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!