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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."
Maximum Income Requirements
All Applicants Must Contribute at Least $1,000 of Their Own Funds Toward Purchase
The Home Purchased with Assistance From The Home Stretch Program Must Serve as the Applicant’s Principal Residence
Complete a Homebuyers Education Course
Single Family Home or Condo Must be Located in Takoma Park, Maryland
Home Must Successfully Pass a Certified Home Inspection
ONLY 5 Applicants on a First-Come, First-Served Basis and is Used Toward the Down Payment.
20% or ($2000) is Forgiven each Year for 5 Year Loan Period.
If the Home is Sold, Refinanced or Vacated within the 5 Year Period-Owner is Responsible for the Remaining Loan Amount that Hasn’t Been Forgiven.
Stephen Mercer explains, "Once First-Time Homebuyers have completed the application process and hopefully been accepted, they will need to reach out to a preferred lender who will walk them through the loan process and get them pre-qualified. After that, they can start to search for their very first home!
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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.
Remove all garden hoses from outdoor faucets to stop water trapped within from freezing and causing an interior leak. Extra precaution would be to turn off any shut-off valves feeding those exterior faucets.
Store indoors for the winter if possible. If you have a gas mower it is preferable to empty the gas. If you can’t - add engine stabilizer to the remaining fuel in the tank and run for a few minutes to let the stabilizer reach the carburetor. This will certainly help to get the mower to start come spring.
You may be able to evaluate the roof condition with binoculars from the ground. You are looking for loose or missing shingles- they should be replaced immediately. The crown at the top of the chimney should be intact and angled away from flue liner (orange) The chimney cap prevents birds and critters from making a home In your chimney- check it is clear of nesting birds.
Ensure gutters are free of leaves and gunk as this will help prevent overflowing gutters during downpours – in freezing temperatures it will also help prevent ice damming- which occurs when gutters can’t drain and the standing water freezes- if the ice/snow is then allowed to build up it may make its way under the roof shingles causing damage to the interior once that ice melts. Check to see if your downspouts discharge water at least 6-8 feet away from your foundation - if not, add black pipe extensions and make sure the pipe flows downhill and away from the property.
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.
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:
In 2017, we were pleased to learn that 98% of our clients surveyed were satisfied with their home buying experience.
Moreover, we found that Buyer’s Edge's Net Promoter Score of 94...
...was on par with some of the world’s leading brands...
...and far above real estate averages
See here for more info on Net Promoter Score (NPS).
What does this mean for our Exclusive Buyer's Agent Model?
EBA status wasn't the first thing our clients considered... However, our unbiased representation allows us to better protect our clients' interests.
In particular, our clients cited:
We also learned that our buyer-centric philosophy boosts our clients’ confidence in recommending us to friends, family, and co-workers going forward. Greater than 75% of our clients in the past 2-3 years have recommended us two or more times.
Ultimately, the Buyer’s Edge experience is about loyal, friendly & responsive representation and education that helps our clients “find the right home." We love what we do every day because of clients like you.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Or check out the full
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Every day houses for sale in the Washington, DC metro area and Baltimore, MD region are imputed into MLS online. Preparing a home for sale in VA, DC, MD can be a momentous task both for sellers and listing agents, especially if they want to make it picture perfect. After all, home sellers and their listing agent’s objective is to get the highest price at the best possible terms for the property. As the listing agent and listing broker, they have a contractual fiduciary relationship with their seller/clients.
There’s a lot of information written about all the prep work that needs to be completed before a home hits the market. Most sellers paint their homes inside and out, replace tired carpet and wash windows until they sparkle. They plant flowers outside and spruce up the exterior curb appeal. Closets and kitchen drawers are cleaned, de-cluttered and downsized. Sterling silver candlesticks, heirloom jewelry, expensive china figurines and personal photos of Great Aunt Frinks are put away. Lastly, many homes are staged to give them that glamorous, generic look that seems to really “trick” homebuyers according to numerous studies.
As Exclusive Buyer’s Agents, we don’t let our homebuyers get “tricked” by staging. However, we do know what items are deal busters for many of buyers in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Here’s the #1 Best Kept Secret for Selling your Home Fast That is Often Overlooked by Listing Agents and Sellers in DC, MD, VA.
All Photos from RoofCleanBright.com
Sellers shampoo carpets and power wash decks before their house is put on the real estate market, so why do so many sellers fail to wash their roofs Don’t do it! It’s so easy and it actually works. If your roof is dirty don’t throw away money because it looks like it is on its last legs. Homebuyers are fixated with the condition of a home’s roof, since it ‘s such a big-ticket item.
A home inspector will give homebuyers the actual lowdown on the roof condition, but don’t let a dirty roof discourage qualified buyers from making offers. If sellers make the roof look fresh and new, it’s one less thing buyers have to do when they move in. It’s a win-win for everyone. It doesn’t cost sellers that much and it adds to the total “dream house package.”
Cleaning the roof before resale is clearly a no-brainer. Victor Fedoseyev with RoofCleanBright.com explains, “The results are simply amazing for most homeowners. Customers find that our eco-friendly, biodegradable roof cleaning removes ugly stains caused by algae, lichen, moss and fungus.”
I love these Before and After Photos, don't you?
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.Read More
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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 other condos to call your dream home, if this is not the time or the place for you. It's better to take you time and purchase a home that is at the best possible terms and price. Buyer's Edge is in your corner and we have your back. Exclusive buyer agents and their broker choose to work for homebuyers 100% of the time. One focus, one vision and persistent determination for homebuyers in DC, MD, VA. No dual agents and no sellers. No conflicts of interest. What a concept.
Yes, it's a beautiful world - from sunrise to sunset.
Or call Stephen Carpenter-Israel, President and Exclusive Buyer's Broker of Buyer's Edge in VA, DC, MD.
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