed. When I would get overwhelmed or carried away with something, she kept me grounded. She worked with unending patience to the end!!! I couldn't be happier.
Client: Susie F.
Lynn Feinberg Spiegel was our buyers agent for Stillbrooke! She was amazing every step of the way and very patient and caring with us as we learned about purchasing our first single family home and got us an incredible deal on a home we both fell in love with quickly. I highly recommend Buyers Edge. Lynn is fantastic to work with at Buyers Edge in Bethesda, MD. She is primarily a buyers agent. Thank you Lynn! We are so happy and look forward to seeing you at the B's home warming."
Client: Diane B.
One of the reasons we felt real comfort in dealing with Buyer’s Edge was because we knew there would not be a conflict of interest with Buyer’s Edge representing home sellers. It was important to us that your total focus was to find the right home and make the best deal us."
Client: Jerry S.
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“We can’t recommend Bettina and Buyer’s Edge enough. As first time home buyers, we had put off buying a house for over a year as we felt intimidated and vulnerable in the current volatile real estate market. Buyer’s Edge came highly recommended to us by friends, and they were the perfect panacea to our real estate anxieties. Drawing on the deep knowledge of Washington DC area real estate, Bettina very patiently and thoroughly assessed what we wanted and needed from a home. Bettina was with us when we found our perfect house - on our first day of looking! The support from Buyer’s Edge through the sale and closing process was similarly remarkable."
- Emily & Chad
“David did a tremendous job for us. Finding a home in Takoma Park is not easy (it has become quite popular) and he really hustled over a period of many months to get us what we wanted. He quickly understood what our priorities were and guided us with straight talk and without high-pressure tactics.He was always available and gave us good advice on contractors, architects, etc. (we looked at many houses that required renovation) who gave us a sense of what our true costs would be.
I would recommend David to anybody in our area without hesitation.”
Client: Scott in Takoma Park, MD
“David could not have been more available, more thorough and more strategic in helping us buy our house. There were other offers on the table and David helped us navigate and negotiate the deal brilliantly. We credit David with helping us get the house at all, and are not sure that another realtor would have had the same result. At the end of the negotiation, we were very happy, the sellers were very happy, and everyone felt great about the process. Thanks David!“
Client: L., in Takoma Park, MD
“There are a lot of great agents out there but I can highlight a few ways that David stands out. He listens. The focus isn’t on getting the sale but helping you find what you want. He’s responsive. If you sign up with him, the personal attention you get will make it seem like you’re his only client. He’s thorough. He’ll do the research, check the details, and follow up. I can also speak to David’s character which is something you can only tell about someone you have known a long time as I have David.”
Client: S. Lee in Silver Spring, MD
“David was the missing ingredient that turned a potentially very difficult overseas search for a house into an overwhelmingly satisfying experience for our whole family. We are a dual military family that was moving from Korea with two commutes to different bases, a rising first grader, and only a week in town. David worked with us remotely over several months to refine our requirements and build a plan for the week we traveled to the area. We originally wanted to look in the Bethesda area, but given our requirements, David expanded the search to areas we had not really considered, yet the combination of location, schools, and price was actually just what we needed.
Our new house in Olney is perfect. The search was only successful because of the months of preparation David put into understanding us and our requirements, helping us develop our understanding of the market, his flexibility in dealing with us remotely most of the time, and his impartiality to any particular house.
Even when the sale was complete, David continued to offer his support in helping us transition, going above and beyond any contract or expectation we had of his involvement. It is clear to us that there is a positive difference when an agent is as totally committed to representing the buyer as David is to us. We are not first-time homebuyers, but we are first-time retainers of an exclusive buyer’s agent, and we wholeheartedly recommend if you are interested in buying a house in the area, it is the way to go.”
Client: Autumn and James R. in Olney, MD
“I used Dave to find and buy my very first house. I was nervous because I didn’t know what factors I needed to consider in a purchase, and I didn’t have a clear idea of all the steps to get me there. Dave was great on both accounts. He listened and catered our tours to what I was looking for – I appreciated that he didn’t try to convince me to value different things (I insisted on being in the District, near a metro AND wanted a detached house). He explained to me how to evaluate the value, and potential future costs, of a house.
Once I found what I was looking for, Dave was always one step ahead and responded to any of my inquiries immediately. When time is of the essence, having someone that puts together information to help you make decisions and complete necessary steps quickly is so important. Whether it was at 7am or 11pm, Dave was never annoyed to hear from me (or at least, he didn’t act like it!).
Throughout the closing process, Dave was invaluable in every step – from referring us to an awesome inspector and real estate lawyer, to handling permit violations and tax issues of the seller. We were dealing with a bank foreclosure, and even with the added complexity, Dave’s patient explanations about the process made me feel like I had a handle on things. In short, Dave was extremely knowledgeable, hard working and patient, and I would recommend him with great confidence.”
Client: O. Brookland
“After having a bad experience with a real estate agent at another real estate company nine months prior, my fiancee and I were cautious to find a good buyer’s agent this time around. David was very attentive to our needs and helped allay many of our fears and reservations by being honest and forthright through the entire process. He made sure to examine the houses we looked at thoroughly and point out any potential problems, rather than just trying to make a sales pitch. Even when David went on vacation, he left us with a highly responsible buyer’s agent who could continue our search at the same pace and make an offer on a property right away. We were impressed with David’s knowledge, patience, and candor, and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to purchase a house.”
Client: K. Yang, Laurel
“David’s services exceeded our expectations! We were first time home buyers and pretty well out of our depth; David patiently explained each stage of the process and helped us to find a home within our budget and ahead of schedule! David’s cool, collected, and professional demeanor really helped us get through the whole process from loan pre-approval to closing with confidence! We highly recommend going with David if you’re looking to buy!”
Client: Mark & Mary, Springfield VA
“A buyers agent is worth their weight in gold! I tried a discount agent first and I quickly realized that I needed a more personalized experience. When I wrote David and he responded immediately I knew that I had found what I was looking for. David was an expert with technical details and negotiating. He actually talked me into going in with a lower offer and I paid $12,000 below list, with the sellers covering all closing costs. I found David to be trustworthy, always willing to accommodate my schedule, and polite and caring to boot. I can’t recommend David enough!”
Client: Maya, Greenbelt, MD
“It was a great pleasure working with Dave during our house-hunting process. Dave guided us through every step as we searched for our first home in the super competitive neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, Georgetown, and AU Park. We were looking to buy in early 2013, which was a period of historically low interest rates and rapidly rising housing prices, which meant that inventory was extremely low and finding a property within our budget that met our requirements was close to impossible.
Dave helped us navigate this hyper-competitive market by always being available to show us houses and condos as soon as they were listed — sometimes only after a few hours notice. He was also always willing to answer our questions over phone or email. He was extremely patient with us, despite the large number of houses we had him show us and our somewhat demanding tastes.
In addition to knowing a lot about how the DC housing market, Dave knows a lot about houses and how they work. He helped us with visual assessments of the condition of key attributes of a property, such as roofs and basements, as well the quality of appliances and key systems such as water heaters and HVAC. Since he is an exclusive buyer’s agent, he always had our interests in mind and did not hesitate to let us know if there were aspects of a home we visited that were problematic.
When it came time to put in an offer, Dave helped us craft a winning strategy while always making sure that we were comfortable financially. He also guided us through inspection and closing, which was very helpful for first-time homebuyers like us.
We would not hesitate to recommend David to anyone who is looking for a home in the DC area. We love the house that David found us in Capitol Hill, but when we decide to buy a larger house in the future, we will be sure to contact Dave!”
Client: Y., Capitol Hill
“I cannot thank David enough for his assistance in purchasing my first home. As a first-time buyer, the process seemed overwhelming and confusing at times. David made himself available to answer all of my questions along the way. He directed me toward listings I did not find on my own, and he encouraged me to stay within my budget (much appreciated!).
The market in the Rockville area has been quite competitive, and David helped me to make a competitive offer that rose to the top in a multiple offer situation. David helped me complete a pre-bid home inspection and write an escalation clause that ultimately got me my home. I trust David’s judgment and expertise, and I will absolutely recommend him to anyone I know purchasing a home in the DC metro area. Thank you, David!”
Client: Emily, Rockville, MD
"We returned to the DC area in 2001 determined to find a high-end “fixer-upper” in a highly desirable neighborhood. We quickly wore out two real estate agents who could not keep up with our pace of property evaluation. Then, we met Dana and were off and running. We had trouble keeping up with her! After numerous offers and counter-offers, we found the perfect house for us. With homes selling in bidding wars for above asking price, we were able to negotiate a price that was $94,000 below the original asking price, almost a 20% reduction. If you need a tenacious buyer’s agent, Dana is the one who’ll see you through to a successful conclusion."
Client: Al and Claudette D.
"I retained Dana's services in 2002 to buy my first home (an apartment in Kalorama) and again, four years later, to buy my first townhouse. I sought Dana's services again because she was a joy to work with: thorough, honest, and very savvy strategically. She provided exhaustive research for and honest assessment of each property I expressed interest in. Her guidance throughout the stressful process gave me confidence that I had a strong game plan. Once we identified a property we liked, her skills as a negotiator became apparent and she really shined during the closing of our house. I recommend Dana to anyone who wants peace of mind in the home buying process!"
Client: Dana K.
"We're so happy with our house and feel so lucky that you found it for us. Thank you!"
Client: Liz Z.
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Dana came recommended to me by another Foreign Service Officer. I had been out of the country for 15 years and was completely out of touch with the Washington DC area real estate market. Dana was perfect for us. She truly does work for the buyer. I can’t say enough. She knows the business inside and out, is an expert negotiator, and has all the patience in the world. The next time I need to buy a home, I hope she is still available.”
Client: Mike M. – Fairfax, VA
We employed Dana to help us find a home in Northern Virginia. Dana was tenacious, both in attempting to find home that met our needs, and in dealing with predatory Real Estate Agents and Brokers. Because she worked only for us, we always felt she was working in our best interest and was on our side.
Dana knew the market and market practices and shenanigans and was ready for all of them. We always felt we were getting the straight scoop on things and felt she was an ally as we zeroed in on our final home purchase. We ultimately found our dream home in a great neighborhood for our kids.
Today, I tell people if they want a guaranteed “good experience” finding a new home, go with Buyer’s Edge. Our brother-in-law highly recommended their service after having a good experience as they helped find HIS dream home as well. I’m glad he told us about their service. They were great. I bought my first home using a Real Estate agent, but decided to try the buyer’s agent route this time around and had a much better experience as a result.
Client: Comment left on Yelp
My fiance and I were in the market for our first home, so we began the process incredibly early. We knew we wanted to work with an exclusive buyers agent because we didn’t want to have to deal with any potential conflicts of interest. I visited a website and conducted a search through their website for agents in the DC area. After a short while I had responses from a few agents, one of which was Dana.
I liked her from the moment I spoke with her on the phone. She was very straight forward and provided a lot of information about the process despite the fact that I had not even signed a contract with her yet. (The agency she works for, requires a contract that guarantees the agent a 3% buyer’s agent fee; however, the contract is breakable by both parties should any issues arise…it’s just your standard buyer agent contract.) I met Dana as well as several other agents when my fiance and I decided she was the one.
At our first meeting she inquired about our lives, our interests and our expectations and desires for our new home. She also inquired about the areas we were interested in, the neighborhoods, and the types of properties. Unfortunately for Dana, we weren’t altogether nailed down on any of those aspects, so we dragged her all over the Metro DC area.
She educated us on what to look for when looking at a house, some basic information on what a home inspector might notice, and what to look for in a neighborhood if you’re interested in property appreciation. There were some houses that we expressed an interest in that wouldn’t have been the best option for us and after she pointed some details out to us, she talked us out of something that would have been a big mistake. That is one of the many aspects of Dana that we loved, she will never let you buy something that you would regret in the long run, and she always kept in mind what she learned during the interview. Most importantly, she teaches you how to recognize when you’ve found the best house possible; and, when you’ve found it, she is an amazing negotiator.
The house we ended up buying appraised at $50,000 over the amount we purchased it for, and it is in an area and neighborhood we absolutely adore. Dana is truly an amazing agent and I highly recommend her to anyone!
Client: Comment Left on Angie’s List
“As a first-time home buyer, Dana was an absolute dream to work with. She held our hands all the way through the process, from the initial search to writing the contract to providing lists of recommended contractors to work with once we moved in. I can’t recommend her highly enough!”
Client: John A. – Gaithersburg, MD
“I picked Dana as my exclusive buyer’s agent as a first-time homebuyer. Her experience and professionalism was immediately apparent from the first time we met.
Her best qualities are her honesty and discernment. I had no problem placing my trust in her judgement, and it was a big help to have her guidance through all the home buying steps. She would even be physically present those times it wasn’t required, such as during the home inspection and other meetings with our eventual seller.
Overall I’m very satisfied and would not hesitate to use Dana’s services in the future. Thanks again, Dana.”
Client: Andy C. – Clarksburg, MD
“Dana is the best decision you could make when buying a home. She is very accessible, friendly, and the best person to teach you what to look for when house hunting. I love my home and Dana for guiding me through what can be a stressful process.”
Client: Mickey B. – Washington, DC
“My husband and I were anxious entering into a competitive and volatile real estate market. We were looking for a home in a safe, welcoming neighborhood where we could start a family and not go bankrupt paying the mortgage. Right from the start, Dana listened carefully to what we wanted and asked insightful questions to determine exactly what we were looking for. When my husband and I toured a home, she kept us on track by thoroughly and objectively pointing out the pros and cons of the property. Dana not only found us a perfect home in our dream neighborhood, but skillfully negotiated the price and conditions of sale so well that since then, seller’s agents have ruefully commented on the “great deal” we got! If you want someone thoroughly committed to helping you find a home, use a buyer’s agent. If you want a buyer’s agent with experience, knowledge, insight, and determination, call Dana!”
Client: Laura H. – Falls Church, VA
"When my husband and I decided to buy our first home, we had no idea where to look or what the process entailed. We feel very fortunate that friends recommended Dana to us. I don’t even think I knew there was such a thing as a buyer’s agent at the time. Dana immediately put us at ease. She listened to what we wanted in a home, suggested communities we had not even considered (with her being licensed in Virginia, Maryland and DC, our range was large), and always looked at the houses we visited with an eye for our expressed interests and needs. In fact, when we had stars in our eyes over a house, she was the one who pointed out the number of stairs one would have to walk up with two babies and groceries in tow, the positioning of a house on the block, or the extent to which we would need to undertake improvements that we most certainly did not have time to make on our own. In other words, she never pressured us to enter into a contract, but really looked out for our best interests. For example, when the inspection a house we won the contract on revealed some strong negatives, it was Dana who encouraged us to walk away and not settle for something that was not exactly what we wanted. In the end, we found our dream home in a family friendly neighborhood and have not regretted it a single day. We always have our eyes open for other houses in our neighborhood for when our children have outgrown our current home, and when that day comes, we know who to call first…. Dana!"
Client: Chelsea M.
These words of thanks are long overdue for the expertise and guidance we received from your agent. Thanks to Lisa, we now reside in the house of our dreams, in the area we want and all well within our price range.
Lisa was a pleasure to be with on our many outings to view houses and when we had questions she answered them promptly and provided pertinent follow-up information. She was very patient as we often vacillated on the type of house that would provide all that our growing family needed at a price we could afford.
What distinguishes Lisa from other agents we've worked with in the past, was her guidance during the process of making an offer. We are so glad that we took her recommendations during the highly competitive offer process. With out a doubt, she helped us make the best offer and ensured that our interests were never compromised.
There is no question that we will enthusiastically recommend Lisa and your agency to our family members and friends."
“Thanks to Lisa, we now reside in the house of our dreams, in the area we want and all well within our price range. What distinguishes Lisa from other agents we've worked with in the past, was her guidance during the process of making an offer. We are so glad that we took her recommendations during the highly competitive offer process. With out a doubt, she helped us make the best offer and ensured that our interests were never compromised."
- Jonathan and Joelle T.
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