Ari - This will be one of the biggest purchases (and investments) of your life so you should definitely work with a Buyer's Agent to represent your interests in the transaction. A listing agent represents the seller of a property. Get recommendations from friends and relatives. Ask around. Interview any agent before you work with them.
On February 7, I will be hosting a First-Time Buyers seminar...one of many in a series. I do them on a monthly basis. The one next month will be held in Dupont Circle. The seminar will also focus on FHA financing, for those buyers with limited resources for a down payment. I am happy to email you references for people who've attended the seminars, as well as past clients. Please feel free to contact me directly at 301-320-8349.... more
In our area, it is never a bad idea to make an offer on a short sale. The holder of the mortgage can
always refuse to respond or counter your offer. If they refuse the offer, you can always make another
offer $5K to $10K higher to see where the bottom is on the mortgage.... more