A happy first time homebuyer!

Real Estate Agent with Compass

First time home buyers are one of my favorite aspects of this business.   It is so very empowering to buy your first place.  I find that people often buy that first place when a landlord abruptly tells them they are either moving back in or selling their place.  That feeling that you don't control your own destiny drives people to buy and makes them very grateful to be a homeowner.

I recently worked with a very fulfilling first time homebuyer, she was referred to me by a very good friend mutual friend of ours, and she had quite specific needs.  

She's a wedding and portrait photographer (an extremely talented one by the way) and needed a place that allowed her to have a home office that is separate from her living space.  We found the perfect place in about a week or so - a lovely 2 level Fairlington Barcroft model with a basement with a separate entrance and a whopping 1400 square feet!  It's a beautiful place and suits her needs, and budget,  perfectly.

She wrote this wonderful review for me on Zillow, and I got to visit her this week shortly after she moved in.   What a happy home owner!  

She spoke gleefully about the new skills she's aquired with small home projects and the frequent trips to Home Depot - every homeowner's right of passage.

I am grateful to her for all she's done for me by being such a great buyer and for allowing me to blog about her and for the beautiful Zillow review.  

Experiences like this make me so grateful to sell houses for a living!



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Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Congratulations and she picked a wonderful neighborhood to live in as well.

Apr 27, 2011 01:36 AM #1
Coral Gundlach
Compass - Arlington, VA
Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate.

Thanks Cindy, yes it is.  Fairlington is always a winner.

Apr 27, 2011 01:49 AM #2
Stella Barbour
NoVa Brokers LLC - Vienna, VA
Principal Broker, Serving Virginia and Maryland

Congratulations on your success in making a new homebuyer happy. 

Apr 27, 2011 02:33 AM #3
Stephanie L. Solano
J. Philip Real Estate LLC Westchester County NY - Pleasantville, NY
Licensed Real Estate Agent

Congratulations in working with a first time homebuyer! I can't wait until my first time home buyers close in a few weeks. They are/were a pleasure to work with.

Apr 27, 2011 05:08 AM #4
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

First time home buyers are great to work with.  And great job with the Fairlington find!

Apr 27, 2011 09:05 AM #5
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Coral, congratulations on such a great experience. It is such a wonderful feeling when your clients are truly happy with the results. I hope you'll find more first time buyers like this one. Best wishes.

Apr 27, 2011 09:37 AM #6
Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666 - Roseville, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609

I think that's why many of us are in the business.  Great stories like this make it all worthwhile.


Apr 27, 2011 05:29 PM #7
Jane Jensen
Century 21 New Millennium - Arlington, VA

Nice job Coral!


Apr 28, 2011 12:32 AM #8
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