buyers edge: Hang Up Your Phone and Live Your Life - 08/28/18 03:01 PM
Hearing a baby in distress is upsetting.
I was standing in line at the grocery store and I heard a baby's muffled cry. I did a quick scan of the area and didn't see the baby. Then she cried again and I saw her. She was scrunched onto one side of the baby seat of the grocery cart. Her head was hanging over the side of the cart and her feet had slipped onto the seat. She was in trouble! The baby's mother was standing right in front of her but her back was turned and she was typing furiously into … (20 comments)

buyers edge: I Don't Like Real Estate Agents - 07/25/18 09:43 AM
In the movie,  Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, the Baudelaire children's Aunt Josephine has an irrational fear of Realtors. But is it so irrational?

Fear of Realtors
I met a young lady today who started our conversation with, "Don't take this the wrong way but I don't like real estate agents!" And then she tells me why and I completely get it.
 
People get burned by bad real estate agents and it's very hard for them to come back from that experience. After all, 
a home buyer is making the biggest financial purchase of their life. They need to know they can trust and count … (15 comments)

buyers edge: Top 5 Effective Communication Skills - 05/29/18 12:43 PM
 
 
Photo by Peter Boccia on Unsplash
A Successful Home Buying Experience Begins with Your Story.
Why are you buying a home? Do you have a mental picture of what that new home will look like? If so, you'll need to share this information with your buyer agent. The sooner everyone is on the same page, the faster you will find your home.
Here are a few key points for Buyer Agents to keep in mind as they work with their home buyers. 
 
1. More Listening, Less Talking-as experienced Realtors, we have important information to convey to our Buyer clients. We want to share the good and bad things we … (2 comments)

buyers edge: The Best Time for a House Tour - 05/28/18 08:45 AM

Photo by Igor Tudoran on Unsplash
It's been raining for days and days in the Washington D.C. area. According to the National Weather Service, this massive amount of rainfall broke records set back in 1905. So what does this mean for people who want to buy a home in Maryland, Virginia or Washington D.C.?
Get Your Umbrella & Raincoat and Tour!
 
This is the very best time to see houses especially the basements. Here are a few key things to look for on a rainy house tour. 
Water intrusion can cause serious issues in a house. I recommend starting a house tour in the basement. First, what does … (2 comments)

buyers edge: Does the Shed Convey? Wordless Wednesday - 05/02/18 01:49 PM

(5 comments)

buyers edge: Are Cracks in a Home a Concern? - 04/26/18 06:33 AM
A real estate agent is not a home inspector or contractor. However, a good agent will always carefully evaluate a property, inside & out. 
In the Washington D.C. area, many homes are over 100 years old. We recently toured a house on Capitol Hill that was built in 1805! The staircases, fireplace mantles, molding and stonework in older homes is like art.
Today's homes are just not built with that type of detail. When the interior of a home is well maintained, it's expected that the exterior will be in good shape too. But that is not always the case which is why it's … (7 comments)

buyers edge: Recording Potential Home Buyers - 04/23/18 07:46 AM
 
We were videotaped in a house for sale!
I read an excellent article in Marketwatch last month about sellers recording potential home buyers as they tour their home. This weekend, it happened to me and my buyer clients. 
A green blinking light caught my eye as I was checking out the kitchen cabinets. As you can see in the picture, this video recorder was plugged into an outlet. My clients thought it was funny but it did feel weird. I started humming that old Michael Jackson song, "Somebody's watching me...." as we went through the rest of the house.
And then we found another camera, this time … (8 comments)

buyers edge: Capitol Hill Rowhouses - Wordless Wednesday - 04/11/18 12:19 PM

(5 comments)

buyers edge: New Shoes - 04/04/18 09:02 AM

(7 comments)

buyers edge: #1 Way Real Estate Agents Get Sued - 04/02/18 08:40 AM
Real Estate Agents are required to take continuing education classes to keep their licenses active. 
 Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash
At the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors otherwise known as GCAAR, we have an ethics instructor who is a lawyer. He's acted as general legal counsel for the Maryland Association of Realtors since 1984. 
 
The stories he shares come from real life experiences and they are scary! 
 
 
The #1 way real estate agents get into trouble is failing to disclose material facts. If the seller chooses to disclaim instead of disclose, they still need to disclose a latent defect.  (that's a fault with the property that couldn't … (7 comments)

buyers edge: What To Expect From A Home Inspection - 03/28/18 06:52 PM
You are making the biggest purchase of your life.
A home inspection should show you what is right & wrong with the home. 
Photo by Maria Fernanda Gonzalez on Unsplash
 
As exclusive buyer agents, we work hard to make the home buying adventure fun. But the fact is, it's a big financial decision and there is a certain amount of stress in the process. We want to take to make this as easy as possible so we recommend the best local lenders, home inspectors, settlement attorneys & local contractors. 
Jeff Pearce with The Pearce Group is one of our recommended home inspectors. Take a moment to watch … (3 comments)

buyers edge: Easter Flowers are Toxic to Animals - 03/19/18 02:52 PM
Easter Flowers are deadly for pets
Photo by Tanalee Youngblood on Unsplash
I love fresh flowers! Any time of the year, I have flowers on my kitchen table and more flowers in small vases around the house. I buy lilies all year round because they're beautiful and last for a couple of weeks. But that is coming to an end. 
 
Dobby had yellow pollen on her head from the lilies in a vase on our table
 
I quickly grabbed a wet paper towel and wiped the pollen off her head and didn't think much of it but something was nagging me so I googled lilies and cats. Here's … (9 comments)

buyers edge: Is Your Dream Home a Money Pit? - 03/14/18 08:37 AM
It's easy to be wowed by the grandeur of a home.
Photo by Orlova Maria on Unsplash
Wide entryways and sweeping staircases can be impressive features in a home. We've seen many homes that appear to be quite grand at first but on closer inspection turn out to be potential money pits. 
How do you know if a house is your dream home or a money pit? 
How long has it been on the market? - Ask your buyer agent to look into the history of a home for sale. If it's been sitting on the market for months, there could be a problem. Sometimes the problem is a … (2 comments)

buyers edge: Unbelievably Bad Real Estate Photo - 03/07/18 10:27 AM
This is what not trying at all looks like...
Every morning, I go through new homes for sale on the Multiple Listing Service. I'm not surprised to see dark or fuzzy photos, but this morning I saw a picture of a front door-
SIDEWAYS!!!
Seriously?! Couldn't take the time to click rotate on the picture?! 
Don't worry, these aren't the pictures from the MLS-it's my door. 
If you are listing a property for sale, pay a professional photographer or at least take the time to edit the pictures. The seller has put their trust in you and expects you to properly represent their home. 
Here's what I am looking … (9 comments)

buyers edge: How Important is a Survey when Buying a Home? - 03/05/18 09:07 AM

Photo by Alvin Engler on Unsplash
When buying a single family home, you don't want any surprises. 
Many of our new home buyers have asked us if they really need to pay the extra money to get a property survey.
"After all, the backyard is already fenced, isn't that enough?"
 
Buying a home is the most expensive purchase most of us make in a lifetime. And you are not just buying the house, you are buying the parcel of land that the house sits on. So the short answer to the question above is, "Yes! You should seriously consider paying for a survey when you are buying a home."
 
A … (7 comments)

buyers edge: Make Your Own Videos and Voice Overs - 02/21/18 07:28 PM
 
Photo by Kane Reinholdtsen on Unsplash
It's easy to make your own videos & voice overs
 
Advertising and marketing your business? Consider creating videos and voice-overs.
 
Use your cell phone, iPad or camera to create effective marketing videos!
What You Need To Make a Video
A cell phone and/or iPad with a decent quality microphone The iMovie app  is a quick and easy app to use for video production.  Garage Band or Audacity for recording at home. A microphone with a desktop stand - I bought a Heil microphone and actually received a thank you from Bob Heil the creator of the Heil microphone. Pretty cool! Consider writing out a short … (9 comments)

buyers edge: Spring Day in late February - 02/21/18 09:36 AM
Dobby settles in on the porch
(10 comments)

buyers edge: Do You Search Online for Homes? - 02/19/18 07:43 AM
Most home buyers do!
 
Here are a few things to look out for when searching for homes online. 
 
Houses that are not for sale - Many of the homes you see on home search sites have already sold. For many buyers, this is really frustrating!"Why am I finding homes that my Buyers Agent didn't send me!"
Just this morning, my client sent a link to a house he found online. Using the Multiple Listing Service, which has the most current information on listings, I learned that the house went under contract in late January and now it's mid-to-late February. He understood that site … (4 comments)

buyers edge: How's the Market in Arlington and Bethesda? - 02/16/18 02:20 PM
The Greater Washington DC area includes Northern Virginia, Maryland & D.C. 
Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash
If you're moving to the DC area, you could buy a home in Maryland, Northern Virginia or Washington D.C. and work in any of the three areas.Washington DC is the 6th largest Metropolitan area in the United States. There are over 6 million people who live in the Greater DC area.
To get a basic idea of what's happening in the market here, I offer a snapshot of two of the most popular areas to live. Arlington County and Montgomery County are just outside of Washington DC. They are both … (0 comments)

buyers edge: Working with a Military Relocation Professional - 02/15/18 07:47 AM

In December 2017, I acquired the Military Relocation Professional designation. 
 
Over the years, I've worked with many military families moving to the Washington D.C. area. Now I have a better understanding of the specific deadlines and steps required for military personnel and their families when they receive their PCS orders. 
What Do You Do First When You Receive Your Permanent Change of Station Orders
 
Schedule a meeting with the base transportation office - There are 28 military bases in the Washington DC area. If you are moving to Maryland, Virginia of the District of Columbia, the name of the office you contact depends … (2 comments)

 
Victoria Ray Henderson       Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge (Buyer's Edge Company Inc) Rainmaker large

Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson

Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Bethesda, MD

More about me…

Buyer's Edge Company Inc

Address: Buyer's Edge, 4849 Rugby Avenue, Bethesda , MD, 20814

Office: 301.657.1475

Mobile: 301.922.1677

Email Me



Listings

Links

Archives

RSS 2.0 Feed for this blog